On the run with Martin Palmieri

Name: Martin Palmieri

Joined Redway Runners: 16 May 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 Martin Palmieri who only joined Redway runners just over a year ago but is now a key part of the club leading a beginners group for us and always helping on runs

Thanks Martin

29 June 2017



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

I started running in March 2011 when my best friend from childhood asked me if I wanted to run the NSPCC half-marathon that year. He is the only person who could have talked me into doing something like that! I joined Redway Runners in the middle of May 2016. I had just got back into running after preferring cycling for a couple of years. I ran the Milton Keynes Half-Marathon a couple of weeks earlier and had a dreadful run, losing 25 minutes from my PB of the time. Steve Patey, David Rose, Ros Crawley and Glynis Wiles had all been nagging me to join and this seemed like the right time.


How much does running with RR mean to you?

Without sounding too corny, it has changed my life. Running has always been my main way of de-stressing, but I had had enough of running on my own. I had lost all motivation. I have met more people in the past year than I had done in the previous 24 years since moving to Milton Keynes. We are a big family and the care we give each other knows no boundaries. Through all the support I have received along the way, I have achieved an incredible amount in the past year and I feel so much stronger mentally. My wife Nicola is not a runner, but has been welcomed into the family by everyone she has met.


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

It was the old Monday club run from DL. Helen Wiggins was signing people in, as Stuart was not there. Nathan Rutherford was the first person I met and I ran with Glynis Wiles. I also saw Paul Mizon, who was in my tutor group at school.


When and who do you run with the club?

I try to run whenever I can, but school commitments often dictate when I run. I am currently looking after a beginners group, so a lot of my running time is dedicated to them. Parkrun is an essential part of my week, as is the Sunday run. I do the Explorer Run whenever possible, knowing Tim brings cakes!


What has been you best running achievement?

Without question, it was running the Rock ‘n’ Roll Liverpool Marathon in May this year. I ran the very first MK Marathon in 2012 and people who ran that day will remember how awful the weather was. I had a torrid time that day and it shattered my confidence. At Liverpool, I improved my marathon time by over an hour, so I could not be happier with how it went. Redway Runners helped me so much in achieving this goal.


Favourite place to run?

Probably in Italy, where my parents live. They live at altitude, so it is very challenging. I always get strange looks from the locals when they see me running up the hill to the next village!


What do you love to see while running?

I love to see other people smiling and achieving personal goals.


Funniest running moment?

With hindsight it was funny. On my very first Explorer Run a year ago, I slipped over into nettles and hurt myself quite badly. This was my introduction to Spencer, who carried out first aid on me. That evening I met Lucinda, Helen W, Pete & Kath Crawley for the first time. Tim often reminds me of that evening. What a welcome to the club!!

 FMartin P first beeravourite running photo and why?

 I have chosen this one because it was first beer in 5 months, after Liverpool Marathon









Do you always round up?

Of course! And I always add on a bit as Strava often chops a bit off!


What do you think about when you run?

I don’t do a lot of thinking, as I am always talking!!


What cross training do you prefer?

I do love road cycling and have done some big sportives, but I haven’t touched my road bike in nearly a year!


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

That would be impossible being a teacher, though I don’t plan on being a teacher forever. I like the day time runs and do them as much as possible in school holidays.



What was your favourite race and why?

Apart from the Liverpool Marathon, I would say it was NSPCC Half-Marathon 2016, as it was my first as a Redway Runner. I ran it with Tim Giffen and he helped me go sub-2 hours for the first time.


Favourite race distance and why?

Probably half-marathon, as I have done 19 and it is a distance for which I feel comfortable training.


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

I would love to run the New York Marathon one day. I have family there and my grandfather was there during the 20s. I have a real affection for the place. Though as a Londoner, my bucket list entry is to do the London Marathon one day.


Favourite parkrun and why?

Milton Keynes will always be number one, but I also like Tring for the fact that it is a bit different!


What would you prefer, a PB or a win?

A PB without question, as running is a very personal thing. Plus, I will never win anything!!!


Tell us about being a beginners’ run lead?

