With club numbers rising to over 70 there is a good chance of spotting your favourite film character on 17 December as the 'never embarrassed' members of Tattenhall Runners take to the lanes for the 2016 annual Christmas Handicap Dash otherwise known as the 'Crazy Christmas Canter', in costume!
With the first runner departing at 10-30am and following the route up Burwardsley Road, Dark lane, Bolesworth Road and back through the Village, the opportunity to cheer on the Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter or the odd goblin shouldn't be missed! There is more than a fair chance of Dumbo appearing together with the inevitable penchant of some to cross dress so the occasional hirsute and muscular Cat Woman is an almost dead cert.The object of the race is for all runners to cross the finish line, at the Recreation Club, at the same time and thus each participant is started depending upon their handicap; the better their form, the later they start. Some particularly dodgy handicapping enabled the club Chairman, Rob Arden, to win last years' race but the prize for best costume went to Nick Holmes (running as the tea pot from Alice in Wonderland).So if you ever wanted to see olympic athletes galavanting around in fancy dress through the village come along to cheer them on, or alternatively, just have good laugh at the spectacle.
Author James Jenkin