Redway Runners announce Charity of the Year partnership

The Redway Runners have announced their new Charity of the Year. Milton Keynes Hospital Charity was nominated by club member Mike Webber and was chosen over a number of other local and national charities that had been nominated by members to benefit from the club’s fundraising for the next 12 months.

 

The fundraising kicked off with a flash mob of pyjama clad runners at the Willen Lake parkrun and then a pyjama run the following Sunday. In just over one week, the club has raised over £500 and the partnership looks set to raise thousands of pounds and raise awareness as the year progresses. Mike Webber describes why he nominated Milton Keynes Hospital Charity:

 

“Back in December 2016, I was rushed to Milton Keynes Hospital with severe stomach pains. After undergoing an immediate five hour operation, my wife and I were given the devastating news that I had inoperable stage 4 bowel cancer that had spread to the liver.

Since diagnosis, I have been treated in the most caring and supportive way by all members of staff in the Cancer Services Unit at Milton Keynes Hospital.

These include the oncologist, the oncology nurses, the colorectal nurses and the Macmillan staff.
It’s difficult to put into words how a diagnosis such as this can make you feel…it is very daunting. However, I’m made to feel at ease by the oncology nurses during my fortnightly visit for chemotherapy. They laugh, they joke, they comfort and generally make you feel at ease.

This led me to nominate Milton Keynes Hospital Charity as the Redway Runners charity for 2017-18, and all the money we raise will help cancer services staff care for others that are going through tough times with cancer.”

 

Head of fundraising at Milton Keynes Hospital Charity Vanessa Holmes said: “A heartfelt thank you to Mike and everyone at the Redway Runners for choosing us as their charity this coming year. We are so excited to be working with such a committed and passionate group of people. All the money raised will help us go over and above for cancer patients, their families and the staff who treat them at Milton Keynes University Hospital. Thank you!”

 

Redway Runners are an inclusive running club in Milton Keynes. For more information about Redway Runners, please visit www.redwayrunners.com For more information about MK Hospital Charity, email fundraising@mkuh.nhs.uk  or call 01908 996220.

Press Charity of the Year May 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo credit: Martin Lawrence. Mike Webber pictured forth along from right hand side, bottom line, holding MKHC T-shirt.

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Well done our Jen

Last week at the Manchester Marathon club member Jen Sangster ran it in a fantastic time of 3 hours 5 minutes 27 seconds and that qualified her to run for England, we asked her about her race and what this all means, this is what Jen told us:

‘Last weekend, I, along with a number of other awesome Redway Runners, traveled up to Manchester to run the marathon. This was my first of 4 events this month but this was the most nerve wracking for me! I was attempting to qualify in the Age Group Masters to represent England in the marathon! No pressure then!

I had to come in the Top 5 in my age category to get through but that meant I had absolutely no idea how fast I had to run! I just had to come in the top 5. So, I did what I could and gently aimed to pass any woman I could see ahead of me… starting as 47th lady, 29th by halfway and finishing 19th overall. Had I done enough? I phoned Andy to tell him I’d got a PB… and he told me the result…I’d come 1st in my age category!

Yes I cried! I still can’t quite believe it. I’m going to represent England at the Chester Marathon on 8th October 2017! And I get to wear the England kit too (sorry Martin, it’s not green!).

I couldn’t have done it without the support of all you lovely people.

Thank you all so much!.

Fab news well done Jen

Jen Sangster Apr 2017

PERSONAL STORIES – BEGINNER’S TESTIMONIALS

For those considering joining a Redway Runner Beginners Course here a few testimonials from members who took part in previous courses:

Lottey Gates
I started running Jan 2016. 5k took 49 minutes. I set a goal to run the whole way, and to do it in under 40 minutes. I joined Redway Runners in Jan 2017, I was now running 5k in just under 43 minutes and could run the whole distance but still had not achieved my goal of under 40 mins. I was advised at my gym that if I was not achieving my goals I had to change something, luckily a beginners class was just starting so I signed up. 9 weeks into the course I tried 5k again and was down to 40:39 just 39 seconds off my goal- almost 2 minutes quicker than when I started AND I felt strong enough to run the route again 15 mins later for fun. Massive improvements, new friends, heaps more confidence. Running in a group is safer, more engaging, and more encouraging. Best decision I’ve made in 2017 so far !

