1000 Members

1,000 CURRENT MEMBERS

At Thursday night’s club run (17 March) a major milestone was reached – not so much that Izi joined the club, but she  is our 1,000th current member of Redway Runners – we will be telling you more about Izi in the near future.

A little over five years ago a few of us got together and we decided we would form a running club, we looked into it long and hard and gave it much thought, what name would we call it, how much money would we need, what were the requirements.

Anyway after a bit of time went by we came up with Redway Runners (well initially David Lloyd Redway Runners – we changed it in November 2014). Decided on green as our club colours, we had to use colours not in use by other nearby clubs and we did all the paperwork.

That just left us needing as we had worked out 10 people to pay up and join to make it work, I secretly thought if we could do that and then by some miracle get to about 25 members that would mean we could run the club for two years and would be a reasonable time to see if we could do it!!

Well a lots of miles have been ran since those days at the end of 2010 and the start of 2011 and our 1,000 member has just joined the club – ***YES WE NOW HAVE ONE THOUSAND MEMBERS*** – words really do fail me (OK so I have written a few with this!!)

The journey to get to this milestone has been absolutely amazing, we now do so many things with runs and activities to suit just about every sort of runner with club trips in the UK and overseas, sessions throughout the day and nearly every day, track given sessions, race in the Cross Country league, beginners groups, our Zero to Hero programme, courses to suit runners development. We should also be proud of what  we have given to others with our charity of the year, gift donation and food bank schemes.

We could not have got to where we are now without all the people who have given up time for free to make the club what it is so to all those people 1,000 thanks.

Of course during the journey we have had some ups and downs, guess with the numbers you cannot please all the people – but really believe that we get it right most of the time.

We have since day one kept to our four principles of:

  • Fun
  • social
  • Value for money
  • Benefit of runners

We do not know how we will develop in the future and if we will continue with the amazing growth we have seen but as long as we all enjoy the journey am sure all the hard work put into the club by so many will be appreciated.

Of course we will be marking this milestone how we do best and cakes will be appearing at some of the main club runs as soon as we can get the sorted.

THOUSAND WOWS

MK Winter Half

Redway Runners Press Release 14 December 2015

167 Redway Runners donned the now famous bright green shirt and took part in the MK Winter Half Marathon on 13 December.  Ben Fairhall (pictured below) celebrated his birthday by coming 2nd overall in the race with a superb personal best time of 1.11.31.  Ben’s wife Philippa also ran a personal best of 2.05.08 so quite a day for the Fairhall family!  First Redway Runner lady home was Camilla Meakins in a very impressive 1.29.56.  At the other end of the running scale 17 of the clubs “Zero to Hero” Group took a massive step towards their first marathon in May 2016 by doing their first ever half marathon.  Many congratulations to Stephanie Dutton, Danny Welford, Bill Collins, Sam Barry, Annette Wadsworth, Bali Turner, Natalie Smart, Wendy McConnell, Layla Morrison, Amanda Holland, Darren Klein, Aimee Purnell-Willett, Constance Hobbs and Paul Cobbet, Sarah Woodruff, Ashley Flanagan and Glynis Wiles for completing this major milestone.  Personal bests were recorded by many Redway Runners, including Helen Whalley, Sarah Lawrence, Paul Hull, Sam Bates, Elaine Wells, Suzanne Sharp, Helen Wiggins, Sharon Vallance-Kirby, Pet Hedges, Jo Crisp, Paul Newton, Adam Sharman, Nicole Clarke, Lindsay O’Kane, Amanda Clark, Simon Read, Paul Mizon, Steve Burlace, Hannah Watkins Connelly, Warwick Payne and mother and son Ali and Nathan Rutherford.    Well done to everyone who took part.  Redway Runners have a number of 8 week Beginner’s Courses starting in January – please see redwayrunners.com for details and to sign up.

Ben Fairhall winter halfWinter half julie stuart adamSarah winter half

 

Redway Runners Press Release 5 October 2015

Lucinda Parish parkrun 0915Sarah King Bournemouth 15

 

This last weekend saw a fantastic turnout by Redway Runners at many events around the UK.

 

24 runners took part in the Cardiff Half Marathon.  Aidy Maidment was the first Redway Runner home in 1:26:45, closely followed by Martyn Douglas with a new PB of 1:26:58. New personal best times were also recorded by Paul Newton, Sarah Jane Bird, Chris Amesbury and Jennifer Sangster.  Maeve Fox (2.07.43) and Mandy Hockley (2.25.47) ran their first ever half marathons in very credible times.

 

Over 25 runners took part in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival.  Jamie Farmer was 14th in the Marathon with a time of 2.49.24.  New personal bests were recorded in the half marathon by Terence Childs, Sarah King (Pictured below), Jonathan Clements, Neil Solanki and by Patryk Galardziak in the 10km event.

