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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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    Weekend Recap: parkrun Roundup

    Worcester 10k:
    An annual pilgrimage for K&D'ers in pursuit of what is always a superb tshirt. However the organisers have yet to submit results with club names so we're afraid we can't find out who ran. Comment below if you know the results for K&D please.

    Babbs Mill parkrun:
    Claire Maggs made her Babbs Mill debut after several weeks of helping out with a 27:33. She let Darren Maggs beat her in 22:19. Joining the Magg-nificent two was Ian Maidment in 27:08.

    Great Notley parkrun:
    Steve Marks added another parkrun to his bed-post notches as he ran 36:29. That's 30 different parkrun's for Steve - 20 more until he does a Cow (Dolly or Bev?)

    Torbay Velo parkrun:
    David John knocked a second off his PB as he took the Sergei Bubka route to improvement. David ran 29:25.

    Chester parkrun:
    Lorna Davies found herself in lovely Chester and dropped in a 25:43 while she was there.

    Coventry parkrun:
    Simon Battson ran 23:57 at War Memorial park.

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    Brueton parkrun: Puttin' on a Show

    Separate parkrun results special today. Normal service resumed tomorrow. But our Men deserved a special mention after they put on a stunning display on Saturday at Brueton. There was something in the air as they turned up en masse in their fancy shoes and fresh legs.

    K&D men were led by Chris Morgan who led no fewer than 4 new PB's. Chris Morgan ran a 16:34 (PB), Nick Woolley 16:36 (PB), Gareth Wainwright 16:39 (PB) and most eye-popping of all George de Bolla who ran 16:59 (PB).

    The K&D Brueton top-10 was re-written as Chris is now 4th, Nick 5th, Gareth 6th and George de Bolla 10th on the all-time list.

    George's Brueton PB incredibly was 17:49 before he dropped a 16:59. Insane.

    Darren John ran his fastest time since he started to get ill in May 18 in 17:42 but only scraped in 12th (!), paced by Gary Polhill (17:38) and Jack Bristow signed off his K&D career before his Manchester move with a 17:09 and Habib Farazmand ran 18:33 but only ended up 17th.

    Jane Evans as first woman across the line in 18:07. She was followed by Kerry Ann Thompson in 22:20 and Kathy Bailey in 23:51.

    Joining the super-fast fun was Sandra Boot with a new PB of 26:35, Janice Lisieki who ran 25:55, Kev Tomkinson and Alan Green who BOTH stopped the clock in 23:16.

    Then there was Steve Armstrong who's in the MV60-64 age category but managed a new PB of 20:13. That's an 81.45% age grading. *Jaw to the Floor*

    Top-20 Brueton parkrun (14/9/19):

    K&D Brueton parkrun All Time Top-20:

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    Weekend Recap: Great Evans Above

    Great North Run:
    The long trek north was all worth it for some of K&D's athletes as they took part in the Tyneside festival of running. Phil Wood led the team round in 1:40:10. Behind him Kev Tomkinson ran an all time PB in 2:04:39, Amanda Balfour clocked a PB of 2:17:08 and Alison Giblin recorded a 2:36:25.

    Stratford's Big 10k:
    Smashing road running on the streets of Stratford as Chris Sharp and Jane Evans lead the way round for a select band of troops. The latter just re-confirming her excellent recent form by taking a superb win in 36:40.

    Chris Sharp equalled his road PB of 32:58. He should have ran quicker really. Then he'd have a new PB. Silly Chris. He got a nice 6th place though.

    Results:
    Chris Sharp - 32:58
    Jane Evans - 36:40
    Tom Williams - 47:14
    Kate Marsh - 50:37
    Sandra Boot - 54:00
    Surinder Badhan - 55:20
    Jo Tork - 1:06:46

    Brueton parkrun:
    Gareth Wainwright ran 17:06 for the 2nd week running. His last 7 parkruns have been 17:05, 17:03, 17:03, 17:07, 17:03, 17:06, 17:06. Metronomic. Behind him Darren John went out hard and despite fading in the last km still ran an 18:11 while Habib Farazmand ran 18:40 - then joined his family for a third lap. Aww.

