On the Run with Janet Maidment

Name: Janet Maidment

Joined Redway Runners: 13 May 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 Janet Maidment, who it has been great to see come right through the club from nervously joining to seeing her terrified when her name come out of the hat to do the London Marathon from the club ballot.


Thanks Janet



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

May 2013 when I joined week 3 of a beginners group


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

The camaraderie and support. Knowing there is always someone there to run with.


How much does running with RR mean to you?

A lot. I’ve made the best friends through the club.


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

I went along to wk3 of a beginners group and was shocked to discover we had to run for FOUR minutes (walk two). That was about three and a half minutes longer than I thought I could run for. Really struggled but persevered and went back the following week!


When and who do you run with the club?

Usually Monday’s, sometimes Thursday intervals and often Sunday long runs. I try and get to track when I can too. I run with lots of different people but special mentions to Pet, Paul, Suzy, Angela and Lorraine who always keep me going.



Tell us your history of running?

I didn’t run from the age of 13 when I developed asthma and always used it as an excuse not to! I watched my husband run and supported at marathons for years and had absolutely no desire to run. One day I just thought I would give it a go. Now I wish I’d done it sooner than aged 36! I went from beginner to marathon runner in three years.


What has been you best running achievement?

Running the London Marathon in 4:49 before my 40th birthday!


Who have you see while running?

Most people know I’m pretty oblivious to everything whilst running so who knows who I have missed out on seeing!


Favourite place to run.

At the moment it’s up in the woods – anywhere trail.


What do you love to see while running?

People smiling!


Funniest running moment?

Just recently a few of us managed to get ‘lost’ in the woods and ended up in the middle of Woburn Golf Course whilst it was hosting the Women’s Golf Open. A run I will remember for a long time as there was so many laughs, fence climbing, trying to negotiate our way back and just enjoying running!


Tell us about your worst run:

Great North Run 2015. I just didn’t enjoy it. Too busy, boring route and my personal worst half marathon time.  


Best running phrase:

You never regret the runs you do, just the ones you don’t.


Janet pic 2Favourite running photo and why?

Two – 25k into the London Marathon and I stopped for refreshments, finish photo with my medal!


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

Yes! Post Marathon Blues are the worst! I found it again by learning to enjoy running with friends who make me smile and reminding myself it’s not always about pace and PB’s.


Do you always round up?

Hmm, generally yes unless I’m dying. Often to the nearest half (and a little extra for Strava)


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

I learnt that I am capable of running a marathon – who knew?! I wouldn’t change anything (except maybe having more faith over the last six miles that I had it in me to finish!).


What do you think about when you run?

Nothing – it’s one of the reasons I love to run


What cross training do you prefer?

Yoga, very complementary to running


What type of running do you prefer and why?

Trails and intervals for different reasons. Trails are just fun with no pressure, Intervals are hard work but you get to stop (generally) after a short time – I like that


Loop backs, love them for the social?

Loop backs have their time and place. I didn’t enjoy them during marathon training so tended to avoid them then.


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:

If it’s not on Strava it didn’t happen! My runs automatically log to Garmin Connect, Strava and Fetcheveryone. Of course I strava stalk people!



Favourite race distance and why:

Half marathon. Because although it’s still hard work I can go at a more comfortable pace which is beneficial being asthmatic.


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

Cup of tea and an instant porridge. Home-made flapjack if it’s a long race.


Favourite race/event and why:

London Marathon. It was just an awesome event, the crowds, the support, the medal, the feeling of being #oneinamillion


Favourite parkrun and why:

Glossop parkrun. Although it’s a three loop course and I generally dislike loops, the course has varied terrain and it just made me smile the whole way round.


What’s your one race essential?

Asthma inhaler! Without fail I carry it with me.


Would you run a marathon without getting a medal?

Well I done Oakley 20 to get the jumper so yeah, I guess so!


Have you considered joining the cross country team?

I’ve considered it. The racing aspect puts me off rather than the mud!


What would you prefer, a PB or a win?

Well as I’ll only ever win a novelty race (backwards running anyone?) it has to be PB.


What is your next race?

I am doing Bournemouth Half in October and then I’m signed up to Paris Marathon in April 2017. There’s currently talk of a possible trail ultra for 2017 too!!



10 August 2016

Stephanie Dutton – Personal Story

Stephanie Dutton – Personal Story

In May, 2015 I joined the Redway Runners Club. Within a few weeks of joining, I chose to take part in the Zero to Hero Programme that the club had created. The programme takes Zero runners to run a Marathon, which makes them a Hero. Each participant is assigned a mentor, who guides you through your 12-month of training.

