ATHLETICS: Rauceby race is a Ripper

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More than 200 entrants turned out for the annual Rauceby Ripper multi-terrain race organised by Sleaford Town Runners at South Rauceby on Saturday.

The 8.5-mile course had been turned into something of a quagmire in parts, following the recent rain and melting snow. But race organiser Dean Barnshaw said the athletes revelled in the conditions.

He said: “We know what the runners like, so we redirected part of the route last week to incorporate some real mud baths.

“All of the runners commented on the treacherous conditions and strong winds, but it was clear to see as the came in to finish that they thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Now in its third year, the race has become an established event on the calendar, attracting entries from all around the county and beyond, including a large contingent from North Yorkshire.

Race winner was Alan Oliver from Sleaford Striders in a time of 54min 35sec. Also from the Striders, first lady home was Emily Foran in 1.02.11.

Eight runners from Grantham took part, with strong performances from Grantham Running Club’s David Kay (1.00.00) and Stuart Sinclair (1.01.01) who finished sixth and seventh respectively.

Other results: 11 Paul Rushworth (GRC) 1.03.45, 23 Stuart Sibcy (GRC) 1.07.38, 59 Mark Hillson (GAC) 1.14.20, 71 John Bainbridge (GAC) 1.16.19, 74 Keith Measures (GAC) 1.16.46, 93 Lucy Roberts (GRC) 1.20.10.

On behalf of Sleaford Town Runners, Dean thanked runners for their support, local land owners, village hall committee and race sponsors for contributing to an exceptional event.