Redway Runners @ MK marathon

The Redway Runners were out in force again this bank holiday for the  Milton Keynes marathon weekend. Over 150 Redway Runners took part in the Rocket 5k race on Sunday, equating to 10% of the field. Personal records were set by many runners on the flat course from the centre of Milton Keynes to the MK Dons Stadium. Over 200 Redway Runners took part in the half marathon and marathon on Monday which ended in Stadium MK.

 

Seven me2017-05-01-PHOTO-00000007mbers completed their first marathon after a year being mentored on the Zero to Hero programme. The group has worked up to the marathon distance together with the support of the running club and their dedicated mentors. Sean O’Leary  (mentoring Jo Fewings) and Niam Hani among other mentors have been with their mentees every step of the way and a strong bond has developed across the group They were joined by many other members experiencing the marathon distance for the first time.

 

 

 

Redway Runners is an inclusive running club based in Milton Keynes, with over 1000 members and sessions every day of the week. The club runs the Zero to Hero programme yearly and encourages both new runners and potential mentors alike to get involved. For more information about the club, visit www.redwayrunners.com.

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Press Release 23 April 2017 – London Marathon

The Redway Runners turned the capital green this Sunday, 23rd April, with over 30 members taking to the world renowned marathon course. Runners were joined in London by a coach full of supporters from the running club.
Alex Webb, Helen Whalley and Steve Morris were the lucky recipients of the running club ballot places and all took part in a series of Sunday marathon training sessions around Milton Keynes.
Genci Alb topped the club tables and shadowed the pros throughout his marathon, finishing in 02:36:30 while Jen Sangster topped the ladies finishing times for the club with an impressive 03:09:22. Jen qualified to run for the Great Britain Masters marathon team at the Manchester Marathon at the start of April and it is clear that she will be one to watch.
The club congratulates all members who took part for completing the 26.2 mile course and for raising thousands of pounds for a variety of local and national charities.
The Redway Runners is an all-inclusive running club in Milton Keynes, with over 1000 members and sessions every day of the week. The club regularly runs beginners courses and encourages runners of all abilities to take part. For more information about the club, visit www.redwayrunners.com.

Press Release 6 March 2017 – MK Festival of Running

MK Festival of Running 5 March 2017

Over 150 Redway Runners took part in the MK Festival of Running. Notable achievements included:

10k
Ben Fairhall – 3rd overall and 1st in M40
Tony Daglish – 1st in M50
Julie Loxley – 1st in F45
Alasdair MacIver – 1st in M70
Andrew Baldwin – 2nd in M70

Half Marathon
John Loxley – 3rd M50
Nicky Ford – 3rd F55

20 Miles
Genci Pepaj – 5th overall and 1st M40
Jen Sangster – 3rd F35
Julie Martin – 3rd F45

Many Redway Runners of all abilities competed in their first races. These included Gillian Firmin (half), Andrew Riddy (10k), Jenny Moorhouse (20 miles), Franzi Florack (20 miles) and Donna Middleton (half). Impressive personal best performances were achieved by John Flanagan (half), Robin Grimmer (half), Dan Willis (20 miles), Sam Wheeler (10k), Claire Burgess (10k) and Tara Needham (20 miles). And a special mention to Chris Humble completing his 1st half marathon raising money for the Magpas charity. Well done to everyone who took part.

Redway Runners is an all-inclusive running club for every ability. With over 1,200 paid up members we offer regular running sessions every day of the week. Our next very popular Beginners Course starts on 22 April. If you would like to sign up, or learn more about the club, please visit www.redwayrunners.com or by following them on Facebook.

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On the run with James Armstrong

Name: James Armstrong

Joined Redway Runners: 16 September 2016

We go on the run with our members and we find out a bit more about them – which we thought would be great to share, this time it is with James Armstrong who is leaving us shortly as he is moving with Jodi down to Devon, first met James at the Northampton parkrun and Northampton Magic Mile which he set up and was always ensured a friendly welcome to the green invaders.

Thanks James

16 February 2017

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CLUB

  • When did you start running and when did you join Redway Runners?

I started running in 2011 and joined Redway Runners in 2016 although I feel like I have been a member since 2012 when I first met the friendly green team at parkrun.

  • Have you run with other clubs how does Redway Runners Compare?

I joined Wootton Road Runners as my first club in 2012 and remained a member till I moved to Woburn Sands after meeting the lovely Jodi Fisk. From then I remained loyal to my club until the pull from Redway Runners was just too much to resist. Redway Runners are an awesome bunch of people. This is not a new discovery as I’ve got to know several Redway Runners very well over the years and see the team at many races. They were also incredibly supportive when I set up the Northampton Magic Mile.

