Self Transcendence 24 Hour Track Race London

Tooting Bec Athletic Track London

A 24 Hour Track Race, organised by Sri Chinmoy AC, at Tooting Bec athletics track on 21st - 22nd September 2019.

IAU Bronze Label Event
Track side physio & medical care
Enthusiastic counters and electronic backup
Great intimate atmosphere to keep motivation high
Constant support and encouragement to help reach your goals
24 hour refreshments and meals

About the event

The Sri Chinmoy 24 Hour Track Race has been held annually since 1989. In that time only two editions of the race were cancelled. We are sad to announce that the 2020 edition will also be cancelled.

We have been investigating various ways to hold the race while observing social distancing advice and regulations. It is possible to make it safe for the volunteer helpers, but not for the competitors due to the race being held on a 400m track. We know this will be disappointing news to many, and we are so grateful for the support and love many runners show our race. 

The 2021 race will be held 18th-19th September  and we will make it Spectacular! Entry will open late March'21.

Each September, a selection of 45 of the most experienced and promising Ultra runners take on the physical and mental challenge of covering the greatest distance they can run in 24 hours, completing as many loops of the track as possible. First held in 1989, with a record of great performances, including National and World Best Records, and superb organization, this international race attracts runners from around the globe.

'There's something very special about this race' Isobel Wykes, 2nd overall 2014

Not sure if 24 hours on a track is for you? Read Luke Latimer's The Hidden Secrets of 24 Hour Track Races

This is a IAU Bronze Label event.


24 hours

Start time

  • 12.00pm


  • £65 - unaffiliated
  • £63 if a member of an affiliated club


Shankara Smith
07734 298024
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  • UK Athletics Permit
  • IAU Bronze Label

Race Information

Organised by Sri Chinmoy MT in conjunction with Run and Become, under UK Athletics Rules, this is a IAU Bronze Label event, held annually in September at Tooting Bec track.

The race starts at noon Saturday and finishes ... noon Sunday!

The support team consists of:

  • Lap counters headed up by a team supervisor
  • Sports medic and physiotherapists
  • Track side refreshments staff providing hot & cold drinks plus snacks throughout
  • Race Referee, Time Keeper and other officials


It is our aim to serve, encourage and support each runner to the highest level as each embraces the challenge and works towards their goal.

Live tracking of the 2019 race

Race Programme for 2019


Tooting Bec track provides the perfect set-up to enable runners ready access to everything they need throughout the race.

  • Trackside parking (vehicles cannot move during the race and spaces are limited)
  • Space for runners to set up tents / support stations trackside
  • Trackside lap counters to record your distance and provide encouragement
  • Heated indoor changing and rest areas
  • Showers
  • Heated indoor physio treatment room
  • Toilets a few strides off the track
  • Trackside refreshments thoughout offering hot & cold drinks, sweet and salty snacks and a cheer.

Tooting Bec Track Club House, Tooting Bec Road, SW17 3NP

  • Driving/Walking: The track entrance is off the A214 Tooting Bec Road – postcode (for satellite navigation devices) is SW17 3NP.  There is a big sign at the entrance – follow the path through the trees and you’ll see the track gates on your left.
  • Closest tube station: Tooting Bec – the track is around a 10 min walk up Tooting Bec Road.  The track entrance is just after Church Lane, on your right.
  • Buses: 246 and 349 pass the track and run from Tooting Bec tube.

How to Enter

Entries open late March'21 and close 15th July'21. Payment is by bank trasnfer (details on entry form), cheque or postal order for UK residents. There will be an entry form link near the top right of this page once the race opens. We accept payment on the day for non-UK competitors. 

We limit the field to 45 runners - for track safety and to ensure absolute care for all competitors thoughout the race from our on-site team.

We generally receive in excess of 45 entries, in which case we select the field based on previous experience and potential. We operate a waiting list for all those interested as there are always withdrawals in the weeks leading up to the race. We do not accept competitors who have no race experience beyond Marathon distance.

