There’s a race for every­one in this year’s half marathon

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS -

THE Mac­cles­field Half Marathon is one of the big­gest an­nual sport­ing events in Mac­cles­field and is back on Sun­day 24 Septem­ber. There’s a race for every­one – a Fun Run from age 3 up­wards, the 5K along the first part of the Half Marathon route and the Half Marathon it­self. What­ever your race, it’s cer­tainly an achieve­ment to be proud of!

As well as in­di­vid­ual en­trants to the Half Marathon or 5K, lo­cal busi­nesses, clubs or groups of friends are in­vited to en­ter the Com­mu­nity Team Chal­lenge.

It’s a great way to get your col­leagues and friends mov­ing while rais­ing spon­sor­ship money for your cho­sen char­ity. The Com­mu­nity Team Chal­lenge prizes in­clude the School Tro­phy, which last year went to Bolling­ton Pre-School for the 5K and Fal­li­b­roome Academy for the Half Marathon.

Each year, Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers Ath­let­ics Club do­nates all race prof­its to lo­cal char­i­ties. Our char­ity part­ners this year are East Cheshire Hos­pice, Rossendale Trust and Just Drop-In.

Rossendale’s Karl Down­ing com­mented “We are thrilled to be cho­sen as one of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries. Money raised through the event will help us to grow and ex­pand our WorkTaste pro­gramme, al­low­ing the peo­ple we sup­port to par­tic­i­pate in work place­ments in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.”

Ann Wright of Just Drop In told us “The staff, vol­un­teers and young peo­ple at Just Drop-In are de­lighted to have been se­lected as one of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries. We are re­ally look­ing for­ward to be­ing ac­tively in­volved in this fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity event and we will use money raised to fund our ‘Up and Run­ning Ini­tia­tive’ which seeks to sup­port lo­cal young peo­ple to im­prove their well­be­ing through phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.”

Lisa Ball, Com­mu­nity Fundraiser at East Cheshire Hos­pice, said “We are so grate­ful to Mac­cles­field Har­ri­ers for the money they raise for the Hos­pice. Not many peo­ple re­alise that less than 20% of our costs are paid for by the NHS. With­out the gen­eros­ity of our com­mu­nity we would sim­ply not be able to of­fer our care and sup­port to lo­cal peo­ple fac­ing life-lim­it­ing ill­nesses.”

Our race spon­sors are es­sen­tial to the or­gan­i­sa­tion of a suc­cess­ful race and to raise do­na­tions for our char­ity part­ners. We are proud to say that JJ Cook­son will again be spon­sor­ing the 5K. If you are a lo­cal busi­ness and in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties, please con­tact mac­cha­lf­marathon@gmail.com.

For en­tries and more de­tails see www.macc-

Above and left, the 2016 half marathon

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