Hundreds of distance runners will line up on the starting blocks this weekend for Macclesfield’s Half Marathon.

More than 800 runners will take part, all aiming to get to the end of the main 21.1 km course, and 150 other sprinters will try to complete a separate five km event.

During the day children will be able to test their stamina on a 1,200m fun run.

All of the money raised from the annual event – which is organised by Macclesfield Harriers Running club – goes to charity.

Neil Gunn is one of the organising team. He said: “There is always a fantastic atmosphere on the day and its a real community event. We have 130 volunteers from the club itself and the family and friends of its members from all over Macclesfield. They all play their part in helping the race take place.

“Over the years we have donated £115,000 to charity through the half marathon, with this being the 13th we have done, and the third 5k run.

“After costs of running the race are covered most of the money will go to East Cheshire Hospice, which we have supported for the last four year. Some will also go to Macclesfield Athletics Development Fund.”

The hospice also help provide volunteers on the day who help out. Other organisations – including local scout groups – also volunteer.

Neil added: “The race is good because it really is for anyone – competitive runners or people taking part in their first ever half marathon.

“I know people that are taking part who only started training in April.

“It is considered to be one of the best organised races in the country.”

Online entries have now closed for the half marathon and other runs but if you’d like to take part you can turn up and pay on the day.

People are advised to get to the track on Sunday, September 28, from 8.30am for the 10am start time. To find out more go to