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

Just to add

Beginners Feedback

Our last beginners groups graduated in March 2019, this is just some of the feedback from those that took part

 

Our next beginners groups will start in September 2019, if you want to take part then register for the club weekly mail, click here and details will be on our beginner page when available, click here


The whole course was fab. Everyone was very friendly and supportive. I went on holiday and thanks to emails was able to keep up with homework. Maybe some sessions at 7pm due to working commitments can make arriving 6.30 can be rushed. Overall thoroughly enjoyable. I will be back, but work gets in the way sometimes. 11hour shifts diminishing 8.30pm. May some late night runs only joking!!!!

 

I have been hugely impressed by Redway Runners – the organisation, the training, the camaraderie and support. Thank you for starting me off on my running journey!

 

The whole beginner’s course was amazing from start to finish

 

Absolutely fantastic team couldn’t ask for better!

 

No suggestions. Fully enjoyed the course. Excellent. Very encouraging proactive group. The testament was in the graduation park run 30th March. What a sea of happy faces & green. All team leads that I met from 3 groups were motivational, thanks for the journey. Also, thanks to the helpers who encouraged us and pushed us up demon hills!! Everyone’s a winner whatever their standard. Goals met. Thanks Annabel & team 87.

 

Nope everything was perfect Tom was an amazing leader

 

The course was fantastic. Tom was Fab, very encouraging and always kept us motivated to complete the session. to think i could not run for 1 min when i started and now i can complete the 5k in under 40 min. Great club well run and a credit to you all.

 

None, it’s brilliant!!! Thank you so much for the time and inspiration and giving me the motivation to get back to running!!!

 

Fantastic course can’t think of anything to make it better!

 

None, just wanted to say how great it’s been Thankyou

 

Not really the course is amazing value and the helpers etc are all so lovely it is a great club and I aim to start back again as now have a job in MK – yayyyy

 

No improvements. Course was wonderful, I really enjoyed it. I have now registered my whole family and we’ll be doing the next round of beginner courses

 

No, it was excellent. My injury stopped me carrying on

 

No, I thoroughly enjoyed the course not being able to run for a minute at the start, now running 6k without stopping

 

I thought everything ran like clockwork. I have no suggestions.

 

I really enjoyed the beginner course with Glenn. I found him to be incredibly supportive and helpful and my confidence grew week on week as a result. I never thought I would look forward to going for a run! I would recommend the course to anyone and felt proud to be a part of graduation last Saturday and how enthusiastic and encouraging the Redway Runners team have been. I can’t wait to join some step up runs now. No improvements needed. Thank you

 

Just keep doing what you’re doing! Fantastic club, everyone’s so friendly. So glad I did the course. Thank you

 

You guys are fantastic. Thank you

 

No, it was all very informative, fun and couldn’t have asked for anymore. Thanks to everyone who is involved.

 

The whole course has been FANTASTIC! I wouldn’t have changed a thing because you could not get better. The run leads Annette and Steve were THE BEST as were the helpers. PERFECT club!!! I will continue to run with this club for as long as my body will let me. This club has changed my life! Steph

 

No, I loved the sessions, the first time in my life I felt that finally I could get over the ‘I can’t run’ thing and actually started enjoying, unfortunately had an injury and couldn’t carry on. But I’m really hoping to join again once my toe is healed. Tom was really great instructor, very attentive and supportive. His emails were great and very encouraging. Even when I asked things personally about my injury etc, he was prompt to answer and very supportive, I was very gutted to not be able to continue and finish, but I’m hopeful to get back to it again

 

No Think it is brilliant. Glenn and the team were so inspiring and supportive.

 

No – I’ve loved it. I love that people were happy for me to bring my son along and encouraged him too (even though he’s better than all of us!) groups have been great- only thing now is that I’m gutted it’s over!! Hopefully the Facebook page stays open and people will post what runs they are attending so can still see them

 

None, I would have rated this as excellent if there were the option. Fantastic leads, helpers and runner.

 

Just keep up the fab job your already doing

 

None, the group and beginners’ course were simply amazing. The most supportive run leads I could’ve wished for who really believe in their group

 

Fab amazing fantastic! Lisa and Debs are truly brill. They motivated me, made us all laugh and made me feel so welcome. I feel like not only have i learnt to run but have become part of a hidden group of people who are so friendly. A big thank you too to all the helpers I don’t know everyone’s names yet but Steve, Colin, Annette and others. Also attended Glenn’s group for homework and thoroughly enjoyed it. Can’t wait to continue next week. Bring it on

 

Honestly thought the course was excellent, Lisa and Debs were hugely supportive and knowledgeable

 

Not really no. Very well planned and thought out course

 

 

Hope to start and ‘finish’ the next course this time. Quite liked the smaller groups at the beginning as quite a large group altogether. Very supportive group leaders.

