About the Stevenage Striders Running Club

The Stevenage Striders Running Club (SSRC) has been formed by local runners who were keen to encourage other runners to run and have fun.  Joining and running with running clubs can sometimes be a little intimidating.  A focus on performance, improving race times and personal bests is not everyone’s number one priority.  At Stevenage Striders we first and foremost want members to enjoy their running.  This may lead to running in races, improving race times and furthering your running. However, if that doesn’t fit with a member’s personal running objectives then so be it!!  The diversity of runners within the club enriches it and we value all.

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The club training sessions are held at 7:15pm on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. We also have a steady run session on Wednesdays at 7:15pm. Details of the sessions are contained within our training diary. We meet in the heart of Stevenage in Shephalbury Park, in the car park next to the Shephalbury Football Academy (off of Broadhall Way). The postcode is SG2 8NP.

We also get together on a Sunday morning for a longer (slower) training run. This usually covers a distance of at least 7 miles, with options to run up to 10 – 11 miles. The runs are social, with regular regrouping so that we stay together and support each other. The meeting point and routes for the Sunday runs vary each week and use a combination of road and off road routes in and outside of Stevenage. Details can be found on the club training diary.

Our training sessions use a combination of traditional interval training, fartlek runs and steady/tempo training. Our interval training has a twist!!! Conventional interval training often uses periods of fairly static recoveries. At the Striders we use active ‘roll on/roll off’ recoveries. More beneficial and less risk of causing injury.

Speed endurance – after an appropriate warm up we use a series of timed intervals (efforts) where we run harder/faster before running slowly (recovery period). During the recovery period we all re-group before starting the next effort….and so on. The main training group covers a route of about 5-6 miles and our Improvers Group uses a shorter route of approximately 4 miles. The improvers group is suitable for those who are progressing from 5k to take on distances of 10k or over. For either training group it doesn’t matter if you are running at a slow pace as long as you maintain your running throughout the route.

Interval, hill or tempo paced training. These sessions tend to focus on developing your running technique and pace. They tend to operate over a confined area using shorter measured intervals (such as 400m, 800m). We also used mixed hills and tempo runs. The training sessions are suitable for anyone who can run at least 5K continuously. Your running pace does not matter!!! Taking part in these sessions will radically improve your running!!

The speed endurance session and hill/interval based sessions are featured on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Wednesday training – we have a training session that is based on steady running covering no more than 5 miles. This is arranged in an out and back format. It is designed for runnings seeking to improve their endurance and can also be used for those returning from injury or simply seeking a recovery paced run.

Our Zero to 5k starter group complete a 10 week programme that progresses from short run/walk efforts to completing a 5k parkrun. Look out for the dates of the next programme on our training diary.

Sunday – our Sunday morning runs are a great excuse for exploring the local countryside outside of Stevenage. We vary our routes and starting points and the runs are usually between 7 to 10 miles long. They all have one thing in common – they are run at a slow, long run pace where the focus is on building endurance and having a social run. We should be able to talk and run!! Look out for the meeting point and start time on the club diary.

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