Le Jog

Land’s End – John O’Groats


8th – 12th December 2017

Land’s End – John O’Groats

Still considered by crews as one of the most demanding and challenging events in Europe and a definite to be ticked on your “must do” events list! HERO's Land’s End to John O’Groats Reliability Trial is open to cars built before 1986. Running in December, tough conditions are to be expected, but no-one crosses the finish line without a smile on their face.

The event has been tackled and completed by novice crews in the past, however, we would recommend undertaking less advanced events as a preparatory measure prior to competing on Le Jog.

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Event description

Expert difficulty

Starting from Land’s End on Saturday morning, competitors take part on a number of regularity sections and driving tests before arriving at the evening rest halt. From here, it is the maze of lanes that criss-cross Wales, your endurance and skill tested as you battle through the night against the elements and the route set out by the Clerk of the Course. Sunday brings you a little more of a relaxed day, the route and scenery as stunning as the first, your overnight halt will be welcoming and give you chance to rest before the final push to John O’ Groats.

As you leave on Monday, it is hard to believe you are only half way along the route, the night section is daunting and the evening meal is most welcome. When you arrive in John O’Groats, it is not unusual to see crews so elated that a tear is shed, after all, they have completed what is regarded as the toughest historic rally in Europe, and quite possibly the world. Welcome to Le Jog.

The event features mixed navigation, night time driving and driving in adverse conditions. Some competitors have attempted Le Jog as their very first event, we would advise you to take part in the HERO Training Day that takes part in October if you wish to attempt Le Jog as a novice.

For 2017, the route will be as demanding as the 2016 one, starting in Land’s End, a run up the west side of the UK and into Wales will bring crews to an overnight halt on the borders of Wales and England, close to Chester. The Sunday run will once again be the ‘easier’ part of the event, however, we may include one or two more demanding sections here to keep the pressure on crews and ensure that the endurance side of the event is still there. Sunday’s overnight will once again be close to the borders, this time the borders will be Scotland and England as we take the chance to have a good night’s rest before the final push to John O’Groats.

For those who have not attempted LE JoG before – the event presentation is held in the town of Wick, south of John o’Groats. Your accommodation at Wick isn’t included in the entry fee.

Event Characteristics

Start date


(Excluding scrutineering)

Finish date


Current Entry fee


(Starting from)

Length of route

1450 miles

(2320 km)

Pre-event training session


Approximate Leg mileage

290 miles

(460 km)

Vehicle eligibility


(Cars built before this date)

Navigation type



Night sections


Expected Tests


Expected Regularities


HERO Cup coefficient


This event runs under the regulations of the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens (FIVA)

Vehicle Information

  • There are no overall awards on Le Jog – Medals are awarded for attaining a high standard of consistency and excellence.
  • The cars will be spilt into classes, based on age and cc.
  • HERO continue to generally favour older cars and the route chosen has been planned around cars from the 1960’s but both older and newer cars will feel equally at home.
  • The scoring on the test sections is class based so you will be scoring against other similar aged cars
  • Vehicle eligibility is defined in the HERO Standard Regulations, these are available in the event documentation section below.

What is included

  • Entry to the event for a crew of two people
  • Accommodation on Saturday the 9th and Sunday the 10th of December
  • Help from the most experienced team in historic rallying
  • Printed Map book, good enough quality to plot on, along with Jogularity Instructions and Test Diagrams to enable you to navigate the route
  • Mechanical assistance available if required during the event
  • Pre-event welcome buffet on Friday evening, Lunch and dinner on Saturday the 9th, Sunday the 10th and Monday the 11th of December. Awards Presentation Dinner on Tuesday the  12th of December.
  • Refreshment halts
  • Extensive awards list

Entry qualification:

1. Entries are only accepted on receipt of a completed online application form and the deposit of £350 being received

2. The entry is only confirmed once the balance in received on or before the due date of 30th August 2017

Entries received that do not meet the criteria of 1 and 2 above will be automatically moved to the event Waitlist and an entry on the Waitlist will be moved up to the entry.



Entry list and Spectator Info

LE JOG 2017 - Entry list

1 1 Horst Pokroppa (DEU) Arno Bauschert (DEU) MG A Coupe 1500 1957 1A
2 2 John Kiff (Wal) Robert Kiff (Wal) Volkswagen Beetle 1595 1959 1A
3 3 Tony Clark (Eng) Brian Neill (Sco) Volvo PV544 1800 1959 1A
4 4 Michiel van der Velden (NLD) Pieter Hennipman (NLD) Peugeot 403 1468 1960 1A
5 5 Jon Miles (IRL) Andy Elcomb (GBR) Porsche 356B 1600 1962 1A
6 6 Jürgen Riethmüller (DEU) Bernd Reibeholz (DEU) Volvo PV544 1775 1962 1A
7 7 Derek Skinner (GBR) Pete Johnson (GBR) Porsche 356B Coupe 1582 1963 1A
8 8 James O\'Mahony (IRL) Frank Hussey (IRL) Volvo 122S 1800 1964 1A
9 9 Christopher Oechsle (CHE) Bruno Lang (CHE) Volvo 122S 1780 1966 1A
10 10 Georg Donni (CHE) Balz Bessenich (CHE) Jaguar MkI 3.4 Saloon 3442 1959 1B

Le Jog 2017 - Spectator Information

wdt_IDPlace/LegDateFirst CarControl TypeGPSPostcode
1 Leg 1&2
2 Land's End 09/12/2017 07:30 Time Control 50.06450, -5.71422 TR19 7AA
3 First & Last 09/12/2017 07:33 Test 50.06640, -5.71468 TR19 7AA
4 Lanivet Inn 09/12/2017 09:28 Time Control 50.44469, -4.76480 PL30 5ET
5 Pork Hill 09/12/2017 11:20 Link Section 50.55764, -4.07488 PL19 9LQ
6 Two Bridges 09/12/2017 11:40 Time Control 50.55771, -3.96784 PL20 6SR
7 Exeter Race Course 09/12/2017 12:30 Time Control 50.64249, -3.56080 EX6 7XS
8 Exe it! 09/12/2017 13:20 Test As Above EX6 7XS
9 Severn View Services 09/12/2017 16:27 Test 51.60408, -2.62294 BS35 4BH
10 The Halt, Llanwrthwl 09/12/2017 21:50 Time Control 52.25892, -3.49670 LD1 6NT

Event Documentation

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