Elite runner ready to go extra mile in Leeds Abbey Dash

Runners in the 2014 Leeds Abbey Dash. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
Runners in the 2014 Leeds Abbey Dash. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
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AN ELITE runner is going the extra mile once more in the Leeds Abbey Dash.

Martin Rees will tackle the race for the third time alongside thousands of other fundraisers on Sunday, November 15.

The Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash 2015 raises vital funds for the charity to help support millions of older people across the country – and right here in Leeds.

Martin, 62, is urging more people to get involved this year, and insists that age isn’t a barrier.

He said: “The Abbey Dash is a really good race.

“It’s one of the most popular ones in the country and it’s all for a good cause.

“I didn’t pick up running until I was 38.

“My advice would be just go along and enjoy it.

“The atmosphere is always really good and it is one of the best races in the country.”

Martin was 55 years old when he first ran the Leeds Abbey Dash and broke the record for his age.

He returned three years later and broke the record for his age once more.

Martin currently has 53 world records, which he gained between the ages of 45 and 62.

The Leeds Abbey Dash follows a 10k route through Leeds city centre.

The course is flat and fast and is ideal for both first time and experienced runners.

There is also a 2k event for youngsters aged between eight and 15 years old.

The registration fee is £24 for the adult race and £8 for the junior race.

To sign up to take part in the event, visit www.ageuk.org.uk/dash.

For any enquiries about the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash, e-mail 10k@ageuk.org.uk or call the Dash hotline on 0800 169 8787.