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Hell of a Hill Marathon Day 3

Heath Charnock, Chorley

Heath Charnock, Chorley PR6 9DL, UK

Fri 15th November 2019

Starting at 10:00

2 races

£37.75 - £39.75

Organiser's Description

Choose to run 1, 2, 3, 4 or all 5 of the 5 toughest marathons in 5 days - 4,000+ft of elevation gain each day, 26.2 miles of tough stone and muddy trails. Starting and finishing in Heath Charnock, Chorley, you will complete a 3.5 mile trail/country road run to the feed station, then 5 x 3.85 mile laps over the mighty Rivington Pike, then back along the 3.5 mile route to the finish. Strict 9 hour time limit!

Your entry Includes a unique Hell of a Hill Medal for each marathon completed (different each day), and an additional award for all 5 day marathon runners. Free refreshments before and after the race at race HQ - Bibbys Farm Scout Activity Centre. 13-17 November.


  • Marathon Unaffiliated


    Must Be 18 Years or Over

  • Marathon Affiliated


    UKA Members. 18 Years or Over



  • Marathon Unaffiliated


    Must Be 18 Years or Over

  • Marathon Affiliated


    UKA Members. 18 Years or Over

What's Included

Male/female each day £25 Time2Run cash

A bespoke Medal each day

Chip timed race/split lap timing

All 5 in 5 runners get an Award on completing

Hot soup/beans on toast & drinks after Race in Race HQ

Personal baggage taken to feed station

Fully signposted route

Showers/toilets at Race HQ

Free cake/electrolyte/water & sweets at feed station

Showers/toilets are available to all runners

Hell of a Hill merchandise will be available to purchase on the day - hoodies & tech shirts


Bibbys Farm Activity Centre, Charnock Back Lane, Heath Charnock, Chorley, Lancashire PR6 9DL


Car park is free to runners/support crew (£2.50 to spectators which includes access to site/facilities)

Please pay for car parking at Race HQ


Accommodation inside the bulidings is available

Tent camping per person £5.50 per night

Caravan/motorhome £5.50 per night

Sorry no electric hook up, hard standing is on the Farm car park approach

All campers have access to showers/toilets & washing up facilities 24hours a day

Sorry no dogs allowed on site

No vehicles on the grass - after tent unloading please return your car to the car parks

The nearest pub/restaurant is only 0.5 miles from Race HQ

Runner Race Day Instructions

Please enter Bibbys Farm via Long Lane & not from Rivington as the road is very narrow. Race HQ will be Located in the Kitchen/Canteen.

The prize giving and after party for 5 day runners is at 1700 at Race HQ (or when all runners have finished) where each runner has photos and gets the 5 in 5 awards (everyone welcome).

All runners must register each day at Race HQ from 7:00am until 8:45am, remember the feed station kit vehicle leaves at 8:45am each morning, if your kit is not in the buckets by then it isn't going! 5 day challenge runners must also register each day at Race HQ (new clean chip each day is given out).

Put all kit for feed station in the RACE SUPPORT VEHICLE VAN 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 3.80 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 3.80 miles stocked with bottled water/cake/sweets/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 8 hours) so it is advised if you require belongings that have been placed in the van you will need to pick them up at the end.

Supporters can park at the public and free car park on the lap route at Lower House Car Park (3.5 miles from the start/finish line) (Car Park closes at 7pm).

If you drop out please leave your chip at a feed station do not take it home with you.

All runners when crossing the finish line each day will receive that day's 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 1700) along with having their name placed on the Hell of a Hill hall of Fame.

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

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).

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 Chip System: you will be recorded each lap as you pass the feeder.

Course Records

5 in 5 Course Records 2013-2016

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 Course Records 2016

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 Course Records 2013-2015

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 Course Records 2016

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

5 in 5 Course Records 2017 Onwards

Fastest Male Marathon - Jason Lewis 3Hours 52Mins 21Secs (Day1)

Fastest Female Marathon - Chantal Comte - 5 Hours 32Mins :57Secs (Day 3)

5in5 Male Fastest Consecutive Time -Jason Lewis - 20:08:37

5in5 Female Fastest Consecutive Time - Chantal Comte - 28:31:56

Single Day Course Records 2017 Onwards

Fastest Male Marathon -Matthew Smith - 3:42:05 - Day 4 2018
Fastest Female Marathon - Katherine Brougham - 04:01:53 Day 4 2018

SSIC will be open 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
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