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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, 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


The Gibb

An annual 5 mile cross country race over 1 lap across Farthing Down and Happy Valley. This year's event was the 104th anniversary of the present Gibb course. The race is the SLH championship and not open to non members.

The 2017 men's winner was Ryan Evans and the women's winner was Mary James.

For a map of the course click 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

Both the above events offer the following:

  • 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)  


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.

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 2017 is Canine Partners, training assistance dogs to transform the lives of people with disabilities.

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 12 noon to 1.30pm at Chipstead Rugby Club. The limit of 400 could be reached, first come, first served.


Boxing Day Handicap


Joe Lawrence, Winner 2015

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!.