MK50 – 50 Icons Run

To celebrate Milton Keynes 50th birthday, on the Bank Holiday Monday 2 January Redway Runners organised a run that took in 50 Milton Keynes Icons

130 runners took part with the help of four photographers, Ellie, Laura, Martin and Tim together with a tail biker Sue to make it all possible.

You can see the photos click here

Milton Keynes Train Station, End of the Line

Milton Keynes Train Station, End of the Line

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Redway Runners review of 2016

As we come to the end of another year for Redway Runners and the end of the clubs sixth year, bit of time to reflect on 2016 in the club, which again has been a pretty good year with lots going on and achievements by many of our members

None of the things we have achieved would have been possible without the team that makes the club work, which includes the committee, all the run leads, all the people who help out in so many different aspects of the club.

The club keeps to the core principles of fun, social, benefit of runners and value for money and it is great that most people understand that.

Behind the Scenes

One big aspect that members do not often see is the amount of work that is done by people in the club – all of it for free, but some of the new things for 2016 have been:

  • Club clothing shop has moved on-line, meaning quicker service and more ways to pay
  • We have affiliated with the South of England Athletics
  • Many of the run leads have completed a variety of training
  • We have published a number of ‘On the Run with …’ articles highlighting members

Working with Others

During the year we formed a number of partnerships that worked for both parties with:

  • Santander, ICAEW, Deloitte and Mercedes, we delivered beginners groups
  • Great Linford Parish Council, Summer of fun runs
  • Canals & Rivers Trust, a new run
  • Harvester, special offer for club runs
  • MK Orchestra, special offer for club members

Events

New for 2016

During the year we have put on a number of new events with

  • Redway Runners Festival of Running, an exclusive weekend for club members with four events, a Marathon and half on the Saturday and a half and 10K on the Sunday

 

  • Treasure Hunt Run, we held for club members our first treasure hunt run with 78 people taking part

 

  • 12Ks of Christmas, our new virtual run, exclusive run and medals for club members and was fully sold out.

 

  • Newport Pagnell Carnival, we turned this year’s Carnival Sport parade green in July

Regulars

Beat the Barge, again this year we sold out all 100 places for the second running of this event, and with great weather was a fantastic afternoon at Linford Manor Park

Furzton Relay, was also blessed with great weather and was almost sold out with 48 teams taking part

Running Events

Some of the numbers of Redway runners taking part at races during the year has been impressive and meaning a big green turnout with

  • Bournemouth Festival of Running, 110 taking part
  • Bacchus Wine run 85 staggering round the course
  • Milton Keynes Festival of Running 218 taking part in races
  • Winter Half Marathon, 170 going for a paddle
  • Milton Keynes Marathon weekend, just soooo many running and helping with the event

Club Sponsored events

Cross Country, The last year has seen record numbers taking part in the Chiltern League Cross Country, at the end of the season in March we were promoted to Division one, which is a major achievement. This year the club is performing well and putting out good sized teams for the Saturday afternoon races

Nationals, for the first time the club was represented at the National relays and we put in two teams for this event, and they learnt a lot and put in a great performance and did well against other local teams

Socials

We have had some fantastic social events during the year; we kicked of the year with the annual visit to the Ice Hockey in January.

In the summer we did an impromptu pub visit during the warm week we had and loads turned up in the Cross Keys

We have been to the Brassiere at MK college, a great club Christmas party and just recently the MK Biergarten opened its doors just for us.

Numbers

Some of the numbers in the club are fantastic:

  • We currently have the highest ever number of club members with 1,032
  • On our Facebook page we have 2,854 people following us
  • Our club weekly mail goes to 1,943 people each week
  • We even have 285 people in the club Strava group

These numbers are fantastic and we now have a big audience not just in Milton Keynes but around the world with the club mail and Facebook

Beginners

We have held in 2016, eleven of our free beginners groups, which has seen 385 people start running with the club, we have during the year continued to review these courses and make improvement, we now have a core group of Beginners groups run leads, started doing surveys with the beginners to see what we are doing well and how we can improve. We think we have done pretty well over the years with the beginners groups and over 30% of club members started in one of our beginners groups.

