An Ongoing Project ...
Cross country on Barnes Common, circa 1906
... to record the story of an athletic club formed well over a century ago by a group of young enthusiasts who trained and raced along The Embankment of the River Thames, in Belgravia, London.
" ... Belgrave Harriers prepares welcome for the 'Stars' ..." (Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette, Wednesday 17 August 1932); "...The men of the Belgrave Harriers at once showed that they were going to be prominent ..." (Lincolnshire Echo - Saturday 9 September 1933); "... Belgrave Harriers, the national cross-country champions, easily won the senior event in the Union Sportive Metropolitan cross-country ... " (Aberdeen Journal, Monday 18 January 1937); "... Churcher's Walk A World Record ... " (Gloucester Citizen, Saturday 7 January 1950).
The name and colours of Belgrave Harriers have been woven boldly through the fabric of our sport of athletics for over one hundred and thirty years, but how different a world it was back in the '50s, the '30s ... and of course in 1887. Athletics in the 21st century, when even national papers carry little in the way of athletics results, bears little comparison to the sports events that were held on the Kennington Oval or the grounds of Lillie Bridge and the adjacent Stamford Bridge stadium, now the home of Chelsea Football Club.
We hope that this website will be a means of preserving some of the stories retold when older members meet and reminisce; a window through which we can view some of the achievements of club administrators and athletes who have made the club what it is; perhaps, additionally, simply being a repository for photographs and items of interest from a bygone age.