Le Jog 2018

Land's End - John O'Groats


An Event Designed For Experts

8th to 11th December 2018

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 of a specification 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

The 2018 running of Le Jog will see a class especially for Vintageant cars built prior to 1940, this will be a competitive class with crews following the same route as those in more modern vehicles.

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 with the possibility of some old favourites to be included for 2018. Your endurance and skill will be 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 2018, the route will be as demanding as the 2017 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. 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 be close to the  City of Newcastle, it is here you will rest before the final push up through Scotland on Monday, along some of the very best roads the country has to offer. The 2018 route will feature some old favourites, but the final leg will differ in its course from past events before reaching the tip of the country and the welcoming sound of the pipes at 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


Length of route

1450 miles

(2320 km)

Pre-event training session


Approximate Leg mileage

290 miles

(460 km)

Vehicle eligibility


(Cars of a specification built before this date)

Navigation type



Night sections


Expected Tests


Expected Regularities


HERO Cup coefficient


Current Entry Fee


Non HPM Fee

Current Entry Fee


Premier Member Fee (HPM)

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 may be split into classes, based on body type, age and cc
  • 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
  • Vintageant cars will have their own class
  • 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

What Is Included In The Entry Fee?

  • Entry to the event for a crew of two people
  • Accommodation on Saturday the 8th and Sunday the 9th of December 2018
  • Help from the most experienced team in historic rallying
  • Mechanical assistance available if required during the event
  • Refreshment halts
  • Extensive awards list
  • Printed Map book, good enough quality to plot on, along with Jogularity Instructions and Test Diagrams to enable you to navigate the route
  • Optional complimentary pre-event welcome buffet on Friday evening, Lunch and dinner on Saturday the 8th, Sunday the 9th and Monday the 10th of December. Awards Presentation Dinner on Tuesday the 11th of December

Entry qualification:

1. Entries are only accepted on receipt of a completed online application form and the deposit of £495 being received

2. The entry is only confirmed once the balance is received on or before the due date of 30th August 2018

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.


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Le Jog 2018 - Confirmed Entries

Le Jog 2018 - Accepted Entries

Le Jog 2018 - Pending Entries


Event Documentation

Marshals Required

The outline route for this event has now been finalised and it is now time for us to seek your help and support to make it another successful year.




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