Macclesfield Half Marathon

East Cheshire Hospice is looking for runners of all abilities to take part in the Macclesfield Half Marathon.

The race, known as the Macc-Half, is a unique community event which donates all its race proceeds to charities. It attracts around 750 runners each year and includes a 5k event and a fun run alongside the full 13mile event.

“We were delighted to be one of the nominated charities last year and hope that we benefit again this year from people running as part of the Community Team Challenge and raising sponsorship,” says Hospice community fundraiser, Lisa Ball, who last year took part in the event with her Hospice colleagues.

By entering as part of the Community Team Challenge on race day, Saturday September 29, runners can form a team with friends or colleagues and run on behalf of their nominated charity. Last year the Community Team Challenge had more than 150 team entrants.

A minimum team of three people are needed for the half marathon or five for the 5K and there is no additional charge for forming a team.

And there’s even prizes for the best community teams in both the half-marathon and 5k races. The course is an undulating route through the leafy back roads of East Cheshire that starts and finishes on the Macclesfield Leisure Centre running track.

The Macclesfield Half Marathon is organised by Macclesfield Harriers who have raised more than £85,000 for the Hospice over the last 15 years.

“We are very grateful to the Macclesfield Harriers for all their continued support. We are proud to be involved in an event that continues to grow into an amazing community day that raises thousands of pounds for local charities and brings people together in such a positive way,” adds Lisa.

If new to running, the Harriers are organising training runs which are particularly targeted at anyone taking on the half marathon for the first time. The training sessions are open to both members and non-members of the club and begin in June.

Full details on how to sign up for the community team challenge are online