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!"

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Race Report: Parbold Hill Race 15/02/2015

Yesterday Denis and I did the Parbold Hill Race. This takes place near Parbold, Wigan. 

Was a very enjoyable event with great comradery amongst the runners, although it was challenging. We gathered at a tiny village school, then about 450+ runners set off from a field behind the school. 

The first short stretch took us along the road before turning left and running up a track which became very steep and muddy towards the top of a quarry, (I didn't see the quarry.) We then headed across fields and over stiles to a track and then onto a footpath and UP Parbold Hill for about half a mile (PHEW!) There was an ice-cream van at the top but didn't get to stop!! 

After the hill we turned away from the road and ran across some lovely countryside, both wooded and pasture, over a few walls and stiles, through some deep mud and a stream, and back along the lane to the finish. We were rewarded with a Parbold necker and a delicious Mars bar, although this was saved in favour of cake from the village hall! Would recommend this race to anyone who likes cross country running and doesn't mind getting muddy. 

My thanks to Denis for persuading me to take part and for driving too!

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