What: 48 mile Race
Where – Starting at The Steam Clock, St Helier, Jersey
When: 8/8/20 6am
UTMB Points (Solo Race): 3
Start List: Here
Solo Race – £60
2 Man Relay – £80
5 Man Relay – £150
Marathon – £45
1/2 Marathon – £30
Male – Paul Martelletti – 05:42.59 (2016)
Female – Mel Varvel – 07:15.57 (2013)
Jersey is famous for many things: potatoes, Bergerac and cows being the most obvious, but Round the rock is an unforgettable gem of a race that will literally take your breath away.
We have Solo, relay, marathon and half marathon options and the race starts in St Helier. The route hugs the coast of Jersey in an anti clock wise direction and runners are in for a treat: beautiful scenery, rare wildlife, and friendly runners are par for the course. Whilst the island itself is only 9 miles by 5 the route is 48 miles. Be sure to not miss out on this and sign up today!
Trail Monkey are so excited to be taking over this iconic Channel Isles race after the great job Digby Ellis-Brecknell has done in creating this race and then keeping it going for the last 9 years. We are so looking forward to the tenth anniversary of the race in 2020 and hope you can join us to celebrate!
The race starts from the Steam Clock in St Helier and follows the coastal road past the first check point at St Catherine’s Breakwater, overlooking the Normandy Coastline. The route then switches from tarmac to trail with the cliff paths that start at Rozel and then take in the the stunning granite cliffs of the North Coast then after this the golden sands of St. Ouen’s Bay. We then go on to the beautiful South Coast, with St Brelaides and St Aubins and finally on to the finish. The route is stunning but challenging so do not be fooled: At approximately 48 miles (77Km) and approx 5000ft of ascent this race is a landmark challenge for all who take part!!
Round The Rock has proved a favourite for many and they return year after year to soak up the relaxed atmosphere and testing course. Round The Rock is perfect race for those wanting to step up the distance and enter the ultra world or as training for a longer event.
Points to Note:
Please note that trail shoes are mandatory for these races as the trails are slippery and with the potential to slip. There will be other mandatory kit items for this race which will be announced in due course. The race is a 48 mile race, however the distance will definitely not be bang on 48 miles, so please mentally prepare yourself for this. The course is marked to ensure that at decision points you will be told where to go, the general principle of these types of races is one of adventure so each twist and turn will not be marked, however as long as you keep the sea on your right all the way round, follow footpaths unless indicated to do otherwise and pay attention to the signage on the course you will be fine.
Water stations are approx 10 miles apart on this course: you are expected to carry water receptacles to carry enough water to sustain yourself between these stations and if it is a hot day whilst we will ensure we have sufficient water at the checkpoints to ensure your safety it is your responsibility to carry enough water to hydrate yourself. We will also be going cupless, therefore if you wish to drink coke or squash at water checkpoints you will be required to carry your own re usable cup. Because the race is in August, it will generally be expected that it will be warm – please train in anticipation of this and take all necessary precautions to ensure your comfort and warmth on the day. On the aid stations there will be supplies such as coke, sweets, some savoury food and some soups on at least one of the stations, however runners are expected to bring enough calories to support themselves, with the food at CP’s being supplementary to this.
If you suffer from any medical conditions please ensure that you place a Red Cross on your race number before race day, and write your medical conditions on the back of the race number with a I.C.E. contact also.
– A nice race report here from local runner Steve Hayes on the Ultra Running Community website.
– Steve Way’s account of his record breaking run (5hrs 45) around the island in 2015 here
– Dan Doherty’s race report of his win from the inaugural 2011 race here
-Tobias Mews’ article in British Airways Inflight magazine here
Relay Team Entries Now Open for 2020!
Are you ready to settle a score and claim a victory over your competitors? Relay Around the Rock is your opportunity!!
Relay Options as follows:
-5 x Relay option – Approx 10 miles each. – £150 per team
-2 x Relay option – Approx 24 miles each. – £80 per team
We challenge you to go head-to-head with competitors over a 48-mile ultra-marathon course.
Entry is now open for the team element of the Round the Rock ultra-marathon that will this year take place on Saturday 8 August 2020 covering 48 miles of Jersey’s coastline.
Previous ultra-marathon experience not necessary – as part of the 5 man relay team you’ll only face one leg of the 48 mile course. A great way to get involved with the event and see what this trail running lark is all about!