In short: A decent no-fuss big city event. In full: Not quite as pancake-flat as it purports to be, but certainly flat enough for a decent chance of a PB if the wind doesn't get up (same problem with all fairly exposed out-and-back courses). Not a great deal to look at, pricey for a 10k, and it's a big city mass-participation event so expect not-quite-enough-toilets and understaffed baggage areas. However, the atmosphere was genuinely pleasant, there were still people cheering at the finish line when the stragglers were coming in, the pre- and post-race organisation was acceptable (although we could have used a few start-line time-zone enforcers, perhaps with cattle-prods), but let's face it, a large number of runners in these races are first or only timers (bless 'em) and they can get a bit excitable. I wouldn't travel miles for it but I'm fairly local, had a pleasant morning, and would happily run it again. Date of review: December 15, 2010
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