There was a distinctly Scottish flavour to Sunday’s Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash with Adam Craig and Shettleston Harriers’ Fionnuala Ross securing victory in their respective fields. The duo were part of an 8000 strong field at what proved to be another PB heavy day, with many producing their fastest ever 10k time.
Sunday’s race saw runners depart from Town Hall and pass through some of the city's most important historical buildings, including Kirkstall Abbey, before returning to Yorkshire TV studios on the way to the finish line.
Even without defending champion Eilish McColgan, forced to withdraw on the eve of the race, there was a Scottish presence on the podium with Adam Craig putting in a PB performance on route to victory. His time of 29:08 was 35 seconds than his previous best and allowed him some breathing space from runner-up Jack Martin (29:27). Lucian Allison took third in 29:33, with the top seven men all running under 30 minutes.
Northern Ireland’s Ross, who now lives in Glasgow, continued what has been a highly successful season with victory and a sizable PB to boot. The Shettleston Harrier, fourth at this year’s Great Scottish Run, took first in 33:30, slicing almost 30 seconds from her previous PB, with Morpeth’s Mhairi Maclennan (33:36) and Stephanie Pennycook (33:49) close behind.
While the race allowed many to go home with a hard-earned PB, it also provides invaluable funds for Age UK, with an estimated £250,000 raised on Sunday.
Lydia Curran, head of events at Age UK, said: “It was a really good turn out this year and we’ve had lots of feedback from people saying that people had a fantastic race.
“All the staff and spectators had a brilliant time and that’s the thing with the Abbey Dash - whether you’re super quick or just coming to have a nice time - it’s really good for everyone. We can’t thank everyone enough and we are really grateful for the support.”