Great North run exploits

FOUR Ripley Running Club runners attended the famous Great North Run with over 50,000 runners from all over wanting to compete in the most famous half-marathon in the world.

The Ripley runners travelling all the way to Newcastle for the acclaim of running this prestigious 13.1 mile race did extremely well!

The race started in Newcastle and proceeded through Gateshead to Wardley and all the way to the finish line in the coastal town of South Shields.

First back for Ripley was Dean Taylor in a super time of 1 hour 23 minutes next back was Caroline Moss in a great time of 1 hour 36 minutes next back was Michael Corrigan in a personal best time of 1 hour 45 mins and Esther Broughton after slipping on a water bottle at 6 miles into the race, bravely ran on in pain and finished the race in a time of 2 hours 10 mins.

Also on the same day was the Ponton Plod run, a race with the choice of three distances 12,17or 27 miles starting in Ponton near Grantham with scenic routes using footpaths, bridleways, tracks and minor roads passing through several picturesque villages in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire towards the Vale of Belvoir. Two Ripley runners decided to do the longest race of the three the 27 mile race both Anne Cooke and S. Saunders came back in a brilliant time of 5 hours 25mins.

Ripley Running Club meet every Tuesday evening at the Ripley leisure centre at 6.45pm runners of all abilities are most welcome.