Runs to Remember Press Release

Redway Runners marked 100 years since the end of the First World War with a special run to remember on Sunday 11th November.

130 local runners attended a remembrance run, which included stops and moments of reflection  over the course of an 11km route. The group reflected on local soldiers from the Milton Keynes area as well as international soldiers.  Runs stopped at New Bradwell Cemetery and then at the Memorable Order of Tin Hats (MOTHs); a monument reflecting on the lives of soldiers from South Africa.

A further 40 runners completed a separate remembrance run, stopping at St Andrew’s Church to hear the testimonial of C.L.Stopwell. The lives of three young soldiers were then celebrated at New Bradwell Cemetery. War graves in local graveyards are populated by young men who either died in training exercises or who died when back in the UK from injuries sustained in action.

Both runs ended with two minutes silence at 11am.

Full testimonials of remembered soldiers can be found at, along with more information about Redway Runners.

Redways Runners are an inclusive running club in Milton Keynes with multiple weekly runs across the town. Runs are suitable for all abilities.

Redway Runners Remembrance run 11 November 2018

Order of events


Meet at Giffard Park pub at 9am and sign in and announcements, then each group leaves for runs


Club Run (Martin) go from Giffard to New Bradwell Cemetery and then on to the Memorial of Tin Hats (MOTH) and then back for about 10.50am

Step Up run (Sophie) go to St Andrews Church and to New Bradwell Cemetery before back to Giffard

At each stop a moment of reflection

  • For the Cemetery at New Bradwell we have Tim Giffen to read (club run, then Step Up)
  • At the MOTHs Dave (club run)
  • St Andrews Church, Eric and Theresa Randal (Step Up)


At the Giffard just before 11am Tim follow the ‘How to observe the two minutes silence’

Anne will play the bugle for the Last post and Reveille


After this group move back to the Giffard (Annette will be distributing medals from the virtual challenge)


Suggested Routes

Step Up route (6K):

Club Run (11K)


How to observe the Two Minute Silence

The Royal British Legion recommends that the Two Minute Silence is observed in the following order:

  1. At 11am, the Last Post is played
  2. The exhortation is then read (see below)
  3. The Two Minute Silence then begins
  4. The end of the silence is signalled by playing the Reveille

The exhortation:

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them.”

Response: “We will remember them.”


New Bradwell Cemetery

Remembrance Day is a day where people get together to remember the people that sacrificed their life to let us have peace. We get together to also remember those people that have gone to war and survived. In World War One, the fields couldn’t grow food, but when the war ended poppies started to grow so that is why we wear poppies as a symbol of Remembrance Day.

We are lucky to live in a safe environment with water, food, phones, a lot of trees and good quality houses to live in. We have hospitals, fire stations and police to keep us safe.

We feel grateful for what they did because we get to live in a country that has peace. For many of us today it is about remembering great grandfathers and grandfathers who fought in World War 1 and 2 and those family members who have fought and are still fighting in conflicts today.

Remembrance Day means we can show our respect to those who fought and died or got seriously injured when they were fighting, to make the world a safer place to live in. If we had one wish, we would wish that war would stop because people deserve to live in a safe environment. If we could say something to one of the soldiers that died at war, we would say, “thank you very much for your service and sacrifice”.


The memorial takes the form of a Private of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry standing to attention with rifle, cal and belt but no webbing; he is mounted on a square plinth with a three-stepped base. There are 87 names listed for World War 1 and 15 for World War 2.

Corporal Reginald George Kightley

Today I would like to remember – Corporal Reginald George Kightley service number 265217, who is listed on the New Bradwell Memorial;.

Reginald was Redway Runners Colins Kightley’s dads 3rd cousin and therefore my 3rd cousin once removed.

Reginald was born and raised in Stantonbury to George Kightley and Eliza Jane Kightley (nee Sargent)

He was born in 1898 the eldest of 8 children (4 boys & 4 girls). Prior to the war he was a coach-maker in the Railway Works at Wolverton.

He enlisted in Wolverton and joined the 1/1st Buckinghamshire Battalion, Ox and Bucks Light Infantry, and rose to become a Corporal.

He was killed in action on 21st July 1917 he was 19 years old. He was killed on the Somme in France as were thousands of others.

He has no known grave but he is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 10A & 10D.

This memorial contains 72,000 British and South African Forces names; with no known graves, who died before 20th March 1918.

At the time of his death his mother lived at 45 Spencer Street, New Bradwell, and his father had died.

Arthur James Strong

Also in the cemetery is the headstone to Royal Naval Special Reservist Arthur James Strong Service Number: P/SR 8627 Rank: Leading Writer assigned to HMS Hood in World War 2

Arthur was born on 11 September 1918 in London. He was the deputy town clerk at Battersea Town Hall, London.

