Turn the Oldham Half orange this Halloween

Date published: 30 August 2023

Local cancer charity Maggie’s Oldham have competitor places available for the Oldham Half Marathon on Sunday, October 29.

Runners will get free entry, meaning they can raise much-needed funds for people with cancer in Oldham.

The Oldham Half returns this year after a brief hiatus and provides one of the most scarily challenging half marathons in the UK.

Maggie’s is proud to be an official charity partner of this fantastic event and is looking for willing runners to join Team Maggie’s.

The course begins in the centre of Oldham and climbs all the way up to Grains Bar – a whopping 340m above sea level.

Runners can take in the breathtaking scenery and villages of Saddleworth before winding back down to the town centre through Lees and Glodwick, towards the finish line.

Sharon Richardson is one of of Maggie’s Oldham’s biggest supporters.

She said: “Maggie’s Oldham is a really special place to me.

"I’ve been fundraising for the centre in various ways even before it was officially open.

"I’m so thankful we have such a wonderful place here in Oldham and I’m always so grateful when I hear people I know have used the centre.

"Oldham Half marathon is back now after four years.

"It’s a challenging half, but definitely one to tick off for runners.

"So I’m really happy to hear Oldham Half are offering charity places for Maggie’s.”

Anyone taking part will receive a free Maggie’s running vest and/or t-shirt, as well as being roared on by the Maggie’s team and cheering squad.

To register your interest, or for more information, please call Tom on 07843 502 832 or email: oldhamfundraising@maggies.org

For more information on the half marathon, please visit the OCL website at: https://oclactive.co.uk/

Every Maggie’s centre follows the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks.

Maggie lived with advanced cancer for two years and was determined that she should not “lose the joy of living in the fear of dying”.

In order to live more positively with cancer, Maggie believed people needed information, stress-reducing strategies, psychological support, and the opportunity to meet other people in similar circumstances in a relaxed and beautiful setting.

All Maggie’s s centres are individually designed by leading architects to feel like a home and all have a big kitchen table at their heart.

Built in the grounds of Oldham Hospital, Maggie’s Oldham is a warm and welcoming place, with qualified professionals on hand to offer an evidence-based core programme of support that has been shown to improve physical and emotional wellbeing.

Maggie’s Oldham relies on voluntary donations to develop its unique, high quality programme of support.

The charity’s aim is to make the biggest difference possible to people living with cancer and their family and friends.

To find out more about Maggie’s Oldham and to see how the centre supports people living with cancer across Oldham, Rochdale, Tameside and beyond, please visit the Centre at Sir Norman Stoller Building, Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Road, OL1 2JH, or get in touch on 0161 989 0550 / oldham@maggies.org

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