Ripley RC land a hat-trick of silverware at final cross country

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LAST Sunday saw Ripley Running club visit Holmebrook Valley Park the last race in the series of the Booth Decorators cross country winter league.

There were trophies up for grabs for a number of Ripley runners and the course being in its first year had never been used before in a BDL event so most runners were apprehensive as to what it would be like.

The course was a two-lap 4.5-mile course and took in some quite gruesome hills passing part of the Linacre reservoir.

Dean Taylor had an absolutely brilliant run on the day coming home in third place overall showing everyone he’ll be force to be reckoned with the rest of this year.

It was a slippy second lap by all accounts as one or two Ripley runners found out. But after all the hard work over the BDL winter regime Ripley Running Club still came home with silverware.

Three first places in different categories, Lucy Holmes was the first senior lady, Eleanor Robinson first vet 60 and Cathy Cresswell first vet 40.

There were also some other awesome achievements for Ripley. Up-and-coming young runner Matt Bickerstaff, in his first competitive year, came fourth overall in the senior men category. He has shown his potential and all at Ripley hope his class shows through for the next BDL campaign.

Matt Jones was second V40 overall and Karl Titez was third V55.

It was a real team effort though and Ripley Ladies have made a giant step in this campaign finishing in second place in the team event. Combined with the men’s team result, Ripley finished third, a fantastic achievement from team Ripley.

The Ripley times were: 3rd D Taylor (29.59), 19th M Jones (32.26),28th, L Beresford (34.16), 33rd R Phillis (34.58), 34th L Holmes (35.09), 36th L Freeman(35.33) 41st M Tomlinson (36.15), 48th R. Ball (37.10), 55th P Woodman 2nd vm60 (38.14), 58th K Tietz (38.32), 63rd M Beresford (39.05), 68th J Bateman (39.31), 75th W Yearwood (40.34), 76th L (tb) Palfreyman (40.40), 77th C Hopkinson (40.51), 78th C Cresswell (40.51), 80th J Howett (41.21), 89th P Brudenell (43.13), 96th E Robinson (45.25) 111th H Bailey (50.00), 112th D Holmes (50.00), 117th C Duffin (52.46), 118th A Franco (52.56).

Ripley Running Club meet at Ripley Leisure Centre every Tuesday evening at 6.45pm, runners of all abilities are very welcome