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