Record-break­ing race is ma­jor hit

Rochdale Observer - - YOUR VIEWS READER’S PICTURE -

TO­DAY we are show­cas­ing an­other se­lec­tion of pic­tures from last week­end’s Rochdale Half Marathon.

The event on Sun­day saw more than 1,000 run­ners take to the streets to par­tic­i­pate in half marathon, as well as a 10K and fun run.

Now in its fourth year, the race drew spec­ta­tors and sup­port­ers to the town, who lined the route to cheer on the run­ners as they headed off from the town hall, across the town into the coun­try­side, tak­ing in Holling­worth Lake on the way.

There was mu­sic by the Roch School Band from Rochdale Mu­sic Ser­vice in Broad­field Park, keep­ing the crowds en­ter­tained, while The Es­planade was filled with stalls on health and fit­ness.

Event spon­sor Wil­liams BMW dis­played top range cars in the town hall square, in­clud­ing the i8 plug-in hy­brid.

Ben­jamin Coop from Bury Ath­let­ics won the half marathon, with a time of 31:38 min­utes, while Kirsty Sharp of Glos­sop­dale Har­ri­ers was the first woman over the line, with a time of 39:08. Louise Wake­field, aged 14, won the one-mile fun run in 5:45 min­utes, pip­ping sec­ond place Ian Aitchin­son to the post, with his time of 6:34.

●●Pic­tures by Alan Hamer and Colin Horne

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