Jelley excels in London

Dave Jelley.
Dave Jelley.

THE spectacle that was the 32nd London Marathon took place on the sunny streets of the capital as 37,000 people ran on Sunday .

Ripon Runners had a small contingent in the event.

Leading by shining example was club president and founding member Monty Munson. This was Monty’s 18th London Marathon. At the age of 84, Monty is an inspiration to those around him. He completed it in 7.49.38.

Dave Jelley (pictured right) put in a stunning performance and finished an incredible fourth in his age group, in a time of 2.55.24. Mike Appleton led home Ripon’s runners in a time of 2.45.51.

Those taking part in their first London Marathon also performed well with Suzanne Rickard finishing in an impressive 4.06.52 for her first marathon and Andy Bishop 4.35.44 also completing the distance for the first time. Jill Holt finished in 4.24.09, with Chris I’Anson in 4.43.28 and Lorraine Matheson in 5.11.48 completing Ripon’s successful marathoners.

The 12 mile challenge that is the Gisborough Moors Fell race took place on Sunday April 15.

The race takes in the ups and downs of the North York Moors including a trip up and down Roseberry Topping. Ben Imeson was the first of Ripon’s finishers, putting in a strong performance to finish 27th overall in a time of 99.17.

He was followed by Steve Smith 108.3 and Mike Pennock 139.27.

THIRSK & SOWERBY HARRIERS Paul Atkinson and Nik and Les Sutton-Haigh were among the thousands of runners at the London Marathon at the weekend.

Paul had geared his training with a view to targeting three hours 15 minutes, and felt good in the first half of the race, probably going a little too quickly, but he had to slow down for the second half and managed to achieve a superb time of 3.11.47, finishing in 2214th place.

He agreed that it was a wonderful experience, with the support of the crowds spurring him on at all times, and the club is sure that although it was his first London Marathon, it won’t be his last.

Nik and Les Sutton-Haigh are more seasoned London Marathoners and ran together to finish in an excellent 4.17.06. They, too, were buoyed on by the support of the crowds.

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