  • What’s the best thing about being in a running club?

The comradery and support. I love the undiluted enthusiasm and team spirit. Being part of a team is vital to getting the best out of yourself and it has certainly been invaluable to me over the years. I doubt that I will ever be “unattached”.

  • Tell us about your first time? (with Redway Runners)

I suppose my first experience of Redway Runners was at Northampton parkrun. I was Run Director for a number of years there and every month, usually when I was directing we’d get an cloud of green vests turn up. It was fantastic. They would bring an infectious enthusiasm and sense of humour.

  • When and who do you run with the club?

I have trained when possible with a small group of reprobates being, Paul Mizon, James Down, Adrian Maidment, Neville Rowles, Martyn Douglas to name a few. The person I run with most of all though is my girlfriend and all round super star Redway Runner, Jodi Fisk. We run at least twice a week together with Jess our young Border Collie.

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  • Tell us your history of running?

After finishing uni I threw myself in to work and neglected any physical activity. Up until that time I had played sport consistently all my life but I was determined to make a good start in the professional world. During this time, I had put on a little weight and became quite conscious of the fact. I literally had an epiphany one day. I saw an older gentleman walking past on the other side of the road. He was in his mid 50’s and had big pot belly and looked generally very unhealthy. That very moment I thought I must do something to make sure that’s not me in 20 or so years. I picked running as I could always run reasonably well and new that it was something I could do even when I was 90. I went from here and entered the London Marathon ballot, I was of cause unsuccessful so then entered the Silverstone Half. I ran 1:45 and thought actually this might be something I could pursue. I joined my first running club in 2012 and then totally dedicated myself to training. I concentrated on the half marathon and in 2013 ran my pb of 1:17 at the Great North Run. I then ran my one and only marathon a few weeks after and literally just nipped under the 3hr mark. 2:59.54. I remember running confidently round the penultimate corner on to the track at Abingdon before looking across and seeing the clock above the gantry at 2:59 something. To this day I don’t think I have ever run 200m so fast. During my time at Wootton I completed my coaching qualifications and joined the committee.

At the end of 2013 I picked up an injury in my ankle. After seeing several physios I couldn’t get an answer to what it was. It took 6 months before I then saw Mark Buckingham at Witty, Pask & Buckingham before he immediately diagnosed the injury and got me running again. 8/9 months had passed after first picking it up so my fitness was severely lacking. I started coming back but finding the balance proved hard and I picked up several niggles along the way. This constant striving to regain my previous form ground me down. In 2015 I met Jodi Fisk. We met on a woods run in Woburn Sands with a few others from Redway Runners and from this point my perspective on running started to change. We got Jess our border collie later that year and she has taught me that running can be FUN! It doesn’t always have to be about chasing times and pushing yourself to your body’s limit. The three of us have run in the Peak District, Welsh Mountains, Cornish beaches, South West Coastal paths and Devon moors. I have since run my first Ultra marathon and now really enjoy just going out for a run with my two favourite girls. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy doing the best I can in races and I still have ambitions. I have also qualified as a Sports Massage Therapist and with Magnus Sports Therapy I have really enjoyed helping and treating several members, getting them back to running and doing what they love most.

  • What has been you best running achievement?

Running my pb of 1:17 at the Great North Run half marathon

  • What is your running ambition?

To continue to enjoy it. I would like to turn my hand to some ultra’s and would like to try and podium at this distance. I will also race on the track as I do enjoy the high adrenaline, shorter races.

  • Why do you run?

2 years ago, I would have said purely to train hard and push myself to my limits but now it’s to enjoy life to the full and spend time with people who are most important to me.

  • What would you do if you were not running?

Probably become over weight and become less happy. That said I can imagine I would have to be doing another sport.

  • Who have you seen while running?

I have seen several running elites over the years while running. I have started the Great North Run next to Mo Farah and Kenenisa Bekele. I ran and over took Paula Radcliffe at the London Anniversary 10K (she wasn’t racing). I ran with James Cracknell for the last 3 miles of the Great North Run in 2014. I also met “my mate” Andy Vernon at the National Cross Country Relays in 2016 whilst competing for Redway Runners.

  • Favourite place to run?

Trails, mountains and coastal paths.

  • What do you love to see while running?

Other runners, happy people (I make a point to say hello to every single person I see out running).

  • What is your favourite running track and film?

I love a power ballad whilst running. A bit of Tina Turner, Boston and REO speedwagon is sure to keep me going on my long runs.

