Junior race to shine at Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash

ON YOUR MARKS: Runners warm up prior to the start of last year's Abbey Dash.

ON YOUR MARKS: Runners warm up prior to the start of last year's Abbey Dash.

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Sports stars of the future are being urged to sign up for the first-ever Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash junior race later this year.

Youngsters will get their chance to shine at the event on November 20.

Up to 300 junior runners, all aged between eight and 15, will take part in the 2km race at 9am, which starts and finishes outside Leeds Town Hall.

The adult’s 10km Abbey Dash will take place afterwards, at around 9.30am.

Race director Alex Grant said he had been planning the inaugural junior race for the past three years.

He said: “There are very few timed road races for junior athletes, so we’ve been working with UK Athletics to set up a two kilometre event where younger runners can take part in real race conditions.

“Our aim is to give junior runners in Leeds a chance to flourish, as well as help make the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash a run that the whole family can be a part of.”

Solo, chief executive at Age UK Leeds, added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for younger people to demonstrate their athletic prowess for a good cause.

“It’s great that the Abbey Dash now has an intergenerational link.”

Tom Galliano, events fundraiser at Age UK, said: “We’re hoping the junior race will attract young people from all over the UK. It’s a great opportunity for the athletes of the future to really shine.”

He added: “Funds raised through the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash will help us continue our vital work, and it’s incredible to think that each step our junior runners will take will be helping to support older people across the UK.”

Age UK is the new force combining Age Concern and Help the Aged, which is dedicated to improving later life by providing free information, advice and support, and helps five million people every year.

For more information about the junior race, or to sign up, visit the website: www.ageuk.org.uk/dash

For general enquiries, call the Abbey Dash hotline on 0800 169 8787.

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