West Pennine Moors Double Marathon Challenge


Our 2017 double Marathon challenge was a huge success and we would like to thank every runner would came and took on our 2 days event! You guys and girls made it what it was! A spectacular weekend!

As a bit of a weird ultra runner myself that thrives off "tougher the better".. I have personally gone out of my way to make this the toughest double marathon challenge I possibly could!

​I have picked the toughest trails I could find on the map! Both routes take in some of the most beautiful trails of the west pennines from Sunnyhurst boasting some challenging climbs, undulating terrain and whatever mother nature decides to throw at you on the day(s) we are confident you will remember this challenge long after you conquer it!

What is the West Pennines Double Marathon?

Quite simply, 2 marathons! One on the Sat and one on the Sun (both starting at 9am). Well, I use the term marathon loosely.. Day one is closer to 28 and day 2 is about 27.3 miles!

Each route is different, but both start and end in Sunnyhurst Woods. Each route is part marked and has fuel stations loaded with lots of foods, water and energy drinks!

​When you get back to the finish line each day we have some nice hot food laid on.. Plus, there is a bar open too!

So... If you think you got the minerals to take on our West Pennines Trail challenge.. We welcome you to the startline and will reward with you some serious bling and a tee for your efforts!

​REMEMBER.. Both days have to be completed to earn your bling!

​Are you up for the challenge?


​Yes! You can earn some extra bling!

Within a 12 month period you must complete:

​3 TOWERS ULTRA - In 11 hrs


Marathon 1 - in 6 hours

Marathon 2 - in 7 hours



Start and finish 200m from the Olde English Kiosk within Sunnyhurst Woods, Darwen. Each trail will be very well signed and marshaled for your safety. From the startline, the trail gets steep, pretty quickly! So ensure you are conditioned to take on long, steep ascents!


Parking is minimal within Sunnyhurst woods, however, there is plenty of parking along Earnsdale road, next to the woods. Please be at the startline at 8.45am for a race brief.


Registration will take place at The Olde English Kiosk. There will also be a bag drop available at this location free of charge. Registration will be open from 7am. You MUST re-register on day 2 at the admin table.


Of course! And a tee too! NOTE. You only get your bling if you complete both marathons.


There will be a medical presence located at the start line and on the route. If there is an emergency situation with a runner on the fells, Bolton Mountain Rescue are on standby to extract.


Trail or Fell Trainers are an absolute must for this event.


Runners are permitted to listen to music but we ask you only have 1 earbud in so you are able to hear any instructions ffrom marshaling staff.


There will be a water stations around the route. Should you require more water on route, we advise you carry it with you. There will be a hot meal at the finish line after your race. There is also a licenced bar that will be open! We hope you stay and have a drink with us afterwards!


There are toilets near to the startline. There will be no change facillities.

​REMEMBER.. Both days have to be completed to earn your bling!

​Are you up for the challenge?

​Mandatory kit list

  • Ultra running belt or backpack with the ability to hold 500ml -1L of fluids
  • Hat and gloves
  • Fully charged mobile phone
  • Suitable race wear
  • Prescribed medication
  • Map of route (will be emailed to registered runners) (OS287)

​* A huge thanks goes to Cronkshaw Fold Farm for allowing us to set up a Check point and supporting the event!

Discussion Board

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Howler Events

Howler Events Organiser

17/02/2018 18:52:25

Awesome to see the discussion board active!

Jon Tuson

Jon Tuson

09/02/2018 13:29:27

Hi Guys, I've recce'd most of the Day 1 route. There are some moderately steep uphills but nothing to compare to the Lake District - certainly no scrambling. Generally it's a mix of stoned trails and non-stoned mudfest! I've not recce'd Day 2 but it covers the same kind of terrain. I'll be painfully slow. I've never done an ultra before, so I'm just looking to survive. I'm not aiming for anything more ambitious than 7.5 - 8 hours on either day.

Iain Moore

Iain Moore

21/01/2018 12:31:01

Martin, Virginia, I’m not sure how fast everyone else is but I’m only hoping to get to the finish line rather than meet any times. I’m more of a slow loper rather than runner so I’ll be making sure the back of the group stays slow! Given what you’ve both done you’ll be fine. The scenery and terrain is fantastic - some stunning countryside and remote moorland but all quite accessible. (It will get muddy though!)

Martin Scott

Martin Scott

07/01/2018 23:17:37

I am interested in the event, but would like to know what the speed is like? Is it varied abilities or mainly greyhounds? I am training for a 200 mile race in May, so can keep going a long time, but not as fast as some. The 2 day format looks good Thanks

Virginia Bird

Virginia Bird

30/10/2017 07:45:10

I’m very interested but not sure how slow the back of the group will be. I’m a steady/slow older female but did 3 days of the UTMR this year in around 11 hours each day (around about a marathon each day as well as 2,500 m of ascent ) as well as 43 miles of lakes in a day in 16 hours. . I’m doing the west highland fling (53 miles) at the end of April and this event looks interesting although I don’t know the area at all and live in London.

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