Race Day Instructions
COVID-19 changes for 2022
Due to the size of the Village Hall all our officials will be wearing face coverings and we therefore politely request that competitors and any accompanying family and friends do so whilst in the Hall. We have reluctantly decided to not have a bag drop within the Hall, thus limiting the amount of people queuing to leave their bags. The start takes place next to the official car park, so competitors will be able to keep warm until the last few minutes before removing excess clothing. Once finished the car park is approximately 5 minutes' walk, however, should you wish to leave, at your own risk a small bag containing clothing close to the finish line you are more than welcome to do so.
The ladies that usually sell refreshments within the Village Hall have decided due to COVID-19 concerns not to do so this year, which as a Club we respect their decision. As you finish the Ripper you will receive the usual goody bag containing your medal, food and water though you might want to consider bringing a flask? The Bustard Inn will be open by the time you finish should you require a hot or cold drink prior to your journey home.
We hope these changes will be for this year only and a normal feel to the Ripper will resume in 2023. Finally, if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive via a lateral flow/PCR test please do travel to compete in the Rauceby Ripper for your health and that of your fellow competitors and organisers of the 2022 Rauceby Ripper.
Information Desk - Number & Chip Pickup
The Information Desk will open at 8.30am and located 5 minutes walk from the Car Park in the Village Hall, where you will find the 'Number/Chip Pickup Desk'. Toilets are also within the Village Hall. The start is close to the Car Park however the finish is near the Village Hall. We will have plastic sheeting down to protect the floor within the Village Hall, however we would be grateful if you can limit the amount of mud you carry in by foot into the Hall after the race. Unfortunately due to livestock on some of the course the landowners had requested that no dogs accompany either walkers or runners during the event. Finally allow yourself plenty of time on the Saturday to park and collect your number.
The course has been measured with the aid of Sat Navs and the 8.5 - 9 mile distance is reasonably accurate. The course is mainly on farmer's tracks with some interlinking road sections. It will be marked with signs and fluorescent orange streamers attached to trees and hedgerows and there will be Marshals at various key locations. Several key distance markers will be located on the course to give you a rough idea of how far you have run / walked. If you have trail shoes I suggest you wear them, you can run in road shoes however some of the tracks are muddy so you might want to wear an old pair you don't mind getting muddy. If you intend carrying drink bottles or gels during the race then please drop them when used ideally at the water stations or near to signs that will be collected after the race, thank you.
Marshals & Drink Stations
Please follow any Marshals instructions given during the race particularly when approaching road junctions. If you have problems during the race, continue (if you can) to the next Marshal where we can seek assistance if required. There will be no lead car because of the terrain, however we will have an experienced runner from our Club running as a sweep from start to finish. There will be two Drink's Stations (water in plastic cups) around three and six miles approximately and at the finish.
A trophy together with a £50 meal & drink voucher to be used at the Bustard Inn, Rauceby for the first Male and Female to finish.
The Race Winner will have their name engraved on the trophy which will be displayed at the Bustard Inn throughout the year.
Small trophies will be presented to the First Male and Lady in the following categories: Senior, Vet 40, Vet 50 & Vet 60. All finishers Runners and Walkers alike will receive a race memento and goody bag.
The presentation of awards will take place at a time to be confirmed on the day of the race from within the Village Hall. Race results will be posted online if not the Sunday by Monday latest.