Training and Social Running Sessions
Everyone can run and the hardest part is just making that initial effort. So whether you are already a runner looking to improve or somebody who is completely new to running and just wants to give it a try, you can be sure you’ll find a warm welcome with the Striders. In order that we can achieve the best running experience for everyone we have identified the following three levels that we use for grouping runners at some sessions:
Beginner or Social - Intermediate - Main (or Fast)
For more details you can contact us by completing the form on the Contact Us area of the website. Alternatively please feel free to turn up and run with us at one of our training sesssions detailed below. All regular Club training sessions start from the Canal Basin Car Park, (Tom Brad's Croft) Whaley Bridge unless stated.
Runners from all the three separate groups, beginner(or social), intermediate and Main (or top). Runs last anything from 45 minutes to 1hr 25 minutes.
Pre Arranged - Thursdays (7:00pm)
This session is more flexible for members to arrange to meet by an informal arrangement. If a couple of you intend to run and wish to make it open to others, then post a message on our closed facebook group. Or on our message board. By default meet at the canal basin but if you want an informal meet up elsewhere then mention that too.
This is a session for our beginners and intermediates. Runs can last from 45 minutes to about 1hr 25minutes, It’s a great session for those wanting their first introduction to running.
Pre Arranged - Sundays (morning) - Times Can vary... check message board or facebook closed group.
This is a long Sunday morning run lasting anything from 1½hrs to 3hrs maybe more. Running at a slow pace, it’s a great way of building your stamina. Open to all abilities. Distance is around 8-10 miles or possibly more, good for half, full marathon or even ultra training. Depending on the weather on these runs we recommend carrying basic FRA kit as the routes may be more remote and off road.
Sunday Night Runners. One or two of our members organise these on winter sundays after dark, locations and times can vary. This usually involves hilly off road running in the dark. It is recommended that you bring FRA kit with you on these sessions. Check the facebook group for more details.
Occasional and Seasonal Training Sessions
Wednesday Hill and Speed (Winter) During the Autumn or Winter and on occasions at other times of the year extra special training sessions (hill and speed) may be held. Details of these sessions and where they start from will be posted on the Message board. Usually on a Wednesday at the normal time. See message board link under Members area at the top of the page. Or check our (closed) members facebook group for more details. - See below!
Summer Away Runs: During the lighter months from Spring to Autumn we do monthly away runs. These start at a pub or car park away from Whaley Bridge. Not too far away and still easy to get to. Afterwards we usually meet up and have a little get-together. Details of when and where these take place and possible car sharing options are posted on the message board.
NOTE:- Any reference to the facebook closed group is to the group where you have to be approved by an admin to check you are a club member. If you are not a member of the group but have joined the club you can find the group:- HERE You can then request to join. Note it may take a short while for an admin to approve so please be patient.