FOUR Ripley Running Club members took part in the famous Keyworth Turkey Trot Christmas half-marathon and all recorded personal best times.
The course is a single circuit, all on road, starting and finishing in the village of Keyworth passing through the undulating rural scenery and villages of the South Nottinghamshire Wolds.
A steady downhill two-mile sets the runners off at a good pace. The first hill starts at about 2.5-mile and continues for about a mile. Nothing in comparison to the delights of Butterley Hill or Waingroves so considered a doddle for our Ripley elite!
Miles 8 to 9 are relatively downhill and a nice break from the up and down of the previous miles. At mile 9, runners have to climb again which is pretty heavy going on the calves but the end is in sight.
Just around the 12 mile marker, the final leg of the journey, runners are greeted with a short but sharp uphill climb to the finish.
The race was well organized by the 1st Keyworth Scout Group – in its 29th Year they really pulled out all the stops.
Support en-route was sparse but small groups of local residents along the way gave all runners a boost.
As usual the Ripley did not disappoint with personal bests galore! First back for Ripley finishing in a staggering 7th place was the mighty Dean Taylor. Knocking over a minute off his previous PB for a half he finished in 1 hour 19 minutes and 28 seconds.
Next in for the men was Richard Phillis who took 50 seconds of his previous PB, finishing in 82nd place with an awesome time of 1 hour 30 minutes and 29 seconds.
The elite lady of Ripley is the amazing Lucy Holmes. Setting out she thought she was in for a steady run but then changed gear at mile 8 and decided to go for it, and go for it she did. Finishing in a staggering third lady placing, in a time of 1 hour 28 minutes exactly.
Lucy collected her well-deserved trophy and a Christmas Turkey to boot. A truly outstanding performance.
And last but not least was Paula Brudenell putting in her best performance to date for a half. Knocking four minutes off her previous best, Paula finished 36th lady in a fantastic time of 1 hour 41 minutes and 50 seconds. A great result.
Over 800 runners took part altogether with over 500 men and 280 plus women. All in all a fantastic team result for Ripley Running Club.