Tatton half marathon

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04/11/2012 at 16:03

hi all. i was one of the marshalls at the cattle grid near the start and finish. it was the other one who ran with you SEZZA and LILY OTV.

never had such fun marshalling. hard work though with cars, runners and pedestrians all using the same cattle grid. thanks for everyones patience in getting you through.

04/11/2012 at 16:06

thank you Cap66 your support and encouragement made all the difference thank you for marshalling such a challenging place.

04/11/2012 at 16:23

i really enjoyed it lily and we got lots of great banter from runners which is great. oh apart from one lady who by 13 miles was really tired and hurting and a comment from us went down like scaffolding in a storm.

i would just like to say that many runners got stuck in the traffic jam outside the park before the start. this was beyond the organisers control. tatton park (council and N.T.) quite rightly main objective is that there is minimal impact to the park and its customers. they wanted all the runners in the park before the park was open to the public hence the 9.30 start. unfortunately due to the early start everyone seemed to turn up at the same time.

hopefully the event will go ahead again next year where i'm sure the organisers and tatton authorities will come up with a soloution.

04/11/2012 at 18:05

Brilliant race and I hope it returns next year and onwards.

Big thanks to the organisers and volunteers.

04/11/2012 at 18:25

Nice course, great support from the marshalls and pretty decent weather considering.  Not happy about the 134ft elevation on the last 2 miles or so though... nearly did for me! 

Happy with a 1:28.56 pb and thanks to Nick from Rochdale Harriers for dragging me over the last half mile.

Will definitely do again next year.


05/11/2012 at 06:04

I really enjoyed this race - my first HM and a time of 1:45:27

It was really cold at the start especially after waiting an extra ten minutes on the starting line for all the traffic to get in - my carefully timed warm-up was useless!  The race soon got going though and it was a great course - not really hilly but I did have a slow mile for mile #12 as it was a mild climb and I was knackered  

Hope this race happens next year.

05/11/2012 at 09:45

Great experience,made me feel that all the effort in terms of training was worth it, aimed for sub 2hrs and came home in 1:50:58 so well chuffed.

Echo previous replies in terms of thanks to the organisers, volunteers etc and also that the final long,straight stretch was the point where I nearly hit the wall and the turn into the park for the final time, came just at the right point for me

Certainly made me think about a marathon next year or at least a couple more halfs

05/11/2012 at 09:52

agree about the long final stretch, so hard, gritting teeth and trying to push myself, what helped was people clapping from their cars and a team of 2 ladies encouraging each other and me, thank you! Yes Robin, the last turn into the park made me want to cheer! I am sure you could do a marathon. A half was a bit easier after doing a marathon this year! Well done to everyone on all these brilliant times. I just love running! Though I don't feel great today, stiff and heady. Need to drink more. Hope everyone else is recovering ok

05/11/2012 at 12:19

Well done to all who took part and braved the weather which was freezing never seen so many runners wearing gloves.

Took me a little while longer getting round than i'd hoped no PB this time but not too fused as not really that bothered about times.

Agree marshalls were really encouraging and friendly in and around the park, was wearing headphones so couldnt hear them but judgeing by there animation they did a great job.

Was a shame the roads werent closed off as doesnt help running into car fumes but were warned about this prior to the race. Unfortunately could have done with a few more mashalls in the more out of the way places and lanes though as i saw one women desperately trying running back on her self to find someone to try and get medical attention for her friend who had quite a nasty gash on her arm and a injured ankle/leg.

But good effort by all for a first time event.

05/11/2012 at 16:27

Loved this race despite getting stuck in traffic. I parked, jumped out of the car, straight to the start line, and it started!

Yes was very cold, forgot to wear gloves and fingers were freezing. Lovely course, especially round park and through Knutsford.

Made up with 1hr 32, a big PB, didnt think I could keep going between 11-13, that hill was so hard and long. Memo to all for next year and organisers in the advertising - this is not flat! Wasnt the worst ever, but plenty of ups and downs to test you.

Overall though great marshalls, good signage, nice goody bag and weather perfect for PB's, no wind or rain! Well def do again, although not sure I could ever go faster. (and how people do Marathons!!)

05/11/2012 at 16:38

I think Wilmslow Half Marathon on 24th March fits quite nicely into any training program for the Manchester Marathon

I'd hoped to hang on until February(ish) to make a final decision on entering Manchester in 2013 but the last date is quite early, January 7th, so we'll see

05/11/2012 at 18:05
Photos from the race can be found at the below websites   www.racephotos.org.uk    www.mickhall-photos.com
05/11/2012 at 21:24

Big thanks to everyone that helped to organise in any way.

Only my second half and I managed to knock 10 mins off my PB finishing in 1:44:11 so well pleased but thought I was on for a bit better still until those last couple of miles uphill had me feeling like I was running backwards in the end!

06/11/2012 at 08:40

I think saying it is flat is fine. Not pancake flat but far from undulating

A couple of very short hills and a slightly uphill finish but overall I thought it was a very fast course


06/11/2012 at 23:00

Really enjoyable race and not just because I recorded my first sub-1:30 half!  Thanks as ever to marshalls and organisers.  I wouyld agree with Crazytown Emperor about the hills, but a lot of that is down to what you are used to and your expectations.  One final point, I just noticed a review that says its not on runbritain - it is but as Tatton Half.  Maybe one tip for next year is to decide what to call the race and stick with the name

07/11/2012 at 20:01

It is on Runbritain as Knutsford Tatton Half


10/11/2012 at 13:20

Loved this - earned myself a PB so that helps but the country setting, especially the settings in Tatton Park itself were tremendous and I will be back again next year to come under 1:30.

The course was very well marshalled and supported, car parking was a breeze - I loved the fact the car park was a short stones throw from the start and finish  so I could sit in the warmth of my car just before the start and finish my coffee, and that I only had a short distance to hobble once I crossed the finish.

Drink stations were well manned, nice small bottles of water too - gels were being offered at the last station which was nice.

I'd describe the course as fairly flat, some undulations - the straight road section in the penultimate mile was a bit of a killer - long, straight but gradual ascent, it seemed to last forever!

Goody bag was really good - quality medal, chocolate, nice tech T plus drinks at the finish line.

Received the number through the post in good time, chip built into the number so one thing less to forget. Instructions were clear.

There were no negatives - usual challenges such as toilets and starting pens. The PA system didn't seem to work at the start line so there was some confusion when the delay was started. I wasn't sure if there was a bag drop, some runners said there was but it wasn't clear where. Because of the proximity of the car parking, I didnt use them anyway, put my stuff in the boot of the car.

The support at the finish was brilliant, supporters both sides as you ran in.

I've never run a half where I have had as many photos taken of me - two outfits were covering it and I got snapped at numerous points around the course. Hats off to both, but Bryan at racephotos.org.uk deserves a special mention!! He captured a number of me, even took time out to crop and edit some for me but one of them is my favourite running photo yet, so thanks again!. 

I'll be back next year, this was an excellent event - I believe this is the first time it was run so there are bound to be a few teething problems but nothing that couldn't be easily rectified or that I would complain about. 


20/11/2012 at 08:56

What a great race! Great weather...glad I didn't go with the gloves and extra layers.

I felt like this course was more downhill than up..apart from mile 11-12, a real bar steward!

One little moan...more/firmer support over those cattle grids next time please...not good.

Will definitely be back next year.

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