Age UK Harewood Dash: 10K run

Last Sunday (13 March 2016) saw the 5th anniversary of the Age UK Harewood Dash 10k race set in the beautiful grounds of Harewood House.

__, Ewan Mitchell and Jonathan Bliss at the Harewood Dash
Paul Whitehurst, Ewan Mitchell and Jonathan Bliss at the Harewood Dash

According to Age UK, loneliness affects 1 in 10 people over the age of 65 – over a million people and can have a profound effect on mental and physical wellbeing.

1,579 athletes from all over the city, West Yorkshire and beyond competed in the event with the historic venue providing a magnificent backdrop for the challenging 10k course.

South Leeds was well represented by a number of lime green South Leeds Lakers jerseys.

Every penny fundraised by competitors will help Age UK reach more older people who are struggling this year, both in Leeds and nationwide.

Matthew Jones won the event with a time of 0:35:13.

Age UK Leeds is looking for city based volunteers to support a new befriending scheme. As a befriender, you will visit some of Age UK’s most isolated clients to help them get out of the house or sit together over a cup of tea for a chat.

For more information, contact Alexandra Boyle at Age UK Leeds on (0113) 389 3000 or email or visit

Fundraisers can also sign up for the Age UK Abbey Dash 10k race which will take place on Sunday November 6 2016.


This post was written by Age UK using our Create an article for South Leeds Life page.


3 Replies to “Age UK Harewood Dash: 10K run”

  1. Great article: I can highly recommend the Age UK befriending service: it has been a lifeline for my father who lives in Hunslet and who unfortunately lost my mother two years ago. He receives regular visits and really looks forward to sharing a cup of tea or getting out for a walk with his Age UK volunteer. Well done to all of those who took part in the race and raised funds for this excellent scheme.

  2. An inspiring article. I need to get down to Sports Direct for a pair of running shoes and join the masses!

  3. Nice to read some positive news for a change!

    Well done to all the runners – what a wonderful venue and day it was for it too!

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