ORGANISERS of the Halton Road Race have unveiled a revised programme events for the coming months.
The mayor of Halton, Pat Tyrrell, joined organisers at the foyer of Asda Widnes to promote the races and hand out information about healthy living and keeping fit.
Three races are to be held under the joint title of Catena Rail Halton Grand Prix, which will include the five-mile Hale Road Race, which takes place on December 12 and has been running since 1989.
A five-mile race has also been arranged for Runcorn on February 6, starting at Abbotts Wood.
The traditional Halton Road Race, which was started in 2000 to mark the Millennium, has been renamed the Halton Easter Race and will take place on March 27.
Jim Ross, one of the race organisers, said: 'Now we have got one race on each side of the river and one which starts in the middle!
'We are grateful to Asda for coming on board, they are also sponsoring the races as well as Catena Rail.
'Asda Widnes is sponsoring all the medals for the Hale race and the medals for the Easter road race and Asda Runcorn is sponsoring the medals for the Runcorn event.
'I would like to thank John Tobin, the Asda Widnes general store manager - being a local lad, he is very supportive.'
He added: 'At the launch event we were giving out a lot of stuff about staying fit and healthy, like leaflets and keyring fobs and towels to promote the events.
'Pat Tyrrell spent a good part of the morning helping us hand out the stuff and we had a great response.
'We are hoping for a turnout of 500 runners for each race.
'Derek Twigg is running the Hale Road Race and the bridge race and we would appeal to all charities in the area to put their own runners into the races to raise funds for their own activities. This is an excellent opportunity.'
For details of how to book a place on any of the races, visit www.halton.gov.uk. The races cost £8 each to enter and by booking all three together a dis-count of £1 is made on each.