Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K returns on Sunday 8 October, and the routes have been revealed for this year's event.
The half marathon leaves the town hall along the Esplanade and runs the edge of Broadfield Park, before heading through Deeplish to the 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.
Councillor Janet Emsley, our cabinet member for culture, health and wellbeing said:
"We're pleased with these new routes, which incorporate some of the best bits of the old course including the lap around Hollingworth Lake and countryside along with some exciting new features including Broadfield Park, to make it much more scenic and user friendly. Our early bird prices will be held until 31 March and everyone is welcome to sign up, from new runners to those looking to beat their personal best."
'some exciting new features including Broadfield Park, to make it much more scenic and user friendly'
Runners who enter before Friday 31 March can take advantage of the special 'early bird' entry prices – the lowest in the event's history. Half Marathon places cost £24.40 for club-runners, £26.40 for non-club runners, while the 10K is £15.60 for club runners, £17.60 for non-club runners, with all prices including the booking fee. Fun Run entry opens in June. The routes will again be fully-marshalled and on roads closed to traffic. Finishers will receive a medal, technical t-shirt and goody bag.
Since 2015 over 2,200 people have taken part in the event, which sets out by the new Gracie Fields statue, and the recently uncovered River Roch bridge on traffic-free courses taking in town and some of the north west's most picturesque countryside scenes.
Last year the event attracted runners from across Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Cheshire and beyond as well as many from the borough, with spectators coming out in numbers to line many parts of the route.
View the routes, fly-by videos and enter online