Stowmarket Striders
Running Club

Summer Trail Runs

Our 2017 Summer Trail Run series begins again on Wednesday 19th April and we are delighted to announce that the four club member nominated charities this year are: Suffolk Cruse Bereavement Care and Suffolk Oxygen Therapies nominated by Strider members as well Royal Marsden Hospital and Prostate Cancer UK in memory of Peter Tricker.

Summer Trail Runs - what are they all about

During the summer months on a Wednesday evening, the club organises local trails in surrounding villages. They take place on a mix of trails, footpaths and tracks and some have a small element of road running. You follow a pre-planned route using a set of clear written instructions, so no map reading skills necessary. 

Starting and finishing at a pub the routes are usually 5-6 miles and take in countryside that you would not normally see. Members usually run in small groups so everyone gets a chance to do a bit of navigating and enjoy each others company. With written instructions you can run at your own pace with people of a similar ability. 

To join in just turn up at the venue (generally between 6:30 and 7:30) and don't worry if you are on your own, there's always someone to run with. Guests are welcome, you don't need to be a Strider to run with us.

Trail runs are always in aid of a charity, so please donate £2 per person per run. Last year our trail runs raised over £2,000 split over three charities.  


The first Strider trail run was organised by Chris Gladwell over 8 years ago in June 2007. Chris came up with the idea to run a route around Felsham Bell in order to fundraise for a personal charity, but this was embraced by other Members who then began to offer up routes and invite others to join them as a social event. Each year both old and new runs are added to the calender and subsequently funds raised are distributed to nominated charities at the end of the Summer.   

If you have a favourite trail run that you would like to share, do get in touch with Mike Munson via, as some slots are still open and we always love to explore new routes.

2017 Trail Run Diary

Date Venue Host 
April 19th Felsham 6 Bells Steve Pretty
April 26th Barham Sorrell Horse Mike Munson
May 3rd Naughton Wheelhouse Steve Gray
May 10th Battisford Punchbowl Stuart Green
May 17th Cretingham Bell Sandra Mayhew
May 24th Pakenham Fox Helen Cain
May 31st Rougham Bennett Arms Chris Gladwell
June 7th Haughley Kings Arms Wendy Hughes
June 14th Rattlesden 5 Bells Les Basham 
June 21st Needham Swan Harry & Anna Smith, Mike Munson
June 28th Stowmarket Meadlands Andy Bond
July 5th Rushbrooke Arms Steve Pretty
July 12th Black Horse Thorndon Jane & Mark Skoulding
July 19th Needham Rampant Horse Bob Reason
July 26th  Thornham Pippa Sargent
August 2nd Rickinghall Bell Chris & Peter Gay
August 9th Tostock Sarah Mansell
August 16th Thwaite Walnut Tree Chris Gladwell
August 23rd Stanton Cock Grayhame Fish
August 30th Buxhall, Tomlinsons Groundcare Robert Tomlinson
September 6th

One House Community Centre - Final

run and fundraising presentations

Heidi Bingham & Mike Munson