In short: Good Muddy Fun In full: Lures you into a false sense of security with a couple of miles of easy running at the start. Then the hills get progressively bigger all the way to the end, and the bogs and sand don't make it any easier!
My first Hell Down South was far muddier and wetter than hell in the middle, but less hilly - you don't get the "free" miles at the start in hell in the middle. Apparently less muddy than other years, but still muddy enough, and I don't think the organisers can schedule rain.
There are a few bottlenecks with people walking up some of the hills, but if you're fit enough to be running up the steep hills, you shouldn't be behind walkers by the time you get to them. It wasn't a problem for me.
If you want a challenge and a laugh with mates, this is awesome! Date of review: November 28, 2011
In short: Challenging course, great atmosphere, awesome. In full: The course was a massive challenge with the number of hills, and the sea front was a tough after all of the freewheeling downhill from the ridge! This made it far more enjoyable than the average flat run, and I managed a PB!
This was best support I've experienced en route. Jelly babies, oranges, bananas everywhere from supporters, as well as a lot of people on the side of the course, cheering, banging drums, singing, etc.
My only gripe is for at least one of the water stations to get up to date and provide small sports bottles rather than cups. Surely a supermarket sponsor could supply them? And maybe cake/flapjack/recovery drink/food at the end? I'd happily pay for it as part of my entry fee. Although a cup of tea was nice and felt very English!
This doesn't deter from it though - an awesome event.
In short: Tough and hilly, but great atmosphere and sesne of achievement. In full: My first hellrunner and I'll be back next year - I really enjoyed the challenge. I think I'm annoying people because I keep talking about it...