Runners hit high notes to help worthy cause

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Participants in the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield in October will be treated to first-class music in a fun-filled weekend of activities.

The Sheffield Bands on the Run music festival is returning to the city for the second year as part of the event, which is staged on Sunday, October 9.

Musicians from around Yorkshire, set to play in different locations on the 10km course, include Sheffield jazz band The Dixie Three, and African inspired Roulement Arts Percussion.

There will also be additional live music played in the Peace Gardens between 11am and 4pm, and at the halfway point next to Sheffield Wednesday’s stadium, to keep runners and supporters entertained.

Barnsley-born former athlete John Mayock, the project organiser for the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run event, said: “Sheffield Bands on the Run was a spectacular success last year so its return was a must, as a way to say thank you to all the runners for their hard work, and to make the whole weekend a must-attend event.”

On Saturday, October 8, the festival kicks off with Fuel-Up in Leopold Square from 4pm with live music, a question and answer session with elite and celebrity runners, and a special Zumba class.

Other locations where music will be played during the weekend include Fargate, Winter Gardens, Barker’s Pool and Tudor Square.

The Bupa Great Yorkshire Run the next day will start on Arundel Gate, before heading along Penistone Road to Hillsborough stadium, before returning to the city centre. More than 4,500 people have already signed up to take part.

Entry is £25 for adults, while youngsters can sign up to the junior and mini runs for £9. Log on to to enter.