The Canaccord Jersey Half Marathon is back on 11 June and is on the hunt for volunteers to help. The event is an annual race that is now in its 34th year and is supported by Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management. Originally established by the Jersey Hash House Harriers, Run Jersey Events has been directing the event since 2012.
The route had a major change in 2021 and, with a few further adaptations, now starts and finishes at Les Quennevais Cycle Track, with runners following the quieter lanes below the airport and reservoir before running onto L’Etacq, returning along the Five Mile Road and onto the railway walk at the top of La Pulente Hill.
The final stretch takes runners back to the cycle track. The route is stunning and takes in some of the best parts of the coast and lanes of the St. Ouen’s Bay area.
Prior to the outbreak of covid, the race had grown to 800 entries and now is on the rebuild with an estimated 400 runners.
The race attracts runners from all over UK and Europe with around 116 runners taking part this year from overseas.
The race has made sustainability pledge to move towards being a carbon net zero event. This involves encouraging runners to offset their travel footprint, think about how they get to the race and when on-island making use of the complimentary coach service.
As a race, we aim to reduce our impact and have adopted various measures such as the use of wooden medals and slate trophies. All runners are encouraged to choose the “plant a tree not tee” option rather than a t-shirt and late entries are automatically moved to the tree not tee to avoid over purchasing of t-shirts – this has resulted in over 50% of runners moving to a more sustainable option. We had hoped to use a recycled t-shirt this year, but this will be introduced in 2024. Race waste is carefully handled so that all plastics are recycled and reduced where possible.
As with all events that take part on the open roads, we look to support both runners and road users in terms of safety and so we look to marshal all junctions.
We are always on the look out for marshals who are willing to spend a couple of hours supporting and marshalling the runners and as always are on the look out for additional volunteers.