Hell On The Humber Endurance Race Series

About HOTH

What's it all about?

Hell on the Humber, or 'HOTH' as it's affectionately known to the thousands of runners who have taken part over the years, is a series of endurance races that take place each year on the world famous Humber Bridge.

The events, which extend in endurance from 6, 9, 12, and 24 hours, involve participants running, walking, or crawling four mile laps across the bridge and back, from East Yorkshire to North Lincolnshire over the mighty River Humber.

There are four events in the series, each with their own unique challenges:

The Mad Hatter 

6 & 9 Hour daylight races starting at 9am and 1 2 respectively on the last Saturday of March, and finishing at 6pm.


A challenging night race of 6 & 12 Hours, which tests the psychological and physical endurance of participants as they run through the darkness towards dawn (or midnight, in the case of the 6 hour.)


Helloween is a fun, fancy dress version of HOTH that runs for 6 Hours between 6pm and midnight on the last Saturday of October, the day closest to Halloween.


6 hours of festive running on the first Saturday of December, it starts at midday, and finishes at 6pm, an hour after being plunged into darkness. This is event is known as the longest Santa race in the world!

The Rules

While HOTH is a challenging endurance race attended by experienced ultra runners,, we encourage people of all abilities to take part, and welcome entries from anyone who feels up for the challenge. As long as you meet the minimum target distance, and you do it without an ego, you're our type of person!


Participants must complete a minimum of one four mile lap in every three hour segment of the race.


Participants must be aged 18 or over to take part in the 9, 12, and 24 hour races, and 16 or over to take part in the 6 hour races.

Self Sufficient

Participants must be self sufficient throughout the race, and while they may have a crew based at Event HQ, they can't be paced or otherwise supported out on the course.

No Egos

HOTH is about personal challenge and achievement, and as such, there's no place for egos. Be there to be part of the event and to test yourself, or don't be there at all...

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can I Bring Support?

Yes, absolutely! You can have a race crew to help you with your kit and nutrition, or you can bring a friend or family member for moral support, they just can't go out on the course with you. Dogs are welcome, but they must be on.a lead, well behaved, and must not access the run course.


All participants are expected to be self sustaining, and to bring the nutrition they need for the event. We provide a supply of snacks and water to compliment what you bring with you, but it shouldn't be your primary fuel.

Can I listen to Music?

Yes and No... Participants must not wear earphones at any time on the course, unless their use is prescribed by a healthcare professional for managing a diagnosed condition, and agreed in advance. However, they may not be used to play music. This is for safety, and is not negotiable. The only acceptable form of playing music while running is by carrying an 80's style ghetto blaster.

What About My Kit?

Many participants bring a small tent that they set up at the HOTH camp, or bring a waterproof bag they leave with a folding chair in the same area. Some leave kit in their cars, too, though the car park is about 200m from the event, so not immediately accessible.

Travel and Car Parking

The event is located at the Humber Bridge, just off the A15 and A63, and there is car parking on site for the duration. For those travelling by public transport, the local village of Hessle is served by a train station that connects direct to the city of Hull.

Do I Get A Medal?

Of course you do! Meet the minimum requirements and you not only get a medal, you get a pretty cool finisher t shirt! There's also hoodies, mugs, and other Merch available at the event (though those bits you have to buy, while the medal and tee are in with the price!)

Want to know more?

If you'd like to know more about HOTH, either as a participant, volunteer, or sponsor, please use the form below to send us an email, and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

This field is mandatory

The e-mail address is invalid

I hereby agree that my contact information will only be used for the purpose of establishing contact in response to my enquiry.*

This field is mandatory

* Indicates required fields
There was an error submitting your message. Please try again.
Thank you! We will get back to you as soon as possible.

© Copyright. All rights reserved.

We need your consent to load the translations

We use a third-party service to translate the website content that may collect data about your activity. Please review the details and accept the service to view the translations.