YEP Says: Why Leeds Abbey Dash is such a big date in our calendar

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IT WASN’T the best weather for running in Leeds but a little wintry shower and biting winds did little to deter the 10,000 or so runners who took part in the Abbey Dash.

This is an important date in Leeds’s calendar these days and there is always a healthy crowd.

Abbey Dash runners at Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

Abbey Dash runners at Kirkstall Abbey, Leeds

There were some serious runners taking part, such as Olympic athlete Eilish McColgan who won the women’s race, and some celebrities such as Nick ‘Peanut’ Baines of the Kaiser Chiefs.

But for the most part the competitors were simply local people - some serious, some doing it just for the thrill of it.

Many were running for good causes which will benefit from sponsorship, for which charities will no doubt be most grateful.

Those athletes deserve a round of applause, as do their ‘support teams’ of parents, children, friends and partners who lined the route to cheer on our local heroes.

Their devoted cheers no doubt made the 10K feel a little easier for those assorted runners.

Those taking part were impressed with the atmosphere from the thousands who descended on Leeds city centre.

It was an even more memorable occasion for two runners in particular. Matt Waddingham managed to save enough breath to propose to his partner Sarah after they crossed the line together. Congratulations to Matt and Sarah - and all who took part in the dash.

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