Teamwork is the key for rampant Ripley ladies

TOP TEAM -- Ripley ladies, Cathy Cresswell, Lucy Taylor and Amy Bradley, who won the team prize.
TOP TEAM -- Ripley ladies, Cathy Cresswell, Lucy Taylor and Amy Bradley, who won the team prize.

Lethal lady trio Lucy Taylor, Cathy Cresswell and Amy Bradley continued their magnificent form for Ripley Running Club when bagging the team prize at the annual Crich Memorial Race last Saturday.

Taylor was first lady home, and 28th overall, while Cresswell and Bradley finished 114th and 132nd respectively.

The popular event, which was part of the village fete, was blessed by a carnival atmosphere and beautiful weather. A total of eight Ripley runners tackled the 11-mile course, which was predominantly off-road. It started in the village and meandered down through Crich Chase on to Cromford Canal before following the lonmg, strenuous climb to the memorial stand and finishing back in the village.

The first male home was Richard Kimber in 27th, followed by Dennis Holmes in 46th, Matt Baker in 73rd, Ian Warton-Woods in 135th and Karl Tietz in 148th.

On the same day, five members of the Ripley club went to Wales to compete in the 40th Snowdon Mountain Race, which covers a gruelling course of more than ten miles, including the full five-and-a-half miles to the summit of Mount Snowdon.

Luke Beresford, Mick Wareham, Wayne Smithurst, Matt Jones and Alison Butlin were among the 612 runners in a field that also included 39 internationals.

The weather took a turn for the worse two miles from the summit when a hot and sunny day turned into cold, high winds sweeping across the ridges. Many runners suffered injuries and failed to complete, but Beresford mixed it with the best and finished 32nd overall and ninth in the senior male category to do the club proud. Jones was 105th, Smithurst 216th, Wareham 253rd and Butlin 67th female.