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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!


Introduction to Hell – Week 4

This week we introduce HILLS! Lucky you.  The long run has also increased which should help with your endurance.  As always enjoy!


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