Sandbach Striders

Yet another busy week for the Sandbach Striders this week, from the usual parkruns, to a triathlon, and an ultra event with a twist.

The week's events started on Wednesday at Wimbledon Common in London. The May Chase the Sun event, sees competitors run either 5 or 10km around Wimbledon Common before the sun sets. Rachel Mason travelled there and completed the 5k route in a time of 29:12.

Rachel Mason at the Chase the Sun event

The first day of June, Thursday, saw 24 members of the club travel to Tittesworth Reservoir near Leek in Staffordshire to compete in the first of 8 of the Staffordshire Moorlands Athletics Club summer series events. These events are around 4.5 miles in length and run on fell and trails. The undulating course started and finished close to the visitor centre, and took place on trails, and through woodlands around the reservoir. Notable results were Darren Varley in 9th place overall , and Heather Carter winning her category. Full results below:

Tittesworth (Staffs Moorlands Summer Series)

Runner Time  
Darren Varley 00:30:22
John Pemberton 00:32:47
Stephen Mclean 00:33:12
Heather Carter 00:33:39 Category Winner
Craig Edwards 00:34:24
Andy Bennett 00:34:30
Martin Gunther 00:34:58
Jonathan Maguire 00:35:00
Tim Child 00:38:40
Lindsay Beeston 00:39:49
David Sharp 00:41:05
James Halling 00:41:12
Lisa Highfield 00:41:19
Louise Banks 00:42:34
Andy Gilsenan 00:42:35
June Wray 00:43:00
Tim Wilson 00:43:23
Kim Farrall 00:43:54
Helen Child 00:43:57
Liz O'Keeffe 00:45:26
Philip Truman 00:53:22
Paul Nicholls 00:55:03
Rachael Denham 00:55:04
Anne Thompson 00:55:05
Striders at Tittesworth Fell Race

Starting at midnight on Friday night, Chris Brumby took on a slightly different challenge. A Stone Cross stands in the centre of England; in Meriden. 100 entrants set off in the dead of the night, and attempt to complete as many miles as possible to “Escape from Meriden” in 24 hours. The official results are not yet published, but Chris completed at least 75km.

Chris Brumby on the Escape the Meridan Event

On Saturday 13 Sandbach Striders competed in 3 different parkruns. John Morris completed his first parkrun at Wilmslow, whilst Steve Mclean, David Sharp, and Helen Child got personal bests at Congleton with times of 19:00, 23:38, and 25:16 respectively.

Congleton Parkrun

Runner Time  
Stephen Mclean 00:19:00 Personal Best
Andy Thomas 00:19:42
Andy Bennett 00:21:17
Steven Fallows 00:23:08
David Sharp 00:23:38 Personal Best
Lisa Highfield 00:23:59
Helen Child 00:25:17 Personal Best
Rachel Mason 00:27:12
Robert Kettle 00:27:26
James Boon 00:27:50
Philip Truman 00:30:07
Striders at Congleton parkrun

Chippenham parkrun

Runner Time
Martin Coleman 00:19:56
Martin Coleman and Chippenham parkrun

Wilmslow parkrun

Runner Time  
John Morris 00:25:01 Personal Best

Also on Saturday it was the Henri Lloyd Aberscoch 10k in North Wales. Over 1,000 runners are treated to a well supported event starting through the streets of Aberscoch, the course then winds its way over challenging tracks and roads to a spectacular viewpoint over Cardigan Bay. The finish line of the event is then on the main beach. Tony Taylor, Paul Barnett, and Tom Brunt completed the event in times of 40:45, 52:44, and 53:43 respectively.

Tony Taylor, Tom Brunt and Paul Barnett at Abersoch 10k

In Wincle, Cheshire it was the annual Trout Run. The course rotates between three different routes each year, all approximately 9.5km long, this year was regarded as the toughest of the them. Conditions were almost perfect, and the route starts on a steep, rutted grassy downhill section, and soon you are on slippery rocky parts, before crossing the river Dane. This is a tough fell race, but rewards all finishers with a trout and a beer on the finish line. Results as follows:

Runner Time
Mick Hutchins 00:48:36
Heather Carter 00:49:36
Lynsey Astles 01:11:16
Mick Hutchins, Lynsey Astles, and Heather Carter at the Wincle Trout Run

On Sunday it was what is regarded as one of the flattest half marathons in the country, the Ramathon set at the home of the Derby Rams at the iPro stadium. A well organised and popular event, the course takes you through the city centre to start, past the cathedral, and then out through Elvaston Country Park. This year three members of the club took part in the hot conditions, with a personal best for Jo Askey. Full results below:

Runner Chip Time Gun Time  
Jo Askey 01:55:23 01:56:25 Personal Best
Katie Payne 01:55:26 01:56:28
Gillian Fallows 01:57:29 02:00:27
Gillian Fallows, Jo Askey, and Katie Payne and the Ramathon

Also on Sunday, Gordon Hutchins took part in the Deva Olympic Distance triathlon. The event held in Chester has a course set right in the heart of the city with transitions taking part in Grosvenor Park. The 40k bike route goes into Wales via Eccleston, whilst the 10k run finishes at the Bandstand. Gordon completed the event in 2:51:51.

Gordon Hutchins at the Chester Deva Triathlon

Full results for our members are published on our results page

Entries are open for the Sandbach 10k sponsored by Butcher and Barlow. This year's event takes place on an exciting new course and is run entirely on traffic-free roads. It promises to be a great event for both new runners or for those looking to beat their personal best. Secure your starting place now at, and for more information see our races page