Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash – Sunday 27th October 2019

Race Report by Helen Hill

This race is well known as one of the fastest 10k road races around and is now in its 34th year. After my steady improvement during 2019, a good opportunity to target a sub-50min 10k!

The course starts on the Headrow and is a simple out-and-back course towards Kirkstall Abbey. The race started off in waves, which worked well. I was a bit concerned at the start when the 55 minutes pacer seemed to be close to the front of the 50 – 60 minutes pen! It may not be the most scenic course, but is fairly flat and a simple route to follow along a wide main road. Perfect, if you’re going for a time. There was lots of support from the crowd, including Becky (on photographer duties).

My race plan was to push the pace when I felt good and go for sub 50! Keeping it simple seemed to work. I had a strong start and generally managed to maintain a good pace throughout. When the finish line was in sight, I had a slight panic that I would just miss out on my target. Silly, I know! So I dug deep and went for a sprint finish. I’m sure all the runners around me thought I was mad when I was talking to/telling myself to push on to the finish!

Congratulations to Team Roe on their PB’s too! It was a good inspiration to travel with them. Thanks to everyone who has encouraged me to take my training up a gear this year! I never thought I would achieve a sub-50min 10k.

Full results can be found here:

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