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EVENT INFORMATION

HELL & BACK, Ireland’s Toughest Mental & Physical Endurance Challenge, is the country’s largest and most popular obstacle course run. We convert stunning private farm estates into adventure playgrounds, where participants must complete a 10-15KM trail route crossing rivers and lakes, climbing hills and mountains and crawling through bogs and swamps. To survive, you must conquer all the elements thrown at you, whether that is the temperamental weather conditions, the gruelling natural environment or the torturous man-made obstacles.

Check out our upcoming events below!

17 JUN

HELL & BACK -12KM


Killruddery Estate,
Bray, Co Wicklow


From € 56.00


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18 JUN

HELL & BACK JUNIOR


Killruddery Estate,
Bray, Co Wicklow


From € 22.50


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09 SEP

HELL & BACK -7KM


Killruddery Estate,
Bray, Co Wicklow


From € 56.00


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GENERAL FAQs

WHAT IS HELL & BACK?

HELL & BACK is an off-road obstacle course challenge, featuring man-made and naturally-occurring challenges over a variety of terrain, on courses that vary from 7km to 12km. Check out our video below to give you a great understanding of what exactly is involved.

IS THERE A MASS START?

No, there will be a number of starting waves with between 250-500 HellRaisers (participants) in each wave, depending on the venue. You choose your preferred wave start time when you register for the event and can double check this on the Start Time Checker.

CAN I CHOOSE MY START TIME?

Yes, when you are registering, you will be asked which wave you want to start in. There is a €2 charge to go in Wave 1 and be the first ones to tackle the virgin course! You can double check the wave you have registered for on the Start Time Checker.

CAN I CHANGE MY START TIME?

We will always do what we can to try and get you into another wave. Please note though that, for health and safety reasons, there are a limited number of places in each wave and they are allocated a first come, first served basis so unfortunately we will be unable to fulfil all wave change requests. But email info@aliveoutside.ie as early as possible and we will see what we can do to help you out!

Unfortunately, within 2 weeks of the event, we will be unable to make any start time changes.

MUST I WEAR A WRISTBAND?

Yes. Wristbands are available for collection onsite on the morning of the event. You must collect and sign for your Wristband at least 30 MINUTES before your allocated Wave Start Time. Your unique Wristband, which you must be wearing to be allowed into the Starting Pen, will be coloured according to your wave and have your individual Race Number printed on it.

Anyone who arrives after their allocated Collection Time may be removed from the event without refund. You can find out your allocated Wristband Collection Time on the Start Time Checker.

Make sure you securely fasten your wristband before you start as you will need it at the Finish Line to collect your 2fm Goodie Bag, including exclusive "I Made it Thru HELL & BACK" T-shirt.

HOW DO TEAMS OF 4 COLLECT WRISTBANDS?

For Health & Safety reasons, if you are on a Team of 4, all four members must be present to collect and sign for the team wristbands. Therefore, if the 4 of you are not travelling together to HELL & BACK, make sure you co-ordinate arrival times accordingly.

Anyone who arrives after their allocated Collection Time may be removed from the event without refund. You can find out your allocated Wristband Collection Time on the Start Time Checker.

Make sure you securely fasten your wristband before you start as you will need it at the Finish Line to collect your 2fm Goodie Bag, including exclusive "I Made it Thru HELL & BACK" T-shirt. 

WHAT ABOUT WRISTBANDS FOR GROUPS?

Similarly, if you are part of a large group, you must arrive together to the Group Registration Tent to collect your wristbands. Your Group Leader will have been emailed the Participant List in advance - and will hopefully have collected signatures for everyone taking part. The Group Leader simply hands in this completed list with all the signatures and will get a corresponding wristband for each Group Participant. Unfortunately, due to the large numbers, it is not possible to distribute group wristbands individually.

Anyone who arrives after their allocated Collection Time may be removed from the event without refund. You can find out your allocated Wristband Collection Time on the Start Time Checker.

Make sure you securely fasten your wristband before you start as you will need it at the Finish Line to collect your 2fm Goodie Bag, including exclusive "I Made it Thru HELL & BACK" T-shirt. 

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

For more advice on clothing and footwear for HELL & BACK, please speak with the expert staff in 53 Degrees North.

