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Men's XC: The National - Team: 63rd

Lads on Tour. K&D's men took on the very best in the country at the 129th running of the Saucony English National XC Championships this weekend. Woollaton Hall in Nottingham played host to 8000 runners in all age groups while K&D's Men took on 2000 other XC runners from clubs ...

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Knowle FC: Storm Doris Roof Damage

Storm Doris caused substantial damage to Knowle FC's Club House yesterday. Everyone at K&D RC Would like to send our full support to Knowle FC. They've been incredibly supportive of us recently during our move to their home and anything we can do to return the favour in this difficult time i'm ...

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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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A New Era: A Message from the Chairman

Dear All, Welcome to a chapter in the history of our running club!  A reminder that from this week all of the main club sessions will now be from Knowle Football Club, Hampton Lane, Knowle.  Whilst there is plenty of car parking, the site is locked so please don't turn up ...

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Annual Awards Dinner Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets are now available for our Annual Awards Night.  Friday 12th May is our annual awards night and disco at the Forest Hotel in Dorridge.  It's like the Oscars but with more glitz and you don't even have to sleep inside a horse to win a prize (sorry Leo!). Theme tbc. We expect to ...

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The Art of Running Course: 7th & 24th May 2017

Exciting news! We have Malcolm Balk and Susie Baker back again this year. Malcolm is a Canadian running coach and also an Alexander technique practitioner and combines both with a natural enthusiasm for running. The two look at your running and give lots of ways to change how you run for the better, ...

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AGM Announcement - April 5th

Annual General Meeting; April 5th It is vital that we get a big turnout as possible.  We are a club of 260 members so we need to ensure that you views are represented, it will take place after the normal club run so please do make every effort to attend.  We are also ...

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Spring Training Plan 2017

Ladies Captain Kathy Bailey has circulated a detailed schedule of training opportunities and sample plan for those training through to Spring 2017. The plan is available on the Training section of the club website but can also be downloaded in excel format here: Spring Training Plan 2017 

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K&D in the Community: Knowle Library Health Week Advice & Beginners Sessions (02/03/17)

K&D in the Community: Knowle Library Health Week Advice & Beginners Sessions (02/03/17)

Knowle & Dorridge Running Club will be at Knowle Library 10am-5pm on Thu 2nd March 2017 as part of Knowle Health Week 2017. Members of the club will be there to meet the local community, answer questions, offer advice, provide info on events, parkrun, how to train for an event, how to ...

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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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Club Buffs now available

Club Buffs now available.  £7.00 each Please contact Club Secretary Sally if you would like one on sally.anderson@hotmail.co.uk

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    Weekend Recap: Thorpe Park Half + parkrun roundup

    Thorpe Park Half

    Steven Mcdonald enjoyed a rollercoaster run at the first ever Thorpe Park Half. The race, won by Team GB's Andy Vernon in 65:26, saw Steve run a PB of 1:34:10. That currently places him top of the current men's rankings for 2017; he takes that crown from Chris Hogg. It's like Game of Thrones basically. With the Half marathon's coming thick and fast over the next few weeks expect plenty of challenegers to the throne.

    Brueton parkrun:

    With club runners up and down England, Scotland and Wales donning spikes this wekend the parkrun's were a little sparse on the club fronts.

    The ladies of K&D took full advantage of a little more elbow room to records several personal bests. Sarah Church (37:44), Jenny Owen (25:50) and Sally Anderson (25:58) all bettered their previous fastest 5k times. 

    The men didn't PB but they did record 1st and 2nd place overall with Gareth Wainwright running 17:25 and Chris Morgan, who later put in a sterling performance as National Cross Country Team Assistant Coach/Photographer/Kit Guard, clocking 17:43. Russell Davies rounded out the top-3 running 20:07.

    Monica Green took the rosette for the ladies coming home first in 23:08. Siobhan Cotter clocked 24:02 and Rachel Aston continued her comeback from SouthAmericanHolidayWithCocktailsInTheSun-itis with a 24:57 for third K&D lady.

    Dolgellau parkrun:

    Lynsey Drakeley ran 31:00 exactly in North Wales.

    Banbury parkrun:

    Ian Maidment clocked 25:42 at Banbury parkrun, taking his number of different parkrun's done up to 12.

    Ashton Court parkrun:

    Sarah Cattell did a spot of parkrun tourism at this popular and scenic Bristolian parkrun. Sightseeing didn't slow her down as she ran 26:19.

    Cannon Hill parkrun:

    Kate Marsh continued her recover from a knee sprain and enjoyed a stroll round with friends at Cannon Hill parkrun. Power Walking in 41:09.

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    Men's XC: The National - Team: 63rd

    Lads on Tour. K&D's men took on the very best in the country at the 129th running of the Saucony English National XC Championships this weekend. Woollaton Hall in Nottingham played host to 8000 runners in all age groups while K&D's Men took on 2000 other XC runners from clubs up and down the country, from Morpeth to Torbay. The team finished a fantastic 63rd out of 131 teams. 

