Furzton Relay 2019 – Best Year Ever!!

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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.


“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


Turning the streets of London green

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


Notes to editors:

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

Redway Runners

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.



Beginners' graduation group

Redway Runners ran the show with record number of runners at parkrun

Beginners' graduation group

Redway Runners beginners stole the show at this weekend’s Milton Keynes 5K parkrun in Willen with beginners graduating marking the end of their 10-week running course.

Team Green was out in full force at the beginners’ graduation on Saturday 30 March 2019. The award-winning community running team run regular courses for those wanting to start on their running journey and at the end of it take part in the Milton Keynes 5K parkrun at Willen.

A total of 320 started the course just over 10 weeks ago and some who have never run before. The club’s run lead and beginners’ co-ordinator, Annette Smyth said of the graduation, “The atmosphere was absolutely amazing! We had 386 from the club running which was almost half of the runners at the parkrun.”

“Well done to the runners who have turned up all week come rain or shine to run. This for me is what it is all about – a real celebration of their efforts.”

One of the runners who graduated included Debbie Wright from MK who signed up on the free Redway Runners course who is determined to run the Race for Life later this year in memory of family members who lost their lives to cancer. She is determined to run and not walk and this weekend’s parkrun has proved exactly that.

Debbie ran the whole of the course in just 43 minutes. “I felt absolutely isolated having lost not only my mother to ovarian cancer, my husband but my sister too of this awful disease. Redway Runners has helped me to learn how to run but also make some great friends too since I started this wonderful journey, said Debbie.

Martin Lawrence, the club’s Chair was delighted with the club’s successful graduation this weekend and said, “These free courses are for all abilities and ever so popular – we aim to provide a number of options to cater for all people as much as possible.”

“I am amazed by the dedication by those who take part in our beginners’ courses and when they graduate it gives not only me but our run leads such a great feeling for all their efforts and hard work.”

For information on the Redway Runners next beginners’ courses starting after Easter go to www.redwayrunners.com


Club trip – Cyprus March 2019

Well as another club overseas trip, the 18th, comes to an end maybe time to reflect on the Redway Runners time in Paphos for some sun, sea, food, beers and even some running!

The Friday saw the 5K wine run and think we all had visions of running in the sun around a winery, passing through the vines, then sitting in a big grassy area drinking wine and more wine, well the reality was slightly different as we boarded the coaches early in the morning with the temperature gauge showing 16 degrees, but as the coach went into the hill and the mist it went down, down and down further settling at a chilly 10 degrees and driving rain. But the rain stopped for the run and this was all along roads around the area, not what had imagined but still a good morning and plenty of fun Special mention to James who was second home and Katie first lady and got the magnum of wine.

Sunday was big race day for the 21st Logicom Cyprus Marathon with a marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K we had Redway Runners taking part in each of the races and arriving at the start of the race it was like any local event with green club tops everywhere. The half marathon course was an out and back route along the main carriageways around Paphos, but good to spot lots of Redway Runners on the out and backs.

After the event, many Redway Runners seemed to enjoy the free beer and watched the awards being presented in the sun.

Team Redway Runners came second in the Marathon team event and third in the half marathon team event. Special mention for Redway Runners winning awards with Abi Gooch coming in as first lady in the marathon in her second home town and in front of a very proud mum. Katie Tucker was third in the women’s half marathon race. Sarah King and Sadie Hursey bought home age category awards – well done to all of them.

Often these runs are about the personal stories and with so many running must have been many, but well done to James Down who was first Redway Runner home in the half in just over 90 minutes, but before the run had done a little 7 mile run, then there was Amy Croker who completed her first half marathon, not a bad place to start and it was great to see Stephen Boothby back doing a half marathon after his bike accident last year – welcome back.

But club trips are about more than just running, it is about meeting new friends and great to catch up with Gosport runners and the Romania runners who joined Redway Runners runs last summer. The Robin Hood bar probably needs a mention – not sure too many of us remember the evenings spent there.

Thanks also to Katie for recommending Cyprus for this year’s club trip and putting on some extra sessions for Redway Runners to attend with core sessions and talks.

A lot of people have been already asking about the next club trips, we already have details for the September 2019 trip to Tallin in Estonia and for 2020 following several requests and recommendations we are looking at Malta, but more details to follow as soon as we have them.