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!"

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Race Report: Roseberry Topping 15/12/2013

Hardmoors Roseberry Topping marathon.

The time had come, the time for me to reach my goal of the year and finish the job of running 13 marathons in the year 13. A feat that would mean an awful lot more to me than it would to many of the running buddies I had befriended this year. Mainly because so many of them had run so many more marathons than I had, but, it's about your own personal goals as this report will identify.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Race Report: 01/12/2013 Cheddleton Pudding Run 10k

I blame Liz – you know the sales pitch – “beautiful run on the edge of the Peak District” – “well organised” – “excellent Christmas pudding at the end”.

That’s how Liz, Phil & I came to sign up for the Cheddleton Christmas pudding run. 

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Race Report: Leeds Abbey Dash 10k 17/11/2013

My daughter Kat and I both ran this race and combined it with a shopping to see friends who live in Yorkshire. 

 It wasn’t a race that I had planned to do but I was told that it was a flat course and I didn’t want to do another hill after (the ‘sting in the tail’) Congleton half.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Race Report: Flying Fox 10m 03/11/2013

The Flying Fox is a 10 mile race which is undulating to say the least!  For the past few years it has always been a wet and cold miserable day. 

Well 3 November was no different with the exception of rain.  I set off from Sandbach and

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Don't mention the 'C' word !

Christmas is coming and the goose is getting fat. Well, it might not just be the goose! Don't let the temptations of the season ruin your winter training.

Here are a few interesting running events coming up over the next few weeks which might interest you...

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Race Report: Passing Clouds 9m 28/10/2013

You ever get that feeling that your addicted?   

Well I think I do, no not think, I am sure I am. There i was sitting out in the lovely French sunshine in the Vosage mountains when that little bleep came through on my phone. It was the upcoming race email from the chairman. 

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Crewe Déjà vu 3 Photos are now online!

We hope you enjoyed your day at the  Crewe Déjà vu 3.

Here are two sets of photos which are free for you for any non-commercial purposes.

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Crewe Déjà vu 3 Results are now online!

Well done to all the finishers today, there were some fantastic results and many targets achieved or surpassed. 

The results are here courtesy of the world class chip timing from HS Sports: http://www.chiptiming.co.uk/results/?sport=1&year=2013&event=151&race=59

Further photos and news to follow...

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Crewe Déjà vu 3 is nearly upon us!

The Crewe Déjà vu 3 is nearly upon us! 

The ones to blame on race day: Giles, Michael and Jason
We currently have a 15 members of Sandbach Striders on the start list and are also expecting a full contingent of other runners. Some familiar faces, some new, hopefully by the end of the day new running friends.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Race Report: Round Rotherham 50 19/10/2013

Last December, as I rolled over the hill of middle age (50th birthday), I had an idea. 

“I’m really not a morning person,” yawned Gordon at 0600.
I had always wanted to run an ultra-marathon and, in my slightly OCD sort of way, a 50 mile ultra at 50 years old would be a nice neat way to solve my dilemma. Remembering, in conversation, that Jason had mentioned the Round Rotherham 50, I applied for leave and booked the event. The scene was set.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Sandbach 10k 2013 results!

A big WELL DONE to all of the 189 intrepid runners who braved today's Sandbach 10k!

Thank you for coming to Sandbach, we sincerely hope you had a great race.

The results can be seen online here.

Monday, 21 October 2013

Race Report: Wirral Half Marathon 13/10/2013

What ever happened to Sunday morning lie-ins? At this rate I may even make a striders Sunday morning run now that I’m so used to getting up for half marathons.

Birkenhead’s own Brandenburg gate which we ran through.
 Anyway, a dark, blustery and showery morning dawned and I piled both a sleepy Gordon and a surprised Tolli into the car and drove to Birkenhead which is not the most pleasant of places. 

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Race Report: Mars London Marathon ??/04/84

(Belated) race report – Mars London Marathon (1984)

As dawn was breaking on a clear, dry. Late-March morning in 1984, I set out from my sister’s flat in Tooting for Blackheath Common ready for my first London Marathon.

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Race Report: Sandbach Family Fun Run 13/10/2013

The Sandbach 10k fun run started outside the cricket club and was two laps of the cricket pitch

It was a cloudy drizzly day but that did not dampen the fun and determination of all the children lining up at the start with a mix of very small children ranging from 1 year onwards.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Race Report: Marathon du Médoc 07/09/2013 #2

During the race that we ran out in France!
This is our report, albeit fairly short, of a race that we ran out in France!

