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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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October 2014

Karen's run report 22nd October

Hi Everyone,
Apologies for this update being a bit late - I've been having fun in Palma supporting all our fantastic runners out there - more on that to follow later...
Chris Carrick                   21:56
Neil Avery                       26:00
Lindsay Georgopoulos  28:52 **PB!**
Liz Clothier                      30:55
Marina Dobbs                32:03
Helen Powell                  34:01 
Paula Allaway                 37:24
Leigh Harvey     19:43
Donna Harvey   26:52
DONCASTER WOODLAND HOG - Sunday 19th October    Club Championship Race
Multi-terrain course, mostly on woodland paths, with Hog Roast afterwards. I'm told it was very good - as was the running!
Ian Downham          51:50  (15th place)
Paul Durkin              58:50
Rob Gummerson      61:20
A  group of Kippax ladies & supporters made the journey out to the historic & picturesque city of Palma to take part in the Marathon festival, with a variety of race distances from 10k to full marathon. Temperatures at this time of year would normally be around 20 degrees Celsius, but this weekend Palma was enjoying a heatwave, so races were run in the sweltering temperature of 32 degrees! Extremely well done to everyone who ran - fantastic results!
Full Marathon
Val Pell                4:13:28     3rd in age category
Kate Penrose       4:22:51     4th in age category
Half Marathon
Wendy Chapman    1:56:37   5th in age category
Maria Elmieh          2:39:08
Sue Holmes             2:08:47
Ann Martin              2:11:40
Kelly Palmer            2:02:20   5th in age category
Lynne Tyson            2:13:43
10k Race
Michelle Duff        1:20:59
Samira Lambert     1:08:11    4th in age category
Moira Lenaghan    1:20:59    5th in age category
Joyce Robinson      1:21:00    6th in age category
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.
HALLOWEEN PUB RUN - Thursday 30th  October 7pm

We will set off from Garforth Leisure Centre at 7pm, aiming to arrive at The Boat, Allerton Bywater at 8.30pm for food. The theme will be Halloween Fancy Dress, so I look forward to seeing everyone's outfits!! Dont forget a head torch & high-viz too! There should be 2 routes on/off road & of different lengths. Remember to let Elizabeth Merriman know if you plan to come along so we have the numbers right for the food.

We will also be doing the draw for the club London Marathon places, so if you would like to be entered, please give your rejection letter to Judy Lankester or Helen Cowley.

GUY FAWKES 10, Sunday 2nd November  **Club Championship Race**
The race is now FULL, so I hope all of you wanting to run have managed to secure a place. As this is also a club social event, we will be running a coach to and from Ripley for runners & supporters, leavingGarforth Squash Club at 8.30 am, and returning from Ripley at about 4pm. The race start is 10.30am.  If you would like a seat on the coach, please contact Liz Merriman, our Social Secretary.
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, so if you would like to marshall or help out, please let one of the committee know. More details are on the PECO website at http://www.pecoxc.co.uk/
PARKRUN TAKEOVER - 21st 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.
And finally....... remember to give Liz Merriman your menu choices for the Christmas Party.
Happy running & have a good week!

Karen's run report for 13th October

Starting with our regular parkruns, where we have a few PBs - well done everyone:
Simon Clothier              19:30 **PB!**
Chris Carrick                  23:06
Paul Durkin                    24:11
Wendy Chapman          25:11
Leigh Harvey                  29:13
Marina Dobbs                32:00  **PB!**
Donna Harvey               34:35
Emma Richardson        36:22
Dorothy McDonald        29:02  **PB!** 
And now on to the big event of the weekend -
YORKSHIRE MARATHON - Sunday 12th October
Now in it's second year, and a rapid sell-out once again, this flat & fast course starts & finishes at York University, and passes through the centre of York, before heading out into the surrounding countryside. Despite a foggy start, I understand the race started on time! We had 4 Kippax Harriers taking part, with fantastic times all round - well done everyone!
Martyn Hewitt       3:12:24
Chris Bartle             3:34:17
Samira Lambert     5:29:01
Maria Elmieh          6:06:28
The dates for this season's cross country league races have now been set and are as follows;
30th November            at Pendas Fields/ Barnbow
14th December            at Pontefract or Nostell
4th or 11th January     at West Park
8th February                 at Boddington Fields
1st March                      at Roundhay Park
15th March                   Relay Races - TBA
more details are on the PECO website at http://www.pecoxc.co.uk/ - do browse the site for more details. There will be plenty more on PECO races in the coming weeks!
Don't forget to keep letting me know what you've all been up to, so I can spread the word. 
Happy running & have a good week!


