One of the toughest in the UK although suitable for all abilities with a 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 technical T Shirt each day.
Due to popular demand and being a sell out in 2013 we have decided in 2014 to make the marathon into a 2 day event with a 300 runner limit each day. You can either enter 1of the days or if you like the additional challenge enter both days. If you want to enter both days simply enter each day separately online or by post and we will put you in the 2 day event!
(Please collect your Number & Chip at registration)
Friday 7th March 2014
15:00 to 18:00 Pre-Registration Opens for Saturday
Saturday 8th March 2014
07:00 to 09:15 Registration Open/Onsite Retailers
09:30 to 17:30 Marathon in Progress
Prize giving & Awards Including Club Awards
18:00 Race HQ Closed
Sunday 9th March 2014
07:00 to 09:15 Registration Open/Onsite Retailers
09:30 to 17:30 Marathon in Progress
Prize giving & Awards Including Club Awards
18:00 Event Ends
Apologies but due to the lack of interest we regretfully have had to amend the advertised Pasta Party, instead we will provide light refreshments in Race HQ on the Friday and Saturday afternoon at a discounted price. obviously as this is a charity event it was unfair to take the huge costs of putting this on out of the charity pot as we only had interest from 3 runners. The runners who paid in advance will receive a full refund of £5 either by cheque or cash on the day, please advice by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org if you want the refund posting.
Some of the Comments Made by Runners World Members 2013
“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.
All Finishers Will Receive A Commemorative Medal Each Day! (Prizes will be paid in Foot Traffic Shop Vouchers For 2014)
Club Award will be given to the best top 3 overall Finishers each day (overall Club Male Award and Overall Club Female Award and cash Prize to the club!)
1st Overall Male Each Day
£50 + Memento+ Free Entry 2015
2nd Overall Male Each Day
£30+ Memento + Free Entry 2015
3rd Overall Male Each Day
£25+Memento + Free Entry 2015
1st Overall Female Each Day
£50 + Memento + Free Entry 2015
2nd Overall Female Each Day
£30 + Memento + Free Entry 2015
3rd Overall Female Each Day
£25 + Memento + Free Entry 2015
Overall 2 Day Winner Male
£100 + Memento
Overall 2 Day Winner Female
£100 + Memento
1st Vet Male/Female V40/V45/V50/V55/V60/V65 Each Day
Oldest Finisher (68)
Burnden Road Runners
Route 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 is 4 water/feed stations (please see rules to what you are advised to carry). Water/feed stations are at 5.7 mile, 12.0 mile, 16.7 mile and 22.8 mile. All water stations are stocked with bottled water,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!)
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 7:00 am and will close at 17:30pm, 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 photo shows race HQ area 2013).
Public toilets are located 200 meters from race HQ and will be open from 06:30AM on Marathon Day, in 2014 we are in addition placing portable toilets 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?
Friday 15:00 to 18:00 light refreshments served in Race HQ along with pre registration for Saturday, music and children's fairground we also have.....
Fast Track Medal Engraving who will be at Race HQ both days 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!
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!!
Stansfield Sports Injury Clinic are pleased to announce they will be providing Sports Massage on both days of the race. They will be based next to the Race Headquarters near the start line in our Stansfield Sports Injury Clinic tent.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, you will be rewarded for your time!
(Sorry No Transfers, No Deferrals and No Refunds!)
This event is official and held under UK Athletics Rules and regulations. Permits from the Trail Running Association will be available for inspection at race HQ if required. By entering the race you understand that Hill Runner will not be liable for any loss or injury directly or indirectly caused by or resulting from participating in the race or the physical condition of any competitor. All Participants take part at their own risk and by entering agree that the organiseres will not be liable for any claims.
1. Not litter the route and must use bins provided at water/feed staations
2. keep to the trail route and public paths so there is no impact to the environment
3. Give way to members of the public at all times (runners do not have right of way on the course)Failure to follow these rules will result in instant disqualification from the event!
Runners agree the following on entry:
The Bolton Hill Marathon is held under UK Athletics rules and regulations. You must declare that
that you are an amateur as defined by UK Athletics laws and agree to abide by their rules. You agree not to hold the
organisers, marshals, volunteers, sponsors or any associated company or organisation working within the framework
of the event, responsible for any personal injury, sickness or accident suffered, nor the loss of any property on the
course, changing areas or event centre. You participate entirely at your own risk and agree not to take part if you are
unwell or injured. You understand that the entry fee is non-refundable. You understand that participation is highly
individual and as such entries and race numbers are non-transferable
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 Winter Clothing.
RACE NUMBERS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE. 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.
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 email@example.com
Places to stay.
The marathon is supported by Holiday Inn Bolton, to receive a special £79 a night room rate including breakfast please quote the Bolton Hill Marathon on booking