Coniston challenge for Ripley Running Club

Members of Ripley Running Club made the long trip up to the Lake District last weekend to compete in the Coniston 14 race.

The event had been postponed from March this year when the course was impossible to run due to heavy snow.

The course is a complete circuit of Lake Coniston, a stretch of water made famous by Donald Campbell, who died there in 1967 while trying to break the water speed record in his jet powered boat Bluebird.

With the backdrop of the mountains, it is a truly beautiful setting for a race which attracts more than 1,000 entrants each year.

Ripley RC’s first runner home was Stacey Smith in a time of 1.41.50, making her fifth lady and 105th position overall out of 980 finishers. This is even more remarkable as it is only Stacey’s second ever race over half marathon distance and her first trip to Coniston.

Next in was vet 45 runner Dennis Holmes in 1.44.08, 132nd place, with super vet 60 Phil Woodman not far behind him, finishing in 1.48.31 and taking fifth place in his age category.

Ripley’s second lady Cathy Cresswell, who has run Coniston before, had a super run, improving her time from the previous year to finish in 1.50.33, thereby taking the vet 40 third place prize of £10.

Last but not least, another Ripley veteran of several Coniston races, Karl Tietz, eased himself gently round in a time of 1.51.78 for 253rd place finish, still comfortably within the top third of the field.

Ripley Running club meets every Tuesday at 6.45pm at Ripley Leisure Centre and encourages runners of all abilities to come and have a run with them.