Stowmarket Striders
Running Club

Summer Trail Runs

Our 2018 Summer Trail Run series begins again on Wednesday 18th April The charities that will benefit from the runs will be:

  • CRY (Cardiac risk in the Young), in memory of Lily Webster, who died at the Leisure Centre aged 15 a few years ago.  Funds will be used for local cardiac screening.
  • Stowmarket Saturday Club, which provides social activities for children and teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorders aged between 5 and 18 years.
  • Every Heart MattersMy WiSH Charity’s appeal to raise funds for a new cardiac diagnostic unit at West Suffolk Hospital.

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 6:00 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 £3,000 split over four 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.

2018 Trail Run Diary

Date Venue Postcode Host
April 18 Needham Rampant Horse IP6 8AU Bob Reason
April 25 Rushbrooke Arms IP30 0BU Iain Hunter
May 2 Rattlesden 5 Bells IP30 0RA Les Basham
May 9 Cotton Trowel & Hammer IP14 4QL Mary Narey
May 16 Lavenham Cock Horse CO10 9SA Kelly Pepper
May 23 Badwell Ash White Horse IP31 3DP Claire Jay & Angela Whiting
May 30 Beyton Bear IP30 9AG Mark & Jane Skoulding
June 6 Lindsey Rose IP7 6PP Iain Hunter
June 13 Meadlands, Stowmarket IP14 2AD Justin Potter & Yvonne Doe
June 20 Finningham White Horse IP14 4TL George Firth
June 27 Woolpack, Debenham IP14 6QN Mary Narey
July 4 Woolpit, The Bull IP30 9SA Kate Beer
July 11 Pakenham Fox IP31 2JU Helen Cain
July 18 Chelsworth Peacock IP7 7HU Chris Gladwell
July 25 Walsham Le Willows Blue Boar IP31 3AA Claire Jay & Angela Whiting
August 1 Sorrell Horse, Barham IP6 0PG Mike Munson and Debbie McDowall
August 8 Combs Ford Gladstone Arms IP14 2AP Claire Maskery & Anna Grant
August 15 Duke of Marlborough, Somersham IP8 4QA Juliet Garnham & James Doyle
August 22 Chestnut Horse, Great Finborough IP14 3AT Mike Munson
August 29 Punchbowl, Battisford IP14 2LQ Mike Munson
September 5 Stowmarket Rugby Club  

Final run and fundraising presentations.

IP14 1RE Mike Munson
September 9 BONUS RUN!  -Butt & Oyster at Pin Mill


Iain Hunter

Some numbers...

  • Total number of runners:  1605 (including 40 at Pin Mill)
  • Total donations:  £3256.27
  • Profit from booklets:  £381.50
  • Total raised: £3637.77
  • After topping up the total a little, each charity received £1220.


Previous Years


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