I was approached by Annette and Jonathan, whilst I was a helper with the previous cohort. I had mentored my friend Gill Firmin to run her first half-marathon in March, so I agreed to have my own group. It has been hard work and a huge learning curve, but as they approach graduation (two already have!), it has been incredible to see the progress they have made over the 10 weeks. The group gelled instantly and they have supported each other through thick and thin. I am very proud of all of them for what they have achieved. The helpers who have turned up week in, week out make all the difference. Of these, two names stand out. Steve Boothby and Sophie Phoenix have been with me throughout the journey and have stepped in when I have not been there. I would not have been able to do it without them.


Thanks Martin and good luck

Martin P NSPCC first RR half

First half as a Redway Runner. NSPCC 2016

MK50 – 1970’s Decades run

On Thursday 29 June Redway Runners led the 1970’s decade run from Wetherspoons in Milton Keynes, we started the run with a few bits of information about the 70’s. Then stopped at some of Milton Keynes 1970’s features

More info on the MK50 decades run sereis click here

1970’s Running

First Sports Bra

Your first bosom buddy was crafted in 1977—which makes us wonder (and cringe at) how women athletes even survived before then (athletic corsets both sound terrible and were a real thing). The first iteration of our treasured SPORTS BRA—briefly known as the “jockbra” and later changed to “JogBra” by Hanes—was literally two jock straps sewn together for support. Today, the sports bra market is worth around $15 billion—so can you believe only 25,000 units were sold in its first year?

Carb load

An early edition of Yoga Journal in 1978 even claimed that eating only fresh fruit for three days leading up to race day was the best practice for “natural” fuel. Thankfully diet trends have evolved as much as fashion trends, and an appropriate protein-to-carb ratio is more fitting to fuel today’s runners.

1970s fads and trends


The first instance of streaking in English football occurred on 23 March 1974. Prior to the start of the league match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Highbury, a middle aged man named John Taylor ran around the field. He was eventually caught by three policemen, forcibly made to wear trousers, and removed from the stadium. Taylor was fined £10 by the North London Court the next day

1970s Milton Keynes

National Bowl – The venue opened in 1979, with gigs by Desmond Dekker and Geno Washington, In 1970 Dekker released “You Can Get It If You Really Want”, written by Jimmy Cliff, which reached No. 2 in the UK charts.

1970 First section of new city grid road system (H2 from V4 Watling Street). The Stables presents its first concert.

1970 Sir John Dankworth and Dame Cleo Laine found The Stables music organisation in the stable block of their home.

1971 First major housing scheme (Galley Hill, Stony Stratford).

1973 Bletchley Leisure Centre opened with its iconic pyramid building which housed the pool, later redeveloped. The Milton Keynes Museum was founded by volunteers as the Stacey Hill Society.

1974 Under the Local Government Act (1972), Milton Keynes District was formed by the merger of the urban districts of Bletchley, Newport Pagnell and Wolverton, Newport Pagnell Rural District and part of Wing Rural District. The district was awarded borough status in the same year. The Community Workshop in Galley Hill was opened.

1974 Stantonbury Campus opens; first major grid road (V8 Marlborough Street connects Bletchley to Stantonbury (for New Bradwell and Wolverton); work begins on the Shopping Building (now The Centre:MK); the first balancing lake (Willen Lake) is finished. Borough of Milton Keynes created (as a district of Buckinghamshire until 1997)

1975 The first office building in Central Milton Keynes (Lloyds Court) opens.

1978 Liz Leyh creates the Concrete Cows at Stacey Hill Farm (now Milton Keynes Museum).

The Route:

1 Wetherspoons

Tim Martin opened his first pub in 1979, in Muswell Hill, north London. The J D Wetherspoon name comes from one of Martin’s teachers in New Zealand who could not control his class. “I decided to call it Wetherspoon’s after a former teacher – not because the teacher in question at my primary school in New Zealand had said I would never make it, as some people think, but because he was too nice a fellow to be running our particular class and he couldn’t control it. So I thought: I can’t control the pub, he couldn’t control the class, so I’ll name it after him.”The “JD” part of the name was named after Dr JD Watson, whom Tim Martin met on holiday in Castlerock, Northern Ireland.

2 Frederick Lloyd Roche

In 1970 he moved to Milton Keynes in north Buckinghamshire, at that stage little more than a line on a map, to be General Manager of Milton Keynes Development Corporation at the young age of 39. He oversaw the major growth of the ‘new city’ through to 1981. Thereafter, he joined up with Terence Conran (of Habitat fame) to establish the new architecture and planning consultancy Conran Roche. The company developed a number of successful projects during the 1980s including Butler’s Wharf and Michelin House in London. Ill health forced him to retire as managing director in 1988.A special ceremony took place on Friday, November 9 2012 to change the name of City Gardens to Fred Roche Gardens.

