Club Championship 2019 Race 17 – Meanwood Valley Trail

An old staple, back from a few years siesta in our Club Championships, Meanwood Valley Trail takes on a scenic local suburban trail with several tough climbs as 14 members found out this weekend! Well done to all.

Position Name Club Time
8 Ben Coldwell Kirkstall Harriers 00:48:06
24 Alan O’Brien Kirkstall Harriers 00:50:18
58 Simon Hands Kirkstall Harriers 00:56:07
133 Chris Glover Kirkstall Harriers 01:06:28
144 Ian Taylor Kirkstall Harriers 01:07:55
156 Collette Spencer Kirkstall Harriers 01:09:35
165 James Nundy Kirkstall Harriers 01:10:40
182 Vicki Hipkiss Kirkstall Harriers 01:14:35
191 Elizabeth Walker Kirkstall Harriers 01:16:48
200 Alyson Glover Kirkstall Harriers 01:18:03
218 Samantha Taylor Kirkstall Harriers 01:20:04
222 Jacqueline Elmer Kirkstall Harriers 01:21:08
225 Shevonne Mclarnon Kirkstall Harriers 01:21:17
241 Joanne Taylor Kirkstall Harriers 01:29:07

For the club championships, I posted potential handicap predictions on the Facebook group prior to the event, which seemed to go down well. It seems I underestimated the difficulty of the race, so I’ve increased the handicap difficulty to match the performances of our runners. Based on the new set of Handicap times, visible on the results page, there was a 6% difference between 12 of the runners (had this been run as a handicap race majority would have finished within metres of each other!). The top 3 runners against their handicaps were:

Position Name H’cap Time Diff Time Points
1 Ian Taylor 01:15:57 10.58% 01:07:55 50
2 Ben Coldwell 00:49:22 2.56% 00:48:06 49
3 Elizabeth Walker 01:18:31 2.18% 01:16:48 48

The full results can be found here.

Due to a slight technical malfunction on the league table, several members were missing their Parkrun bonuses (apologies). It has now been amended and all that have done at least 4 according to RunBritain have had their bonuses added. 

All this means there’s been a slight shake up in the table…  James Nundy keeps his commanding lead but there’s several in the pack waiting to pounce! Chris Glover, our chairman, has crept into 2nd place and Alan O’Brien (whose done 10 out of the possible 15 races) has moved into 3rd. There’s still plenty of time to get races in, there’s 5 events to be finalised! Don’t forget Even Splits 5k series (3 remaining) and the Wildcard entry (see Rules for more information). The PECO race will be Race 1 at Temple Newsam on Sunday 24th November.

The full table can be found here.



MEMBERS MEANDER 2019 – Club Championship 2019 Race 15 Update


The second club handicap race of the year took place on Wednesday 21st Aug. It followed our KA7 route along the canal to Rodley and back via the river path. Approx 6.5 to 7 miles. It was a good night weather wise – the day had stayed dry and was not too hot (and no angry midges or bugs about). The main problem on the night seemed to be negotiating the fallen tree somewhere on Rein Road. There was a good turn out with 23 runners, 1 “jogger” Hannah, happy to take in the scenery, 6 helpers, Chris, Lee, John, Paul, Lucy (all recovering from injury) and Catherine (back from a 3 month excursion in Peru) to guide the runners around the correct turns, and most importantly, Jemma to ensure all the runners set off in their correct time slots, and all were recorded home with their run times and positions.

As usual we tried to handicap the runners as fairly as possible – but with 89 possible starters – all in various forms of fitness or recovery, it is difficult getting everyone spot on. Even more so by not knowing who will turn up on the night. We also had 5 newish members taking part, Jo, Rachel, Anne, Lloyd and Alberto, just to mix up the times a little. There were also 3 “older” faces who had been missing for some time, – Peter (injury) and Gieds and Asta who have been away/busy. As usual Patrick was first away and after a period of 34 and a half minutes, the last two, Ben and Alan finally set off. Alan did manage to overtake 11 runners but sadly Ben was left with the wooden spoon – possibly still recovering from his full iron man triathlon. At least the last runners just managed to get back before it got too dark, and there was a time gap of about 10 minutes between the first and last one home. The fastest runner on the night was Alan with a time of 42.03 and the fastest lady was Anne with a time of 53.11

First over the line with a run time of 58.04 was Liz Walker, a minute and a half in front of Giedrius 50.30, then a further 1 minute behind, Lloyd 51.28. Commiserations to Anne and Gary who finished 4th and 5th and the other 17 runners behind, but hopefully your start times will be more favourable for next years Chairmans Chase. At least the food afterwards in the LPSA seemed to go down well afterwards


Peter Hey

Link to results:


To bookend this post, I’ve finally got around to completing the Club Championship handicap results against your predicted time, dishing out the points to the relevant parties! Finishing first in the handicap race doesn’t necessarily give you 50 points!

