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London Marathon Weekend

RRC go to Holland courtesy of Great Run Company

After winning the Great Run team prize at Harrogate 10k in 2016, 8 Ripley runners embarked on an all expenses paid trip to Den Haag in Holland to represent the club at the local Half Marathon and 10k. There were some exceptional results and it turned out to be a day of PBs.

First back for Ripley was Matt Jones in a fantastic personal best time of 1:19.20. Robert Coates followed in a time of 1:24.35 and Martin Penny came home in under 90 minutes ...finishing in a time of 1:28.56. Esther Broughton knocked 2 minutes off her PB to finish in 1:36.20, Matt Baker came home with a magnificent personal best of 1:37.57. After doing back to back half marathons abroad, an incredible achievement in itself, Lisa Watson finished in 1:54.38.

In the 10k race, Jo Howett got a PB of 44.57 with Angela Forte finishing in 53.16.

We would like to thank Great Run Company for the prize and their fantastic hospitality Also congratulations to Salford Harriers who shared the trip with us, 10k winners in men and ladies!

Good performances at White Peak

Two of Ripley’s finest took part in the White Peak Marathon on Saturday. The Matlock Athletic Club organised race starts near Ashbourne and runs the whole length of the tissington trail and high peak trail to finish in Cromford, Lucy Taylor in 3:22:02 with Richard West finishing 35th overall in 3:35:23.

5 Ripley Runners also took part in the White Peak Half Marathon. This point to point route starts near the end of the high peak trail and finishes in Cromford. Many of the Ripley runners achieved personal bests. Rob Coates was first Ripley runner home in 6th in 1:23:21 followed by Simon English in 1:26:46. Greg Bayliss finished in 1:34:59 and Andy Bradley and Cathy Cresswell finished in 1:38:32.

Fell machine Geoff Cooper went all the way to Mid Wales to run up and down Cader Idris (one of the Welsh 3 Peaks). Geoff finished 102nd out of 300 runners to finish in 2:03: 36 over a race of 11 miles and nearly 3000 feet of climbing (next stop Snowdon for Geoff!)

Ian Warton-Woods and Matt Jones competed in the evening Mini Mountain Marathon at Dovedale. This 2 hour orienteering style race was set in Derbyshire finest countryside. Matt got 315 points and was 3rd in category. Ian only got 180 points.

Andy Parkin competed in the White Peak trail race on the Sunday. This race also set near Dovedale is well organised and offers good refreshment stops along the way. Andy finished in an excellent 3rd place finishing in just over 2 hours.

Some good results


There have been some good results over the last couple of weeks from RRC members.

Last weekend, Matt Baker took part in the Rat Race at Burghley House. Cheered on by Alison he completed the 20 miles obstacle course in 4:15 finishing 175th overall and 38th in his category.

A couple of Ripley runners also ran in David Denton’s Peat Pits Fell Race. In this short 5k race, Paul Sorrell scored a stunning victory finishing a minute ahead of the field in 17:21 with Stacey Smith continuing her RRC comeback by finishing 30th in 24:03.
Jo Potter and Bunda travelled to Lichfield to compete in their half marathon. They both finished in 2 hours 20 minutes on a hot spring day.

Tuesday saw the second road race BDL of the season take place at Ilkeston. This 5.2 mile course gives runners the opportunity to post a fast time. There was an amazing turnout again of 42 runners, with Luke Beresford leading the scoring in 12th overall, followed by Christian Howett (19th), Tim Clayton (24th), Matt Jones (25th), Paul Sorrell (27th), Richard Kimber (43rd) and Pete Shuttleworth (53rd). The ladies scorers included Fiona Alexander (120th), Esther Broughton (158th) and Jo Howett (176th). There were 437 runners in total.

In the overall standings, Ripley are 5th in the men’s team standings, 3rd in the women’s and 4th combined. In the individual standings, Fiona Alexander is leading the female vet 45 category, Eleanor Robinson the female vet 65 category and Tim Clayton leading the male vet 50s.

This Sunday 13 Ripley runners turned out to compete in the Sinfin 10k. Esther Broughton posted an excellent time of 42:34 to finish 10th lady and 4th in her category, followed by Phil Layton in 44:11, Martin Picker 45:46, Martin Penny 46:55, Jo Howett 46:58 and 2nd in her category, Charlotte Clarke 50:50, Mike Corrigan 52:07, Louise Whysall 52:31, Eleanor Robinson 53:08 and 1st in her category, Liz Gibson 54:01, Jo Potter got an excellent personal best running with Bunda in 56:12. Tom Briggs finished in 58:41.

Other performances of note this weekend, included Christian Howett who won the Derbyshire Under 20 1500m title, James Doxey completed a 55 mile ultra in 10 hours 23 minutes and finished 24th out of 108 starters. Pete Collinge flew the Ripley flag in Italy, running in the 4 Passi in Casa Nostra (22k mountain race with 1700m of climb).

London Marathon Weekend

8 runners from Ripley competed in the iconic London Marathon last Sunday. To enter this event, runners either need to enter through a ballot, gain a ‘fast good for age’ place or apply for a charity race. There was some fantastic support on the day with members from both clubs travelling down to watch their teammates.

Over 40 runner Andy Parkin was first back in a brilliant time of 2:58.11, the first time he has broken the elusive 3-hour barrier. Luke Beresford made his London Marathon debut by finishing in 3:18.13 with Dean Taylor, completing his 10th marathon, close behind him in a time of 3:21.30. Cathy Cresswell finished in a time of 3:42:03 to qualify for next year’s race. Dennis Holmes clocked a time of 3:52:33, Angela Forte followed in 3:55:04. Matthew Baker got a marathon PB in 3:56:36 with Karl Tietz finishing in 4:28.04.

Also on Sunday was the Kinder Downfall fell race. This 10 mile fell race tests runners on the toughest hills in Derbyshire. The never tiring Wayne Smithurst came 52nd in 1:30.44, closely followed by fell running enthusiast Geoff Cooper in 66th. Seasoned triathlete Rebecca Lineker finished in 173rd and Chris O’Donnell came 195th.

The Midland’s Masters relays also took place. The women’s team consisted of Esther Broughton, Jo Howett and Alison Butlin which came 3rd. The men’s team came 2nd with Matt Jones, Mick Wareham, Neil Worthy and Martin Picker running the legs.

Couple of weeks update - Manchester Marathon and Derby 10k

Last week there were many outstanding performances at the Manchester Marathon. This popular reasonably flat marathon is great for PBs with Dean Taylor arriving back in 3:03.39 followed Joe Henstock storming home in 3:04.28 for a new PB. Martin Penny finished in 3:09.29 with a new PB and then Vinny Harlin in an excellent time of 3:15.37 who also got a PB.

Also, last Sunday, Alison Butlin completed the min-mountain marathon (4 hour timed orienteering/fel...l running event). Alison got a fantastic personal best points tally of 220 points and was 11th in her category.

There were also a couple of notable park run results last weekend with Luke Beresford coming 1st at Shipley Park and Richard Kimber 3rd.

This Sunday saw the annual running of the very popular Derby 10k , on a warm day many local clubs were out in force. 15 Ripley runners completed in the event. Richard Kimber finished 38th in a fantastic personal best time of 36:59. Richard West followed in a PB of 39:32. Jack Tymon got a great time of 41:24 with Neil Worthy coming home in 41:34. There were great PBs for in-form Esther Broughton 42:27 and Greg Bayliss 43:20. After cycling to and from the event Pete Shuttleworth finished in 44:05. Other Finishers included Carl Hopkinson 44:13, Wayne Yearwood 45:43, Danny Elliot 45:27, Chris O’Donnell 46:48, Colin Smith 49:51, new member Charlotte Clarke, who was running in her first 10k race finished in 50:23, Louise Whysall 53:01, Jo Potter 58:02.

Rebecca Lineker also completed the Sheffield Half Marathon on Sunday, completing this very hilly and tough race in 1:50.10.

Coniston and Long Mynd

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11 Ripley Runners made the trip to Coniston to compete in the iconic 14 mile race. This undulating course provides a tough test for runners but also gives runners a stunning background with the fantastic Lakeland scenery in the background.

Luke Beresford was the first Ripley Runner home in a brilliant 12th place in 1:25:50, winning a gift voucher. Matt Jones finished in 23rd place 1:28. Then followed Andy Bradley finished 2nd V60 in 1:43:40, Carl Hopkinson in ...1:48:41, Geoff Cooper in 1:48:45. Cathy Cresswell finished 8th in her category in 1:49. Matt Baker came 257th in 1:50:30, Ian Warton-Woods (1:52:08), Karl Tietz (1:59:25) and Mike Corrigan and Esther Broughton in 2:21:43.

Paul Sorrell and Tim Clayton travelled to the Long Mynd in Shropshire on Saturday to compete in the English Fell Running Champs Race. This 17k fell race included 1300m of climb. Paul did brilliantly to finish in 84th place in 1:53:15. Tim Clayton finished 281st in 2:21:11.

Weekend Update - 20th March

3 runners competed at the spring marathon warm-up race Ashby 20 on Sunday. This tough 2 lap race provides good training for up coming marathons. Dennis Holmes completed the race in 2:49.12, Matt Baker 2:56.16 and Amy Bradley 2:58.02.

Andy Riley ran in the Stafford Half Marathon on Sunday and came home in a commendable time of 1:45.45.

Also, on Sunday, the fell race season continued with the Wolf Pits fell race in Hope Valley. Luke Beresford came an unlucky for some 13th position with Lucy Taylor coming 113th. Jo Howett and Esther Broughton came 202nd and 203rd respectively in what was a very windy day for running.

Last Few weeks update

Last weekend was a one-off running of a 10k around East Midlands Airport. This was made possible in part due to its closure for renovation. On this flat PB course, Chris Frost finished in 46:09, Paula Brudenell in 47:01, Rachel Jones got a new PB in 51:38. Amy Bradley ran with new running club member Jo Potter to get a new PB of 58:27.

Alison Butlin and Ian Warton-Woods also completed the last of 4 mini-mountain marathon’s this year. These 4 hour scoring events test not only running skills but also navigation skills and are set in tough terrain in either the Peak District or Lake District. In the Overall standings, Alison came 8th in her category and Ian was 13th Senior male. Matthew Jones also completed 3 out of 4 events.

This weekend, saw back-to back Cross country races. First off on Saturday was the 3rd  in the 4 race series North Midlands Cross Country at Shipley Park. In the ladies event Lucy Taylor came 29th, Jo Howett 65th, Eleanor Robinson 102nd and Alison Butlin 115th. These results leave the team 8th in the overall standings with Jo Howett 2nd in the V45 category and Eleanor Robinson 1st in the V65 category. In the men’s event Richard Kimber was 107th, Richard West 115th, Matt Baker 203rd and Tim Donovan 237th.

On Sunday, there was the 3rd BDL race of the series at Bakewell Showground. On a changed course where runners run down into the water rather than go through the water and then climb, there were some positive results. The scorers for the ladies were Lucy Taylor (3rd lady), Esther Broughton 6th, Cathy Cresswell 17th, Angela Forte 32nd and Amy Bradley 34th which leaves the ladies team currently 3rd overall. In the men’s Event, Luke Beresford came 6th, Paul Sorrell 10th, Tim Clayton 14th, Richard West 42nd, Richard Kimber 52nd, Martin Penny 53rd, James Doxey 61st, Matt Jones 62nd, Wayne Schmithurst 83rd and Ryan Orton 85th. The men are currently 2nd overall with Ripley in a combined 2nd place overall.

Anne Cook continued her ultra running streak by running 32 miles in 6 hours across the Humber bridge many times.


Ripley prizes in Derbyshire Half Marathon Championships

A busy weekend of races saw some good results from club members.
On Saturday, we entered a team into the British Masters XC vet 35 at Long Eaton. The team of 5 runners (Dean Taylor, Richard Kimber, Paul Sorrell, Rob Coates and Tim Clayton) finished a credible 13th position out of 22 teams in a field of runners from some of the biggest clubs in the country.
On Sunday, saw runners complete in both races locally and farther afield. Heanor Running Club put on it’s annual pud run at Shipley Park which saw 7 Ripley runners compete in the 30th year of the event. Richard West came home in 27th with an excellent PB of 40:23 followed by Andy Bradley in 78th in a top time of 43:57. Wayne Yearwood finished in 46:28 with Carl Hopkinson coming home in 47:26. Other runners included Chris Frost 51:52, Bupendra Parmar 53:10 and Lisa Cashmore 1:02.57.
The Clowne half marathon (Derbyshire Championships) also took place on this day with 7 Ripley runners entering the race. In wet, windy and cold conditions, Tim Clayton was 2nd v50 back, winning the Derbyshire Championships v50 medal finishing in 1:22. Greg Bayliss, Matt Baker and Geoff Cooper finished close together in 1:40, Amy Bradley in 1:50, Rebecca Lineker in 1:51 and Eleanor Robinson in 1:52 winning the Derbyshire Championships v65 medal.
3 runners also made the journey to Wales to compete in the Conwy Half marathon. Luke Beresford finished 5th in 1:15:19 on a challenging and hilly course, Ian Warton-Woods finished in 1:40:39 with Alison Butlin getting a new personal best by 7 seconds finishing in 1:54:12.
A special mention goes to Anne Cook for once again completing a tough ultra race. Anne competed in the Escape from Meridien race where runners must run as far away as possible from Meridien (a town between Coventry and Birmingham which was once labelled the centre of England). Anne ran towards home and completed 77 miles in 24 hours.
Also, Tom Briggs completed his first comeback race from injury, completing the Morun 10k in 1:07.

Two wins for Luke

The first North Midlands Cross Country of the season took place at Markeaton Park on Saturday. There was a good turnout from the ladies with 8 runners representing Ripley and for the men’s team there was 5 runners. In a strong field of local cross country runners, the ladies team finished 4th with Lucy Taylor finishing 16th, Esther Broughton 37th, Jo Howett 62nd, Rebecca Lineker 63rd, Cathy Cresswell 71st, Lisa Watson 107th, Eleanor Robinson finished in 116th ...and was 1st veteran over 60 and Angela Forte finished in 117th place. The men’s team finished 27th overall with Richard Kimber finishing in 130th followed by Rob Lennox in 169th, Geoff Cooper 219th, Matt Baker 251st and Jerry Bateman finishing in 275th.

On the same day in the morning was the Wingerworth Wobble fell race. This popular local race takes in 4.5 miles of local farmland with some small but tough hills. Luke Beresford finished first for the 2nd year running in 30:13 with Rob Coates finishing in 4th in 32:14.

Ripley also sent out a team to compete in the prestigious British Fell and Hill Relay Championships in the Arrochar Alps in Scotland. Conditions on the day were poor, including heavy rain at times, poor visible and cold temperatures on the mountain tops. Wayne Smithurst ran a fantastic 1st leg and then handed over to Ripley newcomers Tim Clayton and Paul Sorrell. The former North Derbyshire pair had a storming run to gain over 20 places handing over to the 3rd leg in 71st place. Mick Wareham and Ian Warton-Woods took over for the navigation leg which proved very difficult due to the conditions. The hardy pair completed the route but failed to find 2 checkpoints on a leg which many of the top teams struggled on. Dean Taylor started in the mass start for the 4th leg and stormed up and down the mountain in 55 minutes. Despite officially being disqualified, it was a fantastic experience by everyone involved and showed great commitment to travel the distance in put in the effort to compete for Ripley.

On Sunday, Lisa Watson completed the Manchester Half Marathon, completing in a time of 1 hour 48 minutes and 52 seconds. A fantastic achievement considering she ran a tough cross country race the day before.

It was also the inaugural running of the Denby Dash 10k race. This off road race includes many stiles and muddy fields with also an option of a shorter 3.4k route. Luke Beresford came 1st in 40:15, Rob Coates finished 2nd in 41:52, Richard Kimber finished 4th in 43:38, Simon English 7th, Ryan Orton 9th and Geoff Cooper 10th and Colin Smith 35th. In the 3.4k race Isabelle Kimber came 4th and was first female and Luca Kimber was 5th.

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Well done to marathon runners Mick Simpson, doing Yorkshire marathon in 4:30 and Brian Sherras, completing the Chicago marathon in 3:49 and qualifying for Boston. Resident ultra runner Anne Cook did the 50 mile Lakes in a Day race, another amazing achievement by Anne.

There was a good turnout for the Goose Fair Gallop 10k, with 8 runners taking part. Luke magnificently won the race in a course record time of 36:19. Robert Coates was 11th in 39:50. Peter Collinge came home in a great time of 44:09. Ryan Orton finished in 46:07, Geoff Cooper (46:32), Richard West (47:16), Eleanor Robinson (54:48) and Lorraine Griffiths (58:57).

3 Runners completed the Derby City Half Marathon with Wayne Yearwood finishing in 1:39:11, Lisa Watson getting a great PB in 1:48:35 and Allan Morton finishing in 2:06:52.

Rich West debuts in Marathon.

On Saturday, Ripley put out a men's and ladies relay team at the road relays. The men completed 6 stages of 5.88km and came 51st out of 69 teams with Dean Taylor starting off the relay with an impressive 21.13 followed by Matt Nicholls 24.32, Richard Kimber 22.05, Martin Penny 23.06, Joe Henstock 22.27 and finishing with Tim Clayton in 20.50. The ladies completed 4 stages of 4.33km and came 35th out of 83 teams with Cathy Cresswell completing the first stage in 19.21 followed by Amy Bradley in 20.59, Esther Broughton 19.58 and finally Lucy Taylor brought the team home with the fastest ladies leg of 17.22.

Fantastic day was had at the Robin Hood Half Marathon/Marathon on Sunday with 2 runners completing the marathon, Richard West completing his debut marathon in 3:54.06 and Wayne Yearwood dipping under 4 hours to finish in 3:59.58. 8 runners also completed the half marathon with Joe Henstock and Geoff Cooper finishing in PBs of 1:24.36 and 1:42.15 respectively. Bupendra Parmar finished in 1:51.26, Angela Forte (1:52.27), Amy Bradley (1:57.33), Greg Bayliss (2:15.57), and Dennis Holmes (2:39.37)

Also, 2 runners completed the 13.8 mile T'Owd Man race. Luke Beresford was 3rd with Wayne Smithurst also completing the race.

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On Sunday was the Stanage Struggle fell race, 10k of tough climbs and steep rocky descents greeted the runners. Luke Beresford finished 5th in 42:14 in his first race after this Great North Run success. Richard West was 58th in 50:36 and Rob Lennox was 106th in 55:04.

Also Wayne Yearwood and Pete Collinge completed the Ponton Plod Ultra and Lisa Cashmore ran the Calke Abbey 10k.

There were also some impressive park run results at the weekend:

Greg Bayliss completed Brierley in 23:44, Amy Bradley finished in 25:58 and Anne Cook in 26:20.

At Long Eaton, Pete Shuttleworth was 8th place in 17:23, Richard Kimber 10th place in 18:33, Martin Penny 16th in 19:05 and Colin Smith 117th in 24:31.

Ryan Orton won the Alfreton Town Council 5k in 20:39.

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Well done to Luke Beresford on finishing the Great North Run in a PB of 1:14:47 finishing in 68th place and getting automatic qualification for the London Marathon.

Also, on Sunday Amy Bradley took part in the Waingroves show fun run and retained her title finishing first lady.

The last Running with David Bluebell fell race took place today with Richard West finishing 15th overall in 28:48 (9th Senior Male), Geoff Cooper 19th overall 31:02 (4th M40) Matt Baker 25th overall 33:02 (11th Senior Male) out of 73 runners that took part.

Dean Taylor finished 7th in the 20 mile Nine Edges endurance run finishing in 2 hours 44 minutes. 


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Snowdon Mountain Race success for Ripley
Crich Monument Race took place last weekend. This popular local off road race is part of the Crich village fete and runs from the sports ground in Crich down the hill through Crich Chase then along the Cromford canal before the long climb to Crich stand and back into the village. 10 Ripley runners took part in this club championship race with Tim Clayton finishing 2nd overall in 47:08. Richard Kimber followed in 52:33 and Vincent Harlin was first veteran over 50 home in 52:38. New member Richard West finished in 53:36. Other finishers included Dennis Holmes (59:41), Peter Collinge (60:40), Matt Baker (61:09), Amy Bradley (72:19), Michael Corrigan (73:29) and Paul Bratby (77:07)
The Snowdon Mountain Race also took place last Saturday. This famous race starts in the village of Llanberis and runs to the top of Snowdon (the highest point in England and Wales) before a tricky decent back to the village. The weather conditions on the day were far from perfect with rain and mist making running conditions difficult and treacherous under foot. Luke Beresford represented Ripley well be finishing in a remarkable 29th place in a field packed full of international mountain runners. Luke completed the course in a staggering 1 hour 16 minutes. Luke was followed by Rob Coates in 1:25 then Dean Taylor in 1:29. Mick Wareham, Wayne Smithurst, Carl Hopkinson, Geoff Cooper and Matt Nicholls also completed the race.
A number of Ripley runners also completed the Hardwick 10k last Thursday. This race near Hardwick Hall on the border of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire boasts one big hill for the runners to negotiate. Tim Clayton finished 3rd in 36 minutes 45 seconds and was first veteran over 50 home. Peter Collinge completed the course in 48:25 followed by Chris Frost in 51:52 and Amy Bradley in 1 hour 6 minutes
On Sunday, Ripley running club went on their annual club trip to Harrogate to complete in the Great Yorkshire 10k run. This hilly race originally run by a local running club has 2000 runners of differing abilities. 17 Ripley Runners took part with Luke Beresford coming 6th overall in 35:23. Matthew Jones finished in 23rd in a time of 38:07 closely followed by Rob Coates in 39 minutes. Joe Henstock and Martin Penny finished in 41:16 and 41:21 respectively. Matt Baked posted a good time to finish in 45:37 followed by Esther Broughton in 45:47 (coming 2nd in the veteran over 40 category). Ian Warton-Woods posted his best 10k time to date to finish in 46:33. Other finishers included Geoff Cooper (48:14), Angela Forte (48:48), Joanne Howett (48:58), Lisa Watson (50:03), Alison Butlin (52:34), Michael Corrigan (53:10), Jeremy Bateman (53:31), Amy Bradley (54:05) and Lorraine Griffiths (58:39).

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Colin Potter 10k race took place last Friday evening. This tough race includes many fast local runners and is part of the Run Derby series. Richard Kimber was first Ripley Runner home in 17th place in a time of 38 minutes 21 seconds and came home as 1st veteran over 40 overall. Wayne Yearwood followed in 113th place in 46:28, Geoff Cooper finished 138th in 48:28. Eleanor Robinson came home in an impressive time of 51:37 and was the 1st veteran over 55 lady to finish. Allan Morton finished in 266th in 55:21.

Last weekend was also the Ashbourne Half Marathon race which is part of the Ripley Running Club Championship. This hilly half marathon includes over 1000 foot of climbing around some of the most scenic parts of Derbyshire. Luke Beresford came 4th in 1 hour 22 minutes with Dennis Holmes finishing in 77th in 1:49, Geoff Cooper in 95th in 1:53, Matt Baker 108th in 1:56 closely followed by Alison Butlin in 109th. 
The 4th race in the Booth’s Decorators League road race series took place at Carsington on Tuesday with 35 Ripley runners taking part. This very undulating 4.8-mile course provides a tough test for runners wanting to put in quick times. Luke Beresford was first Ripley runner home in 4th place in 27:38 followed by Matt Jones (1st Veteran over 45) in 12th place finishing in 28:34. Rob Coates continued his good form by finishing in 19th in 29:01. Other counters towards the team event for the men included Richard Kimber (42nd in 30:38), Dean Taylor (46th in 30:47), Martin Penny (51st in 31:11) and Simon English (70th in 32:23). In the ladies’ event Rebecca Lineker had a storming run to finish in 118th (11th female overall in 34:58). Esther Broughton followed in 122nd finishing in a time of 35:36 with Cathy Cresswell in 150th (36:41). In the team event, the men finished 4th on the day and lie 4th overall. The ladies finished 4th and are 6th overall and in the combined event Ripley were 5th on the day and 4th overall.
Ripley had a fantastic day at the Derwent River Relays on Saturday. The relay event consists of a team of 4 members running 3 miles each from Belper Rugby Club to the mill and back to the Rugby Club. The event was almost cancelled due to adverse weather conditions however after a last minute inspection Ripley fielded 4 teams, 3 of which won prizes. The men’s team won the over 40’s (on average) with Luke Beresford getting the second quickest time in the competition in 16 minutes 31 seconds. Tim Clayton, Pete Shuttleworth and Matthew Jones also ran in the team to bring them home in a combined time of 69 minutes 54 seconds. The ladies team comprised of Esther Broughton, Cathy Cresswell, Rebecca Lineker and Amy Bradley also came home in first place in a combined time of 91 minutes 50 seconds. Martin Penny, Anne Cook, Angela Forte and Vincent Harlin won the mixed veterans prize finishing in 86 minutes 14 seconds.

Ripley 10k

The first ever Ripley 10k took place on Sunday at Crossley Park.  153 runners took part in the race which involved running out of Ripley down Heage road then going down Street Lane before turning left past Denby and back to Crossley Park through Marehay.
The weather was good on the day with Tim Clayton, a new Ripley running club member, winning in a good time of 36 minutes 15 seconds considering the course is hilly with 233 feet of climb. Paul Sorrell was second in 36:28 followed by Shaun Martin in 36:43. The first lady home was Samantha Iliffe in 41:16 followed by Lucy Taylor in 43:07 and Rachel Dale in 43:19.
For full results, check out the Ripley 10k page or click on the link below:

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On Wednesday, 4 Ripley runners competed in the tunnels and trails 10k. This fast 10k course, has one slight incline and runs 3 miles out and back on the High Peak Trail near Cromford. Luke Beresford won in 35 minutes 15 seconds. Rebecca Lineker came home as first senior female in 44:30, Dennis Holmes in 45:37 and Angela Marie Forte in 47:52.
Also last week, Grindleford Fell Race took part on Thursday evening. On a very wet evening on a course that included two river crossings, Rob Coates finished in 25th place followed by Dean Taylor in 28th, Simon English in 67th, Wayne Smithurst in 92nd, Geoff Cooper in 138th, Peter Collinge in 163rd and Paul Bratby in 275th.
The very popular Hairy Helmet relays took place on Friday. The relay teams consisted of 4 runners passing a baton to each other completing a 2-mile leg each. Ripley entered four teams with Luke’s Kermit's winning the veteran over 160 combined age prize and Lucy’s Kermit's also winning the veteran ladies prize.

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The 3rd BDL race in the summer series took place last Tuesday near Denby Pottery. The 4.7 mile course is slow at the start and hilly in places with a long off road section. 35 Ripley runners braved tough conditions on a very warm day. Ripley finished 5th in the men’s team event and 6th in the ladies and are lying 4th overall in the men’s standing, 6th in the ladies standings and 4th combined. Notable men’s performances included Luke Beresford (6th place), Matt Jones (12th), Rob Coates (23rd), Pete Shuttleworth (25th), Richard Kimber (58th), Martin Penny (61st) and Richard Simms (80th). Individual ladies performances included Esther Broughton (143rd), Jo Howett (158th) and Cathy Cresswell (168th).
The fell race season continued in earnest, with Tansley hill race on Thursday. This short course, boasted a quick downhill start and then a steady uphill climb where runners then ran on the relative flat along a road before descending back to the finish. Luke Beresford came home in 3rd place to win a fruit bowl followed by Rob Coates in 12th, Matt Nicholls in 61st closely followed by Ian Warton-Woods in 62nd. Alison Butlin finished 84th with Bill Powis in 92nd.
About a dozen Ripley runners made the trip up to Castleton on Friday night to brave poor conditions and compete in the annual fell race. This tough race boasts 500 metres of climb and goes to the top of Mam Tor before a steep descent back down into Castleton. Results here:
In his fourth race of the week Rob Coates, also competed in the Edale Fell Race on Sunday. After taking a tumble near the end Rob did very well to finish 20th out of over 200 runners. Results here:

Busy week ahead...

For those that don't know this week is a particularly busy week, particularly on the fell running front.  Lots of races to choose from with the Derby BDL tomorrow (Tuesday), Tansley on Thursday, Castleton on Friday and Edale on Sunday.  Loads happening, if you fancy going to one of the above there will be lots of other RRC members at all the races so look out for one of us.
A glorious week is predicted weather wise so there should be some fantastic running for all.

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Last weekend, 3 Ripley runners braved the warm conditions to complete the Liverpool Half Marathon. The course starts and finishes near the world famous Albert dock and goes through the city centre, past the Cavern club, towards Sefton park with a long 4 mile drag along the waterfront to the finish. Ian Warton-Woods finished in a personal best time of 1 hour 40 minutes followed by Andy Hill in 2 hours 4 minutes and Louise Whysall in 2 hours 5 minutes.
On the same day, further north in Edinburgh, Lisa Cashmore took part in the half marathon around the city. This point to point race starts off by going through Holyrood Park, along the sea front towards Musselborough. Lisa completed the race in a personal best time of 2 hours 7 minutes.
At the Outlaw Half Triathlon Rebecca Lineker was second in her age group in a cracking time of 5hrs 18 minutes and Mick Simpson had a great race, finishing in 6 hrs and 6 minutes.  It must be a proud moment for both of you, what a challenge! Well done from all at RRC.
This weekend, saw the running of the local Ramathon half marathon. This popular race starts and finishes at Pride Park going through the city centre then towards Elvaston Castle before going back to Pride Park on the river path. On the hottest day of the year so far, 10 Ripley Runners completed the race with Lucy Taylor posting a magnificent time to be first Ripley Runner home and 19th lady overall in a time of 1 hour 32 minutes. On his comeback to the club, Richard Caudwell finished in 1 hour 34 minutes and Neil Worthy coming home in 1 hour 35 minutes. Wayne Yearwood followed in 1 hour 40 minutes. Jayne Fitzpatrick was 2nd Ripley lady home in a personal best time of 1 hour 47 minutes. Geoff Cooper finished in 1 hour 50 minutes, Matt O’Mara in 1 hour 53 minutes, Lisa Watson 1 hour 57 minutes and Allan Morton in 2 hours 8 minutes.
On the fell racing front, last Tuesday Geoff Cooper completed Hallam Chase in 33 minutes 26 seconds and was 61st out of 167 runners. On Saturday, Paul Bratby made the long trip to the Lake District to complete the Grasmere Gallop trial race.

Tour Of Derwent Valley 2016

Massive well done to all who competed over the weekend.  Jay, Rob, Luke, Dennis, Karl and Eleanor completed all four events, earning themselves a new t-shirt!  Even better, Luke won the series with Rob in a close third.  Various members competed in the races over the weekend.  Well done to everyone.  Full results available here:

Loads of us also made the trip up into the Peak for the Bamford Fell Race. The race headed up to the top of Win Hill and back and was a real challenge in places.  A brilliant event and I'm sure we will be back next year. Luke took 7th (making it five races in four days!) and Jonesy managed to win a pack of toffees. Full results to follow. 

Weekly round up

The second race of the BDL road race series took place at Ilkeston on Tuesday evening. This out and back and very flat 5.2 mile course caters particularly well if you wish to run at speed. There was a fantastic turnout of 38 runners from Ripley despite the wet conditions. Ripley had some excellent results finishing 2nd in the men’s team standing and 4th in the ladies team standings with a combined result of 2nd out of 12 teams. Luke Beresford was 4th overall in 29 minutes 32 seconds followed by Dean Taylor in 7th (29:48), Matt Jones in 11th (30:20), Pete Shuttleworth 18th (30:38), Rob Coates 19th (30:41), Joe Henstock 32nd (31:48), Richard Kimber 39th (32:19). The ladies results included Lucy Taylor who was first senior lady home overall in 67th place (33:36), Esther Broughton was 160th (37:14) and Rebecca Lineker 180th (38:03).
The fell race season continued with the Cressbrook Crawl on Saturday, this 6.5 mile race takes in some of the most beautiful scenery in Derbyshire around the River Wye and includes 350 metres of climbing. 4 Ripley runners completed the race on a beautiful spring day. Out of 138 runners, Mick Wareham finished 36th, followed by Wayne Smithurst in 47th, Geoff Cooper finished 61st with Matt Baker in 64th.
Also on Sunday, Geoff Cooper finished the Nottingham 10k in 48 minutes 33 seconds finishing in 326th place.
There were also some notable 5k park run results at the weekend with Richard Kimber gaining a personal best at the Long Eaton park run finishing 4th in 18 minutes 7 seconds whilst his son Lucas beat his personal best on the junior Markeaton park run finishing in 9 minutes 58 seconds.

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Marathon and fell race success
6 Ripley Runners took to the streets of London on 23rd April to complete the famous London Marathon. This race of over 37,000 runners is one of 6 marathon majors around the world. The course starts at Greenwich park before winding its way through the streets of the suburbs of London across Tower Bridge, towards Canary Wharf and the docklands with a long stretch past St. Pauls and towards Westminster before finishing after Buckingham Palace and down the Mall. The weather was perfect for running the marathon with the men’s winner finishing just 8 seconds outside the world record.
The first Ripley runner home was Vinnie Harlin in a time of 3 hours 23 minutes followed by Dennis Holmes in 3 hours 24.  Andy Riley finished in 3 hours 35 minutes followed by Esther Broughton and Cathy Cresswell in 3 hours 37 minutes both achieving Good For Age times and getting automatic entry into next year’s race. Lisa Watson also posted a fantastic time on her debut to finish in a time of 4 hours 18 minutes.
On the same day Lisa Cashmore made the trip to the picturesque town of Stratford to take part in the Shakespeare half marathon. Lisa finished in a time of 2 hours 12 minutes and 4 seconds to achieve her personal best time.
The following weekend, Martin Penny and Pete Shuttleworth competed in the Birmingham 10k. Pete completed the course in an excellent time of 37 minutes 16 seconds considering how hilly the course is, followed by Martin Penny on his Birthday in 39 minutes 45 seconds.
The summer fell race season kicked off on Tuesday 26th April with the Masson Hill race in Matlock Bath. This popular race organised by Matlock AC is a favourite with many Ripley runners with Luke Beresford winning last year in a course record time. The course boasts over 1000 foot in climb in just under 5 miles and is one of the toughest local fell races.  This year Luke finished 8th behind a strong field followed by Rob Coates in 11th. Simon English was next Ripley runner home in 37th followed by Mick Wareham (First veteran over 50) 43rd, Geoff Cooper 53rd, Wayne Smithurst 54th, Richard Hill 65th, Matt Nicholls 75th, Carl Hopkinson 85th, Neil Worthy 86th, Matt Baker 89th, Richard Kimber 98th, Ian Warton-Woods 105th, Emmy Pratt 119th, Jayne Fitzpatrick 122nd and Paul Bratby 135th.
The following Tuesday, the Burbage fell race took place near Hathersage. This 6 mile race is run on rocky terrain with one steep climb and descent and 3 river crossings. Luke Beresford came 11th followed by Matt Jones in 29th, Tom Powis 30th, Dean Taylor 32nd, Simon English 97th, Mick Wareham 106th, Wayne Smithurst 116th, Geoff Cooper 136th, Matt Nicholls 161st, Matt Baker 196th, Ian Warton-Woods 221nd and Alison Butlin 261st.
Luke Beresford also competed in the English Championship fell race called ‘Up the Nab’ near Glossop on Saturday. Out of a very first field of runners included the best in the country, Luke came an impressive 74th with Geoff Cooper coming 219th.
On the same day, Paul Bratby took part in the hilly trail half marathon on Cannock Chase. On a very warm day and with nearly 3000 feet of climb, Paul finished in a time of 3 hours 3 minutes.
On Sunday, Holymoorside 10k took place near Chesterfield. This popular 10k race starts with a steep ascent and finishes downhill into the village. On one of the hottest days of the year, Rob Coates finished in a good time of 38 minutes 38 seconds, followed by serial racer Geoff Cooper in 51 minutes 27 seconds. Jayne Fitzpatrick also finished in an impressive time of 54 minutes 3 seconds.
Also on Sunday, Alison Butlin, Jo Howett and Rebecca Lineker took part in a 17k trail race around the hills near Calver in Derbyshire. Rebecca finished in 55th followed by Jo in 74th and Alison in 75th.

London Marathon 2016

Some sparkling performances from RRC members at the VLM:

Esther- 3:37:10, Cathy - 3:37:45, Vin - 3:23:48, Dennis - 3:24:50, Andy - 3:35:38, Lisa W - 4:18:30

Well done everyone, all times to be proud off, the training certainly paid off.  Full report to follow.

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Good start to league road race series for Ripley
A record overall turnout of 406 runners started the first Booth’s Decorators League road race of the season at Teversal. The reasonably flat 4.7 mile course allowed for runners to post fast times. Luke Beresford was the first Ripley runner home in 10th place (26:17), followed by a flurry of Ripley runners in high positions including Pete Shuttleworth in 21nd (27:12), Dean Taylor in 22nd (27:13), Rob Coates 23rd (27:14) followed by Matt Jones in 24th (27:16). Other men’s scorers in Richard Kimber in 58th (29:26) and Joe Henstock close behind in 59th (29:27). The first Ripley lady home was Esther Broughton in 135th overall (32:13), Rebecca Lineker was 165th (33:35) and Cathy Cresswell was 192nd (34:33).
The very popular local Derby 10k took place on 17th April. The course starts and finishes at Pride Park winding its way through Derby City Centre. A number of Ripley runners had good performances including many personal bests. Luke finished 22nd out of 3455 runners shaving 3 seconds off his personal best (PB) in a time of 34:29. Richard Kimber and Joe Henstock also got personal bests in times of 37:24 and 38:06 respectively. Matt Nicholls smashed his previous personal best to finish in 38:09. Martin Penny finished in 38:35 followed by the ever improving Matt Baker in a personal best time of 43:47. Wayne Yearwood finished in 44:46, Roy Smith (46:08), Matt O’Mara (46:40) Tom Briggs with a PB in 48:56, 
Tom Donovan - 48.56,  Bupendra Parmar (50:18), Elaine Ozenbrook with a PB in 52:04, Antoinette Franco (53:57), James Franco (55:25), Lisa Cashmore (56:15).
There was also a couple of relay events on the 16th and 17th April. First off was the National Relays at Sutton Park on 16th. On their debut, the ladies put in an excellent performance by finishing in 35th place. Lucy Taylor and Esther Broughton completed the 5 mile long legs in 35:33 and 37:41 respectively. With The short legs of just over 3 miles completed by Cathy Cresswell (23:08), Rebecca Lineker (22:26), Jayne Fitzpatrick (24:06) and Lisa Cashmore (28:32).
On the 17th, the men and women also competed in the master’s relays. The ladies team came 3rd in the over 35 category in 64:17 with Cathy Cresswell running her 3 mile leg in 21:12, Jayne Fitzpatrick (22:37) and Esther Broughton (20:28). The men’s team also competing in the over 35 category finished 6th in a time of 78:13 comprising of Dean Taylor (17:23), Wayne Smithurst (20:58), Geoff Cooper (20:29) and Mick Wareham (19:23).

Results from the BDL Teversal

Results from Tuesdays Super fast race at Teversal have been received and are on the results page, full report to follow.  Well done everyone, we had a brilliant turn out.

Weekly round up

This weekend marked the start of the spring marathon season with the Manchester Marathon. This marathon is popular for runners to try and get a good time whether going for a personal best or a good for age time. Ripley was represented by 3 runners on a warm day for running a marathon. Carl Hopkinson finished in 3:39:31 coming 2434th out of over 9000 runners. Amy Bradley followed in 4:21:37 in 5831st place with Antoinette Franco coming home in 4:57:32 in 7962nd.

Also, on Sunday was the Belvoir Half Marathon. This rural, flat marathon in Lincolnshire provided runners with a potentially fast course. Four Ripley runners took part with Lucy Taylor coming in an impressive 77th place in a time of 1:31:59. This was followed by Richard Phillis and Jo Howett in 1:47:47 and 1:47:48 respectively. Lisa Watson smashed her personal best by nearly 2 minutes to finish in 1:48:54 and Jen Heathcote, running her first half marathon finished in 2.13.00 – both ladies running in preparation for London Marathon

One dedicated Ripley runner went to Holland to compete in the Rotterdam Marathon. Angela Forte completed the flat course in a time of 3:49:18 to finish 32 in her category and also was the first British runner home in her category. Due to her fantastic effort, Angela has qualified for the London Marathon by achieving a ‘Good For Age’ time.

Also, upcoming top junior runner Isabelle Kimber was first in her category (under 10 lady) at Markeaton Parkrun 5k on the Saturday.

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Ripley Runners rally at relays
On Saturday, Ripley Running Club made its long awaited debut in the Midland Athletics Road Relays at Sutton Park in Birmingham captained by Richard ‘Bunda’ Phillis.
Ripley fielded one men’s team consisting of 4 runners completing a longer leg of over 5 miles and 8 runners completing the shorter leg of 3.1 miles (5 kilometres). Overall Ripley came in 35th place, just missing out on qualification for the nationals out of 68 teams. All 12 runners put in magnificent efforts however the fastest runner in the long leg was Luke Beresford with a time of 31 minutes 15 seconds and the fastest on the short leg was Richard Kimber with a time of 19 minutes 5 seconds. Other results on the long leg included Matt Jones (32:14), Dean Taylor on his comeback in Ripley colours (31:28) and Rob Coates (31:47). In the shorter leg results included Ian Warton-Woods (23:19), Matt Nicholls with a new 5 kilometre Personal Best (20:13), Martin Penny (19:54), Wayne Smithurst (22:22), Mick Wareham (20:51) with Simon English and Joe Henstock providing a grandstand sprint finish in 19:51 and 19:38 respectively.
4 Ripley Runners competed in the Dark Peak Trail Race on Sunday. This 15 kilometre includes 500 metres of climb and takes in some of the most scenic views around Castleton and Hope including Mam Tor and Lose Hill. Certificates are awarded depending on runners finishing time. Rebecca Lineker came home in a very impressive 1 hour 35 minutes to get a silver award followed by Ian Warton-Woods in 1 hour 40 minutes. Alison Butlin finished strongly in 1 hour 43 minutes to also get a silver award. Paul Bratby made his Ripley Running Club debut to finish in 2 hours 10 minutes.
Lisa Cashmore completed the popular Wilmslow Half Marathon in 2 hour 14 minutes to finish 105th in her category out of a total of 3796 runners overall.
Remember - a week tomorrow is the first BDL road race of the season, at Teversal.  Starts at 1915hrs, postcode NG17 3HY.

Final standings 2015 - 2016 club championship standings

The results for the Club Championship 2015-2016 are in and have been independently verified.  The top three are:

Men:                             Ladies:
1st Richard Kimber      1st Lucy Taylor

2nd Dennis Holmes      2nd Cathy Cresswell

3rd Luke Beresford       3rd Esther Broughton

Well done to everyone that competed.  Medals will be awarded at the AGM.
Full final standings have been updated on the Club Champs page.

Weekly round up

Good Friday, saw the first of a few Easter weekend races, with Lucy Taylor competing in the Salford 10k. Ripley’s fastest lady clocked a decent time of 40.58 to finish 13th in her category.
On Easter Saturday, 3 Ripley Runners competed in the bi-annual half marathon championships in Cardiff. This prestigious IAAF Gold Event features the best long distance runners in the world including Britain’s Mo Farah. The course is predominately flat with a gradual hill towards the end of the race. Amy Bradley was the first Ripley runner home in a fantastic personal best time of 1.42.00 perfect preparation for her Manchester marathon warm-up. Angela Forte finished the raced 3 seconds outside her personal best in 1.44.45 seconds running with experienced runner Richard Sims.
Easter Sunday saw the running of Ripley’s monthly 5k run at Alfreton Park. On a tough 3 laps of the park, the course record was smashed by 20 seconds by Pete Shuttleworth who got a fabulous time of 18.36. 35 runners ran the race in blustery conditions. The next run is on 23rd April, 9am start at Alfreton Park Cricket Pavilion. Everyone is welcome including first time runners and children.

IMPORTANT UPDATE - Bundas away run

Bunda has been liaising with the Harrogate 10k organisers over the last few weeks.  The race date has been changed and is now on SUNDAY 24th JULY 2016. 
Its £19-00 to enter and should be a great day.  Get in touch with Bunda to confirm your place on the bus. 

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Big Races for Ripley Runners
There were two big races in the calendar for Ripley Running Club this weekend. First off on Saturday was the Coniston 14 race. This race is a popular away trip for many Ripley runners. As it is a challenging but scenic 14-mile route around Coniston Water in the Lake District. Rob Coates once again had an amazing race finishing in 22nd place in 1.27.22 seconds, clocking his half marathon personal best along the way. Matt Jones then finished in 1:37:37 followed by Dennis Holmes in 1:41:27. Esther Broughton came home as the 2nd vet female over 40 in 1:44:57 followed by Carl Hopkinson in 1:46:31. Other finishers from Ripley included Ian Warton-Woods in 1:54:23, Alison Butlin had an excellent race to beat her half marathon personal best and finish in 2:01:36 closely followed by Mike Corrigan in 2:01:45.
Sunday saw the running of the popular Ashby 20 miler. This 2 lap course is often used as a warm up for spring marathons such as Manchester and London. Andy Riley beat his previous best time by 9 minutes to finish in 2.37.53 seconds. Amy Bradley came home in 2:47:03 to beat her previous time by 19 minutes. Tom Briggs also clocked a personal best to finish in 2:55:58. Elaine Ozenbrook and Antoinette Franco continued their preparations for Manchester by finishing in 3:07:22 and 3:19:34 respectively.
Also on Sunday, was the Vitality North London Half Marathon. Dean Taylor came home in a very impressive 33rd (2nd vet 40 male) to finish in 1.18.41 seconds. Mick Simpson also had an excellent run to get his half marathon personal best in 1:49:58.
Wayne Yearwood competed in the sport relief 6 mile run on Sunday which he completed in 42 minutes, helping to raise money for charity as part of the Sport Relief Games. Junior star runners Isabelle Kimber and Lucas Kimber also competed in the 3 mile run.
Ripley Running Club are holding their monthly Community 5k at Alfreton Park this Saturday at 9am (830am Registration). All abilities welcome with refreshments available at the cricket pavilion afterwards.

Dates for the Diary

Races are starting to come thick and fast now and due to this the `Dates for the Diary` page has been updated.  Most of these have been provided by Luke Beresford.  
In addition I have created a ical file which has the dates on for importing into a Calendar, if anyone wants it let me know.

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Ripley Runners represent Derbyshire
Last Saturday, Lucy Taylor and Esther Broughton had the honour of representing Derbyshire in the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships in Birmingham. The field of runners includes the best in the country, many of whom represent the home nations on the international stage. The 8 kilometre race consisted of 1 big lap & 2 smaller ones. It was a beautiful sunny day but not too warm so perfect running conditions, with the ground quite good but a bit muddy in places. The course started with a fast downhill and was then undulating to the finish. Out of 249 runners Lucy Taylor came home in 217th place with Esther Broughton in 232nd place.
Also, there were a couple of notable achievements for Kermits (Ripley Runners) on tour as Luke Beresford won a park run in Keswick, Cumbria and Ian Warton-Woods took part in the Cardingmill Canter in Shropshire, a category A fell race (the toughest category) which was 5.5 miles long with 580 metres of ascent.
On Sunday, the Retford Half Marathon saw the finale of the Ripley Club Championship races. This mostly flat course with slight undulations in the last 3 miles is a good course to get a personal best time on. Richard Kimber took the club championship honours in fantastic style with a personal best of 1 hour 23 minutes and 10 seconds finishing in 20th place. He was followed by Dennis Holmes in 105th (1:33.15), Wayne Yearwood with a personal best of 1:41:38 in 214th, James McEwan came home in 216th (1:41.20) with Tom Briggs finishing in 316th place (1:47:47).
There were also a couple of 10 kilometre races on the Sunday. 3 Ripley Runners took part in the Fradley 10k near Lichfield. This two lap course is a perfect opportunity to get a quick time. Out of a field of 851 runners, Matt Jones came 14th in 38 minutes 14 seconds, followed by a personal best by the ever improving Joe Henstock with a time of 39:12 (21st place), Martin Penny then came home in a time of 39:45 (28th place).
Jayne Fitzpatrick also completed her second 10k in 2 weeks by running in the hilly Dronfield 10k race near Chesterfield. Just a week after her personal best she finished 3 seconds outside her best time in 48 minutes 34 seconds to finish 7th in her category.

