Jersey’s only lunchtime beach trail run is back. Now in its third year, the Hawksford Castle Chase 2019 will take place on Thursday, 26 September between 12pm-1.15pm. The annual event raises money for Jersey Heritage’s ‘Love Your Castle’ restoration project, which supports ongoing work to conserve and protect Elizabeth Castle.
Kindly sponsored by Hawksford, the Chase involves teams of two racing across the sand at low tide from the shore at West Park to the Parade Ground on Elizabeth Castle and back. Each team member covers a distance of two miles in this unique relay challenge.
Jon Carter, Jersey Heritage’s Chief Executive, said: “The Hawksford Castle Chase gives Islanders the opportunity to pull on their trainers and support a great cause during their lunch break. For seasoned runners, a distance of two miles might not sound far, but it’s harder than it looks when you’re running across the sand!
“Elizabeth Castle has a special place in Jersey’s history and this event helps us to raise awareness of its historical and environmental value, and invest in its long-term conservation. As little as £3 enables us to buy a heritage roof tile, so every penny counts towards safeguarding the Castle for future generations.”
Last year, over 160 runners took part in the Hawksford Castle Chase, raising more than £3,000 for the ‘Love Your Castle’ project.
David Carswell, Corporate Director at Hawksford, said: “Hawksford is once again proud to be the exclusive sponsor of the third Hawksford Castle Chase, in partnership with Jersey Heritage. The number of participants continues to grow and we hope that more people will enter this year’s challenge, which is the only lunchtime beach trail race for a cause. At Hawksford, we are proud to be raising funds for the Jersey Heritage ‘Love Your Castle’ campaign, which works to maintain and protect an iconic Island landmark.”
To sign up for the Hawksford Castle Chase 2019, all you have to do is go to https://www.jerseyheritage.org/whats-on/hawksford-castle-chase-. It costs £40.00 to enter a team and there are discounts for companies entering more than five teams. The closing date for entries to this year’s Hawksford Castle Chase is Tuesday, 24 September 2019.