There is a wave start system, allowing bursts of 250 people at a time on the course, to regulate the flow of runners and to give a quality running experience. Check out the wave start times on each event page.
You should be prepared to get wet up to your chest on a couple of occasion, and probably your arms beyond your elbows. We don’t plan for you to be fully submerged underwater.
No. The course is fully waymarked.
Harder than you think & more fun than you can possibly imagine! Study all the event materials carefully so you come well prepared.
You’ll need good robust off-road running footwear and running gear that you are comfortable in, during the autumn, which will get wet at times. Gloves and a hat are a good idea if the forecast is cold. In general, you should check up on the weather pre-event and come prepared for the prevailing conditions.
Yes absolutely! Some of our gang will be. We only ask that your outfits do not obscure your vision, your movements or the progress of other runners. The water features may make your Mankini inappropriate but hey, there’s always one….
We have never had mention of illness, despite participants overcoming wet/muddy locations with varying water quality. We strongly recommend that you follow these simple precautions: cover open cuts and wounds before the event; wash your hands and face after the event – the latest anti-bacterial hand washes are good for this; do not handle food unless your hands are clean or it is held in a wrapper; and do not drink the water from rivers, ditches or ponds – as if you would!
You can purchase t-shirt and hoodies from the Rat Race Store online or on the day. We also offer a customised service where you can print our name or team name on the garments.
Our Original HellRunner events at Hell Up North and Hell Down South feature a half marathon, with other options comprising Full Marathon, 10k and a kids run at circa 2km lap length (with the ability to go around twice, for the kids). You can check out the info on all of the various distance options here. For our brand new Hell at Nightfall lapped event, the lap is a stiff 6.66km distance and you can find out more about it here.
No. Flyers are forbidden on the premises as they are litter and are contrary to our pledges given to the landowner. They are litter and charges will be levied for litter collection and advertising fees against those that distribute such items them on the event premise. Please see our terms and conditions of entry for information about the charges levied.
There are 3 water stations on each of the HellRunner Half Marathon course and a single water station for the Halfway to Hell 10k. Hell Of A Marathon course has 6 water stations. Kids run has no water stations on the course but we do have water available at the Event Village and at the finishline of all formats.

For Hell at Nightfall there is no on-course water station. The water station will be hit between laps within the Event Village area.

No. We do not offer refunds but we do offer event transfer vouchers, so you can put your credit to another event. We need 10 calendar days’ notice prior to the event to make these changes plus you will need to pay a £15 or 15% (whichever is greater) cancellation fee. Our pricing structure rewards those that commit furthest in advance and we recommend customers hold the appropriate insurance to cover non-attendance for issues such as illness or travel problems. You can view our transfer policy hereTransfer requests can be made here. You can find full Terms and Conditions here. 
You need to be at least 14 years old on the day of the race to enter the Half Way to Hell 10k format, and 16 on the day of the race to enter HellRunner or Hell Of A Marathon. Our kids race is suitable for 5 and up. Hell at Nightfall is suitable for 14 and up. For all events, everyone aged under 18 must provide written parental consent for their participation, which must be brought to the registration. 
Halfway to Hell participants can now benefit from the team discount even if entering with folk doing the full distance. With no single dedicated wave for the Halfway To Hell option, folk can run with their friends until the short course junction. They can also continue to the Full course if they wish. Halfway To Hell runners get the same facilities, support and materials such as 60mm medal and Rat Race tech tshirt. 
There will be a timing mat at the short course junction at Hell Up North and Hell Down South. At Nightfall we will be able to see the distance you have run from your lap wristbands.
We will close entries when each event is full. Last year’s events sold out, so don’t leave it too late!
No. Where there is any risk due to water levels full safety cover is in place where required * You will not be fully immersed in water and will always be able to touch the bottom.
The events are in the autumn, which means it could be wet and it could be chilly. You should prepare for the weather conditions and run in what you feel most comfortable in for a tough run, in the autumn, which features mud and water in healthy doses! Robust off road trainers should be used. You will be getting wet therefore wear shorts, socks and footwear that will dry/drain quickly afterwards, if possible. In all events, you will also be getting muddy. Check out the apparel in the Rat Race Store for some inspiration and kit picks for the event which makes a great base layer under a fancy dress costume!
The course is designed so that all features are achievable, even if you have to rely on other runners and our safety staff to get help you through it. This is part of the challenge. It is up to you at all times however to take the decision as to whether you tackle such features. If you wish to bypass, you may of course do so.
No dogs are allowed at Hell Down South due to livestock, horses and deer being on the estate. They are allowed at the event villages of Up North and Nightfall only as long as they are on a lead, under the control of their owners & are cleaned up after. Dogs are NOT allowed to take part in the runs or go in the campsite.
If you think you’re going to be on the course for a long time, get a place in an early wave to give yourself the best chance of completing. We’ll never leave a participant out on the course without the full cover of our safety staff, but due to the sometimes remote nature of these event course, we reserve the right to impose a course short-cut if deemed necessary. For the Hell Of A Marathon course, all participants will need to start in Wave 1 and there will be  a rigorously enforced cut-off to prevent people heading out on lap 2 if they are too late. The cut-off won’t be designed to cut-off the majority of the field however. It really is there as a ‘needs-must’ affair.
No race materials are sent out before the event and you will register in person, on the day. This differs from previous years. BUT those who have pre-purchased car-parking tickets will receive them in the post. 
Yes. Charges apply and are £5 in advance and £10 on the day. Up North and Down South parking is on grass and only car-sized vehicles that fit in a normal sized parking space will be admitted as it is not appropriate for larger vehicles such as campervans. At Nightfall there is the option to have your vehicle in the campsite – if this option is purchased then the vehicle does not need a general parking ticket. PLEASE NOTE – there is to be no camping in the event car parks as these spaces are not risk assessed or monitored for camping use and associated risks such as fire or collisions. 
Yes.

