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Women's winner in the Rochdale Half Marathon

Rochdale Half Marathon revving up for October race day

Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K aim to be up to speed for October; and with a bigger prize fund.

As lockdown restrictions continue to be eased, the organisers of the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run are hopeful that the event will go ahead as planned on Sunday 4 October. A prize fund of over £3,000 provides an extra incentive to enter this popular annual event co-ordinated by Rochdale Harriers, Middleton Harriers and Rochdale Triathlon Club and supported by Rochdale Borough Council. 

Now in its 6th year it has become a favourite with many runners due to the traffic-free, mainly flat courses that start and finish at the Grade I Victorian Gothic Rochdale Town Hall. The Half Marathon and 10K routes have plenty of variety, taking in the historic town centre, canal and the surrounding countryside including Broadfield Park and Hollingworth Lake. These are well-signed and marshalled and water stations are positioned at regular intervals.

There is a generous prize list which totals more than £3,000 and includes vouchers from UK-wide partners Up and Running. They are the top five men and women in the Half Marathon and 10K; eight age category winners; two club team prizes and two non-club team prizes. The latter also receive a commemorative shield. Finishers in the Half Marathon and 10K will be presented with a medal and technical T-shirt and there is a medal for entrants in the Fun Run.

This event raises substantial amounts for local and national charities. Springhill Hospice is the official charity for 2020. 

Entries are open for the Half Marathon and 10K. Places for the Fun Run will open in July.  

For more information and to enter, visit the Rochdale Borough Council website.

Image courtesy: Rochdale Borough Council

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