MWCCL: Sickness and Stratford

How do you cope when illness decimates your superb women’s team? Well, perfectly fine actually if you are K&D. There were times when 9 women would be a maxed out showing. Now it’s the solid foundations.

One athlete who never fails to impress is Jane Evans who took full advantage of a couple of the B’ham Uni girls representing GB at the European Champs. Knowing it was an excellent chance to score a cracking result she struck fiercely for an outstanding 5th place and first masters athlete. Jane ran 26:21. Backing Jane up was the ever improving Flick Sharp – running 29:37.

Full Results:
Jane Evans (26:21)
Flick Sharp (29:37)
Kerry Thompson (36:07)
Kathy Bailey (36:19)
Adeba Jama (37:07)
Sandra Boot (39:37)
Linda Whitehead (44:43)
Katy Price (47:34)

Hopefully with a month to recover we’ll have a full strength team back for the next fixture. The next league match is Saturday 11th Jan. The race is at Park Hall Country park, Trentham.

The Warwickshire XC Champs deadline is 12th Dec. Let Jo know if you want to run. Email to tell her you want to run. Last year we took our first ever county team bronze medal in the senior women’s race. The race is Droitwich on Sat 4th Jan.

Weekend Recap: Telford is a Christmas Cracker

Christmas Party Note: Remember – no training this Wednesday. Drinks start at 7pm and the quiz starts promptly at 7:30. If you have any dietary requirements and haven’t yet told Fiona then please do at

Telford 10k:
The traditional end of year cracker returned and it didn’t disappoint as an army of K&D stars tore it up in the fastest road race in the UK. Jump on the train and hold on for dear life Rob Michaelson-Yeates and Rachel Gifford set fire to the paths as they joined the great and good of British distance running. Rob Michaelson-Yates scorched to a superb 32:46 which we believe is a new club 10k record. While Gary Polhill smashed through the 34min barrier running 33:59.

Rocket Rachel led 3 super fast women’s performances. Rach clocked 37:17, Flick Sharp stopped the clock at 39:08 and Amanda O’Leary continued to shine running 40:50.

Other great performances included Greg Turner delivering on a 37:29 and multiple great runs of the Marathon Men clan of Winwood and Co.

Rob Michaelson-Yeates32:46
Gary Polhill33:59
Rachel Gifford 37:17
Steven Whatmore37:21
Greg Turner37:29
Flick Sharp39:08
Amanda O’Leary40:50
Jason Pitcher41:59
Adam O’Nions43:31
Mike McDonald45:10
Paul O’Donnell45:48
John Garside46:42
Louise Bell46:50
Simon Krstic47:31
Paul Winwood49:26
Isabel Arthur01:04:48
Paul Jeffrey01:20:07

Snyder Striders 10 Mile Pudding Run:

London marathon club ballot place winner Stuart Male run the famous Snyed Striders Pudding Run. He earned a top-10 place in a superb 63:49.

Brueton parkrun:
Cross Country weekends gives others a chance shine in the parkrun fun. It was an epic race as Paul Bentley led the way in 20:01 but it was a photo finish with Ed Bower given the same time of 20:01. Lloyd Barton in a quirk ran 22:01. Exactly two minutes behind the K&D dippers in the lead.

At 23:15 Louise Bell was K&D’s leading lady. 23:44 was good enough for Jane Hunt to take K&D silver while Kate Leeson in 24:10 rounded out the top-3.

Congratulations to Jason Mallett who made his Breton parkrun debut.

Coventry parkrun:
Brian Corr clocked 24:03 over at War Memorial park

Torbay Velopark parkrun:
David John continued his improvements as he ran 28:33 for a new PB

Babbs Mill parkrun:
Phil Wood and Gareth Lloyd repped the K&D Massive at Babbs Mill this week as they ran 22:45 and 24:39

Warwick Racecourse parkrun:
Habib Farazmand showed off his recent improvements to take the first place finisher token in Warwick in a 17:37

Oaklands parkrun:
Tomkinson and Giblin continued their tour of every parkrun in the UK adding Oaklands to their tallies. Kev ran 25:56 and Alison enjoyed a 53:36

Training: 9th-18th Dec – Christmas Shenanigans

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication in 2019. What a year. With the new year fast approaching now is the time to let your hair down, relax, have a bit of fun with your training and join in the K&D Christmas Quiz and Paarlauf shenanigans.

Weekend Recap: Stoners at a Glos as Flick Earns a Brue

Silverstone Half and 10k:
At the home of British Motor Racing, as opposed to Dorridge, Home of British Running (obvs.) several K&D speedsters shifted into top gear.

Chris Morgan led the way. Running at the back end of an excellent season, Chris clocked a PB of 1:16:57. Behind Chris a slew of HM’ers came in like the best of F1 races. Nicky Evans smashed a PB down from 1:53 to 1:48 lopping more than 5 mins off her previous best.

