Knowle and Dorridge Running Club


K&D HQ: Position Paper

As part of the K&D RC Committee's commitment to the club we have been looking at ways to secure the future of the club long-term. While Sainsbury's have been very kind in allowing us to use their facilities in order to expand we will require more creative solutions. With this ...

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Masters Blasters - Gifford's Guinea Pig Plea

Hello Team! For Rachel's masters at the University of Birmingham she is conducting some exciting performance enhancing research on endurance trained athletes and she would be delighted if you would be interested in taking part in her research. Rachel is studying the effect of 5 days of heat acclimation on ...

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K&D Awards 2019 - A Rush of Awards

Firstly the thanks. Without Fiona Holland and Jo Tork there is no way the awards would run so smoothly. A massive thank you to both individuals who work together like Power Rangers to bring these events together. It couldn't happen without their superb table planning skills, timetabling or reminding your ...

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Weekend Recap: London Marathon - Pretty Good

It's the biggest street party in the UK. 26.2 miles of cheers, beers, fears and tears. Dreams of glory after months of hard work in the dark and cold of winter all coming together in one big jamboree of running. K&D sent a number of their troops into battle against ...

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Weekend Recap: The Battle of Manchester, Solihull Half

Manchester Marathon:Green and Gold swarmed Old Trafford. No longer in protest at the Glaziers but in vests and short shorts. Knowle & Dorridge's famous kit could be seen through the field of 20,000 runners. As with any marathon some people's races went amazing, some went south. It's the nature of ...

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Road Relays: K&D Women Fly, Gary & Nick Go At It

The headlines at this year's K&D Road Relays were stolen by K&D Women as they flew round sutton park finishing an incredible 7th in the Midlands. Our 6 women gave the biggest clubs in the country a right royal run for their pennies. Crowd favourite Jane Evans stormed round running ...

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Individual Coaching with Hannah England & Jonny Davies

Are you looking for support and advice going through 2019? Looking to supplement your K&D training? While we as a club can offer more generalised training and specialised support on Tuesdays and Thursdays for Sub 21 parkrunners with Coach Colin we appreciate you may need more individually tailored support at other ...

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K&D Awards Do with Holly Rush - 1st May 2019

K&D RC are pleased to host our 2019 Annual Awards. After a record breaking 2018-19 season K&D are delivering a jamboree to celebrate your achievements. We will be joined by the superb Holly Rush.With a 2:37 marathon PB Holly, who has represented GB, has moved onto the trails and Ultra scene. Her ...

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Warwickshire XC Champs: K&D Women Grab County Bronze

Women's Race: It was a great day for K&D's women as they stormed to their first ever team medal at county level. K&D's women's previous best was a 7th place in 2015 but it is testament to their development and team work that they take home a superb Bronze.Led, literally ...

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Wellbeing Officer

Knowle & Dorridge have elected Katie Price as the club's first Wellbeing Officer. The Wellbeing Officer role has a dual function; Signposting and Liasion.  The Wellbeing Officer is not expected to treat club members but will be a confidential signposter for members who may need support with physical or mental health difficulties.  The ...

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K&D RC Appoint Hannah England, World Championship Silver Medallist, as Director of Running

Knowle & Dorridge Running Club are pleased to announce the appointment of Hannah England as Director of Running. Hannah England won a silver medal in the 2011 Daegu World Championships 1500m. Ranked 15th All-Time in the UK over 1500m Hannah brings an incredible wealth of experience and knowledge to the ever-growing ...

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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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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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    News: Stuff to Know

    Road Relays: Deadline is end of 25th Aug,
    Teams of 6 men or 4 women. Sat Afternoon, 21st Sept Sutton Park
    Perfect team event and suitable for all abilities! We'd like to enter loads of teams, you can even do parkrun before and have coffee in Costa after.
    K&D pay all entry fees for you. Want to run?
    Men: email
    Women: Email
    Note: If you applied via the website form email your captain - the website was bust it turns out so we missed your messages!

    K&D Walk and Talk - Family & Friends Event
    As part of run and talk week (mental health awareness) we are inviting all members with family, friends and dogs to join us for a 5 mile walk, a good chat and cake afterwards
    Sunday, 22 September 2019 at 10:00

    Leamington 3000m - Open Event - Wed Sept 4th
    We're encouraging K&D to dip their toes into track running with the very friendly 3000m Open. The races are at Edmonscote Stadium, £5, All Abilities welcome (Heats graded on ability so you'll be running with similar standard runners). Any 25min or quicker parkruns will be absolutely fine.

