Need extra motivation to sign up for the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K? A prize fund of more than £3000 has just been announced for the 2019 event.
The first 5 men and women in the Half Marathon and 10K, plus 8 age category prizes will be handed out on Sunday, 6 October 2019.
Top prizes for the male and female winners of the half marathon are £120 of vouchers for nationwide running store Up and Running. 2nd place wins £100 of vouchers, while 3rd gets £80, 4th £60 and 5th £50.
The 1st male and 1st female to cross the line in the 10K will get a £100 voucher, with £80 for 2nd, £60 for 3rd and £50 and £40 for 4th and 5th-placed runners.
'Another strong prize fund for 2019'
There are also 2 club team prizes up for grabs and prizes for the 1st and 2nd non-club teams. These are in addition to 16 age category prizes in both the half marathon and 10K.
Event organiser Nick Barton from Rochdale Harriers said:
"Entries are up on this time last year with over 400 registered already and this event is now well 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 we have another strong prize fund for 2019."
All races will start and finish by the grade one listed Rochdale Town Hall. Runners will be chip-timed on fully-marshalled traffic-free courses. Technical t-shirts are available for collection before or after the race and medals are given to runners as they cross the finishing line.
Since 2015 over 4500 people have taken part in the event, which sets out on routes taking in town and some of the north west's most picturesque countryside scenes like the stunning Hollingworth Lake in Littleborough.
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.
You can also find the latest information about the event @RochdaleHalf on Twitter and like 'Rochdale Half Marathon' on Facebook.
The event is organised by Middleton Harriers, Rochdale Harriers and Rochdale Triathlon Club, supported by us.
Details of the 2019 fun run will be announced in June 2019.