Thursday, 16 April 2015

Five reasons to join our Striders Weekend Away


The Striders Weekend Away to the Peak District will take place from Friday 8th to Sunday 10th May.

Previous club trips to Club La Santa have been a great success and we expect this weekend to be just as much fun (although we might not be able to rely on the British weather being as sunny as Lanzarote!).

If you haven’t booked up for the trip yet, here’s five good reasons why you should…

  1. Make new friends and get to know your fellow Striders
    There are enough places for 50 members of the club to join the trip so it’s a great opportunity to spend some time with club mates and make new friends. Don’t worry if you don’t know anyone before the trip, we’re a friendly bunch and this is one of the best ways to get to know people. There isn’t always the chance to chat on training nights if you’re working hard in a session or out of breath on a group run but on the trip you can converse over a leisurely walk or run or over a pint in the pub!
  2. Get fitter while enjoying some new routes
    Of course running will factor in the weekend and, away from your usual commitments, it may give you the chance to do a longer run than usual and tackle some off-road terrain that will all benefit your fitness. Exploring new routes is good for your mind too as it provides a refreshing change. There will also be the chance to try a new parkrun – the Graves parkrun is just 12 miles away so a Saturday morning excursion can be organised for anyone who wants to try it.
  3. Explore beautiful scenery
    Our destination is Eyam in the Hope Valley, a quaint and pretty village with plenty of tea rooms to enjoy a post run treat in and pubs for evening rehydration. The village is surrounded by the beautiful Peak District and we’ll explore some scenic routes on group runs, walks and bike rides (so if you’re currently injured, you can still come and walk and cycle if you can’t run). History buffs may be interested to learn about how the villagers quarantined themselves to stop the spread of the bubonic plague in 1665. There are still ‘boundary rocks’ which were put in place to warn people not to cross that point when the quarantine was in place. There’s also the National Trust run Eyam Hall in the area.
  4. Relax!
    We’ll be keeping active on runs, walks and bike rides but you can do it all at as leisurely a pace as you wish. It’s not a boot camp so we won’t be asking you to do 20 press-ups before breakfast or to bust a gut doing hills reps! Aside from the exercise there’ll also be time to enjoy an afternoon tea or a pint in the pub to make this a fun and sociable weekend away.
  5. Budget break
    The cost of the weekend is just £60 per person for two nights full board so you’re not likely to find another weekend break that’s such good value for money! Don’t be put off if you think this sounds a little cheap, the Club is subsidising the fee and the accommodation is of a really good standard.  The hostel facilities include two dining rooms, lounge, pool room, a cycle store and self-catering facilities. It is also fully-licensed! The bedrooms range in size from 2-bed or 4-bed to 8-bed rooms. To find out more, visit the hostel website:  http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/eyam.

So if you want to join us, you can sign up for the trip here

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Stu chairman at stalbansstriders.com or Jen deputychair at stalbansstriders.com.

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