Faye Muggeridge
Joining RR was one of the best things I have ever done. Getting older & overweight I have tried many things but never stuck at them. I joined the January 2016 beginners group with the view that I just wanted to complete parkrun! I have now run about 36 parkruns, a number of 10ks & am signed up for my first half marathon in may.
At 42 I am fitter than I have ever been!
I love That RR have so many club runs & that even though my husband works shifts, I can always get to at least 2 runs per week.
The other thing I love is that RR is just £5 to join & that all the amazing run leads give up their time to run the groups simply because they love it too!!

Kirsty Berryman
I joined the Annette Smyth beginners course in Jan 16 as a friend persuaded me. I had completed couch to 5k a year previous but then my running buddy ran off to OZ and I just didn’t like running alone. I love running because it has given me confidence and self esteem which I was lacking before. Through the club I have made life long friends who I wouldn’t be without & who are so supportive. At the beginning I was self conscious and hardly turned up but I got to know a few people I started to really enjoy it. All I wanted was to say I could run 5k. Now I have achieved distances I never thought possible.

Rachel Blatchford
I am on the final week of the beginners course and i can honestly say it’s been the best thing I’ve done in ages! I joined because i wanted a new challenge, to get fit and increase my confidence. Running is not something that comes naturally to me and at times it’s been tough, but I’m so proud of my achievement so far and looking forward to my graduation run on Saturday. Plus I’m already setting myself goals for future running! Redway Runners are a lovely bunch of people who have been incredibly supportive and clearly want other people to enjoy running as much as they do.

Di Oates
Had never ran in my life. Never thought I could. Then I joined Redway Runners beginners’ group in 2015 at the age of 55 and found I could do it. I might be slow but I keep going and I get there. One of the best things I’ve ever done. I’m fitter than I’ve ever been and have met a lot of lovely people through the club. Gone from thinking I can’t to 10km non stop and now wondering ‘could I manage a half marathon?’

Martin Palmieri
I was not a beginner when I joined, but I may as well have been. I had been running for 5 years before I joined.. I loved running, but was losing motivation running on my own. I joined in May 2016 and my life was transformed. My stress levels are now at an all-time low, my running has improved in every possible way and I have made countless new friends, who have been hugely instrumental in my improvements. It is a club which helps so much, you want to give something back. I have mentored a friend run her first half-marathon, I have helped a lot with beginners and I will soon be leading my own beginners class. To crown an amazing first year with the club, I am running my second marathon in Liverpool, something which would not be happening without Redway Runners.

Franzi Florack
I love the RWR because they are such a brilliantly inclusive community. I joined about a year ago as a relatively new runner and as I have progressed in my running I have been able to find different groups to suit my training- chatty runs, long runs, intervals, hill work: we do them all. The RWR encourage me to be the best runner I can be and I am delighted to see the progress I am making. I just took 13 minutes off my half marathon pb at the Silverstone Half Marathon and I am already looking forward to the London Marathon, where all the hard work and variation in training will really come into its own.

Christine ‘Foreman’ Snusher
I have always wanted to run but never seemed to have the self confidence or the motivation together to do it. I signed up for the RWR newsletter and after having had a few life changing events saw a beginners class advertised with Glenn and Helen and decided to take the plunge. I just wanted to run 5k, given I couldn’t do 2mins let alone 30 mins I was still unsure…. That was in Jan this year and I have been blown away by the genuine comradery. Everyone from Glenn, Helen, the helpers and even the other people in the group just help and encourage every step of the way. It’s more like a huge family!! I did my first test parkrun last week and am looking forward to my first ”official” one this week. I don’t know who is more excited me or Glenn & Helen lol. I am not only proud of myself but also the others in the group who grow stronger and more determined each week and already looking forward to what comes next

