Macclesfield Half-Marathon

Anyone else doing this?

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26/08/2009 at 17:05

I've entered this race so that my mum can come along and see what "race day" is like.  It's a long journey for me (from Wiltshire) but a short journey for her (from Poynton).  Who'd have thought a man in his late 40s would enter a 13.1 mile race so that his dear old mum could experience how he spends quite a few of his weekends?

Anyway, enough about me.  Can anyone tell me about the course?  I hear there's some hills to look forward to...

LIVERBIRD    pirate
27/08/2009 at 08:47

I've got GNR the week before and English Half the week after. That weekend I've got to squeeze my last 20 miler in or I'd have done it!

I've got visions now of Mrs SGQ standing there, telling the person next to her "that's my son, you know - he does this for fun!"

I know it's a toughie, but they'll be others who will have more info than me. Good luck!

27/08/2009 at 08:55

Try looking at the course profile on the race website.

"Total Height Gain 293m", so not what you would call flat.

01/09/2009 at 15:25

Liverbird - why not enter it and run 3.5 miles before and after it?!?!?!?

You've obviously met my mum!

afjt - I saw the profile, but my local half (Swindon) looks similar and isn't as bad as you think it is going to be.  Just wondering what people thought who had actually run it.

01/09/2009 at 17:45

I am doing this one and it is only my 2nd half, I did Wilmslow earlier in the year and that is almost flat . Don't know how I am going to get on with the hills . I think I am going to drive the course this week to see what I have let myself in for.... although it might be better not to know!

Anyway good luck,

01/09/2009 at 17:49

I did this one 2 years ago and the hills aren't as bad as it looks. From memory there are 3 major hills. There was a long steady incline about 3 miles in and then a short very steep one at 6-7 miles. Can't remember the 3rd so couldn't be that bad.

Travelled from Birmingham for it and didn't regret it - would recommend.

01/09/2009 at 20:27
Might do. What`s the organisation like?
03/09/2009 at 09:05

Doing this race for the 5th year running now. My personal favourite HM. Organisation usually very good with enjoyable finish on the athletics track.

The hills aren't that bad and there are plenty of downhill sections to counter the uphill bits. Overall I'd say the course is about 1 to 2 mins slower than Wilmslow.

The final hill is the worst as it's the longest. The earlier ones are steeper but only short bursts. At mile 10 you exit I think it's Birtles Lane and run a short section along the main A537 but then turn left onto Whirley Lane. It's not very steep but it's a continual climb for 2 miles which really saps the legs and makes it difficult for a really stong last mile. 

03/09/2009 at 10:56

I've run Macc half a couple of times before and I'm going to do it this year too.  It's a hilly course but not the hilliest half I've run.  It's a nice race to do, much more bearable than the Newcastle half which was held on the same day last time I did it.

11/09/2009 at 19:36

Hi folks, looking forward to this now,  anyone know how does it compare to Eyam Half in terms of hilliness?



11/09/2009 at 20:12
Cheers Cake, I've been lurking on Noots forum-good luck for Sunday
11/09/2009 at 20:12
OOOPS-Notts not Noots!
12/09/2009 at 19:07

Not doing it this year (only did Half last year) but am doing Snowdon marathon next month

May do the Notts full next year though so will come to pub then-are you relaxed and ready to rock n roll then?


12/09/2009 at 20:12
Done Macc Half twice and wont be there for this years race either as I will be 3500 mile away across the pond running in the Scotiawaterfront Toronto Marathon! Hope you all have a good run hope to be there next year
15/09/2009 at 17:30
Hmmm ... Toronto vs. Macclesfield ... it's a tough call to make ...
Edited: 15/09/2009 at 17:30
17/09/2009 at 12:56

The reviews on this are all so good I've signed up.!

Did the Buxton half earlier in the year and that was a Killer. I've been told it's the toughets in England. Is there a race rating site anywhere that puts in hills and obstacles etc. Maybe they should create a handicap system whereby hills are taken into account!

19/09/2009 at 23:02

I'm doing it again.I did it last year and was very nervous about the hills but when it came to it i thought there were more downhills than up hills.I must own up to being a fell runner who is used to4 and 5000 feet of ascent.Got to agree that Buxton is blimmin hard work.

The good thing about Macc is there were only 900 /1000 entrants last year as opposed to 5000 odd at Wilmslow which is turning into a bit of a monster im my opinion,far to big.

See you all there and good luck!

20/09/2009 at 18:10
Hi, does anyone know if kids can run the one mile race at this?
22/09/2009 at 14:41

Getting abit nervous about this now.... what if I am last....

Also getting a few niggles, shin and ankle on one leg hurting and sharp heel pain in other leg last night.... Always the way the week before a race (or slow plod in my case!)

Good luck to all and see you there!

22/09/2009 at 15:01

Yes, good luck to all, Should be a nice day all being well. DeliH, you'll be fine-just enjoy it


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