Runners on their marks for rescheduled Oldham Way Ultra in April

HARDY runners will be taking part in the Oldham Way Ultra on Sunday, April 22.

The event was scheduled for Sunday, March 18, but had to be cancelled through snow.

Runners in The Trial

Indeed, it took event organisers three hours to dig their way out of the Castleshaw Centre, Delph, that also hosted the 5k trial race the previous day.

Organiser Wane Law explained conditions on the 40-mile route of the Oldham borough boundary were too treacherous.

The event had been a sellout, but there are places available for the rescheduled event. Entries can be made at

This will be the fifth staging of the run that last year attracted competitors from China and Hungary.

And organisers Team OA, who put on a number of events across the border in Yorkshire, say they had received entries from throughout Britain, though the entry is capped at 100.

The record time is just over six hours with a 13-and-a-half hour cut off for completion.

Iain Blackwood-Hobbs with Andy Barnes

The Trial, a 5k run, took place on Saturday, March 17, but with a field hit by the weather. Of the 50 that entered, only 17 made it to the start line at the Castleshaw Centre.

And there was a one-two for Vegan Runners UK with Iain Blackwood-Hobbs winning in 24.50 from Andy Barnes in 25.20.

Team OA also organises the Man v Barge event that this year will be held on Saturday, August 11.

The challenge is to run from Marsden to Diggle quicker than a barge can travel through the Standedge Tunnel.

However, that event is already sold out with all 185 places taken within six weeks of the event being launched.


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