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The 2013 Adnams 10k Runners Stories

By sarahhowe, also posted in News on

The 2013 Adnams 10k starts at 11am on Sunday 24th November and nearly 800 runners will take to the course around our hometown of Southwold. But behind every runner there is a story to tell, some will be looking to take home one of our beautiful Adnams Trophies as winners of the race, some are running to raise money for charity and quite a few will be running to challenge themselves. Here we share a few stories behind this years runners: [caption id="attachment_13789" align="alignleft" width="156"]Lisa Dixon Lisa Dixon[/caption] Lisa Dixon Race number : 39 Finishing Time: As long as it takes, longer if it's windy! Reason for taking part: Lisa explains "I'm running the race for the Miscarriage Association who offer excellent support and advice to anyone affected by pregnancy loss. I suffered two miscarriages myself and have been a trustee of the charity for the past year. It's my first 10k and I'm very excited to be running for such an amazing charity. Their website is and I'm raising money through Just Giving." [caption id="attachment_13784" align="alignleft" width="150"] Toby Cooper[/caption] Richard and Toby Cooper Race Number : 259 and 749 Finishing Time : 55 minutes Reason for taking part: Toby explains "Dad and I first ran an organised race together in about 1990. It was a 3 mile Fun Run in Crediton, Devon. I was about 8 or 9 and dad was... (dad age)! I seem to remember a sprint finish that saw me cross the line before him too! Since 1990 dad has run a few half marathons including Bath Half and The Great North Run. Whilst I have now also run both of these we haven't run an organised race together since that first Fun Run! Dad now lives in Suffolk and I live in London. We both still enjoy a run although I think the 'fastest in the family' status probably changed hands at some point during the mid-90s (think Coe v Ovett)! I have recently completed my first 50K Ultra marathon and dad has started to find riding his bike a bit more comfortable on the knees! But as we are originally from Suffolk, it seemed fitting that our first run together for 23 years should be in dad's own back yard and to be offered a bottle of locally brewed Adnams at the finish line...another good reason to run together!" [caption id="attachment_13804" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Ben and Brian in The Greyhound, Ipswich[/caption] This year one of our pubs The Greyhound in Ipswich (newly-crowned Adnams 'Sustainability & Use of Local Produce' Pub of the Year at the Adnams Pub Awards 2013) has put together a team for the Adnams 10k. The team includes Bar Man Ben Pipe and Head Chef Brian Powlett. Ben Pipe and Brian Powlett Race Number : 806 and 17 Finishing Time : 45 and 41 minutes Reason for taking part: Ben's story "My girlfriend recently moved to Leeds for university, and at a recent family meal I was asked what I was going to do to fill up my time. I had a few things in mind, but I also, fleetingly, mentioned that there was a 10K run coming up that i was thinking about. The entire family burst out laughing and said I had no chance. So really, I'm doing the run to prove my family wrong and raise some money for a couple of great charities; Marie Curie and UNICEF" Brian's story "Wherever I work I tend to be “That guy”,  “The fitness guy” or just known as “the one who like bikes and stuff". So, no change here at the Greyhound Ipswich. In my first few months I kept promising to get some of the staff to come out running with me. So, when the Adnams 10k came up, this was my chance to get them involved as well as raising money for our chosen charities. The second part of my reputation is summed up quite nicely in a quote from our landlord Dan Lightfoot who says “ If you were a racehorse, you’d be put down!” Yes! I am very injury prone. I have only raced once this year (The Wholehog) So making it to the startline will be an achievement in itself.  I’m looking forward to seeing how my friends get on in the race. Ben is surprisingly quick and a natural, though reluctant runner. My wife is also taking part. She beat me at the Whole Hog race, so I feel I’d like to exact my revenge too. My PB over 10k is around 41 minutes. In Southwold I will be aiming to just finished uninjured! " We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our runners 'Good Luck' for Sunday. You can follow the conversation on twitter using #Adnams10k