    DASH Open - Sep 8th
    INTRODUCING: The Brian Shepherd Mile - 2019’s DASH Open will see a new race being introduced in the memory of
    Brian Shepherd. The money raised will be donated to charity. All age groups welcome, £4 per entry. The Dell Stadium, DY5 4NE

    Edgar Nicholls 10,000m - Fri 30th Aug
    25 laps. Bromsgrove & Redditch are putting on a 10,000m Track race for £6 at the Abbey Stadium Sports Centre, Redditch - a rare chance to run 10000m on the track.
    Full details:

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    Weekend Recap: Stratford Showers

    Stratford Summer Six: A day of storms, showers, pelting cats and dogs didn't stop the K&D's Waterproof Wonders from smashing the six mile course and then hitting the pubs outside Mary Arden's gaff.

    Fresh from his strong 3000m track exploits Chris Sharp finished 2nd overall in a super 32:35. Hanging on his coat tails was Rob Michaelson-Yeates in 33:06 and Simon Bentley in 35:47 rounding out the K&D top-3.

    For the K&D Women it was Rocket Rachel Gifford who stormed round in 36:27 for 2nd Woman. Flick Sharp joined in the quick sharp fun with a 39:03

    Other notable results include Dan Mayes running in his green and gold vest for the first time clocking a super 39:21. Amanda O'Leary continued our stong women's performances with 40:59. Geoff Lewis had a great sub-55 run

    Full Results:

     32:35 Caroline Park   46:41
    Rob Michaelson Yeates   33:06 Jane Hunt   46:56
    Simon Bentley   35:47 Rob
    Rachel Gifford   36:27 Mark Gale   48:29
    Dan Mayes   39:21 Kate
    Jack Whitehouse   40:32 Nicky
    Amanda O'Leary   40:59 Paul
    Steve Armstrong   41:05 Keith
    Jason Pitcher   41:38 Mike
    Lloyd Barton   41:44 Karen
    Max Mladenovic   42:31 Catherine
    Jess Woolley   42:36 Geoff
    Phil Wood   43:48 Sara
    Kerry Thompson   44:32 Linda
    Adam O'Nions   44:39 Lissy
    Stephen Ray   45:15 Gail

    Brueton parkrun:
    With a host of our finest resting ahead of Stratford Summer Six it was a quieter parkun on Saturday for K&D - although a host of fast interlopers did drop in due to local cancellations.

    Gareth Wainwright ran 17:07 while Darren John ran 19:30 and Jonathan Randall made a welcome podium return in 19:31 - just nipping Stuart Male who ran 19:32. Close.

    Magic Mary Heald ran 21:00 dead on the nose while Louise Bell's 23'36 was good for second K&D. Jude Mansfield and Abeda Jama battled for the third podium sport with Jude coming out on top 25:06 to 25:34.

    Carly Mitchell PB'd this week with an excellent 31:13. Top PB'ing Carly! Mary Heald ran her 100th parkrun. High Five!

    Bushy parkrun:
    We take our solemn duty to make our pilgrimage to the holy site of Bushy park very seriously in these parts and we're delighted Russel and Tracy Davies made the journey to pay homage to PSH and The parkrun Tree. They ran 30:20. And then sacraficed a goat.

    Bedfont Lakes parkrun:
    Two great things. Beds and Fonts. Combine to make Bedfont lakes parkrun. Rob Ambrose ran 20:21. He gave them Hel-vetica.

    Poole parkrun:
    The notouriously quality Poole parkrun has special meaning for Marathon Talk listeners knowing it's home to host Martin Yelling and regular contributor and super-hero Steve Way. Our own Mountain Man Tim Price clocked 20:16. He finished 39th - a sign of the quality of that parkrun's front pack.

    Huddersfield parkrun:
    Manjit Uppal took on the Terriers in Huddersfield running 30:08.

    Haverfordwest parkrun:
    Steve Marks continued his UK tour with a 35:24

    Falcarragh parkrun:
    The names of these parkruns are getting more ridiculous by the week. Monica Green ran 26:26.

    Babbs Mill parkrun:
    From 50ish last week to 150 in it's second week. Delightful to see! Anthony Dutton ran 20:59, Darren Maggs a 25:28.

    Torbay parkrun:
    Devon Correspondent David John ran 30:01. He should have ran faster really. Might have gone under 30 then.

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    Training: 12th-21st Aug

    With Kenilworth Half coming up as we swing into Full and HM Season expect the focus of sessions to begin to prep you for these longer races.

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    Warwickshire 3000m Open Results

    Darren John crashed The Sharpster's date night as the three amigo's headed over to Leamington for the Warwickshire County 3000m open races. £5 entry. No frills. Three heats with all abilities. Slowest time in Heat 3 was 14:32 for 3k - 25min parkrun pace. Suitable for most club runners.

    Darren and Flick were in Heat 2. The fun of track racing is how you get dragged along and 7 1/2 laps of a 3k can feel incredibly long despite it only being a few minutes effort. Its a weird sensation, painful but pleasurable (like that weekend you spent in the Berlin leather dungeon with Torsten).

    It's also a great 'training' session. And a way to break up your usual routine. An open track 3000m is a super introduction to the oval and it's also brilliant for your parkrun training. Sitting on the red-line and testing yourself for a 3/5ths of a 5k. Less fun is being beaten by an U17 girl but we won't mention that.

