Cross Country Details: Race 2 Stratford United

The men and women are both at Stratford on Saturday as the two cross country worlds unite in an Avengers style battle. Captain America Torsten and Captain Marvel Rosie are hoping you’ve heard their pleas to turn out en-masse as K&D battle for titles, tophies, glory and honour at the top of the table. The more runners we have the better chance we have of bringing home glory. All speed runner can contribute to the team score.

Women: Meet at St. Philips Hall at 11am
Men: Meet at The Drum & Monkey at 12:15pm.

Teams will depart in convoy.

Vests. I’ve checked in with Helix but it looks like the Chinese are still causing us Vest Issues. Do they not know who we are!? Please bring any spare K&D vests/tshirts for your fellow runners who may be without.

K&D Rain Jackets will be on Sale for £27.50. Bring exact change please. We can accept bank transfer though so if you don’t want to bring all your pennies you can purchase on the day and just show me you’ve transfered the money when i’ve sold you one (please don’t do it before).

Course: Expect a hilly one.

Men: Dress warm as we’ll be cheering on the Ladies. And Rosie has pointed out how you aren’t nearly as tough as her women’s squad. Worst runner of the day will be The Flacon. And he’s the worst Marvel Superhero. Nobody wants that. 

Weekend Recap: K&D Women Crushing It.

Reminder that The K&D Christmas Party tickets are on Sale. There will be no club training on the 12th so you might as well. You might win. You might even have fun. You will have food. That last one is a promise at least. £20 for a night with your loved ones. Then you can go home to your family.

Brueton parkrun:
Women’s captain Rosie Marsh picked herself a bargain new PB in black friday sales and all it cost her was 20 minutes and 7 seconds of hard work. 

Joining her this week was K&D Newbie Steven Whatmore smashed a new PB of 18:09 on the men’s side.

Joe Read, who’s currently on loan to Birmingham Uni ran 16:54 while Gareth Wainwright clocked a solid 17:16 while Steven Whatmore’s PB put him third K&D on the morning.

Rosie Marsh’s new PB put her 1st K&D woman while Monica Green didn’t let her have it all Rosie’s own way as she ran 20:12, Kerry Ann Thompson delivered another superb PB of 21:43 to continue her rapid progress.

Basildon parkrun
Simon Battson was found in Basildon on Saturday morning running 25:00. On the nose.

Worcester Pitchcroft parkrun
Greg Turner continued his strong run of form with a swift 19:34.

Shrewsbury parkrun
Nigel Foster visited the historic market town of Shrewsbury; running 26:50 on his travels.

Ballincollig parkrun
Riina Kuuselo is now officially a K&D athlete again, so it’s another sub 20 woman we can add to our list this year. That’s a barely believable 6 so far with 11 months down of the year…

Fleetwood Promenade parkrun
Fleetwood Mac were actually named after the town on the Fylde Peninsula despite many thinking they were named after the band’s Rhythm Section of Mick Fleetwood and John “Mac” McVie. Peter Green was taken there on holiday by his nan once and bought an ice cream. And while none of that is true it didn’t stop Mary Heald running 22:10. Mary Heald is named after Jesus and the Mary Chain. However her parents correctly concluded Jesus and Chain were innappropriate names for a baby girl.

Warwickshire County XC Champs – Jan 5th (Deadline 13th Dec)

Warwickshire County Cross Country Championship entries are now being taken by K&D for the 5th Jan in Leamington (HMPSC, Newbold Revel). 

Men let Torsten know at
Women let Rosie know at

Both Men and Women have opportunities to challenge for medals for the first time if we can get full teams out.

Remember: The club pays for all XC entries on your behalf. All we ask is if you put your name down that you participate (injury, illness etc. do happen though so it’s ok if you then can’t compete for a valid reason)

The County, Midlands and National Champs are suitable for ALL abilities and a vital part of winter training. If you want a parkrun PB or a good spring best over 5, 10, half or marathon distances, then cross country should be a key part of your next few months.

Weekend Recap: K&D Women On Fire

Rother Valley Running Festival:
Rosie Marsh took on a 4 lap half today; smashing her PB and only just missing out on a sub 1:30 half as she ran 1:30:19.  Finishing 2nd lady and storming round the lake Rosie edged ever so much closer to a breaking a big barrier. Congrats on the PB Rosie!

Mo Run:
It was a fun run with tashes for K&D’s runners. Newbie Gary Polhill ran a strong 38:16 over the 2 lap course. Gary was followed by Kate Marsh in 50:46 (PB), Graham Edwards (53:31), Caroline Edwards (1:02:47).

Brueton parkrun:
K&D Women continued to burn up the scene as Flick Sharp and Emma Horsefield took the top 2 women’s spots. Both Flick and Emma both delivered stunning new PB’s. Flick ran 19:27 while Emma chased her all the way in 19:35. Sensational times from both of them. Flick now sits #4 and Emma #5 in the K&D Women’s All Time Lists.

K&D men didn’t disappoint either as Gareth Wainwright clocked 17:19 and Jack Bristow clocked 17:35 to finish 1-2. Third K&D man was Pete Makepeace in 20:04 whilethird K&D woman was Treasurer Jan Hornby in 25:56. 

Joining Flick & Emma in PB-topia was Paul ‘PB’ Winwood. Paul smashed his best and ran 22:43. The women ruled the roads though as Penny Taylor ran 30:05, Gail Partridge ran 29:22, Lianne Le Swann ran 27:57. PB. PB. PB. Bish. Bash. Bosh.

Arrow Valley parkrun:
Kevin Tomkinson’s 28:09 was the highlight of Arrow Vally.

Tampere parkrun:
Friend of the club Riina Kuuselo is now no longer a friend of the club. She’s officially K&D again. Wahey! To celebrate she Finnished in 20:16.