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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 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
**Club Championship Race**
This race follows a 7 mile multi terrain course through beautiful woodland trails and paths, starting and finishing at the cricket pavilion in the rural village of Wadworth, Doncaster, and all runners receive  "a lovely HOG roast" upon completion!
The website indicates that online entry will be available shortly.
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, leaving Garforth Squash Club at 8.30 am, and returning from Ripley at about 4pm. If you would like a seat on the coach, please contact Liz Merriman, our Social Secretary.
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.
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!

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








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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.


Check us out on facebook


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


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