Results from SCCL Race #1 – Benyon’s Inclosure


Well done to all the Striders who braved the weather at the Benyon’s Inclosure XC on Sunday! With a little help from those entrants who were unable to race at the cancelled NF10 we were able to field two full teams. The men’s team came in 2nd ( just a mere 3 places in the fourth scorer behind Basingstoke), the ladies’ team,14th giving us an overall position of 8th, very similar to our 7th position after race #1 last season., so we are off to a good start.

The results may be viewed on the link SCCL Race#1 Results. See also the latest Striders’ League Update.

A Reminder – First Cross Country Race of the Season next Sunday


A message from your cross country captain:

It’s that time of year again when I start pestering you to come and get muddy again.

So on that note, I’m happy to make you aware of the first race of the season which will take place at 11am on 29th October. This is a new course & venue, please see SCCL Race #1  for full details.

I know this clashes with the HRRL New Forest 10 mile, but it would be great if those that have not entered could support this league & hopefully help to retain the title we won last season.

And don’t forget, except for car parking charges, these are free 🙂.

There are also a couple of changes to the published dates of fixtures, and also confirming the known dates:
Alice Holt will now be on Sunday 26 November 2023

Lord Wandsworth College – 17 December 2023
The Bourne Woods will now be on Sunday 18 February 2024 

Holywell Estate – 3 March 2024

As always, if you have any questions just ask.




London Marathon Places 2024


We will not get officially notified from England Athletics until the end of November confirming our club places for the London Marathon 2024. However, according to London Marathon’s allocations based on club size, we should be receiving just 1 place.

To be eligible to be entered into the draw you must fall within certain criteria stated within the club constitution. Put simply, the main criteria is as follows;

1) You have never run the London Marathon in the past.

2) You must have been a paid up member for a minimum of the previous 3 consecutive years at the date of the draw.

3) Formal entry for the relevant year’s race must have been officially refused.

4) Proof of rejection is required. 

If you are eligible, please send us your rejection proof and you will be entered into the draw, which will take place at some point (to be decided) in December. 

Winter Training Schedule


Another summer over 🙁 and consequently,  training in the lanes of Denmead is coming to an end 😥.  Winter training commences on Monday 11th September.

With his usual efficiency, Gary our head coach has compiled a new winter training schedule well in advance so that you can all peruse to see what goodies lie in store for you over the coming months. Follow the link Winter Training 2023 for details. please note that not all training sessions start at Waterlooville swimming pool this year.



Paul attended the SCCL AGM this week in preparation for the new season.

This means that some dates have been released for the six scheduled races.

Please put them in your calendar and don’t double book, we have a championship to defend !😉 

Unfortunately, one (Lord Wandsworth) already clashes with the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon.

The current provisional list of races are as follows:

  1. Benyon’s Enclosure – 29 October
  2. Alice Holt – 26 November (all clubs are requested to supply volunteers for this event)
  3. Lord Wandsworth College – 17 December
  4. Chawton House – 21 January  2024
  5. The Bourne Woods –  18 February 2024
  6. Holywell Estate – 3 March 2024

Let’s do it again this season!

Paul 💪



As mentioned before we are looking for volunteers to shadow the current committee with the view to take over.  Please speak to Nick Griffiths with what potential roles there will be if you are interested.  Without these volunteers unfortunately the race cannot continue.



Please follow the June Results link to see all of this month’s race results and 2023 Results to view all results from 2023 and 2022.

A big thank you to Rachael Harrison who will now be  taking over the collation of results from Clare and a big thank you to Clare who has been keeping all the Striders’ results sheets up to date over the past months among her many other club duties.  If anyone runs any races please let Rachael know and she can add to the results sheet for the week. This is particularly important for races outside the immediate local area of which Rachael is unlikely to be aware! The “Fastest Times” for individuals will continue to be published and you may or may not be aware of the “Power of 10” site:

Here, once you are are EA Registered, you will be able to look up your races and it details your PBs for every distance. Simply put in your surname and club and it will come up.  Most races get logged on here although, unfortunately, not all e.g. those races organised by “Believe & Achieve which include the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon and Half Marathon.



It has been noticed that the chatter whilst the coaches are trying to explain the sessions has started to creep back in.  We are having fairly large numbers at training on a Monday & Wednesday and whilst you may think you know the session there are a lot of people that don’t.  Please respect the coaches and leave your catch up until the session starts if you wish.  

Club Photo


It has been a few years now since we have had a good old club photo and things have changed quite a bit since the last one.  We will arrange this on a club night and encourage everyone to come in the Striders vests (or maybe just red if you don’t have one).  I will give advanced warning on what date this will be and hopefully do it on a sunny day!