Unfortunately I never got to run the MK Marathon in May, 2016 due to an injury 2-months prior to the big day. However, I have the opportunity to train again with the Zero to Hero programme for the 2017 MK Marathon.

The Redway Runners Rock! If it wasn’t for the encouragement of the Redway Runners, I would not be challenging myself in any form. Instead I’d probably be dreaming about training for a Marathon, and as for trail running it wouldn’t even be on my radar.

Talking of trail-running, there happened to be a post in the August Women’s Running Magazine that caught my eye. They were looking for 3-women to run their first trail-run half-marathon. I applied and somehow they liked my story.

So, I was one of three women chosen to participate in the Project Trail, which is organised by the Women’s Running Magazine. They will be training us for the off-road Bath Hilly-Half in November.

Our first meeting was held at Wimbledon Common last Wednesday, where I got to meet, not only the Team organising the Project Trail, but also Abbey and Clare, and the 3-men who will be running for the Men’s Running Magazine.

Our day at Wimbledon Common was a mixture of being interviewed, having our photos taken in our new gear, which was sponsored by Columbia Sports, Montrail, Addida, TomTom and High5.

As our day came to an end, I felt really good about being part of Project Trail. It’s going to be a challenge as I’ve never done anything like this before. But, challenges are good, right?

My running-bug has how infected my family – 3 of my grandchildren are now running in the MK junior park-run, and my daughter-in-law has just joined the Redway Runners. It’s a family affair!

Stephanie Dutton picture 3 Stephanie Dutton picture 2


On the Run with Paul Woodward

Name: Paul Woodward

Joined Redway Runners: 1 January 2011

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 Paul Woodward who is one of the very original club members he joined on the very first day the club started


Thanks Paul



When did start running and when did you join Redway Runners

I started 6 years ago and I joined RR about a year afterwards I think.


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

Meeting loads of other people of various abilities but we are all runners regardless of pace or the distance we do. It is just about being out there in your trainers and enjoying it.


How much does running with RR mean to you?

Running with the club has opened up so many different routes that I would never have found running by myself. I have also made some fantastic friends.


When and who do you run with the club?

I only really do the Sunday runs with the club and the occasional Thursday night run. Am quite shy underneath the shouting so haven’t attended any of the social events. I do however run with a small group before parkrun – the parkrun early lap group. They are heavily into their selfies and can be quite smutty! I try to tune them out.



Tell us your history of running?

Started when youngest Daughter was born 6 years ago as was terribly overweight, unfit, a heavy smoker and a bad drinker. I wanted to be alive to watch her grow up so started running. I am now much lighter, a non-smoker and teetotal and my life sucks ha ha. Never going to win any races and very injury prone. I do love running though.


What has been you best running achievement?

I went sub 20 minutes at parkrun a couple of years ago. Was a great feeling! No where near it at the moment though.


What is your running ambition?

I have set myself a target of 3000 miles for 2016 and so far so good. Just coming up to 2000 so should achieve it mid December providing I can stay injury free.


Why do you run?

Two reasons. Number one is cake. I eat like an actual horse. I won’t share number 2 on here.


What would you do if you were not running?

When not running I love to go for trips to the park with Emily.


What do you love to see while running?

Rain clouds coming. I love running in a rain shower. I sweat like a sweaty thing so a nice rain shower cools me off.


Funniest running moment

We had some great fun doing the parkrun early laps early this year dressing up as superheros etc.


Best running phrase?

I have two quite frequently used phrases whilst out running. One is “Hills are friends” and the other is “Less talking, more running”. Both normally get quite a rude response.


Favourite running photo and why?Paul Woodward

Favourite photo was from the Firle half marathon in 2013. Was such a fantastic cross-country event on a beautiful day.


Do you always round up?

Yes. Check out my Strava feed. Sad is not the word for it.


Worst/Best advice you’ve ever been given.

The worst advice I ever hear is something along the lines of “run it off” when someone complains of an injury. No, your body is telling you to stop!! Rest!! Runners are so stubborn!


What type of running do you prefer and why?

I prefer doing about 10 miles. Not long enough to have to carry water and food etc but long enough to earn a little treat afterwards.


Loop backs, love them for the social?

Love them as they keep everyone moving together


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 log everything on Strava quite religiously. I do stalk a couple of people that I secretly compete against but they don’t know that so not telling you who they are.



