FAQs

Entry

How much does it cost?
The marathon is £55 for standard entry. The 10k is £25 standard entry.

How old do I have to be to enter?
Entrants need to be 18 years old on the day of the race to enter.

Do I need an account to enter?
Yes, you will need to have an account with our registration provider, Active Network. All personal information will be kept confidential and only used as required to process your entry and distribute race information.

Can I enter as a team?
Yes and we encourage you to do this as it will help you keep motivated during your training! However, each person must enter individually with their own Active Network account. Contact us at team@boltonmarathon.com for information.

What happens when I’ve entered?
You will feel an immense sense of satisfaction having entered the BEST MARATHON IN THE UK!! But seriously, you will receive an email confirmation that will include a link for you to access all the training programmes and training content from our partner physiotherapists. You will receive updates between now and the race to help ensure you are as best prepared for the race as possible. You will receive a final race briefing by email a few weeks prior to race day.

Why isn’t there a UKA £2 affiliated discount?
We understand that this may put some UKA runners off entering. However, as a not for profit organisation all the money we make is going to the Bolton Marathon Community Trust Fund to help others lead healthier, more active and happier lives. We all love our sport and we all love a discount, but the real benefit for us is helping others and the fair and honest pricing for all means that we can maximise the impact of the Bolton Marathon Community Trust Fund.

The Race

What time does it start?
The marathon will start at 0900hrs. Bag drop closes at 0830hrs. The 10k starts at 1000hrs and bag drop closes at 0930hrs. We recommend that you arrive at least one hour before your race bag drop closes to give sufficient time to sort your kit out, warm up and make your way to the start line.

What’s the cut off time?
The cut off for the end of the marathon is 8 hours after the last person has crossed the start line. This means an expected time of around 8 hours and 20 minutes. The cut off for the 10k is 2 hours 30 minutes from when the last person crosses the start line.

How often are and what is included at feed stations?
Feed stations are every 1-2 miles. There will be water in Ooho pouches and nutrition mixed with water also in Ooho pouches. There will be halves of bananas at feed stations for the marathon.

Rules
All runners will need to follow UKA rules for road racing. Failure to adhere to these rules may lead to disqualification from the race.

What facilities are on the course?
In addition to our amazing feed stations, you will also find toilets located at every feed station, spectator areas and first aid posts. We know how frustrating it can be queuing, so we’ve done our best to ensure there are plenty of facilities!

Is there a relay option for the marathon?
Our aim is to deliver the best road marathon in the UK. As it’s our first year, we want to get that right first. We will review this for future races after May 2020. Don’t forget we have a 10k which you can run in teams if there’s a group of you that want to get involved!

Can I wear headphones during the race?
Headphones that block the ear are not permitted as per UKA rules. That includes headphones that go into the ear and sit over them. Bone conduction headphones are acceptable.

I’m injured or cannot now compete in either the marathon or the 10k. Can I defer to next year?
No, entries cannot be deferred to next year.

Can I transfer to another event?
Yes, you can transfer to another event for a £10 transfer fee as long as there are places available in that event and it is before 30 April 2020. If you are transferring from the marathon to the 10k, the balance of your entry fee will be refunded.

Race Weekend

How do I register?
We will not post anything out to you and all race packs will need to be collected prior to race day at registration on Friday 15th May 2020 1700hrs-2000hrs or Saturday 16th May 2020 between 0800hrs and 1600hrs. Race packs will need to be collected in person or by proxy as long as they have your ID and a signed letter requesting their race pack be collected on their behalf (this letter is downloadable from our website).

What is at the Athlete Village?
Our Athlete Village is the hub of everything you need for marathon weekend. Open from 1700 on Friday 15th May 2020, you can expect to find stands from our event partners and sponsors, official Bolton Marathon merchandise, local food and drink providers including a bar. There will be live music and other entertainment on throughout the weekend so whether you are there to race, spectate or just have a look round you’ll be able to soak up all the atmosphere!

How do I get there?
Bolton has recently had significant upgrades to it’s local public transport system with a brilliant new Bus Interchange just a few minutes walk away. This is attached to the train station so both the start and finish are very accessible by both of these. If you are travelling by car, we recommend that you park in one of the many town centre multi storey car parks and walk to the Athlete Village. On street parking will be difficult due to road closures for the event. A full list of car parks in the town will be emailed to you in the final race briefing a few weeks before the race.

The Finish

What happens when I cross the finish line?
Firstly, you give yourself a massive pat on the back for completing a challenging course! All the weeks and months of training have paid off and you are now a Bolton Marathon Finisher! You’ll then be given your medal, collect your finishers t-shirt and pick up some water and food. Collect your bag from the bag drop point and then head out of the finish area where you can meet up with your family and friends before making your way towards the bar for a some refreshments!

What else is there to do?
We want you to stay and cheer on other runners so we’ve put plenty on to keep you and your families entertained. There is a big screen with a live stream to those out on the course as well as music and other entertainment. There’s a large children’s play area close by to keep little ones happy for a while (please ensure they are supervised at all times!) You can continue to browse the Expo and purchase official Bolton Marathon merchandise and enjoy some of the brilliant local food and drink providers too!

Spectators

What’s the best way to see the races?
The Bolton Marathon is incredibly spectator friendly. We have set up designated “Spectator Areas” around the course where you’ll find refreshments, entertainment and a real carnival atmosphere. Access to those areas is best on foot or bicycle due to the road closures. Alternatively, you can navigate the course by car, public transport or bicycle and see runners at many different locations on the course before heading to the finish to cheer them across the line. A map of the course and spectator areas is available.

Can I track the runners?
Unfortunately, we do not have a live tracking system yet, however, there are timing updates at the 10k, half marathon and 22 mile point on the course.

Are there toilets available?
Yes there are toilets available at the Athlete Village and on the course, however, please ensure that runners have priority especially if it’s coming up to the start time for their race!

Can I browse the Expo even if I’m not running?
Of course! There’s something for everyone at the expo and it might just help inspire you to take part in the Bolton Marathon 2021! And who doesn’t want to sample some great food and drink and pick up a quality training top or two!

Charity

Can I run for charity?
Yes and we want as many people as possible to run for a charity of their choice. We have partnered with Bolton Hospice as our local charity partner and they are providing additional support for anyone who wants to run the Bolton Marathon for them. You can find details of how to run for Bolton Hospice here. If you want to run for any other charities, please contact them directly. You will need to enter as normal on our website and then get in touch with your chosen charity for further fundraising information.