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, 23 February 2015

Race Report: Knype Pool 5m 23/02/2015

Biddulph Running Club, held there annual 'Knypersley Pool 5 Mile Race' on Sunday 22nd February. It's a trail run which follows a path around Knypersley pool reservoir, then climbs up to the top off Biddulph moor, before returning around the  reservoir to the finish.

250 runners gathered on this bitterly cold Sunday morning, for the start of the race. The Mayor of Biddulph rings his bell and says a few words, and sends us on our way. After a hundred yards we had a steep incline which soon thinned the runner's out. A wet few days had made the path very muddy, 
and I soon found out that my road shoes weren't up to the job, struggling to get a grip on the path. 

After about a mile and a half running around the lake, we then followed a steep incline to the top of Biddulph moor, this was hard work and it was a struggle to keep the momentum going. At the top we doubled back and ran across a very boggy farmers field and followed the descent back down to the lake, my feet were saturated! Another mile or so around the lake, and we were on the home straight to the finish. I crossed the line in 36 minutes 26 seconds, on tricky course this was a respectable time. Each runner was presented with a commemorative mug.

I enjoyed this race,  a trail run, very well organised, great scenery and hilly, and for those who like mud, there's plenty of that!

For more information visit the website.


Photos courtesy of Bryan Dale.