What was your favourite race and why?

I did the MK half marathon with Lucinda Parish in 2015 and we had just the most amazing fun ever. She nailed a pb too. Plus we ran in Tutu’s. It was a great day.


Favourite race distance and why?

Half marathon every time. Just long enough to be tough and worth a medal but not long enough to require months of training. I am a lazy runner so hate thinking of it as “training”. I just like to run at whatever pace suits how I feel at the time.


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

Coffee and toast before then just water and Jelly Babies during. Afterwards – anything that tastes like Chicken or Cake.


What’s your one race essential?



Thanks Paul

On the Run with James Dwight

Name: James Dwight

Joined Redway Runners: 12 January 2012

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 James Dwight – who we talked with and do not think once he mentioned his football team!


Thanks James



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

Started running around 2011 and joined the Green Army shortly after in 20012.

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

If you can count Sweatshop as a running club I occasionally run with them but mostly run with Redway Runners.

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

Meeting new people, plus the social side is pretty appealing, as someone once said, it’s a drinking club with a running problem 😉 Seriously though the trips abroad have been the best thing about joining the club, would never have even thought about going abroad to run a race, now I prefer to race abroad than pay the extortionate prices to race over here.

Tell us about your first time (with Redway Runners)

Can’t even remember my first club run but remember the first trip abroad with the club to Barcelona, had so much fun and the actual race was fantastic. It was only my second half marathon and the difference between that and my 1st one was amazing, just wish my 1st run was with the club. The difference when you run with other people and have the support at the end is something you can’t ever underestimate….not to mention the ice cold pint of Estrella already waiting for me at the bar near the finish.

When and who do you run with the club?

Mixture of Monday and Sunday socials, plus the club trips to Spain, not to be missed those trips.


Tell us your history of running?

Started running on my own around Tattenhoe to keep fit, then was recommended Parkrun where I noticed all these green t-shirts…..133 parkruns later and the rest is history as they say…

What has been you best running achievement?

Finally breaking the sub 20 mins at 5K, still not come close but will get there again!

What is your running ambition?

No ambitions as such other than to visit as many different parkrun courses around the country and spread the good word of the Green Army!

Why do you run?

To eat more pizza and drink more beer…..

What would you do if you were not running?

Take up knitting?

Who have you see while running?

Randomly saw Martin Keown at the Blenhiem Palace 10k

Favourite place to run

Spain, especially Barcelona, the crowd support was amazing and the freebies are always better than the UK.

What do you love to see while running?

The finish…..

Funniest running moment

Turning up to Cannon Hill parkrun in Birmingham one day to see Geoff New, Tony Daglish and Warwick randomly there. Had no idea they were planning on going and had to do a double take when I spotted another Redway Runner shirt in the distance!

What is your favourite running track and film?

I don’t listen to music while running, far too antisocial and seriously, it’s dangerous, don’t do it!

Tell us about your worst run

Silverstone Half, had to stop after 3 miles due to injury plus it was a horrible cold and windy day.

Best running phrase

“Don’t forget your barcode!”

Favourite running photo and why

James Dwight

Barcelona half 2013, first trip abroad with the club and first time running abroad. The bright yellow FC Barcelona socks certainly got us noticed…

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

Quite regularly, usually when my hip starts to get sore after a build-up of miles but nothing a couple days rest doesn’t fix.

Best route around MK

Willen Lake, just as it’s easy to get to from my house and it’s pretty flat.

Who would be on your wish list to run with?

Mo Farrah…if he could keep up with me…..

Do you always round up?


Worst/Best advice you’ve ever been given.

Time on your feet is more important than miles under your belt

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

Never run a marathon and don’t ever intend to!

What do you think about when you run?

Anything but the actual run!

What type of running do you prefer and why?

Nice smooth tarmac paths/roads

Loop backs, love them for the social?

As much as I can see their worth I can’t say I’m a fan, especially when I’m towards the front of the group and have to run that much further to catch everyone else, and then there’s the congestion when over taking….can you tell I’m not a fan??

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

Yes and was part of my motivation to get off working day/night shifts, since returning to Mon-Fri 9-5 I’ve loved having weekend back to run Parkrun and try and get to as many social runs as I can.

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
Garmin and Strava, if it didn’t record it didn’t happen!


