Welcome To The Toughest 5 Consecutive Marathons in 5 Days in the World

 Hell Of A Hill Marathon

Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th November 2016

(9am Start Each Day)

(Voted the best race in the UK in November's Runners World)

2016 Entry Now Open!!

(50x 5 Day Places + 20 Single Day Places Each Day)

Congratulations to all 29 Hell of a Hill 5 in 5 Finishers 2015

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(Above shows the 2015 5 in 5 Finishers at the Award Presentation on Sunday)

For Daily Photos and Updates on our Facebook Page Click Here!

The New Hell of a Hill Medals (5 to Collect)

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Merchandise

(Both Designs Available for 2015) 

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Merchandise is now is stock from our ebay shop, you can also purchase these at Race Hq on the day of your marathon. Hoodies priced at £20, Tech Shirts Long/Short Sleeve £10, Cotton Shirts £8, Mugs £8 and Beanie Hats £6.

Hell of A Hill Marathon Video

2015 Movie Clip

James MacKeddie Video on Conquering The 5 in 5 2014

View ITV Coverage of the 2014 5 in 5 With Kelly Sullavan Here

Click Here To View The Hell Of A Hill Hall Of Fame Members

Why Is It The Toughest 5 in 5 Marathons In The World?

 6,000 foot Plus of Elevation Gain Each Day!

26.2 Miles of Tough Stone and muddy Trail Running Route in Cold Winter Months!

 8 Laps over the Mighty Rivington Pike Each Day!

2,416 Steps Each Day!

9 Hour Time Limit Each Day!

(All Above Are Approximate)

Enter 5 of the Toughest UK Consecutive Official Marathons and Become A Hall of Fame Member!

 

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Your Entry Fee 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 After The Race

Free Cold Snacks throughout The Event

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

Ice Bath

Friendly Atmosphere!!

Click Here To View Newspaper Reviews of the Events

Hell of a Hill Review

You don't have to be a fast or elite athlete to enter, you do need the ability to get round the toughest marathon course within a 9 hour time limit either once or a massive  5 consecutive times and conquer the hill. For the runners it is set to be 5 days of mental and physical hell but the rewards for finishing will last a life time!


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5 Day Event: £160 Affiliated £170 Un-Affiliated

Single Day Entry £32 Affiliated £34 Un-Affiliated

(All entries will open 15th December 2015, we will accept transfers of numbers up to 1st October 2016, no deferrals and no refunds!)

 Click Here To Enter The Full 5 Days 

Click Here To Enter Wednesday 

Click Here To Enter Thursday

Click Here To Enter Friday

Click Here To Enter Saturday (Full) 

Click Here To Enter Sunday (Full)

Click Here To Download Entry Form (5 Days)

Click Here To Download Single Day Entry Form

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Click Here to View the 2016 5 Day

Runner Entrants

 

Click Here to View Single Day Start List 2016 

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Have You Got What It Takes?

Hell of a Hill Marathon is arguably the toughest 26.2 miles in the UK and welcomes only the toughest runners who dare take on such a challenge to conquer the hill for either 1 or 5 consecutive days of pure pain. The mighty hell of a hill (Rivington Pike) stands 1,191 feet tall on the West Pennine Moorland with runners who run the 5 days having to pass over the summit a massive 40 times to complete the challenge of a lifetime. Some come just for a personal goal, others come to raise huge amounts of money for charity but they all will surly never forget their 5 days of Hell.

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5 Day 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

Single Day 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

Event/Entry Rules

(Transfers available until 1st October 2016, No Deferrals and No Refunds!)

