Under heavy, windy, drizzly, autumnal skies, 17 gladiators with five absentees attended the 3rd annual Chorley 6 Hours Road Race for a prompt 10 am start.
All essential staff in place, the race began.
Over the first hour there was very little to separate the front contingent. Over the second period a small gap emerged – Charlie Sharpe/Mark Bissell with the next group close together. By three hours, a four lap advantage opened between the first two runners and Les Hill/Caroline McLaughlan – two laps apart.
On four hours Charlie Sharpe cleared a six lap advantage and continued to record a new course record bettering Mark Bissell’s old mark of 75.058 km by running 78.365 km – UK 6 hours road best MV/o20/35.
Mark Bissell claimed another over 70 k result.
Les Hill produced another brilliant display recording a new o/60 age group UK best performance surpassing Roger Biggs` old mark of 60.596 km by doing 65.408 km UK 6 hours road best MV/o60/65
Caroline McLaughlan gave 100 per cent to contribute a fine six hours journey in dreadful conditions for first lady, bettering Helen James old mark of 63-749 km by doing 65.373 km – UK 6 hours road best LV/40/45
Lee Stinch/Danny Mills – a York postman, covered the course in good order finishing 83 to 82 laps.
Summer wines David Riley and Chris Lawson had a close contest 79 to 78 laps at the end.
Edinburgh runner Graeme Roberts along with Lancaster’s Andy Holgate again remained in close contact over the rain-swept circuits.
Second lady Amanda Osgood and v/50 Steve Coote saw the ultra through in true determined spirit.
Third lady, making her debut, was Sarah Scott who completed a strong journey over six hours with Jane Lightfoot, continuing her impressive 2017 season, the 4th lady.
Johnathon Morton/Adrian MacDermott survived the rainy Lancashirehot pot in good condition.
Sunderland’s Jon Davies retired at three hours suffering from a heavy head cold, but showed early promise at the halfway stage.
The Team race produced a tight contest between victorious Thornton-Cleveleys and Lancaster – at four hours a stalemate – the later stages proving vital over the last two hours to receive the Astley Shield.
In April 2018 Charlie and Caroline are invited to the Liverpool Hope University 6 Hour Road Race for the Merseyside event.
We also take this opportunity to thank our Guests Councillor Alistair Morwood and Lindsay Hoyle MP and our generous sponsors Morrisons, Chorley Building Society, Chorley Council, Flying Tiger and Virgin Wines for their invaluable support and their vision in contributing to this grassroots event.
The volunteers were solid gold – we are we are very grateful for their help and enthusiasm. We would like to thank Peter Walkden for his excellent photography. Julie and Graham, the What’s My Time crew, did an awesome job despite the conditions and the full results are on What’s My Time website.
We also thank Wendy and Alan for their tireless dedication and selfless offering not only to this event but to the sport of ultrarunning at large.
We have decided to go with Saturday October 6th 2018 for the fourth Annual Chorley 6 Hour Road Race.
Les Hill surpassed Roger Biggs` old mark of 60.596 km by doing 65.408 km UK 6 hours road best MV/o60/65
Chorley 6 Hour Race
|1||Charlie Sharpe||Time2Run Events||28||M||Msen||1||107||78.36561|
|2||Mark Bissell||Knowsley Harriers||29||M||Msen||2||98||71.79654|
|4||Caroline McLaughlan||Thornton & Cleveleys||24||F||FV40||1||89||65.37347|
|5||Lee Stitch||St Helens Tri||20||M||MV40||4||83||61.19309|
|6||Danny Mills||York Postal||33||M||MV50||5||82||60.11786|
|7||David Riley||Team Mountain Fuel||37||M||MV40||6||79||58.56017|
|12||Steve Coote||Chorlton – Flixton||25||M||MV50||10||66||48.50218|
|13||Sarah Scott||Thornton & Cleveleys||31||F||FV40||3||66||48.42518|
|14||Jane Lightfoot||Warrington RR||26||F||Fsen||4||63||46.73349|
|15||Jonathan Morton||Chorlton – Flixton||34||M||MV40||11||62||45.93826|
Read the Organisers Report here.