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, 17 December 2012

Catch up on the latest Striders' news!

Catch up on all the latest Sandbach Striders news from the previous month, courtesy of our resident press secretary Perry Wyatt.

Congleton Parkrun (5k) – Sat 15th Dec

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Race Report: Malaga Marathon 09/12/2012

Marathons in December tend to be a bit thin on the ground, particularly in the UK, so over the past few years it's been necessary for me to start looking further afield. In recent years I've had winter weekends away in the Canary Islands, Benidorm and Pisa. Combining a winter marathon but in much more clement conditions than the UK could offer. This year I was pleased to see the Malaga Marathon back on, Malaga being a city which is often overlooked by many visitors to Spain in favour of the more traditional beach resorts.

Monday, 10 December 2012

Race Report: Liverpool Princes Parkrun 5k

Princes Parkrun, Liverpool... 2 Race Reports over 2 weeks

On Saturday 24th November I decided to run Princes Parkrun in Liverpool. The weather

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Race Report: Cardington Cracker 02/12/2012

Cardington Cracker, or Cardiac “a” Cracker

Well you pays your money you takes your chances they say. I saw this race advertised in

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Race Report: Newcastle Dales Dash 10k 02/12/2012

Having failed to get into the Tatton race this year, i set about finding an alternative and stumbled upon this one, it was only ten miles up the road and only cost £7 to enter.


Saturday, 1 December 2012

Opinion: Why I love LDWA events.

I thought I'd take a few minutes to tell you about a type of event which I absolutely love and which I know are also popular with many other Striders. The Long Distance Walkers Association organise a series of challenge events which whilst originally were started for the benefit of walkers are also opened up to runners. 

Cakes or carb gels? There really can only be one winner.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

December running events

As we all know December is a busy old time and it's sometimes difficult to find time to keep up the running training. I've collated some of the events that are happening this month to try and encourage you to keep getting those miles in!

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Christmas Competition 2012!

Christmas Competition!

Following the success of our Photoshop Grant competition last year we are pleased to announce this year's competition - a caption competition no less!

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Run Report: Torchlight Run 19/11/2012

Ok, so here goes, somehow I got talked in to writing this- My name’s Dougal, and tonight I led the “Torchlight” run. Well, that’s what my human calls it. 

So it goes a bit like this, at about 6-30 I was driven to a remote spot called a Cricket club.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

SANDBACH 10k Club Run Results

The results of the the club 10k are here. Well done to all those in the club that turned out and supported the event and to the others that offered help. I look forward to reading the race reports.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Crewe Déjà vu 2 photos are now online!

Photos from the Crewe Déjà vu are now online - there are over 400 so take your time and have a good look through - there are bound to be some of you in there somewhere!

Crewe Déjà vu 2 Track Marathon 04-Nov-2012

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Race Report: Flying Fox 10m 04/11/2012

On  Sunday as I drove to Standon for the start of my 10 mile race, I was extremely pleased with myself because I remembered the way and for a change did not get lost.  

There was also a very nice 4x4 in front of me and the driver looked like a runner. 

Monday, 5 November 2012

Crewe Déjà vu 2 Results!

A big congratulations to all finishers of the second Crewe Déjà vu 2 track marathon!

The results are brought to you thanks to the kind generosity of HS Sports, one of the world leaders in supplying timing and scoring equipment and without whose fantastic support we would not be able to chip time the Crewe Déjà vu.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Race Report: Halloween Hellraiser 28/10/2012

Sunday 28 October was a bright but cold day, just right for running across a 9 mile multi-terrain route. 

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Run Report: London Monopoly Run 20/10/2012

A number of the Sandbach Striders took a trip to London, with the intention of running between the landmarks used on the Monopoly board Game.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Crewe Déjà vu 2 final race details and start list.

The final race details have now been emailed out to each runner. In case you haven't received them you can download the file here.
Starting list.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Crewe Déjà vu 2 reserve list is now closed.

The reserve list of the ever popular Crewe Déjà vu 2 track marathon has now been closed.
Sorry if you have been left disappointed but we have done our very best to accommodate every entrant within the confinements of the 50 person race limit.

The 2012 race sold out in record time this year - nearly 4 months ago in fact. 

To all you lucky Déjà vu 2-ers the race pack will arrive by email imminently (and be posted on here for good measure) and we look forward to seeing you all on Sunday!

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Race Report: Preston Guild Marathon 28/10/2012

No ordinary Marathon run???

I am not normally obsessive – but the last few days I have been checking and re-checking

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Catch up on the latest Striders' news!

 Catch up on all the latest Sandbach Striders news from the previous month, courtesy of our resident press secretary Perry Wyatt.

Macclesfield Half Marathon – Sunday 30th September

Monday, 22 October 2012

Race Alert! Passing Clouds & Halloween Hellraiser

Are you looking for a race this weekend?

Bob at the Halloween Hellraiser in 2011.

Here are two local races you may be interested in, both are highly regarded and both happen this Sunday

Race Report: Lichfield 10k 09/09/2012

I’d never heard of the Lichfield 10K run until it came up in a search for races in Staffs during the autumn. I was looking for an on-road 10K race, hoping to beat my Super Six time, and have got friends in Lichfield so signed up. 

