A late addition to the club championship series, following the bad weather on the evening of the night sugar event.
A great turnout of twenty one Croft Runners helped to make up the 106 who were at the start line for this 10k road race. I had heard reports that there were some glorious views on the route, but alas there were none to be seen this year thanks to the misty murk which just didn’t lift.
Registration and presentations for this race were in the church at Nash, which was quite fitting as it was a fund raiser for the churches at Nash and Boraston.
The start of the race was downhill and started at a good pace. It was very well marshalled and were lots of friendly spectators out despite the poor weather conditions. Although this was a road race, the recent flooding had taken a toll on the surface of the roads and it was all a bit slippery and pot-holes and gravel had to be avoided. Together with some quite challenging hills means it is not an easy road 10k like the name may suggest and not one for a 10k PB.
Unfortunately, Scott Jones failed to stay on his feet and took a nasty fall within the first couple of miles. Helped along to a marshall by Will, he was determined to keep going but had taken a nasty tumble so was waiting for first aid to arrive at one of the marshall points where I stopped to keep him company until Theresa came along a short while later. We were all a bit worried about him, especially when we could hear the paramedic siren, but he is now fully recovered and I am sure has a story to tell.
This meant that I was running a different race to the one I had anticipated at the start and my goal was to pick off as many runners as possible who had passed me at the marshal point. A different sort of race, but going by my watch time, rather than my official race time, one that I think helped to up my pace.
A really good race and one to be recommended to Croft Runners next year.
We had some good Croft results – Mark Lamonby came second, and Hannah Lancaster was second lady. Nigel Taylor and Jo Marriot both won there age categories. Prizes were a bottle of cider and some chocolate. There was a rather nice wooden medal for all finishers.
|Croft Position||Race position||Runner||Time||Age Category|
|4||15||NIgel Taylor||44.54||MV50||MV50 Winner|
|5||21||Hannah Fletcher||46.59||SF||2nd Lady|
|9||34||Jo Marriot||50.15||FV50||FV50 winner|
Thanks to Tim Symonds for the photos.