Theresa Randall
Best thing I ever did was to join Glenn’s beginners group 2 years ago. Did my graduation parkrun and joined the club kown as the Green Army. Thought I was happy sticking to parkrun and 5k’s but once you get the running bug it’s hard to shift it. I gradually increased my training and ran my first 10k in October last year and have more lined up for 2017. The clubs commitment to having fun is an added bonus and their ability to make everyone feel welcome, no matter what level of ability or speed, is the reason I will stay a memeber. Redway Runners is like having an extended family and everyone looks out for everyone else, it’s priceless. Don’t think I’m quite ready for a half marathon just yet, but watch this space

Ian Stevens
I joined Redway Runners about four years ago. From Day One they were brilliant. Everyone in the club looks after everyone else. There are some very fast runners and some quite slow ones…..but we all share the same passion. We all talk together. We range from 16+ to 70+ but we are like a great big family. For me, joining the club was a liberation. I’ve had clinical depression for over fifty years, but re-discovering running with RR made such a difference. The friendships I’ve made, the regular runs and the huge support from the club members has been transformational for me.

 Daria Croker
Over Christmas 2015 my daughter starting pestering me to sign up to Race for Life in 2016 and, after too many glasses of champagne, I finally agreed. A week later I was celebrating my 50th birthday and wondering how on earth I was going to get my unathletic body and a teenager to commit to a training plan. Well, that was the easy part. I signed us both up to a beginners’ course with Redway Runners. A year later and I have run that Race for Life, many parkruns, numerous other 5 and 10km events, 6 half marathons, one twenty miler and I will run my first marathon in May. My daughter will run her first half marathon this year. Something happened on that beginners’ course and running has taken over our lives. The support you get as a beginner, the graduation, then moving into the other group, first step up and then social and club runs. Did you ever imagine that you would want to do cross country again? Run a relay? Represent a club? Well you can, and there is no elitism about it, everyone is encouraged to join in. What is particularly fantastic is everyone’s efforts are applauded. You are congratulated and supported simply because you chose to come out and take part. And you don’t have to run to receive this support. Volunteers are enthusiastically acknowledged and everyone takes the time to thank marshall at events, run leaders, tail runners/riders and supports. Although it is not my favourite colour I am very proud to wear the Redway Runners green, and to be a part of this amazing club.

Steve Quinnell
I am an older runner that always ran unaffiliated and trained alone, which is why my running elapsed and I maybe entered one event a year. Since joining Redway Runners in early 2017 and their couch to 5k (C25K) beginners course my running is invigerated, I train regularly with a fantastic group of like-minded people, and while having fun I’ve also lost 9lbs! I’m now looking forward to joining one of the step-up groups

Hev Dukes
I was always told I was too fat to run.. I tried time and again on my own and always gave up.. In Jan this year I joined ros beginners after much pursuation from my friend .. I literally have not looked back.. Even when I think I’m doing badly the support received from leaders and helpers and other runners just blows you away.. Running now makes me happy not miserable .. I’m still a plodder but now believe in myself and realize that’s ok.. I ran my first park run last week.. Something I never thought would ever happen .. The redway runners stayed to cheer me in.. I was overwhelmed .. And yes had a little cry.. It’s not just a running club it’s a family and has certainly changed me forever xxxxxx

7 March 2017

Sport Achiever of the Month – Simon Richards

Just been advised that Simon Richards from the club has won the Sport Achiever of the Month for March 2017 from Sport MK.

The letter says Simon was ‘Selected for the March Award following his huge achievements with the club despite his disability. The three women who have helped Simon must also be congratulated in helping Simon to his achievements.’

Well done to Simon, you will receive a small cheque as part of the award, and will be invited to the Sport MK AGM in June where will receive your Certificate of Achievement presented by the Mayor of Milton Keynes.

Congratulations from all at Redway Runners to Simon and to his three main guides of Suzy, Annette and Lauren – fantastic news.

Simon Richards and guides

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.

