Knowle and Dorridge Running Club


Masters Blasters - Gifford's Guinea Pig Plea

Hello Team! For Rachel's masters at the University of Birmingham she is conducting some exciting performance enhancing research on endurance trained athletes and she would be delighted if you would be interested in taking part in her research. Rachel is studying the effect of 5 days of heat acclimation on ...

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K&D Awards 2019 - A Rush of Awards

Firstly the thanks. Without Fiona Holland and Jo Tork there is no way the awards would run so smoothly. A massive thank you to both individuals who work together like Power Rangers to bring these events together. It couldn't happen without their superb table planning skills, timetabling or reminding your ...

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Weekend Recap: London Marathon - Pretty Good

It's the biggest street party in the UK. 26.2 miles of cheers, beers, fears and tears. Dreams of glory after months of hard work in the dark and cold of winter all coming together in one big jamboree of running. K&D sent a number of their troops into battle against ...

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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 ...

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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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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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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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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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    Weekend Recap: Let Sleeping Dobbs Lie

    White Peaks Marathon:
    Despite it being trails and hills Richard Dixon ran the White Peaks Marathon in a superb 3 hours 3 minutes. It bodes well for Dobby that he can crack out that kind of pace on the trails and puts him in a superb place for summer off the back of an 8 week programme. He's earned a good nap.

    Chester Half Marathon:
    Nick Woolley put himself =2 with Chris Morgan on the K&D Half Marathon 2019 list with a super PB of 1:17:38. With a whole host of guys still to go for a fast half it'll be an interesting end of year list.

    Worcester Half:
    Penny Taylor, Gail Partridge and Alicia Calvert took the short jaunt down to Worcester for their Half Marathon. They chased Neil Draycott round (who ran 1:41:54). We've told them about chasing all the boys before. Gail was closest to Neil, running 2:28:19, Lissy ran 2:29:19 and Penny Clocked 2:33:51. Sterling stuff from this week's cover stars.

    Down to the Wyre 10k
    We support any race that is willing to Pun. Top work Down to the Wyre organisers. K&D salute you. Dynamic Duo, Kathy Bailey and Jude Mansfield took 1st and 2nd in their age group's (Surely they're both 21-25?) while Stephen Ray took 2nd in his (Over 65's?).

    Sorry Stephen! Jason Pitcher's 48:33 saw him across the line first for K&D as he pipped Stephen (Male 55+) who ran 50:22. Kathy Bailey ran 53:23, Jude Mansfield recorded a 53:26 and Lynsey Drakeley finished in 1:12:48 and Samantha Edgington warmed up for KFR2019 with a 1:15:45.

    Brueton parkrun:
    *Copy, Paste* Gareth Wainwright ran 17:13 (of course he did). Darren John ran mid 18's (18:32, of course he did). and Habib Farazmand picked up another PB of 18:34 after recently joining out Tue & Thurs group (of course he did).

    Siobhan Cotter ran 22:28, Louise Bell ran 23:04 and Kate Marsh ran 25:14. At least the K&D women can be relied on for some variety!

    Alan Marshall ran a PB of 24:38 (Thank you Marshall), while David John ran a course PB of 31:21.

    Coventry parkrun:
    Sherlock and Turner, everyone's new favourite ITV detective show, ran 29:01 and 35:53 at Coventry parkrun. I hope they're investigating Coventry's crime of a Ring Road.

    Arrow Valley:
    Pete Austin pitched up in Redditch to nip under 21 min (20:50).

    Kingsbury Water parkrun:
    Following his inaugral run at Brueton Simon Battson returned to his home territory of Kingsbury to run 24:13.

    Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun:
    Steven Whatmore is searching for Sub-18 this summer. It's a documentary that'll no doubt feature at Cannes next yr. He'll have to wait. His 18:05 just shy of his target. It'll happen though.

    Bideford parkrun:
    Danny Malone ran 18:34 and found himself third at Bideford. BidiThird?

    Bedworth parkrun:
    Kev Tomkinson and Alison Giblin continued their Tour de Midlands with a 27:03 and 29:55 at Bedworth parkrun.

    KFR2019 Results to follow on Tues or whenever we can get the Results Gophers to stop crying.

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    Knowle Fun Run Teams

    Hey K&D, See below for your random K&D Arden 9 Teams.

