springfield striders friday night 5 miles review

Springfield Striders Friday Night 5 Miles Review

Springfield Striders Friday Night 5 mile race take place on a 2 lap course on quiet country lanes around the village of Pleshey, near Chelmsford in Essex.


pleshey 5 miles course map

A tough undulating course starts just before the church, as you run towards the village down the hill, starting your 1st lap, you quickly realise your going to have to run up that hill after finishing your 2nd lap to get back to the finish!

The 2 laps are simple enough to follow, with only about 5 turns to make, which, are well marshalled. 

As you finish your 2nd lap, you turn right, back up the hill, before turning left into the sports field, with roughly 200m to run before the finish line. 

The course is on country village roads and whilst there are a few potholes to avoid, the course is suitable for your super shoes. 


There is a water stop at the end of each lap, with water in paper cups that you can chuck in big plastic bags. 


This is a no medal race. Instead you exchange your race number at the end of the race for a beef or veggie burger. I personally prefer this and the burger was really good!


You can park on the field where the race HQ is and where the race finishes.

There is plenty of parking and you are guided by marshals, as to where to park. 


There were 4 portable toilets available and there was only a small que for the toilet peaking just before the start. 


pleshy 5 miles race photo

There were photos uploaded to the Springfield Striders Friday Night 5 Facebook page


The cost was incredible value at just £12.50 for affiliated runners and £14.50 for unaffiliated runners. 

This also included your beef or veggie burger at the finish. 

Who Organises It?

The race was organised by running club Springfield Striders.

How To Enter?

You can enter via the Springfield Striders website.


You can find the results to the 2022 results on Race Time Result.

Would I Enter Again?

Definitely, yes, although it was more undulating than I would like, it was a great course and atmosphere. 

Fantastic value, club lead race and the burger at the end made it a brilliant end to a working week. 

Things To Bear In Mind

  • Although it was a Essex championship race, there were plenty of different ability runners, so do not let this put you off. 
  • It was a tough undulating course, but it was not super hilly, with some nice descents too. 
  • There are cakes and cold drinks, including beer available to buy when you exchange your race number for your burger. 


I wore the following race day kit:

Top: My club t-shirt
Shorts: Nike Run Division 3 in 1 Shorts
Compression Socks: Bauerfeind Performance Compression Socks
Trainers: Nike Alphafly 1
Watch: Garmin 245


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