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Leeds Abbey Dash

17th November 2013

Richard Smith leads for Holmfirth

Richard Smith leads for Holmfirth
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The Leeds Abbey Dash is organised by AgeUK and recognised as one of the best 10K's on the race calendar being fast, flat and offering excellent PB potential.

This year the race start was moved to Wellington Street to accommodate a wave start.  From here the route took us onto the A65/Kirkstall Road and after 1.25 miles, a small loop of the Warner Village before returning onto Kirkstall Road.  After an encouraging shout of support from Garreth Humpries and Steve Beadsell we headed up to the Abbey and turned in the road for the return leg to the finish on the Headrow adjacent to the Town Hall.

There were 9,503 runners on what turned out to be a perfect morning for racing; the weather was fine, dry and with no wind, it would provide ideal conditions for some great performances.

Holmfirth had 26 athletes racing and for many, the training through the summer paid off. Richard Smith was first home for the club three seconds ahead of Stuart Sharp who had an excellent race; they lead home a cavalcade of personal bests from those in amber and also some very respectable age group performances from Margaret Sykes 4th F40, Rob Kersey 4th M60 and Karen Sinkinson 6th F50. 

The complete results for the club was as follows: Richard Smith 00:32:40 [105]; Stuart Sharp 00:32:43 [108 PB]; Steven Eastwood 00:36:34 [423 PB]; Margaret Sykes 00:37:43 [554/4th F40 PB]; Brandon Holroyd 00:38:31 [645]; Ricki South 00:38:57 [713]; Edward James 00:39:25 [772 PB]; Jordan Mullinger 00:41:10 [1080]; Karen Sinkinson 00:41:54 [116/6th F50/equals PB]; Ian Goulding 00:42:09 [1252]; Rob Kersey 00:42:26 [1315 5th M60]; Liz Woodfield 00:42:30 [1332]; Jen Wolstenholme 00:44:00 [1704]; Michael Coggon 00:44:17 [1781 PB]; John Philpott 00:44:43 [1909]; Matthew Rose 00:44:57 [1974]; Tony Mullinger 00:51:08 [4091]; Will Stanley 00:52:36 [4587]; Dinah Coggon 00:53:03 [4761]; Lizzie Robinson 00:53:32 [4967]; Chris Williamson 00:53:37 [4997]; Sarah Ross 00:55:46 [5791]; Diane Taylor 00:58:11 [6559 PB]; Fay Dolphin 01:01:34 [7473]; Tracy Durrans 01:02:04 [7584 PB]; Denise Kersey 01:07:21 [8495].

The race was won by North Yorkshire Moor’s Matty Hynes in 29:23 leading a staggering 14 runners under the 30 minute mark.  The first lady was Louise Damen of Winchester in 33:04.

Well done all who competed, brilliant results and testimony to your hard work and that of your coaches!

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