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Marple Festival of Sport Saturday 14th - Sunday 22nd April

As part of the Festival of Sport, the Marple-based cycling group SK6 Spinners will be hosting small and friendly group rides on the morning of Sunday April 15.

The event will be ideal for any level from beginners to intermediate cyclists but is adults only. It is perfect for those who want to come along, have a go and see what a local cycling club is all about. A road bike is preferred but as these rides will only be short beginner rides, it would also be OK to use a hybrid bike.

At the moment the SK6 Spinners are planning to meet for the event at the Asda supermarket. 

The group, which is affiliated to Cycling UK, is a road cycling group which meets on Sundays for rides of between 20 and 30 miles, usually offering both a faster ride and a more social ride. Routes in the Peak District hills are always a favourite but the SK6 Spinners sometimes venture on to the flatter terrain of Cheshire.

During the summer months the group also ride on Thursday evenings.

Clare Pollard from the Spinners said: "The group was founded in October 2015 and we pride ourselves on being a friendly group. If you have an interest in cycling, then come along on April 15 and see what road cycling is all about. Although we are a relatively new group, we have 72 members who have just renewed their memberships for the coming year so we must be doing something right.''

To get in touch, or find out more information, contact the SK6 Spinners at email: info@sk6spinners.co.uk, take a look at the Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/groups/sk6spinners/  or look at the website www.cyclinguk.org/local-groups/sk6-spinners-cc

If you enjoy being on the water, then a session with the Etherow Country Park Sailing Club could be perfect for you.

Marple Festival of Sport

Just before the Festival of Sport begins - and in the Easter school holidays - the club is holding a four day Junior Sailing Course for 10 to 18-year-olds from Tuesday to Friday April 10 to 13.

This will be held each day from 9.30am to 3.30pm and will require booking and a fee payment to cover boat wear and tear. Numbers are limited so book in good time.

There will also be another half day on Sunday April 15 as part of the festival.

Look out too for a taster sailing session on Saturday April 21  from 11am to 3pm which requires pre-booking. This can be done on the websitewww.ecpsc.co.uk and is for any age and will involve going out on to the water, obviously weather dependant.

Participants will be taken out by one of the experienced helms in an appropriate boat for the conditions on the day. The club advises wearing clothes (and shoes in particular) that will not spoil in contact with water,. A change of clothing is also advised. The club will provide buoyancy aids.

For anyone unable to make that date, there will be the regular Push the Boat Out try sailing event on Saturday May 12.

Last year the sailing club marked its 50th anniversary. Members regularly enjoy racing events and training refreshers.

Richard Hemingway from the club said: "The Marple Festival of Sport is a great idea to showcase all the different sports in the Marple area, help people get out and about and also enjoy the social side of sport.''

Three different events are being held at Brabyns Tennis Club as part of the Marple Festival of Sport.

The three sessions, for different ages, will allow tennis fans to receive some tennis coaching and see the club's facilities.

On Tuesday April 17 there will be a session from 5pm to 6pm for primary school age children, age six to 11. This will be followed on Thursday April 19 by a similar session for secondary school children from 4pm to 5pm.

The club will mark the last weekend of the festival with a `family time' session from 2pm to 3pm on Saturday April 21.

Brabyns Tennis Club is a long established club and can trace its origins back to 1926. Even before that there were two tennis courts on the same site when the area was part of Brabyns Hall.

The club now has 230 members and caters for everyone from beginners to experienced players. Social and competitive tennis is available all year round on three floodlit artificial grass courts and four Har-tru clay courts.

The club is keen to bring the sport of tennis to the whole community and encourage local people to become more active.

Looking further ahead the club will be celebrating The Great British Tennis Weekend on Saturday May 12 when there will be free tennis available for all the family. Everyone is welcome to come along and try their hand at tennis.

If you are interested in finding out more about the club and its facilities, take a look at the website www.brabynstennis.co.uk

If you enjoy watching tennis, then why not pick up a racket and have a go yourself at a special event coming up at Mellor Tennis Club.

The club, which is based at Mellor Sports Club on Longhurst Lane, prides itself on being a very family friendly club and is delighted to be taking part in the Festival of Sport. The club is open all year round and always extends a very warm welcome to tennis players of all ages and abilities.

On Saturday April 21 the club is holding a family fun open day with a chance to receive coaching from award winning tennis coach Shaun Murray. Refreshments will be served and the bar will be open as usual.

