Seven runners became heroes for the day at the Milton Keynes Marathon on Monday (1 May). The team from Redway Runners completed their first Milton Keynes (MK) marathon; the culmination of a year’s training and mentoring on their club’s Zero to Hero programme.
Redway Zeros Transform Into MK Heroes
Their club and dedicated mentors supported them throughout, ensuring that physically and mentally they were ready for the challenge. As a result, a strong bond formed between mentors and mentees.
Redway Runners is an inclusive running club in Milton Keynes with over 1,000 members. The aim of the Zero to Hero programme is to help novices run a marathon by following a specially designed timetable that includes the club’s weekly runs and local races.
The club also fielded a large contingent in the half and full marathon, and the Rocket 5K, with many runners achieving PBs on the flat, fast course.
Gareth Cooke won the marathon in 2:40:06 with Asia Zmyslona winning the women’s race in 2:57:33 and setting a new course record at the same time.
David Hudson of BRJ Run and Tri was first across the line in the half marathon, finishing in 1:14:14. Rebecca Moore of Chichester Runners & AC won the women’s race in 1:16:48.
Team SASSquatch won the marathon relay in 2:53:17. Mark Hill of Rugby & Northampton AC won the 5k in 16:14 with teammate Rosanna Andrews the winning female in 18:17.
Full results are available on our race listings page.
Photo courtesy of Martin Palmeri