What's better than one league win on a Saturday? Two! After the women stormed the fields of Droitwich to dominate their division the men delivered an equally stunning victory on the Burton Dassett Mountain.
Who knew there was a mountain in Warwickshire? Spa Striders have found a corker of a course. Tougher than the callouses on Dicko's feet K&D's men took it in their stride to smash through the mountains and overcome altitude sickness and high winds.
Rob Michaelson-Yeates stole the limelight with an incredible 4th place, having improved from 16th to 11th to 4th over the three races. Just behind him trusty showpony Chris Sharp took 5th. A superb run considering recent lack of miles as his better glides through the women's field. Chris Morgan (14th), Gareth Wainwright (16th), Jack Bristow (19th) and Nick Woolley (31st) made up a superb top-six. The men's team scored a brilliant 89pts. Considering anything under 100 is a top-class score it exemplified how excellently they performed.
Simon Bentley (39th), Dave Carbutt (41st), Tim Price (47th), Tosten Roesler (52nd), Gary Polhill (61st), Richard Dixon (68th) made up a very strong 'B' Team.
Adding points to other teams were Greg Turner (94th), Paul Bentley (103rd), Pete Makepeace (123rd), Max Gimson (136th), Darren John (141st), Pete Austin (142nd), Phil Wood (157th) and Ian Voaden (172nd)
A special mention to for Edward Fraser Long who made his XC debut on the toughest course we've ever seen finishing a very respectable 144th.
K&D Men currently sit 2nd in the Division following last months difficult race when half our team were ill, injured, falling over or in the Arctic. Promotion is a real possibility with a tilt at the title an outside shot but still in reach on 9th Feb in Trentham. K&D's men will need every man in Green and Gold turning out.Click to Read More...
"Big wheel keep on turning
Proud Mary keep on burning
And we're rolling, rolling
Rolling on the river…"
We are rolling on full steam. K&D's women once again rolled into town. Sitting pretty at the top of the table they shook off any pressure with a monumental display. Cruising through the course like a New Orleans Steamboat. Glam. Smooth. Powerful. A hilly Droitwich course was no match for our Women who once again proved to be the pick of the bunch racking up another match win to extend their lead at the top of the Midland Women's XC League table.
There's no secret. Just good people, a love of hard work and belief in their abilities.
Jane Evans (2nd), Rachel Gifford (3rd), Flick Sharp (5th) and Rosie Marsh (21st) contributed directly to a preposterous score of 31pts. Leaving second place Gloucester AC, on 73pts, more than doubling K&D's score. While it's 4 to score for the 'A' Team every place counts in Cross Country. With Gloucester scoring 12, 15, 18, 28 it put the pressure on but Rosie Marsh (21st) and Monica Green (23rd) responded to the pressure superbly.
Knocking massive points off the other teams were the closely packed pair of Mary Heald (32nd) and Jess Woolley (41st). K&D Stalwarts Claire Magee, Elaine Callinan and Jo Hitchcock fought a close battle in 83rd, 91st and 103rd while Jude Masfield (115th), Sarah Connors (130th), Amy Larsson (201st), Linda Whitehead (207th), Lissy Calvert (219th), Caroline Edwards (227th) Gail Partridge (240th) and Penny Taylor (241st) joined in the party atmosphere as they formed part of the match winning women's team. And lets not foget a superb 3rd place for K&D women's masters team. It was especially lovely to see a number of new faces making their K&D XC Debut. We hope they enjoyed the fun, facepaint, cake and victory!
We really can't praise our K&D Women's Team enough for the way they have seized this year's opportunity. Remember you only have one race left to be part of a potential title-winning team. Not something you get to say very often. If you run, you contribute. That's the rule in Cross.
The next race is 9th Feb, Gloucester. We really hope you'll all consider the opportunity to turn out for our women and offer them your support by racing as part of a K&D Women's XC Party. Gotta keep that big wheel turning...
The business end of the XC season is approaching. Train well now or forever hold your muddy spikes in sadness.Click to Read More...
Final call for anyone wanting to board the K&D Fun Bus to the National XC Champs on Sat 23rd Feb in Leeds.
We currently have 18 names down for entry - a K&D record. You MUST email me today though (10/01/2019). Entries are being sent in first thing tomorrow morning. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to get a seat on the party bus. Everyone is welcome, whatever your level.
The National is the best race in the running calender (I prefer it even to the London Marathon!)
£10, included travel to and from Leeds on the day AND your race entry fee.
Women's Race: 8k, 1:35pm (4 K&D Entries so far)
Men's Race: 12k, 3pm (14 Entries)
Venue: Harewood House, Leeds.
