6,000 set to take to the streets for the great run

Emerdale actor Chris Chittel.  Paul Macnamara/Ross Parry Agency.
Emerdale actor Chris Chittel. Paul Macnamara/Ross Parry Agency.

Up to 6,000 runners will be on their marks in Sheffield city centre on Sunday.

Top athletes and celebrities will mix with families for the seventh Bupa Great Yorkshire Run, which follows a 10km course from Arundel Gate along Penistone Road to Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium and back.

The event has grown to encompass a 1.5km ‘mini’ event for children aged three to eight and a 2.5km junior event for nine to 15-year-olds as well as live music in the city centre and along the course. This year a partnership with Sensoria, the UK’s festival of music, film and digital, will see entertainment in the Peace Gardens from noon.

Bupa’s nominated charity for the Great Run series is Diabetes UK, although runners can raise money for other organisations.

Actors Tony Audenshaw (Emmerdale), Dean Andrews (Ashes to Ashes, Life on Mars and The Security Men), Michael Stevenson (Casualty) and George Rainsford (Call the Midwife) will be helping Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and Darren Jeffries (Hollyoaks) Diabetes UK.

Two of the most familiar characters on the streets will be Chris Chittell, who plays Eric Pollard in Emmerdale, and Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films.

Key city centre roads will be closed from 4am to 4.30pm, others from 8am to 12.30pm or 1pm. The main race starts from 10am, the ‘mini’ at 1.10pm, the junior 1.50pm.