The fabulous Croome Park was the stage for latest event in a great year for the club. Not only was this the final event in the 'Lord & Lady of the Land' series, but for many it was the curtain for their 2019 races.
This outstanding National Trust gem played host to the popular Croome Capability Canter race; a testing off-road run around the vast grounds of the park. Once again, it was well-organized by Worcester’s Black Pear Joggers and, despite the preceding rain, the course is delightful to run over regardless of conditions.
This year’s was the wettest in it's 10 year history and that meant the runners had to dig deep into their energy supplies sooner rather than later. Starting from the bottom of a field, the runners charged up towards the great house before meandering around more fields, the lakes, through the woods and ending with a hill top finish.
Unsurprisingly, Owen Grant relished the challenge and was soon settled into an early podium place.
Owen pulled out a good gap over 3rd place and had the leader to aim for. Having just broken the club's 32 year old 5 mile record during the Guy Fawkes 5, one can imagine the leader must have been some athlete to stay ahead of Owen.
As the race unfolded, he found himself in a 'comfortable' second place, with a long gap behind him and an unbridgeable gap ahead - this meant he could relax and enjoy Capability Brown's art work.