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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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July 2014

Karen's run report for 21st July

Hi Everyone
Despite the warm & humid weather, it has still been a busy week for Kippax Harriers, who have been participating in a variety of events:
Chris Bartle              19:58  PB!
Leigh Harvey            21:08
Chris Carrick             22:40
Simon Clothier         23:20
Neil Avery                 24:28
Tony Miles                28:26
Zoe Smith                 30:20
Judy Lankester        33: 37
Paula Allaway           34:38
Paul Durkin         25:40
LEEDS 10K Sunday 20th July
We had an excellent turnout on this very humid day, with quite a few of our recently graduated beginners tackling their first 10k - very well done to them, & to all who took part! I may not have picked up on some of our newer runners, so if I've missed anyone off please let me know....
(results not in any particular order!)
Emma Richardson        59:29
Liz Merriman                 1:10:31
Stevie Roberts               1:12:25
Liz Clothier                     1:02:28
Veronica King                 53:19
Clair Burkitt                    1:04:35
Sharlene Ward               1:30:18
Dorothy McDonald       1:08:31
Judith Beilby                   1:21:25
Zoe Smith                        58:46
Sue Lakin                         1:09:02
Paul Durkin                      54:42
Andy Cullen                     50:46
Janet Haydock                 1:08:15
Nina Jannati                     1:10:24
HARROGATE 10K  Sunday 20th July
Our men's captain Leigh Harvey opted for this one, completing in 42:32 - well done Leigh!
Martin Briggs tackled this hilly half marathon, on a picturesque course starting & finishing at Bishop Wilton Show, & finished in 1:53:10 (unofficial time, to be confirmed) - well run!
Lynne Tyson & Linda Durkin take on this one every year, but this time had to complete it in what I believe were rather humid & murky conditions. Well done ladies!
We had a fantastic turnout for this social run up to the New Inn in Barwick-in-Elmet where we were rewarded with beer, chili & curry, & Jo's tasty cake! There were over 50 runners taking part, which we think is a record turnout, and it was fantastic to see the long line of red vests running up the road! Our intrepid beginners were each presented with a certificate to mark completion of the 12 week Beginners Course.
 A great time was had by all!
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!
YORK 10K - SUNDAY 3RD AUGUST (Club Championship Race)
Part of the 10k series run by Jane Tomlinson's Run for All charity, the race takes in some of the stunning scenery of the city of York. Timed for a couple of weeks after our beginner's course completes, this is the ideal race for our newly-fledged runners to show what they're made of!
BURNSALL FEAST 23rd August - Club Championship Race
The Burnsall Feast is a traditional village event, also including a 10 mile road race, which we shall be tackling, and for the very hardy (foolhardy??) the 1.5 mile Burnsall Classic Fell Race! You can pre-register at
http://www.burnsallsports.co.uk/pg/structure/compete/forms, and information about the Feast can be found at
GUY FAWKES 10  - 2nd November
Just a quick reminder to get your entry in for this one, as we will be putting on a coach and running it as a social event. http://bookitzone.com/stephen_newton/v62FFX
And Finally...
I know it's too early to talk about Christmas, & there will be more on this later, but our Christmas Meal/Party will be on Saturday 6th December - put the date in your diaries!
Have a good week!

Karen's run report for 14th July

Back to our usual busy schedule this week, with plenty to let you know about, so here goes.....
Andrew Kaye              22:07
Chris Carrick               23:10
Paul Durkin                 28:34
Alison Hunter             28:50
Emma Richardson     30:43
Moira Lenaghan         31:51
Paula Allaway             37:33
Marina Dobbs             37:45  - First Timer!
Helen Powell               37:51  - First Timer!
This race was part of our Club Championship, and also a social day out for runners & their families. The road race has a long history, and is part of the celebrations held in the village of Kilburn, just under the white horse on the hillside! On a warm & sunny day, & with a fast field, we had some good times run on this undulating course. I have included a few of the category positions to show just how well we did! Especially well done to Val and Kate, who had run Osmotherley Phoenix the day before - of which more later!
Craig Worley        49:25
Simon Clothier     50:43
Ian Downham       51:55
Chris Carrick          54:48
John Messenger   58:15      3rd in category
Val Pell                   1:01:33  2nd in category
Karen Downham  1:02:54
Andy Burns            1:03:41   2nd in category
Helen Cowley        1:05:37
Les Kitching           1:07:55
Kate Penrose         1:07:55  2nd in category
Alison Hunter        1:09:45
On an even hotter day than Sunday, four Kippax ladies completed the 26 mile option of this off road challenge event, starting & finishing at Osmotherley, and with 3500 feet of ascent. Extremely well done ladies!
Wendy Chapman    07:17:00
Kelly Palmer             07:17:00
Kate Penrose           08:31:00
Val Pell                      08:31:00
ECCUP 10 MILE   Sunday 13th July
I don't know much about this race, except that it's run on roads around Eccup, & is rather hilly!
Moira Lenaghan     01:40:21    2nd in category   -  well done Moira!
The committee have awarded this month's Runner of the Month to Martin Briggs, for excellent off-road performances at Meanwood Trail and Wharfedale Trail Half Marathon. A great first few races with the club, well done Martin!
To celebrate the completion of the Beginners Group course, we will be running to the New Inn, in Barwick in Elmet. Setting off from the Squash Club at 7pm, we will run to the pub, where chilli & curry awaits us. Don't forget to wear your Kippax vests & also let Liz Merriman know if you plan to run so we have an idea of numbers for food. For more details see the Events  post on our Kippax Harriers Facebook page, where you can also 'accept' the invitation to run! Hope to see lots of you there!
YORK 10K - SUNDAY 3RD AUGUST (Club Championship Race)
Part of the 10k series run by Jane Tomlinson's Run for All charity, the race takes in some of the stunning scenery of the city of York. Ideally timed for a couple of weeks after our beginner's course completes, this is the ideal race for our newly-fledged runners to show what they're made of!
LEEDS COUNTRY WAY - Leigh & myself are finalising the teams for this, & will be in touch shortly with those who have agreed to run, to let you know which leg you are on so you can plan some reccies! Watch this space..

