Weekly Calendar.

Week commencing 20th June

Another busy weekend for Striders with members running multiple parkruns, along canals and even walls.
Blowing my own trumpet first, I ( Andy N) ran yesterday with Matt T, Ian B and a non-Strider John (we’re working on him!) all of the 9 Leicestershire parkruns (can you name them all?) over the space of 11 hours, including Matt’s 50th run AND 50th volunteer at Hastings High School, Burbage.  When we first had the idea there were only 8 parkruns but we got an extra one for luck!
Also on Saturday, from a quick look through the photos and Strava, Melissa H-H, Alison S, Amelia F, Vanessa W and Rhiannon B ran the Foxton Trot – just over a half marathon along the Grand Union Canal.  Sounds like a lovely event (with cake).  Sorry if I missed anyone out.
Last but by no means least, Anthony Ison ran “The Wall” ultra – 70 miles from Carlisle to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, much of it along Hadrian’s Wall.  This was (I think) 30 miles further than his previous longest race, so a massive achievement. Looking forward to hearing more about this once he’s recovered.
Plea for help
Before we get back to this week’s sessions (for those that can still walk), is anyone available to lead outruns on the following dates?
  • 27th July
  • 3rd August
  • 24th August
Please email back if you can – either a long or a short route – or for more info on what this involves.
Tuesday track
Di Underwood is leading the 3rd grass track session at Longfield School.  Please meet at 7pm for a warm-up and then the main session will start at 7:15 after the juniors have finished.  Each session is slightly different, giving you options that you can use when training (individually or in groups) in future and it doesn’t matter if you’ve not been to either of the previous 2 sessions.
Wednesday outrun
A little closer to home this week and we’re running from Redmile, NG13 0GA.   Paul Jacobs is leading the longer route (just over 8 miles) and Jane and John Martin are leading the shorter route (just over 5 miles).
Meet outside the church for a 7pm start. Park anywhere you can find in the village but please car share if possible. Road shoes should be fine but long socks are recommend due to thistles in one of the fields. 
The Windmill pub is expecting us and no need to preorder food. 
Friday lunchtime social run
John Martin is also leading the Friday run this Friday, starting from the Melton Country Park cafe/carpark at midday.

Week commencing 13th June 

Last Tuesday, a fair few Striders took part in the Rothley 10K – Jason B, Katie H (in a rare road race outing), John H, David H, Chris G – all with top 10 age category placings – plus Alison S and Melissa H-H too.  Great running everyone.
Alison and Melissa somehow still had some energy left to take part in the following day’s grass track session, coached by Di Underwood, along with 18 others – a fantastic turnout and really useful session – thanks again to Di.  If you missed this one, you’re in luck as Di has agreed to lead some more sessions.
Yesterday at the Hoby Hop, Alison S and Melissa H-H were running again!
Today saw the next LRRL race take place – the Swithland 6.  I’m not sure who made it to the start line and how it went but entered were Julie A, Duncan G, Rhiannon B, Josh D, Simon B, John R, Michael M (1st race as a Strider?), Vanessa W, Mark T, Ian D, Ashley P, Mike W, Jamie D, Kurt W, Vicki G, Rob M, Michael C, Vicki L, Jason B, Anthony I and Dan K – another excellent turnout.
Tuesday grass track session
Following the positive feedback from last week’s session, Di Underwood has kindly agreed to lead 5 more grass track sessions at Longfield School on Tuesdays from 7:15-8pm, after the juniors sessions have finished.  As the juniors session takes place from 6:15 – 7:15, it would make sense for seniors to arrive at Longfield at 7pm to start their warm-up independently on the nearest field and then head onto the far field for a 7:15 start to the main session (ending around 8pm).
All abilities catered for.  If you missed the last one, you’ve got 5 more opportunities to try a session out – you will not regret it and could well get yourself closer to a 10K PB as a result.
Location: Longfield School, Ambleside Way, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0BN
Wednesday special outrun
Duncan Greene is leading this week’s special outrun, 6 miles around the perimeter of East Midland’s Airport, with Chris tail-running.
Meeting point:
The Nag’s Head Bar & Bistro, Diseworth Road, Castle Donington, DE74 2PS ready for a 7pm start. The pub said that folks just wanting chips should be fine without pre-ordering, but anyone wanting a meal it’d be advisable to ring up or maybe put the order in at the bar before we leave for the run.
The pub has a small car park that we are welcome to use plus limited on-road parking on Diseworth Rd itself outside the pub.  Please car share where possible – due to the limited parking spaces and the distance to travel. If struggling for room outside the pub, then there is always space with all of the plane spotters and their cars at the very top of Diseworth Rd itself, where there is hand-standing on either side of the road (pic below).


