Bolton Hill Marathon

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11/09/2012 at 15:49

Hi All,

I am the organiser of the Bolton Hill Marathon, if you have any questions about the event please don't hesitate to pop them on here and i will get back to you ASAP. I am really pulling out all the stops to make this event a regular in the calender and make your marathon day special and hopefully raise lots of money for charity. Yes you have read the event correct all the money from entry fees goes direct to charity so please support the event and hopefully we can reach the 250 limit quickly! Many thanks Phil

15/09/2012 at 21:55

Hi Phil.

What can you tell us about the terrain, or undulations? I quite fancy having a go at this one. Is there suitable accommodation nearby too?


17/09/2012 at 10:12

Hi Paul,

Accommodation is on my site at just click on Bolton Hill Marathon Page. Its a route i have ran for around 20plus years and is stunning unless its a foggy day!!! The terrain is mixed with the first 2.8 mile being tarmac roads followed by a 1 mile section of trail then another 2 mile of tarmac road then the rest is mainly trail. The first 3.8mile is all up hill with a climb of just over 1,000 feet then it is undulating until the 19 mile point where you get another good climb. I wear trail shoes to run the course but on days with heavy rain i have got the fell shoes out. The course will be very well marked however i would still advise carrying a map. I will put garmin trace on website once my new ant stick comes to give you a better idea. Hope this all helps PS iam putting a lot into the organisation of the event i am sure everyone who comes will not be disappointed but ii have ran a few marathons in my time lol!

17/09/2012 at 10:28
Many thanks Phil. Looks well worth a go.
18/09/2012 at 12:57

fell shoes??

I am a bit of a wuss off road



19/09/2012 at 08:11

Trail shoes would be fine, whats the point in running flat concrete marathons all the time? get out there and breath in some beautiful country air, you also have 8 hours to complete so  that's plenty time for any running ability 

23/09/2012 at 17:16

I have run the snowdonia marathon.  Is this a lot hillier than that?

23/09/2012 at 18:55
Hi Sarah, its more off road than snowdonia although it has a big climb at the start and around 22 mile I wouldn't want to make to many comparisons , if you can finish snowdonia you can certainly finish this one, look forward to seeing you
26/09/2012 at 21:30

Great.  I am going to do it!

27/09/2012 at 11:57

thinking about doing this       got chester marathon next sunday

27/09/2012 at 17:22

i never did off road one either..hahaa, plodding hippos comment made me giggle

27/09/2012 at 17:33

im doing Chester too compo..but the country side ones appeal to me more..just rubbish with maps.! altho i do have a garmin..

Edited: 27/09/2012 at 17:34
27/09/2012 at 18:58
Hi all, I will put a garmin trace of the course on the site when my new ant turns up so you can download it to your watch so you won't need a map, the course will be marked out well with over 100 arrow signs,tape and temp spray arrows on floor but just in case a cow decides to eat or do a act of vandalism it is advised you carry a map but its your choice. There will also be plenty marshals around the course however please try not to ask mountain rescue for directions (you will see there vehicles all around the course) they are there for safety only however they will be more than happy to help with anytning else. Looking forward to seeing you all there and giving you your conqueror of the hills medal
Edited: 27/09/2012 at 20:40
04/10/2012 at 16:12

Sounds excellent to me I have two comrades to my name and this sounds like perfect training for my third comrades which is an up run and the first time I did the up I struggled on the hills so need plenty of practice this time round.

05/10/2012 at 20:48

i entered.!!! and i have it on my fb pages   so can i clarify being the trail novice that i am..... am i ok in normal asics trainers? or are my innov8 trail shoes gona be the best bet?

06/10/2012 at 00:08

I would recommend fell or trail shoes. Road shoes probably won't cope with the mud. They might be OK if the ground is frozen but otherwise off-road shoes are the best bet. It can be plenty swampy on Winter Hill. even in the summer.

06/10/2012 at 14:03

Agree with Invisable Man, I managed to plod around the Rivington Marathon this morning managing 2nd place and some of the trails cut up a lot with the wet weather, however the route i have done is the better trails on Winter Hill so strong trail shoes should be fine (i think The Bolton Hill Marathon will be a lot better than today, no half marathon runners getting in your way!! lol) I dont see any problem other than areas stated on website for mud.

06/10/2012 at 22:29

If anyone is interested in a little video clip I took today at the Rivington Trail Marathon, which took place today - and covers much of the same route/area, it can be seen here -

thanks - enjoy!

23/10/2012 at 15:46

Hi Phil, have just been on your website having a look at this. I've never done a full marathon though I've done the Rivington Trail Half 3 times. With a time of 2:22 for the Rivi Half and 2:02 on road (Bonn Half) I am worried that I may be over -reaching myself with this one especially with the 8 hour time limit. What do you think?

best wishes



29/10/2012 at 20:29
Hi maria,

Apologies for not getting back to you faster I have been a little busy running around the country. It's difficult to say and depends on your training from now until March, I ran the full rivington marathon and managed second place,I found the half marathon cut out most of the big climbs, I would say the bolton marathon is not far from the same course but you have a good climb at the start and fnish. Having said this there OS not many marathons with such a generous cut off normally about 6 hours, I set the 8 limit because I wanted to give all abilities the chance of finishing one of the toughest, I am sure you will feel proud wearing your conqueror of the hills marathon medal at the end and saying your first marathon was one of the toughest, we are friendly and lots of my marathon buddies will be running it and some of them just run for fun. If on the day you feel you are struggling and can't finish let a marshal know and we will pick you up and take you back to the start we won't leave you on the top of winter hill LOL. Look forward to seeing you and meeting you on the day its going to be a fantastic event
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