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, 7 March 2017

Press release – February 2017

Here is a round up of the races participated in by members of the club throughout February.

Mad Dog 10K
4 Striders took part in this race along the Southport promenade.  With live band ever kilometer and a mix of serious and fun runners in fancy dress, it is always a race which puts a smile of striders faces, despite being blasted by the wind off the sea!

Full results were:
Stephen Mclean 39:36 Personal Best
Steve Treweeks 44:47
Lisa Highfield 48:13 Personal Best
Lucy Lee 50:05 Personal Best

Steve Treweeks & Lucy Lee at Mad Dog 10k

Stephen Mclean and Lisa Highfield at Mad Dog 10k

Alsager 5
This 5 mile road race around the relatively flat street of Alsager is always popular with Striders.  Full results were:
Darren Varley 29:13 Personal Best
Tony Taylor 31:39
Andy Thomas 32:49
Mick Hutchins 35:36 Personal Best
William Cooper 36:46
Andy Bennett 37:17
Lynsey Astles 41:32 Personal Best
Jaynie Turner 41:48
Catherine Winders 42:47
Hannah Birtles 51:31 Personal Best
Tracey Sturridge 51:31 Personal Best
Julie Dunlop 52:16 Personal Best

Striders at Alsager 5

Julia Dunlop, Tracey Sturridge and Hannah Birtles - Happy Striders at Alsager 5

Hardmoors Marathon

Our intrepid explorer Paul Nicholls braved gale force winds, and ice cold rain to take part in this trail marathon.

Nick Beer Llandudno 10k
Julia Dunlop and her husband headed to Wales to take part in the Llandudno 10k.  The race starts on the promenade in Llandudno and follows Marine Drive around the scenic Great Orme, before returning to the promenade and finishing opposite Venue Cymru. Julia finished in 1:09:21.
Julia & Steve Dunlop at the Nick Beer 10k

Betws-y-Coed Half Trail Marathon

Gareth Evans and Andrea Reynolds took part in the Betws-y-Coed Half Trail Marathon, a race of varied terrain including sandy track, grassy track, stony trail, soily trail and over varying degrees of ascent and descent.
Gareth Evans and Andrea Reynolds at Betws-y-Coed Half Trail Marathon

Manchester Winter Run

Lee-Ann Galway completed the Manchester Winter Run in 48:06.  She said of the race ‘If you're after an inaccurately measured 10k featuring dancing dogs and a samba band, this would have been the race for you. Still, I got pancakes afterwards so it wasn't all bad!’

Lee-Ann Galway at the Manchester Winter Run

Saltburn Marathon 

Paul Nicholls was out on the hills again for the Saltburn Marathon.  He said of the race:

‘Had a really tough ultra today on the Yorkshire moors in the most horrendous weather. It was so bad with snow gale force winds hailstones and the most amazing mud. However, you can only improve in the races you take on and I am happy to say that despite the atrocious weather I managed to come home and finish over 30 miles in under 7 hours and 25 minutes quicker than my last attempt at this brutal run.’
Paul Nicholls at the Saltburn Marathon

Not content with running 2 tough trail runs in February, Paul also complete his 50th parkrun.
Striders at Paul Nicholls 50th parkrun

Village Bakery Half Marathon
The Village Bakery is a fast half marathon around an industrial estate in Wrexham.  Despite the scenery it is very popular with Striders.

Full results were:
Darren Varley 1:22:43 Personal Best
Rick Kelso-Davies 1:29:02 Personal Best
Andy Thomas 1:30:48
Stephen Mclean 1:33:31
Mick Hutchins 1:37:08 Personal Best
Martin Gunther 1:43:41
Jan Peake 1:45:03 Personal Best
June Wray 1:50:08 Personal Best
Lisa Highfield 1:50:43 Personal Best
Lee-Ann Galway 1:52:01
Katie Payne 1:54:02 Personal Best
Jo Askley 1:55:37 Personal Best
James Halling 1:56:50
James Boon 1:56:57
Alice Sharp 1:57:29
David Sharp 1:59:48 Personal Best
Lynsey Astles 2:00:44 Personal Best
Chris Holden 2:01:13
Paul Nicholls 2:07:24
Karen Lovatt 2:45:23

Paul Nicholls and David Sharpe at the Village Bakery Half

Striders at the Village Bakery Half

Carsington Water Half Marathon
Striders took part in the inaugural Carsington Water Half Marathon, an undulating, traffic-free trail race aroung Carsington Water Reservoir. The route offers stunning views of the Lake and surrounding Peak District countryside. Apparently windy, muddy but a nice medal & plenty of jaffa cakes & fig rolls at the finish line.  Full results were:

Martin Coleman 1:34:10
Gordon Hutchins 1:46:08
Tom Mayell 1:48:30
Cheryl Hutchins 2:04:52
Chris Brumby 2:06:28
Elaine Tatham 2:08:40
Gill Young 2:12:08

Striders at Carsington Water Half

Knypersely Pool 5
Knypersley Pool is a  5 mile trail run around Knypersley pool reservoir, followed by a long uphill climb through woodland, over Biddulph moor before returning around the lake back to the finish. It's a challenging course, very muddy (trail shoes a must) but equally rewarding with some beautiful scenery. It has a very friendly feel, with cake stalls raising money for charity as well as tea, coffee and soup for all the finishers. The race has a nice quirky touch, with the mayor donned in hat and gown rings his bell says a few amusing words before sending runners on are way.

Darren Varley, Tony Taylor and Steve Fallows at Knypersely Pool 5
Warrington Winter Track Marathon
Stephen Mclean thought it would be fun to run around a running track 105 times in the Warrington Winter Track Marathon. With music all the while keeping runners motivated, Stephen completed the race in 3:51:34.

Stephen Maclean at the Warrington Winter Track Marathon
Sandbach Striders are a friendly and encouraging running club that welcome new members of all abilities.