Leeds Abbey Dash – Sunday 16th November 2014

Report submitted by Chris Playle

The Race The Leeds Abby Dash
Overall Score 25
PB Potential 5 – Fast flat out and back course
Atmosphere 4 – 1000s of people there
Organisation 5 – Slick and professional
Scenery 3 – Not the best Leeds has to offer but by no means the worst
Value for Money 3 – It’s a long way to go for just a 10k
Beginner Friendliness 4
Club Support & Social 1 Not many of us there to be honest. (S Bell, G Wallace)
In Short As my brother lives in Leeds I thought I would give this fast flat course a go get the PB down a bit
In Full: Built up as a flat fast course I thought I would give this a blast, and with my brother living just ten minutes away from the start line then this was a no brainer.

 Having arrived in Leeds on the Saturday afternoon, I and two excited kids set off for Thought Bubble at the royal armouries. Which to the uneducated is a Comic Book and Sci-FI convention, and for those that know of my geekish love all thing comics and super heroes, (Remember Bounder Man), I knew this was going to be a good weekend.

 Sunday Morning I woke to the slate Grey skies that only Yorkshire could provide, and with a light drizzle and no wind the day was set for a crack at the PB, which was set just the week previous at the town moor memorial 10k in Newcastle.

 My training over the past year has been interrupted by both running and non-running related issues but heading to the start line I was confident. And this was helped by seeing some familiar faces from both Crook A C and also Sedgefield Harriers, who had travelled down in numbers.

 And soon we were off heading up a slight incline for the first 5k. This is a mass participation event and numbers are in the 1000s, so building any momentum was difficult. This was also a race in which I was not using my Garmin to monitor my pace. It was all about feel and effort. So it was with great surprise and a tad frustration I made it to the half-way point feeling fresh and as if I could have ran it faster. But soon after and the opening up of the roads as well as the slight decline in the road my pace picked up nicely. And apart from a tiny hump in the road I maintained this strong pace to the finish looking down at a 42m 09s on the stop watch, which was further reduced to 42m 07s.


I have no doubt in my mind that by this race next year I will be running under 40m for 10k and will target this race to do it in.

Yes it’s a long way to go for a 10k, but with a city centre finish, a German Market, and plenty of pubs nearby, maybe one or two more will make the journey next year! HEP & DAWSON, the race is on!


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