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St Helena Festival of Running 2017 gets underway

The St Helena Festival of Running 2017

The theme for 2017’s St Helena Festival of Running – the first where participants could arrive by air – was ‘Get Ready’.

Organised by the St Helena Tourist Office, National Amateur Sports Association and New Horizons, the St Helena Festival of Running kicked off on Sunday 19 November with a Marathon, Half Marathon and 10km and 3km Fun Runs. The Sunday start date was designed so that visitors who arrived by air on the Saturday had the opportunity to participate, and many did.

  • 18 participants took part in the 3km which included 1 visitor
  • 17 participants took part in the 10km which included 2 visitors, one from the UK and the other one from the US
  • 10 participants took part in the 21km which included a visiting journalist from the UK
  • 1 participant took part in the 42km

A total of 60 individuals took part, including three dogs.  Some participants chose to partake in more than one event, resulting in a total of 102 recorded entrants.

The second event of the festival was the Jacob’s Ladder Challenge, held on Wednesday 22 November. There were 20 participants, cheered on by a sizeable crowd of spectators.

Jacobs Ladder Challenge St Helena Festival of Running

The Trail Run took place on Saturday 25 November.  There were 25 participants (and two dogs) with the overall winner being Jeremy Lazell from the Sunday Times newspaper in the UK.  The numbers for this event doubled compared with last year. This also included the participation of seven St Helenian residents (unlike 2016 which didn’t see any Saints enter).

St Helena Festival of Running participant and dog

Chloe Yon and Beba the dog taking a break on the Trail Run

The last event was the Triathlon, which took place on Sunday 26 November.  There were four teams and one individual.  The Triathlon Team winners were Colby Thomas, Anthony Thomas and Myles Leask and the individual winner was Steven Coates who set a new record of 1 hour 1 minute and 46 seconds.

Triathlon swim, St Helena Festival of Running 2017

The week concluded with the prize presentation and closing ceremony at 12 noon on Sunday 26 November.

Prize presentation, St Helena Festival of Running 2017

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