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Dash for the deadline – runners reminded to apply for places

10 September 2019

With just weeks to go before the 2019 Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run, remember to enter online ahead of the deadline of midnight on Sunday, 29 September 2019.   

To encourage runners to join in, sponsor Williams BMW has helped us create a video, showing the half marathon and 10K routes with a BMW Z4, 3 Series, i3 and BMW Cruise Mountain Bike.

John Connor, head of business at Williams Rochdale BMW, said:

"We are encouraging everyone to get their trainers on and get involved in this year's run. It's a fixture in the Rochdale calendar and we don't want anyone to miss out. We've had a great response so far and we're really looking forward to the event which supports local charities and has something for all the family."

3 BMWs parked outside the Town Hall.

Councillor Janet Emsley, our cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community and culture said:

"The countdown is really on for the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run and there's always a last minute rush as the deadline approaches. Demand for places has been higher than ever with a 15% increase on last year and online entry ends a week before the event. All 3 events have an entry cap so we're encouraging anyone who is thinking about registering to do so now."

Everyone who registers for the traffic-free runs before the deadline will pay £32.40 for the half marathon (£30.40 for club-runners) or £21.60 for the 10K (£19.60 for club-runners). The one-mile family fun run is £6.90.

Half marathon and 10K runners will receive a new-for-2019 technical t-shirt, together with an updated black nickel medal on completion. Fun runners will also receive a medal.

The 2019 technical t-shirt.

The official charity for the event is Springhill Hospice.

Runners will start at Rochdale Town Hall and set out on traffic-free, relatively flat courses taking in town and some of the borough's best countryside scenes.

The half marathon leaves the town hall along the Esplanade and runs the edge of Broadfield Park, before heading through to 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.

The Waterside Restaurant.  

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.

The fun run retains the same route, setting out from the town hall and up into the beautiful Broadfield Park, taking a scenic route around the award-winning historic grounds.  There's a short climb past the statue of Rochdale's political giant John Bright before entering the park. Once at the bandstand it's all downhill to The Esplanade for the return to the finish line at the town hall.

Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run is organised by Middleton Harriers, Rochdale Harriers and Rochdale Triathlon Club supported by us.