Please be aware of road closures in place during the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run, which returns on Sunday, 7 October 2018 between 10am and 2pm.
Race routes remain the same as 2017 and are designed to minimise disruption to our road network and take in some of the region's best open spaces - including Hollingworth Lake in Littleborough, Broadfield Park, Kingsway Business Park, the Stanney Brook Corridor and Rochdale Canal.
You are advised to make alternative arrangements in advance if you need to exit any of the closed areas by car on the day. Plans will be put in place for access by the emergency services.
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 in Littleborough the route leaves the tow path and heads up Hollingworth Road towards Hollingworth Lake, making a clockwise loop of the lake.
'The runners will be taking part to raise money for charity…so I hope residents will come out, line the routes and show them their support'
Runners then return 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 scenic cycleways, before returning to the canal and the same finishing route as the half marathon.
Between 10am and 2pm, sections of St Alban's Street, Mere Street, Tweedale Street, Miall Street, Durham Street and Milkstone Road will be closed. Between 10am and 11am, a section of Oldham Road will be closed and The Esplanade by Rochdale Town Hall will be closed from 6am to 2pm.
Canal Street, Hollingworth Road and Lake Bank in Littleborough will be closed from 10am to 12 noon.
Councillor Janet Emsley, our Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Community and Culture said:
"Some residents will be affected and where possible we have notified them as the road closures are in place to ensure the safety of the runners, although we will re-open the roads as soon as it is safe to do so. Hundreds of our runners will be taking part to raise money for charity and this event has raised thousands for good causes over the last three years so I hope residents will come out, line the routes and show them their support."
Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run is organised by Middleton Harriers, Rochdale Harriers and Rochdale Triathlon Club supported by us.
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