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Stanley Striders

Stanley Striders evening running group

Stanley Striders is a friendly and fun new running group who meet at Accrington Stanley’s new sports hub on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30pm.

The Striders started as a three friends who completed the Couch to 5k programme many moons ago and wanted to give back to the community and share their love of running with others.

The three friends, now qualified run leaders organised a nine week Couch to 5K programme which was completed by fourty people, the majority of runners wanted to continue their programme and the group grew.  Today the group has seven run leaders who organise runs of different distances and paces to suit all abilities.

One of the group leaders says “We often find that people will join us to do the Couch to 5K programme but then get hooked. They’ll sign up to the Manchester 10K and then aspire to do a half marathon and maybe more!” 

The Stanley Striders are registered with England Athletics which meant that during lockdown they were still able to run in small groups. Hazel is no stranger to running and prior to the pandemic was happy to run alone but found that during lockdown she was becoming increasingly lonely so joined the Striders for social interaction. Watch the short video below to listen to her story.

Being active is beneficial for both our physical and mental health. Running is a great form of exercise and will improve the health of your heart and lungs.  It can also help you lose weight, especially if combined with a healthy diet.  Running can also be a great stress reliever and taking on the running challenge like the Couch to 5K can help boost your confidence and self-belief, as you prove to yourself that you can set yourself a target and achieve a goal. 

The next C25K programme will commence in September.  If you’d like to join the Striders, get in touch by sending a message on Facebook Messenger @StanleyStriders or visit the Run Together website https://groups.runtogether.co.uk/stanleystriders to register on a run. 

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