Have fun on the run and raise cash for char­ity

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

RUN­NERS are en­cour­aged to put their best foot for­ward for this year’s Mac­cles­field Half Marathon – which takes place for the 14th time on Sun­day.

The 13-mile run, along with a shorter five-kilo­me­tre course and fun run, will take place on Sun­day, Septem­ber 27, and is or­gan­ised en­tirely by vol­un­teers from the Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers.

And for the first time, the run will in­clude pace run­ners for those aim­ing to cover the dis­tance in un­der 1 hour 30, 1 hour 40, 1 hour 50 and 2 hours.

Carl Hanaghan, race or­gan­iser, said: “There’s only a few days left un­til the start of the 14th Mac­cles­field Half Marathon. If you haven’t en­tered yet, you can do so on the day from 8.45 am at Mac­cles­field Lei- sure Cen­tre. It’s a fan­tas­tic race with a great at­mos­phere, cre­ated by the en­thu­si­asm of the par­tic­i­pants, army of vol­un­teers and the avail­abil­ity of guilt-free cake!” Be­gin­ning at Mac­cles­field Leisure Cen­tre, the Half Marathon weaves through four miles of ur­ban road and then off into the beau­ti­ful Cheshire coun­try­side.

All half marathon fin­ish­ers will re­ceive a goody bag with a t-shirt and or­gan­is­ers say 5k fin­ish­ers will have a ‘bit of bling’ to wear around their neck.

The 5k will kick off at 10.15am and fol­lows the first part of the route of the half marathon.

The fun run will start on the track straight af­ter. The fun run course will be about 1,200m and will be re­stricted to the grounds of the ath­let­ics track.

Also ben­e­fit­ing from the event is the East Cheshire Hos­pice, which has so far re­ceived nearly £67,000 raised at the event.

Carl, 34, added: “Once again we are de­lighted to sup­port East Cheshire Hos­pice will all the race prof­its.

“We would like to thank our main spon­sors Si­mon Carves and Robert Cross­ley So­lic­i­tors and JJ Cook­son, the main spon­sor for the 5K.”

To register for the Mac­cles­field Half Marathon, visit www.macc-half. co.uk

En­try costs £27 for the half marathon, £12 for the 5k and £3 for the Fun Run.

The event has its own ded­i­cated Face­book page – face­book.com/ Mac­cHalf, which fea­tures an­swers to com­mon ques­tions from po­ten­tial par­tic­i­pants, train­ing tips for hot weather and pic­tures of scenic parts of the route.

For more about the hos­pice go to eastcheshire hos­pice .org.uk.

Do­minic Sal­ter

●● Run­ners tak­ing part in last year’s Mac­cles­field Half Marathon

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