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 23 May 2020 10.30am start
ENTRIES OPEN: 1st to 31st Jan 2020

Race Organiser: Emily Greaves & family,
email: Emily


Jura Single Malt Scotch Whisky 30-40 Anniversary

2020 Poster

John Hewitt with Rob Taylor, Dubh Bheinn, May 2017

Live results will be displayed here by SPORTident during the day: LIVE RESULTS


Some old friends of the Jura Fell Race who passed away in 2018 ...
Arthur Clarke, John Hewitt, Leo Pollard, Jim Smith...

2016 Viewpoints from DPFR and Switzerland; photos

JOHN DARE SHIELD The John Dare Shield
    2013: Manny Gorman
    2014: Dave Ward
    2015: Alasdair Anthony
    2016: Joe Symonds
    2017: Outi Kamarainen and Leyre Flores
    2018: Alasdair MacInnes
    2019: Jill Stephen and Es Tresidder

Don Booth: history of Jura Fells Race to 1992   Konrad Borkowski: gallery pictures of Jura, 2014

The Isle of Jura Fell Race is a great classic and a graduation test in rough terrain, fitness and fell running technique, not to mention navigation. It is one of the toughest challenges in British hill races at this distance - and these course records were hard-earned:

Men Finlay Wild, 2017. 3:05:14
Ladies Jasmin Paris, 2015. 3:38:43
MV40 Billy Bland, 1988. 3:09:36
LV40 Angela Mudge, 2012. 3:55:35
MV50 Ian Holmes, 2016. 3:34:48
LV50 Andrea Priestley, 2016. 4:18:50
MV60 Kieran Carr, 2008. 4:12:57
LV60 Wendy Dodds, 2011. 4:59:14
MV70 Gareth Bryan-Jones, 2016. 5:51:12
Duirachs Mark Shaw, 2002. 3:53:24
Eileachs Donald MacPhee, 1993. 3:45:44
Ian Holmes Hector Haines

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 Diurachs' Own that you will find at the top of each page.

Best wishes,

EMILY GREAVES (Race Organiser)


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.

Breathtaking Views
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.PALM TREES AT JURA DISTILLERY

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 fine weather.

Ancient Heritage
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.

Wildlife Abounds
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.


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