Weekend Recap: Stratford Showers

Stratford Summer Six: A day of storms, showers, pelting cats and dogs didn’t stop the K&D’s Waterproof Wonders from smashing the six mile course and then hitting the pubs outside Mary Arden’s gaff.

Fresh from his strong 3000m track exploits Chris Sharp finished 2nd overall in a super 32:35. Hanging on his coat tails was Rob Michaelson-Yeates in 33:06 and Simon Bentley in 35:47 rounding out the K&D top-3.

For the K&D Women it was Rocket Rachel Gifford who stormed round in 36:27 for 2nd Woman. Flick Sharp joined in the quick sharp fun with a 39:03

Other notable results include Dan Mayes running in his green and gold vest for the first time clocking a super 39:21. Amanda O’Leary continued our stong women’s performances with 40:59. Geoff Lewis had a great sub-55 run

Full Results:

Chris Sharp  32:35Caroline Park  46:41
Rob Michaelson Yeates  33:06Jane Hunt  46:56
Simon Bentley  35:47Rob Stewart  48:28
Rachel Gifford  36:27Mark Gale  48:29
Dan Mayes  39:21Kate Marsh  49:39
Jack Whitehouse  40:32Nicky Evans  49:58
Amanda O’Leary  40:59Paul Winwood  50:01
Steve Armstrong  41:05Keith Whitehead  50:32
Jason Pitcher  41:38Mike McDonald  50:43
Lloyd Barton  41:44Karen Ratcliffe  51:09
Max Mladenovic  42:31Catherine Sherlock  53:57
Jess Woolley  42:36Geoff Lewis  54:26
Phil Wood  43:48Sara Rowell  56:31
Kerry Thompson  44:32Linda Whitehead  57:05
Adam O’Nions  44:39Lissy Calvert  1:03:07
Stephen Ray  45:15Gail Partridge  1:03:41

Brueton parkrun:
With a host of our finest resting ahead of Stratford Summer Six it was a quieter parkun on Saturday for K&D – although a host of fast interlopers did drop in due to local cancellations.

Gareth Wainwright ran 17:07 while Darren John ran 19:30 and Jonathan Randall made a welcome podium return in 19:31 – just nipping Stuart Male who ran 19:32. Close.

Magic Mary Heald ran 21:00 dead on the nose while Louise Bell’s 23’36 was good for second K&D. Jude Mansfield and Abeda Jama battled for the third podium sport with Jude coming out on top 25:06 to 25:34.

Carly Mitchell PB’d this week with an excellent 31:13. Top PB’ing Carly! Mary Heald ran her 100th parkrun. High Five!

Bushy parkrun:
We take our solemn duty to make our pilgrimage to the holy site of Bushy park very seriously in these parts and we’re delighted Russel and Tracy Davies made the journey to pay homage to PSH and The parkrun Tree. They ran 30:20. And then sacraficed a goat.

Bedfont Lakes parkrun:
Two great things. Beds and Fonts. Combine to make Bedfont lakes parkrun. Rob Ambrose ran 20:21. He gave them Hel-vetica.

Poole parkrun:
The notouriously quality Poole parkrun has special meaning for Marathon Talk listeners knowing it’s home to host Martin Yelling and regular contributor and super-hero Steve Way. Our own Mountain Man Tim Price clocked 20:16. He finished 39th – a sign of the quality of that parkrun’s front pack.

Huddersfield parkrun:
Manjit Uppal took on the Terriers in Huddersfield running 30:08.

Haverfordwest parkrun:
Steve Marks continued his UK tour with a 35:24

Falcarragh parkrun:
The names of these parkruns are getting more ridiculous by the week. Monica Green ran 26:26.

Babbs Mill parkrun:
From 50ish last week to 150 in it’s second week. Delightful to see! Anthony Dutton ran 20:59, Darren Maggs a 25:28.

Torbay parkrun:
Devon Correspondent David John ran 30:01. He should have ran faster really. Might have gone under 30 then.

Training: 12th-21st Aug

With Kenilworth Half coming up as we swing into Full and HM Season expect the focus of sessions to begin to prep you for these longer races.

