MK Marathon Ambassadors

Ambassadors

MK Marathon Ambassadors

It was a great honour to be an ambassador for the MK Marathon event. The race itself was so well organised, an amazing route and even the weather was fantastic. To be a part of such a positive local community event made me very proud and I hope that I was able to either inspire others to enter, or help them with their training.

Marc Horner – MK Marathon Ambassador

Thank you to everyone who applied to be an Ambassador. We had a record number of applications this year and the successful MK Marathon Ambassador’s 2018 are listed below.

You will be able to apply to be an MK Marathon Ambassador 2019 in July 2018.


MARTIN LAWRENCE – Newport Pagnell

MK Marathon Ambassador 2018 - Martin Lawrence

About 7 years ago, I had an idea with a few running friends to start a new small running club in Milton Keynes with the aim of being fun and social. Well got that wrong here we are 6 years later and Redway Runners in Milton Keynes have over 1,250 members, the club has held over 60 beginners groups and just won ‘Running Club of the Year’ with England Athletics.

As well as being chair of the club, I have run 140 half marathons and maybe Milton Keynes could be number 150!!

Since the first Milton Keynes Marathon I have been an ‘Event Director’ looking after parts of the course for the runners, but in 2018 I reach a milestone 60th birthday (well 30th x 2 really) and decided this is the year that I had better experience the stadium finish for myself.

I am a regular at the Milton Keynes parkrun at Willen and an occasional run director and like to look after the Christmas day parkrun.

Finally love to ruin a good picture opportunity with a photo-bomb!

Facebook: MartinLawrence


WESLEY AUVACHE – Milton Keynes

WESLEY AUVACHE MK Marathon Ambassador's 2018

I’m 40 years old and have lived in MK pretty much my whole life. I’m married to Lisa who either runs in events with me or has the dubious task of carrying my kit bag across the country waiting for me to finish (she’s very understanding!) I’ve been running since 2009 when I took part in my first 5k, the Run for Moore for Cancer Research UK. Running is part of my life, since 2009 I’ve run 22 half marathons across England and 5 full marathons (plus lots more in between) In 2018 I’ll be raising money for Willen Hospice by running 11 half marathons and 4 marathons with the addition of the Polar Bear Challenge in Greenland (a full marathon followed by a half the following day) plus a 15km trail run in the Alps and the Cowman mini Ironman in Emberton. I love to run, I love to see other people running whatever their ability and I love how running is a great way to raise money for charity, and most of all I #LoveMK!

Facebook: wesley.auvache
Twitter: WesAuvache


JOANNE TYRRELL – Buckingham

JOANNE TYRELL MK Marathon Ambassador's 2018

I am an Advanced Fitness Expert including a Natural Running Coach Mat Pilates Teacher & Nutrition Advisor, providing classes, private group tuition and 1-2-1 in Buckingham & surrounding villages.

I LOVE to run for fun! It’s my go to as a way of escaping & always feel better when I’ve been out for a run if it’s a 5k Parkrun or a full Marathon!

Facebook: Joanne Tyrrell
Instagram: joanne.tyrrell
Twitter: @joannetyrrell_


TONY POUND – Oxford

TONY POUND MK Marathon Ambassador's 2018

Although my original reason for getting into shape was to get fitter, my reason for staying in shape is now very different. Now I have family commitments, and as an ‘Old Dad’ I want to be able to get down and play with my daughter without feeling like an old fart. When it comes to sports days, I don’t want my daughter to be embarrassed about me and I still want to compete with the other dads, even in the egg and spoon race. I also want to make sure I am around for Caitlin for as long as possible and be around to walk her down the aisle (although she won’t be allowed to date until she’s well into her 30s). I train to stay fit and healthy, nothing to do with the scales. I want Caitlin to know the fit and healthy dad who can keep up with her in the playground and park and inspire her to be the best person she can be.

