Date: 2017 BT (before triathlon)
A triathlon has always been on my bucket list, and on Sunday 24th September my husband (Simon) and I are both competing in our first ever Triathlon. I wish it was purely a bucket list ticking endeavour, but we've been motivated to enter as a tribute to our son Joshua. Joshua was born in January of this year, and we had moments of pure joy as any new parents do, but also moments of heartache and pain as we watched him battle for life for 10 weeks. In March we sadly lost him; that was the hardest day of our lives and me miss him terribly.
In need of a focus...
Despite this, we've been determined to celebrate the time we did share with Joshua, ensure something positive comes from it all, and to have a focus for the summer. We've been using nature’s therapy (exercise, fresh air, sun on our backs!) to help heal & remember our little soldier. A triathlon seemed like a fitting tribute after he fought so hard for life, and we'll be fighting just as hard out there on Sunday with him on our minds to raise money to help other babies born sick and premature.
It's a sprint Triathlon; so just a small step on the multi-discipine event...but that's been enough for now!
Running - I entered thinking I had this part covered, but putting aside the fact I'd been out of running for about 9 months! I've thoroughly enjoyed being back, despite lacking the speed I had this time last year. Simon doesn't run fullstop, so we've both been running together and building it up slowly (he loved his first Parkrun, but I'm still working on the K&D membership)
Swimming - I used to swim competitively, many moons ago, so I've been back in the pool and reactiviating those swimming muscles, but luckily it's like riding a bike, so the swim element should be fine (it's the first discipline afterall!)
Cycling - and then there's ACTUALLY riding a bike...I can ride, and I own a bike (although not of the racing kind!), but it's been a BIG (and painful) learning curve! Luckily (or annoyingly from a competitive point of view) this is where by husband excels; he's given me lessons on how to use my gears and helped me get over my fear of speed on a bike, going downhill and turning corners (and by 'speed' I mean anything over 10mph!)! In fact I'm currently nursing a big egg on my knee after falling off my bike at the weekend...that sums the cycling part up quite well.
So it's been a challenge, and that's the whole point! Bring on Sunday in putting all three disciplines together, I'll let you know how we get on!
Jemma was too modest to put her fundraising page down, so we're doing it for her incase anyone wants to support Jemma and Little Mae's Little Angels Neo-Natal Unit Charity:
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Dozens of K&D's finest members turned out in Worcester over the weekend. As well as being huge fans of the sauce with their cheese on toast they represented the club in the finest of fashions at the Worcester 10k.
Kay Adenipekun took the Golden Knowle as our first man home finishing in 49:33. For the women one Golden Dorridge was well earned by Claire Maggs who was first K&D lady across the line in 55:48 - but also by Elizabeth Williams who ran 55:44 to just take the title on chip.... Untile Jan Hornby did exactly the same thing to Claire and Liz! Jan ran 55:42 on the chip. Stonking! Sod it. Trophies all round.
Kay Adenipekun - 49:33
Chris Taylor - 52:43
Graham Edwards - 52:43 (Tie!)
Nigel Collins - 55:22
Jan Hornby - 55:42
Darren Maggs - 55:46
Elizabeth Williams - 55:44
Claire Maggs - 55:48
Caroline Edwards - 55:26
Katie Price - 56:19
Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell - 57:55
Gail Partridge - 57:46
Frances Ramsden - 59:56
Emily King - 1:03:31
Sian Davies - 1:03:42
Penny Garner - 1:03:51
Jo Tork - 1:03:55
Paul Jeffrey - 1:04:12
Amanda Marklew - 1:04:15
Rebecca Blunt - 1:04:18
Moushumi Moran - 1:06:04
Fiona Holland - 1:06:20
Steve Marks - 1:08:26
Marie Howarth - 1:09:19
Sarah Church - 1:16:46
Wendy Holt - 1:25:40
Special congratulations to Sarah and Wendy who made their debut's at 10k! Always a massive achievement.
