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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    Weekend Recap: Flick on The PB Alarm

    Xmas Party: Meet at The Forest between 7 and 7:30pm. Quiz Starts 7:30pm prompt. There will be K&D Rain Jackets (£27.50) and Old Stock Winter Running Kit/Hoodies on sale too (up to £20).

    Telford 10k:
    The fastest 10k in the country and perfect for an end of year burn up. Rachel Gifford continued her superb start to life in green and gold as she ran 37:33. A PB According to her Power of 10. Starting the PB run of superb weekend performances. Unfortunatley i'm yet to think of a pun on her surname for the title. That honour goes to Flick Sharp who, paced by devoted husband Chris (not devoted enough to avoid dipping her on the line though!) recorded a superb PB of 39:26.  Paul Winwood followed up with a PB of 48:19. There were also PB's for Jan Hornby, Monica Green, Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell and Gareth Lloyd. Top PBing.

    Full Results:
    Rachel Gifford - 37:33 (PB)
    Chris Sharp - 39:26 
    Flick Sharp - 39:26 (PB)
    Monica Green - 42:05 (PB)
    Paul Winwood - 48:19 (PB)
    Jan Hornby - 53:22 (PB)
    Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell - 53:29 (PB)
    Gareth Lloyd - 57:25 (PB)
    Linda Whitehead - 57:41
    Isabel Arthur - 58:35
    Louise Taylor - 59:20
    Amanda Marklew - 1:02:07
    Steve Marks - 1:04:37
    Paul Jeffrey - 1:05:28
    Jo Tork - 1:06:47

    Run to The Castle:
    Ultra fun for Tim Price who ran the Winter Run to The Castle: Aberdovey to Harlech.  68Km at 6:32 a km pace.  7 hours 25 minutes and 16 seconds for the big man.  That's why we call him Mountain Man. A big shout to Michael Swann who's attempt was thwarted by a sore groin.  A brave effort from both men in torrential ran, over massive hills and battered by high winds.

    Milton Keynes Winter Half:
    Pete Makepeace rounded off a superb year for him by running a PB of 1:31:52.  Pete's previous PB was 1:39:14. So he smashed a massive 7 min 22 sec off his previous best. Phwoar!

    Keyworth Turkey Trot: 
    A first ever half for Martin Hancock who broke his duck at Keyworth. Martin ran a more than respectable 1:47:45 on his first attempt. Not too shabby that!

    Brueton parkrun:
    The PB Party continued at Brueton as Rosie Marsh lowered her best to 20:04. Slicing 3 seconds off her previous best and nibbling ever closer to that 20 min barrier.  Phil Wood joined in on the fun with 22:14 for a new lifetime best.

    First K&D Man was Jack Bristow who ran 17:57, followed swiftly by a conservative run of 18:07 for Chris Sharp and newbie Steven Whatmore who clocked 18:27.

    The women were led by Rosie Marsh and her PB. Mary Heald ran a more than solid 20:35 while Kerry Ann Thompson sped round to 22:08.

    Perry Hall parkrun:
    K&D On Tour Oi.Oi.Oi. Graham Edwards led the team home on tour with a superb 24:53 at Perry Hall. Kevin Tomkinson ran 25:17, Nigel Foster ran 26:59, Katie Price clocked 30:12, Caroline Edwards delivered a 30:44 and Stephen Evans finished off the troop in 31:39. There were no diplomatic incidents. Incredibly.

    Arrow Valley parkrun:
    Jack Whitehouse ran a nice 22:21 over in Redditch.

    Torbay Velopark parkrun:
    Bulied into joining so we could get that extra London place, Chairman's Dad David John celebrated his peer pressuring into K&D by running a course PB of 32:49. Thats that K&D magic.

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    Deadlines, Reminders & The Injured Runners Club

    K&D Christmas Party

    We need to confirm numbers for our Christmas Party with The Forest this weekend so you only have until Friday to guarantee your ticket. £20. Partners welcome.

