Teamwork was the key to a day to remember for Ripley Running Club in the Derbyshire Athletics Championships’ half-marathon at Clowne.
For the club carried off the first prizes in both the men’s team and ladies’ team categories, thanks to wonderful performances that defied a tough, undulating course and cold, windy weather.
For the men, Luke Beresford finished sixth in a time of one hour, 18 minutes, winning a gold medal as the first Derbyshire male runner home. He was backed up by Rob Coates, who was 26th in 1.23, and Richard Kimber, who continued his fine form with a personal best (PB) time of 1.24 in 29th. Joe Henstock also finished 50th in 1.29 and Dennis Holmes 68th in 1.31.
For the ladies, Lucy Taylor (1.32), Esther Broughton (PB of 1.38) and Cathy Cresswell (1.41) all flew the flag with distinction for victorious Ripley.
Other times included a PB for Matt Baker of 1.40, while Carl Hopkinson came home in 1.43, Amy Bradley in 1.45, Andy Riley in 1.51 and Michael Corrigan in 1.55.
On the same day, a handful of Ripley runners took part in the annual Heanor Christmas Pudding 10k Run at Shipley Park, with Wayne Yearwood leading the way in a time of 44.49 minutes to finish 129th. In a huge field, all the runners received a Christmas pudding, including Jerry Bateman (265th in 49.10), Bupendra Palmer (387th in 53.11) and Lorraine Griffiths (528th in 56.28).
Lisa Watson also clocked 55.16 by completing the Nottingham 10k Mo Run at Wollaton Park in aid of the Movember Foundation, while Ian Warton-Woods recorded a respectable time of one hour, 43 minutes in the Conwy Half-Marathon in north Wales.
In other events, Lucy Taylor’s hot form continued when she was first Ripley lady home (and 16th overall) in the second race of the North Midlands Cross-Country Series at Corby, and when she was 109th lady in 41.41 in the prestigious Leeds Abbey Dash.