Four Out of Five PBs at Leeds Abbey Dash – Sunday 17th November 2013

Kate Goodhead was the odd one out as Phil Wylie, Steve Mitchell, Helen Sharpe and Julia Belyavin all recorded personal bests at the Leeds Abbey Dash making the long journey to Yorkshire worthwhile. Phil finished fifth in 29:30 and will be delighted with his time which currently ranks him ninth in the UK over the distance for 2013 (and only 17 seconds behind a certain Mo Farah who heads the UK rankings). Steve Mitchell was disappointed with his race feeling that he ‘blew up’ with 3k to go. Steve nevertheless took 7 seconds off his PB and plans to come back and race the Telford 10k in four weeks time and run quicker. It is worth pointing out that when he last set a 10k PB on the road Steve opened up with a 3:43 indoor 1,500 that year! Helen Sharpe ran 36:01 but was disappointed not to go under 36:00 for the first time – but her time will come as she is improving with every race. Kate Goodhead has suffered a loss of form of late and unfortunately Sunday’s race was not a true reflection of Kate’s potential over the distance as her time of 38:30 was way off her PB of 33:44 from 2010. Kate will be running at Liverpool in the Cross-Challenge – we wish her well and hope to see a return to form there. One athlete who is currently showing great form is Julia Belyavin. Julia seems to have been invigorated by her 2:59:04 marathon at Frankfurt on 27th October and three weeks on took her 10k PB down to 38:51. An idea of the number running can be gained by looking at the fact that it took her 25 seconds to cross the start line – this is where chip timing really comes into its own.