NEW ORGANISER FOR 2023
Westerlands Cross Country Club are pleased to announce that we will be organising the Isle of Jura Fell Race from 2023. The race has legendary status among the Westies; we’re excited to be involved behind the scenes and to work with everyone who makes the race a success each year. Huge thanks to Emily Greaves for her incredible efforts as Race Organiser, and particularly for ensuring that the race went ahead successfully last year despite the considerable challenges of the pandemic. The race will open for entries in January 2023 as usual. Any questions in advance of this should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
© Harsharn Gill
The race now uses SPORTident timing. You can follow the race live by clicking on the a link that will be published here nearer race day.
Registration will take place on Saturday morning from 8.00 - 9:45am in Craighouse village hall. At registration you will complete a 'while on Jura' form, go through the mandatory kit check before being issued your timing chip and race number.
Kit Check: All runners will have their kit checked. Please bring your kit to registration to be checked.
MINIMUM KIT REQUIREMENTS
All competitors MUST carry the following:
Waterproof jacket and trousers - in good condition, taped seams, integral hood. Windproof-only garments not acceptable.
Hat and gloves - woolly hat always OK, peaked cap OK if weather fine.
Map of race area - OS 1:50,000/1:25,000 or equivalent quality and detail.
A full size, fully functioning compass
Emergency rations - 200 kcal minimum
Additional clothing or survival equipment is recommended depending on the conditions, at your discretion.
Non-compliance with minimum kit requirements will result in automatic disqualification from the race.
YOUR KIT MAY ALSO BE CHECKED AGAIN EN-ROUTE OR AT THE FINISH.
Tiny bum-bags will be viewed as suspicious…..
There will be a race briefing for all competitors just outside the cooperage at 10:20.
The Race Start will start at 10:30. The start line is situated on the road next to the cooperage.
Check Points: Must be visited in the order stated. All check points will be manned by a team of marshals. Display your race number and make sure you dib your timing chip, you will hear a beep as it registers.
Cut offs: As last year, there are now no race cut offs at Corra Bheinn and 3 Arch Bridge.
Marshals: Will be wearing hi-vis jackets. Please follow their instructions.
First Aid: Please help any runner in need. All check point teams have first aid kits. There are 2 mountain rescue teams covering the course. First aid is also available at the finish.
Mountain Rescue: Arrochar and Oban Mountain Rescue Teams will be providing cover for the duration of the race. They will be in the major cols between summits.
Emergencies: Call 999 for Mountain Rescue. All CPs have radio contact with Mountain Rescue.
Race Communications: Glasgow and Clyde Raynet provide the communications network.
Water: In prolonged dry weather do not rely on being able to collect water on the course. We hope to have some clean water in large bottles at 3 Arch Bridge but you should not rely on this and will need to use your own bottle or cup.
Leave no Trace: No excuse. If you drop something pick it up.
Use of Poles:
The use of running poles is not permitted. The race is insured and held in accordance with Scottish Hill Runners rules and regulations. The SHR committee voted to ban the use of poles in SHR sanctioned races 2019.
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If you are unable to carry on or are compulsorily retired by a marshal, please report your number to one of the check point teams, or a mountain rescue post, if possible.
Return to Craighouse by the most direct/safe route.
On return to Craighouse, you MUST ensure you inform a member of the race organising team that you have retired and hand in your SI dibber at download.
Please do not rely on a fellow runner to pass on information that you have retired - it is your responsibility to inform us.
Mountain rescue will search for any runners not accounted for. We do not want mountain rescue looking for runners unnecessarily.
The marshal briefing is at 19:30 on Friday in the Fire Station, by the hotel.
Every finisher will receive a race t-shirt.
Will take place once I know all runners and marshals are safe. This will be around 18:30 outside, or in the cooperage in bad weather.
The junior race will take place as usual, with full details to follow on our Facebook page.
There will be a ceilidh in the village hall on Saturday evening, tickets £6, doors open 21:00.
Please let me know (via email) if you are injured or unable to run for any reason. Right up to the day before the race.
Have the ability to ruin a stunning sunset. Bring insect repellent and a head net; they were horrendous last year.
A tick remover and a close friend 😉 are useful.
Common on Jura; I saw one at the bottom of Beinn a’Chaolais in 2018. They are more frightened of humans than the other way around.
A small number of Pete Bland race maps will be available to purchase at registration
The hall toilets will be open for use by the Fell Race Fri – Sun
Runners Post-Race Food:
There will be sandwiches, cake and a hot drink for every runner after the race.
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© Marcus Covell