Runners all set to take part in Adnams Southwold 10k run

The Adnams 10K run in Southwold. The start of the run along Southwold Harbour. Picture: James Bass

The Adnams 10K run in Southwold. The start of the run along Southwold Harbour. - Credit: James Bass

Final preparations are being made for the popular annual Adnams Southwold 10k run, where runners signed up for the 800 available spaces in just 45 minutes.

Competitors will take to the course on Sunday, November 22, with proceeds being split between The Adnams Charity, The Louise Hamilton Trust and The Sole Bay Care Fund.

The circular route, which runners will lap twice, takes in Ferry Road, Gardener Road, Godyll Road and York Road along with Southwold Harbour.

The route then follows the harbour wall past the traditional black fishing sheds before the caravan park and the lifeboat station come into view.

Runners will then head down past the water tower and golf course, where they will be greeted with a gentle downhill section.

Every entrant will also receive a goody bag and medal when completing the race outside the Red Lion pub, where bananas and water are also freely available at the finish line.

Melanie Tucker, mayor of Southwold, said: 'I am delighted that the run is happening again this year as it provides people with an opportunity to complete individual challenges.

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'It has become more popular as time has gone on and I think it is a fantastic route. 'The fact that so many people have signed up will raise the profile of our town and hopefully help the local businesses.'

The demand to take part in this year's race was the greatest yet, with many people left disappointed that they did not secure a place.

But many of the 800 runners that were lucky enough to gain a starting spot, will be aiming to beat last year's winning time of 33 minutes, 18 seconds completed by Dominic Oliver, from The City of Norwich Athletics Club.

Adnams organised the first run in 2009 as part of the Prince's Trust Million Makers Challenge - an entrepreneurial fund-raising challenge which sees teams of employees from companies across the UK competing to raise at least £10,000 or more over a period of six months.

Organisers have described how the Adnams Southwold 10k 'seems set to become a permanent fixture on the Adnams 'to do' list'.

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