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Last Saturday, saw the prestigious National English Cross Country Championships take place at Donnington Park which has seen high profile entrants in the past such as Mo Farah and the Brownlee brothers. After plenty of rain and then a dry spell, the course was full of sticky mud which was particularly difficult to run through. The men’s course consisted of 3 laps of the course and a total of 12 kilometres. Out of 1730 good quality runners, Matt Jones did particularly well to be the first Ripley Runner back in 793rd place. Richard Kimber finished in 946th place, followed by Dennis Holmes in 1188th, Mick Wareham in 1373rd, Carl Hopkinson 1402nd, Matt Baker 1449th, Ian Warton-Woods 1525th, Jerry Bateman 1612th.
In the ladies race of 8 kilometres and two laps of the course, Esther Broughton was the first Ripley lady home in 297th place, Lucy Taylor in 469th, Jayne Fitzpatrick 580th and Ali Butlin 648th.
Also last Saturday Robert Coates, Wayne Smithurst and Simon English ventured into Leicestershire to run the Belvior challenge 15 miler (15.8 miles to be exact!). Rob stormed home in a fantastic 3rd place in 1:48:11, Simon in 42nd in 2:12:48 and Wayne 55th in 2:15:02.
In the morning before the Cross Country Championships, Ripley Running Club hosted another 5k at Alfreton Park. A good turnout of 29 runners saw the course record being broken by Richard Start who finished in 18 minutes 58 seconds. The next 5k is on 26th March at 9am (Easter Saturday), all are welcome with refreshments in the Cricket Pavilion afterwards.
On the Sunday, a few Ripley Runners took part in the Coventry half marathon, this relatively flat course takes the runners out into the country and back to the city. Angela Marie Forte finished in 1125th place out of 4212 runners in 1 hour 47 minutes and as part of his marathon training for London, Tom Briggs, guided by Sarah Whittle, finished in 1 hour 50 minutes.
This Sunday, there was a short fell race in Belper called the Bluebell fell race as part of the David Denton race series. Luke Beresford came 3rd out of 57 runners, with Matt Baker finishing 28th and Alison Butlin 44th. Also, on this day was the Great Northern 10k in Mickleover in Derby. Jayne Fitzpatrick got an excellent 10k personal best time in 48 minutes and 31 seconds.

Bundas away trip 2016 - Harrogate 3rd July 2016

For those that don't already know, Bunda is organising this years away trip.  The nominated race is Harrogate 10k, to be held on 3rd July 2016.  If you want to go, speak to Bunda asap as already the bus is filling up.  Entries are not open yet but more details are here:

Weekly round up

Last Sunday, saw the annual St. Valentines 30k race on the flat surroundings in Lincolnshire which is often seen as a training race for any athlete competing in a spring marathon. Dennis Holmes was first Ripley Runner home in 211th place in a time of 2 hours 27 minutes. Cathy Cresswell and Karl Tietz followed in 446th and 447th respectively with a time of 2 hours 56 minutes.
Also, last Sunday there was the Dukeries 10.8 mile trail race in Nottinghamshire. This scenic mainly woodland trail run is becoming popular with local runners. Martin Penney finished in a very impressive 6th place out of 181 runners in a time of 1 hour 16 minutes.
A special mention also goes to Lisa Watson who completed the Airfield Anarchy Fostbite obstacle course at Newark Air Museum last Sunday on a very cold day. She was placed 1st in her category at the end and 6th lady overall. An outstanding result for Lisa.
This weekend was the Sleaford Half Marathon also in Lincolnshire. On a very windy day on a muddy course in places, Andy Riley finished in an excellent time of 1 hour 37 minutes, followed by GB age group triathlete Rebecca Lineker in 1 hours 44 minutes to set a new personal best time by 3 minutes. Antoinette Franco finished in 2 hours 9 minutes followed by James Franco in 2 hours 30 minutes.

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Thanks to Ian WW for the write up...
The final cross country Booths Decorators league race took place on Sunday at Holmebrook Valley Park in Chesterfield. This undulating course proved to be very tough and muddy after a winter of extensive rainfall.  A strong turnout of 20 Ripley runners culminated in a personal best performance by Luke Beresford taking 2nd place overall completing the 4.7-mile course in 31 minutes 58 seconds. Rob Coates followed in 12th place and then Joe Henstock in an impressive 30th place. Other results included Richard Kimber (37th), Mick Wareham (42nd), Pete Shuttleworth on his cross country debut for Ripley (45th). Lucy Taylor was the first Ripley lady home and 3rd lady overall. Martin Penney was 53rd, Simon English (65th), Dennis Holmes (86th), Esther Broughton (97th, 2nd vet 40 lady), Carl Hopkinson (104th), Matt Baker (112th), Rebecca Lineker (123rd), Wayne Yearwood (138th), Amy Bradley (162nd), Jerry Bateman (171st), Eleanor Robinson (177th, 1st vet 65 lady), Jayne Fitzpatrick (178th), Mike Corrigan (183rd).
As a team the ladies finished an impressive 1st on the day and 3rd overall in the series, with the men taking 4th overall in the series and Ripley finishing 3rd in the combined results behind Matlock and Heanor. Individual overall results included Luke Beresford finishing 3rd senior man with Lucy Taylor finishing 3rd senior lady. Matt Jones ended the season as 2nd vet 40 man with Esther Broughton finishing 2nd vet 40 lady. Ripley proved to be the best club in the vet 65 category with Eleanor Robinson finished as 1st vet 65 lady and Peter Collinge as 1st vet 65 man.
3 Ripley Runners also completed in the first of four in a series of Mini Mountain Marathon events set on Totley Moor and Burbage Moor in the Lake District. In this four-hour running/orienteering event, competitors have to visit as many checkpoints as possible in the allotted time period. Higher points are given for checkpoints which are more difficult to find. Matt Jones finished with 280 points(70th out of 223 competitors), Ian Warton-Woods with 210 (after deduction of 30 penalty points for coming back late) and Alison Butlin coming home with 120 points (after deduction of 30 penalty points for coming back late).

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3 Ripley Runners made the journey to Blackburn on Saturday for the Northern Cross Country Championships. The 7km course of 4 short laps of 1.75 miles with 2 very testing ascents per lap which made even more tough by storm Gertrude which provided runners with winds of up to 50 MPH and hail. The course was already saturated and muddy from the previous inclement weather we have received.
Rob Coates was the first Ripley Runner home in 268th place in a time of 57 minutes 29 seconds, followed by Richard Kimber in 501st place (1 hour 7 minutes) and Jeremy Bateman in 680th place (1 hour 23 minutes).
Wayne Yearwood and Anne Cook completed the 32 mile Wilmot Wander. Organised by the Long Distance Walking Association this Ultra circumnavigates Derby running along muddy paths and canals. Wayne completed the course in an impressive time of 5 hours 52 minutes.

Bundas & Lukes away run

Luke is planning another away run, this Sunday from Ripley Leisure Centre, a steady trot up to Crich stand and back - about 12/13 miles.  Be at the LC for 9am if you fancy it.

Bunda is organising another away run (To follow his successful last two, for those that don't know 2014 we went to Splisby Show in Lincolnshire, 2015 to North Wales half) and is looking for suggestions as to location.  Needs to be around July 2016, max of 2-3 hrs away.  There will be a bus there and back which shouldn't be too pricey for a great day out.  Any ideas to Bunda please.

Weekly round up

Big thanks to Ian WW for the write up....
Last Saturday, Ripley Runners competed in the 4th and final North Midlands League Cross Country race at Wollaton Park. The ladies took on a 6 kilometre course with Lucy Taylor finishing in 20th place followed by Esther Broughton in 31st, Rebecca Lineker in 43rd place, Cathy Cresswell (47th), Jayne Fitzpatrick (82nd), Alison Butlin (85th) and Eleanor Robinson in 100th place. The ladies took an impressive 4th place out of 11 in the team standings.
In the 10 kilometre men’s event, Luke Beresford took the Ripley honours finishing in 39th place, followed by Richard Kimber in 100th place, Simon English (135th), Dennis Holmes (142nd), Michael Wareham (145th), Wayne Smithurst (185th), Matt Baker (205th), Carl Hopkinson (207th) and Jeremy Bateman (241st). The men’s team finished 16th overall in the team standings.
This Saturday, Ripley hosted its first 5k community run of the year at Alfreton Park. A good turnout of 32 runners on a mild winter’s morning brought a new course record of 19 minutes 26 seconds by Shaun Martin. Rob Coates was first Ripley Runner home in 21 minutes 47 seconds.
This Sunday was the time for the 4th Booth’s Decorators League Cross Country Race of the season. The course at Trent Meadows, Long Eaton was extremely muddy after recent weather and consists of a long flat section followed by some steep banks near to the beginning and the end of the course. Out of a fantastic turnout of 24 Ripley runners, Luke Beresford came 6th overall in a time of 32 minutes, 40 seconds. Rob Coates then put in a fantastic performance to beat Matt Jones for the first time this season in 16th and 17th place respectively. Joe Henstock also managed to put in a great performance by coming 26th on his debut in the cross country league. Richard Kimber came 40th followed by Mick Wareham in 49th. Simon English, Martin Penney and Dennis Holmes followed in 55th, 57th and 75th. Lucy Taylor was the 6th lady home in 78th place overall. Other results included Matt Baker (102nd), Wayne Smithurst (105th), Esther Broughton (107th, 2nd Vet 40 female), Carl Hopkinson (108th), Peter Collinge (117th), Rebecca Lineker (125th), Wayne Yearwood (138th), Cathy Cresswell (144th), Karl Tietz (159th), Jeremy Bateman (168th), Jayne Fitzpatrick (171st), Amy Bradley (179th), Eleanor Robinson (2ooth, 1st Vet 65 female) and finally Mike Corrigan in 202nd in his comeback cross country race after a year out. Ripley now lie an impressive 4th in the men’s and ladies league and 3rd overall out of 12 teams.  Results have been added to the results page.
Junior runner, Isabelle Kimber also had some very notable results this weekend. Firstly, despite being only aged 8, she was 1st female home at the Alfreton park community run and was 2nd overall and 1st female at the junior parkrun at Markeaton Park on Saturday with a new personal best of 10 minutes, 3 seconds.

Weekly round up

On Saturday, Ripley Runners competed in the 4th and final North Midlands League Cross Country race at Wollaton Park. The ladies took on a 6 kilometre course with Lucy Taylor finishing in 20th place followed by Esther Broughton in 31st, Rebecca Lineker in 43rd place, Cathy Cresswell (47th), Jayne Fitzpatrick (82nd), Alison Butlin (85th) and Eleanor Robinson in 100th place. The ladies took an impressive 4th place out of 11 in the team standings.

In the 10 kilometre men’s event, Luke Beresford took the Ripley honours finishing in 39th place, followed by Richard Kimber in 100th place, Simon English (135th), Dennis Holmes (142nd), Michael Wareham (145th), Wayne Smithurst (185th), Matt Baker (205th), Carl Hopkinson (207th) and Jeremy Bateman (241st). The men’s team finished 16th overall in the team standings.

Weekends activities & Club champs page updated

The Derbyshire XC Championships were held at Shipley Park on 9/1/16.  Representing RRC were Eleanor, Esther and Lucy.  For the men Simon, Richard K, Wayne, Mick, Dennis, Ian WW, Karl H and Matt B.  It was a brilliant race which was very very difficult underfoot, but we all survived and enjoyed racing against the counties best.  Full results are not out yet but should appear here:
Full report to follow.

Elsewhere Rob Coates took on the amazing challenge that is "The Fan Dance".  The Fan Dance is a gruelling 24km non-navigational race over two sides of Pen Y Fan, the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons. This infamous route has long been a part of SAS (Special Air Service) and SBS (Special Boat Service) Selection and is considered the yardstick of a candidate's potential to perform well on Test Week and ultimately pass the Special Forces Selection programme. Starting at the iconic old red phone box the race goes straight up to the summit checkpoint of Pen Y Fan and, after descending 'Jacob's Ladder', continues along an undulating stone vehicle track (the 'Roman Road') to the second checkpoint which also serves as a tea stop and turnaround point. Then, taking the route in reverse, racers climb back up "The Fan" via Jacob's ladder and pass through the summit checkpoint a second time before legging their way back down to the finish at the old red phone box.  Rob finished in a brilliant 5th place. Well done mate. Check out the race website:

This years club championship is proving very very interesting this year with Dennis still leading.  He`s 35 points ahead of Richard Kimber with 6 races remaining.  Hopefully both Dennis and Richard can stay fit and healthy and produce a good finale to the club championship which is closer than its been for many a year. Current standings have been updated on the club champs page.

Just a final reminder, some of us are getting together tomorrow for one of Luke's now famous away runs.  We are meeting at Ripley Leisure Centre at 0900 for a run round what used to be the Butterley Half Marathon. All are welcome and Luke has posted full details on Facebook.

Club Handicap & the weekend ahead

The Handicap page has been updated.  Well done to everyone who took part.  We had 35 members running which is the most for a while.  It was fantastic to see everyone at the end encouraging everyone in.  There were some cracking times.  Thea took nearly 4 minutes off her PB.  Becky Linekar had a great first run and well done to Megan who ran with Bunda.  Helen Yates & Bupendra Parmar also recorded good first outings. Brilliant effort all round. At the top end Rob and Joe both lowered their times significantly.

The weekend ahead presents some good running opportunities.  Its the Derbyshire XC on Saturday at Shipley Park.  Men off at 12:35, ladies at 11:55.  If your not running, come along and watch/support your team.

Luke's latest run is on Sunday, a steady trot round what used to be the Butterley Brick Half.  All welcome.

Christmas round up, Lukes next away run, club champs update

Looks like it was a cracking away run yesterday around Ashover, organised by Luke Beresford.  Around 30 people turned up, including friends from other local clubs.  A good day was had by all and you were certainly blessed by cracking weather.

Guess what? Luke has another planned for the 10th Jan 2016:
"Ripley Butterley Brick Half Marathon - (Just for fun) Sunday 10th January 2016, 9am, Ripley Leisure centre. This race was traditionally held on the second Sunday of January back in the late eighties/early nineties, so just for fun a group of us are going to jog the course(nice and steady), finishing back at the leisure centre, quick shower/change and into Weatherspoon's (Red Lion) for food and drinks. ALL WELCOME"

I know I speak for everyone in the club when I say thanks to Luke for organising these events, they have been brilliant.  THANKS LUKE.

The club champs page has been updated with the latest standings.  Have a look, its getting interesting....

Don't forget its the Handicap next Tuesday - Lets have some PBS

Weekly round up

Last Sunday saw, 4 Ripley Runners compete in the Keyworth Turkey Trot Half Marathon to help raise money for the 1st Keyworth Scout Group. The course is a single circuit, all on road, starting and finishing in the village of Keyworth passing through the undulating rural scenery and villages of the South Nottinghamshire Wolds. First Ripley Runner home was Joe Henstock in 63rd place in a time of 1 hour 27 minutes, Dennis Holmes followed in 131st in a time of 1 hour 31 minutes, Richard Sims closely followed in a time of 1 hour 32 minutes, Tom Briggs also finished in a time of 1 hour 59 minutes.

Also on Sunday, two juniors had great results at the junior parkrun at Markeaton Park.  Isabelle Kimber finished 4th and was 2nd girl home (1st in the Under 10 category) on the 2k course with her brother Lucas Kimber finishing in 10th place.

The previous day saw the monthly Whitworth Thread 5k run take place at Whitworth Park at Darley Dale near Matlock. The 4 lap course saw Luke Beresford finish in 6th place in a time of 18 minutes 48 seconds followed by Bill Powis in 37th place (24:20) and Dennis Holmes in 39th(24:28).

Christmas and New Year runs

Luke has organised a couple of runs over Christmas and New Year:
  • Tuesday 29th December 2015 from 'The Old Poets Corner' pub, Ashover village. S45 0EW, meet at 10.30am, large car park on back of pub. 2 groups, one off road, one on road, pub opens at 12 midday, dog friendly pub
  • Sunday 10th January 2016, 9am Ripley Butterley Brick Half Marathon - (Just for fun) from Ripley Leisure centre. This race was traditionally held on the second Sunday of January back in the late eighties/early nineties, so just for fun a group of us are going to jog the course(nice and steady), finishing back at the leisure centre, quick shower/change and into Weatherspoon's for food and drinks.


Weekly round up

Successful weekend for the club, thanks to Ian for the below report, full results available on the results page:

Ripley was well represented at two league races this weekend. First off on Saturday was the North Midlands Cross Country League Round 3. The course at Shipley Country Park is undulating with a few tough hills. The very windy conditions combined with the recent rain made the course very tough and muddy in places. The ladies race kicked off first and Lucy Taylor was the first Ripley runner home on the 6km course in 15th place. Esther Broughton and Cathy Cresswell followed in 32nd and 33rd place respectively with Jo Howett finishing 66th and Alison Butlin 82nd. Later on the men completed the 10km with Richard Kimber coming home in 107th place followed by Dennis Holmes in 137th place. Other finishers included Rob Lennox (138th), Mick Wareham (156th), Matt Baker (172nd), Ian Warton-Woods (179th) and Jerry Bateman (186th).
On the Sunday it was also the 3rd round of the Booths Decorators League at Bakewell Showground. The 4.3 mile, 3 lap course went around the rugby pitches then over a sheep dip and then tackled two steep banks before coming back to the showground. Luke Beresford was the first Ripley runner home in 4th place, followed by Matt Jones in 16th place. Rob Coates continued his impressive form to finish in 18th place. Other results included Richard Kimber (35th), Simon English (50th), Dennis Holmes (61st), Mick Wareham (63rd), Lucy Taylor (68th), Matt Baker (106th), Cathy Cresswell (118th), Ian Warton-Woods (122nd), Becky Lineker (123rd), Pete Collinge (128th), Wayne Yearwood (131st), Richard Philliss finished 135th in his first comeback race after a long absence due to injury, Jerry Bateman (145th), Jo Howett (161st), Tom Briggs and Alison Butlin 187th and 188th respectively.
Team wise we are doing well, Men were 4th, ladies 5th and 3rd overall.
The previous weekend 3 Ripley Runners competed in a Mini Mountain Marathon orienteering event on Saddleworth Moor. Competitors have to find as many checkpoints as possible in a 4 hour period. Each checkpoint has a score depending on its difficulty to find. The competitor with the most points wins, this tests navigation skills and running ability alike. The conditions on the day were horrendous with 50 mph gale force winds and driving rain. Despite this all competitors returned back safely with Ian Warton-Woods getting the most points out of the Ripley competitors with 150 points, Matt Jones achieved 130 points and Alison Butlin 71 points.
Also the previous weekend Angela Forte and Richard Sims ran the Benidorm 10k. Richard Sims was 62nd in a time of 40 minutes 24 seconds with Angela Forte getting 2nd place in the veteran ladies over 50 category in a time of 49 minutes 26 seconds

Provisional Positions North Mids and BDL Bakewell XC

Our time keepers present at the North Mids XC at Shipley Park on Saturday and the BDL XC at Bakewell on Sunday, have provided the following provisional RRC placings:

North Mids:
Ladies: Lucy 15th, Esther 32nd,  Cathy 33rd,  Jo 66th, Alison 82nd.
Men: Rich K. 107, Dennis 137,  Rob Lennox 138, Mick W. 156,  Matt B. 172, Ian WW 179,  Jerry 186.

BDL Bakewell:
Luke 4th, Matt J  16th, Rob Coates  18th, Rich K.  35th, Simon 50th, Dennis 61st, Mick w.  63rd,
Lucy    68th, Matt B. 106th, Cathy Cresswell 118, Ian WW 122, Becky Lineker 123, Pete Collinge 128,
Wayne Y. 131, Bunda (Comeback race!) 135,  Jerry 145, Jo H.  161, Tom 187, Alison 188
Thanks to everyone who attended but more importantly people who gave up their day to time keep.

Full report to follow.

Updates - Club Champs/Handicap/Meet RRC

Club Championship and Handicap standings have been updated after last nights handicap.  Also, have a look at Luke's latest `Meet RRC` interview, this time with Alison Butlin, I'm sure you will agree it makes for good reading!

Weekly round up

A busy weekend saw many Ripley Runners compete in the Derbyshire Championship Half Marathon at Clowne. The undulating course is often cold and windy at this time of year so it provides a tough test for runners. As it was a Ripley club championship race, runners were out in force. Luke Beresford finished in 6th place in 1:18, winning a gold medal for the 1stDerbyshire male. Rob Coates came home in 26th position in 1:23. Richard Kimber continued his decent form by achieving a personal best finishing in 29th place in 1:24. These results mean that the men won 1st place in the team category in the Derbyshire Championships. Joe Henstock finished in 50th (1:29), Dennis Holmes in 68th (1:31)

In the ladies category, Lucy Taylor finished as 2nd Derbyshire female in 1:32. Esther Broughton finished as 2nd Derbyshire female in a personal best time of 1:38 with Cathy Cresswell finishing as 3rd Derbyshire female in 1:41, consequently the ladies won 1st place in the Derbyshire Championships.

Other results included Matt Baker (1:40 and a new personal best), Carl Hopkinson (1:43), Amy Bradley (1:45), Andy Riley (1:51), Michael Corrigan (1:55).

Ian Warton-Woods flew the flag for Ripley in North Wales at the Conwy Half Marathon. The hilly route runs from Conwy to Llandudno around the Great Orme and then back to Conwy. On a cold and wet morning, Ian finished in a respectable 1:43.

The local Heanor 10k Pudding Run race also took place on Sunday with a few Ripley Runners taking part. The race around Shipley park finishing with all runners receiving a Christmas pudding. Wayne Yearwood came home in 129th in 44:49. Jerry Bateman in 265th (49:10). Bupendra Parmar in 387th(53:11) and Lorraine Griffiths in 528th (56:28).

Lisa Watson also completed the Nottingham 10k Mo Run at Wollaton Park in aid of the Movember Foundation in 55:16.

7 Ripley Runners made the long trip to Corby recently to compete in the 2nd race of this seasons North Midlands Cross Country series. Driving rain and overnight storms made the course extremely wet and muddy under foot. The women’s race set off first with Lucy Taylor coming home as the first Ripley Lady (16th overall) followed by Esther Broughton (37th) and Joanne Howett (72nd). The rain came down harder before the men’s race and on a very cut up course Richard Kimber came home as the first Ripley male (126th overall) followed by Matt Baker (174th), Ian Warton-Woods (184th) and Jerry Bateman.

Earlier in the day Luke Beresford and Dennis Holmes competed in the monthly Whitworth Thread 5k race at Darley Dale near Matlock. Luke Beresford won the race in 17:13 just outside his personal best time, Dennis Holmes finished in 14th in a time of 20:20.

Lucy Taylor competed in the annual prestigious Leeds Abbey Dash comprising of a field of top runners to finish as the 109th lady in a time of 41:41.

And finally, seasoned ultrarunner Anne Cook completed the 6 Dales Circuit on a scenic route of 25 miles visiting Biggin Dale, Wolfscote Dale, Beresford Dale, Hartington, Monyash, Lathkill Dale, Bradford Dale and Long Dale

Derbyshire XC Champs 9/1/16 at Shipley Park

For those that are not aware, this year the Derbyshire Cross Country Championship is being held at Shipley Park, Heanor on 9/1/16.  Entries need to be in by 9/12/15 to secure a place to race against Derbyshire's Best.  Don't miss out. Its a great race and I would encourage anyone to have a go.  Entry forms are here:

Weekly round up

7 Ripley Runners made the long trip to Corby on Saturday to compete in the 2nd race of this season's North Midlands Cross Country series (full results to follow). Driving rain and overnight storms made the course extremely wet and muddy under foot. The women’s race set off first with Lucy Taylor coming home as the first Ripley Lady followed by Esther Broughton and Joanne Howett. The rain came down harder before the men’s race and on a very cut up course Richard Kimber came home as the first Ripley male followed by Matt Baker, Ian Warton-Woods and Jerry Bateman.
Earlier in the day Luke Beresford and Dennis Holmes competed in the monthly Whitworth Thread 5k race at Darley Dale near Matlock. Luke Beresford won the race in 17:13 just outside his personal best time, Dennis Holmes finished in 14th in a time of 20:20.  Results here
Also, on Saturday Anne Cook completed the 6 dales circuit. A scenic route of 25 miles visiting Biggin Dale, Wolfscote Dale, Beresford Dale, Hartington, Monyash, Lathkill Dale, Bradford Dale, Long Dale.
On Sunday, Lucy and Dean competed against some of the countries best at Leeds Abbey Dash with Lucy clocking 40:56 in her 2nd race of the weekend and Dean a cracking 35:26.

Weekly round up

On Sunday, a good turnout of 22 Ripley Runners led to a successful day at the Booth’s Decorators League Cross Country at Chaddesden Park, the second race of the season. The undulating and muddy course takes in two laps of the park and crosses the stream four times. Luke Beresford equalled his best ever finish to come home in 3rd place. Matt Jones was the next Ripley runner home in 17th place followed by new member Rob Coates finishing in an excellent 22nd place.

Christian Howett finished as 2nd junior male in 25th place overall followed by Richard Kimber in 37th and Lucy Taylor coming home as 3rd senior lady in 58th place overall.

Other results were as follows; Simon English (71st), Dennis Holmes (85th), Esther Broughton (120th, 1st veteran over 40 lady), Carl Hopkinson (133rd), Cathy Cresswell (144th), Ian Warton-Woods (155th), Bill Powis (177th), Jeremey Bateman (181st), Matt Baker (194th), Jo Howett (196th), Amy Bradley (207th), Alison Butlin (219th), Eleanor Robinson (223rd), Joe Ball (256th), Mike Corrigan (257th), Tom Briggs (258th).

After the race, presentations were made for the summer series of 5 road races. Lucy Taylor collected the award for 2nd senior lady and Luke Beresford won an award for 3rd senior male. In the team event, Ripley collected trophies for 3rd place in the ladies category and 3rd overall. Christian Howett picked up an award for 2nd junior male with the Ripley ladies dominating the veteran over 40 category by winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd with Esther Broughton, Jo Howett and Cathy Cresswell respectively.

The previous weekend, Lisa Watson completed the Airfield Anarchy 15 mile obstacle course. The very muddy course with hay bales, monkey bars, balance beams, tyres, trenches and cargo nets to contend with provided a very tough challenge for competitors and Lisa came an excellent 35th out of 185th and 2nd lady home.

As well as competing in the League race on Sunday, Matt Baker also completed a tough obstacle course half marathon in Manchester on the Saturday, coming home in a respectable time of 2 hour 40 minutes.


The full results from yesterdays BDL XC race have been added to the results page.  Team wise were are going well with both the men and the ladies taking 4th place.  Special mentions go to Luke for a great 3rd and Lucy who was 3rd lady.  Christian Howett was a cracking 25th overall, taking 2nd junior male. 
Full Ripley results here - Well done to everyone:
3 Luke Beresford Ripley 00:25:50
17 Matt Jones Ripley 00:27:33
22 Rob Coates Ripley 00:27:50
25 Christian Howett Ripley 00:28:02
37 Richard Kimber Ripley 00:28:59
58 Lucy Taylor Ripley 00:29:56
71 Simon English Ripley 00:30:47
85 Dennis Holmes Ripley 00:31:23
120 Esther Broughton Ripley 00:33:03
133 Carl Hopkinson Ripley 00:33:34
144 Cathy Cresswell Ripley 00:33:57
155 Ian Warton-Woods Ripley 00:34:36
177 Bill Powis Ripley 00:35:41
181 Jerry Bateman Ripley 00:35:54
194 Matt Baker Ripley 00:36:57
196 Jo Howett Ripley 00:37:00
207 Amy Bradley Ripley 00:38:00
219 Alison Butlin Ripley 00:39:11
223 Eleanor Robinson Ripley 00:39:36
256 Joe Ball Ripley 00:44:00
257 Mike Corrigan Ripley 00:44:01
258 Tom Briggs Ripley 00:44:03

Weekly round up

On Saturday, Ripley Running club fielded a men's and women's relay team at the National Cross Country Relays at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield. The twisting and undulating course provided a tough test for runners especially considering the quality of the field which included some of the country's best cross country runners. The women's relay team comprised of 3 legs of 3km laps. Lucy Taylor went off on the first leg and finished the leg in an impressive 53rd place in a time of 11 minutes 10 seconds. Cathy Cresswell took over to complete the 2nd leg in a time of 13 minutes 8 seconds and Esther Broughton took the team home in a leg time of 12 minutes 42 seconds to ensure that the team finished in 56th place out of 102 teams, an outstanding achievement considering the calibre of the field.
The men's relay was made up of 4 legs of 5km laps. Luke Beresford set off first to complete his 5km in 17 minutes 58 seconds to hand over in 105th place. Richard Kimber then completed his leg in 19 minutes 30 seconds followed by Matt Jones in 18 minutes 55 seconds. Rob Coates took over on the final leg to finish in 19 minutes 37 seconds including a gutsy sprint finish towards the end being roared on by fantastic Ripley support. The men's team finished in an excellent 92nd place out of 149 teams.
On Sunday a number of Ripley Runners also took part in the annual Dovedale Dash. The 4.5 miles off road race is unique as it involves 1,500 runners starting at the foot of Thorpe Cloud going downhill on a small path and across the River Dove (most runners opt to go through the water rather than across the stepping stones!). The race then goes along the river and through fields to come back to the river and back up to Thorpe Cloud. Dennis Holmes was first Ripley Runner home in 36:49 followed by Carl Hopkinson in 39:15 then Matt Baker (39:26), J Howett (46:57), R Orton (49:11). Under 14 runner and future star Kate Corrigan ran the course in a fantastic time of 54:35.
In other news, on Saturday Anne Cook also carried on with her impressive ultra running achievements by completing the Dusk to Dawn marathon off road around the Peak District, starting and finishing at Buxton at night in a time of 7 hours 27 minutes.
Multiple Marathon runner, Amy Bradley, also had a busy weekend by first completing the 'Spooky Sprint' 10km at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham on Saturday evening dressed in fancy dress in a quick time of 47 minutes in aid of Parkinson's UK. She finished 16th overall and was 3rd lady home. On Sunday morning, she then completed the Red Bull orienteering event at Sherwood Forest. This event allows competitors and use navigation and running skills to find as many control gates as possible in 75 minutes.

Weekly round up

It has been a busy couple of weeks for Ripley Running Club, including some important club races to note.
Firstly, the club sent a team to the British Fell and Hill Relay Championships recently. This event compromises of the best clubs and best runners in the country in fell racing. The tough course on the Pennine hills around Burnley tested running ability and navigational skills. Team Ripley, comprising of Luke Beresford, Simon English, Wayne Smithurst, Mick Wareham & Matt Jones came a commendable 78th out of 142 teams.

The same weekend was the first round in the Booth Decorators League cross country race of the season with Ripley hosting and organising the race at Shipley Park. Luke Beresford finished in 17th followed by Matt Jones in 19th Rob Coates in 24th and Richard Kimber in 40th. Lucy Taylor was the first lady home in 58th place (3rd lady). Other notable performances include Dennis Holmes (62nd), Simon English (66th), Jack Tymon (67th), Vince Harlin (71st), Matt Baker (111th), Esther Broughton (120th), Carl Hopkinson (121st), Peter Collinge (128th), Cathy Cresswell (132nd), Karl Tietz (147th) and Ryan Orton (201st). Ripley finished the day lying 6th in the men’s competition and 4th in the ladies’ competition.

On the same day, 2 Ripley runners made the journey to Amsterdam to compete in their annual half marathon. The relatively flat course around the canals of the beautiful Dutch city provided two personal bests with Ian Warton-Woods coming home in 1:44.42 followed by Andy Hill in 1:52.46.

This weekend, saw 4 Ripley runners make the journey to Snowdonia to complete the Snowdon Marathon. The 26.2 mile race is run on roads around Snowdon including the hilly Pen-Y-Pass climb at the beginning of the race. The tough course combined with wet conditions meant the results were even more impressive. Dean Taylor finished in 3.09.11.  Wayne Smithurst completed the course in 4.05.30 minutes closely followed by Matt Nicholls in 4.06.22 minutes. Alison Butlin completed her debut marathon in a respectable 5.13.35 minutes

Ripley also had 10 runners at the popular Worksop Half marathon.  The undulating course which weaves its way through Clumber Park, starts and finishes in the town. First home was Luke Beresford in 1:18.40 followed by Richard Kimber in a fantastic personal best time of 1:24.29. Veterans Dennis Holmes (1:30.57), Wayne Yearwood (1:40.06) and Jerry Bateman (1:45.24) also finished in commendable times. Other Ripley finishers included Ian Warton-Woods (1:47.34) Richard Cauldwell (1:50.06), Elaine Ozenbrook (2:02.41), Antoinette Franco (2:08.02) and James Franco (2:36.09)

Ripley Running Club also hosted its 2nd monthly Alfreton Park Community 5k Run on Saturday. 31 runners turned out to enjoy the 3 lap course. Anybody is welcome to enter this local friendly run which next takes place on 28th November at 9am.

Meet RRC!

A new page has been added titled `Meet RRC`, this page will contain interview's with RRC members, conducted by Luke BERESFORD.  Hopefully this will help people get to know our members better.  1st interview is with Club Legend Eleanor Robinson - Not sure how you will follow this one Luke!! Have a read - Let us know what you think.

Alfreton Park 5K - October 2015

The Alfreton Park 5k page has been updated with todays results. Well done to Paul Whittleton of Ilkeston RC who won in 19:28.  For RRC Ryan Orton had a great run in 22:55.

Shipley Park XC

Sunday saw us host the first XC race of the season, setting out a new, testing course at Shipley Park.  Well done everyone who ran but most of all thanks to everyone who gave up their time to help marshal.  The event went off well and the new route seems to have been well received. 
Special mentions go to Eleanor, Mike, Bunda, Jerry, Lorraine, Mick and others who were at the venue at 8am whilst most of us were still tucked up in bed.  Also Lisa Cashmore who travelled direct from the airport to help out - that's teamwork for you!
Running wise we had a good performance, finishing 6th in the men's race, 4th in the ladies, making it 5th overall.  Special mentions should go to Rob Coats (24th), Jack Tymon (67th) and Matt Baker (111th) and Ryan Orton (201st, 4th JM) all making their XC debuts.  Lucy took 4th lady.
Full results can be found on the `Results` page. 

Club Champs updated

The Club Championship page has been updated and is available on the Club Champs page.

Weekly round up

On Saturday, Luke Beresford picked up the trophy for 1st place at the Wingerworth Wobble fell race near Chesterfield. The race is traditionally ran in fancy dress by Ripley Runners but despite wearing a wig and fake moustache, Luke still clocked an impressive time of 30:33 on the 4.5 mile course where runners had to contend with muddy fields, stiles and even bulls in a field.
In the afternoon, Ripley Runners (many of whom also ran in the morning) competed in the first race of the North Midlands Cross Country league. This course compromises of 3 laps for men and 2 laps for women around the pitch and putt golf course at Markeaton park. The highlight of the day was Lucy Taylor finishing in a stunning 11th place amongst a high quality field including the fastest runners in the region.
On Sunday, two Ripley Runners boasted magnificent marathon results at the prestigious Yorkshire Marathon. This largely flat course around the City of York attracts athletes from around the world including Kenya and Ethiopia. Carl Hopkinson completed the race in 3 hours 41 minutes, 12 minutes faster than his previous personal best. Bupendra Parmar also completed the race on his marathon debut in a fabulous time of 4 hours 21 minutes.
The Derby City Half Marathon also took place on Sunday. The race starts at the University and goes through the city centre to pride park and back to the University via Darley Park. Joe Henstock completed the race in 33rd position out of 600 runners to finish in a time of 1 hour 29 minutes. Just a week after completing the Bournemouth Marathon, Tom Briggs finished in 2 hours.
Another impressive performance was achieved by Andy Hill, who just a day after completing a Survival of the fittest obstacle course half marathon finished the Tamworth 10k in a personal best time of 53 minutes.

Handicap results from Tuesday night

Handicap results from Tuesday night have been uploaded onto the handicap page

Weekly round up

Last weekend saw some fantastic marathon performances from Ripley Runners and a number of personal bests. Cathy Cresswell & Karl Tietz competed in the Chester marathon. Starting off running along Chester race course and into the city itself. It then leaves Chester past the Duke of Westminster estate, before passing the border into Wales and villages of lavister & Rossett. Keeping to rural lanes, runners then do a small loop entering a small village. Crossing the old ancient Roman bridge at Farndon to return to England for the home stretch running through Churton, Aldford and Huntington. On re entering the city runners pass the river Dee along Groves and Castle drive before a Triumphant finish at the race course. Cathy was first home with a personal best by 14 minutes in a time 3.39.07 category place 13th and chip position 620th. Karl followed in a time of 3.39.43 category place 17th chip position 627th. Both have Good For Age qualifying times for London Marathon 2017.
Tom Briggs also put in a fantastic performance at the Bournemouth Marathon. This marathon goes through the seaside town finishing on the sea front. Tom, who is a visually impaired runner, guided by Gavin Fletcher beat his personal best time by 8 minutes to finish in 4 hours 6 minutes.
The annual Shelton Striders 10k took place last Sunday as part of the Run Derby series. Lucy Taylor finished an impressive 36th out of a strong field of 364 runners in a time of 38:47. Elaine Ozenbrook also finished in a good time of 53:57.
Finally, Dennis Holmes completed the Congleton Half Marathon. Dennis posted a great time on this undulating course finishing in 107th place in a time of 1:33:32.

Weekly round up

It was a busy weekend for Ripley Running Club as we held our first Alfreton Park 5k run. Held on the 4th Saturday of every month at 9am, runners get the opportunity to run a timed 5km, 3 lap course of Alfreton Park with shorter options for supervised under 10s.  Our next run is on 24th October.

On Sunday, as the mist lifted over Nottingham to reveal a warm Autumn morning, 6 of our runners took on the Robin Hood Half Marathon.

First back for Ripley over the new improved and slightly more undulating course was Tom Powis in a very swift 1.19 (51st). Next back for the club was Richard Cauldwell in 1.27 (235th), closely followed by Joe Henstock, smashing his PB to pieces with in 1.29 (286th).

Next over the line was Amy Bradley who continued her return after injury with a 1.47 (1741st), followed by Andrew hill in 1.53 (2580th) and Lisa Watson in 1.57 (3205th).

The full marathon route was also brand new for 2015 and incorporated more scenery and more hills. These proved no match for Wayne Yearwood who took it all in his stride, notching up another 26.2miles in 3.57 (522nd).

Upcoming Races

Have a look at the upcoming races page (dates for the diary), I've updated them tonight.  If anyone has any others - let me know and I`ll add them.

Round up - last week

Ripley Runners competed in two formidable half marathons this weekend. First off on Saturday was the Great Langdale Half Marathon taking in breath-taking scenery of the Langdale Valley in the Lake District. Billed as one of the toughest road race half marathons in the UK, this half marathon is exceptionally hilly with 1:3 gradients in places. Once again the Ripley ladies stole the show by winning the team event with fantastic performances by Esther Broughton finishing in 97th out of 244 runners in 1 hour 56 minutes followed by Cathy Cresswell who came home just after the 2 hour mark and Alison Butlin in 2 hours 8 minutes. Karl Tietz also finished the race running it in 2 hours. Fantastic performances were also backed up by fantastic support from other Ripley Runners.
A couple of Ripley Runners also completed in the world famous Great North Run on Sunday starting on Newcastle and finishing on the sea front in South Shields. Luke Beresford backed up his recent good form in fell races to finish in a personal best time of 1 hour 15 minutes and 21 seconds in an amazing 61st position out of 57,000 runners. He also got the honour of shaking hands with the race winner Mo Farah at the end! Matthew O'Mara also completed the race in an impressive 1 hour 55 minutes to finish in the top 15% of overall finishers.
Also, on Sunday was the Ponton Plod race in Lincolnshire forming part of the club championships. The race distance can either be 17 miles or 33 miles depending on preference. The majority of the proceeds from the race go to Besso Childrens Home in Hosur, India. Experienced Ultra runner Anne Cook and Wayne Yearwood completed the course in 6 hours 40 minutes.
A special mention also goes to Amy Bradley who won the 1st lady prize at Waingroves show at the weekend. Simon English and Wayne Smithhurst also ran the fun run with family members. The multi-talented Wayne Yearwood was also at the show showcasing some of his fantastic artwork.

Club Championship

The Club Championship page has been updated with the current standings, visit the Club Championship page for the current standings!

Great North Run & Langdales Half

Some good runs at The Great North Run today.  Luke took home a 1:15:21 wow awesome running Luke, Richard Kimber 1:31 and Ian WW 1:48.  Full results here:

RRC sent our crack ladies team up to the Great Langdales half where they claimed the ladies team prize. Full results not available yet but they should appear here:

Ben Nevis Race

Luke Beresford, Wayne Smithurst and myself (Simon) competed in the Ben Nevis Race on Saturday.  Luke came in just under 2 hours, an impressive performance against some of the countries best Fell Runners.  Simon and Wayne were around the 2:50 mark.  Demoralising, relentless climbing followed by near vertical decents! all in all a good day out was had by all and we are already contemplating a return with Wayne promising to slice off a good chunk of time.  Waynes daughter produced a short video of the day, this has been put on the front page of the site - have a look I'm sure you`ll all agree she has done a great job!

Wilne 10k

Some great results at Wilne 10K today.   Richard Kimber grabbed another pb slicing a few seconds off his to take it down to 38:12.  Another great run by Lucy Taylor in 38:48.  Joe Henstock is surely getting close to the magic sub 40 with an impressive 40:26.  Matt Barker chopped his pb down to the low 43s.  Great performances from Dennis, Martin, Ian, Angela, Paula, Alison, Elanor and Elaine.  Well done to all who competed.  Provisional results here:

Last weeks Round Up

Short round up of last weeks races:

A busy week for Ripley running club kicked off last Thursday with the ladies once again taking the honours at the Malt shovel relays. The two mile, three legged annual relay event begins and ends at the Malt Shovel Inn in Oakerthorpe. The ladies team comprising of Lucy Taylor, Cathy Cresswell and Esther Broughton came home in a very commendable time of 41:20 to take the trophy. Ripley also fielded two mens teams which finished 4th and 28th with special mentions to go to Luke Beresford and Matt Baker for running two legs. The mixed Ripley team finished 25th.

On Saturday, Ilkeston Running Club hosted the annual Double or Quits race where participants could either run 5 or 10 miles. Lucy Taylor took the first lady honours in this Ripley club championship race with a winning time of 1 hour 7 minutes 34 seconds. Other Ripley finishers included Richard Kimber (10th overall), Joe Henstock (19th), Dennis Holmes (23rd), Matt Baker (43rd), Wayne Yearwood (62nd), Cathy Cresswell (64th), Karl Tietz (72nd), Jayne Fitzpatrick (99th), Rebecca Lineker (100th) and Eleanor Robinson (2nd in her category, 115th overall).

On Sunday, a number of Ripley runners competed in race in the
Lake District. Firstly, Matt Jones, Alison Butlin and Ian Warton-Woods competed in the Mini Mountain Marathon in the Skiddaw area around Keswick. The 4 hour orienteering event takes in breathtaking mountain scenery with runners getting to as many checkpoints as possible within the alloted time (more points given for difficult to find checkpoints) Matt Jones finished in 64th with 210 points and Alison Butlin and Ian Warton-Woods competed as a team to finish in 108th place with 90 points. 

Also, on Sunday was the Grasmere Senior guides fell race. At 150 years old, it is one of the oldest fell races in the world. The race forms part of the Grasmere show and is 1.6 miles long, going steeply to the top of Grey fell and straight back down to the finish at the showground. The race attracts some of the best fell runners and the country. Luke Beresford was the first Ripley Runner back home in an impressive 26th place in 16 minutes, Anne Cook and Amy Bradley also completed the race.

Round up of recent events

A round up of recent events:

The final Booths Decorators League road race of the year on 4th August saw Ripley secure 3rd place in the woman’s event and 3rd place overall with 26 Ripley Runners in total taking part. The race, hosted by Heanor running club, starts and finishes at Shipley Hall Cricket Club, takes in 5 miles of Shipley Country Park over two laps including the tough uphill section towards Shipley Hall. Luke Beresford was the first Ripley runner home in 3rd place, equalling his personal best finish at a league race. Matt Jones followed in a very respectable 34th position (6th veteran over 40). Lucy Taylor helped the ladies secure 3rd place by finishing 43rd overall (3rd lady home). Other notable results included Christian Howett who finished as 2nd junior male in 44th place, Joe Henstock 67th, Phil Layton in 73rd, Simon English 77th, Dennis Holmes 86th, Matt Nicholls 113th. Esther Broughton secured 1st in her category by finishing 122nd overall, Karl Tietz 123rd, Jim Mcewen 124th, Matt Baked 131st, Cathy Cresswell 142nd, Rebecca Lineker 145th, Jo Howett 147th, Ian Warton-Woods 171st, Carl Hopkinson 182nd, Bupendra Parmar 191st, Ryan Orton 198th, Paula Brudenall 212nd, Alison Butlin 230th, Jayne Fitzpatrick 235th, Louise Whysall 254th, Eleanor Robinson 258th (taking the victory in her veteran over 65 category) and Joe Ball 270th.
Last Sunday, 4 Ripley Runners completed the annual Belper Rugby Rover. Starting from Belper Rugby Club, this predominantly off road 30 kilometre circular race takes in the beautiful countryside on the hills surrounding Belper. It includes over 2000 feet of climbs including running up towards Alport Heights to an altitude of 1000 feet. Wayne Smithhurst was the first Ripley runner home in 85th place followed closely by Tim Jacques and Matt Nicholls.
Other races over the last few weeks included a number of fell races, most notably the Chevin Bluebell Fell Race where Luke Beresford picked up another fell race victory by finishing nearly a minute ahead of the rest of the field. A week later he also claimed 3rd place in the scenic Ricky’s race hosted by Matlock Athletic club at Darley Bridge.  Lucy Taylor was 2nd Female.
Three Ripley Runners also completed the Whitworth Thread 5k near Matlock, Dennis Holmes came 8th in a respectable time of 20:40 with Esther Broughton first female home in 13th overall with an excellent time of 21:19.
Seasoned Ultra-Marathon runner Anne Cook, completed the Peak Sky Race on 2nd August. This 30 mile off road race features the best breath-taking scenery the Peak District has to offer around Buxton, compromising of almost 7000 feet in climbing (equivalent to climbing a quarter of Mount Everest from sea level) visiting Soloman’s Temple, Hen Cloud, Shuttlingsloe and Axe Edge. On a very warm day and having fallen off her bike the day before, Anne completed the course in an impressive 7 hours 19 minutes (see photo attached of the runners at Ramshaw rocks, Anne in red)

Rickys Race, Rugby Rover, Alfreton 5k & Christmas Curry!

Some good results at Ricky's Race last night.  Lucy took 2nd lady and Luke 3rd male.  Some others took part but results are not available yet, I`ll post again when they are.

Rugby Rover on Sunday - Loads of places available if you fancy a tough but scenic 18 miler to Alport Heights and back.  RRC will be looking after a water station at the junction of Holly Lane and Whitewells Lane just near the Hurt Arms.  Between 1030 and 1530.  Please come along and help, even if its just for half an hour.  Eleanor is collating names, let her know on Facebook.

Alfreton Park 5k next week (Saturday) - our final test event before we hopefully go live in September.  Again, support is needed if we are going to make this a success.  Friends and family of club members are welcome, would be good to get a solid turn out to test the Marshalls and time keepers.  Lovely location and great facilities.

Finally, Amy is organising this years Christmas Curry.  It will be at Syhlet Spice on Tues 8th December.  £15-00 set menu.  Let Amy Bradley know if your coming.



Date for the Diary, English XC Champs

English XC Championships will be held at Donnington Park, Leicestershire on 27th February 2016.

BDL results

A good night to be out running last night with 26 members turning out for the BDL on a tricky two lap course hosted by our friends over at Heanor.

