Treasure Hunt Fun run

On Sunday 23 October, 78 took part in today’s ‘Treasurer Hunt Fun Run’ from The Harvester at Willen East Lake. The run which replaced the normal Sunday Run was a test event for a bigger event next year to help celebrate the MK 50.

The letters found were R; O; U; N; D; A; B; O; U; T; S. (If you know the word these letters make, answers on a postcard to MGB, Martin and Richard).

A special thanks to my team of helpers, Sophie, Helen, Carol, Riitta, Brenda, Sheila but special thanks to my wing man, Ian Stevens for making the event a tremendous success. Many thanks to the staff at The Harvester for looking after us with delicious rolls.

We hope you all enjoyed it, especially the memento. Judging by the laughter and feed back, you all did.
Don’t forget to post your ‘selfies’

You can view the rules, click here and the clues, click here (both open in Word)

The winners of the ‘Gold Chest of Money’ were Sarah Lawrence, Kevin Ferris and Paul Townsend with a time of 57:51.

For a full list of results click here (opens in Excel)- or summary below.


  1. Sarah Lawrence Kevin Ferris Paul Townsend 0:57:51
  2. Michelle George-Barnes Richard Doherty Martin Lawrence 1:01:42
  3. Eric Armitige Paul Maher Martin Shepherd 1:06:43
  4. Leigh Steere Karen Lawrence Nigel Sheppard 1:07:24
  5. Helen Vaughan Len Vaughan Hannah Connelly 1:09:11
  6. Sarah Woodruff Joanne Obee Stuart Woodruff 1:09:32
  7. Lucinda Parish Spencer Ollington Amber Snell 1:10:28
  8. Jackie Bond Paul MacLoskey Neville Rowles 1:10:59
  9. Tracy Nuttall Steve Burlace Sarah Greig 1:19:14
  10. Debbie Dickinson Glenn Dickinson Andrew Baldwin 1:20:20
  11. Jane Ritchie Sarah Ritchie Will Maisey 1:20:54
  12. Janet Maidment Pet Hedges Paul Jones 1:21:22
  13. Sian Carter Layla Morrison Joanna Barlow 1:21:51
  14. Caroline Beechey Lucy Fitzgerald Sarah Buck 1:23:07
  15. Niam Hani Ros Crawley Zaid Alani 1:23:13
  16. Daria Croker Steve Boothby Rosalind Wyatt 1:25:34
  17. Denise Clayden Jonathan Clements Carol Webber Mike Webber 1:28:47
  18. Annette Smyth Suzy Patmore Simon Richards Lauren Keeler 1:30:14
  19. Shannon Crowley Wendy McConnel Stephanie Dutton 1:31:00
  20. Jo Fewings Sarah Hill Sean O’Leary 1:32:57
  21. Hannah Chalk Phil Mardon Evie Butler 1:36:35
  22. Ausra Siauliene Aidas Siaulys Ramunas Paukstys 1:38:09
  23. Leyla Currie Sam Devonauld Jenna Tomlin 1:38:40
  24. Angela Irving Denise Farmer Suzanne Sharp Genci Pepaj 1:50:07
  25. Helen Wiggins Michael Devonauld Katie Wall 2:04:02
Lets do it again next year ………treasure-hunt-run-oct-2016

Christmas Charity Raffle 2016

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

If you can help us with a prize please contact Martin at or Julie at


The prizes to be drawn include:

