New members

Membership of the Stevenage Striders to 31/12/2020

We are proud to confirm that membership of the Stevenage Striders to 31 December 2020 is FREE!!  We have been free since our inception in August 2013.

In 2020 the club will be hosting the Stevenage 10K for the second time and this requires important funding for the finishers t shirts and medals. As a result we are seeking voluntary donations of £5 from members to a crowdfunding appeal at

Every £1 counts. Thank you.

Please complete the following information boxes to complete your membership of the club, then click on the send button. Once this has been processed you will receive an email acknowledgement with further details about the club.

Stevenage Striders membership 1/1/2020 to 31/12/2020

We are very proud to be the only affiliated running club in Herts that is free to join. We are affiliated to the Association of Running Clubs (ARC) and to Herts County Athletics Association (HCAA).

Joining is easy! Just complete the boxes below and then click on the ‘send’ button. Our membership secretary will then check and process your entry and send you a welcome email. This can take up to a few days.

Running and it's associated training can be a demanding physical activity. You should therefore be in good health and have no medical or physical condition precluding strenuous exercise. If you are in any doubt you should consult your doctor. Members have a duty to declare any condition, or change in personal health that might put themselves or others at risk to a club coach.

If you have any chronic medical condition (e.g. Asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure) please provide details below.

I am of amateur status as defined by UKA and agree to abide by these rules and those of the club consititution. I understand the risks associated with running and declare that I have no medical condition precluding strenuous exercise. By submitting my details I agree to the club retaining these for the sole purpose of the club's running activities and for ensuring that I and other runners are safe.

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Our training sessions use a combination of traditional interval training, fartlek runs and steady/tempo training.  Our interval training has a twist!!! Conventional interval training often uses periods of fairly static recoveries.  At the Striders we use active ‘roll on/roll off’ recoveries.  More beneficial and less risk of causing injury.

Speed endurance – after an appropriate warm up we use a series of timed intervals (efforts) where we run harder/faster before running slowly (recovery period).  During the recovery period we all re-group before starting the next effort….and so on. The main training groups cover routes between 5.5 and 7 miles and our Improvers Group uses a shorter route of approximately 4 miles. The improvers group is suitable for those who are  progressing from 5k to take on distances of 10k or over. For either training group it doesn’t matter if you are running at a slow pace as long as you maintain your running throughout the route.

Interval, hill or tempo paced training.  These sessions tend to focus on developing your running technique and pace.  They tend to operate over a confined area using shorter measured intervals (such as 400m, 800m).  We also used mixed hills and tempo runs.  The training sessions are suitable for anyone who can run at least 5K continuously.  Your running pace does not matter!!!  Taking part in these sessions will radically improve your running!!

The speed endurance session and hill/interval based sessions are featured on alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Track training – on one Wednesday of each month we hold a training session at Ridlins Athletics Stadium, Woodcock Road. This session works on speed, running efficiency and form and is suitable for all.

Our Zero to 5k starter group complete a 10 week programme that progresses from short run/walk efforts to completing a 5k parkrun. Look out for the dates of the next programme in our training diary and Zero to 5K page.

Sunday – our Sunday morning runs are a great excuse for exploring the local countryside outside of Stevenage.  We vary our routes and starting points and the runs are usually in two parts – an earlier 5k followed by a run of 6-8 miles. Runners can choose to run either or both of these runs, depending upon their objectives. They all have one thing in common – they are run at a slower, long run pace where the focus is on building endurance/aerobic fitness and having a social run.  We should be able to talk and run!! Look out for the meeting point and start time on the club diary.