WHAT ARE MY TEAM LOGIN DETAILS FOR?

They allow you update the details of your 4 x team members. When you register a Team of 4 online, you will be emailed a username and password. You can then log into your Team Account and make unlimited changes to your team members, up to 21 days before the event. This means that you don't need to know your four team members when originally registering the team.

Also, if someone cannot take part because they got injured or the date clashes, you can simply login and update them with a replacement. The cut-off for changes is 21 days before HELL & BACK so you will be unable to make any more changes to your team after this time.

IS DUCT TAPE ALLOWED?

No. Using duct tape to tighten your footwear is not permitted as our venue is a working farm and animals can choke on any duct tape that comes off ovonr the course. Instead, we suggest you triple knot your runners - you will be running through lots of muck, which will do its best to suck the runners off your feet!

WILL I GET WET? DO I NEED TO BE ABLE TO SWIM?

Yes. There are plenty of water obstacles, including Minus 53 Degree Ice Baths, The River and Hell on Earth, but nothing deeper than about 4 foot (just above your waist). There are no swimming sections on the course. All of the water challenges have ropes along the side to hold onto and use to pull yourself along.

WILL I GET COLD?

Part of the HELL & BACK challenge is overcoming the elements, as well as the obstacles. As mentioned above, you will get wet although we have designed the course to keep you constantly on the move so you shouldn't get too cold!

WILL I NEED HELP AT SOME CHALLENGES?

Absolutely - no matter how strong or tall you are, you are going to need the help of your fellow HellRaisers (or our course marshals) at various parts of the course. Don't be afraid to ask someone for a booster or helping hand - just make sure you turn around and replicate the favour when you get to the top!

SHOULD I CARRY WATER?

Not unless it's in a hands-free container. There will be water stations on the course so make sure you take the time to rehydrate at these stops. We also provide water at the Finish Line.

CAN I LISTEN TO MY MUSIC DURING THE EVENT?

No. Mud and electronics don't mix well.

IS THERE A CUT OFF TIME?

Yes. For Health & Safety reasons, there is a cut-off time for each HELL & BACK, depending on the length of the course. This cut-off time will be communicated to all HellRaisers beforehand, as well during the pre-run Safety Briefing.

If you have not made it to a particular obstacle by a certain time, one of our Safety Marshals will assist you off the course by buggy. Please note that the site will also close soon after the course shuts down so please make sure you bring all belongings with you.

WHAT AGE MUST I BE TO TAKE PART?

For insurance purposes, you must be over 16 to be allowed participate in HELL & BACK. 

All 16 & 17 year old participants also must have completed a Parental/Guardian Consent Form, which is available by calling 01 2147355 or emailing info@aliveoutside.ie.

Due to the strict insurance criteria for HELL & BACK, any participant who looks 23 or under will be asked for valid ID at Registration. Failure to produce a valid ID will result in non-participation.so please make sure you bring the appropriate documents with you.

IS THERE A CHARITY ELEMENT TO HELL & BACK?

While not a charity event, we recognise that lots of participants go thru' HELL & BACK to raise money for various worthwhile causes.  

Check out our Fundraising Page where you will find tips, sponsorship forms and marketing material that you can download and use. Since 2013, HellRaisers have raised €500K+ for their chosen charities so well done to all involved.

WILL THERE BE ELECTRONIC TIMING USED?

No. There are no timing chips or official times as HELL & BACK is a challenge, not a race. For those wishing to record their times, there will be a digital clock at the Start and Finish Lines so you can calculate your own time if you wish.

DO I NEED TO NAVIGATE?

No. The course will be clearly marked and marshalled by our event staff...simply follow the arrows.

WHAT TRAINING SHOULD I DO?

There is no easy way through HELL & BACK but training definitely helps! Check out our Training Page for more information and advice from previous HELL & BACK participants and bloggers.

ARE THERE OFFICIAL PHOTOS?

Yes. Our team photographers are strategically placed around the course to capture your movements over, under, through and around the various obstacles. We take thousands of photos at each HELL & BACK and post them all on our Facebook page in the days afterwards.

WHERE SHOULD I STAY?

