In short: Brilliant friendly race In full: Really well organised, glorious scenery, friendly marshals and unending support from spectators around the course. This was my first marathon and yes the hills are challenging but don't let that put you off. They also add interest and help the miles fly by. I love this course and will be back next year. The 10 in 10ers are inspirational - respect!! Date of review: May 27, 2013
In short: Too Short!! In full: What a shame. They found some great hills and the river crossings were cruel and yet fun at the same time. The course was very slippy and there were a lot of comedy falls - me included, but the course was way too short. 8.3 miles is not between 10 and 12 miles and i feel cheated. This is not the first time this has happened and it's not good. Come on organisers - give us what we pay for, Hell up North last year was great at 12 miles, 8.3 is rubbish!! :-( Date of review: February 9, 2013
In short: Just keeps getting better! In full: This was my 4th time running Hell up North and it just keeps getting better. Loved the longer course this year and the lake was a cruel but worthy addition. Thanks to all the marshalls and other volunteers who had to stand in the freezing cold for much longer than us, you were brilliant. Bring it on - more of the same next year please!! Date of review: November 4, 2012
In short: Great Race but please - take your rubbish home! In full: I love this race. Very friendly, well organised and glorious weather this year which added to the challenge. Can't make my mind up whether to agree with the comments about the water or not – I struggle to drink from the cups but they are great for throwing over your head - which in the heat we had was a good option! Bottled water is easier to drink but the selfish minority who drop their almost full bottles in the middle of the road create a bit of a hazard for those in their wake - it's like kicking a brick! So I can't make my mind up which is best. Don't like the iPod runners - have to agree that they run blissfully unaware of being in the way of ambulances or other runners trying to get past - happily stabbing me in the face with their elbows as I fight my way between them and the kerb! They’re not allowed on safety grounds so leave them at home. But finally a plea to all runners to take their gel wrappers home with them. We ran through some beautiful rural areas on Sunday with countryside around us but I saw lots of runners throwing their empty gel packs into hedges, fields and onto verges without a thought for the long term consequences. It is still dropping litter – don’t do it – take it home – Thank you!!