Open to all Striders and their families
Stowmarket Striders are a road running club with about 350 members of all ages (9 to 70) and all abilities, from beginners to experienced athletes.
The club meets twice a week for friendly and social training sessions supervised by our UK Athletics qualified club coaches who ensure that training suits your ability and helps you achieve your goals.
For those who are a little more competitive, we encourage our runners to represent the club in local races, relay events and Suffolk Championships.
If you have any questions about joining or any other aspect about Stowmarket Striders then please feel free to contact us.
Where & when we meet
Year round we have coach led training sessions on a Tuesday and Thursday night meeting up at Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre in Stowmarket. During the winter months we also hold a cross country training session on Sunday mornings in the beautiful grounds of Haugley Park. The summer months members meet up to enjoy our more social Suffolk trail runs on a Wednesday night.
6.00 - 7.00pm Junior training sessions for 9-17 year olds - if you'd like to 'try out' then please complete our Juniors Try Out Application Form before you attend your first session - See Juniors Page This group is divided into two development groups: Fundamentals Group: aka Wacky Racers (age 9-11/12), Foundation Group: aka WKR (age 12/13-17).
Please note: Last juniors Tuesday night session before the summer is Tues 18th July - we resume again Tues 5th September.
6.25 - 7.25pm Beginners session (but open to all)
7.30 - 8.30pm Main club session, open to all abilites but more suited to the confident runner
6.30pm onwards Social Trail Runs - please see our Summer Trail Run Diary
6.30 - 7.30pm Junior training sessions for 13-17 year olds (older Foundation group 12 year olds please discuss with Foundation Group Coach)
6.30 - 7.30pm A hour social run with fellow members. Options for 4 mile slower pace, 6 mile slower pace (may be longer than 1 hour) and 6 mile faster pace. Sessions distance and pace vary according to attendees and will be tailored to cater for all present.
7.30 - 8.30pm Coach led threshold/tempo session. Great for improving endurance and stamina; race preparation or general improvement
Where we meet
At our 'Clubhouse' - the large meeting room inside the Mid-Suffolk Leisure Centre down the corridor directly behind the reception. If its your first time training with us just ask at reception. Exisiting members should use their club issued Everyone Active cards to access.
As a Stowmarket Strider member on club nights you can use our exclusive car parking area in the Stowmarket High School car park to the rear of the building and just accessible off the leisure centre car park. Please park there as a first stop, especially for the 6.30pm session when the main car parking area gets congested.
Sunday Cross Country Training (October 2017 through to March 2018 - dates to be confirmed)
at Haughley Park, meet to the right, approximately 200m inside the main gate - 9am to 10am
New runners, whatever ability, are welcome and encouraged to join in any session.