I have a vague memory from around about this time last year - on what was a damp and a bitterly cold day and I had just finished the Leeds Abbey Dash, declaring (probably a little more loudly than I thought I did) that I'd NEVER do it again. So, a year later, at the start line of this years Abbey Dash, I did take a moment to wonder where it had all gone wrong and how I'd ended up dong this run again!!! With nearly 10,000 other runners, Emma and I challenged ourselves to dash to Kirkstall Abbey and back as fast as we could. Emma was looking for a new PB and I wanted to raise money for a charity project I have been working on all year. I have done a couple of charity events through the year, to support Hope HIV who help children in Africa who have been orphaned by AIDS (www.hopeHIV.org).
It was certainly a tougher run than I remember it being last year and there was definitely more 'never again' declarations at the end, but our speedy Emma (Tommo) smashed her PB by 20 seconds, finishing in just 56.33 and I raised another £110 for the HopeHIV project - www.the12in12.com, so it was smiles all round. A MASSIVE thank you to those who continue to support me in this very worth while cause. Bring on the Abbey Dash 2013!
Thanks to our Teejay Jones from our sister company Network Marketing who got up early on a Sunday (with a ghastly hangover I am told!) to stand at the side of the road and give us some encouragement.
Here's a little 'before' picture...