Treatment Lab

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

** Green 5 Dennis Verhoeven


The Colour Lounge

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

** Green 13 Julie Martin


Edinburgh Marathon place

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

** Green 130 Neil Solanki


Running Belt

Free running belt, donated by Camden Gear

** Green 122 Neil Solanki


Running Belt

Free running belt, donated by Camden Gear

** Green 146 Steve Burlace


MK Rocket 5K

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

** Di Oates


MK Marathon or Half

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

** Orange 95 Michelle George-Barnes


MK Marathon Hoodie

Milton Keynes Marathon Hoodie – donated by MK Marathon

**  Green 116 Roger Hobbs


Four Course meal for 6

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

** Orange 211 Heather Charles


Hypnotherapy sessions

A free hypnotherapy sessions with Jane Shackell

** Green 142 Neil Solanki


Hypnotherapy sessions

A free hypnotherapy sessions with Jane Shackell

** Orange 173 Kevin Ferris



Food hamper donated by Victoria Bickle

** Green 108 Paul Carter


Local beer six pack

Donated by Biergarten at Wolverton Park

** Green 109 Amanda Holland


Two Tickets to the Odeon

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

** Green 198 Laura Dickinson


A Physio session with Campbell Noon

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

** Orange 188 Jen Bates


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

** Orange 250 Sarah Buck


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

** Green 230 Gillian Adamson


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

** Green 186 Neville Rowles


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

** Blue 751 Sam Miller


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

** Orange 75 Caroline Beechey


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

** Green 229 Gillian Adamson


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

** Green 203 Sarah Lawrence


Decathlon Voucher

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

** Orange 312 Debra Andrews


Decathlon Voucher

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

** Green 232 Adam Sharman


Decathlon Voucher

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

** Green 322 Paul Newton


Decathlon Voucher

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

** Orange 59 Leyla Currie


4 Person to 18 holes golf

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

** Orange 217 Andrew Baldwin


Tea Gift packs x 3

3 Tea gift sets donated by Ausra

** Orange 176 Sam Bates


Tea Gift packs x 3

3 Tea gift sets donated by Ausra

** Green 264 Jill Thorpe


Free entry to an FQ Events race in 2017

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

** Green 26 Sally Guest


Free subscription to OS Maps

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

** Green 55 Di Oates


Free subscription to OS Maps

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

** Orange 146 Ian Stevens


Osteopathy & sports injury consultation at Bodilight Osteopathy Clinic

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

** Orange 253 Lucy Fitzgerald


Redway Runners Umbrella & StormTech Bag cover

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

** Green 45 Mike Boast


Bottle of Wine

Donated by Jane Shackell

** Orange 150 Ian Stevens


Body Rub

Donated by Debbie Dickinson

** Orange 7 Rachel Hill


Galleo Wine

Donated by Mary Morris

** Orange 242 Neil Higson


Soap & Glory

Donated by Mary Morris

** Orange 316 Derek Andrews


Bottle Red Wine

Donated by Andrew Baldwin

** Orange 207 Heather charles











Club Christmas meal

Summer is certainly over, dark nights are upon us … It’s time to think all things Christmas!

The Redway Runner Christmas meal is booked for Friday 2 December at David Lloyd.

Tickets as always are limited so you need to act fast. MEAL BOOKINGS NOW CLOSED, AFTER PARTY TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE

This years price is £23 per person. Please book through Julie Martin or Martin Lawrence by providing both menu choices and payment. Payment by Bank Transfer (please put your name as reference ) or cheque please (payable to Redway Runners).

The usual merriment will ensue, with a late bar until 2pm and a live band. If you want to come along after the meal your are welcome at £2/head, please pre-book as spaces are limited to 50.

Redway Runners Bank account

  • Sort code 301553
  • Number 42390360
  • Name; Redway Runners

As usual we are looking for raffle prizes, if anyone wants to help with organising the raffle please step forward.



Club London Marathon ballot 2017 event

With the results from the application for places in the London Marathon due to arrive soon, please remember if you have been unsuccessful and meet the club rules for the ballot you must keep the outer wrapper/rejection letter that shows your name and address -you must also meet the full rules on this page on this page on the club web site and follow the process outlined

Club London Marathon ballot

With the results from the application for places in the London Marathon due to arrive soon, please remember if you have been unsuccessful and meet the club rules for the ballot you must keep the outer wrapper/rejection letter that shows your name and address -you must also meet the full rules on this page on this page on the club web site and follow the process outlined

On the run with Kevin Orchard

Name: Kevin Orchard

Joined Redway Runners: 6 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 with Kevin Orchard who joined the club right at the beginning and has come a long way since

Thanks Kevin

3 October 2016



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

I used to be a sprinter at school and only took up distance running in 1982 when I was posted to Pakistan at the age of 22. I took part in several weekly “snake-dodging” social runs and a Monday evening “Islamabad Hash House Harriers” event which was part work and part fun as it was where diplomats gathered to exchange stories and try and get the Russians drunk in the hope they would give away their secrets. I subsequently took part in many hundreds of Hash runs around the world until life, work and children took over in my early 30’s and I took a break.

