Four Villages - Helsby Half Marathon 20/01/13

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17/01/2013 at 19:34
Still bit of snow, the OH has just arrived back from a gentle 5 miles a strange blue colour !
17/01/2013 at 21:06

Update on Helsby half website:

17 Jan: Some light snow in the area this evening, nothing substantial. The key days for a decision will be Friday and Saturday.

18/01/2013 at 09:04

Lots of snow in Shropshire now

18/01/2013 at 09:06
Got a dusting in the village (2 miles from the start). But the main road is clear
18/01/2013 at 13:07

Is there somewhere warm that members of my family can wait and drink/eat while race is on? Anything fun for kids?

18/01/2013 at 13:10

It's at a sports club so there's a bar/function room and usually a BBQ going too.


18/01/2013 at 13:35

So - how many feet of snow is Helsby currently under?

cougie    pirate
18/01/2013 at 13:40 for the latest news. 

I'd wager it will be on. 

18/01/2013 at 13:45

Quite a lot of snow has fallen in the North West since their last update, so will be interesting to see if there is an update later.

18/01/2013 at 13:47

Yeah - I expect so too. But,  Helsby probably has had quite a bit of snow today, and if that doesn't melt in the next few days could be slippery underfoot come sunday. Not sure how much of route will be on treated roads...isn't some of it on a cycleway?

Edited: 18/01/2013 at 13:48
18/01/2013 at 14:04

Just driven thro the start line and the main road is clear, and about an inch on the pavement

No It's all on roads

18/01/2013 at 14:38

It's all on roads but they're nearly all minor country roads so will not have been treated. The start-line being clear is pretty meaningless in this context, the route diverts on to minor roads after about a mile.

18/01/2013 at 14:43

And I also drove the finish hill (smarty) and thats all pretty clear as are the rest of the roads in the area

18/01/2013 at 14:52

Suppose it also depends how low the temp goes as there is a lot of moisture around which could convert to ice.

18/01/2013 at 16:01
Assumption is still 'yes'. Website update tonight and there'll be a course inspection tomorrow. If it's still a yes, there'll be another inspection Sunday morning. Might be worth thinking about trail shoes?
18/01/2013 at 16:03

Sorry, didn't mean to sound like a smarty! That was for the benefit of those who don't know the route and might think that the route was all on main roads.

I suppose all it takes is a couple of snowy/icy stretches to render it too dangerous to run. I hope it's on, I grew up in Helsby and have run this race every year since 2005.

18/01/2013 at 16:18

Thanks for update Steve, I don't have any trail shoes though...will wellies do?

18/01/2013 at 16:35

Trail shoes before Sunday? Think not - wellies or duvet here!

18/01/2013 at 16:37

is there anywhere to store a kit bag at the start?

im thinking the car park is a park and ride away and warm clothes before hand will need somewhere to leave them.   Not sure a bin bag with 2 arm holes cut out is going to keep me warm for this one

18/01/2013 at 16:58
Dont panic I've done this with sheet ice all over the place you just need to slow up a little where its needed all the best.
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