Disclaimer
Runners agree the following on entry:
The Hell of a Hill Marathon is held under UK Athletics rules and regulations. You must declare that
that you are an amateur as defined by UK Athletics laws and agree to abide by their rules. You agree not to hold the
organisers, marshals, volunteers, sponsors or any associated company or organisation working within the framework
of the event responsible for any personal injury, sickness or accident suffered, nor the loss of any property on the
course, changing areas or event centre. You participate entirely at your own risk and agree not to take part if you are
unwell or injured. You understand that the entry fee is non-refundable. You understand that participation is highly
individual and as such entries and race numbers are non-transferable.
IN THE UNLKELY EVENT THAT THE RACE HAS TO BE CANCELLED, DELAYED OR POSTPONED DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES OUTSIDE OUR CONTROL SUCH AS WEATHER OR INSTRUCTIONS FROM EMERGANCY SERVICES NO REFUNDS WILL BE PAYBLE HOWEVER YOU'RE ENTRY WILL BE CARRIED FORWARD TO THE NEXT RUNNING OF THE RACE. Participants must be 18 years or over on the race date to take part in the event. All runners must attend the race brief at 08:45 at the Race HQ each day and have registered before this time. Participants grant permission for photographs or films to be taken during the event and Hill Runner reserve the right to use such photograths for publicity or promote future events. All data is stored securely and will not be supplied to any third party. On race day you must complete personal details including any health issues and medication on the reverse of the race number. The race number must be worn at all times, unfolded and visible on the front of shirts for the duration of the race. Runners must follow any instructions given by event officials/marshals. The time limit to complete the course is 9 hours after this all marshals/drink stations and markers will be withdrawn from the course and you will be withdrawn from the event. Any Participant who retires during the event must ring the race day number or inform a marshal that they have done so. A sweep of the course will take place after the event and all markers will be taken down. Hill runner reserve the right to alter or amend race information or rules before the event and any changes will be published. Failaure to follow event rules may result in disqualification. Wearing of devices requiring headphones is not advised.
Runners Must
1. Not litter the route and must use bins provided every 3 miles
2. keep to the trail route and public paths so there is no impact to the environment
3. Give way to members of the public at all times (runners do not have right of way on the course)
Failure to follow these rules will result in instant disqualification from the event!
 
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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!
For further information go to
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Race Day& Runners 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 10th 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 3.1 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 3.1 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 8th 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 (0.60 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).
 
It is strongly advised that all 5 day runners use our physiotherapy at SSIC every day (this was used by all runners in 2013 and 2014), there will be evening and morning slots available which you will need to book in advance (details will be available at the recce day and emailed out to entrants). The physio will be at a discounted rate and will certainly be money well spent, if you have done this sort of endurance event before you will know that this facility is essential is completing such a challenge.
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 role of honour.
Full details and information will be emailed out to runners just after the recce day.
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).  
 
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Results
 
Results will be available each day including overall 5 day challenge standings, we aim to have the results on this website as soon as possible (normally by 10pm each day).
 
Toilets & Changing Facilities
 
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.
 
Prizes
 
All Finishers each day receive a Medal (different each day).
Each day Winner Male (£25) & Female (£25) will receive a Running Voucher which they can spend at the Hillrunner Shop at Race HQ on the Day or for entry to our events + Award.
In addition the overall Male & Female winner of the 5 day endurance challenge will receive an award and Prize of £100 ( £50 cash per winner and a Hillrunner Voucher of £50 per winner which they can spend at Race HQ on the Day or for entry fee to our events)!!
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 17:30 pm at Race HQ 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.
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Race HQ/Registration
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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.  There will be free car parking and signposted from Sheep House Lane. Race HQ will open at 07:00am each day and close at around 20:00pm.
The Start Location is
Wilcocks Caravan Site
Dean Head Lane
Rivington
Bolton
BL6 7SJ
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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. 

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Kit List

We have a shop at Race HQ from Foot Traffic 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)

(Feeder Station Below)

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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 3.1 mile lap as a group.

 
The Route
 
The route is an 8 lap off road trail circuit taking you up and over Rivington Pike on a fully marked and marshaled route, there is a small section of country road at the start/finish taking you to the lapped trail section
Route Elevation
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Camping (Caravan/Motor Home)
 
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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.