Redway Runners Multisports evening

Ever thought about trying something other than running but don’t know where to start?
Well Redway Runners Multisport needs you!
We are holding a fun and informal evening to find out what you fancy doing, what are your goals? Answer any questions you may have, all in the hope that we can help guide you on to something different and in return you help us ensure that Redway Runners Multisport can offer you something that is (guess what) useful to you!
This initial meeting (yes there will be more if there is interest) is being held on 25th October at 19:00 in the Henman Room at David Lloyd Gym. The meeting will be restricted to 25, so we have time to answer all questions as well as letting you guys know what our ideas are for next year.
Please let Burti know if you can attend.

burti@hotmail.com

NSPCC Half and 10K

Fantastic turnout on Sunday, 25 September for the NSPCC Milton Keynes half marathon and 10K from the club.

Think we even got some trophies in the club for Sarah, Richard, John and Terry.

Fantastic group green photo before the races.

Then we had a fantastic water station and cheering point led by Jenny on the canal behind David Lloyd – you were all fab

The Zero to Hero group for this year did a major milestone in running the 10K as part of the programme towards the MK Marathon in May 2017

We also had a few take part as the traveling band on the run singing the odd song (very odd) and making lots of noise

Well done all who got involved

Results at:
https://www.resultsbase.net/event/3410/results

Official event photos at:
http://yourraceday.co.uk/races/nspcc_16/index.html

Lots of pictures of Redway Runners among the MKFM photos Facebook page at:
https://www.facebook.com/Mkfmradio/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1398161396880001

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On the run with Lauren Keeler

Name: Lauren Keeler

Joined Redway Runners: 2 June 2016

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 with fairly new recruit Lauren Keeler

Thanks Lauren

26 September 2016

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CLUB

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

  • I started running at school. I was pretty terrible and used to walk a lot but I used it as a good excuse to go and play in the mud around the old sand pits in Leighton Buzzard. When I got to university my friend Mary decided that she needed to fix my running technique (it was rather like Phoebe from friends) and thanks to her I fell in love with running. We were both in the Mountaineering Club so running at the time meant fell running in the rain when it was too wet to go climbing.

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

  • Officially no- but I do have a girlie running group of five that meet up from Newport Pagnell once a week. Redway is brilliant as people want to run all the time.

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

  • I feel proud to represent a club when I race and in return I get an army of green supporters cheering me on (seemingly no matter where I race in the world!).

How much does running with Redway Runners mean to you?

  • A lot- I feel like I am part of a big family.

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

  • I finally worked up the bravery to join RR on a Sunday run in summer at Salcey Forest. I was greeted by Paul (sorry I don’t know his surname) who has looked out for me ever since. The run was brilliant. I got to know some trails that I didn’t know and to my surprise it wasn’t so scary running as a group. Paul bought me a hot chocolate after and I was signed up from that moment on.

When and who do you run with the club?

  • I try to make Monday nights and Sunday mornings and then I just fit runs around work when I can. I am useless with names but I have run a fair bit with Sean, Martin G, Martin Lawrence and have been guide running with Annette Smyth, Suzy and Simon.

YOU

What has been you best running achievement?

  • Completing my first Ultra- the South Downs Centurion 50 miles in April 2016. It was the hardest race I have ever done and my whole body knew about it after.

What is your running ambition?

  • I’d love to get a Good for Age marathon time.

Why do you run?

  • Because I can.

What would you do if you were not running?

  • Swim, cycle, rock climb or take up something new. I dabbled in canoe polo for a while so could do that. I’d keep myself busy but I wouldn’t be doing my favourite activity.

Favourite place to run?

  • In the mountains. Failing that I love Rushmere Park.

What do you love to see while running?

  • Boulders, mud, sunshine and cake.

Funniest running moment?

  • Out with my running girls in MK about 18 months ago. We got a good distance into a marathon training run and the path was blocked. We didn’t want to add another 3 miles going around so we got down on our stomachs and slid through dust and gravel to the other side. We were still delayed as by that point we were in a fit of giggles.

