On the Run with Adam Sharman

Name: Adam Sharman

Joined Redway Runners: 31 December 2013

We go on the run with our members and we find out a bit more about them – which we thought would be great to share, this time it is Adam Sharman who ‘trains’ with us at many different runs due to working shift – he certainly has been steaming with his running recently

 

Thanks Adam

25 August 2016

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CLUB

When did start running and when did you join Redway Runners?

  • I started running in 2013 and joined the Redway Runners in early 2014.

Have you run with other clubs how does Redway Runners Compare?

  • I have also run with the Sweatshop running Club.

What’s the best thing about being in a running club?

  • The best part of being in a running club is the friendships we make and the encouragement we all give each other.

How much does running with RR mean to you?

  • It means a lot to me, without the Redway Runners I definitely wouldn’t have achieved the things I have.

Tell us about your first time (with Redway Runners)

  • It was a cold Sunday morning in January 2014. I hadn’t run more than 5km before and I turned up and tried the hour option. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. I really struggled for the second half of the run but everyone was so supportive and a few people ran slowly at the back with me. It must have been ok because I kept going after that first run.

When and who do you run with the club?

  • I try to make all the club runs that I am available for, but my regular runs are Monday and Thursday evenings. I also try and run on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings if I’m not at work.

Adam Sharman club kit 1

YOU

Tell us your history of running?

  • I started running in late 2013 to try and lose a bit of weight. I wrote to Willen Hospice to see if I could run the London Marathon for them as it was too late to enter via the ballot. I was accepted, but having never run more than 5km I had a lot of training to do. I joined the Redway Runners in the January and trained up until the marathon in April 2014. Since then I have run 109 parkruns, 10 Half marathons, 15 marathons and 2 Ultra marathons.

My daughter Layla started asking if she could run with me at parkrun but I told her she had to wait until she was 4 years old. As soon as she had had her birthday I took her to mk junior parkrun and she absolutely loved it. I bought her a green Redway Runners shirt so we could wear the same when we ran together. She still kept saying she wanted to do a full parkrun with me. At the start of May, 2 weeks before her 5th birthday it was going to be my 100th parkrun, so I told her we could run it together for my 100th and her 1st parkrun. She did amazing and we completed it in 42 minutes. Hopefully she will continue to enjoy it and run with the Redway Runners in years to come.

What has been you best running achievement?

  • I think my best running achievement is completing the Race to the Stones 100km Ultra Marathon. It was so well organised and I recommend it to anyone that wants to challenge themselves. I’m really proud of this and still can’t quite believe I did it.

What is your running ambition?

  • To try and run 5km in under 20 minutes.

Why do you run?

  • I started running to lose weight but now I do it because I love it. I think I am addicted!

What would you do if you were not running?

  • I used to play football in my youth so I would probably try to find a local team that needed a very average player.

Who have you see while running?

  • During the London marathon I saw a number of celebrities including…. Ewan Thomas, Michael Owen, Sophie Raiworth

Favourite place to run?

  • Definitely Willen Lake. It’s less than 2 miles from my house so I quite often run to parkrun and back.

What do you love to see while running?

  • I love to see any wildlife whilst out running. It’s so nice to be out and see animals in the wild.

Funniest running moment?

  • Getting lost on two of the races I have done! I followed someone at a Chaps Chase that wasn’t part of the race and went completely off course. And then at the OU relay I started a second lap without realising and did 1.6 miles instead of the normal 1.

Tell us about your worst run?

  • The last marathon I did in July was the worst run. It was a double so I finished one marathon at 8:50pm on a Thursday evening and then started the next marathon the following morning at 8am. I had been feeling ill during the build up to the two races and I had to give up at about 8.5 miles due to sickness. My first DNF.

Best running phrase?

  • Miles of smiles.
  • If you are able to talk you are not putting enough effort into the run!

Favourite running photo and why?

  • At Race to the Stone in July 2015Adam Sharman Race to the Stones

Have you ever lost your running mojo and how did you get it back?

