Before I start, I just want to compliment you on your Country Life entry, HOme Time. Spectacular seeing and great capture. That dog frisking along in the rear put 'the frosting on the cake' for the story portrayed in that image.
Okay, back to the matter at hand. You did something very difficult here, you isolated the runners beautifully from the landscape. Each of them stands out against the desolation of the terrain. The path, where it shows, looks forbidding, and the viewer wonders how these people know where to go next. Thus becoming part of the story.
YOu didn't score very well on this image, and I sat here for a long time trying to figure out why. I can give you a couple of my best guesses, and you take it from there. First: Perhaps the image, overall, is a bit dark or murky on the screen? Second: I wonder how powerful this image would have been with a different crop. I tried it about halfway between the frame edge and the telephone poles and, again, below the poles. A horizontal orientation seemed to work pretty well.
Whatever your score, you have again told a good story and this image is certainly a keeper.
i had a hard time with this image, as it has a lot of potential, but for some reason its missing something. emotion or some unqualitative aspect that i couldn't put my finger on. the premise is good, i'm just not sure what i'm supposed to be focusing on. i think if there was a more clear path/road that they were following, it would clarify the depth/distance that these people are taking, but instead it just looks like a big empty field that they are running away from something unbeknownst to the viewer. it makes me think, should i be running too? is there a bear? :)