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 💪