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Redway Runners at London 2021

October 07, 2021 by Martin Lawrence
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Thanks to all that mailed in updates and photos as requested on London Marathon. Well, what a weekend!! Redway Runners did London – both virtually and in the big city itself!

We travelled by coach, train and car to get to London and the weather was pretty good! It did get a bit hot and then the slower runners got absolutely drenched in a short downpour mid afternoon but at least it was better than the Saturday!
Redway Runners at the event included:

Rob Cox who had an amazing experience despite a spot of trouble with his foot. He would do it all again today if his legs would let him! He has already entered next years ballot – I bet he’s not the only one Louise Harris and Yvette Hart had an amazing time – even after the pain set in and are not the only ones to say that the crowds are absolutely awesome!

Kevin Shepherd who ran with Sarah Jane Bird and James Nesbitt also had an amazing time but is surprised how much he hurts having run it slower than normal! A day he will never forget!

Katrina Squires – the most determined person I know finished having overcome injury and illness. There was never any doubt that she would finish even if it wasn’t the race she wanted.

James Nesbitt deserves a special mention. As many if you know he was diagnosed with MS in 2018 and this was to be his last marathon. He had an absolute ball with Sarah and Kevin – “selfless beautiful people who made my last marathon a very very special day to remember.” They force fed him sweets and salts and got him a post diagnosis PB of about an hour. That is a very special achievement – well done to all of you. As James said Redway Runners has some truly great people!

Sally Falconer and me. Sally took a while to get in the swing of it – by the time she did, I had had enough so as ever we kept each other going. And it was great to meet up with Annette Smyth along the way – just as she looked like she needed some encouragement.
Without a doubt the crowd keeps you going – people are just amazing!

And then there were the Virtual London Marathoners! This is a different kettle of fish! Having run this last year I know it takes a different sort of determination to get around. 26.2 miles is an awfully long way without the crowds for encouragement.

Julie Keveren, Hayley Keveren, Janet Bellis and Dee Mendez ran virtually round Milton Keynes – am I the only one who thinks “virtual” isn’t quite the right word? It sounds like you don’t actually have to do it! But they did do it – all 26.2 miles – with the company of Sean O ‘Leary from the Moving up to Marathon Group. He only did it for the company and as Julie says – that’s why Redway Runners are the best.


Inspired by all of this? Who wants to run next year? The ballot for 2nd October 2022 is open now until 9pm on Friday 8th October – the results of the ballot will be announced in February. You know you want to!Race Results at:


Although the results show a number of Redway Runners, many seem to be missing, this might be a club not put in especially is entry submitted via charity entry


Finally, for those still suffering have a watch of this video


Lots of photos on the Redway Runners Facebook page