Grantham Running Club's Paul Rushworth travelled to Helsby to take part in the Four Villages Half Marathon. The scenic road race, through rural countryside, passed through the Cheshire villages of Dunham on the Hill, Mouldsworth, Manley, Alvanley before returning back to Helsby. The race, accurately measured at 13.1 miles and with 560' of climbing took place in wintry conditions. Runners had to contend with driving rain, sleet and high winds on the most exposed parts of the course. The year 2017 marked the 34th running of the popular event. There were over 2500 runners taking part. Paul returned home in 1 hours 42 minutes and 09 seconds giving himself plenty of room for improvement ahead of the spring racing season. Runners were rewarded with a goody bag that included a pair of green 'Four Villages Half Marathon' socks, a Mars bar and a fruit drink. The free hot drinks adjacent to the finish were more welcome in the wintry conditions.