Pioneer runners get St Helena on the move

The things people will do to get a free T-shirt – like run 15 or more kilometres around Jamestown, for instance (not all at once). Or maybe they were running because actually, it’s healthy and quite fun and afterwards, you feel somehow better. Thirty eight people lined up on the wharf, all smiling for the […]

It’s a record: ten runners to sail in for ‘really hard’ races

The first record has already been broken in the St Helena Festival of Running, a fortnight before it has even begun. Ten visiting athletes are lined up to take part in St Helena’s next festival of running – which is ten times as many as the year before. In 2012, UK runner Henrietta Knight was […]

Marathon relief: chef in bomb suit gets more than a red nose

Falklands governor Nigel Haywood has completed the Stanley Marathon in a time of 3 hours, 30 minutes and 1 second – on his birthday. He was nearly three times as fast as chef David Bradley, who predicted he’d be a bit of a plodder on his online fund-raising page: “I’m doing a marathon in a […]

Graham beats Jacob’s Ladder record – hands down

The record for climbing Jacob’s Ladder has been broken by less than a second – by a “runner” who went up on all fours. Graham Doig cleared the 699th step of the St Helena landmarkĀ in a time of 5 minutes, 16.78 seconds, using feet and hands. Then heĀ rolled on to the ground at the feet […]

New women’s record in St Helena marathon

A new women’s record has been set in the world’s most remote marathon race, on the opening weekend of the 2012 St Helena Festival of Running. Henrietta Timms won the race round the 42-kilometre circuit of St Helena’s mountain roads in 4 hours, 27 minutes and 57 seconds. She finished ahead of two male entrants, […]

Governor crosses line in Falklands marathon: your turn, Mr Capes?

Falklands Radio reports that the Falkland Islands’ governor, Nigel Haywood, has crossed the finishing line in the the world’s most southerly marathon “with the governor’s flag in his hand”. Which begs the question: will his counterpart on St Helena, Mark Capes, be tackling the world’s most remote marathon in June 2012? Or maybe he’ll pass […]