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

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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

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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

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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.

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For more information visit the club website:  www.redwayrunners.com

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 www.mk24run.com and watch the video https://youtu.be/XyceYNNq3h4 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:
https://app.loveadmin.com/Login/2BA4A302403BD3AEE99421B64A7583FC.htm

Non Redway Runners members can enter via this link:

https://app.loveadmin.com/EventsLink/2BA4A302403BD3AEE99421B64A7583FC.htm

 

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 www.redwayrunnners.com for details.
Photo credit: Adrian Glanvill