But we are not stopping there recently with Bucks Sport we ran a course looking at how we can improve with retaining the runners from week one to becoming a full and active club member, so will be putting into use some of that learning.

Club runs

Last year we as a group have run from Milton Keynes to Miami in Florida on all the club runs, but if we all turned up for one run then we would fill Vicarage Road Stadium (Watford ground).

Even in December, when the club runs are reduced we are holding 22 club runs per week

Charity and Helping others

Always great that we can support a members elected charity of the year with Bravery Boxes receiving a £4,417 from money raised by the club in the summer, this year our charity of the year is Haemophilia Society.

But as well as this we have collected food for the Milton Keynes Food Bank at Christmas

In addition to this the club has supported many local events and races in Milton Keynes to help other runners, with a big turnout in May for the Milton Keynes Marathon weekend, we had 28 helpers at the Silverstone half marathon, we ran a water station at the NSPCC MK Half Marathon and helped at two water stations at the MK Winter half at short notice.

Trips

Again during the year we have had two overseas trips to the Malaga Half Marathon in Spain and the Ljubljana Half Marathon, then also two UK trips to Torbay half Marathon and the Isle of Wight Half Marathon

Members benefits

One of the core values of the club has been it is for the benefit of runners and we have mentioned a number of Redway Runner only events and socials we held (RR Festival of Running, Beat the Barge, Treasure run, 12Ks of Christmas, MK Biergarten), we have also been able to deliver a number of special offers including

  • Wilkinson exclusive discount shopping evening
  • Free running belts from Camden Gear
  • Free entry to the Marathon clinic
  • Exclusive free session Pat’s Pilates

New Club Runs

During 2016 we have introduced even more runs and improved some runs with:

  • Step Up Sundays
  • Thursday morning Step Up run
  • Wednesday evening Step Up and Social run
  • The 640 group has returned
  • Tuesday morning have started to go on tour
  • Trail Finder run
  • Mojo course
  • Saturday starter/beginners homework run

Supporting Runners

During the year a number of our runners have attended training to be able to support runners who may need a little extra help to enable running, this has really worked well and benefits of this programme have already been seen.

 

You can watch the video of 2016 at:

https://quik.gopro.com/v/BhRpv0zNdC/

 

So on reflection on another great year in Redway Runners we can still say:

 

We Run Milton Keynes

Stay Well this Winter, NHS campaign

Redway Runners appear in the Stay Well this Winter campaign being run by the NHS – you can see all the information at: http://www.miltonkeynesccg.nhs.uk/stay-well-this-winter/

Or the individual videos, first video is at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgQ7vzjEAio

You can see a second video at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9xFSNNSKa0

Well done to Kerry Simon Rena Simon and Sarah

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Everything Christmas & New Year at Redway Runners

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

Christmas exclusive meal at the Brasserie

See club weekly mail for all the information on the extra club Christmas meal at the Brasserie at MK College on Tuesday 22 November

Club Christmas Party

This years club Christmas meal is on Friday 2 December with live band, all the info click here

Christmas Social

We are having an exclusive special opening on the MK Biergarten on Tuesday 20 December, but you need to book to be on the guest list – all the information click here

Club Christmas raffle

The club raffle will be drawn at the Christmas Party – all the details and list of prizes click here

12Ks of Christmas – club Virtual Race SOLD OUT

All the information on the clubs special 12K of Christmas virtual race 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 on-line orders for Embroidered items is 1 December. For all other orders is 9 December, all orders subject to availability. Club store click here

Donations for MK Foodbank

This year again the club will be collecting for the Milton Keynes Foodbank, for those who are not as fortunate as us at Christmas in Milton Keynes, they tell us the items they really need are selection packs for the children (please make sure they are in date) and toiletries. We will have a donation box at the entrance for the club Christmas party, and you can also leave donations with the run leads. We will collect to Monday 5 December

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

 

 

Would you like to run?

