This year’s Croome Capability Canter was finally blessed with bright weather; having suffered from misty and sometimes overcast conditions in previous occasions, there was blue sky and sunshine blazing down. Although it is a relatively flat course, the route does test the runners over some rough fields and some twisting woods - very much in the style of Capability Brown. The steepest ascents on the National Trust estate are tackled both at the start and the finish.
Jon finished first for Tewkesbury after being chased by Mark who ran another good race.
Mark (Parker) followed Mark (Gardiner) by 2 minutes though this was to be Mark's last run before a forced injury break. Let's hope he bounces back.
Nigel ran well to contain Alec. Nigel's uphill finish certainly made the lungs work hard.
Alec crossed the line within shouting distance of Nigel and looks to have mastered the art of looking good for the camera lens.
Gary must have been the most disappointed runner of the day - somehow, the in-form athlete finished a few seconds behind the V60 winner, a category he is excelling in.
Stuart kept Gary in sight and followed 20 seconds behind.
'Improver of the Year' Chris Duckworth ran well to stay ahead on 'Improver of the Day' Carly Merriman as she continues to convert her dislike for off-road running.
Fran also improved considerably on the previous year despite declaring that she has not trained much this season.
Cathy bounced back fine from the Broadway Marathon to make short work of the 6.1 mile Worcestershire terrain. Cathy even turned the heat on Carol during the final kilometer.
Carol played her cards right and managed to secure the V60 title.
Caroline is no stranger to the Croome course and impressed on her return to racing with a swift final 500 yards.
Elaine recorded another race into her action-packed 2017 diary.
Beth Warren ran neatly in her first big feature race for Tewkesbury.
Graham Spaull made a rare competitive appearance and looks to get back to his best in 2018.
43:06 mins Jon Mansfield
44:13 Mark Gardiner
46:08 Mark Parker
47:21 Nigel Tillott
47:50 Alec Vincent
48:35 Gary Duxbury
48:55 Stuart Dudfield
52:17 Chris Duckworth
53:00 Carly Merriman
54:24 Fran Osborne
54:39 Cathy Dudfield
54:53 Carol Cowley
55:33 Caroline Mansfield
57:10 Elaine Vincent
60:49 Beth Warren
62:15 Graham Spaull