Leeds Country Way

It is with great regret that we announce our decision to cancel the 2020 Leeds Country Way Relay. With so much uncertainty as to how the next few months will pan out, no date for when races can resume, and the fact that all the facilities we need to hold the race are closed, with no date given for reopening as yet, it seems the obvious decision. We want our 30th race to be a special event, and hope you will all join us next year on 5th September 2021 to celebrate with us.


Kindly Sponsored by Up and Running Leeds Central


The Leeds Country Way Relay is an annual race which has been organised by Kippax Harriers, since the race was first established in 1990. It is held around the end of August or the beginning of September and comprises of 6 pairs of runners in each team, with each pair running a leg (section) around the actual LCW route.

An approximate total of 64 miles are covered, in a total time of around 7 hours. There are trophies for the fastest legs and teams, men and women, with a beautiful memento for each finisher. Presentations are held at the Podger in Garforth after the event, with food for all.

Route descriptions are given to each participating team, and teams are encouraged to run or walk the routes before the race. This will help on the day as there will be stewards at baton check points, but not along the route itself. If you’ve run the route before, the instructions sometimes change slightly, so make sure you’ve got the latest guides and route maps.

There are cut-off times for each leg, so make sure you know when the start and cut-off times are, and where you need to be to start your leg of the race.

You can also check out the Leeds Country Way Relay facebook page here.

To get a feel for what it is like on race day, have a look at the video from 2018 below, kindly shared by Adam Nodwell.


Race Rules

Race Rules

Route Descriptions and Route Maps

Leg 1 Garforth to Stanley – 11.75 Miles – Route Map & GPX File

Leg 2 Stanley to Scotchman Lane – 11.15 Miles – Route Map & GPX File

Leg 3 Scotchman Lane to Thornbury – 9.8 Miles – Route Map & GPX File

Leg 4 Thornbury to Golden Acre Park – 11.5 Miles – Route Map & GPX File

Leg 5 Golden Acre Park to Thorner Lane – 10.06 Miles – Route Map & GPX File

Leg 6 Thorner Lane to Garforth – 9.7 Miles – Route Map & GPX File

Route Abbreviations

Change Over Points and Cut Off Times

Change Over Points and Cut Off Times

Previous Race Results

Race Results & Course Records

Full Route Map & GPX File

Route Map & GPX File