Through the Year

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

BEGINNERS’ COURSE – Zero to 5k in ten weeks

Our next Beginners’ Course will start in May 2020. Contact to be added to our 2020 waiting list or for more information.

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 weekly at 6.30pm on Tuesday beside the Lord Butler Leisure Centre, Saffron Walden. Each session lasts about one hour and is run by qualified coaches.

The 10 week course will cost £60 (TBC), which includes 10 weeks of beginners coaching, insurance, and full annual club membership for 2020/21. On completing the course all finishers will be presented with a certificate at one of our inter-club 5k races.

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

Please download and complete a Membership form and bring this to the Sign-Up session that will be held in April 2020 between 6.30 and 7.30 pm or to the first session. Full details will be published in April 2020.


This is our weekly club run evening. Winters are spent 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.

Meet ready to run at 8pm in the foyer at the Lord Butler Leisure Centre, Saffron Walden.



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 at 7pm unless we have a league 5k race that day. These sessions help you to develop your running technique, increase flexibility and build endurance.


There are occasional long runs on Sunday mornings in the build up to spring marathons, see the club Race Calendar or Members Facebook page for details.