Southern Fell Racing Championships

16th & 17th September 2017

Serpentine trip

About the championship

Don't be put off by Championship in the title. This is a fun weekend away with fantastic off road running, beaches, paddling, awesome views and (obviously) large quantities of baked goods! Glenn Hughes in the lead at the topThe races are challenging (in terrain and gradient) but the ability is hugely varied so please don’t be put off. This is a fun weekend away and an opportunity to get to know your fellow Serpie running buddies a lot better.

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.

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 speed and ability.  Stage 3 is a rather hilly half marathon so make sure you are prepared for this if you enter this stage. The others are somewhat shorter distances but will have steeper sections so 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 9th September (remember this!) but you can even just enter on the day. Again, don't worry about the FRA details - they know who we are!

All runners should register themselves (the club will not be doing this). Races are £7 each or £18 for all 3. You can register on the day but will not be eligible to count towards the SEAA competition.

Entries can be made on line at:

Or the old fashioned way using the linked form:

Fell racing entry form.pdf

The Serpentine trip

Deposit: £75

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Please note that sign up for the Serpie trip will close August 31st. 

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. All you have to do is remember to enter the races!

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 Tash and Nicola at for more information.

Serpies at the Isle of Wight