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The 2016/17 season sees three new clubs join the League. These are - City Of Birmingham Striders, Kings Heath Running Club and Spa Striders. We welcome them and wish them well for the season.

We have asked each of the clubs for an introduction and some background to their activities and what they hope to get from the competition that the League provides. We begin with Kings Heath RC. Mike Green from that club takes up the story:-

"Hello from KHRC!

Kings Heath Running Club was set up in September 2010 by a small group of people who wanted to be able to run safely in Kings Heath in the winter months. Since then, we have developed the range and depth of our running enormously. Our foundation is in welcoming beginners to a supportive and friendly running community. We're starting to complement this by building a faster and more competitive element. We're developing coaching in the club, with four of our members working towards CiRF qualification. Our greatest competitive success has been at the Whale Ale/Run for Beer relay in Stratford, where we have entered 10 teams and dominated the prizes two years running.

BDXCL 2016 Kings Heath RC Whole Club ParkRun

The Club is chaired and captained by Barbara Partridge. Our club colours are an orange lion's head on a black vest - hence the club nickname the Lions. In the main our members come from South Birmingham, with most living in the Kings Heath and Moseley areas. Since the club formed, over 1,200 people have run with us. Roughly 50% of those who participate in our weekly runs are paid-up members. We have approximately 120 paid-up members but many more run with us regularly: in the interests of inclusivity we allow anyone to run with us, for as long as they like, for free. our male/female balance is about 50-50. all our runners are over 18 - we don't have a juniors section.

Our women run in the MCAA Cross Country League, with our women’s Masters finishing mid-table last season. Before gaining admission to the league we have entered full men’s teams in the 6 stage Road Relays, the Cross Country Relays, the 5 & 7 Mile Championships, the Warwickshire Championships, the Midland Championships, and the National Championships. The consistently high standard of our Cross Country picnics has been noted.

The men's XC team is managed by Mike Green, (in the green jacket in the Cross Country team picture), who runs with the team when injury permits. The club's 'A' goal is to field fully teams throughout our inaugural season, The 'B' goal is to not come last - but come what may, we intend to thoroughly enjoy our racing."

BDXCL 2016 Kings Heath RC XC Men

The athletes pictured above, from left to right, are: Back Row (standing) - Greg Robson, Steve Twomlow, Stu Thomas, Peter Evans, Paul Jolliffe, Simon Dix, Sean Phillips, Ian Mackenzie. Front Row, (kneeling) - Darren Salmons, Mike Green, Paul Daymond, Dave Johnson.