I entered Hell on the Humber (HOTH) as the race team I’m in, PossibiliTTy, had chosen it as our Christmas meet up in the UK. It was my first 6 hour run and it is exactly as advertised in that you run from one side of the Humber Bridge to the other and back again. Each lap is 4 miles and you can do half a lap at the end.
We started bang on time and I was determined not too go off too fast so I was checking the pace religiously. I ran with a friend the whole way and I think this made it a lot easier although there were plenty of runners around to high 5 and pass the time with a chat as we ran.
We aimed for between 9 and 10 min/miles plus stops at the end of each lap to grab a snack and put some more clothes on as it got colder!
I hadn’t checked the elevation before the run but don’t make the mistake of thinking this is a flat run, you’re either running up or down the whole way! We finished at 30 miles and had covered more than 450m elevation!
This race is so much fun as most people dress up in Christmas costumes and it doesn’t seem too serious so runners are mostly friendly and cheer each other on all the way through. It’s a great introduction to endurance running as you can count down the laps and it’s easy to take breaks to grab some nutrition. There is a great coffee van plus the toilets were open which means no portaloos, huge plus points for this!
The event is really well priced at £30 and you get a tshirt and some mulled wine/cider and treats at the end. Highly recommended and if you fancy a bigger challenge, there are 9, 12, 24 and 36 hour options throughout the year!
Posted on 17.12.17
Great low key event (just over 100 participants) which give it its uniqueness. Most information is managed by Facebook and email. Register on the day and cross the stunning Humber Bridge as many times as possible in the time. Have never chatted to so many participants during an event before, really friendly / help each other out atmosphere. Walk, jog or run it doesn’t matter. As they say in their communication, there’s no space for Ego’s. First event I’ve done where I didn’t see a club vest!! Tshirt, medal and food on finishing. Will def look to do this again!
Posted on 04.12.17