New runners turn MK Parkrun green

Hundreds of runners completing the Beginners Groups with the Redway Runners graduated at Milton Keynes Parkrun on Saturday 24th November. Each new runner has completed a course of sessions to take them from no or little running to 5km.
The club welcomes all new runners. Gracie Matthews, who began her course with the club 10 weeks ago tells her story:
“I lost my leg above the knee in 2016 following a traumatic knee dislocation playing rugby. From early on in my recovery I wanted to do the best I could and after being told I’d never run again I wanted to prove that doctor wrong. I was kindly funded a running blade to help me achieve my goals. Upon receiving my running blade made by Pace Rehabilitation the mammoth task in front of me became evident as I couldn’t even run 100m. I lost some weight, got fitter and I then decided to join Redway Runners after only managing to run about 1km on my own. After joining it was clear that I missed the team spirit of playing in a team and running with the club gave me this back and the drive to make it to 5km. Redway Runners were so accommodating and welcoming right from the start and always went out their way to make sure I was comfortable and part of the group at all times. Going forward I’d like to start improving my 5km running time and keep as active as possible.”
Redway Runners will be launching more Beginners Groups in January 2019. Details of these will be released mid-December. To join the course or for more information on the club check www.redwayrunnners.com for details.
Photo credit: Adrian Glanvill

Redway Runners Expo 2019

After the major success of our 2018 Redway Runners Expo, which we filled all the stalls and had a waiting list, the room was packed with interested runners, we have now fixed a date for the 2019 Redway Runners Expo, it will be on Wednesday 23 January 2019 at Woughton Leisure Centre and will be from 6pm to 9pm, with time before for set up

This hall is about twice the size of last time and with more space we can offer more stalls and also have a side room so are hoping to add this year the option for a 20 minute talks/presentations during the evening.

Again Redway Runners are picking up the cost of the event, but would be great, but not a requirement, for stalls to make a donation to the Redway Runners charity of the year.

So if you want to book a stall for the 2019 Expo then use this link (first come first served):
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/redway-runners-13077347094

Runs to Remember Press Release

Redway Runners marked 100 years since the end of the First World War with a special run to remember on Sunday 11th November.

130 local runners attended a remembrance run, which included stops and moments of reflection  over the course of an 11km route. The group reflected on local soldiers from the Milton Keynes area as well as international soldiers.  Runs stopped at New Bradwell Cemetery and then at the Memorable Order of Tin Hats (MOTHs); a monument reflecting on the lives of soldiers from South Africa.

A further 40 runners completed a separate remembrance run, stopping at St Andrew’s Church to hear the testimonial of C.L.Stopwell. The lives of three young soldiers were then celebrated at New Bradwell Cemetery. War graves in local graveyards are populated by young men who either died in training exercises or who died when back in the UK from injuries sustained in action.

Both runs ended with two minutes silence at 11am.

Full testimonials of remembered soldiers can be found at http://www.redwayrunners.com/redway-runners-remembrance-run-11-november-2018/, along with more information about Redway Runners.

Redways Runners are an inclusive running club in Milton Keynes with multiple weekly runs across the town. Runs are suitable for all abilities.

Redway Runners Remembrance run 11 November 2018

Order of events

1

Meet at Giffard Park pub at 9am and sign in and announcements, then each group leaves for runs

2

Club Run (Martin) go from Giffard to New Bradwell Cemetery and then on to the Memorial of Tin Hats (MOTH) and then back for about 10.50am

Step Up run (Sophie) go to St Andrews Church and to New Bradwell Cemetery before back to Giffard

At each stop a moment of reflection

  • For the Cemetery at New Bradwell we have Tim Giffen to read (club run, then Step Up)
  • At the MOTHs Dave (club run)
  • St Andrews Church, Eric and Theresa Randal (Step Up)

3

At the Giffard just before 11am Tim follow the ‘How to observe the two minutes silence’

Anne will play the bugle for the Last post and Reveille

4

After this group move back to the Giffard (Annette will be distributing medals from the virtual challenge)

 

Suggested Routes

Step Up route (6K):

https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/2292526060

Club Run (11K)

https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/1945524401

 

How to observe the Two Minute Silence

The Royal British Legion recommends that the Two Minute Silence is observed in the following order:

  1. At 11am, the Last Post is played
  2. The exhortation is then read (see below)
  3. The Two Minute Silence then begins
  4. The end of the silence is signalled by playing the Reveille

The exhortation:

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them.”

