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Introduction to Hell – Week 3

Just 5 weeks to go until Hell Down South.  Here is week 3 of the training plan, with the Christmas season now well underway we think there is a good chance you will be fueling up plenty!

This week the long run is an hour and your running endurance should be improving week on week.



Introduction to Hell – Week 2

This week you have to run more basically, enjoy it whilst you can as intervals and hills are on the way soon!


Introduction to Hell – Week One

This is Week 1 of the 8 week “Introduction to Hell” training plan.  The plan is aimed at first time HellRunners, who have maybe completed a 5k or 10k run previously.  Feel free to add your own workouts and make it your own, especially if you have done a HellRunner before and know which parts really felt like purgatory!

We will be adding intervals, hill training and long endurance work in the coming weeks….

Enjoy (if that’s the right word!)




Road to Hell (up North) Week 10

The final week of the “Road to Hell” training plan is here, that’s the good news, the bad news is at the end of this week you will be running the UK’s toughest half marathon!

Huge congratulations if you have followed this plan, you’ll be ready for everything we throw at you on Saturday (maybe!..)



Road to Hell (up North) – Week 9

If you are still following the plan, here is week 9, at this stage you are probably ready for anything… If you’ve not, good luck!HellRunner Training Plan

Tips from seasoned HellRunners!

We asked some seasoned HellRunners what advice they would give to victims that were taking on the hellish course for the first time.

Here is a selection of the best responses, which may (or may not) make your date with the devil a little bit easier!

Anthony Howe

Remember the first law of Hellrunner – what goes down must go up (usually almost immediately and very steeply)

Sarah Jeory

Ideally grow some claws, but failing that Grippy grippy shoes and some upper body strength required.

Lucy Wilson

Laugh and smile…even when you feel like crying, it gets you through .

Rob Hammond 

Wear merino wool socks! They’ll still keep your feet warm when wet. (and even though I know this I still forget every time!!!!!)

Claire Dalton-Weber

Don’t under estimate it!! Hardest race I’ve ever done!!

Andy Richman

Definitely train for it , don’t just turn up and hope for the best

Shane Kirrane

Practice swimming. Train and be prepared for a little cramp. But enjoy it’s a blast.

Charlotte Cook

Jump two footed into every puddle and splash as many people as you can. They love it ;-)

Take Charlottes advice at your peril!

Steven Napalm Parish 

Practice your swim stroke

Lesley Nilsson Perry 

You must have a huge sense of humour

Caz Bishop

Trail trainers. dry robe and train for it

Natty Dredd 

Embrace the pain!

And Finally

Crispy Gaskin 


Road to Hell (up North) – Week 7

Just 4 weeks to go! Now we are really pushing on!

Need motivation, just remember the “Hills of Hell” are waiting!


HellRunner Training Plan Week 7

Bog of Doom

Road to Hell (up North) – Week 5

Halfway through the plan, well done!  Now it’s time to take it down a notch….. just kidding, this leg session is a hell of a workout.  The run is a little longer and we can build some speed endurance with a hard park run effort.

HellRunner Training Plan