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 and Classic Car Tour 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 into 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 and Briefing 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.

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(2320 km)

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(460 km)

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(Cars built before this date)

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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. There will no differentiation between sports and saloon cars.
  • 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.

What is included

  • Entry to the event for a crew of two people
  • Help from the most experienced team in historic rallying
  • Detailed roadbook with plotting instructions and overview maps
  • Mechanical assistance available if required during the event
  • Lunch and dinner on Saturday 23rd September
  • Refreshment Halts
  • Extensive awards list


Entry list

Le Jog 2017 - Entries by vehicle age

1 Bill Cleyndert Dan Harrison Morris Mini 1275 1966
2 Richard Isherwood (Eng) Ian Canavan (Sco) Nissan Stanza Jubilee 1600 1985
3 Andy Simpson (Eng) Brian Dwelly (Eng) Austin Morris Mini Clubman 1275 GT 1275 1980
4 David Stanley (GBR) TBA TBA TBA
5 Michiel van der Velden (NLD) Pieter Hennipman (NLD) Peugeot 403 1468 1960
6 Robert McClean (Eng) Susan McClean (Eng) Rover P4 100 2625 1962
7 Nigel Mason Ian Marston (Eng) MG MGB GT 1798 1973
8 Tony Clark (Eng) Brian Neill (Sco) Volvo PV544 1800 1959
9 Michael Baker (Eng) Simon Baker (Eng) Porsche 911SC 2993 1978
10 Mark Godfrey Martin Taylor TBA TBA

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