3 Borough Council offices – formed in 70s

The current local authority was first elected in 1973, a year before formally coming into its powers and prior to the creation of the District of Milton Keynes on 1 April 1974.

by the merger of Bletchley Urban District, Newport Pagnell Urban District and Wolverton Urban District, Newport Pagnell Rural District and that part of Wing Rural District within the designated New Town area

The council gained borough status, entitling it to be known as Milton Keynes Borough Council and to annually appoint a Mayor of Milton Keynes.

It was envisaged through the Local Government Act 1972 that Milton Keynes as a non-metropolitan district council would share power with the Buckinghamshire County Council. This arrangement lasted until 1997 when the district council gained responsibility for services that had been provided within Milton Keynes by the county council. Since gaining county council functions the council has gone by the name Milton Keynes Council.

4 Secklow Hundred

In 1978 The moot mound of the Secklow Hundred was found, excavated and reconstructed, prior to it being overlain with the development of central Milton Keynes. It is on the highest point in the central area.

5 The Black Horse

“The Black Horse” a bronze sculpture by in 1978, is sited outside Lloyds Bank, echoing its iconic logo. Elizabeth Frink gained recognition in the early 1950s. She used animal and human forms to express the anguish of the post war period.

6 Campbell Park

Located at the heart of Milton Keynes, Campbell Park hosts many of Milton Keynes’ major festivals and events. Its imaginative mix of formal gardens, water features, woodland and open pasture, mean it’s an ideal spot to ramble through and enjoy the changing seasons.

7 Amazing Grace

“Amazing Grace” is a Christian hymn published in 1779, with words written by the English poet and Anglican clergyman John Newton (1725–1807).

Newton wrote the words from personal experience. He grew up without any particular religious conviction, but his life’s path was formed by a variety of twists and coincidences that were often put into motion by his recalcitrant insubordination. He was pressed (conscripted) into service in the Royal Navy, and after leaving the service, he became involved in the Atlantic slave trade. In 1748, a violent storm battered his vessel off the coast of County Donegal, Ireland, so severely that he called out to God for mercy, a moment that marked his spiritual conversion. He continued his slave trading career until 1754 or 1755, when he ended his seafaring altogether and began studying Christian theology.

Ordained in the Church of England in 1764, Newton became curate of Olney, Buckinghamshire, where he began to write hymns with poet William Cowper. “Amazing Grace” was written to illustrate a sermon on New Year’s Day of 1773. It is unknown if there was any music accompanying the verses; it may have simply been chanted by the congregation. It debuted in print in 1779 in Newton and Cowper’s Olney Hymns but settled into relative obscurity in England. In the United States, however, “Amazing Grace” was used extensively during the Second Great Awakening in the early 19th century. It has been associated with more than 20 melodies, but in 1835 it was joined to a tune named “New Britain” to which it is most frequently sung today.

With the message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of sins committed and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God, “Amazing Grace” is one of the most recognizable songs in the English-speaking world. Author Gilbert Chase writes that it is “without a doubt the most famous of all the folk hymns”, and Jonathan Aitken, a Newton biographer, estimates that it is performed about 10 million times annually

8 Peace Pagoda

Willen Peace Pagoda was started in April 1979 and finished in August 1980. It took one year and four months to build. The Peace Pagoda was built for the Buddhists that came to Milton Keynes. It is made out of concrete but the pictures were carved and sent from India. A Japanese man called Matsuura Yoshijke and his men built the pagoda. The buddhists use the pagoda every day, usually late at night. The Peace Pagoda is set by Willen Lake. It is mainly white with a gold painted statue of the Buddha. The steps go up in two flights; after the first there is a big marbled square then more steps up to the pagoda. Just before you reach the top there are two big concrete lions

9 Willen Lake

South Willen Lake is the busiest park in the region, attracting more than one million visitors each year to take part in water sports, golf, high ropes, special events, or to jog, picnic, walk, play, or just watch everyone else!


