The Cheshire Tallyho Hare and Hounds Club is a traditional running club, founded in 1872. The club holds runs (called trails) from a number of venues around Manchester during a season that runs from September to March. A trail consists of the Hounds following a paper trail laid by the Hares in a circular route of about 8 miles based on the venue, which is normally a public house. After the run, a meal is enjoyed in the pub, and this is a an important aspect of the club life. The Club's fixture list can be found in the Fixture page which also contains details of the runs enjoyed so far.
The club is essentially non-competitive, and the clubs runs are designed so that groups of runners (packs of hounds) of similar ability set off together at times representing the likely speed of the pack, with the fast pack leaving last. The trails are cross country, and any time spent on roads, while necessary at times, is looked on as disappointing, and the trail layer is likely to hear some appropriate comments at the finish. The trail layers, the Hares, vary from venue to venue, so that the club members can each participate and get their own share of criticism.
The packs start at various times, the earliest before 14:00. The slow pack leaves at about 14:00, the medium pack 15 minutes later, and the fast pack at 14:30. The run ends around 16:00 or so, and then we have to get ourselves clean and presentable for the meal. The ablutions vary from the sublime, a leisure centre at Frodsham with showers and sauna, to the ridiculous (normal), namely bathing in a tin bath in the gents toilets, usually under the urinals (not in them). For this reason, and for historical ones, the club is entirely male. Membership is by election only, and requires two sponsors from the members. If interested in running through cow fields (and other cow things) in all weathers and conditions just for the fun of it please contact the Hon.Sec .