With 1,200 runners taking part in the inaugural staging of the Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K, momentum is already starting to build with confirmation of the event’s return in 2016. Organisers are anticipating up to 2,000 participants will toe the line at Rochdale Town Hall on Sunday 25 September.
2016 will see modifications to the 10k and half marathon routes with both designed to make the most of the historic town and stunning countryside. As such, entries for the events, which open today (Tuesday, 1 December), are expected to be in high demand.
John Lloyd from organisers Cannonball Events comments: "I'm pleased we're able to repeat the race in 2016 after a successful inaugural event in Rochdale this year. We have planned a new scenic route encompassing urban areas, historic landmarks and beautiful scenery. I want this race to be one that people will be excited about and become a must do event on the running calendar."
The opening event turned out to be highly competitive with a matter of seconds separating the top three runners in the half marathon: Hallamshire Harriers’ Dave Archer headed the field in 1:13:09, with Nathan Kilcourse closely following (1:13:11) and Dave Norman in third place (1:13:12). Joe Bailey took the honours in the 10k with a winning time of 32:02, Sarah Carroll top in the female competition in 42:13.
More information, including registration details, is available here.