Notable performances include Luke taking 3rd over all, Lucy 3rd Female, Esther, Cathy and Jo with a 1,2,3 in the LV40 Category.  Christian took 2nd JM and Ryan Orton in his first appearance for RRC took 5th JM.

Nice to see Eleanor back running after a few weeks out.  She claimed 1st place in her category. 

Overall in the 5 Race series the ladies took a fantastic 3rd, men 6th making us 3rd combined.  Well done everyone. Looking forward to a good XC season already.

Full results can be found on the `Results` page.

Round up and week ahead (BDL SHIPLEY ON TUESDAY)

Last week was a good one with plenty happening. 

We met up with friends from Little Eaton Hornets on Tuesday and they treated us to a testing 8 miler over the Chevin.  The route started and finished at the Poets in Holbrook taking in parts of various local races including David Dentons Fell Race, Derwent Relays and the Rugby Rover.  Afterwards it was beer and sarnies/pork pie in the pub.  Thanks go to Luke again for organising such a good night, im sure we would all agree that these nights have been a success.

Thursday it was Brassington Fell Race, no results out yet (not unusual) but Luke won for the third year on the trot.  Wayne, Lucy and some others took part - I`ll post a link if the results get published.

No Walk in the Park on Saturday, Luke took 2nd place in a new PB in the low 16s - Great effort.

Anne Cook knocked out a 30 mile race in a good time at The Peak Sky Race. 2000m of ascent which Anne described as "very hard but enjoyable".  Well done Anne!

Tuesday coming is the next BDL race this one is at Shipley Hall Cricket Club, Heanor, DE75 7JH.  19:30hrs start.  Everyone is welcome, you just need to be a member and have a club vest (See Eleanor if you need one). Lets have a good turn out, we are chasing a good finish.  There will be no training at the Leisure centre.

Prizes galore at North Wales Half

Great day was had by all on the summer club trip to North Wales Half Marathon at Conwy, thanks to Bunda for organising.
Leaving at 7am, runners from Ripley, Heanor and Matlock including friends and family turned up at Ripley Market Place, filling the 50 seater coach. We arrived in a rainy Conwy around 10am. After a bit of waiting around due to the delayed start, the runners headed off along the beach whilst the supporters braved the elements to cheer on the runners at the start and then the finish.
The runners tackled the course which starts and finishes on the beach, is a combination of road and off road running including one long climb to the top of Conwy Mountain lasting about 3 miles (an ascent of 229 metres) followed by a tricky descent back into the town.
To the delight of the Ripley faithful, Luke Beresford came in first overall in a time of 1:20.51 with the 10 other runners finishing as below:
 Matthew Jones (19th), Richard Simms (40th), Esther Broughton (85th),Cathy Cresswell (89th), Karl Tietz (116th), Jerry Bateman (148th), Ian Warton-Woods (175th), Lisa Watson (252nd), Ryan Smith (287th) and Tom Briggs (288th).
We then gathered at the Mulberry to see Luke collect his prize where we learnt that Esther Broughton won the female V40 prize and the ladies (Esther Broughton, Cathy Cresswell and Lisa Watson) cleaned up again, winning the team prize. After the celebrations, we headed off to Llandudno to enjoy well earned fish and chips and drinks.
A great day was had by all, despite the weather and we look forward to further successful club trips in future!!!

Bundas Wales trip & our 5k

This weekend is a busy one! 

Its our trial 5k Alfreton Park Community run on Saturday.  Starts at 9am. Club members and friends & family are needed to test the course and give feedback/support.  Please be there in plenty of time. 

Bunda has confirmed the arrangements for Sunday and the bus will be LEAVING RIPLEY MARKET PLACE AT 7AM - PLEASE DONT BE LATE BECAUSE WE WONT BE THERE!

Snowdon Mountain Race Report

Fantastic report from Alison Butlin:

Snowdon Mountain Race - Saturday 18 July
Luke Beresford, Mick Wareham, Wayne Smithhurst, Matt Jones and Alison Butlin went to Wales on Saturday 18 July to compete in the 40th Snowdon Mountain Race. Celebrating its 40th year, the race started in the village of Llanberis, adding an extra half mile to the already gruelling 10 mile course. The course travels the full 5 (and a half) miles up to the summit Mount Snowdon, followed by 5 miles of technical descent to the bottom. 612 runners competed in the event, including 24 male and 15 female internationals.
It was a hot and sunny day in Llanberis but the weather took a dramatic turn just 2 miles from the summit, with cold high winds sweeping across the ridges. Evidence of some unfortunate injuries could be seen on the way up, including runners being walked down with silver blankets, faces covered in blood, pools of blood on the ground with drips tracing their way along the rocky route, reminding us to tread carefully, and 16 of the 612 runners failed to finish this challenging course.
Luke was mixing it with the internationals at the front, with a time of 1hr 20min 06 sec, finishing 32 overall, and did Ripley Running Club proud with 9th place in the Senior Male Category. Luke was running ahead of Sarah McCormack (Republic of Ireland) who was the 1st International female. I’m told there is lots of footage of Luke on the Welsh Channel S4C TV as a result so check it out. Matt was second back for Ripley in a time of 1hr 33min 54 sec, taking 23rd place in the M40+ category and an impressive 98th male and 105th overall. Despite it being an amazing time, Matt was disappointed with his time, blaming a virus that has been lingering a little too long. Wayne Smithhurst was 3rd back for Ripley, meaning business with a time of 1hr 43min 39sec, coming 40th in the M40+ category, 196th male and 216 overall, followed closely by Mick Wareham, who was ‘taking it easy’, with a time of 1hr 46 min 18 sec, making him 40th in the M45+ category, 229 male and 253 overall.
Representing the girls, Alison Butlin started off with a slow ascent, but turned it around at the summit to take 74 places on the descent finishing in a time of 2hr 4 min 03 sec, securing 10th place in the F40+ category, 67th female, and 463 place overall. The last section of the course was unexpectedly challenging, the friction of the heat and steep terrain resulting in the formation of some mighty blisters, and we were all relieved to have retained our big toe nails during this section. Hobbling along, but in good spirits, we all celebrated at the Victoria Hotel Post Race Pasta Party by eating as much as we could, and then onto the Vaynol Arms for a swift one, or two in the usual Ripley RC style.

Lots coming up this week

Hoping to see lots of members at Club Training on Tuesday night. 

Don't forget we are having a practice run of our Alfreton park 5k event on Saturday morning.  Everyone there in plenty of time please and as many members and family as possible to test out the timers!

Also, its Bundas Wales trip on Sunday, I will post final details later in the week when confirmed with the man himself.  If you haven't entered and fancy it look here:

Busy Weekend

Lots of members out racing this weekend.

Club Championship Event at Crich 11k.  Our fantastic ladies team were again winners with Amy Bradley answering a late call to enter the team.  Lucy was 1st lady.  Well done to everyone full results here:

Mick, Alison, Matt, Wayne and Luke were at Snowdon Mountain Race, mixing it with the big boys.  Full results not available as yet but I will edit this post when they are.

BDL and Club Champs...

BDL write up from Ian W-W, thanks Ian:

On Tuesday night, 28 dedicated Ripley Runners tackled the undulating... Carsington BDL course in the 4th race of the series. Luke Beresford was the first Ripley runner home in a very respectable 5th place behind a host of very quick runners. Matt Jones came in next in a slow 30th followed by Rich Kimber in 44th. Lucy Taylor was the first Ripley lady home in 55th place (2nd lady overall) followed by Rich Sims (71st), Simon English (94th), Rich Hill (95th) and Dennis Holmes (97th). Esther Broughton continued her good V40 form in the series by finishing 103rd (2nd Vet 40 Female). Ripley finished the day 6th in the Men’s category and a very impressive 3rd in the ladies category and 3rd overall. Well done to all!!!
Club Champs page has been updated with current standings - Thanks go to Richard Kimber.

Luke wins at Peak Forest Fell Race!, BDL & Run to the Beer Festival

Luke has continued his winning streak this time by winning at the Peak Forest Fell Race.  Well done Luke, keep up the good work!

Its the Final BDL this Tuesday, we are in a good position overall and the ladies are looking particularly strong. Lets have a good turn out and see what we can do! Up the Kermit's!! Everyone try and get there at a reasonable time and we`ll have a group photo before we start.  For anyone that doesn't know, the race is free to anyone that's a member and you need to have a club vest to run.  19:30 start from Millfields car park.

Finally a large group of members headed down to Derby Beer festival yesterday, running down from Ripley and then sampling a few of the ales.  Rumour has it that everyone was well behaved and no one over did it!  See the main page for a photo.

Black Rocks Fell Race and Club champs

Brilliant performances by Lucy and Luke led to another double win for the club at Black Rocks Fell Race last night. Full results here

Club champs page has been updated, have a look at the latest standings!

Its been a busy week...

Its been a really busy week and some great results for Ripley RC runners.

Today, it was the Derwent River Relays today with our ladies team (Lucy, Esther, Jo and Cathy) taking 1st again to match their recent triumph in the Hairy Helmets relays. They really are a class team and other clubs are struggling to match them.  Brilliant result ladies, long may it continue. Full results here:

On Tuesday it was Parwich Hill race.  Luke took 2nd (Joint 1st in the 1st up the hill challenge) and others took part.  Full results and photos here:

Winster on Thursday, provisional results here:

Friday night was the Colin Potter Club Champs 10k.  Report from Ian Warton-Woods:

Great night last night at Colin Potter 10k in Derby. Richard Kimber was the first Ripley Runner back in 24th position with a respectable time in hot and humid conditions of 39:30 followed by new member Richard Cauldwell in 33rd (40:26), Dennis Holmes in 70th (43:09), followed by Wayne Yearwood in 126th (47:38) and Tom Briggs in 383rd (1:13:11).

Provisional results here:


Round up

Thanks go to James for a round up of recent events:

Riber Fell Run

Ripley Running Club sent along a large team to this annual fell race through the Derbyshire


Starting and finishing at Lea Green, with a visit to Riber Castle along the way, the difficult route took

runners up and down several steep ascents and descents.

Luke Beresford led the Ripley Team home in 6th place, in a time of 33.03, closely followed by Matt

Jones in 9th Place.  Simon English was just outside the top 50 in 51st, with Richard Hill hot on his heels

in 58th.

Other Ripley runners were, Phil Layton (67th), Tim Jaques (79th), Matt Baker (83rd), Tom Powis (88th),

Mick Wareham (96th), Rebecca Lineker (101st), Esther Broughton (102nd), Richard Phillis (103rd), Bill

Powis (108th),  Alison Butlin (111th), Carl Hopkinson (112nd), Ian Warton-Woods (117th), Cathy

Cresswell (125th),  Karl Tietz (126th), Louise Whysall (133rd), Matt Beresford (134th), Stephen Ball


Round Sheffield Run

A staged off road half marathon, The Round Sheffield Run takes runners through several of the

parks, woodlands and trails of Sheffield.  Checking in and out of each stage, with transitions in

between, the runners get chance to regroup and prepare for the next tough challenge on this 15

mile route.

Antoinette Franco, James Franco and Duncan Harrower all completed the course in 2hrs 26, having

enjoyed every one of the 1500 feet of ascent and 1100 feet of descent on the way.

Ultimate Trails 110k

Anne Cook took part in the 110k Ultimate trails ultra marathon at the weekend.   The course took

runners and walkers 110k through the Lake District.  Anne managed to finish 108th out of 194

finishers, 7th in age category and over 300 started the race.

Cross Bay Half Marathon

The Cross Bay Half Marathon takes place in Morecambe Bay, with runner starting and

finishing at Flookburgh, but the majority of the race taking place on the sands of the bay. 

The idea is to make it back to the start, beating the tide.

Luke Beresford dispensed with footwear, and managed to finish a superb second place in a

time of 1.25.18.  Amy Bradley and Ian Warton-Woods finished in 100th (2.11.29) and 108th

(2.14.30) respectively.

Bundas North Wales Trip - Final arrangements

Tickets for Bundas North Wales Trip are selling fast. There's only four places left on the bus so if you want to go you`d better get in touch with Bunda sharpish!

Bunda asks that everyone be informed that the bus will be leaving Ripley Market Place at 0630hrs on the dot. Sunday 26th JULY.

For those that don't know the intention is to get to Wales for the North Wales Half, then go into Llandudno for the rest of the day for seaside fun.

If you haven't entered, you can enter the race here:

Should be a great day out.

Alfreton Park 5k

The Club are delighted to announce that we have decide to organise a 5k timed run to be held at Alfreton Park on the 4th Saturday of every month, starting at 9am. Subject to final approval from the council it is hoped the first event will be held on 25th JULY.

The run will start and finish at the Cricket Club and will be over 2 laps. Children are welcome and will be timed.  They can run one lap or two.  There will be no entry fee and no prizes but times will be taken and published on our website.

A donation of £1 will cover costs and the Cricket Club will open their café for coffee and cake so we can get together afterwards inside.

Our earliest starting date will be Sat. 25th July and we will need volunteers from members to run this event. Folk who can time, record, marshal, set up the course are all needed.

Please contact Eleanor if you can assist.



Wedding Belle 5 FINAL RESULTS

The Final Results have been published on the Wedding Belle 5 page.  There were some slight errors in the provisional results, hopefully these have been rectified.

Wedding Belle 5

Last night the 3rd Wedding Belle 5 race took place.  Hosted by Ripey Running Club. For the 2nd year race HQ was at The George Inn , Ripley.

The 86 competitors were set off by Radio Derby's Sally Pepper, herself a keen runner who also completed the undulating 5 mile course. Sally later provided great entertainment when presenting the prize winners.  Thanks for all your help Sally, it was much appreciated and we hope to see you again.

The first runner back was Matt Bickerstaff of Heanor RC in a great time of 28:07, followed by our very own Luke Beresford, with 3rd place being taken by Dean Taylor, who was wearing his green & gold for this occasion. 

It was a Ripley RC 1, 2, 3 for the ladies, with Lucy taking 1st, our Chair Esther 2nd and Jo taking 3rd place and already looking forward to spending her prize on fish and chips!

The George Inn were fantastic hosts for the event and provided everything you could want at the end of a race, hydration and food. Music later was provided by Newton Park.

Plenty of homemade cakes were provided by Amy Bradley for all the finishers, which I'm sure were greatly appreciated.

The feedback from the runners has been extremely positive and everyone said how much they enjoyed this event, how well it was organised and marshalled and what a fantastic route it was.

Special thanks go to the George for hosting this event and to everyone who helped out in the planning or on the day.

Finally, big thanks to Merv Spencer of Field Photographic Portrait Studio, Heanor ( for taking some excellent photos of the event. 

Full results are available on the Wedding Belle 5 page. 

Here's to next years Wedding Belle 5!

Club Champs updated & Lukes away run & Wedding Belle

The Club Championship page has been updated.  The competition is tough already with Den in the lead in the Men's race closely followed by Luke and Rich Kimber.  In the ladies race Esther is in front with Alison and Lucy in hot pursuit. Have a look at the current standings in the club championship page.

Luke's next away run is coming up, Riber Fell Race on Tuesday 23rd.  There will be food and drink at the Jug and Glass at Lea afterwards, just let Luke know if your coming so he can sort the food.

Wedding Belle 5 this Friday, remember to let Eleanor know if your running and keep an eye on Facebook for last minute pleas for additional help. Lets make it a successful event.

Wedding Belle 5 Race information

Check out the Wedding Belle 5 race page, a document has been added detailing the route and essential race day information.

Wedding Belle 5

The Wedding Belle 5 is fast approaching. Eleanor is collating members who are racing or available to Marshall, please let her know asap what you are available for so she can make final arrangements.

Hairy Helmets & Liverpool Rock and Roll Marathon & Edale & Baslow & Bundas run!

Well done to all who competed in the Hairy Helmets on Friday. Looks like it was a great event. Brilliant result for our senior ladies consisting of Cathy, Jo, Esther and Lucy who claimed the Senior ladies prize. `Supervets` Mick, Martin, Andy Marriott and Rich Sims missed out on 1st by a few seconds, claiming 2nd in their category. Results here:

Also running this weekend was Ian, Andy H, Cashy and Amy in the Rock and Roll half marathon at Liverpool. PBS for Ian and Andy H. It was also nice to hear that club rivalry put to one side and Heanor runners appreciating encouragement from our runners & supporters. That's what makes our club great. Full results to follow.

Wayne Smithurst competed in the demanding Edale fell race today, coming 107th. For the fell runners in the Club, a few of us will be heading to Grindleford this Thursday. If you fancy a trip out let me or Wayne know.

Wayne Yearwood was also in action. Completing the ultra hard, Baslow Boot bash in a creditable 6hrs for this hilly 28 miler.

Bunda also asks that members are updated that his away day trip to the North Wales Half starts at 11:00hrs not 10:30 as he thought. It may impact on the bus time but Bunda will update us when final arrangements are known.

BDL - Denby

A cracking turnout saw thirty five members out flying the green and gold. Luke Beresford again led the way turning in a brilliant 3rd place.  Luke was closely followed by the rapidly developing Christian Howett who claimed 34th and was 1st JM.  Lucy showed the ladies how its done, finishing 43rd for 2nd lady overall. 

Following were: Richard Kimber 50th, Martin 56th, Andy M 76th, Joe Henstock 86th, Dennis 92nd, Phil 99th, Rich Hill 108th, Tim 119th, Pete Collinge 134th, Esther 136th, Jo Howett 146th, Cathy 157th, Matt Baker 162th, Wayne Y 166th, Carl Hopkinson 186th, Rebecca Linnekar 188th, Dave Price 198th, Ian WW 204th, Matt OMara 205th, Rich Simms 213th, Adele Adams 214th, Bill Powis 221, Paula 225th, Emmy 237th, Mike 255th, Andy Hill 256th, Alison 268th, Bupendra Parmar 277th, Tom Briggs 279th guided by Bunda in 280th, Antoinette in 291st and Joe Ball in 297th. Well done everyone, great effort all round.

Overall the men were 6th, 5th in the series but the ladies performed brilliantly taking 3rd to maintain 3rd in the series just behind the Heanor ladies in 2nd. Overall the club was 5th but kept hold of 3rd place in the series.


Richard Kimber smashed his half PB at the Ramathon today, coming home in an impressive 1:27:19 to take 97th place. Rich is flying at the moment and I'm sure this is the first of many summer pbs.  Keeping it in the family Emma, Isabelle and Lucas competed in the Mini Ramathon with Isabelle taking a top 10 finish! Well done Isabelle! Matt Nichols came in around 1:50 and Lisa Watson around the 2 hr. mark. The Francos were also represented with Antoinette coming home in just over 2hrs and James around 2:20. Louise Whysall defied injury to record around 2:02. Well done everyone. Full results here


Castleton Fell Race

Brilliant night at Castleton this evening, exact finish times are unknown at the minute but the team were led home by Luke followed by Dean, Simon, Wayne, Phil, Dennis, Matt B, Alison and Mike (I think). A full report will follow later. Well done, what a great night at this fantastic event.

Training session details

Some details of upcoming training sessions have been added on the `dates for the diary` page.  Remember Tuesday training sessions meet at 6:45pm, Thursdays 6:30pm.  There is usually a Friday track session at Ilkeston - Speak to Cathy for details and several groups heading out over the weekends for longer runs.  Keep an eye on Facebook for these sessions.

Luke Wins Again

Luke Beresford tonight continued his early season domination of the local Fell Running scene with another fantastic victory.  There's no stopping him at the minute, great running Luke - Keep it up.

Tomorrow night is Castleton Fell Race, a Club Championship race, lets have a good turn out.

Lots to do this week

Lots of events to choose from this week with Derby 5k series on Wednesday, Tansley Fell Race Thursday and Castleton on Friday which is surely one of the best races around? There's also Calver fell race on Tuesday, NWITP on Saturday and the Ramathon on Sunday.

A nice weeks weather is forecast so hopefully there will be some good performances! Let us know how you get on by posting on Facebook!

I've been updating the site recently and have added a `dates for the diary` page which I will hopefully keep up to date with upcoming races.  If I've missed any or if there is anything to be added let me know!

Abersoch 10k

Some great performances at Abersoch 10k yesterday with Luke in 5th in 35.11, Matt in 19th in 38.22, Ian W.W in 136th 48.19, Emmy in 244th with 51.29 followed by Alison 258th in 51.53. Well done all!

Bundas North Wales trip - DEPOSITS required

Bunda needs £10-00 per person ASAP for his Half Marathon away day in Wales. He`ll be at Tuesday training then Castleton fell race the following Friday and most other club events over the coming weeks so there is no escaping him!  Still 9 seats left if anyone else fancies it.

Brilliant results at TODV

Great results from the Tour Of Derwent Valley Series with a double win for the Club. Luke Beresford continued his dominant streak, beating all comers to secure the series with a two minute gap. Lucy totally swept all opposition away in the ladies race, winning by over twenty minutes! Brilliant racing, well done Lucy and Luke.

The Sunday race played host to the Club Champs with a good turn out. Results can be found here

WB5, Club Champs Race and Lukes Summer Away Run

The Wedding Belle 5 is fast approaching - A page has been added giving full details.

Don't forget, there's a Club Championship Race on Sunday followed by the first of Luke's Summer Away Runs at the Bluebell Pub on Tuesday (Hopefully there will be lots of people supporting these events).

Have a look at the respective pages for the full lowdown.

Club Championship race this coming sunday...

There is a club championship race this coming Sunday:


LOCATION : - then type in DE56 2UP
Race HQ -THE BLUEBELL INN, FARNAH GREEN, BELPER DE56 2UP. DIFFICULT PARKING, TOILETS, BAR & LIMITED CHANGING - please try to car share or park away from the Club and also please come changed if possible
A one lap race with a hill at the start and at the finish but with a long downhill run between 1 and 2 miles and then flatish up to the start of the final hill at 4.5mls.

Come along and claim your championship points! The race is already hotting up - See Club Champs page for current standings!

Bundas North Wales Away Day

Posted on behalf of Bunder...

Rrc day trip to the North wales half marathon Sunday 26th July . 48 seats available with 27 gone already. Confirmed names ....... Bunder+3 Wayne smithurst+3 Esther +3 Duncan + Elaine jerry + Lorraine Karl + Cathy mick wareham+ wife Simon English Amy Bradley + husband tom Briggs Wayne year wood Luke beresford Ian Wharton woods. Anybody wanting a seat contact bunder via Facebook or ring him on 07833439732. Make that 30 ? Anne cook + 2 ! Race entry is online only. After race we will be going into Llandudno for the afternoon ��

Enter here:

Lukes Summer Away Runs & Club Champs

Full details for Luke's `Summer Away Runs` and Club Champs Races have been added onto the relevant pages.

An update from the Chair....

A fantastic week of racing for Ripley with our runners turning out to compete all over the county. Last weekend saw our star lady Lucy Taylor taking 2nd lady in the Holymoorside 10k and our star man Luke Beresford heading over to Darley Dale to claim 1st place and make a new course record at the Whitworth Thread 5k!

Tuesday night the kermits were out in force with 35 runners at the 2nd BDL summer road race. A number of impressive performances helped ladies achieve 3rd place and men 6th, giving us 4th combined. After 2 races that puts us in a very respectable 3rd place overall!

Performances worth a mention have to be Lucy 1st senior lady & our up and coming star Christian Howett 1st junior male (I also came away happy with 1st VL40). A number of 2nd & 3rd category places too, Eleanor, Jo Howett, Peter & Jane Murden.

 This weekend we've been at it again, picking up medals like they're going out of fashion. Back to pre-Finley form, Lucy topped last weeks 2nd lady with a 1st lady at Lea Bunny 10k, followed in by Jo Howett 2nd lady.

A large number of RRC travelled into the Peak to complete the Eyam Half where Luke, continuing his excellent form, took 2nd place on this hilly course.

Another star for the future, Isabelle Kimber was 1st junior girl at Markeaton Park Run. Looks like we have an exciting and promising summer ahead!! (Please forgive me if I've missed something, if you are racing and have results you would like sharing in the media, please post to our Facebook page Ripley RC and we'll do our very best). Good luck All for the next weeks racing


The website is back up and running but looking a little sparse at the minute. I`ll be updating this over the next few weeks, please bear with me!

January Handicap Results

A great turn out last night with 38 runners including 12 ladies and 3 complete first timers.  Thanks to Eleanor for the starting and timekeeping which is obviously challenging with this number of runners finishing pretty close together.


6 people recorded new PB's on the night with Alison extending her club record of 8!!! consecutive handicap PB's and this month by 1 minute 16 seconds quicker than last to lower her personal record to 47.15. 


Thea, Matt Nicholls, Stacey, Richard Kimber and Simon all lowered their PB's which in January on a blustery night takes some doing!


Our 3 newbies Jo, Isobel and Rosie all seemed to come back with a smile on their faces so hopefully will return again. 


For full historical results of the handicap runs see the link on the relevant page of this website.

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Welcome to Ripley's newest member Stephanie Janes who joined us last night.  Stephanie has already run the Robin Hood Half Marathon this year and is now considering a marathon.  She has come to the right club for marathon training for certain.


Well done to everyone who ran at the weekend.  Ripley RC were well represented in both the Clowne Half and the Heanor Pudding run plus Angela did us proud in Spain once more, this time in the Benidorm 10k where she won her age category and finished second Brit.

At Clowne, Stacey, Cathy and Dave Kinder all set new personal bests whilst Alison completed her first ever half marathon and surprised herself with a really good time of 2.01.18.


The club championship table on this website has now been updated to take account of the Clowne results. Dennis has just sneaked into the top 3 behind Bunda and Dean whilst in the ladies championship Esther has her healthy lead followed by Alison then Cathy.  The next club championship race is this coming Sundays BDL cross country fixture hosted by Long Eaton running club at Trent Meadows.




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Congratulations to Luke Beresford on his new 10k PB of 36.48.  Luke has kept it quiet that he was 6th finisher out of 320 in the Robin Hood 10k run at Sherwood Pines on 9th November and he was only 34 seconds behind the winner.


Welcome to Ripley RC's newest member David Price who has joined up with us last week and i am sure is full of enthusiasm for all of the runs we will be doing at this busy period of the year.  This Sunday we have both the Clowne Half Marathon and the Heanor Pudding run as two fantastic local events from which to choose.


Tonights training should be something steady with maybe the odd interval or hill just to get us ready for the weekend.  Come along and have a good run!

November Handicap Report

29 of us ran last night which is a bit down on October but still a very good number that most local running clubs would be happy to see turning out on a dark and cold November night with the only attraction being 5.5 hilly miles of Ripley and Marehay!

Welcome to Alan, Dave, Andy and Steve who i think were the first timers on the handicap and welcome back to Amanda who we have not seen for a while at Ripley. (sorry about your handicap btw, i will be more generous next month).

We had 7 Personal Bests set or equalled on the night and there were 10 ladies out which is another great stat for RRC.

Dawn had a fantastic run knocking more than 5 minutes off last months time in her first go this way around the course.  Alison set another PB of 49.04 and in doing so broke Jon Marriots previous record of 5 consecutive months handicap PB's which is an amazing feat of timing and running. The pressure is now on for Decembers run!  Caroline also set a new PB of 46.06 reducing the time she set back in February this year by 27 seconds.

For the men, Phil Layton equalled his PB of 39.31 set in the other direction in January this year, whilst Ryan smashed the 36 minute barrier for the first time to set a new PB of 35.51 joining the elite band who have broken this milestone.  Last but not least, in fact first but least time, was Luke who also set a cracking new PB of 32.55 almost a full minute quicker than last months 33.47 to put him right up there with Ripleys all time bests. 

Given that many of us have been concentrating on distance over speed these last few months these are very encouraging stats with surely more to come over the next few months handicap runs.

Thanks to Eleanor and Wayne for doing the race admin on the night and to those running for the patience shown at the start in forming an orderly queue which helps greatly in keeping the results as accurate as possible. 

The handicapper will attempt to improve the accuracy of the handicaps each month using a full 10 minutes to space out all runners at the start (if fast runners are prepared to have longer handicaps than this then please let me know). I think it worked quite well last night, but ask for members understanding that it is challenging to balance this aim to have accurate handicaps against the physical limits of having so many bodies in one place starting at 15 second intervals.

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Congratulations to the 3 chaps, Tom 65th 1.24, Ron 333rd 1.37 and Wayne Yearwood 731st 1.48 and the 3 ladies, Adele 603rd 1.45, Toni 1,142st 1.58 and Sue 1,142nd 2.12 who all ran the Worksop half last weekend.  This great little half gets a bit overlooked by RRC nowadays as it is always Snowdon weekend but it is a cracking little run with a few humps and bumbs and probably a bit wet and breezy this year too. 


This Saturday 2nd November was the National Cross Country relays at Berry Hill Mansfield which brings the best in the land to our doorstep.  Ripley fielded both a mens and a ladies team in this very high standard competition.  The ladies finished 70th out of 92 with a total time of 41.13. Stacey - 13.32, Esther - 13.36 & Jo - 14.05.  The men were 120th out of 157 in 1.21.20.  Luke - 18.58, Matt J - 19.48, Mick - 21.48, Dean - 20.45


Well done to Antoinette whio completed her first ever Marathon in the New York City Marathon on Sunday in a time of 5.31.21.


Remember that it is first Tuesday of the month tomorrow so handicap run night.  Please can you answer the link on the facebook page if possible to let the hanicapper know if you are running it or not as this helps with the start sheet.

Derbyshire Cross Country Championships

The Derbyshire Cross Country Championships will be held on Saturday 4th January 2014 at Shipley Park, Heanor.  The information sheet and entry form for these events can be downloaded from this website from the page entitled "County XC Entry".  Just click on the link to download the pdf file which is 2 sides long.


The senior and vets ladies race is 8k and starts at 11.55am.  The senior mens and vet mens race is 10k and satrts at 12.35pm.


The strict closing date for all entries is Friday 6th December 2013.



Club Championship Update

The club championship table on the relevant page on this website has been updated for the results of the weekends cross country fixtures. 

Ripley Runners in Valencia Half Marathon Success

Whilst many of us were running around damp grass at the weekend a couple of Ripley members, albeit one second claim, were enjoying the sunshine of Valencia and having a great time racing too by the look of it.  Glossing quickly over Richard Sims's 1.27 for a half marathon by a vet 50!! we shall focus on Angela- Marie Forte's achievement of a new personal best of 1.50.19 finishing 240th out of 9,278 runners and 11 in her vet 50 (surely not!) age category.  Well done to both of them.  Slightly jealous that was not there with them, maybe next year?

The Sausage-Snotter wins at Wirksworth!

Wirksworth Undulator 8 mile race

After only just deciding to get out of bed to do the race at all on Saturday, Stacey S.S. Smith, Ripley's new star lady runner only went and won the ladies race in a fantastic time of 75.10 finishing 20th out of 78 runners.  Given that Stacey is in the "tapering phase" of her Snowdon marathon "training" then this is even more of an achievement.

Having seen Stacey's times at both Robin Hood and Coniston these last few weeks plus her commitment in not going on the sauce until post Snowdon i anticipate that she will have another fantastic run in Wales next weekend and hopefully lead myself and several other Ripley runners home.



Coniston 14

A fantastic weekend up in the lakes getting some serious training in for Snowdon and a good race too!


Ripleys new star runner Stacey Smith showed us just how to run Coniston. In only her second ever race of half marathon distance she stormed around in 1.41.50, 105th overall from 980 finishers and 5th lady in the open category. 


Dennis had another good run too finishing 2 minutes behind Stacey in 1.44.08 to take 132nd place and 23rd V45 whilst Phil Woodman replicated Stacey's achievment in taking the 5th spot in the male vet 60 category completing the undulating 14 miles in a time of 1.48.31, 194th overall.


Our other regular star lady Cathy, also had a fantastic run taking 4th place in the lady vet 40 category in a time of 1.50.33, 236th overall.  The third place and prizes are now surely within her grasp at next years event.


Bringing up the rear whilst nursing his calf injury, Captain Karl cruised around in 1.51.48, 253rd place and 13th vet 55, obviously saving himself for the post race celebrations into which he put much more energy.


Whilst the morning run was a strictly sub 2 hour affair for team Ripley, the evenings or should i say afternoons post race celebration was definitely an ultra!  As Cathy pestered everyone to go out for "something fizzy" at circa 4 in the afternoon the evenings entertainment got off to an early start and it was downhill from there.


I cannot be sure of the order of establishments visited with a couple being revisited but The Royal Oak, The Queens Head, The Unicorn and The Golden Rule stick in my subconsciousness.  Karl led by example as a true captain should setting the pace early on and maintaining a great rythem as Dizzy Blonde, Double Hop and Hobgoblin flowed and flowed and flowed. Somewhere amongst this we had the mispleasure of hearing "Brian May" perform a wide variety of music all to the same very low standard. 


Needless to say Sunday morning came around too soon and thick heads had to be cleared and full english breakfasts eaten.  Everyone pulled through and after a bit of a walk around and more cake from The Apple Pie, we were all right as rain and ready for the trip home.  Remember folks, as this was a rerun of a postponed fixture we can do it all again in only 6 months time!

Busy Weekend Ahead!!!

Whilst some of us Ripley runners will be enjoying the pleasures of public hospitality in Ambleside after having run the Coniston 14 on Saturday there is a great opportunity for those of you in the Ripley vicinity on Saturday evening to see fellow club member Paula perform her stuff as part of "SAXY" at the George.  This should be a great night out and a perfect way to relax either post Saturday or pre Sunday morning long runs. 

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Tuesday Training etc

A good turnout last night given the amount of marathon training going on at the weekend.  A lot of aching limbs were out there and several of us now need to take it steady with only 2 more Tuesdays until Snowdon.  Some of us hardy fools are fitting in a trip to Coniston this weekend for the rerun of the race cancelled from March this year when the Lakes had four feet of snow.  Let's hope for nice weather on Saturday for the 7 of us who are running.  The good news for us guys has to be no long run on Sunday.  For those of you still putting in a 20 miler, good luck and go careful.


New Members

After being dropped in at the deep end in last weeks handicap run it is especially pleasing that Dawn Farnsworth has returned this week and has joined us to become our 91st paid up member this year.  I have assured Dawn that the handicap course is a lot easier in the other direction so she can look forward to this on the first Tuesday in November.


By virtue of social networking i believe that Stephanie Janes who came for a run with Ripley RC for the first time last night had an enjoyable experience and may therefore return?  Andy Riley who also was trying us out for the first time may not be quite of the same mind as he joined the middle group on the 7.5 miler which got a bit carried away on the pace.  Thanks to Tim for realizing we were dragging Andy around a bit and giving him a bit of support up the final long drag into Ripley.

Racing & Training

Just a sprinkling of members at races this weekend.

At the Red Bull Steeplechase which is a unique format multi stage knock out event, two Waynes, Yearwood and Smithurst took part. Unfortunately for Wayne Yearwood he was misdirected in the first stage thereby running much further and being eliminated.  Wayne Smithurst made the first cut but was then just 2 places out from the 120 place cut off to run stage 3 in this 21 miler around the rural peaks of North Derbyshire.

Closer to home Ryan Ball continued his current run of form finishing in 39.46 for 32nd place from 361 in the Shelton 10k.  New Ripley member Mark Taylor completed the same race qand i believe set his new PB at 64.56 in 326th place.

Finally at the races, coach Penny was out racing at Mablethorpe in the half marathon held there.  No time or place is known as yet but i am sure that he will have done well given all the Snowdon training he has put in.


Snowdon Training

With only 19 days to race day as of now, this weekend was final long run day for many of us and the tapering can begin.  The fast lads, Andy and Paul were out early Sunday running the hills at pace and are surely in great shape for Snowdon.

Slightly later on the Sunday a magnificent group assembled at Black Rocks to run between 20 and 22 miles.  Everyone seemed to achieve their own target time and distance and the cookies at the end seemed to be well appreciated.

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Welcome Back

Welcome back to RRC after a break of several years to David Miles.  We have changed a few things since you were last with us (like the finish line of the handicap!) but our core values remain unchanged with social inclusion and participation being of equal importance to athletic prowess.


Handicap Run

The participation in last night’s first “Winter” handicap was very pleasing with 36 runners in total including at least 4 members acting as “guides or coaches” for other runners.  The coaching of others is a very important aspect of the club, often overlooked by members, but is something that our more experienced runners can give back via the handicap to our newer members.  Mike Corrigan obviously has hidden motivational talents having helped Tom to a 3 minute improvement in his PB!  There were 13 lady runners last night which is the second highest number of ladies running the handicap of all time and a brilliant advert for the inclusiveness of RRC.

There were handicap debuts for Dawn, Dave B, Dave V and Martin Lea who represented the full range of running experience.  Whilst Dawn was in unchartered territory running over 5 miles for the first time, Martin only 2 weeks ago comfortably completed the Great Langdale marathon in sub 4 hours!

Paula and Rob whilst certainly “oldies” in terms of Club membership had to dust off the racing shoes and dig deep having not completed a handicap for a while, although it was noted that Paula still ran the whole 5.4 miles talking non-stop so some things have not changed!

Somewhat as a surprise to myself, but a very positive sign for the RRC, 8 members actually ran new personal bests last night !  This must go to show that many of us have actually been putting in the training over the summer break.  As well as Tom with his super 3 minutes reduction, Alison was nearly 2 minutes quicker with a new PB of 49.18 (that’s now 5 PB’s in a row for Alison!), Matt Nicholls even after 2 weeks honeymoon reduced his PB by 27 secs to 44.03 with loads more to come, Stacey ran a fantastic time of 39.08 whilst the real quick guys, Ryan now 36.18, Simon now 36.34 and Luke Beresford now 33.47 all set the standards to which we should aspire.

The full past results sheet for the handicap will hopefully be posted on the appropriate website page later today, technology permitting.

Thanks to Karl and Cathy for time keeping and results.  I will try to make things easier for next month with bigger intervals in start times and fewer members called Dave!  I make it we now have Dave B, C, K, M and V.


London Marathon Rejection Slips

If you have been given a SORRY to your VLM application but you want to be in with a chance for a club place then you must give your rejection slip to Eleanor as proof that you entered the VLM and that you have been rejected.  Our club places are allocated according to the points system which was clarified at this years AGM and the rules can be found on the website.  Even if you are not in the highest positions at this moment to be in with a chance you need to hand Eleanor your slip, you never know who may decline an entry or drop out so it is worth being on the list.

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Congratulations to all those who set PB's at the Robin Hood Half Marathon at the weekend.  The PB table has now been updated on this website to reflect this.  If any of your PB's are incorrect please e-mail me at and i will update them.


It's the first "winter" handicap run tonight.  Please help the time keeper by being quiet and orderly at the start so everyone gets off at the right time and when you get back don't harass the time keeper for results until everyone is in.  If you dont want to race flat out then please follow the route at your own pace and try to encourage the slower runners around.

Robin Hood Marathon and Half Marathon

Well done to Bunda completing the full marathon in 3.23.21 finishing 17th vet 40 and 86th overall out of 918 runners.  Only a month to go and he will have run 3 marathons in 2 months with Ponton Plod, Notts and Snowdon!!  The man is a machine!

In the half marathon Luke Beresford had another great run finishing 60th in 1.20.21 whilst Dennis turned back the clock a bit to record 1.36.00 in 571st place sneaking in, just in front of Carl only by 45 seconds who was 618th. Ryan, Wayne and Mike all had steady runs i reckon with times and positions of 1.38.24, 743, 1.43.00, 1161 and 1.50.20,2,032 (creaky knees post GNR being Mikes excuse).

A great half marathon debut by Stacey who recorded 1.41.07 for 982nd position and a great time (most likely a PB?) for Dave Barrett 1.53.08 2,383 position and also another half marathon PB for Lisa Walton 2.15.19, 4,947 position, capped off a great day for Ripley Running Club.

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Good luck to all members running the Robin Hood Full or Half Marathons on Sunday. I think that we have a good group of us wearing the Green and Gold.


Remember that next Tuesday is the 1st October so the winter handicap run begins.  It is down Derby Road direction so remember not to go sprinting off as Station Road / Street Lane will then come as a bit of a shock.  If you can let Dennis know you are doing it or not via the post on the club facebook page that will be helpful in administering the handicap start times.  As its got dark now please remember to get your reflective vests and kit out!!

Members racing and training

Last weekend was back to Snowdon training for the majority of Ripley runners with Andy and Paul probably setting the standards for all of us to follow, Martin sneaking out down the A6 but being spotted by Cathy and myself, then good reports that Esther has been up to the 20 mile mark now in very respectable time.  Rumour even reaches the blog that Jon Marriott has commenced his long run training! With 28 days to go we should all be coming to our peak and looking forward to the taper!  For Vicky it is about time to stop tapering and commence the long runs but hey-ho why change when it works for you.


Not all members were marathon training though with new member Martin Smith completing the innaugural Chatsworth Torchlight 10k in support of the Ashgate Hospice on the Friday evening in a very respectable 51.03 given the combination of muddy conditions and complete darkness. 

On the Saturday it was the turn of the long distance ladies with Amy completing the super hilly Great Langdale Marathon in a cracking time of 4.29.20 to finish 84th out of 138 and 7th lady! whilst Anne completed the High Peak 40 race around all the hills of Buxton for a second successive year finishing 61st out of 143.

On the Sunday morning, Luke and Stacey (both of whom are running Snowdon) chose to go for a fell run in place of the long hard slog of marathon training, and completed the Stannage Struggle in 54.18 finishing 96th and 97th with Stacey being 8th lady.  Despite this being a particularly tough run it obviously is very popular with 324 runners completing the race.


If any other Ripley members have completed races and want a mention then please e-mail the race details, your finishing time, position and total finishers plus any other interesting facts to the club website at


Lots of running goings on

Been a busy weekend for running at RRC.  Yesterday was the Nine Edges race which is a tough 20 mile off road run with 900 metres of climbing.  Matt and Wayne were RRC's representatives this year and I'm sure will have finished high up the field.

Today we had club members at three different races plus others doing serious Snowdon training runs of 18 miles plus.

Up in the North East in the GNR, Luke has had a fantastic run to set a new sub 1.19 PB finishing 121st out of 50,000! and  I'm sure Mike and Dave were no more than 10,000 places behind him or maybe 20,000?

At the Ashbourne Half Marathon, Rich Simms has had another great run taking the vet 50 prize in a time of 1.30

And finally, over at Great Ponton, near Grantham, Lincolnshire, Anne, Antoinette and Steve Adams all completed the 17 mile route whilst Eleanor, Wayne, Bunda and Dennis tackled the 27.5 miler.  In the longer race 3 from 4 of us went off route at various points sometimes taking other runners with us (Farnsfield Tim), but this requirement to read the instructions which Bunda and I deemed unnecessary until mile 15 added to the commaraderie as we had frequent chats with other runners along the way trying to interpret the instructions which at times may have well been written in Latin.  

The Ponton Plod has to be one of the best value for money races at only £12 which includes unlimited cake, chocolate and jelly babies during the race, with soup, tea and apple pie and custard afterwards.  Anyone who can combine the ability to run something like 9 minute miles over the wide variety of trail, field and Tarmac surfaces whilst reading route instructions has a half decent chance of finishing in the top 3!

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The weather this weekend does not look particularly favourable with wind and rain quite possible.  Many of us will be doing long runs as Snowdon now starts to loom large on the horizon.  42 days to go and counting.


Our 3 intrepid walkers seem to have made it to Yorkshire half way on the coast to coast walk. Luke is now up on the Tyne ready for the GNR where he is under no pressure to run sub 1.20!  Karl can come back, dry out and man up to at least 16 on the A6, whilst Colin can get the winter bike out!


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A big congratulations to Ripley Running Clubs hill race champion Matt Nicholls on his wedding this week.  I am sure we all wish him and his wife all the best for the future.

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Race Results


A small group of our elite athletes made it to the start line for the Great Longstone Fell race on Friday.  I have not seen any results yet but i am sure that they would have done Ripley RC proud.


On Sunday, Ryan Ball continued his recent fine form to record a time of 39.36 in the Salford 10k finishing in 87th position.  This was after a 20 minute delay at the start due to noone informing the tram company to stop the trams during the race!


The Half Coast To Coast Walk


Newer members may not realize that in September each year a small group fron Ripley RC go walkabout for 6 or 7 days taking on some of Englands (and Scotlands) long distance walks.  Past routes have included the West Highland Way, The Inns Way and The Cumbrian Way.  Due to injury this years team was one man down to begin with and two lightweights only went up for the weekend which now leaves only Karl, Colin and Luke to complete the 80 or 90 odd miles before Friday.


The starting off point was St Bees in Cumbria which is Englands most extremely difficult place to get to, and as it is right near Sellafield Nuclear Reprocessing plant i guess most people do not want to spend too long there anyway. 


After the long drive up there Friday, a few beers and a dry bed in the B&B in St Bees the chaps set off Saturday morning in fresh but dry conditions.  This was not to last though as by late morning true lake district weather returned with almost horizontal rain for several hours.  After the first days walk of only 14 miles the first stopover was reached well before tea time which meant that there was plenty of time to pitch tents in the pub back yard before serious beer drinking commenced at 6pm. 


As it continued to rain outside the decision to remain in the pub past 10pm was made easier despite the pub running out of Loweswater Gold and another light beer that we all had a likeing for.  There was therefore nothing to be done but to move onto the darker beers (or cider Terry!)


On Sunday morning with surprisingly clear heads we all ate full English Breakfasts in the pub at 8am before our intrepid threesome set off on the second 17 mile leg of the trail which would innevitably end up at another pub, whilst Terry and i set off for the M6 and the 4 hour drive home.


From facebook posts it seems that it was raining again on Sunday evening so Karl and the chaps were trying to drink the Langstrath Country Inn dry of Jennings Cockahoop!


Watch this space for more updates on pubs visited and beer drank later this week.


Next Weekends Running


Next Sunday 15th September we have the Club Championship Ultra Distance Run, The Ponton Plod which is near Grantham.  Several members are entered with a choice of 3 distances 12,17 and 27 miles on offer.  You can enter on the day so give it a go.


On the same day there is The Great North Run which will have at least 3 Ripley Runners in with Mike, Dave and Luke all on the start line.  Much closer to home (and cheaper to enter) it is the Ashbourne Half Marathon which is a truly scenic and undulating local half well worth a visit.

Ripley Hill Race Results

Congratulations to Matt Nicholls on coming first in last nights handicap in a great time of 13.29. It must be the result of secret weekend training i think. 

Also to Eleanor who rolled back time a bit and collected the ladies trophy.

Jo Howett and Dave Kinder defied the handicapper to take the second and third prizes whilst Matt Jones and Stacey Smith took the prizes for fastest man and fastest lady on the night.

25 members completed the distance with many more spectating.  For the full results see the link on the dedicated page on this website.



Weekends Racing

The Double or Quit Race

Over 170 runners set off on Saturday in the Double or Quit race organised by Ilkeston RC in Shipley Country Park.  The race is unique in that during the race you can choose to run either one 5 mile lap or two laps for the full 10. 


Luke Beresford who entered the race as the 10 mile defending champion had obvious ambitions of retaining his title but quickly realised after the first 5.40 mile that a change of tactic may be required.  With only a few hundred metres to go to the halfway point and lying in second place Luke decided it better to claim the 5 mile title this year in a fantastic time of 28.53 rather than gamble chasing down Dave Palmer of Steel City Striders who had a 100 metre lead on him at this time.  Lukes decision was made easier by the fact that he had spoken to Dave during the first lap and ascertained that he was a 2.33 marathon runner!


Adele Adams one of Ripleys newest and brightest members also had a fantastic run in the 5 mile race finishing second lady in a time of 40.30.


In the two lap 10 miler, Ryan Ball was first Ripley man home in 10th place (69.55), with Dennis next in 20th (73.44) and Wayne Yearwood 50th (84.44).

There were 56 finishers in the 5 miler and 118 in the 10.


Wilne 10k

12 Ripley runners took part in this years Wilne 10k which attracts both a very large and high quality field.  At the front end more than 20 runners achieved sub 33 minute times which says something about the quality.

