The St Albans Striders membership year runs from April to March each year, concurrent with the England Athletics membership year.
The cost for club membership for the full year or any part of it is £27. If you have volunteered at a Striders event between 1 April 2018 and 31 March 2019 then you are eligible for volunteer membership at the discounted rate of £17.
What is Run With Striders?
Fitter, Faster, Further
Our course is for runners who are new to Striders, currently running at least 5k distance (preferably within 35 minutes or faster) who want to meet other runners of their level and pick up some ideas and tips to improve their running. It’s also a gentle introduction to all the different aspects of the club. We help take the worry out of getting started by offering:
• Organised runs led by a group of experienced runners
• Different runs to suit different paces
• Activity and technical based speed/hill/track sessions
• A safe and sociable environment to run around our great city & countryside
• Additional weekend social runs, including a parkrun breakfast
• All this, and free entry to St.Albans Striders' Solstice 10k race including Striders Club membership until March 2020, all for just £50.
When are the courses?
Our next course starts on 7th May 2019 and will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for a total of 7 weeks, from 7-8pm, based at Westminster Lodge track, St.Albans. Please register at the below link, in order to register please set up an account with St.Albans Striders, then go to the Joining Striders page and select the Run With Striders option, you will be asked to complete a short profile, so we know a little about you, and can then tailor our tuition appropriately. Please do not choose the option to be a Striders member, as this will automatically be included in your £50 joining fee, instead select the RWS option.
Please find instructions on how to sign up below:
If you have queries or difficulties signing up, please contact : Andynormile@hotmail.com
Run With Striders Instructions
Who is it for?
The course is for any runners already running at least 5k (to enable us to group effectively we do recommend that your 5k can be completed in 35 minutes). If you are interested in joining the club but apprehensive about 'turning up', would like to improve your running, or simply want to run in a sociable environment and make friends this course is perfect for you.
200 people have already joined St.Albans Striders through previous courses, (last years' graduates are in the photo above) and our groups have varied from people who have just run their first 5k through to those who have been running for a long time. We cater for slower and speedy runners as we split into smaller groups accordingly.
The course is also a perfect training program for anybody who has entered the St.Albans half marathon for the first time.
Run with Striders Course Details
• 2 x 1 hour evening sessions per week (Tuesdays & Thursdays 7-8pm)
• Friendly Striders members volunteer to accompany your runs
• Runs around the beautiful Verulamium Park and surrounding area
• Progress at your own pace until you feel OK to try a run with our existing Striders groups
• Training on warm-ups, cool-downs and stretching
For your own benefit, try to come along to all of the sessions. Lots of us struggle to leave work on time, find childcare or battle with delayed trains! Having said that, it’s much easier to get to training if you put those sessions in your calendar now and let people know you have a commitment on those nights. You will receive an email before the course starts providing information on where to meet etc.
What will I need?
• Running trainers
• Comfortable running clothes
• Water for afterwards
How can I sign up?
Registration for 2019 is now closed
Online registration is available via this website.
We can’t accommodate people turning up without registering as we won't have enough run leaders to offer safe sessions.
On your registration form you will need to tell us how long it takes you to run 5k, along with some other information about your running and fitness, to help us provide appropriate sessions for you. If you don’t know your 5k time, you can take part in the local parkrun in Verulamium Park on any Saturday at 9am (free but you need to register in advance) or time yourself round a route that you know to be 5k.
If you have any questions about the course that are not covered here, please email Andynormile@hotmail.com