Fountains 10k: Sharon Barlow-Hamilton leads Ripon Runners one-two-three

Sharon Barlow Hamilton - Ripon Runners. Picture by Peter Richardson
Sharon Barlow Hamilton - Ripon Runners. Picture by Peter Richardson

Hundreds of runners took on the Fountains 10k at the weekend, and Ripon Runners dominated the standings with a one-two-three in the ladies category.

Ripon athlete Sharon Barlow-Hamilton continued her fine form of late as she flashed around the course to take the top ladies spot.

Barlow-Hamilton finished as first lady and tenth overall in 40 minutes and two seconds, more than a minute faster than any other woman.

Teammate Tori Green (17th in 41.39) came home second in the female category as she went a minute faster than fellow Ripon raider Donna Riddler (42.40).

The trio completed a full set on the podium for the Runners and the club also took top honours in the team event.

Nearly 300 runners took on the race at Grantley and the organisers celebrated a full entry for only the second time in its history.

The men’s race was won for the second year running by Lee Dalton of Nidd Valley Road Runners in 35:59.

His time was nearly half a minute slower than his winning run last year, owing to the wet conditions.

Otley’s Mark Hall finished second in 36.56 with Martin Lewis of Charnwood third in 37.07.

Neil McNish, of Bedale and Aiskew Runners, came back one place ahead of Green to record 41.29 in 16th.

Ripon Runners youngsters Reece Dalton (42.09) and Joe Lofthouse (42.19) both gave strong performances to finish in 20th and 21st.

Robert Burn was the first Thirsk and Sowerby Harriers athlete to the line in 43.26.

Ripon’s athletes were also pushing themselves to their limit last weekend with a selection of endurance events around the UK and abroad.

On Saturday, three long distance races tested Ripon’s finest with the Three Peaks and Fellsman events in Yorkshire and the Hoka Highland Fling in Scotland.

Ben Imeson was Ripon’s only participant in the 60th running of the Three Peaks Race and completed the challenge in four hours nine minutes.

Three Ripon members attended the Fellsman and Dave Jelley was first back in 14 hours 23 minutes, with team mate Pete Chapman (14.40) 17 minutes behind. Unfortunately Tim Joynson had to retire due to illness.

In Scotland’s Highland ultramarathon, Bill Foreman once again broke 10 hours by finishing fourth veteran in nine hours 26 minutes. Paul Walker finished in just over 11 hours.

On Sunday, Jane Grundy battled with a knee injury at the Madrid Marathon to run four hours six minutes.

Further afield in Stratford upon Avon, Simon McCudden (3.49) continued his meteoric rise as he smashed the four hour barrier at the Shakespeare Marathon.