I woke up one morning in late 2007 and decided the rather large person in the mirror needed to get fit so I joined David Lloyd. Several months later I had been through 3 sets of clothes and was about 3 stone lighter when I met Martin Lawrence in a spin class. Martin was discussing his participation in the Great South Run with a fellow spinner so I plucked up the courage to ask him when and where he ran? He said that David Lloyd ran a Thursday morning running session (with Jacqui Laycock) and that I should join them. Martin and I became good friends and along with about 10 other people we ran with the group – until David Lloyd cancelled it and withdrew Jacqui’s services as run lead. And there it began – Redway Runners was born. Martin took over the run organisation and the original gang of about 10 were quickly swelled by many new Redway Runners, mainly through parkrun. I am very proud to be a founder member of this amazing club.

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

I had a short spell as a member of another MK running club but it really wasn’t what I wanted. It was not all inclusive and rather geared up for the fast runner. I wanted a more social organisation that catered for all levels.

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

Definitely the camaraderie. Being with similar people with similar interests has resulted in me having many new friends and contacts. I have been so lucky to have met and run with a number of “legends in their own lifetimes” such as Doug Yabsley, Abi Gooch, Jen Sangster, Mike King, Veritie Yates, Simon Baker and many others – and of course Martin and Karen Lawrence who we all owe so much to for running this club so well.

  • Who is your biggest inspiration?

Definitely Maurice O’Connell. In my opinion Maurice is the most amazing runner in the club. His effortless running style and incredible race times should be an inspiration to all. He is also the nicest of running partners, and grows superb rhubarb! I hope I’m as fit and enthusiastic about running as Maurice is now when I reach his age.

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

I have found a serious challenge that I love taking part in duathlons (10km run, 40km bike, 5km run). This involves a lot of training in both disciplines. Running with the Redway Runners has been an excellent way to train for the running element. I try hard to find at least 3 RR runs a week to take part in. These are always fun and the miles fly by much faster than running on your own.

  •  When and who do you run with the club?

I try and run Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. Luckily, my work pattern allows me to do this most weeks. The 3 runs are all different and provide excellent company. The coffee in Waitrose afterwards is becoming mythical!


  • What has been your best running achievement?

My greatest running achievement has been qualifying for the Great Britain 55-59 age group Duathlon Team. I have now represented GB 3 times (2 European and 1 World Championship). Hopefully more to come in 2017. I could not have done this without the structure and motivation provided by the Redway Runners. Especially after I had a partial Thyroidectomy in February 2013 and another throat operation in June 2013. The club played a massive part in me getting out running again and then meeting my goal of GB qualification within a year.

  • What is your running ambition?

Never be afraid to reach for the stars – I would like to win a medal in a GB kit before I give up. Progress at my age is slow, but I’m still getting faster so who knows!

  • Why do you run?

Easy – to keep fit, to meet friends, to get that fantastic feeling after a race when you have done well and hopefully help me with good health for as long as possible.

  • What would you do if you were not running?

More TV quiz shows! One of my most enjoyable club moments was being in the Redway Runners team that appeared on Eggheads. That was a day I will never forget.

  • Who have you seen while running?

I was lucky enough to get a place in the BUPA London 10K in 2010 and was in a pen right next to Mo Farah. When the race started he disappeared rather quickly.

  • Favourite place to run?

I just love running in Milton Keynes. We are so lucky to have such a fantastic running environment where we hardly ever have to cross a road (unless, of course, you’re on one of Martin’s classic runs when you get lost in the middle of nowhere!). I hope we never take that for granted.

  • What do you love to see while running?

The finish line.

  • Funniest running moment.

In 2010, as relatively newly reborn runners Martin Lawrence and I decided to do the MK March Half Marathon together for moral support. Everything was going great until we hit 12 miles in 1 hour 30 minutes and Martin said “I could get a PB here” and shot off on his own leaving me to struggle through the last mile in about 13 minutes. Luckily I can see the funny side now.

