Massive thumbs-up for the first Ripley 10k

AND THEY'RE OFF! -- the start of the inaugural Ripley 10k race on Sunday.
AND THEY'RE OFF! -- the start of the inaugural Ripley 10k race on Sunday.

Runners and spectators gave a massive thumbs-up to the first-ever running of the Ripley 10k race, which took place at Crossley Park on Sunday.

A total of 153 competitors lined up for the race, which was won by new Ripley Running Club member, Tim Clayton. He clocked a time of 36.15 minutes, which was regarded as very good considering the course was hilly, with 233 feet of climb.

The weather was fine as the runners tackled a route that took them out of Ripley down Heage Road and then along Street Lane before turning left past Denby and back to Crossley Park through Marehay.

Second home was Paul Sorrell in a time of 36.28 minutes, followed by Shaun Martin in 36.43. The first lady runner home was Samantha Iliffe, who registered 41.16, followed by Lucy Taylor in 43.07 and Rachel Dale in 43.19.

Lisa Cashmore, a spokeswoman for the club, said: “Many thanks to everyone who helped to organise the event, took part and supported. Full results can be seen on the Ripley Running Club website or the Ripley 10k Facebook page.”

Four days earlier, four Ripley RC members competed in the Tunnels And Trails 10k. The fast course has one slight incline and runs three miles out and back on the High Peak Trail, near Comerford.

Luke Beresford won in 35.15 minutes, while Rebecca Lineker was the first senior female home in 44.30. Dennis Holmes clocked 45.37, while Angela Marie Forte crossed the line in 47.52.

Also last week, the Grindleford Fell race took place on a very wet evening, made even wetter by two river crossings! Ripley RC’s Rob Coates finished in 25th place, followed by Dean Taylor in 28th, Simon English in 67th, Wayne Smithurst in 92nd, Geoff Cooper in 138th, Peter Collinge in 163rd and Paul Bratby in 275th.

The following night, the Ripley club entered four teams in the very popular Hairy Helmet Relays at Darley Park in Derby. The teams consisted of four runners completing a two-mile leg, passing a baton to each other.

Luke’s Kermits won the category for veterans with a combined age of more than 160, while Lucy’s Kermits also took the veteran ladies’ prize.

This Saturday, the Alfreton Park 5k takes place, starting at 9 am. Registration is from 8.30 am.