Weekend Recap: Graduation Day *Updated*

Congratulations to Knowle and Dorridge RC’s 0-3 Class of 2019. A brilliant group of people who have come a long way in a short time. We hope they have a wonderful long running future ahead of them filled of laughs and adventures either with the club or wherever their running shoes take them! A massive well done on your achievement and everyone at K&D looks forward to seeing you clocking up those parkrun’s and PB’s!

Also a massive thank you to the K&D Run Leaders who guided our Noughties 2019 through the course! And to the many, many K&D’ers who turned out on Saturday in their club colours, supported our 0-3’s, volunteered, ran or brought cake (especially whoever brought the lemon drizzle!).

It was great to see so many of you out and a massive thank you to Katie Price for organising and Caroline Edwards for being Run Director for the day.

Brueton parkrun:
While the main fun was to be had throughout the pack it wasn’t too shabby up top either as Gareth Wainwright clocked 2nd in 17:28 followed by a PB for Gary Polhill who clocked 18:14, while Darren John showed a glimmer of his pre-blood clot self to run 18:30. His fastest time since becoming ill in June last year.

For the women it was Monica Green who took the glory running a very good 20:49 followed by Jessica Woolley in 21:56 and Mary Heald who ran 22:38 AFTER a 20 mile run. Yeah. You read that correctly.

With a glorious 10 degree’s it was shorts and tshirt weather. Perfect for PB’s and K&D duly obliged. Ready for this?

Gary Polhill – 18:14 (PB)
Jason Pitcher – 21:45 (PB)
Kevin Tomkinson – 23:34 (PB)
Ann Kavanagh – 35:32 (PB)

And for our parkrun First Timers…

Chris Privett – 29:56 (PB)
Charlotte Boulton – 40:45 (PB)
Jane Campbell – 40:44 (PB)
Sara Revell – 38:03 (PB)
Debbie Gibbs – 36:48 (PB)
Sinead Tanner – 36:12 (PB)
April Carpenter – 36:11 (PB)
Fran Powell – 34:04 (PB)
Karen Sanders – 34:51 (PB)
Zoe Wallis – 34:49 (PB)
Joanna Hitchcock 26:38 (PB) … wait has Joanna never done a parkrun before? or do we now have two of them? Terrifying if so!

And the Naughty Noughties who forgot to put K&D on their parkrun profile:

Jody Fallon 42:42
Helena Lindley 35:16
Izzy Jeynes 35:13
Anne Kavanagh 35:32
Lindy Michaelson-Yeates 39:50
Sarah Church 40:53
Zoe Meadows 36:33

In total there were 72 K&D’ers there on Saturday

Torbay Veloparkrun:
John Garside turned up on the south coast and handily beat the chairman’s parents. With David John letting Lynne John finish first as they walked the course on Saturday your chairman is delighted to be able to tease him about finishing 3rd K&D’er. Cheers John! John ran 22:14, while the Chairman’s folks walked 48:33.

Cannon Hill parkrun
Johnny Bellman took an easy one on Sat and enjoyed a leisurely (for him) 28:40.

Kings Lynn parkrun
Ainsley Wainwright stopped off at a parkrun in Kings Lynn on Saturday running a solid 19:35.

Dartford Heath parkrun
Down in the South East, where house prices make even Knowle residents’ eyes water, Ian Maidment ran 25:37. Ironically 2537 is the year someone born in 2019 in the South East will have saved up enough for a deposit.

K&D Awards Do with Holly Rush – 1st May 2019

K&D RC are pleased to host our 2019 Annual Awards. 

After a record breaking 2018-19 season K&D are delivering a jamboree to celebrate your achievements. 

We will be joined by the superb Holly Rush.
With a 2:37 marathon PB Holly, who has represented GB, has moved onto the trails and Ultra scene. Her incredible results include:

8th at Commonwealth Games Marathon Delhi (2010)
7th at Comrades Marathon 89km (2013)
1st Edinburgh Marathon
1st Pisa Marathon (2014)
1st Ultravasen 90km Trail (2015)
1st and Course Record at the North Downs Way 50 mile (2016)
1st and Course Record at the Cotswold Way Century 103 miles (2017)
27th at the World Mountain Running Championships & Team Bronze (2018) 
7th UTMB CCC 100Km (2017)
21st UTMB 2018, 171km(!!) in 31 Hours, 34 Minutes

Holly is a leading figure in British Ultra Running and can be found regularly co-hosting the ever popular ‘Marathon Talk’. Holly will be talking about trail adventures, hallucinations, the power of the pork-pie, dogs, running and providing tips on how to tackle mega challenges mentally as well as answering your questions.

