Cracked ribs can’t stop Anne’s top three finish

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Ripley Running Club’s Anne Cook recently tackled the Calderdale Way Ultra Marathon.

This was a tough course of 51.5 miles made up of trails, paths, peaks and valleys in West Yorkshire with an ascent of 7,000 feet.

The participants encountered most weather conditions imaginable, including torrential rain, thunder, lightning and finally sunshine for the last couple of hours.

Anne eventually finished joint third lady with an impressive time of 12 hours 33 minutes despite falling at the 30-mile mark and cracking some of her ribs.

Anne is no stranger to this kind of race, having competed in various other ultra marathons in the past, including the High Peak 40, Hardmoors 55 and Hardmoors 110.

The hardest one for her was the Hardmoors 55, which had the runners climbing through 6ft snowdrifts with a windchill of -25 degrees on some of the moors.

A club spokesman added: “Safe to say, Anne is fairly hardcore who lets nothing get in her way of competing.”

Meanwhile, Luke Beresford stormed home to win the Lea Bunny 10k run with a time of 38.50. Also representing Ripley was Dennis Holmes 12th (47.05) Dave Kinder 16th (47.57) Carl Hopkinson 17th (47.59) Lisa Walton 55th (1.09.35) There were 61 runners in total on the course, which was an undulating run through villages of Dethick, Lea and Holloway.

This is a yearly event to raise funds for Lea Primary School.

Ripley Running Club meets every Tuesday, 6.45pm at Ripley Leisure Centre, Derby Road and encourages runners of all abilities. For more information, visit the Ripley RC page on Facebook