London Races in Battersea Park

Battersea Park London

A fun series of races some Virtual and some held in Battersea Park throughout the year: Monday evenings and Saturday mornings

About the event

Corona Virus Statement: Based on current government advice, at present we have had to cancel our races in Battersea Park. We apologise to all our runners.

If Government guidelines change and it is possible for us to put on the Golden Leaf 10K on November 14th and/or the Grizzly Bear 10K on December 12th we will announce that here.

The Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team has been organising races in London since 1981. As a family of running enthusiasts we welcome competitive club runners, seasoned trailblazers, fitness lovers and novices. At all of our races you will experience a warm welcome, a supportive team of dedicated volunteers, efficient and professional race management and flat runner-friendly courses.

Location NEW since 2018: Find us next to the cafe and opposite Millennium Arena running track on East Carriage Drive SW11 4NJ. Accessible from Rosary Gate at junction of Queenstown Road and Prince of Wales Drive, turn right as you enter the park. Postcode of Rosery Gate: SW11 4BE

Alternatively enter via Chelsea Gate on Queenstown Road and use the path immediately inside the gate on the left to come around the back of the running track.

Course Records:

  • Men under 50:         29:41  Malcolm Hicks, New Zealand
  • Women under 50:    34:10  Una English, Havering Mayesbrook
  • Men 50-59:             34:31  Tony Tuohy, Dulwich Runners
  • Women 50-59:        41:54  Marie Synnott-Wells, Ranelagh Harriers
  • Men 60-69:             36:18  Dave Cox, Woodford Green
  • Women 60-69:        46:51  Jane Rowden, West 4 Harriers

Registration Information: It is necessary for all runners to register online. NO bag drop will be available, so please come with as little surplus belongings as possible and make your own arrangements to keep them secure. The Race HQ, which is also the finish area, is a 500 metre jog from the start line. Entry on the day is NOT permitted.

We are inclusive of all members of the LGBT+ community and welcome entrants as Female, Male or Non-Binary. Only Male and Female categories will be captured in results for ranking purposes, however all non-binary times are captured in the overall race results. The reason for this is we must adhere to the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Rules & Regulations.


General Information:

  • Category Winner Prizes
  • Online results
  • UK Athletics certified Course
  • Minimum age: 15 yrs

Facilities:

  • Toilets near start line
  • Secure bag drop at Race HQ (finish area)
  • Parking inside Rosary Gate Car Park or Chelsea Gate Car Park charge £2.70 (Parkmobile.co.uk)
  • Drinks station
  • Post race fruit and snack bars
  • Hot tea & coffee
  • Showers available at Millenium Arena by Finish line for £3

Prizes:

  • Top 7 men and women under 50
  • Top 3 men and women 50-59
  • Top 2 men and women 60-69
  • Top man and woman 70+

Inspiration: Our races focus on giving each runner a good experience: an opportunity to transcend their limits and achieve their personal goals. Our inspiration is Sri Chinmoy (1931-2007), the founder of our Marathon Team, who was not only an avid athlete and pioneer in the world of running and ultra-running races, but a teacher of meditation. He recognised the sport of running as a powerful way to develop concentration, confidence, determination, peace of mind and happiness.  

Refund Policy: We are unable to refund cancelled entries but runners are welcome to postpose their entry to a future Sri Chinmoy race of their choice as long as we are notified before race day. Contact us via email [email protected]

We send out a prayer for all those who are suffering at this time and all those who are working hard to contain the situation. We wish you good health and well-being. Keep running.

Events

Monday Evenings

    • 7pm
    • Virtual Races free.
    • Battersea Park Races: £7 (£5 Club) + £1 on-the-day entry
    • Relay £19.50/team of 3

Saturday Mornings

    • 8.30am
    • £12 (£10 Club) + £1 on-the-day entry

24 Hour Track Race

    • 26th-27th September 2020

Contact

Shankara Smith
07734 298024
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Award categories

  • First seven men & women
  • First three Vet 50 men & women
  • First two Vet 60 men & women
  • First Vet 70 man & woman

Certification

  • All races have UK Athletics Race Permits
  • All our courses are UK Athletics Course Accuracy certified
  • Results are recognised by Power of 10

