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The Emil Zátopek Run

September 16 @ 11:00 am 6:00 pm

The Thames Valley Harriers (TVH) athletic club and the Czech Centre (CC) have the pleasure to invite you to the second London charity run organised in the name of the brilliant Czech runner Emil Zátopek to raise funds toward The Zátopek‘s Athletic Fellowships supporting young athletes in Western London.

The legendary Czech runner Emil Zátopek (1922-2000), nicknamed Czech locomotive, won his first Olympic medal in London in 1948. Best known for his distinctive running style and his many athletic achievements and records – up to this date Zátopek remains the only runner to win the 5,000m, the 10,000m and the marathon at the same Olympic Games, which he obtained in Helsinki in 1952. Besides his athletic accomplishments, Zátopek received international acclaim for his vocal public condemnation of the 1968 Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia which led to his denouncement by the Czechoslovak communist government and a controlled detention.

There are many books and films about Zátopek’s life and sport achievements, including British author Richard Askwith’s biography Today We Die a Little: The Rise and Fall of Emil Zatopek, Olympic Legend.

In 2013 Runner’s World Magazine named Zátopek the ‚Greatest Runner of All Time‘.

You can read more about Emil Zátopek on our blog here

Listen to Runner’s World podcast about Zátopek’s legacy.

The Emil Zátopek Run was first organised by CC and TVH in 2022 to celebrate Zátopek’s centennial anniversary and raise funds for a newly established Zátopek Athletic Fellowship awarded to promising young athletes from disadvantaged local community.

The aim of the Zátopek Athletic Fellowship is to support and ignite the sporting and personal attributes that Zátopek represented in young, talented athletes that strive to follow in his footsteps and will further contribute to advance their athletic careers.
Proceeds from starting fees as well as all voluntary contributions towards the Zátopek Run will be donated to support the Fellowships.

Any donations towards the Zátopek’s Athletics Fellowship can be sent to:
Business Account name: Thames Valley Harriers
Sort Code: 60-05-30
Account Number: 17125197
please add Payment Reference: Zatopek


  • Register online via Entry4Sports by 14 September 2023
    (please scroll down for the instructions on how to register)
  • Walk-In registrations on the day are also welcome (please register 1 hr before the start of your race)

Distance: 5k, 3k & 2k


  • U11 (2k) (start at 11:00)
  • U13 and U15 (3k)
  • U17 and the Main run (5k) (start at 12:00)

Entry fee: £10/£5 (under 17s) 

(Starting fees will be contribute towards the Zátopek Athletics Fellowship)

Open to all | Families welcome
Food, BBQ, Czech beer and other refreshments after the run


  • Click on the following link: https://entry4sports.co.uk/zatopek
  • Click on Enter
  • If you are new to Entry4Sports you need to Register as new user
  • Once in the entry portal, click “add athlete” under the “athletes” tab. If the athlete is registered with England Athletics (EA), click “registered” and enter the associated EA URN (which you can find on your EA profile/account. If unregistered, click “not registered” and complete First Name, Surname, Date of Birth, and Club (if applicable) fields, before clicking “save” in the bottom right corner. The athlete will then appear under the “athletes” tab in your entry portal.
  • Click on the athlete, then click on the tick box next to the event you wish to enter. You then must view your basket and checkout for your entry to be complete and accepted.


Race registration will be next to the Thames Valley Harriers clubhouse in Linford Christie Stadium, 2 minutes walk from the race start line in Wormwood Scrubs park. The entrance for cars is Artillery Lane off Du Cane Rd, between the hospitals and prison, postcode for satnav W12 OAE. At the end of Artillery Lane approaching the Scrubs, there is a 6’ 6” height barrier entrance to the main car park, the stadium is located at the end of the car park.

For public transport East Acton on the Central Line is the closest station, a few minutes walk from the stadium. Buses stop on Du Cane Rd near Artillery Lane, please see details for buses stopping at Hammersmith Hospital on the Transport for London website.


September 16
11:00 am – 6:00 pm
£5 – £10
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Czech Centre
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Linford Christie Rd
London, W12 0DF United Kingdom
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