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Update; 30 April 2015

Redway Runners New event

A brand new event, BEAT THE BARGE, was launched at the AGM for paid up club members which will take place on Saturday 8 August

This promises to be a fun and exciting first staging of the race which we are limiting to 80 runners on a first come first served basis for the first year

The full details and the entry form can be found on the club website (link below) and more information will be coming out in the weekly email and Facebook posts in due course

Milton Keynes Marathon

Redway Runners preparations for the Milton Keynes Marathon / half marathon are progressing well - hopefully all the information is below

Runners timetable
9:40 - Big Club green photo, outside Frankie & Bennys
10:00 - Races start

Those helping on the course will have been told who and where to report to, but if you find you can help on the day, please click on Event Crew on the MK Marathon site - but this link will close soon, then please go to one of these points - help will be gratefully received

  • Control point 1 - with Martin
  • On the V7 entrance to Saxon clinic, miles 2.5 and 7
  • Control point 2 - with Julie
  • Mile 9/Water stop 9 Entrance to Newport Road off H9 Groveway eastbound
  • Control point 3 - with Spencer
  • Mile 22.5 Water stop 22 Campbell Park entertainment circle (helipad) entrance via Avebury Boulevard.

Your friends and family will be able to plot your progress on race day here:

Cheering points
If anyone is not running or helping on the day and wants to cheer the runners good points will be at the control points above - wear your green tops as helps the runners see you and gives a boost to them (or peg your green top to a bean pole)

Race day evening we will be meeting from 7pm at the Wetherspoons near to the V6 for a few celebration drinks and catch ups, dress code: marathon tees/ event crew tees and medals.

All six club runs on Monday 4 May are cancelled which are:

  • Coached /Step Up with Portia
  • Daytime Beginners group with Doug - this will be on Thursday morning
  • Evening Beginners Group with Glenn
  • Club run with Stuart
  • Step Up group with Leigh
  • Social run

Membership Renewals

If your membership has now run out then YOU ARE NO LONGER A MEMBER OF REDWAY RUNNERS, You must not claim any discount on race entries for being a member of Redway Runners, claim discounts at local shops or stores - you membership card is out of date. You will have to pay the higher price for club kit and at club track sessions.

If you want to renew then you need to make payment (£5 or £17) to the club bank account:
  • Sort code 301553
  • Number 42390360
  • Name; Redway Runners
Then mail to to confirm you have paid - if any of your details have changed let us know - if however you want UKA on your membership and you have not had that previously then we will need a form.

Or put payment in an envelop, write your full name on the envelop and pass to Martin at a club run. Cheques payable to 'Redway Runners'.


If you are a new member then please complete the form on the club web site, under join, and let us have it with payment.

Redway Runners AGM

Many thanks to all those that came along to what is arguably the most important session of the year for the club, Redway Runners AGM and we reviewed activity in the last year and looked forward to some of the plans for the upcoming year. Martin especially thanked all the committee members, the run leads and everyone who has helped the club have another fantastic year

The key items were:
  • Changes to the constitution agreed
  • Last year as a club we raised £1,811 for the club charity of the year, 'Harry Rainbow Charitable Trust' and we will be arranging to present a cheque to them soon and hopefully get this total matched by a local business
  • For the Cross Country season next year, Kerry Cooper has agreed to manage the ladies team
  • Furzton Relay will be on the 26 July and Andy Hully will be Race Director
  • We launched a new event for the club - 'Beat the Barge' more details to follow
  • Committee has been agreed for the next year:
  1. Chair; Martin
  2. Treasurer; Karen
  3. Secretary; Denise
  4. UKA Membership: Nigel
  5. Welfare: Rena (this will be a non voting role)
  6. On-Line Activity; Jamie
  7. Social; Julie
  8. Press activity; Kevin (this is a new role)
  9. Run Lead co-ordinator; Jonathan
We voted on the new charity of the year and it was a very close vote that went to Bravery Boxes

We will hopefully get the AGM report on the club web site soon.

parkrun 23 May - Road Trip

Looks like the MK parkrun is cancelled on the 23 May (Outdoor show at Willen) so perfect time for a Redway Runners road trip to the Buckingham parkrun
Buckingham parkrun info at:

Proposal for a new club run

We are going to trial a new run on Tuesday evenings beginning on June 9. It is aimed at runners wanting to improve their 10k or Half Marathon times. We’ll meet at the barriers by David Lloyd at 19:00.

