The club’s Trail Section includes social runners; those who simply enjoy running on the trails and hills, as well as those who enjoy racing competitively. The Trail Section periodically organise an inclusive ‘Trail Series’ as well as taking part in local organised events such as the Wincle Trout, Bowstones, Terry’s High 5, Shrigley Stag, Fell’n’Back, Bollington Nostalgia, parkrun, Orienteering, Street-Orienteering and the Dark & White Trail series. There is an annual ‘Peak Trail Series’ that encourages runners to take part in a variety of events – an internal ‘club championship’
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The club Trail runs are held each Saturday and/or Sunday morning at 9.00am. From time to time there are also mid-week runs. The runs are categorised into different paces (EASY, STEADY, PACEY) and distances – SHORT (up to 6 miles), MEDIUM (6-8 miles) and LONG (over 8 miles) with start locations all around the local area and sometimes further afield. The runs benefit from all the wonderful countryside we have on our doorstep and are almost all on trails and footpaths.
Full details of the runs each week are published in the ‘Closed’ Facebook Group called ‘Macclesfield Harriers Trail Group’ – search for Macclesfield Harriers, select the group and answer the membership questions to request approval. The Facebook group is for club members only.
The runs typically last 80-120 minutes and sometimes end at a local café. The groups are led by qualified leaders (LiRF) and tend to be ‘small’ (often less than 10 runners) and inclusive with faster runners looping back to allow slower runners to keep up. We always start and finish with the group together!
Please wear off-road shoes and always carry appropriate clothing and food/drink for the weather and route conditions.
Contact the Trail Section Leader Neil Gunn (see Contact list) if you have any questions about appropriate kit or are worried you won’t keep up (as long as you can manage a parkrun in under 30 minutes you should be fine!).