  • Tell us about your worst run?

It would have to be my first attempt back at the half marathon after my injury and I was miles off the pace from mile 3 and just felt awful. However, this turned out to be ok when I met one of my sporting idols, James Cracknell at mile 11 and ran the rest of the race with him.

  • Best running phrase?

“The best runners know when not to run”

  • Favourite running photo?

The photo’s of me and Jodi and the one of me and Jess are my favourite photos (couldn’t pick just one)

 

James Armstrong with Jess James Armstrong with Jodi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Have you ever lost your running mojo and how did you get it back?

When trying to return from my injury. It took for me to realise there is more to running than just pb’s

  • Best route around MK?

Woburn Sands – Woburn – Eversholt – Ridgmont. Good hills and great scenery.

  • Who would be on your wish list to run with?

Paula Radcliff

  • Do you always round up?

Never

  • Worst/Best advice you’ve ever been given?

Worst advice – when having a small niggle to still race and just see how it feels!

Best advice – recovery is equally if not more important than sessions. Sessions break down the muscle but rest and recovery is where those muscles then repair bigger and stronger.

  • What did you learn from your first marathon, and what would you change?

I have only done one marathon and didn’t really race so can’t say I learnt too much, however I would say I realised just how many people go off too hard and then completely die in the last 5-10 miles.

  • What do you think about when you run?

Not too much, that’s why it’s so great

  • What cross training do you prefer?

Walking the dog

  • What type of running do you prefer and why?

I love variety. I love racing flat out over 400m on the track but also love running 16 miles through beautiful countryside or running up a mountain with Jess.

  • Love or hate loop backs?

Not a massive fan

  • Would you change your job if the hours didn’t suit running?

I would have a few years ago, but I have a more holistic outlook on running and life these days

  • Run to time or distance?

Time

  • If you don’t share your run in social media, did it happen? Where do you log your runs and do you stalk others runs?

Absolutely, since Strava I guarantee there has been a rise in overuse injuries! Saying that I use Strava as a social share and Garmin Connect for my only analysis. I love stats and definitely stalk other runners.

RACE/EVENTS

  • What was your favourite race and why?

The Great North Run when I ran my pb’s

  • Favourite race distance and why?

Half Marathon, it has the perfect balance of endurance, tactics and out and out racing.

  • Tell us about your pre-race rituals and food and drink

Up early in the morning, Weetabix or porridge, water, SIS energy drink. Then 30 mins before the race hold wee until the last minute and have half a banana!

  • If you could choose anywhere in the world to run, where would it be?

Kenya or the alps

  • Favourite parkrun and why?

To date I’d have to say Lanhydrock in Cornwall

  • What’s your one race essential?

Garmin watch

  • Would you run a marathon without getting a medal?

Totally, not bothered by medals as long as it’s recorded on Run Britain and Power of 10

  • Have you considered joining the cross country team?

Indeed and have run cross country many a time. Absolutely love it.

  • What would you prefer, a PB or a win?

A win, although a pb is a personal win

James Armstrong club tee

 

Thanks James and good luck

MK50 Press Release – 6 January 2017

It was ready, steady, go for the start of MK50 celebrations thanks to local running club, Redway Runners. A flash mob of 130 runners could be seen in a number of locations on the first Bank Holiday Monday of the year to celebrate the start of MK’s 50th birthday.

The ‘Icons Run’ saw them cover over 13 miles of Milton Keynes from Willen Lake to the train station and back again visiting fifty MK iconic places along the way. These included the Peace Pagoda, Campbell Park and the Point. They even managed to surprise shoppers by running through The Centre:MK!

To finish off the run, and bringing things right back up to date, they performed the mannequin challenge whilst running up Campbell Park Hill – quite a task for 130 runners to keep still for so long!

Redway Runners founder, Martin Lawrence said, “It was great to have so many of our club members join us for this fun event to start our MK50 celebrations and it’s fair to say everyone had a brilliant time. It was a beautiful sunny day, and certainly a great way to blow away the festive cobwebs and start the New Year.”

The Redway Runners have a number of events planned in 2017 to celebrate MK50, and you can find out more on their website – www.redwayrunners.com or by following them on Facebook.

You can view the photographs, and the mannequin challenge video, at http://www.redwayrunners.com/mk-50-icons-run

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Redway Runners review of 2016

As we come to the end of another year for Redway Runners and the end of the clubs sixth year, bit of time to reflect on 2016 in the club, which again has been a pretty good year with lots going on and achievements by many of our members

None of the things we have achieved would have been possible without the team that makes the club work, which includes the committee, all the run leads, all the people who help out in so many different aspects of the club.