For those that may not have heard, I am very pleased to announce that Denmead Striders are officially SCCL champions for the 2022-23 season!
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank every one of you that ran, volunteered or supported the team throughout the winter months to make this possible, you are all awesome! 
Well done everyone, you should all be very proud.
For a small club we pack a pretty big punch!


Denmead Striders achieve 1st Place at Alice Holt XC!!


I’ve had the provisional results from the Alice Holt XC, and they are very good !

Both the men & women finished 2nd, which means we finished 1st overall. 
By my calculations that puts us top of the league, but by only one point.
I genuinely believe that with a strong team on Sunday we could go and win the league for the first time since 2003! 
It’s a new course around the Holywell Estater, Swanmore, nice and local, so it would be great to get our biggest team this year and show everyone what “little old” Denmead Striders are all about.



Follow the link SCCL results to see the Alice Holt results along with all this seasons’s cross country results



NB.  THIS IS THE GENUINE WEBSITE OF DENMEAD STRIDERS RUNNING CLUB                                               (url:

The url purporting to be  the website of Denmead Striders Running Club is a FAKE site containing completely incorrect and false information and should be ignored. 

Only 11 days to start of Hampshire Road Race League!


How time flies in the summer months! 😂 After a couple of month’s “rest” the first race of the new season is almost upon us starting with a nice short one to whet your appetite over quiet country lanes- the legendary Overton 5 m on 4th September.

Our lovely club captains have put together a handy pdf document containing dates of all the fixtures together with links that take you direct to the websites of the 12 clubs who will be hosting races over the forthcoming season. Please follow the link below

HRRL Events 2022-23

The following notes give a brief description for those members who may not be familiar with the organisation and rules of the League:

The Hampshire Road Race league 

What is it? : a series of various distance road races around Hampshire. Local running clubs are ranked by mens and woman’s teams ( 4 runners make a team ) – individual scores are also counted, but it’s all about the team. The aim of the game is to stay in the top of the league by putting out teams to all races and score points for the club 
When is it? : between September and July  
Who can run?: anyone and everyone in the club! No such thing as being too slow, it’s all about the team. Individual rankings are also available if that’s your thing. 
Why run it?: to see some amazing routes, be apart of a fab team, get a medal, a free banana and sometimes a T shirt. But most importantly because we love to run! 

If you run all the races In the league like Gary McCawley & Jenny Parks did last season, then you get a swanky T shirt and a lovely shout out! 
More details can be found here
Get signed up to the first races of the season 


🏻 Let’s go Striders!

Striders’ League 2021-2 Final Results


The Alresford 10k on 19th June was the final HRRL race of the season and the last of the races of this year’s Striders’ League.  My apologies for the delay in preparing the final League results but I have only just returned from holiday.

Well done to all 60 Striders who participated in this season’s competition and congratulations to the following  prizewinners:


3rd         Christina Ball                    71.2 pts.                              

2nd        Lisa-Marie Peckover        77.0 pts.                           

1st         Jenny Parks                   103.4 pts.  

Jenny deserves a special mention  as she completed every race in the league – 10 road races and 5 cross-country.! 


3rd          Julian Manning           96.1 pts,

2nd          Rob Wilson              102.4 pts.

1st           Kev Gale                  103.4 pts.  


The prizes will be presented at the Awards Evening in March 2023.

The detailed results for the whole season may be viewed at League Results 2022

The races and rules for the 2022-23 season will be made available during the summer and we look forward to seeing lots of you participating in next year’s competition!



Membership Renewals 2022


It is that time of year, folks, when membership subscriptions are due. and Julia will be delighted to receive your remittances as soon as possible.

The membership fee remains unchanged this year at £26 of which £16 goes straight to England Athletics. The remaining £10 for club membership, unchanged for many years, represents a real bargain when you consider the benefits of belonging to our amazing club:

  •     Two structured training sessions each week led by our EA qualified coaches
  •      Free social events – e.g. Christmas party, summer barbecue etc
  •      Regular discounts from
  •      Free entry to club competitions – Summer Handicap, Striders’ League, Winter         Time Trials
  •      Free transport to annual Ryde 10m in February.

In addition, registration as an EA athlete gives you a £2 discount off every race you enter, so the EA fee pays for itself if you compete in just eight races annually.

Please follow the link membership payment for details of  how to submit your subscription.  Payment by BACS if possible but cheque or cash is fine – post or pass to Julia on club night (Wednesdays)

Thank you.