Chorley 6 Hour Road Race 2018 – Race Directors Report

Les Hill heads a group of runners at the Chorley 6 Hour Road Race 2018 photo by Alan Young

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.


Chorley 6 Hour Road Race 2018 Organisers Report

Keith Glover photo by Alan Young

Organisers Report

Since 1981 after 24 attempts from 6 hours to 6 days to get the discipline fit for purpose and improve year on year, the 2018 Annual 6 hours version again gave me new experiences of a pleasing nature. Preparation went smoothly, no problems.

Pre-race day setting up was hampered by constant rain, but Alan and Stan got the course fairly sorted ready for the onslaught of many duties early on race day. The race Village/course looked quite well in the sunshine. Julie and Graham again were stars in the technical chip/timing department, nothing left to chance with updates prompt and accurate for all runners.

Councillor Alistair Morwood started the race again in a professional manner. Sir Lindsay Hoyle MP, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons covered the Presentation doing a splendid job showing knowledge and understanding of the 6 hours runners’ trials and tribulations. Special thanks to our acquired loyal sponsors who again were solid gold with contributions.
Just before closing a word about Beyond the Marathon – all 13 finishers covered genuine ultra-distance marks, a true reflection of ultras giving service to the sport and myself.

To end 2019 we go 5th October for the 5th Annual Chorley 6 Hour Road Race.

Liverpool Hope University 6 Hour Race 2018 – Race Directors Report

Twenty-six troopers with two absentees assembled for the RUN for HOPE Liverpool 6 Hours Road Race on April 27th 2018.

The weather forecast was for mixed elements. They were wrong rain – there was, constant, from start to finish.

Early stages Mark Bissell/Craig Holgate/John Naylor/Marius Kovacs/Harry Craven showed well with Caroline Mclaughlan, David Barras/Mark McCarthy/ James Love in close attendance.

Mid race saw Mark Bissell show some terrific form although pursued bya fluent display by Craig Holgate with Thorrnton Cleveleys duo Caroline McLaughlan/David Barras and Red Rose Runner John Naylor not far behind.

Throughout Mark continued to dominate until a brilliant last hourby Craig to gain the lead.

Meanwhile Caroline started going through the gears in 3rd place followed by a determined John Naylor. At the allotted 6 hours period Craig Holgate registered 80km-16m in 1st place – a new UK 6 hours road overall men’s performance, amazing in the wet conditions.

Mark Bissell returned 77.655 km, another very impressive completion.

Caroline McLaughlan after a magic last hour and thirty minutes covered66.882 km with the added part lap 66k-663 on initial result. A new v40/45s ladies best UK 6 hours road performance.

John Naylor 3rd man/Marius Kovacs had a good battle 125/124 laps Matthew Page/Harry Craven 122,/120 laps Harry showing signs of a promising future David Barras/Andy Holgate finished 120 laps each John Chester/James Love Nick Nicholson 102/100 laps ran in harmony Jane Lightfoot 2nd lady.

DrAlistair Jewell braved the continuous wet weather 96 laps. Liam Smith 92 not far behind.

Then a host of marathon runners on 85 laps Liane Warren/Roy Young/Malcolm Collins/Mick McCarthy/Chris Bozier/Oggie Winters/ Richard Williams/Allen Green/ Claire Pendery/Hayley Brewis/ with 6 days Hungary bound Adrian MacDermott doing final preparation 75 laps.

Team race was won by Team Holgate with 136km -128m 6 teams finished.

Also a Universities relay race won by Team D 55km-11m 4 teams finished.

Altogether Liverpool Hope University gave a great service to ultrasand the team of students performed brilliantly plus raising much needed funds for Whitechapel Liverpool Homeless and the ongoing Palestine Project.

Thank you Liverpool Hope University, you were special alongsideCraig and Caroline – another little bit of history. Stan


Race Organisers report
Liverpool Hope University 6 Hour Road Race 2018 Results online
The Liverpool Hope University 6 Hour Road Race 2018 Results pdf

Liverpool Hope University 6 Hour Race 2018 – Organisers Report

Late summer of 2017 I was asked to take a look at the facilities regarding hosting a 6 Hours Road Race on campus at the Liverpool Hope University. Having assessed the potential of staging a ultra in 2018   together with the universities consent, it was decided on late April 2018 to run the event. Initially a very good 1km circuit was shelved cause of ground-works on campus.  So not to upset a 501 certified course planned a course of many features without hazards on a good level surface with all amenities for ultra-distance-runners and attendants.