Have you always wanted to run, how about finishing a 5K in March this year, then who knows what next, 10k maybe a marathon, or maybe just running with new friends and having a chat to put the world to right, while getting fitter, it is all achievable.

Then the first step is to sign up to one of the free 10 week Redway Runners beginners courses starting in January, yes you can do it, the first step may be the hardest but then it is a journey you will not look back from.

All the details and how to sign up are at:

http://www.redwayrunners.com/train/beginners/

Make 2017 the year you really achieve what you want

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Club Fees for 2017/2018

The committee have agreed the club fees for 2017/2018 club year and again we will be keeping membership at £5 – hopefully you will agree fantastic value for a whole year – renewals are not due till the 31 March.

If you add UKA on to your membership the fee UKA charges is going up to £14 (from £13)

On the run with Lorraine Devereux

Name: Lorraine Devereux

Joined Redway Runners: 11 March 2014

We go on the run with our members and we find out a bit more about them – which we thought would be great to share, this time it is with Lorraine Devereux, Lorraine has been with the club for over two and a half years and not just running but helping behind the scenes.

Thanks Lorraine

19 November 2016

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  • When did you start running and when did you join Redway Runners?

I started running to complete just 1 race, a 10K for charity back in 2013. My nephew who was 6 was diagnosed Diabetic T1 & on a sunny afternoon a few weeks after diagnosis we were out at the park when Race for Life was on & he said “Auntie Rainey, do people ever run to raise money for Diabetes, I know they do for cancer?” the seed was planted – I ran the British 10K for Diabetes UK in London on my Birthday, cheered on by his little face & that’s how it all began – afterwards I thought, “hang on a minute I enjoyed that” so I am only doing 1 race led to me joining the Redway Runners in 2014 on recommendation of a friend & here I am today, still running …..

  • What’s the best thing about being in a running club?

The support and friendship of so many people in all walks of life, of all abilities – the fact that even on a bad day, a good run & the company of like-minded people, can make you feel so much better

  • Tell us about your first time? (with Redway Runners)

My 1st run was actually a Sunday run I think in the Feb – I was running the Bath Half in the March & had totally lost my way and confidence.   A friend suggested I come along – I was so nervous that I would even be able to keep up for a whole 90 mins, and guess what I had nothing to worry about.  I will forever be grateful for Martin Lawrence for making me welcome that morning and telling me not to worry and also to Suzie Hall and Sam Downton who were the 1st RR who I ran alongside & chatted to. From there on, I was bitten by the bug (oh and completed that half in 2:04, proving I could do it!)

  •  When and who do you run with the club?

I usually get to 1 or 2 runs a week, work dependent. I always run on a Weds as a definite with Tom who joined the club back in April.   Tom has Asperger’s and I have been his buddy, although he is now much faster than me & leaves me for dust!

I am lucky to have got to know & run with lots of different people, I LOVE helping & running with the beginners & especially buddying at graduation parkruns – I love seeing people who never thought they could do it, actually do it ! My running bestie is Natalie Garfoot although due to work for both of us, we drink more coffee than run lately!!   Janet and Pet are 2 people through the club who I really look up to & love running with – they have helped me find my mojo when I lost it a few months ago, they picked me up when I needed it, quite literally on a number of occasions! (losing a brand new trail shoe in a muddy bog springs to mind!)

YOU

  • What has been you best running achievement?

Completing the Great North Run in 2015 raising £1500 for Cancer Research

  • What is your running ambition?

To complete the London Marathon in 2017.

  • Why do you run?

The last 12 months more than ever has reinforced why I love to run – sadly both my Mum and Father in law are in poor health with cancer – running for me is a way of switching off just for a while – at a club run where no one knows what a bad day had & you can run & talk about other things or even just a 20 min whizz around the block, it definitely helps ….

  • Favourite place to run?

This year has been a revelation for me – I am starting to enjoy trails!!! Not the hills so much though if I am honest, but definitely something I want to do more of

  • Tell us about your worst run?

Probably the Tough 10K, my 1st trail race I did just this month – should have realised the clue was in the title, the weather was horrendous, and to top it all it left me with an injury!! Having said that, I have registered for next year – my stubbornness leads me to think I can improve on this years’ time!

