Despite spending three years at university in Leeds I’d never entered the Abbey Dash until this year. The Dash has been going 32 years and has a big reputation for being one of the fastest 10k races in the country. It starts and finishes in Leeds city centre and is an out and back course along Kirkstall Road, turning at Kirkstall Abbey (a ruined monastery built in 1152).
If you’ve been a regular reader of my reports you’ll know that 2017 has been my real breakthrough year. I’ve set PBs at every distance I’ve entered, with only the 10k (31.55 from 2016) missing. I ran two great 10ks in May (but it was too soon after London Marathon for my legs) and then the Bedford 10k in June (when it was very hot); all three were between 32.11 and 32.21.