Olympic athlete calls on Leeds runners to make a Dash

Kelly Sotherton. Pic: Stu Forster/Getty Images.
Kelly Sotherton. Pic: Stu Forster/Getty Images.
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OLYMPIC heptathlete Kelly Sotherton is calling on others to get in the running for the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash – and has offered her top training tips for participants.

The YEP-backed race will raise thousands of pounds to help vulnerable older people in the city.

Former gold medallist Kelly said: “I’m urging as many people as possible to sign up to the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash today, to challenge themselves and make a huge difference to people in later life.

“Sport is a huge part of my life and I know the sense of achievement that can come from combining running, staying fit and raising vital funds for a good cause.

“I hate the thought of people feeling alone but together we can do so much to help.”

The run on Sunday, November 16, is now in its 29th year and takes a 10k route around the city.

Kelly’s top tips for runners include:

- Getting a good pair of trainers and socks to avoid blisters;

- Joining a local running group to help motivate you, make the running more fun, and help with training plans;

- Doing some speed work to improve your time;

- Remembering that rest and recovery is part of training, and

- Doing alternate training, like cycling or swimming, to take some pressure off your legs and stop potential risks of injury.

Money raised from the Dash will help tackle loneliness and other issues for older people in the city.

The registration fee is £22 for the adult race, and £8 for the Junior Race, where youngsters aged from eight to 15 years old can take part in a 2k route.

To sign up to the event, which starts at Wellington Street in Leeds city centre, visit www.ageuk.org.uk/dash. For enquiries, e-mail 10k@ageuk.org.uk or call 0800 169 87 87.

Jess Carmichael.

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