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5 elite runners heading to Rochdale

21 September 2018

Champion Michael Mannings.

Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run returns on Sunday, 7 October 2018.  Whether you're taking part, or spectating, here are some of the event's elite runners to look out for this year in Rochdale.

Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon

Ben Coop (Bury AC)

Ben won the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon in 2017 with a personal best of 1:12:12. He recently demonstrated his current form by winning the ASDA Foundation Bury 10k.

Carly Needham (Rochdale Harriers & AC)

Carly won this year's Simply Health Manchester Half Marathon and has a half marathon personal best of 1:18:04. She is the current Greater Manchester Cross Country Champion.

Councillor Janet Emsley with winner of last year.

Williams BMW Rochdale 10K

Michael Mannings (Oldham & Royton)

Michael won the Williams BMW Rochdale 10k in 2017. His personal best is 33:37.

Laura Hesketh (Clayton-le-Moors)

Laura has a 10k personal best of 34:28 and this year won the Salford 10k.

Emma Ballantyne (City of York AC)

Emma has won multiple 10k races already this year, including Pocklington and Tadcaster. She has a personal best of 37:33.

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.

Winner of last year Ben Coop.

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.

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

To keep up-to-date with the latest information about the event follow @RochdaleHalf on Twitter and like 'Rochdale Half Marathon' on Facebook.


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