The club keeps to the core principles of fun, social, benefit of runners and value for money and it is great that most people understand that.

Behind the Scenes

One big aspect that members do not often see is the amount of work that is done by people in the club – all of it for free, but some of the new things for 2016 have been:

  • Club clothing shop has moved on-line, meaning quicker service and more ways to pay
  • We have affiliated with the South of England Athletics
  • Many of the run leads have completed a variety of training
  • We have published a number of ‘On the Run with …’ articles highlighting members

Working with Others

During the year we formed a number of partnerships that worked for both parties with:

  • Santander, ICAEW, Deloitte and Mercedes, we delivered beginners groups
  • Great Linford Parish Council, Summer of fun runs
  • Canals & Rivers Trust, a new run
  • Harvester, special offer for club runs
  • MK Orchestra, special offer for club members

Events

New for 2016

During the year we have put on a number of new events with

  • Redway Runners Festival of Running, an exclusive weekend for club members with four events, a Marathon and half on the Saturday and a half and 10K on the Sunday

 

  • Treasure Hunt Run, we held for club members our first treasure hunt run with 78 people taking part

 

  • 12Ks of Christmas, our new virtual run, exclusive run and medals for club members and was fully sold out.

 

  • Newport Pagnell Carnival, we turned this year’s Carnival Sport parade green in July

Regulars

Beat the Barge, again this year we sold out all 100 places for the second running of this event, and with great weather was a fantastic afternoon at Linford Manor Park

Furzton Relay, was also blessed with great weather and was almost sold out with 48 teams taking part

Running Events

Some of the numbers of Redway runners taking part at races during the year has been impressive and meaning a big green turnout with

  • Bournemouth Festival of Running, 110 taking part
  • Bacchus Wine run 85 staggering round the course
  • Milton Keynes Festival of Running 218 taking part in races
  • Winter Half Marathon, 170 going for a paddle
  • Milton Keynes Marathon weekend, just soooo many running and helping with the event

Club Sponsored events

Cross Country, The last year has seen record numbers taking part in the Chiltern League Cross Country, at the end of the season in March we were promoted to Division one, which is a major achievement. This year the club is performing well and putting out good sized teams for the Saturday afternoon races

Nationals, for the first time the club was represented at the National relays and we put in two teams for this event, and they learnt a lot and put in a great performance and did well against other local teams

Socials

We have had some fantastic social events during the year; we kicked of the year with the annual visit to the Ice Hockey in January.

In the summer we did an impromptu pub visit during the warm week we had and loads turned up in the Cross Keys

We have been to the Brassiere at MK college, a great club Christmas party and just recently the MK Biergarten opened its doors just for us.

Numbers

Some of the numbers in the club are fantastic:

  • We currently have the highest ever number of club members with 1,032
  • On our Facebook page we have 2,854 people following us
  • Our club weekly mail goes to 1,943 people each week
  • We even have 285 people in the club Strava group

These numbers are fantastic and we now have a big audience not just in Milton Keynes but around the world with the club mail and Facebook

Beginners

We have held in 2016, eleven of our free beginners groups, which has seen 385 people start running with the club, we have during the year continued to review these courses and make improvement, we now have a core group of Beginners groups run leads, started doing surveys with the beginners to see what we are doing well and how we can improve. We think we have done pretty well over the years with the beginners groups and over 30% of club members started in one of our beginners groups.

But we are not stopping there recently with Bucks Sport we ran a course looking at how we can improve with retaining the runners from week one to becoming a full and active club member, so will be putting into use some of that learning.

Club runs

Last year we as a group have run from Milton Keynes to Miami in Florida on all the club runs, but if we all turned up for one run then we would fill Vicarage Road Stadium (Watford ground).

Even in December, when the club runs are reduced we are holding 22 club runs per week

Charity and Helping others

Always great that we can support a members elected charity of the year with Bravery Boxes receiving a £4,417 from money raised by the club in the summer, this year our charity of the year is Haemophilia Society.

But as well as this we have collected food for the Milton Keynes Food Bank at Christmas

In addition to this the club has supported many local events and races in Milton Keynes to help other runners, with a big turnout in May for the Milton Keynes Marathon weekend, we had 28 helpers at the Silverstone half marathon, we ran a water station at the NSPCC MK Half Marathon and helped at two water stations at the MK Winter half at short notice.

