Knowle and Dorridge Running Club


0-3 Mile Challenge 2017

Applications are now being taken for the 2017 0-3 mile New Year running challenge. If you have any friends or family members that are interested in this then please let them know as previous experience has shown that this fills up really quickly as numbers are limited. We also have a specific ...

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Men’s XC 16-17: League Fixture 2, Sandwell - Info

Gentlemen...(and those of you less gentlemanly). Time for instructions for the 2nd instalment of our Division 1 campaign. After a great start in Cheltenham the venue of the 2nd race is Sandwell Valley (West Bromwich). Date of race: Saturday 3rd December 2016 Race Start Time: 2:30pm Sat Nav details: B71 4BG  (travel time approx ...

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Centurions Grand Prix Series 2016/17 - Starts Sun Nov 6th

The clocks have changed, which means the Centurions GP Series is back. Don't quite feel ready for XC yet? Looking to break up those cold and dull winter runs with a local race? Enjoy seeing 90% of Brueton parkrun on Sunday Morning? Six races for twenty-five quid, or a fiver per race. ...

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There Will be Mud - Men's XC Season League Details

We are Premier League, Say We are Premier League! Men! We've risen like a winning cake on Great British Bake Off into the upper echelons of Midlands XC running. I hope you're all looking forward to being lapped by 20yr old Uni Students who run for England while it rains and ...

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An Ultra, A Baker, A Clif 10 Peaks Racer

Paul Baker recently ran the 56 Mile / 89 Km Clif 10 Peaks Ultra through the beautiful Brecon Beacons. He took time from his recovery to provide us with a fantastic write-up; including a Disney-esque Father, Son moment... A must read for anyone with an adventurous spirit and a little bit of ...

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Keith Whitehead: Five Year Journey to a GB Place

In September 2016 Keith Whitehead became the first Knowle & Dorridge athlete to earn the honour of representing his nation while a member of our club. He has kindly summed up his adventures with GBR on his chest. Congratulations Keith on representing yourself, our club and country with such commitment. ...

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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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Arden 9: Results & Photos

...and another year of The Arden 9 is complete. The fifth race in the Warwickshire Road Race League was hosted by Knowle & Dorridge Running Club and supported fantastically by Hampton-in-Arden Sports Club. Without the support of Hampton-in-Arden Sports Club this race couldn't be staged so our thanks go out to ...

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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

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    Start Running with our 0-3 Mile Beginners Course - Jan 2017

    Knowle & Dorridge Running Club will be running our successful 0-3 Mile Beginners Course again in January 2017. Applications are now being taken.

    Led by a Run England qualified instructor (Geoff Lewis) you will be guided from your first steps all the way through to your graduation: a full 5k at Brueton parkrun in Feb 2017. Many former 'non-runners' are now valued club members; running everything up to and including half-marathons. See below for full details:


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    XC Championships 2017 + Men's/Women's League Reminder

    A quick reminder that in a few days we will be submitting the entries for the 2017 Warwickshire XC Championship so, if you haven't already, please let Tim Price or Kathy Bailey know if you wish to be entered!

    Warwickshire XC Championships 2017
    Date: Sat. 07 Jan 2017.
    Venue: Newbold Comyn, Leamington

    The 2017 Midland XC Championship is on the 28th January, the race will start at 3pm, will be 12km long and will be taking place in Loughborough.Again, please let Tim Price and Kathy Bailey know by the end of December if you wish to participate.

    Details of the National XC championship will be available and shared soon.

    Reminder: Both Men's & Women's XC teams will be back in action on Saturday 3rd December. If you wish to run and haven't indicated so already please contact Tim or Kathy ASAP.  Men will be leaving K&D Club House at 12:30 sharp to venture to Sandwell. Ladies are heading to Stratford-upon-Avon. Kathy Bailey will be co-ordinating leave times for you. Please check with her should you be wanting to car-share from the club.



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    A Post Cancer Running Come Back - Claire Deeley

    My last race was the Ryton Pools 5 in May. Not one of life’s running elite, it was pretty slow which I blamed on an existing liver condition. Little did I know I had an ovarian cancer brewing nicely.

    A hysterectomy and 20 weeks of chemotherapy have followed but that wonderful day has arrived when I can put on my (new) running shoes and head out again.

    Sensibly I thought the Monday speed sessions and Wednesday tempo runs might be a bit of a stretch first off, so I took all advice and thought I would whistle through the 0 - 3 mile Challenge plan before venturing out with the club.

