Thousands line up for Great Yorkshire Run

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ALMOST 5,000 runners will take to the streets of Sheffield on Sunday.

All standards of competitor will line up for the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run, which covers 10k from the city centre to Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium and back.

Music will be staged along the route and the Bupa Junior and Mini Great Yorkshire Run are taking place on the same day.

The main race starts from Arundel Gate at 11am and follows a route along Penistone Road.

Many of the runners will be raising money for charity. It will be the third time that Rotherham-born referee Howard Webb has taken part, in aid of Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity.

He will line up alongside TV soap stars such as Paula Lane, who plays Kylie Platt in Coronation Street, and Tom Shaw, from ITV series DCI Banks, who are both running for Henshaws Society for Blind People in Harrogate.

Meanwhile, Dean Andrews, who plays DS Ray Carling in Life on Mars, Rachel Leskovac, who recently starred opposite Sean Bean in Accused, Christopher Simmons, best known for playing DC Mickey Webb in The Bill, and Ciarán Griffiths, who is Mickey Maguire in Shameless, will all be running for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Eden Taylor-Draper, aged 14, who is Belle Dingle in ITV soap Emmerdale, will start both the mini and junior runs, as well as taking part.

About 100 runners will be on the road for The Children’s Hospital Charity as part of its Run With Us campaign, which was launched this year by Olympic champion Jessica Ennis.

They will include Michelle Waring-Smith, aged 38, who vowed to take on ten 10k runs in 12 months for the Children’s Hospital after its staff saved her daughter’s life.

Heidi, now aged two, was born prematurely with a twisted bowel and needed an operation when she was only a few days old.

After three weeks at the Jessop Wing, she spent 11 at the Children’s Hospital, including four on the intensive care unit.

Michelle, a sports lecturer at Chesterfield College, said: “The staff at the hospital were absolutely fantastic, so supportive.”

Bands will be performing along the course and in the Peace Gardens from 11am to 4pm in the third year of ‘Bands on the Run’.