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The 2015 Adnams 10k Runners Stories

By sarahhowe, also posted in News on

Adnams 10K Run logoSunday 22nd November marks the 7th annual Adnams Southwold 10k run with 800 runners taking to the course. This year it took only 45 minutes to fill all the places on the run, which is fast becoming a 'must-do' event for many runners. However, for some runners the Adnams 10k race means so much more; a personal challenge, raising money for a good cause, even a stage for a marriage proposal! Read the personal stories of a selection of this years 10k runners here: Suzanne and Mark SharmanSuzanne and Mark Sharman Expected finishing time: Suze: hopefully sub 50minutes (current PB, from the 2013 10k, is 50:22) Mark:  To enjoy the run. One of our regular runners Suzanne received a marriage proposal just after the 2012 Adnams Southwold 10k. Suzanne explains her story: "I had no idea at all, and Mark proposed just after he'd run his furthest ever run. He's since told me that the reason he was determined to train for and to finish the race, was so he could pop the question afterwards." Karen HintonKaren Hinton Expected Finishing Time: 70 mins "I signed up for the 2014 run as my first ever 10km - I only started a 'Couch to 5k' early in 2014 and was determined to attempt a 10km. I ran for Alzheimer's Research UK, a charity really important to me, and I was amazed at the support and encouragement of all my friends and family who helped me raise over £500. I was really, really anxious about the run when it arrived - I was running alone and had only managed 10k once before. However, the people of Southwold were amazing at cheering us along, and I was absolutely chuffed to bits to get over that finish line in 85mins. I was the last runner through and everyone was shouting my name as I ran up the hill. I have a photo of me just before the finish, my husband and father-in-law on the grass clapping, and I look incredibly happy. The photo makes me smile every time I look at it.   I signed up again to run in 2015 - and having recently managed my first half marathon (Ipswich in Sept 2015) I am so excited about enjoying the Southwold run this year. I know I can do 10km easily and am aiming for a PB of around 65mins. Southwold 2014 was the first big challenge for me at running, and Southwold 2015 will mark the end of a year where I've worked really hard but absolutely loved getting into running.” Martha Derogee Martha Derogee Expected Finishing Time: 60 mins “I am a runner from the Netherlands. I live in Heemskerk, also at the sea. I have been to Southwold many times the last 24 years. Me and my partner (he didn't get in the race) are looking forward to the event!” Phillip Morgan and his wifePhilip Morgan Expected Finishing Time: 43 mins “As a family we started running this race in 2013.  We had 6 entrants that day, I was unable to race that day as my girlfriend and I had missed that deadline. I decided to ask my father in law's permission to marry Chloe that day during race as we watched our family running around.  He thankfully said yes and we have been married for over a year.  We now run this race each year - or try to get someone from the family to run it - but spaces go so, so fast as everyone loves doing it.  Great race guys - please keep it going!Barry BartrumBarry Bartrum Expected Finishing Time: 60 mins

“I will be running with my son Mark and grandson Paddy ie three  Generations of Bartrams. We will be running for Cancer Research UK.”

Thanks Suzanne, Mark, Karen, Martha, Philip and Barry for sharing their stories with us and we wish you all luck for this year's run! All race places are full but you can still play your part by becoming a Race Marshall on the day. If you would like more information, please email If Adnams10k Race numberyou are taking part in the 2015 Adnams Southwold 10k run then your race packs are now on their way. Why not show us your number on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #adnams10k View photos from the 2014 Adnams 10k run here.