Favourite race distance and why

5 mile races seem to be my best distance, always enjoy the Blisworth 5 mile race

Tell us about your pre-race rituals and food and drink
I never eat anything in the morning before a race, just plenty of fluids before the race and pasta the night before, try to avoid bread and cheese

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

A nice 10k around Manhattan would be perfect, taking in as many of the landmarks as possible

Favourite race/event and why
Barcelona half was amazing for the race support along the route. I love running along the seafront on the Torremolinos half as well.

Favourite parkrun and why
St Albans, mainly because each segment works out to be around a KM each so it’s great to judge how you are getting on, and it’s a pretty nice setting as well with the backdrop of the Cathedral

What’s your one race essential?


On the Run with Tracey Schembre

We go on a run with Tracey Schembre, this is her story
Well turning 40 and then 6 months later losing your mum is enough to make you look at yourself?! When you don’t like what you see you have got to change! So thought I’d give Slimming World a go again. So the end of September it was.

By Christmas I had lost just over 2 and a half stone. Knowing losing weight was just one thing, I also had to get fit too. One cold Sunday morning on a rugby pitch I got speaking to Doug (both our boys play for the same rugby team).

Have you ever thought about running?! I just laughed, me run, only to the pub!

I’m sure you could, anyone can he said. So my brain started ticking, I’ve always looked at runners while driving along thinking, I wish I could do that! I’ve lost a few wobbly bits so maybe I could? That was it a few Facebook messages later I was signed up to Annette’s beginners course at the beginning of January, dragging my son and daughter for moral support!

OMG!! I couldn’t even run for a minute, how is this going to work?! But with Annette’s patience and Glenn from time to time. It was one week before our parkrun graduation and I hit -3 stone 10lbs at Slimming World only 12lb to go till I hit my target! If any of you have been on a weight loss journey, you know the last few pounds are the worst!

Graduation day come round, I did it, run 5k without stopping yippee!! 1 week later I started step up with Glenn on a Monday night and continued with the parkrun on Saturdays.

26th April was the date that I got my target weight, 4 and half stone gone in 33 weeks!! Last week we had a target members night at Slimming World, I had to get up and say my bit and take questions. Just before I finished one lady asked me, so how did you lose so much so quickly and loss all them inches (29 inches in total). Then it dawned on me Redway Runners! So by joining this great running family you have helped get me where I needed to be! Also helped my son become a lot fitter and make his rugby coaches very pleased! So thank you all for all your support, I love running in my green shirt and look forward to meeting more of you, as I try and keep going!

It was a team effortTracey Schembre July 2016

Much love Tracey


On the Run with Tom and Lorraine

We have been working behind the scenes recently to make sure we are as welcoming to runners as possible, in May this year Sam guided a blind runner round the Milton Keynes half marathon and also Martin D and Doug have been guides for runners at recent club runs.

In the club we have now set up a group to make sure when possible we can meet requests from runners who may need extra help, the runners in this group are happy to give up there runs to help other runners and they are attending courses to help for some aspects of this.

So with this in mind I would like to share Tom’s story who has been running for us for over three months now and Lorraine has been Tom’s buddy for the club runs, I was keen to share Tom and Lorraine’s story so that hopefully it will inspire other runners to take up running and show what can be done with ambition and determination. So the story is below

Thanks so much to Tom for letting us share his running journey with Redway Runners

Great to be asked by Martin to write a little bit for the newsletter – this is Tom, I have had the pleasure of buddying Tom since April when the club were contacted by his Mum enquiring how he could join, the club gets many enquiries from people wanting to join – but this enquiry turned out to be extra special.

Tom is 17 and has Asperger’s.  He is fit and active but finds it difficult to connect with people, Mum and the rest of the family are trying to find ways to help him with this – to find things they hope he will enjoy, something he can do independently & help build confidence in social situations.

I met with Tom and his Mum one afternoon and over a cup of tea, got to know Tom a little, his hobbies & interests and we chatted about all things running related & this proved to be the start of a great running friendship.

For the club it was a fantastic opportunity to show the huge benefits there are to being part of this running family and the chance to show that running and being part of the club is for everyone.
 Tom with Lorraine
Tom and I have now completed 12 weeks of running, having a great time with the Monday 6pm Step Up group and its clear to see that Toms pace and stamina is improving little by little each week  –  won’t be long before he may need a much speedier buddy! 

More importantly, he is enjoying it  –  Mum has emailed to say he LOVES it, he’s interacting with the group, keen to do loop backs, shouting the obligatory reminders on posts & bikes and the confidence he shows is awesome – he attended last week’s run without me whilst I celebrated a family birthday (although nice to hear I was missed!).

