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Update; 1 December 2016

MK50 Green club Hoodies available now

Our home town Milton Keynes (City of Dreams!) is 50 years old in 2017 and we are excited to announce that Redway Runners will be joining forces with the MK50 project team to help celebrate this amazing birthday.

We will give you more details in the coming weeks but to start off the celebrations MK50 green hoodies are now available from the club store to show our support and wear with pride! And not only that - the club is keeping the price of these the same as the regular hoodies.

These limited edition versions will only be available during 2017 BUT you can order yours by 1st December to get it in time for Christmas - they'll make an excellent present! (subject to stock availability)

So come on everyone - what are you waiting for?!

Donations for MK Food Bank

Please remember we are collecting for the MK Foodbank so bring items to club runs or to the Christmas party and help others in Milton Keynes have a great Christmas - time is running out
This year again the club will be collecting for the Milton Keynes Food Bank, for those who are not as fortunate as us at Christmas in Milton Keynes, they tell us the items they really need are selection packs for the children (please make sure they are in date) and toiletries.

We will have a donation box at the entrance for the club Christmas party, and you can also leave donations with the run leads. We will collect to Monday 5 December

Social Evening at MK Lightning Ice Hockey – Saturday 21 January 2017

For the third year running we are organising a Redway Runner Social evening to watch the Milton Keynes Lightning ice hockey team.  The match is on Saturday 21 January 2017 versus the Guildford Flames.  The game starts at 7pm at the ice rink just behind “Argos” and “Toys R Us” near MK Central Station. MK Lightning are having an excellent season, being 2nd in the league at the time of writing.  Let’s see if we can beat the 135 who attended last year!   
We have managed to get an excellent discount on ticket prices.  Adults will cost £10 (instead of the normal £15) and children under 16 years of age will be charged at £5 (instead of the normal £8.00).  Those who have never been to ice hockey before are in for an evening of a fast paced, hard hitting game with the odd fight here and there!  The game will be over at about 9.15pm.  There is a splendid bar and good food and beverage facilities.  We will all be seated in a block together which will add to the fun. 
To book your seats please can you let Kevin Orchard ( know how many tickets you would like?  Bank transfers to Redway Runners account:
  • Sort code 301553
  • Number 42390360
  • Name; Redway Runners
(reference “ice hockey” please)

or a cheque (payable to 'Redway Runners') to Martin will secure your seats. Absolute closing date will be Wednesday 18 January at 5pm.

If anybody fancies it, we can skate for free after the game until 11pm, you just need to pay for skate hire on the night at £2.50 each.  For those not up for a bit of skating we will move over to Wetherspoons at 171 Midsummer Boulevard for a drink or two after the game.

Redway Runners Party - Friday night

Just a quick reminder that that Friday is Party night (2 December) Dust off your dancing shoes and glam up!

Festivities start from 7pm, and will include a free drink on arrival, we aim to get you sat down by 7.30pm please.

For those just coming to enjoy the bar and band please join us from 10pm.

Don’t forget we are collecting for MK Food Bank this year, so please bring your donations of Children’s selection boxes or toiletries along on the night.

Club Fees for 2017/2018

The committee have agreed the club fees for 2017/2018 club year and again we will be keeping membership at £5 - hopefully you will agree fantastic value for a whole year - renewals are not due till the 31 March.

If you add UKA on to your membership the fee UKA charges is going up to £14 (from £13)

Who Racing Where page

Pleased to let you know that Simon Richards from the club is going to be updating the clubs 'who is racing where' page, (from Julie, thanks Julie for all the hard work)

So if you want to be added to the page please let him know the date, event and distance you are racing (with your name)

You can mail Simon at:

You can check the page at:

640 is back at 6pm next week

Remember the club 640 run is back from next Tuesday at 6pm from David Lloyd barriers and led by Paul CJ - this run does not follow the format of many of the club runs, see note from Paul belwo:

The Redway Runners "640 Group" will be reconvening on Tuesday 6 December. Our first meet is 18:00 outside David Lloyd (Livingstone Dr, Milton Keynes MK15 0DL).

The format will be as before, and for those who haven't been before or want a reminder, it is thus: Very simple: We start at about the allotted time, run a mile at about 7 minute/mile pace and then aim for the next 3 at about 6:40 pace.

This run does not follow the standard 'Redway Runners' protocol: there is no tail runner, and no loop backs. It is intended for experienced runners who can look after themselves. Providing you let the run leader know of any problems that occur during the run, we will do our best to ensure your safety.

As in its previous incarnation I encourage members to seek out their own favourite runs with a view to leading their own routes for the group. I will always be the organiser and club representative (or 'club official') at these runs.

I look forward to seeing you all next Tuesday - Go 640!

