Cross Country: K&D Men Back in the Big Time

A tough cross country season for the men with injuries and illness, mishaps and difficulties culminated with a superb promotion back into the big time of Div. 1. Finishing 2nd overall the K&D men showed their superb strength in depth. Despite all sorts of challenges this season the men more than comfortably secured a stellar promotion.

A long journey to Trentham was rewarded with a superb improvement. Last time we were promoted by the skin of our teeth. This time it was with space to spare.

Rob Yeates led the team round with a superb 5th place with 14th, 15th and 16th occupied by Gareth Wainwright, Chris Sharp, and Chris Morgan. In 44th Simon Bentley made a massive contribution while Tim Price in 48th showed his epic XC engine.

With Jack Bristow (52nd), Torsten Roesler (60th), Paul Bentley (89th), Greg Turner (106th), Pete Makepeace (113th), Max Gimson (127th), Edward Fraser Long (137th) and Phil Wood (159th) all taking valuable points off the opposition.

With the list of men away, ill or injured as long as a XC finish chute it is a massive testament to K&D’s strength in depth that the men secured promotion at ease. The focus now will be on a strong summer to ensure we cement our place in Div. 1 next year.

Massive congrats to all the guys who ran or volunteered this year. It wasn’t easy but you showed superb grit.


Venue: Cattle Country (Sounds like an Americana Netflix Series)
Cattle Country is located half a mile from Berkeley, just off the A38 between Bristol and Gloucester. Leave the M5 at junction 13 and turn right towards the A38. Turn left when you join the A38 to travel south. After approximately 10 miles, at Berkeley Heath Motors, turn right along the B4066 signposted Berkeley. Cattle Country is signposted with brown tourist signs here. Travel along the B4066 for about a mile. Cattle Country is on your right. Use the overflow car park which is the first one you come to and which is also signposted “coaches only”. Please do not use the other car parkas you will be charged entry if you go into the park that way. The post code GL13 9EW .
Current Standing: Smashing the league. Join in the party and open-top bus parade.
Need: To remember to bring enough Prosecco
Convoy: 11:10am at The Church Hall
Post-Season Party: Jane Evans is hosting a classy soiree. It’ll be like The Great Gatsby but with less weird creepy Yanks.

Venue: Park Hall Country Park
Directions: Please do not google the country park and use that postcode as it is incorrect. The nearest postcode (which will get you onto Park Hall Road and approx. 200 yards from the brown sign to the country park) is ST3 5AX
Current Standing: 
Won 2/3 league matches. Somehow sitting in 2nd. 84pts Behind 1st, 49pts ahead of 3rd. 
Need: Everyone running. If we pack the top 100 with our top 12 may be able to claw Bournville back.
Convoy: 11:45am @ The Drum and Monkey
Post-Season Party: Rob’s House, followed by Curry and Greg leading the conga to Walkabout at 2am.

SGM – Membership Fee Proposal – 13th March

Dear All K&D’ers,

Following the club committee meeting on 30/01/2019 the club committe have called an SGM for the 13th March 2018 after training is concluded.

The purpose of this SGM is to put the issue of membership fees to the club body. The membership fee of £35 has stood since the club’s inception a decade ago. As chair I firmly believe the access to the club should be kept as low as possible to encourage growth, diversity of membership and a very small barrier to participation.

However a number of factors are pressuring the club:

1) Streamlining of Membership: It can take a number if weeks to process your membership application leading to issues with registering for races, claiming discounts etc. The committee are proposing to use the automated EA payments system. This however comes at a cost of around 75p per member. With 260 members, and current growth rates suggesting up to 300 by next year this improvement does come at a cost annually. This will however mean that as soon as you pay the amount owed you will be a registered athlete. No more delays.

2) HQ: St Philips is now due to be knocked down in a relatively short time frame. Knowle FC remain the favoured option. However other options are being explored where suggested. We have benefitted massively from the kindness of St. Philips to accomodate us below market rate. But we cannot guarantee rent won’t rise in forthcoming years.

There are of course other considerations such as training costs, increased fee’s to other bodies for affiliations, increased entry fee’s due to popularity of road race leagues abd cross country, increased Arden 9 costs as well as exploring club generated development ideas.

The club committe therefore propose a small increase in membership fee from £35 to £38 annually. This falls under clause 7.16 of the club constitution:

7.16 determine membership fees for approval at the AGM or a SGM and to collect the same promptly;

The SMG has been called so that the fee can be implemented in time for the year 2019/20 season starting 1st April.

