Marcus Gynn Newmarket 10k
Sunday 2nd July 2017
Report by Mel Deakin
5am start to get to this event – you may think we are mad but Ben and I ran this event last year and enjoyed it so decided to return. It is also a good excuse to meet up with my sister and nephew
who are Ely Runners, this is just down the road for them.
The race is just outside Newmarket in the pretty village of Stetchford. This part of the world is known for being flat, however this 10k is certainly not that! I think it must find every hill in
the area as it has ups and downs throughout, with a long drag uphill to the finish. It is multi terrain, starting on grass, then parts on road, path and bridleway. The countryside was stunning, the
sun certainly helped but this was one of those events it was just good to be at.
I had not run for a week before due to a sore calf, so decided to take it steady. Taking a week off was really difficult as that was the longest break I had since starting running in 2013. But on
the day I really felt the benefit, for once the kilometre markers came too fast, I didn’t want to finish! My time was over a minute faster than last year – lesson learnt.
Meanwhile, Ben, having no particular race plan galloped around, and by the time I had finished he had warmed down as was on his way to the homemade cake stall to refuel. Great medal in the
shape of a horseshoe – but after all Newmarket is horse country. Ben was first U21 male and was awarded a small trophy to keep and the Sean Harper cup which he gets to keep for a year then must
return. I guess we’ll be back at next year’s event then!
1st Chris Darling Unattached 33:40
1st female Bethany Runciman Unattached 42:15
52nd Ben Deakin 45:53
107th Melonie Deakin 51:20