Jemma Phelps: Tri-ing her hand at Triathlon for an Important Cause

Date: 2017 BT (before triathlon)

The motivation…

A triathlon has always been on my bucket list, and on Sunday 24th September my husband (Simon) and I are both competing in our first ever Triathlon.  I wish it was purely a bucket list ticking endeavour, but we’ve been motivated to enter as a tribute to our son Joshua.  Joshua was born in January of this year, and we had moments of pure joy as any new parents do, but also moments of heartache and pain as we watched him battle for life for 10 weeks.  In March we sadly lost him; that was the hardest day of our lives and me miss him terribly.

In need of a focus…

Despite this, we’ve been determined to celebrate the time we did share with Joshua, ensure something positive comes from it all, and to have a focus for the summer. We’ve been using nature’s therapy (exercise, fresh air, sun on our backs!) to help heal & remember our little soldier.  A triathlon seemed like a fitting tribute after he fought so hard for life, and we’ll be fighting just as hard out there on Sunday with him on our minds to raise money to help other babies born sick and premature.

The training…

It’s a sprint Triathlon; so just a small step on the multi-discipine event…but that’s been enough for now!

Running – I entered thinking I had this part covered, but putting aside the fact I’d been out of running for about 9 months!  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being back, despite lacking the speed I had this time last year.  Simon doesn’t run fullstop, so we’ve both been running together and building it up slowly (he loved his first Parkrun, but I’m still working on the K&D membership)  😉

Swimming – I used to swim competitively, many moons ago, so I’ve been back in the pool and reactiviating those swimming muscles, but luckily it’s like riding a bike, so the swim element should be fine (it’s the first discipline afterall!)  

Cycling – and then there’s ACTUALLY riding a bike…I can ride, and I own a bike (although not of the racing kind!), but it’s been a BIG (and painful) learning curve!  Luckily (or annoyingly from a competitive point of view) this is where by husband excels; he’s given me lessons on how to use my gears and helped me get over my fear of speed on a bike, going downhill and turning corners (and by ‘speed’ I mean anything over 10mph!)!  In fact I’m currently nursing a big egg on my knee after falling off my bike at the weekend…that sums the cycling part up quite well.

So it’s been a challenge, and that’s the whole point!  Bring on Sunday in putting all three disciplines together, I’ll let you know how we get on! 

Jem xx

Jemma was too modest to put her fundraising page down, so we’re doing it for her incase anyone wants to support Jemma and Little Mae’s Little Angels Neo-Natal Unit Charity:

Weekend Recap: Worcester 10k,

Worcester 10k:

Dozens of K&D’s finest members turned out in Worcester over the weekend. As well as being huge fans of the sauce with their cheese on toast they represented the club in the finest of fashions at the Worcester 10k.

Kay Adenipekun took the Golden Knowle as our first man home finishing in 49:33. For the women one Golden Dorridge was well earned by Claire Maggs who was first K&D lady across the line in 55:48 – but also by Elizabeth Williams who ran 55:44 to just take the title on chip…. Untile Jan Hornby did exactly the same thing to Claire and Liz! Jan ran 55:42 on the chip. Stonking! Sod it. Trophies all round.

Full Results:
Kay Adenipekun – 49:33
Chris Taylor – 52:43
Graham Edwards – 52:43 (Tie!)
Nigel Collins – 55:22
Jan Hornby – 55:42
Darren Maggs – 55:46
Elizabeth Williams – 55:44
Claire Maggs – 55:48
Caroline Edwards – 55:26
Katie Price – 56:19
Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell – 57:55
Gail Partridge – 57:46
Frances Ramsden – 59:56
Emily King – 1:03:31
Sian Davies – 1:03:42
Penny Garner – 1:03:51
Jo Tork – 1:03:55
Paul Jeffrey – 1:04:12
Amanda Marklew – 1:04:15
Rebecca Blunt – 1:04:18
Moushumi Moran – 1:06:04
Fiona Holland – 1:06:20
Steve Marks – 1:08:26
Marie Howarth – 1:09:19
Sarah Church – 1:16:46
Wendy Holt – 1:25:40

Special congratulations to Sarah and Wendy who made their debut’s at 10k! Always a massive achievement.

Worcester Half:

Darryl Wilkes took the longer of two options in booking himself onto the Worcester Half instead of the 10k. His time was a very respectable 1:50:34. Just reward for being on his lonesome!

Balsall Common Fun Run

A team victory for our K&D Guys in the Balsall Common RC back yard. Careful now ladies, It’s like Take That in their prime. Chris Thorley took the overall win in 37:39. Rob Houlston was in 8th timed at 40:54, Russell Davies 9th running 41:24 and Richard Beale rounded out the team in 42:30 and securing the title of overall knobbly knees winners 2017.

Brueton parkrun:

In perfect parkrun conditions Gareth Wainwright snipped under the 17:00 barrier with a 16:56. Just behind him Darren John equalled his Brueton PB, missing out on an all-time parkrun pb by just 2 seconds. 17:15 the unlucky number for him. Behind them, and ahead of Rugby 10 Mile on Sunday Paul Williams ran 19:41 – being chased down by Ed Long of the club.

