"I was a late starter to running 40+ and had entered a few local races and noticed how many club vests were out and the support they were getting from the crowd shouting out the club name. A neighbour said to try Penny Lane Striders. The group running was so inclusive and it felt like I had been missing out on a secret feel good club . Met the best running/ drinking/ messing around buddies ever"
"I thought it was a pub crawl group. Like freshers for working people. Next thing I knew I was running up hills and round funny parks I never knew existed. Someone gave me a medal at the end of my first 10k, being a magpie, I decided I fancied a few more. I'm still working on a breakaway Group Beer"
"It’s a good club. You can get into formal structures of sport, but there are other possibilities - running with the dog, ultras, unconventional races which don’t fit into the athletics scene as such. It’s not macho - men and women compete together. There’s incredible diversity which seems to have happened naturally"
"In all seriousness the best thing I've ever done in my life. To be part of a running club with the most famous name in the world. I've loved every minute of it, from those who've come,gone and stayed, I've loved you all. The people in this club have given me the most magical moments. Hats off to you all!"
It was 2011 and I wanted to get fit, but found myself stuck in a perpetual cycle of joining the gym, hating the gym and then quitting the gym. At the same time I kept on seeing these gangs of runners charging around the local roads and parks, seemingly having the time of their lives. So I did some digging, found out they were Penny Lane Striders, and decided to try them out. I'm still here, having run 3 marathons, 20+ half marathons, become fitter than I ever was and found a large, weird and wonderful bunch of friends who I couldn't be without.