SLIDESHOW - Great Yorkshire Run superheroes give it their all

Sheffield city centre was buzzing as runners took to the streets in their thousands for the annual Great Yorkshire Run.

There was a carnival atmosphere on Arundel Gate and hundreds of supporters lined the roads to watch the runners taking part in the 10k.

Great Yorkshire Run 2013

Great Yorkshire Run 2013

The race was started by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Coun Vickie Priestley, who said: “It has been absolutely fantastic. Sheffield is brilliant at staging events like this and it is just great to see so many people here.

“There were about 6,000 people running and then all their friends and relatives who have come to support them.

“All the hotels are full. It’s great for the city centre economy.

“It’s also wonderful to see so many people of all different ages and abilities.”

She was joined at the start by former Emmerdale actor and keen runner Tony Audenshaw and Capital FM presenters Danny Oakes and Simon Hirst.

Tony, running for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, said: “It’s a great event. Sheffield is a proper sporting city and it’s wonderful there are so many people here from all over who are here to get stuck in.”

Fellow actor George Rainsford, star of Call the Midwife, was taking part and told The Star: “It’s my first time and it’s great. I’m from Huddersfield originally so I know Sheffield well.”

Rotherham actor Dean Andrews, famous for his role as Det Ray Carling in Life on Mars, said he would be running and walking the course with his daughter Alice, aged 21.

“It’s always great fun and Sheffield is a great city,” he said. “I’m a local lad so I get lots of support on the way round including the odd shout of ‘Come on Raymondo!’,” he said.

Other celebrities taking part included Sheffield boxer Kell Brook, former professional athlete Liz McColgan and actor Matthew Lewis who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films.

Sheffield’s Man with the Pram John Burkhill was also on the start line in his trademark green wig.

Star reporters Richard Marsden and Molly Lynch both took part too.

Molly said: “I was flagging at the 7k mark but the children who high-fived me showed the people of Sheffield are one of the best things about the day.”

Richard said: “I loved the number of people shouting encouragement.”

Among those watching was Helen Foster of Firth Park, supporting her husband Martin, and joined on the sidelines by children Lilian, four, and Timothy, one.

“It’s the third or fourth time he’s done the race and we all get very excited about it every year,” she said.

“Just look at the all people here - it’s great for Sheffield.”

The run started on Arundel Gate in the city centre and followed a route down Penistone Road and back.

The winner of the race was Ryan McLeod who beat Ethiopian born Yared Hagos to the line in 29 minutes and 40 seconds.

First female home was aptly-named Gemma Steel who smashed her own course record by 32 seconds, finishing in 32 minutes and 40 seconds.

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