20th March 2022 – Start Time 10:00am
Information about the Race
This event is to take place along side the Gin Pit marathon and is the first half of the marathon course. Much of the first part of the course runs along the trails created by the disused railway lines from our industrial heritage before returning along the Bridgewater canal towpath.
Look out for the picturesque village of Worsley at 7.5 miles, with its beautiful black & white mock Tudor buildings contrasting with the unusual orange canal water. At 10 miles you will pass through the village of Astley where the coal mine’s pit head gear still remains. Its iron work & wheel stand proud above everything else as a lasting reminder of the industry that used to overwhelm the whole area.
To find out more about Astley Pit Head click here to follow a link to the Lancashire Mining Museum.
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 possibly get a little muddy!
The race starts and finishes at the Miners Welfare Club, Gin Pit Village, Ley Road, Tyldesley, Manchester, M29 7DW.
There is a car park in front of the Welfare Club but it is limited. Ley Road which leads up to the club is narrow and we ask runners NOT to park on it as it soon becomes difficult for cars to get up and down the road. This can cause problems for the local residents of the Gin Pit Village. If the car park is full, please can you park on the surround roads off Princess Avenue at the bottom of Ley Road and walk up to the club. Please can you be mindful of local residents when parking your car so they can still get about while we are out running.
Please do not enter the Welfare Club in muddy trainers and running gear. Please respect our club house and don’t get me into trouble!
Trophies for first Male and Female finishers.
Entry Fee £16.00 attached or £18.00 unattached.
Strictly NO entries on the day. Trail Running Association Permit 4571 Applied For.
The event is held under UK Athletics rules. Race start time 10:00am. Pre-race registration and collection of race numbers will be from 9am at the Welfare Club next to the start. Parking, toilets and a bar are available at the Welfare Club. There is only one water station at the 6.3 mile point as the course turns onto the canal, where there will be water available.
The course is not marshaled but is marked with Yellow and Black signs. Directions and maps will be available at Registration but these are not essential to navigate the course. Garmins will work well in conjunction with the directions.
Any updates will be posted on this webpage and the Gin Pit Marathons Events group on Facebook.
The directions have been created 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. Garmins will work well in conjunction with the directions.
There can be a variety of weather conditions in March.
For cold conditions; Hat, gloves, Long sleeve top & leggings.
For wet conditions; Waterproof top and maybe trail shoes.
For warm conditions; Sun cream and a bottle of water or hydration pack.
Road trainers are suitable for dry conditions but you may prefer trail shoes in wet conditions as the course can be a bit muddy in a few places.