Darryl Wilkes took the longer of two options in booking himself onto the Worcester Half instead of the 10k. His time was a very respectable 1:50:34. Just reward for being on his lonesome!
Balsall Common Fun Run
A team victory for our K&D Guys in the Balsall Common RC back yard. Careful now ladies, It's like Take That in their prime. Chris Thorley took the overall win in 37:39. Rob Houlston was in 8th timed at 40:54, Russell Davies 9th running 41:24 and Richard Beale rounded out the team in 42:30 and securing the title of overall knobbly knees winners 2017.
In perfect parkrun conditions Gareth Wainwright snipped under the 17:00 barrier with a 16:56. Just behind him Darren John equalled his Brueton PB, missing out on an all-time parkrun pb by just 2 seconds. 17:15 the unlucky number for him. Behind them, and ahead of Rugby 10 Mile on Sunday Paul Williams ran 19:41 - being chased down by Ed Long of the club.
Our women were just as competitive with Siobhan Cotter finishing 2nd lady overall in 22:25 followed by Louise Bell in 23:57 and Kate Marsh in 24:58 on her 99th parkrun. There was a PB for Smita Deshpande in 28:21 too. Congratulations!
And a special welcome back to Steve Evans who did his first parkrun since falling off Snowdon and giving us all a scare and a laugh. Mostly in that order.
Wythall celebrated its inagrual parkrun. A Three lapper it adds to the local parkrun lanscape. Three of our troops inspected the course with Paul Stead setting the initial K&D Course Record in 21:55 (The full course record after 1 week stands at a tempting 18:16). Gary Welsh ran close to Paul in 23:01 with Keith Whitehead only a smidge behind in 24:45.
Long Eaton parkrun:
Why did Chris Quarmby feel ill after his parkrun? He'd not Long Eaton... here all week folks. Chris ran 26:00 and his delightful other half Jane Quarmby ran 30:31.
Maybe he ate too much Quarmb-eef? Corn Beef? Geddit?
What is it with K&D runners and Dolgellau? Did I miss the memo? Greg Turner missed 2 months travelling, then he's off again. Fair enough. 21:52.Click to Read More...
Many of you are making a massive effort over the next few weeks. Your committee feel like proud parents. You little munchkins.
To celebrate so many of you running the Birmingham Half or Marathon, many of you doing the distances for the first time we have booked Loyds Indian Restaurant in Knowle for a post-half, post-marathon curry night on Friday 20th October.
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Well done to everyone who was racing this weekend. If you were going hard today think about letting your body recover tomorrow with a walk or very easy recovery.
For anyone who's legs were rested we have a Mon/Wed Smorgasboard. Winter builds PB's.
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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 Knowle & Dorridge RC. Overseeing our Run Leaders Hannah, mentored by Luke Gunn (Head of Athletics, Birmingham University) and iconic British endurance coach Bud Baldaro, will be teaming up with K&D RC in an exciting and innovative partnership. This partnership will help pass on Hannah’s knowledge and expertise to an ever improving squad of all abilities.
Club Chairperson Darren John:
“I am delighted to welcome Hannah into the K&D Family, her willingness to support grassroots sport is exciting and we look forward to working with her in the coming months. Our club caters to all abilities while being increasingly competitive nationally. Having Hannah on board as consultant will help athletes achieve their goals whatever they may be and drive the club forward; we want to be a leading deliverer of peak performance and improved health and well-being in the local community through a sport we love”.
Hannah takes up her role in mid-September and her first task will be helping direct K&D’s cross country season.
For more information on Knowle & Dorridge RC membership or press enquiries please see: www.knowleanddorridgerunningclub.org
The club can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Knowle & Dorridge RC hold their main club nights every Wednesday at St. Philips Church Hall, Dorridge from 7:15pm.
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Below is an example of the new structure of our training courtesy of our new Director of Running. If you were not at club last night and you missed out on the big news keep an eye on the website later...
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