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We are a small, friendly running club based at Garforth Squash Club, just off Ninelands Lane, Garforth, Leeds. We run twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, meeting at 7.15pm in the squash centre lobby and running at 7.30pm. Most runs are around 5 to 7 miles, with some groups going out further.


The club organises the Leeds Country Way race each year and has it's own club social and handicap races too. We take part as a club in many organised events eg Peco, 10ks, half marathons and marathons.


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Latest news

September 2014

We now have a Kippax Harriers club on Strava http://www.strava.com/clubs/108498

Karen's run report for 16th September

Hi Everyone
Plenty to be on with this week, so here goes: 
Paul Durkin                  24:33
Andy Burns                   26:27
Liz Clothier                   28:17 **PB!**
Emma Richardson        28:59
Marina Dobbs               33:05 
Paula Allaway               33:20
Leigh Harvey                 34:23
Lindsay Geogropoulos  39:13
Judy Lankester              41:09
Zoe Smith         31:05
Louisa Harris    31:06  **First Time!**
CLUB HANDICAP RACE - Thursday 11th September
Attached to this email is the full sheet of the results, including handicaps, finishing times, and placings. A copy will also be posted on the club website. We had a great race, with 18 competitors, and some fantastic performances and great finishes! Handicaps are set at the start of the year (or on joining the club), and the race helps highlight the progress runners have made since then. I would like to say a big thanks to Val Pell & Gary Scampton for helping with the timing & recording, & to Helen Cowley for the quick mental maths back at base!
Overall Winner & First Lady - Liz Clothier
First Man                              - Paul Durkin
Fastest Time                         - Chris Bartle

Karen's run report for 8th September

We've had a great weekend of running, and great weather, with Kippax Harriers taking part in two different half marathons , with some PBs and category wins - well done folks!, plus the usual parkruns:
Simon Clothier           20:54
Chris Carrick               21:44
Neil Avery                   24:46
Wendy Chapman       25:06 
Karen Downham        30:30
Lynne Tyson               30:38
Paula Allaway             33:06
Helen Powell              34:55
Judy Lankester           38:24
Liz Merriman              40:28
And the parkrun tourist spot!-
Leigh Harvey      19:56
We had several runners taking part in this popular and iconic run, first staged in 1981, and now grown to some 56,000 entrants! It runs from Newcastle, through Gateshead, and down to South Shields, and this year was won by Mo Farah in the fantastic time on one hour exactly! Well run everyone, especially to  those  running their first half marathon, and well done with all your fundraising activites!
Linda Durkin             2:07:52
Paul Durkin               1:53:51
Rob Gummerson     1:56:33
Leigh Harvey            1:34:53
Les Kitching              2:16:30
Julie Peyton              2:20:08
Zoe Smith                  2:07:47 ** PB!**
Liz Clothier                2:20:43
Laks Shokar               3:03:27
VALE OF YORK HALF MARATHON  Sunday 7th September
Held for the first time this year, this flat half marathon started and finished at Sherburn-in-Elmet Aero Club, and was run on quiet local roads. We didn't have the Red Arrows, but we did get a flypast from some of the aircraft at the club! Especially well done to Craig, Samira & Moira!
Craig Worley         1:27:40  **PB!**
Ian Downham       1:34:38
Neil Haggas           1:38:28
Val Pell                   1:49:57
Kate Penrose         1:51:45
Helen Cowley        1:54:29
Karen Downham   1:56:42
Moira Lenaghan    2:07:47 (running as Crossgates) ** 1st in F70!**
Samira Lambert     2:09:29  **1st in F65!**
Judy Lankester       2:29:38
Stevie Roberts        2:32:06
***CLUB HANDICAP RACE***  This week!!
This will be held on 11th September at 7pm, in Kippax, with food afterwards at the Podger, Garforth. For those who haven't run one of these races before, we all run the same route, but set off at different times, worked out according to a calculated handicap. Everyone has a chance of winning, and it makes for an exciting race finish, as in theory we should all finish together!
The route is 4.8 miles -  for those that don't know it, details are briefly as follows:
Starting at Kippax Leisure Centre, Station Road, follow Berry Lane up to Great Preston Corner. Turn Left onto Preston Lane, follow the road all the way through Allerton Bywater, then turn left onto Park Lane. At the crossroads turn left onto Barnsdale Road, A656, and follow up Mary Pannel Hill. Turn Left onto Longdike Lane (road closed but footpath still open), then follow along High Street before turning left down Butt Hill and returning to the Leisure Centre.
***If you are planning to run in the Handicap Race, please let me know as soon as possible, so we can calculate starting times for everyone!***
PARKRUN TAKEOVER Saturday 20th September
Kippax Harriers will be taking over the running of Temple Newsam parkrun, covering all the roles from Run Director to token scanners, pacers and marshalls. We also need people to bake cakes for consumption afterwards! There is a role for everyone, so please contact Judy Lankester if you would like to get involved, or just turn up & run in your club vest!
KIRKSTALL ABBEY  7 Sunday 21st September - Club Championship Race
Hosted by Kirkstall Harrier, this is a 6.7 mile multi terrain course starting and finishing within the Abbey grounds, with a bottle of beer & goodie bag for all finishers. Watch out for the Mad Monk!
The race limit is only 300, so don't delay!

