As part of the MK50 celebrations we have asked our members to submit their ‘claim to fame’ with the aim of compiling 50 of these by the end of the year
It doesn’t need to be running related so have you:
– been on Blind date;
– a relative who played in the Open;
– been on TV;
– met the Queen/Mo Farah/David Beckham;
– Anything else you’re allowed to share?!
Don’t be shy, please send your stories and photos to MK50@redwayrunners.com – we can’t wait to hear from you!
The submitted stories and photo’s will be appearing in the weekly email and kept for posterity on this page
CLAIM TO FAME 1 – MARTIN PALMEIRI
My grandfather, Fred Bullock, did not only play in the Open, he came second!
In 1959, he came second to Gary Player at Muirfield. He played the Open several times and was nominated for the Ryder Cup, but the 1959 Open was the high point of his career. In this picture, he is with my Mum, Sandra, who was his 15 year old caddy at the time.
CLAIM TO FAME 2 – DAVID ROSE
“The year 2000 was a memorable one as not only was my daughter born but I also received an invitation to a reception at Buckingham Palace in recognition of work I had done in education over a number of years. The invite came as a complete surprise and, having gone through the ‘why me?’ phase, quickly came around to the more important practicalities and bought myself a new suit!
The evening was held in a sumptuous room at the Palace and was an incredible experience. It included a face to face conversation with HM, the subjects of which I cannot remember as it was such a surreal experience (although I do remember her being very petite and admired her restraint in holding her handbag in one hand and a glass of wine in the other without her ever taking a sip!) Also, a comment from the ever-tactful Duke about MK being all roundabouts and concrete cows! However, the memory that has stayed with me the longest is introducing Prince Edward to the Harry Potter books! We were talking for some time and I asked him if he enjoyed his schooling, to which he replied that the boarding experience was probably the best aspect. At this point I commented that this was possibly why the Harry Potter books were so popular with children. He replied, ‘Harry who?’. I was more than happy to explain.
A great evening and happy memories.”.
CLAIM TO FAME 3 – LISA SHEPHERD
“My claim to fame could only ever be linked to MK Dons! I’ve been a fan since the Hockey Stadium days and it was there that I first got involved with more than just watching them play. Driving to work one day I heard an advert on the radio that the club was looking for people to apply to be the mascot. I sent in my ‘cowricculum (ouch!) vitae’, was invited to audition and was selected. I had so much fun over the years, one of the few females allowed in the tunnel, blamed for starting a pitch invasion when MK Dons stayed up with Gareth Edds’ amazing goal and making children happy when dressed as Mooie and cry when dressed as Donny. Unintentionally of course!”.
CLAIM TO FAME 4 – LISA SHEPHERD
“The move to Stadium:MK was a good time for me to retire and hang up the cow suits although another opportunity was just around the corner…
The MK Dons Supporter’s Association sent out an email to say that Sky’s Soccer AM would select their fans of the week as either MK Dons or Peterborough depending on which team won their upcoming match, and asked for volunteers to represent the club on the TV show. It was a yes from me! Match comes along and MK Dons lost (hey ho!) but it then transpired that Soccer AM had responded to the Supporters association that, had MK Dons won, I wouldn’t be able to go on as they ‘didn’t have girls in the fans of the week’. This was pretty contentious at the time but, with the Supporter’s Association backing, I wrote a very strongly worded letter and received an apology over the ‘misunderstanding’ and a personal invitation to appear on the show at whatever time in future MK Dons were invited on which was shortly afterwards. Had an amazing morning at the studio and even nearly scored a goal.”.
CLAIM TO FAME 5 – GILL FIRMIN
“I appeared on The Chase in November 2016. I went up against The Beast but unfortunately didn’t bring any money home”
Those clever ones among you will know that Gill got this particular question right….the rest of us now don’t have to Google it!! .
CLAIM TO FAME 6 – JEN SANGSTER
We have a real life World Record Holder in the club in the shape of our resident Run Lead and early bird Jen
In the 2015 London marathon Jen became a Guinness World a record holder for the fastest marathon dressed as a Love Heart…..in an unbelievable time of 3:18:23
Those marathon runners among us will realise what a great time that it is anyway but in fancy dress…wow!