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A superfit supergran is gearing up to take part in the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash 2015 at the impressive age of 75.

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In training: Grandmother-of-three Moira Lenaghan is continuing her series of mammoth running challenges with the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash 2015.

In training: Grandmother-of-three Moira Lenaghan is continuing her series of mammoth running challenges with the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash 2015.

Golden oldie athlete Moira Lenaghan, from Temple Newsam, is set to run the YEP-backed event in November as the latest in a series of races and marathons already completed since she took up running after the death of her husband Jim in 1990.

The grandmother-of-three said the sport has gone on to help boost her confidence as well as her social life.

“I like to go running because it gets me out of the house instead of being on my own. I just go and do it. It is something I have done for the last 25 years,” she said, “It has transformed my life. I have been to places all over the world, including Bruges, Amsterdam, Malta, and Cyprus. I’ve been thankful for it as it has enriched my social life and I have met very good friends of all different ages.”

Moira, a retired care home assistant, ran her first race, a 10k, four months after her husband’s death and by 1992 was competing in the London Marathon for the first time.

She is a member of both Kippax Harriers and Crossgates Harriers a and says she typically runs between 25 and 35 miles in a typical week’s training, although this rises to 50 when she’s preparing for a marathon. Her catalogue of impressive marathon finishes includes sixth place in the over-65 women’s section of last year’s New York Marathon.

She is also a member of Sherburn Boghoppers walking club and is no stranger to walking distances of over 23 miles. In the past, she has completed the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride, which saw her cycling from Wetherby to Filey.

In addition to this year’s Abbey Dash, Moira also plans to take part in the Vale of York half marathon next month and the Guy Fawkes 10 run.

To sign-up to take part in the event log on to www.ageuk.org.uk/dash. For any enquiries about the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash email: 10k@ageuk.org.uk or call the Dash hotline on 0800 169 8787.

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