All the latest news & views from the HellRunner team

Claire House announced as official charity partner

HellRunner are delighted to announce that Claire House is our new official charity partner! 

Claire House, the local children’s hospice for Cheshire, Wirral and Merseyside, helps seriously and terminally ill children live life to the full by creating wonderful experiences and bringing back a sense of normality to family life. By providing specialist nursing care and emotional support they help families smile again when life couldn’t get any tougher. 

If the worst happens and a child comes to the end of their life, they can spend their last days with all their home comforts at Claire House, or be cared for at home with the support of our nurses. After they pass away, the hospice becomes a place where family and friends can be together whilst receiving emotional support for as long as they need it. 

In 2017 322 children spent time at Claire House. For every child and family who are getting their help,another struggles on alone. You can help them to reach every child who needs them by choosing to run for Claire House.

How can you help Claire House?
Please take time to be inspired by watching this short video here:


As official charity partner for HellRunner Up North, Claire House have 25 VIP Wave 1 guaranteed places! If you pledge to raise just £175 for Claire House, they’d love to have you in their HellRunner Team. 

Click here or contact to secure your place and / or a fundraising pack.
Hellrunner runners

What the hell should I wear?

We often give kit advice, but not everybody agrees! So, who better to ask, than people who have done a HellRunner or 2!

Don’t forget, your HellRunner Buff and your HellRunner towel for clean up!


Alan Howson

Under Armour, running top & shorts for me …. last year I wore gloves for the first time and found them a great help.


Jon Strange

Less clothing the better. Everything gets wet and will weigh you down.

Tie your laces normally and don’t use gaffer tape. (if they do come off you’ll never get them back on)


Gary Smallman

Everything very thin and very tight plus gloves, if you get stuck in a bit of a queue going through the lake anything exposed is gonna feel it, and oh yer tie you shoes up nice and tight, have everyone I can’t wait, absolutely loved it last year


Steph Bloor

The less clothes the better. Skin dries quickly! I found gloves just got wet and very cold. Heel lock laces. And sing and laugh all the way round!


Michelle Allison

Don’t think about what you’re wearing just get on with it it is Hell after all 4th one some call me crazy.


Danni Lee

Tape your trainers to your feet with gaffer tape and DO NOT attempt to WALK/wade across Lucifer’s Lido… swim dammit!


Caz Bishop MQ

Less clothes and keep moving to keep warm, oh and definitely trail trainers.


Peter Leatherbarrow

Make double sure that your laces are tight…..the ‘Bog of Doom’ sucks……literally


Sandra Jones

Under Armour top and running tights.


Lee Nelson Haynes Trainers, shorts , T shirt ………….

Not to heavy when wet


Zo Payne

Bollock naked. (HellRunner: At your peril!)


Emma Gilson

Less is best !


Charlotte Cook

DO not wear a hooped skirt clown outfit. It is AWESOME when you need a pee (crouch down in your own tent!) but TERRIBLE drag thru the water, was almost impossible to get thru the bog of doom


Chris Fitzpatrick

Squirrel costume in 2012…chaff-age galore


Ian Holmes

Old skool Helly Hansen under a running vest, 3/4 length running tights reduces cuts to knees


Andy Gingell

Layers in all the right places, i.e. Keep the important bits of you warm.


Cristiano B Stuart

I was thinking Speedos for the bogs this year.

HellRunners in the Bog of Doom

Tips from seasoned HellRunners 2

HellRunner is unique in that first timers are not sure what to expect.  There are no course maps mainly because the course changes every year, we even like to keep the returners guessing!

So inevitably newcomers have a mixture of feelings that usually include excitement and dread in equal measure.

Last year we asked our seasoned HellRunners, what advice they would give to first-time victims and they gave some great advice here and although we are not sure if it made newcomers more nervous or less, we decided to do it again.

Lawrence Crees

Just keep on going, push yourself when you feel you can without crashing n burning and enjoy it! Oh, and don’t plan too much else for the rest of the weekend

Ian Smith

Train on hills not treadmills as I heard one runner had trained on, no selfies, no makeup, be prepared to be battered and bruised but most of all there is a heaven at the end of hell. One of the best courses out there enjoy (thanks, Ian)

(HellRunner: You can take as many selfies as you want, and tag us in! #HellRunner)

Angie Garton

Train your mind as much as your body. Your head will tell you to slow down/walk, way before your legs tell you.

