Ripley runners star alongside retiring Paula Radcliffe in ‘iconic’ London Marathon

Ripley Running Club's Martin Penny, James Franco and Amy Bradley at the London Marathon
Ripley Running Club's Martin Penny, James Franco and Amy Bradley at the London Marathon

Ripley Running Club were well represented at the most iconic race of the year, the 35th London Marathon.

On a day that saw world record holder and British legend Paula Radcliffe bow out of the sport, Martin Penny starred for the Ripley club, finishing in 3.11.04, in 3,069th place.

Dennis Holmes managed 3.17.00, good enough for ,3942nd, and Amy Bradley battled through injury for 3.50.38 (10,935th).

Ian Warton-Woods debuted at marathon distance in 4.18.01 (18.511st), Andy Hill ran a very respectable 4.52.21 (27,062nd), James Franco took 30 minutes off his previous best time in 5.08.37 (30,094th), Lisa Walton ran 5.11.23 (30.525th), and Bob Partridge finished in 5.31.29 (33,079th)

There were personal best times galore at the Derby 10k, held on a fast, flat course.

First back for Ripley in a fantastic position of 23rd out of over 3,700 runners was Luke Beresford in 34.32, a new PB.

Lucy Taylor continued her amazing form, finishing in the top 100 in 98th in a new PB of 38.17, chased by Richard Kimber in 105th (38.29).

Other Ripley runners were Matt Nicholls 158th (39.51), Jack Tymon 519th (44.20), Carl Hopkinson 543rd (44.38), Rich Hill 545th (44.40), Wayne Yearwood548th (44.43), Jo Howett 605th (45.09), Becky Lineker 614th (45.14), Dave Price 787th (46.51), Emmy Pratt 1074th (49.01), Martin Smith 1129th (49.23), Louise Whysall 1144th (49.31), Tom Briggs 1180th (49.42), Ian Warton-Woods 1854th (53.50) and James Franco 2853rd (60.49).

Representing Ripley at the Leamington 10k in Warwickshire was Eleanor Robinson.

She ran this multi terrain course in 52.34 and finished first in the LV65 category.

Another Ripley athlete taking on a 10k was Lisa Watson, who ran The Longhorn 10k in 53.20.

Pete Collinge entered the Monte Barro 14k trail race near Lake Como, a difficult course with around 829m of climbing, finishing 289th out of 543 racers.

The Manchester Marathonattracted a large field, including Jerry Bateman (2,311th) 3.37.21, Esther Broughton (2,406th) 3.38.52, and Mike Corrigan who finally ran a sub four hour marathon (3,864th) 3.58.45.

Anne Cook took on the challenge of the 53-mile Highland Fling, an ultra race over the countryside of the Scottish Highlands, finishing in a little over 12 hours.

Luke Beresford beat all comers in the Wirksworth Incline Fell Race in the Derbyshire peaks.

He came home in first place in a stunning time of 26.54 for the 4.32-mile hill climb, beating second place Ben Cartwright of Matlock AC by 20 seconds.

Ripley sent several teams to the Veterans (35+) Midlands Masters relays.

Richard Kimber, Simon English, Matt Jones and Matt Brennan took a third place in the MV35 category, while Carl Hopkinson, Michael Corrigan, Wayne Yearwood and James McEwan came back in fifth in the MV45 age group.