Knowle and Dorridge Running Club


The Arden 9 - Provisional Results

 Provisional results for The Arden 9 held on Sunday 17th June can be found here: Arden 9 Provisional Results 2018 Congratulations to everyone who competed on Sunday. We had PB's, course records demolished, great team competitions, cake and ice cream. Full Results including a write up on the astonishing new course record ...

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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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Membership Renewal - Don't Risk WRRL Results Not Counting

Numbers are creeping up but there are still a significant number of runners who haven't paid their subs for 2018-19 yet. If you have any questions please email the club on Your membership ensures your Warwickshire Road Race League results are counted. If you don't renew you run the risk ...

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National Road Relay Championships - Men's Team 49th / Club 46th

There are 1365 registered athletics clubs in England. In a brilliant display of team work, humour, dedication and the K&D culture our Men's team delivered a brilliant result against the very best athletes in England (and Wales). Firstly, a massive thank you to Dave Carbutt and Ainsley Wainwright. Both men stepped ...

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Your 2018 K&D Awards Winners...

Ladies and Gentlemen it is an honour to present to you the 2018 K&D Awards Winners. We are incredibly proud of the achievements of the club this year. We actually hate having to single people out from all the brilliant members of our club. We want to thank you all for ...

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Midland Men's 12 Stage Road Relays Results: Smashed It

It was one of the best days in K&D Men's history on Saturday as 12 brave arctic explorers battled the frozen conditions, snow blizzards and polar bears to finish a best-ever 13th at the Midland Road Relays and excluding 'B' teams the 9th Club overall in the Midlands.  Considering records show ...

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Club Kit Instore at Helix Sports, Dorridge

Hurrah! Our new batch of club kit has arrived in store at Helix Sports in Dorridge. You can pick it up from this afternoon (31st Oct). People with reservations will find their orders saved for them. Apologies about the delays. Both ourselves and Helix have been chasing on an almost ...

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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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Run Leader Tops - Presented by Helix Sport, Dorridge

It is a pleasure to be able to once again thank our friends at Helix Sport for their support and passion for what we do at K&D. Helix Sport have very kindly helped the club to deliver some some fantastic new kit for our trained run leaders. The bright tops ...

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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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    Comrades Marthon: Long-Form Journalism from a Long-Form Race by Max 'Pulitzer' Mladenovic

    At just over 56 miles and a field of 20,000 the Comrades marathon is the biggest Ultra in the world and is run in South Africa between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. This is my experience of the race they say humbles you and leaves you a different person at the finish to the one who started:

    Toeing the line at 5:30 am on Sunday 10th June was the end of a long journey that began 4 years earlier on a Summers day in 2014.

    That particular day I was in a hospital bed after a heart attack, just back from theatre where I’d had 2 stents fitted in a blocked coronary artery. I thought about my uncertain future. A big goal was to get back running. Was it pie in the sky to think I’d even be able to run again? What was going to be realistic, 5K, 10K, HM?? I promised myself that if ever I recovered enough then I had to run the epic ‘Ultimate Human Race’, the Comrades Marathon.

    Fast forward through the tentative slow walks to Dorridge and back. The first walk/jog/walk praying that the dodgy ticker would hold out. Plenty of people had asked me what I would do now instead of running, but I was determined to come back fighting. At last a 5K parkrun, a 10K, and even a HM ticked off before 2014 was out. I was making great progress, much better than I could have hoped for, but in the back of my mind thoughts of Comrades were nagging away and the promise I’d made myself in that hospital bed.

    By 2017, despite having run no further than a half marathon since my comeback, I reckoned I was fit enough to realistically think about entering the race. After getting medical advice and a positive comprehensive heart scan, I signed up for the 2018 race and on August 1st, 10 months of hard training began.

    Building the mileage through late Summer and Autumn, I battled on through the fog and damp of autumn, the snow and ice of winter, the first few rays of Spring sunshine and finally the odd hot Summer’s day. Two marathons along the way, my first Ultra, and finally, with over 1800 miles under my belt, and 1000 since January 1st, it was time to board the plane for Africa.

    I had a fantastic time in the build up to the race, being looked after amazingly by Kevin Boake’s family, the man who had inspired me to want to do this race in the first place. A few days in Johannesburg, then a move down to the lovely seaside resort of Ballito outside Durban for the final preparation. But D-Day was coming! The night before the race was spent bunked up at a friend of the

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    Late Notice: Hall Access Tonight (20/6)

    Hi All,

    We may not be able to get access to the hall tonight. You may want to leave valuables at home etc. If we don't have access then we'll just meet outside and go from there.


