The Bupa Great Yorkshire Run will bring a festival of running to Sheffield city centre this Sunday with up to 6000 runners expected to take part. The event will also see the War of the Roses running battle commence, with Yorkshire and Lancashire going head-to-head in the bid to be the fastest over the 10k.
For each race, participants pledge their allegiance to their preferred county and receive a white or red rose to wear on the day. The county that completes the 10k course in the fastest average time wins the War of the Roses trophy.
Now in its eighth year, the 10k will return along with junior and mini events, which see budding sport stars from the age of three to 15 compete in 1.5k and 2.5k courses. A series of live performances, including singer/songwriter Ryan Young, folk trio Little Robots, community choir Glee Bah Gum, five-piece acoustic band Early Cartographers and ragtag band Cocklebread have all been organised to give Sunday’s event a festival-like feel.
The 2013 race saw British international Gemma Steel win a third successive Great Yorkshire Run title. Steel fought off the attentions of Susan Partridge and Jilly Woodthorpe to set a new course record of 32:20. In the men’s field, Ryan McLeod had a successful re-match with Yared Hagos to take first place in 29:40.
Look out for northernrunningguide.com’s race report on Monday morning.