After a good result at the Maltby 7 last week (1st vet 40) confidence going into todays Abbey Dash was high. Last weeks Maltby race was a great stepping stone to my first attempt at the Dash. I've heard lots about the race and generally it has been good.
The thing about some of these "big" races is that time just goes in queueing, getting to the start line, getting in the right area, baggage tents etc etc. Today was no exception and the one thing I didn't really manage was a decent aerobic warm up. Instead my warm up consisted of lots of stretching, a few short jogs and generally whatever I could do to keep warm in the crisp winter morning.
As a dash first timer I was keen not to go off to fast and to make sure I had something left at the end for the uphill finish I had been warned about.
It was a great event all in all. A very quick course, well organised, nice T-shirt, recovery shake and a very friendly atmosphere.
As for the performance I was 129th overall, 11th vet 40 in a time of 33.56. A vet 40 pb and my first sub 34 for a good 15 years so happy days all round.
Six males under 30 mins and 6 females under 34 minutes showed the depth and quality of the field.
For the record my splits were: 5.24, 5,26, 5.30, 5.24, 5.23 and 5.34. Once the hill was conquered it was a battle against the clock as the sub 34 was fast ticking away. Quite a relief when the text result came through and showed 33.56! The sprint finish was worth it in the end!