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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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January 2015

Club AGM to be held at the Gaping Goose pub on Monday 19th January at 7:00pm. Food will be provided after the meeting.

 

December 2014

Karen's run report 30th December

Far from being a quiet week, there seems to be more than ever to write about this week, as Kippax Harriers show that neither Christmas nor snow will stop them running!
 
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS PUB RUN
The run round Garforth to view the Christmas lights was well attended, with some great efforts on the fancy dress (Tony Miles gets a special mention....). Then returning to The Podger for pie & peas, & presentation of Runner of the Month to Simon Clothier for consistently turning in fast times over the last few months - well done Simon!
 
Many thanks to Social Secretary Liz Merriman, for once again organising the food.
 
 
CHRISTMAS DAY PARKRUNS
Roundhay parkrun -  Simon Clothier      20:13
Ponetfract parkrun - Karen Downham   27:09
 
CHEVIN CHASE, Boxing Day
Giving the Brownlee brothers a run for their money on this 7 Mile challenging multi-terrain   race on the Chevin, above Otley, was Les Kitching, finishing in 1:17:52
 
Also running were former Kippax member Matt Hallam, in  42:33 and 15th place,
and Leanne Farmery-Hague, former Ladies vice-captain, in  1:04:03
Well done all!
 
SATURDAY PARKRUNS:
 
TEMPLE NEWSAM PARKRUN
Chris Carrick        22:48
Marina Dobbs     33:26
Judy Lankester    34:53
 
NOSTELL PRIORY PARKRUN
Simon Clothier  25:59
Kate Penrose     31:17
 
JOLLY HOLLY JOG - Sunday 28th December
A glorious winter morning was the setting for our final Club Championship Race for 2014, with 6 miles of mostly off-road running, passing by Fountains Abbey grounds, & Studley Royal Deer Park.
 
Ian Downham        44:20
John Messenger    53:14
Val Pell                    55:28
Wendy Chapman   56:22
Paul Durkin             56:23
Claire Edson           57:17
Linda Durkin           57:27
Kelly Palmer           57:43    4th in W60
Kate Penrose          59:06    6th in W60
Leigh Harvey          1:00:17
Donna Harvey        1:00:18
Karen Downham    1:00:40
Ann Martin             1:01:23
Sue Lakin                 1:05:48
Marina Dobbs        1:06:40
Maria Elmieh          1:17:57
 
Moira Lenaghan  (as Crossgates Harriers)   1:11:47
 

Karen's run report 23rd December

This week, a big thank you to everyone who helped with our Christmas Parkrun Takeover - runners, pacers, marshalls, timers, scanners, etc, cake bakers, the team putting up our smart new gazebo, plus anyone else I might have forgotten! Some fantastic fancy dress on show, plenty of elves around, and a few facing the challenge of running whilst wearing a false beard! A great turnout for Kippax Harriers! Special thanks to Run Director, Men's Captain Leigh Harvey for organising it all. Plenty of photos of the event taken by our own Emma Richardson, can be found on the Temple Newsam parkrun facebook page.
 
TEMPLE NEWSAM PARKRUN
Chris Bartle                22:13   pacer
Simon Clothier          23:54   pacer
Chris Carrick              24:53   pacer
Neil Avery                  25:27
Alison Hunter            27:33
Sue Holmes               28:35
Kelly Palmer              30:21
Les Kitching               30:38
Kate Penrose            31:17   pacer
Lynne Tyson             31:34
Sue Lakin                   31:53
Dorothy McDonald  32:31
Leigh Harvey             36:16
Wendy  Chapman    37:44  with dog & buggy!
Lindsay Georgopoulos   43:16  with kids & buggy!
Donna Harvey           47:03  tail runner
 
 And some parkrun tourism to report too......   
PRINCES PARKRUN, LIVERPOOL
Marina Dobbs      29:55

 

Hot off the presses, we have four races for you to start off 2015!
 
