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Membership Renewals 2017/2018

It is getting to that time of year when club membership expires (31 March). Good news is club membership fees are staying the same at just £5 for another year, UKA have increased the fee to £14.

Anyway you can renew now, the easiest way is to make payment (£5 or £19) to the club bank account:

  • Sort code 301553
  • Number 42390360
  • Name; Redway Runners

Then drop a mail to rr@redwayrunners.com to confirm you have paid – if any of your details have changed let us know – if however, you want UKA on your membership and you have not had that previously then we will need a form.

If you want to renew by cheque then complete a form on the club web site (under join) http://www.redwayrunners.com/join/

Put the completed form and payment in an envelop and pass to Martin at a club run or post to the address on the form. Cheques payable to ‘Redway Runners’.

If you have not joined yet then what wait the form is at the link below and if you join now membership last to the 31 March 2018
http://www.redwayrunners.com/join/

On the run with James Armstrong

Name: James Armstrong

Joined Redway Runners: 16 September 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 James Armstrong who is leaving us shortly as he is moving with Jodi down to Devon, first met James at the Northampton parkrun and Northampton Magic Mile which he set up and was always ensured a friendly welcome to the green invaders.

Thanks James

16 February 2017

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CLUB

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

I started running in 2011 and joined Redway Runners in 2016 although I feel like I have been a member since 2012 when I first met the friendly green team at parkrun.

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

I joined Wootton Road Runners as my first club in 2012 and remained a member till I moved to Woburn Sands after meeting the lovely Jodi Fisk. From then I remained loyal to my club until the pull from Redway Runners was just too much to resist. Redway Runners are an awesome bunch of people. This is not a new discovery as I’ve got to know several Redway Runners very well over the years and see the team at many races. They were also incredibly supportive when I set up the Northampton Magic Mile.

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

The comradery and support. I love the undiluted enthusiasm and team spirit. Being part of a team is vital to getting the best out of yourself and it has certainly been invaluable to me over the years. I doubt that I will ever be “unattached”.

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

I suppose my first experience of Redway Runners was at Northampton parkrun. I was Run Director for a number of years there and every month, usually when I was directing we’d get an cloud of green vests turn up. It was fantastic. They would bring an infectious enthusiasm and sense of humour.

  • When and who do you run with the club?

I have trained when possible with a small group of reprobates being, Paul Mizon, James Down, Adrian Maidment, Neville Rowles, Martyn Douglas to name a few. The person I run with most of all though is my girlfriend and all round super star Redway Runner, Jodi Fisk. We run at least twice a week together with Jess our young Border Collie.

YOU

  • Tell us your history of running?

After finishing uni I threw myself in to work and neglected any physical activity. Up until that time I had played sport consistently all my life but I was determined to make a good start in the professional world. During this time, I had put on a little weight and became quite conscious of the fact. I literally had an epiphany one day. I saw an older gentleman walking past on the other side of the road. He was in his mid 50’s and had big pot belly and looked generally very unhealthy. That very moment I thought I must do something to make sure that’s not me in 20 or so years. I picked running as I could always run reasonably well and new that it was something I could do even when I was 90. I went from here and entered the London Marathon ballot, I was of cause unsuccessful so then entered the Silverstone Half. I ran 1:45 and thought actually this might be something I could pursue. I joined my first running club in 2012 and then totally dedicated myself to training. I concentrated on the half marathon and in 2013 ran my pb of 1:17 at the Great North Run. I then ran my one and only marathon a few weeks after and literally just nipped under the 3hr mark. 2:59.54. I remember running confidently round the penultimate corner on to the track at Abingdon before looking across and seeing the clock above the gantry at 2:59 something. To this day I don’t think I have ever run 200m so fast. During my time at Wootton I completed my coaching qualifications and joined the committee.

At the end of 2013 I picked up an injury in my ankle. After seeing several physios I couldn’t get an answer to what it was. It took 6 months before I then saw Mark Buckingham at Witty, Pask & Buckingham before he immediately diagnosed the injury and got me running again. 8/9 months had passed after first picking it up so my fitness was severely lacking. I started coming back but finding the balance proved hard and I picked up several niggles along the way. This constant striving to regain my previous form ground me down. In 2015 I met Jodi Fisk. We met on a woods run in Woburn Sands with a few others from Redway Runners and from this point my perspective on running started to change. We got Jess our border collie later that year and she has taught me that running can be FUN! It doesn’t always have to be about chasing times and pushing yourself to your body’s limit. The three of us have run in the Peak District, Welsh Mountains, Cornish beaches, South West Coastal paths and Devon moors. I have since run my first Ultra marathon and now really enjoy just going out for a run with my two favourite girls. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy doing the best I can in races and I still have ambitions. I have also qualified as a Sports Massage Therapist and with Magnus Sports Therapy I have really enjoyed helping and treating several members, getting them back to running and doing what they love most.

  • What has been you best running achievement?

Running my pb of 1:17 at the Great North Run half marathon

  • What is your running ambition?

