Knowle and Dorridge Running Club


Imogen Rowe's Marathon Journey: Volunteer Support and Fundraising Achievements

Three years ago K&D were approached by Helen Rowe about her daughter Imogen (Immie) from Knowle who wanted to join the club. We had to say sorry because she was 15 but gave advice about running, parkrun etc. Imogen continued running and joined us last year as an adult. She is ...

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Sponsor Announcement: Xact Homes

Knowle & Dorridge Running Club are pleased to announce the official launch of our Sponsorship with Xact Homes. Xact Homes have kindly offered to sponsor the club for 2017. As a local firm Xact Homes understand community and working in partnership with them we hope to be able to expand our club's offerings to the ...

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Membership Renewal: 2017/18 Season

Membership Renewal: 2017/18 - Click Here to Renew It's that time of the year again where membership renewal is needed.  To quote The Lego Movie Soundtrack:  Everything is awesome, Everything is cool when you're part of a team! If you wish to train with Knowle & Dorridge RC, compete for the club and maintain your ...

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Annual Awards Dinner Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets are now available for our Annual Awards Night.  Friday 12th May is our annual awards night and disco at the Forest Hotel in Dorridge.  It's like the Oscars but with more glitz and you don't even have to sleep inside a horse to win a prize (sorry Leo!). Theme tbc. We expect to ...

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The Art of Running Course: 7th & 24th May 2017

Exciting news! We have Malcolm Balk and Susie Baker back again this year. Malcolm is a Canadian running coach and also an Alexander technique practitioner and combines both with a natural enthusiasm for running. The two look at your running and give lots of ways to change how you run for the better, ...

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K&D in the Community: Knowle Library Health Week Advice & Beginners Sessions (02/03/17)

K&D in the Community: Knowle Library Health Week Advice & Beginners Sessions (02/03/17)

Knowle & Dorridge Running Club will be at Knowle Library 10am-5pm on Thu 2nd March 2017 as part of Knowle Health Week 2017. Members of the club will be there to meet the local community, answer questions, offer advice, provide info on events, parkrun, how to train for an event, how to ...

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Men's XC: The National - Team: 63rd

Lads on Tour. K&D's men took on the very best in the country at the 129th running of the Saucony English National XC Championships this weekend. Woollaton Hall in Nottingham played host to 8000 runners in all age groups while K&D's Men took on 2000 other XC runners from clubs ...

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AGM Announcement - April 5th

Annual General Meeting; April 5th It is vital that we get a big turnout as possible.  We are a club of 260 members so we need to ensure that you views are represented, it will take place after the normal club run so please do make every effort to attend.  We are also ...

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Knowle FC: Storm Doris Roof Damage

Storm Doris caused substantial damage to Knowle FC's Club House yesterday. Everyone at K&D RC Would like to send our full support to Knowle FC. They've been incredibly supportive of us recently during our move to their home and anything we can do to return the favour in this difficult time i'm ...

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Spring Training Plan 2017

Ladies Captain Kathy Bailey has circulated a detailed schedule of training opportunities and sample plan for those training through to Spring 2017. The plan is available on the Training section of the club website but can also be downloaded in excel format here: Spring Training Plan 2017 

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A New Era: A Message from the Chairman

Dear All, Welcome to a chapter in the history of our running club!  A reminder that from this week all of the main club sessions will now be from Knowle Football Club, Hampton Lane, Knowle.  Whilst there is plenty of car parking, the site is locked so please don't turn up ...

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Monday Night Speed Sessions

I feel the need... ...the need for speed. Monday Night Speed Sessions A reminder that Ladies Captain Kathy Bailey organises a speed session every Monday night for those athletes looking to put a little more speed into their legs. The speed session is suitable for all and will mostly focus on interval work at ...

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Wednesday Led Sessions

Our Wednesday club runs will always be led by members who have completed Leadership in Running Courses who will provide you with advice and guidance on your running and make sure you have someone to run with. Whilst our leaders are qualified please keep in mind they are volunteers and not professional ...

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Tempo Running

In our training schedules you'll find references to lots of different types of running, such as tempo running, fartleks, interval training and hill repeats which may be new to you or maybe you just need a refresher about what they all mean. In a series of articles over the coming months, club ...

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Club Buffs now available

Club Buffs now available.  £7.00 each Please contact Club Secretary Sally if you would like one on

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    Imogen Rowe's Marathon Journey: Volunteer Support and Fundraising Achievements

    Three years ago K&D were approached by Helen Rowe about her daughter Imogen (Immie) from Knowle who wanted to join the club. We had to say sorry because she was 15 but gave advice about running, parkrun etc.

    Imogen continued running and joined us last year as an adult. She is still only 18 and one of our youngest members. She is running London Marathon next month and raising money for Fight for Sight.

    What makes Imogen's running achievements and determination all the more remarkable is that she has overcome many obstacles in her way. Imogen's parents were told she'd never walk as a baby due to dyspraxia, a condition that affects different aspects of her life, including mobility issues in her early years.

    In October 2013, Imogen was diagnosed with Keratoconus. This is a deteriorating eye condition with no cure that causes the cornea to thin, resulting in distorted vision. Although it's not a blinding disease and there are treatments available, it causes difficulties for Imogen including almost no vision in the right eye and limited vision in her left.

    Here are links to much more info below including her blog about yesterday's run:

    She has been quietly plugging away raising her mileage and in recent weeks has been running with Geoff's Sunday group of friends - and then adding on more. On the 19th they ran for 10 miles - and she then did another 8 alone.

