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Eilish McColgan and Sam Stabler win Leeds Abbey DashNovember 5, 2017
McColgan breaks course record to retain her title, while Emma Mitchell improves Northern Irish 10km record in second
Eilish McColgan and Sam Stabler continued their fine form to claim 10km victories at the Age UK Leeds Abbey Dash on Sunday (November 5).
Clocking 32:05, current AW cover star McColgan broke the women’s course record of 32:15 set by Jill Boltz (née Hunter) in 1990 to retain her title, while Stabler took more than a minute from his 2015 PB with 29:13.
McColgan’s dominant run also saw her come close to her own PB set earlier this year as she finished ahead of Emma Mitchell, who improved the Northern Irish 10km record with her time of 32:51 in second.
Tonbridge AC’s Ashley Gibson was third with 33:30 as she raced the distance on the roads for the first time.
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Stabler followed up his win at the British Athletics Cross Challenge meet in Cardiff last month to beat Paul Pollock and Ben Connor, both with 29:20.
Stabler’s only other previous race recorded over the distance on the roads had been when he ran 30:26 in Paris two years ago.
Andrew Heyes was fourth in 29:22 and Matthew Leach fifth in 29:25, while 2016 winner Jonny Mellor was 10th in 29:51.
The race, which incorporated the 2017 England Athletics 10km Championships, continued its reputation as one of the best-quality 10km events in Britain as the first 15 men broke 30 minutes on chip time.
A total of 31 athletes finished inside 31 minutes, while the top eight women were all inside 34 minutes.
Stabler claimed the English men’s title ahead of Connor and Heyes, while Gibson won women’s gold from Rebecca Robinson (33:49) and Emma Clayton (33:51).
Full results can be found here.