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Ipswich Town v Southampton

In football, Ipswich Town, Southampton on September 15, 2005 at 7:23 pm


This season is definitely going to be transitional one following the mass departure of our best players to the Premier League.

Tuesday nights game saw us draw 2-2 with Southampton. For me the highlight was seeing Owen Garvan score his first goal for the club. Many people say he looks the spitting image of Stephen Gerrard and at just 17 he is the next bright prospect to come out of the Ipswich Town Academy.

To be fair Southampton should have won comfortably but for bad finishing , good goalkeeping from the young Lewis Price and bad luck.

The game will be remembered by many for the floodlight failure which occurred after about 5 minutes and left the Portman Road stadium in the dark for about 40 minutes.

Fabian Wilnis was the latest Town player to pick up an injury and he joins a mounting injury list. The injury occurred at the only point in the game when we had begun to get on top and put some pressure on the away defense.

Jay McEveley who is on loan from Blackburn made his debut and we also saw the return of the old warhorse Dennis Wise who unfortunately scored a good equaliser for the Saints.

The programme front cover shows Sam Parkin our signing from Swindon. I think he will score 15-20 goals a season but it is hard for him as fans naturally compare him to the departed Darren Bent whose start in the Premier League has made him top scorer.

Rushbrooke Rougham and Hessett Suffolk

In Hessett, Rougham, Rushbrooke, St Nicholas, suffolk on September 14, 2005 at 5:15 pm

2pm 8.4 miles

in 1hour 10min 46 seconds.

Year to date mileage 892

Month to date 83 miles

Average miles per month 106

Average weekly rate 24.3

Weather: Sunny bright blue sky.

Course: From Rushbrooke Home Farm I ran down to Eastlowhill Road which is an old Roman Road and the site of a Tumulus and a roman building. I ran through the woods around Rushbrooke Lake and then on to footpaths over fields which took me to Rougham Green out on to fields over Kingshall Street and along to Nether Street and Hessett. I returned on the same path.

This was a very enjoyable run I think I only saw 3 farmers and a lady on a bike during the whole run. The farmers were using the good dry weather to plough over the corn stubble.

The pictures using my very cheap digital camera less than a megapixel don’t do the scenery justice though I hope show the big Suffolk skies. As Suffolk is flat it has always been famed for its big skies and many landscape artists have lived and painted here for this reason.

The photo of the church is that of St Nicholas at Rushbrooke. It is said to be one of the most unusual church interiors in Suffolk. When I first went inside I was surprised to see the seats face inwards a bit like the seats at the houses of parliament.

The thatched houses are seemingly farmworkers houses on the Home Farm. This seems to be a thatched ‘model ‘ farm and also organic. It is a beautiful site and well worth a visit for the peace and quietness.

The photo on the bottom right shows St Nicholas Church in the distance over the fields. If anything this picture captures the very essence of Suffolk for me.

Abbey Gardens and Moreton Hall Bury St Edmunds

In Abbey Gardens, Ashes, Australia, Bury St Edmunds, Cricket, Moreton Hall on September 12, 2005 at 7:06 pm




6pm 6.2 miles in 51min 48 seconds.

Year to date mileage 884

Month to date 74 miles

Average miles per month 105

Average weekly rate 24.3

Weather: Sunny bright blue sky.

Course : Ran from the town centre through the Abbey Gardens graveyard and along by the River Lark heading up to Moreton Hall . Returned on the same path.

Ran with a smile on my face after listening to Englands victory in the cricket over Australia to win back the ashes after 18 years. Many are saying that this has been one of the greatest series of test matches in living memory. Football can learn a lot after the shameful scenes in the England v Northern Ireland match involving the petulance and bad sportsmanship of Wayne Rooney. Look at how Shane Warne ran 30 yards to shake hands with Kevin Pietersen after he had scored 150 to ensure England would win the ashes. Rooney’s reaction to a bad foul was to abuse his captain, abuse the referee and commit a further bad challenge for which many would have expected a sending off.

Cricket has done a lot to enhance its reputation this summer with a successful ashes series and very popular 20 over games. Whilst I would still choose Football as my number one sport many fans are becoming disillusioned with the current format of the Premier League which really means only 3-4 teams have a serious chance of winning the league. This is shown by a drop in numbers and empty seats at many games this year. Perhaps this will pick up now the cricket has finished ?

Ran comfortably though have a bit of a bruised big toe at the moment.

Fornham Circular Run Suffolk

In Brandon, flint knappers, Fornham All Saints, Fornham Saint Martin, Fornham St Genevieve, Grimes Graves, suffolk on September 11, 2005 at 10:06 am


9am 7.5 miles in 1hr 14 seconds.

Year to date mileage 878

Month to date 68 miles

Average miles per month 105

Average weekly rate 24.2

Weather: Dry overcast and feeling close.

A fairly slow run today as it is feeling very sticky and close and mainly because I was tired and couldn’t run any faster. The above pictures are of Fornham St Martin. Many of the buildings and walls in this area make great use of flints. It could be said to be the chief building material in Suffolk.

