Published: Monday, 7th Oct 2019

Runners can now sign up to take part in the first Bolton Marathon since 1987.

The event will take place next year on 17th May, and organisers have also announced that Bolton Hospice will be the event’s preferred charity.bolton marathon

They are aiming to get a minimum of 100 runners to raise money for the organisation.

Race Director Richard Smith said: “We are delighted to be linking up with Bolton Hospice.

“It does amazing and invaluable work and has provided support to so many people over the past two and a half decades.

“We want to try to raise as large an amount for them as possible, so please enter as soon as you can, we are expecting demand to be high.”

Kathryn Willett, Corporate and Community Fund Raiser at Bolton Hospice, said she was thrilled that the charity had been chosen as the preferred charity for the huge event.

She said: “We are over the moon to have been chosen – if as many people as possible can fund raise for us at this amazing event it will make a huge difference.”

There has been massive interest since news of the return of the Bolton Marathon was announced and organisers are urging those who want to take part to sign up as quickly as possible.

To enter, visit The entry fee is £55 and there is a limit of 4,000 runners.

The route will have a real uphill test – as the infamous 2.1 mile Plodder Lane Climb makes a return.

The one-lap circuit takes in much of the borough, starting and finishing in Queens Park in Bolton town centre.

It runs in a clockwise loop around Bolton, including communities such as Smithills, Sharples, Bromley Cross, Harwood, Darcy Lever, Little Lever and Farnworth.

Richard said: “It will certainly be a true test of running ability. If you only complete one marathon in your life and it’s the Bolton Marathon you can give yourself a huge pat on the back.”

There will also be a 10km race and a family fun run, which is £25 per runner entry fee, with a limit of 1,500 participants.

You can also get involved as a volunteer or sponsor at