HM Results:
Chris Morgan – 1:16:57 (PB)
Jason Pitcher – 1:33:44 (PB)
Phil Wood – 1:37:26 (PB)
Adam O’Nions – 1:39:05
Nicky Evans – 1:48:00 (PB)
Abeda Jama – 1:48:28 (PB)
Richard Clarke – 1:57:44
Rosie Vetter – 2:09:53

In the 10k George de Bolla ran a superb race to record a sub-36 PB of 35:50. George was joined by K&D’s version of the Spice Girls as 5 of our ladies ran out with Kate Marsh first across the line in 46:20.

George de Bolla – 35:53 (PB)
Kate Marsh – 46:20 (PB)
Karen Ratcliffe – 55:48
Sara Rowell – 1:00:29
Samantha Edgington – 1:00:35
Sarah Green – 1:10:38

Gloucester 10K:
Devon Ex-Pat David John ran his first road 10k as he took on the Gloucester 10k. An ankle issue left him missing out on his planned target but a 1:14:53 was still a solid debut for a 62yr old man with one knee and Darren for a son

Stanwick Lakes 10:
Club Welfare Officer Katie Price practiced what we preach – Be Sensible, Keep the Ball Rolling – by stepping down from the planned Half distance to the 10k. She ran 57:48 and most importantly is good to go again. Less can often be more with running, learning to step off the gass when needed is a valuable skill to keeping yourself on the right side of burnout or injury – congrats to Katie!

Brueton parkrun:
Flick Sharp smashed her PB on Saturday – going under the magic 19 minute time and delivering a stunning 18:38. Flick’s big PB bumps her up from 42nd all time as she crashed the top-20. Rachel Gifford, at 18:37, sits one place above Flick in the All-Time Brueton standings as Rocket is 19th and Flick 20th. Looking forward to those two doing battle over the coming years as they chase down Jane Evans and redefine what K&D’s women’s team is capable of.

Doing his bit for the boys was Gareth Wainwright who has continued to progress this year – knocking another few seconds off his PB to run 16:32. There was a welcome interloping from Birmingham Uni Develompment Loanee Joe Read who ran 16:45 and Habib Farazmand who backed up last week’s Sub-18 smasher with another 17:30.

Joining Flick and Gareth was the towering Dan Mayes who’s 18:53 PB puts him into the sub-19 club for the first time. Not to be left out Victoria Cook PB’d with a 25:46 and Kathryn O’Hara ran a best of 29:17

Rugby parkrun:
The home of men with funny shaped balls in their hands – Jon Beech joined the scrum to run 25:51

Torbay Velopark parkrun:
Ex-pat David John Tailwalked in 44:14 – one of the fastest tail walks we’ve seen in a while

Grangemoor parkrun:
Anthony Dutton enjoyed a sedate, by his standards, cruise round Grangemoor in 24:46

Lancaster parkrun:
Mary Heald enjoyed a sedate 26:51 trot around Lancaster parkrun

Tokoinranta parkrun:
Foreign correspondent Riina Kuuselo popped up in Tokoinranta, Säästöpankinranta, Helsinki. Easy for her to say. She ran 20:40 for first woman.

Babbs Mill parkrun:
Phil Wood warmed up his engine for Silverstone with a cruise round Babbs Mill in 22:16

Warwick Racecourse parkrun:
Kev Tomkinson tried to recruit Dave Moorcroft to the K&D cause. Apparently he used to be quite quick. Kev ran 29:12 and got a photo with the great man.

Oaklands parkrun:
Three of the finest examples of manly men made Oaklands near The Swan their Saturday parkrun of choice. The 5k course is fast and relatively flat. Just watch out for that super-quick start. Chairman Darren ran 18:32, having set off at sub-17 pace. Oops. Piolot of K&D’s Club Jet is Adam O’Nions who parked the Jumbo at Tesco, ran 20:33 then taxied for take off. Lloyd Barton rounded out the handsome K&D collection with 21:10.

Christmas Quiz Tickets: End of Month Deadline

Deadline: We need you tickets bought by the End of the Month. Jan will be very strict this year.

If you don’t have a team don’t worry, our hostess with the mostess Fiona will sort you out. And find you a decent team.

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 puns may gain you extra points.

A lovely sit down 2 course meal and quiz with top prizes. Tickets are £21 per person for the food and Quiz entry. (Veggie options available). The club are subsidising the meal and prizes for you too so you get more for your ticket.

Prizes will be delivered by Santa and if you’re lucky you might get to sit on his lap.

The Forest will be hosting our Christmas Cracker on Wed 11th Dec. Expect lots of festive silliness. A night off training and jokes about pulling Rich Dixon’s cracker under the mistletoe.

Running friends and partners welcome. But anyone from Centurions MUST be dressed as an elf! Please pay by BACS.