Paul CJ

Free abdominal aortic aneurysm scan

Been asked to pass this on to you from club member Mike Boast - (seems to be something worthwhile but sorry have no knowledge about it)
If you are over 65, (I do not think I am alone in having achieved this milestone in Redway Runners) you can have a free abdominal aortic aneurysm scan. It seems as we age the Aorta walls can weaken allow the Aorta to swell and can rupture which is terminal.
Safe diameters are 1.5 cm to 1.9 cm. Above 2.0 cm you are at risk. I had a scan last week and fortunately my Aorta is 1.7 cm. Lots of information on the subject will be found on Google
To get a free scan telephone 01234 792207. You do not need any referral. It is carried out at several Health Centres in this area. I went to Wolverton and was in and out in twenty minutes.


Winter Half

More club information on the Winter half next week for the club arrangements.

But can you help on the day, if so please message on the Winter Half FB page or email

Monday 6pm step up run

The two week trial of basing the 6pm step up run with Glenn from the Peace Pagoda has come to an end.

Following positive feedback about the change we can announce that this arrangement will continue for the time being.

There is no change to the other club runs at this time.

Club Raffle

The club charity raffle will be drawn this Friday during the club Christmas party, still time to get your raffle tickets from Juie, Debbie or Martin and we will have them on sale before the meal on the night of the party.

Many thanks to Simon Navin, Ausra and Results Base been able to add the wonderful prizes below to the list with;

2 x Tea Gift packs

3 Tea gift sets donated by Ausra (see picture)


Free entry to an FQ Events race in 2017

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


2 x Free subscriptions to OS Maps

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

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

List of all the prizes at:

Bedford Half Marathon

We have a new offer for paid Redway Runners with 15% off entries for the new Bedford Half Marathon on the 2 September 2017, there will be medals and t-shirts for all finishers, the course is flat and they will have a post race picnic party with mini miles in the afternoon for the children.
To claim the discount you need to contact and confirm you are a paid Redway Runner and that you are claiming the 15% discount (making entry £23.80). Then you will sent an entry form via email along with a PayPal link. Once both the returned entry form via email and payment received they will send a conformation email of your entry.

For more information on the event please see the website at

Thanks to Maurice for sorting it out for the club

Run For Chocolate

We had a slab of our runners at the Run for Chocolate race at Emberton Park on Saturday

Ashford Half

Well done Dan Hippey 2nd Overall (1st MV) at Ashford Half Marathon in 1.21.20.

Dan said 'Fairly tough course over mixed terrain with the first and last 2km along muddy tracks. Led for first 10km before losing 2 places on a hilly section to then gain back 2nd place once returning to the off road section, just couldn't quite reel in the front runner in time.'

Great running Dan

Run For Chocolate

Pet Hedges and Paul 'Pj' Jones did a very Windy Saxon Shore Marathon on Sunday Paul said 'it came  with the biggest and heaviest medal I've seen!!'

Cyprus Challenge

Well done to Abi, at the Cyprus four day challenge and managed to pick up V35 trophies for The overall 4 day Cyprus Challenge, half marathon and 10k. The top lady picked up the overall prizes!

Bass Belle 10 miler

Roger Hobbs aim was to finish the Bass Belle 10 miler on Sunday, somewhere around 1.20 - he managed chip time of 1.17.57, placed 113/385 so all good.

Well done Roger

parkrun Tourist

Jude and JP at Pegwell Bay parkrun tourists!!

Tuesday on Tour

Tuesday morning 9.30 run on the last Tuesday of the month goes on Tour, this week it was from the Blue Lagoon in Bletchley

Munnar Marathon

Been asked to pass this on by Christine, to people in case anyone fancy a bit of a different marathon for the future
Brand new marathon.
Can I ask my pals in running/training groups & clubs to share this please? I know it's probably too late for the marathon distance in Jan 2017 but maybe a 2018 diary date...the organiser is a great guy & I agreed to circulate this in the UK
— at Munnar, Kerela.

Hybrid Boot Camp

Takami from the club is just back from this Boot camp and is raving about it and asked to pass on info as other club members maybe interested. (No personal knowledge of this company)

I'm just back from a two week boot camp, and thought it was amazing; I'm just wondering if I could spread the word via Redway Runners - it's so close by in Northampton, and I can't believe the inches lost and fitness improvements after just one week. I'm just wondering if any other girlies (or guys) would be interested in knowing about it and they are doing 25% off over the Black Friday weekend.

I just can't recommend it enough and wanted to share the news of how good it is for any other runners wanting to shred some body fat (I'd even be brave enough to share before and after pictures) yikes ha ha

Everything Christmas & New Year at Redway Runners

We have a lot going on in the club for Christmas and New Year - you can find links to everything aT

May be worth bookmarking the page for later
  • Christmas and New Year Running
  • Club Christmas Party
  • Christmas Social - MK Biergarten
  • Club Christmas raffle
  • 12Ks of Christmas – club Virtual Race SOLD OUT
  • Club Store at Christmas
  • Donations for MK Foodbank
  • Christmas & New Year parkruns

Social MK Biergarten


Great news, we have another social sorted - Club member Franzi has sorted for the MK Biergarten, Milton Keynes’ first (and so far only) micropub and bottle shop, to open its doors specially for club members (and guest) on on Tuesday the 20 December from 7pm to 10pm.