 

Tony Dalglish finished first in his age group at the Tissington Half Marathon and   Abi Gooch came 6th lady in the Blenheim Half Marathon.

In multisport events Nicole Clarke finished 1st lady in the Buckingham Triathlon and the National Duathlon Championships at Oulton Park saw Jane Ritchie win the gold medal in her age group and Kevin Orchard record a personal best time whilst finishing 7th in his age group.

 

MK parkrun saw a large number of Redway Runner personal bests this week including Genci Pepaj, Andrew Dodds, Simon Baker, Mike King, Helen Whalley, Greg Tappenden, Zaid Alani, Victoria Wells, Jeanne Barby, Jane Hammonds and Theresa Randall.

 

And finally a special mention for Lucinda Parish who ran the MK parkrun in sub-30 minutes, which was her goal after ten hours of cancer-fighting surgery in July.  Lucinda was fundraising for the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline.

Well done to everyone.  New members are always welcome – come and join the other 800 members of all abilities to get fit and enjoy yourself.

Redway Runners Press Release 27 July 2015

Zero to Hero (Z2H) and weekly update

 

In early June 2015 thirty two determined Redway Runner members embarked on the running club’s inaugural “Zero to Hero (Z2H)” programme.  The objective is to take the 25 ladies and 7 men from novice status to marathon runner in a year.  The final goal is to run the Milton Keynes Marathon on 2 May 2016.  All 32 were assigned mentors and encouraged to use the many club activities to prepare themselves for their long and testing journey.

 

Last Saturday saw the first major milestone on that journey when the participants ran with their mentors in the 5k MK parkrun at Willen.  All passed with flying colours and now move on to the next milestone of completing a 10k race in September.

 

Joining the Z2H participants at the parkrun was the latest batch of 40 Redway Runner beginners that have successfully made it through their 8 week beginner programme.

 

There was also an amazing achievement by 47 year old club member Veritie Yates who completed the prestigious 100 mile “Ultra Tour of the Lake District” race in an impressive 37 hours and 35 minutes coming 17th overall lady.

 

On Sunday the Redway Runners hosted the annual “Furzton Relay” event which saw 41 teams of 4 runners run tirelessly around a soaking wet Furzton Lake in search of a trophy.  The winning team was “AFF Fantastic Four” in 56.40.  Redway Runner team “Three men and a (very quick) lady” came 2nd in 57.56 and “Shenley Saints” were 3rd in 59.49.

 

Congratulations to them all!

 

Press Release 13 July 2015

Redway Runners Press Release 13 July 2015   Redway Runners memorable weekend   What a weekend for members of the Redway Runners!  Hundreds of the Milton Keynes running club members took part in running and multisport events around the UK and overseas with many notable achievements among them.   The 100km “Race to the Stones” event included 4 Redway Runners.  Jennifer Sangster was placed 3rd overall lady and 1st over 40 lady in an amazing time of 10 hours and 50 minutes.  Kassia Gardner was placed 6th lady overall in the overnight event with a time of 11 hours and 55 minutes.  Dennis Verhoeven (15.58) and Adam Sharman (16.19) also completed the gruelling event in impressive times.   The main event for Redway Runners members was the NSPCC Milton Keynes Half Marathon.  62 club members represented the green shirts in this high profile local event.  There were some notable performances at all levels of ability.  Ben Fairhall was placed 3rd overall in the event with a time of 1.14.48.  Abi Gooch was the first club lady home in a personal best time of 1.36.40.  Personal bests were also recorded by Dawn Blaber (1.49.44), Lindsay O’Kane (1.50.58) and Niam Hani (2.04.34).   In keeping with previous years at the NSPCC event, Redway Runners introduce some fun into their participation.  Previous years have seen a band playing around the course and the wearing of green tutus!    This year saw a group of green shirted runners carrying a stretcher with “Sally the Dummy” on board.  Sally (bib number 900), and the group, recorded a time of 2.16.42.  Well done to all who took part.   Club members also took part in 2 multisport events.  Nicole Clarke represented Great Britain in her age group for the European Triathlon Championships in Geneva.  Nicole came a credible 23rd.  Sarah King and Jane Ritchie took part in the St. Neots Triathlon.  Sarah, in her first triathlon, was impressively 2nd overall lady and Jane placed 1st in her age group.  Well done ladies!

Jen Sangster RTTS july 15 NSPCC stretcher NSPCC stretcher 2

New members of any ability are always welcome at the club.

My VLM story!!

I DID IT!!!!

Yep, I managed to hold myself together and not only complete the 2015 Virgin London Marathon…but dare I say it..actually enjoyed it!!!

I came in at a pretty respectable official time of 5:04:29 (my own watch reading 4:59:23).

