In short: Great race In full: Great race, my third year in a row and i always enjoy it, although this year the start had moved and so was a bit of a mess but not a major problem. Tea and biscuits at the finish went down a treat! One thing i would like to raise is the medals i received in the previous 2 years both had the year 1981 on, but this years had 1982, dont know why! Date of review: January 25, 2011
In short: No surprise entries close so quick In full: Finally managed to run this race after having to pull out the last 2 years to to illness. It was well worth the wait and will back next year. Hopefully next time I'll spot the 10 mile marker, this year it was head down and plod up the hill. Date of review: January 25, 2011
In short: Hugely popular race for very good reasons In full: Great atmosphere before during and after this classic Winter Half. Fabulous organisation from the Helsby club, with the commemorative Buff being an imaginative and quality memento. The medallion in its own presentation case was a lovely touch too. It may be a testing course, but if approached tactically, those hilly stretches can still produce fast times if you run the downhills to full effect: lots of PB's this year proves the point. A clock at mile 10 was a great idea I'd like to see catch on elsewhere!
From the marshalls at the park and ride, to the Rotary Club guys and the marsahals out on the course I've never met a cheerier and more friendly bunch: a real community event with the organisers obviously, and rightly proud of the race.
This is on my must do list for next year. Thanks to all involved Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: Great race brilliant way to start the racing year In full: My favourite race of year.Well organised,friendly,great course and for the third year running set a new pb.definately a course you can run well on if you know it Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: V. well organised for a race of this size. Shame they had to change the start - but stoped me starting too fast. My only gripe is with those who dropped gel wrappers away from the drinks stations. Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: An excellent way to kick start 2011 In full: Have to agree with much that has been said. If the start had to be moved at such short notice, I can only commend the organisers that they managed just get it moved and made the best of a bad situation out of their control. After running the ill-fated Cardiff not-so-half last year I'd rather have that makeshift start and the full distance anyday. Date of review: January 24, 2011
In short: Great race - just one little problem to sort out for next year In full: My 6th 4 Villages....for me, this is one of the definitive winter half marathons, and was as enjoyable a challenge as ever this year. Almost everything organised perfectly...marshalling, improved chip timing, finish area.... The only issue - and it seems this was one imposed on the organisers at short notice for "health & safety" reasons, so not their fault - was that start, which was not worthy of such a great race. Way too narrow, but what really bothered me was the muddy stretch...the deep ruts had been filled in with hardcore, but there was a lot of loose stuff lying around...wearing q thin racing flats & not being a heel striker, I was dreading landing on one of the larger stones & bashing a metatarsal. But I didn't, and I'm sure the organisers will have sorted it by next year. So thanks to all at Helsby RC, and I'll see you again in 2012. Date of review: January 24, 2011