The famous reindeer with a shiny red nose was the inspiration for Sunday’s (17 December) competitive fancy dress race in the Cotswolds. Rudolph’s Rampage was an unstoppable force...
Over 200 entrants, most wearing costume, set off at 10am from Painswick Rugby Club and followed a hilly 7K course on tracks, trails and footpaths around the area. The route was mainly off-road, taking runners on a tour around the historic Gloucestershire village of Painswick and included a mile-long hill plus a steep road section towards the village.
This main event was preceded by Rudolph’s Dash at 9am, a shorter race for junior runners who received a goody bag for their efforts. They enjoyed the fancy dress theme as much as the seniors with a festive feast of outfits in both races.
Steve Kenyon romped home in first place to win the 8th Rudolph’s Rampage in 31:16. James Wilkinson of Cheltenham & County Harriers took second place in 32:46 followed by teammate Gareth Edwards in 33:01.
Tegan Hooper of Stroud & District AC won the women’s race in 36:38. She was closely followed by Claudia Wilesmith of Tewkesbury Tri Club who finished second in 36:55. Diana Dee of Highworth RC was third in 39:24.
The last runner crossed the finish line in 1:43:41.
Every runner was presented with a medal, water and the much-anticipated mince muffin. Hot drinks and other refreshments were available to buy from the U10's rugby coaches and their helpers at the race HQ.
Rudolph’s Rampage is one of seven races from Allrunners Events. They host a variety of road and off-road events in and around the Cotswolds with the aim of encouraging people to enjoy the great outdoors.