In common with many race committees, we have been closely monitoring the impact that the Covid 19 pandemic is having on large sporting events across the UK. We have concluded that it is highly unlikely that social distancing restrictions will be eased sufficiently to enable us to deliver a safe set of races. Therefore, we have reluctantly decided to postpone the 2020 event until 19th September 2021.
Supporting our charity partners and working with the local community underpins the ethos of RunMaccFest. We have considered many different options including reducing the number of races, staggering start times and changing the date. However, none of these options enabled us to run a safe, mass-participation event and to raise much needed funds for our charity partners.
Whilst this is deeply disappointing, we are determined that our charity partners will not suffer at a time when they need us the most. Our organising team had set a target of raising £15,000 to donate to our 3 nominated charities in 2020. Ordinarily, we rely on generous donations from local businesses, as well as entries from over 1000 runners to achieve this aim. This year, things are going to be a bit different, but we are still planning to have a running event working with our local community and raising funds for our charity partners.
Introducing Virtual RunMaccFest 2020
As we cannot stage our normal races, our organising team have been looking at innovative ways to keep the spirit of RunMaccFest alive and still achieve our 2020 fundraising target of £15,000.
We are already planning a Virtual RunMaccFest 2020 to take place on 19th and 20th September. Subject to government guidance at the time, we expect to hold a weekend event of informal, small group runs and virtual challenges of different distances on road, trail and possibly track. We will be mobilising the Macclesfield Harriers community to get out, get the miles in and generate much needed sponsorship funds for our nominated charities; The Rossendale Trust, Just Drop-In and Cre8.
More information to follow soon but please still save the original date of September 19-20.
A huge thank you to all our sponsors, supporters, volunteers and amazing runners for all your support. You all make our event so special and give us the opportunity to make such a positive difference to our local community. We hope that you understand our decision and we look forward to welcoming you to RunMaccFest 2021.
Best Wishes for your health and fitness,
2020 RunMaccFest Race Director on behalf of the RunMaccFest Team
Macclesfield Leisure Centre,
Priory Lane, Macclesfield.
ABOUT THE EVENT /
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Half-Marathon - come along and join the biggest community
event in Macclesfield'
- Mandy Calvert (Race Organiser)
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