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experience hell at daybreak!



Take part in a spectacular early morning run - and be home in time for breakfast!

This instructor-led, paced 7KM, where you'll be put into groups before you start, depending on your speed, takes place before daybreak so you'll experience all the stunning sights and sounds that Killruddery has to offer as the sun rises up over Dublin Bay.


Challenge yourself on some of HELL & BACK's infamous obstacles, including Hell on Earth, Heartbreak Ridge, Valley of Pain and Satan's Pit, as seen on Ireland's Fittest Family TV Show!


- 7KM Run, including 6KM Obstacles


Suitable for ages 16+, accompanied by an adult.



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do you have what it takes?!

7KM Run

  • A spectacular, social 7KM run, perfect for corporate groups, sports clubs and charity fundraisers!

  • Early morning start - the perfect way to start the weekend!

  • Consists of approx 1KM of trail running with 6KM of obstacles.

  • Negotiate Killruddery's stunning natural obstacles, including hills, drains and forests, as well making your way over, under, around and through over 40 x HELL & BACK obstacles.

  • Obstacles include:

    • Hell on Earth,

    • Tyre Zone

    • Valley of Pain

    • Heartbreak Ridge

    • Satan’s Pit

    • The Black Pearl

    • The Eliminator

    • Finish Half Pipe, as seen on Ireland's Fittest Family!

  • This is an instructor-led event - so you will be put in a group before you start, depending on your expected speed. There will be a Fast Group, Medium Group, Slow Group etc.

  • No swimming or water obstacles – but you will get down and dirty on all fours through the murky mud of Killruddery!

  • Early morning start times from 05:00 with registration from 04:30-04:45.

  • Exclusive HELL & BACK Finisher's T-Shirt 

  • Light Refreshments at the Finish Line

  • From €51 per person, which includes: 

    • Experienced Instructor leading your group around the 7KM course

    • Exclusive H&B Finisher's Tshirt

    • Personal Accident Insurance

    • Free Parking in Main Killruddery Car Park

    • Secure Drop Off for your Car Keys etc

    • Post-Run Light Refreshments

IMPORTANT:  If you're looking for a tough, competitive Hell Run, this event is not for you because it is instructor-led...sign up for H&B Winter or H&B June instead!


What to wear

• 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 as full finger gloves may 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.

• Duct Tape, Electrical Tape & Cable Ties are not allowed on your shoes as they come off too easily and thus become a danger to the livestock on the farm.
• Make sure you TRIPLE KNOT your laces instead.

Devil Detail

Start Times

Unlike, say a marathon, there is not one big, mass start at HELL & BACK - instead there are a number of starting waves throughout the day with 250-400 HellRaisers in each. You choose your preferred wave start time when you register and can double check this on the Start Time Checker.

There is just one wave on Sat 18th May at 05:00, so you'll see spectacular views of the sun rising over Dublin Bay from the top of the Little Sugar Loaf!


Registration opens at 04:30 so you must register and collect your Wristband at the entrance to the Alive Outside Activity Centre and be ready to go for your start wave at 05:00.


An invigorating way to start the weekend - plus you should be finished by 07:30 so home in time for breakfast!

Instructor-Led Run

This unique run is instructor-led so participants are put into groups of approx. 30 people, based on the pace they want to run at (fast, medium, slow etc). There will be a number of stopping points on the 7KM route for the slower members to catch up and the group to reassemble!

Car Parking

Parking for H&B @ Dawn is free - you park onsite in Killruddery at the entrance to the Alive Outside Adventure Centre


Personal Accident Cover is included in the registration fee of all participants. This cover may include benefits in the event of you incurring an injury.


Finisher's T-shirt

You can collect up your exclusive "I Made it Thru' HELL & BACK" T-shirt in Basecampe after you finish the course.

Start Time Checker
Find out all you need to know about your registration, including the time you are allowed access the venue, your Wave Start Time and T-Shirt Size, via our Start Time Checker.
Can I Change My Start Time?
Unfortunately, as there is just one start time of 05:00, you cannot change your start time. Please make sure you arrive at 04:45 at the latest!

Can't Take Part?
If you or a team mate cannot take part, at this late stage, you can only do a manual transfer on the day. So send your original ticket to the new participant for them to show to the Registration Marshal, who will manually transfer the original ticket to the new participant.

Registration Closing Time
You must arrive and register by 04:45 - anyone arriving after this time may be refused entry.

Risk of Infectious Diseases
Killruddery is a working farm so be fully aware of Infectious Diseases. If you experience any symptoms after the event, contact your GP immediately. Find out more here.

Event Village
There is a Secure Valuable Drop for your car keys in the Event Village, along with basic Changing Rooms, Portaloos and the Finisher Tshirt Collection Point. Plus make sure you pick up your complimentary light refreshments to replenish your energy after your H&B Run.

Course Closing Times
Your instructor will aim to have your group back in Basecamp by 07:30 so everyone 
will have 2 hours 30 minutes to complete the course.


Please note that, if you don't made it to certain points by a specified time, you will be redirected towards the Finish Line via a shortcut. For Health & Safety reasons, anyone not finished by 07:30 will be removed from the course by buggy.


The site will then close at 08:00 so please make sure you bring all belongings with you when you leave. You are free then to head home, hopefully having experienced a unique and invigorating morning run!

Accommodation Options

If you're looking to stay overnight in Wicklow, then make sure you check out the Wicklow Tourism website for a full list of accommodation, including The Martello Hotel on Bray's Seafront!


For more detailed information, visit our main FAQ page.


Alive Outside


Southern Cross Road

Bray, Co Wicklow




H&B @ DAWN prices

7KM​ - Saturday 18th May 2024


Price Level

Satan's Special Rate



TEAMS (4-20 Participants)

Price Level

Satan's Special Rate



groups (21+ Participants)

Price Level

Satan's Special Rate



All prices include: 

- Experienced Instructor leading your group around the 7KM course

- Exclusive HELL & BACK Finisher's T-Shirt

- Post-Run Light Refreshments 

Mandatory €6 Personal Accident Insurance Fee

- Free Parking at Alive Outside Activity Centre

- Secure Valuable Drop for your Car Keys etc


- This event is not suitable for Spectators so please tell them to stay in bed!!!
- Timing Chips are not available - this is a challenge, not a race!


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