Ryan favourite to win big Sheffield race

Great Yorkshire Run 2013'The winner of the race was Ryan McLeod who beat Ethiopian born Yared Hagos to the line in 29 minutes and 40 seconds.'First female home was aptly-named Gemma Steel who smashed her own course record by 32 seconds, finishing in 32 minutes and 40 seconds.

Great Yorkshire Run 2013'The winner of the race was Ryan McLeod who beat Ethiopian born Yared Hagos to the line in 29 minutes and 40 seconds.'First female home was aptly-named Gemma Steel who smashed her own course record by 32 seconds, finishing in 32 minutes and 40 seconds.

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It’s back - the Great Yorkshire Run returns to the streets of Sheffield on Sunday.

Launched in 2007, the BUPA-sponsored 10K has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the major road races in the county, attracting thousands of runners from Olympic medallists to joggers, many of whom raise thousands for a variety of charities.

It has also developed into family fun weekend with many expected to stay on for the music in the Peace Gardens after the event.

This year’s race will include athletes from South Yorkshire clubs looking for personal best times. The course, starting in the city centre at Arundel Gate, is an “out and back” route with the halfway mark at Hillsborough Stadium. Considering the hilly terrain of Sheffield and its environs, this is a remarkably flat course.

The records are held by Kenyan Olympic medallist Elinol Kipchoge at 28:30 and, for the women, Gemma Steel (Charnwood) with 32:20.

Steel has won this race for the last three years, has a best of 31:26 for the distance and so she could well break her own course record. She demonstrated her form recently when she finished runner up in the Great North Run over the half marathon distance. Her biggest rival look like Jess Coulson (Stockport), fastest runner in last week’s Northern Road Relay.

Favourite for the men’s race is last year’s winner Ryan McLeod (Tipton).

There are also events for youngsters, a junior race for 9-15 year olds and a mini event for those between 3 and 8. Managing the start is a major feat of organisation with the runners setting of in waves, according to expected finishing time. All runners are chip timed ensuring an accurate time whatever there position on the start line. The elite runners get underway at 10am.

The mini run starts at 1:10 and the junior race at 1:50.