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Early bird entries open for Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K

24 January 2020

A runner holding up her medal.

Registration has opened for the 2020 Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K - and prices have been cut for an early bird offer.

Entry for the half marathon is reduced by £8 and there's £4 off the 10K for entries received by Tuesday, 31 March 2020. Over 200 people have already signed up for the popular event, which returns on Sunday, 4 October 2020. 

'Demand for 2020 places is already strong'

Races will start and finish by the Grade 1-listed Rochdale Town Hall, they will be chip-timed on fully-marshalled traffic-free courses, with a technical t-shirt and medal handed out to finishers. 

Since 2015 over 5,800 people have taken part in the event, which takes in town and picturesque countryside scenes like Hollingworth Lake. The courses are relatively flat too, so they're great for personal bests.

Runners in the 2019 event.

Councillor Janet Emsley, the council's cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community and culture said:

"The event proved popular again last year and demand for 2020 places is already strong. The support and camaraderie was amazing with a friendly atmosphere, many personal bests achieved and thousands raised for good causes. We can't wait to put on another incredible day and look forward to welcoming runners of all levels this October. Our early bird discount should encourage more people to secure their places."

Half marathon places now cost £23.40 for club-runners, £25.40 for non-club runners, while the 10K is £16.60 for club runners, £18.60 for non-club runners. Fun Run entry opens in June 2020. 

The FootAsylum team in the 2019 event.

The annual event is co-ordinated by Rochdale Harriers, Middleton Harriers and Rochdale Triathlon Club, supported by Rochdale Borough Council.

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