Weekend Recap: (What the Thorley) Morgan Glory?

Race to the Stones:

‘Some Might Say’ that 100km in the middle of July is a a mad idea. Not Chris Thorley, first of two mega Chris based performances this week.  Chris Thorley finished 35th in the annual Race to the Stones.

Chris took about 4 hours off his previous best. Finishing in an incredible 10 1/12 Hours. Utterly ridiciulous. You mad man. I’ve attached his splits for you to look at and laugh. 

Brueton parkrun:

Special early mention for Brueton this week as Chris Morgan rounds out our Chris-palooza of great performances. Chris smashed his 5k PB with a stunning 16:51 at Brueton. The guys up front went out hard (a 5:10 first mile) and Chris dug in with Gareth Wainwright with our men going 16:51 and 16:54 for second and third overall. Behind them Darren John tried gamely to hold onto the coat tails before fading to 17:38. 

For our women Jane Hunt took the crown on Saturday in the rain. The downpour didn’t dampen her run with a strong 22:52. Sally Anderson splashed in behind Jane in 25:43 and Kate Marsh made the ‘moist’ of the wet conditions to paddle home in 25:57.

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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 will not only make help our club continue to lead the way in innovative partnerships but also help our members identify their England Athletics qualified Run Leaders when out on group runs.  

“Once again we have been so warmly welcomed at K&D RC. It was a pleasure to come along on Wednesday night to hand over the run leader vests. We enjoyed working with Sarah to get everything just right, and they do look awesome! It won’t be much longer before we open our doors on Station Road, Dorridge and we look forward to welcoming everyone through our doors, whether coming to collect the K&DRC club kit, or to pop in to say hello”

– Kim Husle,
Helix Sport, Dorridge

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Weekend Recap: Northbrook 10k, Leeds 10k & parkrun roundup

Northbrook 10k:

Edit: Congrats to our K&D Women who stole the show. A fantastic team win for our women at Northbrook 10k complimented another trophy on the mantlepiece for women’s winner Jane Evans. What a result!

What goes up must come down… eventually. With 6km of uphill not enough these days Nortbrook AC decided to punish us a little more by moving the race start to the bottom of the hill. A slow first km at least allowed for those of us who’d arrived late-ish to ease into the race. With hot temperatures and a tough course PB’s are hard to come by at Northbrook and a good run is very well earned. If it didn’t go to plan today you should have at least treated yourself to a good Sunday lunch. Big well done to everyone that ran today in hot conditions.

Full K&D Results:

Chris Sharp – 33:44
Darren John – 36:03
Chris Morgan – 36:19
Joe Read – 36:30
Jane Evans – 37:53
Michael Swann – 38:54
Richard Dixon – 39:12
David Carbutt – 40:29
Paul Williams – 40:43
Mike Day – 43:06
Adam O’Nions – 43:26
Mary Heald – 43:34
Rosie Marsh – 44:04
Amanda O’Leary – 44:07
Peter Austin – 44:28
Steve Armstrong – 44:37
Ian Naisbitt – 45:08
Christopher Revell – 45:55
Stephen Ray – 46:07
Ian Voaden – 46:51
Jane Hunt – 48:33
Mike Durkin 48:55
Simon Krstic – 49:10
Rachel Aston – 51:19
Graham Edwards – 52:02
Rob Stewart – 54:09
Kate Marsh 54:13
Karen Stapley – 55:09
Geoff Lewis – 55:22
Stephen Evans – 55:52
Nicola Ridler – 56:08
Claire Maggs – 56:56
Sally Anderson – 57:08
Debbie Finnegan – 59:44
Michael Stapley – 59:53
Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell – 1:00:08
Caroline Edwards -1:00:54
Jackie Paterson – 1:06:29
Susan Wassell – 1:06:29
Claire Deeley – 1:06:36
Jo Tork – 1:08:39
Emily King – 1:10:27
Steve Marks – 1:12:39

Leeds 10k:

Mark Cordiner-Barton (MCB for short) took on Leeds 10k on Sunday. MCB ran 1:01:10 – a good run after a long year back to racing fitness. MCB has an ultra coming up soon. Silly sod.

