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 https://twitter.com/icerowe 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: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/icerowe98
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:
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 email@example.com or speak to a committee member.
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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.
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!
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!Click to Read More...
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.
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.Click to Read More...
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 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.Click to Read More...
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.
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.