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Runs from Railway Stations in Suffolk – Kaboodle and Stumble Upon

In Uncategorized on February 28, 2006 at 6:24 pm

I literally stumbled upon this site called Railway Walks by a Michael Anderton. It seems he was comissioned by One Anglia back in 2001 to design some railway walks from Suffolk Stations.

What I particularly like is the very clear maps which would be great if you want to run a short course. The map for Bury shows a 3 mile circular route and also includes some interesting history on the development of the railway in Suffolk.

There are many other routes for Thurston, Elmswell, Newmarket and Ipswich to name a few.

Stumble Upon is worth a look if you haven’t come across this StumbleUpon. It uses / ratings to form collaborative opinions on website quality. When you stumble, you will only see pages which friends and like–minded stumblers have liked.

Kaboodle is also worth a look if you want to make collections of web pages and wish lists. Have a look at a short list of items related to Bury St Edmunds by clicking on the picture of St Edmund in a box on the left called funnily enough Bury St Edmunds.

Hardwick to Flying Fortress Moreton Hall Out and Back Bury St Edmunds

In Uncategorized on February 27, 2006 at 8:22 pm

6.30 pm 6 miles in 49 minutes 15 seconds.

Week to date mileage 6

Month to date mileage 111

Average weekly rate 31

Average Monthly rate 135

Lifetime mileage 8035

A bit of a recovery run after yesterdays race. It was cold and wet but not as cold or windy as yesterday. I parked at Hardwick near the shops and ran an out and back route through Moreton Hall to the very edge of the housing development which has now reached the Flying Fortress Pub and threatens at this rate to envelop Thurston.

I ran out in 25 .19 and came back a lot quicker as it far more down hill on the return. I certainly struggled on the hills yesterday and this is something I need to work on to improve.

As to my future races I know Strider raised this in my previous post. I had planned to do the Joe Cox 10 at Stowmarket on the 26th March but I am in London that day. My alternative plan at the moment is to see if I can still enter for the Bildeston 10k or half marathon on the 12th of March

Bury Nearly 10 Race Nowton Park Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

In Uncategorized on February 26, 2006 at 5:27 pm

10.30 am 9.4 miles in 1 hour 13 minutes 27 seconds.

Week to date mileage 27

Month to date mileage 105

Average weekly rate 30.8

Average Monthly rate 134

Lifetime mileage 8029

After my recent back problems I was just pleased to make the start line to take part in the Bury Nearly 10.

Most starters were taking part in the Bury 20 as prep for London but I feel that distance is beyond me at present and I am not sure even if I actually want to race that far again. Anyway the odd distance of 9 miles and 703 yards must put a lot of people of who might consider doing this event. I am told it is equal to 9.4 miles.

The venue for the start is at Nowton Park at the Lime Avenue. The weather was numbingly cold and I decided to run with gloves, thermal top and trackster bottoms.

I set of apparently far to quick as I reached the first mile marker in 7.07 but at 2 miles I had slipped to 15.35! Either I slowed dramatically or I suspect the mile markers may have been wrongly placed. At 3 miles my time was 22.42 or 7.34 pace. The course had several up and down hill stretches so getting an even pace was difficult on this course.

At 5 miles the 20 mile runners carried straight on towards Lawshall whilst the smaller group of 10 milers turned left on our way home. The route took us through Nowton, High Green, Pinford En, Mickley Green , Melon Green, Hawstead and back to Nowton.

The wind became increasingly strong on the return section particularly on a very exposed section on a long up hill drag before Nowton. This really takes the stuffing out of you.

When I looked at my split times at the end of the race I found that throughout the race my times varied considerably from an 8.22 to 7.07.

I was generally happy with my finishing time considering the weather conditions, the hills and my back problems.

My time was equivalent to 7.49 miles

which wasn’t as good as my time at the hadleigh 10 when I ran 7.44 or the Scenic 7 when I ran 7.31 miles.

It was an improvement on my time at the Lakenheath 5 and it is early in the season so plenty of time for improvement.

I will post some more photos from the race on my flickr site.

Well done to all the marshalls and organisers.

Horringer School /West Suffolk Hospital /Cullum Rd & Newmarket Rd

In Uncategorized on February 24, 2006 at 10:13 pm

5.30 pm 5.4 miles in 42 minutes 33 seconds.

Week to date mileage 17

Month to date mileage 96

Average weekly rate 30.7

Average Monthly rate 134

Lifetime mileage 8020

Weather: dry, breezy and cold.

A quick run before dashing of to Cineworld to watch The Fog. It was enjoyable to actually run in the evening in at least twilight. I run a familiar winter route over a circular route around Horringer School,Hospital Road, Cullum Road, Newmarket Road and home.

I am still struggling with my running as my lower back injury seems to have now switched to my neck now. Perhaps I need to get new shoes or it is the cold which is making me tense up in the cold wind but I irrationally put it down to being February my least popular month of the year!

