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 2023 – Zero to 5k in ten weeks

Our next Beginners’ Course will start in May 2023. Entries are not yet open, but please email to go on our waiting list. Contact

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

The 10 week 2023 course will cost about £62, which includes coaching, insurance, a club shirt and full annual club membership for 2023/24. (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 through the year arranged by the club at no extra charge.

2021 Beginners and Coaches after they have run for 5km at the end of the 10 week course


This is our weekly club run evening. Because of Covid our activities are restricted. From 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.

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 50 runners every week. All standards of runners are welcome. We set out coloured  marker lights so we can still run safely in a traffic free environment and also carry out specific training such as Intervals or Fartlek.



Winter circuits have been held indoors from January to April every Thursday at 7pm. However we moved to Zoom circuits in winter 2020 and continued these through to April 2021. 


These take place from April through to September at Carver Airfield. Outdoors, every Thursday evening unless we have a league 5k race that day. These sessions help you to develop your running technique, increase flexibility, build strength and help you learn about endurance.


Are usually held outdoors on Thursday evenings starting 7pm, during October and November. Obviously its dark so we use a quiet area with good street lighting. They are based on running up and down gradients!  Objective is to improve hill technique,  increase power and stride length. 


There are many lovely runs available around Saffron Walden.