As ever, the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash threw up some fierce competition at the front of the field with a matter of seconds separating the top three male and female runners. Even with the inclement conditions, the race attracted over 9,000 participants, meaning the Dash could celebrate its 30th birthday in a fitting manner.
The 10k saw participants move from Town Hall and pass through 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.
The weather for the first half of the race - with a strong headwind facing runners - put paid to any threat of course record performances. Bristol and West’s Dan Studley led the male field home in 29:43, just three seconds ahead of Dewi Griffiths, with Jacob Allen closely following (29:50).
In the women’s competition, Charlotte Arter (33:02) narrowly ousted Faye Fullerton (33:10) and Stevie Stockton (33:11) to take first position. Arter later tweeted: “absolutely chuffed to win the abbeydash10k.” Jo Lilley was mid-point in the field in 1:04:48, while the last runner came home in 2:11:47.
The event raises money for Age UK, Britain's largest charity for older people. Organisers have estimated that up to £300,000 was raised from this year’s race. Lydia Curran, Head of Group Events at Age UK, said: “This year’s 30th Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash was truly spectacular. Thanks to the thousands of runners who took part, as well as our volunteers and the crowds of supporters who lined the route.
“This annual event raises funds for Age UK’s vital work supporting older people like tackling loneliness. It’s heartbreaking to know that so many older people feel they have no one to turn to, especially at this time of year so we’re hugely grateful for everyone’s support.”