So as the months went by meetings were held, a healthy entry of runners accepted the challenge and we had a race to further benefit the future of ultra-distance-running and to aid the chosen charity funding.

A lunch time start on the day before the race was used for interviews and

videos arranging with various sections of the university a students get-together then finally onto the course circuit to make it ready. Aided by students Laura, Louise and Barbara Jewell, an attractive course was prepared after a night’s sleep in accommodation on campus. Early Friday we began to finalise the race village which was assembled all ready prompt on 10am.

The runners set off on their journey but the Liverpool weather was very unkind rain/rain/rain/ throughout but improvisation was a success due to our experience gained from Chorley 2017 in the incessant rain.

So the 2018 Liverpool was very well accepted and at a lovely presentation arranged by Mr David Sennett hosted by the Dean of Hope University a very interesting good report was narrated for all runners/staff concerned with the event.

Thank you Liverpool, RUN for HOPE was another worthwhile experience.


Race Directors report
Liverpool Hope University 6 Hour Road Race 2018 Results online
The Liverpool Hope University 6 Hour Road Race 2018 Results pdf

Chorley 6 Hour Race – New Sponsor – Cakes By Ruth

cakes by RuthWe are very happy to announce that local business, Cakes by Ruth is our latest sponsor who will be contributing to the festivities at the Chorley 6 Hour race 2018.
Cakes by Ruth based in Market St, Chorley, offers a wide range of delicious and cakes, cupcakes and brownies using traditional recipes and are created specifically to individual requirements.
Cakes by Ruth currently supplies and delivers cakes to customers in Chorley, Leyland, Blackburn, Horwich, Preston and other locations across Lancashire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester.

Visit our latest sponsor’s website at: Cakes by Ruth 

Liverpool Hope University 6 Hour Road Race 2018

Run for Hope 6 hour race 2018The Liverpool Hope University 6 Hour Road Race 2018 list of entrants is posted now on the site and we are very excited at the response so far and the quality of the field, yet again.

Both Chorley male and female course record holders, Charlie Sharpe and Caroline McLaughlan will no doubt make their impressions on this inaugural race at Liverpool Hope University.


Run for Hope: 6-hour Individual and Team Race Friday 27th April 2018

Run for Hope is a 6 hour run organised by the Department of Social Work, Care & Justice at Liverpool Hope University. It is being held to raise money for The Whitechapel homelessness project and in aid of supporting a group of young Palestinians to attend the Big Hope 2 conference in June 2018.

The run is open to both serious athletes and those who wish to support the good causes above and have some fun and exercise. The race will take place on the University campus and will be run under UKA laws. We invite everyone to either take part in the run or support/sponsor those who enter.

Entry details

Individual entrants must be a minimum of 20 years of age on the day of the event. Teams of six will run/walk in relays: 1 hour per team member.

Entry fee £30 individual / £60 per team.

We would also expect each team to raise a minimum sponsorship of £150.

The race will begin at 10am and finish at 4pm on Friday 27th April, with registration from 9am. There will be prizes for top individual runners and teams.

Entry forms and further details available from Alistair Jewell

Or enter online @
Please note there is no handling fee for entering through the Hope Store.

Download: Run for Hope Details.pdf


Chorley 6 Hour Road Race 2017 Report

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

Place Name Club Bib Gen. Category Gen. Pl. Laps Km
1 Charlie Sharpe Time2Run Events 28 M Msen 1 107 78.36561
2 Mark Bissell Knowsley Harriers 29 M Msen 2 98 71.79654
3 Les Hill Unattached 36 M MV60 3 89 65.40847
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
8 Chris Lawson Lancaster 22 M MV40 7 78 57.62394
9 Graeme Roberts Harmeny 4 M MV40 8 74 54.48502
10 Andy Holgate Lancaster 18 M MV40 9 71 52.49833
11 Amanda Osgood Preston 23 F FV40 2 68 49.88164
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
16 Adrian McDermott London 21 M MV40 12 59 43.62157
17 John Davies Unattached 35 M MV40 13 51 37.34373

Read the Organisers Report here.