General Information

Facts

  • Race courses consist of loops within the Park; flat and traffic free.
  • Registration opens an hour before the race, please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the race.
  • On-the-day registration available at all races except Relay. Entry fee £1 extra
  • 10K and 5K all finish on East Carriage Drive near the Athletics Track, where the Race HQ is - near Pear Tree Cafe.
  • The Battersea Relays are held along the South Carriage Drive - the HQ will be at the Start just inside Rosery Gate. Rosery Gate is at the South East corner of the park - a short walk from Queenstown Road and Battersea train stations.
  • Start point varies according to the race distance (up to 400m from Registration)
  • Parking is available in Rosery Gate Car Park or Chelsea Gate Car Park. Parking is free on Monday evenings; there is a charge on Saturday mornings.
  • All Races are UKA Certified accurate, Permits have been obtained/applied for.
  • Water station offers water, orange squash and energy drinks at each lap.
  • Baggage can be left safely at Registration.
  • There are 3 toilets within the park, the closest to Registration is 400m away close to the Bandstand.
  • Showers are available at the Millennium Arena Sports Centre and Track (http://enablelc.org/bpma), approx cost £3.00
  • Car Park is free on Monday evenings but costs approx £3 from 9am on Saturdays. 
  • Prizes are given out shortly after the race.

Location

The HQ, Registration, Bag Drop and Finish Line for all our 10K and 5K races is on the Carriage Drive East - near the Millenium Arena Athletics Track: 12 minutes walk from Queenstown Road and Battersea Park train stations. The Battersea Relays will be held as before on Carriage Drive South with the HQ, Registration, Bag Drop and Finish Line all at the START just inside Rosery Gate.

Postcode: SW11 4NJ

By Car: Enter Battersea Park through Rosery Gate at the South East corner of the park, where Queenstown Road meets Prince of Wales Drive or at Chelsea Gate at the North East corner of the park. Proceed to East Carriage Drive on foot (5 minutes to Race HQ). Postcode is SW11 4BE.

By Train: Our HQ is a ten minute walk from Battersea Park rail station and Queenstown Road rail station (both overground lines). When you enter the park at Rosery Gate turn right at the T-junction just ahead and follow the road for approximately 300 metres to HQ and Registration.

By Tube and Bus: The nearest Tube station is Sloane Square (District and Circle Line). From Sloane Square Tube station walk 3 minutes to Lower Sloane Street and take Bus 137 from stop M. Get off after 3 stops at Chelsea Bridge (just over the bridge). Cross the road and enter the park (Chelsea Gate) turn immediately left down the path beside the railings, keep straight along the path till it comes out behind the athletics track, a bit further along it joins the Carriage Drive and our HQ is to the right. (SW11 4NJ) 10 min walk.

Call: 0207 222 1314 weekdays, 07734 298024 evenings.

Email: [email protected]

How to Enter

You can enter in advance online. On the day registration opens at the race HQ one hour before race start. There is a £1 surcharge for on the day entries. *NEW* We now accept credit cards for on the day entry.

ENTER ONLINE at www.eventrac.co.uk/event-organiser/sri-chinmoy-marathon-team

Comments & Course records

'Great race, really well organised and very friendly, with fabulous marshals who gave excellent support! Many thanks to all, I really enjoyed it and would highly recommend it to runners of any ability.'

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Previous Results

  • 2020 Feb 22nd
    Valentines 10K 22nd February 2020

    About the author:

    Devashishu is one of the Co-Directors of Sri Chinmoy Races in London and also the European Director of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run.

    Our first race in 2020 attracted 142 runners to Battersea Park on a windy February morning. Congratulations to Nick Bowker who came in first in 31:36. Laura Bohm won the Ladies race in 37:01. Our next race is the Mad March 10K 0n Saturday 21st March. See you there!

  • 2019 Nov 30th
    Grizzly Bear 10K Saturday 30th November 2019

    About the author:

    Devashishu is one of the Co-Directors of Sri Chinmoy Races in London and also the European Director of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run.

    On a clear and frosty morning,193 runners crossed the finish line at the Grizzly Bear 10K. Well done everybody and thank you for another successful year of races!

  • 2019 Oct 19th
    Golden Leaf 10K 19th October 2019

    About the author:

    Devashishu is one of the Co-Directors of Sri Chinmoy Races in London and also the European Director of the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run.

    On a mild autumn day, as England were playing their quarter final game in the Rugby World Cup in Japan, 171 runners crossed the finish line in the Golden Leaf 10K in Battersea Park. Chris Wright was first in 31:12 and Stephanie Davis acheived a Personal Best and a Course Record in the Ladies race: 33:21. Well done everyone!