The Summer League is an inter-club competition of five races between May and August at various venues around London. The clubs in the league this year are Dulwich Park Runners, Metros, Ealing, Hayes and Harlington, Mornington Chasers, Serpentine RC, Sudbury Court, Ealing Eagles and Queens Park Harriers.

The main event is a 5 mile or 10km race which covers all standards and is based at a park local to the host club. Following the main event there is a shorter ‘tenderfoot’ (1.5-2km) race suitable for children, runners returning from injury and runners who prefer to run a shorter distance. Finally there is a series of optional, light hearted, age graded, 300-400m relays, again suitable for all ages and abilities.

Serpie runners in the 2022 Battersea Park fixture
Serpie runners in the 2022 Battersea Park fixture

All levels, new and regular runners welcome, although you must be a Serpentine club member. The events are family oriented so do bring children, they can also participate in the tenderfoot race and/or the relays.

Lunch, in the form of sandwiches and cakes, is provided by the hosting club. Trophies are awarded at the end of the year for individuals in their age categories based on their best three performances in the five races.

There is more information on the Summer League website.

2024 Dates

Date Start Time Location Distance Host Club
16 June 09:30 Headstone Manor, Harrow 5 miles Metros
30 June 09:30 Perivale Park 5 miles Ealing Southall & Middlesex / Ealing Eagles
14 July 09:30 Dulwich Park 5 miles Dulwich Park Runners
28 July 09:30 Regents Park 10k Mornington Chasers
11 August 10:00 Battersea Park (course map here) 10k Serpentine

The dates of the Summer League are also listed in the Serpentine Planner.

Contacts

We normally have a few club members acting as contact points for each race and for example collecting numbers at the finish line and organizing the relay teams – if you would like to help with this please contact races@serpentine.org.uk.