The club is currently running at a surplus of c.£1,000 to £1,500 per year however in the current climate we are acutely aware that a proposal to generate an extra c.£600-£900 per year would give us just a little more safety net to meet members needs and build reserves for any future HQ proposals, club developments or changes in circumstance.

A vote will be held on 13th March 2019.

Each member is entitled to one vote.

Anyone unable to attend can issue a proxy vote by email at any point from 1st Feb to 8am on Wed 13th March to

The proxy vote needs only be an email indicating For or Against. Should the number of proxy votes For or Against surpass 50% of club membership by 8am on 12th March the club will be notified that the resolution will pass and the fee will change to £38 annually. As the member fee is not explicitely stated in the club contitution voting will take place under clause 13.1:

13.1[…]All members shall have one vote unless disqualified from voting by this constitution. Votes may be given personally, or by proxy from another member present with satisfactory written evidence of voting authority and instructions.  Questions arising at a general meeting shall be determined by a simple majority of votes save for resolutions to dissolve the club, to amalgamate with another club or to change the constitution as set out below.  Every vote or resolution submitted to a meeting shall be decided by a show of hands including proxies and in the case of an equality of votes the chair of the meeting may have a casting vote;

While any increase in fees is regretable in comparison I still believe a fee of £38 meets the needs outlined and offers excellent value. Other club charges per year are as follows:
S&SH AC: £62 (Seniors),
Balsall Common RC: £45,
Spa Striders: £64.,
Massey Runners: £33
BRAT: £53
Leamington C&AC : £61 (£91 with Track Access)

I hope you will understand the need for the small change and appreciate efforts by the committee to keep costs as low as possible. Something we will continue to be committed to in future, while still delivering innovative initiatives. We believe it has been a key part of our development and as we firmly believe it makes for a more inclusive, diverse and progressive club.

Best regards,
Darren John

Weekend Recap: Tights Weather

Centurions GP:
It was a cold -4 in Solihull when the alarm clocks rang out on Sunday but it didn’t stop a number of hardy K&D making the monthly sojourn to Kingshurt for the Centurion GP. Our BFF’s Centurion hosted another great mixed terrain race.

First K&D home was Chairman DJ who knocked a minute off last month’s time to run 32.05. A way of his best still but at least heading in the right direction. Behind him Rosie Marsh ran 33:31 at the back end of a high mileage week. Amanda O’Leary put the women’s team ahead with a 34:04 nipping home ahead of Steve Armstron in 34:41. Phil Wood continued his hot streak (not in a public park please) with a PB of 36:04. Kevin Tomkinson joined Phil on the PB bus with a 39:01. Stephen Ray ran 39:39 on his longest run since knee surgery. Graham Edwards left the missus at a Zumba convention and joined his team mates running 40.03. Kate Marsh, 42:39 put a week of food, high heels and “networking” behind her and finished ahead of Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell in what we believe is ANOTHER PB. 43:15 for reference.

Katie Price in 45:27, Linda Whitehead in 47:01 and Louise Kemp in 51:41 rounded out the K&D Numbers like Atomic Kitten at the Super Bowl.

Brueton parkrun:
Server issues only delayed Gareth Wainwright’s inevitable mid-17 run. 17:33. Paul Bentley took silver in 19:28 and Andrew Connor’s Bronze in 20:23. Buggy Bad-Ass Mary Heald clocked 22:50 for the women, followed by Kerry Whitehill in 29:08 and Genette White in 29:11.

Mark Sanders defied the cold to PB in 27:44.

Coventry parkrun:
A shoe lace malfunction left Darren John playing catch-up and scuppering a sub-19 attempt. 19:24 and a need for velcro shoes. Kate Marsh ran 25:59 while Rob Stewart’s Kidney Malfunction is disappearing like the minutes off his parkrun times. 26:36 for him.

Arrow Valley parkrun:
Jack Whitehouse was in Redditch on Saturday running 22:10 round the lake of Arrow Valley.

Cannon Hill parkrun:
For Whom the (Johnny) Bellman tolls at 21:26

Southport parkrun:
Rob Ambrose spent 19:27 blazing round Southport parkrun’s course

Churchfields Farm parkrun:
Uber Tourist Kevin Tomkinson took on the new Droitwich course running 28:17 on the off-road Churchfields parkrun