Monday, 14 October 2013

Race Report: Tissington Trail Half-marathon 06/10/2013

Having booked myself in for the new Wirral half marathon on 13th October, I wasn’t expecting to do one the week before. However, Gordon decided that when both Heather and Tony were unable to do the trail run, he volunteered us both for it, insisting that it would be easy…it was all down-hill!

So early on Sunday morning, with me behind the wheel,  (well Gordon’s no good before 10am), we drove across to Ashborne with the autumn sun burning through the mist that was settled in the valleys; beautiful. Well I enjoyed it; not sure Gordon was awake.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Sandbach 10k: Final Race Details

We've managed to contact all but one or two entrants via email or phone, but just in case the messages go awry here are the final race day details for the Sandbach 10k on Sunday.

Dear intrepid runner,

First of all, may I offer my sincere thanks for entering our 10k race, all of us at Sandbach Striders look forward to meeting you on Sunday and we hope the race exceeds your expectations.

Sandbach 10k 13/10/13 - Last few places up fpr grabs!

Last few places for the Sandbach 10k are up for grabs!

Enter online at Runners World or UKResults 

Entries have been extended until Friday 11th October.

** Don't miss out as there will be no 10k entries on the day. **
(The family fun run is entry on the day only.)

Race Report: Congleton Half Marathon 06/10/2013

8am and I was up and ready to leave for Congleton. 

Having ate my porridge and donned by shorts and vest I felt ready for this one. 

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Race Report: Adidas 24h Thunder Run 27/07/2013

Here is my race report for the Adidas thunder Run, a 24 hour event I ran on the weekend of July 27th/28th this year. My expectations had been tainted by the postponement of it's sister run, the 12 hour Lightning Run earlier in the year but it turned out to be a terrific event and one I would not hesitate to recommend.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Race Report: Marathon du Médoc 07/09/2013

 The Virgin’s view.

Ok, So this must be the most difficult race report that I have had the pleasure of writing, difficult in the sense of placing so much joy and fun in to such a small report.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Race Report: Macclesfield Half Marathon 29/09/2013

Another weekend, another beautiful day and another great race.   

Macc Harriers always put on a good event with great marshalls and good support and today

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

CONGRATULATIONS! Jason Bulley completes 100 marathons!

We are used to hearing of the exploits of Sandbach Striders and the happy band of runners as they take part in a huge variety of running events both near and far but for one of the original members of Striders this weekend was particularly special...

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Race Report: Ladybower 20m 22/09/2013

Ladybower 50 - the 20 miler

A beautiful sunny September Sunday is best spent in Derbyshire after the glorious Ladybower 50 event today.  

Friday, 27 September 2013

Run Report: Krispy Kreme Challenge 15/09/2013

This was my first official pre race entry event (that's why I am sooo proud of my trophy!!) 

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Race Report: UTMB CCC 30/08/2013

Waiting for the start in Courmayeur

The Ultra Trial Du Mont Blanc (UTMB) CCC is a 101Km ultra trail marathon held annually in

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Race Report: Great North Run

I had entered the Great North Run Half Marathon early in the year not that I had any real desire to run it but I thought I would see what the fuss was about and why 50,000 people run it each year, and to be honest was tired of non-runners asking me if I had ran it. 

From a personal point of view I can’t think of anything worse than a commercial large scale road race as it’s not my scene but hey ho before I knew it September was upon me and it was race day.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Race Report: Salford Quays 10k 08/09/2013

I did this race last year and because it is a flat course I thought I would give it another go this year. 

I arrived at the Lowry Outlet Mall with plenty of time to park and get to the start line, but shortly after lining up they announced there was a delay – couldn’t quite hear what….  Then after another 20 minutes or so a guy with a megaphone shouted something about ‘trams’ and ‘being stopped’ or something or other.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Run Report: Magic Mile

For the last 3 years the lads at Marathon Talk (a free UK podcast by runners, for runners aimed specifically at those of us who are stupid enough to run marathons), have run a Magic Mile event to try to get runners around the world to train for and aim for their fastest mile.

This year the competition aspect on their website was men Vs women, with points for age graded results coupled with a participation bonus (how many of each 'signed-up' gender actually logged their completed mile) to get the total for each gender.