Feet first for Footasylum as retailer backs Rochdale’s big race

A top UK sports brand has put its feet first to back this year’s Williams BMW Rochdale Half Marathon, 10K and Fun Run.

National sportswear and trainer retailer Footasylum has chosen the annual race as its national charity event with over 50 staff already signed up for the event on Sunday 7 October.


Employees from the company, which employs 200 at its Rochdale headquarters and 2,300 nationwide have already raised over £2,000 in sponsorship for Springhill Hospice, and that’s expected to rise significantly in the coming weeks.

Footasylum will also be paying for nearby hotel accommodation for some of the runners, many of whom will be travelling to Rochdale from across the UK.

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Danielle Davies, the chief financial officer at Footasylum, said the company are pleased to be part of the event:

“Springhill Hospice does some great work supporting patients and families, and our staff are looking forward to the event and raising as much money as possible.

We enjoy getting involved in events like this as they are a great way to support a good cause and our employees, and I will be supporting the Footasylum team!”

It’s the first time the company have got involved with the event, and Councillor Janet Emsley, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, community and culture said:

“Running alongside your workmates is a lot of fun, and it’s a fantastic way to inspire a workplace, set a challenge and motivate employees, so it’s great news that Footasylum is taking part this year.

Springhill Hospice is a great cause, and our charity runners always get extra encouragement from the crowds, and I am looking forward to cheering them on.”

All routes start and finish by Rochdale Town Hall; they will be chip-timed on marshalled, traffic-free courses, with a technical t-shirt and medal, handed out to finishers. 

The event is organised by Middleton Harriers, Rochdale Harriers and Rochdale Triathlon Club supported by Rochdale Borough Council.

For more information and to enter online visit www.rochdale.gov.uk/run

You can also find the latest information about the event @RochdaleHalf on Twitter and like ‘Rochdale Half Marathon’ on Facebook.

For more information about this story, please contact Rochdale Borough Council’s media team on 01706 926002 or newsdesk@rochdale.gov.uk


The half marathon leaves the town hall along the Esplanade and runs the edge of Broadfield Park, before heading through to the Rochdale Canal at Oldham Road Basin.
The route then heads past Kingsway Business Park and Smithy Bridge along the canal. Close to the Waterside Restaurant the route leaves the towpath and heads up Hollingworth Road towards Hollingworth Lake, making a clockwise loop of the lake.
It then returns down Hollingworth Road and back on to the canal.
The race retraces its outward route from the town hall until it reaches Broadfield Park, where runners will go through the park before re-joining The Esplanade for the final sprint to the finish line.
The 10K follows the same route as the half marathon on to the canal, but leaves the canal at the swing bridge at Kingsway Business Park, making a loop of pleasant cycleways, before returning to the canal and the same finishing route as the half marathon.
After a great response in 2017, the fun run retains the same route, setting out from Rochdale Town Hall and up into the beautiful Broadfield Park, taking a very scenic route around the award-winning historic grounds.
There’s a steep climb up past the John Bright statue before entering the park.
While the rest of the course climbs gradually, once you reach the bandstand, it’s all downhill to The Esplanade for the return to the finish line at the town hall!


LOOKING FORWARD: Staff from national sportswear and trainer retailer Footasylum at their Sandbrook Park headquarters in Rochdale with (front) Barry Bown, Executive Chairman and Danielle Davies, Chief Financial Officer. Back (left to right) Rob Fox, Georgie Fern, Hannah Jones, Ste Prestwich, Ashleigh Holt, Paul Turner, Phil Glenn, Amey Mcnaughton and Sarah Uttley.
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