30 Apr

Gone In A Dash

Leeds Abbey Dash 2013Entries for Age UK's Leeds Abbey Dash are now open and organisers are encouraging prospective runners to register for an event that consistently sells out. The race, which will celebrate its 30th year on Sunday 16 November, is known for being one of the fastest on the circuit and will attract up to 10,000 runners.  

The fast, flat course sees participants depart from Leeds Town Hall before passing some of the city's most important historical buildings, including Kirkstall Abbey, before returning to Yorkshire Television Studios on the way to the finish line.

Last year’s race lived up to its billing as being seriously fast, with the top 15 runners all securing 30 minutes or below.  North Yorks Moors' Matty Hynes finished in 29:23 as he edged out Josh Lilly and Callum Hawkins to secure top spot, with just two seconds separating the top three performers.

In the women's field, Winchester RC's Louise Damen took victory and set a PB in the process, coming home in 33:04. Damen was followed by Belgrave Harriers' Tish Jones (33:16), with Emma Stepto taking third place (33:30).

The event raises money for Age UK, Britain’s largest charity for older people. Registration for the race is priced at £20, or £18 UK Athletics. More information is available here.