Best running phrase?

  • Shut up legs.

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Favourite running photo and why? (please send it as well)

 

  • There are so many! I have picked this photo of me and my husband Ollie at the end of Ironman Copenhagen. It felt good to be finished.

 

 

 

 

 

What do you think about when you run?

  • What to have for the next meal.

What type of running do you prefer and why?

  • Trail/ fell running. I love hurtling down a steep decline.

RACE/EVENTS

What was your favourite race and why?

  • I love the races that take place around the Ashridge Estate. There around a few of them ranging from 10 miles to 16 miles.

Favourite race distance and why?

  • Longer is better- probably half marathon or marathon.

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This picture is of the three of use is at the end of the Centurion 50.

 

Lost your Running Mojo

Have you lost your running Mojo, or want to return to running after a break and not sure where to start?

Well we can help. On Mondays from the 3 October to the 7 November we will have a weekly run to get you back to running with the focus on fun it will be led by Theresa and Suzy

You will find all the details click here

Redway Runners

Test Event for MK50 (2017)

In place of our normal Sunday runs on 23 October 2016 at 9am, we will be holding a ‘Treasure Hunt Fun Run’, a test event for a bigger and better event as part of the Milton Keynes 50 year celebrations in 2017.

To help us test if this event would be successful, we are asking you to support this fun run.

Details:

  • Start/Finish from Harvester at Willen Eastlake.
  • Mixed Teams of three Redway Runners (A combination of Brain/Brawn/Speed)
  • Each team to start at 2 minute intervals following a number of clues.
  • Total distance covered will be about 10km.
  • Bacon Rolls and unlimited Tea/Coffee for £3.00 from our friends at The Harvester.

Please email Stephen at stephenscott1958@gmail.com with details of your team.

Start times will be published nearer the time.

If you are unable to put a team together, still turn up and we will put you with others.

Feedback, both positive and negative would be most appreciated as this could turn into a major event for the club next year.

On the run with Pet Hedges

Name: Pet Hedges

Joined Redway Runners: 6 March 2015

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 Pet Hedges

Thanks Pet

19 September 2016

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CLUB

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

  • March 2015

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

  • Not run with another club.

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

  • The unconditional love, help and support that everyone gives all the time – I feel part of a big green family.

How much does running with RR mean to you?

  • It means everything to me – I would never have achieved all the things that I have done so far without the support and encouragement from everyone in the club.

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

  • I was a bag of nerves when I got to David Lloyd as I had no idea what to expect, and I was truly terrified that I was far too slow and would hold everyone up. So I chose Leigh’s step up run….and loved it. Loved the fact that no one got left behind, and that everyone was so chatty and friendly. I haven’t looked back.

When and who do you run with the club?

  • I try and do Monday evening club run, Tim’s Explorer run on a Tuesday, Neil’s Wednesday 6pm run if I get out of work in time, and some of the Sunday club runs.
  • The list of who I run with is too long to list here – there are so many lovely people who I run and chat to – special mentions to Janet and Paul who I do most of my training with – and also everyone who comes out on a Thursday evening at Woburn woods, where we are guaranteed to get very lost and to laugh!!

YOU

Tell us your history of running?

  • Just over 2 years ago I had a prolapsed disc in my spine which meant that I was in agony every time I sat down. The physio that put me back together pointed out that due to my height, unless I did some exercise that would build up my core strength, the disc would prolapse again. So I chose running. I had never run before, but set myself a target to run a half marathon in the year I turned 50 (which was last year). Somehow 1 half has turned into 16 so far, and also 2 marathons and 1 Ultra. Loads of 10Ks, a Wolf run and the Paras 10 run (which is the run that the Parachute regiment new recruits have to do as part of their training). I have more marathons and ultras planned this year – and still need to decide on next year’s challenge.

