The Festival of Running, an annual event organised by St Helena Tourism and The National Amateur Sports Association in-conjunction with New Horizons Youth Center, took place between 19 and 26 November 2017.
Launched in 2001, the Festival of Running, a community event, aims to encourage fitness enthusiasts and runners alike of all ages to challenge their personal best, with a possibility of winning prizes and medals, along with a chance of holding a record for the fastest time in one of the world’s most remote destinations.
This year’s event, which allowed participants for the first time in history to arrive by air, involved a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10 and 3km Fun Runs, Jacob’s Ladder Challenge, Trail Run and Triathlon.
As normal,the Festival attracted interest from both local and international participants who travelled from places including the UK and USA.
With the recent introduction of commercial flights to St Helena Airport, and the continued operation of the RMS St Helena, access to the island has never been more effective and convenient.
A total of 60 individuals entered the Festival of Running, including 3 dogs! Some participants even entered more than one event, resulting in a grand total of 102 entrants.
The winner of the Trail Run, a race from the lowest point on the island, Jamestown, to the highest Point, Diana’s Peak, was Jeremy Lazell from the Sunday Times newspaper in the UK. The winners of the Triathlon were Colby Thomas, Anthony Thomas and Myles Leask. A new record was also broken in the Individual Triathlon by Steve Coates – well done to all!
The event concluded with a prize presentation and closing ceremony at the Mule Yard.
So to all you walking and hiking enthusiast – now is your chance to challenge yourself.
Do you have what it takes to beat St Helena’s terrain?
Book now with us: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out!