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

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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

 

 

London Marathon Ballot 2019

If you receive a rejection email or letter you still have another chance in the Club ballot. First check on the club website to ensure that you are eligible to enter, if you are, forward your email or screenshot the outer wrapping of your rejection magazine (showing your name and address) and forward to Denise.s.browning@btinternet.com

Deadline is 26 November 2019 at midday

Rules at:
http://www.redwayrunners.com/club-london-marathon-ballot/

Sheryl’s first night nerves

At the start of our recent beginners groups Sheryl Arnold shared her story of starting running and the first ‘night’ worries, we thought we would share them with you

Thanks Sheryl for letting us use them

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In April, I sat just where you’re sitting. I held the same doubts, the same fears, and the same hopes as most of you probably have. I worried about being the fattest, the slowest, the accident prone one and the one who held everyone up the most.  At no point did I think I would ever enjoy running. At no point did I ever think I would be anywhere near the front, and at no point did I ever think that I would sign up for not one, but two half marathons. But I have!

 

 

In 10 weeks time, you will have your last session and Sophie will say – thought we’d take it easy tonight and only run for 1.5 – 2 miles. You will smile and say – thank god – let’s go to the pub! At no point will you even consider that just 10 weeks prior to this, you would have died or cried or even wet yourself if Sophie or Simon said – tonight we will run for 1.5-2 miles!

 

Through the amazing, support of Sophie and Simon AKA The Dream Team, and my lovely RedwayRunners friends I have made since April, I took part in the Bedford 5k and then the 10k both on Saturday! My next run is in September and is 5 miles. I also have other 10k, 5k’s and two half marathons booked in. The ONLY difference between me and you is the fact that I started my journey in April.  If I could give you any advice, it would be:

  1. Do your homework – from week 3 onwards, it will show / you will feel it if you don’t!
  2. Keep hydrated – especially the entire day you are running (my worst running session was because I had not drunk enough during the day and had no back up energy to call on)
  3. Believe in yourself – if you don’t, who will? (Running is fun – it’s a chance to get rid of the day’s annoyances and take time for yourself – why else would I choose to come here on my birthday instead of having dinner with my family?)

You’re in great hands.  Enjoy the journey you have started. Welcome to the Redway Runners family.

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