Entry is now full for one of the most popular events on the Northern circuit, the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash. The event, set for this Sunday (16 November), has established itself as one of the fastest 10ks in the country and will attract 12,000 runners.
The course departs from Leeds Town Hall and passes 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. 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 race lived up to its fast billing, with the top 15 runners all securing 30 minutes or below. North Yorks Moors’ Matty Hynes produced a PB to take victory, coming home in 29:23, with Josh Lilly taking second 29:25 and Callum Hawkins third 29:26 (chip time 29:24).
In the women’s field, Winchester Running Club’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 in third place (33:30).
The race raises valuable funds for Age UK, Britain’s largest charity for older people, and will help the charity maintain programmes that aid older people with physical activity, healthy eating, and mental wellbeing. Registration for the event was priced at just £22 (£20 UK Affiliated). Full details at the event website.