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Near as Damn It Summer Series

Three multi terrain 10k events held on the last Thursday in May, June and July on Farthing Downs and Happy Valley. Also known as the Informal 10ks, these races are suitable for all abilities. No prizes per race, just a half-price drink in the SLH bar afterwards and a chance to compare notes on the race. There are prizes after the last event for those with the best cumulative times for the three races. Races start at 7.30pm.

For an entry form click here

For a map of the course click here

Online entry is available here (note a small extra charge is made by the payment system for online entry)


The Alf Shrubb Memorial

2018 saw the inaugural running of this race, an Open 5 mile cross country event to commemorate one of SLH's greatest ever runners. The course is 1 lap over Farthing Down and Happy Valley. This event also incorporates the club men's and women's 5 mile CC Championship races for the "Gibb" Cup, which was first run in 1878 and in turn commemorates an even earlier SLH athlete, James Gibb.

The 2018 men's winner was Ryan Evans and the women's winner was Jo Vickers.

For a map of the course click here

An entry form can be found here (entry is free for SLH members - please note that SLH members entering for free will not be eligible to win prizes in the open race)

Online entry is available here



The Pirie

An annual 10 mile cross country race over a 2 lap course across Farthing Down and Happy Valley. This is an open event, which also includes the South London Harriers' 10 mile XC championships for the Thornton Cup (men), Ronnie Keay Cup (women) and Reg Brown Cup (V60+).

The 2017 men's winner was Richard Henderson of Herne Hill Harriers and the women's winner was Mary James of SLH.

For a map of the course click here

For an entry form click here 

Online entry here (for free entry use the code VIVIANH - SLH members only)

Please note that SLH members entering for free will not be eligible to win prizes in the open race


Both the above events offer the following:

  • Cash prizes for Men, Women and Vets
  • Prize for first visiting team (4 to score)
  • Full changing and showers available at:- SLH Clubhouse
  • Free tea and cake for all finishers at the club house
  • Start on Farthing Downs (10 minutes jog from club house)  
  • 1st lap cut-off of 50 minutes (discretionary) in Pirie race


Elmore 7


This challenging 7 mile road race starts at Chipstead and is held in July in conjunction with the Chipstead Flower Show famous for maintaining a traditional  environment of family entertainment. Refreshments are available.This year's race starts at 1.30pm.

The event has grown in popularity attracting up to 400 runners with all abilities taking part. This year the race is again part of the Surrey Road League series.

The course is run on rolling quiet roads in the Chipstead area. All finishers receive a medal and prizes are presented from the show ring. There are prizes for first, second and third men and women and for the first finishers in each Vets category. 

Our chosen charity for 2018 is the Garwood Foundation, a Croydon based charity providing services and support to adults and children with a wide range of disablities.

The Mark Burtwell Cup will be presented to the first SLH member to finish the race.

List of previous winners

For a map of the course click here

Entries on the day from 11.30am  to 1.00pm at Chipstead Rugby Club. The limit of 400 could be reached, first come, first served.


Boxing Day Handicap


Laurie James Winner 2018

The Boxing Day race is about two miles long, following a course which, after a short but tough climb, follows the top of Happy Valley and returns along the bottom of the valley.

The race is run on “yacht handicap” rules; the slowest runner starts first, followed by the next slowest and so on until the fastest runner leaves about 10 minutes later. It is intended to be a friendly race, relatives and friends are welcome to join in.

The race starts at 11.00; numbers and a start time are available from the Club House from 10.00 to 10.30. All participants are requested to bring a wrapped prize of value around 3 pounds. These are distributed at random in the Bar after the race - so everyone gets a prize!.