Edinburgh AC runner Neil Renault picked up a big prize in Cheshire yesterday when he finished first in the Shell Four Villages Half Marathon. Neil came home first in an event, that had attracted 2,000 entries, in a quick time of 1:05:55. He was closely followed by Tipton's Michael Aspinall at 1:06:05 and Altrincham's Dave Norman in 1:07:34. Several athletes came into the race strong and confident and there was some talk of the course record going. As it was Carl Warren's 2002 time of 1:04:36 was safe for another year.
Further down the field numerous PBs were broken on what was a great day for running, featuring cool-ish temperatures in the low single digits, with dry and windless conditions. For those who struggled up the long drags between miles 8 and 11, there was some payback for tired legs in a big downhill to the 12 mile marker and a fast, flat run in to the finish.
More race details at the Helsby Running Club website.