    Warwickshire XC Champs - Deadline 11th Dec (Race: Sat 5th Jan, Newbold Revel, Leamington)

    Our women's and men's teams are eyeing championship medal challenges at the Warwickshire XC Champs. If you would like to run please email by the 11th Dec. Only 20 mins away and you'll be running against all the people you'd usually face in the WRRL so no need to fear the competition being crazy standards. Club pays ALL entry fees.

    Midland XC Champs - Deadline 3rd Jan (Race: 26th Jan, Newbold Comyn Leamington)

    Why pay £50 for a Wolf Run when you can take on THE DITCH at Leamington. Iconic. Hosting the Midland Champs this year. A great chance to pit yourself against the best in the region. but similarly welcoming to ALL standards. Let us know by 3rd Jan. Perfect Post Xmas-Pud Exercise. 
    Club pays ALL entry fees.

    The Injured Runners Club

    With a couple of surgeries taking us down one or two runners recently we were pitched the idea of organising The Injured Runners Club. Unable to run on a Wed? The Injured Runners Club will be meeting in The Forest on a Wed during Club Training so you can see your loved ones, get some spicy nuts and a glass of squash (or Beer). Most importantly you can heckle those who run past in the cold. Think of it like The Breakfast Club but with more sass. First 'Hosting' is this Week, Wed 5th Dec. Don't forget 'Social' Drinks happen after training too, first Wed of the Month. AND we have Committee on Wed. So we'll definitely ruin the ambiance of the local watering hole in our bright tops and leggings.

    Winter Reminder: BE SAFE, BE SEEN

    Please remember to wear brightly coloured tops (Even if you have an Iron Man light on). We've noticed a couple of dark tops recently. We do encourage Run Leaders to say no to leading runners they feel may not be safe and will support any Run Leader who refuses to take you out in such instances.

    Pavement running only please during winter (Unless on a small specific well lit loop like Rodborough). If you are on the road please move to the pavement at the earliest opportunity and only run on the road when there is no other safe alternative. We don't want anyone being ran over. It makes a terrible mess. 

    The Weekend Recap will be up on Thursday.

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    B'ham XC League: Men Dig In

    With the women storming their Division it was up to the men to follow in their footsteps. Despite it being a day that involved Danny Malone ending up in A&E, Chris Thorley throwing up, Sharpey recovering from Man Flu, Darren still being RIP in Pieces and Chris Morgan in the Arctic Circle on his Mega Yacht the men dug in to end the day in third place in the league. Not quite the highs of race one's win, but enough to consolidate their promotion chase on a difficult day. 

    Good news that Danny's ankle wasn't broken came through later. The men wish him a speedy recovery and hopefully the swelling and ligaments are already on the mend!

    The race itself saw Chris Sharp finish 7th over all again. Leading the K&D pack. Again every man took points off either the opposition's A or B teams which shows the value of getting as many runners out as we can. Even when we are a little under the weather. There is plenty left to play for over the next 2 fixtures. 

    Men: The next fixture is nice and local. Leamington Spa on 12th Jan. 

    (Remember too that the Warwickshire XC Champs are on 5th Jan. A perfect warm up! let Torsten, Jo Tork, Darren John, Chris Sharp, Rosie Marsh, Emma Horsefield know if you want to run - or just comment under this on Facebook)

    In the battle of numbers the K&D Women and Men tied at 18 runners each on Saturday.

    Full Results: 
    7th - Chris Sharp 
    11th - Rob Yeates
    24th - Gareth Wainwright
    42nd - Torsten Roesler
    63rd - Simon Bentley
    68th - Gary Polhill
    70th - Richard Dixon
    74th - David Carbutt
    82nd - Jack Bristow
    94th - Greg Turner
    96th - Michael Swann
    115th - Nick Woolley
    122nd - Paul Bentley
    141st - Pete Makepeace 
    173rd - Max Gimson
    174th - Darren John
    178th - Ian Voaden
    181st - Phil Wood

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    MWCCL: Women Top of the League

    In another outstanding display of teamwork K&D's women romped to the top of their division with a stunning win on Saturday at Welcombe Hills, Stratford.

