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A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road community day 7 October 2018

by Iain Roberts on 5 October, 2018

From the SEMMMS website:


The A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road is nearly finished and we want to give you a chance to come and explore it for yourself before it opens to traffic!

On Sunday 7th October, a day of community sporting activities for all the family will be taking place on the new road, giving you a chance to come along and join in the fun, as well as get an up close look at the work that’s been taking place.

Whether you like to run, walk or cycle there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

All of the events will be free for everyone to attend with most of the events taking place on the section of the relief road just off Macclesfield Road, SK7 6DT.


A free regular shuttle bus will be running throughout the day from the Hazel Grove Park & Ride and visitors and runners/racers are being encouraged to use this so that we can keep the local roads clear.



9:30am – Wheelchair 5K
Wheelchair racers including up and coming Paralympians will take part in a 5k timed race.

10:00am – A6MARR 5k run
1,200 runners will be taking to the road for a timed run.

All of the places in the run and the wheelchair race are now fully booked but all of the racers would love your support so why not come down and cheer them on!

11:00am – 3:00pm: There will be a wide range of activities will be taking place for you to come and enjoy, including:

  • “Let’s Ride” with British Cycling
  • Cycle obstacle courses with Ceracycle
  • Try your hand at wheelchair racing with Stockport Wheelchair Racing Club
  • Cycle skills training
  • Free bike maintenance
  • Fun games for all ages
  • As well as a chance to walk, run or cycle along parts of the new road at your leisure

All activities will be open for everyone to turn up and enjoy and require no pre-booking.

3:00pm – Classic car parade

Around 200 classic cars will be taking to the new road for a classic car parade. Come down and watch vehicles from the past 100 years be the first to drive along the new road.



Distance:  5km

Start Time:  10:00am

Age:  14+

Start & Finish Location:   A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road, just off Macclesfield Road, SK7 6DT

Entry cost:  Free

All 1,200 places on the 5k run have now been filled.  Full joining information will be sent to anyone taking part in the run by email ahead of the event.

Disclaimer: By entering this event online you confirm you are medically fit to take part and that you accept that the organisers will not be responsible for any loss, damage, illness or injury sustained as a result of taking part in the event.



Food and drink will be available to purchase at the event.  Alcohol will not be permitted at the event.



The events taking place on are ahead of the opening of the relief road to traffic.  To find out more about the road’s opening please visit our News page.


9 Responses

  1. Roy says:

    Great day out but I wish the enthusiasm and effort put into organising this event ,had been put into removing The cones off the A34 which would benefit road users and the environment. We should not be celebrating a Project which has Massively Overun and Caused Daily Missery for Commuters and Local Residents

  2. Peter Rowley says:

    Roy is absolutely correct.
    How much time, effort and money have many thousands of people and businesses wasted in the delays, often unnecessary caused by the failure to meet deadlines. How many occasions have carriageway lanes been reduced/restricted and not one contractor is working.

    The contractors and whoever from the council is supposed to be overseeing the project should be ashamed of themselves.

  3. Stuart Thompson says:

    Apparently today is intended to celebrate the opening but at what time on what day is the date for the road to open for use as a regular means of transport? Also, what bus services will use the new road and where are the stops to be located? Please can someone put the relevant timetables on line?

  4. margaret jones says:

    All sounds great but it is today and it is the first I have heard of it.
    We would have loved the 5km.

  5. Trevor Gaunt says:

    As Margaret Jones says, this is the first we’ve heard of it. I’d have liked to apply to drive my classic car along the new road, but of course I’m too late now.

  6. Margaret Cummins says:

    Sure this information was known to you last weekend and put it In this newsletter then.
    Would have loved to see the cars.
    As other have said rather disappointed

    • Iain Roberts says:

      Hi Margaret, I put the information up earlier in the week when I got it. Sorry I couldn’t get it up earlier – I’m a local councillor with a full-time job, and the council does have its own comms team, so I hope you don’t see it as my personal role to distribute every bit of council news to you.

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