Get set for town’s half marathon


PAS­SION­ATE run­ners are be­ing in­vited to sign up for the Macclesfield Half Marathon, with en­tries open­ing on Valen­tine’s Day.

Now in its 14th year, the race has raised nearly £117,000 for char­ity, with around £67,000 go­ing to East Cheshire Hospice, which has again been cho­sen as the main bene­fac­tor.

Last year’s events at­tracted more than 800 run­ners and the or­gan­is­ers are aim­ing for 1,000 this year. They are also of­fer­ing chip tim­ing for half marathon and 5k com­pe­ti­tions, al­low­ing run­ners to ac­cess their time on­line af­ter­wards to share with friends and fam­ily.

The races, which are be­ing held on Septem­ber 27, start at Macclesfield Ath­let­ics track, the home of Macclesfield Har­ri­ers, which or­gan­ise the event, be­hind the leisure cen­tre.

Carl Hanaghan, 34, who is help­ing or­gan­ise the event, said: “The event is fam­ily friendly with a great at­mos­phere and is an ideal venue for your first com­pet­i­tive race or for a sea­soned run­ner.

“There is al­ways a great at­mos­phere thanks to the small army of vol­un­teers who give their Sun­day to mar­shal the race course, make cakes and hand out well-earned goody bags.

“Race or­gan­is­ers have wel­comed the pos­i­tive feed­back and com­ments of a well or­gan­ised event.”

Once again there will be three races – the half marathon, the 5k road race and a ju­nior fun run.

Carl added: “Tra­di­tion- ally most peo­ple are non­club run­ners and sign up on the day, so this year we are giv­ing a real push to en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to sign up sooner so we have a bet­ter idea of num­bers.”

En­try fees for the half marathon are £23 for un­at­tached run­ners, £21 at­tached, with an ad­di­tional £4 for en­tries on the day. En­trants must be over 17.

En­tries into the 5k cost £10 for un­at­tached or £8 at­tached, with and ad­di­tional £2 for en­tries on the day. En­trants must be over 13.

The ju­nior fun run is open to any­one aged un­der 13 years old on the day. Un­der fives must be ac­com­pa­nied by an adult.

To en­ter or find out more go to uk or the face­book/ macclesfield half­marathon

●» Last year’s Macclesfield Half Marathon at­tracted more than 800 run­ners

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