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

GOOD CAUSE: Footasylum staff have added the Springhill Hospice logo to their running tops and will be raising money for the charity this October. Back (left to right) Rob Fox, Amey Mcnaughton, Georgie Fern, Sarah Uttley, Phil Glenn. (Front) Ste Prestwich, Paul Turner, Hannah Jones and Ashleigh Holt.

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

Danielle Davies, 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 really looking forward to the event and raising as much money as possible.  We enjoy getting involved with 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 are 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.

20 Sep 2018