Did Hell in the Middle, enjoyed it, decent sub 2 hour time, managed not to get the car blocked in but had no idea what the loudspeaker announcements were saying. Did any one notice that it was a massed start rather than in two waves?
Really good though and am going to enter the other two events in the next week or so.
I am doing my first Marathon in Chester on the 9th October and am seriously considering doing the Hell up North which is 4 weeks prior to the marathon but am worried about whether it would interfere with my schedule or be cause of an injury.
Has anyone had any problems?
Would anyone recommend or deter me from running this prior to the Marathon?
Fairly similar, doing my first marathon at the Eden Project, Cornwall in October. Did the Hell in The Middle earlier in the year, thoroughly enjoyed it so entered the South and North events. Personally I had no problems. There as ever will be the risk of injury as the event is all off road. The Middle event was on forest tracks and through muddy pools which I guess is pretty much standard across the board. I would recommend it if you want to run in a hard off road event. Dont think PBs come into it but as a 1.45ish half marathon runner I was happy with a sub 2 hour (just) time.
I did both Hell up North and Hell in the Middle last year.
Hell up North was a bit of a dissapointment as it wasn't very hilly, only one big hill in the beginning, quite short race and the parking was an absolutely dissaster! Way too many participants as they had arranged two races on the same day, on in the morning and one in the afternoon. The two races combinied made the total to 3000 runners and this year they are going for 2500runners...hmmm same parking chaos again maybe??
Hell in the Middle was much better! Very tough course with endless amount of hills. Parking was good. As previous stated I couldn't hear anything from the announcements as the loudspeakers were of very poor quality and the man was just shooting in the microphone.
Fun race but a bit pricey!
Thanks for your replies and sorry for not acknowledging them sooner.
I am seriously considering doing the Hell Run which over two days this year which should alleviate the parking difficulties experienced last year.
This will probably also mean the course will be longer than last year but no details on this as yet.
Yes Paul the Spartans Tuesday sessions are helping.
For those that live near Delamere Forest there is a new running group called the Delamere Spartans. They run on a Tuesday evening with other impromptu runs are also available - www.delamerespartans.org.uk.
I Have done hell up north & hell in the middle, two very different races hell up north is a lot more muddy while hell in the middle is hill after hill after hill, but basically all the hellrunner events are in my opinion excellent
If anyone fancies a warm up to hellrunner I am the race director for a midweek race taking place in Delamere forest on Wednesday 17th August 2011 at 7pm Delamere forest "MIDWEEK MADNESS" 10k we have a certified 10km single lap course and the event is chip timed and all runners will recieve a bespoke medal & mug for the efforts
All runners will also recieve a free parking pass.
And the best part is it is reasonably priced £15/£17
Have a look at THE BUG RUNS SITE for details of how to enter!
Also this event features in the runnersworld magazine as one of the top 5 to try
Anyone know if its exactly the same course as last year? I was disapointed that it was only 9 miles when the website stated 10-12! Still a good event though, I'm tempted again...
I'm doing the Liverpool Marathon so will probably do 18-20 on the Saturday & use Hellrunner as my recovery run on the Sunday!!!
Have just signed up for the Hellrunner up North for Saturday!... really looking forward to it!... Have opted for the second wave ( non-competitive apparently ).. so hopefully will be able to enjoy it a little more! Running the Great North run in 2 weeks, so will be taking it relatively easy...
Any tips or advice for me?.....
Hell is great - thanks for tips!... still looking forward to it despite the weather!... unfortunately I don't have a pair of trail runners so it looks like I'll be slipping and sliding!!!
It will be my first Great North Run as well, so can't realy offer any advice or tips! Again, looking forward to it,should be a great experience!..
Have signed up for this for the sunday - 2 days to go - did anyone carry water gels jellybabies...how early in advance should I get there..is it a long walk from parking?
Any other tips would be grateful...had to miss hell down south last year because of chest infection, hoping to make this one...
Caroline - I've done the last two and I'm looking forward to this year. 09 I used a gel and jelly babies, last year was much shorter so I didn't miss having a gel. Longer distance again this year so I'll be taking gel. Parking's about 10-15 mins walk from start area. I'd aim to get to the parking area about 40 mins before start time so u don't have to rush and can enjoy the atmosphere. H-U-N is great fun, there's a steep hill immediately out of the start (straight up and back down), thereafter not too hilly, but quite muddy with lots of enjoyable single-file trail and some fire roads. Hope u enjoy it.
thx that's great help - do many people carry water?
I did this yesterday and had so much fun!! Its not coming up on the events search so I cant leave a review but its probably the most fun ive ever had at a race Flithy just about covers the state of me afterwards - I wore old shoes which went straight into the bin.....
Would absolutely recommend this event!!!
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