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Helsby Half Marathon: There is still time to enter the big race

Deadline for entries is Wednesday ahead of the race on Sunday (January 17)

Runners pound the pavements during a previous Essar Four Villages Half Marathon(Image: Simon Warburton)

Final preparations are being made for Essar Four Villages Half Marathon, but there is still time left to enter.

Organisers Helsby Running Club hope to put on their biggest race ever, after the disappointment of having to cancel last year’s event.

Athletes will be lining up at the start outside Helsby Community Sports Club for 10:30am on Sunday, January 17.

With more than 2,000 runners already signed up and only a few places left available, the deadline for late entries is Wednesday, January 13.

Helsby Running Club spokesman Steve Riley said: “We are delighted, we are down to the last handful of spaces.

“I comfortably predicted we wouldn’t get 2,000 entries and I’m happy I’ve been proven wrong.

“This year’s race may well be the biggest we’ve ever done.”

The course starts and finishes in Helsby taking in Dunham-on-the-Hill, Manley and Alvanley on the 13.1-mile route.

Icy conditions forced the cancellation of the race 12 months ago as the roads were deemed unsafe.

Andrew Fletcher, from Knutsford, and Andy Oates, from Altrincham, decided to run the Essar Four Villages Half Marathon route even though it was called off(Image: Chris Marritt)

The club said they would look in to moving the event from January, but there was overwhelming support for keeping the winter date.

Steve said: “It was desperately disappointing we had to cancel the race last year, but we picked ourselves up and dusted ourselves down.

“We are more confident than ever it will be on with gritters on standby and for the first time ever we’ve had some full road closures.

“We had discussions about moving the date, but when we went out and surveyed people said that’s why they come to us.

“It’s the perfect time to get in shape for the big marathons.”

Money raised from the event is split between the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Backford and Halton Haven in Runcorn.

For more information about the race and how to enter visit the Helsby Running Club website.

A full list of road closures can be found at rural.yourwestcheshire.co.uk.

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