In short: Fairly flat fast course, although a fairly boring route In full: The abbey dash is spot on for getting a PB (provided you save enough for the short but taxing hill in the last 1/4 mile) and is generally a very fast course out of Leeds to the Abbey and back. The route is mainly straight along one of the main routes into Leeds and as a result is pretty boring, even with the abbey at the halfway point, and the lack of terrain changes or hills can make it a bit monotonous. That said, I've done it 2 years in a row and will do it again next year, for pushing it hard I don't know of a better 10k. Date of review: November 27, 2010
In short: fast-tastic In full: 2mins off my PB and enjoyed seeing the super fast runners coming back the other way, blimey they are quick!! Mind you hope I looked quick when I was coming back the other way!!Run the Jane Tomlinson for atmosphere and this for speed, and enjoy 2 good 10ks in Leeds for different reasons Date of review: November 24, 2010
In short: Leeds' best race: well organised, friendly and a super fast course. In full: No major complaints about this year. The coloured bibs and segregation of spectators and runners made the start better.
However, the starting zones could have been better enforced. I was in the 45-55 zone and spent the first 3 miles overtaking people who clearly weren't running at anything like that pace.
Overall though, a great race with fantastic PB potential. A few friends ran it as a first 10k and are converted. Date of review: November 24, 2010
In short: My 1st 10K and I will be doing it again next year. In full: This was my first 10K race, and had set myself a target of getting under the hour mark, but sadly missed it by just over a minute... but still enjoyed the race and the experience. but will be running the abbey dash again next year. Date of review: November 23, 2010
Coloured bibs this year were a good idea. Not enforced but runners seemed to sort this out themselves. The start was my main problem with previous years - not sure if I lined up earlier but I had no issue this year and it made a big difference not weaving in and out of over-ambitious starters for the first 5k.
Not really fussed about the scenery - I was concentrating on running (surprised to read in another review that there was a water station - I didn't even notice!).
Only criticism would be the difficulty in finding a chip bin at the end. Oh and the marshall standing next to me at the start who was debating with his mate whether he could go and have a "slash" in a shop doorway up one of the side streets - which he then did (aren't they there to STOP that kind of thing?)
Sub 40 next year :-) Date of review: November 23, 2010
In short: Great Morning! In full: First time I'd done this and my first 10K. really enjoyed the whole event and came away with a time better than my target which can't be bad. Would definitely do it again.See you next year! Date of review: November 22, 2010
In short: Fantastic fast & fairly flat pb potential course in city centre In full: Not the most scenic courses! but its fast and the potential for a pb make this one race not to miss. The downsides to this: long queues for the toilets and even longer one for the baggage store - we didnt use this in the end - deciding that a quick dash to the car to leave belongings would be quicker. The start area was flagged in time order and the runners numbers were colour coded too however people could just go where they wanted and the usual thing happened in that people who know they are not going to run/havent trained for that speed are at the very front at the startline! Otherwise great organisation and also fantastic to be able to block traffic on this extremely busy road in & out of the city centre. Date of review: November 22, 2010