Weekend Recap: Happy Boake-day

The Three Amigo’s of Russel, Tim and Kev did the Winter Railway 19 Miler near Ironbridge in Shropshire.  It was up and down a disused railway parallel with the River Severn. It was also Kev’s birthday on the day of the race. Happy Boake-day! 

The ‘gents’ finished in 3rd, 4th and 5th.

Tim ran 2:12:50, Russel clocked 2:26:31 and Birthday Boake ran 2:29:20. Well done chaps!

Brueton parkrun:

Gareth Wainwright took the win at Brueton. With several cancellations recently its was refreshing to be able to run – even with diversions due to ice. It’s been very Winter Olympic themed recently. Gareth ran 17:31, behind him a very tired Darren John ran 18:21 and Richard Dixon put in a great 18:37. Our women were led by Jane Evans in 19:19 – despite only just making the start line in time.  Monica Green did miss the start but still ran 21:34! Louise Bell was sensible and arrived in plenty of time to run 23:43. 

Congrats to our 0-3 Group who following their aborted parkrun graduation turned up again this weekend to make their parkrun debut. 

Zoe Meadows completed her Brueton debut but there were no PB’s as the course took a cross country twist.

Bushy parkrun:

There was a pilgrimage for four of our athletes as Caroline and Graham Edwards, Katie Price and Emily King made a trip to parkrun’s spiritual home. Graham had the honour of finishing first in 26:36, Katie Price ran 28:10 while Emily and Caroline both ran 38:06.

Coventry parkrun:

Greg ‘Afterburner’ Turner whizzed round Coventry parkrun in 19:35. An overall PB it seems. Definitely a result of his dedication and hard work by turning out for the Cross Country all winter.

Havant parkrun:

Louise Taylor enjoyed a spot of tourism with a visit to Havant. She ran 32:10.

Arrow Valley parkrun:

New club member and former race walker Karen Ratcliffe showed her turn of speed with a 25:56. 

Redcar parkrun:

Up north we find Ian Naisbitt enjoying the surroundings of Redcar parkrun. Ian clocked 22:24. Swifter than a nifty red car.

Kingsbury Water parkrun:

Simon Battson took to the lakes again with a good run at Kingsbury. He ran 25:21.

Training 19th-28th Feb: Heading into Spring

We’re almost there! Winter is almost done. Closer and closer to races and daffodils and all that jazz. Enjoy your training menu until the end of Feb. Remember… Sub-21 parkrunners also have training on Tues/Thurs meeting @ Tudor Grange, running from 6:45pm (meet in the stand by the track). 

Everyone else – watch those legs on a Monday if you’ve been doing Sunday long runs. Otherwise… Enjoy!

Awards 2018 – Club Person of the Year Nominations

Team. We are on a tight deadline so please get your Club Person of the Year nominations in to kdrunningclub@gmail.com. You have ONE week to get them to Chairman Dazza for consideration. If you think someone has shown K&D spirit, or dedication or bleeds Green & Gold nominate them now. Deadline: 9pm 22nd Feb.

Women’s XC Results

Our Ladies capped a glorious cross country season by putting in another excellent performance at Wolverhampton last Saturday.

Rosie Marsh deputised for as women’s no.1 by finishing a superb 15th in the ladies Division 2 race. Showing her natural flair for the mud. Behind her was the outstanding Monica Green who finished a superb 23rd overall. Not bad at all! With Rosie and Monica leading the way the rest of the team danced across the mud. Elaine Callinan came home in 79th, Jude Mansfield was 87th and debutant Amanda Crees loved the mud finishing in 163rd. 

Our ladies finished a brilliant 6th overall. Possibly our best ever result (I haven’t checked yet). Our Masters team finished 7th. Congratulations to all our women who competed. It has been a watershed season for our Women’s team on the mud and it’s been brilliant to see Jane winning, Rosie developing, regulars like Monica improving and newbies like Amanda loving their introductions to the joy of XC!

Men’s XC Results – Already Looking Forward

After 2 solid years of punching above our weight, battling the behemoths of Birmingham Uni, Loughbrough Uni and Birchfield et. al. Knowle & Dorridge RC’s time in Division 1 came to a close on Saturday in Wolverhampton.

