After battling their opponents in the online vote, two inspirational fundraisers have now been chosen to battle it out at the Morrisons Great Yorkshire Run.

Running's annual War of the Roses clash will return to the Sheffield 10k on Sunday 27th September, with Richard Hayes and Ben Ashworth revealed as county captains for Yorkshire and Lancashire respectively.

When entering the event, runners pledge their allegiance to their county, and a white or red rose is printed on their run number.  Yorkshire and Lancashire then battle it out over the 10k distance and the average time of each county determines the winner.

Yorkshire captain Richard is known as the Mohican Runner, due to the unique haircut that he has sported during his charity challenges that have seen him raise thousands of pounds for charities such as the NSPCC.

In his latest challenge, the Sheffield-born runner will spend the next 52 weeks racing at least one event per week to raise money for The Children's Hospital Charity.

He said: “I am over the moon to be the Yorkshire county captain, I wasn't aware that my wife had nominated me but I was honoured to have made the top three, the vote was very close over the week and I want to thank everyone who has got behind me and voted.

“I am very humbled by the support shown. I am now going to lead from the front next week as I tackle my home town and make sure Yorkshire brings home the victory.”

Ben Ashworth, from Preston, has raised an incredible amount of money for various charities.  Diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in 2012, he committed to running 6 marathons in 6 months last year, and has since completed seventeen.  

This month he completed the national 3 peaks challenge, cycling the 450 mile distance between each mountain.
He said: “I'm overjoyed to be the Lancashire County Captain for the Morrisons Great Yorkshire Run. It means even more, because the readers of my local paper, the Lancashire Evening Post voted for me. 

I'm a very proud Lancastrian and when the t-shirt arrived with the red rose of Lancashire and the words ‘County Captain' on the back I got goose bumps. I can't wait to get out there and represent my county on Sunday!”

The War of the Roses winning county will be revealed on the day of the event.

Final entries for the Morrisons Great Yorkshire Run will be taken in the Sheffield Winter Gardens on Saturday 26th September from 12:00-17:00.