 

No improvements needed, it’s a fantastic and supportive group of people

 

Annabel was fantastic as a group leader and would only recommend that on weeks she isn’t there if someone more senior is taking over that they slow down. There was one week where we were pushed beyond many people’s capability and I think lost a few members then. Generally, thought the group was amazing and kudos to all the volunteers

 

Thanks to Steve and Annette for a superb course, their enthusiasm and energy. Magic!

 

I found out that you have beginners’ courses only from nagging from friends, and I’ve known about the runners for at least 4 years. It needs to be better placed or more easily accessible on the website for that initial leap of faith to be made a bit easier

 

Absolutely fantastic running club. Really impress

Local runner completes 100 miles in the city’s first 24-hour run

Runners at the MK24 Run

Runners at the MK24 Run

Just under 200 runners took to the streets of the city in the first MK24 ‘Midsummer Run’ last weekend from Willen Lake in a 24-hour customised challenge.

The challenge organised by the Redway Runners, allowed runners to complete as many laps they wanted to within a 24-hour period. Each lap of 6.55 miles (a quarter of a marathon) took runners through picturesque Campbell Park, Willen Lake and the Ouzel Valley.

Over the 24-hour period, a total of 5,800 miles were achieved and the winner, Mark Atkinson completed an amazing 100 miles over the weekend. In a narrow second came Simon Read who completed 72 miles. The winning team ‘The Brickhill Braves’ completed almost one lap per hour and 23 in total.

77 runners completed the ultra-marathon, 54 in the half marathon and 39 in the full marathon.

Martin Lawrence, Chair of the Redway Runners said, “This first event was a huge success and we’ve received so many messages of thanks and support from so many people.

Question is now will we organise it for next year? An absolute, yes and it will be bigger and better.”

Comments received already from those who took part in this first ever 24-hour event running it their way included:

“It was a fantastic first event! You’ve set the bar high for next year. It gave runners a way to achieve personal targets that may not have been possible.

Each runner received bespoke ‘spinning’ medals and many runners who completed distances of a half, full and ultra-marathons were awarded customised pin badges.

The Redway Runners is an all-inclusive running club in Milton Keynes and has sessions every day of the week to suit the needs of all people. For more information about the club, visit: www.redwayrunners.com

ENDS

Turning the streets of London green

PRESS RELEASE
29 April 2019

Warm up the day before the London Marathon

The Redway Runners were out in full force this Sunday 28 April with just under 100 members taking part in one of the most famous races, the Virgin Money London Marathon.

The members who took part have some amazing stories behind the reasons for running and many raised funds for a number of charities in completing the 26.2 mile course.

44-year-old Brett Burgess from the city who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2012 is a keen runner to help support his chosen charity, Parkinson’s UK. His symptoms which sometimes include tremors, stiffness and aching muscles do get the better of his running and is quite disheartening for Brett but he says, “Running and general exercise helps me massively not only physically but mentally too.”

Another runner in the group, Jessica Wesley, who signed up to the ‘Zero to Hero’ programme just last year completed the iconic marathon too. She ran the course in memory of her nephew who was born sleeping and it would have been his fourth birthday on the actual day of the London Marathon.

Jessica couldn’t run further than 5k and said, “Up until the start of the Zero to Hero programme I even found a parkrun really tough. But thanks to my run coaches I have achieved milestones I never thought possible.”

The club’s fastest joint runners came in at 2.39:00, Jamie Farmer and Piers Vallance. Jennifer Sangster was the first Redway Runners lady at a time of 3:13:40 and Maurice O’Connell who came in 14 position in his age category.

Martin Lawrence the club Chairman was delighted with the real dedication of the runners who took part in Sunday’s London Marathon. “Well done to those who took part including those who did after completing the Zero to Hero Programme. Our free courses are hugely popular and really do change people’s lives.”

The Redway Runners is an all-inclusive running club in Milton Keynes and has sessions every day of the week to suit the needs of all people. For more information about the club, visit: www.redwayrunners.com

ENDS

Notes to editors:

Image caption: Group shot warming up the day before the London Marathon
Media interviews available on request.

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Redway Runners AGM – May 2019

Redway Runners Annual General Meeting was held on 1 May 2019 from 19:45 to 21:15, upstairs at David Lloyd

 

To view a copy of the club AGM report click here (opens in a new window as a pdf)

 

The charities nominated by paid club members was voted on at the AGM voted ‘Emilys Star/b>’ was voted as the club charity of the year for 2019/2020.