Macclesfield Harriers & Athletic Club

Info from Macc Half Marathon & 5k Committee

The Macclesfield Half Marathon committee are aware of the reports of potential errors in the official measurement of some races in the North West and are seeking further clarification on the implications for the Macclesfield Half Marathon and 5K. Our races were last officially measured in 2013 and 2012 by the Association of UK Course Measurers. We have never been made aware by runners that the courses have been recorded as short on their GPS traces. However, the committee will be taking appropriate action including having the courses re-measured, and have every confidence that our races meet all the necessary standards.

As the races start and finish on the athletics track we are able to make adjustments to the course length by changing the distance that the runners run on the track at the start and finish of the races, therefore we do not anticipate any major changes to the race routes whatever the outcome.

Mandy Calvert (Race Director)

Off-Road Training Session (Alderley Edge) - Monday 9th May

Club Members are invited to come and ‘enjoy’ another off road training session on Monday 9th May at Alderley Edge organised by Pauline and Bob Lynch and assisted by Neil Gunn.

Mixed Ability Track Relay - Saturday April 16th

Don't forget this Saturday (16th April) is the Mixed Ability Track Relay at the track behind the Leisure Centre.

Registration opens at 9.45am. Track fee for the morning is £2.50.


London Marathon 2016

The club has a number of members running the London Marathon - some of them are 'first timers', some are 'seasoned veterans' and several are raising money for charity. 

Here are the runners (alphabetical) and the links to their charity pages ...they have worked so hard to get this far...maybe you could have a look at their fundraising pages end even press on the 'donate' button.

We wish them all the best for their races !!

Wendy Boardman (Alzheimers)

Louise Brown (Rossendale Trust)

Sean Connelly (Stroke Association)

Lynda Cook (Parkinson’s UK)

Rachel Gilliland (NCT)

Harry Newton (East Cheshire Hospice)


401 Challenge (marathon 224) - event report

On Monday 11th April Macc Harriers hosted Ben Smith as he ran his 224th consecutive Marathon as part of the '401 Challenge'. More details about the challenge can be found at

We were lucky with the weather - dry & breezy. The day started with 100 children from 10 local schools hearing Ben talk about the challenge and about bullying. The children and about 64 adult runners then ran the first mile with Ben.