At each of our venues, we have a local hotel partner where you can overnight and relex before and after your journey thru' hell! Below are the hotels we recommend - so book early to avoid disappointment!

BRAY:
- The Martello Hotel, Strand Road 01 2868000
- The Wilton Hotel, Southern Cross Road 01 2760258
- The Glenview HotelDelganey 01 2873399
- Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, Killiney 01 2305400

SLIGO:
- The Coach House Hotel, Ballymote  071 91 83111

Obviously there are lots of other options on the Discover Ireland website.

INSURANCE FAQs

A €6 / £4.50 Personal Accident Insurance Fee is a mandatory part of your registration, as it covers injuries you may sustain taking part in HELL & BACK. HELL & BACK is Ireland’s Toughest Mental & Physical Endurance Challenge and there are risks associated when participating.

This Personal Accident Policy, which is underwritten by AIG Ireland, provides various benefits, including €1,500 Medical Expenses per person, for injuries sustained while participating in the HELL & BACK Event you have registered for. Please note that Loss of Income is not covered.

This is a very brief synopsis of the cover provided and does not form the basis of your contract with AIG. For a full synopsis of the cover provided or if you have queries, please contact our Head Office on info@aliveoutside.ie or 01 2147355.

STARTER PACK FAQs

WHERE DO I PICK UP MY WRISTBAND?

You need a coloured wristband to be allowed into your allocated Starting Wave. Wristbands are collected at the venue on the day of the event. Give yourself at least 90 minutes before your allocated wave start time to get yourself parked, sign for your wristband and familiarise yourself with the site. Your pack must be collected 30 minutes before your allocated Start Time.

WHAT DO I GET WHEN I SIGN IN?

On the morning of your event, you must sign in and collected your numbered, colour-coded wristband from the Registration Tent at the Site Entrance.You need this wristband to enter the start area and you also need to present it at the finish line to collect 2fm Goody Bag, including your exclusive HELL & BACK Finishers T-shirt.

WHAT DO I NEED TO COLLECT MY EVENT PACK?

Bring a printed copy of your Confirmation Email that you received when you originally registered for the event.

WHAT INFO IS ON THE START LIST?

Find your wristband collection time, wave start and t-shirt size on the Official Start list, which will be posted here on our website prior to the event. A link will also be posted on our Social Media pages (Facebook & Twitter) so make sure you follow us for all the latest news!

ON THE DAY FAQs

WHERE DO I PARK?

It depends on the event! In all cases, full details will be posted on our website and social media outlets (Facebook & Twitter) in advance of the event. All parking is weather permitting.

  • HELL & BACK Hercules in Sligo: On-site in Temple House Demesne. 
  • HELL & BACK Trojan in Killruddery (Jan/Feb): Off-site in Dell & IDA Car Parks. 
  • HELL & BACK Apollo in Killruddery (June): Onsite in Killruddery - enter via main Killruddery Gates on Southern Cross Road
  • HELL & BACK Titan in Killruddery (Sept): On-site in Killruddery - enter via main Killruddery Gates on Southern Cross Road
If you have pre-paid for parking, you will be emailed your unique Parking QR Code a few days before the event. If you have not yet received your QR Code parking email, call us on 01 2147355 ASAP!

IS THERE A CAR PARKING CHARGE?

Yes. Car Parking Passes are one of a number of initiatives we have implemented to help alleviate traffic congestion, and thus the impact on the environment, in and around HELL & BACK. Our aim is to reduce the number of cars accessing the H&B venue, by encouraging car pooling and the use of public transport, where possible. Research after previous events showed that many people taking part did not drive but were nonetheless charged for parking. Therefore we took car parking out of the registration fee, which reduced the cost for many people, and are now only charging those who require a car parking spot.

As well as pre-paying when you sign up, you can also pay at the gate for all our events:
  • Bray = €10 per car 
  • Sligo = €5 per car

WHERE CAN I BUY A CAR PARKING PASS?

During the registration process, you are asked if you would like to purchase a discounted Car Parking Pass. If you choose "yes", we will be sent a QR code by email, which you should present to the Car Park Attendant when entering the pre-paid car park. You can also purchase a Car Parking Pass at the Gate on the day (€10 for Bray, €5 for Sligo). Full details will be posted on our website and social media outlets (Facebook & Twitter) in advance of the event. .

