Bolton Hill Marathon

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21/11/2012 at 20:08
Forgot to say, Saturday 26th Jan 10:30am at car park 2 moss bank park, please email me at if you intend comming
23/11/2012 at 13:58


Do you think this would be a good training run for the Comrades Marathon? I am doing the up run in June 2013. I am trying to find races but wondering if the mileage wont be enough for March?

23/11/2012 at 18:08

Hi Lorraine,

I would say this is good training, when i am training for 100 mile ultra races i very rarely would go over the 26 mile mark in one go if you do your just going to risk injury or exhaustion and is not going to benefit you greatly. In your training you should be doing hill work at least once a week anyway especially for Comrades.

Hope this helps and look forward to seeing you

26/11/2012 at 13:01

I want to complete my first marathon next year think this would be ok for a first timer?

I'm in pretty good shape and have completed my fair share of halfs, the most obvious choice for me for a first marathon would be Blackpool but having run endless races there I'd like something a bit more interesting and this sounds like it fits the bill. I'd need some runs in the hills under my belt but Winter Hill was going to fit into my training schedule anyway.

26/11/2012 at 22:42

Looks like you have already answered that question Peter , definitely be plenty to look at, on a clear day you can see Blackpool tower anyway lol

28/11/2012 at 12:28

ha true looks like I'd already convinced myself just needed someone else to say so too! Just weighing up whether or not I can fit the training in for a full but if so I'm in, it sounds great.

28/11/2012 at 12:51

This looks good - I entered a while ago.  I am training for Comrades as well so it is nice to know that this is a suitable race.   

30/11/2012 at 14:05

juleswill1 the direction link now works, apologies for the delay getting it back online

Peter get training now weather is fantastic!!

Becca7 good luck with Comrades its a fantastic race, unfortunately i will be busy next year trying  to run 52 official marathons so no Ultras for me 

01/12/2012 at 12:52

Somebody said they're a wuss off road.

anyboby who has a go at this might be crazy but they can't be a wuss!

I've had my brain taken -out I'm going for it.

01/12/2012 at 18:59
Oh cr*p!!! Just been to see the first partof the route
Need to step up my training...
01/12/2012 at 19:12

I think a slow start is called for!

02/12/2012 at 21:15

I'm in! Should help me cut down on all those Quality Street over Christmas. Aim of the game for me will be to finish the darn thing standing up. Good luck to all who are going for it. 

03/12/2012 at 00:02
Good to have you on board Ian although your taste in chocolate is poor!
LYDLT i take it you didnt go to see the down hill section then LOL, if your just out to finish the marathon then take it easy on the first part save your energy and legs for later there will be other marathons to do a pb and this isnt one of them so no point burning yourself out early on, keep up the training you will be fine. BK2 Good on you well-done.
05/12/2012 at 20:33
I'm hoping the view on the way up (the view is AMAZING!!!) will distract from the pain of it being up-hill
10/12/2012 at 12:15

I've only just found out this race is being held!! Absolutley gutted as this is where I train but i'm running the Greater Manchester marathon two weeks after this, then Edinburgh four weeks after that. I think three marathons in six weeks would be asking too much from me, but i'd desperately like to run this one....I love running 'on the tops'. Good luck to all taking part, i'll come and spectate I think. It's already in my diary for 2014! Oh, I ran the first four or so miles with a friend who used to be a Royal Marine and he was nearly sick...

10/12/2012 at 18:35
KM2 although I will not be running this one (I will be busy being a marshal) I will be running 6 marathons in April and 12 in may inc Manchester and Edinburgh and the brathay 10 in 10 so i am sure you can fit another one in, if I could find a marathon every weekend near me I would do 52 a year every year
10/12/2012 at 22:08
I'm also doing Manchester and possibly Windermere just the one though not 10 in 10 if I can do it so can u km2 (although you probably run a wee bit faster than me so may take its toll more
11/12/2012 at 03:23

juleswill1 you must do windermere you can cheer me home on my 10th marathon

11/12/2012 at 08:57

I think running in this beautiful part of the world, where you can't go more than a few hundred metres before hitting some kind of climb, gives you such an edge when it comes to running 'flat' courses. Well done for orginising this event and introducing other non-local runners to our wonderful hills and moorland! I'm seriously tempted to enter now...he who dares, Rodders!

11/12/2012 at 17:12

I was frequently injured when I lived in London and ran on flat roads. I was a bit appprehensive when I moved to Bolton and took the hills carefully but I'm sure that they have made me stronger. If I get injured now, it's usually due to taking a tumble in a fell race, not from running with a similar stride length all the time.

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