ATHLETICS: Grantham RC’s Nicky is first lady in Rauceby Ripper

Paul Rushworth in Vietnam.
Paul Rushworth in Vietnam.
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Grantham Running Club’s Nicky Jefferson took top spot as she crossed the line as the first lady in the Rauceby Ripper on Saturday.

Nicky completed the nine-mile multi-terrain course a mile in front of the second placed female runner.

Nicky said: “I was surprised by the margin between myself and the second lady; all the fast ladies must have stayed in bed on Saturday.

“I am not a cross country runner as road running is my main effort but I actually really enjoyed the route and will certainly do it again. It was very well organised and the support all around the route from the marshals to the public was great.”

l Grantham RC’s Paul Rushworth took part in “La Course de Printemps” 10km road race in Vietnam.

The race was organised by the French International School in Saigon and attracted around 200 local and international runners.

The heat of the rising sun made the second half of the race more difficult but, despite the hot, humid conditions, Paul finished in 44min 57 sec.

l Closer to home, Sarah High and Lucy Roberts joined GAC’s Keith Measures and John Bainbridge to compete in the mixed team competition at the Caythorpe Dash.

They finished 11th in 8hr 54min 16sec, with Sarah at 2:05:59 and Lucy at 2:20:49. Mark Wilson also completed as an individual in 1:48:03.

l Grantham RC organised the weekend’s Parkrun in Newark, with volunteers giving up their time to marshal and officiate the event.