Disabled Parking – HELL UP NORTH: Disable parking spaces are available within the main Visitor Centre Car Park area, situated closer to the event start / finish area. Users will be expected to display a blue badge and shall be required to purchase a HellRunner vehicle pass either in advance (£5) or on the day (£10).

Disabled Parking – HELL DOWN SOUTH: We will have a designated disabled parking area and normal charges will apply. Please ensure that a valid Blue Badge is on display.

Disabled Parking – HELL AT NIGHTFALL: We will have a designated disabled parking area and normal charges will apply. Please ensure that a valid Blue Badge is on display. 

Online sales will close 1-2 weeks before the event starts. We will post your advance parking pass to you before the event, second class. This should take 2-3 working days to arrive. If you forget to bring your parking voucher you will have to purchase another ticket on the day. 
Online sales of £5 parking tickets will close around 1-2 weeks before the event. You can still purchase an on-the-day car parking ticket but it will cost you for £10 if purchased on the day.
Solo entries are not transferable – you can’t give or sell your entry to anyone else. If you no longer wish to take part you can obtain an event credit to the value of your entry fee paid (terms and a fee apply) which you or another person can use towards next year’s event (or any other Rat Race event). If you have purchased a team of 5 or more runners, you can add or change team members up to 10 days before the event. 
We have equalised the medal size between both the Full and Halfway to Hell medals. Everyone does their best and gets the same sized medal. The ribbons will be different to denote Half, Full, Hell of a Marathon, and Hell of an Ultra (Nightfall only).
Our season finale ramps up the misery. This is a lapped event with a 6.66km loop plus a start/finish runway in the event village. The challenge is to do as many laps as you can in the time limit with the event having 4 hours of darkness. Receive a wristband each lap. Those that can take the pain and aren’t afraid of the dark have a chance to do a Hell of an Ultra with an upgrade option that includes a special medal and tshirt.
Children from the age 14 and over can enter Hellrunner. A parent/guardian/responsible adult will need to sign a permission declaration at registration.

CAMPING (Hell Down South and Nightfall only)

 

Our pitches are a generous size of 6m x 9m (TBC). Provided you can fit it in that space, you can put whatever you like in there.

No BBQs of any type, no open fires, and no large “Calor gas” style bottle cooking/heating appliances due to risk of uncontrolled fire spreading, ground damage, and antisocial smoke and smell. Small personal gas stoves are permitted if used responsibly, but we encourage you instead, for the safety of everyone camping, to use the onsite catering facilities we have provided for you.