Runners out in force at Easter

Over the Easter weekend, Ripley Runners were out in force as usual.

Dean Taylor and Lucy Holmes took part in the Salford 10k race, at the last minute.

Taylor flew round as per usual and set himself a new PB with a fantastic time of 33 minutes 44 seconds which put him in in 36th place. Lucy also put in a great time, finishing in 39.26 and put her in tenth place for the ladies.

A few Ripley Runners ventured off to Chesterfield early on Saturday morning to see how their speed work has been paying off.

Four Ripley runners took part in the ‘No walk in the Park 5k’ race – in 7th place, Matt Jones finished in 17minutes 46, next in 13th place was Martin Penny taking 19 minutes and 01 second, 18th was Simon English in 19.25 and Matt Beresford 35th in 20.34. A total of 97 runners took part. Good running from Ripley as always.

On Easter Sunday, six runners took part in the 30th Belvoir Half Marathon. The race starts on the outskirts of Nottingham in the village of Hose. Beginning at the Hose Village Hall in the Vale of Belvoir and follows an attractive and rural route. Renowned for being a personal best route, many of Ripley runners achieved just that.

As usual, first home for Ripley was the unstoppable Dean Taylor. He completed the route in 1 hour, 17 minutes and 3 seconds taking 5th place overall. There is no stopping Dean at the moment and with London just a couple of weeks away, who knows what he could achieve there. Next home for Ripley was Richard Phillis. Richard has improved tremendously over the past year and gets a PB at just about every race he does. He finished in 1 hour 26 minutes and 59 seconds, taking 48th place overall.

Lucy Holmes took 6th lady placing finishing in 1 hour 31 minutes exactly, a fantastic run from Lucy who is trying desperately to get back to full fitness for London and this time shows that she’s not got far to go.

Ryan Ball finished in 1 hour 32 minutes and 10 seconds knocking a staggering 7 minutes off his previous best. A fantastic result for Ryan. Esther Broughton also got a PB knocking an almighty 12 minutes off her previous best.

She finished in 1 hour 42 minutes and 48 seconds taking 21st lady.

A tremendous achievement for Esther who only last year broke her ankle during the Great North Run. Esther has made up for lost time with her training and who knows what great achievements are waiting for her.

Jerry Bateman put in a great performance as always finished in 1:39:05 and Lorraine Griffiths 2:01:39. Fantastic running from all Easter weekend runners.

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