    Teams have been assigned by when you told me you were running. So it's pot luck who you have. Apart from Team A who will be trying to retain our Arden 9 Team Title. Repping the B93 postcode.

    All other teams will be entered into the highly sought after K&D Knowle Fun Run Battle Royale.

    If you're name's not on the list... I'm sorry. I've either missed your message or in the case of Stephen Ray the timing company noticed you were the odd one left over on the list!

    Paul BENTLEY Knowle & Dorridge RC A
    Darren JOHN Knowle & Dorridge RC A
    David Carbutt Knowle & Dorridge RC A
    GARETH WAINWRIGHT Knowle & Dorridge RC A
    Keith WHITEHEAD Knowle & Dorridge RC B
    Linda WHITEHEAD Knowle & Dorridge RC B
    John GARSIDE Knowle & Dorridge RC B
    Andrew CONNORS Knowle & Dorridge RC B
    Karen RATCLIFFE Knowle & Dorridge RC C
    Amanda O'LEARY Knowle & Dorridge RC C
    Kay ADENIPEKUN Knowle & Dorridge RC C
    Kate MARSH Knowle & Dorridge RC C
    Katie PRICE Knowle & Dorridge RC D
    Nigel FOSTER Knowle & Dorridge RC D
    Steve ARMSTRONG Knowle & Dorridge RC D
    Lianne LE SWANN Knowle & Dorridge RC D
    Max GIMSON Knowle & Dorridge RC E
    Caroline PARK Knowle & Dorridge RC E
    Samantha EDGINTON Knowle & Dorridge RC E
    Greg TURNER Knowle & Dorridge RC E
    Richard LISIECKI Knowle & Dorridge RC F
    Robert STEWART Knowle & Dorridge RC F
    Graham EDWARDS Knowle & Dorridge RC F
    Gary WELSH Knowle & Dorridge RC F
    Paul JEFFREY Knowle & Dorridge RC G
    Janice LISIECKI Knowle & Dorridge RC G
    Adeba JAMA Knowle & Dorridge RC G
    Kerry WHITEHILL Knowle & Dorridge RC G
    Mark WILSON RAMSAY Knowle & Dorridge RC H
    Mark GALE Knowle & Dorridge RC H
    Mike DURKIN Knowle & Dorridge RC H
    Steve MARKS Knowle & Dorridge RC H

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    Arden 9 - Entries & Volunteers

    It's almost time...

    Sunday 16th June. The Arden 9 Road Race is B.A.C.K.

    Enter Here:

    Hampton-in-Arden Sports Club kindly provide most the marshalls around the course but we'll need lots of K&D support on the day. 95% of the roles are before or after the race meaning you can still run. We'll only ask you to do one job.

    If you aren't running and want to help your club by volunteering for a core role we'd be super grateful. Details will go out in the next couple of weeks via email to all club members.

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    Hill Hill Hooray for the Hilly 100

    The sun was shining on Sunday for our inaugural attempt at the Cotswold Hilly 100! For those of you who may not know, the event is a relay race of 10 x 10(ish) mile legs which starts and ends in Stratford working its way up and down the hills of the Cotswolds in the process. Each leg is run in turn using pre-issued instructions and maps, starting at the crack of dawn and finishing half a day later.

    Jude Mansfield took the red-eye leg to get things started at 6am and set the tone for a fantastic day of running (she even ran back to the start of her leg to warm down). The baton was passed successfully between all of the first 7 legs, even if there were a couple of near misses (Flick still getting changed when Rob came through and Tim pocketing the baton against the wishes of some marshalls). Leg 8 was a mass start to ensure we finished within the allocated cut off time and was won by Torsten. Big Kev brought us home in a total time of 12 hours and 29 minutes (plus or minus a couple of minutes), and the fact no one got lost (including a team with Andy C in) made it an even greater achievement! 

    A summary of each leg is below:

    Leg Runner Time Distance
    1 Jude Mansfield 01:21:18 9.81
    2 Rob Michaelson-Yeates 01:01:54 9.98
    3 Flick Sharp 01:25:11 10.60
    4 Chris Sharp 01:00:01 9.82
    5 Sarah Connors 01:25:49 9.64
    6 Andy Connors 01:14:40 10.08
    7 Tim Price 01:06:07 10.32
    8 Torsten Roesler 01:04:13 9.58
    9 Paul Winwood 01:31:22 9.71
    Kevin Boake
    Unofficial Time/Distance 12:28:54 99.81

    The post run drinks and curry involved a game of Hilly Top Trumps which created friendly debate over who had the hardest leg, steepest elevation gain or highest heart rate (Kev trying to pocket all 3).