    Next Sunday (26th March) is a very big one for her - 20 miles before starting to taper.

    If you wish to support Imogen's training run by volunteering to run with her on Sunday 26th you can contact Imogen on or speak to Geoff Lewis.

    Geoff has suggested he can plan a 20 mile route and sort volunteers prepared to run say 5 miles at 9.00, another 5 meeting at 9.45 ish somewhere around the route, then another 5 at about 10.30 and so on.

    Should anyone from the club wish to donate or publicise Imogen's efforts they can do so using the link:

    Good luck over the next few weeks Imogen from everyone at K&D. You're an inspiration!
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    Constitutional Amendments - AGM Proposal

    Hello K&Ders

    There are a number of revisions that have been made to the K&D Constitution. These are proposed for approval at the upcoming AGM.

    Geoff Lewis has kindly and diligently been working on this (Should the American Founding Fathers have included a Geoff i'm sure we'd not be in the situation we currently find ourselves in across The Pond).

    Please read the constitution prior to our AGM on 5th April:

    K&DRC constitution final approved 02.10.13 REVISION 25.02.17

    The revisions made by Geoff will be open for debate and, hopefully, approval on the night. Should you wish to discuss any issues pre-AGM (constitution or indeed otherwise) please contact the club on or speak to a committee member. 


    K&D Committee

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    Weekend Recap: Sent to Coventry, Ladies owning Brueton PB's

    Coventry Half Marathon

    You know you are getting towards business time when the half marathon's start coming thick and fast. Coventry Half saw the now annual mass migrations of Knowle & Dorridge athletes into Coventry City Centre. Howling winds met the squad virtually the entire way round the course; making the route's first 10 miles uphill even more challenging.

    Darren John led the eight K&D runners round the course finishing in 11th place overall and recording a new PB of 1:18:05. Kathy Bailey was first K&D lady home; she also won her age group. Congrats to Kathy! Congrats also go to James Taylor, Clare Carmen and Tanya Cronin who all ran PB's on a tough day out on the roads.

    Full Results:

    Darren John - 1:18:05 (PB)
    Richard Dixon - 1:26:26
    James Taylor - 1:27:06 (PB)
    Kevin Boake - 1:34:48
    Kathy Bailey - 1:42:36
    Sarah Cattell - 1:53:41
    Clare Carmen - 2:03:00 (PB)
    Tanya Cronin - 2:24:04 (PB)

    Russell Davies also ran Coventry Half in 1:32 but showed up as a DNF. We assume it was a faulty chip issue!

    Brueton parkrun

    With a number of runners saving their legs for Coventry and various other races in the coming weeks you might have expected a smaller field at Brueton. If so you'd have been very wrong. Congratulations to the parkrun core team at Brueton who handled a record 501 finishers this weekend!

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    Weekend Recap: Bath Time, Go-Go-Go in Silverstone, Wembley Way, Shakespeare in Spring, parkrun roundup

    Vitality Bath Half-Marathon

    Two K&D representatives enjoyed the spa surroundings of Bath over 13.1 miles. A record turn out at the growing event included Hayley Murphy and Robert Yates who ran together and finished in 2:20:33 and 2:20:34. That's a PB for Bob in what according to Power of 10 is his first half-marathon.

    Adidas Silverstone Half

    At the home of British motorsport Craig Campbell continued his build to the London Marathon with a new PB over the half marathon distance. Craig ran a PB in the 1:49:03.

    He was joined by a number of K&D runners and a Pit Crew full of K&D supporters.

    Full Results:

    Richard Clarke - 1:43:20 (PB)
    Darryl Wilkes - 1:45:57 (PB)
    Emma Donnelly - 1:48:17
    Craig Campbell - 1:49:03 (PB)
    Mike Mcdonald - 1:52:13
    Richard Beale - 2:16:37 (PB)

    Raceways Spring Shakespeare Half:

    K&D had two men repping the gold hoops at the Spring Shakespeare. Laps of an airfield don't sound the most appealing but what it suffers in repetition the race does provide a fast and flat course. Both men ran PB's according to power of 10.

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    Running with the Stars - Hannah England & Luke Gunn Training Session - Wed 15th Mar

    Well the week has arrived for Hannah England and Luke Gunn to join us for our training session....exciting!

    This should be a fantastic and truly inspiring evening, so don't forget to come at 6.30pm!!  We'll be at Arden School on the Astro to warm up, then off for a run and back for Q and A afterwards, inside in a classroom.  You need to get there for 6.30pm or you'll miss out. 

    Hannah England

    Hannah is a British middle-distance running athlete who specialises in the 800 meters, 1500 meters and mile run. At 1500 m, she is the 2011 World Championship silver medallist and finished fourth at the 2013 World Championships.

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    Weekend Recap: Warwick & Haweswater Half's, Soggy Centurions + parkrun roundup

    The line between the brave and the foolhardy is one that is often only faintly drawn. With heavy rains and ice-cold winds covering most of Warwickshire and Solihull on Sunday it was those hardy souls who ventured out for the Warwick Half Marathon or Centurions GP Series.

    Warwick Half:

    With Coventry moving back in the calendar the Warwick Half has become the first major local half of the year; perfect positioned for those looking to see how their winter training has treated them. Unfortunately awful conditions made quick times significantly more challenging for the runners. Nevertheless those running good times here can be safe in the knowledge that with better weather will come better times. K&D had a number of runner out.

    Gareth Wainwright finished 9th overall in 1:21:06.

    Results included:

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