18th October 2021
Thirty two members from DK Running Club took part in the Almost8 race, hosted by Kidderminster & Stourport Athletics Club, on Sunday 17th October.
The famous blue hoops were in abundance on the start line of this local event, which has become a popular diary staple for the club. The event is ‘almost’ 8km in distance and participants cover running track, cycling track, road, and nature reserve.
For some members this was their first race wearing the hoops, after discovering their love for running on the beginner’s course in the summer.
First male back for the club was Ray Selwood who completed the course in 39:01 and first female back was Becky Withers in 41:05. Jane Campbell was amongst the prize winners on the day, finishing first in her age category in a time of 41:32.
Elsewhere this weekend, Rob Langford took on the Oxford Half Marathon, finishing in a time of 1:56.
11th October 2021
Thirteen from DK Running Club members took part in the Therme Manchester Marathon on 10th October, which was initially due to take place in April 2020.
The event is advertised as flat and friendly and the 4th largest marathon in Europe.
Earning their chunky medal and t-shirt were Dirk Baynham, Lisa Brindley, Andy Colquitt, Dan Davey, Claire Hancox, Karen Flint, Richard Jones, Julie Pearson, Kat Purslow, Matt Queen, Ray Selwood, Alison Thorneycroft and Becky Withers.
A few of the runners were taking on their first ever marathon whilst five of the runners did the double, having run at the London Marathon the previous Sunday.
First back from the club was Dan Davey who completed the course in 3:45.50 despite an 8 week injury during the build up to the race and the first female was Karen Flint in a time of 4:38.25.
Other events over the weekend were at Silverstone with Sally Husselbee running the half marathon and Matt Homer the 10k, whilst Jan Burbie and Hilary Fellows earnt their pasty and a pint at the Eden Project Half Marathon.
4th October 2021
On 3rd October eleven members from DK Running Club members took part in the London Marathon which finally returned in force after a 889-day break due to Covid.
Over 36,000 runners completed the 26.2 mile course from Blackheath to the Mall as the crowds, albeit in reduced numbers, returned to the capital’s streets.
Proudly wearing the DK blue and white hoops on behalf of the Black Country were Lisa Avery, Lisa Brindley, Jan Burbie, Gemma Dhaliwal, Claire Hancox, Farrah Hunter-Coley, Bob Jones, Helen Noke, Julie Pearson, Kathryn Purslow and Ray Selwood.
The runners had to do battle with the elements during the long distance race which started in sunshine but strong winds and heavy showers made for a punishing finish.
Many of the DK runners were taking on their first ever marathon. The first female to cross the finish line for the club was Gemma Dhaliwal in four hours, 51 minutes and 27 seconds, while Ray Selwood was the first male Hoop back in four hours, 34 minutes and nine seconds.
Several of the DK runners supported each other during the race with Jan Burbie and Lisa Brindley crossing the line together in five hours, 27 minutes and two seconds while Lisa Avery and Claire Hancox also ran in tandem finishing in five hours, 50 minutes and 26 seconds.
27th September 2021
Dudley Kingswinford runners turned out to Sutton Park to take part in the Midland Road Relays on Saturday 25th September.
Two DK ladies teams of 4 runners each ran a challenging circuit of just over 4k with the men’s team of 6 runners running just under 6k.
Team members were Jan Burbie, Hilary Fellows, Claire Hancox, Cilla Harding, Farrah Hunter-Coley, Sally Husselbee, Lucy Jordan, Andrea Marshall, Dan Davey, Dave Garbutt, Matt Queen, Andrew Robinson-Morris and Graham Wildgoose.
On Sunday 26th September three runners took part in the Apley Estate Autumn Challenge. Liam Simner and Becky Withers completed the tough, hilly 10k course whilst Mark Dunckley opted for the 21k.
Jennifer Fletcher ran the Bournville Leafy 10k whilst Ray Selwood, Pete Stevens and Lisa Mason took part in the Cathedral to Castle multi terrain 10 mile run which took them from Lichfield to Tamworth.
20th September 2021
Dudley Kingswinford runners travelled to Stafford on Sunday 19th September to take part in the long awaited half marathon which normally takes place in March.
First back for the club was Daniel Davey in 1:40.14 and first lady back was Becky Withers in a time of 2:02.09.
Other members who completed the course were Malcolm Beddall, Karen Flint, Claire Hancox, Cilla Harding, Bob Jones, Helen Noke, Ray Selwood and Graham Wildgoose.
Meanwhile Mark Dunckley took part in the Badminton 10k trail run and completed the course in 58.45.
13th September 2021
It was a busy weekend for DK which started with the annual Gavin Tipper 5k race on Friday 10th September held at Dudley Kingswinford Rugby Club in memory of Gavin Tipper. Proceeds for the event go to local charity Action Heart.
It was the first event to be held by DK since the start of the pandemic and runners were out in force to support the event.
The overall winner was Reece Ashfield who finished in a blistering time of 15.45 with the first female Jade Charlton finishing in 19.34. The U16 titles went to Seth Avery in 17.53 and Evie Tromans in 21.18. First back for DK was Richard Tonks in 27th place with a time of 20.20.
The event was also the culmination of an Introduction to Running course held by DK and several of the beginners completed the 5k event.
On Sunday 12th September nine DK members travelled north to take part in the 40th Great North Run. First back for the club was Lucy Jordan finishing in an impressive 1:59.39. Other runners were Andy Colquitt, Kate Crofts-Viney, Callum and Kerrie Lawson, Lisa Mason, Kathryn Purslow, Andrew and Jayne Robinson-Morris.
Farrah Hunter-Coley headed north to take part in the Blackpool Festival Marathon and completed the course in 5:53.27.
Meanwhile a little closer to home, four members took part in the Black Country Road Race, a 10k route around Halesowen. First back for the club was Richard Tonks in a time of 41.08, followed by Rory Campbell in 49.07, Jane Campbell, who was first in her age group in 54.25 and Jennifer Fletcher, who despite nursing an injury finished in 56.34.
31st August 2021
DK running club members are returning to regular race action with more events being held after Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted.
On Sunday 22 August five members of the Wall Heath-based club took part in the Vitality Big Half marathon in London. Graham and Lisa Avery, Claire Hancox, Lisa Mason and Kathryn Purslow were among thousands of runners who ran the capital’s streets. It was a welcome return to normal as big crowds cheered on the runners who passed iconic sights, such as London Bridge, over the 13.1 mile course.
On the same day (22 August) Dirk Baynham proudly wore the DK blue and white hoops during the 17 mile Llangollen Fell Race in north Wales. Dirk lived up to his club nickname of ‘mountain goat’ as he tackled the demanding race, with 146 other runners, which included a lung-busting 3,000 metre ascent.
On Sunday 30 August several DK members ran the Spitfire 10K at RAF Cosford including Dianne Castree, Dan Davey, Bob Jones, Richard Jones and Richard Tonks.
First past the line for the Hoops was Richard Tonks in 40 minutes and one second, a personal 10K best for Richard. 1,500 runners took part in the race that passed by iconic aircraft including a VC 10, Hercules and Nimrod and finished with a sprint down the runway.
Well done to Jan Burbie, Claire Hancox, Karen Flint and Jacqui Elson-Whittaker who took part in the Bumble Bimble run on 27th June 2021.
There are two choices of distance, 5 and 10 miles, which are both challenging trail runs around the countryside around Dodford and Chaddesley Corbett.
The event is organised by local trail running enthusiasts and this year raised money for The Woodland Trust Pepper Wood Appeal.