Runners hit the road at Rochdale Half Marathon
Over 1000 runners hit the streets of Rochdale on Sunday (6 October) to compete across a trio of events – Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run. The races began at Rochdale Town Hall, with early morning showers clearing away to bring dry and sunny conditions for the day.
All three runs ended with a final sprint back to the finish line at the town hall, where they were met by hundreds of cheering spectators and a lively atmosphere. The Esplanade was buzzing with spectators, music, fitness and health stalls and food and drink, with the start and finish line hosted by race day announcer Dave Sweetmore.
Once again the section around Hollingworth Lake proved a popular spectator spot, with the added attraction of the Hand Made Samba band from Hebden Bridge entertaining runners and spectators with uplifting rhythms at the water station.
Radcliffe AC’s Neal Emmerson sealed victory in 1:13:31, a good minute ahead of Royton Road Runners’ Ian McBride (1:14:40). Bury AC’s was the first female in 1:31:25, followed by Nicola Fell (1:33:28). The 10K was won by David Proctor from Rochdale Harriers in 34:32 minutes, while the first female was Laura Hesketh from Clayton le Moors Harriers in 36:55.
Councillor Janet Emsley who took part in the fun run, said: “We saw more entrants than ever, with numbers up 10% on 2018. Remarkably given the weekend’s forecast, the weather was kind, with very little rain and lots of sunshine.
“I know how much training and hard work has gone in for those running and it was great to see this event continue to attract runners from the north, across the UK and beyond. Each year this event grows and spectators provided much needed encouragement.”