Brandon in Suffolk is said to be the first workshop in England. Here in this area many excavations have now confirmed the ancient art of flint knapping has been carried out for 400,000 years. There are many pits and quarries perhaps the most famous at Grimes Graves.

Flint is a form of silica, and comes from the remains of sea creatures, especially sponges and sea
urchins, which collected on the sea-bed, about seventy million years ago. Broken flint has razor-sharp edges, which made it an ideal material for use by prehistoric peo ple before the invention of metal tools. Finds that are still made in the area include scrapers and hand axes .

At the beginning of the Napoleonic Wars nine Brandon gunflint makers were commissioned to supply 360,000 flints a month, worth £4500 in a year. In 1813 fourteen flint masters were
contracted to supply 1,060,000 musket flints a month,worth about £18,000 annually, giving employment to160 knappers and miners.

Many of the flintknappers died of ‘knapper’s rot’, a form of the lung disease silicosis which was the result ofinhaling razor-sharp flint dust for many years.

Sicklesmere Suffolk

In Australia, Bury gaol, Rushbrooke Arms, Sicklesmere, suffolk, Tarpley 10, William Corder on September 10, 2005 at 12:53 pm


8.30am 10 miles in 1hr 22 11 seconds.

Year to date mileage 870

Month to date 61 miles

Average miles per month 105

Average weekly rate 24.1

Weather: Rain but feeling close.

Course: From town centre through the water meadows and out onto the A134 road to Sudbury. There is a good pathway for about 3 miles although it is besides an A road so this does mean plenty of traffic. When the pathway finishes return by the same route. I have measured in the car so I am pretty sure this is a 5 mile out and back course.

I reached the halfway point in 41.20 and returned in 40.51. I felt comfortable all the way round and I am happy that this gives me an idea of what I can aim to run in the Tarpley 10 which is on Sunday 25 September at Beyton Middle School, Beyton near Bury St Edmunds.

On the run you pass the Rushbrooke Arms (see photo above) a popular pub but inappropriately named bearing in mind it is not actually in the village of Rushbrooke. The pub used to be named as the Sicklesmere Wagon and I can understand that but not sure why anyone would call it the Rushbrooke Arms?

The strange off centre picture is of the old Bury Gaol. Just outside this gaol on a nearby meadow William Corder was hanged for the murder of Maria Marten, in 1828 – the notorious Red Barn murder. A crowd of some 10,000 people watched.

The gaol was built on the radiating principle, and is surrounded by a wall twenty feet high, enclosing an octagonal area. The keeper’s house, which is an octagon stood in the centre and was elevated above the rest so that that from the windows the keeper could watch the whole building. In the centre of his house was a chapel, divided off into numerous partitions, so that the different classes into which the prisoners were divided and subdivided were kept separate so that prisoners could not see each other.

The Bury and Norfolk Post the local newspaper of the 19th century is full of stories of people committed to Bury Gaol such as :

In 1835 Thomas Scarfe and Robert Kittle charged with ravishing Sarah Philips a single woman
of Milding , Samuel Seeley charged with stealing a great coat from William Humm at Glemsford, Thomas Humphrey charged with stealing a skep of bees belonging to William Theobald of Boxted. 6 months in prison – Elizabeth Parmenter and Sarah Heard for having uttered several base half crowns at Long Melford.

Many of the prisoners who were eventually tried were subsequently sent on transportation ships to Australia.

Westley Road & Risbygate Street Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

In Bury St Edmunds, Jarman Collection, Past and Present Society, suffolk, Suffolk Regiment on September 9, 2005 at 6:44 pm

6pm 5.5 miles in 45 mins.

Year to date mileage 860

Month to date 51 miles

Average miles per month 104

Average weekly rate 23.9

Weather: Threatening an almighty down pour but rained not a drop.

Course: A bit of a run where I felt like easy 5. I ran along Risbygate Street and Newmarket Road over a set distance which I know is a mile. Without trying to push it I wanted to see average mile times I am running . The first mile I ran 8.05 and the second mile in 8.10.

I am hoping to run close to 8 min miles for my first race since February 2004 which is a 10 miler on the 25th of this month.

On my run along Risbygate Street I pass the houses shown in the photo above. They were originally provided to offer some rent free accommodation for wounded soldiers from the Suffolk Regiment around 1906. This was just after the Boer war in South Africa. Behind the houses on both sides there is countryside . Today there are houses and the row of trees is gone.

My memory of these houses was always a good one as they represented the last deliveries on my paper round as a boy.

The black and white pictures are from a superb collection of photographs known as the Spanton Jarman Collection. The Bury St Edmunds Past and Present society are working on the restoration and storage of these negatives.

My Favourite CD’s – 6th in a Series

In The Undertones on September 8, 2005 at 7:35 pm


The Undertones

Another of my favourite bands. The Undertones first album was relaesed in 1979. They were a a bunch of kids from Derry who started of wanting to be Irelands answer to the Ramones. I saw them play in Cambridge I think in 1981 and they did include 1 or 2 Ramones songs in their set.

This is a great pop/punk album with some well known singles which achieved some success. Teenage Kicks was their break through as I well remember John Peel playing this song over and over on his Radio 1 show when he played punk from 10pm to 12pm every week day night.

