Knowle and Dorridge Running Club


Arden 9: Race Management Vacancy

As some of you are aware our esteemed Arden 9 Race Director Mark Cordiner-Barton has recently left our sweet embrace to become an Atherstone Badger. He has however kindly agreed to continue directorship of the Arden 9 for 2019 at least. We are looking for a handful of individuals to step ...

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Quizzy Rascal Part Deux - Wed 12th Dec

Back once again like a mistletoe scoundrel,Sharpen your pencils and watch University Challenge,Getting Tinstel in unmentionable places,While Santa pulls his cracker....Our 2nd Annual Christmas Quiz is back on Wed 12th Dec to test your brain power (ha!).The Forest HotelWed 12th DecTeams of 2-5 ElvesSit down dinner and dessert will keep ...

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London Marathon 2019 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 ...

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Your Cross Country Guide

It's almost time for the best part of the year! XC. Cross Country and buying spikes can be a bit daunting so here is your guide:What do I need?6 Spikes - Don't go for a pair of spikes with only 4 spaces for spikes. They're fine for softie-USA courses but won't ...

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#runandtalk - Oct 10th

K&D's Wellbeing Officer Katie Price is co-ordinating our participation in #runandtalk.  Twice a year England Athletics ask people to get out for a jog or run with friends, family or colleagues and have a chat to support Time to Talk Day and World Mental Health Day. There is no pressure to ...

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XC - Dates for the Diary

Sat 10th Nov - Men's & Women's - League Fixture 1: Cheltenham/CoventrySat 1st  Dec - Men's & Women's - League Fixture 2: Stratford (Both)Sat 5th Jan - Warwickshire XC Champs: RugbySat 12th Jan - Men's & Women's - League Fixture 3: Leamington/DroitwichSat 26th Jan - Midlands XC Champs: LeamingtonSat 9th ...

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Weekend Recap: Bristow's All Gravy

ETU Triathlon European Champs: Congratulations to Jack Bristow who this weekend became the European Age Group champion in the ETU Triathlon 20-24 Age Group Champs.  Held in Estonia the champs bring together elite and age group competitors from across Europe. Going in to the champs wanting a spot on the podium ...

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The Arden 9 - Results

 Provisional results for The Arden 9 held on Sunday 17th June can be found here:Arden 9 Provisional Results 2018Congratulations to everyone who competed on Sunday. We had PB's, course records demolished, great team competitions, cake and ice cream. Full Results including a write up on the astonishing new course record ...

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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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National Road Relay Championships - Men's Team 49th / Club 46th

There are 1365 registered athletics clubs in England. In a brilliant display of team work, humour, dedication and the K&D culture our Men's team delivered a brilliant result against the very best athletes in England (and Wales). Firstly, a massive thank you to Dave Carbutt and Ainsley Wainwright. Both men stepped ...

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Your 2018 K&D Awards Winners...

Ladies and Gentlemen it is an honour to present to you the 2018 K&D Awards Winners. We are incredibly proud of the achievements of the club this year. We actually hate having to single people out from all the brilliant members of our club. We want to thank you all for ...

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Club Kit Instore at Helix Sports, Dorridge

Hurrah! Our new batch of club kit has arrived in store at Helix Sports in Dorridge. You can pick it up from this afternoon (31st Oct). People with reservations will find their orders saved for them. Apologies about the delays. Both ourselves and Helix have been chasing on an almost ...

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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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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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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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    K&D Elite Rain Jacket - £27.50

    As if being part of the K&D Cross Country juggernaught isn't enticing enough we have ordered 50 K&D Elite Rain Jackets. Priority purchase for the first batch will be given to athletes who have ran XC in race one or indicated they will be running XC this season (special dispensation for athletes who have competed at XC regularly in years gone by).

    Order details will go live soon.

    There will be 15x Small, 20x Medium, 15x Large. Delivery expected end of month/1st week of Dec. If we sell out the stock we'll re-order ASAP.

    Think of this like that scene in The Mighty Ducks where Emilio Estevez unveils the Duck's Jersey.

    QUACK QUACK. QUACK. (Best. Sports. Movie. Ever).

    I'll be chasing Club Vests this week. They're due in from China any day now.

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    Bham XC League Div 2: Top Trumps and Onwards

    After storming the Women's league it was time for the men to drop the hammer and drop it they did, sitting proudly in 1st place after Race One. K&D's strength in depth was on show as the gents put 6 men in the top-50 and 12 in the top-100.

    The Men's A team scored a superb 126 points to put them 23 clear of Black Pear Joggers in the Division lead. The B team also now sit 2nd in the B League - only 15 points of top spot.

    Led by talisman and Men's Vice Captain Chris Sharp who finished 7th overall the men are putting the call out for the whole men's squad to turn out and give us the best shot at a title charge in both league races. 19 turned out on Sat to put on a dominant display.  

    Every single member of the K&D crew out on Saturday contributed to taking points off the other teams, a perfect example of the importance of numbers in XC! Every K&D runner added at least a point onto our oppositions scores. Top team-work.

