An inclement Thursday night saw some of Ripley’s best fell runners head to the sleepy village of Brassington to take part in the annual Brassington Wakes Fell Race.
This four-and-a-quarter mile race incorporates stunning views, a few ups and downs, and one corker of a hill that reduced even the hardiest of mountain goats among the field to shuffling wrecks.
Storming through was Luke Beresford in a fantastic 29.38. He was followed by Matt Jones (30.44) and Dean Taylor (31.07) to produce a fantastic one, two, three for Ripley.
Also running were Ryan Ball (14th 34.31), Richard Phillis (17th 35.44), Wayne Smithurst (19th 35.58), Dennis Holmes (25th 37.03), Tim Jaques (26th 37.40), Carl Hopkinson (45th 40.27), Mike Corrigan (61st 46.33) and Jay Bird returning after having the plaster taken off his leg just days before (67th 50.52)
The ladies were out in force too with Jo Howett (36th 39.02), Esther Broughton (42nd 40.19), Cathy Cresswell (44th 40.25), Amy Bradley (50th 41.35) and Alison Butlin (62nd 47.06) in action.
Four miles and a bit of a bump just isn’t enough for some though with other members taking part in somewhat more challenging events.
The annual Crich Monument race saw Luke Beresford coming fourth (46.04) followed by Matthew Brennan (16th 53.10), Ryan Ball (37th 57.30), Dennis Holmes (41st 57.52), Matt Nicholls (71st 61.59), Amy Bradley (84th, 64.55), James Wetton (95th 66.45) and Mike Corrigan (116th 71.54).
Wayne Yearwood completed the challenging 26.5 mile Dovedale Dipper in a cracking time of 5.56 and Anne Cook took on the Lakeland Trails 50-mile race with a massive 3,100m of ascent. Finishing well under 15 hours in 14.17.45, Anne was 249th out of 549.
And finally, there was Richard Phillis at the North Wales Half marathon in 1.39.21. He was 28th out of 427 finishers and seventh in his age group.
Ripley Running Club meets at 6.45pm on Tuesdays at Ripley Leisure Centre, Derby Road, Ripley, and encourages runners of all abilities. For more information, look for the Ripley RC page on Facebook.