Anyone attending just needs to dress in appropriate sports wear and all tennis equipment and coaching will be provided free of charge.The event is open to both adults and children. Special offers on membership will be available on the day.

This is an ideal opportunity for Mellor Tennis Club to showcase its facilities which include all-weather playing surfaces and floodlights. The club has been established for over 60 years and has teams playing in both junior and senior competitive leagues. 

On Saturday May 12 the club will also be hosting a Great British Tennis Weekend Event where you can again try tennis for free.

Mellor Tennis Club is affiliated to the Cheshire Lawn Tennis Association. and teams play in the Slazenger North East Tennis League.

For more information about the club or forthcoming events, ring 07854 247685 or send an email to: joscun@hotmail.com

Marple Golf Club is taking a pivotal role in the new Festival of Sport.

As well as holding a nine-hole competition and free golf taster sessions as part of the festival, the club is also hosting the Festival of Sport Ball on Saturday April 21 which will take the form of a dinner dance and help bring the festival's last weekend to a close.

The club has been involved with the festival organisers ever since the nine-day event was first suggested and is always keen to support local initiatives.

As well as the three key events, Marple Golf Club members will also be involved with other events during the festival, particularly the Touch Rugby event.

The first event will be a nine-hole Golf Express competition on Sunday April 15 starting at 1pm. There is an entry fee of £10 and the event is sure to be popular with both Marple club members and other established golfers in the area.

Following this, on Tuesday April 17, club professional Jimmy Lister is hosting free golf taster sessions between 2pm and 6pm. Anyone, of any age, is welcome to come along and have a go.This is ideal for juniors, families, ladies etc who fancy trying a new sport. 

One of the final events of the festival week will be a prestigious Sports Ball. Ticket details are now available from the festival committee/Marple Golf Club and the event is sure to be a popular finale to what promises to be a great week for Marple.

Keith Buchanan from Marple Golf Club said: "Hopefully the festival week will go well. It's a great idea with the emphasis on bringing the community together and letting everyone know just what is available in the Marple area. If you've been thinking about playing golf, then come along to the taster session and find out more.''

Marple parkrun is pleased to support the Marple Festival of Sport.

The parkrun is a free weekly 5km event for people of all standards held every Saturday at 9am in Brabyns Park, Marple Bridge. 

It is not a race against other runners, but a 5km timed event and it can really be whatever you want it to be, whether that's for fun or as part of a training plan.

It offers an opportunity for all in the local community to come together to enjoy this beautiful park and get physically active into the bargain. We want to encourage people to walk, jog or run together irrespective of their ability – this event is open to all and best of all it really is FREE!

On the two Saturdays during the Festival we will have information about the events available and on April 21 Marple Runners will be providing pacers to support you in hitting your timing goals from 18 to 35 minutes.

Taking part is easy – just register before your first ever parkrun, bring a printed copy of your barcode and enjoy yourself. If you forget your barcode, you won't get a time.

The great thing is that you only ever need to do this once! Then just set your alarm for Saturday morning and get yourself there!

Check us out, and register for free at www.parkrun.org.uk/marple/

PS It may be muddy!!

Marple Runners are proud to be involved with the Marple Festival of Sport.

But who are we: We are a friendly and very enthusiastic group of people who love running and enjoy the company of other runners. We welcome runners of all standards and believe we have a great balance between all types of runners: fast and slow; old and young; male and female; experienced and newcomers. 

If you are new to running, want to run to get fitter, just want a gentle walk or run once a week, or even if you just want to come for a beer, this is the place for you. We also cater for more serious competitive running with teams competing in the local cross-country and road leagues and various championship events. 

We have activities to suit all tastes. As well as the regular weekly gatherings, our members and teams enter various competitions throughout the year. We always have runners entering the London and Manchester Marathons, alongside others, and we make sure that all running events are combined with proper social events. 

We were founded in 2016 by a group of enthusiastic runners who met through Marple Parkrun and have been pounding the streets and trails of Marple and the surrounding area ever since. Our distinctive logo and eye catching red and black ‘Dennis the Menace’ shirts are distinctively recognisable from a long way off! 

So if you have moved to the area and want to find a new running club or if you run a bit on the treadmill at the gym but want to get outdoors, or if you are just taking up the sport please visit our website for more details http://www.marplerunners.com

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