He joined HMS Hood which at the time was the last battlecruiser built for the Royal Navy and commissioned in 1920. Hood remained the largest and most powerful warship in the world for twenty years after her commissioning and her prestige was reflected in her nickname “The Mighty Hood”.

On 24th May 1941 early in the battle of the Denmark Strait, Hood was struck by several German shells, exploded and sunk within 3 minutes there were only 3 survivors, 1,415 service personal went down with HMS Hood that day.

Arthur James Strong was 22 years old at the time.

Thank you.

Lest we forget

Another local boy – Rifleman Albert Edward French

Killed in Action, Aged 16

Albert was born about 1900 in Stantonbury, Buckinghamshire At that time there were 6 members of the French household living at 60 Young Street, Wolverton, Buckinghamshire.

The grave of Rifleman Albert Edward French (1900-1916) is often visited in the cemetery located at “Ploegsteert Wood” where he lies buried. Young visitors in school groups are especially drawn to visit Albert because he was a sixteen year old at the time of his death on active service.

On 15th June 1916 Albert was reported as having been “Killed in Action”. He died in a part of the British Front Line sector in Belgium near Ploegsteert Wood, just north of the French border. Albert had only been in the Theatre of War for 44 days.

St Andrews Church Great Linford

The reason why there are war graves in local graveyards is either because the serviceman died during training in the UK or they died of wounds or illness having been evacuated back to the UK. This also explains why several of the deaths took place after the end of the war.

Christopher Lorton Sapwell

During the early summer of 2014 the Gt Linford Parish Council awarded a generous grant of £400.00 towards the restoration of the Roll of Honour which records the one hundred men of Great Linford who served during the First World War. This is now mounted beneath the War Memorial inside St Andrew’s Church.

The grant also contributed to the cost of a booklet entitled “St Andrew’s Remembers”, the result of a project undertaken by a group of people from St Andrew’s Church to research the lives of eleven of the one hundred, who died during that war.

During the research, it was discovered from the Parish records that one of these, CHRISTOPHER LORTON SAPWELL, was buried in St Andrew’s Churchyard in an unmarked grave which we have been unable to locate. Following communication with and enquiries to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), they have agreed to place a head stone in St Andrew’s Churchyard in recognition of Christopher’s service on the Somme.

Christopher was born in January 1888 to Fred and Lucy Sapwell of 30, High Street, Great Linford. He was the eighth of their ten children according to the 1891 Census and at the age of 13 was a House Boy at Great Linford Manor.

Christopher married Louisa Temple, also from Great Linford, on 27 February 1909 but at the time of the 1911 Census, Louisa is shown as living with her parents and two brothers in Rivetts Yard, Great Linford, whilst Christopher was in Northampton Hospital.

Christopher joined the Army Veterinary Corps, Regimental No 9470, on 12 June 1915, having served two years in in the Bucks Volunteers. At this time he gave his occupation as Horse Keeper and stated that he was unmarried, giving his next of kin as his sister. We were unable to find any trace of Louisa Sapwell after the Census of 1911. This was recorded in “The National Roll of the Great War”:

After volunteering in June 1915 he underwent a period of training and was later drafted to France. During his service in this theatre of war he did excellent work attending to sick and wounded horses. Later in 1916 he was invalided to England with pleurisy and was finally discharged as medically unfit for further service on 14 June 1916. He was awarded the 1914-15 Star and the General Service and Victory Medals.

Christopher died on 16 August 1918 aged 30. TB was given as the cause of death. The Bucks Standard newspaper reported his funeral as follows:-

The mortal remains of Christopher Lorton Sapwell, late Army Veterinary Corps whose death we briefly reported last week, were laid to rest on Monday afternoon August 19th at Great Linford. The body was conveyed to the church on a gun carriage, the coffin was covered by the Union Jack and was attended by twelve Royal Engineers from the Newport Pagnell Wireless Depot” (Family and friends attending were then listed)

Three of Christopher’s brothers who also served, Lance Corporal Albert Sapwell, Private Ernest Sapwell and Sergeant Walter Sapwell, all returned safely from the war.

A copy of “St Andrew’s Remembers” can be read in the reference section of CMK Library.


Memorable Order of Tin Hats – MOTHS

History of the Order

The Memorable Order of Tin Hats or the MOTH as it is more popularly known is an ex-serviceman’s organisation founded in Durban, South Africa, in May 1927 by a remarkable man Charles Alfred Evenden by name. He was born in London on the 01st October 1894 and as a young man immigrated to Australia and served with the Australian forces in Gallipoli during World War I where he was wounded and evacuated to England. After returning to Australia, he was discharged from the army.

