The St Helena Festival of Running event is an annual challenge which raises funds for the National Amateur Sports Association of St Helena (an organisation which supports the training and participation of St Helena athletes in international events.
The Festival of Running, one could argue one of the most remote and challenging in the world and comprises of a Trial Run, Marathons, Run Runs, a Jacob’s Ladder climb (an iconic landmark) and a Triathlon.
42KM FULL – The Marathon is a challenging but rewarding feat along a breath-taking route over varied terrain. The route passes through Sandy Bay Ridge, Halley’s Mount, Green Hill and Levelwood. Click here for a visual map of the route
Record Holder: Martin Collins, 2016: 3 hrs, 44 mins, 05 secs
21KM HALF – The Half Marathon route takes you to White Gate, through Sandy Bay Ridges, Gordon’s Post and New Ground. Click here for a visual map of the route
Record Holder: Jean-Paul Van Belle, 2001: 1 hr, 40 mins, 46 secs
10KM – The 10km route goes through White Gate, Red Hill and Rosemary Plain. Click here for a visual map of the route
Record Holder: Jean-Paul Van Belle, 2001: 42 mins, 22 secs
3KM – The 3km Fun Run goes through White Gate, Red Hill and Scott’s Mill. Click here for a visual map of the route
Record Holder: Rocky Stroud, 2007: 18 mins 19 secs
Challenge the 699 steps from Jamestown to Ladder Hill!
Record Holder: Graham Doy, 2013: 05 mins, 16 secs
A race from the lowest point on the island, Jamestown, to the highest Peak, Diana’s Peak. Click here for a visual map of the route
Record Holder: Martin Collins, 2016: 56 mins, 55 secs
The St Helena Triathlon provides the ultimate island endurance event, where teams and individuals can sign up to tackle the rough route in and around Jamestown.
Individual Record Holder: Steven Coates who set a new record in 2017 of 1 hour 1 minute and 46 seconds
Group Record Holder: Colby Thomas, Anthony Thomas and Martin Collins, 2016: 57 mins, 47 secs