Weekly Calendar.

Week commencing 17th January 2022
Hope you’ve had a great weekend.  The launch of Belvoir Castle parkrun yesterday and today’s Martinshaw Woods XC were highlights for me.  The next XC race is at Mallory Park on 30th Jan – more details on that to follow in due course.
No rest for the wicked, so on with this week’s sessions.
Wednesday routes
Meet in the car park at Melton Sports Village for a 7pm start.  There’s a choice of routes for all – 3.5 miles / 5.5 miles / 7.6 miles.
Thursday run
Paul’s planning a “meet and retreat interval session” meeting at MSV at 7pm.  Personally I’m intrigued what that means – looking forward to finding out!  Suitable for all.
Friday lunchtime run
Another midday run lasting around 45 mins, lead by Ian Bickle once more.  Please meet at the country park cafe – road shores are fine.
Week commencing 10th January 2022
This weekend saw the County XC championships take place in the “Burbage Bog” with some excellent performances from the Junior Striders in particular.
Next weekend we’re back to the Derby Runner XC series with the Martinshaw woods race – more info on that below.
Wednesday MSV runs
Routes this week are 4.1 miles / 6.1 miles / 8.1 miles – see attached.  Meet at Melton Sports Village for a 7pm start.
Friday midday run
Ian Bickle will again lead a run around the Melton Country Park, meeting at the cafe car park for a midday start.
Sunday Derby Runner XC race
Hosted by West End Runners, the race takes place on Sunday 16th January 2022 at Martinshaw Woods, just outside Leicester.
Juniors’ race 10:20am (juniors don’t need to be running club members)
Mens’ race 10:55am
Ladies’ race 11:05am
Approx. 5.6 miles long, all the race and course info is available online at the link below. Entry is on the day.
Race Info here: https://bit.ly/3f1CeR1
We’ll meet at the Wilton Road car park at 9am to car share as parking is limited at the race. All runners welcome – the more the merrier – for a lovely woodland course.
Week commencing 3rd January 2022
Happy New Year to you all!
I hope you’ve all had a nice break and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
We’re back up and running this week, so if you’re looking to kick-start your training for 2022, please join us at one of our sessions.
Finally, if you’re looking to race cross-country, the county championships are this Saturday at Burbage Common, Hinckley
Wednesday 5th January
Meet in the Melton Sports Village car park for a 7pm start.
The routes are 3.8 miles / 5.8 miles / 7.8 miles, run in small groups at various speeds.
Thursday 6th January
Paul Jacobs is leading a hill session from Horseguards Way, meeting at the layby by the ball court at 7pm.
Suitable for all – if you’ve not tried one of these sessions before, they are fantastic.
Friday 7th January
Ian Bickle is putting on a run around the Melton Country Park at midday.  There will be options on paths or cross-country so pick your shoes accordingly.
Week commencing 13th December
What a lovely day for a cross-country race for the 12 of us at Bagworth Heath (plus Katie and the Drage family cheering us on) and a few at the Turkey Trot half marathon (including Anthony sweating buckets in fancy dress).
After the runs/events shown below, we’ll take a break until 5th January.
Wednesday running routes and Xmas fuddle
Routes this week are 3.9 miles / 5.7 miles / 7.7 miles – please see attached.  Meet at Melton Sports Village for a 7pm start.
After the run, we’ll have our Xmas “fuddle” in the rugby club bar.  Please bring a small amount of food to share – or if you’d prefer just an individual plate for yourself.
A few “club standards” will be awarded that evening so a great opportunity to celebrate some individual achievements over the last year.
Friday lunchtime route
Following the success of last week’s run, Ian Bickle will again lead a route around the Melton country park, meeting at the cafe at midday.
Please email (firbeckkona@gmail.com) or whatsapp him (07305 425847) if you’re interested in attending.
Friday evening route
Anthony Ison also offered to lead a social chatty run on Friday evening, meeting outside the vets on the Crescent at 7pm for a 4 to 5 mile run to explore Melton’s Xmas lights.
Please email him by Tuesday at anthonyjison1@gmail.com if you’d like to take part.
Saturday social at Round Corner Brewery
Our final social activity for 2021 is a meet-up from 7pm onwards at the Round Corner Brewery and Fur n Feathers bar in the Melton market – entrances to the market are opposite Lidl on Scalford Road or next to the Fire Station on Nottingham Road.
For those that haven’t been before, Round Corner has a very large enclosed barn with plenty of seating and an open feel – ideal for feeling safe in Covid times and with no dress code.  The neighbouring Fur n Feathers gin bar is a smaller, more classy venue but we managed to sneak in wearing running gear a few weeks ago!
Hope to see you all again in the New Year.
Week commencing 6th December Evening everyone
Did anyone go to the trial events at Belvoir Castle for their soon-to-be parkrun this morning?  I hope it went well – I’m looking forward to visiting once it starts for real.
We have a busy few weeks ahead of us for Striders.  Hopefully lots of members will run at the next cross-country event this Sunday morning, building on the great team performance last time out.
Then we move towards our Xmas festivities.  Please read the final paragraph about the Xmas ‘Fuddle’ and respond.
Wednesday run
Routes this week are 4.2 miles / 6.2 miles / 8.1 miles – see attached.
Starting from Melton Sports Village at 7pm.
Thursday run
John Martin will lead a paarlauf relay session, meeting at Melton Sports Village at 7pm, using Norfolk Drive.
This is the last Thursday session before Xmas so don’t miss out!
Friday lunchtime run
This week we’re trying something new – aimed at those working from home or with more flexible working patterns.
Ian Bickle will lead a run from the Melton Country Park, starting at midday.  Meet at the cafe (i.e. where parkrun starts from).
Please email Ian (firbeckkona@gmail.com) if you’re hoping to take part so that he has an idea of numbers.
Sunday Derby XC race
Final instructions haven’t yet been issued but this race is set for Bagworth Heath, near Coalville.
This one should be less narrow/less obstacles than Holly Hayes but a bit muddier/hillier.  Trail shoes or spikes recommended.
Everyone is welcome to take part – the more the merrier.
Once again, meet at the Wilton Road car park (opposite Wetherspoons) at 9am so that we can car share as parking is extremely limited at Bagworth.  We will have 2 tents to change and store your bags plus tea/coffee (bring your own mug) and hopefully some of Mrs Genes’ finest baked goods!  Final instructions will be sent out when we have them.
Christmas ‘Fuddle’ Wednesday 15th December.
Over recent Wednesday’s the `Rugby Club bar has not been opening after our club runs. They are prepared to open up especially for our Fuddle on the 15th December after our club run, so long as there are sufficient numbers to warrant it.
As usual for our Fuddle, all we ask you to do is bring along some food for us to share. Sausage rolls, mince-pies, cheese, pork pie, crisps, cakes etc. Or if you are worried about sharing food then please bring your own ‘pack-up’.
Club standards will also be awarded that evening.
However, before we confirm and they agree to open up especially for us we need to gauge numbers – so please will you respond to this email if you are definitely planning to attend the Fuddle.