Whilst Dean was our first runner home in 103rd place (38.30), Bunda perhaps had the best run of the day breaking his PB set here 2 years ago by a massive 2 seconds finishing in 165th place and 40.44.  Dennis also had a great run although not quite in Bunda's league finishing in 255th (44.15) only just in front of Carl 257th (44.26), Jerry 275th (45.06), Dave Kinder 295th (45.36) and Jay 366th (47.35)

Not to be outshone our 5 ladies all had brilliant races led home by Esther in 338th (46.56), then Jo 373rd (47.46), Vicky in her new PB of 52.05 (499th), Alison also in a new PB time of 52.23 (507th) and Lorraine in 573rd place (54.37).


Race, Race then Race again!

Tomorrow Saturday 31 August at 5pm in Shipley Park it is the Double or Quits race organised by Ilkeston RC.  This allows you to choose between 5 or 10 miles so something for everyone.  Our defending champion Luke Beresford will be there for sure hoping everyone else is saving themselves for the Wilne 10k race which is Sunday morning at 10am.  The Wilne 10k is not only our Club Champs race but also the Derby County Champs 10k and the Midland Vets 10k.  This will guarantee a quality field and fast times.  The Wilne race is full but the Double or Quits should be ok for entering on the day still.


After a busy weekend racing, don't foget that it is the Ripley RC Club Handicap Hill Race on Tuesday 3rd September at the Holly Bush Inn, Makeney.  This is just a two mile dash and great fun so i hope to see everyone there.

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Great turn out for Tuesday training again last night. Must have been well over 30 of us in the 3 main groups. Particularly nice to see the new faces sticking with it. Hard work will pay off, eventually.

Simons face at the finish told the story that the over land quick runners had finished with a bit of effort even if Mick's claim of a steady 8 were true.

Our middle group stuck to plan and ran at about the 8.30 pace as promised. Alison who gave it a good go needs to get that opticians appointment booked.

Reports from the beginners group confirmed that progress is being made and everyone enjoyed a good run.

It must be intervals next week so something to look forward to.

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Congratulations to our vet 50 runners taking part in slightly off the beat runs recently.

Firstly in the Burton 10k on Sunday 11th August well done to Angela Marie Forte who won her age category and finished 11th lady out of 102! 

On the same day but in the innaugural running of the Southwell Swine 6 mile race, RRC Club Chairman won the vet 50 prize finishing in 18th place out of 80 runners. 


At the time of writing this i have not seen the complete official results from the Belper Rugby Rover race last Sunday but it was a fantastic event at which Ripley took both team prizes showing our supreme stength in distance running.  Counting members past and present we possibly had 20 finishers in this very tough challenge.

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The club championship table has now been updated on the website page.  Click on the link to open the pdf file and see where you are.

This weeks racing and training opportunities

Thursday 8th August is Ricky's Race up at Darley Dale which is a great little run organised by Matlock AC and well worth your support.  Look at the Matlock AC website for all the details.  I am sure that Ripley RC will be well represented and there is a cycle group meeting at the Hurt Arms, Ambergate at 6pm if you want a spin up with beer and chips most likely to be part of the total night out!


Friday 9th will be a track session at the Ilkeston running track at 6pm.  Track running is a great way of increasing your speed and everyone can have a go no matter what your pace.  Simply shorten the quick bits and increase the recovery times to suit your own pace. As its on a track you are never far from others and you can do your own thing.  This will be the third consecutive week for our hardcore "track athletes" so not sure what the session will entail but expect about 45 minutes of good quality running.


Saturday 10th August in the early afternoon a group are running a good part of the Belper Rugby Rover Course as a training run.  Likely to be at least 14 miles.  

New Members

A warm welcome to our 3 newest members who all raced in the BDL for the first time last night.  Martin Smith, Mark Taylor and Laura Davies all completed the race and will hopefully be looking forward to the next occasion when they can be put on the Green and Gold and be part of team Ripley.

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Odd Events!

Belated congratulations to members who have been competing in events across the country.

Saturday July 23 saw Wayne Smithurst complete the 10 mile Snowdon Mountain race which is an International class fell race.  Wayne finished in a time of 1 hour 48 mins in 263 place out of an entry of almost 600 runners.


The following Saturday 27 July, Martin Penny was our sole representative in this years Heckington 10 mile race finishing in 35th position in a time of 68.21.


Just last Sunday 4th August, Ryan Ball has extended the reach of Ripley RC by completing the St Ives Bay 10k in 48.04, finishing 38th out of 115 in what i am informed is a very tough beach run!


If other members have completed something a bit different and want to share it then please mail the details to

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Belated congratulations to Luke on winning the Brassington Fell race on Thursday.  Also to Stacey on winning the ladies race and to Cathy who was second lady.  This was a lovely little event with one hell of a hill in it in direct sunshine which really helped.


Remember its the final BDL race on Tuesday at Shipley Cricket Club so no training at the leisure centre.  Lets have a good turn out for the final race of the series.  Post race rehydration will be a bit divided this time with the Belper crew heading over to the traditional venue of the Sitwell Arms at Horsley Woodhouse no doubt whereas the Ripley Crew may be heading back to the George where our host Matt is promising some free food!


The next Club Championship race will then be the Belper Rugby Rover on Sunday 18th August.  If anyone is not running but would like to help Dennis on water station 2 at the 11k point then please let me know.  This water station will come into action at approx 9.30 and hopefully close up before 11.00, so even if you can only spare 30 mins to hand out a few cups it will be much appreciated.  This years Belper Rugby Rover is supporting the Meningitis trust which many of you know is a charity very close to my heart.


And finally, there was some serious training going on this morning around Belper with our group hammering out 16 boring miles along the A6 whilst Andy P and the quicker crew were seen doing a recce of the Belper Rover Course.


And finally, finally, after another great track session this Friday at Ilkeston, there will be another session next Friday at 6pm open to all and a bargain at less than 2 quid or 3 including the cheese and onion cob at the Black Bulls Head afterwards (see Karl for details)





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It was a fairly good turn out at the Club last night (4 groups which maybe became 5 or 6?) and it was also great to see Tommo back to test the old knees out!.  Hope that he is walking today and that he can make it next week.


I hope that the new guys and girls enjoyed it and will come back for more.  It does get easier (after about 2 years).  The middle group certainly cracked on a bit quicker than the advertised pace but nothing new there.


Next week is the final BDL race at the Shipley Cricket Club so it will be nice to finish off the season with a good team.  See you all there. 

Ripley RC Annual Hill Race Tue 3 September 2013 7pm

The annual club Handicap hill race will take place on Tuesday 3rd September at 7pm.  The venue is as in the last few years, the Holly Bush Inn, Makeney.  It is a 2 mile course up a rough path, along the road then down some fields with virtually a mile up a bit of flat and then  a short mile down.  It is open to all Ripley RC members and is free!  Tommo will be doing the handicapping so if you want a favourable start time then nows the time to start buying him beer.   As we are quite a few in number nowadays if you are definitely not running it can you let Tommo know to save him setting you a handicap.  As it is a handicap, this is a chance for slower runners to finish first and win the prestigious trophies on offer, last year won by Vicki and Rob. 

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Congratulations to Luke Beresford on his continued fell running success.  Last night Luke was on the podium yet again finishing in second place in waht was a very quality field.

I have not seen the results for this race so dont know who else from RRC ran but i guess it was a reasonable turn out and cyling supporters too!


Chatsworth Torchlight 10k and 5k - Friday 20th September 9pm!

If you were considering entering this race with a difference then now is the time to do so as entry fees have been reduced by half until the end of August!!

It is a charitable event in support of Ashgate Hospice so definitely something to consider having a run around to support this good cause.

Places to Run the Great North Run Available

Derwent Runners have 20 places for the GNR on Sun 15th Sept 2013.  They are £50 each and its first come first served.  E-mail Caine at if you are interested.

Club Championship Table Now Updated!

The Club Championship table has now been updated and is available to download from the Club Championship page on this website.  Bunda is now making the pace for the men with Esther out in front for the ladies.  New member Martin Harvey is flying high in 4th position whilst Alison Butlin has clocked up the points and currently sits in second position for the ladies.

Final Warning - Subs are now overdue - Naming & Shaming about to commence

The Current Ripley Running Club year runs from 1st May 2013 to 30 April 2014.


On the positive side, over Seventy members have already paid their 2013/2014 subs which keeps us financially afloat and the bank manager happy.  On the negative side we still have something like 15-20 members who have not yet paid up as at 16 July 2013!


I am thinking that i have mentioned "subs are now due" at Tuesday night trainings, on the facebook page and on this website, enough times such that unless you live under a rock and never train or race you will know this by now.  So, this is the final time of asking that you please send me your subs or risk appearing on the naming & shaming list that will be appearing very soon on this website and on facebook.


On a serious note if you consider yourself no longer to be a member of Ripley RC then the correct protocol is to inform Eleanor as club secretary that you have resigned so that we can update our records and avoid problems in registrations with the associations and leagues that Ripley RC affiliates to.  You should obviously not then enter races under the name of Ripley RC or use the club vest as this again causes problems with results.  Your full cooperation in assisting in the smooth administration of the Club and its finances would be appreciated.

Ashbourne Highland Gathering 4 mile hill race

This Sunday 21 July at 3pm only £5 entry on the day and free entry to the Highland Gathering too!

Crich 11k

On Saturday 13 July, 20 RRC members completed the Crich 11k run in pretty extreme conditions with temperatures in the high 20's and loads of direct sunshine to make it feel even hotter!  Down along the canal where it was shady it still felt like running in an oven.  Trying to run up the quarry and across that exposed corn field was just not an option for many and a slow walk was still exhausting.  The final drag up to the stand itself somehow did not feel so steep this year but it may have been due to the hallucinations by then.


I have not seen individual results yet, but Ripley RC cleaned up with both Mens and Ladies team prizes making Bunda come over all emotional with his first ever trip to the podium. 


The Crich 11k is developing into a very good local event based on the very challenging multi terrain course and is attracting more quality runners each year with clubs from Matlock, North Derbyshire and Belper clearly represented. 

Crich 11k Tomorrow

Remember that it's the Crich 11k tomorrow at 1.30pm at Crich Carnival.  This is a RRC championship race so i anticipate a good turn out.  It is a very nice course with a bit of everything and plenty of incline which combined with some summer sun should make it a lovely one to enjoy.



How about planning ahead for 2014?

March 23rd 2014 will be the 20th Marathon of Rome!   Discounts on entry are available for clubs who make multiple entries which could save you a few Euro's.  Got to be worth considering!

Welcome to Racing!!

Last nights Booth Decorators League Race at Carsington Reservoir was a bit different to previous years.  Not only was the start moved out of the woods which i think improved the course by taking away some of the very tight bits but it did not Rain!  In fact quite the opposite, the baking hot sunshine and high humidity meant that the 4.4 hilly miles felt more like double the distance.


Well done to all from RRC for giving it a go and a warm welcome to our newest members and both first time BDL competitors Allan Morton and Andrea Bull.  Andrea only came to watch what it was all about but thought in for a penny.... and reportedly thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  Both Allan and Andrea took in the whole "Ripley RC running" experience by making it back to the Barley Mow where many of us reviewed our performances and thought about throwing away our shoes etc...  A very nice pint or two of Hartington IPA and some very dubious looking cider was consumed and fueled our cyclist support crew back to Belper. 


With quite a few of our quicker runners away on holiday i am not expecting much from the team positions when the results come out later today for this one, but i think that it was still a brilliant night for running.

Booth Decorators League Race 4 Carsington Reservoir

Tomorrow evening Tuesday 9th July at 7.30pm is the 4th race in this series.  The organisers just want us all to be aware that the start line has been moved a little to try and remove some of the congestion which normally takes place in the woods at the start.  It may be worth planning to get there a minute or two earlier just to check this new start out.


Parking is at the Millfields car park which is right at the far end of the reservoir well away from the main visitors centre where you should not park unless you want a 2 mile pre race warm up.  I don't think that any of us will require a warm up looking at the weather.  Post race rehydration for RRC is traditionally at the Barley Mow, Kirk Ireton and we like to stick to tradition!


Let's hope for another good turn out for this event but please also remember to help our scorer by handing over disks sensibly and not interrupting them if there is a bit of a rush on. 


Enjoy the hills and have a great run.

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Races are coming thick and fast.  At the weekend a few of us did the Bakewell Pudding run which is a nice fell race with a special ending of a trip through the river where Jay as usual went for a swim!  Luke Beresford came an impressive third position which seems to be his given place nowadays.


Last night was the Winster Hill race where something like 15 of us enjoyed the sunshine and the hill before retiring for a pint or two.  Luke Bes finished in his customary third after Tommo motivated him to put that little bit more effort in at the end.  Matt Jones got an old mans medal this time around in the race which he won last year. 


Tonight is the Colin Potter 10k at Derby for those hardcore who can race back to back.  For real hardcore there is then the Spire 10 on Sunday morning for those who like a hill!.  Next Tuesday is Carsington in the BDL which is ceratinly not flat but provides a great opportunity to visit the Barley Mow.  Finally the following weekend we have the Crich 11k to look forward to.


Weather forecasts are looking good so no excuses to not get out there and do at least a couple of these great local events.



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Welcome to our newest Ripley RC member Allan Morton who has just signed up as our 67th paid up member this season.  For other members who have not yet paid subs for this year can i encourage you to do so quickly as we are sorting out the England Athletics registration and we need the money in now.


A couple of members also need to pay me for vests or race entries.  I accept both cash and cheques and offer easy payment terms on request! 


Well done to everyone who raced over last weekend.  I am a bit behind as always in cathching up with the results.


Pudsey 10k - Sunday 21 July 2013

Some members have commented that the club does not do any summer events.  This race is only an hour or so away and would provide an opportunity for members to travel up to Pudsey, run the race, have lunch (with or without beer) and still be home for tea.  If enough members (say 15) are interested then the club would be able to contribute or fund completely the transport.  Obviously the more members doing it the more the club can contribute.  The race itself is a big event with up to 600 runners and is described by persons who have done it as a challenging course.  It only costs £9 to enter which in this day is about as low as you can find.  If you are interested then make a comment on the facebook page where you can find a link or email


AHWB5 Thanks and Acknowledgements

Thanks to Belper Amateur Cricket Club for allowing us to use their venue as the base for this new race and to the George and Dragon Pub Belper for sponsoring the race.


Thanks also to David Denton for the race results and to Mick Robinson for acting as race referee.


Final thanks to all competitors who made the event both competitive and fun and i hope that everyone enjoyed it and will be back next year for the first anniversary.

Alport Heights Wedding Belle 5 Mile Race Results

The results for the race are now posted on the Wedding Belle Page of this website.  Just click on the word RESULTS on that page to open the pdf file.  The results are also available on the Weddding Belle facebook page.

Please Help the scorer!

We now regularly have over 25 runners in the BDL races with this weeks event attracting 47 of us!  It is therefore even more important than ever that we help the scorer by taking our discs to them once we finish but then waiting patiently until they can record our place.  Please try not to disrupt the scorer once you have handed in your disc by asking about others positions and similarly try to choose a quite moment if seeking to recover car keys or kit.

If the scorer is alone then please be prepared to volunteer to help wth holding discs or whatever else the scorer wants help with.

We are not talking rocket science here but a bit of thoughtfulness can help the scorer a lot.   

Outlaw Half Holme Pierrepoint

Today saw two RRC Members complete their first Half Ironman Triathlon.


For those not in the know, this means a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride, and a half marathon!!


Neither of the two had done anything quite like this before, indeed Matt had never done more than one sprint tri ever only a few weeks earlier.


The weather today was near perfect, sunny and with a slight breeze. This encouarged several RRC members to make a fantastic effort themselves by cycling over 50 miles  just to support the two RRC Tri-Athletes.


Jon Marriot and Matthew Beresford had very early starts, and so it was easy for any supporters to turn up at 10 am, after a lie in and a slow drive, yet these two lads had been up and at 'em for 6 am for the 1.2 mile swim!


Jon has been putting the training in, and Bez has given his all, drinking, working, holidaying, drinking, drinking, etc etc, and so it could only have gone one way. Jon was always going to get a PB, having never done the distance before whilst Bez seemed to be wondering if he'd done the right thing!


It is difficult to convey in text just how difficult this achievement was for Jon and Matt as a spectator, as the swim took place at silly o'clock, and most of us turned up long after the bike ride, and well in to the half   marathon.


It was with complete awe and respect that we watched not only our two runners in to victory, but also the many many other  athletes. The sense of  sportsmanship was rife and  it is hard to describe the lump in your throat as the penultimate and final athletes  went  past the finish line with a  full lap left to go, and yet the spectators seemed to  be  cheering these people as much, if not more, than the   finishers at the same point.


The support from RRC for just 2 members is really quite phenomenal, and shows just how much of an effort this truly was for Jon and Matt.


There is clearly quite some envy and fascination from many members, including Luke, who may yet rival Mat's achievement this year!


It cannot go without saying also that, Jon has raised a significant amount of money for the Meningitis Charity, through this event which is dear to the heart of this club.


Well done lads on your amazing achievement and may you, and many others go on to exceed this precedent.



New Membership at RRC / Subs are now due

A warm welcome to our brand newest member Dave Kinder who has signed on this last week and welcome back to Martin Picker who has been appearing for RRC most but not all years since about 2007!


Would all members who have not already paid subs for the 2013/2014 year commencing 1st May 2013 now please do so such that the Club can pay its England Athletics affiliations and get everyone who wishes to be registered sorted.   

Relay races

We need lots of you to enter the relays which are coming up soon. First up are the Hairy Helmet relays 14 June at Darley Abbey Park. Let Eleanor know if you want to run so that she can enter teams. Next up are the masters relays in July. I reckon Belper relays will also be mid July so something for everyone. Get entering soon.

Masson Hill Fell Race

Rumour has it that Dean won this race last night.  I think it was the easier option than running our hill rep session so not surprised if Dean, Andy P, Martin, Phil and a few others took the soft option.  Congratulations to Dean and allthe others who took part for getting RRC out there in the races which surely is one of the best ways of promoting our club!

Record Turnout for Hill Rep Session!!!

In the order of 27!! of us put in a serious hill training session last night by attacking Old Hartsay Hill with everyone completing a minimum of 5 reps and most completing a few more.


What is more pleasing than the number of runners itself was that by my reckoning the ratio of ladies to men was 16 to 11 in favour of the ladies!.  This included no fewer than 4 ladies at their first training session with the RRC!   In the history of RRC i am struggling to remember a Tuesday where 16 ladies turned out and to have 16 doing hill reps is something of a phenomena.  It speaks highly of how committed our new crop are that the level of moaning for such a session was relatively low although this may be partly due to lack of breathe. 


I sincerely hope that the new ladies enjoyed it and can see that such sessions whilst not the typical steady run out type training will do wonders for improving both strength and stamina if repeated over time.  On that point, it was suggested that we try and return to the Hill approximately once per month on Tuesdays to build on this great start and see if by Snowdon time we are all managing 10 reps full tilt with no problems.  (Fast lads and Fiona to go for 12-15!)


Just for my statto records who i think were there on the hill were Boys: Chris,Luke B, Luke F, Si, Karl, Matt, Bes, Mike, Dave, Tom, me.  Girls: Fi, Esther, Thea, Sarah, Jo, Heather, Amy, Toni, Eleanor, Jane +1, Caroline, 4 new ladies inc Cheryl.

Let me know if i missed you.

Club Championship Table Now Updated

The Club Championship table has now been updated to take account of last weeks BDL race results.  In the mens table we have a couple of familiar faces in places 1 and 2 with Maverick & Goose setting the early pace.  In third place though Rich Hill is showing some early season form which if continued through to his Snowdon marathon debut will surely mean he will remain in the medals throughout the year.  In fourth spot and looking a shoe in for the vet 50 trophy despite being vet 60 is the reinvigorated Woody who after several injuries is now back running like a 40 year old.!


In the ladies section with Luce temporarily sidelined the ladies championship has never been more open with Fiona and Jo setting the pace and Esther following.  It is very early days but will be great to see new ladies completing the club championship races as often as possible and potentially winning trophies at the end of the year.

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BDL Race 2 Ilkeston

Well done to everyone who ran, especially to some of the newer members for whom this could have been a new experience.  The 2 Tom's certainly showed us that they can run a bit and Jim Thorneycroft definately showed a turn of pace to win the vet 55 section.  Woody is also looking to be back on form with a second place in the vet 60's.  Not the most scenic of courses but flat and fast!


Club Championships

I hope to update the website table very soon but may wait until after the next race in our club champs which is on this coming Sunday 26 May at the Milford Social Club. This 5 miler is part of Dave Dentons Tour of Derwent Valley series which is 4 races in 4 days.  The current champion is a certain Mr D Taylor who might be out defending his title?  Why not give it a go!


Alport Heights Wedding Belle 5 Mile Race

If you want to run this then please get your entry in the post to help us out with the admin.  We have plenty of marshalls so if you want to run then get entering asap.


City of Salford 5k and 10k races - Sunday 8 September 2013

These are likely to be high quality races and if you enter before the end of May you get early bird discount entries meaning you pay less than a tenner.  Get entered now!

Todays racing results

Congratulations to RRC Club Champion Ian Duffin on setting a new PB of 1.22.42 at todays Sheffield Half Marathon.  Well done also to Dean Taylor on coming second at the Lea Bunny Run 10k.  Luke Beresford also put in an excellent run at this race finishing in 5th place.  Our other runners at this extremely hilly local 10k were Rich Hill, Dennis Holmes, Matt Nicholls (who somehow set a new PB) and Lisa Walton. 

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Next Weeks BDL Race on Tuesday 14th May is at The Stute, Hallam Fields Road, Ilkeston, DE7 4AZ.  A couple maps have been posted onto the RRC facebook page AND the directions page on this website so take a look if you don't know the way.  Please car share if you can.


RRC Membership Subscriptions

Subs are now due for the 2013/2014 year.  Rates are £10 or £20 for the year depending on if you want England Athletics Affiliation.  See Dennis or post him a cheque.  If you have moved home or changed contact details then please use the membership form available from the membership page on this website to update your details.  From 1st of June i will start naming and shaming members who have not paid subs starting with Club Captains and longer serving members!  You have been warned.

Tonight and Next Tuesday 14th May

Remember that tonight we are meeting at 7pm at Alport Heights to recce the 5 mile race route.  Next Tuesday is the second Booth Decorators league race at Ilkeston Rugby club at 7pm so we will not be at the leisure centre agin until Tuesday 21sy May.

Well Done Southwell Triathletes!

Well done to our 6 triathletes who completed Southwell over the weekend.!  Jo did remarkably well given a bit of pre race drama caused by her forgetting to take most of her kit with her.  Vinny made a brilliant debut which could have been even better had he not had a shower and done his hair in T1!  What is 2.36 all about??  Full times and splits are now on the Bi/Tri Page.

Well Run Vicky!!! and all RRC Marathon ladies

Now with an official chip time of 4.03.33 at the Manchester Marathon, and a fantastic new PB by 12 minutes, i am sure that all members will be willing to share a glass of wine or two to celebrate this great run with Vicky.

From a RRC perspective it is great that we have such a fantastic group of active & experienced lady marathon runners.  In the past 12 months no fewer than eight ladies (Anne, Amy, Cathy, Claire, Jo, Leanne, Lucy & Vicky) have completed the distance most of which did this at Windermere or Snowdon!!!  (Cathy did both!!)

With Eleanor as the font of all knowledge when it comes to marathon running (PB 2.45 & 8 times Robin Hood winner!), i think it fairly safe to say that for ladies marathon running there is no better local club than Ripley RC. 



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Subs for 2013/2014

As it is 1st May it is officially under our new Constitution the first day of the new 2013/2014 season and subs are now due for the forthcoming year.  We have 2 rates:

£10 Ripley Running Club Memberhip only

£20 Ripley Running Club plus England Athletics Affiliation


If you are not sure which rate you should pay then speak to Dennis.


Club Championships

The club champs table has now been updated. Take a look at who is in the lead.


Forthcoming Races 

This Saturday is a No Walk in the Park 5k race at Queens Park Chesterfield that i am sure a number of Ripley RC members will attend.  These are great speed sessions and a way of meassuring your improvement.

On Sunday 5th May it is the Holymoorside 10k at 10.30 with a 2k fun run.

On Sunday 12th May there is the Lea School Bunny Run 10k which will also be popular with Ripley Running Club Members.  Ryan Ball finished in second place last year so definitely one for the pot hunters amongst us!


Tri Something Different?

Ripley RC have a growing band of multisport athletes.  The page Bi or Tri keeps up with some of the results of local events that our members participate in.  In the last couple of weeks we have had members compete in the Ashbourne Duathlon and the Lincoln Triathlon.  Claire, Jo, Tom, Ian and Jon have all set some impressive times in these challenging events.  For something completely different why not consider entering the Wildcat Aquathlon on 23 June which is an open water swim in the Derwent at Matlock Bath together with a 10k run!  Entry details may be found at the Peaklifesport website


Manchester Marathon and Derby 10k Results

Well done Vicky today at Manchester.  A new PB of 4 hrs 5 mins is well deserved!


At the Derby 10k, something like 23 Ripley Running Club members competed in quite fresh conditions.  Club champion Ian Duffin led Ripley home in the fantastic time of 37.07 taking 47th place out of 3,500 finishers.

At least 2 members (possibly more) set new PB's with Carl Hopkinson setting a new best of 44.39 whilst Lisa Walton reduced her previous best by over 3 minutes completely smashing the 60 minute target she had set herself in finishing in  57.42.!!

Manchester Marathon and Derby 10k This Sunday

A special good luck to Vicky who is running the Manchester Marathon this weekend.  I do believe that you have actually trained a bit for this one so i am sure that you will do brilliantly and get the time you wish. 


Several of our members will be making the slightly shorter trip to Pride Park where they can test their speed in the very popular 10k race.  With something like 3,000 runners finishing inside the stadium itself it is a great one for spectators too so why not come down and chear them on.

It is most likely that post race rehydration therapy will take place in either the Thorn Tree or the Red Lion afterwards.

Alport Heights Wedding Belle 5 Mile Race - Update

Postal entries are coming in steadily for our race but please encourage all of your running (and non running) friends to enter early to avoid disappointment!  I have received news that Matlock AC have made this race part of their Grand Prix so this should hopefully see a good entry from one of our neighbouring clubs.

As already mentioned on this blog we are planning to hold our first Tuesday training session for familiarisation purposes on Tuesday 7th May at Alport which might be the first time some of our members have seen this part of Derbyshire.

If anyone is going to any local races in the near future and can take any of our entry forms to promote the race then please see Dennis.

London Marathon 2014 - Sunday 13 April 2014

The entry system for the ballot for next years London marathon opens on MONDAY 29 APRIL 2013.  That is NEXT MONDAY!!!  Please note, it is likely that the ballot will only remain open for ONE day so if you even think that you might want to run London in 2014 then plan to get on line early on Monday. 

London Marathon places are like gold dust so i would encourage all RRC members to register (you get your money back if you don't get a place).  Good luck to everyone!

Tuesday 7 May - Advanced Notice of Special Training Night!!

On Tuesday 7th May we would like as many of us as possible to meet for Tuesday night training at 7pm at the Alport Heights Car Park, Alport  instead of Ripley Leisure centre.  This will allow us to familiarise ourselves with the 5 mile course that we are going to use for our race on 21st June.


The plan is that we will all meet up at the Alport Heights Car Park and go for a training run around the course and the area of Alport.  Afterwards we will drive back from the Alport Heights Car park to the cricket club for a beer in the bar before returning home.


All members are welcome to come even if you are not planning to be at the race itself.  We will split into different paced groups as necessary so that noone gets left behind.  Hopefully the weather will be kind so that we can enjoy the beautiful views over the countryside. 



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Check out the Club Championship page, for details of the races to be included in this years Championship. 


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The AGM seemed to run smoothly last night.  Approx 30 members attended so it was good that Karl booked the room this year.  Plenty of trophies were awarded with Ian and Lucy being our Club Champions for 2012/3. The club championship races which were decided by formal voting for the fisrt time should be communicated by Tommo to all members  in the next 7 days.


The subs are now due for the 2013/4 season.  Unfortunately due purely to England Athletics putting up its levy the charge for Ripley RC membership for the year inc EA registration is now £5 more at £20 per year.  Members who don't wish to be EA registered can still join Ripley RC and race in 14 road and XC races for the sum of £10 per year.

Virgin London Marathon 2013

Congratulations to all our runners who all completed the event in very respectable times despit many of them losing training time through various injuries.  It was a great day for running and spectating and i think many of you will have more than sore legs to cope with this morning.


Extra, extra special congratulations must go to Amy Bradley who is Ripley RC's new and rising Marathon Star!!  Amy only took up running with  RRC in July 2011 so we all thought that she was slightly mad when she entered the Windermere Marathon in 2012 to make her marathon debut less than a year having started training.  However, she surprised us all with a brilliant 4.34.10 debut that day in May and then went on to confirm that she is truly quite potty by saying that she was doing the Liverpool Marathon later in 2012.  Amy duly completed that in 4.18.45 a fantastic improvement and great achievement for someone so new to marathon running.  Needless to say when Amy then set her target for London to beat 4 hours the words "bonkers" and "mental" may have been used to describe her, but through dedicated training and sheer determination she has proved all who doubted her wrong in setting her new PB yesterday at 3.59.37!!!!


As we all now know that Amy is "not your normal" runner it is no surprise that Amy has been heard talking about Mountain Marathons and no doubt other challenges that most of us would just not care to think about.


At the same time as achieving these high athletic standards, Amy has also been raising money and awareness for the British Heart Foundation, a charity that she has a strong connection with. 


Ripley RC AGM - Monday 22 April 2013 7pm The Pear Tree Pub

Don't forget that next Monday evening is the Club AGM.  This is the time of year when members get a chance to say how you think the club should be run and what you would like to see changed if anything.


All members are welcome to come along.  It is free!  and in a pub so what could be better?


There is a draft agenda for the meeting on the AGM page on this website so this should give you some idea of what will be discussed.  Whilst we cannot predict precisely how long the meeting will take, for those of you that need to plan, an estimate of around 90 mins will hopefully not be too far off the mark.


Within the meeting we will be handing out trophies for those who finished highest in the club championships and for the first time having a formal paper vote on races to be part of next years club chamionship series.


We are also going to adopt a "constitution" document for the very first time and try to improve our committee structure to match the needs of the club today. 


I am hoping to see a good 30-40 of you there for a lively debate. 



Good Luck!

Good luck to our 6 runners in this weekends Virgin London Marathon.  I am thinking that the finishing order of our fine athletes will be Dean Taylor, Martin Penny, Richard Phillis,Matt Beresford, Amy Bradley, Joanna Broughton, but this has now put the pressure on coach Penny, with Bunda always likely to spring a surprise!


I hope that the weather is kind for you and you all have super runs and achieve whatever you want to achieve.   It is always a fantastic atmosphere which you just have to soak up and enjoy.


Remember Amy, only one Guiness the night before the race, but plenty more afterwards in the Sherlock Holmes!. 




Welcome to our newest Members

A very warm welcome to Heather Brown and Jo Broughton who both made their Ripley RC debuts last night at the BDL race at Teversal.  As both are related to existing Ripley RC members they must have known what they were letting themselves in for one assumes. 


Given that they were both to be found in the Pear Tree Pub at 9pm they will obviously fit in perfectly with the social side of our club which underlies our great success in attracting a thriving membership.


Jo will be running London this weekend for which i am sure everyone will wish her the best of luck. 

London Marathon Bus Trip Cancelled

I apologise for the late notice in announcing that the bus trip to see the London Marathon this Sunday is cancelled but i have been working on trying to encourage more people to come with us right up until yesterday in the hope that the trip could be made financially viable.  With only 10 of us wanting to go the cost cannot be justified and the subsidy required from club funds too great for the number of participating members. 

I will return the deposits paid to the 3 members who have already paid as soon as i see you probably next Tuesday.

Sorry for this.  Dennis

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Tomorrow night Tuesday 16th April is the first Booth Decorators Road Race League race starting at 7.15 from the Teversal Visitors centre.  It is FREE to run for all members of Ripley RC so just turn up with a club vest and have a go.  If you need a club vest then contact Dennis who will have some with him on the night for sale at £14.


I have not heard about too many races this weekend except the Kinder Downfall Fell race in which Andy P and Wayne had a good run by all accounts!


A group of us completed the running technique workshop yesterday which Claire recommended to us.  Running on the balls of our feet, leaning forwards with a cadence dictated by metranome to 180 foot strikes per minute was an interesting experience for which i am sure we will all thank Claire greatly when we next see her.  It was certainly very useful to think about technique as a way of increasing speed versus the alternatives of increasing training intensity or training volumes.  I personally am unlikely to want to reduce my 100 mile per week regime but i know for others less hardcore, the ideas that good training plans, nutrition, pre race warm ups, concentration on running style, core fitness exercises, proper flexibility stretching etc, etc will improve their performance is not seen as being the soft option so perhaps worth giving it a go.


Good luck to Amy and all of our other Ripley Runners at London next weekend.  Amy now has the choice of two completely different running styles which London will provide her with circa 4 hours of pleasure time to contemplate which is the better to use in her future career as an athlete.

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Brighton Marathon - Sunday 14th April

Good luck to Ryan Smith at Brighton this weekend.  Should be a PB for sure i think.  Enjoy it whatever.

Virgin London Marathon - Sunday 21 April

We still have places available on our bus trip down on the day.  £15 per person.  Family discounts available.  Leaving Ripley market square 8am.  See Dennis if interested.


Booth Decorators League Race 1 - Tuesday 16th April - Teversal Visitors Centre

We need everyone there next Tuesday to start the season off well.  Fast or slow, it is the taking part that matters! Come and enjoy the views from the highest point in Nottinghamshire!



First Booth Decorators League Road Race - Tue 16 April 2013

The first BDL race is next Tuesday 16th April at Teversal Grange, Stanton Hill, Sutton in Ashfield.  Anyone who has purchased the Ripley RC 2013 Calendar from Dennis, please be aware that i have got the date wrong for this one somehow and it is not on a Wednesday!  I apologise now for any confusion caused and hope that noone turns up on the wrong night!

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AGM - Tue 22 Apr 2013

There is lots of information concerning the forthcoming AGM which can now be downloaded from the appropriate page on this website.

It will really help you follow the meeting if you read the agenda before hand and look at the other documents concerning the New proposed constitution and the New method by which we intend to run the Club Championship.

All members, new and old are encouraged to come along and contribute or at least get out and enjoy the beer!


No Walk in The Park 5k - Queens Park, Chesterfield - Sat 6 April 9.30am

This Saturday is the monthly NWITP dash hosted by North Derbyshire RC at Queens Park.  It is only £3 to enter on the day.   RRC usually have a number of entrants and i must admit i rather fancy it myself this month.  Why not give it a go?

Last Nights Handicap Run

At the final handicap run before the Summer break we had a good turn out of 26 runners on the night of which 10 were ladies.  6 of us achieved new PB's with Toni Perry recording her 5th improvement on the trot, a record only previously achieved by Jon Marriott who following his January "break" has now set back to back PB's once again.

One of the best runs of the night must have been Jo Howetts effort after setting off at crazy pace with Bunda and i only to leave us after 2 miles and keep ahead all the way home up Derby road when Bunda and i were convinced she must blow up!  The only bad news for Jo is that last night i am sure that she thought that the 40.10 was her new PB but on further inspection of the records, in March 2012 she actually ran the other way around in 40.08! 

For the newer members information you might be relieved to know that we don't run the handicap again until October but in its place each month your speed session can be achieved by competing with us in the Booth Decorator League races the first of which is at Teversal on Tuesday 16th April at 7pm.


RRC Annual General Meeting - Monday 22 April 2013

Formal notice is hereby given that the Clubs AGM will be held at the Pear Tree Pub on Monday 22 April at 7pm.

All paid up members are invited to attend this meeting at which we will carry out the normal business of the Club and give members opportunity to contribute to how it is run in future.

An agenda for the meeting will be published on this website in the very near future (very similar to previous years) to which members can submit further items for discussion preferably in advance of the meeting.

At this years meeting we do propose to introduce a number of changes which will hopefully benefit the running of the club in future which basically can be summarised under 3 points as follows:

1. Introduce a formal constitution document for the Club as none has previously existed.

2. Propose an increase to the number of committee members to help "run" the club.

3. Adopt a different process for selecting the club championship races and give someone responsibility for this.

If any RRC member wishes to know more about any of these "initiatives" in advance of the meeting or see the draft documents to be proposed then please contact either Eleanor or Dennis and we will be happy to oblige.

East Leake Triathlon

With 9 Ripley RC members participating and 4 others spectating this must be the record setter for the most popular Triathlon ever in the history of Ripley RC.  As a Tri virgin i was a bit apprehensive myself and this was not helped by the freezing cold conditions which meant that getting from a heated swimming pool onto a bicycle without losing important bits to frostbite was a bit of a concern.  In the event itself we were encouraged to take a little more time in T1 to towel down and put on extra layers which proved sound advice for me as i survived with all my bits nicely frost free.

Our finsihing order was Jon, Bes, Den, Jo, Sarah, James, Tom&Tom, Cash.

Thanks to supporters Vin, Lisa, Antoinette & Luke

All the detailed times can now be found on the Bi and Tri page of this website together with our growing Roll of Honour and details of local forthcoming Bi and Tri events.

Run Faster Workshop - Sunday 14th April 2013

Del has confirmed the following day for the Run Faster Workshop - Sunday 14th April.
Basic details are as follows:
It will be held at Derbyshire Police Headquarters, Butterly Hall, Ripley (DE5 3RS),  from 9am - 4pm ish.
Cost is £20 (bargain!) & can be paid on the day
You will need to bring your own lunch & plenty to drink (non-alcoholic!!).  Tea, coffee & biscuits will be provided (but don't let that lull into a false sense of security - you're definitely not there to chat.  Martin Penny - I will not be baking, so don't ask!)
The day will be a mixture of running drills & skills, video analysis & some theory.  I think he will also bring a selection of running shoes for people to try on & also purchase if you want them.

We have 10 RRC members definitely going as at 28.03.13 so still places available if you want to come along.  I am sure that we can accomodate non RRC runners if they wish to take advantage of this session too.

Contact Claire directly to book a place or e-mail and i will pass it on.



Forthcoming Events

This Sunday 31st March sees a group of us RRC "athletes" taking on the East Leake Triathlon.  With start times spread across the morning according to swim speed this could be a great spectator event as you could be watching different ones of us performing badly at different disciplines for several hours.

The slower ones are starting to swim around 9am whilst our speedsters are not off until 10.30.  I think that we have 7 Ripley RC participants but am not sure.

I know for one that i will be grateful of all the support i can get so why not come along!


Notts AC Easter 10k - Monday 1st April 2013 11am

For those of you looking for something to do on Easter Monday why not give this one a go!

Wedding Belle 5 Mile Race Update

Entries are now coming in steadily for our event with members from Matlock AC, North Derbyshire Running Club and Wirksworth RC all supporting our new race!  Keep spreading the word and asking friends to get entered early.

If you are a Ripley club member and you want to run the event then feel free to enter as we have our marshall list sorted out now and those on it have been contacted.

Our mens team with Bicky, Dean and Ian already entered is looking good and when Luke Bes returns from his high altitude training camp i am sure he will be showing this lot a clean pair of heels!  Even old man Bes might be a bit leaner post London and show us what he can really do.

We could do with a few more of our quicker ladies (Cathy, Steph, Jo) entering the race to support Lucy who is still running.  Just forget about the potential shame of being beaten!  Together with Fiona and Esther the ladies team prize must also be a possibilty once we have local course knowledge advantage as well.

As i write this on 23 March with 6 inches of snow outside it is tempting fate to suggest that maybe next month or at least by May the Spring weather and light nights will be with us and we will therefore be able to go up to Alport on the odd Tuesday night instead of meeting at the leisure centre and recce the course and the surrounding area.  Surely we are safe on June 21st and some form of summer weather will have arrived by then?



London Marathon Bus Trip

We have about half a bus full of people going down to see the London Marathon on Sunday 21st April 2013 but still have the other half of the bus to fill.

The cost will be around £15 per person with family discounts available if you want a number of seats for children or partners.

It will be an early start from Ripley as we have to get to Stanmore to catch the tube to see the runners as soon as possible.

You are free to do whatever you wish for the whole day in London so if running is not your think then just go to the Pub.  (many of us will!)

Non RRC club members are more than welcome.

If you are interested please see Dennis or mail him at


Ashby 20 then Coniston 14

This weekend is the Ashby 20 miler and next week we have the Coniston 14 to look forwards too.  Both are great races so have fun and enjoy!

Retford Half Marathon Results

Some super running by Ripley RC members in freezing cold conditions produced some excellent results on Sunday.  Amongst several PB's Lisa W smashed her previous best by 12 minutes whilst Cathy took 19 seconds off her best only set 2 weeks ago at Sleaford.  Inbetween these 2 extremes were other PB's and great runs.

Well done to all!

Last Nights Handicap Results now uploaded

Only 26 of us ran the handicap last night which was a bit down on the last few months.  However quality replaced quantity with 10 of the 26 runners setting new PB's and this is supposed to be the slow way around!!!


Well done to Lisa, Jane, Alison,Nicola and Tomi who all improved their previous bests.


Jon recorded his seventh PB in 8 runs chiselling anothe 9 seconds off last months time.


At the speedy end of the field, Luke Freeman knocked 1 second off his PB to set 35.07 whilst Luke Beresford knocked 26 seconds off to lower his time to 33.50!! a time bettered only by a handful of Ripley runners.



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A belated well done to Cathy for cracking her PB at Sleaford last week with a new best of 1.42.29


Welcome to our 101st member Matt Nicholls who will soon be joined by our 102nd and 103rd members when Jane and Nicola hopefully sign up officially tomorrow.


Talking of tomorrow, it is handicap night and the last blast down the Derby Road Hill before the summer break.  Please come along and have a go.

No Walk in the Park?

Tomorrow morning is the monthly "No walk in the park" fixture at Queens Park, Chesterfield.  For newer members this is a turn up, pay and run 5k event held just about the first Saturday of every month throughout the year.

It is a good speed session and usually attracts a sprinkling of runners from Ripley RC amongst the 100 or so entrants.

Why not give it a go.  To find out who else from Ripley might be running tomorrow then make use of the club facebook page and make a post.

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Well done to all who ran at the National XC champs on Saturday.  Another memorable and muddy course!


Belvoir 26 / Weston 5

Congrats to Amy and Steph and anyone else who did Belvoir on Saturday.  Also well done to Luke, Ryan and Simon for finishing well up in this little one on Sunday.


Ripley RC Wedding Belle 5

Please help promote this race of ours and encourage all your contacts to enter.  A form can be obtained from the link on the facebook page or from the RRC website page.


Ripley has it's 100th Member!

Rich Sims has paid a fiver and become our 100th paid member this season.  Drinks are on Rich for having this honour.


Intervals Tonight

Amy has volunteered to do the shouting so please follow her if you want some intervals.  Some of us are having steady ones after the weekend efforts.


Club Championship

The national was the final event in this years club champs.  The final table will be updated and on this website hopefully in the next 24 hours.  See Tommo if you want it sooner.


Stamford St Valentines 30k

Congratulations to Dean, Ron and Steph for completing this 18.6 mile run around Lincolnshire.  I trust that the weather conditions were better than last year when snow and ice caused the race to be postponed for the first time in it's 20 year history.

Dean had a flyer by the look of it finishing 10th from 603 finishers in a time of 1.53.04.  Ron's 87th in 2.12.14 must surely have put him very high up his age category as would Steph's 2.18.34 giving her 142nd place and 14th lady!

Well done to all!


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London Marathon Trip - Sunday 21 April 2013

We have booked a coach which we now need to fill so that we can go and watch our runners pound the streets of London.  More than likely we will end up at the Sherlock Holmes for an odd pint.  See the new page on this website for further details.


The Alport Heights Wedding Belle 5 Mile Road Race - Friday 21 June 2013 7.30pm

This will be Ripley RC's first open race for about 20 years so I hope that the whole club will get behind it to make it a success.  We need about 20-25 members/spouses/friends to organise the event but beyond this requirement we hope that quite a few members will actually run it too.  Whilst it is hoped that this will become an annual event, this years event will be a bit special for a number of reasons.

The facebook page has gone live yesterday and a website page with the entry form attached should be available in the next 48 hours.  Please encourage all your running and none running friends to enter as it should be a good night.


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BDL XC Results

Well done to all who ran Sunday, especially Bicky who finished 3rd in the mens race!  It was a sticky course and not one that you would want to start cross country running on like a few of you did.

Team wise we were 5th/6th/5th on the day which means in the final league standings we have 3rd/5th/3rd!!  Given the injuries to ladies this is an excellent position from which we need to build in future seasons.

The BDL road races will commence in April and hopefully we can turn out teams that maintain this standard of running.

Provisionally individuals qualifying for prizes from Ripley are Bicky, Fiona, Cathy and Jo (i think).  Well done to you all.



We have our 99th paid up Ripley RC member now so who will pay me £5 next week and become the magic 100th member?  There are a fair number of "trialists" so we are really already more than 100 strong.  This is quite a milestone for Ripley RC


The 2013 Virgin London Marathon - Sunday 21 April 2013

Ripley RC have booked a coach to take us to watch this great event.  It will leave the Ripley area very early on Sunday 21st to get us to London just in time to see runners coming over the river so we can cheer on our 6 or 7 runners plus the other 30,000 entrants.  It will return from London tea time ish when the runners are out of the Sherlock Holmes.

Cost will depend on numbers but expect about £20 per head return.  You can bring family and friends.  I will consider family discount rates where applicable depending on demand for places and costs.  It will be first come first served with Cash to Dennis to book a place.  Please e-mail or contact me on club nights as usual. Keep a look on the website blog and facebook page for further details.


Track Sessions

We are now doing quite regular track sessions on Fridays at Ilkeston running track.  The next one is this Friday 15th February at 6pm until 7pm.  You can just turn up and join in.  Cost is no more than £2.30 per session.  See the website blog or Ripley facebook page to find out when sessions are taking place and what the actual session might be.  For newer members not sure if this could be for you, speak to Karl, Tommo, Dennis, Dean or Lucy.  Everyone can improve by doing a bit of track running which takes some of the strain out of your joints so is a good alternative training session.  The session is usually followeb by beer for those more into the socialising than running.


Anything Else / AGM

Ripley RC is a club run for the benefit of its members in a democratic way (almost).  If you have any ideas or suggestions about what you want to do at the club then please feel free to inform the committee either directly or by sending an e-mail to the club mail address,

The next AGM will be Monday 22nd April 2013 at the Pear Tree, Ripley.  This gives all members the opportunities to discuss how we run the club.  Remember to put this date in your diaries except Jonesy!

Especially for you Tri Guys (and Girls)

Why not take a look at the Bi or Tri page of this website which has just been updated with several popular local events courtesy of our regular Tri members.

This would seem to be an ever growing section of our club with many of us seeing the benefits of cross training and several of us now actually starting a bit of coached Tri swim training on Wednesday evenings at 8.30pm at Ripley Leisure Centre.

The beginners standard is very low which i can positively guarantee from personal experience so feel free to come along even if you can only doggy paddle.

For those who are already more advanced Triathlete veterans then maybe consider entering a whole series of Triathlons a la Claire Duffin and Jo Howett ! Good luck to both of you in your exploits this year.

BDL Cross Country Chesterfield

Well done to RRC for a great turnout in such challenging conditions and some great support too.  Unfortunately there is a bit of a delay with the results at the moment as disc number 20 seems to have not been allocated which is causing a cock up in the overall results!  If anyone can prove that they finished 20th then please shout up!  I don't expect too many folk to be shouting up.

A special well done to Caroline and Alison who chose yesterday to run their first cross country race for Ripley which i am sure they must have questioned a little as the weather conditions wobbled between threats of snow and further rain over the weekend.  Having run that course then most others are likely to be comparatively easy in future maybe with the exception of the Northern Counties and National Cross Country courses which seem to more frequently be held in swamps than on fields nowadays.

As tradition dictatates some of us athletes went for a warm down and a post race debriefing session in the Amber Hotel, Oakerthorpe on the way home which finished off an excellent day.


Ripley Welcomes Newest Members!

A warm welcome to our two newest members who both joined up on handicap night so were thrown right into the deep end !