    Donned in Green face paint the women smashed their way round the incredibly hilly course. Not only did they win the race, they put 18 women through the field as the success at the front encouraged even more of our wonderful club's women to join in the fun of a winning team. Jane Evans, K&D Women's Show Pony for so long, delivered another superb result from the front to finish 2nd overall. She was backed up once again by a plethora of K&D as we again put 7(!!) women in the top-30.

    Monica Green put in another stunning display of XC technique, Rachel, Flick, Rosie, and Jess backing up Jane with superb team work and packing! Special mention to Mary who came down that last ridiculous hill into the finish with a smile on her face that summed up how fun the day was. 

    Kerry Thompson continued her strong improvement moving up to 67th overall. With Louise Bell, Caroline Park, Jo Hitchcock, Jude Mansfield, Catherine Sherlock, Rachel Aston, Linda Whithead, Lianne Le Swann, Amanda Crees and Caroline Edwards all helping to add points to the other teams' totals. What a squad!

    Having so many women out created an brilliant atmosphere among the team with jubilant celebrations at what is probably K&D's first ever league win at Cross Country. Contagious fun!

    A big thank you to Emma Horsefield who acted as Official for the day managing the funnel. Our ladies certainly gave her plenty to manage as they stormed home!

    Next league match is:
     12th January 2019 - Droitwich High School - MWCCL Division Two

    To join in the fun (you know you want to!) as K&D Women challenge for the league title speak to Women's Team Captain Rosie Marsh, Vice-Captain Emma Horsefield or any of the K&D Committee and they'll give you a high five and pass your name on. 

    Pos Name Time
    2 Jane Evans 00:26:37
    7 Rachel Gifford 00:29:08
    13 Flick Sharp 00:29:57
    14 Monica Green 00:30:03
    25 Rosie Marsh 00:31:02
    27 Mary Heald 00:31:10
    29 Jess Woolley 00:31:22
    67 Kerry Thompson 00:34:34
    83 Louise Bell 00:35:50
    86 Caroline Park 00:36:14
    95 Jo Hitchcock 00:36:35
    97 Jude Mansfield 00:36:50
    127 Catherine Sherlock 00:39:28
    137 Rachel Aston 00:40:28
    176 Linda Whitehead 00:43:54
    181 Lianne Le Swann 00:44:49
    214 Amanda Crees 00:48:20
    216 Caroline Edwards 00:48:58

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    Remember: No Training on the 12th Dec. However if anyone has time and wants to squeeze a run in during the day Hannah England has provided a suggested run. 

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    Cross Country Details: Race 2 Stratford United

    The men and women are both at Stratford on Saturday as the two cross country worlds unite in an Avengers style battle. Captain America Torsten and Captain Marvel Rosie are hoping you've heard their pleas to turn out en-masse as K&D battle for titles, tophies, glory and honour at the top of the table. The more runners we have the better chance we have of bringing home glory. All speed runner can contribute to the team score.

    Women: Meet at St. Philips Hall at 11am
    Men: Meet at The Drum & Monkey at 12:15pm.

    Teams will depart in convoy.

    Vests. I've checked in with Helix but it looks like the Chinese are still causing us Vest Issues. Do they not know who we are!? Please bring any spare K&D vests/tshirts for your fellow runners who may be without.

    K&D Rain Jackets will be on Sale for £27.50. Bring exact change please. We can accept bank transfer though so if you don't want to bring all your pennies you can purchase on the day and just show me you've transfered the money when i've sold you one (please don't do it before).

    Course: Expect a hilly one.

    Men: Dress warm as we'll be cheering on the Ladies. And Rosie has pointed out how you aren't nearly as tough as her women's squad. Worst runner of the day will be The Flacon. And he's the worst Marvel Superhero. Nobody wants that. 

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