Santa delivered a special Christmas Day surprise for Gareth Lloyd (26:13), Jessica Woolley (20:48) and Greg Turner (18:51). Weird. Because I thought Santa only brought presents for well behaved runners. And we all know there’s no way Greg has been good all year. Congrats on your Baby Jesus Birthday PB’s.
As for the rest of the runners and riders, Chris Sharp led the way like Rudolph, in 16:58, Chris ‘Dasher’ Morgan ran 18:10 and Richard ‘Dobby’ Dixon ran 18:17.
For the women Jessica Woolley took first while the appropriately named Mary Heald ran (with Buggy, no donkey’s needed). Louise Bell rang in Christmas Day with third place in 22:59.
Short and sweet. Like the 6 hours sitting in front of TV with your uncle that smells a little too much of cabbage.
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.
Reminder: Club Ballot for London Marathon will close in the next 2-3 days. If you haven’t put your name in the hat and wish to do so, please do before Wednesday. Also, Cross Country is on Saturday. Look out for race/meet-up details in the next couple of days.
Centurions GP#1: Fast times in a misty morning for K&D’ers as Centurion’s Grand Prix returned. With athletes looking to put down a winter marker to base progression on over the next six months it was Greg Turner and Rosie Marsh who led the way.
Greg ran a superb PB of 31:51 while Rosie Marsh equalled her PB with an excellent 33:12. There were excellent times throughout the field and a K&D debut for Jason Pitcher.
Full Results: Greg Turner – 31:51 David Carbutt – 32:35 Rosie Marsh – 33:12 Amanda O’Leary – 34:02 Darren Maggs – 35:22 Jason Pitcher – 36:24 Paul O’Donnell – 38:53 Kevin Tomkinson – 40:35 Catherine Sherlock – 41:45 Kate Marsh – 42:03 Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell – 43:29 Linda Whitehead – 46:59 Katie Price – 47:20 Tracy Davies – 47:41 Smita Deshpande – 47:49 Sue Wassell – 49:03 Siobhan O’Donnell – 50:15 Steve Marks – 53:43 Jo Tork – 55:10
Brueton parkrun: Rob Michaelson-Yeates showed the form that took him to a superb time at Chester Marathon as he ran 17:26 over the shorter distance of 5k at Brueton on Saturday. He just edged Gareth Wainwright who ran 17:37 as he comes back from a wonky post-Chicago knee. Paul Bentley in 19:02 rounded out the men’s top 3.
K&D women warmed with a parkrun debut for newbie Rachael Gifford who joins us from Worthing & District. Rachel ran 1:24 at Birmingham half a couple of weeks ago and became the latest woman in the sub-1:20 K&D Women’s club running 19:20 on Sunday. Jan Hornby was 2nd K&D woman on Saturday running 27:36 pipping Lynsey Drakeley in 27:50.
Penny Taylor PB’d on Saturday running 30:32. Bravo Penny!
Black Park parkrun: We presume its actually green like most other parks. Paul Winwood ran 24:12 while on his holibobs.
Coventry parkrun: Jane Hunt ran Coventry parkrun on Saturday. Coventry by all accounts have or will be moving the start. FYI! Jane found the start ok and ran 25:22.
Leamington parkrun: Anna Wilson was first K&D of three as she ran 31:18 on the hilly course. Behind her Kate Marsh kept a close eye on Darren ‘Wheezy’ John. Kate made it 2-0 as with a late 5m sprint as they both ran 37:46. A well deserved win for looking after Lungy McNoLungs.
Cannon Hill parkrun: Kevin Tomkinson warmed up for Centurions with a 28:25 at Cannon Hill.
Penallta parkrun: Penallta is based in Ystrad Mynach, Which is possibly made up. Steve Marks ran it in 32:37 as he returned to the motherland.
Portobello parkrun: Obviously named after a mushroom. Portobello is to be found in Edinburgh. As was Neil Letham who ran 27:50.
Conwy parkrun: Pete Makepeace, who’s recently been in the form of his life continued making sub-20 look easy with a 19:55.
Swansea Bay parkrun: Ann Spencer-Dowdeswell bumped into K&D Royalty in Gavin Davies at Swansea Bay. Ann ran 28:06. Gavin, for old time’s sake, ran 21:53.
Dolgellau parkrun: A perpetual favourite of K&D’er on the Tourist trail, Richard Lisiecki was the latest to toe the line running 25:55.
