2020 Hilly Helmet Preparations Have Begun

As we near the end of January preparations are well under way for this years’ event. We’re thrilled to have an award for our 2019 event but won’t be sitting resting on our laurels as we continue to work hard to bring you another enjoyable evening this August.

We’re delighted to announce some of our progress so far.

Kyna Software, Stampede Sports, Stark Ecology and The West Wilts Magazine are all joining us as event partners once again this year along with Wessex Water for their first year who will be providing reusable water bottles (and water) for all our runners on the night.

Gary Daniell of GD Sports Massage and Personal Training will once again be providing pre and post event massage on the night with all funds raised going to our fund raise. We’re still working with a couple of other potential partners, more news once things are confirmed. If you’d like to join us as an event partner, please do get in touch via the email address at the foot of this item

Once again, we’re indebted to our good friends at various running clubs and organisations associated with them for donations of various prizes for all our entrants, a comprehensive list of these donors will be published in due course.

We’re handling the distribution of some of these slightly differently this year. There will be the usual race bib draw but all prizes of race places will be allocated to entrants before the night of the event over the lead up months as some of the events take place before ours and with some longer distances winners may well benefit from extra notice so they can start their traiming. Please watch this space and our social media feeds on Facebook and Twitter for more information. Once you’re signed up for Hilly Helmet 2020 you’re automatically in the draw for all the prizes, the first of which is a place in the Corsham Running Club St Georges 10k in April. The winner for that prize will be announced at the end of February, so still plenty of time to get signed up and in the draw if you’re not already.

We’re also once again holding a raffle of other donated prizes like chocolate and bottles etc with tickets available on the night. If you’d like to donate any prizes to that please let us know via a message to robin@orangehelmetevents.org.uk  or contact us via social media if that is easier for you.

Please remember, every penny raised will benefit the charity Brain Tumour Support who will also be there on the night congratulating you at the finish line. If you’re not running but would like to donate you can do so via our Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/braintumoursupport/robinmarkruns

Finally, if you’re not able to take part you’re very welcome to come along and join the atmosphere and if you would like to help, please let us know in advance and we’ll see if we can find you a job.

Ken Goes Beyond The Far Side

Helmeteer Ken Pyper took on the ‘Beyond the Far Side’ event held in Westbury last Saturday, another event entry donated to us by our friends at Crooked Tracks Wiltshire. The event takes in some parts of the Hilly Helmet course offering 24, 12, 6 hour and 10k event options. Oh, and mud, plenty of mud, much more than we have ever offered.

Runners taking the 6 hour option or upwards do laps, coming in for rests between as they wish. Ken took on the 12 hour event, completing over 37 miles and almost 6000 feet of climb over the laps he was able to complete over the time available. “I really enjoyed the challenge, and even managed a smile at the end” said Ken.

Once again, we’d like to thank Crooked Tracks Wiltshire donating the prize and for donating to our event once again this year for the 4th year running. Watch out for the prize in our draw leading up to our event in August.

Hilly Helmet Goes Gold!


After a lot of anticipation the Racecheck website finally revealed their award winners for 2019 this morning. We are thrilled to announce thanks to you, our voters, they have awarded The Hilly Helmet Challenge 2019 with a Gold Award!

Race founder Robin-Mark Schols said, ” I remember waiting for my plate to be fitted where part of my skull had been removed and running around in the helmet feeling sorry for myself but thinking, hey I could turn this into a race and fund raise. It felt like a daft idea but I’m thrilled with how with everybodys’ help and generosity this event has gone from strength to strength over the years it’s been held from that idea. We’ve had fantastic support from various event partners who have helped fund it and been supported with such enthusiasm by all those who have signed up to run each year and had so many prizes donated too. On top of that, we have a great team who love to help get it on and it’s just made the whole thing a pleasure.”

Robin continued, “We decided we should see if we could get some recognition for the event so asked our runners if they would rate it. The response we got was brilliant and that’s what makes this award so special. Races aren’t cheap, so it’s only fair we can get honest opinions on the ones we’re interested in. I’d like to thank everybody who has taken the trouble to rate our event. We’ve had 64 ratings in total, with 15 on the last day before the totals were counted, so clearly it also means a lot to our Helmeteers too.”

Hilly Helmet finished with a rating of 4.94 out of 5 across the different criteria people were asked to vote on and were just .1 of a mark away from being voted Top Rated off road event of 2019 in the face of some very experienced opposition. You can take a look at the final results via the link below. Remember too, entries are now open and all entrants are placed into a prize draw from the moment they sign up, so what are you waiting for?

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Racecheck Awards List

Hilly Helmet Prize Giveaway Starts Here!

This year we’re once again thrilled at the donations of prizes to our event from our friends across the county and we’re looking forward to passing them all on to you our Helmeteers!

We’re kicking things off with a prize from our good friends at Corsham Running Club, an entry into the St Georges 10k, a sellout race every year. To be in with a chance of winning you’ll need to enter this years’ Hilly Helmet Challenge as soon as possible as the popular Corsham event takes place in April. If you don’t win, don’t fret, you’ll be in the draw to win one of our other prizes during the build up to our event this year.

We’re drawing the prizes this way  this year so our lucky winners will have more notice to make their arrangements and get in the training they’ll need to take part.

All prize winners will be notified by email and details will be posted on social media. There will be a runner up drawn for each prize who will be offered the prize in the event the winner is unable to take part.

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