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!"

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

This week's news: 25/07/2016

After all the running last week, there was very little competitive running this week - Striders were either resting or sunning themselves on a beach somewhere!

On Thursday evening, Paul Nicholls took part in the Staffordshire Moorlands Athletics Club summer series race at Wetton. The race is 5.5miles and has 990 feet of climb. Paul did the club proud by stopping and walking with a fallen runner resulting in him taking last place, but with his head held high.

Monday, 18 July 2016

This week's news: 18/07/2016

Sandbach Striders meet on a Wednesday at Elworth Cricket Club. This week, instead of the usual pacing groups heading up along the Salt Line, it was the 3rd of the 4 Summer Series events – The Predictathon. All runners had to do was predict the time they would complete the 10k course in and for some it was easier that others. In fact, this year, there was a new club record set as David Sharpe finished within a second of his predicted time! It was the first time 2 Striders Kathryn Reed and Deb Barratt had ever ran a 10k but came in over 7 minutes quicker than they predicted earning themselves a wooden spoon each.
Full results were:
Male: David Sharpe 1 sec
Rick Kelso-Davies 7 secs
John Wright 8 secs

Female: Louise Lewis 11 secs
Jenny Hoyle 14 sec
Helen Child 21 sec

David Sharpe at the Predictathon
It may have been noted from previous reports that there are more opportunities to race on weekday evenings due to the lighter summer nights. This week, three Striders headed to Biddulph Grange to take part in the Staffordshire Moorlands Athletic Club Summer Series 5 mile race. Results were:
Darren Varley 29.19
Heather Carter 32.01
Paul Nicholls 42.36
Heather Carter, Darren Varley and Paul Nicholls at Biddulph Grange
It was an unusually quiet weekend for parkrun activity. Only four Striders were in action in the damp and humid Congleton parkrun. Results were:
Tony Taylor 20.11
Andy Thomas 20.22
Heather Carter 28.30
Amy Norman 28.40
Amy Norman at Congleton parkrun

Chairman Mik Escolme was in action in Hanley parkrun finishing in 46.46.

Mik Escolme and Mary Chadwick at Hanley parkrun

Paul Barnett was in Liverpool for the Croxteth parkrun finishing in 20.50

Paul Barnett with runners from Liverpool Running Club at Croxteth parkrun
Duncan Robertson found himself on the south coast for the Hove Promenade parkrun, completing the course in 26.09.

Duncan Robertson at Hove Promenade parkrun

Paul Nicholls took part in the Gloucester North parkrun and finished in 29:39.

Paul Nicholls at Gloucester North parkrun

Jenny Hoyle took part a hilly 10k race in Pendle on Saturday which was part of their Festival of Running. Jenny finished in 1.07.

Jenny Hoyle at the Pendle 10k
Lynsey Astles took part in her first trail half marathon with Lou Hayward and with support from Jason Bulley who undertook the full marathon distance. The Piece of Cake race begins in Church Stretton and takes in 13.1 miles of the beautiful Shropshire Hills and The Long Mynd. Lynsey and Lou both finished in around 3.06.55 and Jason in 5.48.

Lou Hayward, Jason Bulley and Lynsey Astles at Piece of Cake Trail Half
Four Striders took part in the Rab Mini Marathon around Grasmere, a fell running & navigation event where the idea is to visit as many control points as possible within the 4 hour time limit. Each control point has a score, and generally the ones which are further away and more difficult to get at are worth more points. If you finish late, penalty points will be deducted. Result are as follows: Chris brumby came 5th with 179 points and Gordon Hutchins came 12th with 140 points in MV50. Jill Bunby and Cheryl Hutchins ran as a team and came 3rd in FV50 with 140 points.

Jill and Chris Bumby and Cheryl and Gordon Hutchins at Rab Mini Marathon
Jan Peake was in in Delamere for the Delamere Commando Trail, a 10K run is set in the forest park. This 10K course runs through multi-terrain and varying underfoot conditions and along the way, there were challenges such as sandbags to carry and camouflage nets to crawl under. Jan finished in 1.20.
Jan Peake (Centre) at the Delamere Commando Trail
Craig Edwards & Fran Gilchrist were in action in the Wenlock Olympic Walk, a 100 kilometre challenge walk, with an option to run, organised in conjunction with the Wenlock Olympian Society who inaugurated the Wenlock Olympian Games in 1850. The event is over demanding rural countryside and moorland in the Shropshire Hills to the west of Much Wenlock. The guys finished in 21hours, 52 minutes.

Craig Edwards & Fran Gilchrist at Wenlock Olympic Walk
Sunday was the day of the Cheshire Half Marathon at Arley. There were 6 Striders taking part in this fast and flat race around the Cheshire countryside. There was a personal best by a whopping 9 minutes for Katie Payne and PB’s for John, James and Lindsey. Full results were:
John Pemberton 1.29.45
John Wright 1.40.55
Lindsey Beeston 1.43.54
James Boon 1.47.51
Matt Simister 1.54.34
Kate Payne 2.08.40

John Wright, James Boon, Lindsey Beeston and John Pemberton at Arley Half
Katie Payne with her daughter at Arley Half

Moe Dutton wain action at the Womens Running Series 5k in Sefton Park, Liverpool. Moe finished this charity race in 24.49.
Moe Dutton at Womens Running Series 5k

Sandbach Striders are a friendly and encouraging running club that welcome new members of all abilities.


Saturday, 16 July 2016

Race Report: Lyke Wake Challenge 09/07/2016

So why do an ultra-marathon on the opposite side of the country that most people haven’t even heard of? I blame beer and Craig Edwards! We were sat in the bar on the eve on my first ever ultra-marathon (Dig Deep Intro Ultra) listening to runner extraordinaire Shelli Gordon talking about her many amazing achievements and she mentioned the Lyke Wake Challenge. I had heard my mum talking about walking the Lyke Wake route which she had done as a 24-hour challenge many years previously. I therefore decided that it was a race I had to do.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Predictathon 2016 - Results and photos

A big congratulations to all 36 finishers of this year's club predictathon!

We had  new club predictathon record tonight set by David Sharp of 1 second! Big congratulations also to Kathryn and Deb who completed their first ever 10k run!
2016 Champion Predictor - David!
The full results were:

Monday, 11 July 2016

This week's news: 10/7/2016

Racing this week began with Lynsey Astles and Clare Dalton heading to Alderley Edge on Thursday evening for the Wizard 5, a 5 mile road races on tracks and paths around Alderley Edge. Lynsey finished in 46:45 and Clare in 48:52.
Lynsey Astles and Clare Dalton at the Wizard 5

This week's News: 3/07/2016

Racing got underway early this week with 6 Striders taking part in one of South Cheshire Harrier’s 5K Summer Series events at Queens Park. Darren Varley finished in 8th place. Full results were:

Darren Varley 18.00
Andy Thomas 20.12
Heather Carter 20.18
Tom Mayall 21.21
Catherine Winders 25.55
Karen Wright 32.04

Striders a Queens Park 5k