29 April 2019
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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Image caption: Group shot warming up the day before the London Marathon
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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.
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
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: www.redwayrunners.com
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
You’ve seen the video and heard the news, but now the MK24 ‘Midsummer Run’ is now officially LIVE.
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:
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 http://www.redwayrunners.com/redway-runners-remembrance-run-11-november-2018/, 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.
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