As the outgoing committee, we have set races for the Championship up to March 2015 so you can start getting the dates in you diaries - the remainder will be set by the new committee, elected at the AGM in January.
 
4th January 2015  PECO Race 3, info at:
http://www.pecoxc.co.uk/pages/race3.html
 
18th January '15 -  Meltham Stanbury Splash
 7 mile fell/cross country race, info & entry at:
 http://woodentops.org.uk/index.php?topic=stanbury
 
22nd February '15 - Huddersfield 10k (road race)
Organised by the local club, starting & finishing at Rugby Union Club, Lockwood Park,
 info & entry at:
http://www.huddersfieldroadrunners.co.uk/index.php/thehuddersfield10k
 
22nd March '15 - Thirsk 10 Mile (road race)
Popular race organised by local club. Info & entry at:
http://www.thirskandsowerbyharriers.co.uk/thirsk-10
 
  

Karen's run report 17th December

A fantastic turnout again & some great running at the scenic Nostell Priory! Once again we had full teams, with 13 ladies and 11 men running. Well done everyone, let's keep this up for the whole season! 
 
TEMPLE NEWSAM PARKRUN
Neil Avery                   25:26
Chris Carrick               25:30
Les Kitching                29:16
Donna Harvey            29:39          
Leigh Harvey              29:48
Linda Durkin               29:50
Dorothy McDonald    32:08
Emma Richardson      47:04
 
 
PECO Race 2 - Sunday 14th December,  at Nostell Priory.
 
MENS RESULTS
Ian Downham      37:08   
Leigh Harvey        38:07
Chris Carrick         38:30
Robin Moran        39:21
Martin Briggs        40:32
John Messenger   43:45
Paul Durkin           45:47
Andy Burns           47:35
Tony Miles            48:03  
James Copley        50:02
Les Kitching           51:41
 
Currently, Kippax Men are 4th in the Second Division, and 7th in Men's Vets 1st Division.
 
LADIES RESULTS
Alison Hunter           45:52
Val Pell                       46:59
Claire Edson              47:06
Wendy Chapman     47:32
Kate Penrose            48:50
Sue Holmes               49:17
Kelly Palmer              49:50
Linda Durkin              50:00
Karen Downham       50:38
Marina Dobbs            56:26
Sue Lakin                    57:53
Dorothy McDonald   1:00:46
Judy Lankester           1:00:53
 
Ladies are currently 3rd in the Second Division, & 9th in Ladies Vets Premier Division
 
In the Colin Morath Trophy, Kippax Harriers are currently 12th position out of 20, and showing
a +1.3% improvement - great stuff!
 

Karen's run report 8th December

Hi Everyone,
 
From all the photos, messages, & comments, it sounds like everyone had a fantastic time at the Christmas meal & party! A very big thanks to Elizabeth Merriman, our Social Secretary for organising the evening. Always a highlight in the year! 
     
TEMPLE NEWSAM PARKRUN
Simon Clothier           21:18
Chris Carrick               21:32
Tony Miles                  27:32
Paul Durkin                 28:15
Andrew Burns            28:18
Les Kitching                28:22
Linda Durkin               28:26
Paula Allaway             31:09
Dorothy McDonald    31:45
Emma Richardson      32:57
Donna Harvey             33:28
Leigh Harvey               33:55
Helen Powell               33:56
Marina Dobbs             34:21
Judy Lankester            35:41
Elizabeth Merriman    44:16
 
 

Karen's run report 3rd December

Hi Everyone,
 
Sorry for the delay with this week's update - I've been waiting for the full timed results from PECO - of which more later!
   

TEMPLE NEWSAM PARKRUN
Chris Carrick               21:30
Leigh Harvey              23:39
Neil Avery                   25:59
Kate Penrose              28:15
Sue Holmes                28:24
Val Pell                        29:00
Emma Richardson     29:24
Liz Clothier                 29:26
Zoe Smith                   29:30
Donna Harvey            33:54
Helen Powell              34:10
 
PECO CROSS COUNTRY - 30th November 
We had a fantastic turnout for this, the first race of the cross country season, with 13 men and 11 ladies running - a sea of red vests! There was a lot of mud to contend with this year, & everyone ran very well - I hope those running PECO for the first time enjoyed it!
 
