Stride Out - free course for new runners, open to all adults

The next free Stride Out Course will start on Monday 28th January 2024

To take part join through Nifty Entries by clicking the link below

General Information

Twice a year the club organises a free adult beginners course known as Stride Out, many of our regular runners started running through the Stride Out courses and are now qualified run leaders themselves. These courses are aimed at complete beginners but those returning to running after a break are also welcome. It lasts 11 weeks and there is a session every Monday and Wednesday evening starting at 18:30 which takes participants from doing no running, to running for 30 minutes non stop. Experienced coaches are on hand at all times to guide participants through the course and to help with any problems.

The Stride Out course is

  • based at Astley Sports Village, Yew Tree Lane, Dukinfield SK16 5BL (map). We meet in the dining hall at the far end of the corridor to the right.
  • FREE
  • open to all adults - not just members of Astley Sports Village
  • a great way to get started on the road to fitness with the support and encouragement of our qualified coaches and their helpers

All you need to start the course is comfortable exercise clothes and a comfortable pair of running shoes. Please beware that we run in all weathers, except when it is icy, so please dress approriately for the weather!

Our courses are incredibly popular so to give participants the best experience we restrict numbers to a maximum of 20 people for each course.


Meeting Place

Please come in the main reception entrance to Astley Sports Village and follow the corridor round to the right. We meet in the dining hall at the end of the corridor.


Please park at Cromwell School, adjacent to Astley (the car park is through the first gate on the right coming up Yew tree Lane, just after the first speed bump) and then walk the short distance to Astley so that the members of Astley Sports Village don't have trouble parking. If the gate for Cromwell is closed please come in via the third gate and go left to park at the rear of the building. There is a rear door that takes you to the corridor.

If you have any questions about the Stride Out course then please contact us.

Your first session

For your first session please come for 18:10 so we can welcome you before the start of the session.

If you can't make the first session you may still be able join the course later, please email us if that's the case.

Run Together

We are registered as an England Athletics RunTogether Group. To see our group page on RunTogether click their logo below.

The RunTogether group logo from England Athletics


Can't make it or don't want to wait for the next course?

If you can't make Monday and Wednesday evenings or want to get started before the next course then the NHS Couch to 5k programme is an excellent resource. Full information is on their website. If you can find a friend to share it with that will make the exprerience much more enjoyable.

Once you have got yourself to 5k then you should be able to join one of our regular running groups.

Local 5k parkruns can help you get fit too

There are also a number of free, 5k parkruns in the area which are held in parks at 9:00am every Saturday. You can walk, jog, run or any combination so they are a great way to get fit! Our nearest one is Hyde Park but there is also one in Stamford Park and several others not far away. All you need do is register once on the parkrun website then turn up at any parkrun with your barcode and enjoy!