Leeds Abbey Dash: 12,000 runners sign up for race

Runners in the 2014 Leeds Abbey Dash. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
Runners in the 2014 Leeds Abbey Dash. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
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THOUSANDS of kind-hearted runners have snapped up places in this year’s Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash – and the event is now sold out.

A staggering 12,000 runners have signed up for the YEP-backed 10k race, which takes place on Sunday, November 15.

The charity is now asking runners who are signed up to the event to go the extra mile and also raise funds for older people by doing a final fundraising push.

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Participants are being urged to reach out to friends, family and colleagues through social media and set up a JustGiving page to raise donations.

Some of the money raised this year will enable Age UK Leeds to provide services and programmes for older people in the city, such as its Hospital to Home (H2H) scheme – a service supporting older people in Accident and Emergency and on their return home.

Amanda Lynsdale, 25, from Leeds, has been volunteering with the charity since March.

She said: “It’s really important that older people have services like Age UK so they can get information and help.

“Some people don’t really have anyone close by to help them or look after them – and some people don’t have anyone at all.”

Recent research from the charity shows that one in four people – or 2.9 million – over the age of 65 feel they have no one to go to for help and support.

Money raised from the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash will help make a difference to the lives of older people in Leeds and across the country.

For more information about the charity and the race, visit www.ageuk.org.uk/dash.

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