Trips

Again during the year we have had two overseas trips to the Malaga Half Marathon in Spain and the Ljubljana Half Marathon, then also two UK trips to Torbay half Marathon and the Isle of Wight Half Marathon

Members benefits

One of the core values of the club has been it is for the benefit of runners and we have mentioned a number of Redway Runner only events and socials we held (RR Festival of Running, Beat the Barge, Treasure run, 12Ks of Christmas, MK Biergarten), we have also been able to deliver a number of special offers including

  • Wilkinson exclusive discount shopping evening
  • Free running belts from Camden Gear
  • Free entry to the Marathon clinic
  • Exclusive free session Pat’s Pilates

New Club Runs

During 2016 we have introduced even more runs and improved some runs with:

  • Step Up Sundays
  • Thursday morning Step Up run
  • Wednesday evening Step Up and Social run
  • The 640 group has returned
  • Tuesday morning have started to go on tour
  • Trail Finder run
  • Mojo course
  • Saturday starter/beginners homework run

Supporting Runners

During the year a number of our runners have attended training to be able to support runners who may need a little extra help to enable running, this has really worked well and benefits of this programme have already been seen.

 

You can watch the video of 2016 at:

https://quik.gopro.com/v/BhRpv0zNdC/

 

So on reflection on another great year in Redway Runners we can still say:

 

We Run Milton Keynes

On the run with Lorraine Devereux

Name: Lorraine Devereux

Joined Redway Runners: 11 March 2014

We go on the run with our members and we find out a bit more about them – which we thought would be great to share, this time it is with Lorraine Devereux, Lorraine has been with the club for over two and a half years and not just running but helping behind the scenes.

Thanks Lorraine

19 November 2016

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CLUB

  • When did you start running and when did you join Redway Runners?

I started running to complete just 1 race, a 10K for charity back in 2013. My nephew who was 6 was diagnosed Diabetic T1 & on a sunny afternoon a few weeks after diagnosis we were out at the park when Race for Life was on & he said “Auntie Rainey, do people ever run to raise money for Diabetes, I know they do for cancer?” the seed was planted – I ran the British 10K for Diabetes UK in London on my Birthday, cheered on by his little face & that’s how it all began – afterwards I thought, “hang on a minute I enjoyed that” so I am only doing 1 race led to me joining the Redway Runners in 2014 on recommendation of a friend & here I am today, still running …..

  • What’s the best thing about being in a running club?

The support and friendship of so many people in all walks of life, of all abilities – the fact that even on a bad day, a good run & the company of like-minded people, can make you feel so much better

  • Tell us about your first time? (with Redway Runners)

My 1st run was actually a Sunday run I think in the Feb – I was running the Bath Half in the March & had totally lost my way and confidence.   A friend suggested I come along – I was so nervous that I would even be able to keep up for a whole 90 mins, and guess what I had nothing to worry about.  I will forever be grateful for Martin Lawrence for making me welcome that morning and telling me not to worry and also to Suzie Hall and Sam Downton who were the 1st RR who I ran alongside & chatted to. From there on, I was bitten by the bug (oh and completed that half in 2:04, proving I could do it!)

  •  When and who do you run with the club?

I usually get to 1 or 2 runs a week, work dependent. I always run on a Weds as a definite with Tom who joined the club back in April.   Tom has Asperger’s and I have been his buddy, although he is now much faster than me & leaves me for dust!

I am lucky to have got to know & run with lots of different people, I LOVE helping & running with the beginners & especially buddying at graduation parkruns – I love seeing people who never thought they could do it, actually do it ! My running bestie is Natalie Garfoot although due to work for both of us, we drink more coffee than run lately!!   Janet and Pet are 2 people through the club who I really look up to & love running with – they have helped me find my mojo when I lost it a few months ago, they picked me up when I needed it, quite literally on a number of occasions! (losing a brand new trail shoe in a muddy bog springs to mind!)

YOU

  • What has been you best running achievement?

Completing the Great North Run in 2015 raising £1500 for Cancer Research

  • What is your running ambition?

To complete the London Marathon in 2017.

  • Why do you run?

The last 12 months more than ever has reinforced why I love to run – sadly both my Mum and Father in law are in poor health with cancer – running for me is a way of switching off just for a while – at a club run where no one knows what a bad day had & you can run & talk about other things or even just a 20 min whizz around the block, it definitely helps ….

  • Favourite place to run?

This year has been a revelation for me – I am starting to enjoy trails!!! Not the hills so much though if I am honest, but definitely something I want to do more of

  • Tell us about your worst run?

Probably the Tough 10K, my 1st trail race I did just this month – should have realised the clue was in the title, the weather was horrendous, and to top it all it left me with an injury!! Having said that, I have registered for next year – my stubbornness leads me to think I can improve on this years’ time!

