Ripley Running Club was well represented by its members in the annual Virgin London Marathon on Sunday.
Dean Taylor once again led the Ripley runners home in a superb time of 2hrs 48.40, only just outside his personal best, all the more impressive considering the injury he sustained only a few weeks ago.
He finished in 470th place, in a field of over 37000 runners.
Martin Penny proved what a class age grouper he is, finishing in 3.15.32, in 2798th place, followed closely by Richard Bunda Phillis who “had a blinder” in his own words, finishing in 3.17.15 in 2,985th place.
Matt Beresford was next in 3.49.40, good enough for 8318th. Amy Bradley silenced the critics with a superb effort of 3.59.37, seconds inside her four hour target, and testament to the amount of training she has put in for the race, she was in 10,858th place.
Joanna Broughton finished in 4.44.23, in 21,028th place. Friend of Ripley Running Club Rachel Birks managed a very respectable 5.49.22, an excellent result for her second marathon in seven days, having completed Brighton Marathon the previous Sunday.
Meanwhile, Andy Parkin ran the Kinder Downfall Fell Race, a very tricky off road in 1hr 30.31, good enough for 69th place.
Finally, Wayne Yearwood completed his second marathon in five weeks with the very tough Caythorpe Canter.
He finished the race in 4hrs 35, finishing in 15th position in a relatively small field of 44.
Next on Wayne’s Marathon Mania agenda was the Bassetlaw Bash.
Wayne completed this marathon in 4hrs 21 minutes. Next is the the Derby 10k Sprint on Sunday.