On your marks for coveted race place
RUNNERS with a head for heights are being challenged to take on one of the country’s toughest half marathons.
The Milltown to Moors race, a hilly route with more than 1,100 feet of ascent up to Saddleworth and back, is making a welcome return to town.
There are 500 places up for grabs for the 13.1 mile circular route, taking in some majestic scenery along the way.
Runners will take their starting positions at 9.30am on Sunday, October 12.
They will include 81 who already have the Carnival 7k and Milltown 10k under their belts and are now hoping to complete the series.
This year there is also the added incentive of a podium finish as Com- monwealth Games athlete and local lad Andi Jones – usually the first across the line – will not be taking part for the first year since the race’s inception.
Race director Alan Keane, a senior health and physical activity development officer for Oldham Community Leisure, said: “There are 500 places available to take part in the Oldham half marathon and we’re hoping to fill every one, to ensure the 2014 race is a really memorable one.
“We’d urge local people who can’t take part to come out on the day, soak up the atmosphere and support the runners.”
Get up to speed by joining OCL’s weekly running groups every Wednesday from 6.30pm.
Entry to the race costs £22 for UKA club runners and OCL active members. The closing date to register is Thursday, October 9.
Visit milltownraces. co.uk for more details.
●● Runners will once again take to the streets of Oldham – and hills of Saddleworth – for the Oldham half marathon