Appeal for teams for the 2019 Macclesfield Pancake Race | Knutsford Times

Appeal for teams for the 2019 Macclesfield Pancake Race

By on February 6, 2019

Local businesses, clubs and organisations are being urged to give back to their local community and have a flippin’ good time by taking part in the Macclesfield’s Pancake Race.

The historic Shrove Tuesday event, which this year falls on March 5th, sees competitors sprinting up and down Mill Street outside Macclesfield Town Hall while tossing pancakes.

The competing teams run a relay race up and down a short course between two points while flipping a pancake in a frying pan. Macclesfield’s businesses, clubs and organisations are being urged to promote themselves, have some fun and support local health services at the same time by entering a team of four.

Last year’s pancake race enjoyed a record turnout, with 18 teams battling it out despite the cold weather and rain, and organisers are hoping Shrove Tuesday falling later this year will result in less wintry conditions on the day.

Registration is just £20 per team and there is no minimum sponsorship amount. Instead, organisers simply ask that team members aim to raise as much money for ECHO – the official charity of East Cheshire NHS Trust – as they can.

Any funds raised for ECHO go towards providing the most up-to-date equipment and pioneering treatment to improve direct patient care, both at Macclesfield District General Hospital and in other local community healthcare services.

A number of prizes will be on offer – including a prize for best fancy dress – and local radio station Silk FM will be on hand to compere and keep the crowds entertained.

Fiona Doorey, ECHO’s fundraising manager, said: “The pancake race is great fun and a fantastic way for local businesses and organisations to promote themselves and raise funds for a good cause at the same time. Fancy dress is not compulsory but it’s certainly a staple fixture of the day so I’m looking forward to seeing some creative costumes!”

Registration takes place outside the town hall at 10.30am and the first race is at 11am. The races should be completed by 1pm at the latest so the event can fit around the working day.

Pans and pancakes will all be provided on the day for competitors. As in previous years, local rotarians will kindly be stewarding the event and Cheshire East Council and Macclesfield Town Council are assisting with barriers, street management and other vital arrangements.

To register or for more information, please call 01625 661184 or email

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