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”