We survived winter. Somehow we have once again kicked off the Warwickshire Road Race League and done so in blistering heatwaves. The National Agricultural Centre in Stoneleigh played host to K&D on Easter Monday as Massey Ferguson once again put on the Tractor 10k.
It was a family affair as Mr. and Mrs. Sharp led the men and women in Green and Gold round the course. Chris Sharp opened his season with a 34:34 while Flick ran 43:36 and she eased herself back into the short stuff following her marathon efforts recently. Never an easy transition with such a quick Manchester/Massey turnaround.
The K&D Men’s first three were Chris Sharp (34:34), recent man of the moment Gary Polhill (36:10) and a huffing and puffing Darren John (38:36).
For the women Flick’s 43:36 was followed by Jane Hunt’s 47:40 and Sarah Connors (51:22). Thirty K&D finished the race.
Chris Sharp – 34:34 Gary Polhill – 36:10 Darren John – 28:34 Andrew Connors – 42:12 Max Gimson – 42:33 Steve Armstrong – 43:01 Flick Sharp – 43:36 Adam O’Nions – 45:12 Lloyd Barton – 45:21 Phil Wood – 45:31 John Garside – 46:24 Stephen Ray – 46:30 Jane Hunt – 47:40 Paul Winwood – 48:33 Kay Adenipekun – 48:56
Martin Hancock – 48:56 Graham Edwards – 49:37 Sarah Connors – 51:22 Gareth Lloyd – 51:23 Keith Whitehead – 51:24 Rob Stewart – 51:52 Catherine Sherlock – 55:40 Katie Price – 58:54 Linda Whitehead – 59:22 Hayley Turner – 1:03:23 Isabel Arthur – 1:03:35 Amanda Marklew – 1:06:21 Louise Taylor – 1:06:28 Jo Tork – 1:10:57 Steve Marks – 1:14:00
In another outstanding display of teamwork K&D’s women romped to the top of their division with a stunning win on Saturday at Welcombe Hills, Stratford.
Donned in Green face paint the women smashed their way round the incredibly hilly course. Not only did they win the race, they put 18 women through the field as the success at the front encouraged even more of our wonderful club’s women to join in the fun of a winning team. Jane Evans, K&D Women’s Show Pony for so long, delivered another superb result from the front to finish 2nd overall. She was backed up once again by a plethora of K&D as we again put 7(!!) women in the top-30.
Monica Green put in another stunning display of XC technique, Rachel, Flick, Rosie, and Jess backing up Jane with superb team work and packing! Special mention to Mary who came down that last ridiculous hill into the finish with a smile on her face that summed up how fun the day was.
Kerry Thompson continued her strong improvement moving up to 67th overall. With Louise Bell, Caroline Park, Jo Hitchcock, Jude Mansfield, Catherine Sherlock, Rachel Aston, Linda Whithead, Lianne Le Swann, Amanda Crees and Caroline Edwards all helping to add points to the other teams’ totals. What a squad!
Having so many women out created an brilliant atmosphere among the team with jubilant celebrations at what is probably K&D’s first ever league win at Cross Country. Contagious fun!
A big thank you to Emma Horsefield who acted as Official for the day managing the funnel. Our ladies certainly gave her plenty to manage as they stormed home!
Next league match is: 12th January 2019 – Droitwich High School – MWCCL Division Two
To join in the fun (you know you want to!) as K&D Women challenge for the league title speak to Women’s Team Captain Rosie Marsh, Vice-Captain Emma Horsefield or any of the K&D Committee and they’ll give you a high five and pass your name on.
Pos Name Time
2 Jane Evans 00:26:37
7 Rachel Gifford 00:29:08
13 Flick Sharp 00:29:57
14 Monica Green 00:30:03
25 Rosie Marsh 00:31:02
27 Mary Heald 00:31:10
29 Jess Woolley 00:31:22
67 Kerry Thompson 00:34:34
83 Louise Bell 00:35:50
86 Caroline Park 00:36:14
95 Jo Hitchcock 00:36:35
97 Jude Mansfield 00:36:50
127 Catherine Sherlock 00:39:28
137 Rachel Aston 00:40:28
176 Linda Whitehead 00:43:54
181 Lianne Le Swann 00:44:49
214 Amanda Crees 00:48:20
216 Caroline Edwards 00:48:58
Amsterdam Marathon: Smita Deshpande added Amsterdam to her list of marathon’s over the weekend. She took on the 26.2miles and looked very happy afterwards. Smita ran a superbly paced effort averaging between 6:30 & 7:08/km the entire way. Top, top pacing. Brueton parkrun: Wowzers from Mary Heald and Kerry Ann Thompson as the two of them made mincemeat of their PBs over the weekend. Mary broke 20 minutes for the first time, blasting round in 19:45. Welcome to club-sub-20 Mary! Kerry continued her rapid progress as she ran 21:45. 17 PB’s for Kerry Ann Thompson in 24 weeks. Bonkers. The ladies were joined by Paul Winwood, who made it the PB Three-peat. Marathon, Half and 5k in three weeks. Paul ran 22:54, breaking 23 minutes for the first time.
