Organisers of Williams BMW Rochdale Half are promising an 'improved' race experience in 2016. They have made alterations to last year's route and say the revised course is "20% flatter". They also reckon the new route scores higher on the 'scenic' scale, passing through Littleborough and Smithy Bridge as well as featuring local beauty spot, Hollingworth Lake.
Race director John Lloyd of Cannonball Events believes that the race on Sunday 25 September will see a better spectator experience: "This year friends and family can choose between the start and finish line at Rochdale Town Hall, the focal point at the lake or a number of other hotspots around the route."
John added: "Both the half marathon and 10k courses are flatter this time, meaning they are faster routes. They both have several long, flat straight sections that will be great for pacing and maintaining your speed. As the events grow these changes will also help to attract more runners, 1,300 registered last time but we are expecting many more this time.”
Councillor Janet Emsley from Rochdale Borough Council said: “We have high expectations for this second year and these changes will really help. Crossing the finishing line on race day with a sense of achieving something really special is a great feeling and with a one mile and 10K as well as the half there’s something for every ability."
For more details and to enter the half marathon, 10k or the fun run visit the event website.
caption: John Lloyd (right) launches Rochdale Half 2016 at Hollingworth Lake