The Ellie Penrose Fund


Hell On The Humber (HOTH) events are proud to support the Ellie Penrose Fund.

The Ellie Penrose Fund was set up by Ellie’s family in September 2015 in the memory of their daughter, and our wonderful friend, Ellie Penrose.  Ellie was the youngest runner to ever complete a full distance HOTH event, and finished the Helloween Madness race with 28 miles under her belt in both 2013 and 2014.  When not racing, Ellie was an active member of the event crew and could often be found behind the scenes helping things run smoothly for runners.  Away from HOTH events Ellie was a gifted athlete who represented Great Britain at triathlon, and a naturally talented academic and mathematician, who loved all things maths.  Ellie received an unconditional offer to read Maths at her first choice York University.

Ellie died unexpectedly from meningitis on the 13th of August 2015, just a couple of days before HOTH 2015, where she was set to work as Assistant Race Director.

The Ellie Penrose Fund raises money to support young people in sport, and HOTH events are committed to supporting the fund, and Ellie, into the future.  More information about the Ellie Penrose Fund can be found at the charity website:, or by emailing


Ellie On The Humber

In memory of Ellie, the Halloween HOTH event has been renamed Ellie On The Humber – Helloween Madness, and each year a number of entries are donated to the Ellie Penrose Fund.  This allows runners to raise money for the fund, which helps the fund continue to support young people in their sport into the future, and keep Ellie;s memory alive in sport.


Ellie Character 3.3



Who’s Eligible For Support From The Ellie Penrose Fund??

Applications from are welcomed from anybody aged 21 and under who needs help to access, or keep enjoying their sport. It doesn’t matter if you’re a potential Olympian who needs a new pair of trainers for training in the gym, or a novice seven-year-old who needs a new pair of ski boots to help you keep training and enjoying your sport.

Unfortunately funds are very limited, and we can only help so many athletes. We take each case on it’s merits, and we support those that we think we can really help.


What Support Is Available?

The fund doesn’t just hand out cash, that’s not the way the it works. What it can do is provide equipment, contributions towards equipment, or direct contributions towards specific costs such as a sports massage or event fees. The fund can also help with ongoing support and advice. You tell them what you want or need, and why, and if they can support you they’ll work with you to source what you need.  It’s that simple.

In some cases the fund receives donations of time and expertise from professionals such as endurance and performance coaches, sports nutrition specialists, and similar sporting professionals. These will be offered as appropriate.


What Does the Ellie Penrose Fund Ask In Return?

In return for the Ellie Penrose Fund helping you they ask very little. Put the fund logo on your website if you have one, and on your equipment somewhere. Pose for a photograph, and write a few nice words for the Ellie Penrose Fund web page and here on the HOTH site. If you make it big in the future and find yourself able to, pay it forward. Donate your experience or funds to the Ellie Penrose fund and help them to help somebody else follow your path, or you can help someone who needs it yourself.


For an informal discussion about the Ellie Penrose Fund please contact Karl Jackson –