Monday nights from Decathlon

As you all hopefully know by now, from next week (1 August) the Monday evening runs will be meeting at the Decathlon store on Patriot Drive, MK13 8PU

The stores in the retail park will still be open so be aware that there will be shoppers milling around the area – as always be courteous and considerate to everyone, including your fellow runners 🙂

There is a side car park next to Smyths Toys, extending around the back slightly and it is suggested that we use this to park in as it will be quieter. Parking is free

Our run leads have been working on a number of new routes, some of which were tested on last weeks Sunday Run.

For (at least) the first week we will be combining both the Club and Social Runs along one of the new routes to get people used to it so the club runners know where to go on their own in subsequent weeks

The route is easy to follow (!) and well lit, although slightly longer than the current Club Run at 4.4 miles…….you’ll be pleased to know that it’s also much flatter than the route we tested on the Sunday run recently!

The Step Up run will start on their new route next week – this will be similar in distance to the current route at between 2.5 and 3 miles.

The usual 7pm announcements from Martin will be inside the Decathlon store…..see you all there!

Redway Runners take to the pitch

Mike King is organising a charity football match which will include Redway Runners – all the info below:

If you are as ‘sick as a parrot’ when you get a bad parkrun time or with the recent England performance at Euro 2016, then Redway Runners are giving you the opportunity to get this disappointment out of the system.

On Sunday 4 September 13.30 at The Recreation Ground, Hanslope, the inaugural Redway Runners F.C. a.k.a The Green Army, will be taking on the might of AFC Santander (a.k.a. Merchant Banker) in a football match on behalf of Charity of the Year, The Haemophilia Society.

Complementing the dazzling skills on the field (no jokes about tackle) all supporters will be able to purchase a Match day Programme which qualifies them to an array of raffle prizes post match (let us know if you can donate a proze).  The raffle draw and free food will  be supplied in The Cock pub in the centre of the village immediately after the game.

So if you fancy yourself as a whippet of a winger, a rapid right back or simply like kicking people (Sir Douglas of Yabsley) then please contact Mike King at to put your name forward for squad selection. Hanslope FC have kindly supplied the pitch, changing facilities, tea room, kit and match officials all free of charge so a huge green heart emoji to their Committee.

Ladies – Let us know if you are interested and we will see if we can get a women’s match going as well.

It would be amazing if we could rally up a big support on the day and we can make this an annual event for the Charity of the Year. Both teams will not only be playing for pride, but also a Trophy!!!!

New Beginners groups

We are now able to let you know about our new free beginners groups starting in September 2016, we have four 10 week course starting. All working towards doing the MK Willen Lake free 5K parkrun on Saturday 5 November. If you want a place you need to act quickly as all these courses will be limited to 40 places.

The courses are:

  • Tuesday evenings with Annette at 18:00
  • Wednesday evenings with Steve at 19:00
  • Thursday day-times with Richard and Tim at 9:30
  • Workplace group exclusive for Santander staff with Lucinda

All the details and how to book are at:

You may remember we asked our previous beginners to complete a short survey for us we have taken some of the main findings from this and including these into these course with

  • One of the courses starting at a later time slot
  • Limiting the courses to 40 beginners
  • We will also be making improvements how we get runners from the courses into the club runs

Please do pass on this information to anyone you know who wants to start running or return to running

Mercedes Beginners group

On Wednesday evening 13 July 2016 we started the clubs first workplace beginners group with Mercedes, with Helen leading her first group – good night all seemed to enjoy

Can we now say ‘we run and drive Milton Keynes!’

Leyla’s Story

We thought you might like to read Leyla’s story – well done Leyla

Had the best news ever I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes nearly 4 years ago. I weighed 110kg and my blood sugar HBA1C was between 10.5-11%. I was on 4 metformin tablets.

At the check up 18months ago I was told I might have to change to insulin injections, I asked the doc to give me three months to bring my blood sugar down and that is when I started exercising and running within three months I lost some weight and was down to 9% which was still high but no injections then I was accepted to run the London marathon and joined Redway Runners to help me train and I have not looked back since, today I am 85kg and my blood sugar is 6.3%.

I am absolutely over the moon the good control is 7% and I am below that. doctor reduced my tablets to just 2 a day & said that if I keep this up for 6 months I will be on NO tablets
I am so so happy I took up running and this has helped me a lot in my journey to health, thanks to my lovely running club The Redway Runners, and thanks to absolutely outstanding support and encouragements from all my RR friends I might in 6 months be an ex diabetic.

My special thanks goes to my running buddy Jenna for being there for all my races so far we have many more planned for 2016. Thank you all so much I am a very happy lady now specially as I love cakes

Redway Runners Beginners group – Update

Been getting a number of questions about our next beginners groups, so thought would let you know where we are up to with our plans.

We have received the results from the survey that we undertook with beginners; we will let you have more information on these soon. We have taken the learning points and will be carrying that forward to make our next courses even better.

As we want to offer a few courses a number of our run leads have now completed the ‘Leadership in Running Fitness’ course so they can lead beginners groups for the club.

