To get us all into the 50 theme we are looking for people to submit stories of what 50 will means to them in 2017

It doesn’t have to be running related so are you:

– turning 50;
– Running your 50th parkrun/half marathon/marathon;
– Going on holiday for 50 days;
– Buying your 50th pair of running shoes?!

Don’t be shy, please send your stories and photos to MK50@redwayrunners.com – we can’t wait to hear from you!

JANET MAIDMENT – 50th PARKRUN

It’s taken me a while to get to 50 parkruns having completed my Redway Runners beginners graduation run in June 2013. However this year I ran the London Marathon so I incorporated parkrun into my training and often had my eldest son as my running buddy. We ran the Christmas Day parkrun at Willen together and I realised afterwards that I had just three more to take me to the 50 milestone. Coincidentally there just happened to be three parkruns after Christmas that I could run to hit 50 on New Years Day. With it being MK50 during 2017 it seemed too good an opportunity to miss – my 50th parkrun on the first day of MK50 back at where I ran my first ever parkrun! So the plan was hatched, parkrun on New Years Eve and then the double (Linford Wood followed by Willen) on New Years Day. What a great way to bring in the new year and the start of the MK50 celebrations.

JUDE SRIVALSAN – MILTON KEYNES HALF MARATHON

My name is Jude Srivalsan and I’m a runner…….is not something I would have dreamed of saying this time last year! Being married to a runner, I’d never seen the appeal and certainly never thought I would start running myself!

Having tried and failed couch to 5K ( I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and why people enjoyed running), I joined Redway Runners beginners group in January 2016. Once graduated I continued with the step up groups and parkrun but was still run walk running until August 2016 when everything seemed to click!! Since August I have not walked at all and have run up to 7.5K without stopping.

My ambition was to do a 10K and then I saw the MK 50 half marathon advertised!! I was hooked! It was the medal!! Definitely the medal! When else could I do a half marathon that gave me a medal with 50 in it……whilst I was 5 days away from my 51st birthday and so, still 50! I had to do it, I had to have the medal!! So, I am now doing the 50 MK Half at 50! Just for the medal!! Of course!!.

ABI GOOCH – 50 MARATHONS

I’m Abi and have been running for quite a few years now and have been a member of Redway Runners from its humble beginnings.
I had run a few marathons before I became aware of some crazy people who are in the ‘100 marathon club’. After clocking a few more whilst training for Marathon Des Sables, I realised that maybe one day I could also reach that target.
After a busy couple of years and some frantic squeezing in of marathons, including one which consisted of dropping kids at school, go to marathon to run around Willen Lake 7 times, feeling tired and wanting to stop but having to push on to finish to get back in time to collect the kids from school!
On News Years Eve I succeeded in making it to 50 marathons just in time to beat Milton Keynes turning 50!
Will I get to 100 before Milton Keynes does though???.

KEVIN SHEPHERD – MILESTONE BIRTHDAY AND 50 PARKRUNS

this year my 50th birthday is in March and I aim to complete my 50th parkrun during the year. I am on 11 now so 39 to get in before the end of the year.

My background is that I used to run a lot as a teenager doing mainly cross country. I dislocated my left knee playing football when I was 20 which ended my football career (if there ever was one!!). I then broke and dislocated my right knee 12 years ago in a karate accident and have 2 pins in my right femur under my kneecap. I have now been told I need a right hip replacement which is a follow on from the knee problems and the consultant said not to take up marathon running. I go to the gym 5x a week mainly to keep strength in my knees and hips. Until summer last year I always said “I don’t run”. Therefore running is a very big thing for me as I have 2 knees and a hip that need looking after. And they don’t move as quick as I want especially in the cold. Therefore the 50 parkruns this year will be a challenge. I am also planning to work my way up to a marathon this year against the instructions of the orthopaedic consultant :-/.