Knowle and Dorridge Running Club


Christmas Quiz III: Revenge of the Quizmaster

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 ...

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Weekend Recap: 2:30:23

Yorkshire MarathonIt isn’t every day a club record gets taken down - especially one that was owned by Chris Sharp. So it is with the appropriate fanfare, fireworks and deference to the old record of 2:34:55 set by Chris in London 2016 that we declare there is a new K&D ...

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K&D Cross Country Guide 2019/20

It's almost time for the best part of the year! XC.Cross Country and buying spikes can be a bit daunting so here is your guide: Do I have to run through the mud?Well we encourage it to make you better runners but we do also have a need for ...

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London Marathon 2020 Club Ballot

The last chance saloon. Snubbed by GFA changes? Rejected for the 8th yr in a row via the ballot? Well we have one last opportunity to run London Marathon. As a club we get a number of guaranteed entries depending on the number registered members with England Athletics. We ...

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K&D HQ: Position Paper

As part of the K&D RC Committee's commitment to the club we have been looking at ways to secure the future of the club long-term. While Sainsbury's have been very kind in allowing us to use their facilities in order to expand we will require more creative solutions. With this ...

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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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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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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: Habib a Good Time

    Brueton parkrun:
    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!)

    Oaklands parkrun:
    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.

    Finsbury parkrun:
    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.

    Dudley parkrun:
    One of 203 Dudley runners was our very own Jon Beech who clocked 25:42.

    Arrow Valley:
    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.

    Lancaster parkrun:
    She's up north but she's still ours! Mary Heald enjoyed a relaxed 25:52.

    Bedworth parkrun:
    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.

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    MWCCL: Debutants Have a Ball

    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.

    Full Results:

    8 Jane Evans 00:27:33
    16 Rachel Gifford 00:29:31
    45 Felicity Sharp 00:31:32
    83 Monica Green 00:33:36
    103 Claire Magee 00:34:54
    109 Rosie Marsh 00:35:03
    123 Kathryn Bird 00:36:25
    152 Kathy Bailey 00:38:27
    161 Nicola Evans 00:38:48
    163 Hannah Gibson 00:38:56
    164 Kate Marsh 00:38:56
    166 Emma Hughes 00:39:00
    175 Sarah Connors 00:40:28
    177 Kerry Thompson 00:40:42
    181 Adeba Jama 00:41:05
    182 Jessica Woolley 00:41:10
    185 Sandra Boot 00:42:07
    193 Jane Lewis 00:42:55
    206 Linda Whitehead 00:46:30
    208 Caroline Edwards 00:47:34
    211 Katie Price 00:51:13

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    Men's Cross Country Results: Solid Start Amid Late Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

    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

    Full Results:
    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

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    Birmingham Men's XC League - LATE Venue & Time Change

    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

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    Weekend Recap: Centurions is Back

    Centurions GP:
    It’s Back! Everyone’s favourite series through winter. 6 races. Fast, flat, and with regularity that makes checking your progress through to Spring nice and simple. Flick Sharp isn’t messing about as we go into XC season. She was 2nd female overall - only a smidge behind Nuneaton’s ever excellent Eleanor Fowler. Flick ran a super 32:17 (Beating Mr. Peter Heald too to boot).
    Anthony Dutton was 2nd K&D overall and first male in 32:25.

    For the men behind Anthony it was Steve Armstrong who took 2nd K&D Man in 34:14 (and first MV60), and Pete Makepeace in the bronze at 36:06. On her way back to full fitness Rosie Marsh ran 36:28 for 2nd K&D woman and Kate Marsh ran 38:02 for third.

    Full Results:
    Flick Sharp - 32:17
    Anthony Dutton - 32:25
    Steve Armstrong - 34:14
    Pete Makepeace - 36:06
    Rosie Marsh - 36:28
    Phil Wood - 36:46
    Kate Marsh - 38:02
    Jane Hunt - 38:56
    Kev Tomkinson - 40:32
    Siobhan Cotter - 40:56
    Paul Winwood - 41:36
    Victoria Cook - 43:02
    Sandra Boot - 43:47
    Claire Maggs - 45:03
    Geoff Lewis - 45:32
    Richard Wassell - 45:33
    Lissy Calvert - 48:49
    Katie Price - 50:09
    Susan Wassell - 50:25
    Gail Partridge - 50:43
    Lynsey Drakeley - 50:47
    Penny Taylor - 54:14

    Three Bridges Run
    Go to Australia, Find a Half Marathon, finish 10th and 2nd in your age group. Easy.
    Danny Malone clocked a 39:14 split before finishing strong in 1:26:30 at the Parramatta 2019 Three Bridges Run. I'm sure anyone caught in the freezing rain at Brueton on Saturday really feels for him at how warm his HM was.

    Brueton parkrun:
    With the rain and Rugby decimating the field it allowed Centurion James Eckloff to steal the 001 finisher token for the very first time at Brueton. His 17:24 in the rain led a sparser than usual field. Habib Farazmand cruised round in 3rd overall with an 18:49 in the rain. Darren John paced son of Ryan and Amanda, Jack to a new 19:36 PB. Darren’s run was interrupted with 2xShoelace malfunctions. Get some Velcro. Anthony Dutton rounded out K&D’s podium with a 19:56.

    It was double joy in the O’Leary household as Jack’s PB was complimented by Amanda’s finishing K&D’s first lady (and second overall) in 21:23. Nicky Evans finished 2nd for K&D in 24:33 and Adeba Jama took K&D bronze in 24:51. Unsurprisingly in apocalyptic weather conditions there were no PB’s.

    Oldham parkrun:
    Paul O’Donnell found himself just outside Manchester on Saturday and ran 23:32 at Oldham parkrun.

    Pontypridd parkrun:
    Ticking off one of The Full Ponty challenge locations this week was Steve Marks who ran 33:24.

    Babbs Mill parkrun:
    Lots of K&D at Babbs Mill this week as they scouted the course pre-Centurions. Kate Marsh ran 23:35, Gareth Lloyd clocked 24:57, Kevin Tomkinson looked lovely in pink as he finished in 25:58, Katie Price ran the numerically pleasing 43:43 and Alison Giblin rounded out the team in 48:32.

    Fleetwood Promenade parkrun:
    Mary Heald didn’t let the wind and rain ruin her visit to the seaside as she ran 20:49.

    Torbay Velopark parkrun:
    David John embraces 80mph winds at Torbay as he ran 29:50.

    Sherwood Pines parkrun:
    Definitely tights weather for Robin Hood and his Merry Men. And Kerry Ann Thomspson wo ran 23:21.

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