Response: “We will remember them.”

 

New Bradwell Cemetery

Remembrance Day is a day where people get together to remember the people that sacrificed their life to let us have peace. We get together to also remember those people that have gone to war and survived. In World War One, the fields couldn’t grow food, but when the war ended poppies started to grow so that is why we wear poppies as a symbol of Remembrance Day.

We are lucky to live in a safe environment with water, food, phones, a lot of trees and good quality houses to live in. We have hospitals, fire stations and police to keep us safe.

We feel grateful for what they did because we get to live in a country that has peace. For many of us today it is about remembering great grandfathers and grandfathers who fought in World War 1 and 2 and those family members who have fought and are still fighting in conflicts today.

Remembrance Day means we can show our respect to those who fought and died or got seriously injured when they were fighting, to make the world a safer place to live in. If we had one wish, we would wish that war would stop because people deserve to live in a safe environment. If we could say something to one of the soldiers that died at war, we would say, “thank you very much for your service and sacrifice”.

NEW BRADWELL – WAR MEMORIAL

The memorial takes the form of a Private of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry standing to attention with rifle, cal and belt but no webbing; he is mounted on a square plinth with a three-stepped base. There are 87 names listed for World War 1 and 15 for World War 2.

Corporal Reginald George Kightley

Today I would like to remember – Corporal Reginald George Kightley service number 265217, who is listed on the New Bradwell Memorial;.

Reginald was Redway Runners Colins Kightley’s dads 3rd cousin and therefore my 3rd cousin once removed.

Reginald was born and raised in Stantonbury to George Kightley and Eliza Jane Kightley (nee Sargent)

He was born in 1898 the eldest of 8 children (4 boys & 4 girls). Prior to the war he was a coach-maker in the Railway Works at Wolverton.

He enlisted in Wolverton and joined the 1/1st Buckinghamshire Battalion, Ox and Bucks Light Infantry, and rose to become a Corporal.

He was killed in action on 21st July 1917 he was 19 years old. He was killed on the Somme in France as were thousands of others.

He has no known grave but he is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 10A & 10D.

This memorial contains 72,000 British and South African Forces names; with no known graves, who died before 20th March 1918.

At the time of his death his mother lived at 45 Spencer Street, New Bradwell, and his father had died.

Arthur James Strong

Also in the cemetery is the headstone to Royal Naval Special Reservist Arthur James Strong Service Number: P/SR 8627 Rank: Leading Writer assigned to HMS Hood in World War 2

Arthur was born on 11 September 1918 in London. He was the deputy town clerk at Battersea Town Hall, London.

He joined HMS Hood which at the time was the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy and commissioned in 1920. Hood remained the largest and most powerful warship in the world for twenty years after her commissioning and her prestige was reflected in her nickname “The Mighty Hood”.

On 24th May 1941 early in the battle of the Denmark Strait, Hood was struck by several German shells, exploded and sunk within 3 minutes there were only 3 survivors, 1,415 service personal went down with HMS Hood that day.

Arthur James Strong was 22 years old at the time.

Thank you.

Lest we forget

Another local boy – Rifleman Albert Edward French

Killed in Action, Aged 16

Albert was born about 1900 in Stantonbury, Buckinghamshire At that time there were 6 members of the French household living at 60 Young Street, Wolverton, Buckinghamshire.

The grave of Rifleman Albert Edward French (1900-1916) is often visited in the cemetery located at “Ploegsteert Wood” where he lies buried. Young visitors in school groups are especially drawn to visit Albert because he was a sixteen year old at the time of his death on active service.

On 15th June 1916 Albert was reported as having been “Killed in Action”. He died in a part of the British Front Line sector in Belgium near Ploegsteert Wood, just north of the French border. Albert had only been in the Theatre of War for 44 days.