Martin is obviously an experienced runner as he sailed around our 5.5 mile handicap course in just over 40 minutes which is a time many of us including myself would be well pleased with.

Liz is obviously more of a beginner but showed great determination in carrying on around our hilly course and getting back around the 60 minute mark.

Ripley RC now need only 2 more members to sign up and we will hit our target of 100 paid up members which is an amazing milestone for our club!


Handicap results update

Apologies to Rich Clark who i omitted from version one of the handicap results yeaterday.  I have now added you into the list directly above your recruitment sargeant Bunda.  Your time of 37.12 for your first time at the handicap means that you certainly can run and must have Bunda severely worried as his PB of 36.20 is clearly within your reach next month.  Very well run.

February 2013 Handicap Results

A slightly smaller turn out than recently with just 31 of us having a go.  12 Personal bests were set though so the quality was high.  At the very sharp end Dean set his new PB at 31.55 to join an exclusive club of sub 32 minuters.

Luke knocked 4 seconds off his previous best to set his new standard at 34.16 whilst Simon knocked 5 seconds off his PB to set 36.43 as his future time to beat.

At the other end of the field Caroline, Alison, Pete and Toni all set new best times whilst in the middle of the field Mr Reliable PB Jon set his 6th PB in the last 7 months!

Well done to all the first timers, Liz, Simon, Martin and Rich. We hope that you enjoyed the run the quick way around and that you will return next month to give it a go in the other direction, the slow way!

Dave Crowder 50th bday

Dave C is the ripe old age of 50 week commencing 18th. Dave loves dressing up and would love everyone to celebrate with him. 

It would be great if everyone would celebrate in style by dressing up in any way on Tuesday 19th! 

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Congratulations to Ian on running a new 5k PB of 18.32 at the No Walk in the Park run on Saturday at Queens Park Chesterfield.

For newer members who might not know this, North Derbyshire Running Club hold a 5k race at Queens Park Leisure Centre on the first Saturday of each month (check their website for details).  You just turn up, pay about 3 quid and run.  The standard is quite good but also slower ones too.  Ripley RC generally have a small group going so look on fB if you are interested.  Some even cycle there beforehand to make a bit of serious training.  I may even have to consider this!


New Member Welcome

Welcome to our newest member Richard Clark who joins our rapidly expanding Jacksdale/Westwood mafia.  I am not sure but it is likely that Bunda is now forcing all Jacksdale residents to take up extreme sport activities with anything less than a full marathon or 12 hours in the saddle as being too soft an option!

Richard is our 96th member in the 2012/2013 season and we already have other newbies who but for filling in the form will see us cross the magic 100 membership total before the end of this year on 21st April (London Marathon day).   It is currently only £5 to join us for the next 3 months so why not make it official and join up to RRC.  You never know, you could be the 100th member!






Ripley Ladies set new record at Northern Cross Country Championships

At yesterdays Northern Athletic Association Cross Country Championships held at Knowsley Park just outside Liverpool, Ripley RC ladies set new standards in the history of Ripley Running Club.

With 6 Ripley ladies starting the race, this was the highest number of lady entrants in our 27 year club history, and the team finishing position of 15th from 27 is absolutely fantastic considering that the top 3 teams on the day were  Stockport Harriers, Hallamshire Harriers and Leeds AC all of whom could include national champions and ladies who are perhaps the very best runners in the whole country.

The day was very special for many reasons starting with the fact that we all began the day under 5 inches of snow here in Derbyshire wondering if we would even make it to Lancashire to run.  On arrival we saw a course that was to prove extremely muddy with a consistency of porridge, proof of which was provided when the emergency 4 by 4 ambulance got stuck in the course only to be joined by the rescue tractor which also was temporarily stuck!

In the under 20 mens race Bicky got the day started for Ripley RC with an impressive 8k in 32.09 finishing in 47th place out of 78.  This goes to show the standard of competition at these championships!

Next up were our awesome ladies also running 8k through the deteriorating quagmire.  Lucy led the team home in 97th position in 40.25 followed by Fiona in 108th, 42.19, Steph 113th, 42.43, Jo 124th, 43.42, Esther 150th, 45.40 and Antoinette 217th, 71.14.  There were 217 finishers in the ladies race.

Finally, just as the rain had started and it was clouding over nicely, the boys were called upon to take on 3 laps of the swamp or about 12k.  Dean obviously must have run a different course to the rest of us as he finished in 163rd place in a time of 51.58!  Tommo, myself and Jerry had a much more sedate plod around in 64.28, 67.20 & 71.11 respectively gaining 475th, 512th and 545th places out of the 583 finishers. There must have been a good 20 dnfs by the number of walkers i passed, so i am claiming a better than lowest 10% finish and my best ever run in a Northern!!

After more flapjack courtesy of James and Slow Gin and Cake courtesy of Jo (essential recovery drink of course) the Ripley contingent wound its way home generally quite happy to have completed this adventure.  A couple of pints in the George Belper provided further post race rehydration opportunities and fB posts suggests that red wine flowed in the Broughton household where Esther would have been celebrating her maiden Northern! Will this be the first and last?

Only a few weeks and many of us get the chance to repeat the fun in Sunderland and the English National Championships.  See you all there.

Travel to Northern XC Tomorrow

Please beware of possibility of traffic congestion around Stoke city football ground tomorrow. For those travelling with Dennis we may switch routes depending on any snowfall today and tomorrow. If it snows later today or in the morning we may have to take this into account. 

Hope everyone is going to have a good run.

Who's Running Where?

Check out this page which has been greatly extended to cover many more races that lots of RRC members may never have heard of like the Norton 9 and the Sheffield Lord Mayors 10k.

Thanks to Steph and Ron for sharing these events with other members. Even Bunda might have a challenge doing the number of races you have planned in!  

Can the Ripley Elite athletes (Ian, Dean, Bunda ...,Luce, Jo, Fiona, Cathy, Esther..,,) please share your 2013 events entered plan with the rest of us for some inspiration please.

Club Championship Table Now Updated!

The Club Championship table is now up to date including the 4th BDL XC race from last Sunday.  There are now only 4 races remaining in this years championships being the 32 Mile Ultra next Sunday around Derby, Saturdays Northern Cross Country Championship races at Knowsley, the final BDL XC at Chesterfield and the English National XC Championships in February up at Sunderland.   

Trophies will be awarded at the AGM likely to be Monday 22 April with for the first time complete Gender equality!  Men and Ladies both have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in the open senior category, a 1st and 2nd in the Vet 40 category and a 1st Vet 50.  Take a look where you are just in case you can pinch a trophy at this late stage.  If not start planning your strategy for next year!

Welcome to our new members!

RRC continues to grow at an amazing rate as we close in on the 100th member which will surely happen in the next few weeks.

Welcome to Phil Layton, Lewis Ratcliffe and Caroline Morris who have all signed up in the last few weeks and have already either raced or committed themselves (Caroline) to the  next cross country!  In the current weather conditions this could turn out to be quite a commitment.

Good luck with your running in 2013!


Who's running where?

Page just updated.  Why not have a look and enter a few races yourself?

Dewsbury 10k for anyone?

Just noticed that this is 3rd Feb this year so not long.  Has anyone from RRC entered it?  Supposed to be a quick course i believe?

The First Alport Heights Wedding Belle 5 Mile Race - Fri 21 June 20123 7.30pm

RRC are organising our first open road race for over 15 years which all being well will start and finish at the Belper Amateurs Cricket Club, Sandyford Lane, Alderwasley, Belper on Friday 21st June 2013 at 7.30pm.  This is about 2 miles from the Hurt Arms Pub at Ambergate into the sticks!

We will need 25 helpers/marshals to organize the race on the night so if you will definitely be available and are willing to help then please can you let Dennis or Eleanor know.  If you have a partner who can also act as a marshall for one hour or so between 7pm and 8.30 max then please volunteer them too.

RRC members will be able to enter the race and we would like to field strong mens and ladies teams in the race but priority has to be given to getting the required number of helpers first.

We hope that as this is the longest day of the year we will be blessed with glorious sunshine so that competitors will be able to enjoy the spectacular views over 9 counties that may be seen on a clear summers evening from the masts at Alport Heights. 

For further information on this race please keep a look at this website and the RRC facebook page.

Who's running where?

As it is a New Year and lots of us are entering lots of races i would like to update the webpage for "Who is running where"  This page allows other Ripley members to see which are the popular races with other members so they may then enter them themselves to make the bigger Ripley Team and it also has the practicality of allowing each of us to think about sharing transport costs.  So, if you have entered the Stamford 30k, Sleaford Half, Grindleford Gallop, Reftord Half, East Leake Triathlon, Ashby 20, Wilmslow Half, Derby 10k, or any other race and you don't mind letting others know then e-mail this to and i will do the rest.

Anyone who does all of the above except Bunda who will surely be doing the lot qualifies for a pint of Baldrick's Really Strong Ale courresy of the RRC slush fund!


BDL XC Race 4 at Shipley Park Cricket Club in the Morning!

Don't forget the XC race in the morning at 11am.  We want absolutely everyone to turn out and have a run around!  It will be great fun for sure.  Please get there early as the parking will be not so easy as the normal field is unavailable as it is too wet!  This possibly says something about how the course will be although it might be so cold that it is icy and rock hard instead!

Most likely that there will be a stop off in a pub somewhere on the way home for those who partake of alcohol.



Have i gone mad with the date?  No, these are the stats for last nights January handicap run!

That is, there were 41 runners so just shy of the record.

9 PB's, quite a haul for the post christmas run though to be fair a lot were the new members improving on first or second runs.

13 is the number of lady runners which whilst not the PB of 16 is still a very healthy 50% of our total lady membership for the January run.

Full results of last nights run have been uploaded onto the handicap page of the website and can be accessed as a pdf file by clicking on the link.



Are you not entering Jerry?

Just looking at the Snowdon Marathon entry list i can see that RRC are going to be setting a new club record again at this event as we now have an incredible 22 entrants for this years race!

For any members who are still thinking about it don't hang around as it will surely be full very soon.. For those sensible folk who don't want the pain and suffering then you really ought to come down just to participate in the whole weekend experience and especially the post race rehydration session which will also set new records in 2013.

Derbyshire Cross Country Championships 5 Jan 2013


Well done to everyone today who ran in the County Champs at Wollaton Park.  I think that this was Ripley's larget turnout in years.

Congratulations to Lewis on his debut in the under 17's race which i hope he enjoyed.

Our ladies continue to be brilliant with Lucy 11th and therefore likely to get another county vest and our next 3 ladies, Fiona, Steph and Jo winning the Silver Medal in the Vet ladies race.  I cannot remember this ever happening before.  Well done to Esther fighting her way back to fitness and to Eleanor who must have run more counties than anyone and Antoinette who in her first race at this level finished with a smile.


Dale led the Ripley men around finishing in a fantastic 5th place and the rest of us in order of finishing (i hope) were, Dean, Ian, Bunda, Wayne, Tommo, Karl, Jerry and last but certainly not least yours truly. I am well pleased with my time given 4 x up a big hill and 3 x through the stinking cesspit.  Beers for Tommo and Karl and coca cola for myself finished the day off nicely. 

Happy New Year!

Firstly Happy New Year to all RRC members.  Lets hope that we will all achieve our personal goals this year.

It is set to be a very exciting year with the Club looking to stage a 5 mile open road race on Friday 21st June which will be the first time the Club has staged an open event for well over 15 years.  Keep following the blog and club facebook page for further details.

We are also expecting to get our 100th member in the very near future which i think is a very significant milestone for the club.

Somwhat unbelievably, but reflecting the current strength of running as a sport across the country many races for this year are now already full or reaching capacity so it is really important for members to plan entries well ahead if you dont want to be disappointed.  Snowdon marathon for example has had 1,000 entrants in the first 2 days of 2013.  The Grindleford Gallop in March has had a waiting list since Mid December!

Finally people really have to be more careful with entries as the number of instances where members seem to have accidentally entered themselves into races, particularly Triathlon events like East Leake, seems to be on the increase.  This may or may not be alcohol related to the christmas period but everyone really must take more care if we are not to run the serious risks of competitiveness and fitness sneaking into the club.

Finally, finally, congratulations to Dennis who after 22 years of running won his first ever prize at the Holly Bush 2 mile race on New Years Day.  It may have been because he was the only person who filled out the entry sheet correctly but as JB says "you have got to be in it to win it" Thanks obviously to all of you who drank my beer for me.

This Saturday coming is the Derby Cross Country Championships at Wollaton Park Nottingham where we have the largest entry for a number of years.  If you are at a loose end then why not come along for the fresh air and spectate.

Queens Head 5k

Congratulations to Dale on winning the Queens Head 5k today in 16.00 minutes.

A bit of an undulating course as i am sure Lisa C will agree having made her Ripley RC debut setting a PB of something just over 31.00 mins. 

Approximately 25 of us had a bit of a stroll including Pingu, Shrek and the Biggest Christmas Elf you are ever likely to have seen!

Post race celebrations in the Queens Head afterwards saw RRC doing what it does best with the ranks swelled even further by our great supporters (Claire, James, Vicky and Lisa W)

Post, post race celebration seems to have carried on in the Cross Keys Swanwick where cries for help in getting Paula home seem to have been totally ignored by Lee being the gentleman what he is.

Keep your eyes on fB for latest news on members who will be doing runs or bike rides over the remainder of this festive period.  If you are planning a run yourself and want company then don't be shy at making a post yourself.

Next race for many of us will be the Holly Bush 2 at midday on New Years Day.  See you all there next year.

Queens Head 5k, Chesterfield Road Belper

Tomorrow at 12 noon is the final race in the 2012 club championship so hurry along to enter and get your points.  We should be looking for a 30 person turn out as anyone can stagger 5k.  Rumour has it that we have a penguin on speed entered for the RRC !  See you all there!

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Happy Christmas to all RRC Members.


It has been a very successful year by a number of measures. 


Some highlights have been as follows:


We finish the year with 94 paid up members which would last have been achieved in the 1990's.  Better still we have something like 25 lady members which must be an all time record since the club was founded in 1985.


This year both Pete Shaw and Phil Woodman have completed 25 years at the club which i am sure qualifies them for a free pint from the Club Captain, if they can catch him in the Black Bull.  Not too difficult i think.


At the beginning of this year we fielded some of our strongest teams at the Northern and National Cross Country Championships which we hope to repeat early next year.


The Coniston 14 then provided the first stay over race of the year as it has now become firmly established in the RRC race calendar.


Dean set a fantastic PB at London and i personally had a great day watching Martin, Bunda, Lucy, Vin, Mike and Dave make there way around the capitals landmarks. Several of you guys raised money for charities including Jakes Tribute fund for which i will allways be grateful.  The batton is now handed over to Antoinette, Amy and Bes to run the race and do something good for others in 2013.


In May something quite extraordinary happened with 14 Ripley RC members all completing the Windermere Marathon.  This included loads of lady marathon virgins and the odd guy too.  Dean having finished 2nd in the White Peak Half the day before jogged around with Bunda at the front.  Our ladies were if memory serves me correctly, Jo, Cathy, Amy, Claire, Leanne and Vicky.  Chaps, Dean, Bunda, Karl, Tommo, Karl, Simon, Rob, Jay.  Personal thanks must go to Club Captain Karl who tried to buy everyone far more beer than they could drink at the post race celebrations where we had a great singalong with Karls close friend Fiona?


Dave Dentons Tour of Derwent Valley at the end of May provided the minimal excuse required for Tommo and Karl to have a 4 day drinking binge interruped by short runs.  Dean took it a bit more seriously and was the overall winner.


In the summer road races our new speed kings Dale and Matt achieved some fantastic results with the likes of Ian, Martin, Luke and Bunda not forgetting Dean often giving us a great team.  At the first BDL race we had over 40 runners making Ripley the largest team in the league.


Throughout the summer we have had some great turnouts in the variuos local festival and fell races.  Castleton was made special by horizontal rain and allegedly sub zero temperatures.


By August even more members were getting the bug for distance running with probably the largest ever entry into the Belper Rugby Rover.  With Dean away racing a train, Ian led us home with Browny and Luke and a few other usual suspects not far behind.  Karl had a shocker and allowed me to overtake him just before the line so recording my first "win" over him since Winster 2009!


Then in October just when i thought nothing could top off an already brilliant year, RRC had 20 runners in the Snowdon Marathon, all of whom finished, with Dean again starring with a sub 3 hour finish.  Karl having bounced back from Belper knocked 20 minutes off his 2011 time to get a 3.40 and our newer guys Ian and Steve who had both been injured recorded fantastic times for a first Snowdon.  The post race celebrations where we were joined by the Gypsies and the Francos plus Swifty and a few others were legendary including karaoke and massive alcohol intake.  Browny and i were somewhat unbelievably able to get up Sunday morning and eat the full English at the greasy spoon cafe which in Browny's case was actually called "The Bellybuster"


Finally in December we have just had our usual very well attended Christmas Party at the Curry house followed by a few beers.  For the group that i found myself with this turned into a marathon session of ultra proportions.  Much respect must go to one of our newest not even signed up members Alison Butlin for keeping well up with the pace and showing excellent core strength in the late night planking competition.  Great things lie ahead for Alison i am sure.





Queens Head 5k December 27th 12 Noon

This is the next club championship race and has been well supported with more than 20 runners from RRC racing in the last 2 years.  Ceratainly one to plan in to the Christmas schedule.  Most likely to be a few beers in the pub afterwards too!

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Apologies for getting two weeks behind on updates but I have been a bit busy seeing if i can spend more time in pubs that Karl.

Congratulations to all Half Marathoners, 10 Milers or 10k ers who in the Turkey Trot, Stockport 10 or the Bolsover 10k set a new personal best.  I have not updated the table yet on the website (next job) but i think Simon and Cathy set bests at Keyworth and Dean got under 60 minutes for the first time at Stockport.  If i have missed anyone else then please e-mail me to let me know at

Well done to all hardcore runners who have now regularly attended the Friday night track sessions 6-7pm at Ilkeston Track.  If you have not done one yet but are interested then see Dean for details.


We now have 94! Official Paid up members with at least 3 or 4 other newbies yet to sign up having run with RRC for a few weeks to test us out.  Can we make 100 by 31.12.12.  The Club is in great shape with massive levels of participation in all local races.


The Christmas Party last Tuesday was as well attended as always with the RRC filling out Sylhet Spice.  Many thanks to Amanda and Tim for organising this. At the party the London Marathon places for 2013 were awarded to Antoinette and Matt Bes who have acummulated the largets number of marathon points this year and were rejected in the ballot.  Good luck to both of you in this great race.  For Antoinette the good? news does not end there as she has also won the London Marathon draw for an all expenses paid entry in the New York Marathon in November 2013' 


It is cross country championship season soon so you must tell Eleanor if you want to be entered into the Northern Champioship Race or the National or Both.  We need a few more ladies in the Nationals but generally we have a good entry across the gender and abilities.  Both are great races and a good day out to rub shoulders momentarily with the best.

We now have a firm date for the proposed 5 Mile race which Ripley RC are looking to organise in 2013.  This is Friday 21st June 2013 at 7.30pm.  We will need 20+ members  to help organise and marshall the event so if you or your partner are willing to volunteer then please can you let Dennis or Eleanor know. 






Curry Night Victors Proposal

The Christmas Curry night is on Tuesday night

Victors have offered to open for the night with exclusive access to RRC, but we need to get back to them ASAP on numbers to see if it is worth their while. 

The venue is convenient to the Curry House and has a dance floor, so this will be a great way to end the night. 

Please can you let Dennis know if you are interested ASAP so that I can let the owners know as they need to decide if it will be worth them opening on a night they don't usually. 

Cheers, Den

Handicap History

The Handicap History results page has just been updated so you can look at your PB's.  Click on the text link at the bottom of the page to open the pdf file.

Record Breaking Handicap Run !!!

Not only did we have 42 runners in the handicap last night which is an all time club record but 16 of them were ladies which smashes the previous best by 4!

Welcome to all the new ladies who ran who were Jane, Nicola, Alison and Caroline and it was also great to see speedy Caroline and a little bit less (only a little) speedy Paula back since a while. 

Not counting all the newbies there were still 7 new PB's so if you know who you are Dennis owes you a pint.  As Jon has now gone 5 consecutive handicaps in a row setting new PB's i think this qualifies for a bit more.  Surely not 6 in a row?.  Bring on the snow and ice in January, i say.

Thanks to James again for doing the timing.  With 40 odd runners arriving within only a few minutes this is now a two person job so thanks to Cathy for helping out at the finish and can i just ask that all runners help who ever is timing in future by firstly ensuring whoever is scoring knows you are back but then as quickly as possible vacating the finish area.  With our club growing ever closer to 100 members with such an active participation we will innevitably have to try and be a bit more organised if chaos is to be avoided. 





Race Reports by Rob




Sunday saw a contingent of Ripley Running Club travelling to a very cold and wet village called Clowne near Chesterfield for the Clowne Half Marathon! This race was also part of the Derbyshire a.a.a.County Championships so a good performance from Ripley was key, tbe course started and finish in Clowne a very undulating route which was made so much harder by the cutting cold and high winds on the day for tbis 13.1 mile race!


Dean Taylor did excellently coming home in 6th place overall but not only that he ended up in

 the medals, a bronze medal in the Derbyshire a.a.a championships also Ripley had two 1st places in two different age categories Stephanie Ilsley was 1st in the Ladies v45 and Eleanor Robinson was 1st in her v65 category, there was four Ripley runners with personal best times


 included too Simon English (1.37.20), Jon Marriot (1.44.21), Cathy Cresswell (1.48.43) and


 Stevie Thomas (1.50.48) all in all these times and positions made all the better considering the


hilly course and cold and windy conditions!


The rest of Ripley times are as follows : 24th A.Parkin (1.26.00), 39th I.Duffin (1.29.01), 49th R. Phillis (1.31.32), 55th R.Ball (1.32.15), 75th W.Smithurst (1.35.15), 80th R.Hill (1.35.31), 158th W.Yearwood (1.40.59), 171st J.Bateman (1.41.52), 185th C.Hopkinson (1.42.54), 278th K. Tietz (1.48.44),279th  M.Beresford (1.48.45), 331st J.Bird (1.52.42), 362nd M.Corrigan (1.54.55), 365th D.Penguin (1.55.19), 509th A. Franco (2.11.37), 547th L.Walton (2.30.33), 548th H. Bailey (2.30.33) 559 ran



Ripley Running meet every Tuesday Evening at the leisure centre (6.45pm) runners of all abilities are most welcome!!


Turkey Trot Place Now Available

Ryan Ball has a place going spare for this weekends Turkey Trot Half Marathon.  Conract Ryan if interested at

RRC Calendar

The response for the new Calendar has been fantastic, and we are all really pleased with the great feedback received.  

We still have one last Calendar up for grabs for any takers still wanting to spot the Freeman or Palfreyman bottom all year round!  

If anyone else would still like a calander, we can put a further order in dependant on numbers. We can also alter this next batch for an alternative calendar.   In addition, we can also provide key rings or mugs for that truly dedicated RRC member/s! 

Clowne Results

Full results are now on the Clowne website. 

Congratulations to Stephanie and Eleanor for winning their age category first places and to Dean for his County Bronze medal.

Somehow we had 4 runners achieve PB's which in today's conditions must mean each of Simon, Jon, Cathy and Stevie must have minutes more to come.

Well done to all 24 of us for turning out today

Clowne, Calendars and Track Sessions

What an amazing turn out for today's Clowne Half. Despite some seriously bad weather conditions, and hills, several PB's have been recorded which is an amazing achievement in these conditions. These will   be updated in due course, and there's talk of the fastest Penguin on two legs from the only Fancy Dress in the village! Well done to everyone who took part,   well deserved.

RRC has,   for the first time ever, produced a Calendar for 2013. This has been done at very short notice on the back of a Pear Tree drinkage idea, that became reality in the space of just a few weeks. We hope you will be very pleased with the   result. 21 have already been sold, with donations of £84 going to   The Meningitis Trust also, so thank you to everyone who has embraced this new idea. Every effort has been made to include every single member wherever possible, and all known race dates so far have been added for extra information. There does appear to be an anomoly in April however, whereby the 'date adderer' has 'accidentally' added his own Birthday! No chance of forgetting the Birthday Beers that night then eh?

Watch this space for next year, where we hope to bring you a   bigger and better Calendar at a competitive price.

Dean Taylor would like everyone to know that, the Ilkeston Track Sessions are going ahead this Friday 6-7 pm. 800m sprint, 400m recuperation x6. £2.20 each. See Dean for info.

Ready for Clowne?

Couple of pints of Ruddles this afternoon at childrens party i reckon will set me up perfectly for Clowne in the morning.  Anyone else got any pre race training tips to share?

RRC Limited First Edition Calendar

At very short notice, RRC is proud to announce the first of what is hoped to be an Annual Calendar. Anyone wishing to own a limited first edition calendar can message RRC to reserve one, due any day in high gloss! Calendars are £8 to cover costs, but we would be very grateful if anyone would like to donate an additional £2, bringing this amazing offer to just £10 with the donation going to The Meningitis Trust. 12 months of RRC class runners...what's not to like? 

Every effort has been made to include as many members as possible in the timescale given. We hope you'll all be pleased. 

A preview album will be on view shortly so runners can see each page as currently the share link does not allow for this. 

Dennis's First Duathlon with a difference

Dennis has just entered his first Duathlon and invites all his outed Bi and Tri friends to come and join him at the Derwent Duathlon on Sunday 17 March 2013 at 9.30am at Fairholmes Vistor Centre, Upper Derwent Valley, Bamford, Derbys.

This is a new event and is a bit special as it is a 7k Road run, a 29k Bike Ride and a 4.5k Fell run but not necessarily in that order as you can switch the runs around if you wish (i think).

It has an entry limit of just 200 as it is the first year.  Cost is £25 + £3 on the day if you are not a BTF member.

I am sure that the really keen cyclists like Bunda will ride to and from this event to make a bit of a challenge of it!

Todays 10k's

Ripley RC had more than 20 runners out at the 2 big 10k races today.  At the Leeds Abbey Dash, Dale ran an amazing new PB of 31.08 finishing in 32nd place which just shows the quality of runner in this race.  Ripleys other speed king Matt Bickerstaff also smashed his PB finishing in 150th place in 34.20.

At the slightly more sedate race, the Heanor Pudding Run, 23 Ripley members old and new had a bit of a bumble led home by Luke Bes and Andy P in very respectable 21st and 22nd places and sharing the time of 37.28.  Next in was Luke Freeman followed by Matt Bes then Ron.  For all times and places see the race results page on this website.

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Welcome to our 3 newest members Toni, Jamie and Phil.  Toni has already competed in her first cross country race for Ripley in last Sundays BDL at Chad Park whilst Jamie is set to make his 10k debut at the Pud Run this Sunday presumably receiving his race instructions from Caroline.  We are expecting a good Ripley turn out again with maybe up to 15 of us having a go and we have a cycle squad who are going to be cheering us on all the way. 

Don't forget that you need to get yourself entered for the Derbyshire County Cross Country Race which will take place the first Saturday in Jan 2013 at Wollaton Park.  This is a Club Champs Race and a great way to start the new year.

Getting close to Xmas Party time so if you haven't booked and paid Tim you could be missing out on a great night out.  Bargain at £15.

Race Reports by James

English National Cross Country Relays

Berry Hill Park in Mansfield was the setting for the 2012 UK National Cross Country Relay Championships.

Past champions include many of the household names in athletics, so the quality of the competition is second to none.

Ripley entered teams into the Senior Men and Senior Ladies competition, with Ripley’s strongest runners up against the best the country had to offer.

The ladies race consisted of 3 x 3km laps, handing over each time.

Lucy Holmes led out, and managed to complete her lap in a great time of 12.51 before handing over the baton to Jo Howett.  Jo managed a very respectable time of 13.52, handing over to the consistently strong Fiona Alexander.  Fiona went round in 12.41, ensuring the ladies managed a very good 74th place overall- 102 teams completed the race.

The Senior men category was equally competitive, and Ripley had their 4 strongest runners out.

Matt Bickerstaff led the side out, and completed his 5k lap in a brisk 17.55, handing over to Ripley’s fastest male, Dale Annable.  Dale once again proved his ability, completing his lap in 16.29.  Luke Beresford went third, in 19.12, before letting Dean Taylor bring the team home in 18.43, taking 70th place overall, 158 teams completed the race.

The placings show how strong Ripley are as a club at the moment.  A top half finish for the men against such class opposition is a remarkable effort.  The ladies also did themselves justice on a very difficult day.


Dovedale Dash


This annual off road and through river race takes in the amazing scenery of Dovedale, just north of Ashbourne in the Derbyshire peaks.

To set the scene, approximately 1500 runners, walkers and joggers descend from Thorpe pastures, cross the river Dove (stepping stones for girls only, real men run straight through the river), the course then takes the competitors through roughly 4.5 miles of farmers fields (knee deep mud), before running back along the side of the river (more knee deep mud) before running back up the hill to Thorpe Pastures (a hill which seems three times as far going back up).

Ripley were very well represented in this race, especially as it coincided with the 30th Birthday of Luke Beresford.

Joining Luke on this very cold, wet and muddy day were Matt Beresford, Liz Beresford, Father Beresford, Jo Howett, James Franco, Stacey Smith, James Wetton, Gary Brown (texture like sun), Tim Moll, Stevie Thomas, Wayne Smith, Simon English, Wayne Yearwood, Toni Perry, Olivia Broughton, Anne Cook and Richard Smith.

Places aren’t published at this race, but it doesn’t matter, everyone completed the course with a massive smile on their face, even Bridget Smith, who lost her shoes in the mud after a mile, and finished the race in her socks.

Race Reports by Rob


A vast amount of Ripley Running Club travelled the 140 mile or so for Saturdays Snowdon Marathon some 19 runners and a dozen or so supporters and all made a great weekend of it! Some four Ripley runners where running their first marathon and what a tough one it was  for Matt and Luke Beresford, Wayne Smith and Stevie Thomas all first timers not happy with just that Matt and Luke decided fancy dress was the order of the day so they dressed as the Mario Brothers!

This beautifully scenic marathon which had been labelled as one of the toughest road marathons in Europe started and finished in the lovely village of Llanberis surrounded by the mountains of Snowdonia, it was a reasonably flat first 2 mile which took you up a killer of a hill which was a climb of 1100 feet for around 2 miles or so then a drop down to the Pen y Gwyryd Junction which went off road for a mile or so and back onto the tarmac to another hill at Beddgelert at 13 mile and along to Waunfawr were they met an awful hill at 21 mile, it stretched for nearly 3 mile and climbed horribly for another 1200 feet with runners suffering from exhaustion and cramp and also laying at the side of the road  in pain! But all knowing once they’d climbed this hill it was all downhill to the finish at Llanberis were a large contingency of Ripley Supporters were there waiting to cheer them on.

First Back for Ripley and mixing with the elite at this event was Dean Taylor he came back in an awesome 12th position in a sub 3 hour time of 2.59.17 great running Dean!! 2nd back for Ripley was Gary Brown in a superb time of 3.26.22, next back was the welsh contingent of Ripley Matt Jones in a great time of 3.33.48, also our club captain Karl Tietz had a marvelous race coming 7th in his vet 55 category in a time of 3.39.04, and let’s not forget Dennis Holmes who thought his marathon days were over as it was 10 years ago since his last. He ran for the meningitis trust a charity very close to his heart after losing his son Jacob last year, Dennis came back in 4.50.22!! All of Ripley running club did themselves proud and the well-deserved celebrations on the Saturday evening will be spoken about for some time we are sure!!

The rest of the Ripley times are as follows:   R.Phillis 3.34.02, I.Duffin 3.37.07, S.Broughton 3.40.25, J.Bateman, 3.43.12, C.Hopkinson 3.53.15, V.Harlin 4.11.37, A.Cook 4.13.59, C.Cresswell 4.17.46, M.Tomlinson 4.29.33, L.Holmes 4.31.33, M.Corrigan 4.39.52,Mario Beresford 4.47.01, Luigi Beresford 4.47.01, S.Thomas 4.55.53, W. Smith 4.59.49.  1,481 ran


On the following day 6 Ripley lot decided on the Worksop Halloween Half Marathon this was a delightful run around the National Trusts Clumber Park, Dale Annable did his reputation no harm at all by coming home in 3rd place in a time of 69.31 and winning a 50 pound voucher for his efforts! Next back was Andy Parkin in 57th place in a great time of 1.23.02.

The rest of the Ripley times are as follows: R.Ilsley 1.27.25, R.Ball 1.28.22 (pb), W.Yearwood 1.38.49, T.Highfield 2.04.59.      1630 ran

Ripley running club meet 6.45pm every Tuesday Evening at the Leisure Centre runners of all abilities are most welcome!!

Last Nights Handicap

Brilliant turn out last night with 42 starters and 40 finishers so a new club record!

Great to see Caroline back and even better that Jamie beat Lee Polf's first handicap run time on his first run with the club.  Lee's shoes will take some filling though as he did go on to set some pretty decent times in the ashmatic, little training, much drinking, category.
Several new PB's most notably Jon Marriott who has now PB'd in every one of his last 4 consecutive handicaps. What's the chances of 5 in a row?  Excellent run by Rich Hill coming back first and also setting his PB.

13 ladies participating was another handicap record of which we should be very proud.  Very sad for Susie returning from one injury only to get another.
New PB of 44.35 for any runner dressed as a Penguin vet45 category.
Thanks to James again for timekeeping and results.  I will be thinking of another alternative start format or scoring system for December to keep you on your toes.  Definately got to be all out fancy dress i reckon? Anyone wanting a penuin outfit see Matt Bes.

Handicap Night

Tues 6th Nov is handicap night with a difference.  Taking into account the huge number of requests for an easy run i have organised all starters into 3's and 4's so you can have a steady run around and a chat with your buddies whilst at the same time hopefully coming in roughly together towards the end.  I don't want to stop anyone who wants to go for a PB so don't be shy to leave any slackers who can't keep up with you.  Free beer all night to anyone who beats 31.26.

Happy Birthday Luke!

Nice to bump into so many highly trained athletes on a Sunday afternoon session in the George Belper. 

Sick notes will not be accepted if you don't make the handicap Tuesday. Your names have been taken.

Stacey, James, Dean, Luce, Antoinette , James, Tommo, Vicky, Matt, Luke, Colin, Browny, Steve, Rob, Tim, Anne, Matt, Jo, Jay.

National XC Relays

The runners today at Berry Hill Park Mansfield enjoyed some of the best November weather possible for cross country running. With such good conditions though it seems like the faster teams were able to sprint the whole time and the pace was therefore pretty amazing. Both our ladies and our men's teams performed superbly and seemed to be well in the mix with the other local clubs like Heanor and Mansfield if not quite troubling Leeds or Stockport Harriers. Well done to Stacey, Jo and Fiona and Matt, Dale, Luke and Dean for a great effort for Ripley.

Track Training Session

The next track training session will be on Friday 9th November from 6 until 7pm at the Rutland Sports Park Ilkeston. Cost is £2.20

This is not just for the fast runners. All speeds are welcome.  Doing a few 400 meter efforts etc will work wonders on your speed.

For more information contact Dean.

Blog Stuff

A great turn out for training last night given the number of injuries we now have and the lameness caused by Snowdon.  Great to see Woody get out of the pub and go for a run.  Tietzy has already taken your social member status claiming "cracked ribs", the pain of which was no doubt masked by alcohol all weekend.

Welcome to our newest member Toni Perry who has now joined us and no doubt will soon be thinking of entering Windermere when Jo tells her how lovely the lakes can be in May!

Don't forget that this coming Saturday we have the National XC relays at Berry Hill Park Mansfield where the fastest runners in the country will be racing.  Ripley hopefully will have its finest competing and it is certainly worth going out to take a look and cheer them on.

Also, the Derbyshire XC Championship race on Sat 5 Jan 2013 is now open for Entries.  Members have to enter themselves using the form available on line at or by e-mail from Tommo.  This is a Club Champs race and a great chance to run against the best in Derbyshire and for the quicker guys to earn a county vest.

The winner of last nights fancy dress competition was Lisa W in her Wonderwoman outfit.  Next weeks handicap run will be another fancy dress competition with equally great prizes.

Finally, its nearly Xmas so if you haven't already booked your place for the curry night you need to get your £15 to Tim asap as places are filling up quickly.


What a weekend!!!

In reverse order.

Worksop Half

Well done to all members who ran the Worksop Halloween Half on Sunday.  Not surprisingly Dale led everyone in in 3rd place and a time of 69.46, whilst Andy P was 57th in 83.03 and Ron 116th in 87.25. Next was Ryan B in 129th 88.22 with Wayne Y. 411th in 98.49 and Thea Highfield in 1,323rd with a time of 2.04.59.  1,630 ran this race.

Snowdon Marathon

Definately one for the history books for loads of reasons with 20 members taking on this special challenge and every single one of us making it home in under 5 hours.  Dean and Karl must share top honours with the former cracking 3 hours and finishing 12th overall whilst the latter knocked 20 minutes of last years time to get under the 3.40 barrier once more and claim 7th place in his age category.

As Snowdon is certainly not your typical marathon course then not surprisingly one or two of us including the writer recorded a PW but at this event it is definately the taking part that matters most.

As well as our 20 running members we had a fantastic support team of Francos, Duffins, Harlins, Corrigans, Gypsies and several more who shouted us all on and picked our spirits up at vital times.  The race was in fact only a small part of the weekend as the Saturday evening turned out to be perhaps one of the better not organised Ripley RC parties of all time starting with a top nosh meal in our own private dining room, followed by Karaoke where Swifty showed us how he can do a mean Neil Diamond and Paula a great Amy Winehouse whilst the rest of us could ruin just about anyone elses song by dancing in front of the tv screen for them.   

Somehow fancy dress crept into the evening and even after the gallon or so of Guiness that i tried to use to anaethesize myself from raging muscular pain i stayed vertical until well past midnight when i then decided that to reduce the risk of falling over again and again i should crawl home to my room. 

Somewhere within the night one of our members who shall remain nameless or be referred to only as Cazenove Beresford thought that he might be able to share his Derbyshire charm with the local serving staff, the ladies in the bar with boyfriends and anything else in a skirt.  Not surprisingly this approach seemed to fail.  Tweedle Dee on the other hand seemed to recover his cool during the evening after having lost it somewhere after 19 miles on a Welsh hillside earlier in the day and was already confidently telling people that he would be back next year to take some scalps.  Perhaps more than one 18 mile training run would be a good idea then.

I am sure that many people have got many great stories to tell about this weekend and i certainly have a very hazy recollection of a lot what went on later on Saturday night.  I can seem to remember several lady members straddling Karl in the public bar of the Royal Oak for some reason or another at about 1am Sunday morning which maybe someone has a photo of?  Not sure if this is how he received a cracked rib?

Finally, much respect to Ian Duffin who after having a heavy cold for the last couple of weeks and a very dodgy foot still completed his maiden marathon in a time of 3.37.06 and in doing so raised a significant sum of sponsorship money for my sons Meningitis Trust Tribute Fund.  I know a couple of you have promised to give me a couple of quid for donning the penguin outfit so if you have not already sponsored Ian and you have a bit of spare cash please make a donation via Ian's just giving page.  I certainly wish to thank Ian and everyone at RRC for your continuing support.



3 Sleeps to go!

Great training run last night.  All of 4 miles for maybe 10 of us Snowdon Marathoners with 10 or more support crew following us for the easy run.  We officially think that we have 20 of us (3 ladies and 17 men) who are going to be on the start line on Saturday which has to be another club record for Ripley RC as most starters in a single marathon! Will all 20 of us finish is the big question?.  Rumour has it that the weather is looking good or maybe it is going to snow or be windy so that is really helpful!. 

It's going to be a great weekend whatever so see you all there.

The elite squad are:  If i have missed u then give us a shout!


5 More Sleeps!

It isn't long now folks until possibly the greatest ever party to be held in North Wales will take place by a combined group of Sheep Lovers and Red Scum.  Obviously before the party can begin proper we have a small matter of 26 miles and 3 hills to overcome but as highly tuned athletes none of us surely have any worries in that regard.

As last minute injuries, aches and pains start to grow exponentially in these last few hours we should all be buying shares in the pain killer drug companies who are about to see a huge boost to their combined product sales.  I personally have a stache of codeine, diclofenac, naproxen, prozac, viagra and a few others all ready to help me stay the course of Saturday night and a full tub of vaseline for good measure too.

Is there actually any one of us who is still going into this race injury free? 


Last Weekends Racing

With Snowdon less than a week away Ripley had smaller teams than might otherwise have been expected at the first North Midlands League Cross Country at Markeaton Park on Saturday yet we still scored both teams with ladies a very respectable 9th from 20 and men 18th out of 22.  Our other limiting factor is all the injuries we now have so even some of those running were taking it a bit careful on what was quite sticky ground by all accounts.  Matt Bickerstaff had a great run finishing 31st in 35.38 followed by Luke Freeman 119 42.03, Steve Broughton 120 42.05, Jerry 164 45.29, Tommo 165 45.33, Karl 180 47.33, Matt Bes 185 47.44 and Jay 58.03 235th out of 236 finishers.  For the ladies Lucy jogged around to 30th in 29.45 followed by Steph in 31st 29.52, Jo was 56th in 32.19 and Eleanor completed the team in 90th place 36.10 with 117 finishers.

On Sunday Steph Isley was out again doing the Oldham Half Marathon where she had a fantastic race finishing 2nd lady in 36th place overall in a time of 1.35.34 with 275 runners finishing.

Also on Sunday Sarah Hunt made her Half Marathon debut (i think) and set a fantastic time of 1.58.52.   Great running and very well done.

Late results just in. 

Dean, Luke Bes and Matt Bes all ran the 8m Undulator Fell race at Wirksworth on Saturday.  Dean finished Second only a second behind the race winner, whilst the Bes Bros were 16th and 56th.

In sunny Palma Majorca Angela Marie Forte ran the Palma de Majorca 10k in a cracking time of 52.28.


Sanguis, Sudo, Zythum

Cathy has done an amazing job of kitting RRC out in new hoodies and Benny hats with the club logo on.

If you have ordered anything, please see Cathy Tuesday with payment as she has an incey wincey £700 hole in her bank account! 

For those of a curious mind, the Latin inscription on the crest reads: 

Sanguis, Sudo, Zythum, or Blood Sweat and Beer! That's RRC!! 

Race Results and News by Rob


Sunday saw Ripley running clubs turn for the 1st cross country BDL league race of the season this was a 4.5 mile two lap course taking in the picturesque Shipley Park, 12 teams entered this event with two newcomers Matlock AC and Derwent Runners! A low turnout for Ripley though only 17 runners and only 2 of them ladies, marshaling was in abundance and a great job was done by all! Our youngest runner from Ripley Matt Bickerstaff was first back and came back in 5th position his best performance so far in a BDL event to date! Next back was Dean Taylor in 11th place great running from him; Fiona Alexander also did marvelously coming home in 79th place and 1st vet40 lady, the team positions were Ripley men 4th and Ripley Ladies 6th which combining both was 5th overall!

The rest of Ripley positions are as follows

23rd L. Beresford, 40th G.Brown, 47th S.Broughton, 50th M. Jones, 58th R.Ball, 67th  M.Walker, 91st S.English, 108th M.Tomlinson, 110th C.Hopkinson, 113th Stacey Smith, 127th J. Bateman, 153rd J.Wetton, 158th T. Moll, 184th R.Smith.  219 ran.


Also on the same day one Ripley Runner Amy Bradley travelled to the Liverpool Marathon for her second marathon of the year as she had previously done the Windermere Marathon earlier on in the year and still had the Marathon bug! She was after her Personal best time at Liverpool too, the 26.2 mile course following through Birkenhead tunnel around Sefton Park and finishing under the shadow of the Liver Building, Amy did brilliantly and came back in time of 4 hours 18 minutes another pb for her knocking nearly 20 minutes off her previous best well done Amy!!!


Another Sunday traveler was Andy Parkin of Ripley RC he was participating in the Tamworth 10k this race was only in its second year and still managed to attract over 300 runners ,the course started and finished in the beautiful grounds surrounding Tamworth Castle and wound its way through the grounds and into the town followed part of the canal in Fazeley before returning to the castle grounds, Andy didn’t disappoint he got a personal best time of 36.20 and not only that he was home in 5th place a great run from him!!

Blog Stuff

Welcome to our two newest members, Stacey Smith and James Wetton who have both already completed their first cross country race for the club at our event on Sunday.  It is great to have two new members of the ever increasing Crich Mafia within the Club.


Congratulations to Fiona Alexander on taking the first Vet 40 lady position in Sundays Cross Country race in a fantastic time of 32.52.


The running club Xmas Party will be at Syhlet Spice again as in previous years and will be on Tue 11th Dec at 7pm.  It is £15 for a buffet style meal as last year and bring your own booze.  As we are limited to 60 places it is first come first served by giving deposits to Tim or Amanda Jaques.  (Amanda is on fB)


Finally, this Saturday 20th October will be the first North Midlands league cross country race at Markeaton Park Derby.  It is free to run for all club members just turn up in your club vest and run.  This is a higher standard of race than the BDL series and is for all clubs in the Midlands region.  Definately one to have a go at and see how fast you are (or are not).



She'll never run alone

It's been a hard day's run
And she's been running like a dog
It's been a hard day's run
She should be sleeping like a log
But when she gets home to Derby
and we see her PB, 
We'll make her feel alright.

Congratulations to Amy for running a PB at Sunday's Liverpool Marathon. Well done Amy, you'll never run alone :) 

Live from the Hub

News reports are coming in of a rogue runner, holding up local petrol stations. 

The runner is described as 5ft 9, can run fast (up to 21 miles, any further, becomes susceptible to theft) and dodgy looking. 

Local petrol stations have reported the runner busted the store, took two bottles of water and proclaimed 'my name's M** B*******d and I'll be back in an hour to pay'

If you see this runner, approach with caution!! 

Cross Country Starts This Sunday. Be there or be somewhere else.

As the North Midlands League starts several weeks later than usual Ripley RC have the honour of hosting the first local cross country race of the season in the BDL on Sunday 14th October at 11am at Shipley Park Visitors Centre Heanor.  It is set to be a very special race with 2 new clubs joining the league for the first time.  It will be very interesting to see how many extra runners from Matlock AC and Derwent Runners are added to what is usually already a great turnout. 


As host team we need everyone to turn out for us to either run or marshal the event with ideally our fastest guys and girls doing the running bit.  Lets have a great turn out and see if we can keep up our usual high standards in cross country running.

Breaking News!!!!

Mark Walker has paid this years subs before the first cross country of the season!

Rutland Sports Park Il'son

Dean is looking into arranging some block track training sessions at Rutland Sports Park Ilkeston, 6-7 PM, on alternating Fridays to begin with. 

Sessions will be cheaper per person the more that go, so if anyone is interested in joining, please contact Dean via Facebook or see him on Tuesday's sessions. 

The more the merrier.

Snowdon and Windermere?

Just 2 weeks to go until what seems like half of Ripley RC will be moving to Wales for the weekend!  I reckon that we have 20 members still fit enough to get to the start line if not the finish, but these are not the same 20 who originally entered.  A lot of our ladies seem to have had unfortunate injuries or have simply gone off the rails to live the good life of cigarettes and alcohol.  With 6 of us never having run a full marathon before this looks set to be a whole lot of fun which may even surpass Windermere 2012! 

As Mr Swift reliably informs us, Windermere 2013 has just opened this week and Ripley already has 3 entrants with several more including the writer giving this serious consideration.  Although it is a real up and downer of a course, the combination of great location, ease of participation and the Golden Rule,  really do make this a race that all of us need to do at some time sooner rather than later.  For marathon virgins like Antoinette and Tim this must be the one.  Go on get entered now!

Good Luck Amy!

Good luck to Amy running the Liverpool Marathon on Sunday.  Better run fast or they will have your shoes!

Live from the Pear Tree

RRC brings you hot news from the hub:

Roxy is MIA with a fella, Amy is rumoured to be relaxing ahead of Liverpool Marathon, Cashy is giving Mr RC grief, Matt is enjoying his 19th birthday, and Matt & Dennis are having Twitter & iPhone lessons. 

