Richard goes the distance for Ripley RC

Ripley Running Club's Richard Phillis
Ripley Running Club's Richard Phillis

Ripley Running Club members descended on Nottingham for the Robin Hood Marathon and Half Marathon races.

The weather conditions for quick times were extremely favourable, being warm, dry and virtually without wind.

Ripley’s star distance runner Richard Phillis completed the full marathon course in 3 hours 23 minutes, finishing as the 17th man over 40 and 86th position overall out of 918 runners in this event.

Richard had only two weeks previously run another marathon at Great Ponton near Grantham and expects to run a third marathon within eight weeks when he completes the Snowdon Marathon at the end of October.

In the half distance race, Ripley RC had no fewer than ten runners competing amongst the 6,500 entrants, which makes this one of the biggest races in the Midlands.

First man home for Ripley in 60th position was Luke Beresford in a time of 1.20.21, who had a six minute lead over the club’s second man Tom Powis, claiming 142nd place in 1.26.31.

Ripley then had a tight group of runners led by Dennis Holmes, on something of a comeback run, clocking 1.36.00, only 45 seconds in front of Carl Hopkinson, who was less than two minutes quicker than Ryan Ball.

Ripley’s first lady was Stacey Smith, making her half marathon debut, who recorded an impressive time of 1.41.07 for 982nd place overall.

The final group of Ripley male runners was headed up by veteran marathoners Wayne Yearwood and Mike Corrigan, with times of 1.43.00 and 1.50.20 respectively, followed by new member David Barrett, who set his new personal best at 1.53.08 well inside his target time of two hours.

The two other lady runners from Ripley also ran super times on the day with Sarah Bramley recording 2.13.58 and Lisa Walton improving her personal Half Marathon best to 2.15.19

Ripley Running Club meets every Tuesday evening at 6.45pm at Ripley Leisure Centre and welcomes runners and joggers of all abilities to come along for a free try at running.

There are members of all abilities and an active social side to the club, which allows members to meet up with like-minded people to enjoy the obvious health and fitness benefits of running.

See www.ripleyrunningclub.com for more on the club activities.