YOU

  • 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

On the run with Jodi Fisk

Name: Jodi Fisk

Joined Redway Runners: 27 May 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 Jodi Fisk who is leaving us shortly as she is on the move but hopefully the green tee will be making some appearances in Devon with James

Thanks Jodi

15 February 2017

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CLUB

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

  • I started running in 2012 and joined Redway Runners in the Spring of 2014.

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

  • The encouragement and support of other runners, it has made me more committed to my training. I suppose I should mention that it helped introduce me to my now boyfriend, James! So, it’s been quite beneficial for me!

How much does running with Redway Runners mean to you?

  • It’s great to run with such a supportive and friendly bunch of likeminded people, I will really miss everyone when I move away.

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

  • Sunday club run in Aspley Woods, felt very apprehensive but it didn’t take long to get chatting and made to feel very welcome.

When and who do you run with the club?

  • I have mainly attended Sunday runs, which are so useful for marathon training, I have found people (mainly John Laverick!) that are the same pace as me so that no long runs have to be alone again.
  • At home, James and I run regularly with our dog, Jess.

YOU

Tell us your history of running?

  • In my school years I was a very keen long distance runner but this soon disappeared when real life took over! It wasn’t until my late twenties when I realised I needed a healthier lifestyle so I decided to try something I was once ‘ok’ at, the rest as they say is history! I entered my first race in 2012 which was The Great South Run, the distances then got longer and my first marathon was Brighton in 2014. Since then, I have completed another Brighton Marathon, London Marathon, New York Marathon and Berlin Marathon. This year I am heading to Chicago, attempting to achieve my ambition of completing the six World Marathon Majors.

What has been you best running achievement?

  • New York Marathon which was a long-awaited dream!

What is your running ambition?

  • To run the six World Marathon Majors.

Why do you run?

  • To always improve and better myself, to have a getaway from work as well.

Favourite place to run?

  • Aspley Heath and Dartmoor in Devon.

What do you love to see while running?

  • Other runners.

Best running phrase?

  • ‘Train Hard, Race Easy’

Jodi charity topFavourite running photo and why?

 

Berlin Marathon finish line, I had only just come back from injury and didn’t feel ready for this race, so it was a big achievement for me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

  • YES! I was injured for around 9 months and just couldn’t get myself out of the door for a while, I started by just running 2 miles and building slowly. It helped that I had James to drag me out of the door!

Best route around MK?

  • I like running the Redways from Woburn Sands into Ouzel Valley, it never feels like you are in a ‘city’.

Do you always round up?

  • Yes!

Worst/Best advice you’ve ever been given?

  • Worst – To run my long runs close to or at my target marathon pace.
  • Best – To appreciate the importance of rest days and recovery runs.

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

  • I had a great experience at my first marathon and wouldn’t change a thing about it, I paced it from the start and really enjoyed the experience.

What do you think about when you run?

  • What I am going to eat when I get home!

What cross training do you prefer?

  • Core strength work at home.

Love or hate loop backs?

  • Sorry, but I don’t like them!

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

  • My hours don’t suit running at all as unfortunately I am on call 24/7.

Run to time or distance?

  • Distance, always.

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?

  • I am a stickler for social media, always upload my runs to Garmin/Strava and check out everyone else’s on there too.

RACE/EVENTS

What was your favourite race and why?

  • Brighton Marathon, it’s my favourite race, the support is great and you finish by the sea.

Favourite race distance and why?

  • Marathon, it always challenges me and my limits.

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

  • Pasta the evening before and an SIS energy drink on the go the day before.

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

  • Dartmoor in Devon, the scenery is amazing.

Favourite parkrun and why?

  • Tring, it’s a lovely course and all off road.

What’s your one race essential?

  • Jelly babies!

Would you run a marathon without getting a medal?

  • Yes probably, as long as the time is logged somewhere!

Have you considered joining the cross country team?

  • Yes, I enjoy cross country.

What would you prefer, a PB or a win?

  • A PB, a win is pretty unlikely!