The route:
We will do one lap of the 6 mile East Midlands Airport Trail. Map below. The first half a mile or so is on road and provides a good view of the Aeropark, and then the rest is all on hard trail. Road shoes would be absolutely fine provided the weather stays good. It’d be a nice one for anyone looking to ‘try out’ a trail run to be fair, and no cows! There was only one section with a few nettles when I recce’d it the other day and thankfully there is a shortcut that can be taken to bypass them if wanted!


Friday lunchtime run
Friday’s are back!  A little close to home, Chris Genes is leading the social run this Friday, starting from the Melton Country Park cafe/car park at midday.

Week commencing 6th June

This week is pretty simple – we just have 1 quality session on –  this Wednesday, kindly led by the juniors Coach, Di Underwood.
This will be held on the grass track at Longfield School (Ambleside Way, Melton Mowbray LE13 0BN).  Please meet on the far training field for a 7pm start.  There are changing rooms/toilets available for us to use apparently.  The field is a fair trek from the car park and through the gates, so allow a few minutes to get there.  The session should finish between 8 and 8:30pm.
Dress appropriately for the weather and bring water.
Everyone is welcome but please can anyone that has any medical issues speak to Di privately before we start the session.

Week commencing 30th May

At least 21 Striders were running at the West End 8 (LRRL race) today in the glorious sunshine, including first league races for Rhiannon B and Phil W as Striders, possibly others too. Also massive efforts today from Julia M, Emma G, Wayne H at the Ride London 100.
Keep your diaries free as on Wednesday 8th June we’re having a special coached session on the grass track at Longfield School, lead by Di Underwood (juniors coach).
Wednesday outrun
David Brook and Chris Genes are leading this week’s outrun with 6.8 mile and 5 mile options.  Parking in Scalford is best at the village hall (LE14 4DN) so we’ll meet there for a 7pm start. Refreshments afterwards will be at the Kings Arms Pub.
The longer route includes a nature reserve where dogs are not allowed unfortunately.  Both routes could have patches of nettles as they’ve been growing a lot recently, so long socks/running leggings recommended.  Chris reckons road shoes will be fine for his route.
Friday social run from the Round Corner Brewery
None of the regulars are available this Friday to lead a lunchtime session, so instead we’ll have an evening run lead by Duncan Greene, meeting up at the Round Corner Brewery (entrance just opposite Lidl on Scalford Road) for a 7pm start.  Roughly 4 miles, all welcome.

Week commencing 23rd May 

A few long distance races yesterday with David Brook running the 20 miles of the Hathersage Hurtle and Rebecca Forrester and Anthony Ison running 40 miles (plus a bit more by accident) at the Dukeries ultra!  Slightly less distance today (and closer to home) was Louise Bridgeman at the Notts 10K and Jason Barton, Duncan Greene, Ian Bickle, me, Paul Geeson, John Houghton, Michael Cooke and Leigh Pick (guided by Katie Hateley) running the Long Clawson 10K in glorious sunshine.
Was anybody else racing?  Please post on our Facebook page to let us all know how it went.
Wednesday outrun
Stepping in again to help out, John and Katie are sorting this week’s outrun too.
The run will start/finish at the Stag and Hounds Pub in Burrough on the Hill (LE14 2JQ).  There will be one 5 mile route – with John leading and Katie tail running.  Meet there for a 7pm start.
Friday lunchtime run
For all those free during the day, there’s another social run this week starting at the Melton country park cafe/car park at midday lead by Ian Bickle.

Week commencing 16th May

Hope you’ve all been enjoying the better weather this weekend. Not sure if anyone was racing but there were certainly a number at various parkruns on Saturday.