    Overall, we all had a huge amount of fun with the event well and truly living up to its name and are already looking forward to taking part again next year. Hopefully we can get a few more teams together and rival Kenilworth and Spa Striders who entered 7 teams each! Let me know if you are interested in getting involved next year and more details will follow about the 2020 event once they are released.

    Thanks again to those who ran and helped to organise logistics and made the event possible, as we have been looking to do this for a number of years without ever getting it off the ground.

    Chris Sharp

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    Weekend Recap: Red, Whitehead and Blue

    European Triathlon Age Group Champs: Congratulations to Linda Whitehead who emerged from Denmark as European Age Group Triathlon Champion in her Age Group. Keith took bronze as they both enjoyed beautiful Denmark while representing GB as age group athletes.

    It wouldn't be a Whitehead outing without trying the medical facilities and our Linda did her best to chat up the handsome Danish Dr's while they treated her for cuts and grazes.

    Keith and Linda proudly donned their GBR Tri-suits as they took on European opposition and everyone at K&D would like to pass on our congratulations.

    Market Drayton 10k:
    Famous for it's Gingerbread Men, Market Drayton 10k was a 2,500+ sell out again. The two John's (Randall and Garside) repped the K&D Massive. Johnny R ran 39:08 and Johnny G clocked a pre-Birthday 45:29

    Lichfield Half:
    Katie Price took on the 13.1 miles of historic Lichfield running 2:09:41

    Brueton parkrun:
    A perculiar day at parkrun as decent conditions were juxtaposed by unusually slowish-times for the front runners. Some day's just aren't quick for whatever reason.

    George de Bolla consolidated his recent strong running though with a 2nd place overall and 1st K&D'er in 18:10 while Chris Morgan cruised to 18:29 and Darren John ran 18:34. K&D had 6 of the first 10 runners.

    Flick Sharp eased herself back into post-marathon quick stuff with a 20:38, while Siobhan Cotter and Jane Hunt battled it out to a 22:47 and 23:03.

    Congratulations to Emily King on her 25 volunteer milestone.

    Carly Mitchell, fresh from her recent debut ran 31:40 for a PB on her second time at Brueton while Sandra Boot improved her own recent PB to 26:53. Simon Battson made his first ever Brueton appearance - swapping KInsbury for Brueton. Steve McDonald ran 18:40 for a great new PB while Habib Farazmand, who's recently joined the Tuesday and Thursday group clocked 18:51 for shiny new welcome to K&D PB.

    South Manchester parkrun:
    Gareth Wainwright took advantage of a weekend visiting Wainwright Brother #3 to run a fast 16:55

    Dudley parkrun:
    The Giblin and Tomkinson Tour de parkrun continues as Alison ran 31:48 and Kevin clocked 25:35

    Torbay Velo parkrun:
    David John continued to pepper 30 minutes with a 30:29

    Arrow Valley parkrun:
    Richard Dixon and Caroline Park were both to be found in Reddith this weekend as Richard ran 18:28 and Caroline clocked a swift 23:05 (just 2 sec off her all time PB).

    Cannon Hill parkrun:
    Dave Carbutt ran a cracking 18:16 at Cannon Hill. It was also the final appearance of Johnny Bellman, who moves to Bourneville Harriers due to relocating to that side of the city. We wish him the best of luck with his new club. He bowed out with a 19:30.

    Walsall Arboretum parkrun:
    Jude Mansfield took a trip to the home of Hayley Carruthers and ran 25:27.

    Long Eaton parkrun:
    Forest fan James Taylor was back near his spiritual homeland and ran 19:16.

    Portobello parkrun:
    Also returning to their homeland was Gary Welsh who's Scottish return included a 23:10 parkrun in Edinburgh.

    Hafan Pwllheli parkrun:
    Janice Lisiecki ran 28:13 at the most ridiculously named parkrun i've had to report on in 4 years.

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    Knowle Fun Run Teams

    Hi Team,

    If you would like to be part of K&D's Knowle Fun Run Teams (of 4) please put your name down on the shared document below:

    Please only put your name and event down AFTER entering.

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