31st Two Crosses Circuit

Each year we host a 17 and 25 mile challenge event. Both routes visit the Roman Cross at Affetside and the Pilgrim's cross on Holcombe Moor above the Rossendale valley. 2015 will be the 30th Two Crosses Challenge so is somewhat special to East Lancs LDWA. This year the event will held on Sunday March 20th.

Cost:£7 - £10
Event Time:08:00 am
Event Date:20 March 2016
Event Distance:17 - 25 Miles

Running Events

History | Getting Started | Top Events

Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!

Runners taking part in a running event

Brief History of Running

Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.

Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.

How to get started in running events

Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.

Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.

Running Races Near Me

There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;


Fun Runs  | 5K Runs  | 10K Runs  | Half Marathons  | Marathons


Top Running Events in 2020

We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.

Bournemouth Marathon

Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.

Find out more about the 2020 Bournemouth Marathon


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Region / Area

Northern England / East Lancs, West Pennine Moors

Local Group

East Lancashire

Distance / Time Limit

25 or 17ml. in 9hr

Start Time

Mass start: 08.00 (registration from 06.45-07.50)


From Laurel Play Centre, Laurel Street, Tottington, nr Bury. BL8 3LY Moorland, tracks & reservoirs of the West Pennine Moors

General Notes

Runners welcome. Closing date for pre-entries is Sun 13th March by post or Wed 16th March if email address is provided so that walk number and route description can be sent electronically. Limit of 300. 14-18 years accepted on 17 mile route but must be accompanied by parent/guardian throughout


Paul & Alison Wadsworth Sackgasse, Shawes Drive, Anderton, Chorley, Lancashire PR6 9HR Tel: 07596 451788 or 07985 920009 (telephone contact between 10.00-21.30 only)

Web Site


Start and Finish


Entry: in advance, £7 (non-LDWA £9); OTD all £10 incl cert, refreshments at Cps en-route (including the famous Cp4) plus hot meal at finish. Badge available at extra cost

Cheques Payable To

East Lancs LDWA or online bank transfer by request

Standard Entry Form

Yes - SAE not required if email address is given

Event Location : Bury , Laurel Play Centre, Laurel St, Tottington, BL8 3LY

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