Wednesday outrun
2 routes this week from Thrussington, 6.5 miles lead by (Vicki Galbraith/Chris Page) and a shorter 4.5 route (lead by Liz Goodbourn). Both routes follow a mix of well used footpaths over fields, with some gravel track and a bit of road. The ground is firm and road shoes will be fine for this one. There is a bit of long grass and a few nettles but nothing too bad. Both routes are relatively flat with just a couple of hilly bits.
Meet on Thrussington village green outside The Star Inn for a 7pm start, LE7 4UH. Parking is very limited at the pub, but there are plenty of parking places on the side streets.

Thursday session
John Martin is leading a hill session at Melton Country Park, meet at the café at 7pm.

Friday lunchtime run
The session is on again this Friday for those that can make it, lead by Ian Bickle. Meet at the Melton Country Park café/car park at midday for a social run.

Week commencing 9th May

I’m aware of a few events that happened this weekend:
– Rhiannon Baxter and Ashley Pick took part in the Run Rabbit Trail festival near Market Harborough. The event comprised 5K runs every hour for 5 hours – getting more hilly each time – and Rhiannon came away with 2nd lady
– Katie Hateley represented Leicestershire in the Inter-Counties fell racing championships in Llanberis – tackling a 7 mile route with 2500ft of climb
– Ben Pickard attempted the mammoth Thames Path 100 mile challenge, completing 70 miles before pulling out with bad chafing – ouch!
Well done all – amazing work.

Wednesday outrun
2 routes this week from Nether Broughton – 6.9 miles (lead by Andy N) and a shorter route (lead by John H).
The ground is fairly hard/firm so road shoes are fine. Knee socks recommended but the few patches of nettles aren’t bad yet.
Meet at the The Anchor Inn, LE14 3HB for a 7pm start.

Friday midday run
Ian Bickle’s lunchtime run takes place again at the Melton Country Park cafe/car park, starting at midday.

Week commencing 2nd May
Happy Bank Holiday weekend everyone!
At the Livingston Relays today our vet ladies team (Liz G, Vanessa W and Julie A stepping in at the last minute) came a very respectable 7th out of 18 teams.  We had 2 teams entered for the vet men too including a first race as a Strider from Kurt Wilson – welcome to you and well done!  Thanks for organising the teams Ian.
Also close to home, at the Wymeswold Waddle, Jason Barton finished 3rd male (not far behind former international runner Gemma Steele) and Rachel Wade finished 7th female – awesome work.  From a quick look through the results, I think they were the only Striders but sorry if I’ve missed anyone out.
Flying the flag for Striders overseas is Vicki Lowe who is currently (right now!) running the Vancouver Marathon – hope you enjoy the race and your time over there sight-seeing too.
As Chris mentioned, we’d love to hear about ALL your races – near or far.
Wednesday outrun
More info to follow in due course – see our Facebook page in the coming days – but we’re looking forward to our first outrun of the season from The Grange Garden Centre, Asfordby Hill, LE14 3QU, hosted by John & Katie, starting at 7pm.  Always a brilliant way to start the outrun season with fabulous hospitality thrown in!
So, what’s an outrun?
Most of our outruns follow a basic template:
– cross-country routes on trails, through fields and occasional tarmac
– 2 different distances – roughly 4-5 miles and 6-7 miles
– regroup regularly at stiles/junctions so that no one runs alone
Although long socks or running tights and off-road shoes can be helpful, they’re not absolutely necessary to take part.  These are social runs for most people, so if you’ve never run off-road, I would definitely recommend you come along and try at least one over the summer season.
[If there is interest in a Melton Sports Village 3-4 mile road route for those who feel the outruns are too far at present, please let us know.]
Thursday session
Paul Jacobs will lead a “meet and retreat” session, meeting at Melton Sports Village at 7pm.
Suitable for all and an absolute must for anyone not doing the outruns.
Ian Bickle’s lunchtime run is happening again this week – from the Melton Country Park cafe car park at midday.
Loads to get your teeth into.