Pop up runs – Summer 2017

During the summer of 2017 Redway Runners are holding a series of ‘Pop Up runs’ these are extra runs to the normal club runs so ideal for those in the club wanting to try something new or those want to come along and try a run with Redway Runners or just chance to get another run in


Quiz Run and Social


14 July (Friday)


18:30 till ??? (run approx one hour)


Martin, Jim and the golden jacket


Expect a bit of fun on the run and then chance for a post run social, led by Martin, Jim and the Gold Jacket!


Meet at the Cross Keys pub


Very Social run


28 July (Friday)


19:00 till late




This is planned as a very social run, we will meet at the pub at Nut & Squirrel and then run to the next pub, for a soft drink, then to the next pub for another drink (soft of course) then back to Nut & Squirrel


Meet at the Nut & Squirrel pub (1 Barnsdale Dr, Westcroft, MK4 4DD)

Summer of Fun Great Linford


26 July – Downs Barn Primary School

2 August – Great Linford Primary School

9 August – TBA (hopefully Germander Place School on Conniburrow, waiting to hear)

16 August – Great Linford Primary School

23 August – Downs Barn School


18:00 to 19:00




These are extra Step Up runs, led by Glenn, held in conjunction with Great Linford Council so a great chance to give our Step Up runs a go




26 July – Track for beginners (Kevin F)

9 August – Introduction to Track (Rich)

30 August – Strength on the Track (Doug)


18:45 to 20:00


As above


Looking to get faster, or just feel more comfortable on your next 5k or Half Marathon?
Always fancied trying out the track but never had the confidence? This session is for you.
Track is not just for “fast runners”. Doing speed work sessions at the track will help any runner improve their race time and better their overall fitness.

Dougs session will help enhance speed endurance and would include drills designed to increase speed, agility and strength. It is suitable for all abilities and compliment any run training.

These sessions run alongside our normal track sessions with Spencer at Stantonbury Track – 18:45 to 20:00 – Cost £1 for Redway runners and £3 for non Redway Runners (to cover track fees). So if you have never tried track a great chance this summer to give it a go


Beginners sample session


25 July (Evening)


18:30 to 19:0




Thinking of joining a Redway Runners beginner’s session this session led by Annette will give you a flavour of what to expect in our new groups starting in September


Meet at the barriers to David Lloyd


Beginners sample session


29 July (Saturday morning)


10:00 to 11:00


Steve B


Thinking of joining a Redway Runners beginner’s session this session led by Steve will give you a flavour of what to expect in our new groups starting in September


Meet at the cafe (One4six) at Willen Lake, near the Bandstand and new Splash Zone

Off Road Challenge


12 July


18:30 to 19:30




We’ll take on the off road trails and head to Puke Hill for a challenge.


Church Car Park, top of Church Road, Bow Brickhill


Give Intervals a Go


2 August (Wednesday)


19:00 to 20:00




A chance to try a Redway Runners interval session


Meet at the barriers to David Lloyd


Woodland run


25 July (Tuesday)


19:30 20:45


Tim M


Woodland runs, meet at Bow Brickhill Church (top of steep hill with war memorial). Ready to go for 19:30. Parking is VERY Limited, so consider parking close by and walking in. Pub to finish.

Run should be around 01:15hrs or so and will be steady paced. All club members are welcome to both runs. There will be loop backs where necessary, as no-one will be left.

Woodland run


10 August (Thursday)


19:30 20:40


Tim M


Woodland runs, meet at The Duke Inn, Woburn Road, Heath & Reach (10-mins south of MK on A5). Parking is very limited and is limited within the village, so please lift share where possible. Pub to finish.

Run should be around 01:15hrs or so and will be steady paced. All club members are welcome to both runs. There will be loop backs where necessary, as no-one will be left.

MK50 Through the Decades run series


13 July, 27 July and 3 August


19:00 20:00




To celebrate MK50 Redway Runners with MMKAC are holding a series of runs to represent each decade of Milton Keynes, more info click here


Summer 2017




Tour of Milton Keynes 2017

This year’s tour, the 35th, will start on Sunday 3 September with the Tattenhoe 11km and finish on Friday 8 September with the Willen Lake 6 and has six races over the six days.

This year we will be presenting again THREE awards just for Redway Runner members on the last evening at the presentations

You will need to be a paid Redway Runner member and have ‘Redway Runners’ registered as your club in the entry list.

