Place race makes 2013 Abbey Dash a sellout

All 12,000 places in the Abbey Dashhave been taken.
All 12,000 places in the Abbey Dashhave been taken.
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RUNNERS have rushed for a place in this year’s Leeds Abbey Dash and all 12,000 places have now been snapped up.

The popular YEP-backed 10k run will see the fit fundraisers pound the pavements in aid of Age UK this Sunday.

The charity is now calling on young runners to sign up for the 2k Junior Race, which is held on the same day.

Lydia Curran, head of events at Age UK, said: “We are absolutely delighted that due to the continuing and growing popularity of Age UK’s Leeds Abbey Dash the 10k event is now full.

“We want to thank every single runner who has signed up to help us raise funds for the charity – these funds are vital to help us continue our work.”

She added: “I look forward to seeing you on race day!”

Age UK is encouraging local schools to enter teams this year and medals will be awarded to first, second and third places as well as the top finishers from the school teams.

The Junior Race is open to youngsters aged from eight to 15 years old.

It costs just £6 to enter and runners will set off from the Wellington Street starting line at 9am, before the adult race.

Participants will be raising funds for Age UK’s annual Spread the Warmth campaign, which helps older people keep warm and well during the colder months.

Some funds raised this year will also go towards delivering the befriending service offered by Age UK Leeds, which supports some of the most isolated and vulnerable older people in the city.

Now in its 28th year, the Dash is popular with fun-runners, celebrities and elite athletes.

Young runners who want to sign up to the Junior Race should call 0800 169 87 87 or email 10k@ageuk.org.uk.

Yorkshire-based travel firm Jet2.com is offering a free holiday to Lanzarote to the fundraiser who collects the most money for Age UK.

The Abbey Dash is the final race in the Run Britain Grand Prix series.