    There were excellent XC debuts for Nick Woolley, Harry Luckhurst and Phil Wood. Pete Makepeace made the most of his recent superb form. Stalwarts Ian Voaden and Max Gimson helped take points of the other team's B sides while K&D Classics Swanny, Price, Dixon and Carbutt all picked up valuable points for our B Team. Chris Thorley put in a superb Tim Price-esque display of strength over the mud and Morgan, Wainwright and Yeates all delivered quality to back Chris Sharp up.

    The next race, 1st Dec is at Stratford-Upon-Avon - same venue as our women's race, same day. We're calling it a K&D outing and encouraging our teams to swamp Stratford with as many runners as possible and take the battle to the opposition in both the Men's & Women's division. Strength in Numbers!

    Congrats to the gents on delivering a superb 1st race of the year. Lets build on this momentum and turn the K&D express into a runaway train over the next 3 races!

    Full Results:
    7    Chris Sharp - 35:27
    13  Chris Morgan - 35:58
    14  Gareth Wainwright - 36:03
    16  Rob Yeates - 36:08
    28  Nick Woolley - 36:32
    48  Chris Thorley - 37:58
    54  Torsten Roesler - 38:13
    60  Harry Luckhurst - 38:33
    61  Tim Price - 38:37
    66  Michael Swann - 38:50
    70  Richard Dixon - 39:00
    91  Greg Turner - 40:10
    103 David Carbutt - 40:33
    131 Pete Makepeace - 41:35
    133 Paul Bentley - 41:41
    175 Max Gimson - 45:16
    189 Ian Voaden - 47:00
    191 Phil Wood - 47:04

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    MWCCL - Fixture 1: Coundon the Women to Deliver

    It was a monumental kick off to the XC season for K&D's women as they broke new ground in both the number of participants and quality of performances. K&D's Women delivered a result that will turn heads fast enough to cause whiplash. 

    K&D Women fielded 17 women on Saturday. Which has to be a club record. A few years ago we fielded 1 woman in a league fixture. Credit must go to Kathy Bailey and Rosie Marsh who have shaped our Women into a real team over the last 3 years. It takes a while to get the ball rolling but the momentum is cranking up...

    It is so pleasing to see K&D women of all speeds taking part as team in the joys of XC. 

    K&D Favourite Jane Evans has led the way driving herself forward; now we're beginning to see the benefits of the standards she sets. Her positive influence has set the tone for the women. New K&D'er Rachel Gifford was snapping at Jane's heels on Saturday as we put 2 in the top-3. Amazingly only 3 min and 30 seconds separated Jane who led the way for K&D from Jess Woolley in 7th for the club.

    A) I've never had to write that before!
    B) We had a staggering 7 women in the top-30. 
    C) This is very exciting

    Our Women's Senior and Master's Teams finished the day 2nd. Only just  behind Tipton (2pts) overall. Genuinely going toe to toe with one of the biggest clubs in the country.

    Througout the field we benefitted from many of our members who have carried our women's team for many years. Although some of these whippersnappers now finish ahead of them i'm sure they're delighted to see the benefits of all those muddy days bearing fruit. They have laid excellent foundations.  Special mention to Monica Green too who managed to more than hold her own in the K&D field. Monica is ever the excellent XC runner.

    And finally to everyone else that ran, even if you didn't score this time every point counts in XC.  As Chair i'm delighted to see so many of you embracing the mud, it is incredible training through the winter and you never know in XC if that one person you overtake might be the difference to the 'A' Team picking up a promotion or championship! The women have set incredible standards for race 1. 

    The next race is 1st December 2018 - Welcombe Hills, Stratford upon Avon 

    Host club Stratford AC - same venue as BCCL Division 2 Race..  So K&D Men and Women will be at the same venue next month. If you want to run speak to Rosie Marsh, Emma Horsfield, Kathy Bailey or any of the women below and they'll point you in the right direction.  We can't reiterate enough just how important XC is for improving your running, speed, strength as well as bonding you with your club mates.

    Congratulations to our K&D Women:

    Pos Name Time
    2 Jane Evans 00:21:26
    3 Rachel Gifford 00:22:43
    17 Rosie Marsh 00:24:00
    20 Flick Sharp 00:24:15
    24 Monica Green 00:24:25
    25 Mary Heald 00:24:46
    27 Jess Woolley 00:24:54
    63 Kerry Thompson 00:27:02
    86 Kathy Bailey 00:28:00
    106 Jo Hitchcock 00:29:17
    110 Jude Mansfield 00:29:23
    111 Catherine Sherlock 00:29:25
    181 Jan Hornby 00:33:36
    214 Linda Whitehead 00:35:26
    226 Amanda Crees 00:36:42
    235 Katie Price 00:37:22
    243 Caroline Edwards 00:38:41

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    BCFC's David Cotteril Talking Mental Wellbeing at Solihull Moors

    We at K&D would like to offer our support and pride at club member Richard Beale's continuing and important work surrounding mental health.

