What a fab morning, on Sunday 28 August 2022, for the clubs charity coffee morning runs with Social and Step Up runs both from Newport Pagnell.
We had an amazing 91 runners out across the two runs with 58 on the club social run for a journey, was great to see so many taking up the challenge to be ‘Champions’ for the run.
The social run after leaving we ran alongside Portfields School, this is where Leah Williamson, the England women’s football captain who won the 2022 Euros recently, went to school.
Crossing the Wolverton Road was the location for one of the seven town gateway signs, note this one co-indecently marking the civil war!!
Then we joined railway walk, which was the old railway line from Wolverton to Newport Pagnell, the train was known as the Newport Nobby, the line closed under the Beeching axe with last training 1967, as we reached the end of the line hopefully you spotted one of the last items of the railway with the restored signal post.
After leaving the line we went to the new Leah Williamson mural that had been painted onto the wall of a former garage- at this point we met up with the 33 runners on the Step Up group and were greeted by Binta the Deputy Mayor of Newport Pagnell who very kindly joined us (thanks for taking time out of your day to come along).
Binta said ‘sheer joy to step in as Deputy Mayor, to welcome the inspirational MKWide Redway Runners in front of the Leah Williamson Mural.’
We did try to get Leah along or more guest like Leah, some of the team from the Newport Pagnell FA Vase Wembley winning team, we were due the Newport Pagnell Mayor but the day before her went down with Covid!!
On leaving the mural we next turned off the road, just before the home of Newport Pagnell Football ground and turned onto Riverside Meadow, on the bridge is the site that lots of youngsters in Newport Pagnell learned to swim, further along the river Ouse is the home of the Newport Duck race, the field is also the home of the carnival and the finish of the Newport Paginal carnival 5K.
Next up we crossed the river by Tickford Bridge, built in 1810 it is one of the last iron bridges in Britain that still carries main road traffic. It is believed to be the oldest iron bridge in the world that is still in constant use. Although not at the moment as closed for repairs.
From here our run then went on to Bury Field, the home of the Bury field parkrun. This weekend it is seeing the English Civil War Society having a showdown on the common! We met up again with the Step Up group for another group photo and joined by some members of the Civil War Society, the day of events on the common continues tomorrow. (29 August 2022)
The group then split with Luke leading a 30 minute extra option with runners heading back for the charity coffee morning with tea, coffee and of course cake with the Step Up run
Runs like today do not happen with a great deal of help from other volunteers thank you to them, like Luke and Will for the extra 30 minutes, from Terry for photos and all the tail runners today and everyone else thank you, I am just happy to front it!!
The coffee morning raised an fab £280 for the Children’s Society, you can still donate at:
Just hope all the runners had a fab morning with social or step Up runs