First week in October the 4th Annual Chorley 6 Hours Road Race saw 14 ultra-enthusiasts lined up at 10am for the start.
Councillor Alistair Morwood rang the confiscated Yorkshire cowbell after addressing the troops and the 2018 version was on its way, blessed with Autumnal sunshine on the popular established Astley Park circuit. Regulars revisiting alongside determined newcomers covered the opening 2 hours with little to choose between them.
Stockport Harriers James-Scott-Buccleuch emerged from the pack at the standard marathon mark, before unfortunately sustaining an ankle problem robbing James of a promising high mileage. Returning East Hull Harriers, Mark Bissell, came through to assert a relentless pace which was to prove successful to record another 70k plus performance at the finish to gain the HOPE shield. Second man, Dumfries RR V/60 star Les Hill posted 66.712k, a new unofficial GBR age group best for V/60s with a really consistent display of controlled running over the allotted 6 hours period. Banbury AC 3rd man Phillip Vincent only 1 lap behind returning a brilliant show especially in the later hours on the scenic Astley Park course.
In 4th Joshua-Douglas-Walton a further lap down performed outstanding on his debut mixing it throughout the whole race.
Another powerful consistent effort saw Blackburn’s Adrian Shorrock complete 5 finishes beating the 60k distance.
J-S-Buccleuch persevered although visibly hampered to clear 79 laps closely followed by James Hobbs the Bristolian giving a good account for the City.
Steven Bayliss Wigan / Graeme Roberts, Edinburgh shared 73 laps of grit and determination. David Barras/Keith Glover/Peter Cowan found enormous spirit bashing the circuits out hour after hour. Unlucky Andy Holgate fell victim to illness during event we wish him well.
Solo lady, Course Record holder and GBR F40 age group holder Caroline McLaughlan alongside comrade David Barras secured the ASTLEY Team shield with a dominant day out at Chorley.
Quantity is the normal criteria for events in the modern era, but the quality shown by the 13 finishers at Chorley was really motivating.