New Ripley running trio post good Gallop times

Ripley RC runners Ian Wharton-Woods, Emmy Pratt & Martin Smith with their medals for completing the Goose Fair 10k Gallop.

Ripley RC runners Ian Wharton-Woods, Emmy Pratt & Martin Smith with their medals for completing the Goose Fair 10k Gallop.

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A trio of new Ripley RC members braved the crisp autumn weather when they took part in the Goose Fair 10k Gallop.

Martin Smith, Ian Wharton-Woods and Emmy Pratt all completed the race, which took in the bridal paths and hilly terrains of Kimberley.

Martin finished in 47.53, Ian in 50.53 and Emmy got round in 54.23.

Meanwhile, the club had a small contingent head to Newcastle for the Great North Run.

This annual event had a special twist as it became the first race to have over a million finishers over the course of it’s 33-year history.

The course also took the runners through Gateshead, South Shields and across the Tyne Bridge and top club finisher was Luke Beresford who stormed to 96th place overall thanks to a time 1.17.55.

To finish inside the top 100 is no mean feat considering the field was over 56,000-strong.

Ripley’s visually-impaired Tom Briggs was treated to a VIP start, setting off with only a handful of other visually-impaired runners.

With Amy Bradley as his guide, Tom crossed the line in 2.00.27.

Also racing were Rich Kimber (1.36.05), Dave Kinder (1.41.40), Mike Corrigan (1.52.58), Dave Crowder (2.08.23) and Steve Summers (2.28.55).