Update April 2022: We continue to take reasonable precautions to control the spread of COVID-19 and we continue to use a booking system to control group sizes and to understand who attends each session. We meet outside and we adhere to any restrictions in place for indoor spaces. Guests are asked to confirm their acceptance of basic running etiquette to protect themselves, other Members and the public. Please visit our Covid page to learn more.
We are a friendly running club based in Leamington Spa. If you want to train for a marathon, compete in races, get a bit fitter, or just meet some new people then browse around a bit to check out what we do, how to find us and what you need to know about joining.
The club is for anyone who enjoys running. Take a look at our events calendar to see which training sessions are best for you.
If you are already running regularly then you will find plenty of runners in the club who will be able to help you push that bit further and faster. Most new members improve pretty quickly. Joining a club such as ours is the best way to get faster and make friends while you do so!
Nigel Fox, Chair
Welcome to Spa Striders
We are a friendly England Athletics running club based in Leamington Spa and our runners can often be spotted running across the county. We offer a variety of sessions every night during the week. These sessions include hill training, speed work round the track and social runs that often end up off road and in a pub. The majority of sessions are suitable for everyone and we cater for a wide range of people. If you can run a 10k in about an hour or are looking to break three hours for a marathon come and try us out.
As a club we compete in the Warwickshire Road Race League as well as the local cross country leagues. We love to see people racing in our green and red kit and we have some of the best supporters in the county who will give a massive cheer whenever they see you. Recently we have started to develop our coaches to see if they can help get the best out of our runners whatever their goals.
We aren’t just about running and racing though. We have an active social scene and highlights have included sunny barbeques, (and the occasional wet one!), bowling, games of rounders and quite a few trips to the pub!
If you sign up as a guest you get to run with us for four weeks for free to see if you like us, so whether you are just looking to get fitter or get faster come and give us a try.
Kat Robertson, Ladies’ Captain
I started running in 2013, fresh out of university and keen to lose a bit of weight and improve my mental health. I enjoyed the headspace it gave me, and the fact that it was free! I steadily improved for a few years and enjoyed challenging myself to achieve things that neither I nor others thought I could do. I reached a plateau in 2017 so joined Striders hoping to find some more speed and motivation. It worked a treat, and found me some great new friends as well!
When I got pregnant in 2019 I was worried that I’d lose my fitness and running ability. I ran throughout my pregnancy, even on induction day, and have been amazed by how quickly I got back to, and then exceeded, my pre-pregnancy speeds. I’m so much fitter and faster than ever, and I now have a little buddy coming along for a buggy run a couple of times a week too!
As Ladies Captain I want every woman in the club to feel welcome and supported at all training sessions and events. We have some impressively fast ladies who I hope will continue to love racing hard and earning us bling, but just as importantly we have depth and spirit right through the ranks.
My favourite thing as captain is being at the end of a race supporting teammates to achieve their goals, be it bagging that hard-earned sub-2:30 Half Marathon or an overdue sub-18 minute parkrun! There’s so much to celebrate in Striders, and I hope that we can help everyone to find their moment, no matter how young, old, fast, slow, experienced or new they are.
Chris McKeown, Men’s Captain
As Captain, I will be trying to encourage as many of you as possible to come to the various races we take part in throughout the year. In true Spa Strider style the focus will be on just taking part and having a good time rather than winning (although that is nice from time to time). I’ll be at most races (much to the annoyance of my husband) encouraging you whatever your targets/aims may be.
I also organise the Spa Strider handicap series which gives anyone the chance to win (results are based on how well you do against predicted times rather than first past the post). We have some Spa Strider only races which follow unusual formats. They are always good fun so do try and get along to one or two.
How do I join?
First, you need to register to run with us as a Guest, but look at our Covid-19 page to understand how we currently accommodate guests. You will be asked for some basic personal details, such as your name and next-of-kin details. Once you have registered, you are welcome to run with us for four weeks to see if the club is right for you. At any time you can join using PayPal.