Weekend Recap: The Battle of Manchester, Solihull Half

Manchester Marathon:
Green and Gold swarmed Old Trafford. No longer in protest at the Glaziers but in vests and short shorts. Knowle & Dorridge’s famous kit could be seen through the field of 20,000 runners. As with any marathon some people’s races went amazing, some went south. It’s the nature of the beast. But the grit and determination on show was exemplary from all. Marathon Season is officially OPEN for business.

First in the queue was the smooth as silk stride of Rob Michaelson-Yeats who continues to go from strength to strength and clocked an absurdly fast 2:40:14 PB for 71st Man. Behind him Steve Whatmore put his brand new K&D vest to good use PB’ing in 2:53:17.

The fantastic Mary Heald ran an absolute stormer to finish in 3:10:36 and 49th Woman overall. From then on the runners poured over the line. Johnny Bellman clocked a 2hr PB (His last marathon was a hilly trail one) in 3:13:40, Danny Malone ran 3:14:14 (PB), Jack Bristow finished his first marathon in 3:23:38 (PB), Max Gimson ran 3:26:03 (PB). Despite nutrition issues Flick showed superb inner strength to run 3:30:09 (PB), Hannah Gibson ran a stormer to clock 4:03:53 (PB), 1 second ahead of Paul O’Donnell in his first marathon (4:03:54). Peter Little came back from a torrid couple of years of injuries to run 4:11:59 in his 238,000th marathon, Paul Winwood bravely battled through cramping issues to run 4:43:29 and Catherine Sherlock stepped up to the marathon distance to set a first time best of a very respectable 5:03:51. Congratulations to everyone who ran so well, and even more so to those of you who had tough day’s but did the sensible thing and looked after yourselves first and foremost.

Solihull Half:
Firstly, the Solihull Half results seem to be missing club names SO if you’re name is missing from the list below please let us know and we’ll update the results accordingly. It’s going to take a while to search through all the results!

Doesn’t take long to find Gareth Wainwright who finished 2nd overall despite only signing up on the morning of the race. A superb 1:17:55 on a rolling course and into a decent headwind. He was given a real scare by Mr. PB Gary Polhill though who smashed his 2 week old PB to run 1:18:06. Third K&D man was Darren John who went out WAY too hard, blew to bits and endured a 1:26:32 after starting at 1:20 pace. Ouch. A bad 1:26 is better than a good 1:26 with three weeks until London though. Right? Chairman DJ had to fight off the attentions of K&D Legend Anthony Dutton in the last 2 miles.

Amanda O’Leary rolled back the injury plagued last couple of years. After being made to sit out the XC season to get her injuries sorted she came back with a bang, finishing 2nd woman in 1:31:03. A fantastic result. Claire Magee (1:40:35) and Nicky Evans (1:52:49) rounded out the K&D women’s podium. Nicky Evans’ dog also won the cutest canine supporter category.

Sadly the Solihull Half isn’t accredited to Power of 10/Runbritain/UKA/EA etc. so I can’t celebrate any PB’s without checking all your names one by one. And while I love you all dearly… there’s way too many of you now to do that! Please do use the space below the story on Facebook to let us know if you PB’d though and we’ll try to think up good puns to celebrate your achievements.

Full K&D Results:
Gareth Wainwright – 1:17:55 (2nd)
Gary Polhill – 1:18:06 (3rd)
Darren John – 1:26:32
Anthony Dutton – 1:26:36
Ainsley Wainwright – 1:28:30
Amanda O’Leary – 1:31:03
Josh Hartle – 1:33:57
Steve Armstrong – 1:35:44
Lloyd Barton – 1:37:33
Claire Magee – 1:40:35
Steve Pensom – 1:41:44
Martin Hancock – 1:46:57
Nicky Evans – 1:52:49
Caroline Park – 1:55:45
Keith Whitehead – 1:55:48
Kerry Whitehill – 1:57:30
Rob Stewart – 2:02:19
Samantha Edgington – 2:04:47
Karen Ratcliffe – 2:04:48)
Katie Price – 2:07:25
Rosie Vetter – 2:07:26
Linda Whitehead – 2:09:22
Sandra Boot – 2:14:59
Jerome Ment – 2:23:30
Smita Deshpande – 2:25:32
Carly Mitchell – 2:42:42

Special mention to friends of the club Mark Cordiner Barton (1:59:32) and Emma Donnelly (2:01:56) who turned out too.

Early Weekend Recap: Centurions & parkrun

You’re getting a double dose of Weekend news as it was a JAM PACKED 48 Hours in K&D Towers.

Centurion’s GP #6:
It’s the last race of the Centurions Grand Prix for 2018/19 and with runners all over the shop there was still solid K&D representation at our BFF’s Centurion’s superb race series.

Jason Pitcher took the honours as number one K&D on Sunday at Babbs Mill. Running 34:53 Jason finished one place ahead of Phil Wood (35:32) and Stephen Ray (36:24).

Jane Hunt was K&D’s sole and therefore leading female light with a 37:53 while Graham Edwards ran 39:37.

Brueton parkrun:
Gareth Wainwright managed to run 17:05… and still get beaten by two under-14s as the kids took all us old sod’s apart on Saturday. Torsten Roesler (18:02) and George De Bolla (18:08) were beaten by a total of 3 Under-14s and one Under-17. Seriously. :Laugh Crying Emoji:

Jane Evans was beaten by a total of zero under-17 girls restoring some K&D pride. Jess Woolley missed her PB by 3 seconds to run 20:51 and Mary Heald warmed up for Manchester by running a relaxed 21:53. More on Mary in a moment…

Aside from laughing at ourselves, which is always important, it was actually a superb day for quick running despite a biting wind. As evidenced by Centurion Peter Heald running 18:15 with a buggy. Don’t be surprised if Mary and Peter’s sproglett grows up to be the first female F1 world champ.

