Rise to the challenge at charity 10K Mast Blast
Time to head for the hill and support Bolton Mountain Rescue Team
The only way is up towards the famous transmitter at the top for participants in the 10K Winter Hill Mast Blast on 27 September. This tough yet scenic race is fundraising for Bolton Mountain Rescue in their 52nd year and promises to be a memorable day.
This event is organised by Time2Run Events UK and includes over 1300ft of ascent on a mixture of terrain and in often changeable conditions. There is 'nowt' soft about this race as runners tackle woodland, trail, track, bog and moor on a fully marked route in Rivington that goes up to the mast on the top of Winter Hill and back down again.
They start at Smithills School and continue for 5k up to the summit followed by 5k down. The weather is an important factor and being at the end of September, there could be wind and rain although a cold and crisp autumn day is a possibility. Whatever the weather, the advice is to come prepared, i.e. wind/waterproof clothing and fell or trail shoes and enjoy the ride but don’t forget to carry an emergency foil blanket and whistle.
Bolton Mountain Rescue Team work in tandem with the emergency services; helping to find people injured on the moors, providing assistance in a flood or moorland fire and aiding in a missing person search. They also provide first aid cover during races and decided to organise their own as a way to raise funds and awareness of what they do.
Entries are limited to 250 runners who will receive a pre-race goody bag, medal and t-shirt and post-race refreshments. The event will be Covid-secure with runner safety of prime importance.
Advisory information and how to enter can be found on the Time2Run Events website.
Image courtesy: Shellyanne Moran