YOUNGSTERS are being urged to join in the running fun in this year’s Leeds Abbey Dash, organised by charity Age UK.
The Junior Dash – designed for eight- to 15-year-olds– will cover just 2 km in the city centre run on November 17.
Organisers are encouraging schools to enter teams with the winning team being awarded a prize in addition to overall winners.
All funds raised will go to help vulnerable, older people living in the county.
Lydia Curran, senior events manager at Age UK is calling on as many young people as possible to sign up to the 2k challenge and raise vital funds for Age UK.
She said: “Taking part in the Junior Dash is a great way for young people to take part in a professional road race and really feel part on the atmosphere. Junior Dash starters will experience the same start line and finish line as the older runners in what is set to be our biggest event yet. We look forward to seeing you there.”
This year Age UK will also be awarding medals to first, second and third place overall but also to the top finishers from school teams across the city.
Now in its 28th year, the Dash is popular with fun-runners, celebrities and elite athletes alike. It has been chosen as a top 10 event by Runner’s World and is set to be even more popular this year because it’s been picked as the final event in the prestigious Runbritain Grand Prix series.
The Dash has been chosen as one of six events to be part of the series and is the first charity event to be included due to its fast, flat and professional course.
Participants who sign up to the Leeds Abbey Dash will be raising funds for Age UK’s annual Spread the Warmth campaign, which helps hundreds of thousands of older people keep warm and well during the colder months.
Some funds raised this year will also go towards delivering the befriending service offered by Age UK Leeds which supports some of the most isolated and vulnerable older people in the city.
GB International marathon and track runner Aly Dixon is supporting this year’s event. She is giving her top tips for one of her favourite distance’s to run.
The Junior Race is £6 to enter (ages from 8-15 years) and starts at 9am. Juniors keen to sign up to the Age UK Junior Dash should call 0800 169 87 87 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Finishers will receive a medal and a T-shirt.
TOP TIPS FOR GB ATHLETE ALY DIXON
GB International marathon and track runner Aly Dixon has given the following top five tips for first-time 10k runners:
1. Get motivated: sign up to a charity run and set a realistic goal – this will keep you energised and help you train.
2. Warm up: jog gently to warm up and stretch after your run. If you stretch before you are warmed up you risk the chance of pulling muscles as they are not loosened up.
3. Set a plan: seek advice from your local gym or running club who can help you work on a suitable plan for your level of fitness. They can also give you advice on running kit and doing core work too
4. Train: you don’t need to over-do the training for a 10k but aiming for three times a week is a realistic target.
5. Run to visit someone: a great way to exercise outdoors. Just five minutes of seeing a familiar, friendly face can help older people.