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1 Sep 2019 Community

Runners take to the trail for Kirkwood

Over 200 people laced up their trainers and took part in a 5 and 10k Trail Run for Kirkwood Hospice over the weekend

On Sunday morning, runners turned out in force at Leeds Road Playing Fields to race in Kirkwood's annual Trail Run event, helping to raise thousands of pounds for Kirkwood.

The event was set up in 2012 by John Philpott as a way to celebrate the life of his late wife Joanne. Since its launch, the event has raised over £50,000 for Kirkwood Hospice, which cares for people affected by any life limiting illness across Kirklees. This year’s Trail Run was the eighth.

Click here to view the full results.

The first day of September was typically overcast and blustery, but with spots of rain threatening to turn into a downpour earlier in the morning, the sun finally came out. And with a cool breeze in the air, the conditions were perfect for runners taking on the 5 and 10k races.

Among the hundreds of Trail Run participants was Rachel Turner, who was joined in her challenge by colleagues from Moorlands Primary School.

Rachel was diagnosed with breast cancer last September. When she returned to work, colleagues decided to start a running club to help wellbeing. The team of eight decided to sign up for the Trail Run to celebrate a year since Rachel’s diagnosis.

Rachel Turner (wearing number 608) gets ready for the 5k event with her friends and colleagues.


Guests arrived early to take advantage of a lively Zumba warm-up by Claire Freeman of Kirklees Active Leisure. Clair got the crowd of runners race ready with an energetic warm up before participants gathered at the start line.

The claxon sounded at 10.30am setting off the runners on the scenic and flat course, with many aiming to beat their personal best.

First to cross the line was 5k runner Isabel Richardson, who clocked a time of 22m 35s. The first 5k runner in the men’s group was Richard Plunkett in a time of 25m 17s.

Isabel Richardson clocked a time of 22m 35s in the 5k Trail Run


In the 10k race, Matthew Pierson clocked an impressive time of 35m 11s, while the first female to cross the finish line was Michelle Rogerson in 44m 05s.

Matthew Pierson came first in the Men's 10k standings


John Philpott, who set up the event in memory of his late wife Joanne was pleased to see another good turn out. He said: "We're remembering Joanne today. There are a quite a few that have come down from Church Lane Surgery in Brighouse where Joanne used to work. It's been really nice to see them taking part. What's nice is that lots of other people have come along to remember people too.

For a full list of race times from the day, please click here.

Kirkwood’s Community Fundraiser, Julia Owen, helped to organise the Trail Run alongside John. She said: “It's been a great event, and the atmosphere really has been fabulous. Thank you to everyone who came along to take part in the Trail Run.

Kirkwood would like to thank: John Philpott, Jo Auty, Tim Cock and all of the event committee, Claire Freeman, Kirklees Active Leisure, Cannonball, Dene Townend, Mark Rattigan, Medivent, the 868 Mirfield Squadron Air Cadets and all of Kirkwood Hospice’s volunteers.

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