Ultra runner Anne tackles Ring of Fire

Anne Cook of Ripley Running Club completes the Ring of Fire
Anne Cook of Ripley Running Club completes the Ring of Fire

Ripley RC’s hardcore ultra runner Anne Cook recently competed in the tough and challenging Ring of Fire race over three days.

The weather was pretty good with occasional showers and the 135-mile race started on the Friday lunchtime from Breakwater Country Park in Holyhead, Anglesey. It finished 36 miles away at Almwich Sports Centre in the early evening.

After an overnight sleepover in the sports hall, the race resumed early the next day where she covered a further 65 miles. After getting a bit lost, Anne finally finished that leg of the race in the early hours.

After a few hours sleep in Aberfraww Village Hall, Anne ran the final leg of 34 miles over a route that was very scenic with views of Holyhead Mountain towards the end. Anne was pleased to report she didn’t break any ribs this time.

Ripley RC were also back in action at the Belper Rugby Rover.

This covers 30km of some of Derbyshire’s prettiest landscapes including The Chevin, Alderwasley and Shining Cliff Woods.

The weather was cooler than it has been in recent years and runners approaching the top of Alport Heights were greeted by an icy-cold shower, perfect for cooling tired limbs.

The course is a real test but that didn’t stop ten members who finished as follows: 15th Dean Taylor 2.15.33, 59th Tom Powys 2.29.13, 79th Phil Layton 2.35.21, 87th Wayne Smithurst 2.37.23, 90th Dennis Holmes 2.38.06, 107th Rich Hill 2.46.42, 108th Carl Hopkinson 2.46.56, 139th Matt Nicholls 2.52.50, 151st Amy Bradley 2.56.02, 174th Wayne Yearwood 3.03.15.

Ripley RC meets at Ripley Leisure Centre at 6.45pm on Tuesdays and welcomes runners of all abilities. Please see the Ripley RC page on Facebook for information.