The Rauceby Ripper is an (approximately) 8.5 – 9 mile multi terrain race over farm trails, field edges, public footpaths and short road sections. Starting within the grounds of Rauceby Hall in the village of South Rauceby, the field of runners set off in dry but cold and blustery conditions. Warnings by the organisers of wet and muddy going under foot for the first couple of miles felt a little exaggerated as the worst of the mud and puddles were easily negotiated.
Peter Bonner, Caroline Davis and Paul Davis were Grantham Running Clubs representatives and for the first half of the race they battled at times against the strong winds blowing off the empty fields. However, once past the halfway point and heading back to South Rauceby there was a more than welcome tail wind.
First back for GRC was Peter Bonner in a brilliant 13th place with a time of 1:03:37. Peter warmed up for this by doing Belton parkrun. Next up was Caroline Davis, crossing the line in 1:21:46 and 111th place. Caroline warmed up for this by running to Belton (4 miles) and also taking part in parkrun. Paul Davis crossed the finish line tired but satisfied with how the race went in a time of 1:26:00 and 134th place. A very well organised local race that GRC’s three participants all agree should be on the calendar of anyone who enjoys deviating away from the tarmac once in a while.