Our women were just as competitive with Siobhan Cotter finishing 2nd lady overall in 22:25 followed by Louise Bell in 23:57 and Kate Marsh in 24:58 on her 99th parkrun. There was a PB for Smita Deshpande in 28:21 too. Congratulations!

And a special welcome back to Steve Evans who did his first parkrun since falling off Snowdon and giving us all a scare and a laugh. Mostly in that order.

Wythall parkrun:
Wythall celebrated its inagrual parkrun. A Three lapper it adds to the local parkrun lanscape. Three of our troops inspected the course with Paul Stead setting the initial K&D Course Record in 21:55 (The full course record after 1 week stands at a tempting 18:16). Gary Welsh ran close to Paul in 23:01 with Keith Whitehead only a smidge behind in 24:45.

Long Eaton parkrun:
Why did Chris Quarmby feel ill after his parkrun? He’d not Long Eaton… here all week folks. Chris ran 26:00 and his delightful other half Jane Quarmby ran 30:31. 

Maybe he ate too much Quarmb-eef? Corn Beef? Geddit?

Dolgellau parkrun

What is it with K&D runners and Dolgellau? Did I miss the memo? Greg Turner missed 2 months travelling, then he’s off again. Fair enough. 21:52.

Hurry and Curry – Fri 20th Oct

Many of you are making a massive effort over the next few weeks. Your committee feel like proud parents. You little munchkins.

To celebrate so many of you running the Birmingham Half or Marathon, many of you doing the distances for the first time we have booked Loyds Indian Restaurant in Knowle for a post-half, post-marathon curry night on Friday 20th October. 

Partners are welcome. Reserve here:

Hurry and Curry Reservation – Fri 20th Oct

Training: 18th-27th Sept

Well done to everyone who was racing this weekend. If you were going hard today think about letting your body recover tomorrow with a walk or very easy recovery. 

For anyone who’s legs were rested we have a Mon/Wed Smorgasboard. Winter builds PB’s.

K&D RC Appoint Hannah England, World Championship Silver Medallist, as Director of Running

Knowle & Dorridge Running Club are pleased to announce the appointment of Hannah England as Director of Running.

Hannah England won a silver medal in the 2011 Daegu World Championships 1500m. Ranked 15th All-Time in the UK over 1500m Hannah brings an incredible wealth of experience and knowledge to the ever-growing Knowle & Dorridge RC. Overseeing our Run Leaders Hannah, mentored by Luke Gunn (Head of Athletics, Birmingham University) and iconic British endurance coach Bud Baldaro, will be teaming up with K&D RC in an exciting and innovative partnership. This partnership will help pass on Hannah’s knowledge and expertise to an ever improving squad of all abilities.

Club Chairperson Darren John:

“I am delighted to welcome Hannah into the K&D Family, her willingness to support grassroots sport is exciting and we look forward to working with her in the coming months. Our club caters to all abilities while being increasingly competitive nationally. Having Hannah on board as consultant will help athletes achieve their goals whatever they may be and drive the club forward; we want to be a leading deliverer of peak performance and improved health and well-being in the local community through a sport we love”.  

Hannah takes up her role in mid-September and her first task will be helping direct K&D’s cross country season.

For more information on Knowle & Dorridge RC membership or press enquiries please see:

The club can be contacted on

Knowle & Dorridge RC hold their main club nights every Wednesday at St. Philips Church Hall, Dorridge from 7:15pm.

Weekend Recap: Great Up North, Stratford’s Big 10k

Great North Run

They say things are grim up north, nonsense. The fine people of Newcastle and South Shields turn out en masse every year. One of the UK’s biggest ‘destination’ races pulls in 40k+ runners annually and there are usually one or two of our finest who have trekked up for the fun and frolics. This year included several of our finest members. And Chris Morgan…Just kidding Chris!

Results (in a Brendan Foster voiceover style):

Chris Sharp – 1:13:52
Chris Morgan – 1:18:14 (PB)
Chris Thorley – 1:27:33
(Three Chris’ walk into a bar…)
Alastair Tyson – 1:52:07
Gary Wickett – 1:54:42 (PB)
Karen Stapley –  1:59:03 
Sally Anderson – 2:01:29
Claire Maggs – 2:08:20
Amanda Crees – 2:36:14
Marie Howarth – 3:08:45

Well done all. Enjoy the 37 hour journey back from the arctic circle.

Stratford’s Big 10K

Back in Warwickshire, home of so many local races and beautiful countryside, ah. It leaves you poetic just thinking about it. Rob Stewart and Adam O’Nions probably had a few poetic words in their head as they raced around the 10k course on Sunday.

Rob (pictured with running buddy and former work colleague Emma – non club member but nice lady so gets a mention) ran the course in his second best 10k time. Adam O’Nions won the K&D battle in 45:25 while Rob finished in a creditable 49:13.

Brueton parkrun

Brueton parkrun once again broke attendance records on Saturday. Thank you again to everyone who has volunteered on 4th November for K&D Takeover Day. We’ll be in touch soon. Wythall parkrun starts on 16th September but can we ask that you don’t all go en masse week one – let them get it under way for a week or so before you converge.


