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FEATURED: Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run

03 March 2018

Sunday, 3 October 2021



Runners starting the race.  

Event details

Coronavirus (COVID-19): 2020 event update

We've made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 event after carefully considering the latest COVID-19 safety advice from Run Britain and UK Athletics.

If you entered any of the 2020 races, we've automatically moved your entry to the 2021 event. If you would like a refund instead, please email before Monday, 24 August 2020.

Thanks for your support and stay safe. Get the latest coronavirus updates

Entry prices for the 2021 races

Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon prices
Non-club runners: £28.40
Club runners: £26.40

Williams BMW Rochdale 10K prices
Non-club runners: £17.60
Club runners: £15.60

Enter the Half Marathon or 10K

Williams BMW Rochdale Fun Run
Entry price is £7. Registration opens in June 2021.

About the 2021 races

The team at Williams BMW. ​Williams BMW Rochdale​​​ Half Marathon, 10K and 1-mile Fun Run returns for its 6th year​. It’s one of the highlights of our sporting calendar and has already raised tens of thousands of pounds for local and national charities.

All courses will be fully marshalled, traffic free, signed and have water stations at regular intervals. All runs are chip timed. There'll be a medal and technical t-shirt for completing the half marathon and 10K. The Fun Run is suitable for all the family - you can walk, jog, skip, wear fancy dress - and entrants receive a great quality medal.

The event is sponsored by leading prestige motor dealer Williams BMW Rochdale.

Start times for Fun Run, Half Marathon and 10K

The race start times are:

  • Fun Run: 10am
  • Half Marathon: 10.45am
  • 10K: 11.05am

Enter the races as an individual or a team

Online entries are open for the half marathon, 10K and fun run until 12midnight on Monday, 27 September 2021. Entries for the Fun Run will open in June 2021.

The minimum age for entering:

  • The Half Marathon - 17 years old on Sunday, 3 October 2021
  • The 10K - 16 years old on Sunday, 3 October 2021
  • The Fun Run - 4 years old on Sunday, 3 October 2021

Corporate entries​

Our corporate package enables ​​a company to pay for and administer entries for their staff. For every 10 entries you'll also get a FREE place. Running alongside your workmates can be a lot of fun and this is a great way to inspire a workplace, set a challenge and motivate employees to be active and take part in this great event.

Elite runner entries

​We're happy to offer FREE entry to athletes who achieved, and can prove, the following times in 2019:

  • Marathon: under 2 hours 35 minutes for men and under 2 hours 55 minutes for women.
  • Half Marathon: under 1 hour 12 minutes for men and under 1 hour 23 minutes for women.
  • 10K: under 32 minutes for men and under 38 minutes​​ for women.

​ Please email evidence of your times to


Whichever run you choose, you'll be starting and finishing at the stunning Rochdale Town Hall, one of the finest buildings in Europe.

Our traffic-free courses retain an exciting and varied feel, taking you on a tour of our historic town and breath-taking countryside. 

Half Marathon route

Rochdale Half Marathon route​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.​​​

Enter the Half Marathon or 10K

10K route

Rochdale 10K route​​​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.

Enter the Half Marathon or 10K

Fun Run route

Fun run route​​A stunning course and lots of fun. The Williams BMW Fun Run is suitable for all the family, whether you're raising money for a worthwhile cause, remembering a loved one or simply keeping active. Mums, dads, toddlers, groups running together, fancy dress, music and fabulous fun!!

The 1-mile route sets out from Rochdale Town Hall and up into the beautiful Broadfield Park, taking a very scenic route around the award winning historic grounds. There's a steep challenging climb up past the John Bright statue before entering the park. While the rest of the course climbs gradually, once you reach the bandstand it’s all downhill to The Esplanade for the return to the finish line at the town hall.

Registration for the Fun Run opens in June 2021.

See the routes on video

View the routes for the half marathon and 10K. Here's what happened when we tried out the courses with a BMW Z4, 3 Series, i3 and BMW Cruise Mountain Bike. Whether you're running or spectating, it's a great tour of historic Rochdale and some stunning countryside.

Prize fund

FREE training plans

Check out the FREE training plans, courtesy of Women’s Running UK.


Half marathon

Your race number

You can pick up your race number on Saturday, 2 October 2021 from Number One Riverside between 10.30am and 3pm, or on the morning of the event between 8am and 9.30am.

Terms and conditions for taking part in a race

  • There'll be a cut-off time of 3 hours for completion from the start of the half marathon.​
  • For your own safety, the safety of other runners and members of the public, the wearing of head or earphones or similar device is not permitted in this event. Automatic disqualification from race results may follow for any competitors ignoring this instruction.

​​Raise money for charity

Charity runners from the 2019 Rochdale Half Marathon. Our official charity for 2021 is Springhill Hospice. The Rochdale-based charity provides care for people with life-limiting illnesses and in 2019 the event helped to raise over £8,000 for the hospice.

