Following the launch of the event last month, organisers of Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K have confirmed the prize pot for both races. This August (23) will see the town host, for the very first time, a trio of racing events, which are being staged by Rochdale Borough Council in partnership with Cannonball Events.
The total prize fund is over £2,800, with cash prizes for the first three men and women in the half marathon and 10K, plus bonus time-related prizes. Top prize for the half marathon is £150, with £100 going to second place, £70 for third and vouchers worth £65 and £50 to fourth and fifth placed runners. These are in addition to £100 bonuses for the first male runner under 71 minutes and first female under 80 minutes.
The winner of the 10K will get £120, with £80 for second, £50 for third and vouchers for fourth and fifth placed runners, together with £100 bonuses for the first male under 31 minutes and first female under 35 minutes. There are also veterans and team prizes up for grabs.
Both races 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.
Council event manager Sue Milne said: “Entries are coming in fast and it’s promising to be an incredible event. I know we have lots of local organisations planning to enter teams and there’s a real buzz building. With a one mile and 10K as well as the half marathon there’s something for every ability. I also hope a lot of people come down and support our runners especially as a lot of them will be doing it for charity.”
More information and registration details are available here.