Warwickshire 3000m Open Results

Darren John crashed The Sharpster’s date night as the three amigo’s headed over to Leamington for the Warwickshire County 3000m open races. £5 entry. No frills. Three heats with all abilities. Slowest time in Heat 3 was 14:32 for 3k – 25min parkrun pace. Suitable for most club runners.

Darren and Flick were in Heat 2. The fun of track racing is how you get dragged along and 7 1/2 laps of a 3k can feel incredibly long despite it only being a few minutes effort. Its a weird sensation, painful but pleasurable (like that weekend you spent in the Berlin leather dungeon with Torsten).

It’s also a great ‘training’ session. And a way to break up your usual routine. An open track 3000m is a super introduction to the oval and it’s also brilliant for your parkrun training. Sitting on the red-line and testing yourself for a 3/5ths of a 5k. Less fun is being beaten by an U17 girl but we won’t mention that.

Darren ran 10:30.84 – his fastest 3k split for a year – and Flick clocked a PB of 20+ seconds by running 11:14.82.

In the ‘Elite’ Heat the fast guys tore round. Chris Sharp, fresh from running 9:00.87 at Birmingham Uni Relays on Friday had a tougher race, running solo for 5 laps in 6th place. He dug in for a 9:16.65 though. His 9.00.87 by the way currently ranks him 25th V35 in the UK.

Interested in joining the fun?

Next race is 3000m and/or 1500m at Leamington’s Edmonscote Stadium (Monty 5 location) – Sept 4th, 8pm, £5. Darren is organising convoy if people are interested. (Spa Striders had 20ish entries on Wed – not that we’re competitive but…) – The Whatsapp group for 4th Sept is on 07854848083 or email

And for a bit of fun Elite Athlete Jenny Nesbitt shares 10 fun things you need to know about Track here:

Strength Training for Runners Course

Hi Team,

Siobhan Cotter is running a Strength Training for Runners Course at
Every Tuesday from September 3 until October 22 at 7-8 pm
£40 for 8 weeks (To Cover Hall Hire & Equipment etc.)
Dorridge Methodist Church, 135 Mill Lane, Dorridge B93 8NY

Siobhan is a Lydiard Foundation Certified Level II Coach, 2018
UK Athletics Event Group Coach – Endurance (Running & Walks), 2017
UK Athletics Leader in Running Fitness, 2017
Level 3 Personal Trainer, 2017
UK Athletics Level 2 Club Coach -Throws, 2009
UK Athletics level 1 Assistant Club Coach – General, 2009
Level 2 Gym Instructor, 2009

Strength training can supplement your running improving core strength and form during the back end of races in particular.

Anyone interested can apply online:

Although not an ‘official’ club session Siobhan is very experienced and well qualified so we’re happy to pass on info regarding this course for your interest.

Midland 6 & 4 Stage Road Relays – Get Your Names In ASAP!

Just a reminder that the Midlands 6 Stage (Men) and 4 Stafe (Women) road relays will be held on 21st September. 

This is a fantastic event held in Sutton Park which involves runners of all abilities across the region, giving the opportunity to run against the likes of Omer Ahmed from Birchfield or Graham Rush from Cheltenham. Last year our entered 3 teams of 6 and the A team finished 25th overall, qualifying for the Nationals (which was another storming result). It would be great if we can enter at least 4 teams this year across all abilities as it is a great way to run quickly on an iconic course. 

Our women fared even better and entered 3 teams of 4 and finished 15th, 46th and 76th.

If you want to sort your own team just let us know!

K&D Pay all your entry fees for the road relays. Your membership of the club entitles you to the relays as a free race. Brucie Bonus.

If you want to run we will enter you whatever your speed. It’s a team event!
Please let us know using the appropriate email below if you are keen to run and we can then allocate teams.

The Nationals will be held on 6th October, so also get this in the diary now before it is booked up with a trip to Ikea or something equally as exciting!

Women’s 4 Stage Road Relays – Expression of Interest


Men’s 6 Stage Road Relays – Expression of Interest