After entry closed for this years event on Friday evening we received a number of enquiries from people who had planned to enter but didn’t get in before the limit had been reached. We didn’t like the idea of disappointing people and today took the decision to add an extra 25 places, so hopefully you’ll have a chance to get in now if you did miss out. These are now available online until entries close next Sunday or until sold out, whichever of these happens first, after which any remaining places will be available on the night only. We thank you all once again for your fantastic support.
Pictured is Max Verstappen, (who also wears a helmet!) winner of the F1 German Grand Prix race on Sunday. We’ve pictured Max, because just like him our event places are going fast. With less than 14 places remaining, it’s looking likely we’re going to sell out which is fantastic, thanks to everyone for the continued support in our third year.
If you’d not looked before, we’ve been busy adding content here on our website. In addition to our event partners, we felt it was really important to also recognise others who maybe donate time, services or skills to our big push. We hope we’ve covered everyone but of course we’re adding every day.
We started Hilly Helmet back in 2017, trialling an entry capacity of 125 to see how it would go. After selling out in year 1 we decided to increase the numbers to 175 for 2018 and have stuck with the same number for 2019. It definitely felt bigger last year and we gave good consideration to not making it too big and not making the course feel too small for the number taking part while also attempting to do as well as we can for the charity. It’s always a nervous time waiting for sign ups, especially as the event draws nearer, but a good mixture of loyal customers returning for the second or third time and a good deal of first timers are getting us closer to the sell out.
We’ve worked hard on this, our hat trick event to keep the personal feel people have said they like about Hilly Helmet, including staying with the pottery finisher mementos and we’ve tried to polish up a few things just a little and hope you’ll approve.
We’ve been generously donated event signage and some selfie frames for photo fun on the evening. The cricket club will be returning with a bbq and the bar will be open before and after the run for drinks, alcoholic and non alcoholic.
This year you’lll also be able to get a sports massage pre or post event (or both) from Gary Daniell Sports Massage who will there all evening providing the service and dnating all takings to the event fund raise. He’ll be offering 5 minutes for £5 and will include RocTape as required. We’re very grateful to Gary for this gesture, please take advantage of this great offer.
Our charity Brain Tumour Support will also be along helping to hand out goody bags on the finish line and helping to take care of your baggage while you run. Just ask for a label when you register and tie it on to your bag.
Race Bib Raffle
The legendary race bib raffle will once again be in force with a good deal of prizes again kindly donated by running clubs and businesses. All finishers will be directed to the raffle to see if they have been a lucky winner when they cross the finish line.
Hydration and the Environment
Once again up on the hill there will be an opportunity for a quick drink of water if you need it and there will be a bottle of water for every finisher at the finish line. This year will be the last year we will be issuing single use bottles of water and the charity have promised they will also be providing paper bags next year instead of the plastic ones you’ll receive this year. Please reuse the bags where you can. Rest assured, all your empty bottles will be recycled, so do let us have them back when you’ve finished with them. Next year we’re planning a more environmentally friendly way of water provision and you’ll also be able to leave your own bottle with us when you register on the night and have it full waiting for you when you finish.
Again, the changing and shower facilities at the Leighton Recreation Centre will be available for our entrants to use as in previous years.
Getting here and Parking
Our final plea is for you to consider your method of travelling to us with regard to parking. As stated in the joining instructions, parking is limited at the Recreation Centre and they will have people coming to use the facility who will be expecting to be able to park so we will be marshalling the car park to make life as easy as possible for everyone. It would help enormously if the amount of traffic coming in can be kept to a minimum. If you’re local and able to walk, run or bike down, that will also help with this issue. as well as lift sharing where possible. There is also a pay and display car park on Warminster Road just 5 minutes walk away which we would really appreciate you using, especially if you’re arriving 6pm. Generally these days, the whole issue of parking can be an emotive issue, so your consideration is most appreciated.
We look forward to seeing you on the night.
Every picture tells a story and the story here is that there are just over 30 entries left for our event on the 14th of August.
Every year we worry if we’ll get the entries in and we work hard to tempt you to come back. It’s great to see our efforts paying off. If you have been procrastinating, please don’t delay any longer as there’s a real chance you could miss out. We don’t want that and we’d love to have you along, so you know what to do.
Dave and Ian of Frome Running Club had a great evening at the Hazelbury Hurrah! on Friday, seen here enjoying their pie and beer at the end of the run. The guys both picked up free entries for the run via the draw of entrants for our event this year which is happening next month on Wednesday 14th August. The prizes were donated by friends of Hilly Helmet Corsham Running Club and as their event happens before ours, we used the places as an incentive to sign up early for our race.
As our event draws nearer, we’re still accepting entries online until Sunday 11th August. After that it will be entry on the night only which as per all other events will be more expensive, so please get in before the price increase if you’re planning on running (or walk/running) with us.
