The Standard Chartered Jersey Marathon returns to the Island’s roads, streets, and green lanes on Sunday 5th October 2014. Now an established fixture on the national running calendar, as well as a firm fixture in Islanders calendars, the event is set to welcome approximately 2,500 runners from all around the world in 2014, for what promises to be another fantastic sporting and fundraising spectacle for the Jersey community.

Organisers are expecting another fast Marathon race where both male and female course records are expected to be seriously challenged, for the third year in a row. The event will welcome back a number of previous champions, including last year’s male winner Reuben Chumba as well as a good number of elite runners from the UK, France and Kenya who will be running their first Jersey Marathon.

Running alongside these elite runners will be hundreds of people who are taking on this marathon challenge for their own very special and often emotional reasons. Whether it be raising money for charity or challenging themselves to achieve something truly amazing, it is the fact that people of all abilities and nationalities can come together and run alongside each other, that makes Marathon events so very special.

But what if running a full Marathon isn’t quite up your street? Because let’s be honest, whilst running 26.2 miles is an outstanding achievement, it is not on everyone’s bucket list! This however doesn’t mean that you can’t be a part of this exciting event. If you can find four other like-minded individuals then you can form a team and enter the Mourant Ozannes Relay Race, where the team runs the entire marathon route in achievable sections. Whatever your reason for running there is a distance for you, as sections range from three to seven miles.

As part of the excitement of the Mourant Ozannes Relay Race there will also be the popular Industry Cup Categories, which allows business teams from the same industry sector to go head to head and directly compete in a very friendly and healthy way! In addition to the established industry cups of Bank Cup, Law Cup, Trust Cup and Accountant Cup, 2014 will also see the introduction of the Hospitality Cup.

For those of you who want to run for pure FUN in a big race atmosphere, then there is the 3K Fun Run, which offers a unique chance to run safely through the closed streets of St Helier and enjoy being part of the big day. Fancy Dress is whole-heartedly encouraged for this race, the more outlandish the better as you may win a prize on the day!

ONLINE ENTRY FOR ALL THREE RACES IS OPEN AT

WWW.JERSEY-MARATHON.COM SHOULD YOU PREFER THE OLD-FASHIONED PAPER COPY ENTRY, THEN YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE MANUAL ENTRY FORM FROM THE WEBSITE, AND SEND TO ORGANISERS AT CONTACT@JERSEY-MARATHON.COM

Organisers are also on the lookout for kind individuals who are willing to give up some time on Sunday 5 October to volunteer as course marshals, and help keep all the runners safe on the course. If you want to play an active role in the overall success of the event and support runners at the same time, then please get in touch with the organisers via the website.