Ripley Running Club members tackle tough races

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Ripley Running Club members took part in the Crich Monument Race last weekend.

The popular local off road race is part of the Crich village fete and runs from the sports ground in Crich down the hill through Crich Chase then along the Cromford canal before the long climb to Crich stand and back into the village.

Ten Ripley runners took part in this club championship race with Tim Clayton finishing 2nd overall in 47:08.

Richard Kimber followed in 52:33 and Vincent Harlin was first veteran over 50 home in 52:38.

New member Richard West finished in 53:36. Other finishers included Dennis Holmes (59:41), Peter Collinge (60:40), Matt Baker (61:09), Amy Bradley (72:19), Michael Corrigan (73:29) and Paul Bratby (77:07)

The Snowdon Mountain Race also took place last Saturday.

This famous race starts in the village of Llanberis and runs to the top of Snowdon (the highest point in England and Wales) before a tricky decent back to the village.

The weather conditions on the day were far from perfect with rain and mist making running conditions difficult and treacherous under foot.

Luke Beresford represented Ripley well be finishing in a remarkable 29th place in a field packed full of international mountain runners. Luke completed the course in a staggering 1 hour 16 minutes. Luke was followed by Rob Coates in 1:25 then Dean Taylor in 1:29. Mick Wareham, Wayne Smithurst, Carl Hopkinson, Geoff Cooper and Matt Nicholls also completed the race.

A number of Ripley runners also completed the Hardwick 10k last Thursday.

This race near Hardwick Hall on the border of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire boasts one big hill for the runners to negotiate.

Tim Clayton finished 3rd in 36 minutes 45 seconds and was first veteran over 50 home. Peter Collinge completed the course in 48:25 followed by Chris Frost in 51:52 and Amy Bradley in 1 hour 6 minutes.

On Sunday, Ripley running club went on their annual club trip to Harrogate to complete in the Great Yorkshire 10k run.

This hilly race originally run by a local running club has 2000 runners of differing abilities. 17 Ripley Runners took part with Luke Beresford coming 6th overall in 35:23. Matthew Jones finished in 23rd in a time of 38:07 closely followed by Rob Coates in 39 minutes. Joe Henstock and Martin Penny finished in 41:16 and 41:21 respectively.

Matt Baked posted a good time to finish in 45:37 followed by Esther Broughton in 45:47 (coming 2nd in the veteran over 40 category). Ian Warton-Woods posted his best 10k time to date to finish in 46:33. Other finishers included Geoff Cooper (48:14), Angela Forte (48:48), Joanne Howett (48:58), Lisa Watson (50:03), Alison Butlin (52:34), Michael Corrigan (53:10), Jeremy Bateman (53:31), Amy Bradley (54:05) and Lorraine Griffiths (58:39).