England Athletics has confirmed that the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash will once again host the national championships. The 10k, scheduled for Sunday 6 November, is renowned for a speedy course and attracts upwards of 10,000 runners per year.
Those registered with England can compete in the National Championship race and take the honours of England Champion. The top two in the respective categories will be presented with the opportunity of wearing an international vest at the turn of the year.
Over the years, the 10k has served as a valuable stepping stone for those looking to compete at international level: in 2014, Rio debutants Andrew Butchart and Callum Hawkins headed the men’s field, while Eilish McColgan, who competed at the 5,000m final last month, took second in the women’s competition.
England Athletics Road Running Coordinator, Charlotte Fisher, said: “England Athletics sees these international opportunities as a hugely important development opportunity for athletes with future Commonwealth, World and Olympic aspirations.”
In addition to being an ideal 10k for a PB, the Dash raises money for Age UK, Britain's largest charity for older people. Organisers have estimated that more than £300,000 was raised from the 2015 race alone. Entries for the event are open here.