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.


Chorley 6 Hour Road Race 2017 Organisers Report

Organisers Alan Young and Stan Jewell
Race Director and the Assistant Race Director – the Watchful Eye. Photo by Wendy Edwards

Chorley Organisers Report

The previous week to the 3rd Annual Chorley 6 Hours Road Race was in marked contrast to 2015/6, which were glorious Indian Summer’s, apart from Friday 6th October which was sunny and bright and which gave us a window to mark the course out to a very high standard. However race day on the 7th, the weather returned to high winds and constant rain making for difficult assembling of infrastructure.

This task overcome, everything was in place ready for the race start. Councillor Alistair Morwood addressed the troops alongside local press for a prompt 10 a.m. start.

For many years witnessing many ultras, never have I seen such wet and trying conditions throughout the whole period of the race. So much so, following the race with our manual updating system failed after the third hour – all data too damp to continue – switch over to modern system, What’s My Time’s digital timing gave us complete updates to continue, although not as personal.

Remaining wet and windy, the post-race presentation was hosted by MP Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Mr Lindsay Hoyle who conversed with knowledge to all runners after their trial over 6 stormy hours.

After all of 30 seconds thought, 2018 is on the calendar, date to be determined giving the upsurge of trail/charity races filling up the future diary.

Chorley is not a frilly fancy event – it is a not for profit race giving all standards of runners the opportunity to achieve, run under authorities laid down rules yet keeping up with modern systems.

Past traditions of ultras are not forgotten and play their part today.

Read the Chorley 6 Hour Race 2017 Report

Chorley 6 Hour Road Race 2017 – Prelimnary Results

A slightly abbreviated version of the Chorley 6 Hour Road race 2017 – Prelimnary Results can be found here on the results page. More detailed version is available on the Whats My Time website with a downloadable complete results.
I say Prelimnary because I havent spoken to Stan yet and he will want to have the final say on what is official and a report will be be forthcoming.

Suffice it to say, Charlie Sharpe set a new course record with 78.36561 km as did Caroline McLaughlin breaking her own record with 65.37347 km.

Congratulations to everyone who took part and who made this event a success, again.


New Sponsors And More Updates

Virgin Wines LogoWe are very grateful for the support of Virgin Wines who have been very generous at the 10th hour. Mark Read, a Virgin Wines Personal Wine Advisor sends his best wishes to the runners and team.
And once again we would like to reiterate our gratitude to all the prominent local businesses who are supporting the event including Morrisons, Thwaites, Chorley Building Society and Chorley Council.

We are also happy to welcome back Les Hill  from Dumfries Running Club who took third place at last years event and has moved up an age category and no doubt he will be chasing new age-group goals.

Jon Davies currently has Manflu and everyone sends their best wishes for a speedy recovery in time for Saturday morning… 🙂


  • Starting Line – directions: Follow main park roadway leading from large archway on right hand side, just before park lake, Astley Hall will be on the other side of the lake. You will see us set up from approx 8 am LARGE market stalls, tents, big silver chip-timing Van and a small village of activity. Postcode is PR7 1XA and driving instructions can be found on the Directions page.
    IF unsure ring the Race Director (Stan) on 01257 415632.
  • Pets can bring their people can bring their pets to the event as long as there is someone to pet-sit. Unfortunately runners cannot run with their four-legged friends.
  • Weather forecast says there’s a chance of a shower (subject to change of course) and 12° so that’s warm enough for some great for running.


Chorley 6 Hour Road Race – Latest News

Mark Bissel
Mark Bissel Winner in 2016

Chorley 6 Hour Road Race – Latest News

Entries will be taken on the day – prior notice by interested runners would be appreciated.
Registration from 8:30 am for a 10 am start.

Awards and prizes to at least the first three men/women and further down, dependent on loyal sponsors support.

Our competent TEAM CHORLEY manual lap recording squad will be joined by WHATS MY TIME, a qualified experienced company run by JULIE and GRAHAM BURROWS in the essential engine room.
New recruits welcome on board to serve ultra-distance sport will be District senior/junior Explorer Scouts. We are very grateful for their support for the event and we hope they have a memorable experience.

Dignitaries from Chorley Council (more details later) will start the event and present awards on site, as soon as possible after the finish.

The winners of the women’s and men’s races will receive free entry to the Liverpool 6 hour road race, Friday April 27th 2018, 10 am to 4 pm.
The venue is at Liverpool Hope University on-campus – race name: RUN FOR HOPE

Also, the winning team at Chorley will be presented with THE ASTLEY SHIELD in 2017. Dumfries R.C. were the winners in 2016, clocking up 117.004 km

We are ready. If you are, give us a try over the 6 hours allotted period.

Best wishes from the Team at Chorley.

September 2017 Newsletter

Chorley 6 hour race 2016 runners
Chorley 6 Hour Race 2016

September 2017 Newsletter

With just 35 days to go until the 3rd Annual Chorley 6 Hour Race, interest is picking up. The latest entrant we welcome to the event is our first international runner, Mariusz Kovacs from Hungary, currently living in Preston.
There are 16 runners on the starters list at this time – 9 men and 7 women which is an encouraging statistic – an almost equal split in the genders. Its a great percentage increase from even just a few years ago.

Online entry closure
Online entries close at 23:59 on Thursday 5th October 2017. You won’t be able to enter online after that time.

Right now we have plenty of room though Stan has been saying for some time he has a lot of people interested but who haven’t committed yet. Maybe they will, maybe they won’t – we just don’t know at this point.

Right now at the current rate of entries I would hazard a guess and say new entrants should be ok, even at that late stage but the field has a limit of 40 and that is final. That means that online registration closes whenever the field limit of 40 is reached. So those who haven’t signed up yet should keep an eye on the list.

Anyone wishing to volunteer in any capacity please get in touch with Stan (see below) – you’re help will be greatly appreciated.

I put some questions to Stan to clarify any thoughts people may have on these topics.

    1. Can runners/crew bring their own tents and set them up?
      A. Yes but we have enough under cover storage for runners kit etc, plus adequate tables and chairs for all runners (even if weather is inclement), situated around the small attractive race village.
    2. Is there a designated tent area?
      A. Yes, trackside.
    3. Will you be taking race day entries?
      A. Yes, dependent on how entries show between now and then.
    4. Will you have a waiting list in the event of the race selling out?
      A. Yes,  that would be a luxury in 2017.
    5. Would you offer a free entry for next years event to volunteers?
      A. Yes  if they so wished and contributed constructively previously to event. ie. staying for the whole event and helping marshall or at the Aid table. (Please contact Stan if you would like to volunteer:

Course Profile
We have added the course profile to the course page. The elevation gain is about 7 m per loop.

Special Prize: The 2017 male/female winner at Chorley will receive a free entry into the Liverpool Hope University 6 Hour Road Race on Friday 27th April 2018.

Any Questions?
If anyone has any questions please feel free to ask via the contact form or via our Facebook page.

Chorley 6 Hour Race – August News

Chorley 6 hour road race 2017This years Chorley 6 hour race looks set to be the most exciting yet. The third edition of this beautifully staged event in the grounds of Astley Park provides an ideal arena for novices and experienced ultrarunners to pit themselves against the clock on a fairly flat and fast loop.

So far 18 people have signed up (Sorry, I don’t have all the names at the moment) and this has already exceeded last years field and with two months to go there’s sure to be a good crowd on October 7th.
Checkout the Entrants page for more details.

With 62 days left until the event, online entry is still available through Racespace, contact Stan on 01257 415632 or Email

We are very grateful for the continued support of our sponsors and the runners who share our enthusiasm for grass roots ultrarunning.