MENS RESULTS
Simon Clothier      35:45
Leigh Harvey          36:22
Gerry Waterton     38:26
Neil Haggas            38:52
Chris Carrick           38:58
Robin Moran          39:41
Martin Briggs         41:45
John Messenger    43:10
Paul Durkin             46:45
Andy Burns             48:01
Tony Miles              51:48
James Copley         52:38
Les Kitching            54:41
 
LADIES RESULTS
Alison Hunter                46:28
Claire Edson                   47:43
Wendy Chapman          47:54
Val Pell                            50:19
Kate Penrose                  50:40
Lindsay Georgopoulos  50:42
Donna Harvey                 51:32
Kelly Palmer                    52:13
Emma Broadhead          59:06
Sue Lakin                         59:23
Marina Dobbs                 64:56
 
We had full teams, and therefore no penalty points! Team results after race 1 are as follows:
 
Mens Second Division - 2nd
Mens Vets First Division - 10th
Ladies Second Division - 3rd
Ladies Vets Premier Division - 8th
Colin Morath Trophy (most improved team) - 11th
 
Full results are on the PECO website at http://www.pecoxc.co.uk/race1.html
 
 
 FORTHCOMING EVENTS
 
PECO Race 2 - Sunday 14th December,  at Nostell Priory.
Details should appear on the PECO website soon  http://www.pecoxc.co.uk/pages/race2.html
Remember to keep your number from Race 1 to use again throughout the series!
  
PARKRUN TAKEOVER - 20th December at Temple Newsam
We will be taking over Temple Newsam Parkrun again on 21st December, with unsuprisingly, the theme of Christmas for fancy dress! Men's captain Leigh Harvey will be Run Director for the day, so please let Leigh know which volunteer role you would like to take on. Plus, as ever, we need volunteers to do baking!!
We will also be getting involved with the Junior Parkrun on Sunday 21st December - more details to follow in future weeks..... 
 
 JOLLY HOLLY JOG - Sunday 28th December **Club Championship Race**
Hosted by Ripon Runners, this will be the 27th Jolly Holly Jog, and is  a one-lap, scenic, multi-terrain undulating course of approximately 10k that is run mainly on footpaths through the magnificent Studley Royal deer park. Further details are on their website at http://www.riponrunners.org.uk/jolly-holly-jog-10k
and entries can be made online at  www.runbritain.com/races or by downloading a form from their site.
 
 
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY.....
 
Tuesday 23rd December - Christmas themed pub round around Garforth taking in the Christmas lights. Returning to The Podger afterwards.
 
Monday 19th January -  Club AGM - location & details to follow.
 
This Saturday is our Christmas Meal & Party -I'm afraid  I won't be there, but for those of you that will - have a great time!
Happy running & have a good week!

 

November 2014

Karen's run report 24th November

Hi Everyone,
 

Yet more parkrun tourism this week!
  
TEMPLE NEWSAM PARKRUN
Chris Carrick               22:42
Neil Avery                   25:24
Paul Durkin                 26:50
Tony Miles                  28:41
Emma Richardson     29:36
Donna Harvey            29:57
Dorothy McDonald   31:35
Helen Powell              33:49
Marina Dobbs            34:25
Elizabeth Merriman  44:02
 
 
ROUNDHAY PARKRUN
Simon Clothier      19:44
Liz Clothier             28:29
 
 
PONTEFRACT PARKRUN
Claire Edson      25:26
 
BUSHY PARKRUN
Men's Captain Leigh Harvey made the trip down to where it all started, at Bushy Park in London, with a few of the gang from Temple Newsam parkrun, with a time of 19:28 -hope you enjoyed the trip, Leigh!
  
