Countdown to the St Helena Festival of Running 2017
As we eagerly await the arrival of the first scheduled flight to St Helena this week we’re starting the countdown to the St Helena Festival of Running 2017 (18-26 November). This year marks a major milestone for the annual competition as international runners will be able to travel to St Helena by air for the first time ever, or travel to the event on board the RMS St Helena for the very last time.
Runners from all over the world are invited to enter the Trail Run, Marathons, Fun Runs, Jacob’s Ladder Challenge and Triathlon during the ninth outing of the St Helena Festival of Running; All in order to raise money for the National Amateur Sports Association of St Helena (NASAS) and the New Horizons Youth Centre.
The Festival comprises of four event days:
Saturday 18 November, 15km Trail Run
A race from Jamestown Seafront to Diana’s Peak, the lowest point to the highest peak (823m above sea level).
Competitors will pass through Jamestown, Peak Hill, Francis Plain, Lemon Tree Gut and Cabbage Tree Road and the Peaks.
Record Holder: Martin Collins, 2016: 56 mins, 55 secs
Sunday 19 November, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km Fun Run and 3km Fun Run
Marathon – The Marathon is a challenging but rewarding feat along a breath-taking route over varied terrain. The route passes through four of the island’s districts to the Sandy Bay Ridge, Halley’s Mount, Green Hill and Levelwood.
Record Holder: Martin Collins, 2016: 3 hrs, 44 mins, 05 secs
Half Marathon – This route takes you to White Gate, through the Sandy Bay Ridge, Gordon’s Post and New Ground.
Record Holder: Jean-Paul Van Belle, 2001: 1 hr, 40 mins, 46 secs
10km Fun Run – The 10km route goes through White Gate, Red Hill and Rosemary Plain.
Record Holder: Jean-Paul Van Belle, 2001: 42 mins, 22 secs
3km Fun Run – The 3km goes through White Gate, Red Hill and Scott’s Mill.
Record Holder: Rocky Stroud, 2007: 18 mins 19 secs
Wednesday 22 November, Jacob’s Ladder Challenge
Challenge the 699 steps from Jamestown to Ladder Hill!
Record Holder: Graham Doy, 2013: 05 mins, 16 secs
Sunday 26 November, Triathlon
The Triathlon challenges competitors swimming, cycling and running abilities along a route in and around Jamestown. This event can be entered by a team of three or an individual competitor.
Record Holders: Colby Thomas, Anthony Thomas, Martin Collins, 2016: 55 mins, 47 secs