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  • Favourite running photo and why? (please send it as well)

Me at the finish of the Great North Run 2015, I cried when the Red Arrows did a fly by!

 

 

 

 

 

  • Do you always round up?

YES !!!!

  • What cross training do you prefer?

I never use to cross train but since a nasty Achilles injury last year, I try to – I love spinning, try and incorporate some core and weights, not as much as I probably should!   I also tried Hotpod Yoga this year and that worked a treat on tired muscles so will be def being incorporating that into my training plan for London.

  • Loop backs?

Gotta love a loop back, of course!

  • Run to time or distance?

Both – depends if I am just running for pleasure or if I am following a plan

  • If you don’t share your run in social media, did it happen? Where do you log your runs and do you stalk others runs?

Absolutely it happened (although every now and again I do like to share LOL !!) I do log my runs on Strava via my Garmin – I find it really useful to see how I am doing, in most cases to show how absolutely shocking I am at pacing, particularly in a race like a half marathon – this is going to be one of my biggest challenges I need to work on if I am going to complete my first marathon next year & not peak at about mile 10!!!

RACE/EVENTS

  • What was your favourite race and why?

Great North Run – the atmosphere was amazing & was an emotional one for me, definite bucket list run

  • Favourite race distance and why?

Half marathon – I am a definite long distance runner, even back at school I was a cross country girl more than a track girl. Half marathon is a perfect distance to feel like you have achieved a really great thing but it doesn’t interfere with your life too much

  • Tell us about your pre-race rituals and food and drink

Flapjack – I am not great at fuelling the morning of a race, nerves do get to me a little, but no matter what time of day (6.30 in the morning before the Bournemouth Half), I can manage flapjack!!

  • What’s your one race essential?

My watch

  • Would you run a marathon without getting a medal?

Don’t be so silly – NO!!

  • What would you prefer, a PB or a win?

Chances I will never win any race apart from maybe the egg and spoon race at my nephews sports day, so I will go for PB

  • If you could choose anywhere in the world to run, where would it be?

New York – I fell in love with NY when I visited so to go again and run would be another bucket list moment for me.

 

 

Lorraine

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Christmas & New Year running at Redway Runners

With Christmas and New Year approaching, does not mean you have to miss your running, we will have plenty of club runs available with a fairly full programme – but of course a few changes to some club runs.

 

Full plan below.

May be subject to change (but we hope not – best place to check for an last minute changes is the club Facebook page (do not forget to like it) at:

https://www.facebook.com/redwayrunnersmk/

 

More on Redway Runners at Christmas click here

Social MK Biergarten

Great news, we have another social sorted – Club member Franzi has sorted for the MK Biergarten, Milton Keynes’ first (and so far only) micropub and bottle shop, to open its doors specially for club members (and guest) on on Tuesday the 20 December from 7pm to 10pm.

In German beer culture a Biergarten is a comfortable, friendly space and the MK Biergarten has a wide range of bottled and draft craft beer and cider both from the UK and further afield. They also sell soft drinks and wine by the bottle.

So a chance for a chat and drink with fellow club members before the Christmas break.

It is a fairly small pub, so we have a maximum number able to attend with room for up to 45 of us. So to limit numbers you will need to book a place, to book mail Martin at rr@redwayrunners.com

Do not delay in getting yourself on the guest list

 

biergarten!

The National Cross Country Relays and all that Jazz by ‘one old duffer’

Report from Neville Rowles from the National Cross Country Relays on Saturday 5 November 2016

Thanks Neville

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Full of trepidation, the eight of us met in a cold but Sunny car park at the back of Tongwell lake to prepare for the onslaught of the day. Someone somewhere had come up with the idea of running a cross country relay and seven of the eight of us had been rather foolhardy in putting our names forward!! We divided ourselves between two cars and prepared for the journey from Milton Keynes to Mansfield. After a brief stop at the services to make sure that Paul caught up and didn’t get lost again we went in a small convoy to the course!!

