Sorry about the downtime. Got to learn a lot about domain names the last 72 hours.
Massive thanks to Mike McDonald who proved invaluable getting the domain name back up and running during a hectic weekend of his own. :Fist Bump: He deserves plenty of Strava Kudos this week.
Midland XC Champs – Wollaton Hall
6 of K&D’s men turned out at the wonderful Wollaton Hall for the Midlands XC. 12km, 12 BIG hills, Bogs and a stately home played host. Mixed fortunes befell the team. Chairman Darren ran well for 6km before major stomach gremlins left him having to jog/walk most of the way home. Despite dropping 67 places between 8k and 12k due to his issues he finished in 169th – he PR’d to the portaloo though.
Behind him the team dug in and ran tightly. Men’s Captain Torsten made a return from injury, Pete did the driving, Greg made us feel old and Max got stuck in before our National XC day trip in February. The team finished in 26th overall out of 38 teams. A decent return for the K&D gents among the 473 finishers.
Darren John – 52:46 – 169th
David Carbutt – 53:00 – 177th
Torsten Roesler – 54:24 – 206th
Greg Turner – 55:49 – 233rd
Peter Austin – 57:15 -266th
Max Gimson – 59:31 – 317th
Tim Price managed to overcome his holiday indulgence and toe the start line of the Dubai Marathon. The richest prize in running with the winner getting $200,000. Tim ran an impressive 3:13 off minimal training. Half Man Half Tractor. What an engine.
Err… We are still waiting for the full Midlands XC results. Sorry!
Wyre Valley Half
Gary Wickett ran 2:23:06 at the hilly and trail based Wyre Valley Half Marathon finishing 67th overall.
Chris Sharp celebrated the birth of his and Flick’s second child by finishing first at parkrun in 17:16, dipping Gareth Wainwright who finished in 17:20. Jane Evans was third overall in 18:51. Jane has been first female 50 times now and is only 1 behind the men’s record holder who has 51.
The third male was Paul Bentley in 19:07. Reward for lots of early morning runs – he’s been spotted regularly at 6:50am… well I think it’s him! Second woman was Mary Heald in 21:11 and Siobhan Cotter in 22:52 was third K&D woman.
Amanda Balfour recently joined K&D and made her K&D parkrun debut. Lindsay Dalby ran 25:45 to PB and Paul Jeffrey clocked up his 150th parkrun. Well done team!
Simon Battson took a trip over to Coventry on Saturday finishing parkrun in 26:52.
Mark Burgoyne ended up in Shrewsbury while Simon was in Coventry. Mark finished in a swift 21:11.
Two Castle ballot will open on 1st Feb – 14th Feb.
If you competed in 4+ WRRL last years you get guaranteed entry into the Two Castles. DO NOT enter via ballot. You will get a separate entry link emailed to you from Raymond Morgan (WRRL Organiser). This link cannot be shared and will be checked to ensure you qualify. A list of qualifying athletes can be found here: K&D 2 Castles Guaranteed Entry Athletes
If you think you should be on the Guaranteed Entry list but are not please email email@example.com with the WRRL races you competed in (and results link if possible).
The ballot will go live on http://www.twocastlesrun.org.uk/
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!