Sponsored by the Jura Distillery
The Isle of Jura Fell Race

28 km, 7 mountain summits (including the Paps of Jura)
2370 m. of climbing
Craighouse, Isle of Jura
Date: Saturday 28 May 2016 10.30am start
ENTRIES OPEN: 1 December 2015

Race Organisers: Graham Arthur & others behind the scenes,
email: Graham

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ENTRY SHORTLIST SELECTION CRITERIA

The number and quality of entries has taken the organiser by surprise, and after glancing at the names and some of the entries, he has come up with the following ideas of how to draw up a shortlist.

All criteria will be balanced against each other, with some having greater weight than others. This will depend on the pattern of entries, yet to be scanned in detail, and which will not be rushed.

RATIOS WHICH WILL BE MORE OR LESS PRESERVED to their averages over the last five years, regardless:

  • Male:female
  • Newcomers:old-comers (2+ Juras)
  • Age Category ratios
  • Possibly adjust the Scotland:The rest ratio, depending on the proportions who have entered, this being an SHR champs counter - bearing in mind that the Scots have the Pentland in hand, and entries for that do not open until September.

WITHIN THESE QUOTAS, PREFERENCES WHICH CAN BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

  • Within SHR, preference, checking recent years and race records, towards those who tend to do 2 ALs in the SHR champs.
  • Runners who are obviously going for their 21 Juras, taking #Juras and age into account.
  • One or two old buggers who do not have much left to live for.
  • Likely prize-winners based on information available.
  • Some stalwarts who have particularly supported the race over many years and who would be grief-stricken if this upset to their usual calendar denied them an entry.
  • Anyone whose CV includes Dragon's Back, Glencoe Skyline, a Cuillin Ridge record, good MM, elite international orienteering, UTMB, Ramsey Round etc., or new routes in the greater ranges.

APART FROM THAT, as long as you entered with the first 500, it is luck of the draw.

AND HAVING SAID THAT, if one or two people do get round to entering, such as Grant Rozga (Jura), no one will begrudge them an entry.

The initial draw will have about 260 names. The race limit is 250. Everyone else, except possibly for one or two cases who do not yet have the required background experience, will stay on the waiting list, aka the pre-selection list. As people withdraw, and that is unlikely for quite a while yet, others will be invited off the waiting list to keep the numbers topped up. If you are still on the waiting list, and having to make plans one way or the other, and you need an estimate of where you are on the list, please e-mail the organiser.

Good luck.

The entry fee in 2015 was £20. 2016 entry fee: £20. The fee is mostly used to cover costs in connection with the essential radio control services, Mountain Rescue Team support, First Aid provision, race equipment and some of the prizes.

CHANGE OF USUAL ENTRY DATE: Entries for the 2016 race are planned to open on December 1st 2015 and will be through the SI Entries system, as in 2015.

An entry form for local (Jura and Islay) runners to enter on the day will, according to long tradition, still be available at registration, but if they can they are requested to enter in advance in order to ease administration. There should be no other EOD. The 2015 entry form is available here for illustration and information only.
2015 entry form

What we shall be looking for is checkable results you think are evidence you could complete the Jura safely and within the cut off times. Examples would be arduous long British fell or hill races or at least a reasonable time on a C course or harder in a 2-day mountain marathon. The admin side can also be much easier if you have done any Scottish hill races from 2005 onwards, or are a member of a British fell or hill running club.

At Registration all competitors will be asked to fill in the following form:
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