Report from Howard Jeffrey:
My Abbey Dash Hell… by Al Abowtmee
How can I perform at my best when there are 12,000 other entrants jostling for the attention I am expecting. Also what is left of my hair did not look good in the strong wind and pouring rain either. Getting to the start dahlings was a nightmare with no-one letting me through. That is until we got to the VIP start bin where the orange and light blue numbers were being selected. At last some semblance of order. Many old (!) friends enquiring what time I am expecting. The anticipated start time placard said 35 minutes… so pretty obvious, although my modesty imposed upon me to suggest between 42 and 45 minutes. The ‘gun’ went exactly on time and….a few chaps at the front set off and for what seemed like forever we just stood there… I ask you! Finally the throng, for that it had become, slowly edged toward the start line. Away we went and comfortably got to 2K in less than 8 minutes round a dogleg into the retail estate off Kirkstall lane. Turning back onto Kirkstall Lane I could feel my left hamstring. Oh no its going to be a DNF… Moi? Unheard of! Eased off a bit and the stiffness slacked off but so did the pace. Approaching the Abbey and I happened upon a chap who said he had a sore hamstring. Shorten the stride and take short mincing steps I suggested. What kind of steps he asked. Mincing… stops the hamstring extending and contracting too much whilst you can still go forward. We can support each other to the finish he said as he was being sponsored…then promptly had to pull up. I continued to mince along (in a manly way) to half way which I got to in about 22.30 so slowing drastically.
The rain had stopped at some stage and it was unseasonably warm (15 degrees?) and it was a pleasure for all those others to accompany me back to the Town Hall. The hamstring held out to the finish but was definitely a bit stiff as I crossed the finish line. 45.26 by my watch so the chip time when it comes will be interesting.
SERIOUSLY. Hats off to Abbey runners for another top event well organised and phenomenally successful. Lots of other Otley vests on show but the results are to follow so I am not sure who they were or who won or whatever.
Jamil Parapia, (2nd claim), 31:44, Frank Beresford, 33:04, Scott Harrington, 33:39, Racheal Bamford, (2nd claim), 35:03, Tom Midgley 36:08, Jeremy Stewart 37:35, Graham Lake 38:24, Steven Robinson, 40:52, Christian Hosker 43:32, Cadan Hoare 42:36, Howard Jeffrey 44:57, Chris Batley 43:35, Nicola Lee 46:59, Sara Elliott 46:18, Andy Webster 46:35, Chris Tomlinson 48:14, Mary Hampshire 48:32, Andrew Rayner 49:38, Melvin Hoare 50:28, Neil Reed 50:58, Ged Peacock 53:24, Charlotte Tomlinson 54:30, Martin Gaskin 54:29, Jenna Wood 57:41 and a big well done to all of Billy & Sara’s beginners who took part 🙂