What has been you best running achievement?

  • Being able to run over 50 miles a week regularly!! I never dreamed that this would be possible when I first started. An immense thank you has to go to Jen Sangster – she is always there for me with lashings of encouragement, help, advice and training plans!!

What is your running ambition?

  • To carry on enjoying my running as much as I do at the moment. Still need to decide on next year’s challenge J

Why do you run?

  • Because I can!! It has become part of my life. I get to see my friends a lot, stay fit and healthy, and it’s a brilliant way to de stress after a hard day in the office.

What would you do if you were not running?

  • I would probably be out and about walking my dog, or horse riding. Phoebe (my dog) comes out running a lot with me now, and I fit in horse riding as and when I can.

Favourite place to run?

  • Anywhere off road!

What do you love to see while running?

  • Beautiful scenery and wildlife

Funniest running moment?

  • Too many to mention, and they generally happen on our Thursday evening runs around Woburn woods.

What is your favourite running track and film?

  • Don’t have either!

Tell us about your worst run?

  • This has to be the Oakley 20 earlier this year. It was very warm, very hilly, I was running with a shin splint issue and it seemed never ending. Never again!! Nice hoodie though!!

Best running phrase?

  • Run the mile you’re in – don’t worry about what’s still to come.

pet-hedges-1Favourite running photo and why? (please send it as well)

 

  • Even though the Oakley 20 was my worst ever run, I did get my favourite photo from it – Janet and I crossing the line together. We had both struggled at times through the race, but somehow we managed to catch each other up and get us moving again. There was no way I was going across the line without her!!!

 

 

 

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

  • No – luckily I haven’t.

Best route around MK?

  • I have a 10 mile route around some of the bridleways from Bottledump roundabout, up round the prison, round Crownhill and back.

Who would be on your wish list to run with?

  • I’m lucky, as I get to run with everyone on my wish list all the time – all club members J

Do you always round up?

  • 99% of the time – yes

Worst/Best advice you’ve ever been given?

  • Running, nutrition and resting should form the 3 points of an equilateral triangle. It doesn’t matter if it’s a big triangle (if you are covering a lot of miles) or a small triangle (a smaller number of miles) – but the triangle should always be equilateral. And the importance of stretching properly!!

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

  • That you must listen to your body and go with what it tells you. And that it’s ok to walk.

What do you think about when you run?

  • Anything and everything

What cross training do you prefer?

  • I go to sweat yoga 3 times a week

What type of running do you prefer and why?

  • Slow gentle trail running – you still cover the distance but you get the chance to enjoy the scenery.

Loop backs, love them for the social?

  • I don’t mind a loop back or two on a social run. It’s a fantastic way to keep everyone together – but I generally choose to do a Club run on a Monday so I don’t have any loop backs after a busy running weekend.

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

  • No, as I would always find alternative times to run.

Run to time or distance?

  • Distance!

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?

  • My runs are shared uploaded to Strava – if it’s not there, it didn’t happen J

RACE/EVENTS

What was your favourite race and why?

  • New Forest Half last year – stunning scenery, brilliant organisation with lots of local support, ran with the ponies….literally…..and the miles just seemed to disappear.

Favourite race distance and why?

  • Ultras – you get fed every 10K!!! Yes – I love food!!!

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

  • I always have a high calorie breakfast of granola and porridge with fruit before a long run. Apart from that I’m not always very organised, so can usually be found running around in a panic hoping that I haven’t forgotten anything.

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

  • I don’t really have an answer for this, but I tend to try and take opportunities to run in different countries as and when I find them. I am running in Berlin this year and Paris in 2017 so far – there will be more J

Favourite parkrun and why?

  • I have only ever done Willen and Blickling (in Norfolk). I would have to say that Blickling is my favourite – it’s around the grounds of a National Trust property, and is so pretty.

What’s your one race essential?

  • My Camelbak – lots of pockets to fill with snacks!!

