Leeds pupils put best feet forward for Abbey Dash

Pupils at Colton Primary School.

Pupils at Colton Primary School.

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A TEAM of 16 mini fundraisers are preparing to pound the pavements at the Leeds Abbey Dash Junior Run this year.

The group of youngsters from Colton Primary School will put their best feet forward for the children’s run to raise money for Age UK.

The YEP-backed event on Sunday, November 16, sees thousands of runners race through the city to help raise vital funds for vulnerable older people.

The annual run, which is now in its 29th year, includes a 10k route for adults and a 2k route for children aged eight to 15 years old.

Sue Harrison, head teacher at Colton Primary School, said: “It’s for a good cause and it’s good for the pupils to take part in something like this.

“A lot of them are in the running club and it was something for them to work towards.

“We want to make sure all children enjoy sport and are active so the Abbey Dash fits in with that.”

Participants who have signed up to the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash this year are raising funds for Age UK’s work that supports vulnerable older people across the country such as tackling loneliness and isolation.

Some funds raised this year will also enable Age UK Leeds to provide services and programmes for older people in the city such as information and advice and help to get online.

The Leeds Abbey Dash will start at Wellington Street and finish on The Headrow.

Children can sign up on the day, and the Junior Race costs £8 to enter.

Everyone who finishes the course will each receive a limited edition Leeds Abbey Dash t-shirt.

For more information, visit www.ageuk.org.uk/dash or call 0800 169 87 87.

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