Week commencing 29th November
Anyone spent the weekend putting up their Xmas decs?  No? Good – it’s still November after all!
Firstly a little advance warning for the following week.  At the AGM, there was a suggestion of a lunchtime run on a Friday to better suit those that are working from home and preferred to run earlier in the day.  If you are interested in taking part in a run at midday on Friday 10th December (lead by Ian Bickle), please email  stiltonstriders@yahoo.co.uk so that we know if this is worth putting on.
Back to this week’s sessions:
The routes this week are 3.7 miles / 5.8 miles / 7.8 miles  starting from Melton Sports Village at 7pm.
If the weather is particularly bad, we may be able to congregate beforehand in the leisure centre reception.
Friday social run
We’re looking for a volunteer to lead a 4 to 5 miles run please on Friday evening at 7pm.
Not a Striders session but as Shane Sharkey posted recently, the soon-to-be Belvoir Castle parkrun are doing a couple of test events on Sunday 5th December and Sunday 12th December and are looking for a few runners to help with this.  I gather they will actually run twice – to test both courses.  The first one will be at 9am – meet at Cafe Allez – and the second one at 10:30am.
See you all soon.

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To see our regular routes, click here, and for tips on safe running in the dark, click here.

Our usual club group run is held on a Wednesday at 7pm (as per the above dates) with structured sessions on a Thursday at 7pm for seniors and Tuesday (6.15pm) & Thursday (6pm) for juniors.

That’s not all though, we have members who are the driving force behind numerous running initiatives in Melton, and clearly these are all open to our members to attend:

  • Monday – no Striders run, but many of our members enjoy a group run at Melton Running Club – MRC – meet at 6.30pm (Parkside)
  • Tuesday – members are welcome to train alongside the Juniors sessions – meet at 6.15pm (Melton Sports Village Summer / Argos Winter). A group of Seniors also arrange yoga sessions for our runners – see Facebook group for details.
  • Wednesday – club group run night (see Wednesday club runs, Summer outruns and Headtorch runs)
  • Thursday – club structured training session, also Juniors sessions
  • Friday – social club run
  • Saturday – parkrun
  • Sunday – Race listings

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