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Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run - frequently asked questions

Before the race

Can I change my entry?

If you need to change your entry you can do this in person on:

  • Sunday, 3 October 2021, 8am–9.30am at the signposted information point on The Esplanade near the start line. A £3 administration fee will be payable for any changes. Your original number that you received in the post should be taken to the 'Registration Desk' to either transfer to someone else or swap to another of the races.

Unauthorised sale or transfer of your race entry or number to another person is strictly prohibited, and will result in disqualification and or banning from future events for any individuals involved.

You cannot cancel your entry and all entry fees are non-refundable.

I can't find my confirmation email

Log-in to and re-send the confirmation email, or email us at

I entered by post recently but haven’t received anything

Any postal entries received after Monday, 27 September 2022 will be delayed. We will email or phone you to confirm how to collect your number and timing chip.

Where do I pick up my number and timing chip?

This year we will post your race number and timing chip to you. This is to avoid you collecting it the day before or on the day when it can get very busy.

If you arrive on race day without your race number or timing chip, we'll allocate you a new one for a charge of £5.

What happens if a runner tests positive for COVID-19 or has to self-isolate?

If you have a positive COVID-19 test, you should follow government advice on isolating at home.

We'll roll your place over to the 2022 event if you send evidence to

I'd like to raise money for charity

Our official charity for 2022 is Springhill Hospice. The Rochdale-based charity provides care for people with life-limiting illnesses.

Set up your Springhill Hospice​​​ ​fundraising page

You are welcome to raise money for any other charity/cause of your choice and you can easily set up a web page to collect your donations through websites including​ G​​oFundMe

Race day

Where can I park? 

There's FREE car parking from 6.30am on the day of the event at: 

Hopwood Hall College
Rochdale Campus
St Mary's Gate
Rochdale OL12 6RY   

You can also park for up to 4 hours for £1 at the Rochdale Exchange Shopping Centre car park - a 10-minute walk from the start line. Over 4 hours is only £2.50.

Find other Rochdale town centre car parks - parking is FREE on Sundays.


There will be 10 minute warm-ups at 9.45am, 10.20am and 10.45am on The Esplanade. These will be led by personal trainers from Your Trust (Link4Life), Hopwood Hall College and OnePT.

Is there a secure area to keep my kit safe?

Yes, there will be a managed baggage area. Location to be confirmed.

Will there be pacers?

Yes, we'll have a team of experienced runners who will pace runners in the half marathon at 15 minute intervals from 1.30pm-2.30pm. We will also have 50 minute and 1 hour pacers for the 10k. These runners will wear clothing identifying them as pace runners and the pace they're running at.

Am I allowed to wear headphones during the race?

For your own safety, the safety of other runners and members of the public, the wearing of headphones, earphones or similar devices is not permitted in this event. You could face automatic disqualification for ignoring this instruction. Bone conducting headphones such as AfterShokz are permitted, although you'll need to let us know you intend to wear them by visiting the registration desk on the morning of the event before your race or your time may be deleted.

Can I take part on a roller skates or pushing a buggy?

We're following the advice of RunBritain and are not permitting anyone to be pushed around the course, in accordance with the rules of UK Athletics.

What nutrition will be available on the course?

There'll be water stations on the 10K and Half Marathon courses.

​Feed station
​Half marathon
​3.8K, 6K, 10.4K, 15K and 17.2K

Please assist our volunteers by disposing of cups in the bins located at the end of feed zones.

Is there a time limit to finish the races?

Yes, the roads will re-open after 3 hours from the start of the Half Marathon, if you're still running after 1pm you'll need to run on the pavements and run as a pedestrian obeying all signals and the Highway Code. The finish line will close 3.5 hours after the start of the race, any runners completing after this time will not receive an official finisher’s time.

After the race

What do I get at the end of the race?

  • Half Marathon - medal and technical t-shirt
  • 10K - medal and technical t-shirt
  • Fun Run - medal

Where can I meet up with family and friends after the race?

There'll be a sports village by the start and finish line. There's also a number of restaurants and bars near the start and finish line.   

Are there any showers?   

There are no shower facilities.

Lost property

If you think you may have lost something at the event, please email and one of our team will do their best to help try and find your lost item.

Can I get photographs from the event?

Official race photographs will be posted on our Facebook​ page we’ll also post links to other photo galleries. You can also get photos on Twitter @RochdaleHalf​ Unlike other similar running events, our photos are FREE.

Terms and conditions

I accept that the organiser will not be liable for any loss, damage, action, claim, cost or expenses which may arise in the consequence of my participation in or attendance to this event. I declare that I will not attend unless I am in good health on the day of the event and accept that I attend at my own risk. In the unlikely event of abandonment or cancellation, all or part of my entry fee may be retained for the management and administration of the event. No refunds or transfers allowed under any circumstances. For your own safety, the safety of other runners and members of the public, the wearing of headphones or earphones is not permitted in this event. Automatic disqualification from race results may follow for any competitors ignoring this instruction.

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01706 926251

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-4.30pm.