Ripley runners in great form

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TEN members of Running Club took part in a grueling three-mile hill race at Parwich.

Set in the Derbyshire Dales, Parwich is renowned for it’s famous ‘Hill Race’.

The small village hosts this famous race annually with only 50 brave runners taking part. Only a quarter of a mile in, runners are greeted with a unexpectedly steep road which then leads them to fields and woods. Once through the woods runners are faced with the mighty hill!

People are literally scrambling on all fours in attempt to be the fastest up the 300-plus foot ascent - indeed, there is a prize for the first to the top!

Once at the top runners are met with another two-miles of undulating road leading back to the picturesque village.

As usual Ripley runners did the club proud bringing back four trophies!

Matt Jones put in an outstanding performance and took first place in just under 19 minutes. Dean Taylor took third place in 19 minutes and 49 seconds. The ladies did equally well, if not better bringing home first place for Lucy Holmes in a fantastic 22 minutes and Caroline Moss in second place in 23 minutes 33 seconds.

Other Ripley runners included Vinny Harlin 21.20, Mark Tomlinson 21.56, Carl Hopkinson 25.23, Karl Tietz 26, Paula Brudenell 26.48 and Cathy Cresswell 27.05.

Meanwhile, Ripley’s hardcore Ultra Runner Anne Cook took part in the Peakers stroll which takes in fantastic views of the Peak National Park, Mam Tor, Lose Hill, Ladybower, Edale and Castleton. Anne took the longest route of 22 miles and 6000ft of climbing, managing to run the whole route despite the extremely hot conditions in just over five hours. A fantastic achievement. The club meet every Tuesday at 6.45pm at Ripley Leisure Centre.