LeJog | 7 December 2024
An Event Designed For Experts
The hardest endurance rally in Europe, perhaps the world. Taking place in the depths of the British winter, a journey across the British Isles, from tip to top, and a journey into one’s own mind as competitors battle with cold, rain, snow, the dark, reliability and, the biggest enemy, fatigue.
But this rally keeps competitors coming back for me, a special breed, from all over the world, that return year on year to test themselves against everything that LeJog throws at them. It is a special kind of madness, but the emotions experienced as the dawn light pricks tired eyes on the final morning, and the finish line comes into sight after rallying across 1500 miles in 75 hours is unique and often moves people to tears.
The start overlooking the rugged Cornish Coastline sees crews straight into the opening Test around Land’s End. The first cars tackle the cliff route in the dark before making their way to the first Regularity, the route will return to the northern area of Cornwall and Devon with some new roads and test venues likely to challenge the crews as they start on this epic journey on through some of the lesser used back roads of Cornwall and mid Devon with a lunch stop enroute. Fully fuelled we plan to venture into pastures new through some favourite rally roads of yesteryear moving from Devon into Somerset. Heading north we look to include a section on the Somerset before crossing into Wales for the final regularity of the day which concludes in the Abergavenny area.
Leg 2 sees crews heading west and deeper into Wales before climbing over the Brecon Beacons and taking in a series of challenging regularities and tests using some of the classic roads historically associated with Le Jog and the welsh road rallying homeland. The action intensifies with the now traditional sting in the tail Time Control section that will keep both crew members on their toes before the overnight stop on the outskirts of Chester.
Fully refreshed after a well-earned break, the route will see crews tackle some tests to break up the run up the M6 to north of Preston where the meat of the final leg really gets going. A long regularity across the hills and fells of the area is followed by more tests before a lunch stop in Cumbria. We are truly in the north at this point but there’s more action to follow as darkness will contrive to increase the challenge of the final regularities before crews arrive for their overnight halt in Newcastle.
The long run to JOG starts with the pressure is maintained into a series of tests, route checks and regularities taking us across the border and into Scotland for a late lunch in the Edinburgh area. The day is only half done at this stage and we push further north and on to the more remote roads that the area has to offer for another test and five more regularities before a rest halt at Aviemore. Crews that competed in 2017 will know how the weather can change in this area and appreciate the unique challenges of competing on LeJog.
Returning for 2023, the restart sees crews heading into a ‘Loch Ness Monster’ regularity which will require maximum concentration if medals are to be retained. Battle will continue as the route heads further north through the final sections before proceedings reach a conclusion, accompanied by the strains of the piper, at the finish line in John O’Groats.
- Only cars built pre-1991 or a model available pre-1991 are eligible to enter
- The cars will be split into classes based on age and CC
- The scoring on the Test sections is class-based so you will be scoring against other similar aged vehicles
- There are no overall positions, crews compete for Gold, Sliver and Bronze Medals and Class Positions
- Vehicle eligibility is defined in the HERO Standard Regulations