Call: 07734 298024

Email: [email protected]

Race Day

The track opens at 9am and runners are welcome to arrive anytime from then on, we encourage everyone to get to the track by 11am to enable a stress-free pre-race prep and familiarisation with our set-up.

On arrival you are greeted by the race director and given your race pack, consisting of 4 sets of race numbers (to fix to different items of clothing and save you time during the race), pins and race programme. 

At 11.15 there will is a race briefing by the race director and referee. Followed by the introduction of competitors to their lap counters.

Race starts midday sharp.

Hot meals are offered at approximately 1.30pm, 8pm, 6am and post race. All meals are vegetarian. We do our best to accomodate any food intolerances if notified well in advance.

We require all runners to bring a windproof jacket and full length tights/trousers to ensure no-one is left suffering should the weather turn cold/hostile.

The race is brought to an end with a blast of the horn and over the next hour we provide a meal, aid to those in need, hot showers, and an awards ceremony with provisional results.

We are unable to pick people up to bring them to the race but we provide shuttle runs to tooting Bec tube station post race for those who need it.

David Bone, 3rd place in 2018, race report

Rodrigo Freeman, 9th place in 2017, race report

To read Simon Smith's excellent blog post on running his first 24 hour race in 2014 please follow this link:

And if you enjoy that there's another from his second - and improved performance - race in 2015

There's also a good article by Luke Latimer covering his experiences here:

Thank you very much for the opportunity to do this. Your army of volunteers and helpers were awesome! Rodrigo Freeman 2017

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and your team for another fantastic event at Tooting last weekend. There's something very special about this race - I can't quite find the words to explain exactly what it is, but it will always hold a very special place in my heart. Isobel Wykes 2017

I’ve done some brilliant races in all kinds of wild places, but this was a very special experience with friends and family able to come along and see it unfold. Paul Rowlinson 2017

As ever, it was an amazing experience. The encouragement and enthusiasm of everyone there was relentless and inspiring. When after a long time of just walking around, around 19 hours in I thought I'd risk running again as my lungs felt a bit happier, the encouragement from the lap counters was a real motivator and although I couldn't keep it up for long I certainly enjoyed that hour of feeling relatively strong so far into a race. Roz Glover 2017

Thank you again for having me at the race this weekend. It was, as ever, superbly organised. It’s fantastic to experience an event like yours with such a positive, friendly vibe around it. Everyone involved in the event is so encouraging and supportive - nothing is too much trouble. The volunteers really care about the event and it absolutely shines through in all aspects of the event. It is without doubt my favourite event. Jon Fielden, competitor 2015 & 2016

The race last week was some journey and I can honestly say a fantastic experience from start to finish.  I can see how it would become addictive. This is in no small part to you and your team who laid on a perfect race which allowed me to realise my dreams.  I just want to say thank you to you and everyone involved on the day in making the race such a perfect success not just for me but all the field.  Marco Consani - Winner 2013

To echo my fellow participants comments I would like to congratulate you and pulling off such an amazing event. Professionalism at the highest standard. I never got a chance to thank my lap counters but at that stage i could barely remember my own name. A massive learning experience on my first 24 hr. I'm still in awe at the top 3 girls. Amazing stuff Brian Ankers - 2014

I wasn’t totally sure what to expect from this race but to say that I was blown away would be an understatement. From the moment we arrived, the whole set up was smooth, utterly professional and above all, calm. You and your team were always on hand with a kind word, advice, encouragement and most importantly food. Nick Holt, competitor 2016

What a wonderful, wonderful race! I knew it would be as I'd heard so much about it but it far exceeded my expectations. Every single member of your team, your volunteers, every athlete on the track and each and every crew or family member trackside were truly amazing. It felt like we were one big family. Andy Jordan, competitor 2016

Wow, what an amazing event as always, was very very special, and just can't thank every one enough, all the lap counters, helpers, everyone involved.  It was a priviledge to be part of an event where there were so many PB's and 100+ miles. Ann Bath, 1st Woman 2016