Along for the PB-Party were newbie Sam Webster (26:15) and the ever-improving Gareth Lloyd (26:46). Top running team!
Ainsley Wainwright took the overall Brueton honours for K&D on Saturday. Keeping up the family tradition of a Wainwright on the podium Ainsley ran 19:50. Not far off his own PB of 19:28. PB-tastic Mary took 2nd overall and 1st woman on saturday, while Russell Davies rounded out the podium in 21:02. Lloyd Barton took bronze for the men in 21:22 as Kerry Ann Thompson’s PB saw her take 2nd woman overall and Louise Bell was 3rd woman overall and herself only 3 seconds shy of her best.
Beckenham parkrun: Sarah Connors (not the one from Terminator) was found in Beckenham this weekend as she ran 25:59.
Kingsbury Waterparkrun: Lakes galore for Simon Battson as he enjoyed a trott round Kingsbury in 40:51.
Sutton parkrun: Kate Marsh took the honours for K&D on tour at Sutton parkrun. The trail run took her 26:12 including a stop to check on Wheezy McWheezy and his dodgy lungs. Splitting Kate and Wheezy was Kevin Tomkinson who ran, with child, in 28:34. Wheezy The Chairman ran 29:44 for a personal worst parkrun time.
Coldham parkrun: John Garside clocked a 21:47 as he enjoyed a post-Chicago adventure. Coldham parkrun is in Cambridge and is vegan and vegetarian friendly despite the name.
Katie Price made her marathon debut in York. After months of training and in aid of Mind (during #runandtalk week no less) she completed the 26.2 miles for the first time. Joining her were 3 other fine club representatives. Mike McDonald completed his 2nd marathon in a week; going quicker in Yorkshire than he did in Chester. Hile Robert Yates and Hayley Murphy joined in on marathon debuting for the club. Well done and you can now proudly call yourselves marathoners!
A new route proved for fast times despite horrendous rain and wind in Birmingham as the Birmingham Half Marathon splashed through town. Big news from the event was Newbie Rachel Gifford making her club debut for K&D and running an excellent 1:24:13. Team Captain Rosie Marsh was seen rubbing her hands in glee. Not just to keep warm. Chris Morgan took the honours for the first club man running a superb 1:18:57. Paul Winwood rounded off a week of Big PB’s by going under 1:50 after last week’s 25 min marathon PB. He was joined by a bounty of new PB’s across entrants.
Rugby 10: The WRRL rounded out with it’s season closer at the Rugby 10. Torsten Roesler led the men home in 21st place overall, followed by Rosie Marsh who was K&D’s first senior woman.
Full Results: Torsten Roesler – 1:01:09 Dave Carbutt – 1:04:46 Robert Mundy – 1:08:01 Rosie Marsh – 1:09:28 Pete Austin – 1:10:31 Steve Armstrong – 1:11:59 Nick Atkin – 1:14:53 Gary Welsh – 1:19:57
Full WRRL will be available soon.
Brueton parkrun: With out men scattered round Chicago, Chester and Mordor Paul Benley led the team home at Brueton running 19:00 on the nose. He was followed by Danny Malone and Anthony Dutton who both also clocked 19’s… 19:17 and 19:58 to be precises.
For the K&D women it was the now familiar Kerry Ann Thompson who took the honours. Her rapid improvements being consolidated with a superb 22:13. Louise Bell took the #2 spot with 23:11 and none other than Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell celebrated her recent HM pb by finishing third in 25:50.
It was a superb PB for Danny Malone who ran 19:17. Kerry Ann Thompson’s 22:13 equalled her PB from last week. Making it 8 weeks in a row she’s either PB’d or =’d her PB.
Arrow Valley parkrun: A big congrats to Richard Dixon who took his first ever parkrun #1 tag. Running 18:31 saw Dicko crowned Arrow Valley King for the week. Behind him Hala Atkin, Kevin Tomkinson and Ian Curtis (not the Joy Division one) made up a K&D Quartet. Hala ran 25:18, Kevin clocked 25:34 and Ian notched up a 37:26.
Burgess parkrun: Jack Bristow scorched round the fast and flat Burgess parkrun in 17:10. He finished 2nd overall and continued to nibble away at the 17 min barrier. It’s going to happen! Keep the faith JB!
Bristow was joined at Burgess by the Quarmby’s by chance as Chris ran 28:23 and Jane stopped the clock at 29:31.
Ballincollig parkrun: We like to drop in with friend of the club Riina Kuuselo who still lists K&D as her club. She scorched round in 19:42. Wonder if she fancies a regular scandi-uk commute for XC still?
Exmouth parkrun: A late autumn Devon trip for Ainsley Wainwright who clocked 19:44.
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