Karen's run report for 1st September

I want to start this report with Leeds Country Way, which I can report as being a resounding success once again, so a very big thank you to everyone who took part in making the day so successful and enjoyable.  Our Facebook page has been buzzing with positive comments from other teams saying what a great day they had - it's worthwhile taking a look, as there have been some photos posted too. We were fortunate to have fantastic weather for the day, although that did make for a warm & rather testing run for those of us out on the course! Hope everyone has recovered now!
I just want to make a couple of special mentions - to our ladies & gents on the catering team for moving swiftly into action to produce a fantastic buffet at a moments notice and to our race director Helen Cowley for masterminding the whole day! Here's to next year!
Chris Bartle                21:56
Chris Carrick               22:09
John Messenger        23:55   PB!
Neil Avery                   24:56
Emma Richardson     28:31
Linda Durkin               29:05
Paul Durkin                 29:05
Lynne Tyson               30:13
Dorothy McDonald   33:20
Judy Lankester           33:28
Leigh Harvey              34:28  100th Run!
Paula Allaway            35:30
Lindsay Georgopoulos  45:41
I think I may have missed Neil Avery's 50th Parkrun a few weeks ago - so well done Neil on reaching that milestone! Congratulations also to our Men's Captain Leigh Harvey on his 100th parkrun, obtaining the sought after black t-shirt!
Kate Penrose     26:25
WETHERBY 10K  - Sunday 31st August
Billed as 'A Great Little Yorkshire Run', this popular 10k starts & finishes at Wetherby Racecourse, with a regular feature of a highland piper on the route! Well done to our runners on a warm afternoon!
Veronica King          52:10
Marina Dobbs      1:07:27


August 2014

Karen's run report for 19th August

Hi Everyone
I'm back from my hols now, so firstly a big thank you to Leigh for writing last weeks report & ensuring that normal service continued whilst I was away! It seems to have been a quiet week, being the holiday season, I guess.
Simon Clothier         19:56  PB!
Chris Carrick             21:22  PB!
Neil Avery                 24:29
Wendy Chapman     25:33
Paul Durkin               25:45
Emma Richardson    29:07
Dorothy McDonald  32:13
Marina Dobbs           34:24  PB!
Helen Powell             34:32  PB!
Paula Allaway            36:15  50th run!
Julie Fisher      30:50  Ist timer!
So congratulations to Simon, Chris, Marina & Helen for their PBs, to Paula for gaining her 50 parkruns t-shirt, and to Julie for a first parkrun! Well done all!

Leigh's run report for 12th August

Hi Everyone,

Our usual weekly report writer and lady's captain Karen is on holiday this week 
so I'm writing the weekly report, so sorry if I make any mistakes or miss anyone 
out. I'd like to take this opportunity though whilst Karen is on holiday to say 
what a fantastic job she does every week scanning through all the race results 
finding out what we've all been up to and publishing it here. Long may your fab 
reports continue.

So on with the report I tried a new parkrun this week at Nostell priory and it 
was a fantastic scenic parkrun so if you get the chance give it a try one week.

Leigh Harvey            19:23  3rd place

There were loads of harriers as usual at temple newsam parkrun and Neil Avery 
ran his 50th parkrun so well done Neil 

Chris Bartle              20:32
Simon Clothier         21:19
Neil Avery                 24:30
Chris Carrick              25:06
Linda Durkin              27:38
Liz Clothier                31:44
Emma Broadhead     34:01
Lindsay Georgopoulos 42:20  PB!

