Weekend Recap: parkruns in the sun

Brueton parkrun: Chris Sharp’s fast feet posed a fire risk over parched grass on Saturday. His 16:50 meaning Brueton needed a fire extinguisher on hand at the finish line. Behind him Gareth Wainwright ran a swift 17:25 – doing his best to create some breeze for the other runners while Michael Swann ran 18:46 for third K&D. Swan’s can carry 4 1/2 Stone of Ice under their wings. Swan fact.

Monica Green was our first K&D woman in 20:04. Hot Stuff! Flick Sharp followed in the sweaty footprints of Chris in 21:18. Jane Hunt sped to a 23:16, avoiding Chris’ sweaty foot prints. Wise. Hunt Fact: Jane hunt’s wild Pokemon in her spare time. She has a wild Charizard head mounted on her livingroom wall.

Bushy parkrun:
Week 2 of our stealthy K&D Bushy Takeover. It will be ours. Soooon. Jan Hornby (26:55),  Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell (27:32), Katie Price (29:43) and Caroline Edwards (30:32) laid down some secondary foundations. Next come’s the turret…

Stonehouse parkrun:
The Whitehead’s visited Stonehouse. A house. Made of Stone. Who’d have thought it! Novel. Killer Keith clocked 24:25 and Lovely Linda ran 29:09. The nicknames need some work.

Kingsbury Water parkrun:
Mmm water. A scarce commodity this summer. Anthony Dutton led our tour group round in 19:51. He carried a little flag like a Japanese tour guide in London. Kay Adenipekun was next up in 24:12, Paul Winwood ran 24:39, Karen Ratcliffe ran 26:26, Lissy Calvert clocked 31:13, Penny Taylor clocked off at 31:58 while Gail Partridge fell in a lake. Actually she ran 32:32.

Perry Hall parkrun:
The quietest Birmingham parkrun is a hidden gem. Steve Armstrong rolled up like a duke and dropped a 21:03.

Stratford-Upon-Avon parkrun:
Richard attacked the fast, flat SUA parkrun with 21:04 in the shadow of the RSC.

Errdig parkrun:
Errdig is a National Trust Home, famous for its tapestries. I was excited when I heard it was famous for is pastries. I am dissapointed. Pete Austin ran 21:08. We need more pastries.

Tampere parkrun:
Friend of the club Riina Kuuselo ran 20:37. Tampere Fact: Tampere this week hosted the World U20 Champs.

Exmouth parkrun:
Steve Marks ran 33:02. Exmouth Fact: Exmouth Lifeboat Station is #16 of Things to do in Exmouth on Trip Advisor. I’m not saying it’s a naff day out but… another Exmouth Fact: Drowning is #15 of Things to do in Exmouth on Trip Advisor.

Training: 16th-25th


Monday Wednesday Weekend

5 x 3 mins @ 10k pace (90s)

(3 mins)

5 x 3 mins @ 10k pace (90s)

(3 mins)

4 x 90s @ 3k pace (1 min)


20 – 40 mins tempo at 15-20s slower than ½ marathon pace

+ 5 x 30s strides

Racers – just do 20 mins at 20s slower and no strides.

Stratford 6 miles

3 x 5 mins @ 5k-10k pace (90s)

5 x 3 mins @ 5k pace (1 min)

(3 mins)

5 x 1 min FAST (1 min)


1 mile warm up

5 continuous alternate miles.

Easy, Hard, Easy, Hard, Easy

Easy – 20s slower than ½ marathon pace

Hard – 20s faster than ½ marathon pace

+ 6 x 20s strides

½ mile warm down


If Anyone Can, Elaine Callinan Can

A huge K&D congratulations to Elaine Callinan who this week achieved a brilliant 3rd in her age category representing GB  at the World Championships Aquathlon in Denmark. A fantastic result for Elaine and a superb way to represent her country and club.

Training: Wed 11th July – World Cup Clash

As you know England have been led, Spartan-like, by Harry Maguire, into a World Cup Sem-Final. Gareth Southgate has emerged as the lusty-target for a million house wives and delivered M&S waistcoat departments an unexpected windfall. 

As a result there will be very few run leaders available on Wed so Official Training will be postponed. If you want to run please feel free to gather at HQ however you run at your own risk. The roads should be nice and quiet though at least.

Weekend Recap: Northbrook, H&W10k, BBMHM,

Northbrook 10k: It’s only 7km uphill… In 28 degree temperatures the WRRL was scorchio. Chris Sharp took the win with a superb 33:50 in difficult conditions. He was backed up by Torsten Roesler in 37:45 and Ed Bower in 43:50. 

Our Women kept the men on their toes as Jane Evans and Rosie Marsh finished 3rd & 4th K&D overall. Jane Evans ran an excellent 39:05 while Rosie Marsh wasn’t too far behind in 42:38.  Jude Mansfield rounded out the top-3 K&D women in 51:14.

Chris Sharp – 33:50
Torsten Roesler – 37:45
Jane Evans – 39:05
Rosie Marsh – 42:38
Ed Bower – 43:50
Adam O’Nions – 44:10
Steve Armstrong – 44:14
Ian Naisbitt – 47:19
Gary Welsh – 47:49
Phil Wood – 48:44
Mike Durkin – 48:46
Mark Owen – 49:32
Martin Hancock – 50:17
Jude Mansfield – 51:14
Rob Stewart – 52:12
Paul Winwood – 52:31
Kay Adenipekun – 52:55
Graham Edwards – 54:51
Isabel Arthur – 65:53
Caroline Edwards – 66:34
Paul Jeffrey – 66:50

Birmingham & Black Country Half Marathon

A Saturday point to point half for Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell and Claire Maggs. Ann ran a 2:14:06 while Claire ran 2:36:39 enjoying the run along the superb Midlands canal network.  Shame they can’t take selfie’s though. Continue reading