Getting on their marks for dash through Leeds

Runners on Wellington Street at the start of last year's Leeds Abbey Dash.
Runners on Wellington Street at the start of last year's Leeds Abbey Dash.
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Thousands of runners are set to pound the streets of Leeds for the return of the annual Abbey Dash.

A staggering 12,000 runners have signed up for the YEP-backed 10k race which takes place on Sunday, November 15.

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And kind-hearted runners have snapped up all of the places available in this year’s sold-out Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash

Among them will be a team of runners from Bupa Uk.

Tom Dickson, procurement operations specialist, said: “I have taken part in the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash for the last three years - it is one of my favourite 10k events.

“As Bupa UK now have a strategic partnership with Age UK, I thought it would be a great opportunity to get a team together, and try help raise as much money as possible for a really worthy cause.

“We have around 25 ‘Team Bupa’ members taking part and each and every one of us has their own personal challenge.

“Some are running purely to raise money for Age UK, others are simply aiming to finish, whilst some of us are looking to hit a new Personal Best. Regardless of how we do, we are all really looking forward to the race.

“It’s fantastic to be able to raise money for a great charity, while doing something that is also good for you.”

Recent research from the charity shows that one in four people – or 2.9 million – over the age of 65 feel they have no one to go to for help and support.

Money raised from the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash will help make a difference to the lives of older people in Leeds and across the country.

Some of the money raised this year will enable Age UK Leeds to provide services and programmes for older people in the city, such as its Hospital to Home (H2H) scheme – a service supporting older people in Accident and Emergency and on their return home.

The race is due to start at around 9.30am on Sunday and the junior race is expected to begin at 9.10am.

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