Full Race Results can be found here.

Updated Table, with volunteer bonuses added in can be found here.

Club Championship 2019 – Race 12 and Race 13 Update

The past week saw the end of a busy June for the Club Championship, we’re at the 13th Race already! Of the races that have been, we’ve still got the Brownlee 5k series ongoing and the second half of the Mile race 12, Golden Mile to come in.

Wednesday say the return of the popular Hyde Park Summer Mile, summery weather it was! 6 Harriers took to the start line for a all out sprint as quick as you can. Many PBs, and we saw the debut for Lloyd Allen, welcome!

Lloyd Allen 06:25
Malcolm Taylor 06:58
James Nundy 06:28
Samantha Taylor 08:20
Paul Chapman 06:42

Points have been given out, but will be updated after the Golden Mile, so check out where you are now and see if you can beat it in September (your handicap will have changed, likely for the harder here!).

Eccup 10, always the hottest day of the year, so it came to pass this year. 11 brave Harriers braced the heat and performed admirably. Times in order of position are as follows:

Alan O’Brien 01:04:04
Christopher Glover 01:19:37
John Hutchinson 01:21:23
Emma Brigginshaw 01:22:53
Ian Taylor 01:32:25
Alyson Glover 01:32:48
Liz Walker 01:33:21
Baldish Sandhu 01:47:57
Hannah Newman 01:49:26
Joanne Taylor 01:59:24
Yekanth Venkiteela 02:04:08


The official top 3 for Race 13 of the Club Championship are:

Position Name H’cap Time Diff Time Points
1 John Hutchinson 01:36:35 15.74% 01:21:23 50
2 Emma Brigginshaw 01:31:38 9.56% 01:22:53 49
3 Alyson Glover 01:38:39 5.93% 01:32:48 48

Congrats! The full results can be seen here.

The full table has been updated, James Nundy extends his lead with his performance at Hyde Park (subject to change). Alan O’Brien and Simon Hands continue to make up the top 3. The full list and positions of the 72 runners taken part so far can be found here.

There’s still chance to enter or improve your score. All you need to do is one of the remaining races, found here, or 4 parkruns or volunteer and help our lovely club out at events! Fancy yourself as an decent event organiser, why not create your own event for members to partake, parkrun takeover or a trip – it’s up to you!



Club Championship 2019 – Races 10 and 11 – Otley 10 and Pudsey 10k

We’ve had a double header of Club Championship races the past couple of weeks! 2 legendary Leeds events, Otley 10 mile and Pudsey 10k have taken place. This means we’re over half way already! Best get your races in people!

8 Harriers took part in Otley 10 and 16 (common number of entrants recently) of us took to the start line of Pudsey 10k (and enjoyed a late breakfast at our Chairman’s place). 

The results to both, in order of points awarded for times against handicaps can be found here.

The maximum of 100 points awarded since my last update has shaken the table up a bit. James Nundy remains way out front – but there’s plenty of time to catch him! Alan O’Brien and Simon Hands make up the top 3, with Peter Hey close behind them in 4th.

The table can be found here.

Next week sees the quickest race in the Calendar – the Hyde Park Summer Mile. Plenty of PBs I hope!

Have you done an event you are proud of, but the Club Championship doesn’t give points out for it? Never fear! The Wildcard is here! Enter your event and I’ll calculate against your handicap that month against others that enter, you could receive 50 points!

Club Championship 2019 – ABC and May Bonus Update

On Thursday evening we had 16 Harriers storm round the Horsforth Harriers: Apperly Bridge Canter (ABC). On  an undulating course that is net downhill but you seem to go up more than you go down, we had some great performances and welcoming some faces back into the fray. A big shout out to Jonathan Young who after running Edinburgh Marathon at the weekend, came 2nd overall and 1st in his age category in a quality local field. Although, based on his handicap time he should’ve won? Awesome achievement regardless!

