Here are the results of the Morning After race, a week after! 151 runners completed the second running of the race over its new course (and I seemed to be the only person unaware that registration had moved from the Social Club to the Scout Hut!). The start is in Rectory Field, with what looks like a ski slope facing runners as they set off, and unsurprisingly, the slower, older runners were quickly separated from the mountain goats. We then dropped down through the small wood and rejoined the old route, along the path following the stream at the bottom of the wood. As we ran down into Cardingmill Valley, I nearly collided with an elderly (70 yr old?) walker, unaware of the race in progress as he staggered across my path. Then back up the diagonal on the other side, across the golf course, into the next valley, down the wide grassy slope where younger runners were clearly acting up for the camera, and older runners gritted their teeth (those that were left) as they struggled to keep going, and upright. Then it was straight up the far side, slightly tricky descent beyond, before a return to slightly flatter terrain and then roads to the finish, where you’d have thought navigation would be a doddle. Somehow (watching what a line of queuing cars was going to do) I missed a turning, and had to retrace my steps, with just half a mile to go. The finish involved a small lap of the Rectory Field.
The race was won by William Laye, in 34.58, with our very own Glyn (1st M45) 20th, in 40.03. Nigel, in a tough M50 category, was 31st overall (42.38), a little way ahead of fast improving Eric (38th, in 43.11). Mark P was 67th, still in the top half of the field, in 46.41, followed by Sue D, 1st F55, in 48.16. Tim J, having run the Ludlow parkrun earlier that morning, was possibly the next Croft runner (though described as a Shropshire Shuffler, unless that was another Tim Jones?), 90th, in 48.53. I think I was the only over 70 (apart from the doddery walker), 111th in 52.06. The ever smiling Carol P finished in 59.10.
Tory has posted some photos on the club facebook page and Colin from Mercia Fell runners has lots of pictures on his flickr page.
Here are some of the Croft runners: