We are sorry to say there will be no Liddiard Trophy race in 2020
Thank you to all competitors and volunteers who ran and helped to run the 2019 edition of the Liddiard Trophy. Given the current environment, the 2020 edition has been cancelled. We hope to see you in 2021!
The Liddiard Trophy is a prestigious and historic cross country fixture hosted annually by Queen's Park Harriers at Fryent Country Park in Kingsbury.
Clubs from all over London compete for the famous prize which commemorates Mr E.J. Liddiard (pictured right), the longest-surviving founder member of the club.
He was one of a group of pupils at St Jude's Institute who decided to create a sports club involving athletics and football among other activities (The footballers, incidentally, would end up breaking away and merging with Christ Church Rangers to form the modern-day Queen’s Park Rangers).
He was with the club up until his death in 1946.
In his honour, the Hoops held the inaugural Liddiard Trophy meet in 1947. The race was won by Shaftesbury Harriers (later becoming Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers).
This club which would go on to have a storied history with the event, winning it several times in the 1970s and 1980s, fielding teams littered with internationals.
At its height, the meet attracted around 300 competitors.
With eight to score and three individuals allowed per team, the Liddiard is a team event which has arguably one of the most eye-catching prizes in UK athletics, a solid silver depiction of a runner, complete in casing. The trophy has been awarded to the winning team since the race’s inception, with the victors able to take the prize home for the year.
While victory is the goal for some, the race itself is a reminder of the selflessness of the running community.
Take Cecil Gittins, a man who joined Queen's Park Harriers in the same year of Liddiard’s death, 1946. Up until his passing a few of years ago, he was still an active member of club, attending committee meetings and keeping the Hoops moving along.
And if you plan to be around on race day, be sure to look out for Peter Hunt, another Liddiard contemporary, who helped to rescue Queen’s Park Harriers from folding essentially on his own in the early 1970s.
Still a member, Peter comes down every year from his current home in south Wales to oversee the Liddiard to ensure its smooth running.