The 11th Gin Pit Double Marathon


“The Gin Pit Jumble”

The 11th installment of the Gin Pit Double Marathon

The 2 marathons in 2 days Challenge

“The Original and Only single loop double marathon in the UK”

Saturday & Sunday 19th and 20th March 2022

Online Entry

(PayPal only, sorry we cannot accept credit or debit cards)

Download Race Brief Here

Start Time 9:30am Each Day

Race Introduction

The Gin Pit Double Marathon ia a challenge to complete the 26.2 mile course of one large loop, twice over 2 consecutive days. To my knowledge this is the only true double marathon in the UK using a single 26.2 mile loop course and one of the longest running marathon doubles of it’s kind.

The Gin Pit Jumble 2022

Over the past 11 years I have accummulated lots of left over medals. They are all still beautiful and shiny and they would love a home, so I will have them re-ribboned in glorious techni-colour for 2022. This is my small effort to be environmently friendly and also give runners the opportunity to earn a past designed medal which maybe you missed out on. At the finish you will be able to pick your own coloured medal. Also the main driver for holding this event is to raise money for the Brathay Trust charity so by using these surplus medals, we can all still enjoy the usual Gin Pit event and at the same time raise even more money for the Brathay Trust.

Story of the Event

My inspiration for this marathon event goes back to 2010 when I realised I was always having to travel, often long distances to run a marathon. It occurred to me that there were very few local marathons. This is no longer the case as we now have a good selection of marathons in the North West, some are excellent BIG city events but none are as unique as this. I can’t believe we are back for a 12th time, my original plan was only to ever hold the event once!

With the help from family, friends and my running club Astley & Tyldesley Road Runners, the Gin Pit Marathon weekend has developed a bit of a cult following, with it unique friendly and welcoming feel that gives runners the opportunity to run just one marathon or take on the 2 day double marathon challenge. As far as I know it is the first of its kind and still the only single loop double marathon in the country. Every year this event hasn’t just attracted local runners but runners from all over Britain who have been inspired to take on the Gin Pit double challenge. With the entry limit of 60 runners per day the event sells out every year. I think the event offers something a bit different that leaves competitors with fond memories for a long time. All the positive comments from entrants over the past 11 years are so heart warming and spurs me on to keep holding the event again and again. I hope the event will be enjoyed as much by the runners in 2022.

Astley Pit Head Gear

The Course

The course is one large loop taking in 10.5 miles of canal tow path, 12.5 miles of trails, which are mostly derived from disused railway lines but I’m afraid there are still 3 miles on public roads. Sorry I couldn’t quite find a way of making a whole course off road.

I must thank our northern industrial heritage for giving us these lovely trails and canals to run along. It is fascinating to imagine that many years ago these trails would have seen large steam trains belching out huge amounts of stream and pulling heavy loads of coal. The canal tow path would have had horses pulling fully laden barges along the Bridgewater and Leigh branch of the Leeds Liverpool canals which we run along. Today they have been transformed into tranquil trails and paths which we can enjoy, away from the bustle and fumes generated by 21st century traffic.


The Tudor house and orange canal in Worsley

Look out for the picturesque village of Worsley at mile 8, with its beautiful black & white mock Tudor buildings contrasting with the unusual orange canal water. At 11 miles you will pass through the village of Astley, look to your right and you will see the last remaining coal mine pit head gear in the whole of Lancashire. Its iron work & wheel stand proud above everything else as a lasting reminder of the industry that used to overwhelm the whole area. This is now the site of the Lancashire Mining Museum and completed run by a fabulous set of volunteers, who are working hard to gain funding to save the sadly deteriating head gear.

The beauty that has come out from the coal dust of the industrial revolution can be enjoyed by those of us willing to leave the roads behind to explore and probably get a little bit muddy!

Race Information

The Start and the finish are at the Miners Welfare Club, Gin Pit Village, Ley Road, Tyldesley, Manchester, M29 7DW (pictured below).

During periods of wet weather the course can be very muddy in a few places and trail shoes could be useful for these conditions. In dry weather, road trainers will be more than adequate.

Please do not enter the Welfare Club in muddy trainers and running gear, you will get me into TROUBLE!

Gin Pit Welfare Club

Race limit is 60 runners per day.
There is a 6 hour time limit each day.
Minimum age 18 and all competitors must have completed a sub 6 hour marathon within 12 months of the race day.

The event is held under UK Athletics rules.
Trail Running Association Race Permit Number 4571 – Applied for.

Race start time 9:30am each day.
Daily pre-race registration and collection of race numbers will be from 8:30am at the Welfare Club next to the start.
For runners running both days you need to register each day and will be given a fresh number for each day.
Maps and directions will be available at registration each day. They aren’t necessary to navigate the course but runners may like to take a copy along with them during the race.

Competitors are able to enter either day of the event or both, just indicate your requirement in the appropriate boxes provided on the online or on the paper entry form.

Any updates will be posted on this webpage and the Gin Pit Marathon Events group on Facebook. If you are on Facebook feel welcome to request to join this group to hear Gin Pit Marathon information first and join in with a bit of Gin Pit running banter.

Click here to download entry form

Click here to see the confirmed entry list

Click here to download a GPX file of the new course through Bickershaw Country Park and past Fir Tree Flash

Click here to follow a link to a map of the course

Click here to download a map of the course

Click here to download course directions
I have created the directions as a word document so that competitors may alter it to fit their individual needs, for example increase font size to make it easier to read while running.

Click here to download a list of local places to stay

Results will be posted HERE on this website the day after the event.

Running along the Guided Busway in 2019

The event is a self guiding course, maps and directions will be available at the start. That said, there will be yellow and black arrow signs put up at all turns and junctions so it is possible to complete the whole course without using the directions or needing any map reading skills. There will be 4 Check Points/Water Stations along the course at 6.3 miles, 11.6 miles, 16.8 miles & 21.5 miles.

For a copy of the event’s risk assessment, click here.


Kevin Surfing the Bog of Doom in 2017

Recommended kit

Directions (available at the start of the event and can be downloaded from this webpage)
Garmin (will work well in conjunction with the directions)
Mobile Phone (fully charged & switched on), an emergency mobile number will be printed on race numbers for you to contact should you encounter a probelm
Waterproof map cover

Weather in March can be quite changeable.
For cold weather; Hat and gloves, long sleeve top & leggings.
For warm weather; Hydration packs or a bottle of water bottle is encouraged and sun cream.
For wet weather; Waterproof top.
Footwear; For most occasions road trainers will be fine but if the weather has been particularly wet then some runners may prefer to wear trail shoes to cope with the short muddy sections. Please be prepared to get a bit muddy even in dry conditions.

Money raised from this event will be donated to the Brathay Trust to help them with their work supporting disadvantaged young people to fulfil their potential. Brathay do this by delivering community programmes through schools and councils, backed up with residentials at Brathay Hall in Ambleside. They also run the outdoor centre, Lowbank Ground in Coniston for Wigan Council, allowing thousands of school children from across the North West the opportunity to experience outdoor activities in the beautiful Lake District every year, giving themmemories that will last a lifetime.

For those taking on the Gin Pit Double Challenge I wish you all the very best and hope you enjoy the event.

Malc Collins

Race Organiser



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