The classic full cliff path route – 15 Miles, more recently known as the “Dogbreaker”. South Esplanade to Fairy Ring. (via Jerbourg, Icart, Petit Bot, Les Tielles). Option to finish at 8 miles, baggage transfer & minimum 3 drink stations en-Route(will be increased pending weather forecast). Sign in from at South Esplanade(Havelet) from 8:15 for 9am start.
The Course history prior to 1970’s is not fully known but is was first run as a race in 1982. In the 1970’s Commonwealth Games steeplechaser & member of the Armed Forces Frank Allen ran it when on leave “because I didn’t like the roads and I could catch a bus to complete the loop”. Of course in those days the Bus would go all the way to the fairy ring itself. The route was picked up by new training groups during the resurgence of distance running in the late ’70s and first raced in 1982.
Since the inaugural race in 1982(won by Jamie Marsh) it has been held annually, the Guernsey Tom Trophy was donated by regular visitor Doug Whiting and first presented in 1986(and won by Marcel Le Clerc). Paul Ingrouille won it multiple times in the late ’80s & ‘early ’90s, narrowly breaking Jamie’s 1984 record(1:46:58) by 22 seconds with his 1989 win before taking another 2 minutes off with the time of 1:44:19 in 1991.
Pam Marsh was the first women’s winner in 1982 and The Women’s Trophy(donated by Kathy Marley in 1987) was first won by Chris De La Mare. Janette Shepherd set the women’s record in 1994 with her 2:04:01 run, Louise Perrio’s 2005 run of 2:04:40 puts her second and Nikki Neal’s 2015 time of 2:09:49 is the third fastest women’s clocking.
Sometime around the year 2011 the course was nicknamed the Dogbreaker after a tongue-in -cheek conversation with Tristan Robilliard….. “It’s broken this dog”.
After lower entries between 2010-2013 interest in Guernsey trail, cliff & ultrarunning has increased again, the PwC Cliff Path series has been well supported and a group of hardy souls largely driven by James Midgely are also organising a Double- Dogbreaker run on 16/10/2016, named “The NutCracker” by Chris Dorey.