 

Thanks Jodi and good luck

Jodi with Doug and John

On the run with Ian Stevens

Name: Ian Stevens

Joined Redway Runners: 5 January 2013

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 Ian Stevens who is leaving us shortly as he is on the move but hopefully the green tee will be out running in pastures new and maybe back in Milton Keynes for visits

Thanks Ian

19 January 2017

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CLUB

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

My daughter dragged me to parkrun in October 2012. I then ran with Pagnell Pacers for nine months. I decided to join RR as I’d heard they did different sessions and entered events.

Being part of Redway Runners has been one of the best things I’ve ever done. Group running is primitive, hunter-gatherer stuff and makes me feel alive: running in the fresh air, enjoying the different seasons. We are lucky to have this beautiful environment all around us in MK. In RR there are so many different people. In conversation with others, I know that for some of us it’s been life-changing. We all face challenges in our lives and the club is a sanctuary – as it has been for me – so I have great empathy and respect, especially for those having a hard time.

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

It was a Monday night social. I was nervous but Martin introduced me to a couple of people and I felt on top of the world.

  • When and who do you run with in the club?

Monday social, Wednesday morning, Thursday social and Sunday. There are so many people I run with – too many to name. Just love the company and the banter.

YOU

  • Tell us your history of running?

At 17 I ran 4.39 for a mile at school – my quickest. After that it was all downhill!

  • What is your running ambition?

I hope my times just get slower, more slowly.

  • Why do you run?

To maintain my mental health and enjoy the company of others.

  • What would you do if you were not running?

Restoring a TVR V8s, or a Gilbern Invader.

  • Who have you see while running?

Thomas Plant (Bargain Hunt); and Mike Bushell. Both at Blenheim 10K in different years.

  • Favourite place to run?

Martin’s Sunday run from Newport out through Lakes Lane.

  • What do you love to see while running?

Herons – and children out running with their mums and dads.

  • Funniest running moment?

Sunday run last year, a vicar kindly braked to let us cross a road, not realising how many we were. As we crossed, Len Vaughan casually remarked to him: “Busy day?” I thought it was hilarious.

  • What is your favourite running track and film?

Forrest Gump.

  • Favourite running photo

Ian Stevens glassesThis was at Marston Forest 5k – my first competitive race in 2013

 

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

Eddie Izzard, Dame Kelly Holmes, Dave Brubeck Jnr.

  • What do you think about when you run?

Herons and fast cars.

  • What type of running do you prefer and why?

Fields and woodland.

  • Love or hate loop backs?

Love a loopback.

RACE/EVENTS

  • Favourite race distance and why?

I’m happy with the half. It doesn’t dominate your life beforehand but is a real achievement.

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

New England.

 

Photo below is from Blenheim 10k in 2014

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On the run with Simon Navin

Name: Simon Navin

Joined Redway Runners: 24 August 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 new boy Simon Navin, and he tells us why he has been on TV so much recently

Thanks Simon

23 December 2016

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CLUB

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

I have run off and on for a couple of years, but started running “properly” in January 2016, and joined Redway Runners in early September 2016.

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

I am a member of my work running club (Ordnance Survey) but don’t get to run with them that often, due to where my work takes me. Redway Runners is my only experience of a running club really.

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

The support and friendship. I have made so many new friends already, and always feel I can ask for advice about my running or events, or just have a good laugh with like-minded people. Running in a group is so much more rewarding than running solo.

  • How much does running with Redway Runners mean to you?

It means a lot. I love having something to aim for and knowing that while I am doing that, I can socialise and have fun – this makes what might seem difficulty, that much more achievable.

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

I remember rolling up at David Lloyd on a warm August 2016 evening on a Thursday not knowing what to expect, but was warmly welcomed by many – Ian Stevens was particularly helpful and reassuring! I tagged along with Paul CJ’s social run (the self styled “best run of the week”…) and it was great fun. Chatted all the way round with many people, the five or so miles flew by and although I was gasping at the end, it was great fun. I was hooked.

  • When and who do you run with the club?

Work and family means my days are normally Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. This year has been very much about finding out whether I can actually run and if I enjoy it – I think I can and know I do! Explorer on a Tuesday with Tim is a really good run, Social on Thursdays and the Sunday Club run. Next year I need to get more technical and start to understand how things like intervals etc can help me. I have really enjoyed running with Tim, Martin P, Tif, Ian S., Paul CJ, Paul W, Gillian, the list goes on and on, the great thing is getting to know new people each week.

