Round The Rock Ultra

The original Channel Isles Ultra Marathon

2020 Entries here:

2021 Entries Open Here:

Where – Starting at The Steam Clock, St Helier, Jersey

When:

2020 Edition – 8/8/20 6am

2021 Edition – 7/8/20 6am

UTMB Points (Solo Race): 3

Solo Race – £60

2020 Start List: Here

2021 Start List: Here

GPX Course File: Here

2020 Race Final Race Info Here

2 Man Relay – £80

Scroll down for relay info

5 Man Relay – £150

Scroll down for relay info

Marathon – £45

Marathon info

1/2 Marathon – £30

1/2 Marathon info

Course Record

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.

2020 Events – Covid 19 Precautions in Place For Trail Monkey Events

The staging of all of our remaining 2020 events is subject to States of Jersey guidelines and we must await further data and information before final decisions can be made.

However, we have already started to put together a list of the risks and mitigants for these risks to enable us to put our event son whilst keeping you guys safe.

Please note some or all of these will be required, and that the list is not exhaustive, others may be added. The purpose here is to give runners as much forewarning as possible with regards to potential changes to their 2020 race.

To enable us to adhere with current guidelines and to minimise the risk of possible transmissions we will be introducing the below outlined actions for our 2020 events  (and possibly beyond if required).  We must ALL play our part in enabling race events to go ahead and therefore your understanding and help in implementing the below is required and appreciated.

Overall

The main principle in place is that social distancing can and will be maintained if advised as necessary by the government, currently at 1 metres in all of the below settings not just the dropping bags, starting the event, aid stations, or at the finish.

All volunteers will be provided with PPE including but not limited to nitrile gloves, face masks and access to sanitiser.

All staff including set up and sweep teams will be provided with PPE and will sanitise each area on arrival and departure, eg aid station set up or sweep.

Pre Race

Runners who are displaying any possible Covid-19 symptoms including but not limited to high temperature, dry cough etc will be asked not to attend the race.

This year there will be 4 waves of starters. For the solo race and really races, Wave 1 start at 6am, Wave 2 at 6:30am, Wave 3 at 7:00am and Wave 4 at 7:30am  from the Steam Clock, St Helier (beside tunnel and Weighbridge area)

Due to Coronavirus restrictions of not allowing more than 40 people in a public place runners must not arrive until after the previous wave has departed. If there are more than 40 people at any one time, we will have to cancel the event there and then. We have a big job organising the race on its own without then having to police runners in respect of the requests we make to be compliant with the law pertaining to Covid-19 Requirements. We expect full compliance with this. 

Race organisers will be there from 5.00 for questions and late number collections

This year we will be operating  2 x bag drops for runners 1 at Les Fontaine’s (CP2) and 1 at Grosnez (CP3) as we will be offering less food options on the checkpoints, again due to COVID-19 Restrictions. Kit bags for La Fontaine and Grosnez must be submitted with luggage label tied on showing Name and Race Number. 

Race Bibs and Kit check: We will be doing the race check in an outdoor environment at Big Maggies cycle shop.

Bags : Runners will be required to ensure any drop bags or finish bags are clearly labelled with their race number prior to arriving. Bag deposit will function as a socially distanced drop off with Trail Monkey Staff in PPE collecting and storing them, to transport and offload for the same procedure at the finish.

Race Start: The race start will be conducted in waves so as not to contravene the rules regarding public gatherings. There will be a grid system marked (distances at 1 metres in line with local guidance) where runners must stand prior to their wave start. At Round the Rock we will be doing wave starts on the hour then every 30 minutes of 35 people per wave. Runners will be asked to arrive 5 minutes after the time that the previous wave has left and to drop bags etc etc during that time ready for their start time. Runners may arrive directly to the start wearing their bib number and with mandatory kit and be ready to start at their allotted race time. Runners will be notified of their start time in good time before the actual race day. Social distancing will be in place and marshals and the grid system will ensure no runner is within 1 metre of another through the start process.

Aid Station Etiquette: Runners to sanitise hands at designated entry and exit points to aid stations. Runners will only be permitted into the aid station areas with social distancing and will be held at distanced intervals prior to the aid station if others are in the check point when they arrive. Aid stations will be manned by volunteers in PPE and at CP 1 & 2 we will have pre packed foods (flapjacks, crisps and sweets) as well as bottled water and coke to speed up the rate at which runners can receive aid and move on. Where possible runners should aim to be self-sufficient nutrition wise if there are further requirements than the above. Due to field sizes and the spread of start and finish times, this will likely be a short wait, nevertheless runners must be patient with staff and volunteers.

Hydration and Fuelling: To reduce/eliminate runner and volunteer contact runners must use hand sanitiser prior to using the aid station or will be refused access. There will be plastic water bottles and all aid station food will be individually packaged.  Runners must also sanitise hands on the way out of aid stations.

On Course Etiquette: At known pinch points there will be marshals deployed.  All runners must be prepared to observe social distancing at all times and slow down/stand aside to allow members of the public to pass safely without issue. Runners should call from behind if they wish to pass a slower moving runner ahead and ask them to move aside. Runners must run to one side of the trail if being passed allowing the widest possible distance between each other.

Finish

Awards : All t-shirts and medals will be individually packaged and runners are to collect these themselves at finish line rather than be presented with them. Runners must use hand sanitiser provided before and after collecting awards.

All runners will be encouraged to make quick onward travel and social distancing will be required.

More race day info here

General Information

Course Profile

Course Info

Event Media

 

Check out this great video from filmmyrun.com from 2017 –  it perfectly captures the essence of Round the Rock.

Declared the 7th most beautiful trail-race in the world by Redbull.com in 2016!

Declared 4th best UK Trail Race in Outdoor Fitness Magazine in 2019

Race Reports and Reviews

– 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 Around The Rock!

Ultra Relay Entry

RtR Ultra Relay

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!

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