Date: Wednesday 1st May
Venue: The Forest, Dorridge
Tickets & Dinner: £22
Availble from the K&D shop now:

K&D Brueton Takeover/0-3 Graduation (16th Feb)

Attention K&D’ers. It’s our 0-3 Group Graduation on Saturday 16th Feb. To celebrate their achievement we’re taking over at Brueton for the day. Thank you to everyone that has already volunteered. Any last minute volunteer vacancies can be seen here:

Though most of the roles were filled quick sharp by you lot.

To celebrate our 0-3’s we are encouraging all K&D to make Brueton their visit this weekend and wear green and gold club kit, or just green and gold to show your appreciation for the great work that our 0-3’s have put in (and a maybe a little cheer for our promotion and championship winning Cross Country teams too!). Thank you to Katie Price for organising and all the volunteers.

p.s. if anyone wants the bring the Club Tent it’s in Chairman Darren’s garage. Massive and isn’t very easily moved from lying down, though neither is the tent. You’ll need a big car…

K&D Women Take MWCCL Div. 2 Title

Champions! K&D’s women finished an epic cross country league season in the finest of fashions as they stormed to multiple medals and an overall league title in the Midlands Women’s Cross Country League Div. 2.

The list of honours is extensive.
K&D Women won the league
K&D Masters Women finished 3rd Overall
Rachel Gifford finished 2nd Senior Woman Overall
Jane Evans won the Masters Championship

The final league fixture was finished as the season started – with a dominating K&D performance. Our women, numbers swelled as the title party started early, rolled into Gloucester with gold in their sights and left with more trinkets made of precious metals than Spanish conquistadors. A party atmosphere as Jane Evans won the race followed in third by Rachel Gifford.

Despite Rosie Marsh having a niggle and Flick having to step off course following a recent bout of illness K&D’s women still floated across the muddy course to a comfortable 2nd on the day. Our women scored a historically low 154ish points to win the title. That’s the lowest Div 2. winning score I could find on the Midland Counties website by almost 100 points. Dominant.

On the day the dynamic duo of Jane Evans and Rachel Gifford finished 1st and 3rd overall. Mary Heald and Monica Green could hardly be separated as they rounded out the K&D Title Winning Team on Saturday in 20th and 21st. A superb 19 women turned out on Saturday afternoon to enjoy the fun of lifting the title. The women of Division 1 will no doubt be casting glances towards the green and gold and wondering just how strong they’ll be next year.

From hardly being able to put a team out a few years ago to delivering a title winning season full of runners. The women even put 5 more runners out that the men on Saturday. It’s been a particular highlight to see the camaraderie and team spirit that has grown all year. Cross country is vital to improving your running, but more importantly it beings the club members closer together. The club committee are incredibly proud of both the competitive nature of our performances this year, but also the wonderful K&D Spirit shown.

With The National still to come it’ll be a party atmosphere on the K&D Fun Bus to Leeds on the 23rd. A few sore heads this morning as the celebratory prosecco flowed last night but every drop was well earned! Next year our K&D women will be taking on the likes of Birmingham Uni, Loughborough Uni and Birchfield Harriers. And they will be going toe to toe as equals with some of the top athletes in the country.

Pos Name Time
1 Jane Evans 00:30:13
3 Rachel Gifford 00:32:23
20 Mary Heald 00:34:34
21 Monica Green 00:34:38
43 Claire Magee 00:37:36
77 Jo Hitchcock 00:40:23
81 Louise Bell 00:40:37
82 Elaine Callinan 00:40:39
100 Rachel Aston 00:42:40
105 Catherine Sherlock 00:43:13
141 Anna Wilson 00:47:07
157 Jan Hornby 00:49:41
161 Linda Whitehead 00:50:10
170 Katie Price 00:52:04
188 Amanda Crees 00:55:49
189 Lissy Calvert 00:56:32
190 Gail Partridge 00:56:40
191 Caroline Edwards 00:57:58
194 Penny Taylor 00:58:36