Chorley relay runners impress in Liverpool

Chorley AC entered two teams in the NW Road Relays held in Liverpool on a flat 5km course.

The Under-17 male team of Ryan Sciacca (18.59), Joe Ellison (20.58) and Adam Sciacca (19.44) finished an excellent ninth in the North West region.

The senior male team started well, with Luke Betts securing a time of 17.20, the 16th fastest time of the day.

Vet 40 Mike Chalfont was not happy with his run, finishing in 19.26, but there were strong runs from other vets Henry Minorczyk (23.26) and Marco Sciacca (24.59).

Much-travelled club chairman, international race walker John Payn, gained another ex-Olympian scalp when he sped past Eric Hall to take the first vet 70 place in the Sarnai Race Walking event on Guernsey.

John took on the 19.4 mile hilly course, completing it in four hours, four minutes.

John was delighted with his time and said: “I had been tracking Eric for nearly the whole race, but was determined to beat him and take the trophy. In the end I managed to go past and finish over eight minutes ahead”.

As the summer season is coming to an end, athletes competed in the final two Inter-Club races of the year, with mixed but good results for Chorley AC.

On the road at Worden Park, a superb run by Luke Betts to finish in fifth (and first junior) lifted the club to fifth team place overall.

Fifth place was also achieved by the vets, though this was bettered by the V60s, who finished in fourth.

Vet 45 Paul Wareing was 47th, followed by Simon Townsend (63rd), who overtook Paul Clyne (67th) and Vet 60 Henry Minorczyk (80th) and Steven Wilde (119th). John Minton was first V70 in 129th, ahead of Phil McCullagh (132nd).

Eddie Murray (140th) tracked Tom Hilton (141st), overtaking him in the run-in.

In the series, the V60s made an impact by taking third team spot overall.

In the Inter-Club fell series, Chorley’s older athletes again made their mark, as Chorley AC was fourth team overall, second in the vets and V50s, and winning the V60s and V70s.

Individually, Dave Kershaw’s latest injury robbed him of the vet title he was leading, though he finished in seventh, just ahead of Simon Townsend in eighth. Henry Minorczyk was 15th, easily retaining his V60 title, with John Minton (19th) winning the V70s.

One of the biggest mass participation events takes place at Astley Park, Chorley on Saturday, December 10 with well more than 1,000 runners taking part.

The Mid-Lancs Cross Country League comes to Chorley, and it is one of the biggest spectator events in the Chorley area.

First race takes place at 12.30pm and continues throughout the day, culminating in the senior men’s race at 2.30pm.