12 Jun

Fast Dash Expected At Leeds

Leeds Abbey Dash

Entries for the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash are now open, with runners encouraged to register for an event that is expected to attract up to 10,000 competitors. This year's Dash is likely to be even more popular as it will stand as the final race in the six-part runbritain Grand Prix series.

Now in its 29th year, 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.

Last year's event underlined how conducive the course is for fast times, with the top 7 competitors securing sub 30 minute finishes. The race was won by Leeds City's Luke Cragg, closely followed by Josh Lily (29:32) and Mohammed Abu-Rezeq (29:49). Chester-le-Street's Aly Dixon led the female field home in 32:53, with Rebecca Robinson in second place (33:09).

Participants who sign up to the Leeds Abbey Dash will be raising funds for Age UK's annual Spread the Warmth campaign, which helps hundreds of thousands of older people keep warm and well during the colder months.

Lydia Curran, senior events manager at Age UK is calling on as many people as possible to sign-up, commenting: "This year is such an exciting year for everyone taking part in the Leeds Abbey Dash. Being chosen as a runbritain Grand Prix event means that the Dash will be one of our biggest yet. We look forward to seeing as many runners as possible at the start line, from first time fun runners to elite athletes.

Registration is priced at £20 (£18 UK affiliated). For more information, visit the event website.