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


Team Green – Redway Runners at home and abroad

Team shot - Cyprus

Team shot – Cyprus

Abi Gooch - first lady at the event

Abi Gooch – first lady at the event










Local running club Redway Runners saw a record number of its members take part in the popular MK Festival of Running (17 March 2019) which attracts thousands of people to the city.

Just under 450 club members took part in all four distances meaning their green kits were very well represented along the course. Runners ran in some rather windy conditions in some places including the incline at Campbell Park.

The club saw 170 of its members take part in the classic distance of 10k, which was closely followed by the half marathon and the ever popular 20 miler.

The weekend of the 16 March also marked the club’s 18th overseas trip to Paphos, Cyprus. With a packed programme of a 5k wine run and running amazing views of traditional roads and mountains. The reward at the end of the race – of course, a bottle of wine!

The main runs abroad included a 5K, 10K, half and full marathon and Redway Runners won the overall team prize.

  • Abi Gooch was first lady at the Cyprus event
  • Katie Tucker coming third for the half marathon
  • Sadie Hursley and Sarah King age category winners
  • And a special mention to Steve Boothby for running his first ever half marathon since a serious biking accident.

Martin Lawrence, Redway Runners Chair said of the weekend’s successes: “There were some fantastic performances both home and abroad with a sea of green to be seen all round. It was great to see club members travel to our 18th overseas trip and a great win for Abi Gooch in the ladies race at this international event showcasing the Redway Runners.”

“A great weekend for the club with so many successes and one we can be proud of and look forward to the rest of the year’s events,” added Martin.


For more information visit the club website:

Club AGM 2018/2019

Redway Runners AGM will take place on Wednesday 1st May at 7.45pm upstairs at David Lloyd.


All members are invited to attend and will be able to vote on the Club Charity of the Year for 2019/2020 and to elect the club committee

MK24 Midsummer run now live

You’ve seen the video and heard the news, but now the MK24 ‘Midsummer Run’ is now officially LIVE.

Visit the website at and watch the video to get all the info on the event, include the route, FAQ’s and how to enter.

Our motto is “Run it your way” and that is exactly how to take part, so sign up now.
Redway Runners members go to your club profile page to get the club discount, log in then select ‘events’ and ‘MK24 2019 – EA Affiliated, Redway Runners’ or if not affiliated with England Athletics ‘MK24 2019 – non EA Affiliated, Redway Runners’

Redway Runners Log in and select ‘Events’ at the top of the pageat:

Non Redway Runners members can enter via this link:


New runners turn MK Parkrun green

Hundreds of runners completing the Beginners Groups with the Redway Runners graduated at Milton Keynes Parkrun on Saturday 24th November. Each new runner has completed a course of sessions to take them from no or little running to 5km.
The club welcomes all new runners. Gracie Matthews, who began her course with the club 10 weeks ago tells her story:
“I lost my leg above the knee in 2016 following a traumatic knee dislocation playing rugby. From early on in my recovery I wanted to do the best I could and after being told I’d never run again I wanted to prove that doctor wrong. I was kindly funded a running blade to help me achieve my goals. Upon receiving my running blade made by Pace Rehabilitation the mammoth task in front of me became evident as I couldn’t even run 100m. I lost some weight, got fitter and I then decided to join Redway Runners after only managing to run about 1km on my own. After joining it was clear that I missed the team spirit of playing in a team and running with the club gave me this back and the drive to make it to 5km. Redway Runners were so accommodating and welcoming right from the start and always went out their way to make sure I was comfortable and part of the group at all times. Going forward I’d like to start improving my 5km running time and keep as active as possible.”
Redway Runners will be launching more Beginners Groups in January 2019. Details of these will be released mid-December. To join the course or for more information on the club check for details.
Photo credit: Adrian Glanvill

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.

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


Redway Runners Christmas meal & party 2018

The Redway Runners Christmas meal is booked for Friday 14 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 club members can book for yourself 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 10pm are also available at £5 each and can be purchased by members

To book log on to your Redway Runners account at:

Once logged in select ‘Events’ at the top of the page

Spaces are limited so booking in advance is highly recommended


Christmas Charity Raffle 2018

This Christmas the club again will be holding a raffle, which will be drawn at the Club Christmas Party Dinner on Friday 14 December 2018. All profits will go to the club charity of the year. If you can help us with a prize please contact  Portia or Martin. 



