The winners of the 2018 Macclesfield Pancake Race from ROAR (Reach Out and Recover) Macclesfield
The winners of the 2018 Macclesfield Pancake Race from ROAR (Reach Out and Recover) Macclesfield
Record turnout of teams at the 2018 Macclesfield Pancake Race
22 February 2018

The 2018 Macclesfield Pancake Race enjoyed a record turnout, with 18 teams battling it out despite the cold weather and rain. 

The annual event, which was the fourth held in aid of East Cheshire NHS Trust's official charity ECHO, saw the teams of four sprinting up and down Macclesfield High Street outside the town hall while flipping pancakes in the relay race.

In keeping with local tradition, many teams went to great efforts to produce imaginative fancy dress costumes for the relay race and a sizeable crowd braved the weather out to spectate.  

Reigning 2017 pancake race champion and former Macclesfield landlord John Gartland bravely tried to defend his title, running all four legs of the relay race as a one-man team, but was thwarted when he dropped his pancake at the halfway point.

Following a photo finish with the Tytherington Club in the final, the overall win was awarded to a team from addiction support charity Reach Out and Recover (ROAR). As well as receiving the coveted pancake race trophy, they received a voucher for a studio photography session courtesy of well-known local photographers Ollier Photography. Another team from ROAR won the best fancy dress prize, taking home a sharing platter donated by the Subway branch on West Park Drive. 

The event proved a great success and thanks to the support of Silk 106.9, Macclesfield Town Council, Cheshire East Council and the Rotary Club of Macclesfield Castle, helped raise at least £300 for East Cheshire NHS Trust's charity ECHO. Thanks to the generosity of donors, ECHO supports the work of the trust locally both in Macclesfield Hospital and local community health services.