The Pike & Back Half Marathon

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Coined one of the toughest Half Marathon's in the UK, this spectacular out and back route up Winter Hill is a challenge for runners of all abilities. Wind your way up and back country roads and trails, and relish in the triumph of finishing with your bespoke medal and goody bag.
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Half Marathon
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Calendar
Sun, 22 Mar 2020
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Location
Car Park, Moss Bank Park, Moss Ln, Bolton BL1 6LY, UK
Start times
Sun, 22 Mar 2020
Half Marathon:
TBC
Races summary
Here's what races are available for The Pike & Back Half Marathon
Half Marathon
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13.1mi
£26.00 - £28.00
Route information
The views at the top of this stunning but challenging route will be worth the uphill battle as you crest Rivington Pike in this out and back Half Marathon. Stated as one of the toughest half marathons in the UK, this route takes you up Winter Hill before turning around and winding down country roads, taking you home back to the finish line.
The Route will be fully marked and supported and is run on 50% trail and 50% country road. There are plenty of feed stations along the route to ensure that your spirits and energy remain high, supplying the fare of High 5 Electrolyte, water, and some sweets.
Some roads along the route have very light traffic so please take extra care on these and keep to pavements when available remembering to give way to all pedestrians. There is a Timing point at Rivington Pike to ensure all runners go over the top.
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What's included
  • Chip timing - including Pike split timing (halfway)
  • Bespoke medal
  • Goodie bags
  • Prizes for Top 3 Male/Female runners
  • Awards to all vet runners ages 35-74
  • Feed stations with water, electrolytes, and sweets
  • Free unlimited photo downloads
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How to get there
Car Park, Moss Bank Park, Moss Ln, Bolton BL1 6LY, UK
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Address: Moss Bank Park, Moss Lane, Smithills, Bolton BL1 6NQ
Parking:
Moss Bank Park has 2 free car parks,  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 car park from Moss Bank Way A58 then follow signs to car park 2 or 1 along Moss Lane.
Event day logistics
Schedule:
08:00: Registration opens - Race HQ is at the start/finish line
09:30: Race begins
Collect your Chip & Race Number on the Day from Race HQ. There will be toilets located at Race HQ.
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Spectator Info
Spectators are welcome and encouraged to cheer on the racers at any point during the course.
FAQ's
Will there be baggage storage?
Baggage storage will be available at Race HQ on the day, however, your bags are left at your own risk. Please put your name and race number on your bags.
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Can I enter the The Pike and Back half marathon on the day?
If available, there will be on the day entry for an extra £2, however, this is a popular event so we recommend booking beforehand.
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I am a beginner runner, can I still run this race?
Yes. Although challenging, this route is definitely doable for runners of all abilities.
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Is it closed road?
No, there may be light traffic along some of the country roads so please take extra care here. We advise that you do not wear headphones so that you stay aware of all your surroundings.
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Will there be baggage storage?
Baggage storage will be available at Race HQ on the day, however, your bags are left at your own risk. Please put your name and race number on your bags.
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Can I enter the The Pike and Back half marathon on the day?
If available, there will be on the day entry for an extra £2, however, this is a popular event so we recommend booking beforehand. I am a beginner runner,
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can I still run this race?
Yes. Although challenging, this route is definitely doable for runners of all abilities.
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Is it closed road?
No, there may be light traffic along some of the country roads so please take extra care here. We advise that you do not wear headphones so that you stay aware of all your surroundings.
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Reviews
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Really well organised event with friendly marshals along course. Great refreshment stops along the route with water and extra goodies; not forgetting the table of cakes at the end! Tough out and back course. Long ascent out but, the down hill on tired legs is as bad! Mixture of road, path, rocky trails and short area of peat/bog which is mostly passable by boards. (I've added a couple of photos from my recce run a few days earlier). It was particularly windy in places in 2019 too. Very scenic from the top of the Smithalls/Rivington park area. It's on my list to run again.
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Really enjoyed this event... course was challenging but well marshaled.No problems collecting race numbers and baggage drop off was ok.Great Medal and goody bag was excellent...Will do this event again.
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5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Omg the BEST most hardest race I've done,but my god it was also the friendliest,kindest awe inspiring one too,from the flap jack pieces to Melissa knowing my name,thankyou for an unforgettable experience
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