by Ninder Kaur

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Parkinson’s UK is inviting runners and non-runners alike to sign up for the Great Yorkshire Run and fundraise for charity at the same time.

On Sunday 27 September, the streets of Sheffield will be taken over by participants tackling a 10k route through the heart of the historic ‘Steel City’.

There is also the Junior and Mini Great Yorkshire Run with 1.5k and 2.5k distances for kids aged 3 and over so all the family can get involved.

Chrissie Fielden, Regional Fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK in Yorkshire & Humberside, explains: “Taking part in the Great Yorkshire Run is a fantastic way to keep fit as well as raising vital funds for Parkinson’s UK.

“We want to see as many people as possible grab this opportunity to run for Parkinson’s UK and fill the streets with the charity’s cyan colour. Even if people haven’t run before, we offer support for training as well as fundraising, and we’ll be there to cheer people on the day.

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“As the UK’s Parkinson’s support and research charity we’re leading the work to find a cure, and we’re closer than ever. But our work is dependent on donations.”

Entry costs £25 through the Great Yorkshire Run website. Once entered, runners just need to visit the Parkinson’s UK website and fill out a registration form to say they will be using their place to fundraise.

Everyone who signs up to run for Parkinson’s UK will receive a breathable running vest with iron on letters and a fundraising pack.

The charity is also looking for volunteers to cheer runners along the course.

Chrissie adds: “We know from previous running events how much a friendly face and a cheer can spur people over that finish line. It is always a great atmosphere so even if running is not for you, you can still help the charity and get involved in the day by joining us at one of our cheer points.”

For more information, see www.parkinsons.org.uk/content/great-yorkshire-run, call 020 7963 9330 or email fundraising@parkinsons.org.uk