Position Name Category Chip Time
2 Jonathan Young MSEN 00:35:39
20 Alan O’brien MSEN 00:39:02
33 Lee Hardy MV35 00:40:13
57 Andy Pullan MSEN 00:42:30
63 Simon Hands MV40 00:43:06
126 Chris Glover MV55 00:47:20
149 Marion Muir FV40 00:48:32
166 Matt Sykes-Hooban MV40 00:49:03
205 James Nundy MV40 00:50:47
263 Sheila King FV50 00:54:44
317 Anthony Shaw MV65 00:58:46
325 Elizabeth Walker FSEN 00:59:12
352 Shevonne Mclarnon FV45 01:01:09
379 Gill Booth FV45 01:02:55
450 Jill Hudson FV40 01:19:11
451 Samantha Taylor FSEN 01:19:11


We also had the Vets race hosted by Kirkstall, a warm thanks to the volunteers who lined Kirkstall Road and Bramley Fall Woods. It was by all accounts a successful race. Thanks to Jemma and Peter for their excellent organising skills! All volunteers have been added to the Club Championship, remember volunteer twice and you get 10 points, 5 times you get 30! Fancy organising a parkrun takeover or an internal event? Feel free to get in touch with the committee at training or at social events!

Back to Club Championships, the above results have been put against the RunBritain handicaps and points have been dished out. The top 3 are as follows:

Position Name H’cap Time Diff Time Points
1 James Nundy 00:55:07 7.85% 00:50:47 50
2 Sheila King 00:57:15 4.40% 00:54:44 49
3 Tony Shaw 01:01:04 3.76% 00:58:46 48

The full race results for the season up to now can be found here.

The results mean that James Nundy has increased his lead in the Club Championship, he’s the first to reach 6 races and we’re not even half way through the year! Can he improve on his tally? Is there a marathon he fancies? All to be decided! Plenty of wriggle room for the rest of you. There are plenty of Harriers stacked behind the top 3 on 3 or 4 races.

The current top 3 are: 

Pos Name Points Total Races
1 James NUNDY 317  6
2 Lee HARDY 235  5
3 Alan O’BRIEN 229  5

Not in the top 3? Check out the full table to find your current spot.

Do you want a chance to get the prodigious trophy? Check out the remaining races in the year, including the 4 (busy month!) we have in June below.

Race 10 – 12 June – Otley 10
Race 11 – 16 June – Pudsey 10k
Race 12 – 26 June  – Summer Mile
Race 13 – 30 June – Eccup 10

Other events in June that count towards your points tally:

Race 5 – 19th June – Even Splits 5k at Brownlee (Race 5 out of 10) 
Race 20 – All Year – Wildcard Entry

Club Championship 2019 Race 8 – Leeds Half Marathon

It’s that time of the year again. Last Sunday saw the annual Leeds Half Marathon, a chance to show off our club colours and our excellent support team in one of Leeds premier events (and potentially get new members).

2019 saw 16 Harriers run (not all with Harriers against their name, see the rules! I’ve been lenient this year because someone did the work for me – cheers James!) in decent to warm conditions.

Name Time
Alan O’Brien 01:24:07
Adam Nodwell 01:33:02
Simon Hands 01:33:47
Therese Sheehan 01:42:25
Eleanor Gallon 01:44:26
Richard Kennedy-Joyce 01:46:15
Andrew Goldman 01:50:52
Stephen Groves 01:44:41
James Nundy 01:54:46
Paul Chapman 01:55:40
Ian Taylor 02:03:16
Burjor Langdana 02:14:28
Alexandra Potts 01:53:45
Peter Hey 02:25:21
Shevonne McLarnon 02:14:43
Fiona Venner 02:02:49

Great times and runs by all.

The handicap results were dominated by 3 returning older faces, running great times hopefully on their comeback trail!

Position Name H’cap Time Diff Time Points
1 Burjor Langdana 02:31:26 11.21% 02:14:28 50
2 Stephen Groves 01:51:08 5.80% 01:44:41 49
3 Fiona Venner 02:10:04 5.58% 02:02:49 48

The full results can be found here.

We have a new leader, not only because of the sad news of Rowan leaving us for the southern states, but because of James Nundy’s performances in recent months!

Pos Name Points Total Races
1 James NUNDY 267  5
2 Rowan TEMPLE 198  4
3 Lee HARDY 198  4

The full table can be found here.

Please note, May bonuses have not been added yet, they are due at the end of the month.

As always, I plug future events which the next months are nearly half full, so get your entry in to have some good times with the rest of the Harriers!

Also is there an event you’ve done this year, that you think you’ve done well in, but doesn’t happen to be in the championship? Don’t worry! The Wildcard event will come to your rescue. Please enter your race, time and date and it will count to Race 20, with results finalised at the end of the year. 

Any questions, queries or concerns about the Club Championship, please reach out to me.