Social Runs

Club members organise a number of social runs throughout the year. They include Sunday runs in the surrounding countryside, fancy dress handicap races around Houghall Woods and charity relays. All of these usually include a visit to a pub for something to eat and drink.

Sunday Runs

Sunday runs usually take place on a Sunday about once a month. They are normally no more than an hour's drive from Durham. The runs are largely off-road with a shorter run or a short-cut back as an option. There will also normally be a walk available for friends, family or runners taking a rest.

There will always be food and liquid refreshments at the finish. This is normally lunch in a pub close to finish but it might also be a barbecue, soup and bread from the back of Dave's van, or food at a Strider's home.

Striders on tour.

Sunday runs are run along club run lines, ie the faster runners wait or run back for the slower ones. Runners of all abilities should come along. Its usually a good way of finding training routes you didnt know about. It's a great way to get out into the country air and see some terrific sights. And, it's good crack too.

Volunteers always needed to organise these runs, by the way!

Fancy Dress Handicaps

There is usually a fancy dress handicap one Saturday in December. The fancy dress themes vary but always include an opportunity to dress as Lara Croft. The handicapping is less than scientific with prizes for everyone. Santa Claus usually turns up. The handicap is more often than not followed by a visit to the Court Inn. Here's what people did last year and the year before.

Charity Relays

In 2008 ago the club organised a relay along the Weardale Way from Killhope to Durham as part of the BBC's Sport Relief events. This was a great success with dozens of Striders taking part and a couple of runners doing the whole distance. The event raised over £1000. In 2009 the club went even further with a two day relay from Carlisle Castle to Durham Castle using the Hadrian's Wall footpath for as much of the route as possible. This time the relay had an overnight camp at Wall where the food and drink in the excellent local pub was sampled. This year over £600 was raised for Sir Bobby Robson Foundation Trust. Both relays ended with a meal at the Court Inn. There are even bigger plans afoot for 2010 with a grand weekend by the seaside planned. Here's a report of what we did in 2009 and in 2008.