Harrogate gears up for Great Yorkshire Run

Great Yorkshire Run

Published at 4:29pm 21st July 2016.

Thousands of people are preparing to take part in the first Great Yorkshire Run to be held in Harrogate.

On Sunday, they will set off from Montpellier Hill and take on the 10K route which includes Valley Gardens, RHS Garden Harlow Carr and the Stray, before returning to Montpellier Hill to cross the finish line.

Club runners, fun runners and fundraisers will be joined by a host of celebrity names from TV shows such as Casualty, Holby City, Emmerdale and EastEnders, who are all supporting the event's official charity, Bloodwise.

Tony Audenshaw, Eden Taylor-Draper, Laura Aikman, Matt Kennard, Gruffudd Glyn, Ray MacAllan, Matthew Wolfenden, Andy Knott, Ruth Gibson, Dave Atkins and Aneirin Hughes will all wear the Bloodwise colours.

Britain's most famous WI members, the Calendar Girls, will fire the starting gun for the event.

Angela Baker, Tricia Stewart, Ros Fawcett and Linda Logan, of Rylstone Women's Institute in the Dales, bared all in a charity calendar and have raised over £3 million for Bloodwise.

Founding member Angela inspired the ladies to create the calendar after her husband John died from non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and initially set out to raise enough money to buy a sofa for the hospital where he was treated.

Angela, otherwise known as Miss February, said: "We the Calendar Girls are delighted to be involved with the Great Yorkshire Run and are delighted to have been asked to be the event's honorary starters.

"We wish everyone taking part good luck in raising money for their chosen charities.

"Thank you to everyone who is running for our charity Bloodwise which researches into all blood cancers.

"We hope you all have a great day and achieve your goals."

Catriona Tait, Regional Manager at Bloodwise, added: "I'd like to say a huge thank you, on behalf of everyone at Bloodwise, who helped to make the Great Yorkshire Run a huge success.

"We're incredibly grateful to the organisers for giving us the opportunity to be the official charity for the run and we hope to see hundreds of unstoppable runners pounding the streets of Harrogate in support of Bloodwise.

"Thank you to each and every one of them for raising money to help us to beat blood cancer.

"We'd also like our huge TV Times celebrity running team, who are taking part, and the Calendar Girls, who will fire the starting gun, both of whom have done so much to help us to beat blood cancer over the years."

Great Yorkshire Run

Calendar Girls Angela Baker and Tricia Stewart with Councillor Nick Brown, Mayor of the Borough of Harrogate

Organisers of the Great Yorkshire Run - Harrogate have teamed up with Masham brewery T&R Theakston which will be sponsoring the event for the next three years.

Executive Director Simon Theakston said: "We are incredibly proud to be sponsors of the first Harrogate running of the Great Yorkshire Run.

"As local brewers, we have supported local sporting activities across the district, and this is the latest and arguably the highest profile.

"With up to 3,000 people expected to take part in the event, we would like to wish everyone great personal success and an enjoyable day.

"And for all the hard work, don't forget to visit us in the event village afterwards!"

Yorkshire-based Up & Running has donated prize vouchers for the top three finishers, as well as the fastest man and woman across different age categories.

Runners are also being invited to step up to The Berwins 500 Challenge, sponsored by Berwins Solictiors in Harrogate and Leeds, which will split a £500 cash prize between the first man who beats 31 minutes and the first woman who beats 34 minutes.

If only one runner succeeds, they will be awarded the full £500.

The Great Yorkshire Run - Harrogate is now full, but you can find infomation about road closures, parking advice and arrival times at www.greatrun.org/yorkshire