In short: Excellent mid-week race In full: Fast flat course on country roads. I have run this the last 2 years and really enjoy it. A good mix of decent/beginner standard runners, though I think they deserve many more than the 116 finishers this time! Organisation is excellent, the only questionable thing was that they gave a prize for '3rd Under 40' to the 12th placed runner, sending home 7th, 8th, 9th and 11th with nothing as they were in age categories. Surely the Over 45 who finished 7th should get a prize for 3rd rather than the Under 40 who was 12th? I strongly recommend this event to anyone looking for a good fast 5K mid-week race out of town. Date of review: August 29, 2008
In short: Well organised In full: Certainly not a PB course, but a good opportunity for a regular time-trial. Can't fault the organisation (well done Rob and the team!). Definately a good one for beginners, and of course, it's free! Certainly recommended. The only problem I had was that I fell at the bottom of the sharp downhill on the first lap, costing me the opportunity to contest 3rd place, it was wet, so I slipped on the grass after taking the sharp turn wide... picked myself up and finished 4th, only my pride having been hurt! ;-) Date of review: May 22, 2008
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: Good organisation. Course has many twists and turns each lap. Atmosphere the best feature. In full: Enjoyed this one, but not a PB course. Many twists and turns on each lap. The day I ran this was windy and there were tree branches on some of the paths. I believe on wet days, the paths get slippy. However, there is a nice friendly atmosphere and I thought organisation was very good. Date of review: March 30, 2008
In short: Good, fast course, well-organised. In full: Minor flaws...
1)Too busy at the start with 500 runners. 2)Paths are slippery in places. 3)U-turns don't help times. 4)Running on paths sharing the path with runners coming the other way... had to dodge people occasionally. Maybe OK if only 250/300 in race.
1)Well organised, with a good standard field. 2)PB Potential, however there are faster courses (Trafford for one!). 3)Friendly atmosphere with a good mix of elite runners and joggers. Date of review: December 18, 2006
In short: Another very pleasant trip to Southport - enjoyed by all! In full: Overall an excellent race. Well done organisers!
Strong points - flat fast course, excellent goody bag - the towel probably being the highlight! Didn't get the drinks bottle, radio, or make up (!)
Results up already on UK Results despite the huge turn out!
Weak points - runners under 40 mins will have found themselves having to weave though countless lapped runners. Nobody particularly at fault, but course probably too narrow to cope with the volume of runners! Date of review: October 22, 2006
In short: Excellent course - some minor details to be addressed... In full: I will not make a biased statement here as I am part of the organisation team. However, I would like to point out that the issues which are highlighted DO get dealt with. We have already discussed the problems at the start and the water at the end. Some of you may recall there being issues with the km markers in March - I trust that you are all happy that this has now been sorted out. Dave Norman does a great job organising this race, with the backup of a number of people from Altrincham AC. Well done to the runners from Dragons RC (Sale) who fielded full teams on both the mens and womens events. Date of review: September 11, 2006
In short: A good well-established popular event In full: This two lapper has a testing hill after about a mile on each lap. Makes for a fast last 2 miles though! A good standard field, plenty of marshalls with excellent organisation. Date of review: August 26, 2006
In short: Well-organised friendly event - hot weather spoilt it though In full: Well done to the rugby club organising - a welcoming outing for the experienced athlete and casual jogger alike. This year though the oppressive heat made this one very difficult - personally found it a real struggle. Would love to do this one again in cooler conditions - PB potential! Date of review: August 26, 2006
In short: Beginner-friendly race well organised. In full: This was not one of my favourite races! The start was crowded, and even at the front, there seemed to be some need to try and get past slow runners who started too near the front. Warrington RR cannot be held responsible for the hot weather which certainly made the race very difficult for those looking for a time. The event itself was a good friendly one, well suited to inexperienced runners as the marshalling was good. I think some other subscribers are making more of the issue over a drink staion than is necessary. I don't believe in them for a 10K. Personnally, I found too many twists and turns on the course generally, and the finish was a nightmare on the grass, particularly as the 400M to go sign came too early. That finish was a lot more than that! Date of review: July 2, 2006