Need extra motivation to sign up for October's Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K? An increased prize fund of more than £3,000 has just been announced for the 2020 event.
The first 5 men and first 5 women in the half marathon and 10K, plus 8 age category prizes will be handed out on Sunday, 4 October 2020.
Top prizes for the male and female winners of the half marathon are £120 of vouchers for nationwide running store 'Up and Running.' second place wins £100 of vouchers, while third gets £80, fourth £60 and fifth £50.
The first male and first female to cross the line in the 10K will get a £100 voucher, with £80 for second, £60 for third and £50 and £40 for fourth and fifth-placed runners.
There are also 2 club team prizes up for grabs of £120 and £60 prizes plus commemorative shields for the first and second non-club teams. These are in addition to 16 age category prizes in the half marathon and 10K.
Race director Nick Barton from Rochdale Harriers said they are closely monitoring the developments with COVID-19 and will continue to take the government advice around the staging of public events:
"Although we are unable to predict what may happen between now and then, we're encouraging everyone to make the most of their daily exercise and training in anticipation for our event to go ahead as planned. We've around 300 registered already and with a one mile fun run and 10K as well as the half marathon there's something for every ability. We'll be working hard to ensure participants can enjoy them in a safe and happy environment."
Races will start and finish by the grade one listed Rochdale Town Hall, they will be chip-timed on fully-marshalled traffic-free courses, with a medal handed out to finishers.
'We're encouraging everyone to make the most of their daily exercise and training'
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 are great for personal bests.
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 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 annual event is co-ordinated by Rochdale Harriers, Middleton Harriers and Rochdale Triathlon Club supported by Rochdale Borough Council.
Places for this year's fun run will be released in July 2020.