3 TOWERS ULTRA MARATHON
October 5 @ 6:30 am BST£42
WELCOME TO THE STARTLINE OF THIS YEARS 3 TOWERS ULTRA.
3TU IS NOW A UTMB QUALIFIER (3 POINTS) AND RUNFURTHER CHAMPIONSHIP RACE
*This route is not marked. Each runner will be provided a marked map of route (GPX File) on request.
This challenging 43ish mile route takes in some of the most stunning views the west pennine moors has to offer as well as taking in all 3 iconic towers, Rivington, Jubilee and Peel Towers, the event boasts an elevation of 7500 ft!
The route skirts Darwen and quickly climbs up to the first of the 3 towers, the Jubilee Tower before heading across to White Coppice via Cartridge Hill and Great Hill.
You will then navigate your way towards Jepsons gate before a steep climb up to the second tower, Rivington Tower.
From there, you will navigate your way across Rivington and Longworth moor. Continuing to Turton Heights and onwards in to Hawkshaw.
Then the final phase of the event tackles the challenging Holcombe Moor and the final climb up towards Peel Tower before making your way across down to book location at Cronkshaw Fold Farm gate. From here you will skirt Bull Hill and head back towards Darwen, picking up second book location page, finishing back in Hoddlesden.
The terrain is hilly and undulating over the entire course, and in parts hits public roads.. There will be check points throughout the route with a strict & enforced cut off time at CP 3.
One (of many) positive comments of last and this year was how awesome each CP was… We certainly load them with a variety of food and drink to help keep you fuelled throughout the run… Such as:
- Trail mix/peanuts
- Sweets/Jelly babies
- Sausage Rolls
- Jaffa Cakes
- Energy drink
When you successfully cross the finish line, you will receive a very bespoke and unique 3 towers medal for your efforts plus hot food.
This event has a 14 hour cut off with a strict cut off at the Red Lion Pub check point at 29 miles in Hawkshaw. You MUST be at this checkpoint no later than 3pm. You will be stopped there if this is not achieved.
Pre req: It is strongly advised you have completed a trail marathon & have experience in trail running & navigation prior to entering this event.
Mandatory kit list
- Ultra running belt or backpack with the ability to hold 1L of fluids
- Hat and gloves
- Waterproof jackets with hood
- Fully charged mobile phone
- Suitable race wear
- Prescribed medication
- Map of route (OS 287)(GPX will also be emailed to registered runners on request)
You MUST tear a page out of the books at the given locations and hand in at the finish line. Failure to do this will result in a DNF. You have been warned!
* A huge thanks goes to Bolton Mountain Rescue for their support and supporting the event!