Hell Up North

The toughest half-marathon in the UK



It’s a Hell of a Half!

Fancy a swift half? Bog off to that. This is the UK’s toughest half marathon where Mother Nature will deliver that sinking feeling and more. The bar in extreme mud runs is about to be set at a new level (which is incidentally chest high in “Lucifer’s Lido”). Methane-munching HellRunners are now being recruited to tackle the notorious Bog of Doom — where the heart-thumping Devil’s Disco will rock you to glory.

Epic will not describe your experience. We’ll have you in tears… pain and laughter in equal doses actually. Pyro, fun run, Liverpool’s largest drum ensemble (Katumba), hose wash, fabulous finish line rewards. It just doesn’t stop… but will you?

As running experiences go, this is Heaven from Hell. Run Happy.



£27.50NIRVANA - Early bird price ends 31st October 2016
  • HEAVEN - £32.50 after 31st October 2016
  • PURGATORY - £35 after 30th April 2017
  • HELL - £40 after 17th Sept 2017
Team (5-9 people)
£25NIRVANA - Early bird price ends 31st October 2016
  • HEAVEN - £27.50 after 31st October 2016
  • PURGATORY - £30 after 30th April 2017
  • HELL - £35 after 17th Sept 2017
Team (10+ people)
£25NIRVANA - Early bird price ends 31st October 2016
  • HEAVEN - £25 after 31st October 2016
  • PURGATORY - £27.50 after 30th April 2017
  • HELL - £30 after 17th Sept 2017

Additional online booking fee applies

The Devil's In The Details

Start Times
The Start times for Hell Up North are as follows:

Wave 1 – 09:45am

Wave 2 – 10:15am

Wave 3 – 10:45am

Little Devils Fun Run – 09:15am

If you have your runner number with timing chip then you don’t need to register.  If you need to go to registration for any reason before the event, then please leave yourself an additional 30-45 minutes before your wave start time.

Getting There and Event Parking

Head towards the main Delamere Forest Visitor Centre and turn in by the entrance adjacent to Delamere Station.  The visitor centre post code is CW8 2JD but please ensure your sat nav directs you in off Station Road.

The signed HellRunner event parking area is on grassland meadows and free of charge. Please note that owner’s park at their own risk and usual parking charges will apply to other parking areas within Delamere Forest. The parking area is no more than a few minutes’ signed walk from the main event hub. There is only one entrance and exit into the venue and in encouraging you to arrive early, we thank you in advance for your patience whilst you exit.

There is also no charge for spectators to watch the participants.

Disabled Parking
Disabled parking is available using a blue badge at the Visitor’s Centre.

Your Race Numbers With Integrated Timing Device

Your personal timing chip will be integrated into your race number that will be posted out 7-14 days ahead of the event. Please ensure that any changes to your address used at the time of entry must be emailed in advance to info@trailplus.com.

Those who enter during October may be requested to collect their number / chip at the Information Marquee on the morning of the race.


Timing & Results
There will be a race clock at the start / finish line. Provisional results will appear at the results page immediately following the event, but remember NO NUMBER / CHIP = NO TIME.

Your timing chip is on the back of your race number this year – a white strip down each side. Just attach your number as usual, taking care not to pierce the white strips with the pins.

There will be a manned baggage area close to the Start / Finish. Please note that we cannot guarantee the safety of any item(s) left in this area. All baggage shall be left at the owner’s risk.

There will be a small male and female changing area available at the event hub. However, we recommend that all runners arrive at the event already changed and bring additional warm and dry items to put on for your return journey. We regret that there are NO SHOWER facilities on site at the venue.

First Aid
Medical support will be present on the course and at the finish. You should be relatively fit and have no known medical conditions. Please note – do not run with a cold or flu. This can be extremely dangerous.

Toilets will be available within the event hub and close to the start / finish area.

One drinks station will be at about the halfway point, a second between Lucifer’s Lido and the Bog of Doom and another at the finish. However, please bring your own water to drink before and after the event start.

Hot food and drinks will be available for purchase at the venue.

HellRunner Merchandise
If you have pre-purchased any of the limited edition HellRunner tee shirts or hoodies you will receive a laminated voucher in advance of the event. Please hand in this voucher at the main Event Marquee to claim your merchandise.

HellRunner merchandise will also be on sale at the event while stocks last.

Charity Hose Down
The Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service will again be providing a charity hose down adjacent to the start / finish area. Please bring your £1 coin donation and register before the event commences.

Goodies and Rewards
To celebrate what will probably be your slowest half-marathon to date, you’ll receive the following once you cross the finish line: bottle of water; deluxe goody bag, bespoke HellRunner medal and high-quality, technical HellRunner tee shirt. Well done you!

The first 3 men & first 3 women across the line will be awarded prizes on the day at the venue. Prize winners will be issued with their prize on the day and if they are not present will be notified by email within one week of the event.

Race Photography
Extensive race pictures will be available to view and purchase after the event. For more details, visit the results & photos page

The Little Devils Fun Run is open to people of all ages that fancy getting a taste of HellRunner action before the main event gets underway.

The run is just over one mile in length and starts and finishes in the same place as the main event.

Entry costs £7.00 in advance of the day.  You can enter by clicking on the main Enter Now button above.

You will need to register on arrival to be provided with your runner number.  Entries will also be available on the day priced at £8 per runner.

We will be happy to offer a refund minus an admin fee of £7.50 for anyone wishing to withdraw from Hell Up North until FRIDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 2017.

Until this date you are also able to transfer between HellRunner events for an admin fee of £7.50. Please call the TrailPlus Team on 03332 400616 if you wish to take advantage of this offer.

Please note that the booking fee for each entry is non refundable.

After FRIDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER 2017 we regret that we will not be able to provide any refund or credit transfer or credit either in full or in part whatever the circumstances of the entrants’ non-attendance.

Early bird pricing ends 31st October 2016

Hell Up North