A while ago we put out a request to any workplaces that would like a beginners group, from that a number of companies have come forward and I am pleased to say we working with Mercedes and are launching a beginners group for their staff next week which Helen will be leading – with this you can help

  • if you work for Mercedes can you please help to promote the group
  • If you know anyone who works for Mercedes and wants to start running or return to running let them know
  • if you can support Helen with the group please let her know

Then in September we are working with another two companies to bring them workplace groups – more details on these later.

As well as these we will be having two more courses starting in September in the evenings and hopefully one for daytime’s. We will be releasing details of these courses very soon.

So lots happening and more info to come.

Step Up Sundays

We are always reviewing our running timetable to look at better ways of doing things and to make sure we have the correct number/type of runs for all

From Sunday 14 August we will be trialing a new ‘step up’ run on Sunday mornings at 9am, initially for a 6 week period to test demand

The run will be led by HELEN and it will be a 45 minute session running at an easier pace (11 min miles and above)

The run is aimed at anyone wanting to do the main Sunday club run but currently finds running until the hour drop out challenging.

More details will be coming out nearer the time but the schedule will be:

  • 14 Aug Willen Lake, meet at cafe at mini bowl
  • 21 Aug Caldecotte, Meet on Brickhill Street car park just before level Crossing at Bow Brickhill Station, map click here
  • 28 Aug Furzton
  • 04 Set. Willen Lake
  • 11 Sep Caldecotte
  • 18 Sep Furzton
  •  25 Sep NO RUN NSPCC 10K / Half
  •  2 Oct NO RUN

The normal club Sunday runs are still taking place at 9.00 each week all the details of those click here


Step Up Sunday week 1  on 14 Aug 2016

Decathlon opens in MK

Good to see a few Redway Runners at the Decathlon store opening in Milton Keynes last Thursday evening – despite the storm – great place for all your running and other sports equipment.

Watch this space we have some plans we are working on

Martin Palmieri

Martin Palmieri

I have now been a Redway Runner for a whole month and in some ways, because of the welcome I have had, it feels a lot longer.

I have worked out that I have clocked 68.5 miles in that time (I clearly have too much time on my hands!) and my fitness levels are the highest they have been in a couple of years as a consequence. I started running 5 years ago, but struggled to find a regular running buddy. Within a year, I had run one full marathon (the inaugural rain-drenched MK marathon) and several half-marathons.

During these early running experiences, I began to notice the RR vests wherever I ran and was frequently nagged by Steve Patey to come and join. I resisted for a long time, as I didn’t think I’d be able to fit into a timetable of organised runs. Two years ago, I had a bit of a health scare after the stadium half, so decided to focus on cycling for a while, though always wanted to get back into running at some point. After a few false starts I finally got back into regular running in January. Soon after, my uncle died and chose to enter the stadium half in his memory.

Training was not as smooth as I had been used to, but I got there in the end. On the day, I find myself running with my friend Glynis Wiles for a few miles and all of the support that she was getting wearing her RR vest was what convinced me to join.

In the past month, I have found that running regular timetabled runs has had the opposite effect. I am out of the door and at the meeting place half an hour early. I am creeping closer to my parkrun PB and have had a go at several different runs, getting quicker, fitter and enjoying it immensely.

This is the first time in my 47 years that I have joined a club of any type and I am doing something just for me. Since being in MK, I have met most people through work or through our 3 grown-up kids. Now I am meeting people from all walks of life, as well as running with former pupils and also parents of people I have taught. David Rose, who I have known for several years, has introduced me to lots of new people and Facebook has also played a part in me getting to know the club.

Ros Crawley is another long-standing friend who has helped me and encouraged me. Without her I would not have run 10 miles within 2 weeks of becoming a member. A massive thank you to everyone who has chatted to me on various runs, but especially to all the leaders I have got to know. You give up so much time to help and encourage all of us and I have at no point felt judged for the standard of my running.. All I have had is encouragement.

After I ran the 2012 MK Marathon, I felt I had unfinished business, but I am yet to run another. If I don’t get into London, I will enter MK, because I now know that Redway Runners will get me back to that standard. In the meantime, I look forward to running my first half as a Redway Runner at the NSPCC in September.

The renewed running bug is so serious, I feel frustrated if I miss a run! Thank you and best wishes

Martin Palmieri

Redway Runners Festival of Running 2016

Over the weekend of 4 and 5 June we held the clubs first ever Festival of Running with 4 exclusive races for just Redway Runners members.

We held a Marathon and half Marathon on the Saturday and a 10K and half Marathon on the Sunday.

Many thanks to David ‘Foxy’ Bailey and his team of Karen and Andy from Enigma running for organising the event for the club.

Fantastic well done to Jen, Amanda, Kerry and Stephen for completing all four events that meant 18 laps of the lake and about 60 miles – awesome

Some photos from Andy C at:

Results at (opens as pdf)
We hope to hold the event again next year – but we want your feedback for anything we can do to make it even better