Runners reach ‘Rockbottoms’

Rockbottoms charity
Rockbottoms charity

MEMBERS of a local choir have swapped rock music for running by setting up a new club.

The group, who sing with Milton Keynes Rock Choir, were inspired to take up running socially after Annette Kraft, of Newport Pagnell, asked members to sponsor her in a 10km charity run.

Since then the Rockbottoms Running Club has begun meeting at Willen Lake to complete the weekly MK Parkrun and now hopes to expand even further.

Annette and fellow choir singer, Amanda Phillips Hodges of Great Brickhill, have now become fully licensed through UK Athletics as first level running coaches, and have big aims for the future of the club.

Having already opened up club membership to non-Rock Choir members, it’s hoped introducing a beginners’ running class in the spring, as well as creating potential links with the NHS, will help improve the profile of Rockbottoms and help it become bigger and better.

And Amanda, who organised the Milton Keynes Bananaman Chase in aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research as well as a half-marathon in November, is also delighted to have lost around four stone since taking up running with the group in March.

She said: “The reason why we feel different to a normal running club is the fact we are all late starters, of all shapes and sizes and none of us are super fit. We believe we are all encompassing and welcoming, and could inspire anyone to give running a try.”

For more information on Rockbottoms and how to get involved, visit their website at