Torsten drove the K&D PB Bus with an 18:03 on a rare parkrun turn-out. Kevin Tomkinson got a PB AND a photo with Trevor Francis. 23:25 and great treat for that Bluenose. Kay Adenipekun made it 3 PB’s in a row as he ran 22:44. Phil Wood clocked 21:11 to start eyeing up that 21 minute barrier. Ainsley Wainwright went out like a fox with it’s tail on fire and held on to a PB of 18:58 – going under 19 minutes for the first time. The PB bus was full of blokes. Probably smelt a fair bit; thats why no women wanted to join them.

Arrow Valley parkrun:
Kathy Bailey and Ian Maidment ran spookily similar times at Arrow Valley on Saturday. 24:56 and 25:45 to use a very similar set of numbers. Were there no 7’s or 9’s left in Redditch?

Keswick parkrun:
Beautiful Keswick played host to our very own Isabel Arthur on Saturday as she took in the scenery and ran 30:19.

Victoria Dock parkrun:
Named after a woman called Victoria Dock,
Who if you paid a halfpenny would give you a shock…

Anyway. Richard Dixon ran 18:11.

Torbay Velo parkrun:
David John ran a PB of 30:01. Not bad for an old codger with one knee.

Training, AGM, Good Luck!

Short and Fast. Hannah is planning on getting you in the WRRL groove. We’ve done the grinding conditioning work through winter. Now it’s time to ice the cake.

Remember AGM is on the 10th. Please do spare an hour. It is vitally important for the health of the club.

Good luck to everyone running Manchester Marathon or Solihull Half today. Remember a marathon is just three half marathons. (Well that’s how it’ll feel by 23 miles anyway!)

K&D Runners for the Cotswold Hilly 100

Hilly 100 – Sunday 12th May

Following on from the fantastic running at the Midlands Road Relays, I wanted to share another relay race that we’ve been interested in running for a while now. I know some of us are mad enough to run 100 mile races (well maybe only Kev, Max or Mary), but don’t worry the Hilly 100 is a relay race of approximately 10 miles per leg and is open to all abilities.

There are options for Mens, Ladies and Mixed teams and therefore at this stage it would be useful to understand interest so we can enter the right amount of teams ahead of the deadline of 19th April.

The club will look to cover the cost of entering this race, so it is a great way to try something different and run through the rural countryside of Stratford and the Cotswolds.

Some further details can be found at the Stratford AC website here and are below.

If you are interested in running, please email your confirmation by 14th April to kdrunningclub@gmail.com

All the best

aka the 2nd best runner in the Sharp household

Race Information

The Cotswold Hilly 100 is a 100 mile road relay race that is divided into 10 legs each of approx 10 miles. The race starts at the American Fountain, Market Square in Stratford upon Avon and finishes at the Stratford Sports Club and follows a route of mainly minor roads that meanders through the Cotswolds. 

The race has been held for over 25 years and whilst there have been minor tweaks to improve the safety of the runners the overall route is largely unchanged. A link to the map of this years course is here. As the name suggests there are a number of ‘undulations’ throughout the route as the race profile shows.

The course record is held by Massey Ferguson Running Club. In 1989 they ran a combined overall time of 9 hours 24 mins. 

Teams start at either 5am, 6am or 7am depending on their predicted overall time with a view to finishing at c 6pm – 7pm. To assist teams in ensuring that they finish at a reasonable time there is the option of the ‘mass start’ option. This involves the Leg 8 runners starting at 1.00pm and the last 3 legs completing the race. The time of the Leg 7 runner completing their leg will be recorded so that the overall team race time can be calculated.

There is a Shield for the 1st Mens Team, 1st Ladies team, 1st ‘B’ Team and 1st Mixed Team.

However, it is the club spirit this race generates that is the main attraction. Teams are responsible for supporting each runner on their leg (e.g. marshaling and first aid as required) and ensuring a successful handover at the end of each leg creates some logistical challenges. Despite the best laid plans its not unknown for runners to lose their way or to have to continue onto the following leg because their colleague hasn’t arrived!

Awards Dinner Update: Tickets Deadline

The Spring is here and our fabulous Awards Dinner will soon be upon us!Its on Wednesday 1 May, our club night so what  better way (apart from running, of course!) to spend your evening.

Don’t forget we have a 2 Course Evening Meal, an amazing Guest Speaker – Holly Rush (recently 11th at the Barcelona Marathon in 2:47) and an opportunity to share our club successes with our annual Awards.

Not Ant or Dec, but our very Darren will be leading this prestigious awards event! (Ebay. Sparkly Jacket.)

Please note the last day to buy your ticket is 20 April 2019.

The room holds 100 people. 60 tickets sold already. 260+ members. We will sell out. Like Kings of Leon post their 2nd album. Tickets found on secondary ticket prices will be cancelled (unless it’s like £5k per ticket in which case we’ll split the money 50/50).

Don’t forget to select your dietary requirements when you order your ticket. We regret any requests after this date will not be accommodated as we need to conclude numbers and prepare a seating plan.Thanking you in advance for your co-operation.

Tickets are up on our K&D Shop:


Question: How Awesome is Holly Rush?
Answer: You’ll find out in the video below where she runs from 180km Dubai to Oman.