Tough going at Wilmot

LAST Sunday saw the crazy members of Ripley Running Club take part in the Ultra 32 mile race The Wilmot Wanderer.

In its 20th anniversary year, the Wilmot took no prisoners in this gruelling run or walk starting in Chaddesden in Derby.

The route circles Derby and includes some strenuous hilly sections, field paths, parkland & canal towpaths.

The route takes in some great scenic villages on the way including Alvaston, Duffield, Quarndon, Radbourne and Swarkeston.

This is an almighty challenge for all participants, not only coping with the gruelling 32 miles but also making sure every checkpoint is checked and the freezing cold weather.

As usual, Ripley’s hardcore members did not disappoint.

irst home for Ripley despite a slight detour was Anne Cook. Managing to knock a staggering 18 minutes of her previous time, completed the route in 5 hours 32 minutes. An awesome achievement.

Ripley’s own multi-world record holder Eleanor Robinson was next home completing the course in 5 hours 48 minutes. Wayne Yearwood, was somewhat behind the group taking a two-mile detour but still putting in a fantastic performance finishing in 6 hours 29 minutes.

Amy Bradley also completed the route walking in 10 hours 28 minutes. Well done to all – a real test of stamina.

Ripley’s star teams also tried out at the Northern Athletics Cross Country Championships which took place in Wakefield at Pontefract race course.

This is an opportunity for local clubs to compete against other teams in the Northern counties – which means competing against some of the countries elite runners. The course was relatively tame for our hardcore 12 strong team. The ladies were first on the route which consisted of two loops of a 4km route.

The loop wasn’t particularly hard in comparison to the BDL League with no major hills and no deep mud – bit of a breeze all in all.

First back was Lucy Holmes putting in another fine performance finishing 61st in 36 minutes 05 seconds. Caroline Moss flew round finishing 104th in 38:50 and Jo Howett, her first time out at the northerns finished 151st in 42:05. 235 ladies took part.

The men had more of a challenge having to complete 3 laps of the circuit which equated to just over 12km.

Dean Taylor was first home putting in a flying performance finishing 217th in 48 minutes 54 seconds.

Next was Richard Phillis who gets better at every race finished 410th in 54:10. Mark Tomlinson finished 525th in 58:01, Karl Tietz 571st in 1 hour exactly, Jerry Bateman 608th in 62:15, Carl Hopkinson 642nd 64:33, Den Holmes 654th in 66:31, Ryan Smith, first time at the Northerns and one of RRC’s newest members finished 667th in 69:20 and Jay Bird 671st in 70:06. 685 men took part. The men’s team finished 50th overall.