    Rosie Marsh once again sat top of the K&D Tree - and took first woman overall in 21:53. She could feel Kerry Ann Thompson chasing her down, Kerry ran 22:15. Just behind them was Kathy Bailey who's 23:48 saw her in at K&D bronze.

    Carly Mitchell was celebrating on Saturday as she ran 30:47 to PB. She was joined by Gareth Lloyd in 24:05. Gareth ran 32:08 on 17th Feb 2018 as part of our C25k. Thats superb progress in 18 months. Joining the PB party was Josh Hartle who ran 19:19 to continue his fine progress.

    Congrats go to Kerry Whitehill who ran her 100th parkrun on Saturday.

    Babbs Mill parkrun:
    A K&D jamboree at Babbs Mill this week as Stuart Male was third overall in 19:18. Behind him were another 6 K&D. Edward Long was out there for a short time in 21:34. Claire Maggs' 2nd favourite Darren... Darren Maggs ran 22:46. Victoria Cook serverd up a 26:40, Katie Price modelled how to run 28:01, Amanda Crees screeched round in 31:17 and Steve Marks got a big green tick (or tic, we're not sure) in 35:47.

    Edinburgh parkrun:
    Richard and Janice Lisiecki enjoyed a weekend away in Edinburgh... the niceness ended there though as Richard ditched Janice to beat her 24:39 to 25:23.

    Moors Valley parkrun:
    No not Solihull Moors. Gary Polhill enjoyed a spot of tourism cruising to a 17:38.

    Torbay Velo parkrun:
    Devon Correspondent David John just missed out on another sub-30. Running 30:15 in Torbay.

    Crissy Fields parkrun:
    Trans-Atlantic Fun for Jane Hunt who ran 23:26 in San Fran!

    Bakewell parkrun:
    Richaed and Susan Wassell turned up in Bakewell for a spot of tourism. Richard ran 25:01 and Susan clocked 30:19. Put a cherry on the top of those times!

    Rheinaue parkrun:
    Kay Adenipekun got another chance to brush up on his german. He ran a very quick 22:20 at Rheinaue parkrun.

    Churchfields parkrun:
    Kate Marsh ran one of the toughest parkrun's going and finished in 29:53.

    Chasewater parkrun:
    Jon Beech took in the 12th running of Chasewater parkrun. His 23:45 put him 51st out of 268 runners.

    Results:
    Chris Sharp - 32:58
    Jane Evans - 36:40
    Tom Williams - 47:14
    Kate Marsh - 50:37
    Sandra Boot - 54:00
    Surinder Badhan - 55:20
    Jo Tork - 1:06:46

    Brueton parkrun:
    Gareth Wainwright ran 17:06 for the 2nd week running. His last 7 parkruns have been 17:05, 17:03, 17:03, 17:07, 17:03, 17:06, 17:06. Metronomic. Behind him Darren John went out hard and despite fading in the last km still ran an 18:11 while Habib Farazmand ran 18:40 - then joined his family for a third lap. Aww.

    Rosie Marsh once again sat top of the K&D Tree - and took first woman overall in 21:53. She could feel Kerry Ann Thompson chasing her down, Kerry ran 22:15. Just behind them was Kathy Bailey who's 23:48 saw her in at K&D bronze.

    Babbs Mill parkrun:
    A K&D jamboree at Babbs Mill this week as Stuart Male was third overall in 19:18. Behind him were another 6 K&D. Edward Long was out there for a short time in 21:34. Claire Maggs' 2nd favourite Darren... Darren Maggs ran 22:46. Victoria Cook serverd up a 26:40, Katie Price modelled how to run 28:01, Amanda Crees screeched round in 31:17 and Steve Marks got a big green tick (or tic, we're not sure) in 35:47.

    Edinburgh parkrun:
    Richard and Janice Lisiecki enjoyed a weekend away in Edinburgh... the niceness ended there though as Richard ditched Janice to beat her 24:39 to 25:23.

    Moors Valley parkrun:
    No not Solihull Moors. Gary Polhill enjoyed a spot of tourism cruising to a 17:38.

    Torbay Velo parkrun:
    Devon Correspondent David John just missed out on another sub-30. Running 30:15 in Torbay.

    Crissy Fields parkrun:
    Trans-Atlantic Fun for Jane Hunt who ran 23:26 in San Fran!

