Runners enter final stretch

Ripley Running Club's Richard Phillis
Ripley Running Club's Richard Phillis

With only a couple more races offering points for the Ripley Running Club Championships before the end of this season in April, the names are almost on the trophies in most of the age and gender categories.

Richard Phillis has built an unassailable lead in the mens open championship by running every single one of the 26 qualifying events in the league, something that has never been done before.

Dean Taylor has the runners up spot sown up too with a points difference over third place greater than the 105 points available from the last 3 races.

Still battling it out for third place are Dennis Holmes and Luke Beresford with only 14 points between them so all to race for in the last three events which include two cross country events in February and the Retford Half Marathon on March 9.

The outcome of this battle for third place will then impact on who gets the veteran 40 and veteran 50 trophies with Karl Tietz, Jerry Bateman, Carl Hopkinson and even Matt Jones still possibly sneaking into the frame.

For the ladies 2013/2014 open Championship, Esther Broughton’s 44 point lead over Alison Butlin gives her the comfort of being able to do one less of the three remaining races than Alison, and still remain top, while Alison will surely finish in second place ahead of Cathy Cresswell by a similar margin.

The fourth and fifth-placed ladies in the current league table Jo Howett and Eleanor Robinson will no doubt be collecting trophies in the ladies veteran age group categories to which they belong.

Trophies as always will be presented at the club’s Annual General Meeting ,which should take place on Monday, April 14 at the Pear Tree Pub in Ripley.

Ripley Running Club meets every Tuesday at 6.45pm at Ripley Leisure Centre and encourages runners of all abilities to come for a run.

For more information you can see www.ripleyrunningclub.com