Sandbach Striders

Well done to all the runners of Sandbach 10k 2021

The weather couldn’t make its mind up about what it was going to do before the race as we moved from sunglasses to umbrellas back to sunglasses and then umbrellas again but by 09:30 it had settled on calm and cloudy for both races making it near to perfect conditions.

The under 16s race which was won by Adam Mayell (M13 category) in a time of 7:45 with the first female Ellie Bushill (F15 category) 4 seconds behind. I personally was blown away by how fast they all were especially when I saw Charlie Smith (M9) & Sebastian Buxton (M7) sprint towards the line. I don’t remember ever being that speedy at that age and I hope I have retired from running by the time I ever race against them. A massive congratulations to every under 16 runner today and wehope you enjoyed your own little taste of the Olympics. Also, well done to their parents for getting them here on a Sunday morning!

  • 1 – Adam Mayell (7:45)
  • 2 – Ellie Bushill (7:49)
  • 3 – Ethan Price (7:59)
  • U5s Winner – Sebastian Fallows (14:47)
  • 6-7 Winner - Sebastian Buxton (8:10)
  • 8-9 Winner - Charlie Smith (8:07)
  • 10-11 Winner – Laurence Brown (8:00)
  • 12-13 Winner - Adam Mayell (7:45)
  • 14-16 Winner - Ellie Bushill (7:49)

The 10km race was a new course for 2021 and in addition we had waved starts based on entrants estimated finish time to help reduce congestion and reducing the spread of COVID. The course starts and ends in the boundaries of Sandbach Rugby Club giving an extra opportunity for loved ones to cheer the runners as they do a final lap of the pitches.

Soon into the race Katie Holt began to pull away from the pack to win setting not only a new fastest time for a female but also our first female race winner coming in with a time of 33:27. Well done!

Congratulations to the fastest male Steffan Sayer who was hot on her heals with a time of 34:14.

10K Top Finishers 2021 Female

  • 1 – Katie Holt (33:27) – New Course Record
  • 2 – Megan Huxley (37:43)
  • 3 – Isobelle Ashcroft (40:47)

10K Top Finishers 2021 Male

  • 1 – Steffan Sayer (34:14)
  • 2 – Scott Minshall (34:53)
  • 3 – Matt Harrison (35:15)

10K Age group Winners

  • M40 – Richard Wright (37:10)
  • M50 – Tom Shankler (37:55)
  • M60 – Paul Norris (43:54)
  • F40 – Kirsty McClean (44:01)
  • F50 – Sandra Edwards (46:28)
  • F60 – Susan Bates (57:47)

Local Runner Winners (CW11 Postcode)

  • M – Matt Taylor (35:51)
  • F – Isobelle Ashcroft (40:47)

As part of the day any proceeds from the 10k go to the Patryck Milner Memorial Fund. Patryck tragically lost his life aged 7 and this fund was set up with the initial goal to fund a sports coach who would visit schools in the surrounding area. They also hope to support an all-weather junior coaching/training area at the Rugby Club which would be available to the whole community. For further information please visit their Facebook page at

Thank you to our headline race sponsors Zedra & Butcher & Barlow who help make the day happen.

Also thanks Sandbach Physio, and Rosebank Sports for their help. Thanks to AVTiming for proving their professional chip service again. And massive thanks to Priority One for saving us at the last minute with regards to medical cover, without your last minute assitance the event wouldn't have happened

Thank you to all those who helped fundraise on the day with cake production and consumption. Thank you to the rugby club for allowing us to host the event. Thank you to the volunteers for all the energy, excitement and enthusiasm you gave to the runners helping everyone get around. And finally, thank you to the runners who made today what it is and we look forward to hosting you in 2022.

Full Race Results available here: AVTiming Download

Thanks to Bryan Dale from Race photos for coming along and making the photos available to all runners for free. They will be available online at this link: