Great Yorkshire Run magic is back

Bupa Great Yorkshire Run 2013 route
Bupa Great Yorkshire Run 2013 route

Roads will be closed in Sheffield as thousands of people take on the Great Yorkshire Run tomorrow.

Around 6,000 competitors are expected to pound the pavements and roads in the annual race, which will cover 10k from the city centre to Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium and back.

The start of last year's Great Yorkshire Run at Arundel Gate, Sheffield.

The start of last year's Great Yorkshire Run at Arundel Gate, Sheffield.

A number of road closures and diversions will be in put in place across the city ahead of the main event, which kicks off with the elite runners at 10am.

Stars of the big and small screen will be among those donning their running shoes on the day – with Matthew Lewis, who starred as Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter film series, joining Great Yorkshire Run regular Dean Andrews, the Rotherham actor best known for his roles in BBC shows Life on Mars and Last Tango in Halifax.

For experienced runners trying to achieve a personal best, tackling Sheffield’s hilly terrain makes for a challenging course.

But for many the race is a chance to raise cash for charity or a cause close to their heart.

Mother-of-three Helen Rodgers, aged 47, is taking on the 10k for the third time in memory of the sister she lost in 1995. Her sister was just 36 when she died following a stroke.

Helen, who runs Barnfield House bed and breakfast in Loxley, said: “I started out new to running six years ago raising money for the Stroke Association.

“I like the atmosphere of the Great Yorkshire Run.

“My husband and youngest son come along and support me on the day.

“I’ve got motivation even when I don’t feel like going out because I know I am doing it for a good cause.”

Youngsters will also be getting their share of the action with the Mini and Junior runs, which take place from 1pm. A team of 20 Beaver Scouts from the 35th St Oswald’s have signed up in a bid to gain their ‘fitness challenge’ badge.

Travel South Yorkshire is reminding runners to leave the car at home and take advantage of the special public transport offers available to get there.

The organisation has joined forces with Supertram to offer entrants all day travel on the Sheffield tram for £3.

The offer will be available through a voucher on all race numbers provided to the runners.

Entrants travelling from further afield will also be able to take advantage of free parking at all park and ride sites in Sheffield from 8am until 8pm.

David Young, deputy director of Travel South Yorkshire, said: “We are proud to support this year’s Bupa Great Yorkshire Run and offer entrants the opportunity to travel around the city as cheaply as possible.

“We hope this will make it easier for runners and their families to get in and out of the city centre, using Park & Ride or leaving the car at home.”

n See Monday’s Star for pictures from the Great Yorkshire Run.