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experience hell at daybreak

This instructor-led paced 7KM run takes place before daybreak where you can experience all the stunning sights and sounds that Killruddery has to offer, as well as challenge yourself to complete some of HELL & BACK's most infamous obstacles, as seen on Ireland's Fittest Family TV Show!

Recommended you bring your own headtorch.

Course type: ALL TERRAIN. Ages 16+.





do you have what it takes?

HELL & BACK @ Dawn 7KM is a gruelling off-road course along man-made trail runs and mountain paths.


You'll have to progress over, under, around and through a number of Killruddery's stunning natural obstacles, including bogs, hills, forests, swamps and rivers, as well as our infamous HELL & BACK obstacles, including Hell on Earth, Tyre Zone, Heartbreak Ridge, Satan's Pit and the iconic Half Pipe, as seen on Ireland's Fittest Family TV Show! Please note that there are no water/swimming obstacles!


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the devil is in the details

Join us 13th May 2023 at Kilruddery Estate, Bray, Co. Wicklow.

Starting at 05:00, you'll see spectacular views of the sun rising over Dublin Bay from the top of the Little Sugar Loaf! An invigorating way to start the weekend - plus you should be finished by 07:30 so home in time for breakfast! Runners are put into groups of approx. 30 people, based on the pace they want to run at (fast, medium, slow). There will be a number of stopping points on the 7KM route for the slower members to catch up and the group to reassemble!


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

Important Info:

Please note there are only a limited number of spaces available for this instructor-led run so register now to avoid disappointment! The registration fee includes: 

- HELL & BACK Instructor leading your group around the 7KM course
- Mandatory €6 Personal Accident Insurance Fee
- Free Parking in Main Killruddery Car Park
- Secure Drop Off for your Car Keys etc
- Post-Run Light Refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits) in Woodland Hangout Zone
- Vintage HELL & BACK Finisher's T-Shirt upon completion 

Please note:
- Unfortunately there is no access for Spectators
- Timing Chips are not available - this is a challenge, not a race!

Start Time Checker

You must register and collect your Wristband at 04:30 at the entrance to the Alive Outside Activity Centre - everyone will then start at 05:00. Find out all you need to know about your registration via our Start Time Checker.

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, 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.

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.

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