RUNNER OF THE MONTH
This month's award goes to Chris Carrick, for a fantastic run at the recent Guy Fawkes 10, and for making great improvements since joining the club - very well done Chris!
 
 
FORTHCOMING EVENTS
 
PECO CROSS COUNTRY - 30th November   
The first race of the season is at Pendas Fields/ Barnbow, hosted by St. Theresa's Athletic Club, with help from ourselves,  and they really need people to help in a variety of roles, so please get in touch with the committee if you can help out!
 
Please note that due to the larger numbers this year, there will be a staggered start - the Ladies race will start at 10:50am, and the Mens race at 11:00.
 
You will need to have your race number before you register - all numbers are currently pinned on the bottom of the club noticeboard, and if you haven't been able to pick yours up, I will take all the numbers for handing out on the day. We have had a massive response in people requesting numbers, so shall look forward to seeing lots of you on the day, & will be there to cheer you all on!
Full details are on the PECO website at http://www.pecoxc.co.uk/
 
 
Hot on the heels of that one is the second PECO race on Sunday 14th December,  which is now confirmed as being at Nostell Priory.
 
 
PARKRUN TAKEOVER - 20th December at Temple Newsam
We will be taking over Temple Newsam Parkrun again on 21st December, with unsuprisingly, the theme of Christmas for fancy dress! Men's captain Leigh Harvey will be Run Director for the day, so please let Leigh know which volunteer role you would like to take on. Plus, as ever, we need volunteers to do baking!!
We will also be getting involved with the Junior Parkrun on Sunday 21st December - more details to follow in future weeks..... 
 
 
JOLLY HOLLY JOG - Sunday 28th December **Club Championship Race**
Hosted by Ripon Runners, this will be the 27th Jolly Holly Jog, and is  a one-lap, scenic, multi-terrain undulating course of approximately 10k that is run mainly on footpaths through the magnificent Studley Royal deer park. Further details are on their website at http://www.riponrunners.org.uk/jolly-holly-jog-10k
and entries can be made online at  www.runbritain.com/races or by downloading a form from their site.
 
 
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY.....
 
Tuesday 23rd December - Christmas themed pub round around Garforth taking in the Christmas lights. Returning to The Podger afterwards.
 
Monday 19th January -  Club AGM - location & details to follow.
 
 
Happy running & have a good week!

Karen's run report 17th November

Hi Everyone,
 
Some more parkrun tourism this week, plus a great turnout & great times at Leeds Abbey Dash. Well done to all!
  
TEMPLE NEWSAM PARKRUN
Chris Carrick               25:03
Neil Avery                   25:32           
Paul Durkin                 27:02
Sue Holmes                28:11
Linda Durkin               30:25
Marina Dobbs            31:56
Dorothy McDonald   32:28      
 
BRADFORD PARKRUN
Leigh Harvey      19:48
Donna Harvey    26:29
 
PONTEFRACT PARKRUN
Simon Clothier   19:04  **PB!
 
 
LEEDS ABBEY DASH  Sunday 16th November
We had a another great turnout for this popular race,(a full house for the Durkin family!)  and fantastic times too - congratulations to everyone who ran.  I think I have now picked everyone up from the results - my apologies if I've missed anyone off - please let me know if I have, and I will post your time! The same goes for PBs - if your time was a PB please let me know!
 
Chris Bartle                      38:00 **PB
Leigh Harvey                    41:31
Neil Haggas                      41:54
Chris Carrick                     41:54
Joanna Mortimer             44:24 **PB
Paul Durkin                       50:05
Liam Durkin                       53:00
Linda Durkin                      53:36
Kate Penrose                     55:16
Liz Clothier                         55:47
Helen Lilywhite                 56:03
Zoe Smith                           57:15
Emma Richardson             57:42
Sue Lakin                             57:40
James Copley                     57:44
Marina Dobbs                    1:01:18
Stevie Roberts                    1:03:21
Judy Lankester                   1:04:34
Becky Durkin                      1:09:20
Kate Dilworth                     1:12:04
Donna Harvey                    1:17:03
 
 
 

Karen's run report 10th November

Hi Everyone,
 
A little quieter after the excitement of last weeks' Guy Fawkes 10, but a good week for parkruns & a bit of parkrun tourism. Well done to Liz, Paul, Kelly, Sue, Michelle & Joyce for their parkrun PBs, and well done to Sandra on her first parkrun!
  
