Race Preview: AN RES HELLYS (Sun. 30th March, 10.30am, Helston Boating Lake)

With no Duchy Marathon/20 this year, the fourth GP road race is the second running of An Res Hellys on its new route. With access improvements being made throughout the Penrose Estate, the race should be faster than previous years; several sections of previously rough gravelled track have now been given a smooth tarmac finish.

Access improvements have created a much smoother surface in places…

The ten mile race heads out on fairly level ground from the Helston Boating Lake area, through the Penrose Estate onto a more undulating, forest trail surface before reaching the shingle crossing of Loe Bar. The new route then takes runners up a steady incline on a track that passes Chyvarloe Farm and heads back down to Gunwalloe. Runners then tackle the seemingly long climb to Culdrose, and along a narrow path back into Helston. The final mile and a half is all downhill, steeply so in places, so quads will get a bit of a battering in the breakneck charge for the finish!

[An interactive map of the route can be found here]

About 3-400 usually take part, and organisers Tempus have announced that some places will be available on the day. You can speed the process up by downloading an entry form in advance – available here. Entry fee on the day is £14 (affiliated) and £16 (unaffiliated).

Race HQ will be the Lakeside Cafe adjacent to the boating lake, and the main parking area will be the free car park adjacent to Flora Motors; watch out for potholes!

Current on-form runners Justin Thomas, Peter Le Grice, Jez Mancer, Jordan Morant and Alex Daniels have performed well here in previous years, with the likes of Izzy Wykes and Suzy Bosustow figuring well for the ladies. However, so close to the big spring marathons, some athletes may be saving their big efforts, and there might be one or two surprises on the day.

Cornwall Running News will be there on the day, and will bring you a full round-up after the race.