  • Only after my first marathon and that was the post marathon blues. I trained and everything into that race and once it was over I didn’t have anything to train for. It took me about a month or so to really start running properly again.

Best route around MK?

  • MK parkrun at Willen Lake.

Who would be on your wish list to run with?

  • I would love to run with Mo Farah, but I think I might slow him down slightly!

Do you always round up?

  • Yes, I always round up. I have my Garmin set in miles and always have to round up to the nearest mile!

Worst/Best advice you’ve ever been given?

  • Bets advice given – If you are training for one specific race, book another one for a few months after so you still have something to train for after the race.

What did you learn from your first marathon, and what would you change?

  • I learnt that pace is irrelevant during the training runs. You should try to do the long training runs at about a minute per mile slower than race pace.

What do you think about when you run?

  • I try not to think about anything whilst I’m running. I love just going out and clearing my head. During a race all I think about is my times and if I’m on course for my targets that I set out before the race.

What cross training do you prefer?

  • I like to ride my bike but not great at it.

What type of running do you prefer and why?

  • Favourite type of running is the long runs.

Loop backs, love them for the social?

  • Loop backs are brilliant, they really helped me when I first started as I was at the back but didn’t ever get left behind. And now I’m a bit faster, they are just as good because you can get more distance on a run even with a set route.

Would you change your job if the hours didn’t suit running?

  • No, I wouldn’t change my job.

Run to time or distance?

  • I try to plan to do a set distance before every run.

If you don’t share your run in social media, did it happen? Where do you log your runs and do you stalk others runs?

  • I personally have to have it logged on Garmin connect and Strava. If I run without my watch I do feel like it hasn’t happened after.

RACE/EVENTS

What was your favourite race and why

  • My most memorable race was my first marathon in London 2014. I had trained hard and only started running specifically to run that race. It was an amazing atmosphere and something I will never forget. I had all my family come down to support me and everything went as I had hoped.

Favourite race distance and why

  • My favourite distance is the marathon. As tough as they are, it’s the slowest race pace possible, and although they can take a number of hours you don’t get out of breath running them.

Tell us about your pre-race rituals and food and drink

  • No pre-race rituals but always have porridge and Belvita breakfast biscuits the morning of a marathon. Before parkrun I very rarely eat anything.

If you could choose anywhere in the world to run, where would it be?

  • America. I have never been and would love to do the New York marathon one day.

Favourite race/event and why?

  • Gold Coast Marathon in Australia – I have family down under and went over there for my cousins wedding. I didn’t even know the marathon was on and just signed up two days before when I heard about it.

Favourite parkrun and why

  • Favourite parkrun is Main Beach parkrun on the Gold Coast in Australia. You run along the beach front at 7am and watch the sun rising, it really is amazing.

What’s your one race essential?

  • My Garmin. I need this every race to keep an eye on how I am getting on. I feel naked without it.

Would you run a marathon without getting a medal?

  • Yes, I did actually run the Green Sands Ridge relay race as a solo runner. It was the best part of 35 miles and we didn’t get a medal but it was my first Ultra marathon and I’m very proud of that.

Have you ever cried because you couldn’t get time of work for an event?

  • No.

Have you considered joining the cross country team?

  • I have considered it but I always seem to be working on the Saturdays that cross country is on.

What would you prefer, a PB or a win?

  • I have never won a race and am not fast enough to ever do this, so I think I would settle for a PB.

Kamran up the volcano

Club member Kamran went hiking to Damavand and said it was a breathtaking experience! This is not a volcano, but a monster of a mountain with her own weather.

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They were enjoying a mid Summer day until hiked to her foot hills, where they encountered heavy rain and hail: a cold Winter day! It snowed every day, yet managed to get to 18,300 ft on day 3 (after 7 hours of hike) but ultimately pushed back by heavy snow, blizzard and low visibility.

