Knowle and Dorridge Running Club


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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Change of Venue - 13th March 2019

CHANGE OF VENUE - Wednesday 13 March 2019Please note that we have been offered a trial meeting venue at the Four Ashes Golf Centre next week.  This is because St. Philips is due for demolition in the next couple of months.The SGM will be postponed to Wed 20th March. Training ...

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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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New Committee Members Required - AGM

Having served the club with distinction for the last two years or more the following members will be stepping down from the committee at the AGM on the 10th April:Torsten Roesler - Men's Team Captain( Proposed replacement by Chris Sharp) Jo Hitchcock - Run Leader CoordinatorSteve Pensom - Committee MemberWhere ...

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SGM - Membership Fee Proposal - 13th March

Dear All K&D'ers,Following the club committee meeting on 30/01/2019 the club committe have called an SGM for the 13th March 2018 after training is concluded. The purpose of this SGM is to put the issue of membership fees to the club body. The membership fee of £35 has stood since ...

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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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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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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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    Training + Awards: 22nd-1st May

    Hey Troops.

    There is no official training on Monday 22nd due to Massey 10k. There is also no official training on 1st May due our Annual Awards party. To guarantee sitting next to your friends/dietry choices please note the deadline is this weekend.

    Mon 22nd April:
    Massey Tractor 10k

    Wed 24th April:
    1 mile easy.
    2-3 sets of 1 mile @ HM pace w. 1/2 mile easy run recovery
    5x15s strides (full recovery).
    1 mile easy.

    Monday 29th April:
    10x45s hill sprint (jog down)
    (walk down)
    10x 30s hill sprint (job down)

    1st May:
    AWARDS DO! with the wonderful Holly Rush
    Super Runner, International Athlete, Dog Lover, Pork-Pie Eater, 11th at Barcelona Marathon (2019/2:47), 7th at Manchester Marathon (2019/2:46) as well as World-Class Ultra Runner.

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    England Athletics Digital Affiliation Pack

    Hello Guinea Pigs.

    Due to having a mole on the inside K&D RC members are the first athletes in the country to get the England Athletics Digital Affiliation pack's emailed to them today. If you have registered as a member and paid through PayZip online portal you will find you should have an email. Take a look. Any issues please email As always check your junk. The rest of the country should be getting them next week assuming you don't find any issues.

    Best wishes,

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    Weekend Recap: Trail Trials

    Hawkshead Lakeland Trails 16k:
    The hills are alive with the sound of K&D's women having great fun. Across the Lakeland hills Claire Maggs and Lorna Davies struck clear of the K&D possee to run 22:21:51 over the challenging course. Working together. Classic K&D. Or just an attempt to keep each other from getting lost?

    Tracy Davies and Sue Wassell repeated the K&D dynamic duo double act to run 2:26:33. Part III of the K&D World Tag Team Championship battle saw Siobhan O'Donnell and Claire Deeley run 2:32:02. It's good when you all record the same times. Halves the workload.

    Brighton Marathon:
    Anna Bousfield joined in on the Marathon fun by running 4:47:32 at the Brighton Marathon.

    Cannock Chase Half Marathon:
    Kudos to the organisers of the Cannock Chase Half. With some toerags messing with the course markers many runners found themselves running non-advertised distances. The organisers responded by offering everyone a free repeat race. Top race management.

    K&D's finest took on the very hilly course. David Hofton was first K&D runner in 1:58:01 followed by Jude Mansfield who smashed round in 2:04:49. Graeme Holt clocked 2:10:26, Jo Hitchcock's 2:13:31 was once second ahead of Sarah Connors in 2:13:32. Victoria Kirby enjoyed a fine 2:19:59. Colin Jackson style dip there to break 2:20. Paul Winwood isn't currently showing in the results but Strava says he ran 2:10. And if it's on Strava it counts. Runner's Rule #1.

    Brueton parkrun:
    Fresh from snapping at Gareth's heels at Solihul Half, Gary Polhill once again ran Wainwright close. Scoring his 8th PB in 9 weeks Gary Polhill's 17:21 was just 5 seconds behind Gareth who ran 17:16. Thirs K&D man was Ainsley Wainwright, tuning up for London with a his 5th PB in 6 week and an 18:50 to show last week's first ever sub 19 was no fluke!

    Our women were led by Manchester Marathon star Mary Heald (Did we mention her top-50 3:10 run?). Taking it easy a week after manchester she ran 21:38, just finishing in front of Jess Woolley who ran 22:08. Club favourite Jane Hunt ran 22:58 to take third spot on the K&D podium.

    It was perfect pb conditions it seems as Jane Campbell ran 40:33 for a PB. She joined Gary Polhill (17:22), Ainsley Wainwright (18:50) as the Three PB Muskateers this week.

    Shepton Mallet parkrun:
    How to warm up for London Marathon? How about a PB and first finisher for Chris Morgan who ran a swift 16:48 to take the tape.

    Arrow Valley parkrun:
    Another first finisher token found it's way into Darren John's hand as he continued his comback with a post-lung blood clot's best of 18:01 and a first finisher placing in Redditch.

    Cannon Hill parkrun:
    Johnny Bellman had a blast round Cannon Hill on Saturday running 20:15.

