Sunday running

As it is a new year, we are expecting some big January numbers again this year, the main club run will be from the MK Dons, behind McDonalds during January (we will do different routes each week) we are also having an extra club one hour run from different location each week as well. These runs are ideal for people wanting to increase distance for a marathon or half. Sunday run locations click here

We also have a Step up run as well this is based at runners who want a shorter easier run of 45 minutes and a short walk is acceptable (although it does offer an extra 30 minutes at the end) – if you are attending this run and you are often running at the front then it is time to move up to the club run, that way making it a better run for most of the other runners, and better for the run lead to manage

For the club run, we just ask that you can run for the full 1 hour option and for 80% of the full length of the run, especially as the length of the runs increase (we plan them to extend by 10 minutes each week roughly).

During the run, please run like you are on a motorway, keep to the left and overtake on the right, during the loop backs keep left as lots of foot traffic about, please do not run more than two abreast and always be polite to all using the redways, we do not own them, let’s make sure everyone, runners and others out enjoys the great outdoors.

If you are coming to the main club run tomorrow for the first time look out for the yellow hi vis heroes and they will capture some info if you have not joined and help with any questions

More than anything else enjoy your run, let’s start the ‘Class of 2020’ and most importantly stay for coffee afterwards and a chat (other drinks available)

MK City of Sport 2020

2020 marks another milestone for Milton Keynes as in 2020, MK is a ‘City of Sport’ and Redway Runners are involved, we have pledged to deliver 20 beginners groups in 2020, we also have agreement from the City of Sport MK team to produce a special Redway Runners City of Sport green hoodie, they are available on the club store now.

They come in unisex, ladies or kids sizes

A great way to mark Milton Keynes City of Sport

All the details and prices on the club store at:
http://www.redwayrunners.com/club-store/

So get your order in now

We will be doing a lot more under the City of Sport banner, so watch this space

Feedback on September to November 2019 Beginners groups

Just some of the Feedback from the Redway runners September to November 2019 beginners groups

Want to start running in a Redway Runners beginners group, click here for more information

 

  • Everything was so well organised from the communication to the support on the evenings of the runs. We appreciate the time RR volunteers give up to do this. would definitely recommend.
  • My Experience with the Redway Runners especially Annette Smyth (102) and her helpers was exceptional very well organised and informed. As a newcomer I am very happy with the services I have received with the Redway Runners. Thankyou
  • I just wish to say a massive thank you to Annette & Steve & all the amazing helpers who gave up their time to get us up & running! I can nearly say that despite not finding running an easy task I do look forward to getting out there on a Thursday & Saturday so that’s a real achievement!!
  • It was great! I cannot believe the progress I made over the 10weeks. I ran my first ever run-5k for that matter on graduation day in 36mins. Anne and Glen are the absolute best!! Thank you Anne and Glen. Thank you Redway Runners.
  • Nope – you guys are fantastic!
  • Everyone is excellent- no worries!
  • Everything was great
  • Can’t think of any, I think you all do a great job and there are lots of different runs available for all standards of fitness. Membership is a bargain!
  • Pitched perfectly in my opinion. Thank you for the support and instruction. Have recommended to friends and colleagues.
  • I have found the whole experience to be fantastic! The welcome, the support, the rewarding feeling, the challenge… It would have been fab to get a 102 team graduation pic – we’ve been such a close supportive group – and continue to be Literally the best thing I did for myself this year!!!
  • Just thank you for all who gave their time to encourage us to keep going. It has been such a positive time and motivates me to continue, thanks!
  • No suggestions – the course was great and Annabel was amazing
  • Debs is an amazing run lead. Supportive, kind and encouraging. She loves running and it shows!
  • No. Course was the best
  • Debs was a very supportive run lead who always made sure we were ok. I wanted to give up but Debs and the helpers kept me motivated and encouraged me that my best was good enough. Nothing to change. Superb all round and would definitely recommend.
  • Thank you for support encouragement praise from all the RR team.
  • No suggestions for improvement. I’m overwhelmed by how kind Anne and Glenn (and the other volunteers) have been giving up their time not just during the weekly session but on Facebook during each week. Everyone has been very welcoming and encouraging. I really appreciate this so much. I gave up running at school when I joined secondary and was told girls don’t do distance runs…. so thank you very much.
  • No not all. The course was brilliant and Run Leads and helpers were all knowledgeable and fantastic.
  • I enjoyed my course immensely and found both Ann and Glenn very supportive. As a result of my beginners’ course, my husband has joined Redway Runners to.

