In short: 4 Mins off my 10k PB, says it all. In full: This was my first Abbey Dash and I loved it, for somebody who has ran 54-61min 10k's this year I was Sub 50 pace, until 8.5k. it is quick. Organisation was good and those who are griping about runners in wrong pens it was no worse than any of the Major Races. If there was one little moan it would be to make the Start channel a little wider, but other than that. I will be back next year to crack that 50 min barrier. Date of review: November 21, 2010
In short: Well done considering the number of runners In full: Ran like the wind- (by my standards) but 3 mins down on last year. Don't know why, but enjoyable and good vibe all round. For a good cause too! Date of review: November 21, 2010
In short: Fast, flat, well organised! In full: Considering that over 6000 people took part it was very well organised. I suspect that a lot of people had read the comments about the start on here from last year and got down to the front pretty quickly. Wasn't much of an issue with slower runners at the front. Course is what it is, out along Kirkstall Road and back. Overall well organised and pretty fast and flat, sorted me out with a PB. Date of review: November 21, 2010
In short: Flat & Quick In full: Nice flat track 10k with scenic bits at either end of an out and back course.
Given how many runners do this I was surprised at how easy the 'traffic' was. Also nice to see the flyers coming the other way as well. Easy enough to get in and out of Leeds without hassle so all in all a good day. Date of review: November 21, 2010
In short: Gallons of potential for a big PB race, but ruined In full: Sorry, I wanted this to be a great race. I got the PB I wanted, but it was ruiend by very poor organisation. I'll list the problems rather than moan: -Baggage. If you're expecting 6000+ runners, you need more than one 8m wide tent and 6 people. The queue was 20 minutes long! Just as bad after the race too. -Start. When the start spreads back 10 minutes, have a big gun or tannoy so we know when the front runners start! -Start. If you're giving out coloured numbers according to predicted time, try and monitor the pens! For a sub 55 minute runner, I was overtaken by no more than 5 people all race, and overtook hundreds. No idea where I started (7 mins 30 down the road) but I may have run 200 yards more than needed by overtaking (sorry folks) slow, nearly-non-runners who had started at the front. Water. When watering 6000+ runners you need more than 2 tables, cups with sides (i.e. not split) and to stop some bloke pouring a jug over his head when all the cups on the tables are empty. Lucky it was cool and grey!
Other than that, it was a good race. Fast flat route, friendly staff, lots of noise and support. Date of review: November 21, 2010