TEMPLE NEWSAM PARKRUN
Simon Clothier        21:42
Chris Carrick            21:46
Neil Avery                25:13
Liz Clothier               27:43 **New PB**
Emma Richardson   28:46
Donna Harvey          32:16
Paula Allaway           32:42
Helen Powell            34:15
Marina Dobbs          34:16
 
ROUNDHAY PARKRUN
Paul Durkin           24:11 **New PB**
 
 
NOSTELL PRIORY PARKRUN
Wendy Chapman        25:22
Linda Durkin                 26:00
Val Pell                          26:23
Kate Penrose                26:35
Kelly Palmer                 26:49  **New PB**
Sue Holmes                  27:14  **New PB**
Ann Martin                   28:38
Samira Lambert           29:21
Michelle Duff               32:01 **NewPB**
Joyce Robinson            32:28 **New PB**
Sandra Seed                 37:46 

Karen's run report 3rd November

Hi Everyone,
We have had a fantastic week this week, with Halloween fun, a big race turnout - more of that later - and plenty of parkrun tourism.

Fantastic running all round!
  
TEMPLE NEWSAM PARKRUN
Wendy Chapman          27:45
Kate Penrose                 28:09
Andy Burns                    28:26
Donna Harvey               31:01
Leigh Harvey                 31:02
Melanie Black               32:42
Marina Dobbs               34:11
Judy Lankester              35:54
Dorothy McDonald      36:44
 
LEEDS PARKRUN
Emma Richardson         29:04
 
ST ALBANS PARKRUN
Gareth Avery           29:47
Neil Avery                 44:44
 
HACKWORTH PARKRUN
Paula Allaway           33:36
 
CROSS FLATS PARKRUN
Paul Durkin           23:52
Linda Durkin         27:05
 
 
GUY FAWKES 10 MILE  Sunday 2nd November
We had a fantastic turnout of 30 runners for this popular club championship race - our biggest turnout for some time! The weather didn't disappoint, with a bright autumn day, and there were excellent times run by all, plus some age category placings:
 
Simon Clothier              1:09:14
Craig Worley                 1:11:52
Chris Carrick                  1:13:53
Ian Downham               1:14:29
Neil Haggas                   1:15:27
Martin Briggs                1:18:26
John Messenger           1:24:16
Wendy Chapman         1:29:10
Andy Burns                    1:30:35   3rd in M70
Val Pell                           1:30:46
Kate Penrose                1:31:23
Veronica King                1:31:51
Joanne Shaw                 1:34:09
Linda Durkin                  1:37:46
Claire Edson                   1:37:57
Kelly Palmer                   1:39:08
Helen Cowley                 1:41:09
Alison Hunter                 1:41:11
Les Kitching                    1:42:13
Carole Kitchen               1:42:20
Sue Lakin                        1:44:32
Jay Kitchen                     1:44:41
Lynne Tyson                   1:45:19
Samira Lambert             1:50:43
Judy Lankester               1:54:08
Melanie Black                1:54:09
Joyce Robinson              1:58:00  2nd in F70  
Moira Lenaghan             1:58:00  3rd in F70
Dorothy McDonald        2:00:23
Maria Elmieh                  2:04:56
 
HALLOWEEN PUB RUN - Thursday 30th  October 7pm

A fantastic evening was had by all, running to The Boat in Allerton Bywater, with some in full Halloween fancy dress. Winner of the best fancy dress was Linda Durkin. We also held the draw for the London Marathon places, so congratulations to Melanie Black & Martyn Hewitt whose names were drawn out of the hat for the club places.