My time compared to recent runs on this course was pretty darn average.

16 Feb 44.0
10 Feb 41.50
2 Feb 42.38
17 Jan 42.50
10 Jan 42.52
1 jan 41.45
14 Dec 42.47

As for the film The Fog this was also pretty darn average. The plot centers around a quiet seaside town which is engulfed by a thick fog one century after a boat sunk just off the coast under mysterious circumstances. There is no great acting in the film but if you like suspense, thriller type films you might get something out of it.

Of course the film is a remake and I have never seen the original but from all the comments on the IMDb website it looks like the original was far better. I would give it 3 out of 10.

I recently spent a bit of time trying to find all my running diaries. Unfortunately I have lost some records particularly those I recorded on computer which were not backed up. From my paper records that I could find I am now able to say how far I have run in total which can be proved. Including today’s run it totals 8020. I also have notes showing that I lost various records which I reckons total another 1500 miles but I can’t prove it so I am dismissing those. At least I have another useless statistic.

West Suffolk Athletics Track Bury St Edmunds

In Uncategorized on February 22, 2006 at 8:52 pm

6.15pm 6.6 miles in 53.26 minutes.

Week to date mileage 12

Month to date mileage 91

Average weekly rate 31.2

Average Monthly rate 136

Weather: dry, breezy and cold.

Tonight I attended the St Edmunds Pacers track session at the West Suffolk Athletics Track. It was bitterly cold. I was feeling fine until I had a large cold drink before I left for my run. For some reason I couldn’t seem to digest the drink and this sat on my stomach so I felt bloated with trapped air in my stomach.

This made the run a bit of a survival exercise. I kept thinking the pain would go away. I suppose I know what it feels like to be a baby again but there was no one to give me a pat on the back . Anyone I was please to run an anything is bearable compared to the back problems of the last few days.

The interval session consisted of two sets of 3 x 5 minutes runs with 90 seconds recovery inbetween. I ran a mile to the track and back and warmed up with 4 laps. I struggled to maintain consistency and got progessively slower in the 2nd set of intervals casting fresh doubts over whether I will be able to run the Bury 10 on Sunday. I am still planning to do so but it may be more of a training run just to get round the course.

Cullum Road/Ramada Hotel and Newmarket Rd Bury St Edmunds

In Uncategorized on February 21, 2006 at 7:18 pm

5.30pm 5.4 miles in 41.35 minutes.

Week to date mileage 5

Month to date mileage 84

Average weekly rate 30.9

Average Monthly rate 134

Weather: dry, breezy but absolutely beautiful.

I can run I can run I can run I can run I can run I can run I can run I can run I can run I can run

I am back!! Yes I only did a routine run but it was great, absolutely wonderful.

Wonderful as defined by the freedictionary

Anyone I am waiting to see if there is any reaction from my back tomorrow from my back but cross fingers hopefully all is ok.

27 Jan 41.56
13 Jan 41.30
2 Jan 42.42
23 Dec 43.34
9 Dec 42.0
6 Dec 42.04
29 Nov 42.17

Tonights time was my second best. I can hopefully now think about running on Sunday in the Nearly 10 in Bury St Edmunds.

Thanks to all who offered there words of support – edinburghrunner,ruby in bury, junkfood and elizabeth.


In Uncategorized on February 19, 2006 at 8:13 pm

Frustration is the name of the game!! Today I should have run at Bungay at a 20k race but I am unable to run at the moment. I woke on Friday with a bad back problem. I have pain in the spine which has meant I am currently struggling to stand up straight without pain.

I still tried and didn’t give up on doing the run until Sunday morning. On Saturday and Sunday morning I tried to run and ventured out the front day only to go a few yards before I had to give in to pain from every step. Stupid really even to try as it probably hasn’t helped me recover.

I have been in a bad mood every since Friday which again is silly but it is only when you have something taken away that you realise how much you take for granted. On Friday I was just hoping to be able to stand up straight instead of working around like a hunch back.

My February curse has struck again. Last year I had the flu and hardly ran in February.

Back pain isn’t new to me. I can recall doing my back in about 18 years ago in the mundane act of changing a nappy. I know that sounds odd but I was tired and overstretched to reach a nappy and I had a big click in my back and ever since once or twice a year I have a reoccurence.

I have been to Gp’s and to be honest this is always a waste of time as they always point out that there is no cure apart from rest and they always look at more in an accusing manor once they discover that you run. I am once again taking the musle relaxation tablets and hoping for recovery before next week when I ma supposed to be doing the nearly 10 in Bury. Looks doubtful at the moment!

Horringer School /West Suffolk Hospital /Cullum Rd & Newmarket Rd

In Uncategorized on February 16, 2006 at 1:29 pm

7.30am 5.4 miles in 44 minutes.

