Deadline: We need you tickets bought by the End of the Month. Jan will be very strict this year.
If you don't have a team don't worry, our hostess with the mostess Fiona will sort you out. And find you a decent team.
Get your team of elves ready. After the "success" of 2017 and 2018, we are having a our 3rd annual Christmas Quiz Night!
Featuring Quiz Master Santa (Jo Tork's Hubby) doing his best Brucie impression you'll be in teams of 2-5 elves. Inappropriate team names are encouraged and awful xmas related puns may gain you extra points.
A lovely sit down 2 course meal and quiz with top prizes. Tickets are £21 per person for the food and Quiz entry. (Veggie options available). The club are subsidising the meal and prizes for you too so you get more for your ticket.
Prizes will be delivered by Santa and if you're lucky you might get to sit on his lap.
The Forest will be hosting our Christmas Cracker on Wed 11th Dec. Expect lots of festive silliness. A night off training and jokes about pulling Rich Dixon's cracker under the mistletoe.
Running friends and partners welcome. But anyone from Centurions MUST be dressed as an elf! Please pay by BACS.
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With no XC (or was it Pizza Express in Woking?) to distract the troops this Saturday it was all up to parkrun to provide the thrills and spills. While Gareth Wainwright continues to make a mockery of the 17min barrier (16:50 this week) it was Habib Farazmand who stole the show with a big old PB. Known for his strength on Tues and Thurs sessions, Habib finally found the speed after a pecking away at 18:00 for several weeks. Habib ran 17:29. Michael Williamson, K&D's first Olympian (although in a non-sport like swimming, or tiddy-winks or something), showed he's just as good on dry land as he ran a super 18:07. With a PB of 18:01 he joins Danny Malone putting a twinkle in Irish eyes as both men look to go sub-18.
The conditions were great for fast running on Saturday as Kerry Ann Thompson ran her fastest parkrun in a while. Having taken a while to get back into her groove post injury she looks in great shape as she ran 21:45 - just 2 seconds slower than her 21:43 PB. Speaking of PB's - While Sandra Boot's son Louie continues to tear it up in the national rankings - we know where he gets his good genes from. Sandra smashed another PB out the park by running 25:37. That's 5 PB's in 9 weeks. Kerry Whitehill, in 25:52 rounded out the K&D women's weekend podium.
Joining the PB party was James Hillier - one of the stupidly tall blokes of K&D, who ran 21:44. Seriously, between Hillier, Mayes, Thorley, Price, Williamson our club's average hight must be about 6ft 2. Including Paul Bentley. (Sorry Paul!)
I don't know, you wait ages for a new local parkrun then two turn up in quick succession. Oaklands sounds like a US Baseball Stadium but sits just off the Cov Road. Pete Makepeace sets the club course record there (20:31) followed in short order by Mr. Lloyd Barton who ran an excellent 21:10.
Nicky Evans opted for Finsbury park on Saturday as she enjoyed the bright lights of London. She finished behing National Standard runner, and major Scrabble Points scorer Naomi Tashchmowitz (17:23) but still ran a super 24;05.
One of 203 Dudley runners was our very own Jon Beech who clocked 25:42.
Two Edwards' and one Sanders. Graham Edwards led the troops round in 24:13, followed by Caroline in 27:53. Rounding out the group was Mark Sanders who clocked 29:01. I resisted making a Colonel Sanders joke.
She's up north but she's still ours! Mary Heald enjoyed a relaxed 25:52.
The Chair popped off to the 'undulating' Bedworth Miners Welfare park. #Solidarity. Darren ran 18:53 while our Devon correspondent was allowed north, David John ran 30:35. Fun for all the family.
Babbs Mill parkrun:
You alright bab? Gareth Lloyd was more than alright as he sped round Babbs Mill in 25L05 for a top-30 place.
Sutton Park parkrun:
Kate Marsh ran 24:15 on a course that takes in off road and Road Relays sections.
The first ever apperance for K&D's Women in Division 1 of the Midland Women's Cross Country league. A momentous occasion. Having swept all before them in Div. 2 last year the women took on some of the biggest clubs in the region with their tails up an a skip in their step. Our K&D women performed outstandingly and sit 7th out of 17 teams in the premier women's cross country league. Our women sit only 1 place behind Loughborough University. Yup. That is correct. 1 Place behind one of the leading sports universities in the country.