St Andrews Church Great Linford

The reason why there are war graves in local graveyards is either because the serviceman died during training in the UK or they died of wounds or illness having been evacuated back to the UK. This also explains why several of the deaths took place after the end of the war.

Christopher Lorton Sapwell

During the early summer of 2014 the Gt Linford Parish Council awarded a generous grant of £400.00 towards the restoration of the Roll of Honour which records the one hundred men of Great Linford who served during the First World War. This is now mounted beneath the War Memorial inside St Andrew’s Church.

The grant also contributed to the cost of a booklet entitled “St Andrew’s Remembers”, the result of a project undertaken by a group of people from St Andrew’s Church to research the lives of eleven of the one hundred, who died during that war.

During the research, it was discovered from the Parish records that one of these, CHRISTOPHER LORTON SAPWELL, was buried in St Andrew’s Churchyard in an unmarked grave which we have been unable to locate. Following communication with and enquiries to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), they have agreed to place a head stone in St Andrew’s Churchyard in recognition of Christopher’s service on the Somme.

Christopher was born in January 1888 to Fred and Lucy Sapwell of 30, High Street, Great Linford. He was the eighth of their ten children according to the 1891 Census and at the age of 13 was a House Boy at Great Linford Manor.

Christopher married Louisa Temple, also from Great Linford, on 27 February 1909 but at the time of the 1911 Census, Louisa is shown as living with her parents and two brothers in Rivetts Yard, Great Linford, whilst Christopher was in Northampton Hospital.

Christopher joined the Army Veterinary Corps, Regimental No 9470, on 12 June 1915, having served two years in in the Bucks Volunteers. At this time he gave his occupation as Horse Keeper and stated that he was unmarried, giving his next of kin as his sister. We were unable to find any trace of Louisa Sapwell after the Census of 1911. This was recorded in “The National Roll of the Great War”:

After volunteering in June 1915 he underwent a period of training and was later drafted to France. During his service in this theatre of war he did excellent work attending to sick and wounded horses. Later in 1916 he was invalided to England with pleurisy and was finally discharged as medically unfit for further service on 14 June 1916. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star and the General Service and Victory Medals.

Christopher died on 16 August 1918 aged 30. TB was given as the cause of death. The Bucks Standard newspaper reported his funeral as follows:-

The mortal remains of Christopher Lorton Sapwell, late Army Veterinary Corps whose death we briefly reported last week, were laid to rest on Monday afternoon August 19th at Great Linford. The body was conveyed to the church on a gun carriage, the coffin was covered by the Union Jack and was attended by twelve Royal Engineers from the Newport Pagnell Wireless Depot” (Family and friends attending were then listed)

Three of Christopher’s brothers who also served, Lance Corporal Albert Sapwell, Private Ernest Sapwell and Sergeant Walter Sapwell, all returned safely from the war.

A copy of “St Andrew’s Remembers” can be read in the reference section of CMK Library.

 

Memorable Order of Tin Hats – MOTHS

History of the Order

The Memorable Order of Tin Hats or the MOTH as it is more popularly known is an ex-serviceman’s organisation founded in Durban, South Africa, in May 1927 by a remarkable man Charles Alfred Evenden by name. He was born in London on the 01st October 1894 and as a young man immigrated to Australia and served with the Australian forces in Gallipoli during World War I where he was wounded and evacuated to England. After returning to Australia, he was discharged from the army.

Witnessing the annual ANZAC parades, Charles Evenden turned his thoughts to the formation of an association of front line soldiers to perpetuate the comradeship gained from front line service. Later, he settled in South Africa where he worked as a cartoonist on the staff of the Mercury, a morning paper in Durban, under the pseudonym of “EVO” by which name he soon became popularly known to most people.

In 1927 he saw a war film that included an impressive scene of marching troops wearing tin hats, and muddy uniforms all carrying trench equipment. Looking at the scene, it made him wonder what had become of his comrades in the army; where they were and what they were doing. This line of thought inspired a cartoon on forgetfulness of a comradeship that had apparently ceased to exist. From this one idea other ideas came to the fore, then discussions with colleagues and friends and, eventually, the founding on the 07th May 1927 of an ex-serviceman’s organisation known as the Memorable Order of Tin Hats or simply MOTH.

