In short: Another Well Done to Tattenhall Runners In full: I have run in this race on a number of occasions (6 of the last 8 years). Once again I consider myself a perfectly satisfied customer, so am quite surprised with the comments from the previous writer.
In terms of entering - it is a bit of a pain having to enter well in advance, but if you want to run in the more popular races, you have to commit yourselves earlier. This is because many races are seeing rises in entrants.
Other people turned up on the night expecting to enter, when it was made clear that the race was full several days before. Sorry guys, not the organisers' fault is it?
In terms of the people at registration... there were no entries on the night, so why should there be signs to registration. This would have tempted people to try and park at the high school where there was very little parking. There is an e-mail address on Tattenhall's website you could have written to to explain your friends situation. Sorry to hear he missed out on running! Personally, as someone involved in race organisation elsewhere, I would have let him run if I was convinced an entry had been sent.
Marshalling - ah yes, I love that job! They are there 'to direct runners and nothing else'. If they choose to shout for their clubmates, then so be it! This does not hinder anyone. At the finish I cannot understand why you would have been 'pushed', but they do have the task of preventing groups of runners 'stopping' on the line stopping other runners getting through, so I can understand when I was knackered at the end and stopped for a breather I was asked to move on into the funnel. The marshalls were at the corners and did their job because they we seen. Also, they kept the course clear near the finish allowing the slower runners to get in unhindered (people who have already finished can always get in the way when going for a warm down on the course!)
I agree that for a club runner £6 is quite a lot for a 5K with no 'momentos', but to he honest I think all races have upped their fees. When it is a popular one where people are willing to pay it, why charge less?
I am not trying to contradict anything from the previous writer, but am putting my own opinion which clearly does not match his. Thanks also to those from West Cheshire AC who helped Tattenhall out with the officiating. Date of review: May 10, 2008
In short: The attitude of the organisers & marshalls stinks, and I'm disgusted with them. ir In full: Ok, 6 things I'm really angry about, so lets start at the beginning; 1. The website. My freind came with me to do this race, we applied at the same time, his number didn't come in the post, mine did - could I find a confirmation list for entry, or a phone number on the website for him to contact? No. Useless. 2. Pig ignorant marshalls. Sign posts pointing to everything except registration, so not unreasonable of us to ask for directions to it. Not how the marshalls saw it though, who made their annoyance at having their insignificant gossip interrupted by two people who ruined their day by actually being interested in running this race. 3. Down right rude at registration. "There's no record of you" they said to my freind "so you can't run". No apologies, no explanations, no consideration given to ways they could help him. Disgusting. He wasn't the only one with problems either, I saw papers being literally snatched out of peoples hands and a general contempt for everyone that had turned up. 4. Ignorant marshalls out on the course. Every race I've been to so far has been enjoyable partly because of the encouragement given out by the Marshalls for every runner. Not so here, I saw it infront of me, it happened to me, and I could hear it going on behind. Loads of encouragement for Tattenhall Runners' own runners, and then Marshalls were literally turning away from any possible eye contact with anybody else. Disgacefully rude and awfully hostile for any beginners out there - who may be discouraged from ever racing again by such petulant behavoir. 5. Officious marshalling on the finish line. In a taped off area, where I can only go one way, do I need some wannabe traffic warden pushing me over to the left hand side when doing so serves absolutely no purpose, as the tapes funnel you into single file anyway? Prat. 6. Ripped off. It cost £8 to enter this race - it's a 5k, with traffic on the course, so the cost of holding the event can't be all that great - not unreasonable then to expect some small memento at the finish. Nothing. Cheap penny pinching bunch of frauds.
Overall, I wouldn't go near anything Tattenhall Runners do ever again in my life, they do not deserve me, my freind, nor anybody else, I've never met such a stuck up self important loathsome lot in my life. I'm absolutely disgusted. I'm a generally happy person, every race I've ever done I've finished feeling over the moon - here, they made me thoroughly miserable, and that really does take some doing. Date of review: May 9, 2008
In short: First ever race, used it as a warm up for the Great Manchester Run, expected a scenic trot on a cool summers evening. Got a soaking wet sprint and the wheels fell off at 4K, but carried on to finish in 21:22. Loved it and will be back next year. Date of review: May 13, 2007
In short: Well managed, flat left-hand course. In full: Start is about a kilometre away from the finish so parking is a bit of a pain. Decent race though, I'd definitely do it again. Date of review: May 13, 2007
In short: Well-organised fast and friendly race, Shame about the rain In full: Great fun for a Friday, fast, flat courrse, friendly marshalls in spite of bucketing rain. Good post-race pub (The Plough) who didn't mind me wringing out my vest in the gents. Date of review: May 12, 2007