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Essar four villages half marathon

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The course starts at Helsby Sports Club. After the gun you will turn right on the A56 heading towards the motorway before turning left at the traffic lights towards Chester on the A56. This is the beginning of a mile long but gentle uphill section which leads you though the village of Dunham on the Hill where you leave the main road for the country lanes.

After exiting Dunham you turn left and immediate left, which is basically a hairpin, and follow the road for about a mile, you'll be pleased to know it's flat! Once the road straightens out you will take another hairpin turn but this time to the right (no sneaky shortcuts!). Continuing along this flat road until a left turn takes you onto the B5312. After about 3/4 of a mile you'll be happy to see Long Lane on your left, just along this road is the first of three drink stations.

At the end of Long Lane a left turn leads you onto Barnhouse Lane and a right at the end into Nortons Lane brings you to the half way on the course. The end of Nortons Lane brings another water station and a draggy hill into Mouldsworth at the 8 mile mark where you turn left just before the main road along Manley Lane.

As the road starts to drop you turn right onto the short narrow lane then right again up Sugar Lane. Ignore the left turn into School Lane from previous years and follow Sugar Lane to the top where a sharp left takes you on to the B road. Last water station is around here at the 10 mile point. The next stretch undulates with one steep little downhill. Just over a mile later you can look forward to the fast downhill run of Towers Lane.

Save a bit for the last flat mile. The road turns right around the golf course before a right on Primrose Avenue (the 13 mile mark) then and a left on Latham Avenue and an immediate left and I'm sure you'll be relieved to see the finish line so a quick sprint down the road and there you have it you've done. It wasn't really that tough was it!? At least now you'll know what to expect next time.

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