Macclesfield SixPack Marathon Challenge
How does it work?
We’ve created six beautiful and bespoke routes of varying distances that together make up the full 26.2 miles / 42+ kilometres of the MARATHON distance.
Walk, jog or run. It’s up to you. You choose the pace. You choose when to have a go at each route. You decide in which order you walk or run the routes.
Using state-of-the-art gps mapping technology and turn-by-turn audio navigation science, we’ll keep you on track to achieve your fitness and challenge goals.
Your entry includes access to all six of these rewarding routes and one very special ‘finish line’ reward.
What do I get?
A few notes before you go...
- It is crucial you stick to any social distancing rules and government guidelines that may be in force at the time you undertake any of the routes.
- Where restrictions apply, you must not travel to complete the SixPack routes.
- We recommend undertaking the routes at quieter times of the day / week.
- Please be aware of and be courteous to all other users. You will come across dogs, cyclists and other users. Let’s all share the green space together.
- Some of the routes will, by necessity, include one or more road crossings. It is essential that you BE AWARE for your own safety at all times and be considerate to other people.
- Remember you can walk, jog or run each route as many times as you like and re-upload your results.
How do I upload my time?
1) Go back to the entry page (That's here!)
2) Select the tab above that says 'Enter Result'
3) Pop in your time for whichever route you have completed
4) Add in any photos of your journey or a link to your Garmin - please note that when you view your result again later, the link you used will be in the button 'see submitted route'.
Routes and Distances
POYNTON PUFFER 10KM
Poynton Park, PoyntonHeritage heavy and a richly varied, scenic adventure created around woodland and water. Steady and gentle elevation in the first half is rewarded by some magnificent Peak District vistas. With the route offering constantly rewarding trails throughout, the largely excellent surfaces will get you into a great rhythm. None more so than the return along the Princes Incline and a glimpse back to the area’s industrial past. Trail shoes with good grip recommended, though road training shoes should be OK in the driest of seasons.
EARN IT IN GURNETT 6+KM
GurnettLocated just on the southern edge of Macclesfield, this lovely flat loop will be a huge attraction during the warmer months…it starts and finishes ‘above’ a pub! The meandering Macclesfield canal keeps you company for the first half before a little sortie via Sutton Reservoir and accompanying woodland helps take you homeward bound. The canal tow path is a well-conditioned path, though some of the more rural route sections can get a little muddy and slippery in wet weather. General trainers suitable in the dry summer season but trail shoes mainly recommended and essential in wet conditions.
JOLLY BOLLY 7KM
BollingtonOn the outskirts of Macclesfield, this Bollington SixPack route serves up several champagne moments to savour along the way on a very flat route immersed in industrial heritage. Elevated views will elate and the mostly firm surfaced trails will definitely help lift your pace amidst Peak District panoramas. A jolly good route, we say! Trail shoes recommended in wet conditions but good training shoes should be fine in the dry.
FOREST FERVOUR 5KM
Bottoms Reservoir, Langley
Fun in the forest that will keep you upwardly mobile. At just 5km in length this route, the shortest of the SixPack Macclesfield Challenge, packs quite punch in terms of peaceful paths, tranquil trails and even a hillier highway amidst the timber. It’s a very pretty route that showcases the stunning beauty of the forest and its reservoirs and right on Macclesfield’s doorstep. Trail shoes recommended on a multi-terrain route that features occasional uneven sections.
TONIC WATER WITH LYME 8KM
Nelson’s Pit Visitor Centre, Higher PoyntonA picture-postcard, scenic sortie of wonderful trails that takes in magisterial views of, and from, Lyme Park. Our multi-terrain route has ever-changing sections including the gorgeous Ladybrook Valley Interest Trail. There’s far too much to see and enjoy. You’ll just have to do this route again and again!
Trail shoes definitely recommended at all times of the year.
BOLLIN BOBBIN 6KM
Riverside Country Park, TytheringtonA scenic river valley and secret woodland trails are uncovered in this urban greenspace loop on your Macclesfield doorstep. We love finding town and city-based trail routes that give your body, mind and soul a chance to escape the surrounding concrete chaos. Trail shoes recommended for this multi-surface journey.
Technology and Navigation
|Please use this fantastic app to ensure you can follow the full route directly from your phone. Download the app now and join our Macclesfield SixPack Challenge to instantly get access to all the routes with full navigation.
iPhone users: https://apps.apple.com/app/rungo-guided-runs-turn-by/id712628644
Android users: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?hl=en&id=com.rungo
RunGo is the #1 running app for discovering the best routes in the world with turn-by-turn navigation. Follow a voice guided tour, including the encouraging reminder when you’re halfway there.
RunGo also tracks your runs stats like time, pace, distance, elevation and estimated finish time.
|what3words is a really simple way to talk about location. They have assigned each 3m square in the world a unique 3-word address that will never change.
For example: ‘filled.count.soap’ marks the exact entrance to what3words’ London headquarters.
People use what3words to find their tents at festivals, navigate to B&Bs, and to direct emergency services to the right place.
We have used what3words to share with you the exact start locations for each route. Please download the app – it is great for sharing your location when meeting up with people, but also really useful in emergencies and for navigation.
iPhone users: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/what3words/id657878530
Android users: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.what3words.android&hl=en_GB
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Price per participant
|First 250 entries||£20.00 + fee|
|After 250 entries||£25.00 + fee|