Damavand is majestic but ruthless, so they paid respect and returned to the base camp 5 hours later, feeling humbled but exhilarated by the force of her nature! Kamran said ‘I have become a convert and will return to pay homage to this sleeping beauty next year!!!’

Anyone fancy joining him next year?

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On the Run with Janet Maidment

Name: Janet Maidment

Joined Redway Runners: 13 May 2013

We go on the run with our members and we find out a bit more about them – which we thought would be great to share, this time it is Janet Maidment, who it has been great to see come right through the club from nervously joining to seeing her terrified when her name come out of the hat to do the London Marathon from the club ballot.

 

Thanks Janet

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CLUB

When did start running and when did you join Redway Runners?

May 2013 when I joined week 3 of a beginners group

 

What’s the best thing about being in a running club?

The camaraderie and support. Knowing there is always someone there to run with.

 

How much does running with RR mean to you?

A lot. I’ve made the best friends through the club.

 

Tell us about your first time (with Redway Runners):

I went along to wk3 of a beginners group and was shocked to discover we had to run for FOUR minutes (walk two). That was about three and a half minutes longer than I thought I could run for. Really struggled but persevered and went back the following week!

 

When and who do you run with the club?

Usually Monday’s, sometimes Thursday intervals and often Sunday long runs. I try and get to track when I can too. I run with lots of different people but special mentions to Pet, Paul, Suzy, Angela and Lorraine who always keep me going.

 

YOU

Tell us your history of running?

I didn’t run from the age of 13 when I developed asthma and always used it as an excuse not to! I watched my husband run and supported at marathons for years and had absolutely no desire to run. One day I just thought I would give it a go. Now I wish I’d done it sooner than aged 36! I went from beginner to marathon runner in three years.

 

What has been you best running achievement?

Running the London Marathon in 4:49 before my 40th birthday!

 

Who have you see while running?

Most people know I’m pretty oblivious to everything whilst running so who knows who I have missed out on seeing!

 

Favourite place to run.

At the moment it’s up in the woods – anywhere trail.

 

What do you love to see while running?

People smiling!

 

Funniest running moment?

Just recently a few of us managed to get ‘lost’ in the woods and ended up in the middle of Woburn Golf Course whilst it was hosting the Women’s Golf Open. A run I will remember for a long time as there was so many laughs, fence climbing, trying to negotiate our way back and just enjoying running!

 

Tell us about your worst run:

Great North Run 2015. I just didn’t enjoy it. Too busy, boring route and my personal worst half marathon time.  

 

Best running phrase:

You never regret the runs you do, just the ones you don’t.

 

Janet pic 2Favourite running photo and why?

Two – 25k into the London Marathon and I stopped for refreshments, finish photo with my medal!

 

Have you ever lost your running mojo and how did you get it back?

Yes! Post Marathon Blues are the worst! I found it again by learning to enjoy running with friends who make me smile and reminding myself it’s not always about pace and PB’s.

 

Do you always round up?

Hmm, generally yes unless I’m dying. Often to the nearest half (and a little extra for Strava)

 

What did you learn from your first marathon, and what would you change?

I learnt that I am capable of running a marathon – who knew?! I wouldn’t change anything (except maybe having more faith over the last six miles that I had it in me to finish!).

 

What do you think about when you run?

Nothing – it’s one of the reasons I love to run

 

What cross training do you prefer?

Yoga, very complementary to running

 

What type of running do you prefer and why?

Trails and intervals for different reasons. Trails are just fun with no pressure, Intervals are hard work but you get to stop (generally) after a short time – I like that

 

Loop backs, love them for the social?

Loop backs have their time and place. I didn’t enjoy them during marathon training so tended to avoid them then.

 

If you don’t share your run in social media, did it happen? Where do you log your runs and do you stalk others runs:

If it’s not on Strava it didn’t happen! My runs automatically log to Garmin Connect, Strava and Fetcheveryone. Of course I strava stalk people!

 

RACE/EVENTS

Favourite race distance and why:

Half marathon. Because although it’s still hard work I can go at a more comfortable pace which is beneficial being asthmatic.

