Brueton parkrun: With K&D fielding super strong cross country teams our parkrun roundup gets a good shake-up. For the men Lloyd Barton takes the Oscar for Fastest K&D in 20:50. Standing atop of the K&D podium. It wouldn’t be a K&D podium without a Wainwright though, and Ainsley delivered in 21:10 while Ian Naisbitt took Bronze in 22:19.
K&D Women seem to deliver an excellent PB on a weekly basis at Brueton and this week it was Anna Delaney who enjoyed the plaudits with 22:45 going on her PB Board. She also takes the coveted first K&D women. She was followed by Kate Marsh in 23:14 and Katy Connolly in 24:06.
Joining the PB party was Richard Lisiecki representing K&D Blokes
Highbury Fields parkrun: Highbury Fields is an exercise in organised chaos ad 499 runners ran FIVE laps of the park. Bodies everywhere. Louise Taylor ran 33:21 dodging people on all sort of laps – she then went to a bookshop and bumped into Hugh Grant; who spilt his coffee on her. Did you know Hugh lives with Rhys Ifans in Notting Hill?
Carlise parkrun: Simon Battson was way up north in lovely Cumbria and ran 26:01. I can’t think of a pun that involves Kes. Part of Withnail & I is set in Cumbria though and that’s good enough for me. “Don’t threaten me with a dead fish!”
Torbay Velopark parkrun: At the opposite end of the country Devon correspondent David John limped round in 41:09 – hamstrung by a sore hamstring. Less Forest Gump, more Forest Humpf.
Walsall Arboretum parkrun: Rob Stewart continued his sensible comeback, with a fuzzy American Cowboy style beard too, as he ran 29:37. He found a dead horse and climbed inside it to keep himself warm over night in Walsall. (Note: This makes no sense if you haven’t seen The Revenant)
Sandwell Valley: Pete Makepeace, the Kevin Costner of K&D, showed that if you build a parkrun he’ll come, and run. Pete ran 32:20
Stratford-upon-Avon parkrun: Kevin Tomkinson in love. Just like Shakespeare. In love with parkrun. Kev ran 28:29
Babbs Mill parkrun: Two Men and a Maidment were at Babbs Mill. Phil Wood clocked 21:41 pre-cross country to hold off Gareth Lloyd (24:45) and Ian Maidment in 26:28
K&D’s men rounded out a superb season in Division One of the Birmingham & District Men’s Cross Country League with a superb 12th place at the end of the season. In all truth K&D’s men were well clear of the relegation scrap all season delivering consisten brilliance to record a total score of 1867pts. 328 points clear of the drop.
K&D men missed the talents of Chris Sharp but our incredible strength in depth kept us in mid-table comfort. Run of the day goes to Gareth Wainwright who scalped Rob Michaelson-Yeates to finish an excellent 49th. Rob, on tired legs still cruised in 55th overall. Gary Polhill’s incredible run of form continues as he (73rd) and Chris Morgan (74th) crossed the line seconds apart. Chros Thorley (109th) and Steve Whatmore (118th) consolidated an excellent top-6.
Our depth was on show in the bunching of Torsten Roesler (129th), Habib Farazmand (130th), Dave Carbutt (131st). Rob Mundy (143rd) and Richard Dixon (149th) who crowded out the top 120-150th places. Adding valuable points to other teams were Danny Malone (161st) and Greg Turner (169th). More on Greg Later. Stuart Male put in a strong run for the team (179th), while Ed Bower finished strong (186th) and Paul Bentley delivered one of the photos of the day (192nd). A poorly Darren John puked his way over in 193rd, suffering stomach issues on the very hilly course. The team was rounded out by Andrew Connors (202nd), Phil Wood (212nd) and pete Austin (221st).
Every K&D runner added points to either the opposition A or B team. A showing that emphasises the importance of teamwork and turning out for the team.
K&D men join the women’s team in securing their place next season against the elite and now look at moving up the league at just how good they can be. Our men’s strength in depth making them a formidable unit going into the road relays and summer running.
The men’s club shorts this year were worn with Oomph! by Greg Turner. In acknowledgement to his fine contribution by directing a car full of K&D men to the Race Director’s house instead of the race venue in January’s XC fixture. Greg left it all on show. Perhaps too much. Or too little. It was a very cold day judging by the evidence on show.
Taking on the biggest clubs and best athletes across University giants and elite distance runners for the first time ever in Division 1 our K&D women inked their name in history with their greatest ever season.
Race 4 of the year was at Leaminton. Shorn of several of our fastest women for a whole host of reasons it was those who’s names haven’t been in the limelight who were now thrown centre stage. Oh Boy (or more appropriately ‘Oh Girl’) they stepped forward. With the season involving a Team 5th 152(pts), a 17th (280pts) and a 7th (96pts) it had been up and down but finished with a massive high as our women fought like a dozen Boudica’s. With 249pts on the day K&D women secured a magnificent 10th place our of 15 teams. Securing another season in Division One next year with ease and beating, Trentham, Bournville, CLC Striders, Stratford AC and Gloucester AC in the process. Our Masters team also finished 8th overall.
Congratulations to Jane Evans who takes the crown as overall Masters Champion.
Considering two races with a number of absentee’s 10th is a superb result and has our women looking up the table and getting excited about what they can achieve next year.
