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!
Matt Leydon, Chairman
Welcome to Spa Striders,
We are a friendly England Athletics running club based in Leamington Spa and our runners can often be spotted running throughout the country. 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.
Emma Bish, Ladies’ Captain
My first club run was 2 years ago and I was barely able to run 6 miles. Bethan Gwynn happened to be back marking the short route that night and she made me feel so welcome and looked after. Hers are big boots to fill in the role of Ladies Captain and my hope is that by her example I can encourage and support runners of all abilities to take part and feel valued. Striders race in a huge variety of events in different terrains and distances, from team mile relays to full marathons or even ultra marathons, off road, on road, through rivers and plenty of mud. I had no idea! I love being part of the team at any event and wear my green and red vest with pride. I look forward to celebrating everyone’s achievements with plenty of cheering and of course victory cake!
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. You will be asked for some basic personal details, such as your name and emergency contact number. 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 via Paypal.
How much does membership cost?
The current price for annual membership is £64.