Entries for Age UK’s Leeds Abbey Dash are now open with organisers anticipating a field of up to 12,000 runners in what will be the event’s 30th year. The race, scheduled for Sunday 15 November, has established the enviable reputation of being one of the quickest 10ks on the circuit while also renowned for its significant contributions to charity.
The course sees runners leave Leeds 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. With an out and back profile, the race creates a highly-charged atmosphere as, along with the supporters, runners encourage each other as they approach and run back from the turn-around point.
Last year’s event saw just five seconds separating the top three of Andrew Butchart, Callum Hawkins and Phil Hurst. Central AC’s Butchart crossed the finish line in 29:17, just four seconds ahead of fellow Scot Callum Hawkins (29:21), with Phil Hurst in third position (29:22). There was also a Scottish 1-2 in the women’s competition, with Steph Twell taking first in a 32:38, with Eilish McColgan following (33:02), while Rhona Auckland finished just one second behind McColgan in 33:03.
The race raises valuable funds for Age UK, Britain’s largest charity for older people, and will help the charity maintain programmes that aid older people with physical activity, healthy eating, and mental wellbeing.
Early bird registration is priced at just £20 (£18 UKA affiliated), valid until 31 August.