& HALF MARATHON
NEW FOR 2020!
Now open for it's 2nd Year - The Hellstone Marathon and Half Marathon - AND NEW 10k RACE - by Badger Trail Events are fully signed, hilly challenging trail races in the Heart of Dorset
We provide great support, medical cover, free car parking, an entry fee that wont break the bank, bag drop, toilets, free hot drinks & refreshment at the finish, medals for all finishers, 6 aid stations, and a Badger (again)
We wanted to give you a slightly different experience to its sister race The Dorset Ooser, and so with The Hellstone Marathon we bring you more devilish hills, more heroic views and more epic skies for a lot of the course, but we couldn't resist including a bit of magical woodland and a stone circle along the way.
We wanted to send you out into the countryside on an adventure but bring you back safely
We wanted to make sure that even if its blowing a hooligan in top of those hills and raining, its also not minus 5 degrees, hence its in May.
Welcome to The Hellstone...
Big Hills, Big Skies, Big Views...
The Races start from the cricket field adjoining the impressive, and beautiful Bridehead House in Little Bredy in the heart of Dorset.
The routes go straight uphill from the start (where have we heard that before?), then follow windblown hilltops, farm tracks, small footpaths, bridleways, steep fields both up and down, and go past ancient stones,
a forgotten chapel, and a wishing well. Tarmac has been kept to a minimum. Despite the many runnable sections, this race is not easy; The marathon boasts approx 1169m of elevation (and 1 UTMB point), the half comes in at about 614m and the 10k at approx 270m (according to OS maps, full garmin gpx to be provided shortly).
There are some long and steep climbs, many gates and stiles, and some difficult hillsides to traverse. There are also epic views reaching into the next county in places.
The Races are pretty much all trail apart from:
In the Marathon there is a total of approx 3km of short sections of tarmac, the longest being 0.8km
In the half there is a total of approx 1.2km of short sections of tarmac, the longest being 0.6km
In the new 10km Race there is approx 0.5km of tarmac
There is a generous 8 hour cut off in the Marathon and a 4.5 hour cut off in the half.
There is no cut off time for the 10km.
Routes will be marked with a mixture of tape and our own unique arrows. There will also be marshalls at road crossings and critical junctions. As a back up you will be provided with a map of the route and the gpx file will be available for download on the Route Maps page.
There are 6 aid station checkpoints in the Marathon, 3 in the half marathon, and 2 in the 10k.
All aid stations will have shelter and will be well stocked with provisions and all will have the same choice of items (although we may review this before next year); Water, squash, cola, crisps, salted snacks, bananas, oranges, flapjack, Jaffa cakes, jelly sweets & chocolate. (we cannot guarantee the jelly sweets will be suitable for vegan runners).
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A CUPLESS RACE - what does this mean? - it means that in line with most european trail races and now many UK trail races we will NOT be providing disposable cups at the aid stations, this is to cut down on both litter and waste.
Aid station volunteers will be happy to fill your water bladders and bottles for you, but we recommend you obtain a re-usable cup for drinks at the aid stations.
Something like one of these is ideal:
aid stations will be approximately 6-7km apart at:
White Hill Barn - 7km Marathon and Half - 1km in 10k
Pen Barn Farm - 13km Marathon only
Goulds Hill - 18.5km Marathon only
Corton Hill - 25km Marathon only
Bishops Road - 31km Marathon and 14km Half - 8km in 10k (this may change)
Gorwell Farm - 39km Marathon and 19km Half
(aid station positions may be subject to change but we will inform you in advance if this is the case)
Countdown to the Hellstone 2020
When? - Sunday 31st May 2020
Registration - 7am - 9.30am
Race start times - marathon 9am, half marathon 10am, 10km race 11am
Where? - The Cricket Ground at Bridehead House, Little Bredy, Dorset. DT2 9HF will get you to Little Bredy, then just follow the signs. Car parking is in the same field as the start/finish area and Race HQ.
How Much? - In line with the Dorset Ooser, Marathon Entry Fee is just £27.00 and the Half Marathon Entry Fee is just £13.50 for affiliated runners.
The 10k is £10 for affiliated Runners. Non-affiliated for all races is just £2 more.
Who? - These races will appeal to those who like to race a tough off-road challenge, but also with the generous cut-off times, be accessible to those runners who like to enjoy the scenery on the way round. (minimum age limits : 18 to enter the marathon, 17 to enter the half marathon, 16 to enter the 10k)
You can also run with your dog, but please see our canicross specific rules before entry.
How Long? - Cut offs are 8 hours for the marathon and 4.5 hours for the half (no cut-off for 10k)
What's included? - Unique medals for all finishers, fully signed and supported route, route maps, Event Medics, sweeper runners, bespoke Trophies for first 3 males and first 3 females in each race, car parking, post race refreshment, male and female changing areas, option to purchase event t-shirts. (Please note - Canicross runners will not be eligable for any of the main 1st, 2nd, 3rd Ladies and Men's prizes, there will be separate prizes for dog-assisted runners). For the Marathon - 1 UTMB point is on offer (canicross runners are not eligible, sorry)
By entering you agree to our terms and conditions. The Hellstone is a CUPLESS EVENT. Full race details, maps, timings, travel information, race rules, and registration details will be also sent to you by email in due course, after race entry.