    Evesham parkrun:
    Alison Giblin and Kevin Tomkinson continued to rack up the tourist quota as they ran 30:04 and 26:57. Kevin didn't meet any BCFC legends this week.

    Swansea Bay parkrun:
    Back in the mother land and Tim Price ran 20:02 round Swansea Bay.

    Ballincolig parkrun:
    Riina Kuuselo warmed up for London with a 20:32. Swift. She'll be gunning for the 3:10 top of the rankings.

    California Country parkrun:
    Stephen Ray seems to be really having a terrible time in California. Wait. Not. It's in Wokingham. Well, that at least makes the rest of us feel a little less jealous. Stephen ran 23:34. I hear Wokingham is lovely this time of year anyway.

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    AGM Minutes - April 18

    Ahead of tonight's AGM please find a copy of last years AGM Minutes.

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    AGM Agenda - Wed 10th Apr

    Hi Team,

    Following training on Wednesday please head straight into the hall for the K&D AGM. It's v. important people attend for the health of the club and we promise to not dilly-dally and take all night.

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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 the beast. But the grit and determination on show was exemplary from all. Marathon Season is officially OPEN for business.

    First in the queue was the smooth as silk stride of Rob Michaelson-Yeats who continues to go from strength to strength and clocked an absurdly fast 2:40:14 PB for 71st Man. Behind him Steve Whatmore put his brand new K&D vest to good use PB'ing in 2:53:17.

    The fantastic Mary Heald ran an absolute stormer to finish in 3:10:36 and 49th Woman overall. From then on the runners poured over the line. Johnny Bellman clocked a 2hr PB (His last marathon was a hilly trail one) in 3:13:40, Danny Malone ran 3:14:14 (PB), Jack Bristow finished his first marathon in 3:23:38 (PB), Max Gimson ran 3:26:03 (PB). Despite nutrition issues Flick showed superb inner strength to run 3:30:09 (PB), Hannah Gibson ran a stormer to clock 4:03:53 (PB), 1 second ahead of Paul O'Donnell in his first marathon (4:03:54). Peter Little came back from a torrid couple of years of injuries to run 4:11:59 in his 238,000th marathon, Paul Winwood bravely battled through cramping issues to run 4:43:29 and Catherine Sherlock stepped up to the marathon distance to set a first time best of a very respectable 5:03:51. Congratulations to everyone who ran so well, and even more so to those of you who had tough day's but did the sensible thing and looked after yourselves first and foremost.

    Solihull Half:
    Firstly, the Solihull Half results seem to be missing club names SO if you're name is missing from the list below please let us know and we'll update the results accordingly. It's going to take a while to search through all the results!

    Doesn't take long to find Gareth Wainwright who finished 2nd overall despite only signing up on the morning of the race. A superb 1:17:55 on a rolling course and into a decent headwind. He was given a real scare by Mr. PB Gary Polhill though who smashed his 2 week old PB to run 1:18:06. Third K&D man was Darren John who went out WAY too hard, blew to bits and endured a 1:26:32 after starting at 1:20 pace. Ouch. A bad 1:26 is better than a good 1:26 with three weeks until London though. Right? Chairman DJ had to fight off the attentions of K&D Legend Anthony Dutton in the last 2 miles.

    Amanda O'Leary rolled back the injury plagued last couple of years. After being made to sit out the XC season to get her injuries sorted she came back with a bang, finishing 2nd woman in 1:31:03. A fantastic result. Claire Magee (1:40:35) and Nicky Evans (1:52:49) rounded out the K&D women's podium. Nicky Evans' dog also won the cutest canine supporter category.

    Sadly the Solihull Half isn't accredited to Power of 10/Runbritain/UKA/EA etc. so I can't celebrate any PB's without checking all your names one by one. And while I love you all dearly... there's way too many of you now to do that! Please do use the space below the story on Facebook to let us know if you PB'd though and we'll try to think up good puns to celebrate your achievements.

    Full K&D Results:
    Gareth Wainwright - 1:17:55 (2nd)
    Gary Polhill - 1:18:06 (3rd)
    Darren John - 1:26:32
    Anthony Dutton - 1:26:36
    Ainsley Wainwright - 1:28:30
    Amanda O'Leary - 1:31:03
    Josh Hartle - 1:33:57
    Steve Armstrong - 1:35:44
    Lloyd Barton - 1:37:33
    Claire Magee - 1:40:35
    Steve Pensom - 1:41:44
    Martin Hancock - 1:46:57
    Nicky Evans - 1:52:49
    Caroline Park - 1:55:45
    Keith Whitehead - 1:55:48
    Kerry Whitehill - 1:57:30
    Rob Stewart - 2:02:19
    Samantha Edgington - 2:04:47
    Karen Ratcliffe - 2:04:48)
    Katie Price - 2:07:25
    Rosie Vetter - 2:07:26
    Linda Whitehead - 2:09:22
    Sandra Boot - 2:14:59
    Jerome Ment - 2:23:30
    Smita Deshpande - 2:25:32
    Carly Mitchell - 2:42:42

    Special mention to friends of the club Mark Cordiner Barton (1:59:32) and Emma Donnelly (2:01:56) who turned out too.

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