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  • Favourite running photo and why? (please send it as well)

Me at the finish of the Great North Run 2015, I cried when the Red Arrows did a fly by!

 

 

 

 

 

  • Do you always round up?

YES !!!!

  • What cross training do you prefer?

I never use to cross train but since a nasty Achilles injury last year, I try to – I love spinning, try and incorporate some core and weights, not as much as I probably should!   I also tried Hotpod Yoga this year and that worked a treat on tired muscles so will be def being incorporating that into my training plan for London.

  • Loop backs?

Gotta love a loop back, of course!

  • Run to time or distance?

Both – depends if I am just running for pleasure or if I am following a plan

  • If you don’t share your run in social media, did it happen? Where do you log your runs and do you stalk others runs?

Absolutely it happened (although every now and again I do like to share LOL !!) I do log my runs on Strava via my Garmin – I find it really useful to see how I am doing, in most cases to show how absolutely shocking I am at pacing, particularly in a race like a half marathon – this is going to be one of my biggest challenges I need to work on if I am going to complete my first marathon next year & not peak at about mile 10!!!

RACE/EVENTS

  • What was your favourite race and why?

Great North Run – the atmosphere was amazing & was an emotional one for me, definite bucket list run

  • Favourite race distance and why?

Half marathon – I am a definite long distance runner, even back at school I was a cross country girl more than a track girl. Half marathon is a perfect distance to feel like you have achieved a really great thing but it doesn’t interfere with your life too much

  • Tell us about your pre-race rituals and food and drink

Flapjack – I am not great at fuelling the morning of a race, nerves do get to me a little, but no matter what time of day (6.30 in the morning before the Bournemouth Half), I can manage flapjack!!

  • What’s your one race essential?

My watch

  • Would you run a marathon without getting a medal?

Don’t be so silly – NO!!

  • What would you prefer, a PB or a win?

Chances I will never win any race apart from maybe the egg and spoon race at my nephews sports day, so I will go for PB

  • If you could choose anywhere in the world to run, where would it be?

New York – I fell in love with NY when I visited so to go again and run would be another bucket list moment for me.

 

 

Lorraine

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Christmas & New Year running at Redway Runners

With Christmas and New Year approaching, does not mean you have to miss your running, we will have plenty of club runs available with a fairly full programme – but of course a few changes to some club runs.

 

Full plan below.

May be subject to change (but we hope not – best place to check for an last minute changes is the club Facebook page (do not forget to like it) at:

https://www.facebook.com/redwayrunnersmk/

 

More on Redway Runners at Christmas click here

On the run with Constance Hobbs

Name: Constance Hobbs

Joined Redway Runners: 10 June 2015

We go on the run with our members and we find out a bit more about them – which we thought would be great to share, this time it is with Constance Hobbs, although she has now gone to away to university sure we will be seeing plenty of her

Thanks Constance

2 November 2016

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CLUB

  • When did start running and when did you join Redway Runners?

I used to run when I was at school but then I grew up and got increasingly lazy so I stopped for a few years. As I was coming back to Milton Keynes for a year, I decided to sign up for the Zero to Hero Programmed in July 2015 and became a member at the same time.

  • Have you run with other clubs how does Redway Runners Compare?

Now I’m back at University, I’ve started running with the Leeds Cross Country Club. Like RR, they’re brilliant at tailoring sessions to allow individuals to work to their own goal, but I’ve found that their longer runs are less inclusive than Redway Runners as apparently they haven’t heard of loopbacks.

  • Tell us about your first time? (with Redway Runners)

The first RR run I ever did was the Monday night set club run route. I ran with my Z2H mentor at the time and we actually had to take a shortcut as I could barely manage 3 miles, let alone 4! Nice to know now that I use the same route for recovery runs after my long Sunday run.

  • When and who do you run with the club?

The Sunday long club runs were essential to my training as the company takes your mind off of the distance. Monday night runs were good for recovery, and the Wednesday morning session was good fun when I could get to it. The Thursday night interval session/social run was usually hard work but I felt good once I’d done it.

Everyone who knows me will know that Amanda and I usually come as a pair (even though she’s a lot quicker than me) and I love running with the friends I made through Zero to Hero. Everyone in the club is super friendly so I’m happy to run with anybody.

YOU

  • What has been you best running achievement?

Running the Milton Keynes Marathon in May was amazing, and something I’ll never forget. I wanted to complete it in under 4.5 hours which I did, mostly thanks to my Dad running with me.

