Make a dash for it to help older people

Runners on Wellington Street at the start of the Leeds Abbey Dash.
Runners on Wellington Street at the start of the Leeds Abbey Dash.
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RUNNERS HAVE the chance to put their best foot forward to support vulnerable older people with the launch of this year’s Abbey Dash.

The YEP-backed event, popular due to its flat and fast course which is ideal for first time and experienced runners, will see 12,000 people take to the streets of Leeds on November 6.

Fancy dress runner makes his way past Kirkstall Abbey on the Leeds Abbey Dash run.

Fancy dress runner makes his way past Kirkstall Abbey on the Leeds Abbey Dash run.

Participants who sign up to the Age UK race will be raising funds to help the charity make a crucial difference to the lives of older people. One in four (2.9 million) people aged 65 and over feel they have no one to go to for help and support.

Age UK wants to combat this by providing companionship, advice and support to people facing later life alone, and Leeds Abbey Dash runners can help.

Some funds raised this year will enable Age UK Leeds to provide services and programmes targeted at lonely older people in the city.

The event, which has been hailed one of the best races in the country by Men’s Running magazine, is in partnership with the YEP which will give full coverage online and in the newspaper.

Lydia Curran, head of Events at Age UK, said: “It’s shocking that millions of older people feel they don’t have anyone to turn to for help and support, or to share the good times with the bad. No one should have no one in our society and everyone who signs up to the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash will be raising funds to help Age UK tackle this widespread problem. It’s a fantastic event for runners of all abilities to be a part of and we look forward to seeing as many people as possible supporting Age UK.”

The 10k event costs £20 until 31st August. Thereafter, registration is £24. The Junior Race is £8 to enter (ages from 8- 14 years). All finishers will receive a limited edition Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash 2016 t-shirt.

To sign up click here. For any enquiries email 10k@ageuk.org.uk or call 0800 1698787.

Sara Wilson of Alliance Trust Savings

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