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. Both track 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 both Coulsdon HQ 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.
SLH has invested heavily in time and resources in recent years on our young athlete programme. Training is provided weekly at Crystal Palace track and on Thursdays in Coulsdon.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 the 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 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.
Track and Field: SLH participates in the Southern League.
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.