To continue to enjoy it. I would like to turn my hand to some ultra’s and would like to try and podium at this distance. I will also race on the track as I do enjoy the high adrenaline, shorter races.

  • Why do you run?

2 years ago, I would have said purely to train hard and push myself to my limits but now it’s to enjoy life to the full and spend time with people who are most important to me.

  • What would you do if you were not running?

Probably become over weight and become less happy. That said I can imagine I would have to be doing another sport.

  • Who have you seen while running?

I have seen several running elites over the years while running. I have started the Great North Run next to Mo Farah and Kenenisa Bekele. I ran and over took Paula Radcliffe at the London Anniversary 10K (she wasn’t racing). I ran with James Cracknell for the last 3 miles of the Great North Run in 2014. I also met “my mate” Andy Vernon at the National Cross Country Relays in 2016 whilst competing for Redway Runners.

  • Favourite place to run?

Trails, mountains and coastal paths.

  • What do you love to see while running?

Other runners, happy people (I make a point to say hello to every single person I see out running).

  • What is your favourite running track and film?

I love a power ballad whilst running. A bit of Tina Turner, Boston and REO speedwagon is sure to keep me going on my long runs.

  • Tell us about your worst run?

It would have to be my first attempt back at the half marathon after my injury and I was miles off the pace from mile 3 and just felt awful. However, this turned out to be ok when I met one of my sporting idols, James Cracknell at mile 11 and ran the rest of the race with him.

  • Best running phrase?

“The best runners know when not to run”

  • Favourite running photo?

The photo’s of me and Jodi and the one of me and Jess are my favourite photos (couldn’t pick just one)

 

James Armstrong with Jess James Armstrong with Jodi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

When trying to return from my injury. It took for me to realise there is more to running than just pb’s

  • Best route around MK?

Woburn Sands – Woburn – Eversholt – Ridgmont. Good hills and great scenery.

  • Who would be on your wish list to run with?

Paula Radcliff

  • Do you always round up?

Never

  • Worst/Best advice you’ve ever been given?

Worst advice – when having a small niggle to still race and just see how it feels!

Best advice – recovery is equally if not more important than sessions. Sessions break down the muscle but rest and recovery is where those muscles then repair bigger and stronger.

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

I have only done one marathon and didn’t really race so can’t say I learnt too much, however I would say I realised just how many people go off too hard and then completely die in the last 5-10 miles.

  • What do you think about when you run?

Not too much, that’s why it’s so great

  • What cross training do you prefer?

Walking the dog

  • What type of running do you prefer and why?

I love variety. I love racing flat out over 400m on the track but also love running 16 miles through beautiful countryside or running up a mountain with Jess.

  • Love or hate loop backs?

Not a massive fan

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

I would have a few years ago, but I have a more holistic outlook on running and life these days

  • Run to time or distance?

Time

  • 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?

Absolutely, since Strava I guarantee there has been a rise in overuse injuries! Saying that I use Strava as a social share and Garmin Connect for my only analysis. I love stats and definitely stalk other runners.

RACE/EVENTS

  • What was your favourite race and why?

The Great North Run when I ran my pb’s

  • Favourite race distance and why?

Half Marathon, it has the perfect balance of endurance, tactics and out and out racing.

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

Up early in the morning, Weetabix or porridge, water, SIS energy drink. Then 30 mins before the race hold wee until the last minute and have half a banana!

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

Kenya or the alps

  • Favourite parkrun and why?

To date I’d have to say Lanhydrock in Cornwall

  • What’s your one race essential?

Garmin watch

  • Would you run a marathon without getting a medal?

Totally, not bothered by medals as long as it’s recorded on Run Britain and Power of 10

  • Have you considered joining the cross country team?

Indeed and have run cross country many a time. Absolutely love it.

  • What would you prefer, a PB or a win?

A win, although a pb is a personal win

James Armstrong club tee

 

Thanks James and good luck

On the run with Jodi Fisk

Name: Jodi Fisk

Joined Redway Runners: 27 May 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 with Jodi Fisk who is leaving us shortly as she is on the move but hopefully the green tee will be making some appearances in Devon with James

Thanks Jodi

15 February 2017

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CLUB

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

  • I started running in 2012 and joined Redway Runners in the Spring of 2014.

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

  • The encouragement and support of other runners, it has made me more committed to my training. I suppose I should mention that it helped introduce me to my now boyfriend, James! So, it’s been quite beneficial for me!

How much does running with Redway Runners mean to you?

  • It’s great to run with such a supportive and friendly bunch of likeminded people, I will really miss everyone when I move away.

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

  • Sunday club run in Aspley Woods, felt very apprehensive but it didn’t take long to get chatting and made to feel very welcome.

When and who do you run with the club?

  • I have mainly attended Sunday runs, which are so useful for marathon training, I have found people (mainly John Laverick!) that are the same pace as me so that no long runs have to be alone again.
  • At home, James and I run regularly with our dog, Jess.

YOU

Tell us your history of running?

