11 Nov

30th Birthday Looms For Dash

Leeds Abbey DashThe Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash will celebrate its 30th birthday in style with confirmation that all of the 12,000 entries for Sunday’s race have been filled. The 10k has established the enviable reputation of being one of the quickest on the circuit, with many runners seeing the Dash as the ideal way to secure a PB before the season’s end.

The course sees participants 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 was exceptionally close with 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). Both Butchart and Hawkins are expected to compete on Sunday.

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), both times represented PBs for the athletes. Rhona Auckland finished just one second behind McColgan in 33:03.

The event raises money for Age UK, Britain's largest charity for older people.