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    Arden 9 K&D Results: Course Record Smashed by England Intl. on World Cup Weekend

    The Arden 9 is the club's showpiece event. This year more volunteers than ever stepped forward to support Mark Cordiner-Barton so firstly, before the results, a huge thank you to everyone who helped in any way, shape or form. 

    This year was buzzing as we welcomed runners from across our friends in Warwickshire. The buzz this year was surrounding a serious crack at the course record, held by Toby Spencer in a super-fast 45:30 (2015).  England International & Notts AC's Doug Musson (and local Helix Sport emloyee) had been lined up. Doug Musson shattered the old course record running a sensational 45:04. The lead bikers being made to pedal hard and jaws left on the grass as he stormed into Hampton Sports Club grounds for the final 400m. Congratulations on the course record.

    Spurred on by Doug Musson, K&D's Chris Sharp and Leamington's Paul Andrew had a ding dong derby battle for second and third. Home-town hero Chris Sharp emerging victorious in 48:52.

    Congratulations go to Nuneaton's Eleanor Fowler who backed up a superb Wednesday Sphinx run with the win at Arden in 54:15. Just pipping Bournville's Nicola Sykes and Leamington's Kelly Edwards.

    Congratulations also go to all the category age winners:  Sarah Rose (Kenilworth), Jenny Jeeves ( Leamington C&AC), Theresa Woolley (Centurion), Pauline Dable (Kenilworth), Mark Ryall (Milton Keynes), Richard Merrell (Leamington C&AC), Thomas Healy (Centurions), Stan Alexander (Kenilworth).

    The team competitions were won by Kenilworth in both men's and women's categories. K&D Men finished 2nd overall followed by Spa. Leamington C&AC women took 2nd while K&D women took 3rd.

    Congratulations to all our winners.

    K&D Results:

    K&D Fielded 43 runners with Chris Sharp leading the team home. 2nd K&D man was Darren John in 53:19 who put recent poor form behind him with a 9 mile PB and Torsten Roesler who ran 54:23; also a PB.

    Rosie Marsh led like a Captain from the front and ran 6 minutes faster than last year. Rosie's 1:00:34 was tantalisingly close to the hour mark and good for 5th Woman overall. Emma Lowe took second K&D Woman in 1:03:04 with a sore knee. She also set an excellent standard putting the course signs up the day before. Clare Magee continued her excellent running and looked fabulous in a sparkly green ra-ra skirt thing (along with Kathy). Clare's 1:04:44 kept Emma and Rosie on their toes.

    Results are not quite on Power of 10 or runbritain yet so apologies for not listing all the PB's etc. There were bloody loads of them though! Thank you to everyone at K&D for your support in making this a sensational edition of the Arden 9. And finally a huge thank you to Mark Cordiner-Barton who's organisational skills ensure the event continues to evolve and improve year on year.

    Arden 9 2018 Results

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    K&D Training: Hannah's Plan - 18th June - 27th June

    So many PB's we're losing track! Glorious PB's Galore.

    For most of you this will be a two weekend spell for you to rest, recover from racing loads and get in a couple of  quality sessions along the way.  

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    The Arden 9 - Provisional Results

     Provisional results for The Arden 9 held on Sunday 17th June can be found here:

    Arden 9 Provisional Results 2018

    Congratulations to everyone who competed on Sunday. We had PB's, course records demolished, great team competitions, cake and ice cream. Full Results including a write up on the astonishing new course record by Doug Musson (45:04), and various awards winners, PB's etc. etc. will be written up in our usual irreverent style over the coming days.

    If you spot any issues with names or times please feel free to contact us on Facebook or Email ( Again, yes.. that does say 45:04 for 1st place. That isn't an error. 

    Thank you again for your amazing support and we hope you enjoyed the Arden 9 2018.

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    Arden 9 - Thank You!

    Thank you to everyone who ran, volunteered, sponsored, massaged, smiled and supported today during The Arden 9. A massive thanks to Hampton in Arden Sports Club who so kindly host us annually.

    We're fortunate to be supported by two great sports stores who made up your lead bikers:

    Both local indepedent sports stores ran by people passionate and invested in their sports. They both have the K&D seal of approval.

    Thanks also to Hitchcock's Motorcycles who supported us and supply spares, performance parts and accessories for Royal Enfield motorcycles. Beautiful machines.

    Thanks also to Collin's Chartered Accountants who have kept a watchful eye on the books and stop the race directors buying a Zeppelin and a Giraffe for the finish line... Next year!


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