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!"

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Race Report: Kidsgrove 10k 22/01/2017

Four Striders made there way to today's inaugural 'Kidsgrove 10k', Helen, Heather, Andy T and myself. This was a new 10k in the area, organised by 'gold events', and being merely a 10 minute drive from Sandbach, it was a race to good to miss.

Things weren't looking promising on arrival, with light snow falling on a bitterly cold damp day, runners were more concerned about getting inside the local leisure centre (race registration) for warmth than running a 10k. I soon met up with my fellow Striders, where we were issued with race numbers and tags (for chip timing) in preparation for the race.

Eventually, and reluctantly we left the warmth of the leisure centre, and made are way to the race start, 'Clough Hall Park'. After the usual warm up, about 350 runners packed themselves in a narrow start area, and after a brief welcome from the race director, we were sent on our way. The first few hundred metres was a bit of a dog fight along a narrow path leading out the park, before exiting onto the road. The course was essentially a lap of a housing estate, followed by a larger lap of 'Clough Hall Park' followed by a final lap of the housing estate. I'm not making it sound to glamorous, but the lap of the park was very enjoyable with a lap of a reservoir and lots of scenic woodland to run through. The only thing I should add about the course was it was deceptively hilly with several long inclines, which took it's toll. On miles one and five we had the welcome encouragement in the form of Paul and Nikki Nicholls and of course Betty Bear, who were on marshalling duty, all togged up, including Betty, in high viz vests.

The end couldn't come soon enough, and I managed to finish just under 39:54 minutes, Andy and Heather finished in that order in 41:00 and 41:02 respectively minutes, Helen finished shortly after in 55:51. A special mention should go to Heather for being first lady home.

Heather Carter, Andy Thomas, Helen Childs, and Tony Taylor with their medals

We all agreed this was a great local race, well organised with a nice 'goody bag' (medal and head buff included). Also as a nice touch, the organisers arranged two trial runs beforehand for runners to familiarise themselves with the course. Definitely highly recommended and well worth putting in the calendar for next year.