The Brooks HellRunner - Hell Up North Saturday

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15/02/2011 at 05:30
Just signed up for this year on the Saturday after doing hell up north 2010, be good to see what the difference the weather makes as it's now in September this year as it was rather cold last year but still had a great day.
Anyone in the Manchester running this year?
If your thinking of doing this race and it's your first time do it, it was mine last year and i don't regret it one bit.
16/02/2011 at 17:14
Well they didn't break me in Hell In The Middle, so I'll give them a second try in Hell Up North.
16/02/2011 at 18:04

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.

07/06/2011 at 18:52

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?


08/06/2011 at 00:04


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. 


15/06/2011 at 11:08

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!

06/07/2011 at 21:58
Im doing this run and the Chester marathon. Shouldnt interfere with your schedule, just do it instead of your long run. Injury wise, yes its off road and may be slippy but ive done it for 3 years and ive never been injured nor ever seen anyone seriously injure themselves. If i was you I would enter it. Keep running in Delamere on a Tuesday and you'll fly it If you dont want to do it for yourself, do it for Sparta!!!!
27/07/2011 at 09:06

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 -

27/07/2011 at 12:55

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

22/08/2011 at 18:25
gutted I've only just heard about the midweek madness, that sounds like a good one!

Seriously considering the hellrunner up north, I've been running since about january and I've done the Manc 10k and usually run 5k in around 25mins and 10k in 55ish.

Does that soud like a reasonable enough leve of fitness to do it?! I have run 15k before in around 1hr 20 but it's all been on road...

22/08/2011 at 20:00

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!!!

05/09/2011 at 07:29
ive opted to put the hell up north in as my training schedule for the Chester marathon. Done last year and loved it. this year doing it again, but in fancy dress. oh and boy what an outfit they have gotten me.
05/09/2011 at 19:57

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?.....

05/09/2011 at 20:36
Hi Connor I am running the sunday morning hell runner and also the north run, I did hell runner last november and was very cold and muddy my tips would be plenty of babywipes unless you wanna go home looking like a swamp monster, trial trainers if you have some the more grip on the sole the better as the hills are steep and wet,make sure your shoes are fastened on tight as possible I seen a few people with only one shoe last after only a mile inn and shorts and t-shirt will be fine I wouldn't wear anything else as gets wet and heavy.
Have you done great north run before? My first time this year looking for tips my self regarding where I should leave family can they get from the start to end before I finish?
06/09/2011 at 19:51

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!..

08/09/2011 at 23:26

Have signed up for this for the sunday - 2 days to go - did anyone carry water gels early in advance should I get 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...

09/09/2011 at 10:13

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.

10/09/2011 at 17:15

thx that's great help - do many people carry water?

10/09/2011 at 17:38
Hi Caroline - I did it today and thoroughly enjoyed it. There's was only one water station at roughly half way (although I'm sure it was further than that!)I didn't see many carrying water bottles etc.. I got there this morning around 9:30 and there was loads of time - car parks about 15mins away. Don't wear anything you'd like to wear again as it'll get very dirty, I actually threw all my kit away (including shoes - I did wear some old ones in anticipation!!) as cleaning it would be pointless!!! I'm also glad I left my watch at home as my hands went in the bogs a few times!! Enjoy - I sure did!!!
11/09/2011 at 09:00

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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