One of the stars of Ripley Running Club, Luke Beresford, underlined his talent by bagging a notable double on successive days.
On the Saturday, Beresford won the popular Wingerworth Wobble fell race, which takes competitors over 4.5 miles of farmland, with some small, but tough, hills. He finished first for the second successive year, clocking a time of 30.13 minutes, not far in front of clubmate Rob Coates, who was fourth in 32.14.
Twenty-four hours later, Beresford was out again, this time for the inaugural running of the Denby Dash, a 10k off-road race that included many stiles and muddy fields. And he stormed home in about 40 minutes to claim victory.
Also on Sunday, Lisa Watson completed the Manchester Half-Marathon in a time of one hour, 48 minutes, 52 seconds, which was a fantastic achievement considering she tackled an exacting cross-country run the previous day.
Meanwhile Ripley also fielded several runners in the first race of the North Midlands Cross-Country Series season. The ladies’ team finished fourth, led by Lucy Taylor in 16th and Esther Broughton in 37th, with Eleanor Robinson (116th) the first veteran over 60, while the men’s team came home 27th, led by Richard Kimber in 130th and Rob Lennox in 169th.
The club sent a team to Scotland to compete in the prestigious British Fell and Relay Championships too. It proved to be an amazing experience for Wayne Smithurst, Tim Clayton, Paul Sorrell, Mick Wareham, Ian Warton-Woods and Dean Taylor.