Chelmorton Chase 2021
Stockport take first and second in the Chelmorton Five Chase race.
It returned on Sunday 3rd Oct 2021 for the first time since COVID-19 on a dry course with the rain parting.
Fiona Stephenson was the first woman home and wins the Windross Memorial Shield for 2021.
A snapshot gallery of runners and more can be found below ...
Chelmorton Chase 2021
Chelmorton Chase returned from lockdown, numbers were low with first Sunday of October in the heart of the fuel crisis. Those on the course were dished-up sunshine and panoramic vistas of the Peak District in a mixed-terrain five mile race at the heart of the Peak National Park,
-Lucas Parker in Stockport colours wins 2021 Chelmorton Chase
-Buxton runner Andy Wilton remains record holder for the course.
-Stockport take first and second in the Chelmorton Five Chase race with 500 feet of climb in the heart of the Peak National Park
-Fiona Stephenson was the first woman home to win the Windross Memorial Shield for 2021.
-First local home was Billy Naylor from Flagg village.
-FRA team ‘The Rat Runners’ took the one hundred pound team prize.
1st lady Chelmorton Chase 2021 Fiona Stephenson takes the Windross Shield
The Chelmorton Chase returned on Sunday 3rd Oct 2021 for the first time since COVID-19, rain stopped for the race and left a reasonably dry course.
Start in Main Street was cheered on by locals and visitors to the village. Following the blue arrows, extensive marshalling had hi-vis vests on every turn of the course. Multi terrain, from soil track to gravel on the limestone way and a downhill finish back to Main Street from High Stool. Top of the course had a giant 30 metre flagpole and rainbow streamer as runners were permitted to cross the private Copper Farm fields.
Rain held off and a good many folk were on the course to cheer the runners. Figaro car from the Cars movie featured in the front of the tarmac sections of the race to motivate the front-runners with villagers assisting with traffic security.
Medals for every finisher and sparkling wine added to celebrations for the place runners, male female and veteran.
In a cool twist of speed, winning place runners were presented with certificates which had their race photos from the course, on the certificate.
Set your calendar for first Sunday of October 2022 which will mark the twenty-fifth year of the Chelmorton Chase.
First five men
1. Lucas Parker
2. Malcolm Johnson (1st V-40)
3. Matthew Nichols
4. Billy Naylor
5. Bob Foreman
First three women
1. Fiona Stephenson
2. Rose Martin
3. Claire Martin (1st V-40)
Fiona Stephenson won the Women's race
Chelmorton 2021 winner Lucas Parker in Stockport colours, photo almost 1500 feet above sea level
Malcolm Johnson took second place...
...Matthew Nichols came in third position
Meet the Race Marshalls
Here's some of the 2021 team who play their part in making the race run smoothly, safely and according to the rules!
Watch the drone video of the course - follow the journey from the start in 2019 to the finish in 2021 in our review of the recent Chase...
HD 1080p version on YouTube - photography, flight planning, editing © Paul Mellor 2019-2021