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!"

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

This week's news: 27/06/2016

This weeks events by the Striders includes a 100 mile and a 5k charity run, 7 different parkruns, as well as good results at a great local 10k event.

On Thursday evening, Lynsey Astles, and Lindsay Beech took part in the r100 charity 24 hour 100 miler relay event, with some of their work colleagues. It is a charity event with proceeds going to Petty Pool Trust, Francis House Hospice. Lynsay and Lindsay completed a 10 mile stage of the event along canals, on off road sections and using head torches. Their team has so far collected over £12,600 so far.

Lindsay Beech and Lynsey Astles at the r100 Event

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

This week's news: 20/06/2016

This weeks competitive races started with the 2nd of the clubs own race series.  Club members ran the official Sandbach 10k route around Bradwall, and it was certainly competitive!  It was also an opportunity for the recent graduates of the couch to 5k to try their hand (or legs) at a longer distance.

The first three men and first three ladies at the Club 10k

The first three men were:

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

2016 Club 10k Results

A big well done to all 46 finishers of tonight's Club 10k. 

There were lots of good results, some personal bests and some people running their very first ever 10k!

1
0:39:02
Darren Varley
25
0:57:48
Claire Dalton
2
0:40:25
Martin Gunther
26
0:57:51
Katie Payne
3
0:41:38
John Pemberton
27
0:58:20
Denise Dowling
4
0:42:44
Martin Coleman
28
0:58:20
Lou Hayward
5
0:43:05
Steve Barton
29
0:58:50
Philip Truman
6
0:43:24
Heather Carter
30
1:00:36
Jenny Hoyle
7
0:44:09
Steve Farnell
31
1:00:39
Louise Lewis
8
0:44:31
Paul Barnett
32
1:01:16
Amy Norman
9
0:44:51
Steve Treweeks
33
1:03:02
Elaine Wood
10
0:45:26
Steve Fallows
34
1:04:40
June Wray
11
0:45:47
Terry Coppenhall
35
1:04:41
Lindsay Beech
12
0:49:20
Kev Roberts
36
1:05:07
Tracey Hale
13
0:49:37
Scott Portman
37
1:05:44
Jenny Timpson
14
0:49:46
Jane Pyatt
38
1:06:15
Catherine Winders
15
0:50:55
Simon Dawber
39
1:06:15
Julia Dunlop
16
0:51:14
James Boon
40
1:06:15
Tracey Surridge
17
0:51:21
David Sharp
41
1:06:26
Grant Stanning
18
0:51:36
Alice Bober
42
1:06:26
Paul Nicholls
19
0:51:45
Matt Bolton
43
1:13:54
Karen Lovatt
20
0:53:41
Jo Bulley
44
1:13:56
Lucy Clark
21
0:54:53
Lucy Lee
45
1:15:39
Angela Dale
22
0:54:55
Helen Child
46
1:16:04
Praksha Swinnerton
23
0:57:05
Emily Cox
DNF

Chris Holden
24
0:57:44
Jo Askey
DNF

Matt Jones

This week's news: 13/06/2016

A hot week, interspersed with thundery storms, didn’t stop Striders getting out and about to take part in 3 fell races, 3 triathlons, a ‘alf marathon and 4 different  parkruns.
Liz O'Keeffe and Daren Varley at Shutlingsloe Fell Race
On Thursday, 2 Striders headed to Wildboarclough for the Shutlingsloe Fell Race, one of the races making up the Staffordshire Moorland Summer Series. In short, the race is 3 ½ miles up to the top of Shutlingslow and 3 1.2 miles back down, with some running, some climbing and some free falling thrown in!  Darren finished in 21st place in 31.06 and Liz in 48.51.

Race Report: Dysynni Trail Festival 12/06/2016

Situated just outside Twywn in West Wales, the Dysynni trail festival offers 5km, 10km and 15km distance races, all with a running and canicross event. 

The courses begin at the walled garden at the former country estate of Ynysymaengwyn, in woodlands close to the Dysynni river, and weave through the woodland before heading along grassy tracks by the river. The 15km event I ran goes all the way to the coast and crosses the Dysynni bridge and also takes in a river crossing, where Twywn's professional photographer is waiting, taking the best race photos I've seen.

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Race Report: Shuttlingsoe Fell Race 09/06/2016

I should have known when Darren said there was a 1,000 foot climb that this was going to be a tough one.  This race is part of a series of 10 races.


The weather was great , ideal for running, but the mozzies were out in force.  We started on a bit of a hill and at 8 minutes were still climbing then it levelled off. 

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

This week's news: 06/06/2016

This week, Striders took park in eight different parkruns, a race with a trout as the finishers prize and a hot half-marathon
 
Sandbach Striders at Congleton parkrun

Twelve Striders headed over to Astbury Mere on a sunny Saturday morning for the weekly free parkrun.  The full results were:


Thursday, 2 June 2016

This week's news: 29/05/2016

It was a weekend of glorious sunshine and Sandbach Striders were out and about making the most of it. There were Striders at six different parkruns; Congleton, Delamere, Widnes, Hanley, Athlone and Hove Park.

 Twelve members, including some of our most recent  C25k graduates, attended Congleton. Helen Child got another personal best. The full results were as follows:

Club Relay 2016: Results and Photos!

A big well-done to all participants in this year's Club Relay event! 46 Striders took part in the run in total, with another five marshalling and helping!
Sandbach Striders Club Relay 2016
As is usual with this event, every attempt is made to make the teams as equal as possible - a very tricky task given we don't know who will attend on the evening. 

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.