Week commencing 25th April
So last weekend we had a couple of people running two different versions of the Boston Marathon – Greeba finishing the iconic US version in 3:52:00 and Rebecca Forrester in the UK version (Boston, Lincs) finishing in 3:40:14.  Great running ladies!
Today Anthony Ison completed his first ever ultra with a 60K at the Longhorn in 7:37 and there were a few at the Big Leicester 10K in Abbey Park (Alison Sandilands in 58:37, Phil Warrington in his first ever race in 1:06:11 and Chris Vaughan in 1:19:10).
Annual General Meeting
Don’t forget it’s the AGM this Wednesday, held in the rugby club bar at Melton Sports Village at 8:30pm.  There are showers/changing facilities at MSV if you wish to run then freshen up before the AGM.
We really need to have lots of you attending to make the meeting quorate and to ensure decisions made are as representative of our membership as possible.
Wednesday routes
This weeks routes are 3.8 miles / 5.8 miles / 7.8 miles – see attached for details.  Please meet in the MSV car park for a 7pm start.
Friday lunchtime run
Once again, lead by Ian Bickle from the Country Park cafe/car park at midday.
The following week we start the outruns with a run from the Grange garden centre, hosted by John Houghton.  More details to follow but I’m told they include complimentary cheesy chips and garlic bread – watch this space.

Week commencing 18th April
Wednesday routes
This week’s routes are 3.9 miles / 5.7 miles / 7.7 miles. Please meet in the car park at Melton Sports Village for a 7pm start.
Thursday session
Paul Jacobs will lead a paarlauf relays session on the rugby club pitches at MSV.  Meet in the car park at 7pm.  Hopefully a few more in attendance, better weather and no injuries in the first few minutes this time!!  Speedy recovery to you David.
Friday lunchtime run
John Martin will lead this week’s run, meeting at the country park cafe/car park at midday.

Week commencing 11th April
Annual General Meeting
Can I remind everyone that our AGM will be held at 8:30pm on Wednesday 27th April in the Rugby Club bar/Dance Studio immediately after the evening session. Please please attend as we need to be quorate to vote on our new proposed fee structure for 2022/2023. Agenda will be sent out within the next week – if you want to add anything to the agenda please contact me.
Summer Outruns
Summer Outruns start the following week, 4th May, from the Grange Garden Centre, details to follow nearer the date. Thank you to the few volunteers coming forward to lead additional Outruns – however, we require a few more volunteers to lead a few more. Please contact me if you are prepared to help us out. A schedule will shared soon.
Katie is hosting defibrillator training at the Grange Garden Centre (7.00pm) cost is ten pounds with all proceeds going to the Ukrainian Disaster Appeal. All welcome to attend – bar will be open.
 Wednesday routes
This week the routes are 4.2 miles / 6.2 miles / 8.1 miles – see attached.  Please meet in the car park at Melton Sports Village for a 7pm start.
Friday lunchtime run
As usual we will be meeting outside the cafe at the Melton Country Park at 12:00 noon for a 40/45 minute chatty run around the paths and tracks. Suitable for all abilities.
Week commencing 4th April
Just seen that Dan Kelly ran a phenomenal time today of 03:04:37 at the Manchester marathon – amazing running!
Also at the Rutland half marathon were Kieron C, Jamie D, Mark T, Vicki G, Anthony I, Jane M and Emma G – all looking very happy in the photos so hopefully that means you were chuffed with your races.  Karen, Matt and I were all orienteering at Burbage too.
Apologies if I’ve missed anyone out and any other races that took place this weekend.  Please feel free to share any photos/results from your races in the Facebook group.
Wednesday routes
This week’s routes are 4.1 miles / 6.1 miles / 8.1 miles – see attached for details.  Please meet in the car park at Melton Sports Village for a 7pm start.
Thursday session
John will lead a relays session this week.  Please meet at Melton Sports Village at 7pm.
Friday lunchtime run
Once again, please meet at the Melton Country Park cafe/car park for a midday start.  Last week’s run looked fun and it always seems to be sunny in the photos!