Witnessing the annual ANZAC parades, Charles Evenden turned his thoughts to the formation of an association of front line soldiers to perpetuate the comradeship gained from front line service. Later, he settled in South Africa where he worked as a cartoonist on the staff of the Mercury, a morning paper in Durban, under the pseudonym of “EVO” by which name he soon became popularly known to most people.

In 1927 he saw a war film that included an impressive scene of marching troops wearing tin hats, and muddy uniforms all carrying trench equipment. Looking at the scene, it made him wonder what had become of his comrades in the army; where they were and what they were doing. This line of thought inspired a cartoon on forgetfulness of a comradeship that had apparently ceased to exist. From this one idea other ideas came to the fore, then discussions with colleagues and friends and, eventually, the founding on the 07th May 1927 of an ex-serviceman’s organisation known as the Memorable Order of Tin Hats or simply MOTH.

Meetings of Moths are known Shell Holes

At the memorial American serviceman Dave said:

We are here at a memorial that commemorates the fallen men from South Africa and across the Commonwealth who gave their lives not in the defense of their own soil, but an ideal of freedom and liberty for their brothers.  They knew that tyranny must be confronted and defeated, not only in their own itneighborhoods but anywhere it is found the world.

The men and women memorialized here offered the greatest sacrifice in the name of brotherhood and to overcome evil with good.  To overcome hate with love.  To overcome division with unity.

It is even more poignant in our current age—where people are divided and more full of hate and vitriol than ever before.  Let us remember that there was a time when the world came together, fought together, bled together, died together.  Let us be reminded that there are higher causes—higher callings—than the normal ebb and flow of daily life.

The book of John 15:13 puts it this way: Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Over 5 million allied personnel died in World War 1, from over 20 nations.  In the Central Powers, another 4 million gave their lives.  Another 8 million civilian personnel died directly or during the aftermath.

I would like to close by giving the roll of Allied nations and their fatalities and closing with a short prayer.

Fatalities in Allied Countries

  • Russia                      1,800,000
  • France                      1,400,000
  • United Kingdom     880,000
  • Italy                           650,000
  • Serbia                       270,000
  • Romania                    250,000
  • India                          74,000
  • Canada                     65,000
  • Australia                  62,000
  • United States         53,000
  • Belgium                    38,000
  • Nepal                         30,000
  • Greece                     26,000
  • New Zealand           18,000
  • South Africa           9,000
  • Portugal                   7,000
  • Montenegro            3,000
  • Japan                        400
  • Brazil                         100
  • Siam                          19
  • Monaco                    8

Our heavenly Father, thank you for our strength and health and the ability to run today.  But thank you most of all for your picture of ultimate sacrifice, your son Jesus Christ, who gave his life on the cross so that we can have life more abundantly.   I thank you for the men and women who gave their lives on our behalf so that we can live lives of freedom and liberty.  We ask that you help us to honor these men and women by our actions each day – to help to unify, to combat oppression and evil, and to love our neighbors.

In Jesus’ name I pray,



Redway Runners

Everything Christmas & New Year at Redway Runners 2018

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

Extra club Christmas meal at the Brasserie at MK College on Tuesday 21 November, more info click here – FULLY BOOKED

Club Christmas Party

This years club Christmas meal is on Friday 1 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 22 December 2018, 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, all orders subject to availability. Club store click here

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.

We have asked them what they need most, and they said ‘We’d be delighted to receive donations for the Food Bank from your runners. We have a commitment to deliver 480 Christmas hampers this year for nominated families and individuals – our highest ever demand. So, we will be pleased to receive:

  • festive items such as; selection packs, festive biscuits, tins of ham/ corned beef etc., Christmas puddings; and
  • our staples; long life milk, long life juice, tinned meat (hot dogs, meat balls etc.) sugar, rice pudding, tinned fruit.

So please bring items along to the club Christmas party on Friday 14 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:

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



Extra Redway Runners XMas meal

We again have an extra Christmas evening at the Brasserie at Milton Keynes College for paid Redway Runners and one guest. This is always a popular evening so book early

The Brasserie at MK College has been reserved for Redway Runners for the annual exclusive preview of our Christmas menu on Wednesday 21st November. As a thank you for being our testers we offer three courses for the special Redway Runners price of just £12.00 per person.

If you would like to come please sign up by using the form below and submitting your order, see below for menu options, it is soup followed by two course for you to pick from

Payment on the day. please arrive for 7pm on the night

They look forward to welcoming you to our restaurant and bar


Questions, Questions

We get a lot of common questions to the club so thought would try to answer some (and save a few mails/messages/texts etc etc) – any other questions post below and we will try to reply
** Club runs (are they on/what pace/when are they/etc)
We have all the club runs listed on the club website with details about them at:

** Club kit
All items of kit can be ordered at our on-line shop on the club web site under ‘store’. they take 21 days once ordered and when ready the store will contact you direct to arrange pick up (the store is in Newport Pagnell)

** Membership Cards
You can find this on your Redway Runners profile, so sign in and at the top of the page with a link to ‘membership card’

** I have changed by details
If you change address, name, e-mail address please log in to update.

** What is the link to log in to my profile
Link to the member login page:

** When will the next beginners groups start
We hope to start more in September 2019, they will be announced on the club Facebook and in the club weekly mail, so best to register for that (see question)

** Not getting/want to get info on club
You can register for our weekly newsletter at:

** Can I stop the weekly club newsletter?
If you want to unsubscribe from our mail, just click un-subscribe at the bottom of the weekly club mail.