Karen's run report for 7th July

Not surprisingly, very quiet on the running side this weekend - no doubt due to the Grand Depart! - hope you all had the opportunity to catch sight of the race at some point over the weekend! I think it's fair to say Yorkshire did the race proud!
Chris Carrick              24:07
Paul Durkin                28:41
Dorothy McDonald  31:56
Judy Lankester          34:01
Kate Penrose    26:22


Our Kippax Ladies and Mens team places for our big event are filling up fast now, so if you would like to run a leg of the route, contact either myself or Leigh Harvey. Details are on the Leeds Country Way section of our website, together with route maps and full route instructions. We also need to get together groups to recce all the legs.....
If don't want to run but are interested in helping out, please contact Joyce Robinson, our Volunteers Coordinator, on j.robin28@btinternet.com and Joyce will find you a job to do!

June 2014

Karen's run report for 30th June

With Temple Newsam parkrun not taking place this Saturday due to the Race for Life  event, there has been quite a bit of parkrun tourism going on this week;
Neil Avery                  23:07
Leigh Harvey             26:12
Emma Richardson    26:59
Dorothy McDonald  29:52
Simon Clothier      19:12  PB
Judy Lankester     32:12
I also gather a few folks were off cycling, & some walking in the Lakes - hope you all had a great weekend!

Karen's run report 23rd June

Saturday at Temple Newsam was a parkrun with a theme - the Wedding Parkrun, to celebrate the forthcoming wedding of our own men's captain Leigh Harvey, and his intended, Donna Waddell. Instructions were to come with top half dressed for a wedding, and bottom half ready for running! Judging from the photos (check out facebook pages for TN parkrun & Kippax Harriers) - a great time was had by all. So sorry I missed this one! We wish Leigh and Donna all the best for next week!
Chris Carrick                23:51
Neil Avery                    26:18
Tony Miles                   27:58
Paul Durkin                  29:17
Linda Durkin                30:11
Zoe Smith                    30:20
Julie Peyton                 32:13
Leigh Harvey                34:31
Judith Beilby                38:18  PB!
Paula Allaway              39:39
Dorothy McDonald      29:32
This weekend several Kippax Harriers swapped two feet for two wheels, taking part in a couple of cycle events:
This is an annual 70-mile cycle ride from Wetherby racecourse to Filey, travelling over the Howardian Hills and Yorkshire Wolds before finally descending into Filey. It's a sponsored charity event, raising funds for a varied group of charities. We had a big group of riders taking part, most taking advantage of the coach transport back home, but some hardier souls (Craig, Helen.....) opted to stay over in Filey & repeat the ride in reverse the following day! Some photos on Facebook. Well done to everyone who rode!
This one is the British counterpart of an event held annually  in Italy, ridden only on bikes older than 1987. From a weekend festival base near Bakewell, in the Peak District National Park, there are 3 sportive rides of varying distances, mostly off road on tracks and passing along the Monsal Trail & Tissington Trail. Ian Downham & son Bob Downham rode the 55 mile route on our vintage Jack Taylor Tandem, & also found time to make a couple of slightly dubious entries into the Best Beard Competition! (Sorry Ian!....). Photos also on Facebook!

Karen's run report 16th June

A somewhat drier week than last week! Firstly, a bit of news from Apperley Bridge Canter - John Messenger received a prize for Male Vet 65 plus - great running again John, well done!
We had a bumper turnout of Kippax Harriers for this red-and -white themed parkrun (England game!), or maybe it was because Linda Durkin was running her 100th parkrun,  plus the prospect of another of Judy's tasty cakes!! Well Done Linda!!
Leigh Harvey               19:53
Simon Clothier            20:15
Ian Downham             20:27
Chris Carrick                21:43 PB!
Neil Avery                    24:34
Karen Downham        25:46
Les Kitching                 27:56
Linda Durkin                28:00
Emma Richardson      28:41
Zoe Smith                    29:29
Paul Durkin                 30:11
Melanie Black             31:09
Dorothy McDonald    32:09
Judy Lankester            33:25
Paula Allaway              35:41    
Suzanne Spink             35:50
Judith Beilby                40:21 - First Timer!
Tony Miles                    43:45
Congratulations also to ex-Harrier Andy Cullen on his 200th parkrun - an amazing achievement!
 CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP RACE - THORNES PARK 5K - Wednesday 11th June 7.15pm
A shorter race this time, one of a series of three (although we were only running the one!) on a 3-lap course around Thornes Park in Wakefield, starting and finishing at the athletics track.
Ian Downham        20:38
John Messenger    24:35
Karen Downham   25:15
Wendy Chapman   25:30
Alison Hunter         25:46
Claire Edson            26:04
Val Pell                     26:18
Kelly Palmer            28:17


This month's winner is Martin Briggs , for some outstanding results at Warfdale half marathon and Meanwood trail. Well done!


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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