    He's been working with ex-BCFC winger David Cotteril to openly discuss mental health issues and is hosting a free talk at Solihull Moors, Tonight (Wed 7th Nov) from 7pm.

    We all exist on a mental health spectrum and nobody is immune from the prospect of sliding up or down that scale. As a club you can always contact out Wellbeing Officer Katie Price, confidentially, at for support.

    Good luck with tonight Richard and thank you for your valuable contributions to enhancing people's awareness and understanding. We don't usually advise missing training... But those wishing to attend would be very much encouraged I'm sure.

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    London Ballot:
    Closes on Wed 7th November. i.e. TOMORROW. If you've been a club member for a year or more and not been a winner of the ballot in the last 3 years you can enter here:

    Christmas Party:
    Quiz and Dinner Tickets are on sale NOW.  It replaces training on Wed 12th Dec and includes food, bad jokes and good times. If you don't have a team sorted we can find you a good team full of smart people, or worst case you'll end up with on the chair's team.

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    Weekend Recap: Centurions is Back!

    Reminder: Club Ballot for London Marathon will close in the next 2-3 days. If you haven't put your name in the hat and wish to do so, please do before Wednesday. Also, Cross Country is on Saturday. Look out for race/meet-up details in the next couple of days.

    Centurions GP#1: 
    Fast times in a misty morning for K&D'ers as Centurion's Grand Prix returned. With athletes looking to put down a winter marker to base progression on over the next six months it was Greg Turner and Rosie Marsh who led the way. 

    Greg ran a superb PB of 31:51 while Rosie Marsh equalled her PB with an excellent 33:12. There were excellent times throughout the field and a K&D debut for Jason Pitcher.

    Full Results:
    Greg Turner - 31:51
    David Carbutt - 32:35
    Rosie Marsh - 33:12
    Amanda O'Leary - 34:02
    Darren Maggs - 35:22
    Jason Pitcher - 36:24
    Paul O'Donnell  - 38:53
    Kevin Tomkinson - 40:35
    Catherine Sherlock - 41:45
    Kate Marsh - 42:03
    Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell - 43:29
    Linda Whitehead - 46:59
    Katie Price - 47:20
    Tracy Davies - 47:41
    Smita Deshpande - 47:49
    Sue Wassell - 49:03
    Siobhan O'Donnell - 50:15
    Steve Marks - 53:43
    Jo Tork - 55:10

    Brueton parkrun:
    Rob Michaelson-Yeates showed the form that took him to a superb time at Chester Marathon as he ran 17:26 over the shorter distance of 5k at Brueton on Saturday. He just edged Gareth Wainwright who ran 17:37 as he comes back from a wonky post-Chicago knee. Paul Bentley in 19:02 rounded out the men's top 3.

    K&D women warmed with a parkrun debut for newbie Rachael Gifford who joins us from Worthing & District. Rachel ran 1:24 at Birmingham half a couple of weeks ago and became the latest woman in the sub-1:20 K&D Women's club running 19:20 on Sunday. Jan Hornby was 2nd K&D woman on Saturday running 27:36 pipping Lynsey Drakeley in 27:50. 

    Penny Taylor PB'd on Saturday running 30:32. Bravo Penny!

    Black Park parkrun:
    We presume its actually green like most other parks.  Paul Winwood ran 24:12 while on his holibobs.

    Coventry parkrun:
    Jane Hunt ran Coventry parkrun on Saturday. Coventry by all accounts have or will be moving the start. FYI! Jane found the start ok and ran 25:22.

    Leamington parkrun:
    Anna Wilson was first K&D of three as she ran 31:18 on the hilly course. Behind her Kate Marsh kept a close eye on Darren 'Wheezy' John. Kate made it 2-0 as with a late 5m sprint as they both ran 37:46. A well deserved win for looking after Lungy McNoLungs.

    Cannon Hill parkrun:
    Kevin Tomkinson warmed up for Centurions with a 28:25 at Cannon Hill.

    Penallta parkrun:
    Penallta is based in Ystrad Mynach, Which is possibly made up. Steve Marks ran it in 32:37 as he returned to the motherland. 

    Portobello parkrun:
    Obviously named after a mushroom. Portobello is to be found in Edinburgh. As was Neil Letham who ran 27:50.

    Conwy parkrun:
    Pete Makepeace, who's recently been in the form of his life continued making sub-20 look easy with a 19:55.

    Swansea Bay parkrun:
    Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell bumped into K&D Royalty in Gavin Davies at Swansea Bay. Ann ran 28:06. Gavin, for old time's sake, ran 21:53.

    Dolgellau parkrun:
    A perpetual favourite of K&D'er on the Tourist trail, Richard Lisiecki was the latest to toe the line running 25:55. 

    Ballincollig parkrun:
    These names are just getting ridiculous now. Speaking of past club members, lets drop in with Riina Kuuselo who ran 20:08. 

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