Have a flippin' good time at the 2018 Macclesfield Pancake Race | Knutsford Times

Have a flippin’ good time at the 2018 Macclesfield Pancake Race

By on January 21, 2018

Local businesses, clubs and organisations are being invited to have fun, get out in the local community and raise money for a worthy cause by entering Macclesfield’s annual pancake race.

The Shrove Tuesday event, which this year falls on February 13th, 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.

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 the charity in sponsorship as they can for this great local cause.

The event is being run by ECHO – the official charity of East Cheshire NHS Trust, which runs local health services including Macclesfield District General Hospital. 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: “This will be the fourth year that Macclesfield’s annual pancake race has been held in aid of ECHO and the event has gone from strength to strength.

“Last year we had a record number of entries and it was a great success despite heavy snowfall on the day, thanks to our council partners working hard in freezing conditions to clear the course.

“Hopefully there will be no blizzards or other adverse weather events this year so why not enter a team to promote your business or organisation and raise funds for important local NHS services at the same time?”

While fancy dress is not compulsory, it is actively encouraged as fun and wacky costumes are a staple fixture of the pancake race. Registration takes place outside the town hall at 10am and the first race is at 11am. The races should be completed by 1pm so the event can fit around the working day.

Pans and real pancakes will all be provided on the day. 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. Macclesfield and Congleton Scouts and Explorers will be selling cakes on the day both for ECHO and to raise money to allow the group to attend the World Scout Jamboree 2019.

To register or for more information, please call 01625 661184 or email ecntstaff.comms@nhs.net

About Lucy Thorpe

Lucy Thorpe is a freelance journalist who writes for the Knutsford Times - covering stories and news in and around Cheshire and Greater Manchester. If you've got a story to share, or would like to speak to Lucy, please email news@knutsfordtimes.co.uk

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