The idea is for a sub 7 minute pace tempo run on the following format:

  • A warm-up mile at between 7 and 7:30
  • A number of miles paced at sub 7. This is the crux of the run. Initially I would suggest 5 at 6:45 / 6:40.
  • A warm-down mile at around 7:30.

This gives a total expected time of around 50 minutes for the run. Depending on the strength and wishes of the group on the day we can modify the quick section from 4 to 6 or possibly 7 miles. It is aimed at experienced runners with the required degree of stamina, and please note that the idea will be to run as a group. As such there will be no tail-runner and no loop-backs. It will be run to the clock rather than a set course, and the aim will be to follow paths that avoid main road crossings, so mostly on redways and tow-paths

Initially Paul CJ will lead the run, but as this mainly involves keeping an eye on the GPS, holding a steady pace and making sure that we’re back to the start at (roughly) the right time, there is plenty of scope for others to get involved as we get familiar with the format.

London Marathon 2015

Where we start, but some fantastic performances by the runners with:

Many thanks to those that supported the club during the London Marathon with:
  • James Down (arranging the coaches)
  • Jenny Dowling (stalkinng and reporting in MK)
  • Neil Solanki (for the Redway Runners cheering point at Bermondsey) and those at the other cheering points.
  • Spencer and Julie (Updates and photos from London).
  • Terry Down (official Redway Runners official photos)
Special mention for Jen Sangster from the club who now holds a world record for the fastest marathon dressed as a love heart in 3:18:23 - more at - The fastest marathon dressed as a love heart is 3:18:23 and was achieved by Jennifer Sangster.more at:

2015 Les Irvine Memorial OU Relay Results

We had 48 Redway Runners taking part as 12 teams of 4 in this year's OU Relay today. In total, 76 teams took part. Thanks to some excellent running we managed to win all the age groups we had teams entered in.

Team Amsterdam came 2nd overall and won the 120-159 age group (Stuart Sullivan, Natasha Baker. Andrew Kirschner and Paul Clifford-Jones),
Team Berlin won the 160-199 age group (Simon Kirschner-Heavens, Gareth Snelson, Paul Coe and Sarah Lambert),
Team Palma won the 200-239 age group (Doug Yabsley, Jane Ritchie, Kevin Orchard and Maurice O'Connell) and
Team Budapest won the 240-279 age group (John Morle, Annie Hulley, Terry Down and Ian Stevens).

Well done to all who took part and hopefully everyone had a good time? A special thank you to Laura Dickinson and Rachel Harmon for stepping in as reserves at the last minute. Thanks to Kevin Orchard for organising for the club.

Green Mile

Held the 7th running of the club Green mile, on the Thursday evening club run and had 20 taking part, Stuart Sullivan was first home, all the results at:

Win a MK Dons Family Ticket *

Redway Runners are delighted to be holding a raffle to raise funds for MK junior parkrun.
The Prize
A voucher for a MK Dons Family Ticket to a home Football League match at StadiumMK.
You can enter this prize draw by buying a raffle ticket. These will be sold at various club runs and in the café after MK parkrun and should be purchased by the 27 June 2015.
Raffle tickets cost £1 each or buy a strip for £5.
The winning raffle ticket will be drawn on the 28th June 2015.

Money raised from the raffle
85% of the funds raised by the raffle will go towards improving MK junior parkrun and the remaining 15% will be deposited in the parkrun New Events Fund.
This money will help the MK junior parkrun team improve the parkrun: it could help them buy additional equipment, fund an anniversary event or something else.
The parkrun New Events Fund provides 50% of the funding (£3,000) to those who want to set up a new parkrun or junior parkrun event. MK junior parkrun, MK parkrun and all other local parkruns have benefited from the parkrun new events fund.
Terms and conditions
The voucher can be exchanged for *two adult and two junior tickets and is valid for home league games in the 2015/16 season. Seats are determined by the Box Office. There is no cash alternative. The voucher is not valid for any home cup matches.

