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Be an early bird: entries open for Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K

04 January 2019

Starting line at 2018's half marathon. ​​​The starting gun has been fired for the opening of registration for 2019's Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K - and prices have been cut by up to 28 per cent for an early bird offer.

The early bird offer means entry for the half marathon has been reduced by £7 and there’s £4 off the 10K for all entries received by Sunday, 31 March 2019.

Over 200 people have already signed up for the popular event which returns on Sunday, 6 October 2019. All races will start and finish by the grade I listed Rochdale Town Hall, they will be chip-timed on fully-marshalled traffic-free courses, with a technical t-shirt and medal handed out to finishers. 

Runners at 2018's events.

Since 2015, over 4,500 people have taken part in the event, which sets out on routes in town and some of the north west’s most picturesque countryside scenes like Hollingworth Lake. 

Councillor Janet Emsley, our cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community and culture, said early demand for places has been high:

“Whether you’re looking to run your first 10K or half marathon in 2019 or get that personal best you’ve been striving for, now is the time to set your goals and sign up. We sold 200 places within a couple of weeks of going on sale so demand is strong. Our early bird discount should encourage more people to secure their places for what is already a great value event.”

Runners at 2018's starting line.

'Registration now open'

Half marathon places now cost £23.40 for club-runners, £25.40 for non-club runners, while the 10K is £15.60 for club runners, £17.60 for non-club runners. Fun Run entry opens in July 2019. 

The event is organised by Middleton Harriers, Rochdale Harriers and Rochdale Triathlon Club supported by us.

Half marathon runners in Rochdale town centre.

John Connor, head of business at title sponsor Williams Rochdale BMW, said: 

“We’re excited to see registration now open and all the interest in this growing event. We’ve a long standing history in Rochdale and work hard to maintain this event which supports local charities and has something for all the family. Williams Rochdale BMW is proud to be part of the Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K, as we look forward to help deliver another great event in 2019.”