YOU

  • Tell us your history of running?

I played a lot of team and individual sport when I was younger, but was never a runner. I started to dabble a few years ago, but in January 2016 I said I’d try a bit harder and run more regularly, so entered the MKM Half marathon, and trained (badly) for that, running solo. I stuck at it though and realised if I wanted to get better and enjoy it more, I needed help, so here I am!

  • What has been you best running achievement?

Even though I have since started to speed up a bit, my NSPCC half marathon was a watershed moment – it confirmed to me that I could actually do this, that I was getting better, that I could plan a run and most of all enjoy it.

  • What is your running ambition?

To always enjoy it.

  • Why do you run?

To relax my body and mind, test myself, achieve new things and to meet new people and have fun.

  • How come you have been on the TV a lot this year?

I am lucky enough to work for Ordnance Survey, and in my role of leading our work on Future Technology for Smart Cities, I get to do a bit of technical talk in the media. This year I have done BBC 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Manchester, a host of syndicated radio interviews, met Rory Cellan-Jones of the BBC, Spanish TV and a live slot on BBC Breakfast News 24 – all great fun. Next time I will plug Redway Runners!

  • What would you do if you were not running?

Eat. Lots.

  • Who have you see while running?

The backs of peoples heads far too often, although some of those heads are getting a bit nearer….

  • Favourite place to run?

I recently ran in Barcelona and Amsterdam, and love running in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, but I would have to say MK – I’m a local boy and it’s where I have started to enjoy running. I hope to run many other races in many other places, but for now MK will do for me.

  • What do you love to see while running?

It’s taken me a little while to concentrate less on what is directly in front of me and more on my surroundings. I enjoy running by water, it’s so calming and you see a lot of wildlife and activity. Best thing is to see lots of other runners, either with me or just enjoying their run.

  • Funniest running moment?

The ninja squirrel that decided to drop from a tree right into our path on a recent early Sunday run, causing a few of us to leap up and over it while it scampered across the path, realising what it had done.

  • What is your favourite running track and film?

Films – it would be too easy to say Forrest Gump or Chariots of Fire, so it’s Marathon Man or The Jericho Mile. I rarely listen to music when running but if I did, then Keep The Car Running by Arcade Fire is a good one to get you going.

  • Tell us about your worst run?

The recent MK Winter Half. Man-flu, the deadliest of all illnesses as any man will tell you, scuppered months of good training and although I got around, I fell well short of what I planned for. It was a lesson though and one I will put to good use.

  • Best running phrase?

My favourite athlete is Michael Johnson and I love his phrase “The only one who can beat me, is me”. It shows how strong he needed to be both mentally and physically.

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

 

Attached photo of me from MK Winter Half. Flying feet, gritted teeth, sprint finish after a horrible race. How you start is important, but it’s how you finish that counts.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Thankfully not yet. I don’t intend to either!

  •  Best route around MK?

The Explorer run always has great routes and the Wolverton route out along the river is a particular favourite.

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

Michael Johnson, Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, Victoria Wood (RIP), Joe Strummer (RIP) and Ben Smith (401 marathon man). An eclectic mix that would test me, make me laugh and inspire me!

  • Do you always round up?

Doesn’t everyone?

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

Best: Work to live, don’t live to work

I don’t listen to bad advice!

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

I will find out in May 2017….

  • What do you think about when you run?

Everything and anything, it’s an opportunity to sort things out, dream a little, forget everything or just have a chat. I have managed to allay fears, organise work, plan days out and solve problems all whilst running.

  • What cross training do you prefer?

I don’t do any cross training!

  • What type of running do you prefer and why?

I enjoy a mixture of road and trail runs. Road/redways are so accessible, and we are lucky in MK – you can hop out of the door and get going. Trails are just fun, you know you will never get bored.

  • Love or hate loop backs?

Love, especially on hills of course….

