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Le Jog 2012
XVlllth Land's End to John O'Groats Reliability & Touring Trial
1st to 4th December 2012
"Brilliant". "Tough", "A pleasant nightmare". "Challenging", "An awesome experience". What a challenge!"
These were just a few of the comments made by competitors as the chequered flag fell across their bonnets at John O’Groats on the conclusion ofthe 16th Land’s End to John O’Groats Reliability & Touring Trial. Considered by many as the toughest event of its kind in Europe, the customary severe wintry weather that hits the UK in December is always at hand to prove Le Jog worthy of it's reputation.
Still considered as a definite on your “must do” events list, the 2012 Land’s End to John O’Groats Reliability & Touring Trial is once again open to cars built before 1984. With entries expected from across Europe, demand is expected to be high, so to ensure your place contact HERO without delay.
Latest route details from Route Co-ordinator John Kiff
The final part of the route survey for LE JOG 2012 is now complete. Deputy Clerk of the Course and route co-ordinator, John Kiff, has spent many hours poring over maps and, together with HERO's Scottish co-ordinator, Justin Morris has driven many hundreds of miles to devise a route through the Highlands of Scotland that takes in numerous roads and tracks, and even the odd forest and test venue or two that have never been used on LE JOG before - or at least have not been used for many years.
At the supper halt in Fort William the crews will plot a route that will take them up the Great Glen to a series of Jogularity navigation sections in the Inverness area before the traditional halt in the early hours at Skiach services where a little more plotting will give them the rest of the Jogularities to the north coast and John O'Groats.
John and Justin were delighted with the welcome that they received in the Highlands - the locals being more than willing to allow use of their land and to let controls be sited in appropriate places. For many people, LE JOG is the only competitive motor sport event that comes past their door and they are keen to see it.
Finally, John wants to remind crews that success on LE JOG is the result of accurate (but not difficult) plotting, map-reading and time-keeping combined with skilful driving in the winter conditions and this year will be no exception.
The Route 2012
In 2012 Le Jog will break new ground with the route using roads and parts of the country that have never been used before on this iconic event. Not only that, there will be two new locations for the rest halts: Llangollen and Slaley near Hexham, as well as several new test locations.
Route co-ordinator and multiple Le Jog Gold medal winner, John Kiff, will be taking the route deeper into Wales than any previous Le Jog and challenging the crews with night-time regularities and navigation sections on some of the tightest and most twisty roads that the Principality has to offer in territory that is new for Le Jog. Just like last year, the crews will arrive at the rest halt after the Saturday night tired but very satisfied and happy.
To enable more crews to make the most of the Saturday night section John will be striving to make plotting the route even more straightforward. Peter Nedin, Clerk of the Course said: "We realised that a few crews were not doing the best bits of the event simply because they hadn't had time to plot them. This year we want all the triallists to have a go at all the sections in Wales, not just the experts." "The other improvement we are making from last year is to have slightly fewer special tests but not only will they be more flowing and easier to follow but also, where possible, they'll be longer to give drivers even more fun".
Leg One Saturday 1st 7am to 5pm
To enable this year's Le Jog to make the most of deepest Wales the route from Land's End will be an almost direct line to the Severn Bridge taking in a coffee halt in a famous old Inn and a lunch halt in a new location in central Devon. But a straight line doesn't mean simple: there will still be the usual number of challenging, but different, regularities and tests on the way.
Later afternoon crews will arrive at Cardiff Gate Services for a test and a two-hour rest halt – allowing time to digest the first day’s competition before departing on leg Two
Leg Two Saturday evening 7pm to 3am
The Welsh section of Leg Two always proves a challenge and sorts the men out from the boys. With this year’s route going further west than previous years the organisers are able to utilise many of the classic Welsh road rallying roads that have been used on night events since the 1950s. Whilst it will be tough, the route through Wales has been designed with a series of Main Controls at pubs and petrol stations so that crews who experience problems can have a chance to catch up – by cutting sections, with the event
The last challenge of the night will be the Navigation Section which although shorter than last year's will still have an unrelenting series of closely-spaced time controls which, luckily for the tired crews, will finish only a short distance from the welcome sight of the rest halt in Llangollen and a few hours’ sleep.