It was a reasonably early start, I left Sandbach at 8.30 with 2 kids in the car looking

Thursday, 18 October 2012

Race Report: RAB Mountain Marathon 06/10/2012

After a four hour drive and a very cold night camping (poor choice of sleeping bag!), I rose on Saturday morning to glorious sunshine and expansive views across Northumbria. 

Monday, 15 October 2012

Sandbach 10k 2012 category winners and full results!

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Sandbach 10k!

1 Stuart Doyle, Vale Royal AC, 34:49

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Sandbach 10k 2012 Results!

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Sandbach 10k this morning!

Once more we were blessed with terrific running weather, although the heavy rain of the past few weeks ensured some sections of the course had a little bit more mud than usual.

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Race Report: Congleton Half Marathon 07/10/2012

Two races One Weekend. 

A weekend of PB’s with a sting in the tail.

Well a full weekend of racing was had this weekend with great results.  Firstly there was

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Race Report: Congleton Half Marathon 07/10/2012

I took a leaf out of Giles book and followed his pre race plan. On Saturday I drank lots of fluid (even had water at the pub) and made sure I had chicken and rice for tea. Next morning I got up early and had some porridge and honey followed by a banana.  

At 8 am Perry arrived and we set off for the race. The day was cold and foggy. When we

Monday, 8 October 2012

Race Report: Brighton & Hove Parkrun 5k 01/09/2012

I’d only done one Parkrun before this race, but this event brought home to me what a great idea and organisation it is. We can get used to the idea that you have to book and 

plan every race in advance, but a setup that lets you turn up on the day anywhere in the country, enter for free and get timings on the website the same day is much easier. In this

Friday, 5 October 2012

Race Report: Wythenshaw Parkrun 29/10/2012

A free Saturday means the chance to run another free 5k at a Parkrun somewhere. Whilst I might usually have nipped down the M6 towards Hanley park for the weekly run there, this time I fancied a change. I also fancied adding to my tally of 8 different Parkruns.

We are quite lucky in Cheshire in that although there are no Parkruns currently on our

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Pre-Race Report: Chester Marathon 2012

There have been lot of post-race reports posted on the website but nobody yet has written a pre-race report - I thought I’d change that trend & commit myself to a target in the hope that this may provide the additional motivation I often require to make myself run well!

Last year the club had 14 entrants - this year it's just me!
This weekend I am running the 2nd Chester Marathon & my aim is quite simple - to set a PB & also beat the club record currently held by Alan Pearson.  The club record currently stands at 03:13:17 (set at last years Chester Marathon) which means running quicker than 07:22min/mile pace.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Race Report: Marathon du Medoc 08/09/2012 #5

Non-Race Report

Marathon du Médoc post-race recovery walk and lunch.

As if the punishment of 34 degrees, 26.2 miles and several wine-and-food stops on the

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Race Report: Marathon du Medoc 08/09/2012 #4 Video!

Here is a short video race report made by our own resident coaching officer, welfare officer and movie mogul Mr Jason Bulley.

Friday, 28 September 2012

Race Report: Marathon du Medoc 08/09/2012 #3

I remember hearing talk last July/August at the club about costumes and an ark being
built then a rehearsal run with Mik and Grant in fancy dress (Mr & Mrs Noah).


I thought at the time they were mad but where do I find myself today, on the start line
of the 28th Médoc marathon with eight other Striders all in fancy dress costumes.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Race Report: Marathon du Medoc 08/09/2012 #2

For the second year on the trot I made the trip to France to run the Medoc marathon, although this time I left the family at home.

This quite simply is the best marathon on the planet, forget a timed performance, just

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Race Report: Marathon du Medoc 08/09/2012 #1

In 2011 my husband, friends from ‘Team Moose’ and a few fellow members of Sandbach Striders disappeared on a long “boys” weekend. Apparently it is customary for these weekends to involve some sporting activities, a bit of sight seeing, a spot of drinking and some dressing up.

This was their first experience of the Marathon du Medoc, it looked (and sounded) a good one. I was curious…

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Race Report: St Thomas 7m 16/09/2012

I left my house at 8.45am as I knew that I needed to get to Upper Tean, on the other side of Cheadle for the St Thomas’s 7 mile road race which started at 10.30am. I am glad I left early as my satnav took me to Stone which I drove round twice, then in the direction of Leek before I realised that I was on the wrong road. 

This is at the 2 mile mark (which was also part of the Cheadle 4 route)

After stopping several people I finally found my way to Upper Tean. As I turned into

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Hanley 5k Parkrun is 1 this Saturday!

This Saturday (22nd September) sees the 1st birthday of our friends at the Hanley 5k Parkrun!
Paul, Heather, Mik and Liz at a Hanley Parkrun earlier this year.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Race Report: Pilgrim Marathon 16/09/2012

Well, after having to drop out of the Médoc marathon due to a wedding commitment I simply had to find another race to do in preparation for the upcoming track marathon.

