CHANGES to the popular Frodsham Downhill Run will see hundreds of family fun runners and budding athletes lining up earlier this year to tackle a safer and slightly shorter route.

Since it was launched in 2006 as a fundraiser for Frodsham Community Association, the annual event has been staged in September and followed a 1.5-mile route from the top of Frodsham Hill to the community centre in Fluin Lane.

But this year it will start at 12.30pm on Sunday, July 1, and runners will pound a new 1.3-mile route from the memorial on Frodsham Hill, along Howey Lane to the finish at Castle Park, where the community Festival in the Park will be under way.

The new-look fun run coincides with Halton and Frodsham Harriers’ 40th anniversary celebrations, and it’s hoped the run can be linked from now on with the park festival organised by Helsby and Frodsham Rotary Club.

Lead run organiser Sue Thomson said: “We’re delighted that both clubs have agreed to sponsor this year’s downhill run, and Cheshire West and Chester highways and the police are happier with the new route because runners will no longer have to cross a main road, which could be dangerous.”

The run is open to all ages, and parents pushing babies in prams and 80-year-olds have enjoyed taking part.

All proceeds go to Frodsham Community Association, who run the community centre, and further details and entry forms are available from Sue Thomson on 07971 907 669, the community centre,, Frodsham Town Council or Best Western Forest Hills Hotel.