This week we are quiet on the race front and everything seemed to happen on Saturday for a change!

Firstly, we were missing two club captains for the first race of the year in cross country. Both Jess and Nick Woolley were welcoming their new arrival to their family on Saturday morning prior to cross country starting, luckily Nick hadn’t left the house. They have welcomed their new son Luke to the Woolley household. Congratulations to you both from everyone at K&D.

Ladies XC

The ladies team travelled to Batley in Crewe for their first race of the season. We welcomed newcomer Kirsty Wise to the team and everyone has enjoyed it so much before that they all came back. The ground was good going as the November ones usually are, but as we move through the season it does get muddier. The ladies said it was a tough course but the team spirit got everyone around. Ladies captain Katie P was there to cheer them on on the first lap and then in the finish funnel as she was the club volunteer. We always need a club volunteer so if you are interested in coming along but not able to run we always need someone to help out. Although Katie enjoyed not running it and being the cheer party. If you were not able to make it, but would still like to join the team you can do as many of the races as you like. Let Katie P know.

Jane Evans was 4th in her age category in 21st place, which is absolutely amazing considering the field of Birmingham and Warwick uni students she was taking on. The final results are:

Jane Evans ​​21/147 ​25:08

Anna Delaney ​​80/147​​28:40

Kerry Thompson​87/147​​29:49

Monica Green​​91/147​​30:03

Kirsty Wise​​92/147​​30:04

Kate Leeson​​107/147​31:47

Kathy Bailey​​131/147​35:04

Janice Lisiecki​​137/147​36:29

Linda Whitehead​147/147​40:28

Well done ladies, you were all amazing and we look forward to seeing you in Stratford on 3rd December

Men’s XC

Meanwhile, The men’s team travelled to Division 2 in Gloucester for their first race of the season. 10 men took part with the first to finish was Gareth Wainwright in 26th place closely followed by Gary Polhill in 28th.  Then he was closely followed by Chris Morgan, all finished within 36 minutes. Another great attempt by the men. The mens team came 11th overall. They too are always looking for extra runners, so if you fancy trying out cross country contact Greg or Nick. The amazing thing about cross country is that it is suitable to for anyone, no matter of what you think your ability is.

Gareth Wainwright ​26/182​​36:29

Gary Polhill​​28/182​​36:37

Chris Morgan​​32/182​​36:55

Greg Turner​​89/182​​40:27

Paul Baker​​93/182​​40:46

Rob Mundy​​96/182​​41:21

David Carbutt​​125/182​43:38

Billy Connors​​138/182​44:45

David Rose​​143/182​45:07

Ian Voaden​​168/182​49:29

Well done to all the men took part

Alton Towers 10k

Then we had a rollarcoaster visit to Alton Towers where four members took on the 10k route around all the rides across the theme park. It wasn’t a flat run with some surprising hills making it challenging in parts. Looking at the photos it looks like everyone had fun whilst they were entertained around the park. Well done to Camille who managed a 10k PB on those hills.

Nicky Evans​​52:55

Mike McDonald​52:57

Camille Neal​​47:41 PB

Katie Price​​59:29