Contributions to newsletter invited!!

It may not have escaped your notice that it is now over nine months months (just before the March lockdown in fact) since you were treated to the club newsletter brilliantly edited and produced by your very own chairman, Clare. Obviously the reason for lack of appearance of this lively publication is a direct consequence of the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions with no races, no HRRL or SCCL events, no Striders’ League, not even a Christmas party to report on. During discussion of the newsletter at the last Strider’s committee meeting everyone agreed that the newsletter was a very popular publication and its re-appearance would be very well received by all members of the club. Our runners are not the type of people to sit around and be inactive so will have been involved in multifarious activities of interest to others during this difficult period so well worth reporting .

Clare would like to resume her production of the newsletters in the near future and is very happy to do so but her job will be made significantly easier if YOU can provide her with your own newsworthy items – the more the merrier! Examples of contributions might include enterprising ways of how you have kept motivated during the crisis, write ups of past non-local races which you didn’t quite get around to writing at the time, interesting visits and lots of photographs just to let others know that you are still alive – they may not have seen you for months! In fact, anything, not necessarily running-related which will make interesting/amusing reading.

Please email or send your contributions to Clare Welch who will welcome them with open arms!.

Thank you very much


As we near the end of 2020 and look forward to stepping into 2021 with some hope of normality we need to think about 2021 subs and membership.
The club recognises that this year you have not had the full benefit of club training sessions so have decided for 2021 ONLY that anyone who was a paid up member in 2020 that wishes to renew their membership will be able to claim it at a reduced rate of £20.
Just use the same process as before (we can now take payments by BACS, don’t forget) paying the new fee.
I would encourage members to pay by BACS since  we are not currently meeting face to face, but anyone that does need to pay cash please contact Julia via email to find out the best way to arrange.
Thanks a lot

Updated Training Guidelines and Schedule

Please note that following the feedback received from the first session last Wednesday (which was very successful) Gary has updated the Training Guidelines and Schedule which we would ask you all to read.  The main changes are that the weekly sustained run has been removed,  a reminder for late comers to make themselves known to the Coach/Run Leader and a recommendation to wear a mask whilst waiting for the session to start.

England Athletics – How to stay active at home.

England Athletics (EA) have recently issued guidelines and advice to the whole running community on how to stay active at home in these difficult and uncertain times. Reading is highly recommended

Links to the relevant web pages will be found on the  “Useful Links” tab which has been added under “Info” on the navigation bar.  In the first instance, links to England Athletics (EA) and Hampshire Road Race League (HRRL) have been added.  More will follow in due course.



Denmead Striders Virtual Awards Night

The Virtual Awards night will be hosted on Zoom and this will be recorded as well for anyone that is unable to join us live. The recording will be posted to Facebook and a link put on the club website taking you to YouTube to view.
Some basic instructions to those of you not familiar with Zoom are as follows:
To use Zoom you will need a device with a webcam.  A Laptop works better (or a desktop with a wide screen) as you will be able to see more people on the screen but can also be used on a tablet/phone (again as long as you have a camera).There is an app available to download if you use this way.
A meeting ID will be provided and a password to enter may also be required. To join you
need to go to
Full details of the meeting including access information may be downloaded by clicking on this Awards Night Instructions.


Your Ideas Please!

If anyone has any ideas, thoughts on items we can do, share, encourage in this challenging time then the committee would welcome ideas. Please contact the committee with any thoughts – contact details can be found on our club contacts page


Coach Stop – Repetition Pace

A note has been added from your Head Coach, Gary, giving valuable advice on pacing yourself during repetition training sessions.
Please view by clicking  Coach Stop next to “Introduction to Summer Training” button.

Summer Training Schedule

Summer training around the lanes of Denmead was scheduled to start this Wednesday but, sadly, world events have prevented this from happening this year. However, our Head Coach, Gary has produced the Summer Training Schedule for the benefit of those of you who still wish to follow the schedule for your own personal training at a social distance. Thank you Gary.  Details can be viewed under “Training” on the navigation bar.



Membership 2020
We have been informed by EA that there has been an increase. Therefore membership will be £26.00 for the 2020 year.
Subscriptions can be paid directly to the club sort code (Please put your name as a reference) 40-45-26 account number 51233475
Please note for new members there is a Membership Form that will need completing and given to our membership secretary Julia Revill. Form can be found using this link Membership Form

HRRL Number Swaps
With races becoming more popular and booked up quickly there is actually a Facebook page where you can request number swaps in the HRRL league.
See link to join – HRRL Number Swaps Facebook Page

Striders’ League 2019-20 Season – New Events, New Rules!

The Overton 5 m saw the start of both the new season of HRRL races and the Striders’ League. Click here to view the new programme of fixtures and the new rules for scoring league points.