RUNNER OF THE MONTH

Last month's winner was Joanna Mortimer, for her fantastic running at Kirkstall 7 in September, her debut race! Well done Joanna.

 

October 2014

Karen's run report 27th October

Hi Everyone,

 A much quieter week after the excitement of last weekend -
  
TEMPLE NEWSAM PARKRUN
Simon Clothier               19:41
Chris Bartle                     20:06
Chris Carrick                   22:06
Andrew Burns                26:36
Sue Lakin                         30:59
Emma Richardson          31:01
Judy Lankester               31:27
Leigh Harvey                  31:33
Donna Harvey                31:41
Marina Dobbs                32:43
 
 
WORKSOP HALLOWEEN HALF MARATHON - Sunday 26th October
This autumn half marathon is run by Worksop Harriers, the route starting in the town centre, & heading out through the National Trust’s Clumber Park before returning back into town. Chris Carrick tackled this one for his first half marathon. finishing in the excellent time of 1:37:40. Well done Chris!
 
 KIPPAX HARRIERS STRAVA GROUP
Simon Clothier has recently set up a Kippax Harriers Group on Strava - I'll let him explain all about it in his own words-
 
So, I promised to write a piece about some of the features of Strava and the Kippax Harriers page.  For those unfamiliar with Strava, it's a program that allows you to record runs (or cycle rides) through the app on your smartphone or upload data from your Garmin.
You create a profile for yourself when you register and you can "follow" friends and club members to see their run stats, make comments of encouragement and give kudos.  By joining the Kippax Harriers club, you can see all registered club members' activities and statistics and compare their efforts with your own for example.
What I like about Strava and what other similar programs don't do or don't do so well is that there is a "community feel" integrated into the program.  I took the idea from Garforth Velo Club who practically run their club and activities through Strava and Facebook.  When you upload a run, your friends who are following you can comment on your performance and compare results if they were also running with you.  This is particularly useful since we don't all make club training nights so can find out how each other's training is going.
 
Much like Garmin connect, there are segments- which are stretches of a road/hill/trail, for example, "mad mile uphill" where athletes are ranked by their performance when they run through a segment during a training run or race.  If you are the fastest male or female, you get a course record.  Strava will also compare your efforts on segments so you can see improvements.
Now, if we have a look at last weeks leader-board, (http://www.strava.com/clubs/kippaxharriers) you will see that Chris Carrick put in the most miles, time running and height climbed.  If you look at individual member's results, specifically course records (CR) Joanna Mortimer impressively holds 4- in other words she is the fastest female to run those segments and that is not just restricted to within our club.
 
The best thing is to get registered and explore the program - it is free unless you want additional features and to get geeky with stats.  If you already sync with a Garmin device, there is an option to automatically sync with Strava when you download to Garmin connect making the process a doddle.  Alternatively, you can upload runs manually to Strava or if you only have a smartphone, via the app which you can download through Google Play or Apple store.  There are plenty of help topics and FAQs on the Strava website if you want to find out more or need help in getting set up and using it.  If anyone has any specific queries they can of course ask me, club members already using Strava or through the Facebook page.
 
Hopefully I have provided a brief overview of what Strava is and does and it would be great to see more members joining up.
links:
www.strava.com
www.strava.com/about
www.strava.com/clubs/kippaxharriers
 

 

 

 
RUNNER OF THE MONTH
This month's award goes to Chris Carrick, for a fantastic run at the recent Guy Fawkes 10, and for making great improvements since joining the club - very well done Chris!

 

  

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

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.

This month's award is shared between three Kippax ladies who stepped in at the last minute at Leeds Country Way to rustle up an amazing buffet when the food arrangements fell through, thus narrowly averting a major disaster! Huge thanks must go to Linda Durkin, Kate Corner & Judy Lankester for saving the day!

 

Facebook

 

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.

 

Check us out on facebook

 

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

 

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