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.


7 Autumn Days To The Third Annual Chorley 6 Hour Race

Councillor Alistair Morwood, Lindsay Hoyle MP
Councillor Alistair Morwood (l) and Lindsay Hoyle MP

Only 7 Autumn days remain before the 3rd Annual Chorley 6 Hours Road Race on October 7th with a 10 am start.

Once again our loyal valued sponsors have combined with a competent team of regular and new volunteers to provide outstanding service to the ultra- distance- community.  Coupled alongside WHATS MY TIME digital timing, a very welcome plus we are indeed grateful and proud of their committment to our sport.

Whilst the race is in a healthy condition, late interested runners would be accepted over the 6 Hours journey.

On that note, there have been a few more entrants signed up including Danny Mills and Jon Davies and the team is looking forward to meeting everyone very soon.

We are delighted to announce that Councillor Alistair Morwood Chorley North East ward will be coming to start the race.

To present awards/prizes will be Mr Lindsay Hoyle MP for Chorley and Deputy Speaker at the House of Commons.

We welcome the Chorley Senior Sea Cadets who will be helping out with lap counting.

Any questions, fears, wonders or curiosities, dont hesitate to ask.

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.

The 2018 Liverpool Hope University 6 Hour Road Race

Liverpool Hope University 6 hour raceThe 2018 Liverpool Hope University 6 Hour Road Race

  • 10:00 am Start
  • The course is a approximately 500 m traffic free loop within the campus
  • Aid table with snacks and drinks
  • The race is set over a 6 hour time limit. The mileage covered in the 6 hour period determines runner placings in the race. Whilst this is not a race with a set distance of 50km, times and positions will be recorded at 50km.

Distances at:

– Standard Marathon Distance – 26m 385yds
– 40 Miles
– 50 miles

Two or more runners from the same club constitutes a team.

Relay Options:

6 hours – 6x Team members running 1x hour each
6 hours – 3x Team members running 2x hours each
6 hours – 2x Team members running 3x hours each


Entry via Racespace