Winter Training resumes on Monday, 13th September, 2021


Sadly for some, after an all too short summer we will soon be saying goodbye to the country lanes of Denmeadl 🙁   Winter training programme commences on Monday, 13th September. both the sessions starting  at Waterlooville Swimming Pool, Waterberry Drive unless otherwise stated. The start time of the Monday session
will be 18.30, the main club night session on Wednesday will start at 19.00   

Please take some time to read Gary’s Introduction to Winter Training 2021-2.   The following links give the  Monday Schedules, Wednesday Schedules and full Schedules respectively. 

Virtual Striders’ League Update #7 & REAL Striders’ League 2021-22



The latest results following completion of Route 7 (the second half marathon)  are now available – follow the VSL Results link. Thank you to all those who have provided me feedback.It seems that this route has been one of the most popular despite the long 3 mile uphill section along Hoe Street!  Well done to all 8 Striders who participated.  The leaderboard remains unchanged with   Mel Hunt and Paul Welch still the leaders in the Ladies’ and Men’s  competitions with Jenny Parks and Gary McCawley competing for second places.

The last race, Route 8, is the second 5 k of the series.   A circular route around Denmead, mainly over familiar territory, so no real opportunities for getting lost !:-)

Nevertheless, as for the previous routes, I recommend that you peruse this  document Route 8.before setting off!

Finally, with the first of the HRRL races at Overton last Sunday, the real Striders’ League has returned for the new season! Four Striders  (Jenny Parks, Anita Crawley, Martin McKinlay and Gary McCawley) have already earned themselves some League points!  Their results in the League together with updated rules relevant to the new season will be published shortly.



Denmead 10 k – Volunteers please!


Hi all, as most of you know the Denmead 10k is going ahead this year and entries are coming in thick and fast 

That means it is now the time for me to ask for volunteers to help marshal the race., So, if you are free on the morning of 10th October and would like to help with the running of this great race then please either reply to this post or email me directly. Please remember we request that members do not enter the race as this is the one time during the year that we ask for a bit if assistance and without the help of you guys the race will not be able to go ahead.
Many thanks in advance.





Social Evening


A date for your diary! We are planning to hold a social run for all members followed by snacks on Friday evening, September 3rd.

Update  (25/08/2021)

The social run with start from the scout hut at 5:30 pm followed by nibbles in the field.  All members welcome!

Message from Clare


“Thanks to all of you that turned up on Wednesday evening for our first “all together” training session and well done to all of you that took part in the Summer XC and Lakeside series. “

Clare delivered a number of important announcements which everyone is encouraged to read by following the link Club Announcements or visiting the Club Announcements page under “Info” on the navigation bar. Clare will be updating the announcements on both Facebook and the website at regular intervals after Wednesday training sessions so please visit the page frequently to check for the latest information, particularly if you are not a Facebook follower!

Return to “normal” training


As of Monday 19 July, most restrictions in England relating to COVID-19 will be eased. Whilst this is good news as it allows the club to train together, we still need to be aware that Covid-19 is still present and we must take care to prevent its spread getting out of control. Please take some time to read the latest guidelines from our Governing Body England Athletics.”

So, from Wednesday, 21st July onwards we will all be meeting again in Kidmore Lane  car park – not in the COVID secure areas 1 – 3 as in previous weeks.

The following links give:  the Full Summer Training Programme for the rest of the summer, Monday Schedules and Wednesday Schedules respectively. 




On behalf of all Denmead Striders we would like to extend our very best wishes and congratulations to you on reaching your 90th birthday last Friday (25th June).

Fellow founder member, Gerard Beauvoisin (“Titch “) and former Strider Nuala presented Charlie with an appropriate “Then and Now” memento to mark the occasion annotated with his familiar “C’mon Striders” expression of encouragement to be heard at most races as his runners approached the finish line.

A big thank you to Gerard and Nuala for making this presentation on behalf of the Striders.

Charlie Burton founded the club 32 years ago along with a small number of enthusiastic runners in the Denmead/Waterlooville area. From modest beginnings, Charlie has seen the club grow both in size (but not too large) and amazing athletic achievemens to the friendly organisation we all know and love today. As you know he still keeps an active interest in our activities and knows what everybody is up to!   Thank you Charlie for founding the club; you have been an inspiration for us all and will be for future generations.

Many, many Happy Returns to come from us all😄

Return of the Striders’ League!


(as a virtual reincarnation. at least 🙂

Not quite the real thing but, in the absence of any HRRL or SCCL races this year, we thought that members might welcome the opportunity for some motivation together with a bit of fun with friendly rivalry by participation in a  “Virtual Striders’ League (VSL)” competition.  This will be held over the summer months (31st May – 19th September inclusive) along similar lines to the usual competition with the same scoring system to that used in previous years based on age and performance.  It will also provide a good opportunity to get back into “racing mode” in preparation for the resumption of the HRRL season currently scheduled to start with the Overton 5 m on 5 th September – see the HRRL webpage.

The competion will consist of eight virtual races – two each of a 5k, 10k, 10 miles and Half Marathon.

Full details of the competition are given by following the links to VSL Rules and VSL Routes.  The first event will be a 5k (essentially the familiar Summer Handicap course) to be held during the fortnight 31st May – 13th June 2021.  All paid up members are encouraged to participate, so don’t be shy, give it  a go 🙂

If anyone has any queries or requires clarification on the rules or routes or pointing out mistakes (for which I take full responsibility!) please feel free to contact Graham. I look forward to receiving your times over the coming weeks!

PS I will acknowledge receipt of all your results so if you haven’t heard from me within a day or so of sending me your times please get in touch. Emails do have a nasty habit of disappearing into the ether!


Our Illustrious editor has published the June edition of Stride and Tested. Read all all the latest news by clicking on the link.

Don’t forget that if you have any items which would be of interest to other club member to report and would like to see your name in print, Clare will be delighted to receive your contributions for future editions..