Meetings of Moths are known Shell Holes

At the memorial American serviceman Dave said:

We are here at a memorial that commemorates the fallen men from South Africa and across the Commonwealth who gave their lives not in the defense of their own soil, but an ideal of freedom and liberty for their brothers.  They knew that tyranny must be confronted and defeated, not only in their own itneighborhoods but anywhere it is found the world.

The men and women memorialized here offered the greatest sacrifice in the name of brotherhood and to overcome evil with good.  To overcome hate with love.  To overcome division with unity.

It is even more poignant in our current age—where people are divided and more full of hate and vitriol than ever before.  Let us remember that there was a time when the world came together, fought together, bled together, died together.  Let us be reminded that there are higher causes—higher callings—than the normal ebb and flow of daily life.

The book of John 15:13 puts it this way: Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Over 5 million allied personnel died in World War 1, from over 20 nations.  In the Central Powers, another 4 million gave their lives.  Another 8 million civilian personnel died directly or during the aftermath.

I would like to close by giving the roll of Allied nations and their fatalities and closing with a short prayer.

Fatalities in Allied Countries

  • Russia                      1,800,000
  • France                      1,400,000
  • United Kingdom     880,000
  • Italy                           650,000
  • Serbia                       270,000
  • Romania                    250,000
  • India                          74,000
  • Canada                     65,000
  • Australia                  62,000
  • United States         53,000
  • Belgium                    38,000
  • Nepal                         30,000
  • Greece                     26,000
  • New Zealand           18,000
  • South Africa           9,000
  • Portugal                   7,000
  • Montenegro            3,000
  • Japan                        400
  • Brazil                         100
  • Siam                          19
  • Monaco                    8

Our heavenly Father, thank you for our strength and health and the ability to run today.  But thank you most of all for your picture of ultimate sacrifice, your son Jesus Christ, who gave his life on the cross so that we can have life more abundantly.   I thank you for the men and women who gave their lives on our behalf so that we can live lives of freedom and liberty.  We ask that you help us to honor these men and women by our actions each day – to help to unify, to combat oppression and evil, and to love our neighbors.

In Jesus’ name I pray,

Amen.

 

Redway Runners

Everything Christmas & New Year at Redway Runners 2018

This page has all the links and information to everything Christmas at Redway Runners

Christmas and New Year Running

Click here for details of all the runs – with plenty to chose from

Christmas exclusive meal at the Brasserie

Extra club Christmas meal at the Brasserie at MK College on Tuesday 21 November, more info click here – FULLY BOOKED

Club Christmas Party

This years club Christmas meal is on Friday 1 December with disco till late, all the info click here

Club Christmas raffle

The club raffle will be drawn at the Christmas Party – all the details and list of prizes click here

Santa Saunter

We have our special Santa Saunter after parkrun at 10am om the 22 December 2018, for more info click here

Club Store at Christmas

Club store is a great place for those gift ideas for the runner in your life or just your own treat – last date for on-line orders is 30 November, all orders subject to availability. Club store click here

Donations for MK Foodbank

Each year we have alongside the club Christmas party held a donation scheme, and again this year the club will be collecting for the Milton Keynes Food Bank for those not as fortunate as most of us.

We have asked them what they need most, and they said ‘We’d be delighted to receive donations for the Food Bank from your runners. We have a commitment to deliver 480 Christmas hampers this year for nominated families and individuals – our highest ever demand. So, we will be pleased to receive:

  • festive items such as; selection packs, festive biscuits, tins of ham/ corned beef etc., Christmas puddings; and
  • our staples; long life milk, long life juice, tinned meat (hot dogs, meat balls etc.) sugar, rice pudding, tinned fruit.

So please bring items along to the club Christmas party on Friday 14 December or pass to any of the run leads who will make sure it gets to Rena and Martin, so we can take it along after the event to the food Bank. Please just make sure that items are in date.

More on the Food Bank at:
http://mkfoodbank.org.uk/

Christmas & New Year parkruns

To see information on which parkruns are operating on Christmas and New Years day, click here

 

Happy Christmas and New Year from Redway Runners