Organisers of the 27th Leeds Abbey Dash have confirmed the event has once again reached entry capacity, reaffirming its reputation as one of the most popular races in the northern running calendar. The 10k road race, which takes place this Sunday (November 20), is set to attract 8,000 runners.
The fast, flat course sees participants depart from Leeds Town Hall passing 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.
Competitors will be offered the opportunity to take part in an aerobic warm-up led by model and presenter, Nell McAndrew. An experienced charity runner, Nell, 37, has completed several marathons and supports the work of Age UK, organisers of the event: I've done the Leeds Abbey Dash so many times. It's a nice easy course, so this is perfect for anyone contemplating their first 10k or hoping to achieve a PB."
Another, less well-known runner who hopes to take part on Sunday is Margaret Ehrenberg. Margaret, who featured in northernrunningguide.com at the beginning of October, is currently midway through her 6 day journey from Birmingham to Leeds. Her Running Back to Leeds challenge is dedicated to former running buddy and founder of the Abbey Dash, Colin Morath.
Proceeds from the event will go to Age UK Leeds and will help the charity maintain programmes that aid older people with physical activity, healthy eating, and mental well-being.