Ripley runners in half-marathon action

Elaine Ozenbrook
Elaine Ozenbrook

Members of Ripley Running Club competed in the popular Lincolnshire half marathon.

Starting and finishing at RAF Cranwell, the route took in a mixture of farm tracks and long, straight, exposed roads typical of the local area.

The weather conditions weren’t conducive to running, being very cold and extremely windy.

Martin Penny was first back for Ripley in 92nd place, in a time of 1.34.31, Karl Tietz followed in 168th (1.40.44). Cathy Cresswell came back in 202nd (1.43.40) just edging out Duncan Harrower in 212th (1.44.18). James Franco completed the team in 481st (2.10.53)

Elaine Ozenbrook was Ripley’s only traveler in the Malta Half Marathon, where she set a new PB in a fantastic time of 1.53.26 to finish 51st in her age group after knocking six minutes off her previous best.

If your idea of fun is to run 42 miles across the high peak, starting at Dusk and running through the night, then you could have joined Anne Cook as she attempted the High Peak Marathon.

Kitted out with a heavy rucksack full of survival equipment such as a bothy bag, sleeping bag, first aid kit and plenty of food she managed it in a time of 13hrs 41 minutes along with her team mates to take 29th place overall.

Ripley were also well represented at the Coventry Half Marathon.

The race started and finished in the city centre of Coventry and took in the local area on a 13 mile loop, passing through some picturesque villages before heading back into town for a grandstand finish.

Amy Bradley managed a very respectable 1,016th place, in a very good time of 1.47.29. Tom Briggs managed 1551st place, ably guided by Bev Cossey, coming home in 1.54.58 and 1.55.00 respectively.

Ian Warton-Woods set a new PB of 1.52.44, which was good enough for a gun placement of 1645th.

Andy Hill managed to come back in 1.57.13, in 1,927th place.

Ripley Running Club meets at 6.45pm on Tuesdays at Ripley Leisure Centre and encourages runners of all abilities. For more information, look for the Ripley RC page on Facebook.