Welcome To The
Bolton Hill Marathon 2015
(Voted One of the Best Marathons in the UK by Runners World.)
Saturday 6th June 2015 - 09:30am Start, Moss Bank Park (Bolton).
Chip Timing-Children's Fairground-On Site Retailers-Expo-Marathon Party-Changing Marquees-Spot Prizes-6 Feed Stations and a beautiful 26.2 Mile Run!
(Please collect your race number and chip at registration)
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, through Barrow Bridge village and down the famous miners 63 steps on a stunning 26.2 mile journey.
We Welcome Runners of all Abilities With a Generous 8 Hour Time Limit!
This event has chip timing, all finishers receive a bespoke medal and Finisher T-Shirt.
(Below shows 2014 Marathon City in Moss Bank Park)
Entry Fees: £30.00 Affiliated £32.00 Un-Affiliated
NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY! Limited to 600 Runners!
(Please collect your Number & Chip at registration)
Saturday 6thJune 2015
06:30 to 09:20 Registration Open/Onsite Retailers
09:30 to 17:30 Marathon in Progress
12:25 First Runners Expected Back
16:00 Prize giving & Awards Including Club Awards
18:00 Race HQ Closed
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.
|1st Overall Male||
£100 + Memento+ Free Entry 2016
|2nd Overall Male Each Day||£50+ Memento + Free Entry 2016|
|3rd Overall Male Each Day||£30+Memento + Free Entry 2016|
|1st Overall Female Each Day||£100 + Memento + Free Entry 2016|
|2nd Overall Female Each Day||£50 + Memento + Free Entry 2016|
|3rd Overall Female Each Day||
£30 + Memento + Free Entry 2016
|Spot Prizes||Draw made 17:00|
|Winning Club||£50 (Cash)|
|1st Vet Male/Female V40/V45/V50/V55/V60/V65||
|Male||Charlie Sharpe||Spectrum Striders||3:03:25||2014|
|Female||Sally Ford||UK Netrunner.co.uk||3:49:01||2014|
|Oldest Finisher (68)||Paul Sedgwick||Burnden Road Runners||7:11:25||2014|
The route is stunning and beautiful journey approximately 30% Country road and 70% Trail and is fully marked with white and red tape, black and yellow arrowed signs and arrowed floor paint, however it is recommended you carry a map of the course incase of vandalism of markers or extreme weather. There are mile markers at 1,2,4,13,14,16,21,22,24,25 and 26 miles. The course is hilly with a total ascent of 2997 feet and reaches 1,050 feet on the first climb at 3.8mile point. The route is 1 lap 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 14 miles to ensure all runners complete the White Coppice loop. Any road crossings will be marshaled and in addition there are 6 water/feed stations (please see rules to what you are advised to carry). Water/feed stations are at 3.8 Mile (Water only) 5.7 mile (Water/Gels), 12.0 mile (Water/Gels), 16.7 mile (Water/Gels), 21 mile (Water only) and 22.8 mile(Water/Gels). All water stations are stocked with bottled water/cup water and 4 stocked with High5 energy gels/ISO Gels,Flapjacks 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 (mainly between 8.5mile and 9.2 mile and on the way back from White Coppice for half a mile) although the trail is good in most places expect to get muddy! (Picture right is at the 18.5 mile you cross over the bridge at the top of the water fall)
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 Big 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 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 vendors 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 winter 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).
Public toilets are located 200 meters from race HQ in addition portable toilets are located near Race HQ. There is also toilets at the 20mile point at Rivington Barn (This is also a great spot for spectators), please be respectful of the local environment and members of the public if you need to go around the course.
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!
We have 2 marquees (Male/Female changing) located next to Race HQ
What's Going On at Race HQ?
Fast Track Medal Engraving who will be at Race HQ so you can get your New Big Bling of a Medal engraved with your name and time or whatever else you might want to put on it. The process only takes a few minutes!
We Also Welcome The Coffee Pod mobile espresso van serving speciality coffee, tea, milkshakes cakes and biscuits before and after you race!
Children's Fairground Rides
Hot and Cold Food Vendors
We also have various Local shops in the main marquee for all your running supplies including Foot Traffic and Tony Bolton Sports.
And don't forget to treat yourself to a massage before and after!!
|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 (In case of loss/vandalism of markers/extreme weather)OS 287.|
|2. Compass and Whistle.|
|3. Plenty of Water.|
|4. Mobile Phone (race day contact number is 07533828533).|
|5. Water Proof Jacket and Suitable Clothing.|