LAST week saw Ripley Running Club up against ten other clubs in the last Booth Decorators Road Race League of the season.
247 runners took part in the Shipley Park race, a 4.5 mile two-lap loop near the old grounds of the American Adventure.
It was a staggeringly hot evening and some undulating hills only added to the burden. First home for Ripley was Matt Jones in 18th place overall, in 28 minutes and 14 seconds. Just two minutes after was Lucy Holmes, finishing as third lady overall.
Twenty five runners ran for Ripley as the club goes from strength to strength with new members joining all the time.
Making his debut was Alfie Swift. The newest and youngest member of the team at just 14, Alfie finished in 110th place in an outstanding time of 34.58. Pete Shaw and Angie Forte also had great runs, both finishing in third in their age category.
Overall Ripley men finished in seventh and the ladies in fifth, which puts Ripley in a respectable seventh.
Eleven runners also entered the gruelling Milford Chevin Hill Race. The race is over a 4.54mile course with 797’ of climbing.
The race starts on a flat road followed by a steep ascent on a track up to the Chevin, then a downhill stretch before a gradual climb on a wooded trail to the golf course. There is another steep ascent back on to the main trail, before a short descent to the road in Farnah Green. Then there is a climb up the road hill followed by a run up a narrow gully, through the edge of a disused quarry. Finally the descent back re-joins the main path, running the length of the Chevin and down a steep tarmac road to the finish.
Congratulations to all who took part, especially Lucy Holmes who finished in fifth place overall but more importantly, first lady in a fantastic time of 32.11.
Mark Tomlinson was next home for Ripley in tenth and a brilliant time of 33.21.
Other runners included Gary Brown in 12th, Vinny Harlin 13th, Jonathan Bryan 14th, Ryan Ball 21st, and Simon English 36th. 79 runners took part.