    The National is THE defining Club Race and something every club runner of any standard should experience at least once.

    Team Result:

    63. Knowle & Dorridge RC ( Scoring positions: 271, 487, 536, 737, 861, 1217 )

    Individual Results over the hilly and boggy 12k course were as follows: 

    271st Joe Read (46:07)
    487th Daniel Rebeiro (48:53)
    536th Tim Price (49:30)
    737th Darren John (51:58)
    861st David Carbutt (53:23)
    1217th Pete Austin (58:30)
    1463rd Chris Revell (59:02)

    The performance of Joe Read was outstanding. Both Joe and Daniel capped off excellent winter seasons over the country and should go from strength to strength going into the road season. Tim Price had a mixed XC season due to injury but came back strong at The National. Darren John was nixed badly by his occasional stomach issues between 8-12k but held on while Carbutt and Austin held their positions, contributing to a fantastic team performance. Massive congratulations to Chris Revell too who borrowed spikes and ran his first ever XC race. In at the deep end.

    Despite a small team the lads performed admirably; even braving a horrible downpour in the half hour before the race began.

    Thanks to Chris Morgan who drove to Nottingham to support; assistant coach for the day and he'll no doubt be supplying us with many more pictures. The National is one of those races that makes all those dark nights running around Knowle worth it!

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    Knowle FC: Storm Doris Roof Damage

    Storm Doris caused substantial damage to Knowle FC's Club House yesterday.

    Everyone at K&D RC Would like to send our full support to Knowle FC.

    They've been incredibly supportive of us recently during our move to their home and anything we can do to return the favour in this difficult time i'm sure we'll jump at the chance to help them. Most importantly nobody seems to have been hurt in the incident.

    As you can see from the image below the roof was torn from the club house in the high winds. This will obviously cause us issues going forward. Your club committee have been discussing the issue already and once we have liaised with Knowle FC we will give you as much information as possible.

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    Reminder: Art of Running Courses - Sun 7th May & Wed 24th May

    We have Malcolm Balk and Susie Baker back again this year.

    Malcolm is a Canadian running coach and also an Alexander technique practitioner and combines both with a natural enthusiasm for running.

    The two look at your running and give lots of ways to change how you run for the better, weight in the right place, better body alignment etc. Full of practical skills and drills to take away and practise. It was a brilliant couple of days last year.
     
    For those that attended last years course or who have done the foundation course, and maybe experienced runners Malcom will do an advanced workshop with a refresher and more skills.

    For those who haven’t been on one of Malcolm’s course then the introduction session with Susie is for you. This is a great way to learn new skills and improve your running ability as well as have methods to help prevent injury. Perfect for those starting their journey in running or those with long term niggles.

    I have heard them both speak several times now and learn new things every-time. Malcolm comes all the way from Canada to speak to us so we are very privileged.
     
    The course are both on a first come first serve basis, there can be 2 sessions with Susie if the demand is there on the Saturday and one evening session with Malcolm who can take a few more.
     

    Let me know if your interested. It’s £25 for the foundation session and £40 for Malcolm's advanced workshop. If doing both the £60.

    You can book your place on any of the courses via our online shop or below:

    Art of Running Foundation Course: Sun 7th May 2017 (£25)

    Art of Running Advanced Course: Wed 24th May 2017 (£40)

    Art of Running Combined Course: Sun 7th May & Wed 24th May 2017 (£60)

     
    Please email me sarah.connors@talk21.com if interested or want more details.
     
    See flyer attached below.
     
    Best wishes
     
    Sarah
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    Midlands 12 Stage Relays: Men's Team

    Sad Times.  Good Times.

    Sad times.  The cross country season is over.  No more mud.  Sad times indeed.  But there is no reason to despair because the end of the cross county season means the start of the road season.  Which means no more mud.  Good times. And the start of the road season is the Midland 12 Stage Road Relays.

    As ever, the relays will be held in Sutton Park, this year on Saturday 25th March, staring around midday, consisting of 4 long stages of 5 miles and 8 short stages of 3 miles with the top 30 clubs qualifying for the National Road Relays a few weeks later.

    This year we're keen to take at least 1 men's team.  To do this I need to submit a squad list of up to 30 runners.  So, if you are interested in running for the club in the relays please drop me a text on 07760 254 659 or email me on sibentley@live.co.uk.  I will then select the final team(s) nearer to race day.

    Thanks
    Simon

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    Thinking of Running Birmingham Half for Charity? Solihull AgeUK

    Solihull Age UK are looking for runners to participate in the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Half Marathon on Sunday 15 October on behalf of Age UK Solihull. 

    Here is the link to the page on their website:

    Running for Age UK at Birmingham Half

    Although it says £35 to register, if anyone is interested, Age UK will 'buy' the token for entry but in return they ask that runners raise a minimum of £200 in sponsorship.

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