MWCCL: K&D Women Ink Names in History

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Taking on the biggest clubs and best athletes across University giants and elite distance runners for the first time ever in Division 1 our K&D women inked their name in history with their greatest ever season.

Race 4 of the year was at Leaminton. Shorn of several of our fastest women for a whole host of reasons it was those who’s names haven’t been in the limelight who were now thrown centre stage. Oh Boy (or more appropriately ‘Oh Girl’) they stepped forward. With the season involving a Team 5th 152(pts), a 17th (280pts) and a 7th (96pts) it had been up and down but finished with a massive high as our women fought like a dozen Boudica’s. With 249pts on the day K&D women secured a magnificent 10th place our of 15 teams. Securing another season in Division One next year with ease and beating, Trentham, Bournville, CLC Striders, Stratford AC and Gloucester AC in the process. Our Masters team also finished 8th overall.

Congratulations to Jane Evans who takes the crown as overall Masters Champion.

Considering two races with a number of absentee’s 10th is a superb result and has our women looking up the table and getting excited about what they can achieve next year.

On the day it was Arden 9 Race Director Flick Sharp and Captain Fantastic Rosie Marsh who led the team round in 26:11 (33rd) and 27:57 (65th). Kerry Thompson had an absolute stormer of a race to finish in 28:32 (71st) while huge fan of the mud Kathryn Bird clocked an impressive 29:50 (87th). Behinf the first four were an excellent team, often unsung, that all added points to the opposition.

Super-Improver (Like ABBA’s Super-Trooper?) Adeba Jama ran 31:48 (11th), Hannah Gibson ran 32:00 on the nose (120th) while Kathy shower great strength to run 33:53 (138th). Karen Ratcliffe, presumably pleased by the plethora of Vegan cafes in Leamington, ran 34:04 (139th), Sandra ‘mother of insanely fast Louie’ Boot showed where he gets his running genes from with a 35:29 (143rd) and Linda Whitehead managed not to break a leg at Leamington in 40:14 (158th). She also got a guard of honour from the guys who arrives just as she was passing. GO LINDA!

Congratulations to all the women that ran this year. It was an incredible season. To finish the last race in 13th place without the likes of Jane or Rachel just shows the incredible strength in depth of K&D women. A 19th place over all bodes well for continued growth and success and everyone at K&D is incredibly proud of the achievements of the whole team. From a 2015 club that would only be able to field 1 woman in a league fixture… to 10th in the Midlands with potential for a great future. You’ve done everyone incredibly proud.

Special mention to those who volunteered this season. Without you our women’s team wouldn’t have half as successful. To Jane Evans who always brought the face paints and motivational speeches (‘Don’t mince through the ditch’) and to Jess Woolley who never let being preggers get in the way of her support for the women.

And to Rosie Marsh for the incredible baking and putting herself on the line despite 12 months of injury hell. Captain Fantastic!

33Felicity Sharp00:26:11Knowle & Dorridge RC
65Rosie Marsh00:27:57Knowle & Dorridge RC
71Kerry Thompson00:28:32Knowle & Dorridge RC
87Kathryn Bird00:29:50Knowle & Dorridge RC
116Adeba Jama00:31:48Knowle & Dorridge RC
120Hannah Gibson00:32:00Knowle & Dorridge RC
138Kathy Bailey00:33:53Knowle & Dorridge RC
139Karen Ratcliffe00:34:04Knowle & Dorridge RC
143Sandra Boot00:35:29Knowle & Dorridge RC
158Linda Whitehead00:40:14Knowle & Dorridge RC