The Leeds Abbey Dash had more than 10,000 people running through the city centre for Age UK charity, raising over £250,000. The 10K race attracted more than 8,000 runners from across the UK, with many aiming for a personal best on the flat fast course, which is an out and back route to Kirkstall Abbey from Leeds City Centre.
The atmosphere was great with lots of encouragement from the supporters as you came back into Leeds. Bedale and Aiskew Runners Paul and Nicola Simpson was participating for the club. Paul finished in a top eighth position of 1023, achieving a new PB for a 10K of 43:01, beating his previous best by a massive 45 seconds. Nicola Simpson, who is recovering from a calf injury, was pleased to be back racing and even more so at her first event in her home town. She posted a time of 46:57 for an overall position of 1520th, and 28th out of 638 in the FV40 category.
The previous day several club members were taking part in Parkruns. At Catterick, Anne Johnson reached the milestone of taking part in her 50th Parkrun in a time of 27:07. She is the third member of the club to reach this target. One of those higher is Raymond Lightle finishing 46th in 25:26, with Marian Hunter 92nd in 29:07, and John Hunter 101st in 29:34 out of 188 taking part. At the beautiful Fountains Abbey course Jayne Rosamond, Daren Rosamond and Chris Appleton ran in close formation to record 34 minutes, in the nearly 400 strong field.
The Hamsterley 10 mile race took place last Sunday. At 11am a live bugler played ‘The Last Post’, followed by a minute’s silence, to commemorate Remembrance Day. 169 competitors then set off in cold and damp conditions, with rain following about half way into the race. The course was through the heart of the forest on gravel tracks with challenging peaks and troughs totalling over 1250 feet, so not a course for a personal best time. Paul Simpson enjoyed the challenge of the hills and was very pleased with his time of 1 hour 14 minutes and 56 seconds and a position of 20th overall, and 5th in his age category. Raymond Lightle, as always, ran a great race to finish 1st in his age group with a time of 1-27.10, and an overall position of 67th.
Lena Conlin and Stuart Black also headed for the hills last weekend taking part in the Hardmoors Goathland Marathon. The weather on the Saturday was perfect for trail running, bright and cool, but previous night’s rain led to some boggy areas. The race starts and finishes in Goathland and takes in Simon Howe, Hole of Horcum and Fylingdales, with almost 1000m of ascent over the 27.7 mile course.
Lena was pleased with her time of 5-49.05, 48th overall out of 122 finishers, and 3rd position in her age group. Stuart was next to finish in 49th, with a time of 5-50.43, and 4th in his age group.
Lena was out again the next day to take part in the ‘It’s Grim Up North Swinsty and Fewston Marathon’. This was a 4 lapper on good tracks around the two reservoirs. It was foggy and cold to start with, and as the fog lifted the rain came making for a chilly race. Nevertheless Lena was pleased to record 5-02.29, and complete the 77th marathon of her running career to date, and her 2nd in the weekend.
Paul Ellis recently took part in an ultra event in the Lake District called ‘Lakes in a Day’ over a 50 mile gruelling course. This started in the north of the Lakes at Caldbeck, finishing in the south at Cartmel, via the stunning Helvellyn Ridge and the western shore line of Lake Windermere. The conditions were hazardous with 80 mph wind gusts, torrential rain and knee level water to wade through. On top of this Paul sustained a swollen foot but battled over the 4000m of ascent to finish in a time of 15 hours 33 minutes and 9 seconds. This gave him a position of 63rd out of the 195 who finished, with 139 others retiring along way. A truly remarkable performance.