Capital effort by Ripley RC

A team from Ripley Running Club have returned from the capital after rubbing shoulders with the great Mo Farah at the Virgin London Marathon.

Weather conditions were beautiful if you were a spectator but slightly on the warm side though if you were a runner.

First over the line for Ripley was Dean Taylor (3:06:31), followed by Ryan Ball (03:13:30). Next for the club was Richard Phillis (3:17:23) then Jerry Bateman (3.34.03), Dennis Holmes (3:34:42), Esther Broughton (3:48:38), Luke Freeman (3:48:48), Antoinette Franco (5:06:45), visually impaired runner Tom Briggs, who ran with the club’s Amy Bradley as his guide (5:06:52) and James Franco (5:38:56). It was a great effort by all.

Some of the club’s members runners ran for charities. To donate details are as follows:

n Tom and Amy – The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) - www.virginmoneygiving.com/Tom_Briggs

nTeam Franco – Marie Curie - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/JamesFranco

n Dennis – Meningitis Now

n Jerry – The John van Geest Cancer Research Centre - www.justgiving.com/jeremybateman

n Ryan Newlife - Foundation for Disabled Children - www.justgiving.com/ryan-ball1

The previous weekend saw 21 Ripley runners competing in the RunDerby 10k, organised by Sporting Futures. This was a brand new route which also included wheelchair athletes for the first time including Marlpool’s Rio Paralympic hopeful Phil Hogg and 11-times Paralympic Gold Medalist Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Weather conditions were mild on this extremely popular local event.

First home for Ripley RC was the ever reliable Luke Beresford (36.39), followed by Andy Parkin (38.33), Matt Nichols (41.46), Vincent Harlin (42.18), Simon English (44.07), Andy Riley (44.03), Jon Marriott (44.46), Heather Brown (45.32), Wayne Yearwood (46.24), Dave Price (46.13), Jo Howett (45.54), Amy Bradley (45.57), Dave Barrett (46.52), James Wetton (47.45), Stacey Smith (48.17), Steve Donoghue (48.36), Paula Brudenell (49.40), Martin Penny (54.32), Dave Crowder (56.49), Lee Palfreyman (57.06) and Joanna Broughton (58.22).

Ripley Running Club meets every Tuesday, from 6.45pm at Ripley Leisure Centre, on Derby Road, and encourages runners of all abilities to come and join in for a run. For more information see www.ripleyrunningclub.com