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Ripley Running Club's team from the Ashby 20 event
Ripley Running Club's team from the Ashby 20 event

Ripley Running Club members made the relatively short journey to take part in the Ashby 20 event.

The Ashby 20 is a well known race to London Marathon runners, as it falls a few weeks before the London Marathon, and is a key part of most training plans for the big day.

Ripley sent a group of four runners along to this 20-mile undulating race in Leicestershire.

Matt Beresford was first back for Ripley in a time of 2 hrs 54.18, which was enough to earn 542 nd place.

Amy Bradley managed a very respectable 3.18.10 in 821st, with Vicky Leach following close behind in the same time time. Wayne Smith completed the quartet in 3.23.01, in 858th place. 998 finished the race.

Meanwhile, Wayne Yearwood was Ripley Running Club’s sole representative in the Charnwood marathon, held on Saturday, March 23.

Marathons are difficult enough, but when you add in several hundred feet of elevation, self-navigation and several inches of snow, the course becomes a lot more difficult to tackle.

Wayne managed to finish the race in 6hrs 8 minutes, good enough for 25th place. The winning time was 4hrs 11minutes.

108 runners and walkers completed the course, the last one taking 14 hours.

Finally, if running 55 miles across the North York Moors, with 2700m of ascent, in temperatures reaching -10 with the wind chill sounds like your idea of fun, then you could have joined Ripley Running Club’s Ann Cook, as she attempted this impossible feat of endurance running.

Snow drifts nearly the same height as her greeted Ann on this very difficult test of stamina and endurance.

Ann informed clubmates that she wore nearly every bit of clothing she could lay her hands on but still felt cold.

She couldn’t even drink properly as the water in her bottle froze during the race.

She managed to finish the course in around 12hrs 45 minutes.