I also ran MK parkrun in under 25 minutes last month so I’m now hoping to bring that time as close to 20 minutes as possible.

  • Why do you run?

Most of the time it’s so I can eat whatever I want without worrying about gaining weight! But also for stress relief, and to see friends that I don’t see otherwise.

  • What would you do if you were not running?

Gain weight.

  • Favourite place to run?

Anywhere but Caldecotte Lake.

  • Tell us about your worst run?

Unfortunately it would have to be the Christmas Woburn Club run through the safari park. Seeing the animals was fab, but I got a really painful stitch about halfway round and had to walk/run the rest. Oakley 20 was also horrendous.

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  • Favourite running photo and why? (please send it as well)

My favourite photo is of my Dad and I at the end of the Milton Keynes Marathon. Throughout Z2H, I had injuries and set backs so at this point in the race I was just so proud of myself that I had managed to finish the race, and to fulfill my Dads dream of running a marathon with one of his children.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Have you ever lost your running mojo and how did you get it back?

Every 4/5 weeks I will have a wobble with my running mojo. Usually it’s because I’ve been injured or haven’t had the time to make the club runs. As soon as I get back to seeing everyone and running in a group, the mojo comes back.

  • Do you always round up?

If I’m over halfway through a mile when I get to the end of a run, then yes I would round up.

  • Worst/Best advice you’ve ever been given?

Apply to this Zero to Hero Programme in the newspaper, all you have to do is run a marathon at the end of it! (you can decide if it’s the best or worst)

  • What did you learn from your first marathon, and what would you change?

I learnt that pacing is really important, especially in the first half of the race. I wouldn’t change much, except maybe the fact I think I got too excited with the carb-loading the days before the race….

  • What do you think about when you run?

Making sure that I’m still breathing.

  • Loop backs, love them for the social?

I usually dislike running the loop backs but they’re brilliant for keeping everyone together and also mean that people of different speeds can still socialise on a run.

  • Run to time or distance?

Always distance. Time isn’t important in running, just as long as you do what’s right for you.

RACE/EVENTS

  • What was your favourite race and why?

Bacchus. The reasons for that are pretty obvious.

  • Tell us about your pre-race rituals and food and drink

I go for a very slow jog the day before a race to get the legs moving but apart from that it’s business as usual, apart from all the worry and moaning that I offload to the people around me. Lots of water throughout the day, and usually a dinner of pasta with bread, and a rice pudding to finish off the day.

  • Favourite parkrun and why?

I haven’t been able to complete many different parkruns but on Boxing Day last year I managed to run the Portsmouth race. The route consists of 2.5km out along the seafront and 2.5km back with the wind literally blowing us across the path but everyone was wearing Christmas gear though so it was all good fun.

  • What’s your one race essential?

My tiny running shorts that everyone makes fun of me for wearing.

  • Have you considered joining the cross country team?

I’m hoping to run some of the races this year, and I took part in the last year which was a really good thing to do. The motivation from the other club members is brilliant, and it doesn’t matter how slow or fast you are.

  • What would you prefer, a PB or a win?

Considering how unlikely a win is, I’d settle for a PB.

 

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Christmas Charity Raffle 2016

This Christmas again the club will again be holding a raffle, which will be drawn at the Club Christmas meal with all profits going to the club charity of the year.

If you can help us with a prize please contact Martin at rr@redwayrunners.com or Julie at julielmartin123@gmail.com

TICKETS NOW ON SALE FROM JULIE, DEBBIE OR MARTIN £2 PER TICKET OR £10 PER STRIP

The prizes to be drawn include:

Treatment Lab

Free 1 x 60 minute Sports Massage at the Treatment Lab donated by Rudi

** Green 5 Dennis Verhoeven

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The Colour Lounge

Voucher for £30 at the Colour Lounge, donated by Deana Bisgrove

** Green 13 Julie Martin

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Edinburgh Marathon place

Place in the 2017 Edinburgh Marathon – needs to be claimed by 31 December

** Green 130 Neil Solanki

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Running Belt

Free running belt, donated by Camden Gear

** Green 122 Neil Solanki

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Running Belt

Free running belt, donated by Camden Gear

** Green 146 Steve Burlace

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MK Rocket 5K

One place for the Milton Keynes 5K Rocket event on the 30 April – donated by MK Marathon

** Di Oates

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MK Marathon or Half

One place for the Milton Keynes marathon or the Half marathon event on the 1 May – donated by MK Marathon

