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Round the Rock

08-Aug-2020 Jersey, UK (Channel Islands)


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77KM / 48Miles
1 Day - 150 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £60 GBP

The Channel Island's original Ultra Marathon will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary on 8th August 2020

This ultra marathon will take place at 6am on 8th Augu 2020 around the Island of Jersey, Channel Islands, UK.

The current record stands at 5:42 and is held by Paul Martiletti, are you able to beat this?

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.


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Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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03:20 03-08-15

I am slightly biased to this race as it was my first ultra and you know what they say... you never forget your first. I ran it back in 2013 and loved it that much I went back in 2014.

Jersey is a beautiful island and there's no better way of seeing all that it has to offer than covering every inch of coastline on foot. RTR is a hard course without being ridiculous. The first 10 miles are on road which can catch a few people out as they have a tendency to spank it for that section. Then you move onto the 12 miles of rocky coastal path. This section will put a dent in your average pace, but make it through this without breaking yourself and you'll be sure to make it to the end. The checkpoints are quite far apart for an ultra, usually about 10 - 12 miles between stops, but that really is the only criticism I have about this race. Everything else is superbly run and the Jersey Ultra Running team are fantastic hosts along with the affable race director, Digby. There are also gold, silver and bronze medals depending on your finish time, the perfect motivation to go back next year and see if you can go up one more colour. To top it off there's a great atmosphere at the end where everyone gathers for a BBQ and beers. During this time the usual awards are handed out and even some tongue in cheek ones like the 'Dirtiest Girl' category.

I'm disappointed not to have run it this year but a busy race calendar meant that something had to give. I'll definitely be back to Jersey in the future though to run this beautiful race again.

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11:52 03-08-15

What a fabulous day! A challenging but accessible course, beautiful views and really well organised by Digby and the rest of the team. I will be back to try for a silver medal.

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01:28 27-04-15

Sublime race around Jersey. Long and hilly - but not enough to break you. Totally runnable. There is a brilliant BBQ party at the end. Great organisiation, great views, great people, highly recommended.

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11:22 25-04-15

Its a great race! I have run it every year since it started in 2011 and it is 48 miles of beautiful Jersey cliff paths, a bit of road, a bit of beach and a great ultra running experience. It steadily attracts about a hundred or so runners so it is a real undiscovered gem in the ultra runners calendar. Expect that to change in the next few years as word spreads about the race. Average finishing time is between 9 and 10 hours with a cut off of 12 hours. Hope to see you on the start line this year!

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09:28 09-09-14

2014: Unfortunately I wasn't able to run the whole loop this year owing to some ITB niggles. I was however able to find a relay team last minute to still get some miles in on the day. Being from Jersey I can attest to the route being picturesque but one that is still challenging; both for beginner and those trying to break the 6 hour mark for the £2k prize! The post race prize giving and food are held at the Radisson hotel at the finish line with great quality refreshments. I will definitely be back net year for the whole loop!

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