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Well done to all Redway Runners at the club overseas trip to the GIG Malta Marathon, we had 22 taking part with 21 in the half and one, Matthew in the Marathon on Sunday 1 March 2020.
All successfully finished, group photo taken before the start of the half Marathon at Mdina.
Half was mainly a downhill route, but a bit congested at the start but a warm day for running at about 21 degrees with an occasional breeze.
Plenty more on the last Podcast and more on next weeks as well
Official results and photos at https://www.maltamarathon.com/_malta_marathon_results.htm.
We are pleased to announce that we are starting a number of Redway Runners runs from Body Limits in Newport Pagnell from the week commencing 20 January 2020, these are:
This will be on a Tuesday evening at 6pm starting on the 21 January 2020, meeting at Body Limits, this is a 10 week course and at the end of it you will complete the Milton Keynes free 5K parkrun on Saturday 28 March 2020 with Martin and Vikki.
The course is free but you just need to be a member, but membership is only £5 for the year to 31 March 2021
For all the details of the course and how to book a place click here
Step Up run
A new run on Monday evenings at 6pm from Body Limits with Emma and Vikki starting on 20 January 2020. Step Up runs are Redway Runners easier paced runs and over a shorter distance, they are aimed at runners with a pace of 10 minute miles and over and usually about 45 minutes but leave an hour free for prep and cool down time.
If you are not a Redway Runners member you are welcome to come and try our runs for two weeks and if you like then join
Details of this run and all Redway Runners runs click here
Body Limits are at: 99 Wolverton Rd, Newport Pagnell MK16 8HX (no parking at Body Limits but plenty of parking at Station Road car park, across from the fire station)
A short infographic on why looping back is important.
This is a technique that we use on a number of our runs, just means that every now and then that the runners will ‘Loop back’ to the back of the run group and then continue.
We have used this in the club since we started the club and have refined it over the years
The Redway Runners Christmas meal is booked for Friday 6th 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 and club members can book for themself 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 9.30pm are also available at £5 each and can be purchased by club members
Tickets are available through your Redway Runners LoveAdmin account now
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
Club Christmas Party
This years club Christmas meal is on Friday 4 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
We have our special Santa Saunter after parkrun at 10am om the 21 December 2019, 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 2019, all orders subject to availability. Club store click here
Note, club store is closed after 20 December early 2020 for collections contact email@example.com to collect in that timeframe
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.
So please bring items along to the club Christmas party on Friday 6 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
I have come a long way since taking up running with the Redway Runners back in 2016. I started with Leigh’s step-up group, who happened to be a friendly bunch of runners. Who knew you could run and talk at the same time?? After that first session I was hooked, line and sinker.
As the month’s passed by, I went from running once a week, to three times a week with the club. I was getting fitter and stronger and became more conscious about my health and well-being. I joined a gym and picked up swimming again. Life seemed pretty good! Well it was until Redway Runners in 2017 ran an evening on multi-sport, which I went along too. That night a seed was planted in my head. Come the following morning I was on my computer researching what are the distances for a triathlon.
Although there was no follow-up from the multi-sport evening, I did strike up a friendship with Burti Montagu-leon, who was one of the speakers. In fact, if it wasn’t for Burti’s support and generosity I’d be in a right pickle. There was more to this Triathlon business than I originally thought.
Having never cycled on the roads before, I thought it was prudent to join a bike club. So, I joined Broughton Cycling Club, who just happened to be starting up a Flourish Programme for beginners. Sounded perfect, and just what I needed. The programme, not only helped with my bike confidence skills, but I also met some fabulous people, some who happened to be Redway Runners.
To cut a long story short I entered several sprint triathlons in 2017 and 2018. With each triathlon I became less anxious, and my confidence grew as I gained experience. There were some events that I preferred to others, but that’s another story. In December 2018 my son Alexander and I had a mad moment and signed up for the Ironman70.3 in Rappersweill, Switzerland. What was I thinking?? To get my training on track I asked Campbell Noon for a training programme and had just 6-months to get Ironman70.3 fit.
The months flew by and before I knew it, the big day arrived. In June of this year I crossed the finishing line in 7:28:26, with less than 2-mins to spare before cut-off, which was 7.5 hours. I was the only woman in my Age Group (65-69) and happened to be the oldest woman on the course. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that moment of sharing the podium with three extraordinary winners (look at their times). Amazingly, I managed to qualify for the World Championships in Nice in September 2019. It’s all very exciting and daunting at the same time. For now, my training is keeping me grounded.
It’s hard to believe where I’ve come from, to where I am now. But, it hasn’t all been plain sailing, I’ve been injured many times, which set me back in my training. There’s been many a tear shed, mainly with frustration and endless questions of “can I do this, I’m I too old, what if, what if?”
When I was a Redway Runner beginner’s run leader (2017/2019) I often heard the beginner’s say, “I can’t do this, it’s too hard.” I would reply “yes, it is hard” particularly as we get older, but with time and patience, the mind and body adjust, and we get stronger and fitter. With the right support and mind-set, the beginners started to believe they could reach their goal. When their big day arrived, I used to get so excited for them. It was such a magical moment in seeing the beginners complete their first 5k Parkrun.
From my perspective it was a pleasure to be part of their fitness journey. I learned as much from the beginners as they did from me. And you know what I totally understand where they are coming from…it’s a massive achievement!
Redway Runners and BCG have played such an important role in my fitness journey. I’ve met some inspirational people who have inspired me to be the best I can be. Without all of those people who supported me, I would not be on this journey, which I love! Life is still pretty good even with triathlons in my life.
Thank you, Redway Runners you are a wonderful club, you embrace all ages, and welcome all abilities. You were the rock on which I built a fitness for life.
Since being a run-leader I’ve now gone on and qualified as a Level 2 British Triathlon Coach, and coach at my local junior triathlon club (https://www.tri-mk.co.uk)
No matter what your age or ability, if you are interested in learning more about triathlons please drop me a line @ firstname.lastname@example.org
“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it, what you put into it”