Safe & sound return of Tatton 10K
Tatton 10K test run passes with flying colours
Runner safety, sound organisation and clear instructions were hallmarks of a successful Tatton 10K yesterday 9 (Sunday 9 August). The fine summer weather added to the occasion as the Covid-secure event delivered on all fronts in a location that was favourable to socially distancing running.
Parkland and 50 acres of landscaped gardens along with large fields and wide roads meant staying two metres apart was readily achievable for those involved with the trial Tatton 10K. The first event for organisers RunThrough since lockdown as they put the required safety measures into practice including volunteers and marshals wearing PPE, hand sanitisers, clear signage and start waves. The latter implemented instead of the usual mass start as in normal times.
Using a time trial format, groups of up to 50 runners were allocated to a start wave based upon their predicted finishing times and the colour of their race number. They lined up in the pen in two rows – spaced apart – ready to go every 10 seconds with faster runners at the start and slower runners near the back to avoid any bottlenecks.
Whilst spectators weren’t allowed due to the guidelines, friendly marshals in PPE encouraged everyone as they followed a fast, undulating course around the grounds of Tatton Park and kept overtaking to a minimum. There were some speedy performances.
Adam Peacock was first in 31:53, Karl Welborn second in 32:24 and Edd Flynn third in 32:24.
For the women, Carla Davies was first in 36:53, Katie Lysons in 39:22 and Lucie Goddard third in 41:35.
Runners crossed the finish line, picked up their medal, bottle of water and snack bar laid out on tables then left the event village as soon as possible.
The next Tatton 10K is on 13 September. To enter visit the RunThrough Tatton Park 10K website.
Image courtesy: Tatton 10K