Facebook: tony.pound.9
Instagram: @journeyhappyfit
Twitter: @journeyhappyfit
Blog: journeyhappyfit.com


ABBIE WARNER – Bicester

ABBIE WARNER MK Marathon Ambassador's 2018

My name is Abbie, I’m 24 and I work in Milton Keynes. Growing up in Bicester, I always had very little fitness and belief in myself – just running to the end of my street was a struggle. My love for running began around the same time as I started my job here, and I decided to challenge myself by entering the MK Half Marathon in 2016. I made it around the course in just under 2 and a half hours, and made it my mission the following year to improve on this. Throughout the following winter, I upped my training the following year and it really paid off. In 2017 I ran the Rocket 5K as well as the half marathon and achieved PBs in both. I shaved 17 minutes off my half marathon time and finish in 2 hours 11 minutes. This year, I want to see if I can crack that 2 hour mark! The MK Half Marathon is now a regular event for me, one which I thoroughly enjoy and use as a yearly test of my fitness. It is well organised, has great PB potential, and there are so many stunning parts of this town which I never got to see on the daily commute!

Facebook: abbiewarner92
Instagram: @abbiewarner
Twitter: @AbbieWarner92


CAROLINE BRAY – Milton Keynes

CAROLINE BRAY MK Marathon Ambassador's 2018

I am a new runner and normally run twice a week. I fit this around working full time at MK College and my 3-year-old daughter. Life is very busy but I make the time to get out and do runs with Redway Runners. The group runs are a huge support to me. I plan to use the group runs as part of my marathon training but will introduce solo runs to increase my fitness and distance.
When I am not working or running I am normally spending quality time with my daughter and my partner, generally doing family things such as exploring our vast amount of woodland, parks etc. Last year we bought a house that needed completely renovating so, we spent most of our spare time doing that. The garden was the last room to complete so this summer we have been out in our garden most weekends, weather dependant, trying to get this in shape. Gardening is great cardio!

Facebook: XChampagneSupernovaX
Instagram: champagne_supernova23/


VICTOR (VIXX) THOMPSON – Birmingham

VICTOR (VIXX) THOMPSON MK Marathon Ambassador's 2018

I run a fitness and lifestyle business called Kinetic Lifestyle and I like to be able to practice what I preach. I mainly work these days in Sports Massage and Injury rehab, but also do sport-specific personal training and nutritional therapy as well as Neuro Linguistic Programming to help people get over the mental hurdles that sometimes crop up in the way of a goal. I have done beginners running groups in the past – the aim initially was to get a group of people of various abilities to complete the Birmingham Half Marathon. They all finished!

My blog tends to cover things that will help people, or motivate people to be better. I helped a girl with brittle asthma get ready and complete the Birmingham Half as a walker – when she’d been told she would never manage it. That was one of my most read blog pieces. 

I have managed to complete 27 marathons so far (and about the same number of half-marathons), and my long term aim is to become a member of the 100 Marathon Club.

I like to be able to help others achieve their goals as I am achieving mine.

Facebook: KineticLifestyle (business) and Vixx76 (personal)
Instagram: @kineticvixx
Twitter: @KineticL
Blog: kineticlifestylecom.wordpress.com


JENNIFER GARNER – Leighton Buzzard

JENNIFER GARNER MK Marathon Ambassador's 2018

I started running in 2014 completing a 10K in Milton Keynes. By September that year I had completed my first half marathon and in May 2016 I completed my first marathon, the MK Marathon.

Since then I have taken part in countless 10Ks and half marathons, including the MK Half in 2017. I just love the bling! I am also in a constant medal competition with my other half. 2017 so far: I am in the lead!

I am not a fast runner and I struggle often with my motivation, however with a goal to aim for, a challenge to complete, I know I will get there. MK Marathon 2018 is that goal. And if I can manage it a few more times, perhaps I’ll even get the MK Legends Medal one day…perhaps!

Instagram: @jendish
Twitter: @jendishgarner
Blog: jendish.blogspot.co.uk
Plus Google: +JenniferGarner-jendish


RICHARD BAZELEY – Aylesbury

RICHARD BAZELEY MK Marathon Ambassador's 2018

I’m a married father of one who started running in 2009 when my mother had breast cancer and I wanted to raise money for a good cause. I signed up for and ran a half marathon to do this and got that pesky running bug. Since then I’ve trained more, became a club runner, got faster, fitter and completed some amazing running challenges. These include Comrades in South Africa and The Great Wall Marathon in China. As an experienced runner I can offer help and advice to new runners and to some I’m told I’ve been inspirational to their running journey.

