Ripley Running Club put out a strong team of 23 on a very cold and crisp winter morning for a Booth Decorators League race at Trent Meadows, Long Eaton.
The course was changed from last year, as many runners had struggled a little too much with the very muddy conditions.
The going was definitely firmer this year, helped in no small part by the sub zero overnight temperature causing a deep frost.
The conditions were dry and very sunny, a perfect day for running.
Matt Bickerstaff was in a very good fifth place after the first of the three-lap race when a hamstring twinge forced him to pull out.
Dean Taylor had no such bad luck though, and finished 12th in a very strong field.
Dean was the first Ripley runner home in a time of 28.33 on this hilly 4.5 mile course.
Andy Parkin was next home in 23rd, testament to his fell running experience.
The ever-consistent Ian Duffin came next, in 25th, followed by Luke Beresford in 26th, and Matt Beresford in 30th.
Richard ‘Bunda’ Phillis and Martin Penny, in his first run for the club in nearly a year following a lengthy enforced lay-off through injury, completed the top seven scorers in 41 st and 55th place respectively.
Lucy Holmes was the first Ripley lady back, in a great position of 42nd overall, and fourth lady. Fiona Alexander was 67th(ninth lady) and second in VL40 category.
Jo Howett completed the scoring for theladies’ team in 104th place (19th Lady) and 5th in VL40 category.
Ripley took third place in the men’s team competition, and 2nd in the ladies, making a combined 2nd place.
Colin Webster also succumbed to an untimely injury, and was unable to finish the race.
159 runners completed the race.