When you’re going through hell, keep going!!

Jane-Marie MacNeil

When you get to Lucifers lido and are in up to your neck, keep moving and try to keep your body in the water all the way through… otherwise you get used to being out and it kills you just as much going back under!! It’s the best race you’ll enter …enjoy it (Thanks, Jane-Marie)

Alan Howson

Work on your calf muscles weeks before.  Never jump into any of the mud pits, wade in slowly.  Lucifer’s Lido is very very cold – so get through it as fast as you can.

The bog of doom is really good as it’s near the end, so enjoy the experience.  Once you have that medal around your neck it is yours forever!! Enjoy

ClaireBob Adshead

Those hills

…train on hills, steep as you can find, and you’ll be fine! Loved the water it helped the muscles

Lewis Gregory

Don’t do it hungover my advice

Kevin McConnell

Prepare to smell for a week from the bog of doom.

Bog of doom water will seep out your pores for days.

And tape your laces up! Last for an hour, but helps

Donna Anken

This is a tough course, it was hell! However, that feeling after completing it is the best feeling in the world! Good luck

 Charley Crocker

By the time you feel finish, you will probably be frozen, with mud in places it shouldn’t be – Worth it for that medal!

David Cox

Take a dry pair of underpants for afterwards!

Chris Borderick

Learn to swim in your running shoes……

Darren McWalters

Don’t wear layers. Skin dries quicker than clothing.

Simon MacIver

Train your legs!!!

Zo Payne

Wear gloves.

Martin Palmer

It never washes out!


HellRunner Marshals

Marshals Required

Can you lend a hand for some muddy high 5’s? We are looking for Marshals for Hell Up North at Delamere Forest in Cheshire.

There are a range of roles that will need to be undertaken by our team of marshals.  There will many roles out on the course so please come prepared in terms of clothing and refreshments. Also please understand that we do ask you to be flexible and responsive but most of all be enthusiastic in encouraging all the runners throughout the day.

In addition we also need a team of “Satans Sweepers” to follow the runners and collect signage and course markings.  You will be required to complete the course, but you can go around the main obstacles!


These are numerous and very worthwhile. First and foremost you’ll receive one of the limited edition new HellRunner hoodies. You’ll also be given a HellRunner technical tee shirt, finisher’s goody bag and event medal.  There will also be an additional item of sportswear provided too J.

Wow! In all this package is worth over £70 and is our way of thanking you for your time and effort.

You will, however, need to bring your own lunch/refreshments… BUT each of you will be given a free drinks voucher redeemable from the mobile unit on site at the event.

If you are interested, please email to register your interest and receive further details.

PARAS’10 at HellRunner

We are delighted to announce “Support our Paras” as the official charity for Hell Down South

SUPPORT OUR PARAS is a charity which supports The Parachute Regiment through the welfare of serving soldiers and families and those affected by recent operations, and through the maintenance of its regimental efficiency, ethos, spirit and heritage.

SUPPORT OUR PARAS provides welfare assistance to serving soldiers and families to complement or fill the gaps in State provision, as well as supporting vital aspects of the Regiment’s daily life and history. This support includes:

  • Mobility equipment and disability conversion of vehicles and homes
  • Funding remedial courses to assist those recovering from wounds
  • Beds and home furnishings for families in distress
  • Funding vocational courses to assist soldiers in transitioning into civilian life
  • Funding sports equipment for the wounded and for Regimental teams
  • Funding Adventurous Training expeditions for serving troops
  • Assistance with travel and other costs in compassionate/distress cases
  • Preserving and making the Regiment’s heritage accessible to all
  • Memorials to those who have served


The Event

The PARAS’10 is a 10-mile endurance race based on The Parachute Regiment’s 10-miler from selection training. During test week, recruits are assessed across 8 separate events. The 10-mile march is the first event and is conducted over undulating terrain with each man ‘tabbing’ carrying a bergen weighing 35lbs plus water and a weapon. The march must be completed in 1 hour 50 minutes and it is this event that forms the basis of the PARAS’10.

