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, 28 September 2014

This week's news 28/09/2014

This week the free weekly 5k parkruns proved to be popular with the members of Sandbach Striders running club. 18 Striders ran the event at Astbury Mere near Congleton.
Sandbach Striders at Congleton parkrun

Race Report: Macclesfield Half-marathon 28/09/2014

It's been a long time since I had a go at the half marathon distance and with so many ultras and Marathon distance races ahead of me I thought it would make a nice change to have a go at my favourite distance. 
Fun at the start

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Race Report: Tough Mudder 14/09/2014

So whilst a large contingent of my fellow Striders had decided to take a trip to France to ‘run’ the Marathon Du Medoc, a race which involves around 20 wine stops and fancy dress, I, for some bizarre reason had decided to run Tough Mudder, a race involving various obstacles, masses of mud and oh yes, electrocution!

Race Report: Sandbach 10k 21/09/2014

As a Striders newby I wanted to run this years 10K as in future years I'm sure I'll want to help marshal the event. 
Fran sprinting over the line to a new 10k personal best

Sandbach 10k - Photos & Videos!

Photographs from the Sandbach 10k are now online!

They can be seen on our Flickr gallery and downloaded for free, visit  https://flic.kr/s/aHsk3pwkhr

Also just in case you haven't yet seen it, here is a view of the 10k from a somewhat unusual angle!

For best results click here to view the video directly on YouTube and then select the settings from the bottom right hand corner and choose 720p HD

Monday, 22 September 2014

This week's news 22/09/2014

It was all smiles this week at  Sandbach Striders running club as the club once more hosted the popular Sandbach 10k race.

Tracey Hale looking very pleased to have finished the Sandbach 10k

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Sandbach 10k Results

Congratulations to all of the runners who competed the Sandbach 10k today.  We sincerely hope that you enjoyed your day and we hope to see you again in the future.

The results can be seen at :

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Entries on the day at the Sandbach 10k this Sunday.

Sandbach 10k - 21st September 2014
Entries on the day will be taken* 

The start of the 2013 Sandbach 10k
Entry is just £12 for affiliated runners, £14 for non-affiliated runners

Start time: 11:00am
Family fun run: 10:20am

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Race Report: Gritstone Grind 35m Ultra 07/09/2014

I’d always insisted that I’d never run an ultra event, a marathon was as far as I’d ever go. ]
The start at Kidsgrove station
Then last year someone set up the Gritstone Grind, 35 miles through and over Mow Cop,

Monday, 15 September 2014

This week's news: 15/09/2014

 Saturday saw the 30th annual running of the Marathon du Médoc in Pauillac, France. 

Sandbach Striders at the Marathon du Médoc 
For the fourth year in succession members of Sandbach Striders took their place on the

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Race Report: Adur Riverfest 10k 25.08.2014:

This race was definitely in the category of ‘well I’m here so why not’ rather than one that I’d been planning for years. 
The Adur on a sunny day (photo from Ouse and Adur Rivers Trust website)
I was visiting my parents in Shoreham (on the Sussex coast near Brighton) on the bank holiday weekend. Coincidentally, a local group were planning to set up the town’s first river festival that weekend, including local exhibitions, markets, live music and a variety of races around the river. 

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Race Report: Striders do Congleton parkrun 07/09/2014

The powers-that-be at Congleton parkrun recently asked local running clubs to take over the volunteering roles at parkrun for a day. 
The Striders flag rising high above the mere.
Sandbach Striders were happy to support the fantastic job the Congleton team do week-in week-out in staging such a professional and enjoyable event.

Monday, 8 September 2014

Race Report: Delamere Trail Half-marathon 07/09/2014

I didn’t think Delamere was very hilly so it was fairly easy to persuade me to enter this race. I became slightly worried when, the day before the race, I was informed that Delamere was hilly – by now it was much too late to do any hill training! 

Lou, Heather, Tony, Mat and Steph

Race Report: South Cheshire 20 07/09/2014

Having spent most of the first half of the year running various races I’d decided to take a bit of a break to focus on training for my last big race of the year, the Snowdonia Marathon in October. 

The South Cheshire 20 gave me an excellent opportunity to check out how my training was coming and do a ‘dry run’ of my pre-race preparation, if I’m honest it was a welcome break from constantly training too!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

News from Sandbach Striders 08/09/2014

Eleven members of Sandbach Striders running club took over the marshalling and organisation of the free 5k parkrun held every week at Astbury Mere.
Sandbach Striders at Congleton parkrun
17 other Striders ran the three lap route with Clare Pheasey and Catherine Greaves managing to run new personal best times.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Sandbach 10k 21st September 2014 - Entries now open!

Entries to the Sandbach 10k multi-terrain race are now open!
Sunday 21st September 2014 -11.00am
Also: Family fun run - half mile children’s fun run starts 10.20am
Race HQ: Elworth Cricket Club, London Rd, Sandbach CW11 3BF

Predictathon 2014 Results

A big well-done to all of our Predictathon 2014 finishers!
And they're off!
Also a big thank you to our helpers and marshalls tonight: Perry Wyatt, Dave Parr, Martin Gunther, Craig Edwards, Jason Bulley and Jill and Andre who ran as tail runners.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Race Report: Princess Challenge 31m 30/08/2014

It’s no secret to many that I have not been at my best lately. With Winston Churchill’s black dog banging my door down there could be no better cure than to exercise (as per what I would tell clients). 

The start of the run

Race Report: Fleetwood Half-marathon 24/08/2014

For my first official race as a Strider, some may think that a half marathon was a little ambitious.  

 I set myself a personal goal of completing the Fleetwood Half Marathon several months ago.  On paper, the race is 3 loops along the promenade. Having spent many a childhood weekend on the Fylde coast, this cold either be a flat, fast course or if it was raining and windy a true exercise in endurance against the elements.  The event proved to be a nice, uncomplicated run on a rather pleasant bank holiday morning, but was 13.1 miles too ambitious?

Race Report: Run Marbury Reverse 10K 31/08/2014

I remember a conversation with Andrew Gibson during the Couch to 5K training programme.  
Amy and Lindsay all smiles at the finish line
We’d built up to running for just over half an hour non stop and I was quizzing him on running 10k races.  I listened with interest as he told me that that he enjoyed 10k more than 5k because you could get into a rhythm and just run.  I never for one minute thought that less than 6 month later, I would be running my first 10k and trying to find that rhythm.