Race History

Race organised by Hillingdon AC under UKA rules.

The Finchley 20 is the longest running 20 mile road race in the UK.

The race was founded in 1933 by the then Finchley Harriers, who along with Ruislip and Northwood A.C. were the two clubs involved in the 1966 amalgamation, that produced Hillingdon A.C. Despite the Finchley Harriers name disappearing, it was decided that as the race was well established it should remain known as the Finchley 20. For a race which is now limited to 600 entrants, it had fairly humble beginnings when just 22 runners faced the starter on 1st April, 1933, from the British Legion H.Q. in South Ruislip. The very first winner was Vic Sellars of Finchley Harriers in a time of 2:09.01.

The fastest ever time for this race was set back in 1972 by Bill Addocks in 1:39.01

Photograph of the first race start in 1933

Back in 1982 Alan Chidley, HAC club historian, produced a booklet on the history of the race. Please click

here to read the booklet.

The Finchley 20 in 1952 from Hillingdon AC on Vimeo.

The Finchley 20 in 1964 from Hillingdon AC on Vimeo.

Top 3 men of 2011. The winner was No.32 Ben Fish.
Clare Elms, first female finisher 2011. Andrew Symonds, first HAC finisher 2011.


Photo links

Official race photos from the the past few years can be found at the Sussex Sport Photography

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