Club Sunday Run

Whilst lots of club members were in London for the Marathon we still have a respectable 46 out for the club Sunday run - photo taken at Tear Drop Lakes

Redway Runners at Madrid Duathlon

Congratulations to Kevin Orchard representing GB today in Madrid at the Duathlon

Redway Runners at the Technip E&C 5k race

We had three Redway Runners proudly displaying their colours at the start of their office sports club's biannual 5k race round Caldecotte Lake on Tuesday, 21 April A good night for Redway Runners - we had the first two gents and first lady home. (Andrew Dodds, Matt Bayfield and Lauren Hamer in the photo)
(photo credit: W Naylor)

Jen's London Marathon 2015

Thought you would be interested in Jenifer Wallis's story of the 2015 London Marathon, photo is with her new Marathon buddy Allie who comes from Portsmouth 
Thanks to RR - just think...there is NO WAY ON EARTH I would have attempted this journey if it hadn't started with a email to you asking more about the club...I am grateful beyond belief! 
I DID IT!!!!
Yep, I managed to hold myself together and not only complete the 2015 Virgin London Marathon...but dare I say it..actually enjoyed it!!!
I came in at a pretty respectable official time of 5:04:29 (my own watch reading 4:59:23).
I have memories that will simply last a lifetime, and I have been re-living the event over and over again in my mind, scared to let them go.  The sheer volume of runners and spectators is quite overwhelming, as is the crowd noise.  I am sure I was deaf before I even got the two mile point.
I have never had so many people screeching my name - not calling -  I mean full on screaming.  It felt unreal.  We passed every shape and size of humanity, along with blind and deaf runners, amputees, those actually with cancer (carrying their drips on their back), and every possible combination of fancy dress.  Rhino's, dinosaurs, a chicken, an emu, a giraffe and a guy with a cross on his back looking like Jesus running in nothing but a loincloth and barefoot!  I congratulated a four man bob sled team who were running in their sledge, a lady in a womble costume, a couple tied up three-legged and guy in a phonebox.  And you think I am mad????  Think again people!
When I say 'we' - I mean myself and another lady.  We met at the start, both shivering in our uniform black bin bags (never underestimate the warming power of a bin bag I can tell you!).  We politely exchanged hello's and good luck's at the start,  and of course as you are hemmed in like sheep in a pen, we carried on chatting. It transpired she had only turned 18 years old a couple of weeks earlier and this was her first ever official race.  (she had run before though!)  Allie told me that she wanted to try and keep to an 11 min mile pace, which suited me too, so I suggested if she wanted we could do the first three miles together till we warmed up then naturally split off as and when.  Perfect, we both agreed.
The next think you know we are at the Cutty Sark (6 miles) and chatting like old friends.  We were laughing and smiling and having a really great time!  Every time we spotted someone in a costume, we set ourselves a target of getting level with them and taking a selfie.  Still sticking to pace we slowed on occasion when passing bands (amazing how fast you pick up a pace to bagpipes/steel drums and a salsa troupe!) 
Time just flew drinking in all the spectators signs, points of interest and chatting with other runners. Almost blinked and missed mile 12, and the next thing you know we are on the spot out for my running club buddies who were pitching up at 12 1/2 miles.  Managed to get a lot of high five's in from the Green Army as we passed them and Jit had also joined them at this point to so he was trying to keep up alongside to get some photos.
Halfway point came and went and it was total joy!  We managed to spot Allie's parents too on Tower Bridge so she was very excited.  More selfies with costumes followed, as did spectator offerings of Jaffa cakes, fruit skewers, jelly babies, jelly beans, orange segments and even doughnuts!!!  I have never seen so many people in my life standing 5 or 6 deep on pavements calling out and clapping every single runner as they passed.  Half of London must now be lined up in Boots the chemist buying throat sweets.
Mile, 16, 17, 18, 19 just pinged by - we saw famous buildings from every angle and passed the Tower of London at least three times.  Jit's relatives whom we had dinner with the night before even managed to spot me and wave and clap - no mean feat I can tell you.  What made me day though was a barrage of 'Jenny, Jenny, JENNY' at some point at mile 20.  I looked over and saw a old work colleague I hadn't seen for 11 years smiling and shouting - that was a shock!  My feet kept running though despite the desire to run over and grab a hug, so I shall have to email her later to organise a proper meet up!
Mile 22 saw a lot of people struggling, but the crowds building again and the anticipation of the final stretch just took us over in a wave.  Allie and I were still together and at this point joking we now couldn't run away from each other even if we tried!  Legs were feeling tired and Allie's knee was starting to give her pain.  We slowed down and took it a bit easier and regained a bit of composure.  So far, yet still we had to go on. 
We spotted Allie's parents again just before we entered the last tunnel before coming on the Embankment (Mile 24) so that boosted us both, but coming out of the tunnel, my own legs turned to steel.  I urged Allie to carry on as I didn't want to hold her back, so for the first time in the whole run, I had to walk for about 200 metres.  Gutted, but there was no way I could run.  Once I got level though and spotted Big Ben, I started up again.  My thighs were literally on fire and I very slowly plodded on.  That last 2 miles were the toughest ever.  I turned at Big Ben to hear a 'We love you Jenny Wallis' booming out of a loudhailer.  A splinter group from the running club had made it to this point and were frantically egging me on.  Not sure I smiled, but I waved in acknowledgment... then the Mall.  It was like the widest path to hell!  I could see the famous red spectator stands either side of me, but I had my head down - one step, one step...The red line was within my sights, but a sprint finish eluded me.  Feet planted on the carpet...I am OVER!  That was it.  I had actually shifted my body round 26.2 miles of pavement around one of the World's favourite capital cities.  Bloody hell! 
I want to say a massive yes MASSIVE thank you to everyone who has called/texted/emailed and supported me in whatever form. I am still trying to get replied to everyone so please be patient.  A total amount of £500 is now winging its way to Plan International and I am sure some of it will be directed straight away to the spiralling situation in Nepal.  I CANNOT THANK YOU ALL ENOUGH.  I simply ran - you believed in me to achieve something - and that is more humbling than anything else.
You know I said never again...this is a one off...not a chance....hmmm......I will keep you posted!  OCD me can't rest at 5:04....I will just have to try and get under that!
I am a Virgin Marathoner no longer!
Jenny X

