STRATFORD AC had 10 runners in action at the Wright Hassall Regency 10k Run.
Stratford’s Ben Kruze completed the course in a blistering time of 32 minutes and 5 seconds to claim second place.
Kruze was closely followed by Matt Burdus-Cook who finished fifth in a time of 34 minutes and 27 seconds.
Max Ross was the third Stratford vest across the finish line in 29th place in a time of 39 minutes to achieve a new personal best (PB) – shaving five minutes off his 2019 effort and claiming his first sub-40 10k time.
And next to finish was his wife, Suzanne Ross, who put in an extra sprint effort across the line to catch 200th place in a time of 46 mins 38 secs and also claiming a 10k PB as well.
Philip Brennan was next across the line for Stratford on his return from injury in 53 mins 24 secs followed closely by Lisa Stevens in 54 mins 38 secs.
Whilst David Maundrell 58 mins 30 secs and Jan McLure 58 mins 38 secs both completed the course in under an hour after running much of the race together.
Jill Wilson completed the race in one hour 14 mins and more than 10 years on from his first attempt at the course, John Butler came home in one hour 17 mins 33 secs.
Burdus-Cook said: “I’ve always seen the Regency as the first race of the spring, so it was nice to see it return to it’s usual slot in the calendar.
“Having not run it for a few years I’d forgotten how the undulating first half and mixed terrain can drag your pace, so I was pleased overall with my run, and really enjoyed the usual busy atmosphere around the park sections of the course.”
The 1,300 runners ran a trail around Newbold Comyn park over an uphill but dry bridleway surface.
The route came back into town by means of a steep descent, reaching better surfaces and cheering crowds of spectators for the fastest section along Newbold Terrace.
The remainder of the course meanders around the parks with a series of tight twisting turns, bridges and tunnels doing their utmost to break the runners flow.