Set yourself a one mile challenge

6 Aug 2019 08:43
Published by: Daniel Almond


ENTRY for Williams BMW Rochdale one-mile Fun Run is open.

Before the half marathon or 10K runners set off on Sunday 6 October, fun runners will be under starter’s orders outside Rochdale’s world famous town hall. 

The event is chip timed and retains the same route, setting out from the town hall and up into the beautiful Broadfield Park, taking a scenic route around the award-winning historic grounds.  There’s a short climb past the statue of Rochdale’s political giant John Bright before entering the park. Once at the bandstand it’s all downhill to The Esplanade for the return to the finish line at the town hall.

The one-mile fun run starts at 10am on Sunday 6 October, entry is £6.90 and all finishers will receive a Williams BMW Rochdale Fun Run medal. The event is suitable for children, but entrants must be at least four-years-old on the day of the run.

Last year the fun run saw a big surge in popularity, with over 200 runners taking part, and even more are expected this October. With only 270 places available, early booking is advised as places are expected to be in high demand.

Cllr Janet Emsley cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community and culture at Rochdale Borough Council - who has taken part in the event for charity for the last four years - said: “The fun run is something for all the family to enjoy, and to help with your training there are parkruns in Heywood and Rochdale every Sunday.  Last year was our biggest ever fun run and judging by the interest and enquiries we’ve had already there’s going to be a rush for places when registration opens for 2019. The fun run is something that almost everyone can take part in and we are hoping it will inspire more people to be active in a fun and family friendly environment.”

Once again Rochelle, mum to the borough’s Healthy Heroes superhero family, will be encouraging people to get active and sign up for the fun run, as well as taking part in the event herself.

Entry for the Williams BMW Rochdale Fun Run at


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