Bolton Hill Marathon

Saturday 10th June 2017, 9:30am Start

£32 Affiliated £34 Unaffiliated. No Entries on the Day.

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About The Race 

One of the toughest in the UK although suitable for all abilities with a generous 8 hour time limit

the Bolton Hill Marathon route follows some of the most beautiful trails and Country Roads on the West Pennine Moors

taking you up and over Winter Hill, past White Coppice

and along the famous Anglezarke Reservoir,

 past Rivington Pike and Barn and through Barrow Bridge village.

Terms & Conditions of Entry 

Chip Timing,Children's Fairground-On Site Retailers/Cafe/Free Refreshments-Spot Prizes-7 Feed Stations with Food and Drink and a beautiful 26.2 Mile Run!

(Please collect your race number and chip at registration)

All finishers receive a bespoke medal and Finisher T-Shirt (Hoodies are available to purchase on the day)

(Below shows 2014 Marathon City in Moss Bank Park)

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Your feedback and what we can do to improve this event is important to us, please leave your comments here after the race so we can make amendments to future events!

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2017 photos

Photos of you on the Course will be by Mick Hall Photos

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Some of the Comments Made by Runners World Members

“A Brutal but Rewarding Marathon, a day I will never forget”

“The word brutal was overheard several times during the day, and seems to sum it up pretty well”

“My all-time best loved it and I have ran many”

“Great course fabulous organisation and drink stations that many could learn from very well equipped. It is hilly and rugged as you would expect but great scenery and a really nice atmosphere. I will be back next time thanks”

“Would not change a thing about this, excellent event from start to finish”

“Fantastic marathon the ice and snow just added to the interest, Lots of camaraderie and good banter. The route was a great mix of terrain, with some hugely demanding hills”.

“Sign up now, fantastic experience”

“It would be criminal and selfish of me to want to keep this race a secret. The attitude of the marshals was fantastic as was the organisation”

“A tough but very organised and scenic race”

“Tough, Tougher than me, but cheered on by the marshals, crowds and great scenery”

“Very tough, but very rewarding at the end”

“Amazing day, great course, awesome prep from the organisers from the website/info to the course marking, and incredible marshals/checkpoint folk”

Details Of Race 

Photos below show views along the way and what sort of terrain the route has.

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Prizes

All Finishers Will Receive A Commemorative Medal and T-Shirt! (Prizes will be paid in cash for 2017)

Club Award will be given to the best top 3 overall Finishers and cash Prize to the club!)

1st Overall Male

£100 Cash + Memento+ Free Entry 2018

2nd Overall Male  £50 Cash+ Memento + Free Entry 2018 
3rd Overall Male  £25 Cash +Memento  + Free Entry 2018
1st Overall Female  £100 Cash + Memento + Free Entry 2018
2nd Overall Female  £50 + Memento + Free Entry 2018
3rd Overall Female

£25 + Memento + Free Entry 2018

Spot Prizes Draw made 17:00
Winning Club £50 (Cash) Male+Female
Course Record (Male/Female)

£50 (Cash)

1st Vet Male/Female V40/V45/V50/V55/V60/V65

Memento

4th Place & 5th Place Male/Female Memento

Below Pictured the 2013, 2014 winner and current course record holder of the Bolton Hill Marathon Charlie Sharpe of Spectrum Striders and Team 9 Bar during the 2014 Marathon.

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Course Records

Male Charlie  Sharpe Spectrum Striders 3:03:25 2014
Female Caitlin Rice Glossopdale Harriers 3:30:13 2015
Oldest Finisher (69) Paul Sedgwick Burnden Road Runners 7:21:23 2015

Route
The route is stunning and beautiful journey approximately 50% Country road and 50% Trail, It is advisable to carry a map of the course although it will be fully marked. The course is hilly with a total ascent of 2997 feet and reaches 1,050 feet on the first climb at 4mile point. The route is a lolypop of a 26.2 mile course which starts and finishes at the same area. There are at least 20+ marshals and 40 Mountain Rescue Personal around the course for your safety, there is also check points along the route and at 13 miles to ensure all runners complete the White Coppice lolypop. Any road crossings will be marshaled and in addition there are 8 water/feed stations. Water/feed stations are at 4 Mile.  7.5 mile ,9miles, 12 miles, 14.0 mile ,17 mile, 18.5 mile and 22 mile. All water stations are stocked with bottled water/cup water and with High5 energy gels, Electrolyte,Haribo and Jelly Babies. Some roads along the route have very light traffic so please take extra care on these roads and keep to the pavements where available remembering to give way to all pedestrians around the course. Although we have tried to avoid boggy ground there is still some small areas which can become tricky in wet weather.

Click Here For OS Explorer Map 287 1:25 000 Scale Of The Route (Coming soon!)