Ballincollig parkrun: These names are just getting ridiculous now. Speaking of past club members, lets drop in with Riina Kuuselo who ran 20:08.
Snowdonia Marathon: Congratulations to Karen Ratcliffe who took on the fast and flat (LOL!) Snowdonia Marathon. Karen ran 4:58:56 for the marathon distance. A more than respectable time for any marathon that doesn’t include a mountain!
Life’s little up’s and down’s!
Brueton parkrun: A quietish K&D weekend at Brueton was enlivened by a brand new female inductee into the sub-20 club. Emma Horsfield stormed round in a 19:52 PB as the women continued to smash barriers over the last few weeks. That puts Emma 5th fastest K&D woman at Brueton ever, booting Mary out the top-4 by a mere 4seconds. We doubt it’s the end of that little tooing and fro-ing in the near future
Emma on Saturday was joined by Kerry Ann Thompson who ran 21:51 and Louise Bell who ran 23:38.
The gents had the headlines stolen from them by the women this week. That didn’t stop Pete Makepeace climbing the podium summit. Running 19:23, Pete just missed his PB. Warning though, Gary Polhill who just joined K&D was ran 19:17 but misses out by just a few days on a week 1 podium. Paul Bentley and Anthony Dutton rounded out the K&D Top-3 this week with a 19:31 and 19:34.
Joining Emma Horsfield in the PB Teepee this week is Jack Whitehouse who rewrote his parkrun PB with a 22:11.
Ipswich parkrun: Which Witch is Rob Michaelson Yeates Twitching? His 18:05 got in a pre-Halloween win at Ips-witch Parkrun.
Walsall Arboretum parkrun: A coven of Calvert, Partridge and Taylor attended Walsall Arboretum parkrun on Saturday as Lissy, Gail and Penny enchanted their way to runs of 29:15, 29:40 and 30:08.
Coventry parkrun: The only thing scary about Coventry parkrun is that ring road on the way in. Shudders. Simon Battson survived to run 25:01
Holkham parkrun: Ainsley put the (f)right in Wainwright as he ran 26:10 in Holkham.
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Amsterdam Marathon: Smita Deshpande added Amsterdam to her list of marathon’s over the weekend. She took on the 26.2miles and looked very happy afterwards. Smita ran a superbly paced effort averaging between 6:30 & 7:08/km the entire way. Top, top pacing. Brueton parkrun: Wowzers from Mary Heald and Kerry Ann Thompson as the two of them made mincemeat of their PBs over the weekend. Mary broke 20 minutes for the first time, blasting round in 19:45. Welcome to club-sub-20 Mary! Kerry continued her rapid progress as she ran 21:45. 17 PB’s for Kerry Ann Thompson in 24 weeks. Bonkers. The ladies were joined by Paul Winwood, who made it the PB Three-peat. Marathon, Half and 5k in three weeks. Paul ran 22:54, breaking 23 minutes for the first time.
Along for the PB-Party were newbie Sam Webster (26:15) and the ever-improving Gareth Lloyd (26:46). Top running team!
Ainsley Wainwright took the overall Brueton honours for K&D on Saturday. Keeping up the family tradition of a Wainwright on the podium Ainsley ran 19:50. Not far off his own PB of 19:28. PB-tastic Mary took 2nd overall and 1st woman on saturday, while Russell Davies rounded out the podium in 21:02. Lloyd Barton took bronze for the men in 21:22 as Kerry Ann Thompson’s PB saw her take 2nd woman overall and Louise Bell was 3rd woman overall and herself only 3 seconds shy of her best.
Beckenham parkrun: Sarah Connors (not the one from Terminator) was found in Beckenham this weekend as she ran 25:59.
Kingsbury Waterparkrun: Lakes galore for Simon Battson as he enjoyed a trott round Kingsbury in 40:51.
Sutton parkrun: Kate Marsh took the honours for K&D on tour at Sutton parkrun. The trail run took her 26:12 including a stop to check on Wheezy McWheezy and his dodgy lungs. Splitting Kate and Wheezy was Kevin Tomkinson who ran, with child, in 28:34. Wheezy The Chairman ran 29:44 for a personal worst parkrun time.
Coldham parkrun: John Garside clocked a 21:47 as he enjoyed a post-Chicago adventure. Coldham parkrun is in Cambridge and is vegan and vegetarian friendly despite the name.