After the exertions of the Yorkshire Marathon and 10 Miler last weekend, it looks like plenty of Postal Harriers were enjoying a well deserved rest. Not all though!
I make no apologies for the rather heavy bias in my write up today but I need to shout about how proud I am of what my wife achieved on Saturday. Many of you know Lucy, many of you also know that she's had many a battle round half marathon courses, often ending up with her not feeling too great for an hour or two afterwards. We therefore deliberately kept it quiet that she was taking on her first marathon in the hills of Snowdonia.
Snowdonia Marathon is an absolute classic. Superb scenery, great support, proper hills and a very slidey downhill section to finish. Check out the highlights programme here if you want to see more. It wasn't about the time, other than she had a great time and finished with a smile on her face before doing what all Postal Harriers do. Go to the pub for a well earned pint. Well done Lucy, you were incredible. You believed you could do it and you did xx
It's a great event and if you fancy taking it on yourself I would really recommend it. The ballot opens here on 1st Dec. There really is gold in them hills!
Meanwhile in Yorkshire we had a team of 8 taking on the ever popular Abbey Dash 10K. This well established race attracts high calibre runners from across the land. The fact that 29 finishers were under 30 minutes and the winner came in at 28.38 tells its own story. In the Summer League, Glynn's 36.38 would be good enough for a top 15 finish, whilst he came in 385th in Leeds. An unbelievable standard of running.
There were great stories elsewhere. Our three ladies, Emily, Deanna and Hannah were chasing the sub 50 and all three smashed it. Great running ladies. They were ably supported by the blokes with Mark, Jase, Lee and Kevin all coming home between 43-48 mins.
That just leaves parkrun with the weather on Saturday and the England v All Blacks match combining to leave two of us turning out for the regular 5K run. Well done Helena and Andy.
Here's the results:
Leeds Abbey Dash 10K
Glynn Ellwood 36.38
Mark Whitby 43.09
Jason Platten 43.14
Lee Flanagan 44.23
Emily Burns 47.16 (a big PB I hear Emily, well done indeed!)
Kevin Armstrong 47.37
Hannah Smithson 49.19
Deanna Dawkins 49.24
Simon Middleton 4.42.21
Lucy Turner 6.36.25
Helena Senior 34.41
Andy Ellwood 38.34