In German beer culture a Biergarten is a comfortable, friendly space and the MK Biergarten has a wide range of bottled and draft craft beer and cider both from the UK and further afield. They also sell soft drinks and wine by the bottle.

So a chance for a chat and drink with fellow club members before the Christmas break.

It is a fairly small pub, so we have a maximum number able to attend with room for up to 45 of us. So to limit numbers you will need to book a place, to book mail Martin at

Do not delay in getting booked!

Beginners - it could be you!

Last Saturday our beginners groups graduated at parkrun, just some of the comments they made below:
  • 'What an amazing morning, would never of achieved this without our fantastic beginners group'
  • 'A big thank you to Steve for putting us through our paces during our weekly training. You've been truly amazing and added an element of fun during the sessions!'
  • 'Running is really hard, but much easier with a good group of people. Today was tough, but we made it and I did it in a good time for me! Thanks Annette Smyth for your help and support. See you all at step up!!!'
  • 'What a fantastic graduation!!! This has been a brilliant course and a great step into the world of running. I now have my first medal of many hopefully for my medal tree (although not official, but thanks kids!!). Hopefully see you all soon on our next runs!!!'
  • 'Annette thank you so much. Couldn't of done it without your encouragement and enthusiasm to believe we can do it. Thank you for seeing me in at the end! Well done everyone great graduation'
  • 'Thanks Richard Doherty for giving up your time with us beginners. At the beginning I was not sure I would make it all the way round without needing to stop but I did make it all the way round & it was great!! Thanks again.'
So if you want to see if you can do it then make the decision now to sign up for the next Redway Runners new free beginners groups in January 2017, we have seven courses starting. Most will work towards doing the MK Willen Lake free 5K parkrun on Saturday 18 March,  If you want a place you need to act quickly as all these courses will be limited to 50 places.

All the details and how to book are at:

Please do pass on this information to anyone

London Marathon 2017 coach

Redway Runners will be organising a coach for both Runners and Supporters again this year. It will be the same format as the past years.
To book your place pay £12 for the return trip in to the club account (detail below) and message Martin ( and James Down (

Club Bank details

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

MK parkrun - Willen

MK parkrun at Willen with event 349 and 369 finishers with 92 from the club, as slightly re-routed course round the mini bowl due to an obstacle on the course
Genci PEPAJ was first home and Sarah BIRD was second lady and
Michelle GEORGE-BARNES third lady today
New PB's for;
Well done all and thanks to all the volunteers

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Redway Runners Race discounts

Special discounts have been arranged for Redway Runner paid members – this is the place to find the details

Once you have entered a race let Julie Martin know (e-mail and you can be added to the ‘who is racing’ page on the club website. After you have run the event, send a link to the results to Nigel Sheppard and your result will be added to the results section.

If you have any contacts that can offer the club a discount please get in touch with Jonathan who is looking after these for Redway Runners

Current discount list, shown in date order:

Marathon clinic - 2 February 2017
Free entry with code CLINIC2217
Book at;

Milton Keynes Festival of Running - 5 March 2017
15% discount using code MK15
Book at;

MK Rocket 5K - 30 April 2017
Discount of 5% using discount code ROCKET5

MK Marathon, Half and Relay - 1 May 2017
Discount of 15% using discount code RRVIP15

Run Bedford 10K - 18 June 2017
15% discount for Bedford 10K with code: REDWAY valid till Monday 31st October.

Event website at:

Bedford Half Marathon - 2 September 2017
15% off entries for the new Bedford Half Marathon on the 2 September 2017. Contact confirm you are a paid Redway Runner and you are claiming the 15% discount. They will sent an entry form via email along with a PayPal link. Once both returned entry form via email and payment received will send a conformation email of your entry. Website at


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Results are posted on the results page on our web page (that is if you have sent a link to the results to Nigel)

The latest club parkrun results are at: If you ran and are not listed then please, from a parkrun mail (results or newsletter), click the ‘manage my profile’ and you can then update your club to ‘Redway Runners’

Normal Running Timetable

We have lots of club runs the main runs are listed below and are best ones to for new runners to the club to start with, you can find details of all the runs at:

Main Club Run - all standards 
  • 'Social run' 4 miles, with loop back for those who run 10 minute miles and quicker,
  • 'Step up group' which does about 2.7 miles at a gentle pace and the
  • 'Club run' which does a 4 mile run with no loop backs, so you need to know the route. Each run has a tail runner.
Meet at the Decathlon store to leave at 19.00 or if you are new at 18.50
Main Club Run - all standards
Meet to leave at 9.30 prompt at David Lloyd reception for a max 1 hour run (we mix up runs with Interval sessions or hills).
Evening Social run or Step up to 10K runs or session work (hills or intervals) meet near the barriers to David Lloyd to leave at 19.00
Longer training runs, leaves at 9.00 check the web site under 'Train' and ‘Sunday runs’ for details.
Please remember to do your warm up and cool downs before and after the run.
Small Print
'Redway Runners' is independent affiliated running club, if you would like to join the club you will find a form on our website.
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