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Important Info « Round The Rock

Where to Stay & Travel

Jersey is an amazing place to visit. We have excellent travel links with the UK and Europe with the main airlines servicing Jersey being BA, Easyjet and Flybe.  There are some good budget accommodation options namely the Premier Inn in St Helier and campsites in the North of the island and the West.  You can also go to www.jersey.com,  or click the link below to find “Visit Jersey” or have a look at the interactive map below which details availability and prices of hotels around the start area and beyond on that weekend.

Race Briefing

  • Please attend race Briefing on the Friday evening before the race
  • Numbers will be issued 6pm – 6:30 pm in the foyer outside the La Rocco suite, Radisson Blu.
  • You will be issued with a kit bag containing race number, pins, luggage label ( for check point bag), tshirt (tshirts cannot be exchanged as they have been ordered as requested) .
  • The Race Brief will start at 6:30 pm. (Ideally all relay team members should attend)

Points to Note

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.  

Race Start

  • The race will start at Saturday 6am from Steam Clock, St Helier (beside tunnel and Weighbridge area)
  • Race organisers will be there from before 5.00 for questions and late number collections
  • Kit bags for La Fontaine must be submitted with luggage label tied on showing Name and Race Number. PLEASE NOTE: ALL RUNNERS MUST REGISTER WITH NUMBER DISPLAYED AND WATER BETWEEN 5:15 – 6:45 AM . (runners will be disqualified if they do not carry a water supply of at least 500ml)

Checkpoints.

  • Checkpoints will be approximately 10 miles apart.
  • Water will be provided to refill your bottles / hydration packs. (Average usage is 500ml per hour, so be prepared to carry 1litre). WATER WILL NOT BE SUPPLIED IN BOTTLES OR CUPS.
  • Checkpoints will also supply cups of coke and some basic food (crisps, fruit etc). Runners must ensure that they carry sufficient supplies.
  • Checkpoint 1 at St Catherine will provide water only.
  • The 22 mile checkpoint at La Fontaine is the half way bag drop. Bags will be returned to finish.
  • Cut off times will be enforced, we will support runners to finish as far as possible.
  • The cut off time of 12 hours is absolute, medals will not be awarded after this time.
  • As race organisers we reserve the right to alter these times depending on race day conditions.

Safety

  • Runners must follow marshalls’ instructions
  • We would suggest that runners carry first aid/ blister supplies and suitable clothing.
  • Remember if it is hot you will need water! . Further round the course along the large bays of St. Ouen, St. Brelade and St. Aubin there are cafes where you can buy drinks and ice creams. You will also find showers on the promenades, if you are suffering from the heat cool yourselves down with these. Remember it is often more about the core temperature rising than actual dehydration.
  • We ask for all runners to carry mobile phones and take note of the contact detail for Race Director 07797827383. Please note that signals are not always available on the North Coast. Please ensure that your phone operates in Jersey.
  • If in case of an accident or a runner wishing to retire and no mobile signal being available: Either walk to the nearest checkpoint if it is safe to do so or ask a passing runner / walker / marshal to pass on details of incident and personal details to the nearest checkpoint.
  • If you do retire from the race between checkpoints please contact race director as soon as possible to explain the situation, we do not want to be alerting emergency services when a runner is actually sitting in a pub!
  • If you come across a runner who is injured or in distress, you must stop and see if you can assist, contact race director or inform marshalls.
  • The route follows cliff paths and is hazardous in certain places. As organisers we will highlight potential hazards but you must be aware that there may be other hidden dangers.
  • Do not attempt to overtake on narrow / dangerous sections, please wait until it is safe to do so and please allow faster runners to overtake when safe.
  • If you do not feel that you can continue, please inform a marshal at the next check point /contact race director / inform other runners.
  • Remember it may be hot or windy or wet… so please take care!
  • There will be non competing runners on the course who will act as sweepers as well as some competing runners who are also race organisers; they will be there to help.

Entry Conditions

By entering Round The Rock you are agreeing to the following conditions:

  • All entries will be accepted at the discretion of the Race Organisers.
  • Entrants must be at least 21 years old.
  • It is a requirement of entry that all entrants for the Ultra event have completed a trail race, long distance walk or road race of at least marathon distance. The race organiser will seek confirmation of your race information.
  • Competitors are expected to familiarise themselves with the route prior to the race.
  • Cut off time for finishing is 12 hours, with additional cut offs at each checkpoint. These will be confirmed in the final race information. (2.5 hrs between each point.)
  • Runners must reach all checkpoints within the published times.
  • Any runner arriving after a checkpoint has closed will not be permitted to continue under any circumstances.
  • Any runner arriving at the finish line after the 12 hour cut off will not receive a finishing time or medal, but you will receive TLC!
  • Runners will be required to carry sufficient food / water, first aid and blister kits to ensure their personal safety between checkpoints. (Approx. 10miles)
  • If in the event of a competitor  being unable to run please contact the Race Organisers as soon as possible, who reserve the right to make a decision regarding refunds (less commission paid by race organiser) or  deferred entry to the following year.
  • You understand that neither  the sponsors nor the organisers shall be liable for any loss, damage or injury which you may suffer, and whether or not caused wholly or partly by the fault of or negligence of any of the sponsors or organisers, or of their servants or agents or of any person for whose acting’s they, or any of them are liable. You shall relieve the sponsors of any claims which may be made against them , or any of them, for such loss, damage or injury which may be caused wholly or partly by your fault or negligence.

Race Rules

  • The route takes you through protected environments and we insist that you keep to paths and trails.
  • Please take away all your litter / food stuffs and help us to keep the course clean.
  • There will be other cliff path users / live stock on the course so please be respectful and close gates.
  • There will be some section on public roads, please stay on pavements wherever possible.
  • We will endeavour to mark the route clearly, it is the responsibility of each runner to ensure they are familiar with the route. The website has links to maps where you may view the course.
  • Round The Rock does not encourage the use of pacers, support crews and additional bag drops etc. If you do obtain external support we would recommend that you restrict this to check point areas. We reserve the right as organisers to enforce time penalties if we feel that someone has had an unfair advantage.