Ripley Running Club compete well in a busy week

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Ripley Running Club members competed well in a number of local races, with the Colin Potter 10k race took place last Friday evening.

This tough race includes many fast local runners and is part of the Run Derby series.

Richard Kimber was first Ripley Runner home in 17th place in a time of 38 minutes 21 seconds and came home as first veteran over 40 overall.

Wayne Yearwood followed in 113th place in 46:28, Geoff Cooper finished 138th in 48:28. Eleanor Robinson came home in an impressive time of 51:37 and was the 1st veteran over 55 lady to finish. Allan Morton finished in 266th in 55:21.

Last weekend was also the Ashbourne Half Marathon race which is part of the Ripley Running Club Championship.

This hilly half marathon includes over 1000 foot of climbing around some of the most scenic parts of Derbyshire. Luke Beresford came fourth in 1 hour 22 minutes with Dennis Holmes finishing in 77th in 1:49, Geoff Cooper in 95th in 1:53, Matt Baker 108th in 1:56 closely followed by Alison Butlin in 109th.

The fourth race in the Booth’s Decorators League road race series took place at Carsington on Tuesday with 35 Ripley runners taking part.

This very undulating 4.8-mile course provides a tough test for runners wanting to put in quick times.

Luke Beresford was first Ripley runner home in fourth place in 27:38 followed by Matt Jones (first Veteran over 45) in 12th place finishing in 28:34.

Rob Coates continued his good form by finishing in 19th in 29:01. Other counters towards the team event for the men included Richard Kimber (42nd in 30:38), Dean Taylor (46th in 30:47), Martin Penny (51st in 31:11) and Simon English (70th in 32:23). In the ladies’ event Rebecca Lineker had a storming run to finish in 118th (11th female overall in 34:58).

Esther Broughton followed in 122nd finishing in a time of 35:36 with Cathy Cresswell in 150th (36:41). In the team event, the men finished fourth on the day and lie fourth overall.

The ladies finished fourth and are sixth overall and in the combined event Ripley were fifth on the day and fourth overall.

Ripley had a fantastic day at the Derwent River Relays on Saturday. The relay event consists of a team of four members running three miles each from Belper Rugby Club to the mill and back to the Rugby Club.

The event was almost cancelled due to adverse weather conditions however after a last minute inspection Ripley fielded four teams, three of which won prizes. The men’s team won the over 40’s (on average) with Luke Beresford getting the second quickest time in the competition in 16 minutes 31 seconds.

Tim Clayton, Pete Shuttleworth and Matthew Jones also ran in the team to bring them home in a combined time of 69 minutes 54 seconds.

The ladies team comprised of Esther Broughton, Cathy Cresswell, Rebecca Lineker and Amy Bradley also came home in first place in a combined time of 91 minutes 50 seconds. Martin Penny, Anne Cook, Angela Forte and Vincent Harlin won the mixed veterans prize finishing in 86 minutes 14 seconds.