Rochdale is set for a running bonanza in August with confirmation that the town will host, for the very first time in its history, its very own half marathon, 10k and 1 mile fun run. The events, scheduled for Sunday 23 August, are being staged by Rochdale Borough Council in partnership with leading race organiser Cannonball Events.
Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for Community, Culture and Tourism said it will be one of the highlights of the borough’s sporting calendar: “This is a really exciting new event for Rochdale, having three races on the same day, starting and finishing by our stunning town hall. Much planning has gone into the routes, presenting really varied traffic free courses and a real quality event. Following on from Rochdale hosting a game in the Rugby League World Cup in 2013 and Le Tour de France last year this is another great opportunity to showcase the borough at its best.”
The event will set off from Rochdale Town Hall and follow traffic-free courses taking in town and countryside. The 10K route leaves the Esplanade along Entwisle road, before heading towards Milnrow via Albert Royds Street. It then heads up Buckley Lane, turning near its end before returning to Rochdale Town Hall.
The half marathon does the same route except the turning point is further down Buckley lane and it’s a two lap course, making pacing easier. The fun run is a flat, fast one mile, accessible to runners of all abilities, heading out along Entwisle Road and turning just after Rochdale Leisure Centre.
Early booking is advised as just 1000 places will be available for the Half Marathon, 1000 for the 10K and 500 for the fun run. Entries open at 9am this Saturday (21 March).