A Buckinghamshire running club, which grew from just seven members in 2010 to a present day 1,250, is in contention for the prestigious England Athletics Club of the Year award.
Redway Runners of Milton Keynes has been voted top East Region club at a recent awards ceremony during the All England Junior Athletics Championships held at Bedford International Athletic Stadium (Sunday 27 August 2017). They now go forward to the national awards later in the year.
Club event coordinator Steve Scott said: "It was an enormous privilege to receive this award on behalf of Redway Runners. The award is well-deserved as the club has grown into one of the leading running clubs in the country. All the praise must go to our chairman Martin Lawrence, who has worked tirelessly to build the club into what we are today."
News of the award was announced immediately afterwards to those gathered at the club annual BBQ.
The East Region award recognises the many events Redway Runners organises, including a number in 2017 to celebrate the 50-year anniversary of Milton Keynes. The next big event being the MK50 Treasure Hunt on Sunday 1 October 2017 at Willen Lakes.
Steve Scott added: "We are pleased to open the Willen Lakes event to the people of Milton Keynes. There will be three Treasure Hunts, one over a distance of a half marathon following the Millennium Circular Route, and another over 10k following a grid map, both while looking for hidden letters which form a word synonymous with Milton Keynes. These two events are suitable to all and can be completed by running, jogging or walking in a team of three. Everyone will receive a special MK50 bespoke medal.
"The third event is a free Treasure Hunt for children and families which involves walking around Willen South Lake, reading information regarding 50 years of Milton Keynes and answering a quiz sheet. Every child will be able to select a special gift from the Treasure Chest. These events will be great fun for all and not to be missed."
The next beginners courses run by the club start in September and over 300 have already signed up.
More details of all Redway Runners activities are on the club website.
Photo - club members accepting award