The weekend of 20th / 21st August 2011 saw 160 competitors from across the Country competing in a grueling test of physical and emotional strength and endurance at the Hell On The Humber 12 hour night race, hosted at the World famous Humber Bridge in Hessle, East Yorkshire.
Competitors took part in the race which started at 7pm Saturday and went through the night until 7am Sunday as individuals or members of a relay team (including teams from local clubs and a significant presence from British Army teams), completing 4 mile laps of a route which included two crossings of the Humber Bridge. Some of the individual competitors, including local celebrity Aaron Howlett of Biggest Loser fame, completed the event carrying 25kg backpacks, taking the challenge to the extreme.
Many would consider participating in such an event the reserve of the super fit and extreme athletes, but while there were indeed some incredible athletes taking part there were also many novices new to running and racing, taking part in the event due to the no pressure nature of the rules and the supportive environment, with some who had never even completed a 10k run previously racking up an impressive 40+ miles during the Hell On The Humber event.
The 2011 event winners were Kevin Lally of York who completed 76 miles in the 12 hours and Jennifer Bradley of London who completed 70 miles, Kevin had even taken things one step further by arriving at the event on his bike having done the 50 miles from home as a warm up, and on the Sunday morning rode the 50 miles home again. The team race was won by a team from the Grimsby Institute made up of South Bank athletes Iain Chalmers, Gary Thomas and Tracey Gibson who between them completed 84 miles, and local Marathon De Sables veteran Les Hudson won the extreme race (with back pack) with an incredible 44 miles!
The spectators, supporters, race crews and support crews kept the event alive throughout the night with a supportive, yet almost party atmosphere at times, helping the competitors keep going through the dark hours. Over £10,000 was raised for both local and National charities by Hell On The Humber 2011 competitors.
Hell On The Humber 2012 is now open for entries on the event website, and with over 200 pre registrations the event is expected to sell out (the 2011 event sold out twice) and we're looking to try and reach the £20,000 mark for funds raised for charity in 2012.