 

Tell us about your pre-race rituals and food and drink:

Cup of tea and an instant porridge. Home-made flapjack if it’s a long race.

 

Favourite race/event and why:

London Marathon. It was just an awesome event, the crowds, the support, the medal, the feeling of being #oneinamillion

 

Favourite parkrun and why:

Glossop parkrun. Although it’s a three loop course and I generally dislike loops, the course has varied terrain and it just made me smile the whole way round.

 

What’s your one race essential?

Asthma inhaler! Without fail I carry it with me.

 

Would you run a marathon without getting a medal?

Well I done Oakley 20 to get the jumper so yeah, I guess so!

 

Have you considered joining the cross country team?

I’ve considered it. The racing aspect puts me off rather than the mud!

 

What would you prefer, a PB or a win?

Well as I’ll only ever win a novelty race (backwards running anyone?) it has to be PB.

 

What is your next race?

I am doing Bournemouth Half in October and then I’m signed up to Paris Marathon in April 2017. There’s currently talk of a possible trail ultra for 2017 too!!

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Janet

10 August 2016

Press Release 17 August 2016 – Beginner’s Courses September 2016

Over the past 6 years an amazing 1,055 beginners and returning runners have passed through the Redway Runners Beginner’s Courses.  From a recent survey 94% of those taking part completed the course and 84% are still running now.  September 2016 sees a number of new courses open to anyone who wants to start running.  Details of times and start dates are as follows:

Tuesdays 17:45 – start date 6 September with Lucinda
Tuesdays 18:00 – start date 6 September 2016 with Annette
Wednesdays 19:00 – start date 7 September 2016 with Steve
Thursdays 09:30 – start date 8 September with Richard/Tim

Please go to the following link for more information and to book a place:
http://www.redwayrunners.com/train/beginners/

Or you can book by e-mail to rr@bluewednesday.co.uk

Redway Runners are now also proud to be working with several large local employers to offer running sessions to their employees.  Mercedes, Santander, Deloittes and the Canal Trust.

 

 

Stephanie Dutton – Personal Story

Stephanie Dutton – Personal Story

In May, 2015 I joined the Redway Runners Club. Within a few weeks of joining, I chose to take part in the Zero to Hero Programme that the club had created. The programme takes Zero runners to run a Marathon, which makes them a Hero. Each participant is assigned a mentor, who guides you through your 12-month of training.

Unfortunately I never got to run the MK Marathon in May, 2016 due to an injury 2-months prior to the big day. However, I have the opportunity to train again with the Zero to Hero programme for the 2017 MK Marathon.

The Redway Runners Rock! If it wasn’t for the encouragement of the Redway Runners, I would not be challenging myself in any form. Instead I’d probably be dreaming about training for a Marathon, and as for trail running it wouldn’t even be on my radar.

Talking of trail-running, there happened to be a post in the August Women’s Running Magazine that caught my eye. They were looking for 3-women to run their first trail-run half-marathon. I applied and somehow they liked my story.

So, I was one of three women chosen to participate in the Project Trail, which is organised by the Women’s Running Magazine. They will be training us for the off-road Bath Hilly-Half in November.

Our first meeting was held at Wimbledon Common last Wednesday, where I got to meet, not only the Team organising the Project Trail, but also Abbey and Clare, and the 3-men who will be running for the Men’s Running Magazine.

Our day at Wimbledon Common was a mixture of being interviewed, having our photos taken in our new gear, which was sponsored by Columbia Sports, Montrail, Addida, TomTom and High5.

As our day came to an end, I felt really good about being part of Project Trail. It’s going to be a challenge as I’ve never done anything like this before. But, challenges are good, right?

My running-bug has how infected my family – 3 of my grandchildren are now running in the MK junior park-run, and my daughter-in-law has just joined the Redway Runners. It’s a family affair!

