Parking Reminder

A quick reminder to club members that where possible we encourage you running or using public transport to get to club nights. For those who need to use their car please try not to double park. You do get free parking at Sainsbury’s and we’d always advise club members to spread the parking out where possible – our neighbours have been very kind so far in accommodating us and we’re keen to be seen to be considerate to their local needs, driveways and access.

We’ve had no complaints or issues as of yet but it’s always worth keeping in mind. Cheers team! 

Men’s XC Results Fixture 1 – Pittville Park

With injuries, illness, circumstance and the churn of life keeping a number of big K&D hitters out of the first cross country league fixture it looked like it would be a tough day at the office as the gents headed down to Cheltenham. 

Some excellent running from new blood, trusty showponies and back up cavalry kept K&D heads above water though and delivered a positive result. 

Double agent Joe Read showed his recent training with Birmingham Uni is working well as he put a number of his uni-mates to the sword with a 45th place finish. Run of the day though goes to Rob Yeates, a new K&D member who took to the XC team like a duck to water. Finishing third counter in 132nd and picking up valuable places. Continue reading

Weekend Recap: Non-Muddy parkrun roundup

While the XC teams were off to Coventry and Cheltenham our other members were holding the fort at home. 

Brueton parkrun:

It was Gareth Wainwright at the head of the K&D field on Saturday morning. Running 17:23 Gareth was third runner overall.  Paul Bentley, fresh from winning a fiver at Centurions (taking his career winnings to a fiver…) was second K&D man. Paul ran 19:05, just ahead of Michael Swann in 19:26. 

Emma Lowe took the garland for our women on Saturday morning with a swift 22:09 run. Mary Heald ran an impressibe 22:53 (with buggy) and Siobhan Cotter in 24:02.

Smita Deshpande went faster than she ever has before with a PB of 27:38. Lennie Watson joined Smita in PB Corner with a shiny new time of 44:05. Finally a special congratulations to Anthony Dutton, who after a massive battle with injuries ran 20:48. A sensational return for one of the most relentlessly positive and popular parkrunners – something we’re all please to see.

Stewart parkrun:

Up in t’North and wor Ian Naisbitt ran Stewart parkrun in Middelsborough. His 21:17 was the best sporting performance in Middelsborough since Juninho inspired the Boro to a 5-1 win against Tottenham in the Premier League on 3rd May 2003.

Women’s XC Results Fixture 1 – Coundon Hall Park

The Women’s XC produced a really promising season debut in the Midland Women’s XC League. Jane Evans delivered an excellent second place over all, reaffirming her recent excellent parkrun form. Run of the day though was Rosie Marsh who produced an brilliant 18th place (9th Senior) on her cross country debut. Showing off the brilliant progress she has made this year.  Clare Magee continued her excellent return with a storming 40th place overall while Elaine Callinan (67th), Rachel Aston (92nd) and Tracey Beavan (129th) all dug in for the team. The women finished in 6th place overall with our masters team in 7th out of 24 teams!

In last years season opener our only four women finished 2nd, 25th, 67th  and 99th.

For our team to score 127 points, in comparison to last year’s 193pts is a massive improvement and testament to how hard our women have worked. With Jude and Monica to return post-NY marathon and hopefully Kathy and others too it is brilliant to see our women’s cross country team thriving. Last year we could only field 4 runners in the first race of the season. Seeing our team growing is a real thrill as more women discover the joys and benefits of a cross country season. If you are interested in joining the fun for the next race just drop Kathy an email. Cross country welcomes runners of any and all standards. It’s all about the team work that makes the dream work.

Quizzy Rascal – Christmas Quiz – Wed 13th Dec

For the non-hip members of out club Dizzy Rascal is a pop star. Quizzy Rascal is a pun on his name. Genius right? Now we’ve cleared that up this is a reminder that Quiz tickets are on sale. Turkey Rolls and Dessert, the chance to show off your brain power.

You’re welcome to bring partners and running/community parkrun friends of the club.

