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Springfield Striders Running Club
Springfield Cricket Club, Coronation Park
Timsons Lane, Springfield
Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6AG

Our club headquarters are based at Springfield Cricket Club clubhouse in Coronation Park

Training Nights  - Meeting at the club headquarters

Every Tuesday at 7.30pm Effort Session for Men & Women
Every Thursday at 8.00pm The main club night for men & women. Also an effort session at 7.00pm

Secretary - Allison Gillan

26 Goldlay Avenue
Chelmsford
Essex
CM2 0TN

01245 505380


Club Constitution & Application Form - Striders for Dummies

 

The Springfield Striders

The Club is sociable road and cross country running club, with a strong interest in Fell and Trail Running. It was formed in May 1985 and now has a membership of approximately 300, of both men and women from the age of 16 upwards.

We welcome runners of all abilities, from the complete beginner to the experienced runner wishing to compete in County and National Championships. We would welcome applications from disabled runners. The present membership ranges from those who only jog occasionally to improve their fitness to regular marathon runners.

In addition to the regular training Tuesday & Thursday evenings, some members meet on 9.00am Saturdays at Blake's Wood, Danbury for an off road run. On Sundays during the winter months there is a 9.00am training run from the club as a build-up for a spring marathon.

During the summer months, every other Wednesday from a pub on the outskirts of Chelmsford for a social run over footpaths and tracks. A beer and a meal at the end of the run are optional. In the winter, the club runs in two cross country leagues where participating clubs take turns to organise a race. Other club events take place through out the year.

The club is affiliated to the Essex Amateur Athletics Association, the South of England Athletics Association, Amateur Athletic Association of England and UK Athletics for Road, Cross Country and Fell Running. (Qualifying members to reduced race entry fees).

Through the club members receive details of all the local road and cross country races. Teams from the Striders run in the County, South of England and National Championships. The London Marathon is a major event in our year, with normally 50+ runners taking part and 100 supporters operating a Drink Station at 13 miles.

The the initial annual membership is £33 for adults and £20 for those in full time education and £25/£15 respectively in subsequent years, payable on the 1st February each year. Reduced subscriptions are available for those who join part way through the year.

The club is run on a very informal basis and in a friendly atmosphere with members staying for a chat and a drink after the Tuesday and Thursday evening runs.

If you would like to come along just turn up on a Thursday or contact Allison Gillan Tel. 01245 505380  or 07966 003527 e-mail address above for more details. Nobody will press you to join the first few times you come. Click here for a map showing the location of the club headquarters.

Springfield Striders Club Kit can be purchased on most club nights but to place an order or to check availability of items contact Liz Turk whoose details can be found from the Contacts tab. Club Hoodies are now available along with the other kit listed below: -

  • Club vests £16.00 (ladies & mens)
  • Long sleeve Tech shirts £10.00
  • Short sleeve Tech shirts £8.00
  • Hoodies £15.00
  • High vis bibs £5.00

Physiotherapists with special reduced treatment fees for members :-

Rosalind Gunning BA MCSP SRP. - Peplers, Mill Lane, Broomfield. Tel 01245 441277

Simon Pearce Physiotherapist & Sports Masseur BSc, MCSP. Appointments at Rugby Club, Marconi Social Club and home visits Tel. 07514 498029 email

Tom Manley Sports Masseur. Appointments at Home or at Great Waltham. Tel 07947 427 489. e-mail Web Site www.tommanleyfitness.co.uk

Mr Ian B Griffiths BSc (Hons) PGCert MChS Sports Podiatrist . Brentwood Medical Centre, New North House, 78-84 Ongar Road, Brentwood CM15 9BB. Tel 01277 246400. e-mail Web Site www.sportspodiatryinfo.co.uk

Specialist Running Shops in and around Essex

Members on presentation of your membership card should be able to obtain a discount.(Check with the shop before purchase)

Runnersworld 8 Victoria Court, Victoria Road, Chelmsford CM1 1GP (Opposite Police Station and near Riverside and Station)

Fast Feet 5 High Street Bishop Stortford CM23 2LS Tel. 01279 504740

Run-In 72 Borders Lane, Loughton Tel. 020 8502 1481 nr Loughton & Debden Tube

Runnerway 52 Cromwell Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4BA Tel 01799 527528

Runnersworld East Riverside House, 2 Chadwell Heath Lane (off High Road A118) Chadwell Heath, Romford Tel. 020 8590 0318 Nearest Station Chadwell Heath

Tri-and-run 53 New North Road, Hainault. IG6 2UE Tel. 020 8500 4841 near Hainault Tube

53-12 Unit D11, Cowdray Centre, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester CO1 1BH Tel. 01206 505011

McNeil Sports 3 Whitington Street, Bury St Edmonds Tel. 01284 766320

McNeil Sports 41a Upper Brook Street, Ipswich Tel. 01473 255271

Sweatshop in the Generation Club, Ransomes Europark, The Havens, Ipswich IP3 9SJ Tel. 01473 726652

Runners Edge 185 London Road, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1PW Tel. 01702 433054

Original Sports 193-195 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 1JE Tel. 01702 718944

Specialist Running Shops in London

Runners Need Brody House, Strype St, off Middlesex St. London E1 7LO tel. 0202 7247 3500 (Enter through Cycle Surgery)

Runners Need 34 Parkway, Camden Town London NW1 7AH Tel. 020 7267 7525

Run & Become 42 Palmer St. Victoria, London SW1 Tel. 020 7222 1314

City Runner 10 Ludgate Broadway London EC4 6DUTel. 020 7329 1955

Sweat Shop Cannons Sports Club, Cousin Lane, London EC4R 3TE Tel. 020 7626 4324

Sweat Shop Cannons Covent Garden, Endell Street, London WC2H 9SA Tel. 020 7497 0820

The London Marathon Store 26 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London Tel. 020 7240 1244

Anti-Doping Guidelines

Whist the majority of testing is carried out on international athletes, you should be aware that by taking part in any event run under Uk Athletics rules you are consenting to be available for testing.

The most important thing to remember is that the athlete is responsible for anything untoward that is found in your system,no matter now it got there. Ignorance is not a defence.

You should be aware that products sold over the counter for common aliments can also contain prohibited substances. In particular, many dietary supplements have been found to contain prohibited substances, we therefore advises you to exercise considerable caution in the use of such supplements. It is our belief that it is safest not to use them unless prescribed by your GP, at which time you should advise your Doctor that you are an athlete and that the contents of the prescribed supplement must not appear on the latest list of banned substances as issued by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Click on UK Athletics for the list of banned substances on the WADA list. Guidance on the treatment of common ailments can be found on the anti-doping section of the Uk Athletics web site.

If you are currently taking supplements, please ensure that they do not contain any of the listed substances. If in doubt, cease taking them and refer to your GP or the chemist where purchased.

You should also be aware that recreational drugs such as cannabis and its derivatives are also prohibited substances.

In certain situations, an athlete can use prescribed medication containing containing a prohibited substance, provided their use is registered with UkA. The most common example of this is the use of inhalers to control asthma. Some inhalers contain beta-2-agonists which are on the banned list. If you use one of these inhalers it use should be registered with the UkA. A simple form can be obtained from the UkA web site, UK Athletics

Under IAAF and UkA rules, the individual athlete is responsible for anything that appears within their body system whether they have taken it knowingly or otherwise. The basis for the rules is that you should not put anything into your body without first being certain that the contents are within the rules of the sport.

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