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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!"

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Race Report: Central Lancs Half Marathon 04/01/2012

3rd Central Lancashire Half Marathon
The race blurb offered a fast, flat course across central Lancashire just North of Preston with good PB potential. For me the idea of a fast, flat course right at the start of the year and something to set myself a bit of a benchmark against and gauge my fitness was the real draw – and of course a new PB always goes down well!

2012 blew in with some pretty strong winds and the promise of some pretty wild weather. Thankfully bank holiday Monday had different ideas – the skies were clear (at least in Sandbach) and conditions looked chilly but good for racing. An hour or so later on arrival in Catforth a bit of a keen breeze had somehow got itself going and the clear skies were now rapidly filling up with threatening clouds. Due to some rather heavy rain in the days preceeding the race the plans for parking on the nearby school field had had to be dropped – perhaps a good thing as soft ground and cars never mix well! Sadly this change of plan meant that we all had to park on the nearby lanes which for those who like to leave it late (that’s me!) meant a good mile ‘warm-up’ walk to the race HQ!
Thankfully with lots of other runners around finding the race HQ was easy and I managed to arrive and get my number just in time to be ushered out for the race start.
Race marshalls guided us to a side street a few hundred yards from the main race HQ to assemble for the start of the race. The race was very briefly delayed to allow a last few stragglers to get to the start of the race, then we were off!

The first mile or so of the race wound its way through narrow country lanes before we re-entered the village of Catforth before turning away from the race HQ up onto a B road heading towards Inskip. It was on these open lanes that the rather “keen” winds first introduced themselves. After about 3 miles the race then turned South West – running pretty much straight into the now rather keen winds with no protection for about 4 miles to the village of Treales where the race turned again and started to wind its way back towards the race HQ. After a few more twists and turns, and several (deceptively tiring) crossings of the quiet but windy M55 the race the race took a final fairly sharp turn to reveal (at last) the finish line in sight. One final push and i had a medal round my neck and a kit kat and a bottle of mineral water in my hand.
So, did the race live up to its billing of fast and flat? In short yes, and in the bargain i bagged myself a new PB only 2 days into a new year! For those looking for a reason to train through the winter and start 2013 strong this is a race i would definitely recommend – in fact if I’ve inspired you the Fylde coast running site is already taking places for next years event on Sunday 6th Jan 2013 –priced at £12 for club runners. Go on you know you want to!
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