And our parkrun tourist Paul ran at cross flatts this week
Paul Durkin             24:57

Well done everyone, and if I've missed anyone off, please let me know!

I've not heard how Debbie, Kate, Kelly, Val and Wendy have got on with their 100 
mile run but well done too you for even attempting it and fill us all in on your 
100 mile adventure once you've got your breath back.

Karen's run report for 4th August

Hi Everyone
Simon Clothier         20:37
Leigh Harvey             21:19
Joanna Mortimer     22:45  PB! 2nd lady
Wendy Chapman     25:04
Chris Carrick              25:15
Neil Avery                  25:17
Val Pell                       25:45  PB!
Emma Richardson    30:49
Liz Clothier                 30:52
Judy Lankester          34:08
Marina Dobbs           35:28  PB!
Helen Powell             35:35  PB!
Paul Durkin             25:25     
YORK 10K - Sunday 3rd August - Club Championship Race
We had a sunny and quite breezy day for this big city race, starting and finishing at York Racecourse. After a delayed start by half an hour (due to most of us being still sat in traffic on the A64!) we finally set off...
Chris Bartle              39:25
Simon Clothier        41:17
Chris Carrick            42:37
Joanne Shaw           52:15
Paul Durkin              52:16
Karen Downham     53:21
Zoe Smith                 55:25
Linda Durkin            55:30
Sue Lakin                  1:01:00
Dorothy McDonald 1:04:59
Emma Brompton     1:06:09
Judy Lankester         1:08:26
Sharlene Ward         1:20:46
Well done everyone, and if I've missed anyone off, please let me know!
This is one for those who like a different sort of challenge! Billed as "a hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle race" , it has plenty of mud, water, climbing, & other obstacles such as electric wires to negotiate. The Yorkshire event took place at Broughton Hall near Skipton. Our own Lynne Tyson took part & completed the course, winning her hard-earned pint of beer, and coveted yellow headband, given to all finishers. Lynne has posted some pictures on Facebook if anyone wants to see the evidence! Amazing effort Lynne, well done!

July 2014

Karen's run report for 28th July

Another busy weekend:
Simon Clothier         22:02 (with buggy)
Chris Carrick             23:20
Moira Lenaghan      30:35  (as Crossgates)
Dorothy McDonald  33:30
Jane Helmsley           36:25
Marian Dobbs           36:44 PB!
Helen Powell             36:45 PB!
Lindsay Georgopoulos 42:21 First-timer!
Paul Durkin         26:47
Linda Durkin       27:03
Ian Downham        20:46
Karen Downham   24:50 
Martin Briggs took part in the sprint triathlon, consisting of - a 400m swim in the lake, a 26km bike ride through the surrounding Howardian Hills, and a 4k run through the grounds. Martin completed in 1hr 41 minutes 38 seconds. Very well done Martin, fantastic effort!
Thunder Run is a 24 hour off-road relay race against the clock, taking place at Catton Park, Derbyshire. It can be run solo, in pairs or teams of 5 or 8. It starts at 12pm, and over the next 24 hours, a team member must be out running on the course at all times. Runners must complete one full 10km lap before changing over with a team mate but may run 2, 3 or more laps at a time before changeover. The team with the most laps completed when the clock stops after 24hrs will win.
Men's Captain Leigh Harvey was one of a team of 5 from Temple Newsam Parkrun taking part in this test of endurance, speed and teamwork. Team TN came 12th in the 3-5 Mixed category, with a total of 26 laps run (that's 260k !!) in 23:20:34. I'm not sure that "well done" quite covers this one - big congratulations to all the team!!




See our social and race pages for more details

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Runner of the month

Each month the commitee select a runner who has done well in a recent event, improved or given an outstanding contribution to the club.

Hot on the heels of last month's award, Runner of the Month for this month is Zoe Smith for her fantastic work with this years' beginners group, giving them unfailing support & encouragement every step of the way. Well deserved Zoe!




You'll find an active Kippax Harriers Facebook group. You can ask questions, get motivation by sharing the success of our members. see more photos and find out about social stuff too.


Check out the Facebook page for the Temple Newsam parkrun too. It's the nearest one to where we run and there are usually a few of us there running or volunteering.


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