Saturday, August 31, saw over 170 runners take part in the annual Double or Quit race, organised by Ilkeston Running Club and held in Shipley Park.
This is a slightly unusual race with runners able to choose either to run one lap of five miles or two laps and complete the full ten miles.
Luke Beresford of Ripley RC was first home in the five-mile race in a cracking time of 28.53, while Ripley teammate Adele Adams finished as second lady in the shorter distance in a time of 40.30.
In the ten-mile event, Ripley’s Ryan Ball was first man home in tenth place in a time of 69.55 whilst Dennis Holmes and Wayne Yearwood, both veteran runners, completed the laps in respectable times of 73.44 and 81.44 finishing 20th and 50th out of 118 runners.
In only its third year, the Wilne 10k, held on Sunday, is fast becoming one of the country’s top 10k road races with over 20 runners completing the course in sub 33 minute times.
The race is the Derbyshire County Championship race, as well as the Midland Counties and Midlands Vets Championships races, thereby guaranteeing a very high quality of runners in the over 800 competitors.
Ripley Running Club had 12 entrants in the field with Dean Taylor first home in a very respectable 38.30, in 103rd place.
Richard Phillis set a new personal best time of 40.44, finishing in 165th place while third Ripley man home Dennis Holmes was very pleased with 255th position and 44.15.
Ripley Ladies were led home by Esther Broughton 338th in 46.56 followed by Jo Howett 373rd, 47.46, then Vicky Leach setting her new PB of 52.05 and Alison Butlin also with a PB of 52.23.
Other Ripley Runners included Carl Hopkinson 257th, Jerry Bateman 275th and, Dave Kinder 295th.
Ripley Running Club meets every Tuesday at 6.45 at Ripley Leisure Centre and welcome runners of all abilities to come along and join in.