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JOHN DARE SHIELD
2013: Manny Gorman
2014: Dave Ward
DONALD BOOTH'S RACE HISTORY TO 1992
KONRAD'S NEW JURA GALLERY (ON OFFER TO 20/7/14)
The Isle of Jura
Fell Race is undoubtedly a 'classic' in every sense of the word - being a true test
of mountaincraft, athleticism and fell running technique. It is one of the toughest
challenges in British hill racing - as shown by these course records:
Haines, 2014. 3:06:30
Ladies Angela Mudge, 2008. 3:40:33
MV40 Billy Bland, 1988. 3:09:36
LV40 Angela Mudge, 2012. 3:55:35
MV50 Stewart Whitlie, 2013. 3:36:03
LV50 Fiona Maxwell, 2011. 4:19:47
MV60 Kieran Carr, 2008. 4:12:57
LV60 Wendy Dodds, 2011. 4:59:14
Duirachs Mark Shaw, 2002. 3:53:24
Ileachs Donald MacPhee, 1993. 3:45:44
We hope that this
website will be of use to regular competitors as well as providing inspiration and
all the necessary information for first-timers.
This race could
not exist in its current form without the support, infrastructure and facilities
provided by the islanders and our generous sponsors, The Isle of Jura Distillery. Indulge yourself and visit
their website by clicking on the picture of the bottle of Jura Superstition
that you will find at the top of each page.
GRAHAM ARTHUR (Race
The video (above) is an
interview with Donald Booth talking about the history of the race. It was filmed
at the 2007 event.
More about the
Isle of Jura...
Beautiful and Mysterious
Of all the islands in the west of Scotland, the Isle of Jura, though one of the most beautiful,
remains one of the most mysterious and least known. Almost 30 miles long and 7 miles
wide, Jura is the third largest of the islands of Argyll, yet is one of the more
inaccessible of the British isles, requiring two ferries for vehicles. It does
not even have its own airport! Only one road exists, following the southern and
eastern shoreline. The rest of Jura is wild and rough , accessible only to stalwart
walkers, sea kayakers and - hill runners. To most visitors the appeal of Jura is
threefold: scenery, history and wildlife. Sorry, fourfold: and malt whisky lovers.
The spectacular Paps of Jura, rising from sea-level to over 2,500 feet are visible
from the Argyll mainland some 16 miles away and provide breathtaking views of many
Hebridean Islands and even (on a very clear day) the Isle of Man and Ireland.
Jura is fringed by a rocky shoreline and deserted beaches of silver sand with many
caves and raised beaches. At the northern tip of the island is found the fearsome
whirlpool, Corryvreckan, occurring when currents flowing from the mainland collide
with the opposing ocean current setting into the narrow strait between Jura and
the Island of Scarba, and a submerged peak, a natural phenomenon visible and audible
from the shore.
It rains now and again in the Hebrides, but the Gulf Stream brushes the islands
and the climate is mild. Palm trees are often seen growing near ornamental gardens
and hotels. May and June are the the most reliable months for settled spells of
Jura has been inhabited for about 5,000 years – a period spanning the Bronze
and Iron Ages, Viking settlements and Clan warfare. This long history provides the
visitor with standing stones, hill forts, castles and deserted crofts. Christianity
touched early; St Columbus’s uncle, St Eaman, is buried in the graveyard of
Inverlussa. The main literary connection is that of George Orwell who wrote ‘Nineteen
Eighty Four’ while visiting Jura in 1948.
The island was known to the Vikings as Dyr Oe – pronounced Joora, meaning
Deer Island. Today there are more than 5,000 red deer, outnumbering human inhabitants
by 20:1. Small wild goats abound on the uninhabited west coast, which they share
with the grey seal. Inland, the rabbit is the commonest mammal, but the hare, stoat
and otter may be glimpsed. Around 100 species of bird have been noted, including
the blackcock, grouse, snipe and golden eagle inland, and many varieties of seabird
on the shore. The lochs and burns are trout-filled, whilst mackerel, saithe and
lythe are some of the sea-species caught locally.