  • What is your favourite running track and film?

I never run listening to music. Just doesn’t suit me. My favourite running film is “Run Fatboy Run”. Classic.

  • Tell us about your worst run?

This year’s Furzton Relay. Embarrassing. I trained hard and peaked a few weeks before for the Duathlon World Championships. I then went on holiday, ate and drank my way through New York and didn’t do much running. On Relay Day I went flying off and swiftly ran out of puff. Had to walk in a race under 3 miles in length. Shows how quick you can lose your fitness at my age.

  • Best running phrase:

“Redway Runners, we run Milton Keynes”. Genius.

  • kevin-orchard-cross-keys-km-2Favourite running photo and why?


The photo of Martin and me in the 2011 MK March Marathon epitomises the spirit of the club in the early days – and don’t you just love those originals running tops? I also love this shot of me in my GB kit – and no, it’s not the May 2016 picture from the calendar!




  • Best route around MK?

Anything that doesn’t include “Hospital Hill”.

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

Definitely the Brownlee brothers. Legends.

  • Do you always round up?


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

Best advice I’ve ever been given is to start all races slowly – advice I forget on every start line!

  • What do you think about when you run?

When it gets tough I think about what % of the route I have done and what % is left to do. I try and remember my fractions (takes a bit of doing) but helps in counting down what is left. It’s surprising how quick you get from a third to a half.

  • What cross training do you prefer?

I follow a tough training plan which involves copious amounts of biking (Wattbike in the gym or bike on the road), running and core strength 6 days a week. The most difficult for me is the core strength classes which really do help you perform better so I should do more. I also love the Redway Runner track sessions at Stantonbury. They would benefit every runner so I strongly recommend them.

  • Loop backs, love them for the social?

Loop backs definitely have their place at the club and I don’t mind them at all. The key is to stick closely behind the run lead when getting tired.

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

I’m lucky to have been able to organise my work to meet my running needs. Strongly recommend it. Keeping customers and colleagues off your Facebook page helps.

  • Where do you log your runs and do you stalk others runs?

I have never got into logging my runs on any social media. I find it a bit intrusive and simply don’t like it. I never look at any fellow runners postings. Sometimes it’s hard enough getting out there to run so I really don’t want to add any pressure.



  • What was your favourite race and why?

2015 European Duathlon Championships in Alcobendas Spain – my first GB race. Fantastic to represent your country at my age. The race conditions were horrendous with thunder, lightning, hail storms and major flooding on the course. But I managed to complete (many didn’t) and came 11th in my age group. The feeling at the end was simply amazing. It was great that both my wife and good friend Martin Bousfield were there to share the moment with me. Unforgettable.

  • Favourite race distance and why?

For me, it is the half marathon. Great distance when testing yourself or just out for a social run. We’re also blessed with some good half marathons in MK through the year to aim for.

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

I must admit to being pretty sad on this. I am very “OCD” before a race. I lay out all my kit the night before. I always have pasta and chicken the night before. I then have fresh fruit with yoghurt and a small bowl of nuts, honey and yoghurt about 2 hours before race time. I hate any type of sticky gel with a passion. Give me a banana any time. I use an Elivar sports drink in training and for races. The Endure range is specifically for over 35s and works for me before and during events. I also use Jelly Babies having convinced myself years ago that I could see spikes in my performance after taking them – but who knows? I have a glass of milk each evening before bed as it is supposed to aid recovery.

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

Having run in many counties throughout my life I still haven’t run anywhere more comfortable (climatically, geographically etc.) as Milton Keynes. Although doing the Mauritius Half Marathon a couple of years ago was great!

  • Favourite parkrun and why?

Willen parkrun will always be my favourite. I was lucky enough to do the first ever Willen run and have been hooked ever since.

  • What’s your one race essential?

A banana just before the start.

  • Have you considered joining the cross country team?

In 2010 I broke a toe on a practice run for the Greensands Ridge relay so I’ve been keeping away from too many trail races since. So cross country has no appeal right now.

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

PB every time, and if it is also a win even better.