Registration for next year’s Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run is now open.
Online entries opened at 9am on 1 December after organisers Rochdale Borough Council announced last month that the event would return next year. Looking to build on the success of the inaugural 2015 event, the race routes have been redesigned to attract even more runners and take in some of the borough’s best open spaces.
The event, which is expected to feature more than 2,000 runners, will be staged on Sunday 25 September 2016 and all races will again start and finish by Rochdale Town Hall.
Councillor Janet Emsley, Cabinet Member for Culture, Health and Wellbeing said:
“We have fabulous new routes for 2016 incorporating some of the most stunning countryside in the region as we aim to establish this event as one of the premier runs in the North West. The race attracts runners from across Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Cheshire and beyond as well as many from the borough with spectators coming out in their hundreds to line many parts of the route.”
Half Marathon places cost £24 for club-runners, £26 for non-club runners, while the 10K is £16 for club runners, £18 for non-club runners and the fun run is £5. All routes will again be fully-marshalled and on roads closed to traffic. Finishers will receive a medal, commemorative t-shirt and goody bag.
You can view the routes and enter online at www.rochdale.gov.uk/run
The half marathon leaves the town hall along Entwisle Road, before heading towards Smithy Bridge down the canal towpath. Close to the Waterside Restaurant, the route leaves the tow path and heads down Hollingworth Road towards Hollingworth Lake, follows the edge of the lake and goes up Rakewood Road before turning round and following the other half of the lake. The route continues back down the canal, leaving close to Gordon Rigg Garden Centre and back down Entwisle Road to the town hall.
The 10K heads up Newgate before returning and following the half marathon route along Entwisle Road. It continues down Belfield Lane to Milnrow Road. From here the route heads down Grafton Street and Crawford Street towards the canal towpath which it follows until it reaches Waithlands Road where it follows back to the town hall.
The fun run heads out from the town hall along Baillie Street and turns just before the crossroad on Smith Street.
The new routes will cause minimum disruption but create maximum opportunity for people to take part.
The event is organised by Cannonball Events, supported by Rochdale Borough Council.