Karen's run report for 6th October

Chris Carrick                  22:08
Paul Durkin                    24:29
Neil Avery                      26:23
Emma Richardson        29:21
Linda Durkin                  30:35
Melanie Black                31:07
Paula Allaway                34:49
Kate Dilworth                36:21  **1st Time!**
Donna Harvey               39:47
HORSFORTH 10K, Sunday 5th October
A multi-terrain race organised by Horsforh Harriers, setting off from Woodhouse Grove School, & returning along the canal.
Chris Carrick   44:33   - well done Chris!
Our men's captain,  Leigh Harvey, tackled this popular marathon, on a flat & scenic course, starting & finishing at Chester Racecourse, completing in 3:39:03. Well done Leigh!
Wendy Chapman & Kelly Palmer ran this one, (assume it was the 10k ladies?) in aid of Cancer Research UK, with the route falling entirely in the grounds of Bramham Park. Afraid I don't have any times to report though - well done Wendy & Kelly.

September 2014

Karen's run report for 29th September

Chris Carrick                  21:54
Paul Durkin                    24:40
Neil Avery                      25:12
Val Pell                           25:54
Linda Durkin                  27:53
Liz Clothier                    30:57
Wendy Chapman         30:47 (plus buggy!)
Dorothy McDonald      31:25 - **50th Run!**
Judy Lankester              33:37 - **50th Run!**
Marina Dobbs               33:59
 Helen Powell                34:03
Congratulations to Judy and Dorothy for gaining their 50 club shirts!!
Never ones to miss parkrun, even when on holiday -
Leigh Harvey       19:24     & 7th place
Donna Harvey     31:56
SPARTAN RACE, RIPON Sunday 28th September
The Spartan races are obstacle races, usually with a fair bit of mud thrown in! Martin Briggs tackled the one at Ripon, which is 5k long, & listed as having 15 obstacles, including carrying sand bags, a tyre drag, and rope climb, and completed the course in 1hour 20 minutes. Well tackled Martin! 

Karen's run report for 22nd September

This week it was our turn to take over all the volunteer roles at Temple Newsam parkrun and fly the Kippax Harriers flag! It was a very successful morning, with everyone playing a role, from Run Director (Judy) to timers, scanners, marshalls, pacers, tail runner, and not forgetting everyone who baked cakes for the refreshments afterwards! Many thanks to all who took part.
.....and the running results:
Leigh Harvey                 22:08  - pacer
Simon Clothier              22:27  - pacer 
Neil Avery                      25:02 
Chris Carrick                  25:04 - pacer
Chris Bartle                    25:49  - pacer
Donna Harvey               27:26
Lynne Tyson                  29:37
Moira Lenaghan           29:48  (as Crossgates)
John Messenger           29:48  - pacing Moira
Helen Lilywhite             32:40  - First Time!!
Wendy Chapman         33:29  (pushing the buggy!)
Tracy Hardy                   34:30  First Time!!
Helen Powell                 34:38
Judy Lankester              35:14
Dorothy McDonald      43:00  - Tail Runner
KIRKSTALL 7  21st September
We had a great morning of running for this Club Championship Race with some fantastic performances:
Simon Clothier         44:08
Ian Downham          48:07
Joanna Mortimer    48:22
Chris Carrick             49:03
Martin Briggs            49:41
John Messenger       52:02
Val Pell                       55:32
Wendy Chapman     55:41
Kelly Palmer              59:03
Alison Hunter           59:45
Special mentions must go to Joanna Mortimer for coming 2nd in F35 & 5th Lady overall on her very first race, John Messenger for 1st in M65, Kelly Palmer for a personal course PB, and Simon Clothierfor just a fast time! Well done all!
Four Kippax harriers took part in this event in aid of the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust. Their website describes it as a 9 mile easy (though I've heard reports to the contrary!) trail run with wine stops every 2 miles. From the photos it would seem as though fancy dress was also encouraged. Well done Judy Lankester, Dorothy McDonald, Donna Harvey & Leigh Harvey for completing this particular challenge! Which of you would like to write a race report??
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!










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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!




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


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