FUNDRAISING is a family affair for cousins Billy Dawson and Stella Cross.
The pair pounded the pavements last year in the Leeds Abbey Dash junior race – achieving first place in the girls’ and boys’ results.
Billy, 14, finished the race in an impressive seven minutes and 14 seconds and cousin Stella, 13, crossed the finish line just one minute later.
Stella, who runs for Tadcaster Grammar School and Wetherby Runners Athletics Club, said: “I really didn’t expect to win.
“Billy was quite a lot faster than me.
“He’s my cousin so I was cheering him on but I would like to beat him one day!”
Billy, who runs for Leeds City Athletics Club, said: “The junior race was really good and it was nice running with Stella.”
Stella and Billy are now urging other young people to sign up for this year’s event.
The 2k Junior Dash is open to anyone aged from eight to 15 years old and costs £6 to enter.
The annual run, which is sponsored by airline Jet2, is held in Leeds and starts at 9am on November 17, with runners setting off from the starting line on Wellington Street.
Youngsters who successfully finish the junior race will receive a medal and a t-shirt.
Age UK is looking for local schools to enter their own teams this year.
Young runners taking part in the race will help raise money for Age UK’s annual ‘Spread the Warmth’ campaign, which helps thousands of older people keep warm and well during the winter months.
Some funds raised 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.
This year, the charity will award medals to youngsters who come in first, second and third place as well as the top finishers from school teams.
For more information about the run or to sign up, call Age UK on 0800 169 87 87 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.