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Yorkshire’s Olympic success celebrated with running medals

15 Aug 2012

Yorkshire’s medal success in the London 2012 Olympics is being celebrated at the latest sporting event in the county.

Every entrant into the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run will have the opportunity to win a unique medal to mark their participation in the Sheffield 10k running event on Sunday, September 2.

A custom made gold medal will be awarded to the 2012th runner across the finish line, while four sterling silver medals are to be awarded to lucky individuals picked at random.

All five medals, which are worth more than £250 each, have been specially produced by Sheffield Assay Office, which provided a number of medals to runners in the 2011 race.

Yorkshire won a total of 12 medals at this summer’s Olympic Games with seven gold, two silver and three bronze. This would have placed the county 12th in the overall final medals table standings if it had competed as a country.

Former athlete John Mayock is organising the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run. He said: “Yorkshire’s success in the Olympics was truly remarkable and one of the key highlights of the whole Games. We wanted to celebrate that achievement by providing every entrant into the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run with the opportunity to win their own gold or silver medal.

“The sterling silver medals produced by Sheffield Assay Office last year were a great success and we wanted to continue them in 2012. The addition of the gold medal will make it truly unique and coincide with celebrations of the Olympics success this year.

“You never know, the next Jessica Ennis or Alistair Brownlee might be taking part in the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run and these medals could be the first of more to come for the Yorkshire region.”

The winner of the 2012th gold medal will be presented with the accolade at the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run in the Peace Gardens. Winners of the sterling silver medals will be drawn at random from all the runners which completed the course, with the prize posted to the entrants at a later date.  

Entry into the Bupa Great Yorkshire is £27 for adults, while youngsters can sign-up to the Junior and Mini Run for just £9.

The Bupa Junior and Mini Great Yorkshire Run will take place on the same day as the main event (September 2) and involve a city centre route. Youngsters aged 3-8 can take part in the 1.5k Mini Run, while the 2.5k Junior Run is for ages 9-15. 

To enter the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run visit www.greatrun.org/yorkshire.

Nova International

The Bupa Great Yorkshire Run is brought to you by a partnership between Sheffield City Council and event organisers Nova International and is sponsored by Bupa.

Nova International, headed by Olympic medallist Brendan Foster, is one of the UK’s leading event management and sports marketing agencies. The company’s current brand portfolio also includes some of the biggest running events in the world, all based on the Bupa Great North Run, the world’s biggest half marathon with 54,000 entries.

Nova International was established in 1988 and has a strong sporting pedigree. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, Nova has established itself as a market leader in the world of sports marketing and event management.

For more information please visit www.greatrun.org.

Bupa

Bupa’s purpose is to help people lead longer, healthier, happier lives.

A leading international healthcare group, we offer personal and company health insurance, run care homes for older people and hospitals, and provide workplace health services, health assessments and chronic disease management services, including health coaching, and home healthcare.

With no shareholders, we invest our profits to provide more and better healthcare, and fulfill our purpose.  We are committed to making quality, patient-centred, affordable healthcare more accessible in the areas of wellness, chronic disease management and ageing.

Employing more than 52,000 people, Bupa has operations around the world, principally in the UK, Australia, Spain, New Zealand and the USA, as well as Hong Kong, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, India, China and across Latin America.

For more information, visit www.bupa.com

Issued on behalf of the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run by HR Media Ltd. For more information please contact Steve Hutton on 0114 252 7771 or email steve@hrmedia.org.uk. Alternatively visit www.hrmedia.org.co.uk.   

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