On your marks for cov­eted race place

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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.

Tony Carter

●● Run­ners will once again take to the streets of Old­ham – and hills of Sad­dle­worth – for the Old­ham half marathon

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