** Orange 95 Michelle George-Barnes

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MK Marathon Hoodie

Milton Keynes Marathon Hoodie – donated by MK Marathon

**  Green 116 Roger Hobbs

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Four Course meal for 6

4 course Meal inc wine with each course for 6 cooked at your home cooked by MK Food and Leisure Awards Chef of the Year Worth £390 for date in 2017 date to be agreed, T&C’s apply

** Orange 211 Heather Charles

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Hypnotherapy sessions

A free hypnotherapy sessions with Jane Shackell

** Green 142 Neil Solanki

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Hypnotherapy sessions

A free hypnotherapy sessions with Jane Shackell

** Orange 173 Kevin Ferris

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Hamper

Food hamper donated by Victoria Bickle

** Green 108 Paul Carter

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Local beer six pack

Donated by Biergarten at Wolverton Park

** Green 109 Amanda Holland

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Two Tickets to the Odeon

Two tickets – expiry 31 January 2017, donated by Jonathan Clements

** Green 198 Laura Dickinson

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A Physio session with Campbell Noon

Mike Boast has donated one Physio session with Campbell Noon, donated by Mike Boast

** Orange 188 Jen Bates

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A weeks training with fitMK
Voucher for a weeks training with FitMK – Donated by FitMK

** Orange 250 Sarah Buck

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Free entry to Redway Runners 12Ks of Christmas
One free entry donated by Redway Runners

** Green 230 Gillian Adamson

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Adventure bike
New bike from Adventure Outdoor Company, donated by Brett Burgess, (note has a small scratch)

** Green 186 Neville Rowles

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Entry to a race at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival
Entry to one of the races at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival on 7 & 8 October 2017

** Blue 751 Sam Miller

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Free Pedalo hire
One hours free Pedalo hire for up to 4 people, donated by Lynn Maddocks via the MK Parks Trust, valid to November 2017

** Orange 75 Caroline Beechey

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Beer Gift Pack
Three bottles of beer from Ludlow Beer Company, donated by Ian Stevens

** Green 229 Gillian Adamson

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Personal Trainer Sessions
Two x 1 hour personal training sessions with ‘Clean Coach Katiequalified (from 22 Jan) personal trainer and club member Katie Tucker

** Green 203 Sarah Lawrence

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Decathlon Voucher

£25 Decathlon voucher, donated by Decathlon store in Milton Keynes

** Orange 312 Debra Andrews

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Decathlon Voucher

£25 Decathlon voucher, donated by Decathlon store in Milton Keynes

** Green 232 Adam Sharman

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Decathlon Voucher

£25 Decathlon voucher, donated by Decathlon store in Milton Keynes

** Green 322 Paul Newton

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Decathlon Voucher

£25 Decathlon voucher, donated by Decathlon store in Milton Keynes

** Orange 59 Leyla Currie

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4 Person to 18 holes golf

Voucher for 4 persons to play 18 holes at Aspsley & Woburn Sands Golf course (weekday only, valid to December 2017) donated by Lee Barnes

** Orange 217 Andrew Baldwin

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Tea Gift packs x 3

3 Tea gift sets donated by Ausra

** Orange 176 Sam Bates

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Tea Gift packs x 3

3 Tea gift sets donated by Ausra

** Green 264 Jill Thorpe

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Free entry to an FQ Events race in 2017

Free entry to an FQ events race in 2017, donated by Results Base

** Green 26 Sally Guest

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Free subscription to OS Maps

A year’s free subscription to the Premium version of OS Maps worth £23.99, donated by Simon Navin

** Green 55 Di Oates

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Free subscription to OS Maps

A year’s free subscription to the Premium version of OS Maps worth £23.99, donated by Simon Navin

** Orange 146 Ian Stevens

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Osteopathy & sports injury consultation at Bodilight Osteopathy Clinic

Voucher for 1 x full osteopathy or sports injury consultation, including treatment with registered osteopath Sally Guest at Bodilight Osteopathy Clinic. Worth £50 valid for 6 months

** Orange 253 Lucy Fitzgerald

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Redway Runners Umbrella & StormTech Bag cover

Umbrella and Stormtech bag printed with Redway Runners branding, donate by Gift Tags (club clothing supplier)

** Green 45 Mike Boast

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Bottle of Wine

Donated by Jane Shackell

** Orange 150 Ian Stevens

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Body Rub

Donated by Debbie Dickinson

** Orange 7 Rachel Hill

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Galleo Wine

Donated by Mary Morris

** Orange 242 Neil Higson

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Soap & Glory

Donated by Mary Morris

** Orange 316 Derek Andrews

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Bottle Red Wine

Donated by Andrew Baldwin

** Orange 207 Heather charles

 

 

 

 

 

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