    Darren ran 10:30.84 - his fastest 3k split for a year - and Flick clocked a PB of 20+ seconds by running 11:14.82.

    In the 'Elite' Heat the fast guys tore round. Chris Sharp, fresh from running 9:00.87 at Birmingham Uni Relays on Friday had a tougher race, running solo for 5 laps in 6th place. He dug in for a 9:16.65 though. His 9.00.87 by the way currently ranks him 25th V35 in the UK.

    Interested in joining the fun?

    Next race is 3000m and/or 1500m at Leamington's Edmonscote Stadium (Monty 5 location) - Sept 4th, 8pm, £5. Darren is organising convoy if people are interested. (Spa Striders had 20ish entries on Wed - not that we're competitive but...) - The Whatsapp group for 4th Sept is on 07854848083 or email

    And for a bit of fun Elite Athlete Jenny Nesbitt shares 10 fun things you need to know about Track here:

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    Strength Training for Runners Course

    Hi Team,

    Siobhan Cotter is running a Strength Training for Runners Course at
    Every Tuesday from September 3 until October 22 at 7-8 pm
    £40 for 8 weeks (To Cover Hall Hire & Equipment etc.)
    Dorridge Methodist Church, 135 Mill Lane, Dorridge B93 8NY

    Siobhan is a Lydiard Foundation Certified Level II Coach, 2018
    UK Athletics Event Group Coach – Endurance (Running & Walks), 2017
    UK Athletics Leader in Running Fitness, 2017
    Level 3 Personal Trainer, 2017
    UK Athletics Level 2 Club Coach -Throws, 2009
    UK Athletics level 1 Assistant Club Coach – General, 2009
    Level 2 Gym Instructor, 2009

    Strength training can supplement your running improving core strength and form during the back end of races in particular.

    Anyone interested can apply online:

    Although not an 'official' club session Siobhan is very experienced and well qualified so we're happy to pass on info regarding this course for your interest.

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    Weekend Recap: Cannock Chase & Totnes 10k's, Solihull parkrun(s)

    Public Service Announcement: A huge congratulations to K&D'er Phil Wood and his team of parkrun-elves who finally launched Babbs Mill parkrun in Kingshurst. A long and difficult journey to lauch successfully happened on Saturday. Can we ask people, as excited as we know you are to try it's mix of grass, paths, gravel and single track trail out, not to all go next week. Stagger your attendance please and be mindful that you'll need trail shoes if its wet.

    Cannock Chase 10k:
    When was asked if she fancied Cannock Chase Katie Price said she was well up for it - she'd always fancied bagging herself a hunky Canadian Mountie. (Cannuck Chase, geddit?). An area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (Cannock Chase - though Katie and Janice aren't bad either) saw runners tackle the 10k on trails.

    Katie and Janice Lisiecki both finished in 01:02:41.

    Totnes 10K:
    Our Devon Correspondent David John had never done more than a 5k race before. So obviously make your debut at 10k on a tough trail run around Totnes. His 1:18:37 a decent trail and 10k debut on tough terrain.

    Brueton parkrun:
    Lets start with the women for a change! Magic Mary Heald pushed her way round in 21:38 with buggy ahead. A swift Kerry Ann Thompson clocked 22:38 as she regains form and fitness and the ever fast Jane Hunt ran 23:22.

    The blokes were a little light up front. Gareth Wainwright took a first finisher token well ahead of the pack in 17:03 while Paul Bentley took silver in 19:22 for 10th overall. Chris Morgan, taking an easy-ish one clocked 19:30.

    Sophia Harrison PB'd in 39:09. Her PB Jamboree was joined by Simon Battson who ran a course PB of 24:48. Martin Hancock who PB'd in a superb 22:01. Not bad for 60-64 age category.

    Arrow Valley parkrun:
    Steve Marks ran 35:36 around the lovely lakeside two-lapper.

    Kingsbury Water parkrun:
    Ian Maidment chased Hayley Carruthers round and ran 29:43.

    Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun:
    Lloyd Barton followed in Jane Evans' fleet feet last week as he took on the rapid Stratford course. Lloyd clocked a non too shabby 21:05.

    Babbs Mill parkrun:
    It's 13km pretty much exactly from Tudor Grange School to Babbs Mill park via Sheldon Country park for anyone fancying a Saturday decent run to Babbs Mill and Back. Darren did just that and then ran 19:15. Darren Maggs made it a Darren one-two in 24:01. Kevin Tomkinson ran 24:57, Kate Marsh clocked 25:46 and Alison Giblin rounded out the team in 31:40. Initial thought suggest it may be 30-45sec slower than Brueton due to single track trails. Please don't all go at once!

    Torbay Velo parkrun:
    David John did Tail Walking duties at Torbay Velo in 57:58.

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