What is HELL & BACK Junior?
H&B Junior is Ireland’s Toughest Physical & Mental Endurance Challenge…for Primary School Kids, with our 1KM course for 5-7 year olds and 3.5KM courses for 8-12 year olds. 5 to 7 year olds will be given an option to do a second 1km lap if time allows, there is no second lap option on the 3.5/5KM courses. 
What age must my child be to participate?
The 1km course is for kids aged 5-7 year olds. The longer 3.5/5km course is for kids aged 8 to 12 years. For insurance reasons, children who are not old enough will not be allowed to take part.

Will there be adults participating? 
No. Our Adult H&B courses are completely separate to all our H&B Junior courses - the H&B Junior courses have been specifically designed for kids. You can obviously run beside them and try to keep up - but you will not be able to do the obstacles with them.

Can I help my child around the course?
While adults won't be able to physically get in and help their child, there will be spectator areas, allowing parents to follow their child's progress around the majority of the course as a spectator, encouraging them as they go.  

What type of challenges should my child expect?
As Ireland’s Toughest Physical and Mental Endurance Challenge for Kids, HELL & BACK Junior will consist of fun, yet challenging, obstacles in a safe and secure outdoor environment.

Both courses will require your kids to negotiate their way over, under, through and around a number of natural and man-made obstacles, before crossing the Finish Line…very muddy but very happy! 

As at all H&B events, if your child does not want to do a particular obstacle, they can simply walk around it - no problem!!!

Can I register a team / more than one child?
If you have more than one child interested in taking part, you can register them all in one group. IMPORTANT NOTE: You will need a date of birth for each kid so make sure you have this before starting the registration process. 

The easiest way to sign up a group of kids is to choose the Syndicated Payments option, allowing you email the other parents a web link where they can pay their portion of the registration fee. So there is less hassle for your collecting money from lots of parents etc.

If you are registering a large group, such as a sports team etc, you will need a Signed Waiver Form for each child you register.

Call us on 01 214 7355 if you have any issues registering multiple children.  

Can we use HELL & BACK Junior as a fundraiser?
Yes, by all means! As with the adult version, HELL & BACK is a brilliant platform to raise funds for your favourite cause, whether that is a charity, sports clubs, kindergarten etc.

Telling family and friends that you are taking part in Ireland’s Toughest Physical & Mental Endurance Challenge for Kids is a guaranteed way for you to secure funds from prospective donors and sponsors.

For sponsorship forms and other marketing material, click here.   

Can I switch Wave Start Times after registering?
Unfortunately, due to the large volumes of children taking part, it may not be possible to change Wave Start Times once you have registered your child. Email us though at with your child’s name, current wave start time and preferred wave start time and we will try to accommodate you as best we can.

Can I get a refund?
Your registration is secured upon completion of the online purchase.

Tickets are non refundable, but can be transferred to another participant in the event your child cannot attend. Please forward your ticket to the person taking your place, and make sure they let us know they are making a name change at the registration tent on the day. 

What should my child wear?
There is no need to go out and buy new clothes especially for HELL & BACK Junior! Instead, we recommend:
- Old, worn clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty;
- Old, securely tightened runners that won’t come off in the muck; no velcro runners as they come off easily. 
- A warm change of clothes (hoody / tracksuit bottoms) that your child can wear after they finish.

Can we bring Supporters?
Yes – there is free entry for spectators to come along to HELL & BACK Junior so bring family and friends to cheer your child on as they try to make it thru’ hell! (Please note that there is a €10 car parking fee with limited space available so car pool where possible.)

Will there be Photographers? 
Yes - we will have official photographers at HELL & BACK Junior taking action photos of those taking part, as well as spectators, which we then post onto our Facebook page and website gallery. We may also use some of these images for promotional material (brochures, posters, web ads etc) in the future. 

By allowing you child take part in HELL & BACK Junior, and by accepting the Terms & Conditions, you consent to photographs of your child being used in the future. 

If you have any issues about Image Rights etc, please get in touch with us on 01 214 7355 or by email

Why do I need to sign a waiver for my Child?
HELL & BACK Junior is Ireland’s Toughest Physical & Mental Endurance Challenge for Kids and, as with all obstacle runs, there are risks associated when participating.

At the Registration Tent, a Parent/Guardian will be asked to sign a waiver for each child participating. By signing the waiver, the Parent/Guardian is agreeing that Alive Outside, the event organiser, is not liable for any personal injury or any other accident that may cause injury to their child. In case of injury or illness to their child, the Parent/Guardian is also consenting to emergency transportation and the administration of first aid and medical treatment.

Unfortunately, your child will be unable participate without a signed waiver form from a Parent/Guardian. 

What about Insurance?
Every participant visiting the Activity Centre for a One Day Event is covered under Alive Outside’s Personal Accident Cover policy. The policy, which is underwritten by AIG Ireland, provides various benefits, including €1,500 Medical Expenses per person for injuries sustained while participating.

This is a very brief synopsis of the cover provided and does not form the basis of our contract with AIG. For a full synopsis of the cover provided or if you have any queries, please contact our Head Office on or 01 214 7355.

Will there be medics / emergency facilities available?
Yes – we take your child’s Health & Safety very seriously and will have a dedicated Order of Malta unit on hand to deal with any injuries that might occur on the day. As well as a foot patrol team covering each specific H&B Junior course, the Order of Malta will provide a First Aid Centre to tend to all injuries, plus an ambulance if emergency transportation to hospital is required.

All our events take place on a working farm or in venue's where there is livestock so make sure you are fully aware of the risks of Infectious Diseases. If your child experiences any of the symptoms in the days after HELL & BACK Junior, contact your doctor immediately.

What other on-site facilities will be available?
All HELL & BACK Junior courses will have similar facilities to our Adult events - including Hell’s Kitchen Food Village, music, merchandise etc, which will be available for all participants and spectators.

Will there be Changing Facilities?
Yes, there are basic, rustic changing rooms in the Lambing Shed for children, as well as a Wash Down Area to get the first layer of much off! Please remember that Killruddery is a working farm so do not expect luxury!!! Children should be supervised in the Wash Down Area at all times.

Is there Parking available?
Yes – you can purchase a pre-paid Car Parking Pass as part of your online registration. Alternatively you will be able to pay €10 per car at the gate on the day. Please note there is limited space available so car pool where possible.

What if it’s raining?
Celebrate! If it is raining, the course will be muckier and there will be more fun for your child! HELL & BACK Junior is an all-weather event so please prepare for all weather conditions. Make sure you bring a change of warm clothes for your child to change into afterwards, especially if it is mucky and wet.

What if my child has a medical issue?
HELL & BACK Junior is Ireland’s Toughest Physical & Mental Endurance Challenge for Kids. Participants need to be of a suitable physical condition to be able to take part.

We strongly recommend that parents/guardians with health-related concerns about their child taking part visit their local GP for a health check-up before participating to make sure that HELL & BACK Junior is appropriate for them.

Will we have fun?
Absolutely! With lots of things to do on-site, HELL & BACK Junior is guaranteed to be a fantastic family day out for both spectators and participants!!!

What does my child get for completing H&B Junior?
Aside from the excitement and sense of achievement your kids will get for completing HELL & BACK Junior, all participants will receive an exclusive Goodie Bag at the Finish Line. Also our photographers will be taking photos of our little HellRaisers which you will find on our Facebook page in the days after the event.

Can I buy H&B Junior Merchandise
We will have a range of Junior merchandise available in our HELL & BACK shop on the day, including junior T-shirts, and much more. Stocks are limited so get there early so as not to miss out. Alternatively, you can go online and buy them from