Roadmap to recovery

Following the Governments recent announcement regarding the countries Roadmap to Recovery your committee held a virtual meeting to discuss how this affects the clubs plans to resume activities. Not only did we consider the Governments Official Roadmap details we also considered England Athletics guidance.

The committee discussed all four stages and we are going to resume activities to the following timescales (Please note that these are provisional at the moment and could be subject to changes imposed at anytime by Government amendments).

Step 1 – 8th March – No changes affecting SSRC. We can continue to exercise (individually or in pairs at a social distance) but we should continue to stay local – for example no travelling to Rutland Water or Watermead Park to exercise.

March 29th Minimal travel is allowed for exercise so for example Rutland Water and Watermead Park will now be permitted. In addition the Rule of Six is back again. With this in mind we are planning to recommence from Wednesday 31st March our small running groups, which will need to be booked in advance – a club email will come out 8.00pm each previous Sunday to reserve a place on a first come first served basis. These will be based on demand and availability of Run leaders. We may move to a new meeting point as MSV is being used as the vaccination centre.

Immediately after Easter (2-5th April) we plan to resume our Thursday sessions from 8th April, again based on first come first reserved basis. To host these sessions we are dependant on a small group of Run Leaders and sessions may be subject to availability of Run Leaders.

Step 2 – 12th April does not change any of SSRC activities – Rule of Six and minimal travel still applies.

Step 3 – 17th May sees the lifting of travel restrictions and a move to a Rule of 30. This is when we shall recommence on Wednesday 19th our summer season for Outruns. Between now and then we shall develop a program of Outruns (where we meet in a local village and run together over bridleways and footpaths through beautiful countryside). Again these will be subject to demand and availability of members to organise routes and lead on the evening. Further information will come out closer to the date. We shall operate a similar first come first reserved system to make sure we limit numbers to a maximum of 30 members.

Subject to demand we may continue with Wednesday and Thursday sessions for our base in Melton in parallel to the Outruns for those who want to stay local.

Step 4 – 21st June all restrictions could be lifted and we resume all normal club activities – no restriction on numbers and no restriction on travel. At this point races across the country, including club league races should also resume. Lookout for further race entry details.

The committee also discussed club fees for the new season 1st April 2021 – 31 March 2022.

If you recall fees were suspended/held over last season due to lack of any activity, until we resumed (albeit limited – group of six ) activities when we requested members re-affiliate to England Athletics (EA) to ensure they are covered by club insurance.

As our activities will recommence in the new (2021/2022) season we require members to re-affiliate to England Althetics (EA) for the 2021/2022 season to again be covered by our insurance. At the moment EA have not indicated any changes to their current £15.00 affiliation fee – however, this may be subject to a slight increase and if that is the case we shall inform members.

The club did not receive any income from club fees last season.  We do realise that some members may not wish to rejoin until after Stage 4 (21st June). With this in mind we are offering the following incentive to rejoin early.

To rejoin SSRC for the 2021/2022 season we will request you pay only the EA affilation fee of £15.00  before you join in any club activity. This offer will be valid until 31st May only. From 1st June the rejoining fee will be £30.00. This can be done by Bank Transfer to: SSRC  Sort Code:30-95-52  Account No.22381160 Ref: Your name.


Just a couple of other points to bring to your attention.

With the prospect of resumption of club activities and racing again do not forget that Melton Sports is your local stockist for all your clothing and footwear needs – contact Michael who offers an excellent delivery/collection service.

Finally – thank you to the members who responded to our request to become Run Leaders and they are going to join our Run Leaders Team. We would always welcome more members to assist – so if you are interested please contact one of your committee members or respond to this email.

Stay safe all.

Chris Genes
(SSRC Chair)


Stilton Striders is Melton Mowbray’s running club for all abilities, founded in 1982, affiliated with England Athletics. We meet regularly to run over the roads and footpaths of Melton and the surrounding areas. Some of our members choose to compete over all distances and terrains, whilst others just focus on a social run and a drink. Small enough to welcome all newcomers, yet large enough to help you reach your goals, new runners are free to come along with no commitment for a few weeks before joining as a member.

Please feel free to have a look around the website (menus are on the left, if you have a big screen, or click top-right if you are on mobile), check out what we are up to and, if you have any questions, drop us a line (stiltonstriders@yahoo.co.uk).

Details of our senior section can be found on the seniors page.

We also have many junior runners, with free outdoor sessions led by our qualified coaches each week. Please take a look at the juniors page for more details.

If races are what you are looking for, visit our race pages here.

Stilton Striders