Southern Fell Racing Championships

24th & 25th September 2016

About the championship

The annual Isle of Wight Fell Running Championships, organised by Ryde Harriers, take place each September and incorporate the SEAA Fell Running Championships. In recent years increasing numbers of Serpies have travelled down for the weekend and we've been rather successful in bringing home a selection of trophies.

Runners on the first hill of St. Boniface Fell

Serpies struggling up the first hill of St. Boniface Fell
Photo by Sally Hodge

It's a two day, three stage event running up and down, and around, some of the Isle of Wight's finest hills and countryside. Ability level varies enormously, so everyone is welcome regardless of ability, but stage 3 is an extremely hilly half marathon so you must have prepared accordingly if you wish to enter this stage. The others are somewhat shorter distances but they are not necessarily any easier!

The race format is below. You can compete in just one, two or all three events but if you want to be eligible for the SEAA & overall prizes you must compete in and complete all three races and run in a serpie vest. Be prepared for a little peer pressure from your colleagues if team awards are on the line.

The races

  • Race 1 – St Boniface Fell (AS) – 3.8km, 235m ascent @ 11.00am on Saturday
  • Race 2 – Ventnor Horseshoe (BM) – 12km, 443m ascent @ 3.00pm on Saturday
  • Race 3 – Wroxall Round (CL) – 21km, 487m ascent @ 10.30am on Sunday

You have to enter all / any of the events in advance to qualify for the championship. The closing date for SEAA entries is normally a week before the actual weekend (remember this!) but you can even just enter on the day. Again, don't worry about the FRA details - they know who we are!

SEAA Entry Form

The Serpentine trip

Deposit: £75

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We travel from Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour by train on Friday (~4pm, ~5pm and ~6pm trains), then catch the ferry to Ryde and taxis onward to Ventnor where we stay. Accommodation is on a B&B basis and will cost approx £32-£55 per person per night. This figure is based on two people sharing a twin bed room and will vary slightly based on which hotels we end up staying at or if you are in a room of more than 2 people. All the travel and accommodation is organised for you.

We will require a payment of £75 which is made up of a £60 deposit for your accommodation (the balance of which to be paid on arrival) and a £15 contribution towards transport costs (the remainder of which is generously subsidised by Serpentine). Note that, unfortunately, this deposit is non-refundable as we have to book & pay for the accommodation in advance.

Contact Nicola, Pete, and Tash at for more information.

Please note that this year's Isle of Wight trip conflicts with the Southern Road Relays, which are scheduled for Sunday 25th September.