On a personal note, I am so incredibly proud of Tom, I’ve enjoyed every run we have done – many of us remember that first night, where everyone seems to know which group they are in, know people to talk to etc. & it can be daunting, I know it was when I joined – so for Tom this was a huge challenge & he’s done amazing.

A big thank you to the Monday 6pm group who have been awesome and special mention to Glenn and Debbie for leading the group and being on hand if I needed them.

Tom is on holiday for the next couple of weeks and when he returns we are switching to the 6pm Weds group so we look forward to seeing you all then.



Personal story: Maren Mattmueller – our European runner

Dear wonderful running club

I was asked to write a review so here it comes.

It is time to say goodbye! After four years in England and one year with Redway Runners I have heavy-heartedly decided to move back to Germany. There are several reasons for that, Brexit being the final straw that breaks the camel’s back (I had to look up this saying). I jokingly said that the vote will be my final omen and take the decision off my shoulders – well who would’ve thought you’d vote out…

I have joined Redway Runners last August, just before my personal life absolutely hit rock bottom. And it doesn’t matter how strong or old or tough you are – when you are alone in a foreign country without your family everything seems so much harder! I have turned up to runs without sleeping or having had any more than a few calories per day. I thought the pain in my belly would distract me from other pains. I was amazed that I could still run but obviously in order to attend club runs regularly I had to start eating properly again. I’ve lost at least 6 kilos (yuhuu) – not the right way (boooh) – but up to today due to running at least 40km per week I maintained that weight in a healthy way.

With so many members that the club has, I have only met a few of you but the ones I have talked to and ran with are absolutely amazing people and I will thoroughly miss this little bit of social regularity. Running has so much become part of my life: When I’m said – I run. When I feel lonely – I run. When I’m angry – I run. When depressions take over – I run. And when I’m happy – hell yeh, of course I run and shout about it! Running is for everyone and Redway Runners demonstrate that by combining so many different runs, groups, events, offers. I’ve probably not even discovered the whole potential of the club.

I’m currently injured which – as you might’ve gathered from the previous paragraph – is a minor disaster for me. I try to cycle but cycling is just the little annoying brother of running.

Once I’ve recovered, I’ll conquer Germany and as my RR membership doesn’t expire until next year, I will be wearing my green t-shirt with pride to run events across the country and send you nice pictures, hoping that you will soon plan a club trip to Hamburg.

I had to discover in shock that Germany was one of the countries not having established a parkrun yet! Can you believe it! I have set myself a goal: set up a parkrun in Hamburg and get the phaenomenon running (sorry). Watch this space and see you next year at Hamburg’s Half marathon with a pre-race parkrun 😉IMG-20160626-WA0003 IMG_20160605_125943

Leyla’s Story

We thought you might like to read Leyla’s story – well done Leyla

Had the best news ever I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes nearly 4 years ago. I weighed 110kg and my blood sugar HBA1C was between 10.5-11%. I was on 4 metformin tablets.

At the check up 18months ago I was told I might have to change to insulin injections, I asked the doc to give me three months to bring my blood sugar down and that is when I started exercising and running within three months I lost some weight and was down to 9% which was still high but no injections then I was accepted to run the London marathon and joined Redway Runners to help me train and I have not looked back since, today I am 85kg and my blood sugar is 6.3%.

I am absolutely over the moon the good control is 7% and I am below that. doctor reduced my tablets to just 2 a day & said that if I keep this up for 6 months I will be on NO tablets
I am so so happy I took up running and this has helped me a lot in my journey to health, thanks to my lovely running club The Redway Runners, and thanks to absolutely outstanding support and encouragements from all my RR friends I might in 6 months be an ex diabetic.

My special thanks goes to my running buddy Jenna for being there for all my races so far we have many more planned for 2016. Thank you all so much I am a very happy lady now specially as I love cakes

Martin Palmieri

Martin Palmieri

I have now been a Redway Runner for a whole month and in some ways, because of the welcome I have had, it feels a lot longer.

I have worked out that I have clocked 68.5 miles in that time (I clearly have too much time on my hands!) and my fitness levels are the highest they have been in a couple of years as a consequence. I started running 5 years ago, but struggled to find a regular running buddy. Within a year, I had run one full marathon (the inaugural rain-drenched MK marathon) and several half-marathons.

During these early running experiences, I began to notice the RR vests wherever I ran and was frequently nagged by Steve Patey to come and join. I resisted for a long time, as I didn’t think I’d be able to fit into a timetable of organised runs. Two years ago, I had a bit of a health scare after the stadium half, so decided to focus on cycling for a while, though always wanted to get back into running at some point. After a few false starts I finally got back into regular running in January. Soon after, my uncle died and chose to enter the stadium half in his memory.

