The annual St Helena Festival of Running is only weeks away!
This is a sponsored event to raise money for NASAS (National Amateur Sports Association of St Helena) from the Trail Run, Marathons, Fun Runs and Jacob’s Ladder. Competitors will have to raise a minimum of £5 for the full event, so it doesn’t matter if you are competing in one or all of these events, the minimum fee is only £5!
The Triathlon will be used to raise money for the New Horizons Youth Centre, and the sponsorship minimum is again only £5!
A race from the lowest point on the island, Jamestown, to the highest Peak, Diana’s Peak.
Record Holder: Martin Collins, 2016: 56 mins, 55 secs
42KM FULL – The Marathon is also 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.
Record Holder: Martin Collins, 2016: 3 hrs, 44 mins, 05 secs
21KM HALF – The Half Marathon is a challenge. This route takes you to White Gate, through Sandy Bay Ridges, Gordon’s Post and New Ground.
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.
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.
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
The Triathlon will challenge your swimming, cycling and running abilities along a route in and around Jamestown.
Record Holders: Colby Thomas, Anthony Thomas, Martin Collins, 2016: 55 mins, 47 secs
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Here’s a look back at the 2016 Festival!
On 19 November 2016, the marathon, half marathon, 10km and 3km took place with around 60 taking part. The marathon a challenging but rewarding feet took runners through the varied scenic and jagged terrain of Sandy Bay Ridge, Halley’s Mount, Green Hill and Levelwood. The winner of the marathon was Martin Collins for the gents at 03:44:05 and Megan Vas at a time of 04:24:12 for the women, both participants broke previous year’s records.
For the half marathon, the first male who crossed the finishing line was John Wollacott and the first lady Chanelle Marais.
Winners of the 10km was Philippe Faucheux and Anita Robbertse for the adults and Chloe Yon and Luke Ansell for the children.
The 3km race saw Bradley Paterson, Kenon Bargo, Gloria Yon and Demi George win in their related categories.
The Jacob’s Ladder Challenge followed on 21 November, where the current record of 5m 6s remains unbroken. Winners of this event was Martin Collins, Aiden Yon Stevens, Fiona Mcintosh and Chole – Jayne Yon.
The next event was the Trail Run which took place on 26 November, starting from the sea front to the highest peak on the island. Martin Collins reached Diana’s Peak as the first gentlemen, with a new record time of 0:56:55. Kathy Squires was the first lady and Jake Ansell the first boy.
The final competition of the event took place on 27 November at the Wharf, where spectators gathered to witness both teams and individuals tackle the mini triathlon. Competitors swam out to the Papanui and then cycled and ran through routes in and around Jamestown. For the teams Colby Thomas, Anthony Thomas and Martin Collins triumphed and in 1st place of the individuals were Richard Dobson.
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