2013 Macclesfield Half Marathon and 5K Race Report.
The 2013 race took place on a beautiful and sunny autumn day on Sunday 29th September. There was a total of 583 finishers in the Half Marathon and 97 finishers in the 5K race. The post race comments on our Facebook page unanimously reflect the race as a great success, well organised and marshalled with plenty of challenging hills and lovely countryside.
The winner of the Half Marathon was local MV45 runner James Noakes from Macclesfield Harriers in a time of 1:16:45. This was a fitting result as he had also featured on the pre-race publicity! There was another outstanding result for Olivia Walwyn-Bush who recorded her sixth win in the race in a time of 1:21:17 and placed 5th overall.
There were four new records set in 2013; Janet Hardwick set a new FV55 record in 1:31:34. Stainland Lions runners, Aileen Baldwin and Janet Greenwood set new FV60 and FV65 records. Brian Scully was the first ever MV75 finisher in a time of 2:24:32.
The 5K race attracted 97 runners and was won by Karl Webster MV40 in a time of 17:28. There was an outstanding performance in the Ladies race with a win for Macclesfield Harrier Katie Lowery GU15 who placed 3rd in a time of 18:20.
In the fun run there were 37 youngsters who completed the course to be awarded well deserved medals.
All the profits from the race are donated to charities and the race committee were able to donate £10,000 to the East Cheshire Hospice and a further donation to support Athletics Development in Macclesfield. This was enabled by the generous support of the Half Marathon by main sponsors PZ Cussons and Simon Carves Engineering and of the 5K race by Informed.
Photo by Bryan Dale Racephotos