THE MILLTOWN to Moors half marathon is only days away.
The event, which winds its way through Saddleworth, takes place on Sunday, October 18.
It starts at 9.30am on the High Street in Oldham town centre and is one of the hilliest and most scenic half marathons in the country.
Runners head out towards Saddleworth, taking in views and a challenging 1100ft ascent, before returning through Lydgate, Lees and Glodwick and back to the town centre.
A record 141 runners have so far done the double and completed the Milltown Carnival 7K as well as the Milltown 10K – the half marathon completes the series.
Race Director Alan Keane, Senior Health & Physical Activity Development Officer at Oldham Community Leisure, which organises the Milltown Race Series, says: “We’ve had a magnificent response to this year’s half marathon.
“The 500 places were almost sold out months ahead of the event. There are literally just a few places left, so anyone wanting to take part should register as soon as possible.
“We’d urge local people who can’t take part to come out on the day, soak up the atmosphere and support the runners along the route.”
The Milltown to Moors Oldham half is sponsored by The Oldham Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB), the Oldham Town Centre Partnership, Richmond Cole Kitchens, HT Tooling Solutions and Aksa Homes, who all have staff members running in the half marathon.
Some road closures will be in place during the race: Lord Street will be closed between 9 – 10am restricting access to the car parks around Oldham Sports Centre, while traffic will be held briefly at the junction of Yorkshire Street, Prince Street and Union Street.
Other junctions along the route, including some on Bottom o’th’ Moor, Lees Road and Cross Street will also experience hold brief hold ups around 9.35am to allow the passage of runners.
There will be free parking for runners in Bradshaw Street car park from 7.30am until 12 noon. Runners do not need to display a ticket.
There will also be free parking in other Council car parks throughout the day for three hours, but runners will need to get a ticket to prove what time they arrived and that they are within the three hour limit.
Cost of entry is £20 for club members, £22 unattached runners with entries on the day an additional £3.
Cash prizes are up for grabs for the men and women’s 1st (£100), 2nd(£75) and 3rd (£50) places, along with male and female team prizes and awards for vets.
There is a double 1st prize of £200 for anyone beating Commonwealth Games athlete Andi Jones’ current course record of 1:09:52.2 from 2013.
Find out more and enter online at www.milltownraces.co.uk