Redway Runners Beat The Barge

Let's get Redway to rumble

Club members face water pistols in the annual Beat The Barge race

It's not very often we report on a closed club event like the Redway Runners Beat The Barge but when a race is sold out every year; has a superb multi-terrain course; a great event village and a pub at the Race HQ it simply cannot be ignored.

Great Linford Manor Park, Milton Keynes is a unique site with a history stretching back to Saxon times and a beautiful setting for a sundowner after taking part in an approximately five-mile fun run with 200 fellow club members that started at 4:00pm on Saturday (6 August).

The course includes an off-road section in Stonepit Field; some woodland trails; the obligatory 'Redway' path that Milton Keynes is renowned for and the crucial Beat The Barge section of canal towpath where Captain Jen and crew delight in squirting the runners with water pistols!

Course features include Railway Walk, the wobbly wooden bridge over the canal, and the towpath section to Great Linford Manor where the runners try not to startle the quietly grazing sheep.

Post-run highlights in the buzzing race village are the medals, tee shirts, cakes, massages, BBQ, coffee, and a free raffle. Shouldn't all races be this much fun? The cake stall made over £300 and the weekend saw £1,000 raised for the local Willen Hospice.

After the event, Debbie the run director said: "It really makes me proud to be part of a supportive club. Would I do it all again? It’s a BIG FAT YES from me."  

While this is primarily a social event there is chip timing and a full results list available via runABC South race listing and the top three men were Adam Stone (28:15), Tony Head (30:02) and Christian Maxwell (32:54). Leading the women were Rena Galardziak (37:43), Kate Burn  (38:34) and Terri Jones (39:36).

Image courtesy Redway Runners on Facebook

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