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, 31 October 2011

Crewe Déjà vu final entry list

Crewe Déjà vu final entry list

105.5 laps of a running track?

In Crewe?

and we thought it was just us...

Seriously, we look forward to meeting you all on the day and we

Race Report: Hanley Parkrun 22/10/2011

Hanley Park Run:  9am Saturday 22nd October

I decided to enter late on the Friday evening but still managed to get my barcode printed off OK. 

Hanley Parkrun course - two and a bit laps.
The park was easy to find (just off the A500) and there were two small car parks in the park, one near the start and one near the finish line.  Toilets were located near the finish line.

Everyone was friendly and there was a mix of running abilities.  A group of guys from Leeds had travelled down on the train and there was one man from Whalley Bridge running as well.  A few of them had ‘100 park run’ tee shirts and they commented on park runs from all around the country….

The course itself was a little hilly but not too bad (even for me); I think my biggest challenge was avoiding the geese that decided to cross the path in front of me!

After the race a few of us went to Flavours cafe (a short walk away) where you could get a decent cup of coffee and food.

I will definitely do it again.

For more information, visit www.parkrun.org.uk/hanley/home


Thursday, 27 October 2011

Crewe Déjà vu is now FULL

The inaugural Crewe Déjà vu track marathon is now FULL.

Competitors will be contacted over the next couple of days with race information.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Crewe Déjà vu is filling up fast!

The inaugural Crewe Déjà vu track marathon is filling up fast!

Race Alert! Tatton Yule Yomp - 11th December 2011

The Tatton Yule Yomp will take place at Tatton Park on the 11th December 2011, already there are a few Striders who have signed up for the 10k. There is also a 3k fun run which allows

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Race Report: The Cloud night run 24/10/11

Monday nights extra curriculum run: Cloud End.

24th October 2011.

Heather, Jo, John and Chris on top of The Cloud

We donned head torches and various items of night running apparel; and five of us set off from

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Race Report: Glass House Mountains, Queensland

Race Report: Glass House Mountains, Queensland

September, 2011

John: still smiling at the finish!

This September I had the good fortune to enter a trail race in Australia and, whilst there,

Friday, 21 October 2011

Race Report: Hanley Parkrun 15/10/2011

After running the Chester Marathon a week previously, this 5km run had obvious appeal.  Four Sandbach Striders turned out to represent the club making the total number of runners 25.  The small number of runners lent the event a friendly atmosphere and meant that one could park easily and turn up just a few minutes before the start of the run.  

Paul, Heather, Michael and Liz at Hanley Park

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Race Report: Delamere Forest night run

This was the first in (hopefully) a series of Monday night runs to keep us entertained and fit over the dark, cold and wet Winter months.

For a bit of a change we thought we'd run around Delamere Forest. 

In the dark.
On a cold night. 
In the middle of a heavy shower.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Race Report: Round Rotherham 50 2011

Here is my race report for the Round Rotherham 50.

The Round Rotherham 50 is a stupidly long race, round Rotherham.

...and there you have it.

Mile 1 - Going strong

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Race Report: Congleton Half Marathon 2011

I was expecting very bad weather this morning (possibly even as an excuse not to run!) so i was very pleased to find it dry and even sunny at times.


Monday, 17 October 2011

Sandbach Super 6 Category Winners

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to the following runners who won their category.
The winner "Big Stu" Stuart Doyle

1. Stuart Doyle 34:08
2. Graham Houghton 35:49

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Sandbach Super 6 Results Now Online.

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this years Sandbach Super 6 Race!

And they're off!
We hope you enjoyed your day and hope to see you again next year.

Stuart Doyle
Vale Royal AC
Graham Houghton
Spectrum Striders
Nicholas Hackett
South Cheshire Harriers

Friday, 14 October 2011

Race Report: Chester Marathon 2011 #3

My Chester marathon story by Caroline Brockbank 
Heather and I dashed from the portaloos to the start and wished each other good luck and after a short wait we were off!!  I seemed to get into a good rhythm right from the start and hoped to see my friends who had planned to be at one of the villages along the way - I was disappointed not to see her as I passed through Pulford, Lavister, Rossett, etc but after 19 miles I looked up and heard her!  There she was as  I climbed that hill, she dashed forward with my little goddaughter and had all the crowd cheering me

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Wilmslow Half Marathon Entries Now open

A quick heads-up from Grant that entries for the Wilmslow Half Marathon are now open and they usually fill up very quickly,
You can enter here.
Sandbach Striders' own Paul Barnett at Wilmslow 2010


Monday, 10 October 2011

Race Report: Chester Marathon 2011 #2

Perry, Martin, Paul, Alan, Chris and Gordon (knelt)
Well, the (dreaded) day finally arrived, marathon day, my first. I stood on the start line very apprehensive surrounded by my other club members, some with numerous marathons under their belts. I know I’ve done the training but I keep hearing that nagging voice in my head giving me doubts but true to form I get advice and encouragement from the others to allay my fears. 

The race was going quite well and I was pleasantly surprised to pass the halfway mark quicker than expected but at about mile eighteen I suffered a total loss of energy that

Race Report: Chester Marathon 2011 #1

I was running my eighth marathon in the past two years. As Chester is so close to home, this was the first ever marathon I had run where I enjoyed the comfort of my own bed the night before and with so many Sandbach Striders team mates running I was determined to put in a good performance. I set myself a target to beat my personal best time of 3:39:11 that I ran at the Copenhagen Marathon in May.

 The race started at Chester Racecourse. The next two miles took runners past the Chester Cathedral, the Eastgate Clock and the Amphitheatre before descending into the Welsh countryside. I had briefly read the race information booklet which described the course as “both scenic and fast”. Until 15 miles I would

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Congratulations Chester Marathoners!

A HUGE well done to all the Sandbach Striders who ran the Chester Marathon today. 

There were some pb's, some new admissions into the Marathon Club and lots of individual stories, some of which will be published here over the next few days.

In the meantime here are the interim results.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Race Report: Brussels Marathon 2011

It was with some trepidation that I looked out of my hotel window on the morning of Sunday 2nd of October and saw bright blue skies and a vivid sun haze staring back down at me. Running a marathon is a difficult enough proposition, especially when your fitness level is questionable and your confidence is low. So the thought of setting out on this Belgian odyssey in 26°C heat was not one I was particularly relishing.

Pre-race near the  triumphal arch  in Parc du Cinquantenaire
Having run this race in 2010 the course should have held no real surprises for me. although over the past twelve months I'd somehow forgotten just how many long uphill drags the course seemed to contain. The route starts a couple of kilometers outside the centre at the beautiful Parc du Cinquantenaire. It begins with a large circuit of the city then a long out and back to a park near to the airport before heading back through the Parc du Cinquantenaire, and back into the City Centre. The last section winding it's way through cobbled streets before finishing in spectacular style in the stunning Grand Place. Support was sporadic although quite vocal, that is until we arrived back in the City where large, loud crowds lined the streets to urge the runners over the finish line.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Helsby Half Marathon Entries Now Open

Helsby Half Marathon Entries are now open!

A quick heads-up from Grant that entries for the Helsby Half Marathon are now open - and are filling up fast.
We normally send a sizeable contingent to Helsby, so don't risk missing out and enter soon!

You can enter here (Shell aren't sponsoring it this year, so the name is different.)

<-- Here we are after the 2011 race.

Additional information about the race is available from Helsby Running Club's website here.