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Amy Bradley of Ripley Running Club

Amy Bradley of Ripley Running Club

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Ripley Running Club members were involved in the inaugural running of the Chatsworth Torchlight 10k, in support of the Ashgate Hospice Charity.

As the name suggests, this was an event taking place at 9pm so runners were expected to navigate the 10k course through Chatsworth Park by torchlight.

New Ripley Running Club member Martin Smith took on the challenge and completed the course in the very creditable time of 51 minutes and 3 seconds.

On the following day, two of Ripley’s finest long distance runners completed two of the toughest events in the country. Firstly Amy Bradley ran the Great Langdale marathon, which is one of the hilliest marathons in the country and involves a two-lap course such that each hill has to be conquered twice.

Amy, in only her fourth marathon, ran a brilliant time of 4 hrs 29 mins, thereby finishing as seventh lady. A little closer to home but also on the Saturday, Ripley’s Anne Cook completed the High Peak 40, which circumnavigates Buxton, taking in all the roughest ground and high peaks of North Derbyshire.

Having completed this also in 2012, Anne improved on her previous best of 8 hours in finishing in 61st position out of 143 competitors.

Finally, two of Ripley’s younger and quicker runners, Luke Beresford and Stacey Smith, completed the Stanage Struggle Fell race near Hathersage, which, as the name suggests, is something of a challenging course over six miles with 1,165 feet of climbing.

Taking it steady, as they are both training for the forthcoming Snowdon Marathon at the end of October, Luke and Stacy finished together with identical times of 54 mins 18 seconds to take 96th and 97th positions out of the impressive field of 324 runners.

Ripley Running Club meets every Tuesday at 6.45pm at Ripley Leisure Centre and welcomes runners of all abilities to come along and join in.

For complete newcomers to running, the club also has separate jog clubs that meet on Mondays and Wednesdays as ways of introducing newcomers to the pleasures and health benefits of running.

For further details see www.ripleyrunningclub.com