Hell of a Hill Marathons

 Wednesday 8th to Sunday 12th November 2017, 9 am Start, 9 Hour Time Limit

5 Day Event: £160 Affiliated £170 Un-Affiliated, Single Day Entry £32 Affiliated £34 Un-Affiliated. No Entries on the Day.

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Start Lists will be available on our new site 30th April 2017


About The Race 

The 5 Toughest Marathons in 5 Days, 4,000 feet Plus of Elevation Gain Each Day,

 26.2 Miles of Tough Stone and muddy Trails in Cold Winter Months, 6 Laps over the Mighty Rivington Pike Each Day,9 Hour Time Limit Each Day!

Terms & Conditions of Entry 


Your Entry Includes

A Unique Hell Of A Hill Medal Each Marathon Completed (Different each day),Free Energy Gels/Electrolyte Drink

Free Hot Snacks in our Huge Heated Marquee Before and After The Race

Free Cold Snacks throughout The Event 7am - 7pm

Own Runner Drinks and Bags Transported to Feed Station Each Marathon

Free Car Parking at Race HQ,Toilet/Shower and Changing Facilities at Race HQ

Additional Award for all 5 Day Marathon Runners,Fully Supported Marathon

Fully Marked Course, Chip Timing, Friendly Atmosphere!!

5 Bespoke Medals to Collect.

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View The 5 in 5 Hall of Fame Here


5 in 5 Old Course Records 

Fastest Male Marathon Rick Vercoe (100 Marathon Club) Day 1- 2013  3:56:41
Fastest Female Marathon Cecily Shepherd (Kendal AAC) Day 2-2015 5:26:18
Oldest 5 Day Finisher David Brady (100 Marathon Ireland) Age 63-2013 29:22:21
Fastest 5 Day Consecutive Time Male Rick Vercoe (100 Marathon Club) 2013 20:03:59
Fastest 5 Day Consecutive Time Female Cecily Shepherd (Kendal AAC) 2015 28:16:33
Youngest 5 Day Finisher Fiona MacSweeney (Prestwich AC) Age 24 -2013 37:10:42

5 in 5 New Course Records

Fastest Male Marathon Adam Holland (Notfast) Day 4 2016  3:27:55
Fastest Female Marathon Janine Fallon (Darwen Dashers) Day 2  2016  4:44:52
Fastest 5 Day Consecutive Time Male Adam Holland (Notfast) 2016 18:06:37
Fastest 5 Day Consecutive Time Female Janine Fallon (Daren Dashers) 2016 24:39:03
Oldest 5 Day Finisher Nigel Coates  2016 Age 61 27:18:38
Youngest 5 Day Finisher Hannah Witchalls (Bishops Stortford RC) 2016 Age 24 31:43:09

Single Day Old Course Records  

Fastest Male Marathon Mark Ryall (Marshall Milton keynes) Day 5 2014 3:51:20
Fastest Female Marathon Catherine O'Dwyer (Bolton Harriers) Day 5 2013 4:25:13

Single Day New Course Records

Fastest Male Marathon John Naylor (Red Rose Road Runners) Day 5 3:52:01
Fastest Female Marathon Amy Freeman (Darwen Dashers) Day 2 4:18:16


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SSIC will be open  from 7:30am until 8:45am and from 14:30 onwards each day located in Race HQ, This service is open to all Entries

(5 day and single day runners)

however you must book in advance due to limited time slots although you don't have to pay until you have your treatment. 

Prices are:

15 minutes- £10, 25 minutes- £15, Sports Massage 15 Mins £10

Any Rock Taping- £5 

Due to the nature of this event we strongly recommend you use this service!

To book in please email info@stansfieldsportsinjuryclinic.co.uk

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Important Information 

All runners must register each day at Race HQ from 7:00am until 8:45am (there is a pre-race brief and registration for all 5 in 5 runners at 18:30 pm at race HQ on Tuesday 8th November, it is advisory but not essential you attend) remember the feed station kit vehicle leaves at 8:45am each morning! 5 day challenge runners must also register by signing in each day at Race HQ . Race HQ will be stocked with hot snacks/tea/coffee/energy foods/biscuits and electrolyte drink which is include in your entry fee. Inside Race HQ will be containers labelled with your race number for your own drinks/day kit/bags to be put in that you will require for the lap part of the course and can be accessed every 4.15 miles (Vehicle leaves Race HQ at 8:45am so please ensure you have put your stuff in before this time as the vehicle will not wait). Please label your drinks and bags etc. so they can be easily identified from other participants . Head torches must be worn on the course from 3pm onwards so it is advised that these are also placed in the vehicle labelled up. In addition a water/feed station will be available every 2 miles stocked with bottled water/High5 energy gels/electrolyte and other nutritional goods for all runners. Please take into consideration that the van will not leave the course until the last runner finishes (possible 9 hours) so it is advised if you require belonging that have been placed in the van before this time you will need to pick them up at the end of your 6th lap or drive back down to the feed station van later. Runners can park at the public and free car park on the lap route at Lower House Car Park (0.65 miles from the start/finish line) and go off the course each lap to your car if required although you obviously will have to walk to the start/finish line from here (Car Park Closes at 7pm).If you drop out please leave you're chip at a feed station do not take it home with you.