Set up your Springhill Hospice​​​ ​fundraising page

You're welcome to raise money for any other charity or cause of your choice and you can easily set up a web page to collect your donations through websites including JustGiv​​​ingG​​oFundMe or GoGetFunding

Tips for fundraising

Many BMW Williams Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run participants run for a good cause. Running for charity can give you that extra motivation for your training and also on the day itself. You'll also notice the extra encouragement you'll receive from spectators. As your training begins and you start your charity fundraising, here are some tips to help you raise lots of money:

  • The FootAsylum fundraising team at the finish line in 2019. Set up an online fundraising page early. Setting up a page as soon as you register will help you raise hundreds of pounds more that someone who leaves it all to the last few weeks.
  • Set a fundraising target.
  • Be social media savvy - using social media channels are a great opportunity to maximise fundraising potential.
  • Download a fundraising app to your mobile phone. This will make it much easier to collect donations wherever you are.

View photographs from the 2019 event

View and download photos from the 2019 event on Facebook.

Past events

View photos, results and more from past events. 

Read what others had to say

Staff at Williams BMW Rochdale. Read testimonials about the Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K.

"Really enjoyed it".

"Enjoyed the occasion".

"Great - very well organised".

"Well run, excellent course".

"Well marshalled with good support".

"A very well organised event, showing the best of our town. Lots of highly supportive marshals".

"The best of the local runs, really good course, great finish".

"Really enjoyed it, well organised, marshalled and great course".

"Fantastic, great organisation and support".

"Well organised, excellent ambiance. Really nice for local food and drink outlets to contribute. Free car parking was good".

"Excellent, well organised".

"Brilliant, well organised, good t shirt, medal and good course".

"Very well organised, thoroughly enjoyed the event".

"Brilliant marshals on route and the road closures make it such a great event".

"Loved it - well organised, lovely route and marshals, nice medal too".

"Good scenic route".

"Well organised".

"Really good atmosphere".

"Loved it".

"Lively atmosphere in front of the town hall thanks to announcer Dave Sweetmore".

"Superb, great route and organisation".

"Loved the route along the canal and around the lake".

"Very family friendly".


Williams BMW Rochdale staff. "Well organised, good crowd".

"Fantastic. Course was great and lovely to get into the countryside. Everyone was very friendly and brilliantly organised so not too much hanging around".

"Brilliant event, well organised and lovely route".

"Well organised, nice scenic course. Fantastic marshals".

"Well organised event and priced appropriately".

"Really enjoyed it - beautiful route, really well organised, lots of helpful information beforehand, great atmosphere on the day".

"Excellent. Well organised. Scenic route. Fantastic volunteers, especially at the water breaks".

"I thoroughly enjoyed the half marathon. My first for 20 years. Organisation was good. Car parking, bag drop and marshalling was excellent. Time keeping was spot on".

"I enjoyed completing my local 10K. To date it has been my favourite 10K. I thought the atmosphere was great starting after hearing the chimes from the town hall. The route was scenic unlike Salford 10K and We Love Manchester 10K. I will be running it again next year. The bag drop and picking up your numbers was very well managed, basically I loved the event".

"I thought the event was extremely well organised with lots of helpful and friendly marshals along the route. Although the start and first half mile was fairly narrow and cramped, the course then opened up and was really good. I enjoyed running along the canal and around Hollingworth Lake. A much improved route than 2015 when I last ran Rochdale and I hope the course stays the same for next year".

"Can't wait for the next one. The event showcased Rochdale, my town, I loved it. Organisation and Marshalls were excellent. Atmosphere was great especially with the long open run to the finish in front of the Town Hall. Race start and finish banners and time displays looked professional. Great to have prestigious brand BMW as sponsors, with their stand showcasing their cars. T shirt great. Rochdale AFC involved the kids with their penalty shoot out. Area in front of town hall looked great. Sports physios looked to be very popular. Dave Sweetmore provided great music".

"Very well organised. The fun run event was fantastic for the kids and very good value for money".

"Well organised, support around the HM course was encouraging, nice touch to include young children handing to hand out water. Lots of volunteers helping out. Parking in the collage was a big plus. Free photos of the event to share is nice. Daughters have asked can they take part again next year".

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Temporary road closures

For safety reasons, some road closures will be in place on Sunday, 3 October 2021 between 10am-2pm. Motorists are advised to make alternative arrangements in advance if they need to exit any of the closed areas by car on the day. Plans will be put in place for access by the emergency services.

Thank you to our event sponsors and supporters 

​​ Williams BMW logo.

The event is sponsored by leading prestige motor retail centre, ​​Williams BMW Rochdale​.

Up and Running logo.

The event is supported by footwear, clothing and accessories retailer Up and Running.

Sports Physio UK. ​​

Clinical experts from Rochdale’s Sports Physio UK will be providing professional advice and sports massage on the day, as well as pre and post-race support.


​Events and activities are not organised by Rochdale Borough Council unless stated otherwise. Neither is Rochdale Borough Council responsible for the accuracy of the information provided. If you are under 18, ask your parent/guardian before taking part in any event or activity.

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Latest news on this event

Runners at the start of the event.
05 August 2020
Organisers of Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K & Fun Run have announced the 2020 event has been cancelled.