Loop Backs

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

Christmas Party 2019

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

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Everything Christmas & New Year at Redway Runners 2019

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

Santa Saunter

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 rr@redwayrunners.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:
http://mkfoodbank.org.uk/

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

 

 

Steph Dutton – Humble beginnings

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 @ stephaniedutton@aol.com

 

“Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it, what you put into it”

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

ENDS

Turning the streets of London green

PRESS RELEASE
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

ENDS

Notes to editors:

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

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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.