Green Belt Relay


The Green Belt Relay

18th & 19th May 2024 (2025 dates to be announced soon!)

Green Belt Relay 2024
Green Belt Relay 2024 – Stage 21 Start in Ripley, Surrey

The Green Belt Relay is an annual multi-stage running relay, taking place each May, of around 220 miles (350km) of the Green Belt around the outside of London over a single weekend. It is organised by a fellow running club (Stragglers RC) and surplus funds from the race are donated to charity. The race has been going since 1995 and involves around 50 teams. More details are available on the Green Belt Relay website.

The route is divided into 22 stages, between 6.0 and 13.3 miles, and each team consists of 11 runners, with each runner running twice, once on each day of the race. Each runner should expect to run around 20 miles in total across the weekend at 10 min/mile pace or faster (6:12 min/km) – this is to make sure we have a smooth operation logistically.

This sounds tough as you are racing two days in a row, but it’s also great fun and a rewarding experience, as anyone who has taken part previously can attest to. Everyone is welcome, elites and newcomers alike, to experience the camaraderie of the weekend and experiencing the wonderful, scenic running we have so close to London. It’s also a great opportunity for newer Serpentine members to get involved with the club and meet other Serpies.

Although the race is a relay, each stage starts at a fixed time. This allows each stage to be a competitive race in its own right, and also allows teams of all different standards to stay roughly together as they advance along the route.

Please see this page for a report on the 2023 race for Serpentine. We have a brilliant video on Instagram for the 2024 race.

Green Belt Relay 2024 Serpie team
Green Belt Relay 2024 Serpie team


Sign up for the Serpentine team here

We will enter three/four teams depending on interest from the club: men, women, vets and/or mixed, covering all standards.

We do have some priority places for those who can help over the weekend by providing support such as minibus driving, first aid, map reading, physio etc. Let us know what you can do for the team if you’d like to help out.

Runners stay with the group the entire weekend, staying in a hotel on the Saturday night near the mid-point of the race (Holiday Inn Basildon – note you don’t need to book the rooms yourselves, the team organisers will book them for you). This facilitates the organising of the runners for each stage, giving the team as a whole more flexibility, and avoids runners having to head back into London to come back out again early the next morning. Most importantly though, it creates a great team atmosphere.

Travel to the start of the event is by minibus from several locations, usually from the Seymour Centre, Victoria, Clapham Junction, and Hammersmith.

GBR 2023 Team Dinner
Serpie Team Dinner in Basildon at the end of Day 1 for the 2023 race

2024 Costs

Each participant will pay £75 at the time of signing up. This covers team entry fees, transport costs (i.e. van/minibus hire, insurance, fuel and parking costs), and other items such as our water and cup contribution for the race, and the printing of essential information such as the course maps.

The club also subsidises some of the costs. If you are a van/minibus driver, the Club will also refund some of your fees as a thank you for helping the team.

In addition, the hotel on the Saturday night is paid by each runner directly to the hotel on the day. The price for 2024 is £47.50 per person, which includes breakfast.

As we all like a bit of swag, it’s worth noting the fee includes a good quality dry-fit Green Belt Relay T-shirt provided by the event organisers (the 2023 one is in grey – see photo above). If you win a stage, you’ll get an additional stage-winner T-shirt.

If you have any additional questions contact the GBR team at