They Dashed In Leeds
More Sale Harriers than ever turned out for the weekend's Leeds Abbey Dash 10k, a highly reputable, fast, out-and-back fast course that attracts several thousand and this year no less than nine dipped under the magical elite thirty minute barrier. In uncharacteristically nice November weather, conditions were ideal for fast times and fourteen of the twenty who crossed the Pennines recorded magical PB's.
Nick Samuels (31:26): The club's long-time middle distance specialist was first home running within one second of his PB, that he recorded twelve months ago in the Brighton 10k
Gary Rowlinson (34:44) (M45):
Stephen Mc Carron (35:24) Knocked forty seconds off his PB achieved in last year's Leeds Abbey Dash, his only other 10k ever. "I'm dead chuffed!"
Mike Ashby (35:38): Running his first 10km since 2006, he recorded a PB by over a minute. "I felt strong all the way, 'scalping' three harriers in the final few kilometres" I'm very pleased". He's now aiming for sub-35 next year.
Lee Woods (35:47):His first PB in 2 years, knocking eighteen seconds off previous best from 2009.
Andy Mooney (36:19): A PB
Peter Crawford (36:31) :
Carl Barber (36:32) A PB by almost a minute with his previous best at July's City of Manchester 10k
Paul Barrett (37:08):
Alistair Kell (39:32): His first Abbey Dash 10k and a season's best. "Really pleased and a good base to begin building for next year".
Jerry Smith (M55) (41:40):A season's best and his best 10 km for over two years. "Very pleased!"
John Battersby (M50) (42:59):
Zoe Gmerek (43:49) (F35) Her first Leeds Abbey Dash and a great PB. Her previous best was 44:44 at September's Salford 10k
Lynda Rowlinson (F50) (42:46):
Louise Robbins (F35) (42.55): Her first Leeds Abbey Dash and a PB by 25 seconds, her previous best being 43:20 at July's City of Manchester 10k. "I liked seeing all the SHM runners on the out and back route. Several of us went for breakfast afterwards".
Belinda Hammond (45:59): A PB
Jenny Flanagan (46:57): Running her second Leeds Abbey Dash, she recorded a PB with her previous best being 47.20 in the Bolton 10K seven years ago! She was 22 seconds faster than in last year race.
Katie Reece (47:05): A PB by about a minute "At last, I'm happy to report my time in a race. Swapping porridge for white toast for breakfast worked and I felt great"
Lauren Davies (46.35): A PB by 20 seconds, the
previous best of 46:54 in last September's Salford 10k
Posted 15/01/2012 19:51