Last year’s Macclesfield Pancake Race winning team from local technology company Phenomenex
Last year’s Macclesfield Pancake Race winning team from local technology company Phenomenex
Flip your way to victory at the 2016 Macclesfield Pancake Race
14 January 2016

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 9th, sees competitors sprinting up and down Mill Street outside Macclesfield Town Hall while tossing pancakes.

The event is a relay race up and down the short course, which sees the teams run 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 two people or more.

Registration is just £15 per team and there is no minimum sponsorship amount. Instead, organisers simply ask that team members aim to raise £100 in sponsorship money between them.

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, pioneering treatment and staff development, 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: “ECHO has now been running Macclesfield’s annual pancake race event for two years and I’m delighted to say it has gone from strength to strength.

“We’re planning to make this year’s event bigger and better than ever, so we want as many local businesses and organisations as possible to enter and we’re hoping for a good crowd to turn out and spectate on the day.

“The pancake race is a great, fun way to bring the community together 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 10.30am and the first race is at 11.30am. The races should be completed by 1pm so the event can fit around the working day.

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

Pans and real pancakes will all be provided on the day. As in previous years, volunteers from the Rotary Club of Macclesfield Castle will be providing stewards for the event and Cheshire East Council is very kindly providing barriers, street management and other important facilities on the day.