Cleaning 4 Causes - winners of the 2017 Macclesfield Pancake Race, with Mayor of Macclesfield Cllr Alift Harewood-Jones.
Cleaning 4 Causes - winners of the 2017 Macclesfield Pancake Race, with Mayor of Macclesfield Cllr Alift Harewood-Jones.
Teams brave wintry weather at action-packed 2017 Macclesfield Pancake Race
08 March 2017

Hardy team members braved wintry conditions at an action-packed Macclesfield Pancake Race 2017.

A record 18 teams registered for the race this year - the highest number since the event was held in aid of ECHO, the official charity of East Cheshire NHS Trust which runs Macclesfield, Congleton and Knutsford hospitals, along with a range of community health services.

With heavy snowfall overnight causing widespread travel disruption, a number of teams had to pull out of the Shrove Tuesday event on the day. However those that were able to make it to Macclesfield town centre showed great resilience in braving freezing rain and strong winds to take part in the relay race up and down Mill Street outside Macclesfield Town Hall, flipping pancakes along the way.

The winning team was Cleaning 4 Causes – a charitable cleaning business set up by former Macclesfield pub landlord John Gartland, who also raised several thousand pounds for ECHO after finding out about it via the annual pancake race. Meanwhile, local design agency Big Brand Ideas scooped the prize for best fancy dress.

Fiona Doorey, head of fundraising for ECHO, said: “The day went really well despite the challenges we faced with the snow, freezing rain and gusting winds! The pancake race has gone from strength to strength since we started running it for ECHO in 2014 and we had a record 18 teams enter this year – some of them had to cancel because of travel issues caused by the snow, however Cheshire East Council did a great job of gritting the course so it was safe for the race to go ahead and Macclesfield Town Council kindly provided us with a marquee which gave some much-needed shelter from the elements.

“The teams were great sports taking part, even though some of their outfits didn’t provide the best insulation from the snow, and everyone certainly had lots of fun. We are grateful to everyone who supported us and hope the event helped to further raise awareness of ECHO – the official charity of East Cheshire NHS Trust which raises money for local NHS services including those provided at Macclesfield Hospital.”