Stowmarket Striders
Running Club

Social Events

Upcoming Social Events 2018

We organise a number of club events throughout the year, to which all Members are invited to come along and participate.  If you have any suggestions for social events or have any questions about any event speak to our Club Social Secretary, Iain Hunter.

Striders Christmas Party Striders - 8th December

Join us at the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts for our annual Senior event. 

Attractions this year include:

  • NEW Golden Ticket draw -one  lucky ticket will be drawn for a special prize.
  • Lovely food prepared by and shared by you the members! (don't forget to bring a plate of savoury or sweet, thank you so much!)
  • Great Bar!
  • Video and photo archive display.
  • Disco
  • London Marathon Ballot.
  • Raffle.
  • Striders of the year awards.
  • Club Champs prizes.
  • Club Grand Prix prizes.
  • 5K Track Challenge Captain's Cup awards.
  • Triathlete of the year award.

Meet us at John Peel Centre, Church Walk, Stowmarket, IP14 1ET. Wear your Dancing shoes. Tickets £5 each - Admission on presentation of ticket. You can purchase your ticket at club nights from our Social Secretary Iain Hunter, Kate Beer, Angela Burdett or Sue Garrod.  For those that are not able to make it to training, you can contact Iain, he will arrangement direct payment, and collection of the ticket at the door.

Autumn Trail Run -Wetherden Maypole for Children in Need

As the nights draw in, it's a great time to announce our Autumn trail run. This will be at a new venue and is open to Striders and non members!

We will be collecting donations for Children in Need.

Fancy dress optional!  Anyone got a Pudsey suit?

The Pub will be open from midday, lunch menu available, and hopefully hot chocolate too :-)

Sat 24th November from 11am.

Host: Iain Hunter

Location: The Maypole, Wetherden, IP14 3JR, 01359 242184, opens midday.

Parking: Pub Car park and village car park opposite pub.

Meeting Point: TBC.

Distances: 5 and 7 miles. 

Additional Info: No muddy shoes in the pub please..



Past events


Summer Trail Runs April - September 2018

Striders organise a series of social summer trail runs on Wednesday nights - please see full Summer Trail diary page for details when they become available.  If you have a favourite local route and would like to host a trail run please email Iain or Mike Munson via, we are always looking out for new trails.

Striders on Tour - Dovedale Dash 3-6 November 2017

Repeat of last years successful tour to the beautiful peak district including the 4.75mile Dovedale Dash!

Sandybrook accommodation bookings needed to be confirmed by 17th April. Or locate your own accommodation.

Please email Kendra at with any questions.

Full flyer here

Bluebell Run at Haughley Park – Thursday 4th May 

Join us for our annual Bluebell Club Run in Haughley Park Thursday 4th May. The club Bluebell Run is a gentle social run around the park, we all meet just inside the gate at 7pm and enjoy the scenery. It's a £2 per person donation to charity and well worth coming along. All welcome, children, dogs on leads, friends and family. 


Striders Talk - Sports Psychology - Monday 27th March, 7.30pm

What can Sport Psychology do for your running? - Informal talk by Paul Heeks

Striders Clubroom, Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre READ MORE


Striders Spring Marathon Pasta Party - Friday 21st April 

All members are invited to join us at our annual Spring Marathon Pasta Party at The Barn Café, Alder Carr Farm. 

This event is perfectly timed for those people running the London Marathon, and the menu is designed specifically with this in mind. All members are welcome to come along, whether you are running a marathon or not this year. It’s a great opportunity to get together and celebrate running in general as well as wish our marathoners good luck.

The Barn Café is opening exclusively for us and can cater up to 50 people.  Arrive for 7.00pm. Dine at 7.30pm.

2 courses - £20  |   3 courses  £25

Alder Carr Farm, Creeting St Mary, Suffolk  IP6 8LX

To book your place please complete your menu choices on the booking form and submit along with a £10 deposit, per person, to Kendra Hammond by 31st March 2017.  You can email Kendra at

Download the booking form


Summer Family Event -Sunday 13th August 

Join us for this year’s Summer Party being held at Alton water on Sunday 13th August, 10am - 5pm – open to all Striders and their families. There’s lots to do throughout the day, run, cycle, enjoy the watersports and nature trails. Games, mini Olympics – fun for Striders of all ages!

Venue & Parking on-site
Alton Water, IP92RY. Daily parking charge of £3 per day.

Cycling and Running 
Enjoy group run and cycle sessions with your fellow team mates around Alton water. A full lap of Alton water is 8 miles. But you can run/walk/bike as little or as much as you like. If you don’t have your own bike to bring along. You can hire one from the onsite cycle hire. 

Water sports
Organise a group outing on the lake before or after your lunch. Available to hire: row boats, kayak’s, canoe’s, paddle boards, and wind surfers. Alton water hire centre are open from 10.00am to 6pm, booking is advisable. 

Kids Adventures
Have fun on the Playground, explore the 2km Nature trail or hire bikes from cycle centre. B ring your own games: football, cricket, Frisbee, we’re sure to all try to join in. Then there’s our fabulous mini Olympics from 2pm – open to juniors and seniors alike!

Picnic or BBQ
Please bring along your own picnic or disposable BBQ to enjoy on the day. Alton water have a designated Picnic / BBQ area, alternatively you can visit the onsite café selling fresh sandwiches, hot snacks, cake and hot and cold beverages.

For more information you can visit their website:

Hope to see you there and if you have any questions, feel free to drop me an email or catch me at club sessions.

Kendra - Social Secretary

Summer Trail Runs start 19th April - September 

Striders organise a series of social summer trail runs on Wednesday nights - please see full Summer Trail diary page for details when they become available.  If you have a favourite local route and would like to host a trail run please email Kendra or Mike Munson via, we are always looking out for new trails.

Walk & Talk -7th September

"Just 17 minutes of exercise to your day really can do wonders for your mental and physical health"

We all love to run and that is why we have joined this great club of like minded people but sometimes, due to injury, illness or loss of mojo, we find it difficult to get out there and do it. We also realise that after a break from coming to Striders for whatever reason, it can be difficult to come back.

We have organised a walk and talk for this Thursday, 7th September in addition to the usual 6:30 social run. 

It is being led by the clubs mental health ambassadors Jane, Helen, Wendy and Paul. Look out for us in the club room in our turquoise t-shirts! Everyone welcome.

Striders on Tour -  Bournemouth Marathon Festival 7th-8th October.

With a number of striders already taking part in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival, it seems the perfect opportunity to make the sea of yellow even bigger!

Bournemouth Marathon Festival has something for all the family. All events take place along Bournemouth's sunny seafront, with each finisher receiving  an amazing medal, goody bag and t-shirt. It's the perfect event for considering an Autumn Marathon.

Entries for the Bournemouth Marathon Festival are now open for; Supernova 5k, Supersonic 10k, Half Marathon & full Marathon.

And for our budding athletes; Kids Kilometre (3-6 years), Junior 1.5k (6-8years), Junior 2k (9-12years) & Junior 5k (11-18years).

Striders will need to undertake their own race entries, travel independently and make their own accommodation arrangements, but the plan is to meet up over the weekend for a Strider get-together!

If you have any questions, then please email Kendra Hammond – – let us know when you have signed up and to what race - we can then keep you in the loop regarding arrangements.