Items with * next to number is with Portia – TO ARRANGE COLLECTION PLEASE CONTACT PORTIA SIMOND


Items Donated Presented by Winners Ticket number Winners Name
1 4 x Personal Training Sessions Sheila Rose Green 15 Debbie Dickinson
2* 14 Days Family Pass at David Lloyd Milton Keynes David Lloyd White 36 Juliet Thompson
3 30 minute sports massage gift voucher Everyday Performance Therapy Pink 182 Richard Doherty
4 30 minute sports massage gift voucher Everyday Performance Therapy Yellow 185 Portia Simond
5 30 minute sports massage gift voucher Everyday Performance Therapy Pink 56 Mohoney
6 30 minute sports massage vouchers with Rudi Chaplin The Treatment Lab Yellow 77 C Mohoney
7 30 minute sports massage vouchers with Rudi Chaplin The Treatment Lab Blue 84 Brett
8 Bottle of Prosecco The Caldecotte Green 36 A Stringer
9* Brown Special Edition Stanmore Speaker Marshall Amplification Yellow 32 Mel White
10 Chocolate Bouquet Tracey Blackmore Yellow 1 Frances Simond
11 Christmas Cake Enchanted Cakes – Nilaksha Patel Yellow 104 Shareen Sami
12* Coffee/Tea Machine with tea and coffee. Henry Allen Trust Blue 87 Kevin Sheppard
13 Dirt Running Black Hoodie Dirt Running Yellow 177 Fergus Simond
14 Gel Polish Voucher Nails by Paula Louvhery Yellow 136 Vicki Harris
15* Giant Dog (Soft Toy) Henry Allen Trust Yellow 121 Maria Eleanor
16 Gift Voucher Hair Masters Barbers White 82 Helen Boucher
17 Gift Voucher Hair Masters Barbers Yellow 79 C Mohoney
18 Gift Voucher Hair Masters Barbers White 9 Sarah Slovelock
19 Gift Voucher Hair Masters Barbers 346 Shiela Polner
20 Gift Voucher £20 Perfect Perfumes by Paula Pink 105 Ali Rutherford
21 Gift Voucher £25 Sapphire and Diamond Beauty Pink 92 Rob
22* Gift Voucher Dinner for 4 people The Caldecotte Yellow 95 Steve Quinnell
23 Half/Full MK Marathon place (contact Martin Lawrence) MK Marathon Weekend Yellow 129 Sarah Loftus
24 Half/Full MK Marathon place (contact Martin Lawrence) MK Marathon Weekend Yellow 85 Jess Wesley
25 Magazine Pack Like the Wind – Simon Freeman White 60 Nigel Sheppard
26 Meal Platter Voucher Nando’s (Xscape) only Pink 178 Richard Doherty
27 Mens Haircut Illuminate Barber Pink 153 Sarah Lawerence
28 Mountain Bike – Ridgeback Mx3 Brett Burge Burgess Green 63 Sam Bates
29* One Place In Any Race 2019 Go Beyond Ultra Green 80 No Name (contact Portia Simond)
30 One PT Session with Paulina Pro PT White 19 Hannah Connelly
31* One voucher for one hour us of the spa facilities (hydro pool, sauna and stream) Grafton Spa and Wellness Yellow 107 Andy Hully
32 One Year Magazine Subscription Like the Wind – Simon Freeman White 170 Julie Martin
33 Platinum Marathon package Body Limits Yellow 72 Mick Bates
34 Red Bull Racing (T-Shirt, Cap, Car and Lanyard) Red Bull Green 18 Nevill Rowell
35 Rocket 5k place (contact Martin Lawrence) MK Marathon Weekend Yellow 165 Sam Hardy
36 Rocket 5k place (contact Martin Lawrence) MK Marathon Weekend Pink 64 Jen Bates
37* Running Belt, Light Up Slap Band & Set of Trainer Clips iRUN Yellow 84 Jess Wesley
38 Running Belt, Light Up Slap Band & Set of Trainer Clips iRUN Yellow 75 Frances Simond
39* Seven Days of UNLIMITED Sessions FITMK Yellow 83 Jess Wesley
40 Signed Lewis Hamilton 1:2 Scale Helmet 2015 Simon Forester White 174 Glen M
41* Signed Run Like Duck Book Mark Atkinson Yellow 120 Fay Chester
42 Stationary and Flask Goody Bag. Mercedes-Benz White 71 Wendy
43 Gym Bag Club Shop Pink 165 Katie Tucker
44 Train Free for January Voucher – PT Inspiring Health Solutions Gareth Snelson Pink 130 Annette Smyth
45* Vivian Cherulyot actual drinks bottle Winner of ladies race 2018 London Marathon Laura Beechey White 37 Juliet Thompson
46* Voucher for Cut and Blow-dry Colour Lounge Yellow 158 Michelle Amesbury
47* Punch Yellow 53 Louise Kelly
48* £10 Voucher Beauty Gallery Yellow 148 Theresa Stock