Training: Brought to you by #Runderwear

Anyone attending The National Running Show will no doubt have two thoughts: Next year they could go much bigger and Geez, why is everyone talking about pants?

Turns out Runderwear were the hottest stall in the hall with people thrusting money into the assistants hands quicker than you could say: Boxers or Briefs? 

I’m sure it’ll be nice to know that 90% of the club will be wearing matching pants while we do the next two weeks training.

Club Vacancy: Arden 9 Assistant Run Director

Assistant Arden 9 Run Director: After many years Arden 9 service Gavin Davies is moving to Wales. We would like someone to step forward to help Mark Cordiner-Barton. Ideally someone willing to assist on the day, drive equipment from garages and generally be a help. 

The Arden 9 is THE major income generator for our club  – membership fee’s aside. It is vital we ensure a positive race day experience for runners and marshals as well as meeting all licencing requirements. 

You do not need to be a club committee member to become Assistant Run Director. Training opportunities and qualifications can also be subsidised if you’re keen to learn more.

Once again Mark will need a team of volunteers on the day to support, set up and pack away. If you don’t think you’ll want to run a 9 miler in June please do offer to help out.

To apply as Assistant Run Director or part of the volunteer team please email


National XC Details: Record Entries + Travel

The 130th National XC Championships is set to be enormous as 3428 men have entered. When entries closed the 10 races of the day had totalled a huge 9472 runners entered. Saturday 24th Feb is set to be stunning.

Travel: For anyone wanting to travel by train the 10:04 from Solihull gets us to Hampstead Heath (next to Parliament Hill) at 12:48. Race time is 3:00pm.

Super Off-Peak Day Travel card is £35.50

We can then amble back covered in mud and annoying people on the train by being smelly.

Or any drivers can drive there of course.


Weekend Recap: Not the Romans and parkrun Roundup

Not the Roman IX

Congrats to Chris Revell who had a brilliant run at the Not the Roman IX. Chris finished 17th in 47.05. A storming run at a race that many use as pre-marathon season prep. Joining Chris was Mark Amyes who ran a strong 54:51. Great times over that course.

2018 Endurancelife CTS Anglesley Half

Gary Wicket went feral over the hills of Wales as he took on the very long named 2018 Endurancelife CTS Anglesley Half in 3:22. The tough, technical course tested Gary but he came through unscathed. 

Brueton parkrun

With lots of runners off at Cross Country it gave a chance for others to shine at Brueton. Paul Bentley took advantage and finished 2nd overall with a time of 19:03. Ed Long was second K&D man in 19:55 and Ainsley Wainwright was third in 19:55. 

A number of our women were off doing an outstanding job at Cofton Park in the mud but Mary Heald took the responsibility on and finished first K&D Woman in 22:48, Kate Marsh followed up in 25:39 and Karen Stapley took third in 25:54.

Coventry parkrun

Coventry played host to Ian Maidment for 26:00 minutes at parkrun on Saturday.

Colchester Castle parkrun

The Whiteheads took themselves off to do some touristing in Colchester over the weekend. Linda ran 31:08 and Keith continued his recovery from his fracture by walking the course in 46:53.

Peterborough parkrun

Gary Welsh popped up in Peterborough on Saturday. His time of 21:39 placed Gary 36th overall.

Wycombe Rye parkrun

Jack Bristow took the win at Wycombe Rye as he continued his excellent winter. Jack ran 18:12.

Kingsbury Water parkrun

Simon Battson ran 30:40 at Kingsbury on Saturday.

Midland Womens XC Results: Fixture 3

Our women continued their excellent run of form as they once more scored brilliantly over the grass on Saturday. Jane Evans once more took the win with a superb 28:51. Behind her Rosie Marsh once again performed brilliantly with a 28:51, Claire Magee ran 30:20, Elaine Callinan clocked 33:00 and Jude Mansfield rounded the team out with 33:28.

Our ladies finished 1st, 26th, 39th, 65th and 72nd. Boom. All in the top 100.  The team finished 8th overall! What a result. Not to forget that our team also finished 6th in the masters race. 

Last year our ladies finished 20th, 50th, 84th, 114th and 134th.  That means our 2018 score of 203, beats 2017’s score of 402 points by 199 places!

Special congrats should go to Elaine and Jude. Elaine improved 19 places, while Jude finished 42 places higher up the field! Its great to see Claire back running so well too! Amazing performances. 

Well done team! 

K&D AGM – 18th April – Committee Roles to be Filled

Our annual AGM will take place on the 18th April this year. 

Please note we are also having a committee meeting on 31st Jan. Should you have any issues you want to raise please speak to a committee member or email

At our recent committee meeting we reviewed which roles will be up for renewal at the AGM, a bit of a way off, but plenty of time for members to think about taking on a role.  It’s fantastic to be part of the group leading such a successful running club.  

Your club can only run due to the hard work of your committee; we encourage regular rotation of roles to keep the club fresh and diverse. A number of committee members are stepping down in April to allow others to contribute. Committee members will get first dibs on things like Helix Kit Reviews (Kathy and Darren have just done this, Run Leaders get second dibs). We encourage members from all abilities and groups to represent on the committee.

Roles for replacement:
Ladies Captain (Member has volunteered)
Membership secretary  (Member has volunteered)
Ordinary member (without specific role)

New roles which will be introduced at the AGM are:

Communication and social media officer: An officer to help Darren manage the website, upload info, write a few results reports etc.

Wellbeing officer:  The role is to point any members needing assistance in the direction of help and support where needed. The Officer will also support members in any Wellbeing issues should any arise and act as an independent member should there be any issues needing division and independent work without Committee involvement. We’d also like the Wellbeing Officer to plan RunandTalk mental health sessions a couple of times a year.

