Jersey's 'Round the Rock' race is underway

The winner of Jersey's 'Round the Rock' race on 8th August 2020.
This year is the 10th 'Round the Rock' race in Jersey. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Jersey's 10th 'Round the Rock' race is underway.

The first round-island runner to cross the finish line this afternoon (8 August) was Jethro Lennox with a time of six hours 59 minutes.

Runners began leaving St Helier's Steam Clock at 6am this morning. There were four staggered groups setting off at half hour intervals until 7:30am.

Today's race saw 130 people take on the anti clockwise route around Jersey's coastline in soaring temperatures.

Participants have entered as solo runners and relay teams, to complete either the total 48 miles, a marathon or half marathon.

At 77km and approximately 5000ft of ascent, the race has been described as a "landmark challenge".

Route of the 'Round the Rock' race. Credit: Google Maps

To ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, runners were staggered in waves:

  • Wave 1 start at 6am

  • Wave 2 start at 6:30am

  • Wave 3 start at 7:00am

  • Wave 4 start at 7:30am

It is the first time the event has been organised by Trail Monkey.