This year's venue is swwwwwwwish.Click to Read More...
Join the party as our women celebrate their county bronze by looking to make it 3 wins out of 3 in the league. Now is the perfect time to try your hand at XC and experience the thrill of a championship title race. Whatever your level you'll contribute to helping our women.
Women - Droitwich:
Venue: Churchfields Farm, Salwarpe, Droitwich WR9 0AH.
Race: 1:30pm, 6Km
The farm has good parking and catering facilities although no showers. The course has 6 wide open fields and is fairly challenging. It is grass with short stretches of hardcore at gate entries. New runners MUST let us know by Friday 11th Jan to get you a race number.
Convoy will leave from the church. Rosie Marsh will let you know the exact time but it's usually 11-11:30ish.
Volunteers: earn a £20 Helix Gift Voucher by offering to volunteer. It's dead easy and you mostly just need to support our women and shoo people along in the funnel or something similar. We MUST provide a volunteer or suffer a 200 point deduction which could cost our women a well deserved promotion at the season's end.
Back into the promotion and title race at Burton Dassett Hills Country Park for a super hilly affair. It's only in Leamington so nice and local. We need a massive K&D men's turn out as we do battle.
Burton Dassett Hills Country Park, Leamington
Venue: If using SAT NAV, please enter CV47 2AB as your post code. Entry to the site will strictly be via the B4100. Please do not try to enter via Avon Dassett.
Race: 2:30pm, 10km (3 Laps)
Convoy: Will leave the Drum & Monkey Midday ish (TBC). Torsten & sharpey to confirm.
Volunteers: earn a £20 Helix Gift Voucher by offering to volunteer. It's dead easy and you mostly just need to support our blokes and shoo people along in the funnel or something similar. We MUST provide a volunteer or suffer a 200 point deduction which could cost our men a well deserved promotion at the season's end.Click to Read More...
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 and metaphorically by K&D legend Jane Evans our women stormed through the field. Jane finished an excellent 3rd overall taking individual bronze at county level (21:17) and with it the opportunity, should she wish, to compete at the Intercounties XC Champs against the best in the country for Warwickshire.
Behind Jane it was K&D revelation Rachel Gifford who continues her rapid progress to finish 10th (22:37). Flick Sharp, keen to join in the fun, continued her superb form over the last 6 months to round out the team score with an excellent 15th place (23:48).
While our ladies were pipped for first and second by Nuneaton and Birchfield Harriers there were only 10 points in it (1st 18pts, 3rd 28pts).
A look at the results show a quite astonishing strength in depth. K&D put 6 women in the Top 25.
Coming back from New Zealand Rosie Marsh provided excellent cover for the top-3 K&D women in case of mishap. She herself finished 19th (24:38) overall with Mary Heald next over the line in 20th with a smile and a wave (24:42).
Jess Woolley, continued her progress with 24th (25:33), Rachel Aston (31:30) and Amy Larsson (33:53) rounded out the K&D team. With a week until the next women's XC fixture (Droitwich, 12th Jan, Speak to Rosie to join the party) - K&D's women's team, currently sitting 1st in their Division and now county medallists are looking good for more positive vibes, great running and team development. That snowball is picking up pace for the K&D women...
Congratulations, we hope the County Bronze now sits in pride of place on your fireplaces.
K&D's men put out a strong side to compete across their 10k course. With focus on promotion our men kept a number of show ponies in the stable but still sent a strong pack to compete.
Nick Woolley took the lead in 28th (37:16), followed by Mr. Glass aka Simon Bentley rolling back the years to finish 21st in the Masters race. Big Dave Carbutt had a stormer running 38:14 while Rich Dixon (38:31) and Tim Price (38:36) finished 28th and 29th in the Masters race. Men's Captain Torsten Roesler clocked 38:56 for 31st in the Masters. Darren John, still on the mend had a tough second lap but was good enough for 48th. Masters' Max Gimson clocked 84th in the over-35's while Phil Wood continued to improve with 104th in the Masters race.
The men finished 6th overall in the Masters event. A more than respectable outcome with the team focused on next week's league race.
Special mention to Joe Read, currently on loan at Birmingham Uni who, having missed this race last yr due to a stress fracture finished 9th under his Uni colours.
League races on 12th are nice and local in Droitwich (Women) and Leamington (Men). To get involved in K&D's super season so far speak to your team captain or any of the Run Leaders or Committee and we'll point you in the right direction.
Congratulations again to K&D's podium placing team. A superb achievement.Click to Read More...