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Sunday 6th November – Leeds Abbey Dash


Report from Stephen Boddy:

Picking up former member Richard Smith up on the way to the Dash we discussed pre-race preparations and nerves. Smithy had been subjected to a three course meal for his father’s birthday the night before. He suffered in silence as the sober, designated driver until a round of superfluous Irish coffees was ordered, “I’ve been training for this race for ages, can we not go home yet!?” was his panicky cry.

I, myself, got unreasonably irritated with my 1.5yr son who, just minutes before I was due to leave, had the temerity to plead for some of the last banana in the house. After briefly relenting, my parental instinct kicked in and I succumbed to the puppy dog eyed pressure. I was still chuntering to Rich about this banana and how the lack of it could throw weeks of training off course when we picked another friend up who put it all in perspective. “I had 8 pints and a pizza last night” he sheepishly announced on entering the car. Any thoughts of exaggeration and bravado were swept aside by the pungent stench of stale alcohol that stayed with us until we gladly spilled out of the car into the biting November chill.

The race itself went like a dream for me, I ran with a mate from work and we ran 6.5 min/miles (approx) all the way round to finish in 40:41 which was a 3 minute PB. The whole race felt very controlled and I never thought I was going to blow up despite knowing I’d left everything out there on Kirkstall Road. I really like this race, it’s a credit to Leeds with a field brimming with elite runners, club runners right along to people doing their first 10k. The crowds are great and it is really well organised. I don’t usually like out and backs but this one I do as I enjoy passing the runners in both directions, it provides a pleasant distraction from any pain.

One minor bone of contention is that I am now the frustrated owner of the following PBs:

5k       20:00

10k     40:41

½ Marathon    1:40:29

Full Marathon  3:40:13

As proud as I am of these, a 9 in the minutes column wouldn’t go amiss on at least one of them!!

Good a see a few Black and Whites out there, I saw Nicola, Andy and Christian all running well.

Results from Leeds Abbey Dash (All chip times):

Zack Whitehead (132nd) 33:44, Mark Hall (198th) 34:56, Paul Kaiser (409th) 38:05, Peter Crowder (429th) 38:21, Stephen Boddy (794th) 40:41, Christian Hosker (902nd) 42:02, James Rawstron (955th), 42:45, Andy Webster (1307th) 44:54, Nicola Lee (1512nd) 45:50, Peter Gosling (1666th) 45:06, Liz Yates (2270th) 49:44, Ged Peacock (2925th) 53:57 Martin Gaskin (3744th) 52:52, Emma Barlow (5515th) 53:52, Louise Penny (4901st) 57:07, Nici Wharton (5506th) 1:00:35, Steve Haywood (6972nd) 1:10:08 The race was won by Jonny Mellor of Liverpool Harriers in 29:12 and first lady was Eilish McColgan of Dundee Hawkhill Harriers in 32:52

  1. #1 by Matt on November 6, 2016 - 7:59 pm

    Well done all. Looks to me like Mark was 1st MV 55! Some very fast times at the front.

  2. #2 by Sara Elliott on November 6, 2016 - 8:27 pm

    Fantastic turnout for the black and whites and lots of PBs I hear. Well done Mark on the 1st MV55-terrific as per, and well done all!!

  3. #3 by Hannah Lupton on November 7, 2016 - 10:35 am

    Some blistering times and PB’s there. Well done to Louise, you got your PB!

  4. #4 by Antonio Cardinale on November 9, 2016 - 9:40 pm

    Fantastic performance in this very competitive 10k by Mark H. in 34.56 , I agree with Sara E. ‘terrific as per’ , also Zack W. ran a very fast race in 33.44 , and Nicola L. had a super Abbey Dash in 45.50 and it was good to see Steve H. still at it with a good run . Louise P. had a good day running in Leeds with a nice 57.07 . Well done to everyone .

  5. #5 by Robin Outtersides on November 10, 2016 - 5:08 pm

    Nice one Bodders. The fastest over 10 yards at the club.

  6. #6 by Nicola L on November 10, 2016 - 6:49 pm

    Well done Stephen on a massive PB – despite giving up your banana! 🙂 I’d also like to thank my daughter for the 3am alarm call ensuring I got to the race in plenty of time. Well done everyone, not the easiest of runs in the freezing cold wind!

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