For an example of the quality we face - overall winner Amelia Quirk was 80th at the 2019 World Cross Country Championships in Aahaus, Denmark Senior Women's Race - as an U20.
K&D's Jane Evans was 8th overall and 1st Master in what was a superb performance to lead the line. Jane was joined by Rocket Rachel Gifford (16th), Flick Sharp (45th) and Monica Green (83rd) in delivering a superb result.
With Rosie (109th) and Emma still returning to full fitness and Mary up't North now it was a stunning result and what a run from Monica Green who once again showed her skills over the grass and mud are as good as anyones.
K&D Masters sit 6th overall with a team made of Jane Evans, Monica Green and Clare Magee (103rd). Remember - this is competing against the likes of Birchfield and BRAT.
It was brilliant to see a number of debuts for the K&D Women across the mud too. With 21 runners K&D Women go 1-0 up over the boys in the "Which Gender Team Can Field the Most XC Runners" Series. Even more impressive as the women were running at the beautiful but daunting Burton Dassett.
If you want to get involved drop Rosie Marsh or Emma Horsefield a message.
Race 2 is 1:30pm, Saturday Dec 7th. Clopton Park, Stratford on Avon.
Despite a last minute change of venue from Worcester to Coventry and an 11:30am start it was a full K&D Team that turned out for the season opener as K&D's men took on the brightest and best in the Birmingham and District Cross Country League. The likes of Birmingham Uni, Birchfield and Tipton prove tough competiton but with our strongest ever squad and a plethora of men running fast right now K&D finished an excellent 12th/17 teams on the day. With a great 83pt cushion over the relegation spots.
Chris Sharp, keen to re-establish his credentials as club show-pony took on the upstarts Gareth Wainwright and Rob Michaelson-Yeates as all three men pushed hard - finishing excellent 47th, 75th 81st places. Three great results that set the team up nicely.
Key to the men's success was a great pack effort as Chris Morgan backed them up in fourth scoring 85pts, Gary Polhill just missing a top 100 place in 105th and Nick Woolley ib 116th securing the A team a superb 509pts overall score. Putting the guys above Cannock, Leamington, Halesowen and Bournville.
It was brilliant to see Stephen Ray and Gary Welsh making their Division 1 debut's. They'll be flying by spring with that kind of hard work in the bank!
Every single person who ran on Saturday took points of other teams' A or B scorers. So basically it looks like anyone Gary Welsh or faster can contribute to the scores this season! But cross country is superb for all abilities. You just have to be brave enough to take a bit of a beating by the fast chaps. But considering Sharpy finished 47th - that applies to all of us.
It's also worth noting the superb runs by the likes of Torsten, David Carbutt, and Tim Price who showed their classy XC chops. And a big thank you to Richard Dixon for volunteering. As well as the Rob Michaelson Yeates and others who helped the league get the race set up super early.
Race two is Saturday 7th December in Stoke. If you would like adding to the Men's XC Whatsapp or let us know you'd like to run email email@example.com
47th Chris Sharp - 33:05
75th Gareth Wainwright - 34:04
81st Rob Michaelson-Yeates - 34:13
85th Chris Morgan - 34:20
105th Gary Polhill - 35:13
116th - Nick Woolley - 35:40
147th - Torsten Roesler - 36:37
150th - David Carbutt - 36:43
158th - Tim Price - 37:10
182nd - Greg Turner - 38:33
206th - Paul Bentley - 40:53
212th - Pete Austin - 41:42
217th Stephen Ray - 42:19
233rd - Ian Voaden - 43:44
237th Phil Wood - 44:27
240th Gary Welsh - 45:18
The MEN's Division I race on Saturday is back on but at Coundon Park in Coventry.
NOTE: Race starts at 11.30am.
A massive thank you to Tony French and his colleagues in Northbrook, Nuneaton and Sphinx for making the impossible possible. The basic race details are much the same as for Div 3 but an 11:30am start so look at "Fixtures", Race 1, Div 3, details
Car parking is critical - so please dont ignore this plea - share as much as possible.
Urgently they need:
6 course set up people at 9.30am
4 car park marshals at 10.30am
Lots of marshals at 10.45am
Volunteer to Ray Morgan by mail asap please Ray.Morgan1@btinternet.com