We arrived to find a packed course with literally thousands of runners hanging around, looking serious and clearly knew what they were doing. Nerves began to take over with trips to the toilet, panic buying of spikes and removing the general malaise from the journey. In typical cross country fashion we were rather relaxed about the preparation, despite the rather star studied field that awaited our presence. We took advantage of the facilities and did a few laps of the athletics track to warm up, and figured that a jog around the course was of no value as we would either scare ourselves silly or get completely lost!!

As we had split into teams designated by the car loading we had James Down, James Armstrong, Martyn Douglas and Paul Mizon in one car (AKA the non-fun bus) and then Aidy Maidment, Neville Rowles, Stuart Sullivan and Simon Read in the other (the fun bus) The order of running was allocated and we prepared to race!!

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A few stretches ensued and some banter between the non-fun bus and the fun bus teams about who will win and that the losers will subsequently buy the beers ensued. Aidy and James went into the start area ready for their race, at which point we all realised that we had drawn the short straws as they first leg was shorter than the rest (a fact vehemently denied by the first leg runners who claimed that they ran just as far but they had to do it on the flat whereas we had to go downhill !!)

 

 

There was an announcement on the tannoy and suddenly the first leg runners disappeared around the corner followed by a large bang and some cheering. Next thing we knew there was a crowd of them running around the lake. We prepared to figure out what to do next as of course none of us had any instructions, had not read any and didn’t listen to anything we had been told!! Some simple points like how does the handover work would have been useful!! Fear not, there will be a few teams ahead of us and we will figure it out we agreed!! Shortly after, the leaders came through on their first lap and to say that they were motoring would be an understatement!! Not long after, the green of redway could be seen with the bobbing head of James Down at the helm, the non-fun bus cheered but their cheers were soon quietened by the appearance of a rather fresh faced Aidy Maidment hot on the heels of Mr Down. They disappeared behind the lake into the wonders that we were soon to discover and the second leggers had to strip off and get ready to go.!!

James and I kept our kit on as long as possible to protect against the biting elements (its cold up north don’t you know) before finally succumbing to the demands of the officials and going into the handover area.!! Well, describing the handover area as chaotic would be an understatement!! It was like a bunfight at a nightclub bar on payday Friday with one barperson who was on their first shift!! I have to say that I’m not quite sure what happened next, but there was lots of shouting and before I knew it I saw James fly by and James ii speed off, I’m going to get him on the first hill I thought (in my dreams, he must have 30 years on me !!) Anyway, James was a softy running in gloves and a hat so I could see him clearly, whereas the rest of us were true ‘hardened cross country fellows’ as you do, in our flappy shorts and brief singlets!! (fools!) Suddenly, before I knew it, Aidys head popped over the hill and I dashed to the handover line as they called my number and I went off like a rocket!!! Yep, started too fast again and it was down hill !!!

Well, we sauntered on lovely patch of grass around a very pretty lake before a short sharp climb at a gap in the trees, a lovely fast decent across a bit of mud before having another short sharp climb into the trees !! Then began the viscous cycle of short sharp climbs and rapid descents before emerging from the treeline into the Nottinghamshire tundra where the temperature dropped by about 30 degrees !!!! At this point I understood James’ logic of wearing the hat and gloves and cursed my foolhardiness!! Mind you, I could see him in the distance and in my own deluded mind I was catching him up !!! (sadly not ) A lap of the tundra beckoned with a brief respite from the elements before embarking onto the downhill part of the tundra before returning to the uppy downy routine from before as we then flirted with the start finish area, however, they were teasing with us as we were sent around again !!! Cruelty to senior citizens I’d say !! By now I was absolutely blowing from all angles and despite being freezing cold was running ‘flat out in top’ as they say !!

