Weekend Recap: Flick on The PB Alarm

Xmas Party: Meet at The Forest between 7 and 7:30pm. Quiz Starts 7:30pm prompt. There will be K&D Rain Jackets (£27.50) and Old Stock Winter Running Kit/Hoodies on sale too (up to £20).

Telford 10k:
The fastest 10k in the country and perfect for an end of year burn up. Rachel Gifford continued her superb start to life in green and gold as she ran 37:33. A PB According to her Power of 10. Starting the PB run of superb weekend performances. Unfortunatley i’m yet to think of a pun on her surname for the title. That honour goes to Flick Sharp who, paced by devoted husband Chris (not devoted enough to avoid dipping her on the line though!) recorded a superb PB of 39:26.  Paul Winwood followed up with a PB of 48:19. There were also PB’s for Jan Hornby, Monica Green, Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell and Gareth Lloyd. Top PBing.

Full Results:
Rachel Gifford – 37:33 (PB)
Chris Sharp – 39:26 
Flick Sharp – 39:26 (PB)
Monica Green – 42:05 (PB)
Paul Winwood – 48:19 (PB)
Jan Hornby – 53:22 (PB)
Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell – 53:29 (PB)
Gareth Lloyd – 57:25 (PB)
Linda Whitehead – 57:41
Isabel Arthur – 58:35
Louise Taylor – 59:20
Amanda Marklew – 1:02:07
Steve Marks – 1:04:37
Paul Jeffrey – 1:05:28
Jo Tork – 1:06:47

Run to The Castle:
Ultra fun for Tim Price who ran the Winter Run to The Castle: Aberdovey to Harlech.  68Km at 6:32 a km pace.  7 hours 25 minutes and 16 seconds for the big man.  That’s why we call him Mountain Man. A big shout to Michael Swann who’s attempt was thwarted by a sore groin.  A brave effort from both men in torrential ran, over massive hills and battered by high winds.

Milton Keynes Winter Half:
Pete Makepeace rounded off a superb year for him by running a PB of 1:31:52.  Pete’s previous PB was 1:39:14. So he smashed a massive 7 min 22 sec off his previous best. Phwoar!

Keyworth Turkey Trot: 
A first ever half for Martin Hancock who broke his duck at Keyworth. Martin ran a more than respectable 1:47:45 on his first attempt. Not too shabby that!

Brueton parkrun:
The PB Party continued at Brueton as Rosie Marsh lowered her best to 20:04. Slicing 3 seconds off her previous best and nibbling ever closer to that 20 min barrier.  Phil Wood joined in on the fun with 22:14 for a new lifetime best.

First K&D Man was Jack Bristow who ran 17:57, followed swiftly by a conservative run of 18:07 for Chris Sharp and newbie Steven Whatmore who clocked 18:27.

The women were led by Rosie Marsh and her PB. Mary Heald ran a more than solid 20:35 while Kerry Ann Thompson sped round to 22:08.

Perry Hall parkrun:
K&D On Tour Oi.Oi.Oi. Graham Edwards led the team home on tour with a superb 24:53 at Perry Hall. Kevin Tomkinson ran 25:17, Nigel Foster ran 26:59, Katie Price clocked 30:12, Caroline Edwards delivered a 30:44 and Stephen Evans finished off the troop in 31:39. There were no diplomatic incidents. Incredibly.

Arrow Valley parkrun:
Jack Whitehouse ran a nice 22:21 over in Redditch.

Torbay Velopark parkrun:
Bulied into joining so we could get that extra London place, Chairman’s Dad David John celebrated his peer pressuring into K&D by running a course PB of 32:49. Thats that K&D magic.

Deadlines, Reminders & The Injured Runners Club

K&D Christmas Party

We need to confirm numbers for our Christmas Party with The Forest this weekend so you only have until Friday to guarantee your ticket. £20. Partners welcome.

Warwickshire XC Champs – Deadline 11th Dec (Race: Sat 5th Jan, Newbold Revel, Leamington)

Our women’s and men’s teams are eyeing championship medal challenges at the Warwickshire XC Champs. If you would like to run please email kdrunningclub@gmail.com by the 11th Dec. Only 20 mins away and you’ll be running against all the people you’d usually face in the WRRL so no need to fear the competition being crazy standards. Club pays ALL entry fees.

Midland XC Champs – Deadline 3rd Jan (Race: 26th Jan, Newbold Comyn Leamington)

Why pay £50 for a Wolf Run when you can take on THE DITCH at Leamington. Iconic. Hosting the Midland Champs this year. A great chance to pit yourself against the best in the region. but similarly welcoming to ALL standards. Let us know by 3rd Jan. Perfect Post Xmas-Pud Exercise. 
Club pays ALL entry fees.

The Injured Runners Club

With a couple of surgeries taking us down one or two runners recently we were pitched the idea of organising The Injured Runners Club. Unable to run on a Wed? The Injured Runners Club will be meeting in The Forest on a Wed during Club Training so you can see your loved ones, get some spicy nuts and a glass of squash (or Beer). Most importantly you can heckle those who run past in the cold. Think of it like The Breakfast Club but with more sass. First ‘Hosting’ is this Week, Wed 5th Dec. Don’t forget ‘Social’ Drinks happen after training too, first Wed of the Month. AND we have Committee on Wed. So we’ll definitely ruin the ambiance of the local watering hole in our bright tops and leggings.

