Almost 9,000 runners from across the UK came out in the sunshine on Sunday 5th November to complete the 32nd annual Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash, which helps raise funds to support vulnerable older people, both in Leeds and across the country.
The race, which is part of the England Athletics 10k championships and a popular course due to its flat, fast route, was well attended by elite runners, as well as beginners. First to cross the finish line for the male elite runners was Sam Stabler in an impressive time of 29 minutes and 13 seconds, followed closely by Paul Pollock and Ben Connor, who both ran the race in 29 minutes and 20 seconds. The fastest woman was Eilish McClogan, who broke the female course record yesterday and completed the Dash in 32 minutes and 5 seconds – the previous record held for this was 32 minutes and 15 seconds.
Local star Peanut from the Kaiser Chiefs fired the starting gun for this year’s event before joining the Dash runners, he completed the race with a personal best of 41 minutes and 9 seconds. After the race, he said: “Coming home to Leeds and running such a fast course was a great buzz. Huge shout out to everyone around the city for all the support, it made all the difference. It was also a great opportunity to raise money for lonely older people, who particularly need our help over the cold, winter months.”
If you have been inspired to take on a challenge for Age UK, the Charity has a series of sporting events year-round. For more information, visit www.ageuk.org.uk/events, or call 0800 169 87 87.