Striders of Croydon Switchback 5, Lloyd Park, Sep 25

The Switchback 5 on Sunday September 25 is one of the highlights of Croydon Striders’ club calendar. The course is a five-mile, single-lap, off-road route around Lloyd Park and into Addington Hills.

Great views into central London on the Switchback 5 course. Not that the runners have time to look

Great views into central London on the Switchback 5 course. Not that the runners have time to look

It’s a popular warm-up to the cross-country season for club runners, but is also ideal for runners of all abilities looking to step up from a local 5km ParkRun or Race for Life.

The Switchback 5 represents great value for money, with entry fees this year at £6 attached and £8 unattached for entries before the day – £2 extra for entries on the day.

All finishers receive a free memento and this year they’ll also be able to enjoy free tea and cake at our Sandilands clubhouse after the race.

Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the men’s and women’s races, with trophies for places, teams (three to score) and the winners of male V40, V50 and V60 and female V35, V45 and V55 categories.

The start of the race is in Lloyd Park, a couple of minutes jog from the Race HQ at Sandilands clubhouse, Addiscombe, Croydon, CR0 5DB. Lloyd Park and Sandilands are on the Croydon Tramlink network, a couple of stops from East Croydon mainline station.

From East Croydon Station take any east bound tram or a 119, 194, 198, 466 bus to Sandilands Tram Stop. 

No numbers will be mailed to entrants. Runners must collect their race number on race day from the Sandilands clubhouse, a five-minute jog from the start.

For course maps, past results and to enter online, click here.

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