There was more than one competition at a tough Rudolph’s Rampage on Sunday (18 December). The 7K (4.34 miles) multi-terrain run is part of a stable of events hosted by Cotswold Allrunners.
Leading The Way At Rudolph's Rampage
It’s advertised as a fancy dress run with many participants wearing something Christmassy and others opting for various different themes.
The fancy dress component has taken on a competitive aspect over the years with runners battling it out to have the best costume on the day. This is in addition to striving for a podium finish and/or PB.
A field of 224 signed up for the race which started at 10am from Painswick Rugby Club in the Cotswolds. There was a gentler Rudolph’s Dash 2K (1.24 miles) for juniors that started at 9am, also featuring a fancy dress theme.
The route consisted of woodland trails, grass, footpaths and farm tracks with a few road sections. There was a long hard climb after a mile and half with attractive views of the surrounding area followed by a long descent. Then a short sharp climb up the road towards the famous Painswick Church followed by a downhill stretch to the finish at the rugby club.
Nick Kastelein won the 2016 Rudolph’s Rampage in 30:01 followed by Jack Powis of Tri Team Glos/Ride 24/7 in 30:56. David Kennedy of the Royal Navy Triathlon Association was third in 31:02. Katie Beecher of Les Croupiers was first lady in 33:09 followed by Kim Pullon of Stroud Valley Triathletes in 35:46. Claudia Wilesmith took third place in 36:38. Runners were rewarded for their efforts with a bespoke medal and mince muffins.
For a full list of results, visit our race listings page.
Photo courtesy of Lee Paris.