Once again this year we have a good number of prizes to award randomly on our entrants race numbers as well as spot prizes, so it won’t just be the racing snakes taking all the spoils. All our prize donors will be appearing on our thanks and acknowledgments page once it is set up
It was great to meet up with Hilly Helmet Challenge prize winner Jenna last week at the Chippenham Harriers River Run. “This event and Hilly Helmet are two of my favourites, so I was thrilled to win a place for it from my other favourite race” said Jenna. We’re really pleased she enjoyed herself and are delighted that the Harriers have once again pledged a place to one of our lucky winners again in this years Hilly Helmet Challenge.
Meanwhile, this Friday sees two more of our lucky prize winners taking on the Hazelbury Hurrah, a 10km multi terrain event held near Corsham. Dave and Ian, coincidentally both from Frome Running Club, were both winners of the donated prizes. We hope to catch up with them on the night and will bring you news of their evening some time next week. Once again, Corsham Running club donated these places and will be donating again for this years’ Hilly Helmet.
Our month as one of three charities to benefit from the Community Matters project offered by Waitrose at their Warminster branch has now come to an end. In the scheme held in June, shoppers chose to support one of the charities selected by Waitrose with tokens given to them at the check out which they placed in one of the collection boxes in the store. We’re delighted to announce the Hilly Helmet Challenge collection has been awarded £450 which will go to Brain Tumour Support as part of our event fund raise this year.
We’d like to express our gratitude to both Waitrose for giving us this opportunity and everybody who helped raise this sum by giving us their tokens. We really appreciate all your support.
If you’ve not entered yet but are still planning to, the Hilly Helmet Challenge will be run on Wednesday 14th August and we hope to see you there. Entries available online now.
Helmeteers of 2018 have an opportunity to run at the Chippenham River Run 5k next Wednesday, 3rd July. We have a prize of an entry for both the 5k run and the kids fun run going on offer, but it’s happening next week so you’ll have to be quick.
If you ran in our 2018 event and you’re interested in this opportunity and can go to the event next Wednesday evening, please email email@example.com to register your interest. We’ll pull a winner on Sunday and let you know who’s going to join us there.
We’re delighted to introduce our latest supporter, Plymouth based Beaver Teeth Services who offer plant hire services to deal with tree roots and similar problems and are expanding week by week to offer new services. Owner Darren understands recovery from tumours all too well and is supporting our event as well as taking part. We look forward to welcoming him on the night.
We’ve also taken delivery or our race bibs and signage and expect delivery of our new hi vis waistcoats for our helpers this week too. A trip to the pottery this week also proved to be a positive one with good progress being made on your event mementos and prizes.
Our opportunity for shoppers at Waitrose in Warminster to donate their green tokens to us remains in place until the end of the month, so please keep supporting us as you’ve been great so far. We’re the slot in the middle.
We completed our 4th Helmet themed parkrun at Shepton Mallet last week. It’s been great going on the road at Melksham, Southwick, Chippenham and Shepton Mallet and being able to create awareness of why we’re doing this and our grateful thanks go to everyone who has helped make this possible, including event partner Running Guy who provided the prizes.
Entries are coming in nicely and we’re making space for 175 participants this year. We’ve still got places available for free if you are raising a minimum of £100 plus gift aid for Brain Tumour Support. If you’re interested in this we’ll kit you out with a charity t shirt or vest to keep and you’ll run for free. Please get in touch if you’re interested.
Finally, we’re also working to report some exciting news of another donation, details of which will follow over the next few days.
After a few hiccups, we’ve finally got our winner of the second complimentary place for the Hazelbury Hurrah which was donated by Corsham Running Club. Dave Perrett from Frome was our lucky winner picked at random yesterday and he has confirmed he is available so once again our thanks to Corsham RC for their generosity.
Don’t forget, the complimentary Chippenham Harriers River Run and Fun run places are still there to be won until the end of the month, just email us your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org putting the title of the email as River Run to be in with a chance of winning both of these entries. The date of the event is Wednesday 3rd July, so please ensure you are available to run before applying.
In the meantime we’ve been promised a good number of prizes for our event this year and once again it’s fantastic to have the support of the donors, we can’t thank them enough. (Actually we can and are currently setting up a page which we’ll reveal once it’s ready) There are all sorts of prizes ranging from bottles to race entries, running related prizes and massages, all well worth having.
Once again, your ticket is your race number bib though the format will be slightly different in that we won’t be holding a long raffle after the race, instead we’ll draw numbers while you’re all running and have the prizes ready for when you get back. You’ll filter through the finish line area, collect your goody bag and be able to pop up to the bar to see if you’ve been a lucky winner and get yourself a well earned drink before heading back down where you can join us for the social and BBQ. Once the last runner is in we’ll present the prizes for 1st male and female and the Best Helmet and do the thank yous.
We had a great welcome and a great time at Chippenham parkrun last Saturday, thanks everyone. We’re on the road again this weekend, this time at Shepton Mallet. See you at Collett Park for a 9 am start and don’t forget your helmet, or your barcode! Don’t forget we’re giving away a place for our August event to the best helmet taking part.
Once again we’d like to thank our event partner Running Guy for donating the prizes for our parkrun tour this year.