Week commencing 28th March
I hope all the mothers among you have been looked after well today.
Another special event to give you notice of below:
First aid for Ukraine – 12th April
Would you like to learn a life-saving skill and raise money for the Ukraine War Disaster all in one evening, as well as having a beverage or two?
Katie Hateley from FoxMedics First Aid Training will be delivering a CPR and defibrillator training session, as well as offering other handy tips on contacting 999 in a remote location. The Grange Garden Centre and Mountain Restaurant will be kindly hosting the event and will also be generously donating the bar proceeds to the Ukraine War disaster. It will be held on Tuesday April 12th at 7pm and only costs £10, all of the proceeds raised will be going to the charity. If you would like to reserve a place then please email Katie@foxmedics.co.uk
Wednesday routes
This week’s routes are 3.8 miles / 5.8 miles / 7.8 miles – see attached.
Please meet in the car park at Melton Sports Village for a 7pm start.
Friday run
Once again, Ian Bickle is leading a route around the Melton Country Park.  Meet at the cafe car park at midday.
A great way to finish the week!

Week commencing 21st March
Hot, hot, hot!  What a difference the sun shining makes – I hope you’ve all been enjoying some time outdoors to make the most of it.
Certainly looks like the 18 Striders doing the Ashby 20 today did – I hope you’re all wearing your well earned hoodies with pride now.
Run for Ukraine
If you have taken part in the club’s Run for Ukraine virtual challenge, please let us know how many miles you’ve run (from 9th March until today) and we will add them up to see if we’ve made it to Kyiv.
All we need is a figure – no proof – to the nearest mile.  Please email meltonsports@gmail.com or add a comment to the post on the club’s group Facebook page.  Thank you!
Here’s a link to the donation website: Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal
Well done to everyone who’s taken part.
Wednesday routes
Anyone for a recovery run?  This week the routes are 3.9 miles / 5.7 miles / 7.7 miles – see attached.
Please meet in the car park at Melton Sports Village for a 7pm start.
Thursday session
John Martin’s leading a hills session on Horseguards, just off St. Bartholomews Way, meeting at the layby by the ball court at 7pm.
You’ve got to love those hills!  Suitable for all levels.
Friday lunchtime run
We’re back to Melton country park again this Friday for Ian Bickle’s excellent adventures.  Join him at midday at the cafe car park.
Week commencing 14th March
Seems like another busy weekend again with many parkrunning, a few orienteering and a couple at the Oundle 20 plus many more gearing up to Ashby 20 next weekend.  In that vein, we’ve got a number of Striders fundraising for the DEC Ukraine appeal and running as many miles as possible over the next week to take us (virtually) from Melton to Kyiv.  Thanks to Michael Cooke for organising this.
Also on the fundraising front, for those not on Facebook, we donated half of the profits from the Stilton 7 race to Vista – a local charity supporting people with sight loss – giving them £247 to help their activities.
Wednesday routes
This week the routes are 4.2 miles / 6.2 miles / 8.1 miles – see attached.  Please meet in the car park at Melton Sports Village for a 7pm start.
Friday lunchtime run
Ian Bickle is leading an away day this Friday to Long Clawson, just north of Melton. Please meet at the village centre – by the coffee shop/medical practice where there is some parking – at midday.  Usual roughly 45 minute road run with the option of a brew and biscuits Chez Bickle (Ian’s place!) for those with time and inclination.
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Week commencing 7th March
This weekend saw the end of the Derby Runner cross country season with a pretty boggy and tough run at Bosworth Battlefield.  Great to have 15 runners for Striders, including full men’s and women’s teams once again.  Sorry about the hot drinks situation though…
Before we get onto this week’s sessions, here’s something a little different:
Run for Ukraine
Striders, are you up for a challenge?
We’ve all been feeling both horrified and helpless over the war in Ukraine, but perhaps together we can make a small difference.
Can we collectively (virtually) run the 1,348 miles from Melton to Kyiv?
To take part you need to do two things:-
1 Record your mileage, starting from the club run this Wednesday and ending on Sunday, March 20 (the day of the Ashby 20)
2 Pledge to make a personal donation to the Disasters Emergency Committee for humanitarian aid https://www.dec.org.uk/appeal/ukraine-humanitarian-appeal
Imagine, if 50 members signed up and donated an average of £20 we would donate £1,000 between us . . . and we run anyway.
Please email Michael at meltonsports@gmail.com or look out for the posts on the Striders’ Facebook group in the coming days to put your name down ready for the start of the challenge on Wednesday. Thank you!
Wednesday routes
This week’s routes are 3.7 miles / 5.8 miles / 7.8 miles – see attached.
Please meet in the car park at Melton Sports Village for a 7pm start.
Thursday session 
This week there is a hill session, meeting at the corner of Beechwood Ave and Firwood Road at 7pm.
As ever, these sessions are suitable for all and can make a real difference to your running.
Friday lunchtime run
Ian Bickle is leading this Friday’s run from the Melton country park again, meeting in the car park by the cafe at midday.

