South London Harriers

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South London Harriers is a club rich in history. It was founded in 1871, making it one of the four oldest athletic clubs in the country. The Club caters for all abilities, with plenty of opportunities for competition and training for men, women and young athletes.

During the winter activity is focused at the SLH HEADQUARTERS in Coulsdon, which is ideally situated for cross-country racing and road running training. In the summer, focus switches to track and field.

Since 1991 the Club’s track and field base has been Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, which offers some of the best facilities in the country including an all weather track and weight training room. In 2013, in conjunction with Woodcote School, we opened Track Coulsdon where seniors and young athletes now train for track and field and road running/cross country. Both tracks and Clubhouse remain open all year for training.

Qualified coaches are available to supervise training and offer advice and encouragement. The club is very active socially, organising various events during the year.

The Clubhouse bar is open after training. SLH welcomes new and prospective members of all ages and abilities to join us on training sessions.

Training and coaching are available at Coulsdon HQ, Track Coulsdon and Crystal Palace. The basis of any athletics club is its competition, and SLH is no different. South London Harriers is involved in competition for all ages in every area of the sport.

Young Athletes

SLH has invested heavily in time and resources in recent years on our young athlete programme. Training is provided weekly at both Crystal Palace track and Track Coulsdon on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Young athletes compete on the track and field in both the boys’ and girls’ Young Athletes Leagues, and in cross-country races through the winter. Teams are entered in the Surrey Sportshall League in U/11, U/13 and U/15 age groups.


Cross-Country: The men compete in the Surrey League Division 1. This is open to all men over 17. In addition the Club competes in the Surrey, South of Thames, Southern and National Championships. There are also inter club races (mob matches) which go back over 100 years, and internal club championships. The SLH men’s five mile cross-country championship (The Gibb Cup) was first run in 1878.

Road Running: The Club participates in the Surrey Road Race League. SLH is represented at most local races and many members compete in the London marathon every year. The Club also organises the Elmore 7 Road Race and three multi terrain “Informal 10ks” in May, June and July. There are also the Surrey and regional Road Relay championships.

Track and Field: SLH participates in the Southern Athletics League, a highly competitive combined mens' and women's competition for under 17s and above. The club also holds its own club championships at Track Coulsdon, as well as separate club 1500m, 5000m and 10000m championship races.


Cross-Country: SLH competes in the Surrey League Division 1. Teams are entered for the County, Southern and National Championships. Women also participate in the inter club (mob) matches and have their own five and ten mile championships.

Road Running: We put out teams in the Surrey Road League and other local road races as well as the Surrey and regional Road Relay championships.

Track and Field: As for the men, SLH ladies compete in the Southern Athletics League combined team. There are similarly club champiosnhips for all T&F events upto and including 10000m.

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