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Press Release 16 August 2016 – Redway Runners raises over £4,400 for Charity of the Year “Bravery Boxes”

As part of the Redway Runners local community-spirited aims a “Charity of the Year” is nominated each year. Before this year’s Beat the Barge race we presented last year’s charity, Bravery Boxes, with a cheque for the amount that the club raised of over £4,400.

Christine from the charity gratefully received the cheque from the club and confirmed that as a direct result of the money the club has raised they will be putting the Bravery Boxes into two more hospitals.

Fantastic work from everyone at Redway Runners and great that we are directly improving other people’s lives.Beat the Barge Chq presentation 1 Beat the Barge Chq presentation 2

New Lunchtime run

Pleased to let you know we are launching in association with the ‘Canal & River Trust’ a new free club Lunchtime Canal run, it starts on the the 8 September and will be at 12:15 on Thursdays meeting at the car park beside the canal in Campbell Park (Postcode MK9 4AD)

This will be a run of up to 45 minutes suitable for all. It is being organised for the club by Doug and he will lead the runs with Maurice and Jim

So if you know people who want to run in the lunchtime do let them know about it and good to see Redway Runners coming along

The Canal & River Trust are going to be promoting this run in the local area and with publicity. We have some of of the posters below if you can either display one or put them on display please see Martin for a supply.

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On the Run with Paul Woodward

Name: Paul Woodward

Joined Redway Runners: 1 January 2011

We go on the run with our members and we find out a bit more about them – which we thought would be great to share, this time it is Paul Woodward who is one of the very original club members he joined on the very first day the club started

 

Thanks Paul

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CLUB

When did start running and when did you join Redway Runners

I started 6 years ago and I joined RR about a year afterwards I think.

 

What’s the best thing about being in a running club?

Meeting loads of other people of various abilities but we are all runners regardless of pace or the distance we do. It is just about being out there in your trainers and enjoying it.

 

How much does running with RR mean to you?

Running with the club has opened up so many different routes that I would never have found running by myself. I have also made some fantastic friends.

 

When and who do you run with the club?

I only really do the Sunday runs with the club and the occasional Thursday night run. Am quite shy underneath the shouting so haven’t attended any of the social events. I do however run with a small group before parkrun – the parkrun early lap group. They are heavily into their selfies and can be quite smutty! I try to tune them out.

 

YOU

Tell us your history of running?

Started when youngest Daughter was born 6 years ago as was terribly overweight, unfit, a heavy smoker and a bad drinker. I wanted to be alive to watch her grow up so started running. I am now much lighter, a non-smoker and teetotal and my life sucks ha ha. Never going to win any races and very injury prone. I do love running though.

 

What has been you best running achievement?

I went sub 20 minutes at parkrun a couple of years ago. Was a great feeling! No where near it at the moment though.

 

What is your running ambition?

I have set myself a target of 3000 miles for 2016 and so far so good. Just coming up to 2000 so should achieve it mid December providing I can stay injury free.

 

Why do you run?

Two reasons. Number one is cake. I eat like an actual horse. I won’t share number 2 on here.

 

What would you do if you were not running?

When not running I love to go for trips to the park with Emily.

 

What do you love to see while running?

Rain clouds coming. I love running in a rain shower. I sweat like a sweaty thing so a nice rain shower cools me off.

 

Funniest running moment

We had some great fun doing the parkrun early laps early this year dressing up as superheros etc.

 

Best running phrase?

I have two quite frequently used phrases whilst out running. One is “Hills are friends” and the other is “Less talking, more running”. Both normally get quite a rude response.

 

Favourite running photo and why?Paul Woodward

Favourite photo was from the Firle half marathon in 2013. Was such a fantastic cross-country event on a beautiful day.

 

Do you always round up?

Yes. Check out my Strava feed. Sad is not the word for it.

 

Worst/Best advice you’ve ever been given.

The worst advice I ever hear is something along the lines of “run it off” when someone complains of an injury. No, your body is telling you to stop!! Rest!! Runners are so stubborn!

 

What type of running do you prefer and why?