With injuries to some of our top runners we lost points and ground over the course of the season despite brave efforts from the likes of Chris Sharp who has ran through his niggles and a range of club athletes of all speeds digging in. The spirit of the team was encapsulated in the singing of the ‘K&D go down, K&D go down together, come back up… etc. etc.’ The rest wasn’t publishable on a website though.

The K&D men have gone down but in the relegation there are positives for next season.  Continue reading

0-3 Challenge: Graduation with a Difference

Tracy Davies rounds up the graduation with a difference for our K&D 0-3 class of 2018:

“For the 1st time since we started our running challenge, parkrun was cancelled due to ice on the course. After turning out in the freezing rain we made a decision for those who wanted to run at there own risk, they would complete the 5k course without an official time. The enthusiasm was unanimous and off they set most running without stopping which was a first after 5 weeks of run walk sessions. To celebrate the achievement there was a warm drink, cake and a medal. All the leaders would like to say a massive well done to everyone, those who took part Saturday and also those who are still to complete the course due to injury or illness, just making that decision to start running can be life changing and Thank you to JC Trophies Ltd UK for supplying the medals.”

As chair of K&D i’d like to congratulate our class of 2018. Tracy and the other run leaders speak very highly of how hard you’ve worked and you’ve braved some rotten weather! I hope to see you all at parkrun next weekend where there will be high fives for the delayed breaking of the parkrun duck! (No real-life ducks will be harmed in the breaking despite the phrases’ implications.)

Many of our members have now graduated through the last few years of our 0-3 programme and everyone at K&D hopes that this is the beginning of a great running journey for you. As someone who started with the NHS couch to 5k myself in Jan 2014 I know that running can have an amazing impact on your life. I hope you go on to achieve a great deal and, most importantly of course, continue to enjoy your running with friends.

K&D Awards 2018 – Dinner with Dame Kelly Holmes (20/03/18)

We’re breaking with tradition and bringing our Annual K&D Awards Dinner forward. It’s for a very good reason though. 

Our guest of honour will be…

Olympic Gold Medallist at 800m & 1500m (2004)
Olympic Bronze Medallist at 800m (2000)
Double Commonwealth Gold Medallist at 1500m (1994/2002)
Double World Championship Silver Medallist at 1500m and 800m (1995/2003)
World Indoor Silver Medallist at 1500m (2003)
European Silver Medallist at 1500m (1994)
World Championships Bronze Medallist at 800m (1995)
European Championships Bronze Medallist  at 800m (2002)
12x National Champion
Marathon PB of 3:11

Dame Kelly Holmes

Partners are welcome, tickets strictly limited to 160. 

Kelly has kindly waived an speakers fee for the night so we’ll be asking attendee’s to consider a charitable donation to The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust – Kelly’s charity that uses the power of sport and sports people to transform lives of some of the most vulnerable young people in the UK.

The Forest will be hosting our Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday 20th March.  Vegetarian options are available.

1xK&D Annual Awards Dinner Ticket – Dinner with Dame Kelly Holmes

Mens & Women’s 12 and 6 Stage Relays

Saturday 17th March 2018
Sutton Park
Free Entry

The Midland’s Men’s 12 Stage and Women’s 6 Stage Championships takes place annually at Sutton Park. The race, steeped in running history, see’s midlands clubs do battle in a relay. A rare chance to run with your team mates in a twelve man/six woman relay format. This year we’re encouraging a K&D families and picnics day out.

The club always enters teams and while the teams are picked at Team Captain’s discretion we encourage all abilities to enter. We can enter an unlimited amount of teams so put your name forward and we’ll do our best to include as many people as want to run. Even better… if you have 11 or 5 K&D friends you want to run with just let us know! It’s always a brilliant atmosphere and event. There is also the opportunity to qualify for a national championship. Something we are more than capable of!

If you would like to run please check out and enter your email address. Best of all the club pays the entry fee. Free race!

