Kirkstall Abbey 7, Sunday, September 22, 2013

7 miles

Conrad White

What can you do if you go to Leeds for a family birthday weekend and the birthday boy asks if you want to run the Kirkstall Abbey 7 (Which is only 6.8). So that was Sunday morning sorted and meant keeping a clear head on the Saturday.

The run sets off from the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey, along the pavement of the main road, then off road, through some houses and onto the canal tow path for a couple of miles. The canal path is scenic and when it goes under a bridge or two quite narrow. The course then doubles back up over fields and tracks, through the residential housing and back onto the pavement and home in Kirkstall Abbey grounds. The weather was good for running. They bill the race as multi terrain and suggest trail shoes but it was dry enough for standard trainers. The field limit was 300 – but they were a bit short so were taking entries on the day. The goodie bag comprised water, a banana and a very good bottle of local beer – my sort of race.

'Photo to prove I was trying', says Conrad ...
photo courtesy and © Kirkstall Harriers

If you happen to be in Leeds at a loose end towards the end of September next year look this one up – thoroughly enjoyable indeed

As for the results – there was a chap I was determined to beat incase there was a chance of an age prize (he looked just a bit older than me) but we were both well beaten by a significantly older gentleman. My son on this occasion was the second White home. He blamed an ankle injury.

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