Super run from Ripley RC’s Stacey

Ripley Running Club's Stacey Smith
Ripley Running Club's Stacey Smith

The Stuart Learmouth Memorial Wirksworth Undulator attracted fell runners from across the region to take on this very challenging course.

The route, which features a climb of 384m (1,260ft), starts from the Lime Kiln Pub, Cromford Road, Wirksworth, crosses over the White Peak trail and up into the hills before descending almost to the reservoir at Carsington, then climbing back through Hopton to finish again at Wirksworth.

While the first man home was Geoff Beetham, from Barrow Runners in 64.08, showing the distance runners travel to run this race, it was Ripley Running Club and Crich resident Stacey Smith who was first lady to cross the line in a super time of 75.10.

Stacey, who has only been running with Ripley RC for just a year, has certainly got the running bug as her next race will now be the Snowdon Marathon, a distance she has never yet run.

Ripley Running Club meets every Tuesday at Ripley Leisure Centre at 6.45pm and encourages runners and joggers of all abilities to come and try out running as both a social and a competitive activity. Specialised jog groups are operated for absolute beginners and improvers so why not get in touch via www.ripleyrunningclub.com