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2020 Race Entry Information

ENTRIES HAVE NOW CLOSED FOR 2020

A NOTE FROM THE RACE ORGANISER, EMILY GREAVES

It is my objective to establish a fair and transparent process for the allocation of race places, especially given that the race is always over-subscribed and is limited to 250 starters. Therefore, entry into The Isle of Jura Fell Race will be determined in accordance with the process outlined below.

Race Entry Fee is £30

The race entry fee is £30. A refund of £20 will be made to any entrant who gives notice of their withdrawal from the race on or before 31st March 2020.  No refund will be made to any entrant who gives notice of withdrawal after 31st March 2020.

Entries will remain open for a period of one month, from 1st – 31st January 2020. At the end of the open period all entries will be considered, using the criteria set out below.

Places are NOT allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

The race will accept 250 runners on the start line, however, 300 entries will be offered due to previous experience of a race day ‘no show’ of around 25%. A waiting list will be managed.

Allocation of Race Places

A valid entry form must be received on or before the closing date for any runner wishing to race.

A certain number of places will be allocated to those runners who fall into the categories detailed below:
 

  • Entrants who have completed 5 or more previous Jura Fell Race races;

  • All previous winners of the race, male and female;

  • The first 6 male finishers and first 6 female finishers in the previous year’s race;

  • Any entrant who, in the opinion of the race committee, has made or is expected to make a significant contribution to the overall success of the race.
     

All remaining entries will then be vetted, with those who are not considered to have ‘adequate relevant experience’ rejected. The race has strict qualifying criteria in assessing whether an entrant has ‘adequate relevant experience’ but will consider the experience of each entrant on a case by case basis.
 

Entrants are expected to demonstrate experience that shows they have the following:

  1. Ability to navigate in poor visibility with a map and compass - In 2019 runners had to use their map and compasses. Visibility was as low as 5m in places, it was windy and there was driving rain – can you keep yourself safe in these conditions and navigate around the course safely?

  2. Ability to run on technical terrain - The difficult technical terrain is one of the things that makes Jura so unique. Do you have experience of running over similar terrain to that found on Jura.
     

Full details of previous experience along with the relevant race dates need to be provided at time of entry. These details will be checked.
 

By way of guidance, completion of the following races in 2017, 2018 or 2019 would generally be considered to meet the criteria of ‘adequate relevant experience’:

  • Arduous long British fell or Scottish hill races (Category AL)

    • eg Old Counties Tops, Ennerdale Horseshoe, Stuc a’ Chroin, Wasdale, Ochil 2000’s.

  • A reasonable time on a C course or harder in a 2-day mountain marathon.

    • OMM, LAMM, SLMM, RAB, Scottish Mountain Marathon.

  • Other credible experience includes things like:

    • Bob Graham, Ramsay & Paddy Buckley Rounds, The Dragon's Back, mountaineering expeditions.

    • The Glencoe Skyline, Ring of Steal & Ben Nevis Ultra are all waymarked but will count as technical experience.
       

There are of course many other races that would meet the ‘adequate relevant experience’ criteria; these are examples only.
 

It should be noted that completion of the races below WILL NOT be considered ‘adequate relevant experience’, either because they are not long enough, the terrain is not technical enough or they are waymarked:

  • Trail Races

  • Flat road marathon or ultra-marathon

    • D33, Glencoe Marathon, Jedburgh Ultra.

  • Any race that is waymarked

  • Ironman or any other triathlon

  • Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon

  • Lairig Ghru Race – is a cat C race, on road, forest tracks and rocky single track.

  • Yorkshire 3 Peaks – might be 23 miles but the route is marked by footpaths and bridleways and flagged on summits.
     

If sufficient places are available, all fully qualified entrants will be granted a place in the race.

If there are too many fully qualified entrants for the number of places available, as has been the case in previous years, a ballot will take place to allocate the balance of starting places. The Race Organiser will try to allocate up to 25% of the available places to those who have not started the race before.
 

All decisions of the Race Organiser regarding adequate relevant experience, and in respect of the allocation of places, are final.

Invitations to enter the race will be sent out in February to all those successful. The place must be accepted, and entry fee paid by the end of February, or else the place will be forfeited and offered to someone else.
 

Late Entries
Late entries will not be accepted unless in exceptional circumstances.