Gareth Wainwright – 17:08 (Flying)
Darren John – 17:44 (Easing off towards the end)
Paul Bentley – 18:22 (Sizzling!)

Mary Heald – 22:18 (With a Buggy)
Emma Lowe – 24:13 (Swing Lowe, Sweet Easy Running)
Sarah Connors – 24:51 (Still Got It)

Elizabeth Williams – 27:54 (Royal PB from Queen Liz)
Max Gimson – 20:26 (Gimson Gives It Some)
Baldev Korotania – (Koro swift like Zoro)
Janet Cant – 29:50 (Janet Can – Writes itself)

Fantastic effort from everyone!

K&D Brueton Parkrun Takeover – 4th November

Our friends at Brueton parkrun are letting us take over for a day (fools! Mwahahaa).

On Saturday 4th November we’ll be making Brueton park a sea of green and gold. 

As a thank you for all the hard work the Brueton parkrun team do we’ll be manning various stations, marshalling, barcode scanning etc. Plenty of roles that can be done and allow you to run still too. We need volunteers. We have 15 roles to fill and 230 members so this shouldn’t be too much of a challenge!

K&D Brueton Parkrun Volunteer – Nov 4th

We’re looking for volunteers for the following roles:

Pre-Event Set Up x2
Marshal x8
Barcode Scanner
Run Report Writer
Lead Bike

and of course cake bakers… because a K&D party without cake is unthinkable

We encourage parkrunners to volunteer 3 times through the year where possible so this is a perfect chance to help your club and give back to the parkrun that led many of you to us in the first place!

If you would like to support your club and parkrun on November 4th please complete the online volunteer process (above) and if you want a specific role email us at telling us which role you would like to do.

Run for your LiRF: Become a Run Leader with K&D

There is a Leadership in Running Fitness course on 11th November at Alexander Stadium. If you’d like to help your club by becoming a qualified Run Leader then either contact or leave a message in the comments below on Facebook.

Although the course costs £140 the club will subsidise the full amount meaning you can gain a qualification with no cost to you (Unless you stop off at McDonald’s on the way home).

All the club asks is for you to support sessions on a semi-regular basis. If you don’t feel confident leading a group on your own we always need Leaders to watch the back of the group. Basically if you can run, don’t mind carrying a phone in case of emergencies and turn up at club on a Wed quite often you’re the perfect fit.
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Weekend Recap: Kenilworth Half, Wilne 10k

The penultimate race of the WRRL saw its longest event, Kenilworth Half Marathon, stretch it’s self out along 13.1 miles of Warwickshire country side. Perfect conditions saw runners go off under cover of clouds and embraced by the faintest of misty rain. The mist provided welcome cooling over the multiple hills on the undulating course.

K&D Runners embraced the day with what was, frankly, an obscene amount of PB’s. The action was so red-hot that the results deserve an 18+ rating.

Chris Sharp took 2nd overall but suffered major stitch with only a short distance to go robbing him of a victory. While he may feel frustrated, especially after the inter-club mishap in Kenilworth last time too, his sensational form continues. If he can run 1:13:11 in distress we can’t wait to see how he goes when it all goes right for him (which probably won’t be in Kenilworth – #KenilworthCursed).

PB’s will be updated for those who’s i’ve missed when they go live on runbritain.

Full Results (Chip Time)

Chris Sharp – 1:13:11 (PB)
Darren John – 1:18:01 (PB)
Gareth Wainwright – 1:18:15
Torsten Roesler – 1:21:58 (PB)
Richard Dixon – 1:24:15
Paul Williams – 1:28:35 (PB) (PB)
Mike Day – 1:28:39
Robert Mundy – 1:31:56
Max Gimson – 1:32:22 (PB)
Rosie Marsh – 1:34:44 (PB)
Peter Austin – 1:34:55
Steve Armstrong – 1:36:00
Stephen Ray – 1:37:26 (PB)
Clive Dickens – 1:39:22
Max Mladenovic – 1:40:05
Michael McDonald – 1:41:40
Phillip Lindsey – 1:46:49 (PB)
John Garside – 1:47:09
Simon Krstic – 1:50:12
Greg Turner – 1:50:52
Paul O’Donnell – 1:51:29 (PB)
Keith Whitehead – 1:51:43
Kate Marsh – 1:52:16 (PB)
Darryl Wilkes – 1:52:41
Rob Stewart – 1:55:14 (PB)
Mark Owen – 1:55:30 (PB)
Richard Drakeley – 1:56:15
Paul Winwood – 1:56:16 (PB)
Gary Wickett – 2:00:34 
Linda Whitehead – 2:04:53

If you are wondering why only three women appear in those results then here is probably a good place to leave this…

Wilne 10k

Away from the WRRL Chris Revell and James Taylor did the wilne 10km today both falling agonisingly short of sub 40. Official results show Chris at 40:06 and James ran 40:01 (James overtook Chris after 9km when he was regretting his night on the beers… by all accounts having followed the Russ Davies school of race preparation) Continue reading