New runners turn MK Parkrun green
November 29, 2018
by Martin Lawrence
Hundreds of runners completing the Beginners Groups with the Redway Runners graduated at Milton Keynes Parkrun on Saturday 24th November. Each new runner has completed a course of sessions to take them from no or little running to 5km.
The club welcomes all new runners. Gracie Matthews, who began her course with the club 10 weeks ago tells her story:
“I lost my leg above the knee in 2016 following a traumatic knee dislocation playing rugby. From early on in my recovery I wanted to do the best I could and after being told I’d never run again I wanted to prove that doctor wrong. I was kindly funded a running blade to help me achieve my goals. Upon receiving my running blade made by Pace Rehabilitation the mammoth task in front of me became evident as I couldn’t even run 100m. I lost some weight, got fitter and I then decided to join Redway Runners after only managing to run about 1km on my own. After joining it was clear that I missed the team spirit of playing in a team and running with the club gave me this back and the drive to make it to 5km. Redway Runners were so accommodating and welcoming right from the start and always went out their way to make sure I was comfortable and part of the group at all times. Going forward I’d like to start improving my 5km running time and keep as active as possible.”
Redway Runners will be launching more Beginners Groups in January 2019. Details of these will be released mid-December. To join the course or for more information on the club check www.redwayrunnners.com for details.
Photo credit: Adrian Glanvill