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Moreton Hall Circular Run Suffolk

In barnack stone, Moreton Hall, Peterborough, River Lark, suffolk on September 30, 2005 at 7:27 pm

5.30pm 7.6 miles in 1hr 2 mins.

Year to date mileage 950

Month to date 141 miles

Average miles per month 106

Average weekly rate 24.4

Weather: Heavy rain showers

Course: Set of through the Town Centre along Cullum Rd and the Water Meadows. Along by the River Lark and No Mans Meadow then over the A14 bridge. I did a circuit around Moreton Hall before returning home via the Town Centre.

When looking at the low level of the River Lark in Bury St Edmunds you would hardly believe it was once navigable, however the barnack stone used to build the Abbey was transported up this river. The Barnack Hills are near Peterborough and the original medieval quarry is now a nature reserve.

September has been my second most successful month of the year for mileage

Jan 127 No of Runs 19
Feb 45 No of Runs 7
Mar 94 No of Runs 14
Apr 97 No of Runs 15
May 84 No of Runs 12
Jun 89 No of Runs 13
Jul 145 No of Runs 21
Aug 130 No of Runs 18
Sep 141 No of Runs 20

Total Runs for the year 139 out of 273 days which of course is a run every 2 days approximately.

My average distance that I run is 6.83 miles.

West Suffolk Athletics Track Bury St Edmunds

In Bury St Edmunds, Saint Edmund Pacers, West Suffolk Athletics Track on September 28, 2005 at 8:45 pm

6.30pm 5.7 miles in 46.20 mins.

Year to date mileage 943

Month to date 133 miles

Weather: Dark overcast heavy rain threatening but luckily we only had showers

Tonights interval work consisted of 10k pace runs for 5 minutes, 1 min rest followed by 4 minutes and 1 min rest and then 3mins with 1 minutes rest and then 2 minutes with a 3 minute rest before repeating the whole set again.

We then finished of with a 2k run or 5 laps of the track which I ran in 9minutes and 2 seconds .

Horringer Farm Circular Run Suffolk

In Horringer, Horringer Farm, scenic seven, suffolk on September 27, 2005 at 8:02 pm


5.30pm 5.5 miles in 44 .30 mins

Year to date mileage 937

Month to date 128 miles

Average miles per month 106

Average weekly rate 24.3

Weather: Sunshine and showers and a rainbow

Course: One of my regular favourite short distance routes over Horringer Farm. It won’t be long before this run isn’t possible during the evenings as it is now getting dark by about 7pm.

This was a bit of a recovery run after the race on Sunday and I ran fairly slowly although I felt ok and I have no injuries at present. I am now thinking of the next race to enter which might well be the Scenic 7 at Stowmarket on the 13th of November.

Tarpley 10 at Beyton Suffolk

In Beyton, Brandon Fernhoppers, Drinkstone, Gedding, Hessett, Ipswich Jaffa, Saint Edmund Pacers, suffolk, Tarpley 10 on September 25, 2005 at 1:29 pm

10.30am 10 miles in 1 hour 18 .25 mins

Year to date mileage 932

Month to date 122 miles

Average miles per month 106

Average weekly rate 24.3

Weather: Sunny and dry slight breeze.

Course: From Beyton we headed out through Hessett , Gedding and Drinkstone before returning to Beyton. The course was described as undulating and had some small inclines at 3 miles and between 8 and 10 miles.

The 1st running of a new race organised by the St Edmunds Pacers in memory of the club’s late president Bert Tarpley , who died in October last year. For an inaugural race the turn out was quite good I believe around 142 runners took part from a number of clubs including St Edmunds Pacers, Brandon Fernhoppers, Ipswich Jaffa, Herne Hill Harriers, West Norfolk AC,Colchester & Tendering, Stowmarket Striders, Newmarket Joggers, waveney Valley AC, West Suffolk AC,Bilderston Bounders and one representative from Liverpool Harriers who probably came from furthest afield.

This was a very well organised race with car parking close to the start at Beyton School, excellent marshaling, a free shirt and a bag of freebies along with some lots of drinks and food afterwards.

I was pleased with my time I had hoped for under 1.25. I set of a little quick and was surprised to reach the 1st mile marker in 7.22. I stuck in at this point behind runners from Ipswich Jaffa and pretty much run with this group throughout the race. At 5 miles my time was 38.40 and I knew I just had to maintain 8 min mile pacing to get under 1.20. I only felt bad after drinking water at 4 and 7 miles this didn’t seem to do me much good.

There were also several junior fun runs which were attended by St Edmunds Pacers.

The geese near the village green are obviously in charge at Beyton, they brought traffic to halt at one point. Love the pumpkins near the car park plenty for Halloween.

I hope this race is run again next year I can thoroughly recommend it.

Sports MP3 Player for Running

In Gt North Run, mobi blue, MP 3, Saint Edmund Pacers, Tarpley 10 on September 23, 2005 at 6:14 pm

If you were fortunate and had a little dosh to spend what mp3 player would you buy for running? I had a mobi blue dah can’t remember the model name. This went well for just over a year until just out of warranty when the start button got stuck and it died.

I would like an MP3 player which can play either mp3’s or wma files. Obviously it needs to be skip proof and robust enough to survive the stresses that a runner will put it to.

Any thoughts?