There will be no official club training that night, we’ll all be guessing the names of One Direction (Niall, Harry, Sleepy, Grumpy, Dopey), so you might as well…

1x Christmas Party, Quiz Night + Food Ticket

Weekend Recap: NY, Centurions, Takeover Weekend

Firstly thank you to everyone who helped at the K&D Takeover day. So many people pitched in that the day ran brilliantly despite the downpour. Cake was bountiful and you turned out in your droves.

New York Marathon

Big congrats to John Garside, Monica Green and Jude Mansfield who all ran the New York Marathon. Ticking off a bucket list race and a half in an electric atmosphere after Shalane Flannagan became the first USA women’s winner in 40 years.

Our own stars ran…

John Garside – 3:47:56
Monica Green – 4:18:02
Jude Mansfield – 4:18:03

A big word too for Kathy Bailey. While nursing injuries that kept her out of the big day we’re very proud of the support and captain’s spirit she has shown over the last few months. An absolute credit to herself and the club.

K&D were delighted to see Kathy get a 5k run in on her trip. You can’t keep our good Kathy down! A reminder for us to all #BeMoreKathy

Centurions GP #1

Blimey. Is it really that time of year again? With building work on Babbs Mill meaning a longer walk to the start and a narrow first mile it meant getting out hard and early to secure a decent position in the field. A great K&D turn out saw Chris Sharp, Rosie Marsh, Louise Bell, Paul Williams and Mary Heald all pick up overall or age group podium prizes.  Continue reading

Men’s XC Details: Fixture 1 – Pittville Park, Cheltenham, GL50 4RN

It’s here! The Mud. The Blood. The Guts. The Glory.

Men’s XC Details: Fixture 1 – Pittville Park, Cheltenham, GL50 4RN

We Need A Volunteer – all you have to do is come along, enjoy the day and probably help people go through the finish funnel. Without a volunteer we lose 200 points – That could be enough to relegate us at the end of the year.  Please let Darren or Torsten know if you are willing to help the club (anyone can volunteer – no need to be a club member)

When: We are meeting at The Drum and Monkey (177 Four Ashes Rd, Dorridge, Solihull B93 8ND) at midday. We will leave in a convoy at 12:15pm on the dot. Don’t be late. Please let Darren or Torsten know if you are coming in the convoy.

If you are making your own way there you’ll find all details for getting there and parking here:

Fixture 1 Race Details

Race Starts at 2:30pm

We’ll return to the Drum and Monkey and have a drink after to celebrate another great XC race! Like victorious Vikings who’ve conquered Cheltenham.


K&D Volunteer Day @ Brueton parkrun – 4th Nov

The big day has almost arrived where we say a big thank you to the excellent people who put Brueton parkrun on every Saturday morning. With 500+ runners to cater for they deal with an awful lot of headaches to allow us to run. On Saturday we say thank you and take a bit of the hard work out of it for them.

Thank you to everyone volunteering – the roster is here:

K&D Week parkrun Volunteer Roster

We need Cake, Sweets etc. for the runners
We need you to wear club colours
We need you to be smiley happy faces (got that one covered!)
We need you to tell anyone that asks about the club how we’re a solid 6/10 at least.

The club tent will be up for you to huddle under away from the rain – I was burgled, they took my bike but thankfully left the tent and club bits and bobs. If only they knew the value of that tent!

We’ll get the great chance to say thank you to all the hardworking parkrun volunteers who put Brueton on every week.

Any questions drop us a line on Facebook or Email.

Club Kit Instore at Helix Sports, Dorridge

Hurrah! Our new batch of club kit has arrived in store at Helix Sports in Dorridge. You can pick it up from this afternoon (31st Oct). People with reservations will find their orders saved for them. Apologies about the delays. Both ourselves and Helix have been chasing on an almost daily basis and finally we’ve been successful in overcoming factory shutdowns, North Koean nuclear missiles and rogue agents working for Centurions RC .

You’ll find Vests, Tshirts, Hoodies, Running Jackets all in store.