Walsh leads in Chorley runners

In the penultimate race in Chorley's '˜Trail/Road' GP Series, 25 Chorley Athletic and Triathlon Club runners took part in this undulating road race around the villages of Wheelton, Brinscall and Abbey Village.

Monday, 7th November 2016, 7:39 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 5:16 pm
Runners at the start of the race

Some 298 runners took part in this event with the eventual winner Anthony Valentine (Bolton) coming in at a time of 47min, 29secs.

First back for Chorley (18th) in a time of 52:59 was Robert Walsh, followed by Martin Quinn (54:42, 30th), David Parkinson (55:08, 36th), Jordan Swift (55:35, 40th), Ian Leigh (56:51, 46th), Jon Mattock (57:47, 52nd), Dan Edwards (58:23, 56th), Martin Hughes (58:41, 58th), Neil Forkin (59:50, 66th), Dave Kershaw (1:00:51, 71st), Stuart Kilmartin (1:00:58, 75th) and Paul Wareing (1:01:38, 80th).

The first Chorley lady back in 1:02:00 was Laura Murphy (86th). Other finishers were: Bill Becket was (1:02:45, 94th), Paul Bass (1:03:26, 101st), Darran Bowles (1:04:04, 112th), Adrian Pilkington (1:04:09, 113th), Mark Lees (1:06:20, 134th), Helen Morris (1:06:21, 135th), Mark Bond (1:06:46, 140th), Lara Dickinson (1:07:22 , (144th), Jane Bowles (1:11:08, 185th), Stephen Baker (1:11:46, 188th) and Mike Wilson (1:17:10, 229th).

The last race of the series will be the ‘Longridge ‘Christmas Pudding’ 7 on December 11.

Elsewhere, international race walker and Chorley club coach John Payn produced a season’s best in the Maxwell Trophy Handicap 10K at Simister.

Clocking 76:59 and taking first in his age group and fifth overall, Payn led home club team-mate Phil McCullagh by two places on handicap.