Club trip, Tallinn

We held our second club overseas trip of the year out to Tallinn in Estonia, this meant the trip completed the Baltic Way trio of half marathons with the previous trips to Vilnius  (Lithuania) and Riga (Latvia)
More on Baltic Way demonstration at:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltic_Way

We had 13 travelling, and it did not start well with our booking mostly being Thursday to Tuesday with Wizz Air, but they managed to not inform us they changed the outbound flight to the Tuesday, resulting many having to cancel the trip or arrange different flights that involved transfers across Europe

Anyway the flights for many became difficult due to issues with trains, resulting in missed flights, flight delays, resulting in missed connections, but we all arrived eventually.

First up a number of us travelled to Helsinki for the Tokoinranta parkrun, only to discover this was cancelled late on the Friday, so a few of us did the route anyway, before catching the ferry to Tallinn

On the Saturday in Tallinn Sheila and Phil took part in the 10K.

The Sunday we had 10 running in the half marathon from the Viru Gates around the city and out to the coast. Well organised race and some great Redway Runners performances – well done all

Half results at:
http://www.championchip.ee/en/live/1226

Most coming home on Tuesday, hopefully without too much incident, still another good club trip, Malta next in March 2020, more info click here

3,000 Milestone

We have just gone through a major club milestone for the first time

We have 3,000 members of Redway Runners and we appreciate everyrun of them

 

UK Redway Runners trip 2020


We have been talking to Warner Leisure breaks about the possibility of doing a club trip to one of their locations.

We are looking at the three night break starting 19 June or the 26 June 2020 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), but for this to happen we would need a minimum number to come and enjoy the fun

This would be to the Corton Holiday village which is set on the Suffolk coast, near famous Southwold, Corton has all the easy atmosphere of a holiday home, with the creature comforts Warner is famous for. Built on a chalet theme, the rooms have clapboard design, with fresh pastel interiors, and many have terraces overlooking the sea. Guests can have a snack in the Coffee Lounge or enjoy cabaret in The Boathouse.

You can read more about it at:
https://www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk/hotels/corton-holiday-village

The price includes accommodation, dinner bed and breakfast for the three nights and it also has activities on site as well from archery, rifle shooting and much more, plus of course evening entertainment:

** if we go 19 June it would be FESTIVAL – MOTOWN & SOUL Starring Roy G Hemmings and The Dictionary of Soul, Jackson Soul and The Starlights, The Lorraine Crosby Motown Show, Uche Eke, a DJ every night and more
** If we go 26 June LATE & LIVE Featuring late nights with live bands, party dancing, acoustic sets and leisurely days

Of course would (well should) do some running, so hoping that can organise a club Friday afternoon run, Saturday Lowestoft parkrun is close and Sunday morning can organise another run

For a double room then the cost would be £179 for the weekend per person (this is based on sharing a standard double room) Single rooms are available but with a supplement, which would be about £24 per person THIS IS A BIG DISCOUNT ON THE CURRENT PRICES FOR THESE WEEKENDS

Anyway, to progress this, I am looking for genuine expressions of interest, then when get enough will be asking for deposits so we can get the booking confirmed.

So if interested drop me a mail at rr@redwayrunners.com with dates you prefer (will go with majority preference) then we can take it from there.

Been looking at the details and they do get very good reviews and you get plenty for your money

Please note these are Adult breaks so do not take under 21’s or pets

Steph Dutton – Humble beginnings

I have come a long way since taking up running with the Redway Runners back in 2016. I started with Leigh’s step-up group, who happened to be a friendly bunch of runners. Who knew you could run and talk at the same time?? After that first session I was hooked, line and sinker.

 

As the month’s passed by, I went from running once a week, to three times a week with the club. I was getting fitter and stronger and became more conscious about my health and well-being. I joined a gym and picked up swimming again. Life seemed pretty good! Well it was until Redway Runners in 2017 ran an evening on multi-sport, which I went along too. That night a seed was planted in my head. Come the following morning I was on my computer researching what are the distances for a triathlon.

 

 

Although there was no follow-up from the multi-sport evening, I did strike up a friendship with Burti Montagu-leon, who was one of the speakers. In fact, if it wasn’t for Burti’s support and generosity I’d be in a right pickle. There was more to this Triathlon business than I originally thought.

 

Having never cycled on the roads before, I thought it was prudent to join a bike club. So, I joined Broughton Cycling Club, who just happened to be starting up a Flourish Programme for beginners. Sounded perfect, and just what I needed. The programme, not only helped with my bike confidence skills, but I also met some fabulous people, some who happened to be Redway Runners.

 

To cut a long story short I entered several sprint triathlons in 2017 and 2018. With each triathlon I became less anxious, and my confidence grew as I gained experience. There were some events that I preferred to others, but that’s another story. In December 2018 my son Alexander and I had a mad moment and signed up for the Ironman70.3 in Rappersweill, Switzerland. What was I thinking?? To get my training on track I asked Campbell Noon for a training programme and had just 6-months to get Ironman70.3 fit.

 

The months flew by and before I knew it, the big day arrived. In June of this year I crossed the finishing line in 7:28:26, with less than 2-mins to spare before cut-off, which was 7.5 hours. I was the only woman in my Age Group (65-69) and happened to be the oldest woman on the course. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that moment of sharing the podium with three extraordinary winners (look at their times). Amazingly, I managed to qualify for the World Championships in Nice in September 2019. It’s all very exciting and daunting at the same time. For now, my training is keeping me grounded.

 

It’s hard to believe where I’ve come from, to where I am now. But, it hasn’t all been plain sailing, I’ve been injured many times, which set me back in my training.  There’s been many a tear shed, mainly with frustration and endless questions of “can I do this, I’m I too old, what if, what if?”

