The start of December- almost tine to wind down for the festive season, but before that, one final event. The Tatton Yule Yomp is a 10k race held in early December in and around the grounds of Tatton Hall in Cheshire. The race is on mixed terrain: mainly off-road with a possible start and/or finish on Tarmac.

The event is in it’s fourth year, with entry figures now increased to 1000 runners due to it’s growing popularity. There is a festive air about the event: prizes for best fancy dress, a brass band and after the race you are within strolling distance of the historic town of Knutsford with an abundance of post-race eating and drinking establishments.

The course is undulating, part trail, part grass. If you have them, I would wear trail shoes to keep traction if it turns out to be a particularly muddy affair. The route is well marshalled, with kilometre markers and a water stop. One year it was so cold the water started to freeze as soon as it was poured!

The course has been known to change slightly from year to year to handle the increasing volume of runners, so if you have done the course previously, don’t expect to recognise all of it if you do it again. I just hope I don’t get overtaken by a guy dressed in a snowman outfit again!

Keep running!

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