ATHLETICS: Wind, mud and rain greets Rauceby Ripper runners

On your marks...the start of the 2016 Rauceby Ripper.
On your marks...the start of the 2016 Rauceby Ripper.

The first event in the Sleaford Striders race series sponsored by Specsavers took place at Rauceby on Saturday with an incredible 40 Striders taking part in a field of 197 overall.

Hosted by Sleaford Town Runners who turned out in force to marshall the event, The Rauceby Ripper runners were met with mud, rain and very strong winds on a challenging and hilly course.

Rauceby Ripper winner Chris North. qRTrCa4Dc0Yc4Xiz6crH

Rauceby Ripper winner Chris North. qRTrCa4Dc0Yc4Xiz6crH

Sleaford Strider Chris North won the race in an amazing time of 55min 1sec, with fellow Strider John Siddens close behind, finishing fourth in 56.56 and taking the title of first male over 40.

Other prize winners were Sandy Telfer in 1.03.43, winning the first male over 50, and Anna Thompson in 1.24.56, achieving the prize as first female over 50.

Other Sleaford Striders taking part were Dave Burton 1.02.18, Simon Jackson 1.08.37, Rob Caven 1.09.38 Bryan Brockington in his first race for striders 1.09.48, Steve Thacker 1.10.45, Andy Dickinson 1.11.01, Darrell Williamson 1.11.42, Garry Wilson 1.15.03, Ian Scott 1.16.28, Alan Buckberry 1.18.50, Derek James 1.19.45, Josh Williamson 1.19.53, Andy Preston 1.20.13, Bill Rayner 1.20.21, Hannah North was first strider lady home in 1.21.41, June Jackson 1.22.02, Clare Wells 1.26.31, Vince McNiffe 1.27.31, Tracey Dickinson 1.32.16, Ann Riddell 1.34.34 (in the same time as husband Graham Riddell), Ted Preston 1.36.18, Paul Shaw 1.36.58, Sam Tate 1.36.58, Jim Millar 1.37.02, Jan Withers 1.39.09, Linda Melloy 1.44.13, Sharon Wild 1.45.45, Sally Hollick 1.48.48, Karen Kane 1.50.20, Wendy Shippey 1.50.20, Carol Dudley (in her first ever race) 1.57.00, Ian Starbuck, 1.57.00, Lucy Carpenter 1.58.34, Emma Carpenter 1.58.45 and Leanne McHugh 2.00.33.

n Sleaford Striders adults meet at the Sleaford Town Football Club in Boston Road every Thursday night at 7pm. All running abilities are catered for and new members are always welcome. More information can be found at www.sleafordstriders.org