Theressa's 69 mile Ultra

Can you hep Theresa Warren from the club
I’m running ‘The Wall’ in June as my first venture into ultramarathon distances (I’m ignoring a 40 mile training race next month J ) and I wondered if the club members could help me raise some one towards a charity close to our families hearts, the British Heart Foundation.
It’s a 69 mile race, with 24 hours to complete (easy!) from Carlisle to Gateshead, essentially following the route of Hadrian’s Wall. I wasn’t going to put myself under pressure to raise money on top of wondering if I could actually complete the race, but I’ve pretty much concluded I’ll cross the finish line one way or another!
So if it’s possible to put a post out on the next newsletter or FB feed I’d really appreciate it! Below is a direct link to my Just Giving and FB page (note the RR t-shirt in the profile pic ;-) )
Thanks again for the clubs support
Kind regards


Run ABC guide

Got copies of the new 'Run ABC' magazine, pick a copy when see me next, we are featured on page 11 with a nice article- below is what they say about the new magazine:

Big news for Southern Running Guide!  We have rebranded as RunABC South.  

We’ve got a brilliant new look, introduced a bigger page size and expanded from 96 to 128 pages.  Somethings haven’t changed, we’re still going to be producing the best and most accessible Race Listing of any publication and backing that up with fuller details online.  We’re still packed with local news, straightforward advice and great product information.

Beginners Groups May Bank Holidays

With not one but two bank holiday Mondays in May for those Mondays we are making some changes for the beginners groups so you do not miss those sessions, see below:

Evenings with Glenn - this will not be on May 4, and will move to Tuesday 5 May at usual time of 6pm

Daytime with Doug - it will not be on the Mondays but the Thursdays those weeks, ie 7 May and 28 May at 10.30

Round Milton Keynes Relay 2015

Sunday 17 May is the next running of the Round Milton Keynes Relay (RMKR) organised by Marshall Milton Keynes Athletics Club.