Enter Below:

Midlands Men’s 12 Stage Road Relay Championship – Free Entry (17/03/2018)


Midlands Women’s 6 Stage Road Relay Championship – Free Entry (17/03/2018)

Weekend Recap: PB Klaxon’s Batteries Run Out

Centurions GP:

The marathon and half-marathon training is starting to kick in. In fresh conditions K&D’s rag-tag gang of misfits tore around Babbs Mill lake like hoodlum’s up to no good. Chairman Darren was first home in fourth overall, equalling his PB with a 28:32. Exactly the same time he ran on 5th Feb 2017. Weird. Rosie Marsh took a big old chunk of her PB as first K&D woman. Rosie ran 33:12 smashing her previous best of 33:53.

Behind Darren the second K&D man home was Greg Turner who also PB’d. His cross country season is paying off as he ran 32:07. Paul Williams took third K&D man, returning after a several week layoff to run 33:57.

Behind Rosie, Emma Lowe ran her first ever 5 miler. Setting her PB at 34:49. A more than respectable time for a first effort. Louise Bell rounded out the Top-3 with a 37:49.

Congrats go to Siobhan Cotter and Gary Welsh who both won prizes in the Midland Masters Handicap Race. A bottle of bubbly for Siobhan and chocolates for Gary.

Darren John – 28:32 (=PB)
Greg Turner – 32:07 (PB)
Rosie Marsh – 33:12 (PB)
Paul Williams – 33:57
Gary Welsh – 34:33 (PB)
Emma Lowe – 34:49 (PB)
Steve Armstrong – 35:20
Louise Bell – 37:49
Siobhan Cotter – 38:03
Elaine Callinan – 38:22
Jane Hunt – 38:44
Kate Marsh – 39:26 (PB)
Mark Owen – 40:52
Jude Mansfield – 40:59
Graham Edwards – 41:04 (PB)
Alan Marshall – 43:59
Geoff Lewis – 45:40
Linda Whitehead – 47:57
Caroline Edwards – 48:52
Katie Price – 48:53

South Devon Coastal Trail Half

Hills, glorious hills. On the beautiful South Devon Coast Gary Wickett knocked 30 minutes of hiss course PB to run 3:13 on the tough cliff top course.

Brueton parkrun

The appeal has gone out for anyone willing to step forward and lead a second parkrun in Solihull. If you have bundles of enthusiasm for running, health and community and are interested email bruetonhelpers@parkrun.com.

Gareth Wainwright took the reigns as he sped round parkrun in a swift 17:16. He was followed by Darren John in 17:43 and Rob Michaelson-Yates in 18:03 as all three men ran quickly through damp morning. Kate Marsh was the first K&D lady on Saturday, just missing out on her PB but still running 24:41. Sarah Cattell took second in 25:28 and Katie Price rounded out the top three in 27:05.

Congratulation to Kay Adenipekun who clocked up his 50th parkrun!

In PB heaven were Paul O’Donnell, 22:25 and Russell Singleton 22:25. Blimey, they could have crossed the line holding hands! Superb running from those two.

Coventry parkrun

Coventry played host to Battson on tour as Simon Batson ran 26:21. 31 seconds faster than the week before at Cov.

Cannon Hill parkrun

Jonathon Bellman took it out in 24:42 at Birmingham’s biggest parkrun. His 10th time running there.

Belfast Victoria parkrun

Back in the green isle and Monica Green took it out hard in Belfast speeding round to a sub-21. Monica clocked 20:53.

Maidenhead parkrun

Rob Ambrose, who’s morning train buddies now with your journalistic chairman, clocked 20:52. High Five train buddy!

Cross Country – The Final Round

Men and women are being called into action for our final league fixtures of the 17/18 cross country season. 

Both teams are at Aldersley Stadium, Wolverhampton on Saturday 10th February 2018.

Men – we plan to leave The Drum and Monkey a little earlier to support our women in their brilliant season. 12 sound ok?

Men, the final league position doesn’t matter. If we go down it just means more K&D men will be able to embrace cross country next year. We want a big team out to show support for all our runners this year who have fought hard in the league.

Women – you’ve been bloody brilliant. Lets finish the season off with a full team and a smashing run!

Look out for emails/whatsapps from your team captains.