While it may be slightly irritating hearing your best mate (who you were convinced you were fitter than), encouraging you to ‘pick up the pace’, while crawling up Hell Down South’s Hills of Hell, it can be hugely motivational too. In fact, studies have shown that exercising with your friends can improve performance. A study of 1,000 women by Virgin Active Health Clubs found that 64 per cent of those who run with friends pushed themselves harder than if they were alone.
When you’re running alone, particularly in an extreme endurance event such as HellRunner, it’s easy to stop, feel sorry for yourself and question your ability to go any further. A few motivational words from a friend, telling you that your shaky legs WILL make it to the top of the next gruelling incline, will never be more welcome than when running HellRunner. And let’s be honest, when you throw a bunch of mates together in a field with a few bogs and hills, what better space for a contest? Clowns will fall, devils will laugh and competition will never be so fun.
- Training is more fun
Getting up for a 6am training session when every inch of your body wants to snuggle beneath the covers is one hell of an effort. But when your mate is waiting for you outside, craving a cuppa’ and their bed, it’s hard to leave them hanging. Plus, training with a friend will stop you swapping out your long run for a recovery run when you’re feeling lazy and encourage you to keep up the pace.
If you’ve run HellRunner before, you’ll know that when wading through a sub-zero bog after seven miles of mud running, nothing is more comforting than seeing your best mate going through the exact same pain as you are. A friend is also welcome when staggering down HellRunner’s devilish descents ― picture a drunken walk home from the pub, throw in a vertical drop and accelerate the pace by 80% and you’ll understand why you’ll be glad to have mate by your side running HellRunner.
- Welcomed assistance pulling off your wet clothes
When you’re wet, freezing cold and covered in mud, all bodily inhibitions are abolished. All you want to do is get out of your wet clothes and into your dry ones, but when you’re too shattered to take your own tights off, there’s nothing nicer than having your mate do it for you.
- A pint always tastes better with a friend
If you’ve just taken on the UK’s toughest ten-miler, you deserve a pint (or at least a hot chocolate to warm you up). Grab it with your mates and it’ll taste even better. A post HellRun high is always better with a mate.
- Discounted group entry
And with up to a fiver off entry when you sign up with your mates, what’s not to love? Check out entry prices here.