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Chorley 6 Hours Race

11/10/2018

At the Chorley 6 hours race on Saturday 6th October Les Hill added 1.3K to the British record in the Veteran male age category for 60 to 64 year olds when he recorded 66.712K (41.5 miles).

The race is held in Astley Park, in the Lancashire town of Chorley, over a gravel and tarmac loop of 732 metres that gradually slopes downwards for the first half and then similarly climbs for the second half.

With fair conditions and only a slight breeze Les knew he had a chance of improving on the record he set last year in the rain and so set off, at 10am, purposefully but also in his usual steady manner.

The aim of the runners is to complete as many laps as possible in the allotted 6 hours

At the half way point Les was in 5th place but he knew he was on target having completed 16 laps for each hour and a total of 48. Knowing he needed 89 laps for the record meant he only required 41 more.

This sounds easier than it is to do as fatigue sets in and your pace drops. But les maintained his form and completed 15 laps in the fourth hour during which he was timed at 3 hours 35 minutes and 36 seconds at the marathon point. He was able to run for the full 6 hours without walking at all and completed 14 laps in both the fifth and final hour. During the second half of the race he moved in to 2nd place as those ahead of him were reduced to walking regularly. 

He averaged just under 7 miles an hour by the time he finished at 4pm and during that time completed the equivalent of over thirteen back to back Parkruns.

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