 

Santa Saunter information

The information below has been sent by email to those taking part in the 2019 Redway Runners Santa Saunter.

 

We are still looking for some marshals for the day please let us know if you can help


Hi

Not long now to the Redway Runners Santa Saunter and we are really looking forward to this year’s event. We thought we would let you know about what to expect Saturday.

Number pick up is on the day from 9am. The event is not timed

Date:
Saturday 21 December 2019

Where:
Event registration, start and finish is at our Little Lapland village on the event lawn at Willen lake near to the parkrun MK finish

Little Lapland village
In our Little Lapland village on Saturday we will have Father Christmas, Merry legs and a gift for everyone. Also a tot of mulled wine (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) for adults and a special 3D medal for all runners – did we mention the cake!!!

Timetable

  • 9:00am – run number pick up – remember safety pins if you can
  • 9.50am – Group photo and judging best outfit competition
  • 10.00am – run start

After you finish you can collect your medal

Run distance:
1 mile on an out and back route so plenty of chance to high five your fellow runners

Dress code:
Christmas themed (but be prepared for the weather conditions), we have gift for best outfit on the day

Safety Pins/Race Magnets

Please remember to bring your own safety pins, we will also have our Redway Runners number magnets available at £7 for a set of four, cash or cheques payable to ‘Redway Runners’

We will also have some Buffs available for a minimum £1 donation

Supporters
All welcome to come along and cheer the Santa’s as they Saunter

Photos

Please note we will be taking photos at the event

Not running Saturday – medal collection
If you have entered and are not able to pick up your medal at the event, then they will be available for collection at:

  • Club Sunday run from Woburn
  • Christmas Eve Tuesday morning club run at David Lloyd reception (9:30am)
  • Christmas day parkrun MK
  • Boxing day morning extra run from Newport Pagnell

Updates
Please check the Redway Runners Facebook page for any updates on the day and after the event at:
https://www.facebook.com/redwayrunnersmk

Helpers

If you have anyone coming that can help on the day to marshal from 9.45am or set up the event village from 7.30am please let us know

Martin Lawrence

Redway Runners

Joining Redway Runners

Great news if you now join Redway Runners, you will get membership to the 31 March 2021 so over 15 months. So no reason not to sign up

For more and to join go to:
http://www.redwayrunners.com/join/

Natasha Graduates

Natasha who was in our Saturday morning beginners group graduated in November 2019 and sent in this lovely note to Annette one of the run leads for that group and has kindly let us publish it as she is ‘Enjoy the run and enjoying her club’

Natasha said:

  Wow I still can’t believe it!! 

10 weeks ago when we first met and prior to that your supportive emails I never ever thought that I would make it to graduation never mind complete a 5k! Running and me are like an urban myth and I was so nervous on the first day and when we were running for a minute it seemed like forever!! Missing two weeks due to injury and illness then a further two weeks away in Mexico I had a major panic by the time the 9th November arrived hence I was so teary, nervous and anxious on arrival that I was having a panic attack at the thought of the 5k and a failure to complete it! 

