Nearly six years after the road opened, both club and fun runners are being offered the opportunity to run a unique new 5 mile road race the Alderley Edge Bypass.
On Sunday, 3rd July, the road will be closed to traffic providing a great opportunity to run the Alderley Edge Bypass - running 2.5 straight miles with no real corners on smooth tarmac away from Wilmslow and then turning back and running back on the same route.
The race is being organised by Run North West, which has been created to offer club and fun runners the chance to run new and varied races, and their chosen charity for this event is East Cheshire Hospice. Organisers will be working with the hospice to encourage all entrants to raise money for them and they will also be organising fundraising initiatives on day, including massages in return for a £10 donation.
Race Director, Andrew Whittingham explained "With the continued growth in participants at road races and as a long time runner and member of Wilmslow Running Club, this race is the culmination of an ambition to offer quality road races. By taking our passion for running and creating events which match our own expectations having taken part in hundreds of races over the years.
"The Alderley Edge Bypass 5 is the first in a series of interesting races. Working with local charity partners we will offer races which help in motivating you to participate more in running and exercise whilst also raising money for worthy causes. I also aim to make the races equally suitable and welcoming for elite runners and those who are new to the sport."
The Run The Bypass 5 mile race will start at 9.30am on Sunday 3rd July and full chip timing will be integrated into people's race number with instant results available on smart phones.
Those wising to take part are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment as the race limit is 1500. Entrance is £13 for affiliated club runners and £15 for unattached runners. Entry on the day, subject to race capacity, is £15 attached and £17 unattached. Minimum age is 15 years.
Those who complete the race will receive a Run the Alderley Bypass 5 t-shirt and goody bag. Parking will be available within 1/4 mile of the start at the Wilmslow end of the bypass and the race will be started by a surprise celebrity who will also attend the prize giving.
Prizes include tag heuer watches for the 1st man and first woman plus additional prizes for the 1st three male and female finishers as well for different age categories.
The Alderley Edge Bypass Run & Walk was held in October 2010, just weeks prior to the opening of the road, which was a huge success with about 500 runners taking part, raising £18,000 for local charities. The race winner was Ryan Holroyd, from Staffordshire Moorlands AC, who completed the 5 miles in a very impressive time of 26 minutes and 26 seconds, whilst the first lady past the post was Christine Howard from Matlock AC with a time of 29 minutes and 50 seconds.