The awards are for:

  • Fastest Redway Runner male completing all six events
  • Fastest Redway Runner lady completing all six events
  • Most improved Redway Runners in all six events (you will need to have been a Redway Runner last year and this year and completed all six events each year)

You will keep the award for one year and then it will go on to next years winner

All the details of the event and entry forms on the MMKAC website (see link of the left from home page) at:

Entry at:



Details from MMKAC:


The Brian Graves Tour of MK

Sunday 3rd September ~ Friday 8th September 2017
                     6 races over 6 days!

Sunday 3 Sept.           Tattenhoe Park 11km (three lap course)    10.00am
Monday 4 Sept.           Potterspury Cross-Country (5miles)           7.00pm
Tuesday 5 Sept.          Stantonbury Track Mile Race                   from 7.00pm
Wednesday 6 Sept.     Campbell Park ‘five’                                   7.00pm
Thursday 7 Sept.        Brickhill Woods Hill Race (2 miles)            7.00pm
Friday 8 Sept.            Willen Lake ‘6’                                            6.00pm

Entries are open for this years event.

A highlight of the year for runners, this relaxed and social event appeals to all entrants as it welcomes runners of all abilities and ages.
Six races in six days: mixed terrain; short and long distances; Tears and laughter. Each race begins with the nervous warm-up and a scan of the previous days results. It does not matter how good or bad you are, there is always someone a few seconds in front or behind on the aggregated times and positions. Names that you have heard during the year, but not been able to put a face to, are introduced as “the one just behind you!”. The event is suitable for both the fastest and slowest of runners.
The event ends, as normal, with a post race buffet (and opportunity to have few beers with fellow runners and family) and presentation giving at the Sports Pavilion, Woughton on the Green (following the Willen 6 ish race)
Prizes: Everyone who completes the tour receives a technical T-shirt. We will have several prizes available Redway Runners members( First Male / Female and most improved versus last year).
Tour entry fee is £30 for non MMKAC members (£32 if not affiliated to English Athletics).
Easy and fast entry is available on-line via Resultsbase.net
Happy Running!
Andrew Wasdell
Tour of Milton Keynes Race Director
Marshall Milton Keynes AC

More new runs coming in the club

We can tell you about not one but four new runs being added to the club run list and all starting soon, we have:

Wednesday at 6pm Lake run (Starts 21 June 2017),
Led by ANNE, this run follows set routes, you have the option of either, 3.2 miles, or 4.0 miles, you run your own pace but need to run in pairs or groups, this run does not have a lead runner or a tail runner and does not do loop backs, to see the routes click here Meeting at entrance barriers to David Lloyd

Wednesday 7pm Step Up run (Starts 28 June 2017)
Meeting at entrance barriers to David Lloyd, About 45 minutes running time. Led by PAUL C

Monday 9:30am Step Up run (Starts 3 July 2017)
Meeting at David Lloyd reception, About 45 minutes running time. Led by DEBBIE

Thursday 6pm Step Up run (Starts 6 July 2017)
Meeting at entrance barriers to David Lloyd, About 45 minutes running time. Led by SOPHIE
Details of these and all the club runs are at:

We have also told you previously about our special run series for the summer so remember those as well with the MK50 Decades runs, more at:

The Pop Up runs – Summer 2017 details at:

Great Linford Summer of Fun runs details at:

We will continue to look at our runs and what we can offer, but this does rely on people who are willing to give up time and run to lead runs for the club, not just one week but every week. If you want to help let us know.

Redway Runners Festival of Running

The yearly Redway Runners Festival of Running took place this weekend at Caldecotte Lake. 

Runners completed up to four events across the weekend: a full marathon followed by a half marathon on Saturday, and a 10km followed by another half marathon on Sunday. With up to 55 runners in each race, just four completed all  four near back to back events- Neville Rowles, Stephen Dunham, Rachel Elder and  Paul Woodward. 

Conditions were very warm and windy. Martin Lawrence, club Chairman commented:  ‘It was a fab green turnout for the second year of the Redway Runners Festival of Running with the four of events over the two days. It was very hot weather conditions over the weekend, four runners did all the events -58 miles. For Stephen it was the second time he had done all events making him the only ‘ever present’ person to do all eight of the events”.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped organise the aid stations and to Enigma Running for organising the event. Redway Runners is an inclusive running club with sessions running daily across Milton Keynes. For more information about the Redway Runners visit www.redwayrunners.com