THE organiser of the annual HellRunner race at Delamere Forest has put last year’s fiasco firmly behind him following a ‘hugely successful’ event over the weekend.
Race director Paul Magner, whose company TrailPlus Ltd organises the gruelling 11-mile multi-terrain course, says ‘trust’ and ‘goodwill’ has been restored after traffic chaos marred the 2010 race and put this year’s in jeopardy.
Insufficient parking caused the road network to become gridlocked as 3,000 participants arrived to tackle the ‘Hell up North’ event.
However, this year the event was split over two days – Saturday and Sunday – rather than having a morning and afternoon race on one day, and free parking was provided by Delamere Railway Station.
As a result about 1,800 runners competed over the two days, not including spectators.
Mr Magner said: “It’s been absolutely fantastic, we had two hugely successful days. The feedback has been sensational.
“I know the police have been very complimentary and, most importantly, the Forestry Commission had complimentary remarks from residents.
“A lot of trust and goodwill has been re-established. Things didn’t go as planned last year. We took the issues seriously and responded, this year things have worked.”
Phil Sale won Saturday’s race in a time of one hour 23 minutes and 39 seconds, while Charlie Sharpe was victorious the following day in a quicker time of one hour 20 minutes and 11 seconds.
For more details, visit www.hellrunner.co.uk/hell-up-north.