Goyt Valley Striders
Affiliated to UK Athletics
Reg no. 2658036

Training and social Running Sessions

Regular Sessions

We have subdivided club runs into 4 different groups to reflect the differences in speed and distance that our members may want to do on a run. Runners are welcome to self-select the group that best matches their fitness and ambition on any given session. ​

Groups will run on a mix of terrain, so Trail Shoes are recommended.

Group 1: This is our entry level group, this group will typically cover 3 to 4.5 miles (5-7.5Km), speed will not be overly fast, with a duration of about an hour to 1 hour 15.​

Group 2: This group covers more ground (bit faster) and could be hillier than group 1. Usually, in the region of 5 - 6+ miles (8-10+Km) depending on route. The duration will be typically 1-15 hr to 1-30 hr. ​

Group 3: This group is again a little faster, further, and hillier than group 2. Generally covering over 6 to 7.5 miles (10-12Km) again dependent on route. The duration of this group could be a little longer at 1-30 to 1.45 hr approx.​

Group 4: This group is aimed at the faster of our runners who are capable of greater distance within a time. This group could cover anything up to 10 miles (16Km), generally more hills and more fell terrain than the other groups. This group might be out longer than the other groups but, still aiming to be no longer than 1hr 45mins. Fell shoes may generally be best for this group.​

On Tuesday evenings we will normally run with a Group 2,3 and 4 going out and a Group 1 on request

On Saturday mornings there will be a Group 2 run and a Group 1 run if there is demand.

Club runs will be run in accordance with England Athletics guidelines which will include recording who runs in a particular group (normally by a group photo) and capturing contact and In Case of Emergency (ICE) details for any new runners. This information is already stored and available for club members.

For more Information or a chat, then contact us HERE

Tuesday (7pm) Members and potential new members welcome
Runners from all the groups are normally out on this session. We welcome newcomers on Tuesdays as this is the best session to introduce yourself, also each of the groups will be out running. However please note away runs below. We meet in the Car Park (Tom Brad's Croft in Whaley Bridge. SK23 7SR) NB: See section below re-away runs. If the evening is in daylight we will certainly run off road, during the darker nights that may be more of a mix of hard trail or road.
Afterwards we sometimes head for a social drink in the Goyt Inn or Nook.

Saturday (8:00am)
8am mainly group 1 and group 2 runners.
Again these sessions start at the car park in Tom Brad's Croft, Whaley Bridge. Sometimes members follow on with a coffee or breakfast at a local café.

Frequent, Occasional and Seasonal Sessions

Aside from the sessions listed below there are several whats app groups with specific runs.
Currently these are under the headings of:
Longer Runs - These tend to be at least 15 miles and possibly up to 30 miles. They may sometimes (but not always) be linear in nature requiring a train or bus back. Sometimes on new paths so can be said to be involving exploring and adventure. These runs by nature will not be very fast.
Run to the Pub - Friday session starting at 3pm and usually finishing in the Whaley Nook, or other venue.

If you wish to join in any of these groups please contact us Via our secretary or have a word at one of our regular sessions.

Thursday Winter Sessions

We Have suspended the actual Training sessions for the moment. However feel free to have a go yourself at some of the routes below. Social runs will take place on a Thursday soon, see away runs.

Current Schedule:- Training

Individual sessions:- Park Rep Res Rd C Station Torrm rule of 3 Rainow NM2 Shall X Bishop Bolly X Tax Moor Mick's Fernilee 1 Birch V L Ferni Int Long L I

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Weekend longer runs (usually morning - advertised on social media)

Times and frequency Can vary.
This is a long weekend morning run lasting anything from 1½hrs to all day. Running at a slow pace, it's a great way of building your stamina. Open to all. Distance can be anything from 8-10 miles or much longer!, good for half, full marathon or even ultra training. Depending on the weather and duration on these runs we recommend carrying basic FRA kit as the routes may be more remote and mostly off road. Also bring plenty to drink and eat along the way if its all day.

Away Runs:

We hold these on the second Thursday of the month. 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.
The current list of away runs can be found via this link (updated regularly and editable)

Current Away Run Schedule: Away


WhatsApp Groups. We now operate a WhatsApp community which groups together all the club groups. These groups are for people interested in different aspects of running and on different days to our regular sessions. For example some of us may go out on a saturday or sunday and spend most of the days on the hills. This is good for anyone doing a multi day or single day Ultra where they want time on feet etc. It may be a group who run and finish in a local pub on a friday afternoon or those who fancy taking part in the cross country league in Winter. To join just as any committee member or email the secretary or membership secretary.


Couch to 5k program

Some club members offer a FREE couch to 5k program for those wanting to start running. (Not currently happening at the moment) Details of this program can be found on this page:- C25K

NOTE:- Any reference to the Facebook closed group and Cluster group Details are Here.

Facebook: the closed group is a members only group and to join you have to apply and be approved by an admin member. So please be patient there may be a small delay especially if you have only just joined.

Facebook Group:- HERE
Strava Club strava

Local weather forecast for Whaley Bridge can be found below. However we do tend to go out in all weathers so......no excuses!