THOUSANDS of runners will race around Helsby, Dunham-on-the-Hill, Mouldsworth and Manley on Sunday for the annual Shell Four Villages Half Marathon.
The well-established and popular 13-mile road race is organised by Helsby Running Club and starts at Helsby Community Sports Club.
Entries are now full for the fixture, which attracts a maximum entry limit of approximately 2,500 competitors. No entries are taken on the day but people are always welcome to come along to spectate and cheer on the runners.
Shell UK is excited and delighted to be on board for the fixture – which is Helsby’s biggest participation event.
Public affairs manager Edward Brady said: “It’s great to be associated with such a popular event. The race has an important place on the British running calendar.
“It has been going strong for more than 25 years and with our help it will have an even better future.”
Race organiser Andy Smith added: “The race has grown in both number and stature since its inception in 1982 where we saw around 100 runners attending the inaugural event.
“Today the number of entries always exceeds the limit.
“We are very grateful to Shell whose support has allowed us to proceed with greater confidence in putting on the event.”
The race also helps to generate many thousands of pounds for several charities. Last year more than £3,500 was donated to local schools, scouts, women’s institute groups, the Hospice of the Good Shepherd and rotary groups who offered volunteer help on the day.
Runners will be requested to assemble at the start line at 10.45am.