Runners brave the cold to take part in Adnams Southwold 10k run

The Adnams Southwold 10K run

The Adnams Southwold 10K run - Credit: Nick Butcher

Hundreds of dedicated runners took part in the annual Adnams Southwold 10k run.

Spectators at the Adnams Southwold 10K run

Spectators at the Adnams Southwold 10K run - Credit: Nick Butcher

Less than 24 hours before the race was due to start, organisers were concerned that Harbour Road could be flooded due to the high tide.

But after close contact with the harbour master and environment agency, the race went ahead as planned with runners of all ages descending on the town.

This year, the race sold out all 830 registrations in a record 47 minutes, with a number of club athletes taking to the streets along with many first time runners.

A healthy crowd gathered to watch the two lap race, particularly at the corner of Constitution Hill and Gardiner Road, who were keen to shout the names of competitors and encourage them to keep their momentum as they passed.

As the race began at 11am, a clear leader developed in the form of City of Norwich AC competitor Dominic Oliver.

There was no turning back for the Kessingland runner, who won for the second year in a row with a time of 33 minutes and 59 seconds.

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Mr Oliver said: 'It was pretty tough out there, particularly with the wind, and at the start it was really chilly.

'I don't worry about my finishing time, I just enjoy taking part in the local race but it's great to win again.'

He finished ahead of Jonathan Ling in second and Jim Last in third.

For the women, Laura Thomas who lives in Debenham was quickest in a time of 38 minutes and 49 seconds.

Emma Hibbert, marketing director at Adnams, said 'So many people have come from great distances including Manchester and even over from Holland- that is what I love about this race.'

For a full report and pictures see this Friday's Journal.