Jersey's 'Round the Rock' race is underway

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.

It was okay until about half way, and then the heat really was a bit of a killer, I've had lockdown in the winter in Glasgow, so raining a lot of the time, it was okay in March, April, but a little bit different to here. It was good, good to get a race, no races in the UK, so thanks a lot to Jersey and the Jersey Government for letting people travel.

Jethro Lennox, Winner of the 'Round the Rock' race 2020

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.