Video: Chance to dash round Leeds shops with a difference

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Women in Leeds are being urged to take a dash around the shops with a difference this weekend.

A pop-up running event will be held at Trinity Leeds shopping centre to help inspire more women to get involved in sport.

The event, which will be held on Sunday and aimed to celebrate active women everywhere, is part of UK Sport’s This Girl Can initiative.

Sunday’s event, which is being backed by Leeds City Council and Run Leeds, will take place to coincide with International Women’s Day.

There will be guided runs by Leeds-based Veggie Runners in some key city centre landmarks and there will also be a Trinity Trail treasure hunt which will see families searching for clues and prizes.

Coun Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills, said: “This Girl Can is all about trying to break down the barriers that prevent women from taking part in sport and physical activity.

“I know from personal experience how difficult it can be if you don’t fit the stereotypical image of what an active woman is and it’s fantastic that we’re doing something about that.

“Women and girls face completely unrealistic images in the media and wider society about how exercise should look. This campaign will go a long way to dispelling myths around things like having perfect hair and makeup after a run or workout in the gym.”

Nigel Harrison, CEO of West Yorkshire Sport, added: “It’s been fantastic to see women and girls participating in sport on the back of the This Girl Can campaign, either returning to sports they’ve not played for a while or trying something completely new.”

The event at Trinity Leeds will be held between noon and 5pm.