More than 8,000 runners from across the UK pounded the pavements on Sunday 4th November to complete the 33rd 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 well known for achieving Personal Bests, was well attended by elite runners, as well as beginners. First to cross the finish line for the male elite runners was Adam Craig in an impressive time of 29 minutes and 8 seconds, followed closely by Jack Martin, who ran the race in 29 minutes and 27 seconds and Lucian Allison who completed the Dash in 29 minutes and 33 seconds. The fastest woman was Fionnuala Ross, who ran the race in 33 minutes and 31 seconds, followed by Mhairi Maclennan in second place with 33 minutes and 38 seconds and in third place with 33 minutes and 50 seconds was Stephie Pennycook, closely followed by Leeds’ very own Claire Duck in fourth place with a finishing time of 34 minutes and 2 seconds.
Lydia Curran, Head of Events at Age UK, said: “This year’s Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash has been fantastic! We’d like to thank the thousands of runners who took part, as well as our volunteers and the crowds of supporters who cheered everyone on.
“The Dash raises vital funds which really do help to make a crucial difference to the lives of older people. It’s heart-breaking to know that so many older people feel they have no one to turn to, especially at this time of year so we’re hugely grateful for everyone’s support.”
Top 3 runners (male):
Adam Craig – 29 minutes and 8 seconds
Jack Martin – 29 minutes and 27 seconds
Lucian Allison – 29 minutes and 33 seconds
Top 3 runners (female):
Fionnuala Ross – 33 minutes and 31 seconds
Mhairi Maclennan – 33 minutes 38 seconds
Stephie Pennycook – 33 minutes 50 seconds
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.