8 Aug

Yorkshire Running To The Beat

Bupa Great Yorkshire Run

The Bupa Great Yorkshire Run has launched a competition to find the final 'band on the run' for the race on Sunday 29 September. The successful band will join six other performers along the route and will be charged with motivating 6,000 runners on their 10k journey through Sheffield.

The 'bands on the run' is part of Sensoria, the UK's festival of music, film and digital, which will see an exciting link between live music and running in Sheffield. Sensoria will present a selection of bands on the route with the final spot remaining for the competition winner.

John Mayock, project director of the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run, said: "This year we want to open the doors and give one band the chance to fill the last place on the route. With over 6,000 musical tastes to cater for, there are no restrictions; we're looking for anything from choirs to jazz to steel pan bands."

The Bupa Great Yorkshire Run will also collaborate with Sensoria to stage the annual programme of live music in the Peace Gardens, which takes place on the same day as the run. The day-long packed programme of music will be open to everyone and is free of charge.

The 10k event, launched in 2007, begins at Arundale Gate and moves from the city centre to Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium, before crossing the finish line again at Arundel Gate. Last year's event saw over 6,000 runners take part in sunny conditions, with Gemma Steel securing a second consecutive victory and Jonny Mellor taking first place in the men's field.

Entries for the band on the run are open until Friday 16 August. Bands can enter by submitting a short description and a link to their soundcloud page or website to bands@greatrun.org.

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