Tune in next week for more exciting news as it happens!!

Todays Running Club News

Looks like Ripley RC has had a great set of results today. 


Dale was 2nd at the Goose Fair Gallop and also collected the team prize along with Luke and Matt Beresford.


At the Shelton Striders 10k Stevie and Wayne both set new PB's, possibly Ryan too?


Dean came in 14th in the Red Bull Challenge which with 21 miles around Castleton and by the look of the course profile looked to be a real challenge.


Jon Marriott lowered his best time at the Carsington Duathlon by another 5 minutes


Last but certainly not least Vicky ran a PB at the Chester Marathon finishing in a super time of 4.15.14 whilst Tommo recorded a PW at the same time!


Several other members got 20 mile training runs in this morning around the A6 so we are looking good to go at Snowdon in 20 days time.

Not to be forgotten ! Though I did.

Also this Sunday 7th October, Dean an Luce are running the Red Bull Challenge event (not sure it's called this?). Good luck to both of them, I am sure you will make it through to the end.

Sunday October 7th - A busy day for many?

We will have Ripley Running Club Members competing in no fewer than 4 different events this Sunday.

These are the Carsington Duathlon, The Goose Fair Gallop, The Shelton 10k and last but certainly not least the Chester Marathon.  Good luck to all of you.

Blog Stuff

For runners who may be building up to a Spring marathon next year, here are links to a couple of excellent warm up races which will help you build the mileage.

The first is the Stamford St Valentines 30k on Sunday 17th February 2013


The second is the Ashby 20 just 5 weeks before London on Sunday 17th March 2013


Change to Club Championship Race

The committee have decided that due to the clash in dates between the Wilmslow Half Marathon and the Coniston 14 that take place 23/24 March 2013 and the fact that many of our runners would therefore not compete in the Wilmslow race, the second Half Marathon to count in this years club championship will be the Clowne Half Marathon not Wilmslow, which takes place on Sunday 25th November 2012 and is also the Derby Half Marathon Champs Race.  Apologies for the messing around and we hope to make changes to our process for selecting club championship races next year to avoid similar cock ups.

As a person who has ran Wilmslow a couple of times and set my PB there in 1999 i can thoroughly recommend this race as a fast course to anyone who was planning to do it and still might, hopefully as well as Clowne.  It is the English National Championship race which fills up to 4,000 runners very quickly so watch out for the entry date which must be open soon and no doubt will fill up before Xmas.  Just save your pennies as it is about £28 to enter on line!

October Club Handicap

It was very pleasing to see 33 brave souls turn out in the wet and windy weather last night and complete the first handicap run of the year.  Last years record turn out was 40 runners which i am hoping to beat this year.

Thanks to James for doing a great job starting, timekeeping and results taking.


The full results and history will hopefully be available later today on the relevant webpage but before i get around to uploading this a few other points of note.


Last night, Matt Bickerstaff was not only last to set off and first back, but in doing so he set a new PB and a Ripley RC Handicap course record time of 31.26.  This has to be recognized as pretty quick running, so well done Matt.


Seven other runners set PB's on the night so well run to Sarah, Jon, Jay, Luke B.,Steve, Ian and Dean.


We also had at least 6 first timers by my reckoning with Ron leading them in in a very impressive time of 36.35, followed by Steph in 39.13, Fiona in 39.54, Andy Swift 41.38, Stacey Smith 42.30 and Wayne Smith in 43.33.  Every one of you beat me so i take my hat off to you for the effort you put in.


Within the 33 runners we had no fewer than 12 ladies which is another record for the Handicap so well done to Lisa W, Roxy, Barbara, Thea, Sarah, Eleanor, Angie, Jo, Cathy, Stacey, Fiona and Steph for making the effort and setting this new record.


A date for your Diaries

The Derbyshire County Cross Country Championship races which are part of our Club Championship series will be held on Saturday 5th January 2012 in Wollaton Park Nottingham.

Congratulations to Dale Annable on setting a new PB and a Ripley RC Club Record



More Race Reports by Rob - Been a busy time

Ripleys Dale Annable 6th at Nottingham half Marathon


There was a multitude of sports happening in Nottingham not just the local derby football match between Nottingham Forest and Derby County but the Robin Hood Nottingham Half Marathon, 13 runners from Ripley Rc ran this race which this year had the course altered from the previous year due to maintenance on the roads of the original course.

This was a flatter course this time meaning runners had more of a chance of their personal best time!! The course started and finished at the Victorian Embankment and passed the Nottingham castle through the University Boulevard the Boots Campus and back to the finish line.

First back for Ripley just behind the Kenyan elite runners was Dale Annable in a time of 1.08.44 (pb) in 6th position and still keeping up with his great form this year especially with the quality of the field! Next back was Dean Taylor he came back in a super time of 1.16.09 in 36th place a superb run from him! There was also a number of personal bests Ryan Ball 1.29.42,Tim Moll 1.51.06, Wayne Smith 1.51.12, Amy Bradley 1.54.59, Ryan Smith 2.02.29 the rest of Ripley times are as follows R. Phillis 1.27.33 L.Beresford 1.30.51, M.Beresford 1.30.51, W. Yearwood 1.35.51, S. Donoghue 1.49.46, V. Leach 2.01.16, L.Walton 2.29.36.


East Leake Triathlon

On the same day was the Final triathlon of the season with 3 Ripley runners attending this different event, Claire Duffin one of our experienced triathletes and two more first timers at Ripley Rc Joanne Howett and James Franco, they all started at the East Leake Leisure Centre near Loughborough were the first part was a 400 meter swim (16 lengths of the pool) after their transition it was time for the bike, a 20km road race to Kingston on Soar and back to the leisure centre were after another transition they had to get their running shoes on for a 3 lap 5km run, first back for Ripley was Claire Duffin in 139th place and 9th in her age category next was Joanne Howett in 179th and 14th in her age category and James Franco was 193rd and 41st in his age category.

Ripley Tri times are as follows

Claire Duffin  swim (09.36) bike (43.59) run (24.58) =1.20.27

Joanne Howett  swim (11.00) bike (51.50) run (22.37) = 1.28.13

James Franco  swim (08.05) bike (47.52) run (30.41) =  1.30.36

Ripley running club meet every Tuesday evening at the Ripley Leisure Centre at 6.45pm runners of all abilities are most welcome!!                                                                                                          

Race News by Rob

Ashbourne Half Marathon

Ripley Running Club were again well represented in this difficult, but very scenic half marathon through the Derbyshire countryside.

Ian Duffin continued his great season with a superb finish of 16th, in 1.27.54, just outside his PB in a tough race.

Ryan Ball was next home for Ripley, in 45th, with a solid performance of 1.35.20

Other Ripley runners were

Vinny Harlin 71st in 1.39.45

Wayne Yearwood- 84th in 1.41.37

Matt Beresford 95th in 1.42.12

Carl Hopkinson 99th in 1.43.13

Simon English 111st in 1.45.58

Esther Broughton 123rd in 1.48.02

Joanne Howett 135th in 1.50.08

Dennis Holmes 178th in 1.55.19

Wayne Smith 193rd in 1.58.15

Mark Tomlinson 215th in 2.02.00

Richard Phillis 226th in 2.02.59

Rob Swift 227th in 2.02.59

Antoinette Franco 247th in 2.10.21


Great North Run


Two Ripley Runners took part in this prestigious half marathon in Newcastle and South Shields.

Luke Beresford set yet another Personal Best with a fantastic time of 1.24.53, finishing 366th in a field of over 50,000 runners. He would have run quicker if he hadn’t stopped to shake hands with Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford.

Michael Corrigan also completed the course in a more sedate, but none less admirable time of 1.45.48

Southwell Triathlon


Two first time tri-athletes from Ripley took on this end of season event in the market town of Southwell.

Lucy Holmes managed a truly amazing result, considering the fact that she only learned to swim 3 months ago.

She managed the 400m swim in 13.37, 16k Bike in 41.07 and set a new PB for 5k in 18.29, the third fastest female run time of the day.

Tom Briggs managed a very respectable 15.54 in the swim, 42.02 on the bike, and 28.48 on the road.

A very good effort from two relatively inexperienced tri-athletes




Blog Stuff

A great long distance training weekend for many of us as we all get the miles in for Chester, Liverpool and Snowdon.  Whilst some of us are tapering others are still increasing the mileage with others thinking that maybe it is about time to get started!  It was a great turnout on the A6 Sunday morning and i am sure that many of us are feeling it right now.

Lucy and Tom completed the Southwell Triathlon so are now official members of our BI/TRI section which is expanding almost as quickly as RRC itself.

Ryan Smith completed the Walsall 10k in 55 mins which is not bad given his enforced lay off from running.

Next weekend is the Nottingham Half Marathon in which Dale is set to have a cracking race judged by his recent training runs.   Slightly further down the field Amy and Lisa will also be chasing PB's one hopes.

Club Championship and Club Handicap

The club championship table has now been updated to include the results from last weekends Ashbourne Half Marathon.  Click on the link on the relevant page to see where you are.

Only two weeks to go and we will have the first Tuesday in October which means that we will start the Club Handicap run using the Street Lane 5.5 mile course.  We will be going over the Market Place first which is the quick way for most of us so i am expecting some cracking times with all the super training that has been going on.  I know that a lot of us are doing longer runs for our marathon training but it is great if you can make these first Tuesday of the month handicap runs fit into your schedule as it is great for all of us to have quicker runners to try and chase down.

Cross Country Season is almost upon us!!

It will soon be time to start thinking about getting those spikes out and regretting that you didn't clean them before you put them away last year!

This year the first North Midlands league fixture at Markeaton Park is later than usual taking place on Saturday 20th October which means that it will be the week after our own Booth Decorators League race at Shipley Park on Sunday 14th October 2012.

For the benefit of newer members the BDL races are all club championship races whereas the North Mids fixtures are not.  The standard in the North  Mids league is clearly higher than the BDL and quicker runners should certainly be wanting to test themselves at the higher level as often as possible.

Complete BDL fixtures are:

14/10/12 Ripley – Shipley Park
11/11/12 Chesapeake Chaddo Park.
2/12/12 Long Eaton Trent Meadows  ( formerly Mansfield and Berry Hill Park)  Note now 2nd Dec
13/1/13 Heanor Shipley Cricket Club
10/2/13 North Derbyshire – Venue to be confirmed could be Holmebrook Valley Park or Hardwick Hall.

Complete North Midlands League XC Fixtures are:

20/10/12 Markeaton Park

10/11/12 Kettering

01/12/12 Cranwell

12/01/13 Nottingham



New Half Marathon PB's for Antoinette and Wayne

Congratulations to Antoinette and Wayne Smith on setting new PB's at last weekends Ashbourne Half Marathon!  A bit of an odd course to be setting a PB on but got to be great news for the pair of them that if they pick an easier course next time out another PB should be in the bag.  Check out the PB page of the website to see what they did.

National Cross Country Relays Sat 3 Nov 2012

The National Cross Country Championships will take place at Berry Hill Park on Saturday 3 November 2012.  We are hoping to field strong mens and ladies teams and the club will pay the entry fees of our top teams.  As this is a great quality event i would encourage all runners to think about giving it a go just to see how the best in the country can run.  Eleanor needs to do entries asap so let her know if you want to run. Alternatively this can definitely be a nice afternoon out for a bit of spectating.

Tri Guys and Girls News and results

Some fantastic results from the recent Derby Triathlon.

Results for Derby Tri:-

Wayne Clarke - 165 out of 734  in 1:09:15. Swim 8:42, bike 33:14, run 24:30 (T1 1:49 and T2 0:58) – PB over the course by some 30 seconds

Jon Marriott – 185 out of 734 in 1:10:25. Swim (bloody slow) 9:49, bike 34:49, run 23:06 (T1 1:41 and T2 0:59) – PB over this course by exactly 5 mins and 30 seconds

Claire Duffin – 345 out of 734 in 1:17:31. Swim 8:33, bike 38:58, run 26:25 (T1 2:21 and T2 1:12) – PB over the course by nearly 3 minutes – 4th in her category


Rother Valley Tri

Lisa Walton and Lisa Cashmore both completed their first triathlons at the recent Rother Valley Park event and it is believed that they are now setting their sights on the Derby event for next year.


East Leake Triathlon - Sun 30 Sept 2012

It's only a week and a bit to go to this one where James and Jo are going to be making their debuts alongside seasoned campaigner Claire.  James is sure to make a big splash and it is well worth going along to spectate just to catch a glimpse of him in his new one piece tri suit (so Antoinette says!)


Rob Swift - Race Reports


Last Wednesday evening saw two Ripley runners attending the Derby midweek 5k race organized by David Denton, the race started at the Alvaston and Boulton Cricket Club Raynesway in Derby! Dale Annable showed his great racing form by beating the whole field coming home in 1st place in a great time of 15.21 a sub 5 minute mile race from him and a good performance! Our young runner from Ripley Matt Bickerstaff wasn’t far behind him though he came back in 3rd place in a superb time of 16.41 both excellent results well done both of you! 78 ran.


On the Saturday four Ripley runners competed in the 9 edges endurance race a 20 mile off road race over rough moorland and along gritstone edges and not only did the runners have to fight through their fatigue they also had to navigate their way round the course which started at Fairholmes over nine gritstone edges, Derwent Edge, Stanage, Burbage North, Burbage South, Froggat, Baslow Edge, Gardems and Birchens to the finish at the Robin Hood Pub near Baslow, first back for Ripley was Dean Taylor he came back in a great time of 2 hr 36 minutes which last year would of beaten the course record! Next back and 1st lady back was Lucy Holmes and beating the ladies course record to boot she came back home in 3hrs 01 min! not far behind was Richard Phillis in 3 hr 07 mins and Wayne Smithurst was back in 3 hr 11mins.

On the same day was the High Peak 40 mile Challenge race for runners or walkers a navigational run starting and finishing in Buxton taking in Castleton and Monsal Trail! Anne Cook did great in this 40 mile race and came home in 8 hours and 8 minutes, well done Anne!



Great weekend of events for Ripley RC members!

About 30 members were involved in 7 different events that took place over the previous weekend.

Starting with Saturday, whilst Anne would have been slogging her way around the High Peak 40, in 8 hours and 8 mins, Dean, Luce, Bunda and Wayne Smithurst were off to the 9 Edges race which is 20 very tough miles renowned for injuring a few Ripley runners over the years and certainly not one for the faint hearted.  Our 4 elite athletes romped around with Dean finishing 3rd and Lucy first lady.  Simultaneously with all of this, Ripley RC had two Triathlon Virgins, Lisa W and Lisa C, splashing, cycling and plodding around Rother Valley Country Park in their newly aquired lycra proving that anybody can do anything if you set your mind to it and are just slightly mad.

On Sunday Ripley RC carried on the theme of covering multiple events spread across the nation with Luke Beresford and Mike Corrigan both completing the Great North Run, Luke setting a new PB of 1.24.53 finishing 367th out of about 50,000!  Simultaneously, Eleanor and Amy were Ponton Plodding around 27 and 17 mile events whilst Claire and Jon were taking on the Derby Triathlon.  Obviously the main event of the day was out at Ashbourne where a good dozen of us completed the Ashbourne Half Marathon which given it has more than a few hills in it was the absurd event for Antoinette in which to set her new Half Marathon PB!  Well done Antoinette.  Pick a flatter course and sub 2 hours will be easy next time!

Very low key post Ashbourne celebrations were held at the George, Belper, mainly because we were so knackered.  Tommo just managed to get out of the car with great difficulty and Rob was walking a bit gingerly but somehow managed to pick up the pace when it came to making trips to the bar.  Nice to see Vicky after her enforced 18 mile A6 Bakewell to Belper training run.  Buxton next week perhaps?  Finally, thanks to James for some great cakes, looking forward to Jo Howetts at the next event!

Waynes Thursday night Pud Runners

It seems that some members just can't get enough racing and training and are meeting up at 7pm at Shipley Park in order to practice the 10k route for the Matthew Walker Xmas Pud 10k race that takes place in November.  Look on facebook for more details or just turn up and take part.  All are welcome, the more the merrier.

Dale wins Derby Midweek 5k

Congratulations to Dale Annable on winning last nights 5k race in a new PB of 15.21, also to Matt Bickerstaff who was 3rd also setting a new PB of 16.41. Great running by our speed kings. 

Look on the Dave Denton website "Running with David " for future dates of these midweek 5k's.  Surely more of us would benefit from adding in another speed session to our training!

Blog Stuff

Great fun at training last night with people running anything from 5.5 to 9.3 miles.  I take some responsibilty for going the wrong way but blame Matt Bes for getting me confused.

Good luck on Saturday to Lisa and Lisa in their first mini triathlon.   Also on Saturday it's the Nine Edges for our hardcore runners, most of whom will be also doing the Ashbourne Half marathon on Sunday.

It's also the Great North Run for Mike and Luke, and Derby Triathlon for Claire, Jon and Wayne Clarke.  All in all lots happening for Ripley runners.

Last but certainly not least we have 2 Ponton Plodders with Eleanor doing the 27 miles And Amy the 17 mile option.

Other great news is that Caz Moss has alledgedly got out of the house and completed a 2 mile run.  Will we see a race comeback before 2012 is over? 

Blog Stuff

Congratulations to Stevie, Tim, Anne and Wayne on completing the Coombes Tor Fell Race on Sunday.  Looks a bit of a Hilly one but i am sure that you all had a great time. 


I am not sure if my twitter feed has already got confused but i seem to think that i have read that James has entered the East Leake Triathlon on 30th September which means that the contagion continues.  Jo is also giving it a go for the first time although i think that she is a secret swimming sprint champion and will therefore be looking to push Claire all the way.  If any other of our members are entered in this one or considering it then feel free to come out.


Next Sunday is the Ashbourne Half Marathon which is the first of our two Club Championship Half Marathons (the other being Wilmslow next March).  It is a great course with a small hill at 7 miles but you can enter on the day so everyone should be there to give it a go.

Great Lonstone Fell Race

Another great turn out for team Ripley with Dean, Luce, Bunda, Ian, Fiona, Jon, Jo, Bez, Tim, Vicky, Antoinette and Dennis doing the running whilst Claire and Pete did some supporting and drinking. This has got to be one of the nicest fell races with just one big climb at the beginning and a bit of a dip in the middle before a fast downhill finish. It is a bit steep on the way down, at one point zig zagging over rocks and tree roots so not for the faint hearted but as long as you stay vertical you are ok. Post race rehydration at the Crispin makes this a perfect venue even if you can't remember the way back to the car once you have had a drink. Definitely one for the Club Championship again next year.

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Great Longstone Fell Race Tonight

This is a Ripley Club Championship race so come along to get some points if you can make it.  Only 4.8 miles with 950 feet of climbing but a lovely downhill finish.  Likely to be a beer somewhere afterwards and it looks a lovely evening for it

Dales Highway Walk starts today!

The annual long distance walk organised by Karl and Tommo starts today.  This year it is the Dales Highway which is 95 miles to be walked over 6 days.  It looks like they have chosen some great weather so i am sure that this will be a fantastic adventure and i look forward to hearing what they get up to over the next week.  The big question at the start has to be, Will we ever see Luke Beresford again?, after he has made a facebook post alluding to the fact that most of the other walkers are more than double his age which could be true for Terry but not for the virtual spring chickens, Tommo and Colin.  Luke will have to quickly realize that this is a marathon and not a sprint if he is to survive the week! 

RRC Now on Twitter Too!

For the real geeks amongs us who can't exist without an i-phone or the like (of which i am quickly becoming one) Ripley RC is now on Twitter too and can be followed on @RipleyRC

Please direct any technical questions straight to James who has led me into this obsession with checking my tweets and followers on an hourly basis in the last 24 hours and could be the final part in ensuring no meaningful task will ever br completed interrupted.  Not sure what we do with it yet but some of you have already been exposed as Twits which is possibly the polite collective noun for such a group, one hopes.

Race Reports Courtesy of Rob

Malt Shovel 3x 2 mile Relay

Thursday evening saw Ripley Running club take three teams to the Malt Shovel 3 x 2 mile relays this race was organized by David Denton and 29 teams were in this event with all proceeds being donated to a charity very close to his heart in India, the start line was on the picturesque road heading to Breamfield were runners were subjected to a undulating part road part field and track 2 mile course. The first team back for Ripley consisted of Matt Bickerstaff, Matt Jones and Dean Taylor they were back home in 3rd place in a combined time of 34.51, the next team back for Ripley was Ron illsley, Luke Freeman and Andy Parkin they were all back in an overall time of 37.51 while our mixed team Steve Broughton, Jay Bird and Fiona Alexander were back in a respectable 13th position in a time of 42.04 a great team effort from all involved!

Wilne 10k

On the Sunday three runners from Ripley attended the Wilne 10k this race was in its second year and was already established as a popular 10k race for the local elite runner! This was a two lap road race and mainly flat apart from one incline on the 2nd lap! This race went through Draycott and the surrounding areas with road closures all around making this an extremely safe and traffic free race two runners from Ripley were mixing with the elite Dale Annable he was back home in 15th position in a great time of 32.42 while our young up and coming runner Matt Bickerstaff was back in 47th place in a time of 35.52 our third Runner for Ripley was Angela Forte she was back home in 377th place in a time of 51.56 excellent running from her after coming back from injury! 646 ran.

Kenilworth Half Marathon

On the same day Dean Taylor and Lucy Holmes of Ripley travelled to the Kenilworth Half marathon in Warwickshire this was an undulating road race across the Warwickshire countryside taking in the Kenilworth Castle en route, Dean was back in 11th place in a quick time of 1 hour 19 mins 24 secs and Lucy was home in 75th position in a time of 1 hour 33 mins 18 secs 711 ran!


Ripley RC Welcomes more New Members

Our membership continues to grow almost on a weekly basis.  Welcome to our two newest members Lisa Cashmore and Tim Moll who both joined us at the Hill Race last night and am sure will add yet more character to our fantastic running club. 

Whilst we are doing great this Olympic year in attracting new members we are always looking to welcome more runners to Ripley RC no matter how fast or slow.  One of the strengths of Ripley RC is that we cover a very wide range of abilities and have members who enjoy all different distances ant types of running.  There has never been a better time to come along on a Tuesday night to Ripley Leisure Centre and give it a go.

Hill Race Results

We had a great turn out last night with 31 runners completing the course including quite a high number of first timers. The two Lisa's were fantastic in leading us off with James positively sprinting up the hill after them!  Excellent handicapping saw Vicky coming back first with Rob then Pete Newby only seconds behind.  Dennis somehow managed to get ahead of Steve T and kept Karl just behind in finishing fourth.  Fiona was the fastest lady on the night in a time of 13.13 whilst Bicky set the new Club course record in a time of 11.11 just 4 seconds ahead of Jonesy. 

Club Championship Table Now Updated

The Club Champiuonship table has now been updated for the results from the Colin Potter 10k so if you want to see how you are doing then click on the link on the relevant page.  Personally i think that Dennis and Antoinette are the two runners who are taking others by surprise with their consistently improving performances and special prizes (wine) may be appropriate come next April if for some unexpected reason either of these two doesn't end up with a regular trophy!

Ian and Luke are now confirmed speed merchants and Bunda (Goose) Phillis seems to have gone right by his wingman RLF Taylor ( Maverick) in running more club races than any one else in history and when he is not racing, resting up with the odd 200 mile plus bike rides.  I am sure that our Tri guys are glad that our Goose does not swim like he runs and he rides. 

Ripley RC Members Hill Race Tonight

Remember that tonight is the annual handicap hill race at 7pm from the Holly Bush Makeney so don't turn up at the Leisure centre as usual unless you want a very quiet run.

The Hill Race is only 1.9 miles and basically first half up and second half down.  It's a trail and fields with a bit of road in the middle.  Tommo has done the handicapping which to be fair he has done much more scientifically than i ever did before but please feel free to moan and complain at him from the moment you see him until the very end of the evening especially if you don't win a prize.  You can moan not only about you own handicap start time but about every other members as well which are obviously far too generous ot too tough depending on your particular relationship with that runner.  To make life as difficult as possible for the organiser also please arrive as late as possible then disappear for a warm up or to the toliets just before the race begins so you screw up the start times.  Also talk as loudly as possible once the first runner sets off and generally try to get in the way of all other competitors whilst still continuing to moan about the unfairness of the handicaps.  Finally, if you feel hard done by and you don't really care about the race, moan that you are just going to "jog around" then do your absolute best to finish in a large group to the split second hence making it difficult for the time keeper and result taker at the finish line.  If your name is Martin or Jay then consider options like dropping out or getting lost etc as possible alternative strategies for making the admin of the race more difficult.  I look forwards to seeing you all at the Holly Bush tonight at 6.59 precisely to allow us all time for parking which as we all know is very easy to find at this venue.


Luke Wins Double or Quits!!

Congratulations to Luke Beresford on winning the Ilkeston Running Club Organised Double or Quits 10 Mile Race.  Luke quite modestly only entered on the day and was going for "a jog around", but was obviously too good for everyone else.

This Weekends Races

Today at 5pm is the Double or Quit 5 or 10 mile races in Shipley Park Heanor. Good luck to the two Waynes (Yearwood and Smith) who i believe are Ripleys representatives in this fun event. It is supposed to be a lovely warm day (if yesterdays forecast is to be believed?) so why not go out to the park and give the guys a shout

Tomorrow is the Wilne 10k which is supposed to be a really quick course and should be ideal for the 2 Ripley speed merchants who i believe to be participating.  Dale will no doubt be looking for something around 32 minutes whiles Matt will probably be happy with a mere 34.  Good luck guys.

Colin Potter 10k

Well done to all Ripley runners turning out for the Colin Potter 10k.

Dean Taylor once again coming home strong, although he was beaten by a girl into third place.  Lucy managed second lady, running a minute faster than she did when she won it previously. 
18 runners from Ripley turned out which was great to see.

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Well done to those who ran Bradbourne or the Spire 10.  Please post your results onto the Ripley facebook page if you know them so that Rob and James can pick them up for the press reports.


Should be 15 or more of us at the Colin Potter 10k.  Post race rehydration will probably take place at the Holly Bush at Makeney.


Karl and Tommo are both away so does anyone fancy a bit of a hill session on Old Hartsay Hill.  8,9 or 10 reps dependant on ability!  This session is good for everyone as you go up and down at your own pace and put in as much (or as little) effort as you want.  See you there.  

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Club Championship Page now updated to include the Rugby Rover points.  Next Club Champs Race is the Colin Potter 10k next Bank Holidayn Monday.  Entries should probably be available on the day but why not enter on line now to be sure.

The Belper Rugby Rover Race Report Courtesy of Rob


Sunday saw  Ripley runners braving the vigorous and sometimes brutal Belper Rugby Rover this race was in its tenth year and has grown from strength to strength Mark Tomlinson is the only runner ever to run this race 10 years in a row, a superb achievement from Tomo!! This was also part of Ripleys Running Clubs Championship, an 18 mile fell race with 2220 feet of climb around the beautiful Derbyshire countryside, over 300 runners attended this race which started at the bottom of the Chevin valley and worked its way up the first of 3 leg sapping hills to the Chevin golf course, through the golf course to Hazlewood, eventually bringing you downhill to Blackbrook to the dreaded Longwalls Lane part of the course with a killer of a hill for a good mile or so that runners wouldn’t be thankful of, already noticing they had another 12 mile of cross country running to do once they got to the top! A few miles and fields later runners approached Alport Heights one of the highest points (1000 ft) and across to the Bear Inn Alderwasley the halfway point and onto the Shining Cliff woods were by this time runners feeling weary and tired had large tree roots and stones to contend with underfoot, and  finally the third steep hill a large climb through the middle of the woods! Once through the other end of shining cliff a mere 3 miles were left of flat racing and back to the finish at the Belper rugby club! The longest 3 mile for some as the fatigue was well and truly set in.

First back for Ripley in his début race was Ian Duffin he really relished the challenge and was back home in 29th place in a time of 2.30.34 (pb), Luke Beresford was 2nd back For Ripley the second half of the rover really took its toll on him but he still came back in a marvellous time of 2.36.19 (pb) in 46th place, and a special mention too to Carl Hopkinson who came back in 98th place in a brilliant time of 2.50.54 (pb) just behind the legendary Rugby Rover runner Mark Tomlinson!! And Finally a mention about Den Holmes beating our very own captain of the club Karl Tietz by nearly a minute I am sure it wont be mentioned ever again!

The rest of Ripley times as follows: 49th R. Phillis 2.37.21, 57th P.Timmons 2.40.38, 73rd M. Jones 2.44.15, 78th A.Cook 2.46.12, 96th M.Tomlinson 2.50.19, 101st J.Bateman 2.51.23,122nd  W.Yearwood 2.58.56, 151st C.Cresswell 3.05.00 (pb), 166th E.Broughton 3.10.51, 167th V Harlin 3.11.18 (pb), 191st M. Williams 3.21.30, 212th  D.Holmes 3.27.37, 213th K.Tietz 3.28.22, 232nd S. Thomas 3.34.28 (pb), 238th D. Crowder 3.38.30, 247th R. Swift 3.40.10, 248th  W. Smith 3.40.10, 276th J.Bird 3.55.59, 293rd A.Bradley 4.20.59 (pb), 296th V.Leach 4.26.48, 298th A. Franco 4.30.39 (pb).

Ripley running Club meet every Tuesday evening at the Ripley leisure Centre at 6.45 pm runners of all abilities are most welcome

Colin Potter 10k

The Colin Potter 10k is next Monday at 10.30am from Haslams Lane Derby.  This is a club championship event so we should get about 20 to 30 Ripley Runners turning out and as its Bank Holiday Monday i am sure that a beer afterwards is a real possibility.  At time of writing, paper entries are now closed but you can enter on line and any remaining entries under the race limit will be available on the day but best not to chance it and get entered asap.  This is a good quality race with over 400 runners usually. If you don't want to run then how about coming out to cheer those on who are.

Ripley RC Members Annual 2 Mile Hill Race

The annual members hill race will take place on Tuesday 4th September at 7pm from the Holly Bush Inn, Makeney.  This is a handicap race so the quickest runners start last and there are prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd finishers as well as fastest man and fastest lady.  It is free to enter!  The course is the same one as used at the Holly Bush New Years Day race and is basically 1 mile up hill and 1 mile down.  All members are invited to come along and give it a go.  Extra £10 prize for anyone setting a new course record of under 10 mins 15 seconds!

Ripley Belper Rugby Rover results now on webpage

If Matt Williams pays his subs (big hint) then that would mean Ripley RC had 26 fully paid members completing the run on Sunday which must be a record i am sure for such a challenging race.  Well done to Ian for leading us around.  Obviously your speed has scared RLF out of the country for the weekend to do some minor event against a train.  Luce was possibly also worried about Cat and Esther too!  As i have previously written i am just pleased to have got these 18 very hilly miles under the belt particularly in these humid conditions.  For all of us that finished it it will be a great confidence builder for our future races.  Great effort everyone.  Same again next year!

Thanks to all our supporters too who have taken some great photo's of team Ripley.


Following closely on from Steve's JOGLE, Ripley RC Club Chairman, Jerry Bateman is going to be going the other way and cycling from Lands End to John O Groat's, in what must therefore be known from now on as a LEJOG!

Jerry will be starting out on September 9th together with a mate of his to make this special journey and is hoping to raise money for the John Van Geest Foundation which funds specialist cancer research at Nottingham Trent University into prostrate and breast cancer.

If you would like to sponsor Jerry it would be very much appreciated and you can do so using the attached link to the virginmoney giving website, (pleased do not feel obliged to support them but it would be much appreciated).


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Great turn out for the Rover.  Something like 22 Ripley RC members ran it and 3 or 4 walked it.  It was a bit warm for me personally but i got around and am still walking albeit slowly today so still on track for Snowdon and the proper run.  I have little idea how all the proper "athletes" at the front end went although current club championship leader Ian seems to have had a flyer and Luke Bes put some effort in by the look of the post race pictures.

I guess that we had about a half dozen or so first timers who may be feeling it all a bit this morning.  Well done to all of you.  The Rover is a good preparation run for most marathons and you only need a bit more in the tank to survive a full one.

Tommo is alledgedly the only person to have run all 10 Rovers now which i am sure will be his claim to fame for some time to come.  He is probably hobbling around quite nicely today.

The post race celebrations were enjoyed by many and talk of barbecues and beer probably meant that we have a few members nursing hangovers this morning.

Other News!

Terry Shepherd has paid his subs!  Other than Mark Walker (who only ever pays about Xmas anyway!) and Mick Wareham (who may have retired, Surely you can come out occasionally for a short one Mick?) we are virtually all paid up members this year which stands the club in great stead financially.

Membership is now over 80 and rising weekly as we are benefitting from the positive momentum generated when so many of us get out in the green and gold!  Please can everyone try to wear club vests especially in Club Championship races as this helps promote Ripley RC and makes the team photos nicer!  I had some very positive feedback from other albeit slower runners who noted just how many of us there were at the Rover.


Pete Shaw - "THE LEGEND" -  Celebrates 25 years at Ripley RC!

Pete joined Ripley RC according to my records on 12th August 1987 so he has just passed the 25 year mark and appropriately carries the membership number 1,  This should probably by rights get him a gold watch but i am sure he will accept a free pint from anyone who wants to congratulate him instead.  Pete has obviously made a major contribution to the club over many years and some of his exploits particularly at Snowdon have earned him his legendary status with those of us who have had the pleasure to know him for many years.  Long may he continue his running!

Next Month another old fart PW will join the 25 year club.  Watch this space to find out who.  Should not be difficult to guess.




Ripley Club Championship Table.

The Club Championship table (Care of Tommo) is now updated again and available as a pdf file via the link on the relevant website page.  It will be out of date again after Sundays Rover but as we approach half way through the season things are starting to take shape.  Ian is still in pole position and with the Snowdon marathon to come where he will surely pick up 31 points, he has every opportunity if he completes the full program of cross country's of keeping ahead of the chasing pack until the end of the season!   Lower down the table we see a good mix of new and old with Luke Beresford having an impressive first season. 

For the ladies, the race for second spot and the newly introduced vet lady trophy is hotting up nicely with Esther, Eleanor and Cathy all within 20 points of each other followed closely by Antoinette, Fiona and Jo so a lot will depend on who gets out on the Sunday mornings when cross country returns.  With 20 ladies having completed championship races this season, the competition has never been so strong.




Club Championship

The Club Championship table (Care of Tommo) is now updated again and available as a pdf file via the link on the relevant website page.  It will be out of date again after Sundays Rover but as we approach half way through the season things are starting to take shape.  Ian is still in pole position and with the Snowdon marathon to come where he will surely pick up 31 points, he has every opportunity if he completes the full program of cross country's of keeping ahead of the chasing pack until the end of the season!   Lower down the table we see a good mix of new and old with Luke Beresford having an impressive first season. 

For the ladies, the race for second spot and the newly introduced vet lady trophy is hotting up nicely with Esther, Eleanor and Cathy all within 20 points of each other followed closely by Antoinette, Fiona and Jo so a lot will depend on who gets out on the Sunday mornings when cross country returns.  With 20 ladies having completed championship races this season, the competition has never been so strong.

The Malt Shovel Relay

On THURSDAY 30 AUGUST Dave Denton is organising a new, and hopefully annual charity relay…the MALT SHOVEL 3 x 2 MILE RELAY from the pub at Wash Green, Wirksworth, Derbyshire starting at 7.15pm.
All of the £12 per team entry fee will go to the charity IDEAS that is raising money to build a permanent school in Kovalam, Kerala, South India.  Further details of the event can be seen on this link :

The Wilne 10k

The Wilne 10k road race is taking place on Sunday 2nd September and is incorporating the Midland Counties AA, Midland Masters AC & Derbyshire AA 10k Championships.


The Wilne 10k is located between Derby and Nottingham, next to Draycott, and is supporting the Alzheimer’s Society.  The scenic, flat, traffic-free road route is open to all abilities and is an excellent course for people looking to complete an easy flat 10k or for the runner who is chasing a personal best time.

For more information, please visit:

Results and News Courtesy of James

Ricky’s Race, Darley Bridge.

This local race was well supported by Ripley Running club, with 8 members taking on the challenging 5 mile race, with over 700 feet of ascent

As is often the case due to his outstanding form, Dean Taylor was the first Ripley runner home, in 4th place overall, in a time of 31.17.

Lucy Holmes followed shortly in 34th, winning the ladies catgory in 35.28.  Mark “Tommo” Tomlinson was 54th in 39.34.  Fiona Alexander continued her great season to take the honours in the V40 Ladies class in 39.53.

Other Ripley runners were

Ashley Broomhead 64th in 40.49, Karl Tietz 68th in 42.20, Cathy Cresswell 83rd in 44.00, Rob Swift 108th in 50.01.

Erewash Triathlon.

Ripley had a trio of competitors in this local Sprint Triathlon. The event consisted of a 400m swim in the West Park Leisure centre pool, then a 10mile cycle around the local area, finished off by a 5k run around the scenic West Park in Long Eaton.

Dean Taylor made his triathlon debut in this event, and acquitted himself extremely well, coming home in 31st position.  His run time of 17.07 was the 3rd fastest of the day, and ensured his high finish.

Jon Marriott was the next Ripley representative home, in a great 71st position, his speed through the transition areas demonstrating his experience in triathlons.

Claire Duffin also had an excellent day, coming back in 128th, with a great showing on the bike of 31.44, a significant improvement on recent races.  Her hard work is obviously paying off.


Other Ripley News

In other news, training for the upcoming Belper Rugby Rover continues well, with many of the runners in good shape ahead of the very tough 18 miler next weekend.

Many Ripley runners are also well into their training programmes for the upcoming Snowdonia Marathon in October, where 20 of the club’s runners will be taking part, supported well by others in the club going along for moral support.

Ripley Running club are always looking for new members of all abilities.


The Belper Rover

It should be another great turnout by Ripley at this Sundays Belper Rugby Rover 30k event.  Could be as many as 20 of us giving it a go either seriously racing it or making it a part of our training for future marathons.  Looking out my window as i write it could be a little damp but who knows with this Summers weather?  If you are not running it then why not come down and support at the finish line where there is usually a great party atmosphere helped along by the Rugby Club Bar which is open all afternoon.

Karl's Interval Session Tonight

We have the pleasure of 10 times 90 second efforts with the luxury of 2 minutes recovery after each one.  Surely this is all a bit too easy?  So, expect everyone to come along for a great session.  If we get a move on then we can be in the pub for 8.15. 

Ripley RC at the Olympics

From the photo's that have appeared on facebook and attached comments i take it that a good time and a few more memorable Ripley RC moments were had by all.

It brings back very fond memories of the London Marathon standing outside my uncle Sherlock's pub on Northumberland Avenue, something that i personally hope to repeat in a couple of years time.

I particularly like the photographs of the drunk who was stood next to the accordian player and Ripley's own Usain Bolt and fellow "chuckle brother" Bunda.

Thanks must be extended to Dean and Matt for organising such a great trip.


Race Reports Courtesy of Rob


Tuesday evening saw 32 Ripley Rc runners attending the 5th and final road race of the BDL league it was Heanors turn to host their race and yet again traditionally changed the course! A 5.2 mile course starting and finishing at Shipley cricket Club with 2 laps of hilly trails, paths and roads taking in Mapperley reservoir, a very wet and warm evening to start with but the rain kept off for the majority of the race!

First back for Ripley was Dean Taylor in 6th position in a great time of 29.22 next back for Ripley was Ian Duffin he was back home in 32nd place in a quick time 32.21, first senior lady back was our very own Lucy Holmes she was back in 35th place in a time of 32.32 also we had a 1st vet 40 lady Fiona Alexander she was back home in 81st place in a time of 35.31, the mens team ended up fourth in the series while the ladies team went one better and ended up third in the series both teams combined meant Ripley ended up 3rd out of 11 teams in the league. All bodes well for the cross country league later on this year!

The rest of Ripley times as follows 52nd L. Freeman 33.41, 56th L. Beresford 34.01, 62nd R.Phillis 34.34,70th R. Ball 34.57, 71st G. Brown 35.01, 73rd M. Tomlinson 35.17, 113th W. Yearwood 37.40, 114th C. Hopkinson 37.42,119th K. Tietz 38.02, 134th B.Powis 38.41, 141st S. Hobbs 38.59, 144th C. Cresswell 39.18, 163rd A. Cooke 40.42, 167th D. Holmes 40.58, 174th J. Bird 41.31, 175th L. (tb)Palfreyman 41.34, 182nd D. Crowder 41.55, 184th E. Robinson 41.59 (2nd v60), 185th S. Thomas 42.00, 186th W. Smith 42.02, 192nd P. Newby 42.27, 195th P.Shaw 42.53,199th M. Corrigan 42.39, 209th P. Brudenell J 43.55, 217th B. Borysiak 44.37, 224th R. Swift 45.20, 227th S. Hunt 45.40, 228th A. Bradley 46.02,  238 ran.


On the following Thursday the Chevin Fell race was the race for some of our Ripley runners this was organized excellently as usual by David Denton and part of his collection of fell races around Derbyshire! This race started at Milford and climbed up to the hilly Chevin, it was a 7.3km run on various paths and hilly but sometimes dangerous footing First Back for Ripley was Luke Beresford in a great 2nd position and a super time of 29.47 next back was Lucy Holmes in 13th place and 1st lady yet again in a time of 32.12 Dean Taylor was next Back in 23rd place in a time of 34.30.

The rest of Ripley Times as follows 31st G.Brown 35.19, 39th M. Beresford 37.03, 44th K. Tietz 37.49, 49th C. Hopkinson 38.21.


On the Saturday the No Walk In The Park 5km race was the event for 3 of Ripleys runners,this event is a 5km race held the first Saturday of every month around the paths of the Queens park in Chesterfield! And our up and coming young runner Matt Bickerstaff improved on his personal best time coming home in 3rd place in 17.04 while Simon English was back home in a great time of 20.06 and Fiona Alexander was back in a time of 20.45 well done the Ripley trio!!

BDL Race 5 Shipley Cricket Club

A great turnout by Ripley RC with 32 runners including 9 ladies.  Thanks to Claire, Caroline and Woody for doing the vital scoring and supporting stuff which is much appreciated by those of us who get the pleasure to race!

Welcome to Pete Newby completing his first race for Ripley and to Amy and any others who may have been doing a BDL race for the first time.

It was a fun course, totally different from previous, still including a hill, but maybe a bit easier than the American Adventure car park one?  Our ladies showed us how it was done with both Lucy and Fiona first in their age categories and together with Cathy earning Ripley the second place on the night.  Our mens team was a bit diminshed through a combination of success and injuries which unfortunately cost us on the night and contributed to the drop in position from 3rd to 4th in the series.  The ladies retained the 3rd spot for the series which was also our final placing for the combined.  Not a bad finishing position from an 11 team league but i am sure that many of us are hoping to improve on this in the forthcoming cross country series where Ripley havev generally been stronger than on the road.

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It's the final race of the Booth Decorators Road Race League series tonight so lets have a great turnout at Shipley Park Cricket Club for this final one and see if we can hold on to our Bronze Medal positions! 

Also, as it's the last day of a month, take a look at our new MOM who has been doing something a bit different these last couple of weeks. 

Club Championship Table updated !

The Club Championship Table has been updated up to but NOT including the Heckington 10 mile race results.  Ian will still be in the lead for the mens Championship post Heckington as he will have picked up about 33 points. Dean, Matt J. and Bunda will now be occupying the next 3 places with only about 4 points seperating them all and fewer than 10 points behind Ian.  More Club Championship points will be up for grabs tomorrow at the final Booth Decorators Road Race at Shipley Cricket Club.

In the ladies Championship Lucy heads the field followed by Esther and Antoinette. With loads of points still up for grabs and the added bonus of a Lady vet prize this season, there is still plenty to race for. 

Cross Country Season is almost here!

Not quite true i know but it won't be long so i have put the provisional dates for all the Booth Decorators League XC events starting with ours on Sunday 14th October on the Race Calendar page so that you can all plan your weekends well ahead.  With a couple of new clubs joining the BDLXC league this year we could see a bit of a shake up in the results.   

More PB's for Ripley Members!

After the Tara Kinder 10k 2 Friday's since saw Luke Beresford and Jo Howett knock chunks off of their PB's the Heckington 10 mile race on Saturday 28 July provided the perfect flat and fast course for Dean, Ian and Bunda all to reduce their own personal bests over the less commonly raced distance.  See the Personal Bests page of this website to keep a track of all these new times!

Ripley RC News Courtesy of Rob

Trophies Galore for Ripley at Crich 11k

Last Saturday was the the Crich Monument 11k race an off road race through the hilly and scenic countryside of the Derbyshire Peak District, Ripley Running Club were out in force for this race with 19 runners from Ripley attending and they didn’t disappoint absolutely wiping the floor with trophies galore with Ripley mens and Ladies teams both coming in 1st positions, not only that but Dean Taylor was first back for Ripley in 2nd position overall in a great time of 45.12 while his fiancée Lucy Holmes came back as 1st lady in a super time of 51.36 in 8th position was another consistent performance from Luke Beresford he came back in a time of 46.23, Vinny Harlin was 1st Crich Local back winning a sports Massage for his troubles let’s hope he enjoys it!! A great Performance from team Ripley!

The rest of Ripley times as follows

11th Matt Jones 48.00, 19th Ian Duffin 51.38, 27th Richard Phillis 53.56, 38th Simon English 56.29, 40th Mark Tomlinson 57.02, 44th Carl Hopkinson 58.09, 49th Matt Beresford 58.51, 57th Jeremy Bateman 60.25, 67th John Marriot 61.40, 75th Esther Broughton 63.13, 92nd Dave Crowder 66.53, 97th Bill Powis 67.21, 105th Jay Bird 70.57, 111th Barbara Borysiak 73.05, 124th Antoinette Franco 78.46.


Ripleys man of Steel

On the following day Ian and Claire Duffin of Ripley Rc decided to have a go at something a little different a race that no one at Ripley Rc had ever entered before this was the Sheffield Man of steel an extreme 5k or 10k race which was designed to push competitors to the limit wading through water at chest height climbing and crawling through natural and manmade tough tests Ian Duffin did the 10k race and he came back in 2nd position just showing his all over fitness he was back in a brilliant time of 57.41 116 ran,his wife Claire Duffin competed in the 5k event and and did herself proud by coming back in 23rd position in 39.23, 64 ran. Well done the Duffins especially Ripleys own Man Of Steel!!

Ripley RC News Reports Courtesy of James

Black Rocks Fell Race

Another great turn out for Ripley, especially the ladies with the welcome return of Caroline Moss after a period of recovery following injury.  Esther Broughton also fared well, continuing her great form and improving race by race.  She was following a very strong performance at Crich Monument Run on Saturday.

Dean Taylor was once again the first Ripley runner home in 4th place in a time of 40:13, Lucy Holmes led from the front as she usually does, and came home first lady in 44:27, 23rd overall.  Other Ripley runners were;

30th Wayne Smithurst 45:03, 31st Matt Jones 45:22, 49th Richard 'Bunda' Phillis 47:49, 50th Gary Brown 47:50, 57th Mark “Tommo” Tomlinson 48.:37, 86th Ryan Ball 55:22, 87th Esther Jane Broughton 55:25, 88th Matt Beresford 55:36, 91st Caroline Moss 56:27, 94th Lee Palfreyman 57:11, 107th Paula Brudenell 60:04.

Sheldon Fell Race


Following on from the Black Rocks Fell race the previous night, several Ripley runners braved the usually very difficult Sheldon Fell race through the Peak District village.

Dean Taylor led the Ripley Runners home in an excellent 7th position, followed once again by the future Mrs Taylor- Lucy Holmes, who took 2nd place in the ladies category.

The full list of Ripley runners are below.

7th Dean Taylor 28:19, 35th (2nd Lady) Lucy Holmes 31:31, 58th Cathy Cresswell 36:05, 59th Mark Tommo Tomlinson 36:07 and 72nd Karl Tietz 38:13.

Tara Kinder 10k

Ripley were well represented again at this large local race through the grounds of Picturesque Elvaston Castle.

Luke Beresford set yet another Personal best, coming home in a fantastic 37.03, in 9th place overall.  Joanne Howett again proved her strength, coming back 3rd in category in 45.39, 80th overall.

