Abbey Dash coming up fast
It could well be the fastest 10k on the circuit, and for many, the Leeds Abbey Dash is the endpoint to their autumn training schedule. For anyone considering taking part, there is just under one week remaining before entries close at midnight on 24 October.
Consistently attracting fields of 10,000 and upwards, the Dash is one of the highlights of the racing year and boasts a nice blend of GB internationals, Olympians, club runners and first-timers alike.
The upcoming event, scheduled for Sunday 27 October, will see competitors take to the streets of Leeds to tackle a speedy course that moves from Town Hall and passes some of the city's most important historical buildings, including Kirkstall Abbey, before returning to Yorkshire TV studios on the way to the finish line.
Last year saw Adam Craig put in a PB performance en route to victory, crossing the line first in 29:08. Jack Martin (29:27) grabbed second while Lucian Allison took third in 29:33: all the top seven men all ran in under 30 minutes.
In the women’s competition, Shettleston Harriers’ Fionnuala Ross also grabbed a PB as she took first in 33:30, slicing almost 30 seconds from her previous best. Morpeth’s Mhairi Maclennan (33:36) and Stephanie Pennycook (33:49) were her closest competitors.
Sunday 27 October will represent the 34th edition of the Dash, with the event once again supporting Age UK. Each year, the race provides invaluable funds to help older people in later life.
Further information, including registration, is available here.