Hand on heart, the main reason I signed up for the Martock 10k was that quite a few people that I’m following on Instagram had done it and I thought the medal was super cute, oh and it was described as ‘flat and fast’.
About the race
When: – Sunday, 17 June @ 10.00am
Where: – Martock Primary School, TA12 6EF
Cost: – £14.00 unaffiliated
Organisers website: – http://www.martock10k.com
Chip timing: – Yes, on race bib
MP3s allowed: – No, the entire route is on open public roads
Martock’s History from http://www.Martockonline.co.uk
Martock is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Meretoch. The precise origin of the name is
unknown. Interpretations of the Old English have included “rising bright from the shining sea”,
“a boundary by a lake”, “market oak” and “the settlement of Merti”. Martock has many fine
old buildings constructed of the local golden hamstone (quarried from nearby Ham Hill). Look
out for Grade I and Grade II listed buildings including the Market House, The Treasurer’s
House (a National Trust property) and the Parish Church.
In addition to farming, gloving became an important part of the local economy from the mid
17th century onwards. Entire families, including young children were often involved in the
production process. (For some fascinating insights into this and other aspects of the history
of the village, see Martock Local History Club’s website, http://www.martockhistory.co.uk.) With the
development of the Industrial estate off the B3165 Stapleton Road, modern employment
opportunities are now more varied.
They were right about it being a nice flat course, I managed to get my fastest 10k time ever!
Really lovely route with friendly marshalls.
There’s not much for spectators to do while waiting for the runners, it was a very small race (which I like).
My Race Stats:
Time: 54:59 | Pace: 8:52
Position: 186/395 | Gender position: 56/209
Total runners: 443 | Fastest Male: 35:31 | Fastest Female: 41:25 | Slowest Runner: 1:29:56
Check out the finish line YouTube video here (find me at 19:37 crossing the finish!)
Distances from Major Cities
London: 2hr 33min ~ 133 miles | Birmingham: 2hr 32min ~ 146 miles | Bristol: 1hr 13min ~ 41 miles | Cardiff: 1hr 40min ~ 96 miles | Exeter: 59min ~ 48 miles
Next event: Sunday 16 June 2019
Overall star rating:
Would I run it again? Yes, absolutely, I loved this race and the fact that I achieved a PB made that apple medal taste even sweeter.
Please note that the above opinions on the race are my own and based upon my own running skill level (I would consider myself to be an average runner) and while I’ve made every effort to ensure anything contained within this post is accurate, please check the race organiser’s website for full information.
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