In short: Best Way To End The Years Racing In full: Fantastic fun event as always. Great organisation and support. Stunning route. Great costumes. Super goody bag - who can complain at getting tea cakes!! :-) Love this race. Just odd running in dry weather this year. Date of review: December 12, 2016
In short: Good New Addition to The Calender In full: Good, flat, fast and scenic route. Well organised. Good new race. Only niggle the distance between parking at the start and the finish. Shuttle buses were provided - great idea but when I finished hadn't started running yet so no choice other than 20 min walk in the cold back to the car. Date of review: December 5, 2016
In short: Definately a mixed review on this one! In full: Difficult to appraise this one. Clearly there were a lot of major issues with access but being local and cycling in and parking my bike 100 yards from the start line suffered from none of those problems and found it a doddle to get to and from!
I gather this is the same company who run the Cheshire 10k at Arley Hall. Both the November 2015 and 2016 running of this event suffered similar issues. I’ve done countless races over the years and it’s only those two Arley Hall ones and this Tatton one run by the same people that have been delayed. Seems to be a common theme and there’s always an excuse about traffic, floods etc.
There clearly seems something more to this is in the organisation that needs a good long hard look at. It may be simply having events at such Stately Homes doesn’t work because of the one way in/one way out situations?
So called event village was ok at the start. Don’t follow the criticism of that. Needed a better coffee stall. These ones that just sell poncey mocha whatever the hells they are take to long to serve out of their slow machines hence huge queues. Loads of toilets which was good although the one I used was pretty grim and blocked – don’t know if that was typical of all of them.
Tatton Park itself was stunning to run in - although I do so for free every weekend so paying to do so was an odd concept! However, it wasn’t really suited to a Half Marathon and the route felt shoehorned into the park with lots of bizarre loops around the Old Hall Car Park, the barbeque area and looping around cones. Two lap course as well. Don’t normally like multiple laps but actually didn’t mind that.
The run upto the Rostherne main entrance at the start was pretty chaotic with the road divided into two with cones down the middle which were a trip hazard and runners on either side running in opposite directions. Thrown into that were also stragglers in the 10k running very slowly and causing an obstacle. Only good part of that was when you looped back you could gauge where your mates were and how far ahead/behind you were. Route was flat and fast though.
As for other comments on overall distance my Garmin measured 13.06m. Mile marker signs were as confusing as could be with the different ones for the 10k and each lap on the half. Eventually figured them out but some very inaccurately located.
Marshalling spot on. Special shout out to one enthusiastic chap who seemed to cover half the course himself running along shouting encouragement and high fiving.
Atmosphere in park and support great also. Goody bag non existent. Cotton T-shirt. Nice design but cotton really? Where’s the proper Technical T shirts? Another one for gardening in. Medal nice if you like that kind of rubbish. Will sit in a drawer and not see daylight again. Rather have a couple of quid off the entry fee or go towards a proper T shirt.
Having said all that I actually enjoyed it! Was pleased with my time and would do it again.
In short: Good route but rubbish organisation In full: Good scenic flat fast route. But... Cycled to the race. No bike parking. No bag drop. Poor. Start delayed for second year running. Poor. No excuse for that. Warmed up ready to go and then find it's delayed. Start was very narrow and congested. Poor. Didn't effect me but could see the chaos at end with cars leaving getting in the way of runners. Was very dangerous and an accident waiting to happen. Beyond poor. Cotton T shirt only. Poor. Overall not a race worth bothering with. I've done countless events and this is by far the worst organised race I've seen. Date of review: November 13, 2016
In short: Cracking new race on the calender In full: Despite managing to include about the only two hills in the area on the route which makes it slower than the nearby High Legh 10k earlier in the year this was an excellent new race. Well organised and marshalled on closed scenic countryside roads. Hope it's back again next year. Date of review: July 3, 2015
In short: Forgotten How Good This Race Is! In full: Was surprised when I realised due to injuries and other stuff getting in the way that I hadn't done this race since 2010. Won't let that happen again especially even after all that time away I PB'D. A gem of race. Super route, great value, well organised. Faultless. Date of review: April 23, 2015
In short: Well organised, friendly, fast race In full: Great event. Done it several times now and is a must on the annual calendar now. Good scenic course, couple of very small bumps i.e. over motorway bridge but nothing of note so fast course. Well organised. Very well supported and the marshals very vocal in cheering people on. Back to technical T shirts this year after the blip of providing cotton ones last year. I gather the only niggle was running out of safety pins for attaching numbers but I was early so didn't affect me. Cheers High Legh and Lymm Runners. See you next year. Date of review: March 2, 2015
In short: Mud, wind, rain, hail and deer! In full: Probably the worst conditions I've ever done a race in but didn't detract from it at all in fact in a perverse way added to the enjoyment. Super fun, stunning course, great atmosphere, faultless organisation and a great goody back full of food! See ya next year! Date of review: December 7, 2014
In short: Flat, scenic, fast route. Organisation needs improving next time In full: Overall ok. Route picturesque, flat, fast and traffic free. Good PB potential. Plenty of parking - though could get messy if wet as in a field. Goody bag relatively uninspiring. Toilets - poor poor poor. No excuse for delaying races due to lack of provision. Warmed up ready for 10am start and then had to do it all again for the delay. Date of review: July 3, 2014
In short: Super Event and Great Goody Bag In full: Great fun. Super race through beautiful park. How many races do you run through herds of deer? Loved it despite my calf screwing up with 300m to go! Awesome goody bag. Loaf of bread. Tea cakes and choccie biccies. Happy days. Date of review: December 8, 2013