** Facebook page
We have a Facebook page please ‘like’ it and watch for news stories or post anything that is of interest to other runners at

** Twitter
Follow us at Twitter on; @redwayrunners

** Redway Runners on Strava
You can join Redway Runners Strava group, users need to search under ‘clubs’ (on the ‘explore’ tab) when you find ‘Redway Runners’ click join, you should be confirmed fairly quickly

** Fetch Everyone
Fetch users pick ‘clubs’, find ‘Redway Runners’ and then join

** parkrun
From any e-mail from parkrun, select ‘manage my profile’ then you can update your club to ‘Redway Runners’ and save.

** Garmin Connect
Groups and Find Group

** Are you racing? / I do not appear in the list of those taking part in a race
We do have a page on our web-site ‘who’s racing where’ (under the ‘events’ tab) so if you have entered any events let Simon know at: and you can be added to the list.

** Non David Lloyd Members
For runs from David Lloyd and you are not a David Lloyd member please do not park in the car park, some parking along the road and at the end of the road. Also pay and display car park opposite Gulliver’s land and Willen. A free car park across the canal at the Cricket Pavilion

Club Trip Lisbon

October 2018 saw the second club overseas trip of the year out to Lisbon for the half marathon or the 8.5k

Due to overnight storms of over 100mph, the race start was changed from being on the bridge and start moved back an hour.

The runners were not to inconvenienced by the bad weather, apart from a shower on the way to the bar the night before and later the door to the bar kept blowing open in the high winds

Another great trip, next year’s trips are to Cyprus in March and Tallinn in September, come and join the fun

Results at:

Nice event video at:

Redway Runners Jen represents England

Last weekend Jen Sangster from the club run in the Chester marathon for England, we asked for her story:

This weekend, in Chester, I had the huge honour of qualifying to run for England in the Marathon Age Group Masters for the second time. But this year was different. I really wasn’t ready. After an awful year of numerous personal struggles and losing my job, I hadn’t put the training in and I wasn’t in the right frame of mind. It was taking a lot of mental strength and talking to myself to get to this start line. But I had to be honest with myself, I knew I could do it, it wouldn’t be my best performance but I wanted to do it feeling good and feeling strong. So I gathered myself together and went and did this one for myself.

So there I was lining up right in the middle of the paddocks at Chester racecourse with everyone in their red and white kit… shaking with cold as it was 4 degrees! Well, the heat wasn’t going to get me in this marathon!

Andy and the boys were there to see me off and meet me a few miles later in the city centre and then I was on my own running through the countryside. I met up with another England runner, Jayne and we ran for ages just chatting about absolutely anything and everything! Before I knew it, 18 miles had gone by. Wow!

The rest of the run I was on my own as Jayne sped up and I purposely slowed a little. I was feeling great and I wanted to keep it that way. I was thinking of everyone’s lovely messages on Facebook from the night before – “Come on Stealth” you’re doing this.

The hills that got me last year felt like little slopes, and the hard sapping finish on the grass was amazingly different this time as I encouraged another runner to run the last bit with me. I saw my boys and Andy at the side and I ran over, gave Luke a huge high five and promptly knocked his big foam ‘high five hand’ onto the race track! Oooopppsss!

Then it was the sprint finish and big smiles. I’d done it – 3.13 (only 10 mins slower than last year when I got my PB) 13th in my age group and 4th in my age group from the England Masters entrants.

I remember writing about the lessons I learnt last year, that every run is different and that’s what makes running such a special sport. You are constantly learning about yourself. This year, I also realised how important mental attitude and training the brain really are. Believing in yourself, being honest with yourself and you’ll succeed at anything you do.

2,000 Redway Runner members

Major Milestone
Yes Redway Runners have hit a major milestone, we now have over 2,000 members, who would have thought that!!

Club Trip – Tallinn

We are pleased to announce the second Redway Runners overseas trip of 2019 will be to Tallinnn in Estonia for the races and in 2018 they had a 5K, 10K, half and full marathon – so hopefully something for everyone

All the details are at:

It is not long now till the October 2018 trip to Lisbon in Portugal half marathon then still time to book the Cyprus Marathon or half in March 2019, details of all trips at: