Leeds runners get on their marks for charity race

GOOD CAUSE: Runners in the UK Abbey Dash at the 5km point, Kirkstall Abbey.
GOOD CAUSE: Runners in the UK Abbey Dash at the 5km point, Kirkstall Abbey.
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Fundraisers are being urged to go the extra mile and put their best foot forward with the return of a popular run in Leeds.

Thousands of runners are set to take to the city’s streets to help raise money to support vulnerable older people as part of the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash 2015.

The YEP-backed event is celebrating its 30th birthday this year and is popular with fun-runners and celebrities, as well as elite athletes.

And places are now up for grabs for runners to sign up for the event on Sunday, November 15.

Recent research from the charity shows one in four people aged 65 and over feel they have nobody to go to for help and support.

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 to enter until August 31 and thereafter registration is £24.

The Junior Race, which is suitable for young people aged between eight and 15, costs £8 to enter.

Runners keen to sign up to the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash should visit www.ageuk.org.uk/dash. Age UK can also provide fundraising tips and advice to runners who would like to raise funds for the charity.

For any enquiries about the event or support with fundraising, email 10k@ageuk.org.uk or call 0800 169 87 87.