Runners brave wet and windy conditions for Southwold’s Adnams run
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Hundreds of determined runners braved the tail end of Storm Angus to take part in the annual Adnams Southwold 10k run with one runner enjoying a special “birthday treat”.
Despite the wet and windy conditions, 800 runners still took to the starting line to make the eighth annual event a great success.
A healthy crowd gathered to watch and cheer the runners as they set off from the Harbour Inn, Southwold, on Sunday morning before finishing at South Green.
Overall winner was Dominic Oliver, from Kessingland, who led from the front proudly wearing the number 21 vest especially assigned to him by Adnams to mark his 21st birthday.
Mr Oliver, of the City of Norwich Athletics Club, said: “This is the third time in a row I have won the race. To win on my birthday is fantastic- it’s what I have been training for. The first race I did here was on my 16th birthday so for me this is a birthday treat.”
Dominic Oliver won with a time of 34 minutes and 19 seconds, while in the women’s race 23-year-old Laura Thomas, of Ipswich Jaffa Running Club, won for the second consecutive year with a time of 39 minutes and 25 seconds.
She said: “It was really nice atmosphere despite the hills and the wet and windy weather. There is always a great support and it is just really, really good to win.”
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All competitors received an Adnams goodie bag and a medal, while the two race winners were awarded with trophies in the shape of an Adnams’ beer tap.
During the race a world record was set for the fastest 10k race run dressed as a beer bottle by Greg Trevelyan, 40, from Hertfordshire. He completed the course in 1hr 5mins wearing an Adnams Ghost Ship beer costume.
“That is the hardest thing I have ever done. I hold the world record for running the London Marathon dressed as a lobster but this was by far harder,” he said.
Adnams chief executive, Andy Wood, also completed the gruelling course.
He said: “I am absolutely elated to see people here in Southwold enjoying themselves and personally I feel quite tired now!
“It just goes to show the power of Southwold when joined together with the Adnams brand and the wonderful things this place and community can do.”