Training was not as smooth as I had been used to, but I got there in the end. On the day, I find myself running with my friend Glynis Wiles for a few miles and all of the support that she was getting wearing her RR vest was what convinced me to join.

In the past month, I have found that running regular timetabled runs has had the opposite effect. I am out of the door and at the meeting place half an hour early. I am creeping closer to my parkrun PB and have had a go at several different runs, getting quicker, fitter and enjoying it immensely.

This is the first time in my 47 years that I have joined a club of any type and I am doing something just for me. Since being in MK, I have met most people through work or through our 3 grown-up kids. Now I am meeting people from all walks of life, as well as running with former pupils and also parents of people I have taught. David Rose, who I have known for several years, has introduced me to lots of new people and Facebook has also played a part in me getting to know the club.

Ros Crawley is another long-standing friend who has helped me and encouraged me. Without her I would not have run 10 miles within 2 weeks of becoming a member. A massive thank you to everyone who has chatted to me on various runs, but especially to all the leaders I have got to know. You give up so much time to help and encourage all of us and I have at no point felt judged for the standard of my running.. All I have had is encouragement.

After I ran the 2012 MK Marathon, I felt I had unfinished business, but I am yet to run another. If I don’t get into London, I will enter MK, because I now know that Redway Runners will get me back to that standard. In the meantime, I look forward to running my first half as a Redway Runner at the NSPCC in September.

The renewed running bug is so serious, I feel frustrated if I miss a run! Thank you and best wishes

Martin Palmieri

Neville Rowles – his Redway Runner journey

Hi Martin,

Now that I am in my second year of membership of the merry band called Redway runners I thought it was time to pass on my thanks for the help, encouragement and teamwork from all of the members but particularly the inspiration from the leaders.

I was a half decent runner in my youth representing my County as an everpresent in cross country and middle distance from 11 until 19 and could churn out some pretty decent times as I moved through the agegroups, then work happened and it all fell apart. I fell out of love with running and infact pretty much sport in general as a participant. my lifestyle changed and over the years my body shape and general health changed and work stress levels increased.

Without going into too much detail, 2015 and the early part of 2016 has proven to be a life changing year for me in a number of ways, starting out on my own for a career, running a half marathon (or two), losing a bit of weight and trying “hot yoga” 🙂

After finally stopping running at about 21 years old I swore I would never run again as I could never replicate the times of my late teens. Oh how wrong could I be !! Along came Paul Macloskey who I have known for a number of years, who praised and preached about Redway runners like a canvasser for a politician. Following several months of Paul’s cajoling, I eventually joined you for last years Sunday run at Salcey Forest and, despite a few hiccups and general lethargy on my part, I have never looked back !!

Since joining the club I have been made to feel incredibly welcome, I have been actively encouraged, supported and guided and, when I am having a bad day which we all have, I have been cajoled and subtly pushed along to achieve the perceived achievable !! The ethos of encourage and be encouraged that is embedded in the club is amazing.

It’s not been an easy journey, but then nothing worthwhile ever is. The set up at RR’s is amazing and the support network fantastic, the way that the runs are organised are absolutely superb as one can chose how one runs on each occasion. Coming from a formal athletics club background where all runs were extremely competitive even when they were not supposed to be I was hesitant to join initially as I was worried that I would lose face and not be able to keep up, but the way that you and your team have it all laid out is super-fantastic as one chooses the pace and the loop back system works a treat.

I know that as I near the half century that new personal bests on the track are probably not going to happen, well not at 400, 800 and 1500 anyway, but the exciting thing is that as I have grown older and improved in confidence within the group, my ability to run longer has definitely improved !! My personal journey over the last seven months has been a little changeable but the running journey, despite its many challenges, has been extremely fulfilling and very exciting.

The best part of it all however is my overall condition and health where so far this year I have moved from an unhealthy 86.5KG to a more respectable 74.5KG having lost 12KG and am yet to reach my racing weight !! Not to be too much of a stato bore but I looked at my performance versus last years Salcey run and my average heart rate was 20 beats a minute lower and I ran 1.5 miles further on the same run !! Sorry for my usual wordy diatribe but having a moment of reflection made me think that I should drop you a note !!

Martin, thank you to you and the team for what you have created, you should all be proud and as the advert says “If Carlsberg did running clubs”