I have memories that will simply last a lifetime, and I have been re-living the event over and over again in my mind, scared to let them go. The sheer volume of runners and spectators is quite overwhelming, as is the crowd noise. I am sure I was deaf before I even got the two mile point.

I have never had so many people screeching my name – not calling – I mean full on screaming. It felt unreal. We passed every shape and size of humanity, along with blind and deaf runners, amputees, those actually with cancer (carrying their drips on their back), and every possible combination of fancy dress. Rhino’s, dinosaurs, a chicken, an emu, a giraffe and a guy with a cross on his back looking like Jesus running in nothing but a loincloth and barefoot! I congratulated a four man bob sled team who were running in their sledge, a lady in a womble costume, a couple tied up three-legged and guy in a phonebox. And you think I am mad???? Think again people!

When I say ‘we’ – I mean myself and another lady. We met at the start, both shivering in our uniform black bin bags (never underestimate the warming power of a bin bag I can tell you!). We politely exchanged hello’s and good luck’s at the start, and of course as you are hemmed in like sheep in a pen, we carried on chatting. It transpired she had only turned 18 years old a couple of weeks earlier and this was her first ever official race. (she had run before though!) Allie told me that she wanted to try and keep to an 11 min mile pace, which suited me too, so I suggested if she wanted we could do the first three miles together till we warmed up then naturally split off as and when. Perfect, we both agreed.

The next think you know we are at the Cutty Sark (6 miles) and chatting like old friends. We were laughing and smiling and having a really great time! Every time we spotted someone in a costume, we set ourselves a target of getting level with them and taking a selfie. Still sticking to pace we slowed on occasion when passing bands (amazing how fast you pick up a pace to bagpipes/steel drums and a salsa troupe!)

Time just flew drinking in all the spectators signs, points of interest and chatting with other runners. Almost blinked and missed mile 12, and the next thing you know we are on the spot out for my running club buddies who were pitching up at 12 1/2 miles. Managed to get a lot of high five’s in from the Green Army as we passed them and Jit had also joined them at this point to so he was trying to keep up alongside to get some photos.

Halfway point came and went and it was total joy! We managed to spot Allie’s parents too on Tower Bridge so she was very excited. More selfies with costumes followed, as did spectator offerings of Jaffa cakes, fruit skewers, jelly babies, jelly beans, orange segments and even doughnuts!!! I have never seen so many people in my life standing 5 or 6 deep on pavements calling out and clapping every single runner as they passed. Half of London must now be lined up in Boots the chemist buying throat sweets.

Mile, 16, 17, 18, 19 just pinged by – we saw famous buildings from every angle and passed the Tower of London at least three times. Jit’s relatives whom we had dinner with the night before even managed to spot me and wave and clap – no mean feat I can tell you. What made me day though was a barrage of ‘Jenny, Jenny, JENNY’ at some point at mile 20. I looked over and saw a old work colleague I hadn’t seen for 11 years smiling and shouting – that was a shock! My feet kept running though despite the desire to run over and grab a hug, so I shall have to email her later to organise a proper meet up!

Mile 22 saw a lot of people struggling, but the crowds building again and the anticipation of the final stretch just took us over in a wave. Allie and I were still together and at this point joking we now couldn’t run away from each other even if we tried! Legs were feeling tired and Allie’s knee was starting to give her pain. We slowed down and took it a bit easier and regained a bit of composure. So far, yet still we had to go on.

We spotted Allie’s parents again just before we entered the last tunnel before coming on the Embankment (Mile 24) so that boosted us both, but coming out of the tunnel, my own legs turned to steel. I urged Allie to carry on as I didn’t want to hold her back, so for the first time in the whole run, I had to walk for about 200 metres. Gutted, but there was no way I could run. Once I got level though and spotted Big Ben, I started up again. My thighs were literally on fire and I very slowly plodded on. That last 2 miles were the toughest ever. I turned at Big Ben to hear a ‘We love you Jenny Wallis’ booming out of a loudhailer. A splinter group from the running club had made it to this point and were frantically egging me on. Not sure I smiled, but I waved in acknowledgment… then the Mall. It was like the widest path to hell! I could see the famous red spectator stands either side of me, but I had my head down – one step, one step…The red line was within my sights, but a sprint finish eluded me. Feet planted on the carpet…I am OVER! That was it. I had actually shifted my body round 26.2 miles of pavement around one of the World’s favourite capital cities. Bloody hell!

I want to say a massive yes MASSIVE thank you to everyone who has called/texted/emailed and supported me in whatever form. I am still trying to get replied to everyone so please be patient. A total amount of £500 is now winging its way to Plan International and I am sure some of it will be directed straight away to the spiralling situation in Nepal. I CANNOT THANK YOU ALL ENOUGH. I simply ran – you believed in me to achieve something – and that is more humbling than anything else.

