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20 weeks to go for the Festival of Running


Sounds like a long time? Well, if you are training for possibly the most difficult marathon in the world, time is ticking! Athletes across the globe are invited to tackle the island’s trails and unbroken records across a series of events from 4 – 10 November 2018.

The Festival includes:

Marathon, Half-Marathon and Fun Runs

A challenging but rewarding feat, the breath-taking 42km marathon route passes through Sandy Bay Ridge, Halley’s Mt – named after Edmond Halley, who set up an observatory on St Helena to catalogue the southern hemisphere’s stars – and Green Hill. If the distance sounds a little extreme, runners can sign up for the half marathon as well as 3km and 10km fun runs.

Marathon Record Holder: Martin Collins, 2016: 3 hrs, 44 mins, 05 secs

Half Marathon Record Holder: Jean-Paul Van Belle, 2001: 1 hr, 40 mins, 46 secs

10km Record Holder: Jean-Paul Van Belle, 2001: 42 mins, 22 secs

3km Record Holder: Rocky Stroud, 2007: 18 mins 19 secs


15km Trial Run

The route takes runners from St Helena’s lowest point, Jamestown, to the highest peak, Diana’s Peak, standing at an impressive 823m above sea level, in a gruelling 15km race. Runners will pass through Jamestown, the Briars and St Pauls before climbing the Peaks.

Record Holder: Martin Collins, 2016: 56 mins, 55 secs


Jacob’s Ladder Challenge

Built in 1829 to haul manure up from town and send goods down, the ladder is 600ft high and has 699 steps. Participants are invited to try and break the record from bottom to top of 5 minutes 16.78 seconds, set in 2013 by Graham Doy.

Record Holder: Graham Doy, 2013: 05 mins, 16 secs



Those seeking the ultimate island endurance event can test their swimming, cycling and running skills along a route in and around Jamestown in the triathlon. This event is open to groups of three or individuals.

Individual Record Holder: Steven, 2017 1 hr, 1 min, 46 secs

Group Record Holder: Colby Thomas, Anthony Thomas and Martin Collins, 2016: 57 mins, 47 secs


Get training everyone, the clock is ticking!

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