• Kirkstall Abbey 7

Kirkstall Abbey 7

Sunday 18th September saw the ever popular Kirkstall Abbey 7 race organised by the Kirkstall Harriers.  A 6.7 mile multi-terrain, mostly flat course starting and finishing within the spectacular grounds of Kirkstall Abbey. The route takes in riverside paths and the canal towpath as well as road and the grounds of the Abbey

As is becoming the norm it had a cracking entry of Hyde Park Harriers on what was a round of our Club Competitor and the 5th round of the Off Road Championship.  38 Harriers (20 men and 18 ladies) gathered on a perfect morning for it and it was great to see lots of regulars returning for the first time this year and new faces to the club getting there first race in.

The first Harrier home was Michael Vargas, scoring his first off road points of the year in the 2nd division and an excellent 6th overall.  He finished 30 seconds and 4 places ahead of Scott Watson who took his 4th maximum division one score out of 5 events.

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Mike Gallagher was next in 21st and scored his first points of the year in the first division while Colin Tranter came home in 23rd but more importantly took maximum points in the premier division.  He has only done 3 of the 5 rounds so far but taken top points each time.

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Jimmy Sheldon continued his good run of results finishing 1 place behind Colin and picking up 3rd place points in the 1st division with Charlie Jackett not to far behind.

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Rachel Eales was first Harrier lady home in 48th which was an excellent 2nd lady overall.  She scored top premier division points on her first outing of the year.


The top 3 Harrier ladies turned out to be on there first outings as Jennifer Gridley was next and Harrier Shaw 3rd and taking maximum points in the 1st and 2nd divisions.

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Lois Gardner scored well again getting 2nd place points in the 1st division with Dote Stone not far behind her.  Laura Cummings was 2nd home in the Premier division and Honor Baldry 2nd in the 2nd division.

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Some excellent results through out the field and great to see your Poppy getting a medal in the mile and then stopping to cheer on with her mom Nicola.

Championship update –

Ladies Premier – Still lead by Monica Driver but she has now moved on from the club so the chasing pack have everything to play for.  10 out of 18 ladies have scored.

Ladies 1st – Emma Amor still leading thanks to her good start to the year.  She has an 18 point lead (56 points) but then there are 2 on 38 and 2 on 37.  9 out of 20 ladies have scored.

Ladies 2nd – Honor Baldry leads but Sam Scarlett and Maika still in the hunt.  13 ladies have scored.

Mens Premier – James Vickers leads from Richard Edwards but Colin Tranter is the man in form.  14 out of 20 men have scored.

Mens 1st Division – Scott Watson is going to take some beating but John Blatherwick and Jimmy Sheldon will keep him honest to the end of the year.  7 out of 20 men have scored.

Mens 2nd division – Jack Rose extended his lead, he now leads by 20 points but with 4 rounds to go you never know.  9 men have scored.


So next up in the 9 round championship (best 7 scores) after the Harewood 10 was cancelled is the Chevin Chase on boxing day followed by Round 3 of the PECO in January.

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Thanks to Ian Watson for the pics.

Position Name Time Division Position Name Time Division
6th Michael Vargas 39.32 2nd 48th Rachel Eales 46.53 Prem
10th Scott Watson 40.03 1st 95th Jennifer Gridley 51.05 1st
21st Mike Gallagher 43.02 1st 107th Harriet Shaw 51.58 2nd
23rd Colin Tranter 43.23 Prem 134th Lois Gardner 54.33 1st
24th Jimmy Sheldon 44.13 1st 144th Dote Stone 54.52 1st
32nd Charlie Jackett 45.04 Prem 157th Laura Cummings 55.31 Prem
45th James Vickers 46.36 Prem 171st Honor Baldry 56.09 2nd
51st Chris Jones 46.57 Prem 180th Clare Evans 56.56 1st
58th Paul Sawyer 47.41 1st 189th Monika Pugeviciute 57.28 2nd
70th Daniel Waas 48.30 Prem 205th Sarah Farnell 59.14 Prem
90th Jack Rose 50.39 2nd 220th Vicky Houghton 1.00.33 Prem
96th John Blatherwick 51.10 1st 223rd Maika Ohno 1.00.36 2nd
119th John Hayes 53.22 1st 224th Samantha Scarlett 1.00.36 2nd
184th Paul Dickens 57.07 2nd 242nd Hilary Lund 1.02.06 2nd
245th Andrew Maddock 1.02.09 Prem 285th Michelle Hancocks 1.06.05 1st
258th Mike Webb 1.02.55 Prem 293rd Joan Kavanagh 1.06.52 Prem
259th Richard Edwards 1.02.56 Prem 305th Claire Hougham 1.09.23 Prem
286th Michael Mason 1.06.16 Prem 326th Lorraine Beavis 1.15.56 2nd
287th Tom Eales 1.06.17 Prem
294th Stuart Smith 1.07.00 2nd


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