The other Ripley runners were-  Matt Beresford- 59th in 44.06. Karl Tietz- 64th in 44.22.  James Wetton- 104th in 47.23.  Dennis Holmes- 124th in 48.52.  Michael Corrigan- 129th in 49.16.  Claire Duffin- 159th in 51.5 and Antoinette Franco- 231st in 57.19  (332 ran).

Tuesday Training!!

No one can be sure how Karl's "special" interval session will work out tonight!  All we know is that its the 5.5mile Street Lane route down Derby Road first.  I predict chaos but come along to join in anyway.

Tara Kinder 10k

Another good turn out from Ripley RC.  Luke was star man with a fantastic 11th and a PB 37.03.  Simon was next in followed by Matt Bes, Karl, Jo, Den, Mike, Claire and Antoinett.  Excellent choice of Beer by KT afterwards made a great night.

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Well done all 13 of you who ran the Black Rocks Fell Race last night.  The usual suspects were at the front end of the field.  Great news to see that Caroline was back in the Green and Gold even if she has a few sore bits now.  Ryan seems to have come a bit of a cropper if the facebook photo is anything to go by!

Sheldon tonight should have been perfect for the really hardcore fell runners so i look foward to seeing the times of those who struggled up the lovely mudslide/rockfall which forms such a fun part of this event.

Colin Potter 10k Rescheduled

This race which is in our Club Championship has now been rescheduled to take place on Bank Holiday Monday 27th August 2012 at 10.30am.  Hopefully it will have stopped raining by then although as it is a Bank Holiday we should not be too hopeful.

Could those of you who intend to race let the website know so that i can update the who's runnin page for this one as i expect it could be popular.

Why Not Enter some races?

Summer is here and it's time to get out and do some races.  There are plenty of great local events so why not fill in a few entry forms and commit yourself to get out racing.  Why not also let your fellow running club members know where you will be running so that they may be encouraged to go along too!

Please mail the website at so that your entered events may be shared with others on the page "who's runnin" 

Please be reminded that the Double or Quit race has a cut off date at the end of this month for receiving a free technical t-shirt for completing the event so if you are thinking of doing this one get entered asap.


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Great turn out for training last night.  Thanks to Karl for getting the middle group to put in some effort for once with an interval session.  Looking forward already to another great session next week!  Welcome to those who joined us for this session for the first time.  I hope that you will stick with it over the next few months as many of us try to get fit for Snowdon, Chester or Liverpool.

Congratulations to Fiona, Lucy, Esther and Cathy for winning the first ladies prize at the Hairy Helmet Relays. I will distribute your winnings of £3 each to you as soon as possible.  Don't be shy to ask me for it as i may easily forget and simply spend it on more beer.

Our next Club Championship race is the Heckington 10 mile race Sat 28 July at 10am.  This is an unusual race being part of a 2 day Agricultural Show.  Only 7 of us have entered so far so it should be loads of championship points for those who do it.  You cannot enter on the day of the race so you need to get on line now if you want to be in it.  Some of us are camping locally Friday and Saturday, why not join us and make a weekend of it?

Lots of races this week. Black Rocks tonight, Sheldon Fell Race on Thursday and Tara Kinder 10k on Friday.  Hope to see some of you at at least one of them.

Training Tonight!

Karl has kindly volunteered to start "leading" an interval session again with a view to improving our speed a bit over the next few weeks and months.  See the facebook page for details of the session tonight.  I am sure that most people will benefit from a good workout so let's see you all there.


Race News by Rob Swift

Hardwick hall 6 mile race

Thursday saw Ripley rc attending the historic Hardwick Hall 6 mile road race this race had runners racing around the surrounding areas of Pilsley this event had been held almost every year since 1981! 8 Ripley runners did this race 5 men and 3 ladies Dean Taylor was first back for Ripley in 6th position in a time of 36.32 next back for Ripley was Lucy Holmes in 15th place and 2nd lady (40.59), the next three Ripley runners came home within 20 seconds of each other Ryan Ball in 31st (43.06) Simon English 34th (43.14) and Paul Manning in 35th (43.25), Tim Jaques was 53rd (45.30) in 100th place was Anne Cook (50.45) and Amy Bradley was in 136th place (56.30) 172 ran.

Heanor Jubilee 10k

Friday saw the inaugural Heanor Jubilee 10k race this race was situated and started and finished at Shipley Park and followed paths around the parkland and surrounding areas, first back for Ripley was Luke Beresford in 55th position (50.32) next was Stevie Thomas in 63rd place (52.04) Matt Beresford was in 64th position with the same time (52.04)and Wayne Smith was in 69th place (52.44) 119 ran.

Ripley Running Club meet every Tuesday evening at the leisure centre at 6.45pm runners of all abilities are very welcome!!

Three First's for Ripley RC

Well done to the 30 of us who turned out for the BDL Race 4 at Carsington last night.  It was always going to be a wet one as is the tradition at this venue.  Special mention must go to Dale who ran away with it finishing well ahead in a superb time of 27.40!!.  Our other two winners on the night, Woody and Eleanor also had super runs completing the tough undulating 5 miler in 35.59 and 43.26 respectively which for vet 60's is some mean achievement. 

Obviously it was a great shame that this fixture clashed with the Parwich Hill run as working back the numbers we would have most likely achieved our highest placings of the season finishing in second places had we been able to field our strongest teams.  As it was we still achieved a great 3rd place in the mens, a not so great 7th in the ladies and a 5th combined on the night.  After 4 races Ripley are now in 3rd place in all categories, men, ladies and combined.

Special thanks also to James for the scoring and Lisa for the excellent car key holding etc. both vital roles.

Apologies to Dean and others.....

Certain members have noted that the website has fallen behind a bit in recent weeks for which i apologise.  I have just realized that in my "downtime" Dean RLF Taylor ran what seemed just about every day in a race and won or came top 10 in almost all of them and was the overall winner of the Tour of Derwent Valley, none of which got mentioned on the website.  I hope that this puts that a little bit right.

In order to hopefully keep the content of the site news and particularly the blog a bit more up to date Rob and James our journalistic duo have kindly volunteered to give me a hand and are going to be adding their content diectly onto the website in future as well so hopefully things will always be a little more up to date than of late.

As always if members want to put anything onto the website please feel free to mail it in.  Suggestions for new pages also welcome.  Coming soon in the next few days is a new page dedicated to taking the Ripley vest on tour!  Anyone going away on holiday please send in a snap of you wherever in your Green and Gold.


How About Trying Something Different?

Derby Orienteering Club would like to see you on Thursday Evenings 6.30 - 8.00 pm at Darley Abbey Cricket Ground.  Can you run and think at the same time? (Thought not). Only £2 for adults, £1 for children.  Telephone Heather on 07507 493299 for more information.

Booth Decorators League race Tomorrow Night

7.30 pm tomorrow is the 4th Booth Decorators road race league fixture at Carsington reservoir.  The race starts from Millfield Car Park which is NOT the main visitors centre car park.  This is perhaps the most undulating course of the series and it is guaranteed to pour down with rain just before the start.  Post race rehydration will be at the Barley Mow, Kirk Ireton.  One definately not to be missed.

Riber Hill run Tonight!

The Riber Hill run starts in about an hour why not give it a go!

Winster Hill Race This Thursday!!!

The Winster Hill race takes place at 7.30pm from Winster Market House this Thursday 28th June.  It is £3 to enter on the night.  This is a Ripley RC Club championship race so points will be awarded.  For those who have never run this type of race look at the photos on the gallery page from previous years.  Just look how much Leanne was smiling at the finish. 

The Tour of Derwent Valley

This Friday sees the start of this years TODV.  4 hilly races in 4 days!  It is a great challenge and the Sunday 5 miler is part of the RRC club championship so plenty of us should be turning out to get those points.  The weather forecast is still good i think so get your kit ready and have a go in as many as you can.  See the Running With David website for race details.

RRC Race News courtesy of Rob Swift


Saturday was a trip to Wales for one of our runners Wayne Smithurst he was racing in the Cader Iris  fell race in the Snowdonia National park this race covered a distance of 10.5 miles from Dolgellau to the summit of Cader Iris (2927 ft) and back down again to the finish he did remarkably well in these hot and hilly conditions coming back in 128th place in 2hours 13 mins 236 ran!




Sunday saw a number of races for Ripley Rc the first one was the Sheffield Half marathon an extremely hot day with temperatures exceeding 25 degrees for our two Ripley runners to contend with, the course was to start and finish at the Don Valley stadium and went through the Sheffield City Centre a fairly flat course just right for that initial personal best time and Ian Duffin did just that he came back in 1 hour 27 mins 30 secs also on the pb trail was James Franco this was his first Half Marathon and he did really well considering the hot conditions he came back in 2 hours 28 mins 21 secs  well done both of you!!!!!


On the the same day Stevie Thomas of Ripley took on the Burton 10 mile race this was a two lap course starting and finishing  around the washlands in Burton Town Centre he was back in a super time of 1 hour 26 mins well done Stevie!!!!!


Also on the Sunday was the Sinfin Classic 10k race around the beautiful grounds of Elvaston Castle and country park our quickest Ripley runner Dale Annable was hoping for a winning result in this race and very nearly came up trumps he was back in an amazing 2nd place in a personal best time of 31 mins 50 secs great running Dale!!!

Other Race News!

Not forgetting that a bit of a race called the White Peak Half and Full Marathon took place on Saturday 19th May at which Dean and Lucy were Ripley's sole representatives in the Half Marathon Event. Dean obviously taking it steady as he was doing the Winderemere Full Marathon the next day completed the half in 75.06!! taking second place whilst Lucy had a steady one too in 89.59 taking 6th lady and 30th overall out of 253 finishers.

History has been made.

It has been a rather special weekend for Ripley RC with 14 members completing the Windermere marathon on Sunday 20th May.  More amazing is that 8 of them were complete marathon first timers with 6 of those being all of our amazing ladies Cathy, Jo, Amy, Leanne, Vicky and Claire!  Rob and Jay were the other two marathon first timers whilst all others but Tommo and Karl were taking on Windermere for the first time.

Having driven around the course myself i can honestly say that the course profile somehow manages to hide an awfull lot of hills very well and very little of the course is flat.  It is therefore totally remarkable that our whole team completed this massive challenge.

I think that it is safe to say that Team Ripley not only completed the race in style but put in an excellent performance in post race celebration activities initiated by our ladies providing the finish line champagne for all and continued late on into the evening by our club captain who was still buying the beer long after most had any capability to drink any more, especially himself.  Stories of Fiona and Old Peculiar are likely to last long and grow over time and add to the already rich history of Ripley RC away trips.

Thanks to all for making this a truly special weekend.  Bring on Snowdon. 


BDL Race 2 Teversal Results

Another great turn out with over 30 Ripley runners and a large number of spectators saving themselves for Sunday's marathon.  Dale had another fantastic run finishing in second place again with Dean also finishing stronghly in 7th place.  Our next 5 counters were Matt J (19th), Timmo (34th), Ian (43rd), Martin (47th) and Ryan (51st). This meant the mens team were 4th on the night and remain 4th after 2 races.  The ladies with Fiona on her debut for RRC did even better taking 3rd place on the night behind Sutton and Mansfield.  Our scorers were Lucy, Fiona and Esther.  After 2 races our ladies are now in second place only behind the exceedingly strong Sutton ladies team.  On a combined basus we were 4th on the night and are now 3rd after 2 races.

Well done to everyone. 

PDF result files will be uploaded to the page on this website later.

5 More Sleeps to go !

Only 5 more sleeps and Ripley RC will witness something special at the Windermere Marathon where something like a dozen members will participate with about half of them being full Marathon Virgins.!!

It should be a brilliant weekend with so many runners and supporters staying up at Ambleside at what will surely provide the club with yet another fantastic set of stories to add to the clubs already rich history.

Good luck to all of you.  Remember to keep smiling no matter how much it hurts (and it will hurt some) as i may be lurking around the corner looking for that special photo.


The Ripley "Thursday Nighters"

6 Hardcore Ripley runners turned out in the driving rain at 6pm yesterday evening to run the 4 miles "tempo run" course which is a lovely 1 mile warm up followed by 2 miles hard finishing up a hill, then a nice steady last mile back home again.   We had a great mix of abilities ranging from 12 minutes for the 2 mile effort from the dynamic duo to the more sedate 17 minute pace at the end of the field with which i am more familiar.

It always seems to be raining in Ripley on Thursdays at 6pm when i turn up but this does not spoil the fun.

Next week for a change there is the offer of a hill rep session where we can all enjoy running up and down the same hill maybe 6 or 8 times? (surely not 10 please Martin).  Meeting place will be Ripley Market Square at 6pm.  All welcome to come along for the fun.

BDL Race 2 Teversal - Tue 15 May - Directions

A map showing how to get to this venue has just been added to the Directions page of this website.  Please consider sharing lifts with other runners to help the car parking at the venue which is reasonably good but consists of a field that might be a bit wet!

Could all runners who are going to spectate but have a Ripley vest please take their vest along and be prepared to lend it on the night to any new runner who does not yet have one as we are still trying to get everyone vests of the correct size and gender.  Newer ladies who might end up in a borrowed vest are advised to wear a t shirt under as the cut of the mens vest can be quite low resulting in you displaying more of your charms than you might wish. (Ask Lisa about this).  Alternatively forget the t shirt and go for a decoarative bra (Ask Lisa about this).

See you all there on Tuesday.  Should be another good turn out for Ripley RC.

Bunda forms new "Sub Aqua" section of Ripley Running Club

Rich Bunda Phillis was warmly praised last night for leading a group around an 8 mile course that included a section that would not have been out of place for the swim section of a good triathlon.  Those particularly happy about this choice of route included Steve B. who was sporting his new trainers for this run!.  Notwithstanding this water feature it seems the group put in a good effort averaging around 7.45 min mile pace for 8 miles which can't be bad.  Bunda is obviously trying to fill the shoes of other Ripley RC legendary course guides such as Mick Wareham and Dave Sleath who found it possible consistantly to underestimate both distance and time whilst always being drawn towards mud, water and nettles.

No Walk in the Park 5k Sat 5 May 2012

Well done to our 4 guys and girls at this mornings speed session at Queens park.  Especially well done to new lady member Fiona Alexander for a fantastic time of 20.51!

For those members who have not become aware of this event organised by North Derbyshire RC it takes place usually on the first Saturday of the month at 9.30 at the Queens Park Cricket Pavilion, Queens Park Chesterfield.   Definately one to try out if you want to improve your speed. 

Cock up in Club Championship

A sharp eyed member has spotted that we have a clash of dates with the Parwich Hill Run and the BDL Race 3 both on Tuesday 3rd July!  We therefore can't do Parwich which is a bit of a shame as this is a great fun run up a muddy hill.  I would propose that we consider substituting the Winster Hill race on Thursday 28 June as this is a similarly popular short distance local hill race which is usually well supported by Ripley RC members anyway.

Club Championship Races 2012/2013 Now Updated

The club championship races which were democratically selected at the recent AGM have now been updated.  If i have made any mistakes then please let me know. Some great runs in the summer to look forward to.

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Well done Anne for your new PB at the Manchester Marathon last weekend.  3.52.09 in testing conditions is a great time.

A couple of good races coming soon.  For those who like hills see the race calender page for details of the Burbage Skyline and the Cresswell Crawl!


Ripley ladies have another champion at Underwood!

For the 3rd consecutive year Ripley ladies grabbed some silverware at the Underwood 10k.  This time it was Paula's turn to shine and i think we would all agree that nobody deserves it more.

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Great turn out for training on Tuesday with four Newbies making their debuts.  I hope we didn't kill any off and that we will see them all again next week.

This coming weekend is the Underwood 10k which is a club championship race so points are on offer to those who complete it.

I have begun the update of the website with the PB page.  Take a look and check it.  If you are not on or not up to date then mail the website your PB's and i will do my best to get it right next time.

If anyone knows any events they will be doing that they would like to encourage others to do then mail me the details and i will stick them on the race calendar page.


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I hope that everyone "enjoyed" the AGM last night.  It was an excellent turn out and just a shame that Karl forgot to book us a room!  Still, nothing like sitting on each others knee's for a bit of extra club bonding.

On a more serious note it was great from my perspective that we have so many members wanting to get involved with the Club and suggest something and have a lively debate.  Hopefully we all agree that we were given reasonable opportunities to say our piece and that the decisions made were democratic if nothing else.  In my 20 years at RRC i have never had so many votes on things.

Thanks to Paula for her stint as Press Officer with Rob which has taken RRC reporting to a new level and welcome on board to James who is taking on the challenge of coming up with similarly interesting ways to tell us where we all finished in a race.

I apologise that the website is well out of date again with virtually each page, results, race calender, PB's etc, etc now almost 2 weeks behind but i have had a bit of a challenging time myself and combined with my own training and "racing" i have just not got around to it.  I have set myself a target to get caught up within the next 7 days.

Congratulations to all our London Marathon Runners several of whom achieved PB's whilst also raising funds for various charities.

Subs are Due in 4 days time.

As it is the AGM on Monday 23 April the new running club year starts then and subs are due to be paid again.  The subs are going to stay the same as last year so £10 for club membership only or second claim runners and £15 for the majority of us who want England Athletics Membership so we can get the £2 discount off all the races we run.  Please make Cheques payable to "Ripley Running Club" and if you have moved homes or changed contact details can you please fill in a new membership form or we will send your England Athletics membership card to the wrong address.  Thanks in anticipation of the avalanche of cash i will receive next week.


Good Luck to all our London Marathon runners this weekend.  As far as i know we have seven Ripley RC being

Lucy Holmes, Dean Taylor, Richard Bunda Phillis, Vince Harlin, Mike Corrigan, Martin Penny and Dave Crowder.

It looks like the weather might be ok for you if my weatherman was correct this morning with 14 degrees and possible showers.  You have all trained hard so just enjoy it.  I hope to see you at the Tower and at 23 miles so remember to smile at the camera and no gurning.


Record Turnout at BDL Race 1 by Ripley RC

Tuesday 17th April saw the highest turnout ever for a Booth Decorators Road Race League run by Ripley Running Club.  Whilst i expected a "good" turnout, the number of members who turned out and ran (or spectated) probably exceeded what would have been my most optimistic forecast, if that is, i would have made one.    You may note that so far i have avoided saying the precise number of runners that competed for us!  The reason for this being that as of today we still do not have an official agreement of our finishing number although i myself having had the benefit of reviewing our submitted results sheet today would suggest that the number is actually 45.  Potentially greater minds than mine, namely,  Penny, Harlin and Robinson, somehow counted a 46th runner on the sheet when they entered the results on the night however they also performed a Gender change on poor Tom who became Lauren so i am yet to believe we have a 46th runner unless they are still out there on the course.

With over 300 runners the event provided a few challenges for the organisers in terms of car parking and route management with a number of the quicker runners claiming to have got an extra half mile or so on the first lap but this hopefully won't affect the results too much with everyone suffering equally i hope.

In terms of team positions we got third place for both mens and ladies teams which on a combined basis became fourth but we know that we had a few runners taking it easy for London on Sunday and a couple of absentees which will add further strength to our ladies team when they return.

In terms of individual achievment Phil Woody Woodman can claim to have had the most successful night having taken the first Vet 60 male position assuming these provisional results don't change, whilst Dale, Jo Howett and Eleanor all had to settle for second positions in the senior men, Vet 40 and Vet 60 ladies categories respectively.  Karl, Matt Jones and Lucy all were all 3rd or 4th placed in their particular age classes.

Somewhere between 10 and 15 runners made their Booth Decorators League Debut for Ripley on the night demonstrating just how well we are doing in getting the new members out competing, the measure of success for which might be just how many of them return at Teversal.  (Don't mention the Hill!) 

On an equally positive note was the return of some old faces, that have not been seen for months if not years!  WAK might have got a bit of a shock at just how many green vests were in front of him given his respectable 65th place whilst Paul Manning would have been hoping just to get around with no broken bones this year.

Given that we had 4 or 5 spectators and a couple of absentees is it really feasible that we could have 50 runners at Teversal in a months time?

Caythorpe Canter Marathon

Well done to Wayne Yearwood for completing the Caythorpe Canter marathon today in 4 hours 15 minutes and to Eleanor for finishing in 4 hours 40.  Hopefully the legs will have recovered for a bit of a dash around Darley Abbey Park on Tuesday in the BDL?

Matt Grabs 3rd Place at Broxtowe 5k

Matt Bickerstaff had another great run in Fridays Broxtowe 5k race finishing 3rd in a time of 17.47.  This hopefully bodes well for a great run in Tuesdays first BDL race at Darley Park where we will be looking for him to be one of the leading runners for the Green and Gold. 

Annual General Meeting Date Now Set - Mon 23rd Apr 2012

The AGM will now be held on Monday 23rd April 2012 at 7pm in the Pear Tree Pub, Ripley.  All members are welcome to come along and help decide how the club should be run in future.  This is your chance to have a say.  The draft agenda is published on a separate page of this website.  If you have an issue you want discussed that is not already on the agenda then feel free to mail in your idea so we can include it.

Paula who has done a brilliant job together with Rob will resign as Press Officer at the AGM so that she can do other things in future.  Hopefully Rob will carry on so we will probably be looking for someone to share this major responsibility with Rob going forwards.  The Press Officer(s) role has i believe been instrumental in getting Ripley RC super coverage this year which is part of the reason why we are enjoying such success with new membership.

As in previous years the races that we include in the club championship can be reviewed in a democratic way to try and include all the races that people want included but obviously not to end up with an unworkable or impracticable numnber or combination of races that Tommo can't keep the scores for.  I would hope that most people will agree that the basic structure of the championship is about right being based on the league races the club enters plus races that cover the different distances and types of running.  My own personal view that i will throw in here to stimulate debate is that we could drop the 2 Midlands League fixtures that are run in Corby or Lincolnshire as they are not well attended (the club will still enter the league) and add in another fell race.  If other members want to suggest alternative races to add into the club championship events then please make sure you know the date of the race when you come to the AGM.  As i say, it should be a democratic decision so when we get stuck argueing how many or which races we include we will decide by a simple show of hands.

As i am also the club treasurer i should be able to report that the club looks to be financially secure for another year so if people want to suggest small items we might purchase like bannners or tents or kit this is also the normal stuff for discussion.   Subs for 2012/13 will become due at the AGM so bring your £15 with you.

Another personal proposal/idea i would like to float is that if anyone seriously wants to become an England Athletics coach for Ripley RC then the club may be in a position to help pay for courses.  If you are going to think about doing this then you should be willing to committ yourself on a reasonable number of Tuesdays over the year to putting into practice any coaching skills in helping other members improve.  Given the club has limited funding should we have several persons wishing to become coaches we may have to do this over a number of seasons possibly giving priority to long serving members first or those most able to coach others?

The year that is coming to an end now has been a very successful year for Ripley RC in a number of ways.  The actual number of paid up members is well up on previous year but perhaps more importantly the active participation levels both on Tuesdays and at races is well up.  We have a massive group of ladies and we have runners of all abilities taking on challenges right up to marathon distances and even beyond.  With minimal formal organisation we now see groups of members meeting up regularly on other days of the week to go training and with Coniston, Windermere and Snowdon we have 3 athletic based events where large groups of us are representing Ripley RC across the country.  I am particularly pleased by the participation levels during the winter handicap runs where the results speak for themselves in terms of improved performances.  Next week will see the start of the Booth Decorator League road race series where i am optimistic that Ripley RC can perform at levels and achieve results which stand comparison with the best years in our history.

Ryan sets new Half Marathon PB at Belvoir

It has only just been brought to my attention that Ryan Ball also set a new PB at last weekends Belvoir Half Marathon knocking an impressive 7 minutes of his previous time to set his new standard at 1.32.10.  I am sure that the sub 1.30 half is now well within his grasp by the end of the summer.

Do You want a Ripley RC Hoody

We are currently putting together an order for more hoodies.  Last time they cost about £16.50 so hopefully around this price again.  If you want to order one then please let Cathy know what size via the link that is on facebook or simply get in touch any other way.  Please be patient as it takes time to have them customn made and printed.

Karl's Training Plan Updated

For the keen ones amongst you Karl's training plan for Tuesdays has just been updated and it is a bit of a killer tonight with 14 times 2 minute intervals with only 1 minute recovery.   I am doing a Steve Broughton and wimping out in favour of a steady 6 with the Mediocre (Formerly Rubbish) Runners group.  See you all later.

More Ripley Members achieve PB's

Another great long weekends running has seen more Ripley Runners set Personal Bests.  In the Belvoir Half Marathon Esther knocked 12 minutes off her old PB in running 1.42.48 whilst Bunda knocked 6 seconds off his recent Retford time to achieve 1.26.59. 


No Walk in the Park?

Is anyone up for a bit of speedwork in the morning to clear the head after a Friday Night out in Ripley?  It's the No Walk in the Park 5k at Queens Park Chesterfield at 9.30am in the morning.  Steve and Matt are making it into a personal duathlon by cycling there and back too! Why not join them? or just go for the run.  Good luck to all runners.

New 10k PB for Dean

It seems like every time Dean runs he sets a new PB and todays 33.44 at the Salford 10k is a fantastic effort given he is in serious marathon training mode at the moment.  What will he be capable of if he concentrates on the shorter stuff and visits the track instead of the A6 at weekends? 

April Handicap - Results sheet now updated.

A fantastic turn out for the last Handicap run before the summer break with 33 participants!  20 of you either set or equalled Personal Bests which i think speaks volumes for the level of training that has been going on over the winter.

Lisa and Penny are beginning to look more like runners every week and are in danger of having to hand over the "Rubbish Runners" tag and join the Mediocre Team in the near future. 

Cathy ran absolutely brilliantly to break through the 40 minute barrier for the first time and set a super new PB of 39.25!!

At the front end and running from back to front was Luke Beresford with a tremendous 35.17 PB which surely bodes well for Ripley RC in the forthcoming Road Race League.

Our 2 newcomers on the night, Lauren and Gavin both did exceptionally well running 49.37 and 37.05 respectively.

As the Road Races start in only 2 weeks time we can all get our monthly speed session in the league races between now and August and we can come back to the handicap again in the first week in October to see if we are faster or slower once more.


Website PB's and Results pages now updated.

Following the very busy weekend where no fewer than 16 members set new PB's at the Derby 10k, the website results and stats pages have been updated.  If i have got anything wrong then please e-mail me at

Massive Weekend of Running for Ripley RC Members

This has been a truly massive weekend of running for the Green and Gold.  Our nine runners up at the Coniston 14 did us proud up in the North West whilst Deano was down South running a truly amazing 5 Miler at the Olympic Stadium.  Today we had something like 25 runners at the Derby 10k with so many PB's it's going to take a while to catch up on the website.  Tuesday is the final handicap run before we take the summer break so i looking forward to seeing you all there.

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A great turn out last night for training.  Must have been 30 or more of us in 3 or 4 groupings which hopefully gave everyone what they wanted (Lisa and Penny excepted).  Sorry the steady flat one turned out to be a cross country with hills but we did get back before dark, just!

This weekend we have loads of runners in Coniston and Derby.  The Coniston is back to its 14 miles after several years being over 17.  Lovely course but a bit of a climb around 8 or 9 miles so a great challenge to get a good time.  I am sure that the post race celebrations in and around Ambleside will be worthy of Ripley Running Clubs past reputation for having a good time.  On Sunday morning it's a bit of an early start for the dozen or so 10k runners from RRC.  It should be fast at the front end which should suit Matt but it might be a bit steadier towards the back end where the crowds are.  Good luck to all our runners especially our newer lady runners.

Next week will be the handicap run which most likely will be the last of the season before we take the summer break as the road race league fixtures start on Tuesday 17th April at Darley Abbey Park.  For the newer members the Road races happen approx 1 per month from April to July, are approx 5 miles in length and are free to enter.  You have to wear a club vest but it is just turn up and run with no entries to complete.  They are a great way of testing your speed and seeing if you are improving.  With up to 300 runners in each event they will have a great atmosphere so make sure you do them.

Finally it's just a little over 3 weeks to go until the London Marathon so i hope that all our guys and girl are in good shape as they make final preparations for this very special event.  I am sure that we all wish you all the best for the day and fingers crossed that you don't get a scorcher which might hinder your PB's a little.  Remember to keep your head up and enjoy it whatever.  I personally will be cheering you on every step of the way.



Long Distance Runners

Well done to Wayne Yearwood who completed the Charnwood Marathon last Saturday and to Ann Cooke who completed the the Edale Skyline 21 miler.  I hope that you are both recovered for a little stroll out tonight.

Lucy's Hero Smashes his PB at Wilmslow!

Dean Taylor showed that he is in fantastic shape for London by absolutely smashing his Half Marathon PB at Sundays English National Half Marathon Championship race at Wilmslow in Cheshire.  Racing against the English elite at this distance Dean recorded 1.16.48 to finish in 54th position out of over 4,000 finishers in one of the biggest and fastest races in the half marathon calendar.  Deans super time is almost 3 minutes quicker than his previous best of 1.19.28 set at the Turkey Trot last year.  He is now up amongst the elite of all time Ripley Running Club Half Marathoners and surely now will be looking to go one better and beat the next in the list, Phil Woodman's 1.15.47 set at the old Lincoln Lakeside course back in 1984!. 

2011/2012 Season Final Club Championship

The 2011/2012 season Club Championship table has just been updated for the final race results from the English National Cross Country races.  Take a look at the final standings to see if you have won anything.   Trophies will be awarded at the AGM which will be held at the Pear Tree Pub, Monday 23rd April 2012 7pm.

Ashby 20

Some great running today and a super turnout from Ripley RC of twelve runners including 4 ladies.  Dean is flying at the moment and 11th place in 2.02.06 shows he is in great form for the London Marathon next month.  Our second runner was Bunda in 106th place in a PB probably 10 mins faster than last year at 2.19.56.  Lucy was our third finisher probably taking it quite steady after injury in 133rd place and 7th lady (2.23.30).  Vin also nursing an injury was supposed to go around in 8's but finished in 2.31.05 for 197th with Simon not far behind in 2.35.02 for 226th.  The next 10 minutes saw 4 more Ripley runners finishing with Jerry 2.38.29 279th, Carl 2.40.10 307th, Cathy 2.46.29 371st and 66th lady and Mike 2.49.12 421st.  Our final little grouping who probably had a nice chat on the way around were Claire, Vicky and Rob who completed the course in times of 3.21.52, 3.22.46 and 3.28.35 for 731st,735th and 772nd places.  841 runners finished the race which proved to be a great warm up for all those entered in London or Winderemere.  Could be some stiff legs on Tuesday!

Fancy a race? Take a look at the Who's Runnin page to see who's entered.

The Derby 10k on Sunday 1st April seems to be filling up with Ripley Runners so if you fancy a race that's easy to get to and well supported get your entry in and join the dozen or so who are already in it.  If you want to let other club members know which races you have already entered to encourage them to enter too then why not let me know by e-mailing

Ripley RC Celebrates another weekend of Personal Bests

Another busy weekend of racing which saw over 20 Ripley athletes competing in 4 different races including the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships, resulted in yet more personal bests for many of our runners. 

Whilst all PB's are special and take a lot of dedication and effort perhaps 3 performances this weekend stand out in terms of athletic achievements for beating particular milestones.

In the Fradley 10k Matt Jones ran 35.36 finishing in 17th position in a race of over 500 participants.

In the Retford Half Marathon on the same day Richard "Bunda" Phillis and Ian Duffin both ran under 90 minutes to achieve brilliant new PB's of 87.05 and 87.28 respectively.

Well done to all who achieved PB's this weekend.



Karl's Tuesday Night Training Schedule now updated

Karl's Tuesday night training plan has been updated for the rest of March and as you can see tomorrow is going to be a tough one with 14! ninety second intervals with only one minute recoveries.  This is definitely a no pain no gain session.  Good luck.

This Weekends Races - Ripley set to lose 2 more Virgins!

Ripley RC could have something like 18 runners competing in the 3 different events taking place this coming Saturday and Sunday.  Firstly on Saturday we have the small matter of the Grindleford Gallop with 21 miles of beautiful countryside to enjoy for the dedicated runners to get their teeth into.  One or two hills along the way but everyone always finishes with a smile (just ask Paula).

On Sunday we have the choice of the Fradley 10k or the Retford Half Marathon.  In the former we may see the first battle for supremacy in the Franco household with James already getting in the excuses of man flu 4 days in advance of the event.  In the latter it will be cherry popping time once more as Lisa and Hannah go further than they have ever gone before.  Completing the 13.1 miles might actually turn out to be the easy bit, finding their way to Retford could be the real challenge! 

Good luck to everyone. 

Club Handicap Page Updated

I have just got around to updating the page for Tuesday's Handicap results.  Take a look to see who got the PB's and who did the great times.  Well done to everyone for putting in the effort. 

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Dewsbury 10k

Well done to all 7 runners at the Dewsbury 10k.  It obviously must have been a short course (only joking) as PB's for everyone which must be another club record.  Definately a quick course with the winner in 29 mins something so one for all our diaries next year.  The PB table on the website will be updated in due course.

BDL XC Final - Burton

I have not seen photographic evidence but having run for 2 hours in the morning in freezing continuous rain i can guess that the cross country course was something special for those of you that turned out in the afternoon.  Rumour also has it that we claimed 2nd place so well done to all who achieved this on behalf of those of us who were already tucked up by the fire.  Super special mention to Matt Beresford who did Dewsbury in the morning then the XC in the afternoon.

Belvoir Challenge 15 and Weston 5

Congratulations to Martin and Wayne for finishing 19th (1.53.52) and 26th (1.58.12) in Saturdays Belvoir Challenge.  On a multi terrain course with hills these look cracking times and finishing positions in a race with maybe 350-450 runners.

Also well done to the 3 guys at the Weston 5 who also all finished in the top 50 from 217 runners.  Individual results were 25th Luke Beresford 31.46, 26th Ryan Ball also 31.46 and 49th Matt Beresford 34.56.

English National XC Champs

Some great running today in near perfect conditions at a splendid venue.  The course had a bit of everything and was very up and down but most remarkable for the views over the skyline of London.  It has been quite a while since Ripley RC had both a mens and a ladies teams running in an event like this so we are definitely going in the right direction.  

In the ladies event Lucy came 123rd, Caroline 303rd, Jo 376th and Cathy 409th out of 650 finishers thereby taking 41st out of 73 teams.
For the men, Dean was 423rd, Matt J 584th, Bunda 1,046th, Karl 1,440th, Jerry 1,478th, Dennis 1,598th and Jay 1,646th taking 103rd team out of 125.

English National Cross Country Championships

Good Luck to all our runners in London tomorrow.  It's been quite a while since we have had full mens and ladies teams competing at this level so let's hope it's a sign of things to come for Ripley RC.  Still a couple of seats free on the mini busses leaving Ripley market square at 9.30 in the morning if anyone wants a trip down to the posh part of London tomorrow to see our great athletes in action.

Fradley 10k Sunday 11th March

Ripley RC now have 6 entrants in the Fradley 10k.  Looking at last years results this seems to be a serious event with 680 finishers and a winning time of 30.50!  Good luck to all our runners.

Travel to English National XC Champs Next Saturday

One Minibus will pick up Tommo, Karl and Cathy at Belper Triangle at 9am on Saturday morning then bring them to Ripley for 9.15 where the rest of us (Den, Dean, Lucy, Bunda, Jerry, Caroline, Paula, Jay, Jo, Matt J, Matt B) willl meet at the Market Square ready to be away by 9.30.  There are still 2 spare seats so if anyone wants to bring someone please let Dennis know. 

Sleaford Half Marathon

Congratulations to Dean and Lucy for excellent results in todays Sleaford Half Marathon.  Dean's 1.19.49 earned him 9th place whilst Lucy's 1.27.37 was 32nd and 1st Lady.  The Sleaford Half Marathon is a little unusual in that it has a mile of off road along an old Roman Road which can be quite muddy and definately slows down what otherwise can be quite a quick course.  337 runners completed todays race. 

Race Calendar Updated

The race calendar page has been updated to include the next No Walk in the Park 5k and the next Dave Denton Derby Midweek 5k which are both excellent runs for those wishing to increase their speed.

For those with a bit more stamina, have a look at the Tour of Derwent Valley 4 race in 4 days series starting Friday 1st June or alternatively why not try the Baslow Bash 26 miler Saturday 9th June.

Cross Country League Plate - Sunday 4th March 2012

By finishing 3rd in the Booth Decorators XC League, Ripley RC have qualified for the Plate Final to be held at 12.00 Noon Sunday 4th March at Burton on Trent.  We are looking for all our young fast lads (everyone under 40) to turn out if possible and see how well we can do against all of the other clubs who have finished in similar positions in their leagues.  It is free to enter but Eleanor has to have your name asap so she can enter you.  It's also for the Ladies too, in fact you did more to get us there than the chaps, so names to Eleanor please if you can fit in one last cross country for the year.  Go on, you know that you love playing in the mud. 

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There has been a change of plan and instead of the Underwood 10k being the final race of this years Club Championship it will now most likely be the first race of next years.  This is due to the race being held on 29th April which will be after the AGM now being planned for Monday 23 April 2012, 7pm The Pear Tree Pub. 

I say that Underwood is "most likely" to be the first club champs race of next year because it is up to the members at the AGM to decide next years races.  As previously mentioned, members can suggest alternative races to the ones used this season, or add or deduct races, but if you are suggesting a new race then you must know it's date!.

As well as discussing the races to be included in the club champs, we can discuss the scoring system and number of points awarded which may need to change to reflect the increased membership turning up at races.

For the newer members for whom this might be a first AGM some of the things discussed in the past which may be raised again would be, do we want to purchase a new club tent or any other items of equipment?, do we want to add any particular social event to the calendar such as a daytrip to a particular race which may or may not be part of the club champs, does anyone want to become a coach?   Absolutely anything can be raised and discussed at this meeting so please make the most of the opportunity.

Whilst recognizing that we currently have only this one formal meeting per year, we will want the meeting to be concluded within a reasonable timescale therefore if we find ourselves going around in circles the Chairman will try to summarize the alternative proposals and take a vote. Last year 20 members attended the meeting which went on for approx 2 hours, which was a bit of a record, so with this years increased and vocal membership who knows!



The Underwood 10k Sunday 29th April 2012 10.30am

This is the final Club Championship race of the season and also a local race where our ladies have done particularly well over the last 2 years.  I am sure that it will attract a large Ripley turn out but surprisingly i don't know of anyone who has entered yet so the "Who's Runnin" page stands blank at the moment.  For the newer members this is definately one to have a go out with a few lovely hills and a great choice of pubs afterwards.  I hope to see many of you there.

Club Championship Table Now Updated

The Club Championship table has now been updated after Sundays Cross Country results leaving just the National Cross Country Championships and the Underwood 10k races to complete the year.  Obviously for anyone who has not run a marathon this season you still have the opportunity just to squeeze one in for some extra points!

Karl's training plan for next 3 Tuesdays now updated.

Karl's plan for the next 3 Tuesday sessions has now been updated on the relevant page. 

Snowdon Marathon 2012

For those who have so far hesitated from joining the lunatics at Snowdon later this year, it may be your final chance to do so as 1,900 have now entered so only 100 places remain.  Of course if you do have more sense than the average Ripley runner, which is probably not too difficult, then you could be waiting to pick up one of the many places that will probably be going cheap later in the year.

BDL XC League Individual Placings

The listing of individuals who have completed the qualifying number of races and are therefore eligible for prizes is now attached to the league results page. 

Ripley have some great results with Matt Bickerstaff in 4th and Dean Taylor in 6th.  In the Vet40 Matt Jones is 2nd with Tommo and Carl Hopkinson in 5th and 6th.  Karl somehow managed 3rd in the Vet55.  For the ladies Lucy, Cathy and Eleanor all won their age categories whilst Caroline and Paula were 5th and 8th senior ladies.

Todays results now attached

See the League Results page for todays BDL XC results and the results of the league after all 5 races.

BDL XC Holmebrook Valley Park

Congratulations to all 23 of us who turned out to run and special thanks to James and Ian for childcare and supporting activities.

Dean had a cracking run finishing 3rd whilst Matt J, Luke B, Bunda, Luke F, Tommo and Ryan B were the other counters for the mens team that finished 4th today and are also 4th in the final league standings.  Special mentions must go to Luke Beresford in his first XC but also to Phil Woodman who was 2nd in his age category after a long time out with injuries.

In the ladies Lucy was 2nd today, with Cathy and Jo in 13th and 14th places so that the ladies were 3rd today but retain 2nd place in the final standings.  Cathy was 2nd Vet40 today so takes the top prize in this category as does Lucy in the senior ladies.  Eleanor added anothe 1st in the LV60 category therefore taking the trophy once more.

Ripley RC were 3rd combined today so retain 3rd combined in the final standings behind Heanor and Sutton.

No Handicap Tonight

Due to the condition of the pavements we will not be running the handicap tonight.  Meet at the leisure centre as usual to find out where the various groups are going to be running.  Take advantage and have a nice steady one without intervals or hills.  Enjoy a bit of off roading or simply do a short one and beat Roxy and Lisa to be first one in the pub!

Club Handicap on Tuesday?

It should be the handicap run on Tuesday but we will obviously have to consider the under foot conditions on Tuesday as we don't want to risk injury.  Let's hope for a quick thaw tomorrow so that we can do the run as with so many people having put in quite a lot of training in January we should be seeing some pretty quick times if only weather and injuries allow. 

Run in the Snow anyone?

Good to see that so many of us didn't let a bit of snowfall interrupt our training schedules.  Much respect must go to Dean, Lucy and Bunda who appear to have stuck exactly to plan and completed 18 miles at 8 min pace despite possibly 8 cms of snow (no way was it 8 inches) on the A6.  I didn't fancy the drive to Belper triangle for 8am and having seen Robs Garmin route and altitude upload i think i made the right choice in heading over to Ripley where Paula led a great crowd of (Matt B, The Beresford Bros, Steve & Esther, Simon, Mike, Antoinette and myself) around the Denby 8 miler which with a bit of deviation at the end plus regrouping actually came out at just over 9!  We got a few funny looks when running straight down the middle of Derby Road but we kept finding the odd bits of exposed ground and managed to get around at something like 10 min miles.

National Cross Country Champs London, Sat 25th Feb 2012

We still have a few seats available on our minibuses travelling down to London for these races.  If you fancy coming along to spectate or even just to pay a visit to London's posh district of Hamstead & Highgate which has a direct tube connection into town, then contact Dennis. 

No Walk in the Park 5k, Sat 4 Feb 2012

Congratulations to Dean and Lucy. Dean 3rd in 17.06 PB, Lucy 1st lady in 18.53 PB.  The next No Walk in the Park will be Saturday 3rd March 2012, 9.30 am Queens Park, Chesterfield.

Dewsbury 10k Sunday 5th Feb 2012

Good luck to our 5 runners at the Dewsbury 10k on Sunday.  Remember that you only have to beat 39.33 to be quicker than Dean RLF Taylor was in the same event last year and therefore set a new RRP best for this course!  Easy?   Should be a top run.



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Club Champs page has been updated for Northerns results and Wilmot results.  Take a look to see where you are.

It's Thursday night once more so 4 miles of fun from VICTORIA STREET Ripley at 6pm.  Enjoy it.!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wilmot Wanderers

Congratulations to all of you who completed the Wilmot today.  At time of writing this i have very few results.  Special congratulations to Anne on setting her new PB of 5 hrs 34 mins. 

Northern "Cross Country" Champs Pontefract Yesterday

Well run Team Ripley. Some excellent times recorded.  Bit of a girly course getting more mud on my shoes walking back to the car park than in the reace itself!  Suited our speed merchants and the athletes at the front were absolutely flying.  Bring on the National. Probably need some factor 15 sun screen if the weather continues in current vein.  Having said that now watch it snow!

James goes "ZUMBA"

One of our newest members in the opinion of his own spouse is making some brave choices in entering the Sheffield Half Marathon in May, which is probably well outside his current comfort zone.  This however seems to be a current phenomenon at the RRC where newer members seem to get a thrill out of entering races possibly directly following an alcohol fuelled celebration of a much shorter race.   (2 mile hill race success = must go for a marathon??!!).  It is exciting times at RRC where we will see over the next 9 months if this new approach to running replaces the old fashioned view that you maybe build up to a marathon over a period of years.  How boring!  It is about time that we embraced new ideas at RRC and it will surely be ace fun (for spectators) at 20 mile points watching our racing virgins contemplate if this was such a good idea.  Bring it on!

North of England XC Championships Today

More than 15 of us will be making the relatively modest trip up to Pontefract today.  I hope everyone has a good run but take it easy as the big one for most is next month and we don't want any injuries.  See you all there later.

Kiveton Park 5k - Sun 4th March 11am

This is a run around Kiveton Park Woodlands and is a fundraiser for Ovarian Cancer Action.  Ideal race for newer runners or those fancying a bit of speedwork and a PB.

New Website Page - "Karl's Plan"

Karl is proposing to set a slightly modified intervals training plan for the group that he is leading on Tuesday nights to reduce some of the extremely long efforts that the circa 3 hours group are going to be doing to more reasonable efforts more consistent with the pace that his group should be targetting.  He has set the schedule for next week and will update this before the 14th February.  Tuesday 7th February will be a normal handicap session for the whole club where we should be seeing a lot of PB's !!

Tonights Hill Session

Excellent turnout for tonights Hill Rep session organised by Queen of the Garmin Caroline.  I think that it is fair to say that she kept us all in line and led by example so that everyone put in the effort up and down 200 meters of lovely Lowes Hill.  A lovely mixed group too of Caz, P, Claire, Martin, Bunda, Luke, Mike, Dennis & James.  My first outing on a Thursday but a great session if you can make it.  Next week back to the speedy stuff so keep an eye on the facebook page for details.

Another Ripley Lady Writes a Fantastic Bio

One of our relatively newer lady members but obviously already a great runner having completed some serious events in great times and even with broken bones! 

Who's Runnin Updates - HELP Needed

The rate at which RRC members are entering races is now officially faster than my brain can function and my fingers can type.  Please do not be offended if you have mailed or facebook messaged me and i have forgotten you as i just can't keep up at the moment.  I welcome you sending me reminder e-mails or messages so that i can correct the page in due course.

Next year the page will be entitled Who's not runnin and we will work the opposite way around. 

As so many of us are now doing a certain race around a certain hill in October (not using the word as it could attract more entries), then i have thought that we should all be looking to learn a bit to get ourselves culturally aware for our trip.  Three courses i have looked up are:

 1. The Rules of Rugby Union, 

 2. The Traditions of the male voice choir (sorry girls),

 3. Sheep Appreciation for beginners. 

 If anyone is interested then please contact Matt Jones who has expertise in most of these.

At Last! A Modest Young Ladies Bio

She has kept us waiting but our Ladies Club Captain has at last put pen to paper (finger to keyboard)!  Definately another one to inspire you.

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Never seen so many of us out at 8am either at Belper Triangle or the Devonshire at Buckland Hollow for long runs.  It was certainly breezy where we were and Lee took a huge leap from a previous maximum run of 6 miles to 11 miles with the hills and the wind all in one go.  So we were a little bit behind our county runner and the history teacher but Lee and i had a very enjoyable time bumbling along and could have kept going for at least another mile if needed. 

On driving home i passed the speed kings and queen just on the way back into Belper having possibly done 15 miles at 7.5's?? then i stopped at the Dev to have a chat with our third group who had kind words to say about Eleanors route.

Facebook tells me that Lisa and Roxy also did a 10 miler whilst Mr Penney did a soft downhill all the way 14 miler at 7.30 pace.

So all in all some brilliant training.  Anyone know what happened to Tommo?


CrIch Monument 10k Saturday 14 July 2012 1.30pm

This race is part of the Crich village Fete and is now in it's third year.  It is actually lust over 11k and has 1,000 feet of ascent in it as you climb up to the Monument above the village which gives fantasic views of the surrounding area.  Last year twelve Ripley RC members took on the challenge with RLF Taylor manageing to secure fifth place in a great time of 46.59 considering the terrain.  Vinny has to be a good bet for first local man having finished 14th last year.  As an added bonus there is a beer tent only 50 yards from the finishing line! Definately a nice local one for the diary.  Get entered early to avoid dissappointment as this could be a very poular one this year.

