Self Transcendence 24 Hour Track Race London
A 24 Hour Track Race, organised by Sri Chinmoy AC, at Tooting Bec athletics track.
About the event
Entries for the 2017 race are now open.
A selection of 45 of the UK’s most experienced and promising Ultra runners take on the physical and mental challenge of covering the greatest distance they can in 24 hours, making as many loops of the track as possible. Ultra running is becoming more and more popular, and as the only permanent 24 Hour Track race in the UK we get great interest each year. We have held the race since 1989 and witnessed many amazing achievements and National and World Best Records.
This is a IAU Bronze Label event
- £49 - unaffiliated
- £47 if a member of an affiliated club
- UK Athletics Permit
- IAU Bronze Label
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.
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
- 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
Payment is by bank trasnfer (details on entry form), cheque or postal order for UK residents. We accept payment on the day for non-UK competitors. Entries close 15th July.
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 / 0207 222 1314 Daytime, 0208 876 4760 Evenings
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.
To read Simon Smith's excellent blog post on running his first 24 hour race in 2014 please follow this link: http://51runner.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/power-to-people.html
And if you enjoy that there's another from his second - and improved performance - race in 2015 http://51runner.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/24-season-2-sri-chinmoy-self.html
There's also a good article by Luke Latimer covering his experiences here: https://jurarunner.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/tooting-24h-2014-or-how-not-to-run-your-first-24-hour-track-race/
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