Brueton parkrun:

Gareth Wainwright took advantage of some agressive front running by a BRAT athlete to be pulled along to a swift 17:05 in second overall. The pair gapped the field in the early stages at Brueton and never looked back. Behind them Darren John tried to close the distance but ended up third in 17:43 as Chris Morgan enjoyed a leisurely (for him) 19:13 run-out. 

For the women Sarah Cattell took the honours in 24:14 just pipping Mary Heald in 24:27. Kate Marsh was third K&D woman in 25:24. There were no outright PB’s this week but Gail Partridge was incredibly unlucky not to get a shiny PB as she equalled her best ever time in 32:45. 

Congrats to Andrew Cox who celebrated his 100th parkrun!

Arrow Valley:

Dave Carbutt warmed up for Northbrook 10k by tackling Arrow Valley parkrun. Dave ran a quick 19:08.

Portrush parkrun:

Monica Green went off road and got the sand between her toes at Portrush parkrun. The first all sand parkrun in the world Monica hit the beach running with far better form than Pamela Anderson in Baywatch clocked an impressively sandy 21:59.

Dartford parkrun

Jack Bristow took to Dartford like a cruiseliner takes to water. He ran 21:17. Presumably he celebrated in Blue Water Shopping Centre’s Pirate Cove Adventure Park Mini Golf Centre.

Thunder Run Spot Available (Fri 21st-Sun 23rd July) £55

Due to injury niggles we have a spot available on one of our Thunder Run teams for the sold out Conti Thunder Run.

The 24 hour Thunder Run is a relay of 10k laps around beautiful Catton near Tamworth. It starts midday Saturday 22nd July and finishes on the stroke of midday Sunday 23rd July. In teams of 5 there is no pressure to race, it’s just 4 or so training runs on tough but not too tough trails. Think of it as two double training days – tough but doable. We also encourage walking, skipping, hopping and crawling. 

£55 covers free camping all weekend.
There is good food on site.
Excellent hot showers.
Jovial campmates.
Chunky medal and lovely Adidas Tshirts
3000 runners in mixes of Solo, Pairs and Team entries from clubs all over the country.

K&D Runners in the teams include: Darren John, Rob Stewart, Max Mladenovic, Simon Bentley, Kate Marsh, Anna Perry, Richard Drakeley, (former K&Der) Mark Amyes and Paul Winwood – so a nice spread of abilities and experience. And more importantly: Decent people to spend the weekend with.

If you’re interested please reply to this shout out on Facebook or speak to Darren John, Paul Winwood, Richard Drakeley or Max Mladenovic etc. ASAP. Deadline for entry changes is 21st July so need any willing victims to put their names forward pronto.

Weekend Recap: Manly Guys Doing Manly Things

Our men took centre stage this weekend as a brief break in the WRRL season allowed our hairy chested runners to bare some skin and break free of the confines of their office attire. (Note: We aren’t ruling out any of our women having hairy chests either – we accept all at K&D).

Keith Whitehead is first on the list. We’ll let our roving reporter Steve Evans set the scene…


We salute Keith Whitehead and his continuing and unending silliness. The day didn’t quite go to plan – In Keith’s own words:

But to Keith and Linda we applaud the fact you put yourselves out there on the line in the middle of summer!

Similarly Gary Wickett continued his ongoing battle against sanity by completing the Black Country to Birmingham half on Saturday morning, the Timberhonger 10k in the evening and The Compton Verney Half on Sunday. Mad as a box of frogs.

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Back on Track: WCAA 5000m Wed 5th July

WCAA open graded entry form for 2017

For anyone fancying entering the Warwickshire Country Champs 5,000m on the track the details are below for next weeks event.

Entry Form: WCAA open graded entry form for 5th July 2017

A late reminder that the next Warwickshire Open Graded Meeting is on next Wednesday, 5th July, at Edmondscote Stadium, Leamington Spa. I have attached an entry form for you. You can complete it beforehand to save time on the night but there will be spare copies at the track.
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It is very easy, turn up, pay £5, run, eat cake and go home.
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The meetings are always on the first Wednesday of the month so you can also make a note of 2nd August and 6th September.
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Don’t forget your pins
We have photofinish and electronic timing
“Friend” Warwickshire County on Facebook to get results quickly 
Don’t forget your pins
Bring money for cake and coffee
Please park in the field next door to the track as signposted locally. It is only a few yards from the start line
Help us by telling your friends and club colleagues.
Don’t forget your pins.

