Corona – All K&D Training Postponed Until Further Notice

As of Tuesday morning please note that all official K&D Training has been postponed until further notice.

The government is now advising that you avoid all but the most essential social contact. While not yet law we expect advice over the coming days to become more restrictive not less. Many of our members work in health & wellbeing with vulnerable patients and we see meeting as an unacceptable risk to our members, their families and those we work with (colleagues, clients and patients). Finally you can be infected but not showing symptoms. We cannot, in good conscience, advise you meet just on the basis that you feel ok on the day of the run.

We hope you will be understanding. As of Tuesday morning your run leaders will be stood down until further notice.

All club training will be cancelled until further notice.

Current guidance suggests exercising solo is ok as long as you are outside and haven’t experienced any symptoms for more than a week – be aware that heavy training can lower the immune system though. We advise you don’t push it.

The following sessions will be off until further notice:
Monday – Intervals
Tuesday – Sub-21 Intervals
Wed – Club Night
Thu – Sub 21 Track
Fri – Improvers
Sunday – Any club long runs

Make no mistake, this decision is made with a heavy heart for all committee members. But we are unanimous in both the severity of the situation we face and the need for these actions.

If parkrun continues, it is unlikely to (Update due Wed 18th), please think twice before attending until the situation improves. If you do please arrive late and leave immediately after completing your run.

The Arden 9 – Discussions will be held with Hampton-in-Arden Sports Club and a decision made on government advice/England Athletics advice. Any entries will be honoured for any postponement though (and we’ll let you swap entries if you can’t make a new date).

10th Year Gala – Again, discussions will be held with Hogarths and any postponement will see us happy to swap tickets if you can’t make a new date

AGM – We’ll consider best course of action and communicate with you as soon as possible

Decisions on The Arden 9 and 10th Year Gala will be made in due course and communicated clearly.

Speaking personally, I know the importance the club plays in people’s mental and physical wellbeing as much as anyone else. It breaks my heart to have to remove our training from your weekly schedules. For anyone who needs assistance please do speak to our Wellbeing Officer Katie Price ( ). Your comittee will be discussing ways for you to keep in touch virtually, we encourage you to make use of WhatsApp groups. If you want adding to any of those email

The next few months promise to be pretty torrid for society in general. Please don’t think this is just a bad flu. It isn’t. There are two articles I recommend reading (…not like you don’t have the time now!)

New York Times – Two Women Fell Sick

Why Outbreaks like Coronovirus Spread

Please do encourage family members, friends and other groups you might be a member of to do what they can to break the chains of transmission over the coming months. Keep it simple. Stay away. Inless you absolutely have no other choice.

If you want to ask me anything please email or find me on facebook/twitter. Or if you just miss my jokes.

Most importantly, please, do the right thing.

Knowle & Dorridge RC

Sea to Summit Extreme Challenge

Hi All,

If you think some of the events we do are a challenge then check this one out! One of our members Mick Williamson has a friend Andrea who is taking on the Sea to Extreme 2020 and it sounds phenomenal and its all for a great cause too! Here’s what he had to say about it.

“I have an old mate who’s is pretty damn hardcore on the Triathlon epic challenges and is quite an inspirational young woman. She’s doing another epic challenge this year-involving swimming the 3 longest lakes in the UK, running the 3peaks and cycling all the bits in between. And she’s creating awareness raising/fundraising for Endometriosis. And this year has launched a global challenge , where people can sign up to do the same distances (lots of different options) as her in the challenge in their own environment. It’s a virtual event with a cool tracker etc. Lots of great prizes being provided by Wiggle. Anyway, would be awesome if you could share within K&D or any other communities you think would be interested, They can get more info and sign up at There is an option for all, if you’re just a swimmer, cyclist, runner, hiker or triathlete.”

Here is a link to the website;

Good luck Andrea from all at K&D!

Design a CWG Birmingham 2022 Mascot

We’d all prefer a fuzzy Paul Winwood we could purchase for £24.99 but in the mean time put your Little K&D’ers to work over the summer designing a mascot for the Commonweath Games to be held in Birmingham in 2022.

For lil’uns aged 5-15, this should give you at least an hour of quiet time once you break out the crayons. We’d also quite like to see any adult designs on our fb page. And by adult designs we mean designs done by K&D members 18 or older. Not any other type of adult mascots. For more info see below:

Virtual National 5k Champs Results

Going up against the best athletes in the country and 1770 finishers six of K&D’s finest members took on the challenge of the England Athletics Virtual National 5k Champs. Run over the weekend of 11th-12th July athletes were able to choose a time and place that suited them and blast 5k.

As so far as we can tell there was a 50% Unofficial PB rate too for K&D as Michael Williamson, Kate Leeson and David John all put the lockdown training to use by running quicker over 5k than they had before either at parkrun or an official race. Big Mick took the K&D gold finishing 375th overall with a storming 17:42.

Our sole female athlete, Kate Leeson, was de-facto K&D women’s winner for our club. She more than earned the title though as she took more than two minutes off her previous PB by running 21:29 (previous best: 23:31). Corr blimey. David John also ran an unofficial PB, going under 28 for the first time.

Pos.First NameSurnameResult
375MichaelWilliamson17:42Unofficial PB
1103KateLeeson21:29Unofficial PB
1631DavidJohn27:57Unofficial PB

The overall men’s and women’s titles were won by Frank Baddick in 13:43 and Dani Chatterton in 15:12. *Burning FAST*

Supporting Ol-YUM-pic Dreams

Knowle resident Katie Stainton is one of the UK’s top heptathletes. Sitting tantalisingly close to the Tokyo 2020 qualifying mark and second only in the UK to World Champion Katrina Johnson-Thompson in 2019.

Despite the likes of KJT and Jess Ennis-Hill wowing the world the life of a Heptathlete isn’t particularly glamorous.

It’s expensive, exhausting and punishing. As an unfunded athlete at present you can support Katie and her Olympic dreams by ordering one of her Yummy Cups. With flavours such as Strawberry Cheesecake and White Chocolate or Crunchy Lotus Biscoff you can indulge in our favourite pastime: Watching other people do sport while eating indulgent food. Plus ordering a Yummy Cup makes you a 4% better person. That’s a scientifically peer reviewed (possibly not) fact.

To check out her prices and offers click on the logo below:

National Virtual 5k Champs 11-13 July

Next up in our summer of virtual races is the National 5k Champs. This is your chance, whatever your 5k time, to race against the best athletes in England. Albeit virtually. If you’ve been missing your parkrun fix this is the next best thing. You can run your 5k any time between Sat 11th Jul and Monday 13th Jul.

Using the same platform, and results upload procedure, as the K&D virtual Grand Prix and Arden Nein you can sign up by clicking on the logo below:

Best 3 to score in the team competitions and you can compare your performance throughout the age groups. Can we top the 71 entrants in the Arden Nein?