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CLC Striders Training Sessions

Our training benefits those who are fairly new to running, regular runners wanting to try out a club for the first time, and more experienced athletes looking to compete and go for PBs. We have two main sessions: a social run on Mondays and speed work on Wednesdays. We cater for different paces so if you can run 4 miles (6.4k) in around 40 minutes or less, come and give us a try.

The Monday and Wednesday sessions are free for members and you’re welcome to check out a few sessions before you commit to joining. Contact us at [email protected] for more details or to let us know if you’re coming along to training for the first time.

On both Mondays and Wednesdays, we meet at the CLC Health & Fitness Centre on Malvern Road. We usually gather downstairs - just ask at reception for the running club and they will point you in the right direction. There is plenty of free parking and changing rooms and lockers are available (20p required).

Mondays – Social run

Meet at 6.30pm, CLC Health & Fitness Centre

This is a 4 or 6 mile sociable run in groups, at paces from about 6.5 to 9.5 minute/miles (approx. 4 to 6 minute/km), each group with an experienced leader. We start and finish at the CLC sports centre, using well-lit pavements around Cheltenham in the winter months, and Pittville Park and the Racecourse in the summer.

We change the route every few weeks but examples are:

Wednesdays – Speed work

Meet at 6.30pm, CLC Health & Fitness Centre

Our speed work sessions are brilliant for developing fitness, running efficiency, technique and pacing; all sessions are taken by our qualified Coaches. They are suitable for everyone as you work at your own pace, and are structured so that no-one gets left behind. Depending on numbers and training conditions, we may split into two groups according to pace. In the winter we train on the Honeybourne Line, which is tarmacked, well-lit and traffic free. In the summer we use the grass track at CLC Health & Fitness Centre, Pittville Park and Hatherley Park.

Fridays

We run blocks of training sessions at the Prince of Wales track on Friday evenings in spring and summer, before and during the main track season. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates or contact us for more details on these sessions. We ask all attendees to contribute £3 per session towards the cost of hiring the track.

Tips for club runs

To make sure our club runs are safe and enjoyable for everyone, please follow these tips:

Meet Our Coaches

Our Coaches and Run Leaders hold the England Athletics’ Coach in Running Fitness (CiRF) or Leadership in Running Fitness (LiRF) qualifications and are DBS-checked. Please talk to them about your personal training goals, general running queries or any concerns you may have. You can also ask about attending a LiRF or CiRF training course yourself.

Head Coach – Brendan Ward
Coaches
Run Leaders