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Captain Blade joins in the fun

4 September 2012

Thousands complete Yorkshire run challenge

Thousands of runners from across the country took up the challenge, braved the hot weather and completed the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run in Sheffield on Sunday (2nd September) and Captain Blade was on hand to give some encouragement.

Jonathan Mellor lifted the title ahead of Team GB's Olympic Games 5000m representative Nick McCormick with a time of 29 mins 24 seconds. Last year's winner Gemma Steel easily retained her title on a perfect day for road running and was unchallenged as she led from gun to tape to win in 33 mins 12 seconds.

Celebrity couple Paula Lane, who plays Kylie Platt in Coronation Street and Tom Shaw, from ITV1 drama DCI Banks both took part in aid of Henshaws Society for Blind People in Harrogate, with Ashes to Ashes actor Dean Andrews running for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Thousands of friends, families and well-wishers lined the sunny streets to support the runners, who were also spurred on by live music as part of the Sheffield Bands on the Run festival.

Performances across the course and in the city centre included Feelix, Pallav Roy, the Albion Choir, Croft House, Zaffirelli, The Coachmen and the Concord Allstars.

Budding runners aged 3-8 took part in the 1.5k Mini Run, while 9-15-year-olds competed in the 2.5k Junior Run as part of the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run activity in the city centre.

Former athlete and race organiser John Mayock said: "The sixth Bupa Great Yorkshire Run was a fantastic success with thousands of entrants running, many for charities close to their hearts.

"Participate, enjoy and succeed was a key theme for the run in this Olympic year and while they might be a few tired legs, I'm sure that all those who took part will have been thrilled by the experience."

The event has helped to raise thousands of pounds for a host of charities, including Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity, one of 'The Blade' official charities, and Diabetes UK.

Runners can now sign up to the reminder service for the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run 2013 by visiting

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