Knowle and Dorridge Running Club


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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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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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

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    The Annual K&D Christmas Parlouf! Wed 20th Dec

    A Paaaarwhat? 

    A Parlouf! 

    For those of you who are new to the club or those with short memories; A Parlouf is a mini relay. Runner A does 1 lap when they get back to the start runner B goes. Quickest team wins. Sounds like Chris and Joe will win every time... BUT WAIT! There is a twist.

    You'll be paired based on your recent fastest parkrun time with someone at the opposite end of the times list. Anyone wearing a Santa hat or similar nonsense will not get a headstart but will get a thumbs up.


    We need three or four marshalls. Volunteers please email

    What Happens?

    Queen of the Parlouf Sarah Connors will check you in and assign you a partner on arrival at St. Philips on Wednesday at 7:30. Like the Police Chief in a buddy cop movie you get a parter and have to work together despite one of you being a washed up Mel Gibson and the other being a cynical Danny Glover. Then we run.

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    Quiz Winners and Turkey Dinners

    Congratulations to Man vs. Quiz who emerged victorious from a fierce battle at the first K&D Christmas Quiz. It was a tough battle but the team of John Collins, Andrew Knowles, Chris Thorley, Jack Bristow and Paul Baker battled to the title of K&D Quiz Champs. Looking at them it should have been obvious they have heads full of useless trivia but bookies had overlooked them as favourites in the run up.

    Can We Have A P Please Bob took second, although a judges enquiry is ongoing as accusations of hiring a professional tv quiz star stirred among other teams following a tense tiebraker with Santa's Little Helpers.

    Thank you to Helix Sport who supplied two teams and our star prize - a Montane Adventure Pack - a fantastic prize and wonderful act of generosity. Congrats to Greg Turner who walked away with a fancy backpack and the unfortunate prospect of doing an Ultra to get the most use of it. Double Edged Backpack Sword.

    Congrats to everyone on a fierce but laughter-filled battle and a special thank you to Fiona Holland, Jo Tork and her husband and master of ceremonies Matt. Fiona and Jo put an amazing amount of work in and pulled the entire night together - they produced an excellent night's entertainment, despite having to allow the chairman to make bad jokes on the microphone.

    Notes: If you haven't paid yet but attended please either bring the money to club on Wed or transfer over to the club account. 

    A K&D club survey will be out in Jan asking about everything from socials to training. Please keep an eye out as the committee are keen to keep on building a club that fits your needs and povide opportunities you enjoy.

    Our traditional Club Parlouf is next wednesday.

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    Quiz Night - No Training Wed 13th Dec

    Because of the snow and quiz night there will be no official training on Wednesday 13th December. Please do not head down to St. Philips because a) you won't get in b) you'll be very lonely c) you'll be cold...

    The Quiz begins at 7pm in The Forest with a half hour to get a round in and shake the snow off your boots before Round One.

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    Weekend Recap: Elf and Safety Wreaks Snow Havoc

    York Yuletide Trail: Amanda Crees beat the snowpocolypse to enjoy the delights of the York Tuletide Trail. The 5 mile race took Amanda 46:47 however she definitely came first in the best elf outfit.

    Brueton parkrun: WIth snow causing a raft of race cancellations across the UK our friends at Brueton did amazing work to put on a SIX (!!) lap off-road course. The snow must go on.

    Paul Bentley took the honours as his bravery in the snow rewarded him with a top K&D man position in 22:30.  The course was about 400m long but Anthony Dutton took a welcome K&D second in 23:16 followed by Mike Durkin in 25:23. 

    For our women Sally Anderson took first place on the multi-lap course in 30:34, Smita Deshpande followed Sally home in 33:37 and Gail Partridge in 37:41 rounded out our top 3.

    Winchester parkrun

    Being closer to the equator means Winchester was more like the Bahamas than Brueton (compatatively, maybe). Rob Ambrose took advantage to run a solid 20:00 in slightly better conditions that he would have found at home.


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    K&D Training Dec 11th - 20th: Twas the Sessions Before Christmas

    Twas' the month before Christmas,
    And all through the Snow,
    Hannah England was commentating,
    on the Spa European Cross Country Champs.

    She took time from her BBC Red Button home,
    To deliver a schedule full of sweaty tinsel based fun,
    When she wasn't disagreeing with british icon Steve Cram,
    She wrote out a testing festivities plan.

    It included sessions we'll probably not do,
    Because of arctic conditions and ankle deep snow,
    But also a Quiz, and our traditional Parlauf
    We'll pay Cram a fiver if he commentates on that too.

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    Quiz Ticket Sales Close Tonight

    In between building snowmen and donning XC spikes to go buy milk please note that our Christmas Quiz Tickets will close tonight.

    I'm off to make snow angels.

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