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Sudbury Joggers

In Sudbury, Sudbury Joggers on October 30, 2005 at 6:54 pm

Pleased to hear from Suffolk Swift about a new web page for Sudbury Joggers who were formerly known as the Stour Valley Joggers.

The club is based in Sudbury / Gt Cornard area of West Suffolk which is a beautiful area of the country. The club meets on Wednesday Evenings at 7.15pm for a run from The Great Cornard Upper School / Leisure Centre.

Horsecroft & Nowton Suffolk

In High Green, Horsecroft, Nowton, suffolk on October 30, 2005 at 11:29 am

8.00am 9.5 miles in 1 hour 20 minutes.

Year to date mileage 1090

Month to date 139 miles

Average miles per month 109

Average weekly rate 25.2

Weather: Sunny mild and dry

Course: I didn’t follow a particularly path but decided to head up towards the West Suffolk Hospital and then followed then followed the Hencote Path out to Hawstead Lodge. I then returned along Park Lane to some almshouses at High Green. I then followed the road all the way back to Nowton Court Farm. This is no more than a single track and I saw no cars. I then passed through the woods to Breckley House and then over the Haberden Rugby Ground and back to the Town Centre.

Fornham Circular Run Suffolk

In Christmas, Fornham All Saints, Fornham Saint Martin, Fornham St Genevieve on October 29, 2005 at 6:41 pm

5.30pm 7.5 miles in 59 minutes 52 seconds.

Year to date mileage 1080

Month to date 122 miles

Average miles per month 109

Average weekly rate 25.0

Weather: Mild and dry

We are still in October but tonight I saw 2 houses that had been fully decorated with Christmas decorations – reindeer’s ,Christmas trees and icicles !!

I could understand this if we were at the end of November( still too early as far as I am concerned) but as we are still in October this is just ridiculous. I can only think it must be a case of boys with their toys or keeping up with Joneses. More and more shops sell the Christmas electrical fittings and it all becomes a bit competitive with everyone trying to out do each other. It used to be the case that a few houses would be decorated perhaps for a children’s charity but now it is a competition to see who can have the most and brightest lights. Perhaps I am just being a cynic but …..

St Edmunds Pacers

In Bury St Edmunds, Saint Edmund Pacers on October 28, 2005 at 7:19 pm

Westley Rd and Risbygate Street Circular Run

6.30pm 5.6 miles in 46 minutes 11 seconds.

Year to date mileage 1073

Month to date 122 miles

Average miles per month 108

Average weekly rate 24.9

Weather: Mild and dry

A circular run which includes a measured mile. I struggled tonight I ran slower times than I thought I was doing. First mile in 7.45 and then slipped to 8.05.
Never mind from a positive point of view 33 miles for the week and I also finally joined St Edmund Pacers Running Club.

The history of St Edmunds Pacers running club intertwines with the almost sad history of the Bury Sports Centre. St Edmunds Pacers were formed when the Sports Centre burnt down in 1980 during a spate of suspected arson attacks to provide an alternative means of keeping fit.

As it happens the Bury Sports Centre has again been closed for the last year or so after two more fires though these were seen to be electrical fires and foul play wasn’t suspected.

West Suffolk Athletics Track Bury St Edmunds

In Bury St Edmunds, Saint Edmund Pacers, West Suffolk Athletics Track on October 26, 2005 at 7:33 pm

6.30pm 6 miles in 46mins 2seconds

Year to date mileage 1067

Month to date 117 miles

Average miles per month 108

Average weekly rate 25.0

Weather: Dry breezy

Tonights track session under the floodlights was 2 sets of 5 times 3.45 around the track with a 1 minute recovery in between and a full 7 minutes between each two sets.

At first 3.45 seemed an odd time to run but it actually worked very well. If you run 2 laps in 3.45 you are running 7.30 pace for the mile. I was pleased with the session as I managed to keep a consistent pace for all 10 runs running slightly further than 2 laps but usually completing 2 laps in 3.30 which is 7 minute mile pace.This is way beyond my race pace which is more like 7.50- 8 minute miles so I probably ran it a bit too quickly but I generally felt comfortable with the pace.

Bury St EdmundsTown Centre

In Bury St Edmunds on October 25, 2005 at 8:46 pm

7pm 5.5 miles in 45mins .07 seconds

Year to date mileage 1061

Month to date 111 miles

Average miles per month 108

Average weekly rate 24.9

Weather: Dry breezy

A runaround the town centre.