This year the PARAS’10 will be titled The PARAS’10 at HellRunner, and will take place alongside HellRunner at Longmoor Camp on November 18th 2017.  Any HellRunner’s looking to take on the PARAS’10, please note it is the same course on the same day and the rewards including Medal and T-shirt would be PARAS’10 and not HellRunner branded.

There are 2 entry options:

09:45 PARAS’10 TAB

The TAB runners will wear boots and carry a 35lb pack.  TAB stands for Tactical Advance to Battle. The origins are in airborne troops landing on a drop-zone which could be miles from the enemy or even behind enemy lines. Without support vehicles, Paras must carry all their equipment, rations and weapons.

9:50 PARAS’10 without TAB

The entry price for both events is £39.00

Medal Competition

The last couple of HellRunner medals have featured a quote, last years from the late great Muhammad Ali and before that, “Tough times don’t last, tough people do.”

This year we need your help! Can you think of a quote that sums HellRunner up?

Comment on our Facebook,  Instagram or Twitter posts and the best one will not only feature on this year’s medal, but we’ll also give you a free entry to next years event and a HellRunner hoodie!

If more than one person comes up with the quote we use, we will draw a name at random from the people who came up with the quote.

Good luck!

Bog of Doom

6 Reasons to attempt a HellRunner

You might think a HellRunner looks like a day spent going through hell, and you would be right, BUT they are also a lot of fun! HellRunner’s come back for more year after year, why you ask….

1. Variety

 It’s not all Bog’s and pits! HellRunner is a combination of great trails, tough hills and water features.  It never becomes tedious, there’s always something around the corner.  Our course director is always looking for new fiendishly challenging routes, so no two HellRunners will ever be the same!

2. You don’t need to worry about PB’s….

 Getting to the finish is an achievement in itself and because we are always changing the course you will never have a PB to beat, also Hell down South can be anywhere between 9.5 and 12 miles and we’ll never reveal which! Hell up North is a half marathon, but you may be better advised setting a PB on a road run!

3. There no “I” in team

Due to the fact that not many people come for a PB, teams and friends tend to stick together! It’s double fun as you get to help each other out, or even better take joy when your team members head face first into the “Bog of Doom”, who would want to miss that?!  Team entry price is also heavenly, more people, bigger discounts.

4. The photos are epic!

We have all had terrible finish line pictures when we say to ourselves “Do I really look like that when I run?” Well, our course photographers set up at the “Bog of Doom” and “Lucifers Lido” and take awesome pictures of you covered head to toe in mud and forcing a smile as you wade through a freezing bog! Great for sharing!

5. Great goodies

We get great feedback on our medal and T-shirt and our goody bag is the stuff of legend.  A banana and a few leaflets?! Not us… some actually goodies like Clif Bar and tasty Kabuto Noodles

6. A New distance, means something for everyone

Some people already know how much fun a HellRunner would be, but the distance can be a bit intimidating.  For that reason, we have launched Valhalla.  Same day, same bog but a new devilishly distance at 6.66km, perfect for Parkrunners!


Valhalla – Halfway to Hell

If taking on the full might of the devil’s wrath in HellRunner is a bit too far, a bit too mucky and a bit too much to consider, we’ve got the perfect solution. Valhalla. We’ll take you half way to hell (well, not really)

At approximately 6.66km in length, you might think you’ve got the devil’s number. But we’ll still give you a little taste of Hell all right. Off road and off-piste you’ll go but not without the iconic experience and memorable finish to your journey offered up by the legendary Bog of Doom.

A rewarding experience in every way as you’ll be greeted at the finish line with a special Valhalla tee shirt and medal, along with our de- luxe goody bag, regarded by many as the best in the business. They say a little bit of what you fancy does you no harm. Hell, yes!

Introduction to Hell – Week 5

Here is week 5 of the training plan, we’ve been heavenly and given you Christmas day off. Enjoy a day of advanced carb loading! Merry Christmas from all at HellRunner and we’ll see you in January for your day in Hell!