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The Bupa Great Yorkshire Run has launched a national competition to find the final 'band on the run' to join six other performers along the 10k route. The chosen band will motivate around 6,000 runners at the event on Sunday 29 September.

From the organisers of the Bupa Great North Run, which is Britain's biggest running event, the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run starts and finishes in Sheffield city centre and is renowned for its on-course music.

For the first time, the bands on the run will be a part of Sensoria, the UK's festival of music, film and digital, which will see an exciting link between live music and running in Sheffield. Sensoria will present a selection of bands on the route with the final spot remaining for the competition winner.

John Mayock, project director of the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run, said: "This year we want to open the doors and give one band the chance to fill the last place on the route. With over 6,000 musical tastes to cater for, there are no restrictions; we're looking for anything from choirs to jazz to steel pan bands."

Entries are open until Friday 16th August and bands can enter by sending a short description of their band and a link to their soundcloud page or website to bands@greatrun.org. The winner will be chosen by a Bupa Great Yorkshire Run and Sensoria judging panel.

The Bupa Great Yorkshire Run will also collaborate with Sensoria to stage the annual programme of live music in the Peace Gardens, which takes place on the same day as the run. The day-long packed programme of music will be open to everyone and free of charge.

Mayock said: "Music has always been an important part of the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run, and working with Sensoria means that this year it will be better than ever before, with a high quality programme presented throughout the day, on the course and in the Peace Gardens. We're expecting a large crowd of runners and spectators to flock to Sheffield for a great day of live music and running."

Jo Wingate, director of Sensoria, said: "Sensoria is now in its sixth year and we're always looking for ways to expand the event programme. Working with a mass participation running event such as the Bupa Great Yorkshire Run gives us the opportunity to showcase superb Sheffield bands to a new audience in a new setting."

Find out more at www.greatrun.org/yorkshire