15 Nov

10,000 Set For Leeds Abbey Dash

Leeds Abbey Dash

The Leeds Abbey Dash 10K returns to Leeds City Centre this weekend to celebrate its 29th year. Sunday's event is expected to attract a record turnout of up to 10,000 runners, with participants raising money for Age UK, Britain's largest charity for older people.

The fast, flat course sees participants depart from Leeds Town Hall through some of the city's most important historical buildings, including Kirkstall Abbey, before returning to Yorkshire Television Studies on the way to the finish line.

With over £220,000 raised for the 2012 event, Lydia Curran, head of events at Age UK, is hoping runners will be able surpass the total this year: "We were thrilled to see so many sports stars and runners in the junior and main race pounding the pavements of Leeds and this year we'd like to raise even more with your help."

Last year's race lived up to its billing as the Abbey Dash provided one of the fastest courses on offer, with the top eight runners all recording 30 minutes or below performances. Leeds City AC's Luke Cragg (29:29) shaded victory over Josh Lilly (29:32), with Mohammed Abu-Rezeq taking third position in 29:49.

In the women's field, Chester le Street's Aly Dixon took top spot in 32:53, with Rebecca Robinson second (33:09) and 2011 champion Susan Partridge taking third position (33:20).

Look out for northernrunningguide.com's report of the Leeds Abbey Dash on Monday.