    Bakewell parkrun:
    Richaed and Susan Wassell turned up in Bakewell for a spot of tourism. Richard ran 25:01 and Susan clocked 30:19. Put a cherry on the top of those times!

    Rheinaue parkrun:
    Kay Adenipekun got another chance to brush up on his german. He ran a very quick 22:20 at Rheinaue parkrun.

    Churchfields parkrun:
    Kate Marsh ran one of the toughest parkrun's going and finished in 29:53.

    Chasewater parkrun:
    Jon Beech took in the 12th running of Chasewater parkrun. His 23:45 put him 51st out of 268 runners.

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    Never Mind the Bullocks

    Congratulations to our hike-master and adventurer Pete Austin who took on the infamous Bullock Smithy. If you listen to Marathon Talk you'll know all about The Bullock Smithy via Bob from Emmerdale who's a big fan.

    Pete managed to complete a 56.5 mile ultra trail race in the Peak District. (Fast and Flat? ha), Pete finished 43rd out of a starting field of 300 in a time of 13 hrs 45 mins. 13 Hours!!

    Pete reports "Starting at midday meant an evening of 5 hours running in the dark on some treacherous Peak District tracks. Mix it all with 8100 ft of ascent (and also descent) made it a good little challenge with decent views.

    Some unhappy cows didn't take kindly to 300 runners crossing their fields, bitterly cold night temperatures brought out the shivers. There were great views when you could catch a glimpse - though you spent a good amount of time choosing which rocks to step on."

    Congratulations to Pete for completing the ridiculous march around Buxton.

    Full weekend recap to come when i've recovered from yesterday's long run...

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    Weekend Recap: High =5 for Evans

    Brueton parkrun: It was =5th in the UK for K&D Legend Jane Evans as her 17:57 at Brueton put her on the same time as Natalie Griffiths of powerhouse Bristol & West AC. Normalising excellence has become par the course for JE but every now and then you can't help but sit back and go ooft. Of the women in front of her Beatrice Wood is an U17 prodigy, Kate Holt is an international, Beth Hawling was recruited by Virginia Uni in the USA and Molly Canham is national U17 Indoor 800 (2017) and 1500 (2018) champion. Esteemed company.

    Behind Jane it was Monica (Ever)Green that came next across the line for K&D women in 22:13 while Kathy Bailey made a welcome return to the podium in 25:08. Rounding out a top-quality top-3 of superb women club representatives. Just missing out on the top-3 - but being rewarded with a shiny new PB was Jan Hornby in 25:31.

    K&D men were led round by Mr. Consistency Gareth Wainwright who shocked the world by not running 17:07 to 17:13. He ran 17:06. We think the timekeeper just clicked a moment too early by accident. A stewards enquiry is currently underway with the IAAF/parkrun. Darren John showed little tiredness from Friday's 10,000m at Redditch. He ran 18:02 - his 2nd fastest time since he got ill 15 months ago. Habib Farazmand ran 18:49 as he continued his comeback from 3 weeks of American Hamburgers at Disney.

    Babbs Mill parkrun:
    Our Babbs Mill buddies hosted Darren Maggs (23:28), Jon Beech (25:18), Rob Stewart (25:38) and Neil Latham (27:24) as a very manly K&D contingent touristed on Sat.

    Arrow Valley parkrun:
    Pacing duties for Kev Tomkinson in Redditch as he ran 27:55 and Alison Giblin followed not far behind in 30:35.

    Longrun Meadow parkrun:
    George De Bolla finally sorted the K&D out on his parkrun profile and was rewarded with a massive 17:25 at Longrun Meadow. See what happens when you K&D? He also took the #1 token.

    Dudley parkrun:
    Kate Marsh continued touristing with a trip to Dudley running 26:33.

    Torbay Velo parkrun:
    Devon correspondent David John continued to make 29 minutes his new home with a 29:40.

    Sutton parkrun:
    Pete Makepeace took on the Sandy Slope of Death at Sutton - running 22:37 before it becomes a slippery mess over winter.

    Chasewater parkrun:
    Anthony Dutton probably managed to chase and catch the water with a swift pre-Kenilworth Hald 20:44

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