Facebook: baze187official
Instagram: @baze187
Twitter: @baze187
Strava: strava.com/athletes/7275031
You Tube: Baze187


MINNIINA ABBOTT – Leighton Buzzard

MINNIINA ABBOTT MK Marathon Ambassador's 2018

I am a mother of three who has always loved exercising. I am a part time personal trainer which I absolutely love. I have run London marathon twice and also Brighton and Great Wall of China marathon once. I have done couple of runs in Milton Keynes previously; 20 mile run and some shorter charity ones.

I would love to become an ambassador to encourage others to take part too. Anything is possible when you set your mind to it. Stay positive and focused!

Facebook: minniinapersonaltrainer
Instagram: @minniinafitness
Twitter: @MinniinaPT


PAUL WILLIS – Northampton

PAUL WILLIS MK Marathon Ambassador's 2018

A self trained endurance fan who likes to figure things out for myself rather than following rigid training programs and sports science recommendations. Originally a cyclist who ventures into triathlon and realised I had to up my running game. I’m now so hooked on running (for a start the gear is much cheaper) that I spend less time on my bike or in the water. I love nothing more than finding new running routes or exploring new towns / cities / countryside by going for a good run. I also have a very bad habit of pushing myself to enter crazier and longer events and have completed 2 x Ironman, a number of single day ultra’s, a multi-day 100 mile ultra and have recently signed up for an 8 day, 400k ultra for May next year. So its fair to say I’m never far from my running shoes!

Facebook: paul.willis.7792
Instagram: @pwillis76
Twitter: Paulwillis76
Blog: ordinaryrunnerblog.wordpress.com/


GREG BOWIE – Letchworth Garden City

GREG BOWIE MK Marathon Ambassador's 2018

I’m a dad of 2 young girls who took up running about 10 years ago, running a 10k with an old University friend. Running changed my unhealthy lifestyle and had me hooked, soon finding me running my 1st of 11 marathons, and somehow ending up doing an Iron-distance triathlon.

I’m now a qualified leader in running fitness and help organise our works running club, introducing non-runners to the sport and working through to their 1st parkrun 10 weeks later. We’ve now introduced about 30 people to running, and a number have now gone on to be regular parkrun runners and half-marathoners.

I’ve also run MK Marathon twice now, and am looking forward to running it for a 3rd time.

Instagram: @movingalong79
Twitter: @movingalong79
Blog: running.gregbowie.co.uk
Strava: strava.com/athletes/357715


RACHAEL FURN – Brackley

RACHAEL FURN MK Marathon Ambassador's 2018

I’m Rachael, I’m 30 years old, and I’m a first-time marathon runner. I started running in 2011 after starting a job in motorsport and thinking that if people my age can be fit enough to drive a racing car round a track for two hours, I should be fit enough to run one lap. 6 years later, and after 26 countries, 3 torn ligaments, 73 parkruns, a handful of 10ks and over a dozen half marathons, I’m ready to take on a marathon.

Facebook: raakelf
Instagram: @rachaelfurn
Twitter: @rachaelfurn
Blog: rachaelandtimothy.co.uk


MARY PEARSON – Wellingborough

MARY PEARSON MK Marathon Ambassador's 2018

I am a new Mum, wife, high school ICT teacher, blogger, cat owner and a little obsessed with running! My life is always busy, never dull; crammed full of exciting adventures.

I’m a parkrun addict, heading towards my 100th parkrun and having recently discovered a love for parkrun tourism.

Having initially signed up to run a half marathon back in 2011 I’ve since fallen in love with long distance running, having run 11 marathons and 8 ultras (including two 70 mile events), with a few more long distance races planned for 2018!

My long term goal is to run 100 marathons, and to add a 100 mile ultra to my race list.

Blog: ahealthiermoo.com
Twitter: @ahealthiermoo
Instagram: @ahealthiermoo
Facebook: ahealthiermoo

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