Popple battles hard at Naseby 10k

Stamford Striders Mark Popple and Maggie Skinner ENGEMN00220120517122708
Stamford Striders Mark Popple and Maggie Skinner ENGEMN00220120517122708
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Stamford Strider Mark Popple enjoyed a successful time at the Battlefield Run in Naseby earlier this month, coming first in his age category and second male overall.

Popple was first in the age 20 to 29 mens category of the race on March 9.

The Battlefield Run is set in the heart of Northamptonshire, and starts and ends in Naseby it’s home of the famous Battle of Naseby where, in 1645 Oliver Cromwell defeated Charles I in the key battle of the English Civil War.

Runners can opt for a single lap 10k run or a 2 lap half marathon over the rolling Northamptonshire countryside on quiet country roads. Popple took part in the 10k road race where there were 114 runners in total on a very warm Sunday morning.

Popple said: “I knew I had to get my pacing right, I started of running in 5th place in the lead group with the pace being quite fast at 6-7k the terrain went from being very flat to an uphill slog but I couldn’t let my pace drop.

“With 3k of the race left I got my head down and started to catch the runners ahead of me.

“When I caught up with the second place runner we were just going past the 9k marker, I knew that with a kilometre to go I need time my kick just right so I waited until 100 metres after the 1k sign and then went for the sprint finish clocking a time of 37 minutes 36 seconds.”