In short: Loved it! In full: What a FANTASTIC start to the running year! Great organisation, scenic, rural course,(even crowd support in the sticks!), bag storage, high quality cased medal, text results by the time I got back to my car, perfectly placed super-fast downhill to 12 miles, PB course, great idea to have a time clock at 10 miles to check, innovative chip incorporated in your race number so no worries where you start, great goody bag including a special 30th anniversary Buff - a runner couldn't ask for anything more! Here's to the next 30 years - Well done 4 Villages, 1000%!! Date of review: January 23, 2011
In short: well organised fairly flat race In full: well organised race.Park and ride an excellant idea and bag storage also well done.Lovely medal and nice to see race time at 10 miles to inspire you on(shame the hills killed my legs)The course was fairly flat until about 8 miles and the a few undulations and the easiest two mile run you can do
the only negative was the start as to many runners were funnelled into a narrow area before getting on the road
other than that excellant race
the only negative was the Date of review: January 23, 2011
In short: was a very well organised race, and nice touch the bottle of beer In full: excellent organisation, park and ride excellent idea. Would do this again and look forward to 2011... Date of review: November 28, 2010
In short: Great half marathon to blow out Chrstmas cobwebs In full: Very well organised and friendly race - with a bottle of beer and a medal given as you cross the finishing line! Falt course until 8 miles, then some hills, but lat mile is all down hill. Loved this race and will definately do it again next year
In short: One of the best Half Marathons around. Superb organisation, Great Support, Excellent Coursee In full: Having raced many half marathons up and down the country I can safely say this race has to be at the top of my list. Iâ€™ve competed in it for many years and it gets better every year. The organisation is excellent, the support superb and the goody bag keeps growing. This years bottle of Half Marathon Ale was the best yet.
Itâ€™s not the quickest race, with the hilly section in the middle, but once past the 11 mile mark you know itâ€™s down hill all the way to the finish. This fact helps both tired legs and mind. Once over the line itâ€™s back to the clubhouse for tea and biscuits or something a little stronger if required.
In short: Excellent race, well organised and with lots of support. I'll be back! In full: Another excellent Helsby half. I really like the park and ride, especially as you don't have to wait in the cold to get on a coach. Just the chance to sit down on a nice soft seat in a warm coach after the race deserves plaudits, I'd say! The support on the race route was great and really helped. I loved the last 2 miles, which were downhill, - great for making you feel you're doing an, ahem, 'sprint' finish, even if you're a bit of a plodder like me. Lovely friendly tea and biscuit ladies back at the clubhouse afterwards, too. All in all, a fab event! Date of review: January 27, 2010
In short: Brilliantly organised and quite challenging(especailly between miles 8 and 11). Good atmossphere. In full: It has to be said that this race was organised with military precision. The park and ride scheme ran like clockwork and was a big success. The camraderie and atmosphere was really good. The hills between 8 and 11 miles were quite tough(for me anyway),more training needed there for me I think. A good day out. The free beer,however,tasted like the homebrew my grandad used to make...I'm sure there was a toenail or something in mine. Date of review: January 21, 2010
In short: lovely countryside, great organisation In full: great event from a small club lots of support along the way from the locals, scouts to the WI Great charaity event as well Date of review: January 21, 2010