About us

Sandbach Striders was born back in 2003. Since the early days, membership has grown with a firm ethos of the club being not just about running but social activities as well. The club is affiliated to UK AAA and has its own qualified coaches. Many other special events take place on various nights too.

The club meets on Wednesdays at 18:30 and Sundays at 09:00 at Elworth Cricket Club.

Whilst many members compete in races from 5k to Marathons, the emphasis remains purely on keeping people motivated and having fun. Why not scan through our race reports to see what we’ve been up to? Having read them, you’re sure to see why Sandbach Striders has developed the motto of being

"No Ordinary Running Club!"

Monday, 30 May 2016

Race Report: Slateman Triathlon 22/05/2016

Having completed the North West Sprint Triathlon in Sept 15 a few of my fellow Striders challenged me to take on the ‘Slateman Full Triathlon’ and despite my better judgement I joined up. 
Steve and Paul before the race start
It’s probably worth pointing out that Slateman is a notoriously tough triathlon in Snowdonia consisting of a 1000m swim, 51Km cycle with over 700m ascent and an 11km run with around 360m ascent. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

This week's news: 23/05/2016

It was a week for Welsh hill races this week, with four  different events with over 15,000 feet of ascent between them.  There were also 3 parkruns, a 5 miler in fancy dress and one of the busiest 10k events in the country.
Lou Hayward and Lynsey Astles at the Silverdale Dash
Racing began on Thursday  this week, with Lou Hayward and Lynsey Astles taking part in a new 5 mile trail race based wholly in Silverdale Country Park, Newcastle. Fancy dress was encouraged and our ladies didn’t let us down!  Lou and Lynsey finished in  52.02 and  52.13 respectively.

Monday, 23 May 2016

Race Report: Cadair Idris 11m Fell Race 22/05/2016

Run 11 miles up Cadair Idris? Not likely!!!

I wanted to start with the idyllic picture of mist covered mountains and a rolling lush valley, except this is Wales in mid-May. So for 'mist covered mountains' read chucking it down with rain, with any hint of a lush valley shrouded in thick, dark clouds. Still, the coffee shop was warm and dry with homemade Bara Brith and English Breakfast tea - all very civilised - but clearly I was going to have to pace myself.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

This week's news: 16/05/2016

This week, Striders took park in various parkruns, colorful and bubbly 5ks, a local and not so local 10k, a local Half Marathon and a Sprint Triathlon.
Jaynie Turner, Heather Carter, Tom Mayell, Lindsay Beeston and Catherine Winders at the Clayton 10k
The running week began early with 5 Striders taking part in the Clayton 10K, a popular evening event on an undulating course  around Newcastle. The full results were:

Monday, 9 May 2016

This week's news: 08/05/2016

Members of Sandbach Striders crossed the finish line in nine different events, ranging in distance from one of the free weekly 5k parkruns to an ultra-marathon.
Duncan Robertson, Milly Robertson, Mary Chadwick and Michael Escolme at Hanley parkrun
Club Chair Michael Escolme was joined by fellow parkrun tourist for the hilly 5k route around Hanley parkrun. Duncan along with daughter Milly finished in 35:12 with Michael Escolme in 37:25.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

This week's news: 01/05/2016

It was a relatively quiet week for the Striders who took part in 10 parkruns, a local 5k, a Bulgarian 10k and a half marathon. Members of Sandbach Striders travelled far and wide for parkruns this week. Closest to home, seven Striders took part in Congleton parkrun, with David Sharp earning himself a personal best time.  
Striders at Congleton parkrun
The full results were:

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Entries now open for the Sandbach 10k 11/09/2016 sponsored by Butcher & Barlow!

Entries are now available for the 2016 Sandbach 10k & Family Fun Run sponsored by Butcher and Barlow.

Sunday 11th September 2016 -11.00am

There will be an array of family friendly activities going on before, during and after the run including:

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

This Week's News: 25/04/2016

It was the iconic London Marathon this weekend and it is difficult to watch 40,000 people run 26.2 miles across London and not be inspired by the amazing efforts of all involved.  Five of our club members did their own bit of inspiring by taking part but marathons aren't for everyone and whether you are running one mile or 26.2 miles, it can still be a personal achievement. The club is two-thirds of the way through the Couch to 5k programme and participants are now running for 25 minutes constantly when they couldn't run for two at the start of the programme. 
Sandbach Striders at Congleton parkrun
The weeks racing began with Darren Varley taking part in the Milford Murder on Thursday.

Monday, 18 April 2016

This Week's News: 16/04/2016

From the usual parkruns, through to cultural tours of Manchester on foot, and with locations from Congleton to Bulgaria, Striders this week took part in a myriad of events this week.
Phil Truman, Moe Dutton and Paul Nicholls at the Chester Spring 5
Races began early with three Striders taking park in the Trajan Chester Spring 5, a 5 mile gently undulating road race starting and finishing at the Cheshire County Sports Club playing fields in Upton. 

Monday, 11 April 2016

This week's news: 11/04/2016

This weekend 27 members of Sandbach Striders were in action, and competed in distances ranging from 5k through to marathon distance.
Denis Culloty and Tracey Surridge at Delamere parkrun
In the first of the five different free weekly 5k parkrun courses held nationwide every Saturday that Striders participated in, three Striders ran the beautiful course around Blakemere Moss in Delamere Forest. Lynsey Astles was first Strider home in 28:30, closely followed by Denis Culloty in a time of 29:03 and Tracey Surridge in 31:49. 

Race Report: KMF Newcastle 10K 03/04/2016

Well I’m well pleased.  I ran this race in 2013 and I think I also did it in 2014.   My time then was 58.15.  Today,  I smashed it and finished 4th in my age category with a time of 53.51.  Denis did 1.01.
Liz blowing a kiss to her adoring public

Monday, 4 April 2016

This week's news: 03/04/2016

It was a relatively quiet week for members of Sandbach Striders –  six different parkruns, a trail run, a local 10K, a 10k further afield, and a local half marathon were all taken on and conquered.
Sandbach Striders  at Delamere parkrun
For starters, five Striders ran this week's muddy Delamere parkrun.