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Gates of hell

Our first short distance challenge, Gates of Hell is an uphill only dash. Starting at the entrance gates to The Hell Fire Club parking area, athletes run uphill  1.3k/100m to the challenge's finish, the front porch of The Hell Fire Club.

Attempt begins when the athlete at the small wooden gate (grid ref. O12091 23729) and finishes when they touch the front porch of The Hell Fire Club (grid ref. O11508 23681)

All athletes must follow our Gates of Hell route, which follows the Dublin Mountain's Way marked trail.


There is no free route choice for this challenge.

The Hellfire Club is positioned atop Montpellier Hill (383m) in County Dublin. Originally a hunting lodge built by William ‘Speaker’ Conolly in 1975.  After his death, it was sold and became a meeting place for a group of wealthy men notorious for wild behaviour, know as the  Hellfire Club. It is said that satanic rituals and sacrifices were performed on the site. There are many legends and local lore about the building and paranormal activity that is said to have happened within, but today it is also a well known place for recreation and is an outdoor space frequented by Dubliners. The site of a Neolithic tomb can be seen to the rear of the house, with raised earthwork visible. There is a trig pillar to the eastern aspect of the house. The front of the house has great views of views Dublin city. You can read more about the archaeology surrounding the Hellfire Club on

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Rules & Guidelines

  • Athletes must carry coat, hat, gloves, foil blanket, first aid kit, whistle, map/compass and/or gps for the duration of the challenge.

  • Runners must announce their attempt to IMC, prior to their run. 


  • GPS devices are allowed and pacers are allowed. The same pacer(s) can not complete the length of the challenge with the runner. Otherwise, it will be considered a team completion. 

  • If a runner chooses to attempt their challenge unsupported and/or solely with map and compass navigation, then this will be specified on the results page. 

  • Completed challenges will be validated when a runner/s supply IMC with a gpx of their run. If a runner chooses to navigate solely via map/compass, and they would like this to be specified in their results, then they will have to supply gps tracking link from their run. 


This is a personal challenge. IMC's only involvement is to agree to record attempts. Neither IMC, its servants or agents can accept any responsibility of any nature or kind for loss, damage or injury suffered by a participant who takes part or attempts Gates of Hell. Each participant takes part at their own risk and is fully responsible for their own safety, support and equipment.

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