Hilly Helmet 4 – The Lock Down Run Entries Now Live

After having to cancel this years run set for 12th August, we’re delighted to announce you can now enter our virtual run Hilly Helmet 4 ‘The Lock Down Run’ via the Entry Central link provided.

There’s no doubt raising money for Brain Tumour Support will be more challenging than ever but we’re hopeful you’ll be there to help us once again. We’re already planning for next year and our 5th anniversary run to which you’re all invited of course!

Don’t forget you can get the whole family involved this year, please take a look at our prices. All entrants will get one of our legendary pottery mementos with the first 200 entrants also receiving a drinks bottle.

We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing your entries coming in followed by your pictures and fantastic helmets once you’ve completed it. Don’t forget to follow government guidelines while taking part. Thank you.


Hilly Helmet 2020 Update

This year Covid-19 has affected all our lives like we never imagined possible. With our plans for August we have watched and waited to ensure we made the right decision regarding the holding of this years’ event.

In light of the current situation in the UK we have seen most if not all mass participation events of all types either cancelled or optimistically postponed to the last quarter of the year. We’ve had to ask ourselves a few questions.

Will mass participation events be allowed by August?

Will Leighton Recreation Centre even be open?

Will Westbury cricket club be playing at the venue due to postponed fixtures thus giving us nowhere to base the event?

Having considered these and other factors, it is with a heavy heart we have decided not to proceed with Hilly Helmet as a mass participation event on the night of 12th August this year. Sadly the very nature of the event means a postponement is not possible, but we’ve an alternative plan!

Hilly helmet was created to bring a fun night of running to everyone and help a charity that offers support to all those affected by the diagnosis of a brain tumour. For the last 3 years your support through Hilly Helmet has been nothing short of fantastic. Like all charities, Brain Tumour Support has been hit really hard by the pandemic with donations down by around 50% and opportunities to hold fund raising events reduced to virtually nil. Meanwhile the diagnoses of brain tumours do not stop and the services they provide to those affected are still needed as much as ever.

We’ve been warmed by the generosity of entrants who have been in touch over the last few weeks wondering if our event would still be going ahead with all those enquiring stating they were happy for us to pass their entry money to Brain Tumour Support and we’re truly grateful for this selfless approach to things from you.

We know many of our Helmeteers enjoy preparing their headgear in advance so for one year only and to help Brain Tumour Support at their toughest time ever, we’d like you to still run for them in a virtual run, The Lock Down Helmet, and don’t forget to run in your helmet!

You’ll be able to fit this in any time at your convenience over a time period we’ll be announcing very soon and we’ll be changing our event on Entry Central to recognise it will now be organised in this way. If you’ve already entered, if your helmet is ready to go you can do your activity as soon as you like and let us have the details and pictures of your run as soon as you can. You should have received an email from us today if you’re already entered into this years event.

Entries will still be via Entry Central once set up and we’d like you to run or walk for 4 ¼ miles, about the distance Hilly Helmet is and wear your best helmet to do it, running or walking it in your own neighbourhood as per government guidelines. If you can find a hill of some sort, please do incorporate it but we understand not everybody may be able to do so. All those who take part will get one of our legendary pottery mementos with unique artwork to remember the occasion. Additionally, if you were on your hat trick run for us this year you’ll still get your hat trick badge too.

We’re also encouraging juniors to take part this year by offering family entries to get the whole family involved. Of course we expect you to accompany any juniors you sign up and all entrants MUST respect social distancing as you take part. Please also ensure any juniors are capable of taking part and not over exerting themselves by doing so.

We’ll be awarding prizes as follows:

Best helmets for male and female entrants

Best Junior male and female entrants.

When you’ve done your run or walk we’d like you to send us a photo of your watch or Strava or whatever app you use AND a picture of you in your helmet, in fact send us all the pictures you like and we’ll post them up on our twitter or Facebook feeds so we can decide who the prize winners are. A point to note is that production of mementos has already been geared to a delivery in August so you may be waiting until then for yours. We’re in talks with the pottery to work towards an earlier  delivery if possible but this will be affected by demand. Thank you for understanding our time frames on this.

We’ve found ourselves in a really difficult position this year and really hope we have offered a satisfactory alternative to our annual event. Hilly Helmet has given everyone taking part some great nights since 2017 and we hope you can continue to support us this year. We’re sure 2021 will be some party and you’ll all be invited as usual.

Many Thanks for your continued support.