I prefer doing about 10 miles. Not long enough to have to carry water and food etc but long enough to earn a little treat afterwards.

 

Loop backs, love them for the social?

Love them as they keep everyone moving together

 

If you don’t share your run in social media, did it happen?Where do you log your runs and do you stalk others runs?

I log everything on Strava quite religiously. I do stalk a couple of people that I secretly compete against but they don’t know that so not telling you who they are.

 

RACE/EVENTS

What was your favourite race and why?

I did the MK half marathon with Lucinda Parish in 2015 and we had just the most amazing fun ever. She nailed a pb too. Plus we ran in Tutu’s. It was a great day.

 

Favourite race distance and why?

Half marathon every time. Just long enough to be tough and worth a medal but not long enough to require months of training. I am a lazy runner so hate thinking of it as “training”. I just like to run at whatever pace suits how I feel at the time.

 

Tell us about your pre-race rituals and food and drink?

Coffee and toast before then just water and Jelly Babies during. Afterwards – anything that tastes like Chicken or Cake.

 

What’s your one race essential?

Vaseline.

 

Thanks Paul

On the Run with James Dwight

Name: James Dwight

Joined Redway Runners: 12 January 2012

We go on the run with our members and we find out a bit more about them – which we thought would be great to share, this time it is James Dwight – who we talked with and do not think once he mentioned his football team!

 

Thanks James

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CLUB

When did start running and when did you join Redway Runners?

Started running around 2011 and joined the Green Army shortly after in 20012.

Have you run with other clubs how does Redway Runners Compare?

If you can count Sweatshop as a running club I occasionally run with them but mostly run with Redway Runners.

What’s the best thing about being in a running club?

Meeting new people, plus the social side is pretty appealing, as someone once said, it’s a drinking club with a running problem 😉 Seriously though the trips abroad have been the best thing about joining the club, would never have even thought about going abroad to run a race, now I prefer to race abroad than pay the extortionate prices to race over here.

Tell us about your first time (with Redway Runners)

Can’t even remember my first club run but remember the first trip abroad with the club to Barcelona, had so much fun and the actual race was fantastic. It was only my second half marathon and the difference between that and my 1st one was amazing, just wish my 1st run was with the club. The difference when you run with other people and have the support at the end is something you can’t ever underestimate….not to mention the ice cold pint of Estrella already waiting for me at the bar near the finish.

When and who do you run with the club?

Mixture of Monday and Sunday socials, plus the club trips to Spain, not to be missed those trips.

YOU

Tell us your history of running?

Started running on my own around Tattenhoe to keep fit, then was recommended Parkrun where I noticed all these green t-shirts…..133 parkruns later and the rest is history as they say…

What has been you best running achievement?

Finally breaking the sub 20 mins at 5K, still not come close but will get there again!

What is your running ambition?

No ambitions as such other than to visit as many different parkrun courses around the country and spread the good word of the Green Army!

Why do you run?

To eat more pizza and drink more beer…..

What would you do if you were not running?

Take up knitting?

Who have you see while running?

Randomly saw Martin Keown at the Blenhiem Palace 10k

Favourite place to run

Spain, especially Barcelona, the crowd support was amazing and the freebies are always better than the UK.

What do you love to see while running?

The finish…..

Funniest running moment

Turning up to Cannon Hill parkrun in Birmingham one day to see Geoff New, Tony Daglish and Warwick randomly there. Had no idea they were planning on going and had to do a double take when I spotted another Redway Runner shirt in the distance!

What is your favourite running track and film?

I don’t listen to music while running, far too antisocial and seriously, it’s dangerous, don’t do it!

Tell us about your worst run

Silverstone Half, had to stop after 3 miles due to injury plus it was a horrible cold and windy day.

Best running phrase

“Don’t forget your barcode!”

Favourite running photo and why

James Dwight

Barcelona half 2013, first trip abroad with the club and first time running abroad. The bright yellow FC Barcelona socks certainly got us noticed…

Have you ever lost your running mojo and how did you get it back

Quite regularly, usually when my hip starts to get sore after a build-up of miles but nothing a couple days rest doesn’t fix.

Best route around MK

Willen Lake, just as it’s easy to get to from my house and it’s pretty flat.

Who would be on your wish list to run with?

Mo Farrah…if he could keep up with me…..

Do you always round up?

Always!

Worst/Best advice you’ve ever been given.

Time on your feet is more important than miles under your belt

What did you learn from your first marathon, and what would you change?

Never run a marathon and don’t ever intend to!

What do you think about when you run?

Anything but the actual run!

What type of running do you prefer and why?

Nice smooth tarmac paths/roads

Loop backs, love them for the social?

As much as I can see their worth I can’t say I’m a fan, especially when I’m towards the front of the group and have to run that much further to catch everyone else, and then there’s the congestion when over taking….can you tell I’m not a fan??

Would you change your job if the hours didn’t suit running?

Yes and was part of my motivation to get off working day/night shifts, since returning to Mon-Fri 9-5 I’ve loved having weekend back to run Parkrun and try and get to as many social runs as I can.

Run to time or distance?

Distance, always.

If you don’t share your run in social media, did it happen? Where do you log your runs and do you stalk others runs
Garmin and Strava, if it didn’t record it didn’t happen!

RACE/EVENTS

Favourite race distance and why

5 mile races seem to be my best distance, always enjoy the Blisworth 5 mile race

Tell us about your pre-race rituals and food and drink
I never eat anything in the morning before a race, just plenty of fluids before the race and pasta the night before, try to avoid bread and cheese

If you could choose anywhere in the world to run, where would it be?

A nice 10k around Manhattan would be perfect, taking in as many of the landmarks as possible

Favourite race/event and why
Barcelona half was amazing for the race support along the route. I love running along the seafront on the Torremolinos half as well.

Favourite parkrun and why
St Albans, mainly because each segment works out to be around a KM each so it’s great to judge how you are getting on, and it’s a pretty nice setting as well with the backdrop of the Cathedral

What’s your one race essential?
Garmin

 

On the Run with Tracey Schembre

We go on a run with Tracey Schembre, this is her story
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Well turning 40 and then 6 months later losing your mum is enough to make you look at yourself?! When you don’t like what you see you have got to change! So thought I’d give Slimming World a go again. So the end of September it was.

By Christmas I had lost just over 2 and a half stone. Knowing losing weight was just one thing, I also had to get fit too. One cold Sunday morning on a rugby pitch I got speaking to Doug (both our boys play for the same rugby team).

Have you ever thought about running?! I just laughed, me run, only to the pub!

I’m sure you could, anyone can he said. So my brain started ticking, I’ve always looked at runners while driving along thinking, I wish I could do that! I’ve lost a few wobbly bits so maybe I could? That was it a few Facebook messages later I was signed up to Annette’s beginners course at the beginning of January, dragging my son and daughter for moral support!

OMG!! I couldn’t even run for a minute, how is this going to work?! But with Annette’s patience and Glenn from time to time. It was one week before our parkrun graduation and I hit -3 stone 10lbs at Slimming World only 12lb to go till I hit my target! If any of you have been on a weight loss journey, you know the last few pounds are the worst!

Graduation day come round, I did it, run 5k without stopping yippee!! 1 week later I started step up with Glenn on a Monday night and continued with the parkrun on Saturdays.

26th April was the date that I got my target weight, 4 and half stone gone in 33 weeks!! Last week we had a target members night at Slimming World, I had to get up and say my bit and take questions. Just before I finished one lady asked me, so how did you lose so much so quickly and loss all them inches (29 inches in total). Then it dawned on me Redway Runners! So by joining this great running family you have helped get me where I needed to be! Also helped my son become a lot fitter and make his rugby coaches very pleased! So thank you all for all your support, I love running in my green shirt and look forward to meeting more of you, as I try and keep going!

It was a team effortTracey Schembre July 2016

Much love Tracey