The fast and competitive Leeds’ 10k lives up to its reputation with personal bests all around.
Adam Craig and Fionnuala Ross claimed the titles at the 33rd edition of the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash on Sunday (November 4).
Inverclyde’s Craig crossed the line first among the competitive field of runners in a time of 29:08. It was a 35 second personal best for the Scottish athlete and almost 20 seconds ahead of the men’s runner-up Jack Martin.
Stockport’s Martin clocked 29:27 to take three seconds his previous best finishing ahead of Lucian Allison.
Lincoln Wellington’s Allison, who recently spoke to Fast Running about his rapid rise from ‘Couch to 5k’ to dreams of a British vest, took another huge step forward to making that dream a reality running a 21 second PB of 29:33.
In the women’s race, Irish international Ross, who lives in Glasgow, clocked a big personal best 33:30 for the win, taking 27 seconds off her previous best.
The Armagh AC / Shettleston Harriers athlete has been in superb form lately including a half marathon PB of 74:11 at the Great Scottish Run in September.
Morpeth’s Mhairi Maclennan also continued her impressive year finishing as the runner-up with a five second PB of 33:36. Fellow Scot Stephie Pennycook completed the podium with another PB of 33:49.
Leeds City’s Claire Duck took a huge 47 second slice of her previous best after clocking 34:00 to finish fourth in the women’s race.
Shaftesbury Barnet’s Kieran Clements was fourth in the men’s race in a PB of 29:40.
Meanwhile, Kevin Dooney, who has been sharing his running story on Fast Running this year, crossed the finish line in 12th in a time of 30:17 one place ahead of Andrew Heyes, while fellow Fast 10: class of 2018 runner Dave Norman was also in action and clocked 32:13.
Norman was racing on his 40th birthday and his finishing time places him inside the top 15 in the V40 category on the UK ranking this year.