The race is an annual event run around the 31 mile Milton Keynes boundary in 4 stages (legs) over various terrains. Normally run in May it has developed into a "fun" event with a prize giving and social gathering at the Shoulder and Mutton Public House. The RMKR is an event that attracts entries from clubs and groups in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area. Two trophies are competed for - The Pat Graves Memorial Shield which is awarded to the team with the fastest "age Adjusted " time and to the fastest team overall.
The entry fee is just £5 for the team (£1.25 each)
The legs are as follows;
  • 1 - Stony Stratford to Woolstone about 10 miles
  • 2 - Woolstone to Bow Brickhill about 6 miles
  • 3 - Bow Brickhill to Bottledump roundabout about 10 miles
  • 4 - Bottledump to Stony Stratford about 6 miles
The routes are not marshaled or signed, so you need to do a reccy before hand. The start times are staggered, based on your estimated time so the idea is that all the teams finish around the same time.
If you would like to take part, Abi needs to know name, dob, if you have a preferred leg (or team mates - if you have a preference) and your estimated time, please pay the entry fee of £1.25.into the club bank account (details below) then mail confirmation of the details above.
  • Sort code 301553
  • Number 42390360
  • Name; Redway Runners

Greensand Ridge Relay 2015

Entry is going in for the Greensand Ridge Relay which is taking place on Saturday 20 June. There has not been a great response so going to put the entry in over next few days for just the two teams. If you are interested please let Denise/Martin know and we can enter some more teams, we will not have the opportunity later as it will sell out.

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:

Chicks Chase 2 – 6th May 2015
15% discount using discount code

Chaps Chase 2 – 13th May 2015
15% discount using discount code

Hercules Festival Of Sport, Luton - 24th May 2015
15% discount on all events using discount code HERCULESRR15 

Fundu Moldovei ultra, Romania - 5-7 June 2015
25% discount using discount code UKRC 

Chicks Chase 3 – 10th June 2015
15% discount using discount code

Chaps Chase 3 – 17th June 2015
15% discount using discount code

Wicksteed Olympic, Sprint and Novice triathlon - Kettering 21st June 2015
20% discount on registration using code Redway20 - Code only valid to the end of December

Cattle Creep 10k – 24th June 2015
15% discount using discount code

Chicks Chase 4 – 8th July 2015
15% discount using discount code

Chaps Chase 4 – 15th July 2015
15% discount using discount code

NSPCC Half Marathon - 12th July 2015
10% discount using code DVDLYD when registering
Website: http:/

Stowe 5k, 10k and Half Marathon - 12th July 2015
20% discount using code Redway20 on all races if registering before 31st January or 10% discount using code Redway10 if registering after 31st January

Kimbolton Half Marathon - 16th August 2015
10% discount using code DLRR123 when registering

MK Infinity Run - 12/13th September 2015

£10 discount off normal registration fee on either the solo, tag team of 2 or team relay of 4 event

RockSolid Race - 19 September 2015
Redway Runners start wave is 11:40 - To join the Redway Runners team the password is 'Redway Runners'  Then try 'Redway' in the promo code field as this may give you a discount

MK Winter Half - December 2015
15% discount using discount code RR_MKWH_2015


Running Bites

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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

RUNNING CLUB - all standards - 'Social run' 4 miles, with loop back for those who run 10 minute miles and quicker, 'Step up group' which does 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 near the barrier entrance at 19.00 or if you are new at 18.50.
6 to 8 miles, approximately 9 minute/mile pace, meet reception 10.00 for a 60-75 minute run.
RUNNING CLUB - all standards - meet at 9.30 prompt in at David Lloyd reception for a max 1 hour run (we mix up runs with Interval sessions or hills or a handicap run).
Morning core session at 10.00 at Special Ops near Simpson village
Evening social run or Step up to 10K runs or session work (hills, intervals or the handicap run) meet near the barriers at 19.00
10 mile club run, at between 8 and 9 minute/mile pace, meet reception 9.30.
parkrun *, 5k meet at the mini bowl at Willen Lake 9.00 - all standards - free event - should register before attending and bring the barcode, you can register your club as 'Redway Runners' even if you have not joined as it is a free event.
Longer training runs, meet 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. We are not part of David Lloyd and you do not need to be a David Lloyd member to join us.
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