Isle of Jura Fell Race
8 Eryri Harriers travelled in a number of different ways by land and sea to the beautiful Isle of Jura this weekend and faced the notorious Paps!
The iconic 17 mile 2300m+ course is rough and rocky with lots of scree and bog to keep you working hard, and can be tricky navigating if the weather comes in – however we were quite lucky this weekend and mainly had warm and very humid conditions to deal with.
Matthew Fortes was first Eryri home in a sub 4-hour whiskey-glass earning brilliant run which also gained him 2nd V40 and 3rd overall vet. 2nd home for Eryri was Adrian Williams who post-injury was flying despite part of his shoe falling off, followed by Jonathan Moore improving his time for the course, with strong runs also from our other Jura race regulars Paul Jones, Tim Watson and SPJ Stephen Jones (who ploughed round the course despite suspected cracked ribs!). Great effort guys!
First timers Becki Law and Lou Beetlestone also represented the Eryri ladies – huge well done to Lou who had a strong start but unfortunately ankle problems meant she had to retire after the first pap and walked safely back in. I was last Eryri home in just over 6 hours but very happy to have got round – it was a really good day out and hope to be back!
Thanks so much also to Nic Kirby who waited at the last checkpoint, cheering, handing out Haribo and guarding trainers and water bottles.
Hope to be back next year – well done everyone – really great weekend, including beers in the pub! There’s a reason people keep returning year after year, it’s all very welcoming and friendly, well-organised and definitely a challenge for the list!
Event website here for info if you are interested in doing it and I’m sure official results will be here soon too:http://www.jurafellrace.org.uk/.