Robin-Mark Schols



Hilly Helmet 2020 Statement

We hope you’re all well and coping with current restrictions and the worry the health pandemic Covid – 19 is bringing to us all. In the light of current affairs, it been a time to get a grasp of the seriousness of the situation and take on board what it really means to us all.
The whole country is having to deal with a very serious situation and of course runners with the added disappointment of all races being (quite rightly) cancelled and hoping things will get back to normal as soon as possible. It’s likely to mean a log jam of rescheduled events in the second half of the year for those events that are even able to reschedule.
We’ve been watching the situation unfold and have given serious consideration as to whether our event is likely to be affected. As it takes place in August, it might be far enough away that we still get to hold it, but we’re realistic enough to recognise that it too could be under threat if things don’t get any better by then. Additionally, we don’t see any other window within which we would be able to reschedule should we not be able to hold it in August.
At the present time, we’re still planning to hold the event on the date advertised, BUT we’ll make the tough decision to cancel if we need to in good time. Of course our event raises important funds for the charity we work so hard for, Brain Tumour Support. Like all charities, they are being hit hard with a massive reduction in donations at present and cancelling our event will really hit them hard, so we really will do all we can to get the event on to continue supporting them once again this year.
We’d like to thank all our entrants and our backers, West Wilts Magazine, Stark Ecology,  Mike Sargeant Stone Walling, Stampede Sports and Kyna Software for their unswerving support at this time too. Thanks to them, should this years’ event not happen we have a good amount of funding in place towards next years’ expenses. Our Helmeteers, volunteers, backers, in fact all our supporters are so important to us and our events and anyone who has entered will not lose their money and options will be put forward in due course should we be in the position we need to take these steps.
Please be careful and observe the government guidelines and stay safe and we’ll look forward to seeing you all soon. Watch this space for more updates.

Hilly Helmet 2020 – Statement

The most important part of our event is our people. Our Helmeteers, our volunteers, our backers and everyone who helps make it a success and put a smile on everybodys’ face and without you we’d have nothing. It seems it’s mutual after you voted for us to get an award after letting everyone know how much you rate us on the website Racecheck and we have enjoyed three great years supporting the charity we strive to help, Brain Tumour Support .

Like you, we’re watching world health events unfold and it is clear at this stage nobody really knows how long current events are going to last for. We’ve all seen or heard various statements from government departments and other bodies including event organisers putting back or cancelling events due to happen over the next 4 -6 weeks while it is recommended we all scale down on our socialising to help reduce the spread of the corona virus. Of course we have to consider whether this is going to affect our event his year, even though there are still around five months until it takes place.

Currently we are still planning to hold Hilly Helmet 2020 in August and hoping we’ll all enjoy another great evening again this year. In the meantime, we’ll continue to monitor the news and keep you informed of any steps we need to take along the way. We hope you’re all able to deal with the situation calmly and stay safe and well and we look forward to seeing you in August.


Getting Some Bottle

After being concerned for some time at the amount of plastic used at a good number of events, it seemed like it was time to try to do something rather than keep supplying the throw away bottles we have for the last three events. After approaching representatives of Wessex Water at the start of the year, they have very kindly donated reusable for every finisher of our event this year which you’ll be able to fill at the finish line at this years event.  We hope you enjoy receiving them and make good use of them. We’re also not going to have plastic goody bags this year as well as doing away with the plastic sleeves the mementos come in in an effort to cut waste as much as we can.

Apologies for the site being pretty quiet so far this year. It doesn’t mean nothing has been happening and it was great to meet with Beth from the Community Department of Wessex Water today. We’re still finalising details with another prospective event partner and would still welcome one or two more. If you or your company would like to be involved with this years’ event, please email robin@orangehelmetevents.org.uk  to discuss this further.


Don’t forget, if you want to be in the draw for the Corsham 10k spot for their event this year, you’ll need to be entered into our event by close of play tomorrow. It’s a popular event that normally sells out, so get yourself in the hat. Remember, all our race entries donated as prizes will be drawn from entrants during the build up this year, so the earlier you enter, the more draws you’ll be in with a chance of winning from. It’ll also give everyone more time to plan their year so they can do the race hopefully. We’ll announce the winner on Sunday then announce the next prize that will be drawn along the way to event night in August.

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?

Enter Hilly Helmet Here

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.

Sign up now to be in with a chance at:


Hilly Helmet 2020 Entry Open Now!

With December now upon us and Christmas shopping underway as usual many of us are faced with that annual problem of what to buy the runner in your life. New kit is always nice, but how about giving the gift of Hilly Helmet? A Hilly Helmet race place is a great idea, its not opened and forgotten about by Boxing Day as you have all year to look forward to it and you’re giving money to charity at the same time while also giving a great gift for a runner. Entries are now open and it will be great to see you on our start list for next Summer.

Once again, our generous friends at our local running clubs have promised prizes, some of which will become available before the night to those already entered, details of which will be posted here and via our social media feeds to keep you all informed so you don’t miss out. We’re approaching these generous donations in a slightly different way this year, as we’ll reveal in due course. If you would like to donate any prizes to our draw or support our event via your business, please do get in touch via robin@oranghelmetevents.org.uk