 

When I was a Redway Runner beginner’s run leader (2017/2019) I often heard the beginner’s say, “I can’t do this, it’s too hard.” I would reply “yes, it is hard” particularly as we get older, but with time and patience, the mind and body adjust, and we get stronger and fitter. With the right support and mind-set, the beginners started to believe they could reach their goal. When their big day arrived, I used to get so excited for them. It was such a magical moment in seeing the beginners complete their first 5k Parkrun.

 

From my perspective it was a pleasure to be part of their fitness journey. I learned as much from the beginners as they did from me. And you know what I totally understand where they are coming from…it’s a massive achievement!

 

Redway Runners and BCG have played such an important role in my fitness journey. I’ve met some inspirational people who have inspired me to be the best I can be. Without all of those people who supported me, I would not be on this journey, which I love! Life is still pretty good even with triathlons in my life.

 

Thank you, Redway Runners you are a wonderful club, you embrace all ages, and welcome all abilities. You were the rock on which I built a fitness for life.

 

Since being a run-leader I’ve now gone on and qualified as a Level 2 British Triathlon Coach, and coach at my local junior triathlon club (https://www.tri-mk.co.uk)

 

No matter what your age or ability, if you are interested in learning more about triathlons please drop me a line @ stephaniedutton@aol.com

 

“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it, what you put into it”

Award Nomination

Wow – We have had some great news, Redway Runners been selected by the South East Awards panel as either the Runner up or the Winner of the England Athletics Inclusion Award.

There were over 600 nominations made, read and discussed this year within the 9 regions.  Your efforts and achievements have been recognised, and you have been nominated by someone who already believes you are a winner and is grateful for your commitment to volunteering within our sport.

This is a fantastic achievement we will find out how we do at the Regional Awards Evening being held on Tuesday 1 October 2019 in Horsham.

Then, a national winner for our category will be selected by a panel in September and winners and runner ups will be invited to attend the England Athletics National Volunteer Awards & Hall of Fame In Birmingham on Saturday 12 October.  You can read more about this at: https://www.englandathletics.org/about-us/hall-of-fame/

Fingers crossed.

Furzton Relay 2019 – Best Year Ever!!

Click here for official results in excel

…and for the ResultsBase version (without late name changes), click here.

A fabulous turnout made for a cracking event at this year’s relay on the banks of Furzton Lake. We saw 65 teams competing in the various categories and having a great day out. We’ve always strived to make this an event with more than one face. The results demonstrate just what a fiercely fought battle it is at the top and it’s fantastic to watch these athletes battling it out on the course. But the day is just as much about the battles further down the field, about running your own best times, and of course running for the joy of it. And who doesn’t love to see the carnival atmosphere of fancy dress

Ultimately our aim is to deliver a day where everyone comes together, Redway Runners and our friends from lots of other local clubs to celebrate running, friends, family, health, and the fickle British weather. Within that spirit I would like to offer my warmest thanks and appreciation to everyone who came along and made such a great day of it.

Results

“The Light Drinkers” (Redway Runners) took the Mixed title in a very rapid 1:02:36, beating “Wine, Dine, Finish Line” (1:05:08) and “The Runway Reds” (1:06:24).

The all Female title went to our friends at Shenley Striders with one of their 6 teams, “Joy Striders” crossing the line in a brilliant (1:09:02) narrowly beating our own “The Rogue Rouge Team” and “Alice and the Wonder Ladies” with all 3 finishing within a minute of each other in the tightest contest of the day. More of the same next year please!

For the chaps we had “Three Old Man and an Athlete” romping home in the day’s quickest time of 1:01:48, just ahead of one of our Redway Runners 640 Group teams, “British Racing Green” (1:02:16) and the brilliantly named “Premature Acceleration” (1:03:03), who for the record beat “Knight Striders” by a single second into 4th.

And our Junior teams put in some top performances too. First in was Team 2 in a brilliant 1:08:27, followed by Team 5, Team 3, Team 4 and Team 1, all under 1:24:00. Impressive indeed considering the youngest runners were just 11 years old! This category was new this year, really a trial to see how it would go and I’m so pleased to say that it was a run-away success (!) and of all the day’s elements it is this I’d most like to encourage to grow for next year. I think, judging by the surnames, that most of the teams are Redway Runners related but it could easily be school teams, Scouts or Guides, other sports teams, etc. A big thank-you to Carol Glover for her efforts in organising all 5 teams this year.

Genci Pepaj (in a frankly ridiculous 13:10) rather ran away with the individual Fastest Lap title, beating Sean Pinney (the only other runner to break 14 minutes for the course) who was just half a minute ahead of Andrew Kirschner in 3rd.

Really great to see such a high standard of running and a very competitive mindset. My congratulations to the winners, consolation to those who left it all on the course and fell so tantalisingly close. There’s always next year!

And with the utmost appreciation, a special and booming shout out to the small army of dedicated and energetic volunteers who put in a long day to ensure everyone has the chance to enjoy the fun in a safe and impeccably organised environment. From Peter G on the mic, to the marshals on the course; those handling registration, first-aid, selling cakes, handing out water, answering questions, the whole lot: You guys absolutely rock, I cannot thank-you enough.

Lastly, and briefly I’d just like to say that events like this, good times with friends, are at the heart of what we do in Redway Runners. It is our spirit. Let’s keep doing all we can to energise these events in the club calendar with our support and enthusiasm. I hope you all had a great day and we welcome your feedback through any of the club’s channels as always. And of course I hope to see you all back next year for more of the same.

Race Director Sara Murray

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