 

It was Ian who steadied my nerves with a hug and some great advice and yourself always smiling and full of reassurance! Plus you gave me not one but two guardian angels in the form of my pacemakers Ali and Shirley! These ladies were absolutely amazing and I still don’t know how they could laugh, chat and keep me going with such great spirit and encouragement as well as run! But I know I would not have made it round without them. Their patience and kindness is so typical of all the wonderful Redway Runners to everyone especially the newbies like me and you can imagine my surprise to finish 46:38 when I had given myself at least 90-120mins to get round! Ali and Shirley really were the wind beneath my wings or should I say feet,  as even when I had to walk they kept on motivating me and encouraging me to push on and exceed my own expectations! 

 

It was also lovely to graduate with Jeannette  as we had started our journey together and that’s a new friendship born out of two newbies starting out on their running adventure. 

 

I’ve completed the feedback form but for me the best way to feedback is to tell you that Redway Runners are truly a remarkable group of people in attitude and spirit whose friendliness and enthusiasm can help complete novices and run phobic (is that really a phrase?) people like me enjoy coming together to train and fulfil heir dreams of graduation in the 5k run! I loved my Saturday mornings with all of you and even when my injury meant I could not always complete the training sessions in full the lovely volunteers were always on hand with warm words of advice and encouragement. 

 

Lottey asked me a few weeks before to consider why I wanted to complete my 5k and what I wanted to gain from it. For me it was to break down the psychological barrier my injury had given me and increase my fitness and stamina so that I could do my job but also enjoy life outside work. To prove to myself that I would not let this weakness define me but with careful management I could achieve my goal of the 5k. So I was absolutely amazed and ecstatic to finish and I was still alive at the end!! What an impossible achievement!! 

 

I am running indoors now as a continuation of my physio and my therapist was really pleased and impressed with the run and time! Hopefully after I’ve sat my exams in December I can look at running outdoors again – Track looks like a nice fit on Wednesday evenings as that is my allotted day off for physio and I would quite like to start the gentle step up as well as who knows maybe a 10k next year – lol! 

 

All that remains Annette is to thank you for all the wonderful hard work and time you have invested in me from the early emails to graduation. More that just my run lead you have been a real inspiration and motivator and it’s true what they say that people come into your life for a reason and I was blessed to be in your running group! 

 

I will always recommend Redway Runners to anyone thinking about running especially those like me who say ‘never’ and ‘can’t’ as such an awesome team behind and beside them anyone ‘can’ and ‘will’! 

 

Best wishes and thank you for such a wonderful gift of enthusiasm for running!

Natasha

Membership Fees 2020/2021

England Athletics have confirmed club fees for 2020/2021 year and the annual fee the club pays has remained at the same level, but the fee the athletes/runners pay has increased so the committee have agreed membership fees for next year 2020/2021 (to the 31 March 2021) and we are again keeping again the annual fee for membership of Redway Runners will be £5.

So next year’s fees will be:

£5.00 – 2020/21 Standard Membership – Redway Runners
£21.50 – 2020/21 Standard Membership with First Claim England Athletics – Redway Runners
£5.00 – 2020/21 Standard Membership with Second Claim England Athletics – Redway Runners
£16.50 – Add England Athletics – Redway Runners

Members renewals are due 31 March 2020, so during March 2020 you will get a renewal information, but please make sure your details are up to date on your Redway Runners Love Admin account

Christmas Party 2019

The Redway Runners Christmas meal is booked for Friday 6th December at David Lloyd, arrival 7pm for free drink on arrival (wine or soft drink).
Tickets as always are limited so you need to act fast.
This years price is £27.50 per person and club members can book for themself and one guest (open to those 16 and over)
The usual merriment will ensue, with a late bar and a disco.
Disco only tickets from 9.30pm are also available at £5 each and can be purchased by club members

Tickets are available through your Redway Runners LoveAdmin account now

Redway Runners

Everything Christmas & New Year at Redway Runners 2019

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

Club Christmas Party

This years club Christmas meal is on Friday 4 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 21 December 2019, 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 2019, all orders subject to availability. Club store click here

Note, club store is closed after 20 December early 2020 for collections contact rr@redwayrunners.com to collect in that timeframe

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.

So please bring items along to the club Christmas party on Friday 6 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