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

The beauty of running is that you can do it at any time.

  • Run to time or distance?

Run for enjoyment.

  • 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?

I do share via Strava and Facebook. I’m a bit of a tech geek so do like tinkering in Strava and Garmin Connect, and have recently started following and sharing runs with other club members. I like to see how people have run – my work means I analyse a fair bit of data and get involved with behavioural aspects of how people live in the built environment so I do absorb a lot of info.

RACE/EVENTS

  • What was your favourite race and why?

NSPCC Half – it was a watershed moment for me with regards to being “able” to run. I also really enjoyed buddying at a parkrun recently – so good to give something back and see other people achieve their goals.

  • Favourite race distance and why?

Half marathon. No idea why. Not really ran anything else!

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

Granola for breakfast, water to drink. I struggle to take on food when running, so try and get some in an hour or two before. I know I need to work on this for a marathon!

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

I think a run along the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland would be awesome as would the Olfusa River in Iceland – both look amazing, and are often quoted as favourite runs, and don’t seem that unachievable.

  • Favourite race/event and why?

Don’t have one yet.

  • Favourite parkrun and why?

Great Linford MK. Nice course, quite intimate, easy for me to run with my eldest son.

  • What’s your one race essential?

My inhaler. It’s a non starter without it.

  • Would you run a marathon without getting a medal?

Of course. Medals are great, but if you are not enough without it, you won’t ever be enough with it. (not sure who first said that)

  • Have you considered joining the cross country team?

Not yet….

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

A PB.

 

Sgt.Mack’s amazing story – 145.1 miles

Redway Runner member, good friend and helper Sgt. Mack has had quite a year!  Below is his story.  It was good to follow his progress as he was well supported by Redway Runners members on his quest.  Well done Alan!!

145.1 Miles dressed as a bear.

Well what a year it’s been, some good some bad but most of all I made it! It was back in early 2015 I was having a conversation with the local help for hero’s agent after holding a fund raising event at my business Special Ops MK. Laser tag parties and Kayak hire. I was asking him (Mark) if he can think of anything I could do to help raise awareness for H4H that is different and will include my love for running! His reply came accompanied with a laugh “You

could run the MK Half as Hero Bear?” Yes ok I can do that, what is Hero Bear? Little did I know at that time what it would take to run a half marathon (MK Half 2015) in the Bear costume? Mark went on to explain that it’s normally used for 5k and 10k runs and promotional things when the normal mascot is just too heavy! Marathon bear is lighter by about 1k! 12kg compared to 13kg. He also said you’re practically blind in it so advised finding someone to guide me. So anyway that was how I was to run the 2015 MK half in May.

I then had a chat a couple of days later with my great friend Lisa explaining what I knew and asked her if she would guide me? Her reply was instant “Yes of course” We also roped in Kerry and Sarah to also help.

Well the big day arrived and we got our self’s to the start line and of we went, omg I was so not ready for the next 13.1 miles, first is just how bulky the costume and the head are, second is how hot I was getting! All my sweating was doing, was making the costume heavier.
Thirdly running almost blind was scary to say the least if not for Lisa I doubt I will have made it to the end unscathed.
Well one or two problems on the way round like my camel back water supply completely failing so by mile four dehydrating and having to steel other runners water from them and near the end coming close to crashing out when the reality of poorly maintained paths round

Mount Farm Park Lake, however we crossed the line at a painful time of 2:00:01 yes one second over two hours!!!!

That was it I thought Hero Bear was interesting and painful but not be seeing you again, however I didn’t take into account two things! one that 1 second!!! And I also watched a small video about the help H4H give witch had me in tears and made me think so what if the costume is uncomfortable its nothing compared to what I had watched in the video. I started to hatch a plan for 2016 in my head that I would try and raise awareness for H4H by doing as many Marathons Half Marathons as possible in 2016, 262 miles in total, unfortunately due to family bereavement and serious work

commitments I didn’t manage the 262, was in fact 145.1 miles.
So the first Half Marathon of the year Silverstone

