Route Recce

Race direc­tor Digby El­lisBreck­nell guides you around Jer­sey’s coast

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Round the Rock ultra marathon

‘The race came about when I en­tered a round-the-is­land walk­ing chal­lenge about eight years ago,’ says El­lis-breck­nell. ‘I de­cided to run it and af­ter­wards thought it would make a fan­tas­tic ultra marathon. The route is about 48 miles (roughly the coast­line of the is­land), mainly along cliff paths, trails and beaches. It’s pretty steep in places. When we first staged the race in 2011, we hoped 20 run­ners would do it, but about 100 started. As it’s grown, some top en­durance run­ners, such as Steve Martel­letti, Steve Way and To­bias Mews have come over and bro­ken records. It’s a good in­tro­duc­tion to those plan­ning to do a 50-mile race: it’s chal­leng­ing, but very en­joy­able, too. It’s a fan­tas­tic way to see Jer­sey’s shore­line in a rel­a­tively low-key event.’ This year’s race is on Au­gust 5. Visit roundthe­rock.co.uk

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