Chelmorton Chase 2023 - results, times and photos
Chelmorton Chase Five Mile run, eleven hundred feet above sea level.
8th October 2023.
Hot air balloons in a sky full of sunshine for a perfect Sunday running race in the heart of the Peak District at Chelmorton village, south of Buxton and north of Bakewell.
Medals for first one hundred finishers at Chelmorton Chase in a perfect sunshine Sunday.
Hands in the air celebrations. SinFin running club green was bright and loud as they took the One Hundred Pound club prize for first team in 2023.
SinFin brought their mascots, Sin the goat and Fin the dragon who took centre stage of the start photo as Tracey, Lady of Hollinsclough waved away the mass runners away up Main Street, eleven hundred feet above sea level.
Main Street cheered loud all the way to St John's church before the runners pushed into the sky for a climb up toward the Rakes, reaching the hot air balloon for a big celebration at the finish included photo prizes for the top runners, hot off the press as they finished the race. A full set of free gallery photos is below.
First locals home included Jim Ratcliffe Flagg & second local Adam Jaspen from Chelmorton.
First runner home was Rotherham Harriers James Mellor in thirty mins twenty three, just twenty seconds outside the course record.
First female was Helen Elmore who was awarded the Windross memorial ladies shield.
First female veteran home was Liz Batt running in Dark Peak Colours.
Clubs in the entry included, Dark Peak, Rotherham, Macclesfield, Pennine, Ripley, Matlock, Steel City, Cheshire Hill Races, Billington, Killamarsh Kestrels.
The Chelmorton Chase course is a mixed five mile route with a strong starting climb and a downhill finish that starts and finishes in Main Street, in the village of Chelmorton in the heart of the Peak District at eleven hundred feet above sea level. Villagers wave and cheer loud for the local run as it passes the whole length of Main Street. Mixed terrain, field grass, limestone track and half tarmac make for a fast pace with terrific panoramas of the limestone vistas in the Peak National Park.
More than a race, Chelmorton Chase has gained the reputation as a village event. Ample car parking and toilets. Extensive marshalling and the famous set of blue arrows to follow between the limestone walls, a route below Chelmorton Low toward Taddington, returning down lanes for High Stool limestone track and then a picturesque downhill finish to Main Street.
The top organisation team returned again for 2023, Race starter Tracey, Lady of Hollinscough, Clerk of the course Andy Wilton, Senior Marshal Arthur Gratton, Timekeeper Judith Mellor, Flag marshal Steve Fenton, First aid, Andy Toogood, Video media Paul Mellor.
Helen Elmore Dark Peak first lady, awarded the Windross memorial ladies challenge shield
James Mellor, first runner home 2023
sinFin running club take one hundred pound club prize for Chelmorton Chase 2023
First lady veteran home was Liz Batt, Dark Peak running club
Chelly Chase in the local papers