Kirkstall Harriers host another successful Kirkstall Abbey 7

2 October 2018

Kirkstall Harriers hosted the eighth annual Kirkstall Abbey 7 race last weekend and 364 finishers enjoyed the scenic seven-mile course starting and finishing in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey, writes Jill Buckley.

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Kirkstall junior winners: Freddie Roden from Abbey Runners and Jessica Baxter from Leeds City

The men’s race was won by James Saxton from Wakefield District Harriers and AC in a time of 37 minutes 56 seconds, followed by Nathan Edmondson from Ilkley Harriers in second place and Simon Courtney from Stadium Runners in third.

In the ladies’ race Aisling Wall from Horsforth Harriers was first home in a time of 45 minutes 11 seconds, followed by Jen Whiteman from Chapel Allerton Runners in second and Ashleigh Greenwood from Stadium Runners in third.

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Men’s race winner James Saxton

West Leeds running clubs were well represented in the race with plenty of representation from Bramley Breezers, Farsley Flyers and Pudsey Pacers, with host club Kirkstall Harriers very ably looking after proceedings around the course and at the start and finish.

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Beat the Monk and the Nun? Johnathon Young and Shamiso Sismayi

There was an added sense of fun as runners were invited to try and beat the Monk and the Nun, with Johnathon Young and Shamiso Sismayi taking up the roles respectively.

Junior runners also enjoyed the Junior race and Mad Monk Meander.

There were 53 participants in the junior race, with Freddie Roden from Abbey Runners winning for the boys and Jessica Baxter fro Leeds City winning for the girls. And 40 kids took part in the Mad Monk Meander around the Abbey grounds too.

The photos in this article are courtesy of Philip Bland and Shevonne McLarnon.

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