Debutant Andy enjoys the life of Riley in London Marathon

LIFE OF RILEY -- Ripley Running Club's Andy Riley, who made his marathon debut in the London event.
LIFE OF RILEY -- Ripley Running Club's Andy Riley, who made his marathon debut in the London event.

Six athletes from Ripley Running Club conquered the world-famous London Marathon, including two who were making their debuts over the 26-mile distance.

Andy Riley marked his marathon bow with a fine time of three hours, 35 minutes, not far behind the first club runner to finish -- Vinnie Harlin, who clocked 3.23, just in front of Dennis Holmes (3.24). Meanwhile Lisa Watson’s debut resulted in a fantastic time of 4.18, and Esther Broughton and Cathy Cresswell came home together in 3.37, achieving Good For Age times, which earned them automatic entry for next year’s race.

On the same day, Lisa Cashmore made the trip to the picturesque town of Stratford to take part in the Shakespeare Half-Marathon and finished in a personal-best (PB) time of 2.12.04.

The following weekend, the Birmingham 10k, over a hilly course, was the destination for Pete Shuttleworth, who clocked an excellent time of 37.16, and Martin Penny, who finished in 39.45 on his birthday.

The summer fell-race season kicked off with the Masson Hill race in Matlock Bath, where last year’s winner, Ripley RC’s Luke Beresford, came eighth this time, closely followed by Rob Coates in 11th.

The following Tuesday, in the six-mile Burbage fell-race, near Hathersage, Beresford finished 11th, followed by Matt Jones in 29th, Tom Powis 30th and Dean Taylor 32nd.

Beresford also competed in the English Championship fell-race, called ‘Up The Nab’ near Glossop on Saturday, and came home an impressive 74th in a field that included the cream of the country.

On Sunday, Ripley runners in the popular Holymoorside 10k, near Chesterfield, were led home by Rob Coates in a good time of 38.38, followed by serial racer Geoff Cooper in 51.27 and Jayne Fitzpatrick in an impressive 54.03.