An Airedale anaesthetist has achieved a new personal best at the Leeds Abbey Dash, finishing 96th out of over 8,600 runners.

The 10K road race, organised by Age UK, sees professional athletes and fun runners alike take to the streets of Leeds.

Dr Julian Hood is a consultant in anaesthetics and clinical lead for critical care and has worked at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust since 2012.

He said: "My personal best run of 32 minutes 59 seconds at the Leeds Abbey Dash 10K completed a three-year goal of trying to break 33 minutes. Every second counted on this occasion!"

He explained that he had been training and running for a number of years, completing various events and competitions.

“I rowed for the University of London while at medical school, but after a period of general lethargy and gaining weight, I started doing triathlons in 2007," he added.

"After completing a half Ironman challenge in 2009, I entered the Paris Marathon and realised I was reasonably competitive at running, finishing in two hours 55 minutes.

"I’ve been running fairly consistently since. Personal highlights include a personal best of two hours 37 at the Chester marathon in 2015 and completing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks race in three hours 14 – an 'elite' time."

Dr Hood's next big race will be the Manchester Marathon in April 2017.