All runners when crossing the finish line each day will receive that days medal and any prize due, on completing all 5 days runners will in addition be presented an award at the after race Party at Race HQ on the Sunday (approx 17:30pm) along with having there name placed on the Hell of a Hill hall of Fame, we also have drinks and entertainment around 5pm on the Sunday so please all stay and enjoy!

Please note that you leave any valuables/clothing and drinks at your own risk, we will not be responsible for any loss of property.

 Weather Warning

The weather in November and on the hill can be unforgiving, although the extreme weather is part of the challenge we have to consider runners safety at all times. In previous years it has been common to see strong winds, snow, floods and extreme cold weather. If the event needs to be cancelled due to bad weather or any other reason then all entries will automatically go into the next staging of the event. Please bring suitable clothing and footwear for what the conditions are likely to be and keep checking the forecast days before the event (weather reports are updated daily at Race HQ along with latest Results).

We have a shop at Race HQ if you need any footwear/running kit during the event

(Footwear can be ordered normally and delivered by them next morning).

Please remember from 3pm each day of the marathon it is mandatory to have a head torch!!

Bring some spare warm dry clothes in a bag to change into (the bag can be left at race HQ/at the water station, please don’t forget to label all bags/clothing and nutrition)

The Hill can be extremely windy and cold, please dress sensibly as the conditions can be extreme at this time of year and change within minutes (in 2014 we had 70mph winds on the top of the Pike).

Waterproof clothing (can be stored at race HQ/water station

Lap Tick System

You will be ticked off each lap as you pass  the main feeder.

Toilets & Changing   


Toilets will be situated near the Start/Finish line at Race HQ along with Changing Facilities and Hot Showers,

there is also a bag drop facility at Race HQ.



All Finishers each day receive a Bespoke Medal.

5 in 5 Male & Female Winner £50 Cash + £50 Voucher

Single Day Male/Female Winner Each Day £25 Voucher (First Person to cross the line)

On completion of the full 5 day endurance challenge each and every finisher will be presented with an award

in recognition of their massive achievement and be entered into the Hell of a Hill Hall of Fame.

The Prize giving and after Party for 5 day runners is at 17:00 pm at Race HQ

(or when all runners have finished) where each runner as photos and gets the 5 in 5 awards (Everyone Welcome).

We also have a small after party show on the Sunday with drinks/Entertainment.


You can purchase at Race Hq on the day of your marathon.

Hoodies priced at £20, Tech Shirts Long/Short Sleeve £10, Cotton Shirts £6, Mugs £6 and Beanie Hats £6.

Trainers and other Clothing also available on the day.


Day 1 & Day 5 photos will be available from Mick Hall Photos Free Downloads!

Race HQ 

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Wilcocks Caravan Site,Dean Head Lane

Race HQ is located near the Start/Finish line with toilets/changing facilities/Showers and a heated Marquee shelter.

Race HQ has free hot snacks, food and tea/coffee for all runners and helpers during the event. 

 Car parking is free and signposted from Sheep House Lane. Race HQ will open at 07:00am each day and close at around 20:00pm.

Spectator Information 

It is advisable that spectators watch and support from Lower house Car Park at the Feed Station and Loop section of the course,

you can also see the runners set off each day and finish at Wilcocks Caravan Site.


Recce Morning Saturday 24th September 2016 

There will now be a recce morning meeting 11 am at Lower House Car Park (off Sheep House Lane),Rivington, Bolton BL6 7S? (signposted from sheep house lane lower house car park). We will have time for a chat and if you feel up for it will jog around the 4.15 mile lap as a group.


The route has changed for 2016 and is a 6 laps of 4.15mile off road trail circuit taking you up and over Rivington Pike on a fully marked and marshalled route, there is a small out and back section of country road at the start/finish taking you to the lapped trail section (0.65 mile x2). The Route is fully signposted! You will be checked off as you pass feeder 1 , on your last lap go round the cone at feeder 1 before heading to the finish.

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Maps (Click Maps to Print PDF)

Lap                                                            Out and Back


Places to Stay 

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Wilcocks Caravan Site has limited spots for Caravans/Campervans over the 5 days, please contact them ASAP to book in, please remember this is your Race HQ and Start/Finish area so places will sell out quick.

<Wilcocks Farm Caravan Site 01204 679339

(This is our Race HQ, You must book and pay £18 per night for your hard standing pitch through Wilcocks not us)

Booking & Enquiries: 01204 697339 Email: wilcocks@hotmail.co.uk

Hotels in the Area (nearest being the Macron Stadium Hotels)

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Premier Inn (Macron Stadium) 3 Arena Approach, Horwich, Bolton, Lancashire BL6 6LB

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Holiday Inn (Bolton Town Centre) 1 Higher Bridge Street, Bolton, BL1 2EW 01204 879988·