Ripley RC tackle an uphill challenge

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Never ones to shy away from a challenge, a team of Ripley Running Club runners travelled to Llanberis in Wales, to compete in the 39th International Snowdon Mountain Race.

This ten-mile race is considered to be one of the best in the world of mountain racing and goes from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon and back down again.

This year’s race, however, was thwarted by extremely bad weather conditions and saw the competitors being diverted to a slightly alternative route for their safety. First back for Ripley was Luke Beresford (39th – 55.44) then Matt Jones (85th 1.00.44), Dean Taylor (92nd 101.22), Wayne Smithurst (241st 109.50), Mick Wareham (292nd 1.12.32) and Alison Butlin (549th 1.28.50).

Team Ripley RC also competed in the Tara Kinder 10k on a very hot evening. Three laps of the beautiful grounds of Elvaston Castle saw the following complete the race: Ryan Ball (46th 41.17), Esther Broughton (100th 45.53), Karl Tietz (105th 46.13), Jo Howett (128th 47.43), Adele Adams (143rd 48.17), Amy Bradley (171st 49.23), Cathy Cresswell ((185th 50.12), Martin Smith (199th 51.14), Antoinette Franco (298th 37.56), Lisa Cashmore (301st 58.09). There were 419 runners.

Finally, the Marchington 10k saw Ryan Ball narrowly miss out on an age group trophy, coming seventh overall in 39.47 and Richard Sims take eighth place in 39.49, winning second in the Vet 50 category.

The warm conditions were not too unbearable for the scenic rural road race.

The course was a gradual climb for the first 4k, then undulating with a 100m descent to finish. Ryan also took part in the 5k Newstead Abbey Dash in a time of 19.15.

Set solely in the beautiful grounds of Newstead Abbey, Ryan placed 39th out of 163 finishers.