WHAT ABOUT PUBLIC TRANSPORT?

HELL & BACKs in Bray
As part of our green initiative, we run a shuttle bus service from Bray DART station to Killruddery/Belmont Estates for those who prefer not to drive. Full details of shuttle bus times will be posted on our website and social media outlets (Facebook & Twitter) in advance of the event. You can buy a Return Shuttle Bus Pass from the driver on the day for €5.

HELL & BACK Hercules in Sligo
Public transport connections around Ballymote/Ballinacarrow can be infrequent. If you are travelling by train, we recommend that, instead of travelling all the way to Sligo Town, you get off at Ballymote and take a taxi to Temple House. Ballymote is just a 10 min drive away from Temple House (which is located outside Ballinacarrow), while Sligo town is 25 mins away. We strongly recommend you ring Ballymote Train Station in advance and arrange a taxi in advance.

IS THERE ANYWHERE I CAN LEAVE VALUABLES?

At each of our events, we have a free Secure Valuables Drop for your personal valuables (car keys, wallets, phones). Please note that valuables must fit into a small freezer-sizes zip bag. You will be given a numbered wristband upon leaving in your valuables - and must present this wristband upon collection. No wristband, no valuables! Full details will be posted on our website and social media media outlets (Facebook & Twitter) in advance of the event.

WHERE CAN I LEAVE MY KIT BAG?

At each of our events, we have large Male and Female Changing Areas where you can leave your kit bag with a dry change of clothes & towel (strongly recommended!) while you are running. Make sure you leave any valuables in the Secure Valuables Drop as detailed above. Please note that you leave your bag in the Changing Areas at your own risk.

ARE THERE CHANGING FACILITIES?

Yes, there are separate Male and Female Changing Areas available to change before and after the run. It is strongly recommended that you bring a towel and complete change of warm, dry clothes with you because you may be cold and wet and have a distance to travel back to your car. At each of our events, there will also be a Wash Down Area to rinse the muck off before changing into your clean clothes.

ARE THERE SHOWERS?

At each of our events, there will be a Wash Down Area for you to wash off any dirt and muck on your body. Remember that this is a working farm so do not expect luxury! Also, because of the potential dangers they can cause to the farm animals, you cannot bring shampoos or gels into the Wash Down Area - it is essentially water only! For events in Bray, Shoreline Leisure Centre on Southern Cross Road is located very close to HELL & BACK. As a HellRaiser, you qualify for a discounted a swim and shower, which is a good solution if you are travelling a long distance home. Contact Shoreline direct for more information.

REFUND FAQs

CAN I GET A REFUND IF I CANNOT DO THE EVENT?

Applications for a refund must be made in writing to info@aliveoutside.ie within the following time frames:
  • Up to 6 weeks (30 working days) before Event = 50% of Registration Fee 
  • Within 6 weeks (30 working days) of Event = 0% of Registration Fee 
We regret that you are not entitled to a refund if you pull out:
  • within 6 weeks (30 working days) of Event; 
  • do not show up on the day of the event; or 
  • those who do not finish the course. 
Please see our Terms & Conditions for full details on our refund & transfer policies.

Partial Refunds

If you are part of a Team of 4, we are unable to issue you a partial refund if one member of your team cannot take part. If you are entitled a Refund under the above time frame, you have a number of options: We refund the entire Team of 4 and you register the remaining team members again as individuals at the online web rate (space permitting). You recruit someone for the Team of 4 to replace the person who cannot take part. Post to our Facebook page as you may find a replacement there. Then simply log into your Team Manager account, using your username and password, and update the 4 members on your team. (Deadline for Team of 4 Member Changes is 3 weeks before the event.)

MARKETING FAQs

BROCHURES & POSTERS?

If you would like some brochures or posters for one of our upcoming events, drop an email to info@aliveoutside.ie and we will send you a link, allowing you print them off at your own convenience.

MORE INFORMATION?

Before taking part, call us in HQ on 01 2147355, Monday to Friday from 09:00 until 17:30. At HELL & BACK, we will have an Info Desk for any questions you may have. On course, ask any of our marshals or "Hell-pers", who will be delighted to help you out!