Sydney Striders Running Club
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 Welcome

 

Sydney Striders Running Club welcomes runners of all abilities. Our objective is to support members in their running interests, as well as provide organised events that benefit the broader running community. The common thread within Sydney Striders is we all enjoy running. Our club has a great reputation for fun, fellowship and mutual support.

Throughout the year, Sydney Striders organises a number of events:

  • 10km races (monthly)
  • Six Foot Track Marathon (annually)
  • Training sessions (daily)
  • Junior group training (weekly)
  • Training for first-time marathoners and experienced runners (weekly)
  •  Long training runs in different locations around Sydney with refreshments afterwards (Sundays)

 

STARS

A group run every Sunday morning (Sunday Training Run), 30 different courses covering the most scenic areas of Sydney's North Shore, Eastern Suburbs, and Inner West. Each STAR has a course map indicating various distance options from 10K to 30K. Visitors welcome (subject to the Code of Conduct).

A choice of start times between 6:00 am and 7:00 am allows you to choose a group which runs at your pace. Groups are encouraged to stay together so that no-one ends up running on their own. Each STAR is hosted by a Club member who provides refreshments at nominal cost. Post-run socialising is an important part of Club spirit, giving runners of different standards an opportunity to catch up with each other and swap stories or training ideas.

10K Series

We organise an Open 10K race on the first Saturday of every month, from February through November, over three different Sydney courses. It starts at 7am and a handicap points system operates for members so that you can plot your progress over the months.

Blisters

The Club's magazine is a high quality publication produced four times a year. It contains informative articles along with entertaining 'running' stories - achievements, disasters, training tips, and Sunday morning gossip!

Go Green!

Members are encouraged to wear Striders colours everywhere, especially in team entries for major outside events. All sorts of gear is available in the distinctive green and white Club colours, at very reasonable prices.

Club Events - Races and Social 

Club trophies and prizes are awarded for members-only events. They include a cross-country race and a handicap half marathon. There is also the popular 10k Series (open to all) and the Super Series. Family members are encouraged to join in these events as well as post-STaR barbecues, an annual Prizegiving Breakfast, and an Awards Dinner.

Registered Athlete Status

The Club is affiliated with Athletics NSW. This enables Strider members to become 'Registered Athletes' for outside events which require it.

Mid Week Training Groups

In addition to our weekly STaRs and monthly 10K races, there are several groups of Striders who meet informally for a regular run during the week at different locations and times.

Juniors

We have a special Programme for school children who are interested in starting or continuing running. The results achieved by our Juniors are extraordinary.

Join us

.... if you haven't already done so. Please come to one of our Sunday 7am or 10k runs to get a taste of what Striders is all about. We're sure you'll enjoy the experience, and we look forward to welcoming you - either as a visitor or as a new member. 

Web Site

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Ten Thousand Steps + Harbour Views

Save the batteries on your fitbit this Saturday by going to Homebush and run the first Strider's 10k of the year see HERE. Also Paul Hannel's first as 10k Race Director - go Paul!

Then on Sunday relax with the famous Harbour Views STaR hosted by the even more famous Allan "Simpson" Cawley - that's right, the man who saves wounded Striders on a regular basis. See the calendar for details.

Consider Your Verdict

IN DEFENCE OF THE HORNSBY HURRICANE

By DALE THOMPSON

The much maligned, and oft avoided, Hornsby Hurricane began its life as a training run for the Six Foot Track race. Jim Moody wanted a testing run a few weeks prior to the race so that Striders could test their fitness. My brief was to include as many hills as possible. The previously defunct STAR start seemed the most likely place from which to begin the torture course. 

With suggestions from Bruce Inglis, Robin Cameron and I set out onto the Great North Walk to map out a course hammering directional arrows into convenient trees. The walk up Quarry Road was a portent of things to come. The hills rolled on through Galston Gorge to Crosslands. For those fading at that point, I offered (as a once in a life time never to be repeated experience) the hair raising run up the Gorge with car whizzing by on one side and precipitous drops on the other. For the hardy folk, after the climb out of Crosslands, there was a nice diversion, teasingly within sight of the finish. The runners were asked to turn left at Galston Road and plunge into the rolling hills of the Berowra Valley Bush Reserve. 

Robin was confident that this was a great course and the runners would really enjoy it. At the first hosting of the redesigned course in 2007, Sunday morning presented the usual pack of die-hards and some fresh faces to try this new run. I sent them off smiling knowing that the course was well marked and expecting to see the first of the 30k runners soon after I had fussed about setting up the BBQ and food. However, the wait was long. The first few groups struggled in around three and a half hours, but they reassured me that it was a great run, and just right for Six-Foot preparation. Over the next hour and a half, runners in all states of weariness staggered in. These silly souls had not read the warning label and had just come for the usual STAR. Comforting and compassionate as I was, some of these runners still flinch whenever the word “Hornsby” is mentioned in their presence today.