"Team Franco" Enter the 10k's

Take a look at the who's runnin page to keep a track on where Team Franco are running.

Edale Skyline 21 Mile Fell Race - Sun 25th March 2012

Wayne Smithurst and Anne Cook have entered for this one which is now in the official "Who's Runnin" page.  If anyone wants a really tough one then this is for you.  Look at the Dark Peak Fell Runners Website for full details of this and many other great Fell runs in the Derbyshire area.

Thursday Night is Sprint Night!

By the magic of Facebook and Garmin i can see that the 6pm Nottingham Road, Ripley "lets get faster" crew had another super turn out this evening and at least one report suggests a 3 seconds improvement!  I really hope that that is 3 seconds per mile and not overall.  Other reports suggest excuses like overdoing Tuesdays intervals and maybe eating too much cheesecake might have had a detrimental effect on performance?  Anyway, this session is a great initiative and next week there could be an extra treat in store with Hill Reps! 

If you are a newer member to Ripley Running Club, don't be shy.  Just turn up 6pm on Nottingham Road somewhere near the Dragon Claw and look for the other social misfits loitering around on street corners wearing trainers and possibly green hoodies then join in for a short burst around the town.  If you really want to do your research then look up the route on someones Garmin on the Ripley facebook page beforehand but you hopefully can't get lost in 2 miles (Karl Tietz excluded).


This Sundays Training Runs

Take a look at the facebook page to check out the precise details of the distance training runs that are on offer this Sunday.  We have potentially 2 or 3 major groups getting out at 8am in differing locations.  Start points are possibly the usual Belper Triangle, possibly Ripley and Eleanors group are meeting at the Devonshire in Buckland Hollow.   I would not be surprised if some of our off roaders are meeting up out Cromford way to offer even a fourth alternative.  It's no excuses time then, get the kit ready Saturday night, restict the alcohol intake slightly and go out and have a good one. 

Anyone fancy a "Bit" of Cross Training with a bike ride?

Bunda has come up with another full days bike ride to the coast and back.  Following last years 230 mile effort this year he is going for a 250 mile marathon journey.  It is a serious ride but i believe he has one or two like minded (if that is the correct description) members interested.  I can only imagine not being able to walk for a month afterwards and i reckon i would be lucky to make it half way.  See Bunda or facebook for more details.  I wish whoever does this the best of luck.

Local Sports Therapist in South Normanton

Given the volume of running that we are all going to be getting through this year i am guessing that sports therapists who can help us overcome niggles are going to be quite useful.  A chap from South Normanton called Chris Pritchard who has his own website has contacted our website looking for business.  His rates seem quite reasonable and club members may get special rates if we use him a lot.  I would be most happy if anyone checks him out if we can have feedback for other club members.  I had a quick look at his site and he is a bit of a cyclist so those nutters looking at doing the 250 miles in a day challenge can probably go to get rid of the John Wayne walk.

Marathon Entries Continue to Rise

Latest news is that Dean is now a Windermere man too so with London and Snowdon he has almost a full calendar but am sure he can think about squeezing in the White Peak and Nottingham if he can can just get serious about his running.  See Jerry for advice on how not to run 5 marathons in a year.

The Family Broughton have joined the mass exodus to Wales in October so we are now requesting doctors notes from those RRC members who are NOT running this or any other marathon in 2012.  From 2013 the initiation ceremony for joining Ripley RC will be to run a marathon within the month of joining and you will have a choice of the Marathon des Sables or the Bob Graham to be completed within 6 months.

Tonights Training - A bit of Health & Safety

As many as 20 people want to be doing the interval training sessions which is great news BUT this means we have to be a bit more organised just so that we don't end up with an accident which no one wants especially at this time of the year.

To be clear.  We will split up into 2 groups but both will do exactly the same session of intervals only the faster group will cover more ground when doing the effort.  My personal thought is that to be in the "fast" group with Lucy, Dean, Tommo etc you need to be able to do the club handicap route in sub 42 mins.  Those slower should be in the second group probably led by Karl as i (Dennis) am probably still not able to do efforts although i hope to do a steady run tonight.  Ideally the groups will split into roughly equal numbers just so the pavements are not so crowded.  In both groups you will get the same session.  It is better to get people of the same pace together as you will keep closer together and spur each other on more which is better than being half a mile behind etc.

As well as these 2 groups Eleanor will have a group for relative newcomers which will still do efforts and hills as advised by Eleanor and there may even be fourth group of those wanting to do either a steady run or maybe the mad ones like Jonesy who like the off road stuff.  Turn up early and listen to what is said to get yourself in the right group if possible.  Most of all enjoy your run.  As i say, i hope to be back for a steady 4 or 5 miler.

FINAL POINT - GET YOUR YELLOW/ORANGE/PINK BIBS OR COATS ON and any other reflective clothing. No milk tray men or ladies please!


Ripley RC AGM - Your Chance to have a say - Coming Soon

Ripley Running Club has for as long as i can remember held just one meeting per year where all of the members can get together and discuss with the committee how the club is being run and what we wish to do with the club in the next year.  The traditional date for the meeting is the Monday following the London Marathon but this year we may change this slightly so that members who have rin London are not so tired and this may mean we delay for perhaps another week.  As soon as the date is decided then we will let everyone know on this website and on facebook etc.

The format of the meeting follows a general plan with reports from the Chairman, the Secretary and the Treasurer plus we have the Trophy ceremony for those who have won the Club Championship Trophies.  In the last couple of years what has taken a little bit more time is deciding which races will form the club championship races for the next year.  As well as the cross country league races and the road race fixtures we have a 5k, two 10k's, a 10 mile a half marathon, a 30k, a fell run and an ultra if i remember correctly.  This is not set in stone so if members want different races then you have to be armed with the date and time of your proposed race, maybe the entry cost and generally a good reason why you think that we should choose it.  It is a members club so if a good number of people want to choose a particular race then we should be prepared to consider it.  The reason why we choose some of the races we do is that they are Derbyshire Championship races and we should obviously try and support our own association.  Obviously we need to spread races across the year to avoid fixture pile ups but adding a new race can always be an interesting proposition.  To get the process up and running by all means start making suggestions for consideration in the pub after training or start a thread on facebook.  Hopefully if we get some of the discussion done prior to the AGM then this may help shorten the total length of that meeting.

Another hot topic of discussion can be what if anything to spend club funds on.  I have heard suggestions about a new tent which may have merit so if someone wants to price something up and consider who will keep it and bring it to events and erect it then this is also another thing to be pre considered.  It would be wonderful to have a marquee but practicalities like carrying it across muddy fields do need to be considered.  I am sure we can look forward to some more debate about banners and other ways of advertising the club and possibly even more kit although we have been doing rather a bit on this of late.

If any member has anything that they want to discuss at the AGM then feel free to mail it in to this site and we will do our best to give it time on the agenda.

If anyone wants to volunteer to organise any particular social or athletic event for the club then this could be another potential discussion point.

The Club does belong to the members so this is your once a year chance to have your say on what happens.

Finally, if anyone wants to take over as treasurer or any other position then it is also the time to put yourself forwards as generally we can always find work for those who are willing.


BDLXC Shipley Park Sun 15 Jan 2012

Apologies to those who ran yesterday but i have not got those results yet so will catch up later.  At todays race Ripley fielded 29 runners and a whole posse of supporters.  Our ladies who have been running briliiantly all year carried this on finishing in third place but only 7 positions behind Sutton and a further 6 places behind winners Heanor who both fielded extremely strong teams.  After 4 races this means Ripley ladies are now in second place behind Heanor.  In the mens race Ripley men had perhaps their best run of the season finishing 3rd behind Heanor and Sutton.  The men are now 4th after 4 races with Long Eaton having the third spot.  On a combined basis Ripley were 3rd today and are 3rd in the combined. 

In the individual competitions Lucy continues to finish in the medal positions whilst both Caroline and Cathy are improving all the time to help us close the gap on those couple of teams who are just ahead.  Cathy is also looking to be in pole position for her Vet40 medal which after todays effort she clearly deserves.  Paula seemed to having a much better day than a week ago with more of the usual smile rather than the grimace.  Lower down the order Hannah narrowly avoided being sythed down by what would surely have been a red card for Rob had the referee seen it but she nimbley skipped over his lung, gave him a poke for his trouble then outsprinted him to the line.  Hannah has now conceeded that she did in fact enjoy the race, especially the bonus mile and hills having been told by yours truly it was an undulating 4 and a bit.  Hannah may now realize that being out until 4am with no sleep for 24 hours is not perhaps the best preparation.  Having witnessed Hannah's commitment firs hand i am sure that Amy, Lisa and Rachel just can't wait until the next race.

For the men, Matt, Dean and Matt packed well giving us a great building block on which to build an impressive team result.  We did miss the old man Timmo who would surely have been hard on their heels and it was good to see another old man, Mick Wareham, wandering around hopefully contemplating a return sooner rather than later.  Browny, Ian, Ryan B and WAK however all had superb runs such that our 7th and final counter was in in 40th position which must be our best this season by 10 places or more.  Vinny and Tommo carrying allsorts of limps and ailments were next in with Bunda, Wayne and Jerry following not far behind.  As it's a new year then we had to have a string of "newcomers" which included Woody and Gary B, both back after a year or so and a couple of true newcomers to the XC in Nigel Kemp and Ryan Smith.

For the 5th and final BDL on 12th Feb at Holmebrook Valley Park it will be great to see such numbers out once more and achieve similar if not better results.


This weekend's runs

Lucy and a few guys turned out at Wollaton Park yesterday but nobody really cares about this. At today's fantastic event at Shipley Park Cricket Club we had an enormous team of 28 who all performed fantastically. Well done to Matt, Dean and Matt and the others who ran quick but i can't remember. I will update later when i have the results.Very well run Cathy with Karl and Phil also what a magnificent debut performance from Hannah who even avoided Rob's sliding tackle at the finish when he tried to prevent her finishing ahead of him.

Full results should be out later. Onwards and upwards, come on you  Ripley

Local Races are Filling up Quickly

The Ashby 20 which is an excellent London training run now has over 600 entrants so if you want to do this you had better get entered quickly.  It appears that running is gaining in popularity once more and many races now reach limits particularly quickly.  See the who's runnin page to see who else from the club are running the same races.

Blog Stuff

Yet more new members to welcome to the club.  Fenton, Jon and Wayne have all signed up and are hopefully going to be "enjoying" the marathon training and getting out in the mud in the remaining cross country races.

This weekend is a double header with the North Midlands Cross Country races on Saturday at Wollaton Park and the Booth Decorator Cross Country Race on Sunday morning at the Cricket Club at Shipley Country Park.  Club championship points are on offer and London Marathon points so why not have a steady one Saturday and go for it Sunday.  Our Ladies team are in brilliant form at present so let's have everyone out there being a part of it.

Caroline and Paula's great initiative to have a speed session on a Thursday at 6pm seems to be going from strength to strength with 10 runners this week and improved times! 

I have been notified by a few more runners about races they have entered so take a look at the whos runnin page to see who will be out and about.

Booth Decorator Summer Road Race League Fixtures

The Tuesday night Summer League races have now been added to the Race Calendar page so that you can plan your summer hols around them (very sad runners only!)   Unfortunately for you London and Windermere runners there are League races on the Tuesdays preceeding both Marathons which is not exactly what you would be wanting.

New Album Added

A new photo album of the Derbyshire XC races has just been added to the gallery page. 

Snowdon Marathon - RRC 14

With Martin Penney realizing he just couldn't miss out on such a great eventRipley RC now have its 14th entrant in this Marathon.  I still have a suspicion that this may not be the final number although you need to act quickly as the race limit will surely be reached soon.

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Derbyshire County XC Champs

Congratulations to Lucy and Matt B who made the county teams and to Caroline who is a reserve.  On a cool and windy day it was great to see so many Ripley runners out there. 

Derbyshire Cross Country Championships - Markeaton Park

Good luck to our 16 runners this Saturday.  Anyone not racing, feel free to go and spectate.  Should be some top quality races. 

Was it Baked Beans for Tea!

Caroline and Paula had a "Windy Run" last night according to fB so am not sure what was going on here.  Certainly the times looked a bit steady so maybe a toliet break was included but never sure with these Ripley ladies!  I do believe that this is to be a weekly event taking place at 6pm starting Nottingham Road which is a great idea and should over time hopefully have those participating increasing their speed which is a key part of any good training plan.  I am sure that you can just turn up and run but if you want to check out the exact details of the run then get in touch directly with the ladies.

New Page Just Added

If you want to know what the quicker marathon training people are doing on Tuesdays so that you can avoid it and do something else then look at the page "Lucy's Plan".  If you do this and it hurts then you know who to blame!

Unlucky 13? Hopefully Not

We now have 13 members entered in the Windermere and the Snowdon Marathons.  Take a look at the page "Who's Runnin" to see who the crazy folk are who are doing both. To get us off these unlucky numbers the search is now on for a 14th runner in each race.  Don't hang back, you know that you want to.

Welcome to New Members

A warm welcome to James, Matt and Luke who joined the Club yesterday.  Something tells me that they will not be our newest members for long.  I hope that Matt and Luke enjoyed the handicap and are looking forward to some interval training next week.  For James our challenge is now to find him a suitable running vest as most runners do not share his physique but i am sure that we will come up with something. 

Handicap Run 3 January 2012

Record turn out with 40 of us running the handicap route tonight.  Unfortunately a bit of confusion with timing so i am still sorting out the sheet.  If you timed yourself and are not happy with the result i eventually work out for you then e-mail me your time and i will enter it for you on the record sheet.

More Marathon Madness

The list of Snowdon entrants continues to gather pace.  We now have equal numbers in this race and Windermere with a fair number doing both.  With Snowdon now almost 50% full after only 3 days anyone who is thinking about it better get a move on or you will miss out on what will be a truly memorable occasion.

Ashby 20 or Snowdon Marathon?

Take a look at the "Who's Runnin" page to keep up to date with who is entering which races. Vicky has joined Vinny and Bunda in taking the sensible option of choosing to sample the 20 miler BEFORE entering a full marathon.  The Ashby 20 is a brilliant choice as a marathon tester as it a nice 2 lapper with a bit of undulation and easy to get to for a lovely Sunday run. 

Obviously some of our runners have overindulged just a bit at Christmas and judgement is always impaired when looking through the bottom of a wine glass.  However this is what makes our Club "Special" as on top of the lunatics who want to make debut marathon runs at Windermere we now have more who want to "pop the cherry" at Snowdon.  2012 is going to be a very special year.  Bring it on!

Ripley to lose last 2 Virgins in March!

Ripley RC looks set to lose virtually it's last 2 virgins on 11 March 2012 when Lisa and Roxy (Hannah) look set to run their first Half Marthons at Retford.  Both of them have either been bitten by the running bug or have entered whilst still under the influence of Christmas and may yet live to regret this.  Funnily enough it was only at the Christmas curry night that these 2 were considering the scary thought of making a debut at 13 miles at the Nottingham in September which now seems to have slipped a mere 6 months into March.  I am sure that we all wish them good luck and they will certainly not be alone at RRC in pounding the pavements over the next 3 short  months as virtually everyone has made a similarly mad commitment to running something or other rather challenging during Spring 2012.

Happy New Year

Two races run (not by me personally) and RRC is already in the prizes.  At the Holly Bush 2, Dean was second, Vinny got first Vet whilst Lucy was first Lady with Caroline second. Browny was about 4th or 5th.  In the also rans were Tommo, Jon, Karl, Jerry, Paula, Lee, Pete, Ann and maybe a few others who i can't remember at the moment (apologies). Making a comback was Colin and our possible newbie James Franco who not so much knocked on the pub door as nearly knocked in the pub door.  A memorable finish line incident by Lee allowed Paula to sneak in front which we enjoyed greatly.  Lucy's first prize must rank amongst the most inappropriate ever for the winner of a running race being a bottle of Gordons Gin! Got to hope it is the new isotonic blend. 

At the slightly more serious earlier Dave Dentons Hangover 5, RRC were well represented by Matt Jones, Steve Broughton, Simon English and Jay Bird.  No results yet but Matt and Jay were looking well when they appeared at the Bush to join in the post race celebrations there.


Blog Stuff

The Club Championship table has now been updated to take account of the Queens Head 5k results and a photo of our very smiley guys has found it's way onto the "special" page.

If anyone has entered any more races recently then please let me know so that we can add you in to the "who's runnin" page.  I am sure that some of you will have entered the Wilmot now so please let me know as Amy is looking rather lonely on the list.

As this is likely to be the last Blog of the year:

Thanks to Cathy and Paula for sorting out another piece of custom club clothing.  I personally can't wait to see the results of 20 or so people in the frog green jackets.  Adding to our existing jackets, hoodies and new vests we must now be the best dressed club in the county.

Thanks also to Rob and Paula for continuing to do a cracking job at writing articles for the local press most of which find there way on to this website eventually.

Good luck to Deano and Bunda who deservedly have the clubs London Marathon places for 2012 having each run 22 club championship races in 2011. 

Happy New Year to you all!

Handicap Run on Tuesday

It will be the handicap run on Tuesday heading off across the Market Square and finishing coming up Derby Road so a nice chance for a bit of speed work and a good long hill to finish.  If any of you quicker guys don't want to go full blast to save the legs for weekend cross country etc then please consider running around a bit steadier and "coaching" some of the newer members around as you go to help them achieve their PB's.  A bit of experience in knowing how to pace this course is very useful and most of our newer members appreciate the chance to run with you if only for part of the course.  As i am anticipating another good turn out as we all start the new year full of enthusiasm please help out at the start as much as possible by letting the time keeper set everyone off as near to the planned start times as possible.

Amy Catches the Marathon Madness

Amy has become the 12th RRC member to enter the Wimdermere marathon on 20th May 2012.  Amy is a keen long distance walker and spends a lot of time in the Lake District which means she does not have the excuse that she doesn't know that there are one or two hills up there.  On top of entering her debut Marathon Amy has also entered the Coniston 14 and the Wilmot Wander (as a walker) so has quite a schedule already for the new year.  I am sure that those of us who are not already entered for a Spring 2012 marathon, who are probably soon going to be i a minority, wish Amy and the others the best of luck in all of these events.

Queens Head 5k

Something like 37 Ripley runners completed this race which must be the greatest ever turnout for a single race in the history of the club.  Unfortunately i could not be there to see it but the results show the Club had a fantastic race and the post race fB comments and photos (some of which i will steal for this website later) tell the story that celebrations seemed to go on for quite a while in the Ripley and Swanwick area.

Adding to her journalistic skills, Lisa showed her photographic skills proving that it is actually possible to get a photo of Tommo smiling whilst running although he clearly needs a lot of work to get in the same league as Matt or champion smiler Dean.

Other facebook stories are not so easy to follow from afar as i think that Elvis is after all alive and well and now a Ripley runner? whilst Karl is appearing to impress the ladies with his somewhat well used and faded shorts of dubious colour!


HAPPY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Christmas to members old and new. 

The Secret 7 Go for a Morning Out in the Mud

Thanks to Tommo, 7 of us and a dog, a la Enid Blyton, had a fantasic morning "running" 10 miles through the hills of Derbyshire before having a well earned Cake break at Rowsley Mill.  The weather was kind allowing us to see some beautiful scenary and enjoy 2 hours of low impact training.  Well, low impact other than for the slight tumble by Angie although luckily for her she chose one of the dryest parts of the route in which to fall over.  In the last couple of miles, the mud as promised by Tommo slowed our pace to 16 minute mile pace but this just added to the fun.  Definately a run we should do again.

Derbyshire County Cross Country Championships

Ripley have a fantastic entry of 16 runners in the County Cross Country Championship races to be held at Markeaton Park on Saturday 7th January 2012.  For those of us not brave or stupid enough to enter this has got to be a great day out spectating trying to catch the first gurn of the new year.  Lets get down there and give them all some great support.

Bio of a "Big Runner"

Another one for the boys.  Will Steve be able to overcome his footballers injury and tackle Snowdon one day?

Big Sunday of Running!

Plenty of RRC members were out either racing or training this morning, or even this afternoon (Antoinette).

At the local Bolsover 10k we had almost a dozen runners out and at least 5 PB's amongst them.  Matt B lead the way with an impressive 18th place and 35.31PB!!,  whilst not too far behind were the posse including Ryan B, Steve and Simon with the latter 2 also setting PB's. Running his first 10k for Ripley, Ryan Smith set his PB at 50.21 whilst Amy Bradley also PB'd knocking a couple of minutes off her previous best by finishing in 58.40.  See the race results page for all times and positions.

Over in Telford our B team of Dean and Luce did us proud with Dean setting a new PB of 35.45 and Luce cruising around in 39.12.  Excuses offered for these times were that the course was extremely muddy and slippy something like a cross country.

Finally Ripley C were off fell runing at the Staffordshire Moorlands Christmas Cracker which is 8 miles and 1,500 feet of climbing or something like, and definately in todays weather more to the liking of our hill running and Welsh communities.  Matt and Wayne must have had cracking runs finishing in 19th and 47th places out of 208th.

On training runs we had a group who for reasons only known to themselves ran up the incline to Middleton Top and back (must be far easier training routes!) whilst i joined Tommo and his dog and Browny on a much easier 9.5 mile circumnavigation of Belper.  The fB Garmin combo also tells me that Mr Penny did a storming 10 mile session averaging 7.5's which makes my 9's look positively shameful.

As others have already written we are almost at the end of a brilliant year for Ripley Running Club and todays PB's are but one measure of our ongoing success.  I know that it is a busy week for some but it will be nice to have a good turnout on Tuesday for the final pre Xmas training run so i hope to see you all then.



Bio of a Young Man with a great future ahead of him!

Since Lisa came up with the Bio page idea, which i will openly admit thinking was something slightly odd, unusual and not a natural fit with my idea of our rather illiterate membership, of which i am clearly one,  then i have had to eat my words repeatedly as each Bio i receive seems to be of a higher and higher standard and the person i receive it from is the least expected.  Well it has happened again.  In Matt's own words he may be a bit shy but he has been brave enough to not only come and join us at Ripley where many of us are old enough to be his dad, if not his grandad!, but he has also put pen to paper (finger to keyboard) and told us all about his running career to date and his future ambition.

New Page Just Added - Who's Runnin!

The new page which is supposed to let us know who is running where has just been launched.  I know that a lot more of you are running some of these races but until you mail me i can't be certain so haven't made to many guesses to keep it accurate.  If you want to be added in then simply drop me a mail at

Bio of a Great Bloke who likes Snowdon!

Another great Bio detailing how Bunda got started, where he is up to now and what he's looking to keep doing. 

New Website Pages?

I have a couple of ideas for new pages which require members to supply the content if they are to work.

The first is a reasonably serious page which will be a simple table that i can update showing who has already entered which races say in the next 3-4 months.  The idea here is if we can all see who for example has entered Wilmslow Half or Coniston 14 or Derby 10k or Windermere Marathon then it may encourage others to enter or simply allow transport sharing.  If you want to give this a go then e-mail the the races you have already entered for Jan - May 2012 and i will do the rest to see how it works.

Idea 2 is less serious in that we want to see Ripley Vests in far flung places or in strange situations.  The competition starts after Jan 1 2012 so Jerry can't use his Auckland Marathon photo's unless he does it again next year when no doubt this would win the prize for furthest away!  If someone can go skiing in the Alps or walk up a good Scottish Mountain at least then this might get highest altitude.  I will leave it up to you to find strangest situation.  Just mail in your photo's and story if not obvious.   

Xmas Party and Recovery

Reading facebook today suggests that everyone had a good time but a large number of us rather overdid the wine.  Other than Vinny, Tommo and Karl i am guessing not too many others were out running today?  A small group are meeting at 10am at Belper Triangle tomorrow (Thursday) which will probably be a recovery run.


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One Back for the Ladies - Well done Pesky!

Read another great Bio of one of  lady members.

Yet another Bio from the blokes!

This time it's Jerry getting a bit touchy feely.  It must be something to do with the season?  Anyway, a bit more about the history of RRC and one of it's longest serving members and what he has achieved in running and what he has got out of the club.

The Northern and National Cross Country Championship Races

For our newer members, these 2 races are very special days out where you get to run against some of the best runners in the country.  The Northern on Sat 28 Jan is at Pontefract, Yorkshire which is only about an hour up the M1/A1 so easy to get to.  The National on Sat 25th Feb is in North London so a bit more of a trek but Tommo and i have been talking about a possible Landrover convoy which could get about 15 of us there if we squeeze in which could be fun! 

As those of us who did the National at Alton Towers this year know it can be a special sort of course with mud up to your knee depending on weather and that is just around the tent. 

These races have to be entered this year via Eleanor and it is tradition to pay Elaenor the £6 or £8 at the xmas meal so if you think that you may want to do either or both of these then take some cash along to pay Eleanor and get entered.  They really are special so you should enter & pay even if you are only 50/50 about running.  It's not that expensive compared to many other races which can ask £20 or more nowadays.

I personally am hoping that we get top numbers for both events and make them full and enjoyable days out.

Ripley's Turkey Trotters follow in Karl's Footsteps!!

Absolutely brilliant results from our Turkey Trotters today with 3 PB's from the guys and girls and a third place finish from Lucy! 

Dean had a stormer in 1.19.28 finishing 7th just showing what form he is in at the moment.  Bunda broke his PB finishing in 1.30.29 whilst little P also had the race of her career knocking minutes off her previous PB finishing in 1.41.50.

Luce recorded yet another sub 1.30 run with a 1.28 something and finished 3rd lady taking home a Turkey to add to her growing collection of edible prizes.

Congratulations to all of you on fantastic runs.


Fifth and possibly the best Bio just published!

I nearly fell out of my chair when i opened the e-mail that told me that this RRC runner of 10 years had written a Bio!.   Of 60 members i would have expected to have received a good 55 others before i received this one!

As someone who has run sub 3 hour marathons he is a proper runner from whom newer members with aspirations to achieve good times can learn so well worth a read.

Come on you ladies, i make that three two to the boys now.


Turkey Trot

Good luck to the Turkey Trotters tomorrow.  The weather looks like being kind to you.  Might be cold but at least no snow on the ground, i think!  It would be great to end this brilliant year for RRC with a few more PB's so fingers crossed for all of you.

Read our New Bio!

We have our fourth Bio from a very old runner.  Definately one of the best so far!  This page is open to all members so get scribbling about what got you into running and what you have done or hope to do.  E-mail it in to

Turkey Trot Half Marathon This Weekend

Good luck to Paula and any other runners doing this.  It is a memorable course particularly if it snows as it is forecast to do this weekend.  Still a PB course! Ask Karl!

Blog Stuff


Firstly, a warm welcome to our newest members Hannah Bailey and Richard Smith who officially joined RRC last night and who both made fantastic debut runs in the handicap.  I will be updating the handicap results page shortly so leave it to you to have a look to see just how well they did.


We had a great turnout last night with 26 runners.  At the sharp end, both Dean and Bicky broke Jonesy's previous course best of 32.58 setting new PB's on the way.  How long before they can dip into Dav territory of 31.5x??  Simon, Bunda and Ian all set new PB in fantasic times around the 36 min mark.  Richard Smith did a debut 40.41 which i would be well pleased with.   At the slightly more sedate end lots of us were close to our bests and i was more than happy just to get around.  Lisa and Hannah both did brilliant in 55 and 53 mins respectively.

County, Northern and National XC Races

You need to have entered the County XC race by today if you want to be in it Jan 7th.  Eleanor will want your money for the other 2 races at the Xmas party so bring your cash.  Both races will be big fields and high standards.  Wakefield will be easy to get to whilst London a brilliant away day. 

Booth Decorators League Race3 - Long Eaton

Excellent results and a bit of controversy at the finish.  Well done to all of you who ran.  Ripley had the biggest team out i believe and both men and ladies did well which puts us in great positions for race 4. 

Fancy a bit of Panto?

Eleanor will be performing this Friday at 7pm and Saturday at 2pm in The Final Curtain at the Wesley Church in Alfreton.  Free admission but donations to Meningitis Trust.  I will be going to see if Eleanor acts as well as she runs?

Website Admin

I am a bit behind having had a weekend at Alton Towers so please forgive me if i am a bit behind in updating results, champs, handicap and calendars.  All will be done in good time

Xmas Party

No running next Tue.  Meet in the Pear Tree circa 6pm for a 7pm walk to Sylet Spice.  48 attendees at the last count.  Should be a good one. 

Important Travel Info for those Running at Long Eaton on Sunday

 We have received the following message from Long Eaton RC who are hosting Sundays event.

"The rail crossing near the Tappers Harker is closed on Sunday til 2PM can you send an email out to all clubs racing on Sunday to use Station Road, New Tythe Street and then Straight on over Mini Roundabout to get to Trent Meadows."

Please leave in plenty of time to allow for this.  Good luck.  This is a very tough course but loads of fun.

Wilmslow Half Marathon Sun 25 March 2012

Entries for the Wilmslow half are now open.  This race attracts over 4,000 runners but fills up very quickly so if you want to get in it get entered asap as it filled up before Christmas last year.  It is probably the fastest half marathon course around with 7 slightly downhill miles on the way out and 6 slightly uphill ones on the way back.  Last year Ripley had about a half dozen runners and a couple of PB's.  I believe we already have 2 or 3 entered so why not give it a go!

RRC Great Days Running

The day started bright and early for 2 groups of RRC runners NOT doing Clowne.  Out in the wilds of Ambergate at 8am Wayne, Bicko, Matt and Luke dragged Martins sorry ass around 11.5 miles of the Derbyshire countryside with over a 1,000 ft of climb in the first half then a lovely descent and a speedy finish along the canal home.  Simultaneously Vinny, Sue and I were meeting outside Crich Church also for a hilly 10 and a bit miles of picturesque Derbyshire in the very variable weather conditions of the early morning.

Whilst we were then enjoying our well earned breakfasts our squad of 14 took on the challenge that is Clowne in all it's blustery glory.  Despite the strong and gusting winds no less than 4 of our runners were to record PB's which goes to show how all the training is paying off.  Not recording a PB , RLF Taylor continued his most impressive racing form with another top ten finish in 9th place in 1.22.41.  Battling for 2nd RRC place and thereby both setting PB's were Bunda and Ian who finished in 49th and 50th positions respectively just 5 seconds apart in 1.31.49 and 1.31.54.  The order was then Tommo 92nd, 1.36.46, Jerry 132 1.39.56, Simon 138 1.40.40, Wayne 149 1.41.59, Pete 164 1.43.21, Anne 193 in new PB 1.45.33, Mike 213 1.47.31, Jay 247 also PB 1.49.19, Eleanor 295 1.52.42 and Bill 353 1.57.36.

Well run to everybody.



Blog Stuff

Brilliant turn out for training last night. Over 30 of us again with something like 12 ladies.  I think that we had a group doing the 8 miler around Denby and another doing possibly a tad more going Openwood Gate and Heage way?  Our group of over 10 runners started off on the Waingroves in reverse circuit split at the Codnor Lights then met up again at the Leisure Centre having come back different routes.   Well  done to our 3 newcomers Stevie, Richard and Hannah who all survived week 1.  Hannah definately can go faster and further next week on the evidence of this run. 

We have 45 booked in for the Xmas curry so if you want to come along but haven't booked then get in touch with Tim or Amanda and pay your £12 soon.

Cathy is doing an excellent job in finding us more kit (in a lovely shade of green).  Not sure how to describe it precisely but for £15 the jacket i saw in the pub looks very fetching. I think the club finances can cover the cost of getting Ripley RC on the back so excellent value and if you want one then better contact Cathy soon.

The deadline for entries into the Derbyshire XC Championships will come quicker than you know it so if you are thinking about it then think quickly and get an entry in asap.  Our ladies seem to be setting the pace in getting entered which is brill news as i for one will be going to cheer them on to more success.  For those chaps who have not run this event before it is definately a good one for your speedwork as the best in the county will pull you round so get in there and give it a go.  As extra motivation, i will offer a free pint of Baldricks Extra Strong Ale to every Ripley RC man who enters and finishes within 1 minute of Tommo. This offer is void if Tommo walks or doesn't try (as judged by me) just to make me have to buy loads of beer!

We now have our 3rd Bio of a Ripley Runner thanks to Amy which hopefully will inspire others to start or keep on running and achieve the targets they set themselves.

"Special Ones"

I have only been able to find a couple of "special ones" from yesterday to add to the Gurners Gallery!   Most of you looked far too good as you ran past me.

Personal Bests Page Updated

As we had so many PB's yesterday i have updated the table and hopefully got it back into better shape than it has been for some while.  If i have still got your PB wrong or you are missing and wish to be included then please e-mail me at and i will do my best to correct the oversight.

Pudding Run Story 2

Hopefully our ladies have now had a few hours in which to enjoy their success and a few glasses (more likely bottles) of wine have now been drunk to celebrate but we should not forget just how well our chaps did too.

RLF Taylor finished in 9th position in a time of 36.45, whilst Vinny only just back from injury was 57th in 41.55.  Third man in in 74th place was Simon setting a new PB of 42.56.  Wayne, Jerry, Carl and Karl all completed in sub 46 mins which on a pretty miserable day around Shipley Park constitutes a pretty good effort.  Obviously not to be forgotten is Lee sporting the vintage vest on his 10k debut finishing in 199th lace in 47.49.

Ripley RC had 22 runners in total, 12 men and 10 ladies, another great turn out.



Led home by Ladies Club Captain, Lucy Holmes, finishing in a super 3rd place in the ladies race, Paula and Cathy surprised everyone including themselves in taking the Ladies Team Prize at this mornings Matthew Walker Heanor 10k race.  This is an excellent achievement and well deserved by Ripley ladies who turned out in numbers again in a high quality race with over 700 finishers. 

Ripley ladies continue to go from strength to strength and as well as the speedsters like Luce, Cat and P at the front, have a great team spirit running throughout the whole team, offering encouragement to those newer ladies for whom 60 minutes for 10k is the target.  I am sure that our prizewinning threesome are most happy to share the glory, if not their wine bottles with all team members.

Photo's of the ladies and other runners will appear on the website later after i have had time to photoshop them to make them able to be viewed without nausea. It is a great shame that Cathy left before prize giving as this could obviously have improved the glamour content of the photo's no end.  Photoshop is going to have to work wonders again.


Blog Stuff

Good luck to all RRC runners at tomorrows Matthew Walker Pudding Run 10k.  Smile as you run up the long hill to the finish as i have a new page on this website which will be dedicated to all face pullers out there!  I have given this page the working title "The Special Ones" and hope to capture as many of you as possible in unguarded moments when maybe you don't look your best!  Enjoy it and have a good run.

2012 Derbyshire Cross Country Champs - Sat 7th Jan 2012

The County Championship races are at Markeaton Park this year on 7th January 2012.  Runners have to enter themselves for these races using the form on the,uk website.  As Tommo has pointed out on fB we need runners to get entered asap as the deadline for entries is 9th December 2011.  If Ripley can get a decent turnout we can possibly get some county medals in the team events.  Ladies run 8k, men 10k.  11.55am start for ladies, 12.35 for guys.  Get your entries in now!  Great fun if you don't get lapped by the fast lads or ladettes.

Club Championships Table Now Updated

The Club Championships table has now been updated on the website page to include last weekends two cross country fixtures.  At the top of the mens table we have Dean and Bunda well clear not surprisingly having both completed an impressive 19 events!!  Old Matt is just 2 points ahead of Tommo but failing a dramatic turnaround the old lad from Belper should safely hold on to his Vet40 trophy for another year one thinks.  In the ladies section, Luce has taken the lead having made the long trip to Corby with Dean and Bunda so Caroline must surely be considering both a marathon and the Wilmot Wanderer in the remainder of the year to regain top spot.  Paula could do with pulling her finger out and getting the the shoes on a few more times than Eleanor to grab the third place! 

New Photo's from today including a couple of "special" ones

Loads of new photo's just added.  See the gallery page to go to Picassa and see this and all other albums.

Fantastic Results at XC Today!!

Some fantastic results today.  Our men who were led superbly by young Matt who was 7th!! got all seven counters in in the top 50 which hasn't happened for a while, and thereby grabbed 4th place which puts us 4th after 2 races.  Our super ladies did even better finishing second 1 point in front of Long Eaton (proving that every place counts) and just 18 places behind Heanor.  After 2 races our ladies are in 2nd spot!!! Bring on the mud at Long Eaton.  On a combined basis today Ripley RC were 4th which pushes us up to 3rd after 2 races.

In the individual performances, Young Matt is carrying on where he left off from his last race and after a storming start finished an incredible 7th.  Back after many moons Gary Brown show he has a bit of speed as well as stamina finishing in 31st just behind Old Matt and RLF. Bunda, Wayne (also out of partial retirement) and Tommo completed the counters.  Just out of the counters we had a good pack of WAK, Steve Broughton and Simon with Martin, Karl and Jerry in support.

The 3 scoring ladies were Lucy, Caroline and Cathy.  Paula just behind will now have to keep off the pre race Vino  for fear that our new star man Lee will be catching her.

Lower down the field it looked like everyone enjoyed the getting your feet wet experience of this course. Ripley had 24 runners which is near record territory so lets see if we can get nearer 30 for the next one.


The website has a new page entitled "Club Members Bio's".  This was the great suggestion of one of our newer lady members who backed up her proposal by producing the first "Bio" which i have felt obliged to follow up by scribbling a small piece of my own. 

The idea is that it is nice and possibly even helpful for new members if they can read a bit about other members running history particularly other members who have not either been part of the club for long or even perhaps have not been running for very long.  This hopefully will allay fears that we are all seasoned athletes of many years experience born into running!

So, what we would really like is for some of the newer members (although i do not exclude the old and infirm) to write a small piece telling us things like when and why you started running, what you have done and what you hope to do and any particular problems, maybe injuries etc that you have had so that others can maybe learn from your experience.

If you are willing to give it a go then simply e-mail in your scribble to and we will do the rest.  A pint of Baldrick's extra strong ale for every decent "Bio" received!

New 10k PB for Antoinette!!

Congratulations to Antoinette on setting a new 10k PB of 56.02 at the Conductive Education 10k held at Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham on Sunday 6th Nov.  I think that we can safely say that Antoinette now holds the club record on this course and may continue to do so for a while.

Having joined RRC just one year ago, Antoinette is now running 10k's and Half Marathons almost every other weekend it seems, with North Midland League and now Booth Decorators League Cross Country races filling in the spare weekends!  Whilst it looks like Antoinette has well and truly got the running bug at the moment, it is noted by the writer of this site that she still demonstrates important control of her senses by turning down the keen offers of her training partners to join them in the Windermere marathon next May.

Tonights Training Session etc

Fantastic turn out tonight. Must have been more than 30 of us doing some serious running! Those who followed Eleanor out to Codnor Industrial Estate got the pleasure of some efforts.  I apologise that i didn't stick with you on this but as it was my first run for a while i made the sensible choice to have a steady run which with short cuts meant 4.24 miles in 42 minutes!  Pleased with this as it included Waingroves hill and one tactical shoe lace stop.  For all of you future marathon runners you needed the extra mileage anyway.  Our faster lads and ladettes did the Denby 8 circuit with or without efforts and rumour has it were pretty quick.  Mike, Dave and one or two others maybe need to leave the comfort of Eleanors group soon and go for the 8 milers in future.  We have a huge number of newer members all of whom seem incredibly motivated so the club really is going great guns at the moment. Big cross country weekend ahead and looking forward to seeing a high turnout at Chad Park on Sunday which has to be one of the most fun courses with the 2 river crossings.  As i am only going to do the scoring i hope for plenty of rain to get a decent flow and depth for someone to fall into.

Club Training Runs Tuesday 8th Nov 2011

We have several options to suit all tastes tomorrow night.  Old Matt might persuade others to go for a head torch run across the fields, whilst Luke is talking serious athletics with 8 miles of interval training!!  I am looking at a comeback run of 4.75 miles with just the Waingroves Hill to make you breathe a bit, and i am sure that we will have the Phil Woodman or Karl Tietz option of going straight to the pub and stuff the run claiming injury!  Keep your eye on facebook for other options or why not suggest something yourself.

National XC Champs and Derbyshire XC Champs.

The National which was held at Alton Towers this year will be at Parliament Hill, London on 25th Feb 2012.  This is a great venue so we can expect a lot of us to make a trip of it and have a good trip out. Ladies race is 8k Mens 12k.  £6 entry fee to Eleanor by Christmas. (at the party)

The Derbyshire XC Champs usually at Darley Park will be 7th Jan 2012.  The fields in these races are quite small and the standard high but it is great fun even if you get lapped (personal experience of coming last here).  You have to enter yourself on the DCAA website before 9th December.  

Somewhere in between these two races there will be the Northern XC Champs races which will be somewhere loosely in the North of England. This race is still quite a high standard and well worth the trip if it's not somewhere North of Newcastle!

Berry Hill Relays

Great effort by our ladies and gents on Saturday in pretty tough conditions underfoot though not quite Alton Towers!!

Results can be found on the ECCA website or our facebook site so i'm not going to type them all out here.  I will be uploading the photo's i took soonish i get time.

Berry Hill Relays - Ripley Runners and details

Ladies Teams from
Caroline, Cathy, Paula, Claire, Lucy, Vicky

Men's Team
Martin Penny, Rich Phillis, Dean, Matt Bickerstaff

Ian Duffin and Jay Bird

Eleanor will collect the numbers and the chips (not the fish and .... variety) and meet the teams near the start/finish area.  Vicky will be bringing the tent.

Berry Hill Relays this coming weekend!

This coming Saturday 5th November is the date for the English Cross Country Association Relays championship races which are held each year at Berry Hill Park, Mansfield.  As it is a national standard event you will get all of the top clubs and runners participating and it is great to see just how fast some of these people can run.  Ripley have a number of teams entered so if possible come along to support our runners as they rub shoulders (briefly) with the elite. 

Why not bring your shoes and go for a training session around the park? or bring the family and make an afternoon of it.  

For those of you who have entered good luck and enjoy yourself come rain or shine!

November Handicap

Last nights handicap results are now attached to the relevant page on this website.  It was a record turn out by a long way with 35 runners completing the run.  We had many first timers which is great news for Ripley RC as we continue to expand our membership.

Obviously we had a lot of tired legs from the weekend but it was great that the faster runners jogged around and helped support the slower ones which is part of what the handicap is about.

Of  those who were able to run full pelt and set new PB's Cathy took top prize for lowering her previous PB by a minute and 2 seconds setting a new standard for herself of 41.58!!  Jay and Carl both shaved a few more seconds off their respective PB's whilst some of the newer guys like Steve Broughton and Matt Bickerstaff  beat their only previous time set running the course the other direction. 

Ripley Running Club Christmas Party 2011

The Christmas Party will take place on Tuesday 13th December 7.15pm at the usual Indian, Sylhet Spice in Ripley.  For those who have not experienced this particular evening before, the curry is usually preceeded by drinks from circa 6pm in the Yew Tree (or even earlier depending on buses from Belper) and followed by more drinks in any number of other pubs afterwards.  It is generally advisable to book the following day off work if possible.

As we were close to filling Sylhet Spice last year it would be advisable to book your place early with Tim or Amanda and pay a £10 deposit so as to not be disappointed should we actually fill the place completely this year.  Unlike previous years this year we are going to have a buffet which seems very sensible given the absolute chaos that has happened in each of the prior years when 40 curries try to get allocated to 40 hungry and slightly drunk diners all at the same time.  I am hoping that the new system will ensure everyone gets the food they wish to eat promptly and that the veggies amongst us will be able to avoid eating anything that previously drew a breathe.

Did You Know?

Did you know that the Ripley RC Website is one year old today and has had 11,225 visitors in it's first year!  If anyone has any ideas for new pages (we can have up to 50 for the same cost) then as long as the page is simple to create and maintain then it may be possible to add them in.  Please e-mail suggestions to

Club Handicap on Tuesday

It's first Tuesday of the month so that means handicap night.  It is the quick way around this month so i am expecting lot's of PB's!!  Vin, Caroline, Paula - no excuses.  I am hoping that we have a good showing from the new members to push some of you older ones.  I will be extremely generous to those of you who have run this weekend but still anticipate the normal amount of whinging.

Windermere Marathon 2012

Has anyone other than Paula and i NOT yet entered this race? 

Race Results Page Updated

The race results table has now been updated for the Snowdon Marathon and the Worksop Half Marathon.  Ripley RC had 9 runners at Snowdon which must be a club record for this extremely challenging event.  Some great times with Browny, Matt and Dean in the top 100 finishers and Lucy in the top 10 ladies. Karl still managed to stay comfortably within the 4 hours and was within the top 10 for vet 55+ men.  At Worksop, Wayne was first back for us followed by Mike claiming special allowances for sleep deprivation due to overnight ferry crossings!  Claire and Susan both had great runs whilst Antoinette set her new PB of 2.13.41.  Rob had a good first 10 then the wheels came off so not his best time but all good training.

Big Race Weekend Ahead!

Ripley RC will have something like a dozen runners competing in either the Snowdon Marathon on Saturday or the Worksop Half Marathon on Sunday.  The weather does not look too bright at the moment especially for those heading to Wales where severe weather warnings and flooding have been the order of the day this week!  Good luck anyway and enjoy it if you can.  For the Worksop crew, remember the clocks change this weekend so enjoy your extra hour.

My Son's Tribute Fund - Jacob George Holmes The Meningitis Trust

I apologise for using the club website for a bit of blatant fundraising but if anyone is running a marathon in the next year or so then if you don't already have a particular charity of your own and if you think that you could raise just a bit of money by your efforts then i would be massively appreciative if you could run in the name of Jacob for the Meningitis Trust and help me build a worthy tribute fund in his name. 

I know that some of you will have done sponsored runs quite recently so don't want to be asking people for cash again but if any first timers or old pro's do feel the time is right for a bit of charity work then if you could support my cause i will be eternally grateful and be happy to be the first sponsor on your form.

Meningitis of the type Jacob had thankfully affects only something like 1 in 25,000 children but the effects of the illness are particularly devastating often leaving the child severely disabled for life.  The MT offers a whole range of support services to families, some of which i have now personal experience of, and i wish to ensure continue for the benefit of those families less fortunate than my own. 

If you think that you might be able to help me in any small way but are not sure how it works then please give me a shout for as they say a no obligation chat and i will do my best to enlighten you.

To see the status of Jacobs MT Tribute fund on line simply google meningitus trust and follow the links as shown.


New PB for Deano!

Congratulations to Dean on setting a new Half Marathon PB of 1.21.00 at the Birmingham Half Marathon at the weekend.

Club Handicap Page Updated

The club handicap page has just been updated to include the results of the 4th October 2011.  Did you realize that of the 18 runners this month, 3 were debutants (Mike, Steve and Matt) whilst 8 members recorded new PB's even though this is theoretically the slow way around.  Dennis will not be offering free pints for a long time if this continues as it looks like more PB's again in November even allowing for the Snowdon effect.  Congratulations to Vicky, Claire, Wayne Y, Simon,  2x Martin P's, Bunda and Dean for setting new bests.  We really have to be careful or we may start looking like a proper running club.

Bassetlaw Bashers!

Congratulations to all those who completed this today especially Vicky who was running with the barmy lot for the first time.  Eleanor, Wayne, Steve and Anne have been certifiable for a long time now so she must have been apprehensive going out for a day with this lot. Windermere will be a bit of a stroll by next May.

Marathon Madness Continues!!

What is it with you lot?  I have been away but a couple of months and you all go barmy!  26 Miles is a very long way. The lake district is actually full of hills!  I can't wait until Spring next year to see all of you feeling absolutely knackered after those 20 mile training runs.  Keep it up, who is next, Cat or Paula? You both know you've got to do it now. Bring on 2012.

Windermere Marathon Madness Continues!!

Bunda has given in to the pressure and gone for it.  Simon is now odds on favourite to be next to declare himself. What's got into folk?  Next thing we know Swifty will be thinking he can run the marathon too! Watch this space for further news on slightly deranged runners.

The Windermere Marathon 20 May 2012

It seems that this race which was previously thought of as seriously very tough is now viewed somewhat differently and that we should all start our marathon running career here. It will be a brilliant weekend break with ever increasing numbers