Winter Reminder: BE SAFE, BE SEEN

Please remember to wear brightly coloured tops (Even if you have an Iron Man light on). We’ve noticed a couple of dark tops recently. We do encourage Run Leaders to say no to leading runners they feel may not be safe and will support any Run Leader who refuses to take you out in such instances.

Pavement running only please during winter (Unless on a small specific well lit loop like Rodborough). If you are on the road please move to the pavement at the earliest opportunity and only run on the road when there is no other safe alternative. We don’t want anyone being ran over. It makes a terrible mess. 

The Weekend Recap will be up on Thursday.

B’ham XC League: Men Dig In

With the women storming their Division it was up to the men to follow in their footsteps. Despite it being a day that involved Danny Malone ending up in A&E, Chris Thorley throwing up, Sharpey recovering from Man Flu, Darren still being RIP in Pieces and Chris Morgan in the Arctic Circle on his Mega Yacht the men dug in to end the day in third place in the league. Not quite the highs of race one’s win, but enough to consolidate their promotion chase on a difficult day. 

Good news that Danny’s ankle wasn’t broken came through later. The men wish him a speedy recovery and hopefully the swelling and ligaments are already on the mend!

The race itself saw Chris Sharp finish 7th over all again. Leading the K&D pack. Again every man took points off either the opposition’s A or B teams which shows the value of getting as many runners out as we can. Even when we are a little under the weather. There is plenty left to play for over the next 2 fixtures. 

Men: The next fixture is nice and local. Leamington Spa on 12th Jan. 

(Remember too that the Warwickshire XC Champs are on 5th Jan. A perfect warm up! let Torsten, Jo Tork, Darren John, Chris Sharp, Rosie Marsh, Emma Horsefield know if you want to run – or just comment under this on Facebook)

In the battle of numbers the K&D Women and Men tied at 18 runners each on Saturday.

Full Results: 
7th – Chris Sharp 
11th – Rob Yeates
24th – Gareth Wainwright
42nd – Torsten Roesler
63rd – Simon Bentley
68th – Gary Polhill
70th – Richard Dixon
74th – David Carbutt
82nd – Jack Bristow
94th – Greg Turner
96th – Michael Swann
115th – Nick Woolley
122nd – Paul Bentley
141st – Pete Makepeace 
173rd – Max Gimson
174th – Darren John
178th – Ian Voaden
181st – Phil Wood

MWCCL: Women Top of the League

In another outstanding display of teamwork K&D’s women romped to the top of their division with a stunning win on Saturday at Welcombe Hills, Stratford.

Donned in Green face paint the women smashed their way round the incredibly hilly course. Not only did they win the race, they put 18 women through the field as the success at the front encouraged even more of our wonderful club’s women to join in the fun of a winning team. Jane Evans, K&D Women’s Show Pony for so long, delivered another superb result from the front to finish 2nd overall. She was backed up once again by a plethora of K&D as we again put 7(!!) women in the top-30.

Monica Green put in another stunning display of XC technique, Rachel, Flick, Rosie, and Jess backing up Jane with superb team work and packing! Special mention to Mary who came down that last ridiculous hill into the finish with a smile on her face that summed up how fun the day was. 

Kerry Thompson continued her strong improvement moving up to 67th overall. With Louise Bell, Caroline Park, Jo Hitchcock, Jude Mansfield, Catherine Sherlock, Rachel Aston, Linda Whithead, Lianne Le Swann, Amanda Crees and Caroline Edwards all helping to add points to the other teams’ totals. What a squad!

Having so many women out created an brilliant atmosphere among the team with jubilant celebrations at what is probably K&D’s first ever league win at Cross Country. Contagious fun!

A big thank you to Emma Horsefield who acted as Official for the day managing the funnel. Our ladies certainly gave her plenty to manage as they stormed home!

Next league match is:
 12th January 2019 – Droitwich High School – MWCCL Division Two

To join in the fun (you know you want to!) as K&D Women challenge for the league title speak to Women’s Team Captain Rosie Marsh, Vice-Captain Emma Horsefield or any of the K&D Committee and they’ll give you a high five and pass your name on. 

Pos Name Time
2 Jane Evans 00:26:37
7 Rachel Gifford 00:29:08
13 Flick Sharp 00:29:57
14 Monica Green 00:30:03
25 Rosie Marsh 00:31:02
27 Mary Heald 00:31:10
29 Jess Woolley 00:31:22
67 Kerry Thompson 00:34:34
83 Louise Bell 00:35:50
86 Caroline Park 00:36:14
95 Jo Hitchcock 00:36:35
97 Jude Mansfield 00:36:50
127 Catherine Sherlock 00:39:28
137 Rachel Aston 00:40:28
176 Linda Whitehead 00:43:54
181 Lianne Le Swann 00:44:49
214 Amanda Crees 00:48:20
216 Caroline Edwards 00:48:58


Remember: No Training on the 12th Dec. However if anyone has time and wants to squeeze a run in during the day Hannah England has provided a suggested run.