  • In my school years I was a very keen long distance runner but this soon disappeared when real life took over! It wasn’t until my late twenties when I realised I needed a healthier lifestyle so I decided to try something I was once ‘ok’ at, the rest as they say is history! I entered my first race in 2012 which was The Great South Run, the distances then got longer and my first marathon was Brighton in 2014. Since then, I have completed another Brighton Marathon, London Marathon, New York Marathon and Berlin Marathon. This year I am heading to Chicago, attempting to achieve my ambition of completing the six World Marathon Majors.

What has been you best running achievement?

  • New York Marathon which was a long-awaited dream!

What is your running ambition?

  • To run the six World Marathon Majors.

Why do you run?

  • To always improve and better myself, to have a getaway from work as well.

Favourite place to run?

  • Aspley Heath and Dartmoor in Devon.

What do you love to see while running?

  • Other runners.

Best running phrase?

  • ‘Train Hard, Race Easy’

Jodi charity topFavourite running photo and why?

 

Berlin Marathon finish line, I had only just come back from injury and didn’t feel ready for this race, so it was a big achievement for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

  • YES! I was injured for around 9 months and just couldn’t get myself out of the door for a while, I started by just running 2 miles and building slowly. It helped that I had James to drag me out of the door!

Best route around MK?

  • I like running the Redways from Woburn Sands into Ouzel Valley, it never feels like you are in a ‘city’.

Do you always round up?

  • Yes!

Worst/Best advice you’ve ever been given?

  • Worst – To run my long runs close to or at my target marathon pace.
  • Best – To appreciate the importance of rest days and recovery runs.

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

  • I had a great experience at my first marathon and wouldn’t change a thing about it, I paced it from the start and really enjoyed the experience.

What do you think about when you run?

  • What I am going to eat when I get home!

What cross training do you prefer?

  • Core strength work at home.

Love or hate loop backs?

  • Sorry, but I don’t like them!

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

  • My hours don’t suit running at all as unfortunately I am on call 24/7.

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?

  • I am a stickler for social media, always upload my runs to Garmin/Strava and check out everyone else’s on there too.

RACE/EVENTS

What was your favourite race and why?

  • Brighton Marathon, it’s my favourite race, the support is great and you finish by the sea.

Favourite race distance and why?

  • Marathon, it always challenges me and my limits.

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

  • Pasta the evening before and an SIS energy drink on the go the day before.

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

  • Dartmoor in Devon, the scenery is amazing.

Favourite parkrun and why?

  • Tring, it’s a lovely course and all off road.

What’s your one race essential?

  • Jelly babies!

Would you run a marathon without getting a medal?

  • Yes probably, as long as the time is logged somewhere!

Have you considered joining the cross country team?

  • Yes, I enjoy cross country.

What would you prefer, a PB or a win?

  • A PB, a win is pretty unlikely!

 

Thanks Jodi and good luck

Jodi with Doug and John

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Membership Renewals

It is getting to that time of year when club membership expires (31 March). Good news is club membership fees are staying the same at just £5 for another year, UKA have increased the fee to £14.

Anyway you can renew now, the easiest way is to make payment (£5 or £19) to the club bank account:

  • Sort code 301553
  • Number 42390360
  • Name; Redway Runners

Then drop a mail to rr@redwayrunners.com to confirm you have paid – if any of your details have changed let us know – if however, you want UKA on your membership and you have not had that previously then we will need a form.

If you want to renew by cheque then complete a form on the club web site (under join) http://www.redwayrunners.com/join/

Put the completed form and payment in an envelop and pass to Martin at a club run or post to the address on the form. Cheques payable to ‘Redway Runners’.

If you have not joined yet then what wait the form is at the link below and if you join now membership last to the 31 March 2018
http://www.redwayrunners.com/join/

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Monday night runs

Since we moved the Monday evening runs to Decathlon we have been listening to members feedback, especially given the positive comments about the 6pm Step Up run relocating away from Decathlon to the Peace Pagoda recently

Although Decathlon offered plenty of positives as a meeting point and clearly suited some of our runners we decided that it was not quite right as a long term solution for our flagship evening runs – especially given our desire to have all our Monday evening runs starting in the same place

We have been working hard behind the scenes for some time to secure an alternative meeting point and after looking at various options have secured a car park at the Mercedes-Benz training centre (see map below)

This offers a large number of free parking spaces and is situated close to our spiritual home of Willen Lake

So from Monday 20 February all the Monday evening runs as shown below will be starting from Mercedes

  • 6pm Step Up
  • 7pm Step Up
  • 7pm Social Run
  • 7pm Club Run

All our other weekly runs are unaffected

The address is
Mercedes-Benz Training Centre
Delaware Drive
Tongwell
MK15 8BA

Runners should use the Training Centre entrance and park on the left hand side car park

Please also note that we are not permitted to run on the site (So no jogging round the car park!) and must have vacated the site by 8:30pm when the barrier will come down

Special thanks must also go to Kevin Ferris who has been invaluable in gaining the necessary permissions to use the site

Monday night Mercedes Feb 2017