Here comes the Summer says its all really it is the ‘Beach Boys go Punk’ a fantastic summer song.

Then there is of course two other singles that were released from this album Get Over You and Jimmy Jimmy.

Track Listing Family Entertainment , Girls Don’t Like It, male Model, Gotta Getta, Teenage Kicks, Wrong way, Jump Boys, Here Comes the Summer, Get Over You, Billy’s Third, Jimmy Jimmy, True Confessions, Shes a Runaround, I Know A Girl ,Listening In ,Casbah Rock

West Suffolk Athletics Track Bury St Edmunds

In Bury St Edmunds, Saint Edmund Pacers, West Suffolk Athletics Track on September 7, 2005 at 8:03 pm

6.30pm 6.5 miles in 53 mins.

Year to date mileage 855

Month to date 45 miles

Average miles per month 104

Average weekly rate 23.9

Weather: Warm warm

Tonights interval work consisted of 3 minutes at 10k pace 1 min rest followed by 300 metres at 800 metre pace.
4 minutes at 10k pace and 1 min rest and then 300 metres at 800 metre pace anf then 5mins at 10k pace
We the repeated the whole set again.

Good session well attended.

Horringer Farm Circular Run

In blackberries, Horringer, Horringer Farm, rowan tree, suffolk on September 6, 2005 at 7:22 pm


6pm 5.5 miles in 43.12 .

Year to date mileage 848.

Month to date 39 miles

Average miles per month 104

Average weekly rate 23.8

Weather: Dry and sunny

The route takes me along fields near by Horringer Court/School near to great Horringer Hall and then over to Lord Herveys Wood up and down Westley lane and return home through Horringer Court.

The weather was perfect for running and I ran a PB for this course by over a minute. I think I ran the up hill sections better than normal but I was surprised at my time especially as I stopped for a short while. This was because a boxer dog came from no where and I never did see an owner to call it . I wasn’t sure whether the dog would be happy if I carried on running and saw me as a threat so I walked for a bit and then ran a bit faster when the dog turned its back.

The fields have had their corn all cut and they now have a green tinge as they are beginning to grass over. There are still plenty of poppies on the field margins and the rowan trees are full of red berries. There would seem to be a bumper crop of blackberries in the hedgerows this year and running has enabled me to find a number of good sites to visit and fill up some big containers of this free fruit.

Running Diaries

In diary, running on September 5, 2005 at 7:19 pm

Today I decided to have a rest day after 4 continuous days of running. I am not sure when I last ran for more than 4 days in a row if ever. Of course it doesn’t really matter if I ever have run for 5 days in a row but then again it is another statistic that now I have asked myself the question statistically I need to know the answer.

I forget where I read on someone’s running website recently where they wondered if sometimes when they were in two minds whether to go for a run that they would run to satisfy their craving for statistics. I can understand this sentiment as I wonder sometimes if we have a metaphorical ‘Statistic Boss’ in our heads. This is the boss that requires you to go out for a run in the pouring rain because if you don’t then this month you won’t have run as far as you did last year or you will have run less miles than last week and that’s not what your training plan said.

Whilst I am sure we run for a lot more reasons than just the statistics I have always liked a few fact and figures something that I can record that I can make a comparison with.

In listening to my ‘Statistic Boss’ I have decided to computerise all my old running manual diary records. I have dug out the old records as far as I have kept them. They date back to 1st of August 1982 when me and a friend decided after a bit of a drunken bet ( 8 pints , a bit of bravado and a pair of green flash trainers ) to get up at 6am and run to Gt Barton and back a distance of 6 miles. We did it although my uncertain memory of this is one of struggling with a stitch. Obviously some kind of enjoyment was obtained from the experience as my diary shows I carried on running and I ran again the following week.

In late 1982 I entered a 10 mile road race off the back of sporadic once a week training and the more regular drinking. My memory of this race is finishing last, holding up the race ambulance as it trundled behind me picking up the stragglers but getting great applause from those who had remained to the bitter end.

After this race the green flash shoes had to go and I know I bought some New balance Shoes but what I don’t know is what model they were. I remember them being a dark blue colour but on this point wouldn’t it be great if there were somewhere on a website photos of old running shoes. So it is pity that my diaries don’t record the make and model of shoes that I used to wear, I would also like a photo of them and how many miles I ran in them before they were confined to the bin or for use in the garden.

When I didn’t have a watch my diaries show a number of gaps where I don’t have any times for the runs. At the time it didn’t matter but know I have a gap in the diary and as I begin to computerise my records a gap in the spreadsheet. The ‘Statistic Boss’ isn’t best pleased with these gaps and sometimes I have only recorded the date and time in my diaries but not where I ran to.

I need to computerise all my old running records as I have no idea how many miles I have recorded to date. Actually I don’t need to do this at all but it would satisfy my curiosity and I have a gap on my spreadsheet which shows how far I have run in comparison to the distance around the world and compared to the distance around the moon. Another meaningless statistic but now the ‘Statistic Boss’ has asked the question I need to know the answer!

No doubt when I have computerised my running diaries I will have another stat to add to my regular postings.