Entries are open for the 2021 Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon and 10K – and prices remain at discounted 2020 rates until 31 March 2021.
Over 250 have already signed up for the popular event which returns on Sunday, 3 October 2021.
Entry for the half marathon and 10K is reduced by £4.60 for entries received by 31 March 2021, so you can take advantage of this discount by securing your place early.
Unless a refund has already been requested when the 2020 races were cancelled due to the pandemic, places have automatically rolled over to 2021.
'Something to aim for, something to look forward to'
Races will start and finish on The Esplanade in Rochdale town centre. They will be chip-timed on fully-marshalled traffic-free courses, with a technical t-shirt and medal handed out to finishers.
Since 2015 over 5,800 people have taken part in the event, which takes in town and picturesque countryside scenes like Hollingworth Lake. The courses are relatively flat too so great for personal bests.
Councillor Janet Emsley, the council's cabinet member for a safer and inclusive community, said:
"We are planning for this event to go ahead in October and are cautiously starting to look towards the autumn with some optimism. As always, places are limited, and we were very close to a sell-out in 2019 so I do advise early booking. There are likely to be some new measures to ensure runners, staff and spectators are kept safe and of course any guidelines in place this October will be met.
"I think everyone needs something to aim for, something to look forward to and train for and whatever your level, this event delivers that. The support and camaraderie is always amazing with a friendly atmosphere, personal bests achieved and thousands raised for good causes including our official charity Springhill Hospice. I hope our generous discounts until 31 March help make it an even better value event."
Half marathon places now cost £26.80 for club-runners, £28.80 for non-club runners, while the 10K is £16 for club runners, £18 for non-club runners. Fun Run entry will open in June 2021.
The event is co-ordinated by Rochdale Harriers, Middleton Harriers and Rochdale Triathlon Club and supported by Rochdale Borough Council. The event is sponsored by leading prestige motor dealer
Williams BMW Rochdale
You can also find the latest information about the event on social media.