Leg Three – Sunday 2nd 9am to 7pm
After bed and breakfast in Llangollen, the route will travel through Cheshire (with a stop for coffee in a village pub) and Lancashire taking in more tests and some simple regularities before reaching the lunch halt in a country pub north-east of Preston. After enjoying a hearty Lancashire hot-pot, crews will then face an increasingly testing Sunday afternoon and evening but with the comfort of Slaley Hall only a few miles from the end of the last competitive section. Sunday will, as always, feature beautiful scenery, charming towns and villages and country pubs as well as a couple of particularly special test venues.
Leg Four - Monday
After a good night's sleep - and a test straight after breakfast - the final 24 hours will begin with a run through the remoter areas of Northumbria and the Borders to a relatively early lunch halt at Cardrona where crews can compare notes about the morning's mix of regularities, tests and great driving roads. In the afternoon the crews will head west then north-west to skirt Glasgow and head via the famous Rest-and-Be-Thankful hill climb for an evening supper halt at Fort William.
Leg Five - Monday night 9pm to Tuesday morning 9am
Fortified and rested the crews will, as always, drive all through Monday night. But this time they'll using a very different route from recent Le Jogs taking in some challenging, and some easier, regularities plus the amazing driving roads of the Highlands (where even A-roads can be single-track!). They will arrive at John O'Groats for the traditional piper's welcome and, setting a new tradition, a well-earned breakfast before turning back south for the short drive to Wick for a deep sleep in preparation for the celebrations of the black-tie prize-giving dinner.
Le Jog ranks high in the list of "must-do" events and year after year, crews from all over the world pit their skills against some of the toughest driving roads and weather as they compete against the clock to drive across Britain.
Every competitor dreams of collecting one of the elusive golds (three were earned in 2010), but crossing the finishing line is the main aim of many, particularly novices. The sense of achievement is immense and most crews pass under the finish banner with huge smiles on their faces.
As always, the aim of LE JOG is to allow crews to experience the heydays of British Rallying by day and night with long regularities and navigation sections, driving tests on private land, and the occasional section of smooth forest – with overnight halts on the Saturday and Sunday. You will cover approximately 1500 miles from the extreme south west of the UK to the north of Scotland using as many minor roads as possible.
The weather in early December is unpredictable and can range from glorious sunshine, to torrential rain and blizzards – all conditions experienced on the 16th LE JOG, that ran in the worst weather conditions to hit Britain in 40 years! The challenge is meant to be tough, but no specialist preparation is required, just a well prepared car. LE JOG has always attracted novices, and recognises their achievement with an award for the best performance by a beginner. The LE JOG training day covers various topics such as car and crew preparation, map reading, and dealing with regularities.
Approximately two weeks before LE JOG, entrants are provided with a set of General Route Instructions to plot the location of main controls, rest halts, driving tests and regularity starts/finishes. For competitors who may not have time to plot this information, a specially prepared map book is issued to all. Additional route information is issued at the start of each leg. Navigation is pretty straightforward and no trickery is involved.
You will need a set of Ordnance Survey maps, and HERO has arranged a special deal with one of the UK main suppliers. OS maps can be purchased through the HERO on-line store.
During the event, HERO Assist provides a team of experienced mechanics who will work through the night if necessary to help keep you going. A characteristic of LE JOG is that crews forced to miss a leg can rejoin later.
The HERO Arrive and Drive program can help if you don’t have a suitable car.
The Touring Trial is a non-competitive but challenging event guaranteed to test the stamina of the crew. Calling at the Reliability Trial Main Controls and with 'code board' questions between controls, there are no time penalties, regularities or tests.
Competitors on the Tour receive finisher’s awards and are eligible for the Concourse and Spirit of the Rally Awards.
An entry can be secured at the Early Bird fee level by making a payment of £600 deposit by 30th May 2012 with the additional benefit that the balance will not be due until 1st September 2012. HERO Premier Members get up to 10% discount on the entry fee and everyone can have the peace of mind of knowing that their money is safe with HERO as entries are paid into an Escrow account held by our solicitor. Entry fees include participation for two, accommodation on Saturday and Sunday nights (1st and 2nd December), welcome and prize-giving black tie dinners, and a generous awards list. (Supplements are available for single rooms and additional crew members).
The provisional route for 2012 will as always include new venues and tests. A qualifying round of the HERO Cup, LE JOG has been described as an adrenalin rush from start to finish. For information on all HERO events and services visit the HERO website or contact