Thousands of runners take part in Leeds Abbey Dash

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the roads through Leeds city centre were transformed this morning as queues of cars were replaced by thousands of runners pounding the streets for charity.

Fitness fans travelled the length and bredth of the country to compete in the 10k Abbey Dash, alongside fun runners and servicemen and women, all raising money for Age UK.

Runners head along Wellington Street at the start of the Leeds Abbey Dash

Runners head along Wellington Street at the start of the Leeds Abbey Dash

Around 250 youngsters took part in the 2k junior race, while a staggering 12,000 participated in the main event – cheered by thousands of supporters lining the route from Wellington Street to Kirkstall Abbey and back to Leeds Town Hall.

The first runner to cross the finish line was Andrew Butchart, who took just 29.17 minutes.

The fastest woman was Stephanie Twell, with a personal best of 32.28 minutes.

Fastest wheelchair racer was Callum Hall, who completed the course in 27.41.

The fastest female wheelchair racer was Jade Jones – although organisers don’t yet have her official time because of a problem with her timing chip.

The winning youngster was 14-year-old Jack Brennan, with a time of 5 minutes, 38 seconds.

Emmerdale star Alicya Eyo also took part.

Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor David Congreve, presented the winners’ medals on the steps of Leeds Town Hall. He said: “It’s wonderful that people in Leeds are willing to take part in such events and raise such an enormous amount of money for such a good cause.”

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