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The 2012 Adnams 10k runners stories

By sarahhowe, also posted in News on

The 2012 Adnams 10k takes place on Sunday 18th November and nearly 800 runners will take to the course around Southwold. Some runners will want to come in first for their category, others will want to get a new personal best time and a quite few will be taking part for the first time. No doubt a fair few will be spurred towards the finish line at the prospect of the bottle of Adnams beer and packet of Percy Pigs that await them in their goodie bag! Ahead of the race, we thought it would be interesting to share a few stories from the runners who are taking part. Hazel Brookes and Rebecca Ui Bhraonain are raising money for the Anna Lewis Brighter Future Fund by walking 200k over 7 days, starting at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and finishing in Southwold in time for the start of the Adnams 10k. Hazel explains "We are taking on this challenge in memory of a beautiful little girl Anna Lewis who had the biggest smile. Anna was a healthy baby when she was struck down by a mystery illness on 19th January 2012 at 11 months old. She was diagnosed with Alpers' Disease, a rare Mitochondrial Disease, and died two weeks later. Currently there is no cure for Alpers'. In Anna's memory, we want to help change that." Hazel and Rebecca are hoping to raise £85,000 to fund essential laboratory equipment needed for a new project to better understand the causes of Mitochondrial Disease. There will be an information/donation stand in Southwold on race day and if you wish to make a donation now, visit their Just Giving page here.   [caption id="attachment_12181" align="alignleft" width="176"] Andrea English - Courtesy of Lowestoft Journal[/caption] Andrea English is running the Adnams 10k to raise money for Group B Strep Support, a charity that aims to educate and support pregnant women and families affected by Group B streptococcus, the most common cause of life-threatening infections in newborn babies in the UK. Andrea's daughter Orla, who is now 3, was unwell a few days after birth and steadily lost weight, did not feed well and frequently vomited. Andrea explains her story "After two weeks of visiting doctors and hospitals, Orla was finally diagnosed with a Strep B infection but not before developing hydropcephalus and suffering from meningitis and ventriculitis. After a rough start in life, spending her first year in life in and out of hospital, she is delightful 3 year old who has worked hard to catch up with her peers. I believe that if the medical staff were better educated on the seriousness of a Strep B infection then maybe, just maybe, Orla’s initial treatment might have been different." Read more about Andrea's story in the Lowestoft Journal and if you would like to make a donation click here.   The Adnams 10k is a big day in many people's diaries but this year it will be even more special for Alistair Dick as he celebrates his 50th Birthday on the day of the race. Alistair holds Southwold close to his heart and loves to visit with his family. In his profession as a teacher, he has brought his students each year to visit our Brewery to learn about our energy efficient processes. Alistair explains why he's excited about taking part in the Adnams 10k : "I'm a regular runner and when I noticed that the dates of my 50th and the 10K clashed, it really was a no brainer. I definitely wanted a race on my birthday! What better place than Southwold and I'm really lucky to have around 20 friends running the 10k alongside me. Good luck to all of them and all of the other runners." We'd love to hear more stories from our 2012 Adnams 10k runners - please tell us why you, or someone you know, is taking part in our comments section below. Follow the conversation on twitter at #Adnams10k.