This is unsurprisingly one of the busiest pages on our website!!! Participants who haven't done an obstacle course adventure race (OCR) before are often unsure on what they should wear because, let's be honest, doing HELL & BACK is not the same as doing a fun run in your local park!!!
To help you out, we've put together the handy list below of must-haves, from base layers to trail runners and sports bras to padded socks. A key thing to bear in mind is that you will probably get quite mucky and dirty - so make sure you bring a change of clothes to slip into afterwards, plus a plastic bag to bring all your dirty gear home.
•Trial runners are best (better grip in muddy conditions)
•Astro boots also work well
•We strongly advise you do not wear normal runners or any other footwear, as the reduced grip will increase your risk of injury
•Studs, cleats, blades & spikes are NOT PERMITTED
•Fingerless cycling gloves are best, full finger gloves will get water logged
•Base Layer – compression top
•Top Layer – Technical t-shirt (optional)
•Wear long sleeves to help protect your arms at crawl obstacles
•Avoid cotton materials!!
•Compression leggings are recommended to help protect legs when crawling.
•Avoid flimsy material that may rip or tear.
Get into the full spirit of HELL & BACK and take part in Fancy Dress!
Make sure you TRIPLE KNOT the laces on your footwear as they may get sucked off in the mud!!!
Masking tape or cable ties around your shoes are NOT ALLOWED as they comes off too easily and poses a serious risk to the livestock on the farm.
BLISTERS, HOT SPOTS & FRICTION RASHES
Don’t use any new gear for this event, have all your clothing and footwear tested and worn in well in advance! Use Vaseline or zinc oxide tape to protect anywhere you have gotten blisters or friction damage in the past. If you are not sure how to tape your feet, find an expert (i.e. a physio) who does - you will be thankful after the race!
WILL I GET WET?
The delights of the water obstacles on the HELL & BACK course make sure that you will get very wet! We do have the Londis Water Jump and Splashdown, which is suitable for swimmers only. Everyone attempting the obstacle must wear a lifejacket before they jump. Non-swimmers can walk around this obstacle and wait for their friends on the other side.
In other parts of the course, the deepest waters will be no higher than 5 feet and there will be ropes to help you through.
WILL I GET COLD?
Part of the HELL & BACK challenge is overcoming the elements as well as the obstacles! We have designed the course so that, while you will get wet, you should be constantly on the move so you shouldn't get too cold! We therefore advise you resist the temptation to layer up too much!
SHOULD I CARRY WATER?
In association with Tipperary Natural Mineral Water, we have a policy of a water station at least every 5KM so there will 2 x water stations on the 15KM course (at approx 5KM and 10KM), 2 x water stations on the 10KM course (at approx 3KM and 6.5KM) and 1 x water station on the 7KM course (at approx 4KM), as well as more water at the Finish Line, so make sure you stop and take the time to rehydrate at each station.
As you will need your hands free for various obstacles, we don’t recommend you carry anything with you, unless you have a hands-free water device.
WHERE DO I PUT MY EMPTY WATER BOTTLE?
Remember that Killruddery is a working farm so please dispose of your empty water bottles responsibly. As well as being an eyesore, plastic bottles thrown into along the course or into the forest can cause serious damage to the natural wildlife.
At each water station, there are large skip bags for you to throw your empty bottles. Each of these skip bags will then be recycled post-event so please make sure you help us with this important environmental policy.