On Saturday 3rd February 9 GRC’ers headed over to Rauceby to take part in the Rauceby Ripper, a mixed terrain 9 mile race. Hosted by Sleaford Town Runners the event is very popular, selling out within 3 hours.
First across the line for GRC was Peter Bonner who credits this race as a firm favourite of his, crossing the finish line in 1:00:53 placing 5th overall. Sam Jepson soon followed finishing in 7th place in a time of 1:01:28. As a newbie to the event he found the course tough in places particularly with some of the inclines but has vowed to come back and attack it again next year.
Russel Whittaker had been looking forward to the event, however he was blighted by a nasty bought of illness which meant he hung back to finish in 8th place, still in an incredible time of 1:03.34.
Cross country enthusiasts Peter Jennings and Paul Davis made easy work of the course finishing in 1:15:57 & 1:16:16 respectively.
Caroline Davis has plenty of experience with the Ripper and was the first lady for GRC to cross the finish line in 1:22:39 soon followed by returning runner Sarah High in 1:25:23.
Power couple Kate & Fraser Marshall took part for the first time, opting to treat it as a training run for their upcoming half marathons, completing it together in a time of 1:45:54.
A great event well marshalled and organised. Perhaps the second water station was the hit of the day offering “more than water” for those who need an extra kick!
The GRC contingent attending grows every year and the Ripper has become a race highly recommend by all who take part.