Hellrunner up north Delamere 2012 Gareth Boyd race report

Please find attached race report from Gareth Boyd’s exploits in this years Hellrunner up North


Delamere Forest saw approx 3000 hardy souls compete in the HellRunner up North race last Saturday. Those Joining me at the start included several witches, a man wearing a suit (with bowler hat) and Mr Mankini! After a gentle and only slightly hilly/muddy 3 miles, we headed into the forest and that’s when the fun started. Everyone had been talking about the infamous Bog of Doom, but before that we encountered several muddy bogs (waist high), and muddy vertical type climbs all adding to the fun. About 8/9 miles in everyone had to wade through a 100 metre path of icy (….well it was really really cold ) water – all of us playing a sort of Russian roulette game – one step forward -water remained thigh deep, the next step you instantly dropped to your waist/neck and so on and so forth. Admittedly, a number of people seemed to struggle with this part of the course and this was the sting in the HellRunner run (tail). Just before the end, we reached The Bog of Doom (more mud, lots of support) and by then I and everyone else found themselves jumping in the mud even if we didn’t have to.

After approx 2.32 hrs, the race was complete and medal and goody bag presented.

Ok, I know the HellRunner brand/hype puts alot of runners off , together with higher than usual entry fee etc but I have to say that as along as you don’t take it too seriously, this event was well organised, with a fun and challenging course – I have never seen so many men hugging foul blankets at the end !
I’d certainly Recommend and add it to my race calendar – maybe just with a costume next time.

Too easy!

Gareth Boyd Race Report London Marathon 2012

Well Marathon number 8 is run/completed and whilst I’m doing a bit of a ‘robot walk’ on the whole, 24 hours after the VLM I’m moving ok. 4 weeks ago, even getting fit and ready for the start line was 50 50 (tendonitis) but by doing this radical new thing called ‘stretching’ and having acupuncture (thank you Jane A!), I was able to join my wife at Blackheath. The Harry Hill costume was a real crowd pleaser (see attached) and I’d lost count by the first 6 miles of how many ‘Come On Harry’ shouts I’d heard. Admittedly, I was surprised that a few spectators thought I was the radical chef- Heston B?!  However, the limited vision, warmer than anticipated weather and lack of training miles took its toll and after approx 19 miles, I lost the desire to wave continuously and just wanted to get it over with. Hats off to the ‘real’ fancy dressed runners – the rhinos etc – incredible and many with such fast times – at around mile 21 for instance, I was overtaken by a ‘dog’ called Alfie. A finish time of 4.08.03 was a tad disappointing but at least, a) I had no injury problems during the race, b) I overtook Iwan Thomas and c) I’d beaten my wife (she finished in a pb of 4.26.53).Obviously a BIG shout goes out to Jane A for another GREAT finishing time. Thank you for all the support and once again, a BIG thank you to Helsby Running club for giving me the opportunity to run this amazing event.

 Harry Hill London 2012

Many thanks