Week commencing 28th February 
The obvious highlight of the weekend was the Stilton 7 – great to see our race go well and so many of you running or volunteering – but there were also runners at Prestwold for the Leicestershire Half today and many top performances (and social ambles too) at the Belvoir Challenge yesterday.  Well done Rhiannon on 1st lady and 10th overall for the long Belvoir!
Wednesday routes
Routes are 3.5 miles / 5.5 miles / 7.6 miles – see attached.
Please meet in the car park at Melton Sports Village for a 7pm start.
No session this week – the next one will be Thursday 10th March.
Friday midday run
Ian Bickle’s back to lead the run from the Melton Country Park cafe/car park at midday.
Sunday Bosworth XC race
It’s the final race of the Derby Runner XC series at Bosworth Battlefield.  Sadly(?!) the infamous Bosworth Bog has been removed from the course this year but I’m sure you’ll still have plenty of muddy fun.
Meet at the Wilton Road car park to car share at 9am.  See further details on Facebook too.
Week commencing 21st February 
As we lead up to the Stilton 7 next Sunday, there’s a few options this week for you to warm-up.  Good luck to those doing the Belvoir Challenge next Saturday too. Then the following week, it’s the last of the XC races for this season at Bosworth Battlefield – further info to follow.
Wednesday routes
This week the routes are 4.1 miles / 6.1 miles / 8.1 miles – see attached for details of the routes.
Please meet in the car park at Melton Sports Village ready for a 7pm start.
Friday midday run
Matt Taylor is leading this week’s run (thanks Matt!), meet at the Melton Country Park cafe car park for a midday start.
Sunday – Stilton 7 race (10:30am race start)
There is no parking at or near the Stute (where the race is based) on Sunday.
Runners – can all runners please park at the Saint Gobain works – following the car park signs – then make your way along the signposted countryside path to get to the Stute to collect your race number.  Please DO NOT walk/run along the main road as this will be very busy.
Volunteers – parking is available at the Grange garden centre for volunteers only (but probably makes more sense for the car park marshals to park at the Saint Gobain works)
If you’re not running or helping out, why not come and cheer everyone on?  Our race is renowned as a really supportive, friendly race by all the participants.

Week commencing 14th February 

Wednesday routes
This week’s routes are 3.8 miles / 5.8 miles / 7.8 miles – meet at Melton Sports Village outside in the car park for a 7pm start as usual.
See attached for the routes.
Thursday session
John Martin will lead a short interval session on Norfolk Drive, meeting at Melton Sports Village at 7pm.
Friday lunchtime run
John is also leading the Friday run (thanks John!) – meet at the Melton Country Park at the cafe/car park at midday.
Have a great week if you’re able to go away and, if not, we’ve got plenty to keep you occupied.

Week commencing 7th February 2022

Did anyone run the Charnwood Hills Race this morning (otherwise known as the Bowline)?  Hope it went well for you if so, it’s a tough but wonderful race.
Wednesday routes
This week’s routes are 3.9 miles / 5.7 miles / 7.7 miles.  Please meet in the car park at Melton Sports Village for a 7pm start.
Friday lunchtime run
This Friday Ian Bickle is leading a route from the Holwell Nature Reserves, just north of Melton, starting at midday.  Wear trail shoes as there will be some cross-country around the lovely nature reserve.  Best accessed (from Melton) via the Scalford Road, then turn left just after the bend and a couple of houses, before turning right, going past the scout camp and over a cattle grid.   See map below: