Through the Year, including Beginners

Saffron Striders usually have a varied programme of training sessions throughout the year, every week. It means that whatever your ability, there will be something to suit, but Covid has limited our activities.

BEGINNERS’ COURSE 2021 – Zero to 5k in ten weeks

Our next Beginners’ Course will start in April 2021. Entries are open now. Contact for more information and an application form.

The course is for all levels of ability, from those who have never run before to those returning to running after an absence. Sessions are held on Tuesday evenings at Carver Airfield, Wimbish. Each session lasts about one hour and is run by qualified coaches.

The 10 week 2021 course will cost £50, which includes coaching, insurance, and full annual club membership for 2021/22. (On completing the course all finishers will be presented with a certificate at one of our inter-club 5k races, if they are taking place).

You will also be able to take part in all other training and coaching sessions arranged by the club at no extra charge.


2019 Beginners after 5k

2019 Beginners and Coaches after they have raced for 5km (Carver Barracks) at the end of the 10 week course


This is our weekly club run evening. Because of Covid our activities are restricted. From 30th March 2021 we are hiring Carver Airfield for a group run every Tuesday evening. We take precautions to ensure that this is a Covid Secure Environment. It will be a pleasure to run in evening daylight!

As the evenings draw in the runs are completely in the dark, so Hi Vis and a headlight or chest light are essential, making it very different and enjoyed by over 40 runners every week. All standards of runners are welcome.

If Covid was not a problem then everything below would have applied! 

Usually in winters our runs are on a variety of road-based sessions in the town, including a monthly time trial. In the summer when light permits, we head out into the beautiful surrounding countryside for some varied off-road runs. These are the routes we run most often. )


Are usually held on Thursday evenings starting 7pm, during October and November. They are based on running up and down gradients! The venue used in 2019 was Leverett Way in Saffron Walden. Suitable for all levels of ability.


Winter circuits are held indoors from January to April every Thursday at 7pm,  at the Granta School, Linton. These 90 minute sessions combine circuits and core training. Please bring a drink, towel and mat if you have one. Sessions are free and are only for club members who are over 16. 


Summer Circuit training takes place from June through August at either Lord Butler Leisure Centre or Carver Barracks. Outdoors, every Thursday evening unless we have a league 5k race that day. These sessions help you to develop your running technique, increase flexibility and build endurance.