The Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K, and Fun Run is set to take place on Sunday 3 October and the cancer charity, Maggie’s, has been selected to be the beneficiary of fundraising by Williams, who is title sponsor for the event.
Runners have signed up from Williams - the long-established family business, and all will be raising funds for Maggie’s as part of the on-going partnership the company has with the charity.
Maggie’s is a charity providing free cancer support and information in centres across the UK. In the region, Maggie's has a centre next to The Christie hospital alongside bases in Oldham and Merseyside, which welcome anyone to drop in or call them to talk through concerns and seek advice.
Jessica Ruth, Maggie’s Centre Fundraiser Manchester, said: “One in two people will develop cancer at some point and our service spans everything from financial and benefits advice through to help with how to share cancer news with family members. We are truly grateful for the amazing fundraising work that Williams is undertaking via the Rochdale run and other activities across the region and the generosity is very much appreciated.”
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With more than 1,000 runners already registered for places, Williams is looking forward to the big day. Owen Duncan, head of business at Williams Rochdale BMW, said: “We are glad to see our staff team signing up for the run and pulling on their Maggie’s tabards as they keep up their training regimes. As a family business, we encourage our colleagues to pull together to help good causes where we can, and we will be once again matching all fundraising done by our teams.”
Councillor Sue Smith, cabinet member for communities and co-operation at Rochdale Borough Council added, “Whether it’s one mile, 10K or the half, we all have the potential to raise vital cash for some really deserving causes and it’s wonderful to see so many running for charity again this year, making every step count. I’ll be there cheering everyone on. We will have over a thousand runners taking part and I hope residents will come out and cheer them on too. There’s always a good atmosphere at the start and finish by the town hall, and many other great vantage points along the routes for spectators, including around Hollingworth Lake and in Broadfield Park.”
All races will start and finish on The Esplanade, 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 5,800 people have taken part in the event, which takes in the town centre and picturesque countryside scenes including Hollingworth Lake. The event is co-ordinated by local running experts from Rochdale Harriers, Middleton Harriers, and Rochdale Triathlon Club supported by Rochdale Borough Council.