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Clubbing together for Rochdale’s big race

20 March 2017

Clubbing together for Rochdale’s big race.

3 of the borough’s sports clubs have joined together to support this year’s Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run which returns on Sunday, 8 October 2017.

Middleton Harriers, Rochdale Harriers and Rochdale Triathlon Club have teamed up to help us organise this year’s event.

The 3 clubs, who have hundreds of members across the borough and years of running event experience are already preparing for the big day.

Last year the event attracted runners from across Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Cheshire and beyond as well as many from the borough, with spectators coming out in numbers to line many parts of the route. Councillor Janet Emsley, our cabinet member for culture, health and wellbeing, said we welcome the new sporting partnership:

“We’re keen to see this event grow and pleased to now be working with 3 of our local sports clubs who together have the experience, resources and members to help this popular event move to the next level. Each club brings something different that will benefit the race and our runners and I am looking forward to working with them. One of the council’s priorities is to encourage more people to get active and participate in sports whatever their level, so once again with our half marathon, 10K and mile fun run there is something for everyone. Mass participation events of this nature are proven to help inspire people to get active whilst making positive contributions to the local economy.”

The half marathon leaves the town hall along the Esplanade and runs the edge of Broadfield Park, before heading through to the Rochdale Canal at Oldham Road Basin. The route then heads past Kingsway Business Park and Smithy Bridge along the canal. Close to the Waterside Restaurant the route leaves the tow path and heads up Hollingworth Road towards Hollingworth Lake, making a clockwise loop of the lake. It then returns down Hollingworth Road and back on to the canal. The race retraces its outward route from the town hall until it reaches Broadfield Park, where runners will go through the park before re-joining the Esplanade for the final sprint to the finish line.

‘Decades of experience in organising running events in the borough and I’m looking forward to our best year yet’

The 10K follows the same route as the half marathon on to the canal, but leaves the canal at the swing bridge at Kingsway Business Park, making a loop of pleasant cycleways, before returning to the canal and the same finishing route as the half marathon. Since 2015 over 2,200 people have taken part in the event, which sets out by the new Gracie Fields statue, and the recently uncovered River Roch bridge on traffic-free courses taking in town and some of the north west’s most picturesque countryside scenes.

Runners who enter before Friday, 31 March 2017 can take advantage of special ‘early bird’ entry prices – the lowest in the event’s history. Half Marathon places cost £24.40 for club-runners, £26.40 for non-club runners, while the 10K is £15.60 for club runners, £17.60 for non-club runners, with all prices including the booking fee. Fun Run entry opens in June. The routes will again be fully-marshalled and on roads closed to traffic. Finishers will receive a medal, technical t-shirt and goody bag.

“With these 3 clubs on board we have access to decades of experience in organising running events in the borough and I’m looking forward to our best year yet.” Councillor Emsley added.

Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K - view the routes, fly-by videos, and enter online.

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