Would you run a marathon without getting a medal?

  • I might do if it was cheap to enter, and had alternative freebies at the end!!

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

  • No

Have you considered joining the cross country team?

  • Yes – but don’t think I am good enough!!

What would you prefer, a PB or a win?

  • Considering I have never won anything (and am never likely to) – a PB!!

 

Redway Runners

On the Run News

We have done a few now ‘On The Run with ….’ articles on the club web site and they have been really popular – but we need more  club members to do them, do not be shy share your story.

 

If you can help us fill in this document (opens in Word) on-the-run-with-questions-v1 just fill in the questions that you can / want to do and send it back to us with a couple of photos – mail it to the club at rr@redwayrunners.com

 

To read the other Redway Runners stories click here

On the run with Andy Collins

Name: Andy Collins

Joined Redway Runners: 4 August 2014

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 Andy Collins, not seen enough of Andy’s dry humour in the club recently with his injuries

Thanks Andy

1 September 2016

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CLUB

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

  • I started running in late 2011, after deciding I was old and fat! Been lazy I signed up to run the Silverstone Half in 2012 to keep me motivated. It wasn’t until I had the stupid idea that turning 40 meant I had to run a marathon that I joined RR though in Summer 2014. There’s only so many 2-3 hour long runs you can do on your own, leaving from your front door before you start to border on going mad.

 

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

  • Other than the like-minded people you meet and befriend! One of the good things about been an RR member is the guaranteed cheering squad at just about every race you ever do.

 

How much does running with RR mean to you?

  • Means loads J helped me get over some very personal difficult times knowing I have the release of running with the club

 

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

  • Oooh my first time… cheeky… it was a warm Sunday morning from Westcroft. I was a bit nervous, worried I’d do something silly not knowing any group running etiquette or be so slow I’d hold everyone up.. But everyone was very friendly, made me feel so welcomed and the loopbacks meant I needn’t have worried about been too slow.

 

When and who do you run with the club?

  • Tough this! It seems I’ve been injured from running forever. But I always enjoyed intervals and the Sunday long run and was quite getting into the un-official MK parkrun early lap which a few from the club do. I look forward to getting back to all these and more as soon as I can.

 

YOU

Tell us your history of running?

  • No long history, I was always the last to be chosen for sports at school, had no passion for any of it. But as I got old and fat, a photo taken at work made me think I had to do something and running is simple to start not needing any real investment (that all changes though! Ridiculously expensive when you love it and racing, shoes, the latest garmin etc…)

 

What has been your best running achievement?

  • I think helping a friend get a PB at MK festival of running earlier this year. Well that and that time I won a trophy for coming 3rd in a race… 😉

 

What is your running ambition?

  • Currently I’ll settle for running again J but once that happens I’d like to get my training to where it was at the beginning of this year and do a sub 90min half and possibly think about a good for age marathon!

Why do you run?

  • It’s fun, I also find it very meditative, really clears the mind and forget anything else that’s going on in the world

 

What would you do if you were not running?

  • Drink wine.

 

Who have you see while running?

  • I assume you mean celebrities? I really don’t recognise people so I could have seen loads and would never know. I did once cross the finish line at Sliverstone Half (2015 I think) around Iwan Thomas, but didn’t know that till I saw the finish times after. I was quicker then him… that’s right I beat an Olympian…

 

Favourite place to run?

  • Not a place, but I love running in the rain. A full on storm even better.

 

What do you love to see while running?

  • Hills

 

Funniest running moment?

  • Probably doing Mk festival of running half in a pink tutu, the crowds loved it.

 

What is your favourite running music track and film?

  • I don’t listen to music when running anymore, but like to have Eminem – Lose yourself, on repeat before a race I want to PB

 

Tell us about your worst run?

  • Don’t dwell on them, just remember the good ones.

 

Best running phrase?

  • Hills are your friends

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Favourite running photo and why? (please send it as well)

  • A selfie of me a grumpy pig and Sinead at Stowe ultra half marathon! I think this shows the fun, weirdness and friendships that running can bring to your life.

 

 

 

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

  • Sort of at the moment. Not able to run properly due to injury, and it’s been so long I just wonder if I want to put all the effort back in to start again! What am I doing about it, stalking runners on FB and Strava seeing all their achievements helps. I’ve also joined the help the beginners FB page and hope to be able to help out at a few of the runs and feed off the positiveness of the beginners’ improvements. I also signed up as a Z2H mentor (before I broke and lost my mojo a little) so seeing how well my mentee is doing makes me want to get out running again so I can run with her

 

Best route around MK?

  • Probably the millennium route

 

Who would be on your wish list to run with?

  • Steve Way. He’s like a much better runner version of me! Came to running later in life used to drink and smoke far too much. I think if he ran backwards so I could keep up it’d be fun.

 

Do you always round up?

  • Nope, I have been known to when training and my schedule says do x miles but other than that I don’t usually even look at my watch till after I’ve saved the run.

 

Worst/Best advice you’ve ever been given?

  • Best: Do intervals. No matter what your running goals intervals will help you achieve them
  • Worst: Running is bad for your knees!

 

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

  • That not everyone has that moment of euphoria as you cross the line! Even with random people coming up shaking your hand saying amazing we did it. Still felt a bit nah! All that training and that’s it what now…

 

What do you think about when you run?

  • Nothing absolutely nothing. It’s joyous

 

What cross training do you prefer?

  • I do cycling and yoga. Like both.

 

What type of running do you prefer and why?

  • Depends on my mood, but usually longer slow ones!

 

Loop backs, love them for the social?

  • Have a love hate relationship with them, they are good keeping everyone together and means that you can run some of the run with faster or slower people than yourself so is great for that, but they do knock you out of your stride a little so think they make long runs a bit harder

 

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

  • One of the great things about running is it can fit around everything else in your life and there are enough club runs that I’d think whatever hours I did there’d be something I can make. Although I’d love Friday mornings off.

 

Run to time or distance?

  • Generally, I run to distance. But both have their merits depending what you’re training for.

 

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?

  • NO. My runs are on Garmin and Strava.

 

RACE/EVENTS

What was your favourite race and why?

  • Lochness Marathon, my first marathon and stunning scenery

 

Favourite race distance and why?

  • 10 miles. Only done one… but you can run it at your dream half marathon pace and still make it to the end

 

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

  • Listen to Eminem – lose yourself, several times. Take my asthma inhaler, use a nose unblocker if it’s an important race means I’ll just be getting over a cold!
  • Food wise for halves and up I’ll have a strawberry jam bagel an hour or so before. And then a few gels during.

 

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

  • There’s a glass bridge in China quite fancy running across that! Or anywhere with nice views.

 

Favourite parkrun and why?

  • Never done it before but Father Collins parkrun in Ireland is going to be my favourite when I get there.

 

What’s your one race essential?

  • Safety pins…

 

Would you run a marathon without getting a medal?

  • No. Well maybe, depends would have to be some sort of memorabilia on offer though

 

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

  • Nope, it’s never been an issue and I can’t imagine an event been that important to cry over.

 

Have you considered joining the cross country team?

  • I love the cross country team, had never done cx before the club started doing it, went to every race the first season, think I even scored points the one time all the fast RR’s didn’t turn up J Unfortunately last season I only got to a couple of them, but hopefully do them all again next season.

 

What would you prefer, a PB or a win?

  • I’m only racing against myself so a PB. But there was that one time I came 3rd and won a trophy that was quite amazing, and although it was a PB at the time I have since gone faster so can understand the draw to wanting to position well as that’s forever where as a PB isn’t. Plus you get trophies… they’re cool

 

OTHERS

What question should we have asked you?

  • Have you perfected running with a full wine glass yet?

Me at CX