Last updated 27 June 2022
Jam-packed with events, StockSport 2022 is nearly here
A huge free family event is coming to the town centre. Stockport Council and partners are hosting an event to encourage everyone to move more in fun and exciting ways.
Held on Sunday June 26, StockSport 2022 will be packed with free activities as well as racing and cycling events for all ages. The event is centred around two villages, in the heart of the town at Mersey Square and St Peter’s Square. It has been made possible by the generosity of StockSport’s sponsors, including Trek, musicMagpie, Edgeley Park, Safecote, Willmott Dixon and BASF.
The day will begin with a celebration of walking, jogging and running, and this family friendly festival has a distance for everyone.
There’s a route for all of those who want to have a go at their first mile starting at 9am (buggy and wheelchair friendly), followed by 5k and 10k distances at 10am, which will see runners finish right in the centre of the festival. Water will be provided on the 10k route as well as a medal for all finishers, handed out by local mascots Vernon Bear and Chase, the ACE monkey.
The races are filling up fast so make sure you secure a place on the start line and take advantage of the free Yoga Cool Down sessions on offer from our partners at Bendy Yoga.
Cycling enthusiasts can look forward to cycling a traffic-free route in StockSport’s newest event, ‘Cycle The Town’ (11am to 4pm). There’s some exciting things planned for the route, and anyone can join for free: just turn up with your bike.
There’s plenty of bike storage located at St Peter’s Square and Mersey Square so come and join the whole event on two wheels. There are lot’s of other free cycling activities to enjoy, including bike MOT’s, spin challenges, blend a smoothie bike, children’s bike circuits, and various bikes to try out, such as e-bikes and adapted trikes.
If that’s not enough, the event villages will be packed with free multi-sport activities from 11am until 4pm. This includes stunt performances from the Extreme Mountain Bike Show, Muay Thai demonstrations from the Master Sken Academy, face painting, ‘fastest goal’ from Stockport County Community Trust, fast bowling skills from Lancashire Cricket Foundation, as well as free boxing classes from local activity providers BOOST and Zetsus. Local not for profit organisation ACE are providing a multi games area with penalty-shoot outs, rowing challenges and free Vinyassa Flow Yoga and Zumba classes.
There will be stalls from many local organisations and businesses to browse, as well as Trek Wilmslow, Red Bull, Sports Feet, parkrun UK and Muc Off who will be there giving away freebies on the day.
Councillor Mark Hunter, Leader of Stockport Council said: “I hope as many people as possible come and join in this celebration of activity and movement in all it’s forms. Whether you’re a true beginner or in it to win, there’s something for you at StockSport.
I can’t wait to see Stockport people of all ages running, cycling on our traffic-free route, and enjoying the activities. It’s all about coming together as a community to celebrate Stockport, trying something new, and seeing just how much local businesses and organisations have to offer.”