The strategy from me became a quest for survival and to lose as few of the places that Aidy had given me as possible whilst accepting that my ambitious plan of catching James was at best somewhat flawed !!! Anyway, despite my low morale at this point I was encouraged extremely well from the other team members and all of the support and felt like a real star, despite feeling like I was backpedalling. I had actually passed a few people on the first lap, however, this was offset by being passed by some of the faster ones who had snuck onto leg two !! (Don’t they know the rules in relays, slowest person always goes second !!) Next thing I knew, (I had barely passed the first corner of the lake at this point) I could hear heavy breathing down my neck so I put on a spurt to hold them off and make them suffer !! , well this lasted for all of about a millisecond before I was spattered in dust, mud and the debris from the first three objects which I later discovered were the leading three in close competition. Someone mentioned that it one of them was a chap called Andy Vernon, who apparently is very good at this running lark !! Well, the bugger didn’t speak to me and he left me eating his dust !!! Worse thing was realising that I was a leg two runner on my second lap and he was a leg three runner !! Shaken, but not stirred, I saw this chap about my age (yes, there were some others over 50 !!) in front of me and had him in my sights !! In the aftermath of the event, James claimed to have held up Andy Vernon, slowed him down and then run alongside him as a kind of ‘have a go if you think you’re fast enough’ kind of challenge, although the rest of us think he was being somewhat economical with the truth over this !! The finish beckoned, not before long I thought as the second lap passed in a blur having failed in my goal to catch the dastardly James !!

I’m not sure what happened next, but Martyn from the non-fun bus team had by then removed his jeans and shoes, decided to do a warm up and went off with his massive strides to churn up the course and to set right the wrongs of Andy Vernon. Sadly, I didn’t witness any of Martyn’s run as I was dazzled by the fluorescent orange of Stuarts brand new spikes that had burned the back of my retinas!! Stuart, despite being in the ‘bigger boys bus’ had ventured onto the course with both gloves and hat, this despite wearing spikes that you could have seen from Mars!!

Before I knew it, Martyn was in and Paul was, in his typical way, off like a whippet across the course, shortly after, the glow of orange crested the hill which could only mean the arrival of Stuart back to the fold and the departure of Simon. Well, Paul must have eaten something special on the stop off at Starbucks, or had a double espresso or something as he positively flew around the course, despite the fun bus leader Simon throwing his all at him he just could not make up the damage caused by my overly keen start speed!! Paul came around on the first lap with his feet barely touching the ground he was going so fast only to be passed by Andy Vernon doing a ‘gentle warm down lap !!. Simon was in keen and hot pursuit, but his legs still had some of the effects of the rather fast Marathon he had recently completed in them and despite running fantastically he couldn’t make it all up against a supercharged Mizon.

We gathered together post race to dissect performance and to analyse how we had got on and then checked on the results. There were 166 finishing teams, more than that started but we are not sure how many!! The non fun bus (Youngsters !!) came 96th and the fun bus team came 128th. A pretty successful day out, especially as Milton Keynes B team were beaten by us as were Sparkhill Harriers and Rolls Royce, we also managed to mix it with the big boys in the playground and not get burned!! And, if age grading performance was taken into account, I think that you may find that the fun-bus team absolutely blitzed the non-fun bus, but we won’t argue about that will we J

Everyone behaved and admired the talent running before them and with them from a respectful distance, well, that is except for one member of the team, who shall remain nameless, who fawned at the feet of a certain Mr Andy Vernon like Baldrick before Blackadder and had a selfie with him and then got him to autograph his number.

As none of us had remembered our protein refuelling powders we opted for the next best thing, a burger, chips and a pint followed by a Jeigermeister or two in the nearest Witherspoons (not the drivers , we only let them eat !) A great result, great fun and celebrated in typical Redway runners style. Fastest lap : Paul Mizon. Rest of us all pretty close (well, if you call a three minute spread close !)

So, who’s up for parliament hill and the Southern Cross Country championships then, we need at least 9 or perhaps we can get two teams in?

 

Neville Rowles

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Next event up in the South of England cross country championship at Parliament hill (15k for men, 8k for women) January 28. Would be excellent to get as many as possible to this event. Only £7 entry. If interested message Paul Mizon or email him mizonp@hotmail.com

More info and results at:
http://www.englandathletics.org/england-athletics-news/ecca-national-cross-country-titles-decided-at-mansfield