WELCOME to Guernsey, second largest of the Channel Islands, resting in the bay of St. Malo, only 30 miles from France and 70 miles from the south coast of England. Guernsey is not only renowned for its laid back atmosphere and balmy summer days, but now, internationally, for its marathon. Indeed, for the 2013 event, runners came from 17 different countries and 5 continents.
The course starts and finishes on the waterfront in the heart of St. Peter Port and has been officially accredited by UK Athletics, to be exactly 26 miles and 385 yards. It will take you through all of our 10 parishes, passed fishermen's cottages and sandy beaches, along flower lined roads and lanes, and through valleys shaded by panoplies of lofty beeches. For over 20 miles you will see stunning panoramic views of our coastline which will make it a personal best of marathons for our runners.
2014 will be 105 years since the first Guernsey Marathon and the sixth staging of the event since 2009 after a seventeen year absence. In that first Guernsey Marathon in 1909 there were only five competitors, the winning time being 3:03:50. The winner, Mr. T. Becker took home the princely sum of £1, plus a silver hot-water kettle. The course was actually 26 miles and 395 yards, 100 yards longer than the true distance. Becker's time was only 8 minutes 50 seconds slower than the great London Marathon winner of the time, Dorando. Quite how Becker would have handled our 2014 course is anyone's guess, but given his winning time, the most basic of running shoes, and muddy roads, it's clear he had truly outstanding talent.
History shows our allegiance to the British Crown, but our customs tend to be closer to those of Normandy and Brittany. Although our national language is patois, English is spoken everywhere, so you will be assured of a warm and friendly welcome.
Guernsey, an amazing blend of ancient and modern, English and French, frenetic and calm. From tourism to horticulture and now finance, Guernsey’s main industries have changed over the years, but the island itself has remained just as beautiful and exciting – renowned for its laid back atmosphere and balmy summer days.
Take a few days break and relax after the big race. There’s a wealth of history to visit, golden sandy beaches, picturesque coves and harbours.
In St. Peter Port there's a mouth-watering array of restaurants, cafes and bistros and a unique shopping experience with tax free prices.
Entries are open for this exciting event by following the link below.
If you don’t want to enter just yet, fill in the form on the link below and we will keep you up to date with news as we get closer to the event.