The Ribble Valley 10K once again provided top 'end of the year' race action and saw GB international Marc Scott successfully defend his title despite the challenge of Triathlon ace Jonny Brownlee. Scott (29:37), Brownlee (29:54) and third-placed Richard Horton (29:58) all broke 30 minutes on a tough course.
A big field of 1,300 enjoyed a bright morning and scenic Lancashire country roads but it was Richmond & Zetland Harrier Marc Scott who had most fun benefitting from a hard-working pack of front runners in the early stages before asserting his superiority over Brownlee and Horton to break the tape just four seconds outside of his 2016 time.
Eighth place Jack Crabtree tweeted post-race: "Tough Ribble Valley 10k today, I'll take 30:32 on that course!"
The women's race was an equally high-profile affair and saw Laura Wwightman (32:31) finish ahead of Beth Potter (33:00). Weightman was pleased with her performance and reported: "Ending 2017 on a high. Strangely enjoyed the tough course and delighted to run 32:31. Excited to see what 2018 brings."
Vet John Rawson (49:24) recorded the mid-point time and the last runner came home in 1:27:23.
Image courtesy Ribble Valley 10K Facebook