Hit the trails in St Helena

Take on 'one of the most remote and challenging' series of races in the world this autumn

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Trail running is taking off all over the world and one of the latest idyllic places which enthusiasts can enjoy is St Helena in the South Atlantic.

The island’s Festival of Running on November 4-10, 2018, offers a variety of running events for every taste, including, of course, a trail run, which goes from the lowest point on the beautiful island, Jamestown, to the highest peak, Diana’s Peak (823m). 

At 15k, it is ideal for those that love trail running but wonder why the races seem to always have to be ultras. Being so short, it could even allow you to take on one of the other races over the week. The Jacob’s Ladder Challenge, which is a 699-step uphill event, seems like an intriguing prospect, for example. Also, the challenging marathon takes you over varied terrain and allows you to see plenty of St Helena.

The annual event gives you ample chance to see the best this 47-square-mile island not far from the equator has to offer. With a rich diversity of natural and man-made attractions, including a rugged coastline and rolling hills. One of the most remote settled islands in the world has one of the best climates too - and highs of comfortable highs of 19C are to be expected in November.

The St Helena Festival of Running event is an annual challenge which raises funds for the National Amateur Sports Association of St Helena - an organisation which supports the training and participation of St Helena athletes in international events.

See below for the itinerary or click here for more.

St Helena Festival of Running 2018

42km full – The marathon is a challenging but rewarding feat along a breath-taking route over varied terrain. The route passes through Sandy Bay Ridge, Halley’s Mount, Green Hill and Levelwood.  

21km half  – The half marathon route takes you to White Gate, through Sandy Bay Ridges, Gordon’s Post and New Ground.                  

10km – The 10km route goes through White Gate, Red Hill and Rosemary Plain. 

3km – The 3km fun run goes through White Gate, Red Hill and Scott’s Mill.  

Jacob’s Ladder Challenge - Challenge the 699 steps from Jamestown to Ladder Hill. (A run of 699 steps, up from Jamestown in the floor of the valley to the fort at Ladder Hill on the western valley slope.)

15km trail run - A race from the lowest point on the island, Jamestown, to the highest, Diana’s Peak.  

Triathlon - The St Helena Triathlon provides the ultimate island endurance event, where teams and individuals can sign up to tackle the rough route in and around Jamestown.