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.

Cheryl Hutchins (Chair)

Joining the club took my husband some persuading to get me off the treadmill, out of the gym and going public! But for those who know him, he’s very persistent and after getting me fit for road running, I joined the club in 2006 after running the Manchester 10k and realised that I could do this running thing. It wasn’t long before the bug bit and I saw the pounds that had piled on from years of just planning and teaching, drop off and stay off.

Initially I said that I would do it just to keep fit and stay trim, but as I watched and listened to people’s experiences from the races that they were entering, I realised I was missing out, so tentatively entered my second half marathon – Liverpool (my first half had been when I was 27). My time was not fast and I felt grim but it didn’t put me off and now having just completed my 5th Liverpool half, along with numerous other halves, several marathons and a few cross-country runs, I’m still improving as a runner and enjoying the experiences more and more.

Our running club is great and I know it’s what has helped me keep going and trying harder. Although I am the kit officer (I think that’s quite ironic seeing as I used to insist on good kit in the Navy) I am keen to encourage beginners get the bug and get them through those first few months when it’s hard work… but it’s worth it – honestly!

Tom Mayall (Vice Chair and Coaching Officer)

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.

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 !!!

Tracey Hale (Club Secretary)

I joined Sandbach Striders on the 2014 couch to 5k . As a 50 something woman who couldn’t run, I was a little apprehensive about joining a running club. I was made very welcome and now really enjoy my running. I never believed I'd say that because any running I'd done in the past had been really hard work and not a lot of fun. I've got the bug and run a few times a week regardless of the weather (how weird is that?), but I don't run far and I run very slowly! I am gradually improving and am hopeful that at some point I'll complete the Medoc marathon and achieve a sub 30 minute 5k. There are many good serious experienced runners here, who are generous with their time and support. Even If you don't think a running club is for you , try this one!

Martin Coleman (Treasurer)

I joined Sandbach Striders in 2009. I’d been a keen jogger for a few years, going for lunchtime runs with workmates a couple of times a week, and entering the occasional local race including the first few Super Sixes. Then I changed jobs, lost the lunchtime running mates and couldn’t get the motivation to go out and train by myself. Joining the club that set up the Super Sixes was the obvious solution. I joined up hoping to just keep fit, but it really improved my running at all distances. I’ve done a few marathons since joining and have just signed up for my first ultra, something I thought I’d never do. It’s also so much better to go out training or to running events with friends and have a sociable chat afterwards.

Lindsay Beech (Social 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.

Martin Gunther (Press and Website Officer)

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.