Prizes for the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K which takes place this October have been confirmed.
The total prize fund is over £3000, the highest in the event's history, with voucher prizes for the first 5 men and women in the Half Marathon and 10K, plus 8 age category prizes for both races.
Top prizes for the male and female winners of the half marathon are £120 vouchers for nationwide running store 'Up and Running,' with £100 vouchers going to 2nd place, £80 for 3rd, £60 for 4th and £50 for 5th.
'Firmly established on the running calendar'
The 1st male and first female to cross the line in the 10K will get an £100 voucher, with £80 for 2nd, £60 for 3rd and £50 and £40 for 4th and 5th placed runners.
There is also a club team prize up for grabs and a prize for the first non-club team. This is in addition to 16 age category prizes in both the half marathon and 10K.
Event organiser Nick Barton from Rochdale Harriers said:
"Entries are well up on this time last year and we are expecting to see a lot of new faces for this event which is becoming firmly established on the running calendar. With a one mile fun run and 10K as well as the half marathon there's something for every ability and I'm pleased we've been able to boost our prize fund for 2018."
All 3 routes received strong support from entrants last year and will remain the same when the event returns on Sunday, 7 October 2018. All start and finish by Rochdale Town Hall, they will be chip-timed on marshalled traffic-free courses, with a technical t-shirt and medal handed out to finishers.
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.
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 event is organised by Middleton Harriers, Rochdale Harriers and Rochdale Triathlon Club, supported by us.
Details of this year's fun run will be announced in June.