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Welcome and Hello

We return to Hell

This race takes place in the raw beauty of the north coast of Cornwall. 

Starting just off the coast path at Hell's Mouth, you head out towards Portreath before turning and heading right back to Hell.

The race starts at Hells Mouth at 10.00 am. You make your way along the South West coast path past Deadman's Cove, Crane Islands, Basset's Cove, Samphire Island and Ralph's Cupboard. When you get to Western Hill, you will be guided down by the Marshals then sent up and around before making your way back. I may have forgotten to mention Carvannel Downs, those that know, know!


There will be one aid station on route, which you will visit twice and that is in Basset Cove car park


The route will be marked with blue Bys Vyken triangles and sawdust

There is also the coast path acorn signs. Keep the sea to the left on the way out and to the right on the way back. Marshals will be at key points on the route to keep you safe and steer you in the right direction.


This race is wholly trail and takes in a lot of what the north coast has to offer, including a hill or two. It is mostly easy going except in the middle where it is hellish.

Thank you to all the businesses that support us and all the volunteers. These events would never happen without you

See you all at the Hell's Mouth Coffee House on Saturday 20th April 2024

Event Schedule

Event HQ is at the Hell's Mouth Coffee House on the B3301, TR27 5EG

They have a reasonable size car park but we expect it will fill up quickly and the next nearest car park is a mile away. Please try and car share where possible. Parking on the roads in a dangerous manner will get you disqualified

Registration and ID check is 8:00 am to 9:30 am

The registration is in the hut and gazebo to the side of the cafe.

Event briefing is at 9:40 am, outside the front of the cafe

(Portaloos are in the car park)

The start is across the road, be ready at 9:55 am for a 10:00 am start.

Marshals will be on hand to assist safe crossing

The start and finish area is located just off the coast path at Hell's Mouth

We look forward to welcoming you all back to the finish line and presenting you with your medal!

Trophy presentation is at 12:00 pm

Trophies for 1st to 3rd Female & Male, 1st Team, The 'True Grit' reward 

There is no bag drop at this venue due to limited space, please leave your belongings safely in your car. The venue holds no responsibility for your belongings or your car

Health and Safety

We do our absolute best to make sure your day goes swimmingly but sometimes things go wrong.

If you are unwell, please do not turn up and try to run. The whole thing could unravel very quickly.

Look after yourself and your well being first

Please dress appropriately for the weather. It may be a short race but Cornish weather can change instantly

The kit list for this event is advisory but it is built on years of knowledge. We would not run without it


Entries on the day up to 9 am  and you will be asked for ID.

For safety and medical reasons, we must make sure nobody is running under someone else's name. It is foolhardy and dangerous

Please fill out all the details on the back of your bib number. This is in case you get into difficulties.

It also has our emergency contact numbers on it

We have Omega Medical attending the event and looking after all the runners. They have been at every Bys Vyken event since 2016 and are thoroughly experienced. We would not trust anyone else

If at any point, you feel the need to retire from the event. Please get word to a marshal or contact us directly. We need to know that you are safe. You must return to HQ as we need the timer chip back please

Please respect the environment and do not litter, deliberate acts of littering will be a disqualification

Please overtake runners responsibly and also give way to other runners safely. Respect everyone 

The event is timed with ankle tags, so please think where you would like to be at the start line. May not be worth getting trampled on by the stampede.

For your safety, we have a 3 hour cut off for this event with a 1 1/2 hour cut off at Western Hill.

Cut offs are there to make sure everyone can complete these events safely. We will have marshals out there all that time and sometimes the weather can be extremely demanding  

Other things to remember

This is an out and back event. You will be criss-crossing each other on narrow paths. You are asked to respect each others distance and space when passing where you can. This includes the tourists and walkers you will encounter on the coast path.

Sorry, no dogs are allowed to run in this event

All ID shown must be a physical item, ie; drivers licence, passport

All aid stations provide your standard fare for a race day, crisps, nuts, sweets and fruit. There are large water containers at each station as well as cola. Bys Vyken are a cup less events company so please bring your own.

Please also be respectful at Hell's Mouth Cafe. They have allowed us to host our first event here and we would like to come back again next year

Kit List (advisory)

Quality waterproof jacket with taped seams 

Cap, buff or similar

Hydration system (vest/pack) 500 ml min

Reuseable cup


First aid kit with blister plaster

Foil blanket


Fully charged mobile phone

£20 emergency money & photo ID


Thank you for reading all of the above and we look forward to gathering you

into our embrace 😈

ARC Permit Number   ARC/24/0179

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