A calendar year of running just wouldn’t be the same without Age UK’s Leeds Abbey Dash: staged for over three decades, the race is possibly the fastest 10k on the circuit. Many earmark the Dash for an Autumn PB, a feature which has, throughout the years, ensured an enthralling, top quality spectacle for runners and supporters alike.
The 2017 staging of the race, scheduled for Sunday 5 November, is fast approaching and anyone looking to be a part of what looks likely to be a 10,000 strong field are encouraged to sign up soon. As ever, the Dash will be raising money for Age UK, Britain's largest charity for older people.
Next month’s event will see an eager mix of elite, recreational and charity runners tackle a speedy course that moves from Town Hall and passes some of the city's most important historical buildings, including Kirkstall Abbey, before returning to Yorkshire TV studios on the way to the finish line.
Despite some wet conditions last year, a top quality field produced, as ever, an exciting contest at the front, with Jonny Mellor (29:12) prevailing in a tight battle with Adam Hickey (29:15) and Graham Rush (29:16). In the women’s field, Eilish McColgan followed up her fantastic showing at Rio to secure a PB and first place in 32:52, almost 30 seconds ahead of Katrina Wootton (33:21).
The Dash, even if you aren’t pursuing an Autumn PB, is great evdent and it’s 30 year plus legacy, not to mention a regular turnout of close to 10,000 runners, attests to this.
Registration is available here.