If any of you run faster than Mo Farah did in Eugene recently i’ll give you £100.

Weekend Recap: Hollywood & Wythall 10k & parkrun roundup.

Hollywood & Wythall 10k

Hollywood & Whythall’s 10k is growing in popularity as 500 runners signed up this year for the 10k. Despite not being on the WRRL calendar there was nevertheless a strong turnout full of familiar faces. 

At the front our very own Jane Evans took the ladies title this year. On the start line she said she wanted sub-37. With perfect timing she took the women’s crown with a spot on 36:54. She was only a smidge behind Chairman Darren. Never one for hot 

weather this week took its toll. He finished with a headache and a 36:50 time – which was at least an improvement on his 2016 time and 9th place overall. Big Dave Carbutt lowered his PB to 39:35. Congrats!

Full K&D Results:

Darren John – 36:50
Jane Evans – 36:54
Dave Carbutt – 39:35
Andrew Knowles – 28:26
Gary Wickett – 50:38
Rob Stewart – 52:30
Kate Marsh – 55:18

Brueton parkrun:

With several of the usuals missing at the front of the pack it was left to local Louie Boot to take the spoils of a first place finish at Brueton. Darren John tried to chase him down but tired legs left him a little leggy. 2nd place was his highest ever parkrun finish though. Darren ran 17:47. It was a Chairperson 1-2 as Darren was followed by Sir Richard Dixon in 18:35 – Tricky Dicky ran an 80.00% age grading. Swift. Behind them was a consistent Michael Swann who finished in 19:06.

The women’s team were led by Louise Bell in 23:15. Sarah Cattell took second K&D lady with a 24:27 and Siobhan Cotter was third in 24:52. Gail Partridge took run of the day being the only PB on Saturday. Gail lowered her best to 33:51. A seven second improvement.

Arrow Valley parkrun:

A good weekend for David Carbutt started at Arrow Valley in Redditch where he ran 19:49.

Burnham and Highbridge parkrun

28:05 is a particularly good time for Kerry Hobbis as she did Burnham and Highbridge parkrun. Presumably that is two parkruns and you ran 14:03 and 14:02 for each 5k? I think that’s right…

Spare Pace at the Compton Verney Half Sunday 2nd July

Tanya Cronin has a place going spare for the Compton Verney Half marathon next Sunday which I am going to be unable to train for due to Ascot and work commitments!! 
 
Would anybody like her place, she should be able to transfer it and would feel better to put it to good use!

If so comment below on Facebook and we’ll forward your details on.

The Arden 9 2017 – Results

Apologies for the delay, our results gophers have been locked in a room processing all night. After they fed the sheets into the Resultatron 2000 yesterday we realised there were a few issues to iron out – and then the Resultatron 2000’s main motherboard short-circuted in the heat. We had to ship a spare part all the way from Leipzig where a dozen results gophers worked tirelessly through the night – they only have little hands though. Gophers struggle with the soldering iron.

Anyway. We have results. And they are here in PDF format:

Arden 9 Results 2017 (Updated 23/06/17)

They can also be found on the Arden 9 website…

Arden 9 Race Results

And will be on Runbritain in due course. If you spot any errors please do let us know via any of the usual channels – Facebook, Twitter, Email, Carrier Pigeon etc.

No results gophers were hurt in the making of this post. Although we did sadly have to have a maths mongoose put down. He was terrible at making the tea.

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Weekend Recap: Not the Arden 9 News

Little late 70’s, early 80’s reference for you there. It wasn’t all just Arden 9 running this weekend we had plenty of other runners out and about ‘enjoying’ the blistering heat.

Chase the Train

No, not some slang from Trainspotting about illicit drug use in Edinburgh in 1996 – in fact it is an 8.4 mile race up and down the fells in the North Yorks Moors. Last week our men raced a horse. This week Caroline and Graham Edwards raced a train. What’s next? Torsten races a Boeing? 

Caroline and Graham didn’t run out of steam, or get carriage-d away. They kept chugging up the hills and stayed on track. Running on the Moors provides a great platform. I’m sure it’ll be just the ticket to new PB’s. Graham let Caroline have his seat in 2:01:31 while Graham took 2:08:32. No delays with them getting in. Continue reading