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Le Jog 2013
7th to 10th December 2013
New for 2013 - following competitor demands - the entry fee has been increased but now includes all your meals and a cup of coffee at the scheduled coffee halts from the Saturday morning coffee halt until breakfast on Tuesday morning!
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 (only 1 earned in 2012), 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 most LE JOG over the past 18 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 are provided with information to enable them to plot the locations of main controls, rest halts and driving tests 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.
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 £300 deposit by 30th June 2013 with the additional benefit that the balance will not be due until 1st September 2013. 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. Entry fees include participation for two, accommodation on Saturday and Sunday nights (7th and 8th December), welcome and prize-giving black tie dinners, all meals and coffee stops en route and a generous awards list. (Supplements are available for single rooms and additional crew members).
A qualifying round of the HERO Cup, LE JOG has been described as an adrenalin rush from start to finish.