Coaching and Run Leader coordinator: (A qualified Run Leader to liaise with Hannah England (and Sarah Connors), Coach Colin on Tues/Thurs Sessions, Run Leaders etc. – There is scope for the club to encourage and fund qualifications should the member wish)

Assistant Arden 9 Run Director: After many years Arden 9 service Gavin Davies is moving to Wales. We would like someone to step forward to help Mark Cordiner-Barton. Ideally someone willing to assist on the day, drive equipment from garages and generally be a help.

These four posts fall under constitution clause 7.13 (nominate, delegate and assign specific tasks to officers or other members, whether or not they are already part of the management.

They are non-committee management posts but will be invited to meetings and treated as important club advisors: although they don’t have an official vote in line with the constitution their views will be treated with equal value as committee management’s. There is no time limit on the post but members will be encouraged to sit for two years in line with other committee members.

Also, should anyone wish to become Chair in 2019 and shadow Darren in the next 12 months they would be encouraged to step forward. As Chair I don’t mind continuing, but I feel it is vital that the role is regularly rotated between members for the good of the club. We’ve never had a female chair and i’d be very keen to encourage that (hint ladies!).

If you are interested in any of the roles please email

2018 Local Races inc. WRRL

WRRL Fixtures 2018:

  • Massey Ferguson RC Tractor 10k – Sunday 1st April (Entry Link)
  • Leamington Monty 5k – Sunday 22nd April (On the Night Entry Only)
  • Spa Striders Ryton Pools 5m – Thursday 24th May (On the Night Entry Only)
  • Sphinx Summer 5 mile – Wednesday 6th June – TBC
  • Two Castles 10k– Sunday 10th June (Ballot opens 1st Feb)
  • Arden 9 mile – Sunday 17th June
  • Northbrook 10k – Sunday 8th July
  • Stratford Summer 6 mile – Saturday 21st July – TBC
  • BRAT 5k – Wednesday 8th August – TBC
  • Kenilworth Half Marathon – Sunday 2nd September (Entry Link)
  • Rugby 10 mile – Sunday 7th October


Other local races we enjoy:

Nationals XC Champs Entry Deadline 12th Jan / Centurions Results

DEADLINE for The National XC Champs is 12th Dec.

Torsten and Kathy need to know ASAP if anyone is wanting to run. It’s an incredible race for all abilities. London day trip, lads/ladies day out, mud, few beers on the train back (or Pinot Grigo) and historic race at the home of XC. Just look how amazing that picture is…

The National is the best race in the UK. Full stop. And we encourage everyone to join in the fun. Email if you want to run.

Centurions GP Results:

Congratulations to everyone that ran the Centurions GP on Sunday. Full results were as follows:

Darren John – 30:31
Rosie Marsh – 34:29
Steve Armstrong – 34:56
Mike Durkin – 35:34
Gary Welsh – 35:37
Stephen Ray – 35:48
Siobhan Cotter – 38:13
Elaine Callinan – 38:36
Jane Hunt – 39:06
David Carbutt – 39:10
Rob Stewart – 40:02
Graham Edwards – 42:10
Paul Winwood – 42:24
Alan Marshall – 43:57
Katie Price – 44:51
Kate Marsh – 45:18
Geoff Lewis – 47:37
Caroline Edwards – 47:41
Linda Whitehead – 48:17




Men’s XC League Fixture 3: Warley Woods, Birmingham Uni

Gents! After a disappointing 2nd League Fixture score wise we’re hoping for a big turn out on Saturday 13th. Having ran (half) the course this weekend it’s a good one with a big hill and fast, fast, fast downhills. As Jack will testify with his great run on Saturday – it’s very runnable and not particularly muddy (about 9.5-9.7km).

The course is Warley Woods, only about 30 mins away by Harbone. So nice and local. Post code: B57 5JZ

Race Details: Race Details Document

Leaving the Drum and Monkey if you are convoying at 12:30.

If you want to run (do!) then let captain Torsten know on

Note: Some of you have Gents mentioned it being at Cofton Park. It isn’t. That’s where the ladies are. Don’t go there. Or we’ll make you run extra laps in your pants and vest.

Weekend Recap: Telford 10k, Centurions GP 3, Bruet-non

With Brueton off due to ice it was left to Telford 10k and Centurions Grand Prix to keep the assorted K&D’ers out of trouble this weekend.

Telford 10k:

Re-arranged after snow broke the course in December the Telford 10k is one of the fastest 10k’s in the UK. A top class field was slightly weakened due to county cross country on Saturday and a rearranged date but the race was won in 29:12 by Charlie Hulson, former National XC Champion. Our own Adam O’Nions led K&D home in 44:02 while Claire Maggs took the first place for K&D Women – despite initially being missed off the results. A big well done to Isabel too who marked her return after a long lay off.

Adam O’Nions – 44:02
Claire Maggs – 54:33
Lorna Davies – 55:04
Amanda Marklew – 55:45
Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell – 57:03
Sian Davies – 1:00:37
Isabel Arthur – 1:00:37
Steve Marks – 1:05:40
Fiona Holland – 1:07:37

Centurions GP 3:

Centurions was quiet too this week with XC and Telford spreading out the field like Nutella on a bagel. With no Olympic ringers our own Rosie Marsh won the women’s race with Darren John finishing 4th overall (and being told off for racing by everyone because he’s been a poorly boy). The course was reversed due to ice and we’re convinced that makes it a slower course. Physics.