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fun for the whole family!

Join forces with your children for a unique HELL & BACK Family adventure!

This is the ultimate family challenge where you must all work together to go over, under, around and through over 80 natural and man-made obstacles on a 8KM course that doubles up as home to Ireland's Fittest Family!

Take on, in real life, some of the infamous obstacles and challenges from the TV show, including Pontoon Mania, Hell on Earth, Satan's Pit and The Swamp.

Will you have the energy, guts and determination to make it up the notorious Ramp at the Finish Line?!

Can you and your family make it thru'?! 

8KM course suitable for children aged 10+, accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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PREPARE TO Go to Hell!

HELL & BACK Family is a grueling off-road 8KM course along man-made trail runs and mountain paths in the stunning Killruddery Estate.


Together as a family, you'll have to progress over, under, around and through the infamous HELL & BACK obstacles along the 8KM route, including Water Jump, Splashdown Slide, Valley of Pain, Heartbreak Ridge and lots, lots more!


And don't worry - you can walk around any obstacle you are not comfortable in doing, including the water obstacles if you are a non-swimmer.

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

Minimum Age

Children aged 10 on 21st September 2024 will be able to participate in H&B Family 8KM when accompanied by an parent or guardian. 


Please note that you will be doing the H&B 8KM Adult course so there may be some obstacles that you decide, on approach, are not suitable for your child. If so, please walk your child around the obstacle and onto the next - you will always have the option to walk around any obstacle your are uncomfortable with.

Swimming Requirements
The H&B Family 8KM course usually has a number of water obstacles in the Splash Zone section on the Lake in the heart of Killruddery, which may include Pontoon Mania, Water Jump and Splashdown Slide.

From a water safety perspective, everyone is fitted with a buoyancy aid when they get in the vicinity of the Lake, while our team of lifeguards patrol both from in the water on kayaks and from the bank.


If you or your child is a non-swimmer or doesn't like water, you obviously don't have to do this section and will be directed around it. 

Specators can walk up to Splash Zone - simply follow the signs along the road from the Lambing Shed. Please note that the Lake is in the heart of Killruddery and approx. 15 min walk from the Event Village - so you will need to be quick afterwards if you want to get back and see everyone cross the Finish Line.

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 only one H&B Family 8KM wave on Sat 21st Sept and that is at 14:10 so you must choose this option when registering.

Car Parking

Weather permitting, all parking for HELL & BACK will be either onsite in Killruddery or in the nearby IDA Business Park on Southern Cross Road. Pre-Paid Parking is available during registration at €9 per car (bring QR code). Pay on Day available @ €10 cash per car.


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 at the Finish Line.

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?
There is only one H&B Family 8KM start time at this event (14:10) so it is not possible to register for any other wave.

Can't Take Part?
If you cannot take part, email and we will try to move you to another H&B Family event. Please note that, within 2 weeks of an event, it is not posssible to transfer you to another one. 


Unfortunately it is not possible to refund you for your H&B Family ticket at any stage.  

Wristband Collection
You must register and collect your Wristband AT LEAST 30 minutes before your allocated Wave Start Time.

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, including Hell's Kitchen
Lots of food and drink options to replenish your energy before and after your H&B run.

Course Closing Times

8KM: The course closes at 17:30 so all participants have at least 3 hours to complete 8KM.


The site closes at 18:00 so please make sure you bring all your belongings with you as you leave.

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 family prices

8KM​ - Saturday 21st September 2024

Adult / Child example

All prices include: 

- Mandatory Personal Accident Insurance Fee of €6 per adult / €3 per child

- Exclusive HELL & BACK Finisher's T-Shirt


Optional Extras (available on Registration Form):

- Car Parking @ €9 online / €10 on the day

Optional Extras (available on the day):

- HELL & BACK Merchandise, including Hoodies, Vintage Finisher's T-shirts, Neck Scarves & Gloves



- Free Entry for Spectators
- Timing Chips are not available - this is a challenge, not a race!

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Saturday 21st September 2024

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Family 8km
(age 10 + Parent)

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