Goyt Valley Striders
Affiliated to UK Athletics
Reg no. 2658036

Training and social Running Sessions

Main Sessions

We hold several training sessions during the course of the week. We have four groups to cater for runners with differing levels of speed and ability from beginner to fast or long distance. If you are new to running or an experienced runner you would be very welcome to join us at one of our sessions and see how you go before joining. Our Members organise other sessions by posting on our Strava or Facebook social media pages.
All groups are generally out in a Tuesday evening on a Saturday generally groups 1 & 2.

Our groups are:-

We have identified the need for 4 training groups. All are welcome to join in with any group. These range from group 1 to 4. Each group has different levels of training capabilities. Each group varies by speed, distance covered, the amount of climbing involved and duration of run. The idea of all groups is to encourage a social aspect to the run. It’s OK to push yourself but you should still be able to have a chat and a laugh with fellow runners along the way. Most groups will have a mix of terrain so assume that Trail Shoes are recommended. Sometime other shoes such as road or fell may be suggested.
Group 1: This is our entry level group, this group will typically cover 3 to 4.5 miles (5-7.5Km) or there abouts, speed will not be overly fast, with a duration of about an hour to 1 hour 15.
Group 2: This group covers more ground (bit faster) and could be hillier than group 1. Usually, in the region of 5 - 6+ miles (8-10+Km) depending on route. The duration will be typically 1-15 hr to 1-30 hr. or just over on occasion.
Group 3: This group is again a little faster, further, and hillier than group 2. Generally covering over 6 to 7.5 miles (10-12Km) again dependent on route. The duration of this group could be a little longer at 1-30 to 1.45 hr approx.
Group 4: This group is aimed at the faster of our runners who are capable of greater distance within a time. This group could cover anything up to 10 miles (16Km), generally more hills and more fell terrain than the other groups. This group might be out longer than the other groups but, still aiming to be no longer than 1hr 45mins. Fell shoes may generally be best for this group.

All groups are informally led by a member who works out the route.

For more info feel free to get in touch here:- Contact All regular Club training sessions start from the Canal Basin Car Park, (Tom Brad's Croft) Whaley Bridge unless stated.

This weeks totals from our members using the GVS Strava club (Any member can join this and it syncs normally from your watch or phone app)

Regular Sessions

These sessions are held every week all year round and start in Whaley Bridge, in the Tom Brad's Croft car Park by the canal basin.

Tuesday (6:30pm) Members and potential new members welcome
Runners from all the groups are normally out on this session. We welcome newcomers on Tuesdays as this is the best session to introduce yourself, also each of the groups will be out running. However please note away runs below. We meet in the Car Park (Tom Brad's Croft in Whaley Bridge. SK23 7SR) NB: See section below re-away runs. If the evening is in daylight we will certainly run off road, during the darker nights that may be more of a mix of hard trail or road.
Afterwards we sometimes head for a social drink in the Goyt Inn or Nook.

Saturday (8:00am)
8am mainly group 1 and group 2 runners.
Again these sessions start at the car park in Tom Brad's Croft, Whaley Bridge. Sometimes members follow on with a coffee or breakfast at a local café.

Frequent, Occasional and Seasonal Training Sessions

Aside from the sessions listed below there are several whats app groups with specific runs.
Currently these are under the headings of:
Longer Runs - These tend to be at least 15 miles and possibly up to 30 miles. They may sometimes (but not always) be linear in nature requiring a train or bus back. Sometimes on new paths so can be said to be involving exploring and adventure. These runs by nature will not be very fast.
Run to the Pub - Friday session starting at 3pm and usually finishing in the Whaley Nook, or other venue.

If you wish to join in any of these groups please contact us Via our secretary or have a word at one of our regular sessions.

Thursday Winter Training Sessions (Autumn/Winter/Spring)

Members only please. Previously organised by Mark W these are run during the Autumn or Winter/Spring and are special hill and speed training sessions. Usually involves repeats up and down hills or circuits round a route. Most are suitable for all levels of fitness and improvers.  Normally held on a Thursday at the start time of 7pm. Starting in Whaley, Chapel, New Mills, Buxton, Bollington and Disley. See our Strava Club Page posts check our (closed) members facebook group for more details.

Current Schedule:- Training

Individual sessions:- Park Rep Res Rd C Station Torrm rule of 3 Rainow NM2 Shall X Bishop Bolly X Tax Moor Mick's Fernilee 1 Birch V L Ferni Int Long L I

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Weekend longer runs (usually morning - advertised on social media)

Times and frequency Can vary.
This is a long weekend morning run lasting anything from 1½hrs to all day. Running at a slow pace, it's a great way of building your stamina. Open to all abilities. Distance can be anything from 8-10 miles or much longer!, good for half, full marathon or even ultra training. Depending on the weather and duration on these runs we recommend carrying basic FRA kit as the routes may be more remote and mostly off road. Also bring plenty to drink and eat along the way if its all day.

Away Runs:

We hold these on the second Tuesday of the month. These start at a pub or car park away from Whaley Bridge. Not too far away and still easy to get to. Afterwards we usually meet up and have a little get-together. Details of when and where these take place and possible car sharing options are posted on the message board.
The current list of away runs can be found via this link (updated regularly and editable)

Current Away Run Schedule: Away


Sunday Night Runners. Occasionally one or two of our members organise these on Sunday evenings after dark, locations and times can vary. This usually involves hilly off road running in the dark. It is recommended that you bring FRA kit with you on these sessions. Check the facebook or Strava group for more details as they are not every week.


Couch to 5k program

Some club members offer a FREE couch to 5k program for those wanting to start running. Details of this program can be found on this page:- C25K

NOTE:- Any reference to the Facebook closed group and Cluster group Details are Here.

Facebook: the closed group is a members only group and to join you have to apply and be approved by an admin member. So please be patient there may be a small delay especially if you have only just joined.

Facebook Group:- HERE
Strava Club strava

Local weather forecast for Whaley Bridge can be found below. However we do tend to go out in all weathers so......no excuses!