Saucony / New Balance and Brooks

In Bourne Sports, Brooks, New Balance, running shoes, Saucony, Sports Shoes Unlimited, Wiggle on October 24, 2005 at 7:46 pm

I currently have three pairs of running shoes on the go at the moment.

Brooks Addiction 6 2005
Saucony Trigon Responsive
New Balance 1060

I don’t normally have more than two pairs but spotted the New Balance shoes for sale at a factory outlet in Keswick. I have to say for comfort and fit the New Balance shoes are the best of the three. They are the pair I would choose to use for any races I enter. However they are not great of road and i didn’t expect them to be from the tread on the soles.

The Brooks Addiction 6 shoes get my vote for being the most durable particularly on the outer soles where I tend to wear out my shoes quickest. I have had previous addiction shoes and I would buy this model again .

The Saucony Trigon shoes are a bit of a mystery to me as I bought them a while back and I must have shoved them away and forgot all about them for 6 months. I can’t understand where they have been but anyway I spotted them when I was having a clear out and almost chucked thinking they were an old pair.. These have great tread for off road and I am likely to use these a lot over the fields this winter.

When I buy shoes I am always happy to buy last years models I never buy the latest shoe at the top price. Perhaps I am missing out on something as I suppose you do get what you pay for generally.

When the running shoe reviews come out in Runners World I look but don’t usually buy. It generally comes down to what is available from mail order outlets. I have bought from Wiggle, Bourne Sports and Sports Shoes Unlimited and all have offered good service.

I don’t particularly care about the colour of running shoes they soon get dirty. I always consider durability and brand to be chief qualities that I consider when buying.

Horringer & Ickworth Park Suffolk

In Horringer, Ickworth Park, suffolk on October 23, 2005 at 2:23 pm

1pm 9.3 miles in 1 hour 16mins .28 seconds

Year to date mileage 1056

Month to date 105 miles

Average miles per month 108

Average weekly rate 25

Weather: Dry some sunshine, cool.

Course:Set off on the B1066 road to Whepstead with the intention of running down a road I spotted on the ordnance survey map (explorer 211) which I don’t think I have ever been down before – Sharp’s Lane. This takes you past Sharps Farm and leads out on to the main A143.

I turned left here and ran as far as I could on a pathway which takes you into Lady Herveys Wood. However the pathway soon gave out and I had no choice but to return and I ran into Ickworth Park. Just inside the Lodge Gate I followed a pathway across fields as far as Little Horringer Hall and Pestle Wood before returning home.

County Upper/ Mere Road Circular Run Bury St Edmunds

In Bury St Edmunds, County Upper School, Hyde Wood, suffolk, sugar beet on October 22, 2005 at 5:21 pm

10am 7 miles in 52.44.

Year to date mileage 1046

Month to date 96 miles

Average miles per month 108

Average weekly rate 24.8

Weather: Dry dull and 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.

The sugar beet harvest is in full production, the photos above show a field of sugar beet and nearby a store of beet awaiting collection and delivery to the factory.

Bury St Edmunds has the largest sugar beet factory in the country it can process 12,000 tonnes of beet a day, with about 1.85 million tonnes being processed each year. This beet comes from 1,300 growers, who receive a total of £58 million payment in an average year.

Sugar cane was the world’s sole source of sugar until 1748 when a German scientist, found a way of extracting sugar from the root of the sugar beet. Before this sugar beet had been grown only on a small scale as an animal feed.

If the wind is in the right direction and you are standing in town then you can’t help but pick up the smell of sugar beet from the factory. It is a warm, sweet smell that can be overpowering to those who are not familar with it.

Personally along with the smell of the Greene King Brewery I love it and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Horringer Farm Suffolk

In Horringer, Horringer Farm, New Balance, suffolk on October 21, 2005 at 3:10 pm

3.pm 5.5 miles in 42min 44 secs.

Year to date mileage 1039

Month to date 89 miles

Average miles per month 108

Average weekly rate 24.7

Weather: A warm autumn day with a nice breeze.

Course : 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.

I have had a head cold this week so haven’t run since Sunday . So with some trepidation I ran this thinking it might be too soon to venture out. As it turned out I felt fine and I ran a pb for this course. I suppose it was a bit like tapering for a race though I certainly didn’t run at race pace today.

As a regular course for me it is great to see the change of seasons and the work the farmers are doing at Horringer. You can see from the photo that half a field has been ploughed before presumably the recent wet weather prevented any further work.

The ground was slippery running up hill and my New Balance 1060 failed really to get any grip on the ploughed fields.