Springhill Hospice will be the official charity for Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run again this year and organisers want the event to smash last year’s fundraising total when it returns on Sunday 6 October.
Julie Halliwell, chief executive of Springhill Hospice said: “Last year over £12,500 was raised for the hospice by runners in this event which was magnificent. The money has made a real difference to local people with a palliative illness and we are hoping that some entrants will consider choosing us as their charity this year. Without our supporters, volunteers and donors we simply would not survive and I am looking forward to cheering everyone on this October. We are proud to be the official charity again and so grateful for the support that we receive from local people. This is a wonderful opportunity to add to our 2019 fundraising efforts.”
The Rochdale-based charity provides care for people with life-limiting illnesses, but running costs are more than £3m per year, with 70% of income needing to come from within the local community through events, charity shops, lottery, legacies and donations.
With more than 450 runners already registered for places, Rochdale Borough Council and title sponsor Williams BMW is also encouraging those registered, and everyone yet to sign-up, to consider running in aid of a good cause.
John Connor, head of business at Williams Rochdale BMW, said: “With less than four months to go, we are on the countdown to the most significant running event in the region. Our commitment to the town is evidenced in this sponsorship which embeds the Williams family business into the community. We’re fortunate that so many residents are familiar with Williams and the 6 October will be all about using positive energy in the town to get runners over the finish line. We wish all participants the best of luck with their training.”
Springy, the hospice mascot, will be at the events again to cheer everyone along and will also be taking part in the fun run.
If you’re thinking about raising money for the hospice, or want to support someone who is, contact the fundraising team at the hospice. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01706 641790 (option 1).
Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community and culture at the council said: “One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives and I would like to see even more raised for Springhill Hospice this time around. We are encouraging people to come forward and run for charity so please do sign up for a race if you haven’t already. Whether it’s our one mile, 10K or the half, we all have the potential to raise vital cash for some really deserving causes. Every pound makes a difference and entrants are welcome to run for Springhill or another charity of their choice. You always notice the extra encouragement charity runners get from our crowds. And if you do decide to run for charity it can provide huge motivation during your training. The idea that you're helping people more vulnerable than yourself or supporting a worthwhile service can really help push you over the line and put a little extra petrol in your engine when you’re out training!”
If you plan to enter any of the races or have already done so you can easily set up a webpage to collect your donations for Springhill Hospice or another charity online. Visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/run for more information and to enter.
The popular event returns on Sunday 6 October. All races will start and finish by the grade one listed Rochdale Town Hall, 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 4,500 people have taken part in the event, which sets out on routes taking in town and some of the north west’s most picturesque countryside scenes like Hollingworth Lake.
The half marathon leaves the town hall along the Esplanade and runs the edge of Broadfield Park, before heading through to Rochdale Canal at Oldham Road Basin. The route then heads past Kingsway Business Park and Smithy Bridge along the canal. Close to the Waterside Restaurant the route leaves the tow path and heads up Hollingworth Road towards Hollingworth Lake, making a clockwise loop of the lake. It then returns down Hollingworth Road and back on to the canal. The race retraces its outward route from the town hall until it reaches Broadfield Park, where runners will go through the park before re-joining The Esplanade for the final sprint to the finish line.
The 10K follows the same route as the half marathon on to the canal, but leaves the canal at the swing bridge at Kingsway Business Park, making a loop of pleasant cycleways, before returning to the canal and the same finishing route as the half marathon.
The fun run goes on sale next month.
To enter online or find out more, visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/half
You can also find the latest information about the event @RochdaleHalf on Twitter and like ‘Rochdale Half Marathon’ on Facebook.
The event is organised by Middleton Harriers, Rochdale Harriers and Rochdale Triathlon Club supported by Rochdale Borough Council.
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