Ripley Running Club aces take to the hills

Ryan Ball and Richard Phillis
Ryan Ball and Richard Phillis
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Ripley Running Club’s hardcore members took part in the Winster Hill Race last week.

Winster, the small village near Matlock, holds this race annually with about 100 people taking part.

The 4.5 mile ‘hill’ race speaks for itself – a nice downhill start through the village then on to the fields and up the mighty hills. The race finishes back in the village but down a very steep and rather dangerous hill. There is no room for error, as one gentleman found out, staggering over the line with a very deep head cut.

Ripley’s runners were undeterred with six members taking part. Matt Jones led the way, taking third place and a bronze medal with a fantastic time of just over 25 minutes. Mark Tomlinson was 22nd in 28.27 and Martin Penny just behind in 25th in 28.42. Wayne Smithurst was 32nd in 29.19.

Not to be outdone, club members Caroline Moss and Vicky Leach also achieved great results. Caroline took the fourth lady spot in just over 32 minutes and Vicky 15th in 38.20.

Friday saw 16 of Ripley’s finest in the prestigious Colin Potter 10K Memorial Race. Colin Potter passed away on January 18, 2006, at the age of 40, weeks after being diagnosed with an aggressive cancer. The race is held annually in his memory and to raise money for local charities. In 2010, £4,000 was donated. Not only is this for a great cause, it is also one of Ripley’s club championships so points were at stake.

This is a challenging two-lap race starting at Derby Rugby Club. Leading the way was Dean Taylor in 26th place in 39:19. Vinny Harlin and Mark Tomlinson finished in 32nd and 34th respectively. Last year’s winner, the club’s very own Lucy Holmes, grabbed herself second lady this year in 41:37, knocking a minute off last year’s time. Caroline Moss took fifth lady in 44:47 and Paula Brudenell took 11th lady in 48:11. The only personal best was by Richard ‘Bunda’ Phillis who, despite the gruelling circuit, managed to knock two minutes of his previous PB, finishing in 42:35.

Ripley Running Club meets every Tuesday at 6.45pm, Ripley Leisure Centre. New members are welcome.