Click Here For a GMap Of The Route (Coming Soon)

Click Here For Garmin Trace Of The Route For You To Upload

Click Here to view on Strava

Click Here For Full Directions Of The Route (Coming Soon)

 

Route Elevation 

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Start/Finish Area & Parking

The race starts at Moss Bank Park, Moss Lane, Moss Bank Way, Bolton. BL1 6NQ.Click here for map location. Race HQ will be a Marquee (enough to shelter in) placed near the Ice Cream Hut/ Children's Fairground and is a small walk from car park 1 & 2  . Moss Bank Park has 2 huge free car parks with over 200 spaces although in peak times these can become full but there is still plenty of parking available around the park. You are advised to park in car park 2 although both car parks are equal distance to Race HQ. If you are driving please enter the park from Moss Bank Way A58 then follow signs to car park 2 or 1 along Moss Lane. The Race HQ Marquee will be open from 6:30 am and will close at 18:00pm, it will be stocked with water for all runners before and after your run. Hot and cold Refreshments will be available to purchase from the park cafe on the day.  A race brief will take place at the start line at 9:20am. Moss Bank Park is a beautiful Park with many attractions to keep spectators amused while you run such as a huge children's play area, kiddies fun fair rides, tennis courts, ice cream shop, miniature railway and gardens (please see Moss Bank Park website for opening times). Please be aware that the park gets extremely busy during the day so please be courteous to all members of the public. (The below photos shows race HQ area).

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Toilets

Public toilets are located 200 meters from race HQ in addition portable toilets are located near Race HQ, please be respectful of the local environment and members of the public if you need to go around the course.

Bag Drop 

It is recommended you leave belongins and valuables in locked cars however there will be a small area to leave baggage, bags must be labeld with your name and number and will be left at your own risk as the area is not always supervised!

Changing Area 

Please use Race HQ

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And don't forget to treat yourself to a massage before and after!!

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Stansfield Sports Injury Clinic are pleased to announce they will be providing Sports Massage on race day. They will be based in Race HQ.
Stansfield Sports Injury Clinic have been working with elite athletes and endurance runners for a number of years. We provide exceptional hands on treatment and service to all clients new and old. Clients include Wigan Warriors Rugby League Team, England Rugby League Team, Olympic Runners and a range of endurance athletes including the Marathon King himself Steve “Iceman” Edwards.
Stansfield Sports Injury Clinic will be on hand to assist all runners before and after the Marathon. Treatments are between 7:30am - 09:15am and again at 1pm - 4:15pm.
There will be a team of highly skilled Sports Therapists offering Sports Massage, Rocktape Kinesiology Taping and Injury Advice. If you have any existing niggles, we are there to help advise you on how best to manage it during the run.
All money raised will be donated to The National Autistic Society.
Sports Massage - 5 minute slots - £5
15 minute slots - £10 and 25 minute slots £15
 Rocktape Kinesiology taping - £5
 If you would like to book your treatment before the day, please contact telephone 01204 770308 or email info@stansfieldsportsinjuryclinic.co.uk.
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Bolton Mountain Rescue will be offering race support for the event on a voluntary basis with around 40 members attending the event. If your running for charity BMR would be grateful of any donations and keep the fantastic service they provide going for years to come. Along with the Brathay trust we would recommend running on behalf of the BMR Team, click below for further details.
 
We  Always Need Marshals!! If you would like to be a Marshal please email pecclestone1@sky.com, you will be rewarded for your time!
 
It Is Advised All Runners Carry The Following Due To The Nature Of The Race And Changeable Weather On The Pennine Moorland, However It Is Your Own Preference what You Carry!
1. Route Map OS 287. (Printable off website)
2. Compass and Whistle.
3. Plenty of Water.
4. Mobile Phone (race day contact number is 07533828533).
5. Water Proof Jacket and Suitable Clothing.
 
RACE NUMBERS ARE TRANSFERABLE UNTIL 10th MAY 2017 (Email transfer details to pecclestone1@sky.com). IN THE UNLKELY EVENT THAT THE RACE HAS TO BE CANCELLED, DELAYED OR POSTPONED DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES OUTSIDE OUR CONTROL SUCH AS WEATHER OR INSTRUCTIONS FROM EMERGANCY SERVICES NO REFUNDS WILL BE PAYBLE HOWEVER YOU'RE ENTRY WILL BE CARRIED FORWARD TO THE NEXT RUNNING OF THE RACE. Participants must be 18 years or over on the race date to take part in the event. All runners must attend the race brief at 9:20 at the start line and have registered before 9:15am. Participants grant permission for photographs or films to be taken during the event and Hill Runner reserve the right to use such photograths for publicity or promote future events. All data is stored securely and will not be supplied to any third party. On race day you must complete personal details including any health issues and medication on the reverse of the race number. The race number must be worn at all times, unfolded and visible on the front of shirts for the duration of the race. Runners must follow any instructions given by event officials/marshals. The time limit to complete the course is 8 hours after this all marshals/drink stations and markers will be withdrawn from the course. Any Participant who retires during the event must ring the race day number or inform a marshal that they have done so. A sweep of the course will take place after the event and all markers will be taken down. Hill runner reserve the right to alter or amend race information or rules before the event and any changes will be published. Failaure to follow event rules may result in disqualification. Wearing of devices requiring headphones is not advised due to some parts being run on open road.
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Most Important We Want Everyone To Have A Safe And Good Time And Make Our Events One Of The Best In The UK, We Hope You Enjoy The Day And Feel Free To Leave Constuctive Comments On Runners World Website Or Directly To Us At pecclestone1@sky.com