You know I said never again…this is a one off…not a chance….hmmm……I will keep you posted! OCD me can’t rest at 5:04….I will just have to try and get under that!

I am a Virgin Marathoner no longer!

Jenny X

Redway Runners at the Paris Marathon

Marathon Season begins

The marathon season is upon us and after many months of hard training Redway Runners members are now ready to run their races. On the 12th of April an impressive 21 Redway Runners made their way to France to participate in the Paris Marathon. Good race times were achieved by all with many personal bests. Next up for 10 members is the Manchester Marathon on the 19th of April followed by an impressive 35 members taking part in the most famous marathon of all in London on the 26th of April. Milton Keynes hosts it’s very own Marathon and Half Marathon on Monday 4 May and at least 43 Redway Runners will be donning the green shirt to take part.

Special mentions go to multi-marathoners Jen Sangster (Paris, London and MK), Sarah King (Manchester, London and MK), Kerry Cooper (Paris and London), Glenn Dickinson (Manchester and London), Emma Lee (London and Boston), Dennis Verhoeven (Paris and MK), Adam Sharman (Paris and London) and Will Shippin (Paris and London).

 

Most of the runners are motivated by their own personal circumstances and many good causes will benefit from their efforts. Lucinda Parish is running the London Marathon for the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline. She has the BRCA1 gene (most people know it as the one Angelina Jolie has!) so has an 80% chance of breast cancer. This charity supports people like Lucinda with support, advice and guidance to help work through the tough decisions to get to the right conclusion. It’s a really small charity and receives no funding so she is keen to raise as much awareness, publicity and money as she can for them https://www.justgiving.com/Lucinda-Parish.

Well done to Lucinda and good luck to all runners taking part, especially those racing these distances for the first time!

Redway Runners at the Paris Marathon

Milton Keynes Marathon

MK Marathon & half

Not long now until the event in MK on May 4 – and still time to get one of these medals, either by running at the event or helping on the day:

RUNNING THE EVENT – Entries close on the 24 April so if you want to run then get entered – remember we have a discount for club members in the club weekly mail http://mkmarathon.com/

HELPING ON THE DAY – If you are not running then we need your help marshalling at the event – to volunteer click ‘event crew’ on the event web site. http://mkmarathon.com/

Also
**On the event day, evening we will be meeting for a post event celebration at Wetherspoons behind Santander on the V6 from 7pm – remember the medals or event crew tees

**We will not have any club runs on bank holiday Monday 4 May
•**If you want to order any club kit in time for the event (subject to availability) then the last date for orders to be received with payment is Monday 20 April http://www.redwayrunners.com/shop/

Final Details for VMLM Coach

The coaches will be departing David Lloyd at 5.45am for the London Marathon.

The coach will make a stop on route for breakfast and toilets etc before we arrive in London. We should get to the start area for 8.30am plenty of time to get yourselves sorted and spectators time to say there good lucks and goodbyes and make their out on the course.
We will make our way back to Milton Keynes leaving the ‘Moon under Water” pub Leicester Square departing 6pm
Any questions please email James at JamesDown1986@me.com
Until then enjoy the taper and good luck

Redway Runners

January 2015

Redway Runners

The Redway Runners are an award-winning community running club based in Milton Keynes.  From humble beginnings back in 2011 the club now has over 730 paid up members making it one of the largest running clubs in the UK.   The club are proud to offer activities that exploit the unique and safe running environment that Milton Keynes offers through all seasons of the year.  A wide variety of activities that offer something for all levels of ability take place during the day and in the evenings.  Take a look at the club website www.redwayrunners.com for more detailed information.

Annual membership of the Redway Runners costs an incredible £5 – great value in your quest to get fit!   Club members often comment that running together in a group with others of similar ability is far easier and more fun than running on your own.

The Redway Runners distinctive green running shirts and vests offer an identity that has now been spread far and wide.  The club often go on tour by organising extremely popular trips to running events around UK and overseas.  Over the last 2 years locations as diverse as Liverpool, Bournemouth, Budapest, Vilnius and Barcelona have attracted organised club attendance.    Some members have even gone further afield and organised a trip to Mauritius!

The Redway Runners are particularly proud of their Beginner’s Groups.  In 2014 nearly 250 people new to running joined structured beginner sessions and worked hard for a number of weeks to graduate at a 5km Milton Keynes parkrun.  The sense of achievement was a joy to see.  Many of these beginners have now moved on to “Step-Up” and “Club” runs as they get fitter and build friendships together.   For the more advanced runner January sees the start of our popular Sunday morning training sessions for those planning marathons and half marathons.

Above all, the Redway Runners are built on having fun and getting fit in a friendly environment that welcomes all abilities.  2015 promises to be an exciting year for the club.  Come and join us!

 

January 2015

www.redwayrunners.com

 

“Our runners in action”