    Day 1 saw me at the cycle track at Tudor Grange - run one minute walk one minute x 10. How hard could it be! Hard. I started to time my walks so they coincided with the hill. As it was just after Tudor Grange fireworks, every workman in Solihull was out collecting litter. I decided to impress them with a sprint along the straight for my final minute. I managed 30 seconds and made for my car wheezing and limping along the way.

    Round 2. Run two minutes walk five minutes x 6. But you know, I’m a runner. I’ll do run two minutes, walk two minutes. At least I was on the road and felt better running but my lungs screamed and the next day I was so stiff it was as if I had never exercised before.

    Round 3 was on the track. Under the steady eye of Richard Wassall I went four times around the track with a two-minute walk in between. I managed the incredible speed of 3 minutes and 4 seconds, a whole minute and 15 seconds slower than my running mates Sue Wassall and Jackie Paterson, but hey, I was on the outside lane! And it was great to be running with (near) them again!

    Parkrun beckoned. I wasn’t foolish enough to think I could run it all but I thought a walk / run plan of three minutes each would do it. I knew I was beaten when I was overtaken by Margaret and her dog. And I couldn’t catch them up! The Mount Everest of a climb by the playground finally saw me off and I managed just 2.2 miles.

    It was time to re look at the plan. And I realised I hadn’t been following the plan at all - I had bastardised every session in some way and had made myself ache and feel disheartened in the process.

    So my last two sessions have been by the book, with proper recovery times and rest days. I am starting to go a little quicker and further, and on Friday, joined the Improvers for a part of their session.

    It is fantastic to be back. Don’t expect to see me on Mondays or Wednesdays any time soon, and my target of December’s Centurion has gone out of the window, but I am getting there slowly, just more slowly than planned!


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    Weekend Recap: PB's Galore

    Brueton parkrun:

    Making light work of the previous night's curry and shall we say... refreshments, Gareth Wainwright show'd he can handle his drink with a 17:11. He was first K&D runner home followed by Darren John. who had polished off two pizza's the night before. Darren ran 18:15. No word on Anthony Dutton's pre-race binge but his 18:52 was his fastest in a year. Which deserves a celebratory Chinese. 

    Flick Sharp had clearly had her Weetabix for breakfast; paced by Chris Morgan she absolutely destroyed that 20 minute barrier that has been annoying her for so long. 19:32. A massive PB and thoroughly well deserved. Siobhan Cotter continued her consistent run with a 22:55 finish. She is peppering that 22:30-23:00 bracket with multiple runs. Sarah Cattell was third lady with a time of 23:58. 

    Although the morning was cold the conditions were favourable for fast times; as well as Flick Sharp PB Corner is bursting with patrons.

    Lynsey Drakeley ran 29:04 - PB!
    Smita Deshpande ran 28:48 - PB!
    Philip Lindsey recently joined the club, celebrating by running 20:46 - PB!
    Brian Corr ran 20:50 - PB!
    Mark Amyes ran 21:31 - PB!
    Isabel Arthur ran 26:50 - PB!
    Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell ran 26:32 - PB!
    Subhash Agarwalla ran 25:53 - PB!

    Bish. Bash. Bosh! 

    Cannon Hill parkrun:

    Big Dave Carbutt ran a storming 18:18. You guessed it. He also gets a pass to PB Corner. Move aside people. Another one coming through. This many people in PB Corner must be a fire hazard surely?

    Quiet weekend gone, XC and Centurions madness resumes next weekend. 

    Great Running Team!

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    Watch 'Run Forever: The Film of Nicky Spinks & The Double Bob Graham'

    Nicky Spinks is 49 and a Yorkshire farmer. In In 2005, Spinks was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a hysterectomy in 2012. 

    RUN FOREVER is award-winning film about inspirational runner Nicky Spinks and her incredible attempt at the 132-mile Double Bob Graham Round.

    The challenge is 84 summits in 48 Hours.

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    0-3 Mile Challenge 2017

    Applications are now being taken for the 2017 0-3 mile New Year running challenge.

    If you have any friends or family members that are interested in this then please let them know as previous experience has shown that this fills up really quickly as numbers are limited.

    We also have a specific facebook page for this Knowle & Dorridge Running Club 0-3 Mile Challenge where updates and information specific to the challenge will be posted.




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