Countdown to Great Yorkshire Run

THE countdown has started to the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield.

Eight thousand runners are expected to take to the streets, starting and finishing in Arundel Gate in the city centre, on Sunday, October 9.

Organisers of the 10K race are supporting the Alzheimer’s Society for a third year.

Preparations were launched in Sheffield with TV presenter Jamie Darling urging people to put on their trainers and help raise funds to fight dementia.

He will lead a Yorkshire-born team including ITN newsreader Nina Hossain, Ashes to Ashes and Marchlands star, Dean Andrews, and half of children’s comic duo Dick and Dom, Richard McCourt.

Jamie, most familiar as presenter of BBC’s Animal Hospital, is taking part in all the Bupa Great Runs this year.

He said: “I studied sports science at university so I’m aware of the health benefits of physical activity.

“As a supporter of Alzheimer’s Society, it’s good to know that regular exercise also reduces your risk of dementia. Signing up to the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run is a great way to keep you motivated and help to support people with dementia and their carers.”

Entry is £25 and includes a t-shirt, medal and finisher’s pack.

Numbers have grown since the run started in 2007.

There will also be a 1.5k Mini Run for three to eight-year-olds as well as a 2.5k junior run for nine to 15-year-olds. Entry is £9.

The official charity for this year’s event is Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.