Run with Lisa and Kieron as my guides, but the run didn’t go to plan because H4H had had a new costume made with better vision out of the Bears head but unfortunately the inner helmet that it’s all supported on was way too small for my head, so it just sat high on the top of my head which just gave me a splitting headache and by the end had started to take the skin of the top of my head. The following week was upper Heyford Air base Half Marathon guided by Emma D with no time to send the costume back to the makers I had to improvise a homemade pad to fit inside the inner helmet which did the trick for the day.
Heyford was fast just over 2 hours! I think about 2:02. Next came the Full MK Marathon Guides Lisa Amanda and Kieron. Sweat, tears and cramp especially cramp yes cramp! Did I mention the cramp? I think at some point every muscle in my body went into a cramp. However by just stopping every time to stretch and having Emma D (She’s a sport physio) at mile 12, 18 and 24 to poke and prod my aching body did the trick and with the amazing help of the guides we got to the finish only to then spend 30 minutes in the first aid room because I ate a Zero tablet instead of dissolve it in water! Made me very sick hehe witch sent the first aid teams into

melt down thinking I was about kick the bucket.
Next was the Redway Runner Festival with Abi and Kieron as guides, uneventful run if running with a torn hamstring.

(We are great friends and ok with talking to each other in this way)

Then one of the big ones for H4H Swansea Half they are one of the official charity’s for this marathon it was great because I finally got to meet Mim, my contact at H4H and the lady who sorts the costume for me each time. Once again my guides were Lisa and Kieron, it was a good run not fast but a nice route but it was a very warm day so dehydration was a serious problem! Seemed no matter how much I drank it wasn’t enough.

Two Hero Bears at the Swansea Half
Next was the Maidenhead half guided by Dr Emma, again quite a warm day which just makes it more uncomfortable so we just kept pushing to the finish, often when I cross the line at the end I have to sit down right away (Actually collapsed at Heyford!) simply because I am exhausted, however on this occasion a young and very excited St Johns ambulance lad came rushing over to take control of the situation! It took Emma 3 attempts to let him know that he was not

needed and she was a doctor anyway and was more than capable of taking care of her friend.

Then Planes Trains and Automobiles half marathon at Caldecott Lake, guides Kerry C and Kieron.

Not really much other than it went very well Kerry and Kieron were amazing and got a great medal.
Windsor half was another official H4H charity one, for this one we had a plan to try and beet that elusive sub 2 hour time, we didn’t know how hilly it was but I felt good at the start and it was not to warm, my guides were Lisa and Kieron once again. Even though the start for the first mile is up hill we got off to a flyer all was good until about mile 3 when the sweat had started to become a real problem by getting into my eyes, I had forgotten to take my sweat band so my eyes were burning and its imposable to wipe them while wearing the head.

We really pushed hard on this run but we think it was the hills that took the

time over two hours 2:02:41 to be exact, still Chris Evens mentioned Hero Bear on R2 the next day! (Hero Bear smashed Chris’s time ) Once again Mim and the H4H team were there which is great for their support and help.
And last but not least the MK Winter half with 5 guides! Amanda, Dr Emma, Kerry, Alex and Kieron. The toughest one yet simply because I had not run for over a month due to injury. We got to mile 11 and for the first time in my life I did not think I could push myself any further, was only when Abi turned up and started to take the micky that I managed to get moving again. They all managed to get me over the line in about 2:23.

I am not sure if I ever want to run again in the Bear costume! Perhaps if H4H manage to get me a place at the London marathon I think I would. Am I still wanting to do charity runs? I defiantly do but I need challenges and tough ones. I have still not found

where my limit is, every time I have got to a point where I thought I could go no further I then went further!
Same with pain I still hurt if I stub my toe or cut myself with paper but I can also lock pain away inside my head and not let it get in my way. I guess that’s stamina. One thing during all of the miles this year has been knowing that for me it will soon come to an end and I can get out of the costume and relax, not so for the guys H4H help every day of the week. Please remember they are in that position because they were protecting you.
Thank you for taking the time to look through this.
Also a massive thanks to my guides this year for making it possible.
Alan AKA Sgt Mack.

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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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