Approaching mile 20

Sunday, 16 September 2012

London Monopoly Run - Book your place now!

Saturday October 20th sees the inaugural Sandbach Striders Monopoly run.

A 15.7 mile run/walk/crawl through the streets of London around every location on the Monopoly board.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Race Report: Salford Quays 10k 09/09/2012

I entered this race early in the year and had planned to use it to try and improve my 10k time to around 58 minutes, but funny how things never seem to go to plan.  I did the race with my daughter and a friend from work whom I had convinced that the race would be easy.

The race itself was well organised and there was ample car parking on the multi-storey car

Monday, 10 September 2012

Race Report: Ipstones 5 8/09/2012

On Saturday 8 September I ran the Ipstones 5 mile race. Thankfully I got a lift from Janet and Sue of South Cheshire Harriers as my sense of direction when I get anywhere near the  Leek/Ashborne road leaves a lot to be desired.

Thank god for a bit of flat road!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

New edition of members handbook now published!

The latest edition of the members handbook can now be downloaded.

There is a version in Word here.
Or a PDF version here.

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Race Report: Hell on the Humber 18-19/08/2012

This race was to be my big challenge event for the year. A 12 hour endurance race held overnight from 7pm to 7am. In Hull.
A man with a pole in his head stands in front of a big bridge.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Race Report: Dave Clarke 5 23/08/2012

Tonight I ran my first ever Dave Clark 5 race.  This race is held in memory of Dave Clark who was a founder member of the Trentham Running Club’s committee,  a keen cyclist, avid fan of Grand Prix and Moto GP and my hubby’s mate.  There is a race limit of 250 and tonight there must have been a field of over 190 runners.
Liz shouting – "This one is for John!"

Monday, 27 August 2012

News Report: 27/06/12

Hell on the Humber (Ultra Race) – 18-19th Aug
Strider Michael Escolme ran the gruelling 12-hour endurance running race Hell on the Humber on August 18-19th
Participants run back and forth along a four-mile circuit of the Humber Bridge as many times as they can between seven in the evening until seven the next morning.
Michael managed an amazing 53 miles.

Michael Escolme at “Hell on the Humber”

Friday, 24 August 2012

Kit Report: K-Swiss Running Shoes

K Swiss Running Shoes

As you will see from the photo that Mik took I have new running shoes. Yes K-Swiss. 

I had never heard of this shoe until Evonne drew my attention to her shoes. They are

Monday, 20 August 2012

Race Report: Belper Rugby Rover 19/08/2012

Ok, so Last week I ran the Cross Bay Challenge and really struggled. I got annoyed with my running; I was sick at the end and felt like ending my running career there and then.

Perry and Paul on the start line raring to go.

So what’s the best remedy for that? Well, mine was to do the ridiculous, try a 30k Fell

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Latest news about John Lawton

Since the 8th April when our club mate and friend John Lawton went missing during a mountain marathon in Greece, hundreds of people have spent thousands of hours searching for him.
Hundreds more people have donated time and money to the search effort and today it is with great sadness mixed with relief that those efforts have succeeded and his body has been found. 
Our thoughts are now with his wife, children and grandchildren as they come to terms with the news.
We will continue to miss you John and you will forever be a part of this club.
Rest in Peace John Lawton 1949 - 2012

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

News Report: 14/08/2012

Preston Parkrun (5k) – Saturday 11th August

The course is in Avenham and Miller Parks, and run on tarmac and gravel paths, although some sections of the course do accumulate mud, leaves and puddles after rain. The starting point is at the bottom of Avenham Park, near the pavilion and underneath the East Lancashire Viaduct

Monday, 13 August 2012

Race Report: Preston Parkrun 11/08/2012

Well, the time had come. This time there would be no escaping it, I would be doing my first Parkrun. On this occasion my hands were tied. I needed to go to the post office in Lancaster and get an international driving license for my upcoming holiday, and Mik was going that way to run a Parkrun in Preston. So the off shoot was, I could run to Lancaster as we were camping for the Cross Bay Challenge, or I could run the Parkrun and get a lift to Lancaster. No choice really, Parkrun all the way. So I had also an unexpected bit of competition, my son George had opted to run the Parkrun as well. Having watched him the day before knock out a 3 mile 19 minute run on the tread-mill I thought I would be lagging much behind him, but more on that later. 


Friday, 10 August 2012

Race Report: Queens Park Quacker 27/07/2012

Race Report: Queens Park Quacker 5k (Race 2 of 3) – 27/07/12
Friday evening, just back from holiday & pre-Olympic opening ceremony I decided I’d run the 2nd in the Queens Park Quacker Series.  These are a series of 3 x 5k races organised by our friends at South Cheshire Harriers around Queens Park in Crewe & held on the last Friday of June/July/August.
Me running quickly! (Photo courtesy of racephotos.org)

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Race Report: Crowden Horseshoe 8m 29/07/2012

Crowden Horse Shoe 8m 1700ft
Thankfully the torrential rain that greeted me at registration cleared up for the race and the weather was fine