New Wednesday routes

In addition to the routes 1 to 4 that we have been using through the winter months for the last few years, we are adding a route 5 and 6. As ever, they have a five mile(ish) route and a longer route. Route 5 will debut on 26th October, and route 6 a week later.

Long Route 5: Route 5 (longer)

Short Route 5: Route 5 (shorter)

Long Route 6: Route 6 (longer)

Short Route 6: Route 6 (shorter)

All our usual routes can be found by clicking here.

Newsletter – 2 October 2016

Latest newsletter is below, including a call for volunteers, details of our Autumn/Winter club run plans, a special run to mark World Mental Health Day, LRRL awards, forthcoming cross country season, Christmas dinner date and more…

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World Mental Health Day run Monday 10th October


In support of World Mental Health Day during the week of 8th-14th October 2016 England Athletics, supported by Mind the mental health charity, are encouraging people to #runandtalk to improve their mental wellbeing through running and break down the stigma associated with mental health by getting people talking about it.

How does it work?

1) Join the event on Facebook 

2) Tag other people to tell them about it and encourage them to run

3) Run one mile or further during the 8th-14th October (where possible on Monday 10th October which is World Mental Health Day) either with friends, family or colleagues at a time and location of your choice or by joining one of the organised runs at an England Athletics club or RunTogether group listed at www.englandathletics.org/runandtalkorganisedruns (please note runs will be listed from Friday 23rd September).

4) If you want to, wear a ‘reason card’ to show why, who or what you’re running for (for example anxiety, my Mum etc), available to download and print from www.englandathletics.org/reasoncard. This is optional.

5) If you want to, upload a photograph to social media and the event page using a ‘#runandtalk board’ (add the name of the club/group, organisation or family you are running with if you want) at the end of your run to show people you’ve taken part. Available to download and print from http://www.englandathletics.org/runandtalkboard. This is optional.

6) Talk about it on social media using #runandtalk.

What counts as a run?

One mile or further, you choose the distance and location that suits you. You don’t have to run the whole way, walking and jogging is allowed!

Organised runs

Organised runs are planned by England Athletics affiliated clubs and RunTogether Groups. They are led by a UKA qualified leader or coach and finish with a social element so you can go for a drink or something similar afterwards. Anyone of any running ability can join a run even if you’ve never run before and are not a member of that club or group.

Mental Health Ambassadors

Some runs will have one of our volunteer Mental Health Ambassadors present (marked on the list of runs). All our friendly ambassadors have lived experience of mental health problems themselves or through close family or friends and are passionate about improving mental wellbeing through running.

Who can take part?

Anyone can take part. Organised runs will however have a minimum age so check the information for the run you wish to join. 

Do I have to have a mental health problem to take part?

No, anyone can take part. 1 in 4 of us experience mental health problems each year and running can help everyone’s mental wellbeing. We can all play a part in breaking down the stigma attached to mental health

Mental Health Help and Support Services

If you are experiencing mental health problems or need urgent support, there are lots of places you can go to for help. They are listed here:

http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/crisis-services/useful-contacts/#.V77NmPkrJMw

Headtorch runs schedule

For those having withdrawal symptoms from our summer outrun season coming to an end, there is hope….  Headtorch runs are nearly here!  For those new to this, the runs follow a similar format to summer outruns – just in the dark (so headtorches, sensible clothing and footwear for whatever the weather throws at us are needed).  As we know these don’t suit everyone, they are only ever in addition to our usual road run in Melton.  This year’s schedule is below:

  • 5th October – Stathern, Red Lion
  • 19th October – Hambleton Peninsula (followed by Grainstore)
  • 9th November – Scalford, Kings Arms
  • 30th November – Melton Sports Village
  • 21st December – Hose, Rose and Crown
  • 11th January – Curry Run, Cafe Mash, Burton on the Wolds
  • 1st February – Old Dalby, Belvoir Brewery
  • 22nd February – Somerby, Stilton Cheese Inn
  • 15th March – Ab Kettleby, Sugar Loaf

15 Jul 2016 – Rainbows 100 lap challenge

A fantastic evening, once again, at the Rainbows 100 lap challenge, with 3 teams of Striders joining in the competitive fun at this event which raises much needed charity funds for Rainbows.

Link to Melton Times report: http://www.meltontimes.co.uk/sport/other-sport/record-breaking-stilton-striders-win-rainbows-100-lap-challenge-1-7487791