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London Marathon 2018 Club Ballot Entry

London Marathon Club Ballot Entry As a member of Knowle & Dorridge Running Club, and England Athletics registered athlete you are entitled to one entry into our club ballot. Winners of the ballot will get an entry into the Virgin Money London Marathon as a representative of our club (the VLM ...

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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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K&D Brueton Parkrun Takeover - 4th November

Our friends at Brueton parkrun are letting us take over for a day (fools! Mwahahaa). On Saturday 4th November we'll be making Brueton park a sea of green and gold.  As a thank you for all the hard work the Brueton parkrun team do we'll be manning various stations, marshalling, barcode scanning ...

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Run Leader Tops - Presented by Helix Sport, Dorridge

It is a pleasure to be able to once again thank our friends at Helix Sport for their support and passion for what we do at K&D. Helix Sport have very kindly helped the club to deliver some some fantastic new kit for our trained run leaders. The bright tops ...

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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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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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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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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 sally.anderson@hotmail.co.uk

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    Weekend Recap: K&D Proud

    There are some weekends when you bunch of K&D'ers make my little heart swell with pride. Weekends like the one just gone, with the Birmingham International Marathon and Half Marathon, where I see so many of you doing things you never thought possible, really make every mile worthwhile. The support you showed out on the course, running, spectating and smiling really showed what an incredible bunch you are. 

    Not everyone will have ran a PB or even had a good day at the office but the marathon is a beast and the half can be unforgiving on that kind of course. You all did excellently. And to those who didn't finish or got injured in the run up; hold your head up high. There is always another race.

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    Training 16th-25th Oct

    For those of you not in recovery mode; see attached. 

    For those of you that ran Birmingham this weekend we'll be having our Brooks gentle recovery shuffle on Wednesday.

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    Wed Oct 18th Recovery Run: Presented by Brooks Running & Helix Sport #runhappy

    Helix are teaming up with Brooks Running on Wednesday October 18th to help us celebrate!

    With so many of you running the Great Run Birmingham Half or Birmingham International Marathon on Sunday 16th October we know how tired your legs will be.  Rather than flogging you up some winter hills we know the importance of rest (and a party)...

    So K&D, Helix and Brooks are teaming up to offer you a night of trying on some fabulous Brooks Running Shoes. Brooks will provide a range of Try On shoes in all sizes and be on hand to tell you all about them. We'll go for a gentle 5-8k to get your legs moving again. 

    The best bit is you don't even need to run the Half or Marathon to join in - just come along on your normal Wednesday training night. Brooks make some lovely gear - Chairman Darren has a ridiculous amount of their half zip long sleeve tops.

    Training on Wednesday Oct 18th will be all about helping you #runhappy well, as happy as you can be running after a marathon or half!

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    Cross Country Declaration Time - Give Us Your Names and Muddy Bodies...

    Cross Country Declaration Form

    Cross Country Season is Here. Wahey!

    If you would like to take part in the mudfest it is important we get your name down on the team declarations. Please fill in this quick form (Cross Country Declaration Form) to let us know that you want to take part in the league fixtures, regional and national events.

    Men: Being in Division 1 is a huge deal for a club our size. It is really important we get as many of your running as possible this winter to fight against relegation and hopefully look at mid-table Stoke FC like success.

    Women: We have our best ever spread of talent in the women's team. You can be part of K&D history this winter. All abilities are welcome and encouraged. XC is all about the team! 

    All: We're contemplating a K&D Jolly to London for the National Champs this year if enough want to go. It is open to all standards and really is an incredibly race and day out.

    All Part 2: Cross Country makes you a better runner. Fact. Its almost impossible not to improve if you run Cross Country.

    And don't forget... K&D RC will pay your entry fee's for each Cross Country race you compete in, be it local, regional or national level. You just have to tell us which races you want to do.

    Sign Up Here: Cross Country Declaration Form

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    London Marathon 2018 Club Ballot Entry

    london-logoLondon Marathon Club Ballot Entry

    As a member of Knowle & Dorridge Running Club, and England Athletics registered athlete you are entitled to one entry into our club ballot. Winners of the ballot will get an entry into the Virgin Money London Marathon as a representative of our club (the VLM entry fee still applies to winning ballots). In the interests of fairness and commitment entry is open to members who became members before  before the month of the Virgin Money London Marathon 2017. This means you will have been a member in the 2016/17 season. If you can't remember when you signed up we can check for you.  The second stipulation is that you have not run the marathon via the K&D club ballot for the Marathon in 2015, 2016 or 2017.

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    Tri-Oomph with Jemma & Simon Phelps

    We did it. We completed our first triathlon. 
    It was an emotional but incredible day.
     
    Having started 9th lady in the pool (based on being 9th fastest swimmer on paper...eeek!) it was an intimidating start, having spotted a GB triathlon suit ahead of me! 
     
    The swim went well, overtaking 3 swimmers (couldn't quite catch the GB-clad one!) & clocking 7:00mins for 400m.  As I transitioned into the cycle I heard the commentator announce over the tannoy 'the top seeded women are starting to emerge from the pool' ...I did chuckle to myself as I paused to leisurely dry between my toes, clip my hair back and mount my (hardly race-worthy) bike! 😂 
     

    On the ride I was gradually overtaken, one by one, by ladies looking like they really did fit the 'top seed' brief; some providing polite tips as they past to help me on my way.  The photo of Joshua on my crossbar kept me focussed, and I was pleased to complete 11 miles in under 40mins.
     
    T2 was much smoother (no faffing!) Jelly legs central though; I'm glad there are only photos of the transition rather than wobbly-legged videos!
     
    The double 2.5k run loop felt loooong, but it was great to pass my husband Si a couple of times for motivating high fives. My 5k time was 26.47...way off my parkrun PB, but very proud to have crossed the line in a total of 77mins.
     
    Overall I ranked 32nd female (of 136); 5th in my age category: bonus!  Si crossed the line in 10th place...before realising he still had the 2nd loop to run! Official results had his '5k' time as 13mins; 23s off a world record 😂 With Mo having retired from track, we've been awaiting a GB call up!
     
    Crossing that line as Team Phelps was emotional, and we've been overwhelmed by the support and generosity from everyone. In total we've raised almost £5000 (pre gift aid) to help other premature babies like Joshua to give them the best possible chance of life. Thank you so so much to my amazing clubmates who've donated (many of whom have donated anonymously so I can't thank personally); we're SO grateful to you all.
    Here are a few photos of us in action. See you all at club soon, meanwhile we're currently in Seville for sunshine (& Sangria) therapy ☀🍷

     

     
    Jem and Si xx

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