Is it better to rise up or run? (8)
I believe the answer is:
Here is my best explanation:
'is it better' is the definition.
I can't judge whether this defines the answer.
'rise up or run?' is the subsidiary indication.
'run?' is an anagram indicator (I've seen 'running' mean this).
'riseupor' with letters rearranged gives 'superior'.
'to' is the link.
(Other definitions for superior that I've seen before include "One of higher rank", "Snooty", "Senior in rank", "Of higher quality or rank", "Upper", "Monastic head", "Snobbish", "One of forty across", "Largest of the Great Lakes" and "Higher-ranking".)