Top Gun rules of engagement are written for your safety and for that of your team. They are not flexible, nor am I. Either obey them or you are history.

Mike “Viper” Metcalf

What he said. Seriously. Hell on the Humber rules are the same. 

Karl “HOTH” Jackson


Hell On The Humber is an endurance event series like no other, and each year on the third weekend in August, otherwise known as HOTH weekend (to the initiated), hundreds of runners and walkers from across the country descend on the world famous Humber Bridge, to test themselves in running, walking, shuffling, and crawling over it.

HOTH sees the many competitors taking on the tough and demanding Hell On The Humber route, on the World famous Humber Bridge, for 6, 12, or 24 hours, as they try to complete as many 4 mile laps as possible in that time. There’s no upper mileage limit, though there are some long standing and pretty impressive course records, some of which have proved just too tough to break over the last 5 years. All we ask is that particupants complete a minimum of one 4 mile lap every 3 hours (one lap in every two hours at the HOTH Reloaded and HoHoHOTH Events).  How hard could it be???

You don’t have to be an Ultra runner to take part in the HOTH Event Series, though many experienced long distance runners from across the country return to the event year after year and rack up some impressive distances. You don’t even have to be a runner to take part, walkers are always welcome.  All we ask is that you complete the minimum number of laps, you’re 18 or over for the 12 or 24 hour races and 16 and over for the 6 hour (under 18’s require parental consent), and that you have the right attitude, that being one of enjoyment, personal challenge, inclusion, and support. Egos aren’t welcome.

Every finisher receives the coveted finisher’s shirt, and has their mileage added to the HOTH Leaderboard.  There’s also a very bling finisher’s medal!

If the full thing is a litle much for you, or you prefer shorter and faster distances, we offer a Team Relay option which will allow you and two ‘friends’ to take it in turns knocking off the laps for 12 or 24 hours.  If you’re too young for the full thing, we also have a Kid’s Tower Run on HOTH weekend each year where the children of competitiors, friends, and family complete between one and five miles at the event.

Many HOTH runners take part in the events to raise much needed funds for charities and good causes, and we encourage this and support the runners where possible.  Unfortunately we’re not able to offer any free races for these charity runners, as all of our free charity places are currently donated to the Ellie Penrose Fund.

The number of HOTH Event entries is strictly LIMITED, and once sold out we operate a waiting list.

The Rules Part

HOTH competitors must complete a minimum of one four mile lap in each three hour segment of the event, and you can’t withdraw from the race until after 6am on the Sunday morning. Failure to complete any lap in the allotted time will see you withdrawn from the race and you will miss out on your finishers T-shirt and/or any other goodies that may be supplied, and you will be unable to join the small and exclusive club of HOTH finishers.

Helloween Madness, and HoHoHOTH events require a minimum of one four mile lap in each two hour segment of the event, and you can’t withdraw from the race until after 11:01pm.

Endurance racing isn’t easy and it isn’t for everyone. We won’t judge you on your ability or potential before the race, and in return we expect you to follow the rules and all instructions from the event crew and medics without argument. If we instruct you to do something it will be for the safety of you and other competitors. Failure to follow authorised instructions will result in your immediate withdrawal from the race, forfeiture of your entry fee, and a lifetime ban. You’ll also be asked to leave the event venue immediately, as will your crew and supporters.

As a competitor, you’re required to behave in a safe and sportsmanlike manner at all times, and ego’s are strictly outlawed. Aggressive, angry or argumentative behaviour will result in your immediate withdrawal from the race, forfeiture of your entry fee, and a lifetime ban, as will the same or similar behaviour displayed by any of your supporters or crew. Can you see the pattern here?

Leave your ego at home. If the medics withdraw you – there’s no arguing. If the event crew withdraw you – there’s no arguing.  All results are final – there’s no arguing.  The event director has the final say in everything!  Again, there’s no arguing…

ipod-policeFinally, iPods and any other personal audio and/or video devices are strictly verboten for participants in the events. Using a mobile telephone as a music or video player is also verboten. Anyone caught using one will be thrown off the bridge as an example to others that dissent will not be tolerated…. Just fibbing. Mostly. Probably.

Music is a distraction. We want you to be fully aware at all times just how difficult and insane the challenge you’re undertaking is. We work hard to make HOTH as much of a psychological challenge as it is a physical one. Your supporters and crew are allowed them: you are not. Saying “please?” will not change our minds, nor will you bringing enough of them so that everyone else can have one too.



The Race HQ is located in the Humber Bridge southbound car park, which is adjacent to the Humber Bridge visitor centre on the North bank of the River Humber (Ferriby Road, Hessle). There you’ll find the event crew, lap counting point, water, toilets, nutrition support, medics, and this is where you leave your equipment, support crew and supporters.




Park near the HQ at the start of the race, register and collect your race number. Race numbers and any other items the event crew feel you should be issued will be issued at registration. If you have a tent for your equipment and supplies you will be directed to an area where you’ll pitch it. There is a strict no naked flames policy: BBQ’s & gas stoves etc are also not allowed.

There you have it. The race, the expectations, the rules. If you think it’s something you want to be part of, don’t hang around! The events have sold out every year!

What do you get for following the rules? A finisher’s T-shirt, maybe some other goodies, maybe even a medal (but only if you make the finish) and the satisfaction of knowing that you’ve done something most people can only dream of. Additionally, should you finish in the top three male or female competitors you’ll receive a free entry to the following year’s race.  You’ll also be introduced to the sickest game of winner stays on. You’ll get free priority access to HOTH 24 and early bird, discounted entry to HOTH 12 and 6. You’ll also have aches and pains in places you don’t want to talk about and you’ll have trouble walking. What more could you ask for?

That’s a rhetorical question, by the way. Don’t bother asking, because you won’t get it – whatever it is!

Want to go extreme? Do it carrying a 20+ kilogram pack. Do it in costume. Do it on your hands-and-knees. Or just finish. Finishing a HOTH event is pretty extreme in itself, but it is the icing on the cake. Just have a good time, and do your best. I expect and can ask no more.

Karl Jackson, Event Director



HOTH 24 – 07:00 AM Saturday – 07:00 Sunday

HOTH 12 – 19:00 Saturday – 07:00 Sunday

HOTH 6 – 19:00 Saturday – 01:00 Sunday

HOTH Reloaded – Helloween Madness  – 18:00 Saturday – 00:00 Sunday

HoHoHOTH – The Revenge of Satan Clause – 12:00 Saturday – 18:00 Saturday


Registration closes 30 (thirty) minutes before the start of the start of the event – don’t miss it!