Wiser, but undaunted, the following year I decided to remove the worst of the hills in Quarry Road so I set the runners off , down Galston Road to Crosslands, along the Great North Walk to Lyrebird Gully and across the Highway at Mt Kuring Gai down to Appletree Bay and then up Kuring-gai Road to the finish. For the masochists I added a small loop near the end to get the distance up to 28k.

I had not counted on Jim Moody and his map reading skills. He was taking Adam and Sam along with him. Somehow they missed the turn to Lyrebird Gully. The vicious climb out of Sam’s Creek didn’t faze them as they ploughed on to Berowra and then took the Waratah track to Appletree Bay. Finally back on course, they staggered in 4 hours and 45 minutes after they had started. Unlike many of the wimps who had preceded them, they covered well over the usual 30k. Many of those who rocked up were pleased with the shortened course although very few opted for the final loop to get to 28k. 

The following year (2009) saw temperatures rise very high and a week prior to the run the Kuring-gai National Park suffered the effects of a bush fire on much of the course. Fortunately, the National Parks and Wildlife staff were very friendly and allowed the run to proceed. The temperatures soared and we were forced to go out to runners with water to supplement their limited supplies. The numbers were down but so were the complaints. People were getting used to the idea that this would be hard. 

Then came the rain this year! A week before, I had prepared some maps which would allow those who were unable to tackle the huge hills and bush, a road run of the same distance in Asquith. On the Saturday night there was a deluge. I had marked as much as I could with plastic arrows (no more runners were going to get lost in Berowra on my run) but I was still concerned. The usual bunch of hardy fools rocked up. It was only sprinkling lightly so it was my hope that the waters would be subsiding. I asked that they return to the start if they found that the Crosslands car park was under water - as the ranger had warned me of this. I was happy to distribute the alternative map, but I had no takers. True to the spirit of the Hornsby Hurricane, the run turned into an adventure, which will go down as a story to tell the kids when we are old. As the runners emerged out of the wet they brought with them leeches and stories of flooding rivers, people swimming the floods and forming human chains to forge the torrents. Tony Fattorini recorded a 4k section, which took the group 43 minutes. When asked why they hadn’t returned, they just said they had gone so far and thought they should go on. No sooner had I removed and treated one set of leech bites, than a new group of runners would loom out of the mist with their heroic stories. 

This run has a personality and mind of its own. I am a mere custodian and I will never be surprised what it throws up to me each year. For an experience of a lifetime, come to the next Hornsby Hurricane. It may not ever win an award but it will give you something to remember.

Thirsty for a run?

Lap up the Lap of the Lake this Sunday 20 December with Andy and the Alex twins (bet you can't tell them apart) see Calendar for details.

CHRISTMAS BRUNCH Sunday 13 December 2015

 It is back by popular demand - The Sydney Striders Christmas Brunch is on once again!! Positioned alongside the pristine waters in the Middle Harbour Yacht Club, this is one event not to miss 

This year there's going to be some huge changes including: 

  • A big breakfast for all who attend including a fine selection of bacon formally approved by the World Health Organisation under the watchful eye of Nigel Huband, our resident bacon expert.
  • Much much faster delivery of awards - that's right, we'll be setting a PB!! 
  • Also - everybody likes a gift so this year we're implementing the Kris 'Striders' Kringle! Simply spend less than $10 on something "Stridery" and bring it to the brunch, we'll be handing them out randomly throughout the morning! Who knows, it could be even a "Boston Qualifier" - you never know!! 

We really only have a limited number of places available so register now using this link

Details

Cost : $25 per person or $45 for family (2 adults, 2 children) 
Venue: Harbour View room and balcony 
Date: Sunday 13 December 2015 
Showers: open from 8-9 am 
Breakfast: 9-10 am 
Menu: All-you-can-eat buffet breakfast : Eggs, Bacon, Sausages, Toast, Croissants & Pastries, Granola & Yogurt Cups, Fresh Fruit and Tea and Coffee.  
Awards Presentation and Games: 10-11 am 
Hill Sprints: 11am 

What to bring: Kris 'Striders' Kringle mystery present

Any questions email Shika and Hailey or go to facebook.

 

Big Weekend

Striders 10k at Lane Cove on Saturday 7 Noveember. Carcoar Cup on Sunday 8 November and the mighty Bobbin Head Revisted STaR on Sunday as well. So run, run and run some more.