Week to date mileage 13

Month to date mileage 79

Average weekly rate 33.4

Average Monthly rate 145

Weather: dry winter sunshine

An easy circular route around Horringer School,Hospital Road, Cullum Road, Newmarket Road and Home. This was my slowest time by far over this course. I didn’t try to push it at all knowing that this Sunday I am doing the Bungay 20k race.

10 Feb 41.50
2 Feb 42.38
17 Jan 42.50
10 Jan 42.52
1 jan 41.45
14 Dec 42.47

River Lark & Water Meadows Run

In Uncategorized on February 13, 2006 at 7:54 pm

4.15pm 7.2 miles in 59 mins and 52 seconds

Year to date mileage 219

Month to date 73 miles

Average miles per month 151

Average weekly rate 34.8

Weather dry and dull.

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, Risbygate street, Westley road and home.

My previous times over this course are as follows

8.27th Dec 1 hour 3 mins and 23 seconds
7.19th Sep 56 minutes 42 seconds
6.29th August 58 minutes and 7 seconds
5.2 july 1 hourand 53 seconds
4.26th june 1 hour and 9 seconds
3.28th May 58 minutes and 51 seconds
2.13th April 59 minutes and 25 seconds
1.11th March 1 hour and 31 seconds

My ninth running of this course was pretty average. Today the ground was sticky and difficult to negotiate, well that is my excuse. Todays photos are again of my run yesterday at Stanningfield.
Another picture of Coldham Hall. If you look carefully you can just see Claudia Schiffer waving from the top window on the left – yes really, well perhaps not!
St Nicholas Church at Stanningfield. On September the 7th 1880 two men who fell through the church roof. The men, Joseph Finch and Durrant were pulling down some lathe and plaster when two rafters gave way and they fell into the church, both men were seriously injured.

Hoggards Green/Stanningfield/Coldham Hall and Lawshall Suffolk

In Uncategorized on February 12, 2006 at 5:00 pm

11.30am 12 miles in 1 hour 36 minutes 15 seconds.

Week to date mileage 37

Month to date mileage 66

Average weekly rate 34.4

Average Monthly rate 150

Weather: Steady rain.
Finally we have had some rain for what feels like the first time this year. It has been extremely dry and we could do with continuous rain for a month.

I parked the car at the Red House at Hoggards Green which is about 6 miles south of Bury St Edmunds towards Sudbury. The Red House is both a pub and a village shop.

I wasn’t sure where I was going to run to as I set of in the rain. The first footpath I followed ended up at Yewtree Farm on the busy A134. As this was a deadend I retraced my

steps back to the Redhouse Pub. I set out on a B road hoping to pick up a footpath. I passed a very nice methordist church really in the middle of nowhere surrounded by fields. This road took me back to the A134 so again I retraced my steps back to the Redhouse. It was a good thing I wasn’t popping into the pub each time I passed, though I was sorely tempted.

I again set out from Hoggards Green and this time picked up a road which took me into Stanningfield. The name apparently derives from stony field .

I passed the church of St Nicholas and then picked up on part of the St Edmunds
Way. However I was somewhat uncertain as to whether I should carry on as there were many imposing signs saying private besides the right of way pathway signs. This is somewhat intimidating and you feel a bit like an intruder. The private signs made reference to two private halls Coldham Hall and Rookwood Hall.

I never saw a soul on this run and decided that I was in my rights to follow the path. I soon reached Coldham Hall and its large grounds. It has a very long driveway and lots of a breed of Cattle in the grounds that
might be Highlands?

At the end of the driveway I couldn’t see a way out there were some locked gates and I began to wonder again if I should be here and whether I was trespassing.

So I again retraced my steps but instead of going back to Stanningfield I decided on a quick visit to Lawshall along the wonderfully named Donkey Lane. I then took a visit in the opposite direction along Old Lane to the Little Rockwood Farm.

Before finally returning back through Stanningfield and into Hoggards Green . It was only when I returned home and had a look at Coldham Hall that I found out more about a very interesting history. The manor of Stanningfield and Lawshall was in the hands of the Rookwood family since Edward the 1st. The Rookwoods were members of parliament and staunch Catholics. Ambrose Rookwood inherited Coldham Hall in 1600 and soon turned the hall into somewhat of a secret retreat for catholic priests to practice.

However Ambrose Rookwood didn’t enjoy his inheritance for very long as he was executed in 1606 as one of the conspirators involved in the Gunpowder Plot. he was executed along with Guy Fawkes. Could it have been at Coldham Hall that the plot to restore catholicism to England by blowing up the Houses of Parliament were hatched?

The last heir to the Coldham Hall estates died during the 1st World war and it is now owned by the German supermodel Claudia Schiffer. In 2002 when she married nearby in Shimpling apparently the locals who had gathered at the church were disappointed when Claudia Schiffer arrived hidden in blankets and she was roundly booed. I can now undertand the security around Coldham Hall which is aptly named. She has been stalked in the past and I guess my run through the grounds was probably recorded and watched on CCTV!

Still it is not every day you take a training run in Claudia Schiffers back garden!