Hellstone Marathon Runners on the course

About the route

In a slight change from last year the races start and finish in the grounds of the eccentric Bellamont House in Long Bredy, Dorset.


The routes go straight uphill from the start, 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. Despite the many runnable sections, this race is not easy; The marathon boasts approx 1200m of elevation, the half comes in at about 614m and the 10k at approx 270m (full garmin gpx file will be sent with the race instructions). 

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 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 our own unique arrows.As back up we provide gpx files of the route with your race instructions.

CLICK HERE for a simplified map of the route on Google Maps. (parts of route and positions of aid stations may be subject to change)

Marshals & Aid Stations

We endeavour to put marshals on all road crossings, and tricky route turnings.
There will be 2 sweepers in each race.

There are 5 Aid Stations on the marathon, 3 on the half marathon, and 1 on the 10k

Aid stations will have shelter and will be stocked with basic provisions and will have the same choice of items. 


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.  

Planned aid station positions will be approx 6-10km apart at:

  • Loscombe Farm (Marathon & Half)

  • Upwey (Marathon only) 

  • Portesham (Marathon & Half) 

  • Gorwell Farm (Marathon & Half) 

  • Gorwell Farm Hill (Marathon Only)

  • Bridehead Gatehouse (10k only, drinks only)

Sweeper runners for the Hellstone
Hellstone runners in the woods


EVENT DATE is 29th May 2022

START TIMES are; Marathon 9am, Half 10am, 10k 11am


LOCATION is Bellamont House, Long Bredy, Dorset. Postcode DT2 9HN,
OR What3 Words code ///flashback.hammocks.icons will get you to the parking field entrance, where you will also find portable toilets and number collection. 

PRICE is £30 for the Marathon, £20 for the Half Marathon and £16 for the 10k (£2 discount for affiliated runners)


IDEAL FOR those who love to race a tough off-road challenge, but equally, with the generous cut-off time, be accessible to those who prefer to enjoy the scenery on the way round. (You need to be aged 18+ to enter the Marathon, 17+ to enter the Half and 16+ to enter the 10k)


CUT OFFS are 8 hours for the Marathon and 4.5 hours for the half. There is no cut-off for the 10k.


ENTRY INCLUDES a Medal for all finishers, fully signed routes, GPX files, event Medics, sweeper runners, Prizes for first 3 males and first 3 females, and first 3 canicross (mixed), car parking, post race refreshment, free event Photos, option to purchase event t-shirts. The marathon was previously a UTMB qualifying race (YET TO BE CONFIRMED FOR 2022 due to route change) 
(canicross runners are not eligible sorry).


By entering you agree to our terms and conditions. 

Contact us with any questions you may have.