Frequently asked questions
Most of these details will be published in the on-line race booklet nearer the date.
If you cannot find your answer here, contact us via Facebook or email.
How much does it cost to enter?
Early bird entry fees until end of March
Half Marathon on-line entries cost £25 with £2 discount for UKA affiliated runners.
10K on-line entries cost £20 with £2 discount for UKA affiliated runners.
5K on-line entries cost £12 with £2 discount for UKA affiliated runners.
Fun run entries cost £5.
A fee to cover the on-line entry transaction costs will be added to the price.
It is free to enter a team in the Community Challenge Event
Entries on the day if available will cost an additional £4.
What time do I need to arrive for the race?
Race Registration is open from at 8:00am to 9:45am.
You need to register on race day to collect your race number and timing chip and race t-shirt if you have ordered one. Registration closes at 9:45 - no number, no race.
Please arrive between 8:00 and 9:15. This will give you enough time to park and prepare for the race.
ALL runners need to be on the track by 9:50am, ready for the start at 10:00. This is a few minutes walk from registration.
The Half Marathon and 10k start together on the track at 10:00.
The 5k runners will assemble on the track and then start the race in the car park once clear. The 5K starts at 10:15am.
The Fun Run will start on the track at 10:05.
On-line entries will close at 21:00 on Thursday 17 September 2020.
Entries on the day may be available (at extra cost) if the races are not full. There were no EOD in 2019.
What if I entered but can't run?
You may transfer your entry to someone else - you can do this on-line and there is no additional cost.
Do not run without re-registering. You risk being disqualified if you have not registered correctly.
For late changes there will be a re-registration desk available on the day. You will need to complete an entry form on the day if you choose this option.
For other queries please contact us via Facebook or email
Can I enter on the day?
Entries on the day may be available if the race limits have not been reached.
In 2019 all races were filled and there were no entries on the day as a result.
There is an additional charge of £4 for entries on the day and cash or cheque is preferred method of payment.
If there are EOD available there will be a desk at Race Registration where you will be required to complete an entry form and pay by cash or cheque.
What are the age limits to enter the race?
Age limits for the Half Marathon, 10k and 5k are in line with UK Athletics rules:
Half Marathon - minimum 17
10k - minimum 15
5k - minimum 11
For the Fun Run , minimum age to enter is 3.
Children aged 5 or under must be accompanied by an adult during the run. There is no upper age limit!
What is the race time limit?
Anyone taking part in the Half Marathon or 10K who does not reach the 3 mile point in less than 40 minutes will be required to follow a shortened route back to the finish to complete their run.
You should aim to complete the Half Marathon in 2 hours 50 minutes or less.
This is to be fair to our volunteers who are out around the course and other road users. The sweep car will follow the last runner after the 3 mile point.
There is no time limit for the 10K, 5K or Fun Run.
When will I get my race number?
Please come to Race Registration on race day before 9:45 to collect your number, and timing chip. We do not post them out. You cannot race without a number.
There will be separate desks for the Half Marathon, 10K and 5K. Please follow the instructions when you enter the sports hall, where race registration is located.
You will also collect the timing chip which should be attached to your shoe. These will be removed at the finish and recycled.
Will I get a race medal?
All finishers in each of the races will receive a commemorative medal on the finish line.
We will have a goody table after the finish line of the Half Marathon, 10K and 5K. There will be a selection of goodies for you to choose from. In order to reduce our environmental impact we will not be giving out plastic bags or paper advertising fliers as for 2019, instead you can select the goodies from the tables at the race finish. These will include a drink and some refreshments including fruit.
Can I order a race t-shirt, & where do I collect it?
Race t-shirts can be ordered when you enter on line up to 20 August (to give us time to finalise the order). These will be available for collection at Registration after you collect your race number and chip. PLEASE COLLECT YOUR T-SHIRT BEFORE THE RACE.
If you did not order a t-shirt when you entered, but would now like one, please contact us as we may have some spare ones but cannot guarantee your size will be available.
Can I use someone else's entry?
Yes, but you MUST re-register with us before the race (so that you appear in the results correctly). You can do this on-line and there will be a desk in the Leisure Centre Sports Hall where you can do this - there is no charge for this service. You will need to complete an entry form at registration if you re-register on the day.
Can I wear earphones during the race?
We STRONGLY recommend that you do not wear earphones during the race. This is for safety reasons and is in line with UK Athletics rules.
The route is not closed to traffic so you need to be able to hear marshals instructions and traffic. We also request you do not use Bluetooth speakers to avoid annoying fellow runners.
I have a medical condition - who do I tell?
You can tell us this during the on-line entry process, and please also write the relevant information in the spaces on the back of your number.
You can also email us or mention it at the Registration desk so that we have a record of your number.
How do I get to the race venue?
The race venue is at Macclesfield Athletics track, at the Leisure centre. For sat-nav the postcode is SK10 4AF.
Please follow marshals instructions for parking when you arrive.
Bicycles can be locked (at your own risk) in the rack at the Leisure Centre entrance or put in the baggage store.
From Macclesfield Bus Station, bus no. 6 at 9:00 or bus no. 5 at 9:30 pass near the Leisure Centre.
Macclesfield railway station is just over 2 miles away, and there is a taxi rank outside.
Is there somewhere to park?
Please car-share if possible to reduce congestion and environmental impact
Car Parking for competitors and supporters is available at a number of locations close to race registration. Please follow marshals instructions as the area will be very busy before the race, and allow at least 10 minutes to park and get to race registration. There is no charge for car-parking.
Please do not park on adjacent residential streets as we rely on the goodwill of our neighbours to run the races.
Is there somewhere to store my bags?
Yes, there will be a secure area for bags inside Leisure Centre Sports Hall.
Are there toilets at the venue?
There are three toilet locations
- In the clubhouse near on the track near the start and finish areas.
- Portable toilets near the start and finish area. Please follow signs.
- In Macclesfield Leisure Centre adjacent to Race Registration.
There are also showers available Macclesfield Leisure Centre, available for a small fee payable at reception.
Are there refreshments at the venue?
Yes, there will be hot and cold drinks plus a large selection of home made cakes at the clubhouse by the track.
When will the results be out?
The provisional results will be posted at the clubhouse as runners finish (in batches) and the full results will be online at UKresults.net by 1:00pm on race day. Results will be sent by text if you have opted for this when you entered the race on-line.
Do I have to donate sponsorship money to the race charities?
No. All the money raised by the race organisation is donated to our chosen charities. Runners who have their own sponsors can donate the money they raise to whatever they wish, although our chosen charities are great causes and would be very grateful for any contributions received.
Why does my race number have a different colour?
The colour is to identify the race. There is a different colour for each race:
Half Marathon - yellow
10K - blue
5K - pink
This helps the marshals direct runners onto the right course!
The colours are not related to predicted race times or start times.