Sandbach Striders

If you are interested in improving your fitness and meeting new folks, feel free to turn up at any Wednesday or Sunday meeting - just let someone know it's your first time and we'll put you with a group that matches your ability (unless your name is Paula Radcliffe...)

If you would like more info, please contact any of the committee members, introduced below, who will be pleased to help.

Tom Mayall (Chair)

I have been running since the age of 11 having accidentally qualified for the school cross country team. I kept up running for 29 years with the occasional break for beer, exams and ankle injuries.

I have been a Striders member for about 11 years and have competed all distances from 5k up to ultra marathon.

I rejoined the committee in late 2016 to coordinate club training and coaching.

Martin Gunther (Club Secretary)

I joined Sandbach Striders in 2012 after moving to the Sandbach area. I had started running the year before, after my brother entered me into the Milton Keynes marathon. After joining the local club there to help me to this goal, I quickly grew to love running. Sandbach Striders have been a great club to me, and I want to help it go from strength to strength.

I have been previously been on the committee in various roles, and also heavily involved in putting on our annual 10k race. My priority is to celebrate the achievements of all our members, and to promote the club in a positive light.

Karen Lovatt (Welfare and New Members Officer)

I started running in February 2012, (Mid life crisis!!) I had never ran before, but slowly over a few month managed 5k runs on a regular basis but was getting bored of running on my own and with darker nights drawing in look for a Club to join. I tried a couple of local clubs but they were not for me but then I found out about Sandbach Striders. I joined the club later that year, it’s the best thing I ever did.

This is a great club, no matter how fast or slow you are, you are always welcome. I have received so much support over the last few years which has allowed me to achieve much more than I would of hoped for at the beginning of my running journey. There have been many highlights for me thanks to the club members support, London Marathon being one of them last year.

We hold many social events at the club, some involve running, some involve eating and drinking and some have over the years involved all 3!! (Medoc marathon). We also have an annual camping trip and Awards night.

This is such a friendly club, new members will receive a warm welcome, if like me you have been thinking about joining a club for a while but don’t think your good enough, go on take to plunge and come a join us, you won’t regret it !!!

Lindsay Beech (Social & Charity Secretary)

I took part in the Striders' Couch to 5k program in April 2014 and subsequently joined the club.

I had only ever run a Race for Life event before, so was virtually new to running and soon caught the bug.

After completing a few 10k events I completed my first half marathon in February 2015 and the 27 mile Canal Canter in September 2015. This remains one of my favuorite runs.

I was awarded the Sandbach Striders most improved female 2015 and this is all down to the support and encouragement provided by my fellow members.

The many social events and club runs are always really enjoyable and a great chance for slower runners, like myself, to get to know the faster members better.

Jaynie Turner (Kit Officer)

joined Sandbach Striders in May 2015 after spending the previous five years running for a trail running club in Delamere. Although I love the trails, the location of Sandbach suited me better.

Martin Gunter came into the sport shop where I work (Rosebank Sports) and mentioned that Sandbach Striders hosted social run events including the monopoly and the Blackpool illuminations run, as well as regular track sessions. This sold it for me as I always loved running on a track and the social runs sounded fantastic. I love the social and welcoming atmosphere the striders implement.

The organisation and encouragement given to everyone in the club is very special. Joining Sandbach Striders has definitely been one of my best decisions and I have made so many friends.