Yearly membership

Striders Club membership fees
 Individual = £15.00
 Family = £22.00

England Athletics Competition Licence
If you run in more than 5 open races in a year, it is usually cheaper overall to pay an additional fee for an
England Athletics Competition Licence
as this enables you to enter races at a reduced rate, normally £2 cheaper.
In 2018, the England Athletics Competition Licence fee increased to £15.00 (per person who races) per year and needs to be added to the Club membership fee. 
There is more information on our "How to join" page.
[The above are the rates for membership year starting

About the Club

Striders before the 2011 Clarke Gardens cross country race

How to join the ClubFor more information about joining the Club, go to our "How to join" web page.

Thinking of joining?

Thank you for taking the first step and thinking of joining a running club.

Whatever your goals are…………

  • General fitness
  • Losing weight
  • Training for a specific distance or race
  • Get structured training
  • Running with like minded people
  • Feeling safer running in larger groups
  • Making friends and expanding your horizons
  • Trying something new

…………we are sure we can meet your expectations!

Spectrum Ladies before the 2013 Forest Park Ladies 5k

About our Club

Spectrum Striders Running Club began as a new club in 1983.  We were formed by a group of enthusiastic runners living and working in Birchwood, in the north-east of Warrington in Cheshire.  Our original base was at the Spectrum Arena sports and leisure complex (now headquarters of "Betfred") which also gave the Club its name.  When we moved to our present base at Birchwood Community High School in 1987, we kept our original name.

Spectrum Striders RC is affiliated to England Athletics, the governing body which develops grass-roots athletics in England.

We now have over 200 members with a wide range of running abilities, from newcomers to county standard athletes.  The Club objectives are to promote running for everyone and the emphasis at the Club is on enjoyment as well as competition.  Our running affiliations include road, cross country, fell running and multi-terrain.

We welcome new members of all abilities in any of the disciplines.  We have a large number of qualified coaches who manage the training and we have a coaching structure that allows all members to run with a group of people of similar ability and aims as them.

While many of our members enjoy regularly competing in races, others prefer to run for leisure & general fitness and for the social aspects of running in a group.  All are welcome.

As an EA affiliated Club, each year we get a number (usually 3) of guaranteed London Marathon places which are allocated via a Club ballot in October.

The Committee Report prepared for the AGM gives a good idea of the range of club activities.  Click here to download the report (in PDF format).

Striders before the 2010 Clarke Gardens cross country race

Club constitution

When you join the Club, you will receive a copy of the Club Constitution.  You have a right at any time to challenge the Constitution.  Any proposed changes are discussed and voted on at the AGM.

To view the Constitution (PDF format), click here.

It was last updated in December 2009 to reflect the creation of the new role of "Club President".

Award winning club

2011 England Athletics

Andy Garnett (Club President), Steve Pickford (Club Secretary) & Julian Spencer (Club Chairman) receiving the runner up award for "2011 England Athletics NW Development Club Of The Year" at the Reebok Stadium in Horwich on 10-Oct-2011.


Julian Spencer (Club Chairman) & Andy Garnett (Club President) receiving the "2009 England Athletics NW Senior Club Of The Year" award at the Striders AGM on 3-Dec-2009.

Special Award

Awarded to Club members who have made an outstanding contribution to the Club during the year or over a period of years.
2018 - Janet Redpath
2015 - Julian Spencer
2014 - Janet & David Redpath
2013 - Linda & John Owen
2012 - Andrea Millington
2011 - Les Hewitt