Sunday 10 September will see the second staging of the Bolton Community Half Marathon, an event which, if entry levels go beyond 1200 plus runners, may well result in the reintroduction of a 26.2 mile race in 2018.
The race, organised by Mad Bull Events (the team behind the popular Man v Train) made a successful first entryon to the race calendar with praise for its on route entertainment, crowd support and fantastic finish at Le Mans Crescent.
Last year saw Leigh Harriers’ Neil Pendlebury take first in 1:11:49, with Tommy Harrison in second (1:14:21) and Phil Ecclestone of Burnden Road Runners third (1:17:37). Holcombe Harriers’ Carmen Byrne secured top place in the female field with a winning time of 1:29:25, followed by Burnden pair Liz McLellan (1:33:49) and Paula Piling (1:34:35).
If the upcoming race manages to attract the targeted number of runners, organisers have signaled their intention of reintroducing a marathon to the town. Such a move would come after a 30 year break, with the original 26.2 mile race running from 1981 to 1987.
Registration for Bolton Community Half Marathon is priced at just £30.