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:
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