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Welcome to the official website for the Cheshire Tally Ho Hare and Hounds Club.​
You will find information about fixture details, photographs and run reports on this website.
Please feel free to contact us.

The next run of the season will be on 6th January at Norley!

Latest News

​Forthcoming Fixtures

- Norley - 6th January 2024

- Rainow - 20th January 2024

- Uppermill - 3rd February 2024

- Over Peover - 17th February 2024

- Flash - 2nd March 2024

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George Dobson (1931-2021)

    George was a popular member of Cheshire Tally-Ho from 1975 until the time of his death. He damaged his pelvis in a fall from a ladder and ran in some pain until he had one of the first titanium socket linings. George was awarded the Dickin Cup in season 81/82 and won the Coronation Bowl in 88/89. He usually ran with his Manchester terrier Jake which sometimes tripped up a runner in full flight. On one occasion at Allgreave nearing home Jake picked up the outbound trail and set off for another nine miles.

    George loved all the club activities including races, the Lakes and Cambridge. He also helped organise special weekends to Scotland, Yorkshire Dales and the Lakes.

    His funeral was well attended with many of his police colleagues, and Tally-Ho friends Geoff Walley, Donald Burr, Frank Atkinson and Joe Park. George leaves his wife Marjorie and sons Stephen and Simon.

RIP George



NOTE ABOUT NEW MILLS TRAIL 26th September 2020

An eight mile trail run following lumps of sawdust and maybe some bits of paper. 

Meal choices: 

Hunters chicken, fish and chips or veg paella
followed by
Lemon drizzle and custard or selection of ice cream.

The Golf Club have asked for meal choices in advance, please could you email me with what you want: 

Note that we have use of the changing rooms and there's a max of two in the showers at any one time....Covid-19 and all that.





8 OCTOBER 1929 – 5 JANUARY 2018

Bill was born in Hyde, studied Mechanical Engineering at Manchester University, and married Barbara in 1958 at Altrincham Methodist Church. They had daughter Helen in 1961, son Stephen in 1963, and possibly another daughter. Family problems did sometimes limit Bill’s attendances for running. Bill joined the Atomic Energy Establishment as an engineer at Bradford, then Coventry, and later the family moved to Kenilworth. He enjoyed gardening, rambling, and croquet (at which he excelled and won many trophies),. But all the while he kept in close touch with Tally Ho!                        


In late youth Bill had become a keen cross-country runner and joined East Cheshire Harriers, there meeting Neville Frost and Walter Mason. At Manchester University he became secretary of the University Cross Country Club and met John Billingham and David Bell. Bill joined Tally Ho in 1961, particularly influenced by Neville Frost who had joined 6 years earlier in 1955.                                                                                                                                            

Cheshire Tally Ho became one of Bill’s greatest loves – he was a member for just 2 days short of 57 years. The unique blend of  historic running struck a chord with Bill. He showed his prowess by being club champion 8 times, surpassing the 7 times of Bill’s predecessor Neville Frost, and equalling the all time best of 8 wins by John Hatton. He also won the club fell race twice, and the Coronation Bowl, and twice was second in the club championship. But Bill equally enjoyed the ordinary club runs, still attending till 1992 or later.                                                                                                                                                              

After Bill had moved to Kenilworth, he continued to come North whenever he could, to club runs and special events such as a Lake District Weekends and especially the Cambridge Roman Road runs, where he enjoyed winning the Devana decanter several times – perhaps because it was full of port!  He didn’t serve on committee, or hold office in the club until being elected Vice-President of Tally Ho later in life; but he did show his deep enthusiasm for Cheshire Tally Ho by writing a fulsome and fascinating 64 page history and account of club activities between 1872 and 2000. Bill missed the Tally Ho club fellowship so much, he tried in 1973 to set up a similar club in Warwickshire, but sadly didn’t succeed.


 By the age of 88, Bill had contracted prostate cancer, and passed away peacefully on 5th January 2018. David Bell represented the club at his funeral in Leamington Spa on 25th January, with Bill’s great love and success with Tally Ho well mentioned. A real gentleman was how local obituaries described him. A great champion and lover of Tally Ho is how we will remember him.  





6 MAY 1938 - 6 AUGUST 2016

John Mercer, who has sadly passed away, became a member of Cheshire Tally-Ho! in 1972 in the clubs centenary year. Though he did not consider himself a distance runner, he possessed great strength and stamina. John was a renowned Alpinist being one of that elite band to have climbed all the Alps over 4000 metres.

Perhaps it was this experience that enabled John to win the Coronation Bowl in the club Championship race on 12th December 1981. The race was held in deep snow following a night temperature of minus 23°C conditions which eminently suited John.

John was a popular club member as evidenced by the number of runners who joined him in activities outside the club such as rock climbing, high-level mountain walking and long distance cycle touring.

Those club members who knew John extend their sympathy to his wife Sylvia and his children.


                                                                            RIP John.







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