On the day it was Arden 9 Race Director Flick Sharp and Captain Fantastic Rosie Marsh who led the team round in 26:11 (33rd) and 27:57 (65th). Kerry Thompson had an absolute stormer of a race to finish in 28:32 (71st) while huge fan of the mud Kathryn Bird clocked an impressive 29:50 (87th). Behinf the first four were an excellent team, often unsung, that all added points to the opposition.
Super-Improver (Like ABBA’s Super-Trooper?) Adeba Jama ran 31:48 (11th), Hannah Gibson ran 32:00 on the nose (120th) while Kathy shower great strength to run 33:53 (138th). Karen Ratcliffe, presumably pleased by the plethora of Vegan cafes in Leamington, ran 34:04 (139th), Sandra ‘mother of insanely fast Louie’ Boot showed where he gets his running genes from with a 35:29 (143rd) and Linda Whitehead managed not to break a leg at Leamington in 40:14 (158th). She also got a guard of honour from the guys who arrives just as she was passing. GO LINDA!
Congratulations to all the women that ran this year. It was an incredible season. To finish the last race in 13th place without the likes of Jane or Rachel just shows the incredible strength in depth of K&D women. A 19th place over all bodes well for continued growth and success and everyone at K&D is incredibly proud of the achievements of the whole team. From a 2015 club that would only be able to field 1 woman in a league fixture… to 10th in the Midlands with potential for a great future. You’ve done everyone incredibly proud.
Special mention to those who volunteered this season. Without you our women’s team wouldn’t have half as successful. To Jane Evans who always brought the face paints and motivational speeches (‘Don’t mince through the ditch’) and to Jess Woolley who never let being preggers get in the way of her support for the women.
And to Rosie Marsh for the incredible baking and putting herself on the line despite 12 months of injury hell. Captain Fantastic!
Brueton parkrun: The boy’s are pretty predictable at Brueton right now with Gareth Wainwight (16:40), George De Bolla (17:24) and Habib Farazmand (18:48) locking out that top-three. Where as the women are all the fun and excitment. Kerry Ann Thompson ran a superb 20:44 and was followed by Kate Leeson (23:31) recording an excellent new PB and Kathy Bailey (23:45). Sophia Harrison’s 31:34 was also a new PB making it a Women’s week in the PB party tent.
Warwick parkrun: A farmer’s dozen of K&D shelled out on petrol to go to Warwick parkrun. A late start led to a scramble to get to Warwick. The egg-cellent course is an out an back on the racing line. Highlight of the day was the local yobbo’s who egged Paul Winwoods car. An otherwise cracking morning.
Darren John l-egg-ed it round in 18:24. Lloyd Barton avoided a fall on the mud to run 20:48. No Humpty Dumpty breakages to report. John Garside poached third place in 22:28 while Paul O’Donnell ran 23:01 – a hard boiled parkrunner. Mike McDonald was the yoker in the pack with a 23:44 while Paul Winwood didn’t crack while clocking 24:02 and Kate Marsh soldiers round in 25:09.
Babbs Mill parkrun: A single K&D’er at Babbs Mill as Ian Maidment repped the club in 27:16
Oaklands parkrun: Quick and fast for Stuart Male who continued his London Marathon prep in 19:35. He led Anthony Dutton round in 21:45, Kev Tomkinson in 26:19 and a returning Rob Steward who ran 33:03
Chasewater parkrun: Steve Armstrong popped up at the beautiful Chasewater to run 21:34
Bedworth parkrun: Pete Makepeace popped over to Bedworth to try their cake. He approved. He also ran 28:19 – but mostly cake
Tampere parkrun: Scandi-Correspondent Riina Kuuselo clocked a leasuirly 23:12 as one of 47 Tampere parkrunners
Hove Promenade parkrun: Andrew Connors just missed out on a sub-20 as he finished in an angonisingly close 20:07 along the sea-front
Dartford parkrun: He may have moved North but he’s still one of our own, Jack Bristow ran an 18:51 in hispter’s paradise Dartford
Penrith parkrun: Steve Marks continued his tour all the parkruns – Steve ran 34:15 – he also had a doppleganger at Warwick parkrun which was most confusing
Southwark parkrun: Jo Tork enjoyed a weekend in the big smoke as she ran 35:02 – hope she went to Borough Market for lunch after
Walsall Arboretum parkrun: Two in Two for the Horsefield Two. This time is was Matt who emerged victorious in 20:22 as he led his other half Emma round in 20:32
Bath Skyline parkrun: Jane Evans took herself off to the lovely city of Bath for the weekend and in the process took First Woman at Bath Skyline in 19:09
Oldham parkrun: Siobhan O’Donnell was up in Greater Manchester and ran 30:04. Never eat old ham by the way
Torbay Velo parkrun: Devon correspondent David John ran a cautious 30:36 as he comes back from a muscle strain from too much sitting by the beach
St Alban’s parkrun: Simon Battson made sure my entire lunch was taken up with writing all these results out but adding St Albans to the list in 25:36
Coventry parkrun: Nigel Foster didn’t go to Gloucester, he went to Coventry instead. He ran 31:10
To celebrate 10 wonderful years of Knowle & Dorridge RC we’re having a party that even Prince would be proud of. Friday 8th May will see us celebrate at Hogarths Hotel with welcome drinks, three course meal, entertainment from a live band and very special guests.
Our formal Gala dinner will celebrate 10 years of incredible achievements, growth, fun and memories. We’re very much encouraging you to bring partners and friends of the club for a celebration of the entire K&D family.
If you have dietry requirements (Vegan, Vegetarian etc.) plesae email firstname.lastname@example.org after booking and paying for your ticket via BACS.
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