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Race details

Essar four villages half marathon

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Thanks also to supporting friends and sponsors Mick Hall Photos, runABC North.

2019 race information

Race day is Sunday 20 January 2019, start time 10:30am. Help make it a special one!

  1. Read the race entry details page for race rules and conditions — do this before entering.
  2. Decide if you want a souvenir race running top. We are again running a competition with local schools for the artwork design. Last year's was a cracker, so high hopes for another high standard of entry!
  3. Have a look at the route map here.
  4. When you've done this, <<click to enter the race>> on the Nifty Entries site.
    Doing this you confirm you've read the race entry details page and agree to the conditions.

Any questions, use this email address (preferred). But please try and answer your own question if you can — many queries are routine and you might get a quicker answer by reading the website. Not that we don't want to help you understand! Thank you for supporting this race and enjoy your run! Have you thought about joining our club?

Car sharing

Please help us make this the greenest half marathon around! We love running and racing and meeting up with like-minded folk but also recognise we're contributing in our own small way to congestion and emissions. That's why we're teaming up with a car sharing website developed by a runner to save you money and reduce the carbon footprint. Please EVERYONE try out the site (even if you don't expect to car share). It only takes a minute and is completely free to use. As well as saving petrol money, it will ease the parking headaches for us at the race. Nick the site owner is keen to hear your feedback.

Maps and resources

2019 Four Villages race booklet - mailed with postal packs [PDF, 2MB] - for general information on parking, baggage storage, locations, race maps, etc.
Car parking help [PDF, 78KB]
GPX download file [GPX, 286KB]
Club site and start area [PDF, 103KB]
2019 course map [PDF, 61KB]
Finish area map [PDF, 171KB]
Road closures letter and map [PDF]
www.bedandbreakfasts.co.uk/Cheshire/Frodsham/ — local accommodation search

Race map and parking

Detailed parking information on race parking is in this PDF download. There's an updated race route map including the slight deviation from the previous course at around mile 10. If you know the old course and want to recce the change, continue up Sugar Lane to reach the left turn onto the B road, passing Manley school on the left rather than right.

Finish area

Medals and water will be in the goody bag, handed out in the funnel area by our volunteers. The funnel will take runners through the yard and on to the field, where you can meet family and friends and visit the attractions the school is putting on. The field is the main area where runners can meet your friends and family after the race. There will be food and hot/cold drinks on the school field - please support our friends from the school selling teas, cakes, bacon butties, etc. Spectators will be able to walk through the school yard to see the finish on Denbigh Close, but access to the Close is through a narrow gate so please be patient when busy. Please follow marshall guidance in the finish area and stay off the lawns of our patient neighbours on the finish street! Thanks to Beesley and Fildes for their giant bags for the goodies needed for finishing runners.

Race running tops

This year we're running a competition with the local schools we pass on the race route and those nearby, to design the artwork for the T-shirts. We're trying to do our bit to engage the next generation of runners and hope you'll support this. The t-shirt order has now been finalised and sent for manufacture — sorry, no more changes to your order. T-shirts are collected on race day from race HQ. Come early to avoid the queue and get ready for your race! If you didn't pre-order, we'll also have stock for sale on race day.

Your email

Please be careful adding your email to your entry — it is our primary way of contacting you with any late-breaking news. We will not pass your address on without permission. You'll receive race information, your number and chip in the post early in the New Year. We'll also send details on your technical running top, if you ordered one.

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Huge thanks to our regular headline sponsor of Essar UK and welcome back to Asics, another long-term supporter. We're also grateful to the team at Running Bear, friends of the race for many years, together with Mick Hall Photos, runABC North and Addhire for their most excellent van loan. Without their help this race either wouldn't happen or would cost you a lot more! Generous thanks also to Roberts Bakery for their tasty gingerbread men and the kind donation of time and design skills from David Vickers at DesignCoUK. Thanks also to our long term partners at www.ukmedals.com, #ukmedals - thanks Mark and team!

As well as giving you a great race, we also support a number of local charities from the money raised. Please take a look to the groups that benefit from your efforts. We'd like to thank in advance all the volunteers, helpers, marshals, water-carriers, transport people, commercial partners, our photographer, the good folk of Helsby and surrounding villages, and everyone else who makes this special event possible.

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