Ripley runners push themselves to the limit

Amy Bradley, Luke Beresford and Ian Warton-Woods at the Cross Bay half marathon
Amy Bradley, Luke Beresford and Ian Warton-Woods at the Cross Bay half marathon

Ripley Running Club sent along a large team to the annual Riber Fell run race through the Derbyshire Countryside.

Starting and finishing at Lea Green, with a visit to Riber Castle along the way, the difficult route took runners up and down several steep ascents and descents.

Luke Beresford led the Ripley team home in a time of 33.03, closely followed by Matt Jones in ninth Place.

Simon English was just outside the top 50 in 51st, with Richard Hill hot on his heels in 58th.

Other Ripley runners were, Phil Layton (67th), Tim Jaques (79th), Matt Baker (83rd), Tom Powis (88th), Mick Wareham (96th), Rebecca Lineker (101st), Esther Broughton (102nd), Richard Phillis (103rd), Bill Powis (108th), Alison Butlin (111th), Carl Hopkinson (112nd), Ian Warton-Woods (117th), Cathy Cresswell (125th), Karl Tietz (126th), Louise Whysall (133rd), Matt Beresford (134th), Stephen Ball (139th).

Runners were also in action during the Round Sheffield Run, which takes runners through several of the parks, woodlands and trails of Sheffield.

Checking in and out of each stage, with transitions in between, the runners get chance to regroup and prepare for the next tough challenge on this 15 mile route.

Antoinette Franco, James Franco and Duncan Harrower all completed the course in 2hrs 26, having enjoyed every one of the 1500 feet of ascent and 1100 feet of descent on the way.

Club member Anne Cook took part in the 110k Ultimate trails ultra marathon at the weekend.

The course took runners and walkers 110k through the Lake District, with Anne finishing 108th out of 194 finishers. She was seventh in age category.

Runners also took part in The Cross Bay Half Marathon, which takes place in Morecambe Bay.

Runners start and finish at Flookburgh, but the majority of the race taking place on the sands of the bay and the idea is to make it back to the start, beating the tide.

Luke Beresford finished a superb second place in a time of 1.25.18. Amy Bradley and Ian Warton-Woods finished in 100th (2.11.29) and 108th (2.14.30) respectively.