5.30pm 4 miles in 32 .11 mins

Year to date mileage 922

Month to date 112 miles

Average miles per month 105

Average weekly rate 24.3

Weather wet under foot but bright

Course: Westley Road and Risbygate Steet circular run. A slow easy run to conclude a week in which I have run just 24 miles in an effort to prepare for a 10 mile race I am doing on sunday at Beyton.

As this is my first race since February 2004 it is hard to say how this will go. It would have better to have found a 10k but I guess training is fairly similar for both events.

Completing the race will be first target after which I hope to get round in under 1.25. The course is described as undulating so I suppose my time depends on how many hills there are and whether I go off a little to quick. The tarpley 10 is a brand new race organised by St Edmunds Pacers so I hope they get good numbers attending and the race is repeated annually.

Talking of races the Gt North Run last Sunday attracted a lot of publicity because unfortunately 4 men died during the race. Previously there had been 8 deaths in the previous 24 years of this race. The weather was very warm on the day. I noticed this was immediately seized upon by a number of folks in the media and by politicians and there was a bit of an anti running back lash. I got a bit of this all done in jest when I ran last Monday. As soon as they saw more a group of young lads started pretending to choke and drop down dead! Not in very good taste.

Horringer Farm Suffolk

In Horringer, Horringer Farm, suffolk on September 21, 2005 at 8:58 pm


6pm 5.5 miles in 45 mins

Year to date mileage 918

Month to date 106 miles

Average miles per month 106

Average weekly rate 24.3

Weather dry and bright

Course: Set of towards Horringer Farm but didn’t follow any particular course as I am trying to rest up a bit before my race on Sunday. Unfortunately I seem to have bruised a toe or two and I have some slight knee pain in my right leg. I am hoping to avoid the colds and sore throats which are prevalent at the moment otherwise I may not make it to the start line.

I am being told by several people to expect a very hard winter. This is based on the large amount of fruit and berries in the hedgerows which apparently is more than usual. I don’t think we have had a really hard winter with heavy snow which has remained for more than a week or so for many years so the amateur weather forecasters may be right this time.

Favourite Beer!

In Abbot Ale, beer, Greene King, River Lark, Water Meadows on September 19, 2005 at 6:41 pm

River Lark and Water Meadows Run

6pm 7.2 miles in 56.42 Year to date mileage 912

Month to date 106 miles Average miles per month 106

Average weekly rate 24.4

Weather bright and sunny.

Course:Head out through the water meadows and then turn left at Bury Rugby Club . Follow the path through No Mans Meadow which is at the back of the Abbey Gardens returning to Southgate Bridge and then returning over the meadows for a 2nd lap.

Return home up Southgate Street past the Police Station and through the Abbey Gardens graveyard then through town centre and home.Ran this course in a new pb time.

I was generally running this course in 1 hour back in June so I may have improved a little though it was warmer of course.

One of the great things about living in Bury is the smells of the Town. I suppose it brings back memories from childhood. Today they were definitely brewing at Greene King and the lovely malty smell of what I imagined to be Abbot Ale floated on the breeze giving all passers by an intoxicating whiff of one of the great beers of this country.

Send me an e-mail and let me know your favourite beer I would have to say my favourites are

County Upper Mere Road Circular Run Bury St Edmunds

In Bury St Edmunds, County Upper School, Hyde Wood, pigs on September 17, 2005 at 10:46 am


10am 7 miles in 52.20.

Year to date mileage 905.

Month to date 95 miles

Average miles per month 106

Average weekly rate 24.4

Weather: Dry sunny but cool

Course: From County Upper School I run through the Howard Estate and on to the Golf Course before reaching the B1106 Westley Road. Turn left here and right heading towards Risby past the Crematorium. At Hyde Cottages turn right and then run around Hyde Wood. The Hyde Road takes you back to Fornham All Saints and from here head back into town to the County Upper School.

On the Risby Road you pass a pig paradise loads of pigs wallowing in the mud. Near Hyde Wood there was a lovely smell of onions rows and rows of onions had been harvested and some of those that had escaped and fallen of the back of lorries had been squashed and trampled in to the ground.

Horringer Farm Circular Run Bury St Edmunds

In Horringer, Horringer Farm, suffolk, Tarpley 10 on September 16, 2005 at 6:49 pm



6pm 5.5 miles in 43.22.

Year to date mileage 898.

Month to date 88 miles

Average miles per month 105

Average weekly rate 24.3

Weather: Dry,sunny but cool with a breeze.

One of my regular favourite short distance routes over Horringer Farm. Many parts of the pathway have now been ploughed over so I found I was running over the fields. The ground was also quite sticky after the recent rains.

The field above has yet to be ploughed and you can see the green grassy tinge to the corn stubble. A very Autumn feel to the weather – quite cool in the breeze.

I have put in 3 good weeks of training in preparation for the Tarpley 10 on Sunday week running a total of 40, 33 and 38 miles. I will need to cut back a bit next week before the race.

Somebody has signed my Guestbook!

In Dublin Marathon, Guestbook on September 15, 2005 at 7:52 pm

I wasn’t sure about having a guestbook, but I am delighted to say somebody has now signed it! Not just anybody either, I am pleased to say it has been signed by a well known local runner who runs for St Edmunds Pacers and she is currently training for the Dublin Marathon on the 31st of October.

Best of luck Sam