Parkgate Woodland Walk Fornham St Genevieve

In Fornham St Genevieve on November 26, 2006 at 11:37 am

8am 9.3 miles in 1 hr 16 mins 21 secs

Week to date mileage 6 miles

Month to date mileage 100

Average weekly rate 30 miles

Average monthly rate 130

Year to date 1414

Lifetime 9434

A very poor week has meant hardly any running since my visit to Derby. I picked up a bug which laid me low and I didn’t feel able to run. The lack of running has meant my overall target for the year of 1500 miles is now a little under threat as my margin of comfort has been reduced and I cannot afford any more non running weeks before the end of the year.

On a wet morning I was only to glad to venture out for a long run. I should have been running a race at Hadleigh but I am still not a 100% and with the weather being so poor I am glad just to do a training run.

I decided to head out towards a woodland walk I have often passed but never explored at Fornham St Genevieve called Parkgate Woodland Walk.

I ran along the Mildenhall Road past the Priory Hotel before picking up the River Lark footpath which takes you through the Bury Golf course to Fornham.

The early sunshine turned to rain and brought out a double rainbow.

The woodland walk has many signs detailing the history of Fornham Park and pointing out the scene of the Battle of Fornham in 1173 where over 3000 Flemish mercenaries were slaughtered. Robert Whitehand Earl of Leicester put up his final stand against the forces of HenryII near the ruined church in this photo. I am not sure if you can get closer to this church as it appears to be fenced off. Along the road to Culford much of the stone flint walls which were presumably part of the Fornham Hall Estate designed by Capability Brown are know collapsed and this would afford an easy entry into this land. Not sure if you are supposed to visit but on a dry day I would like to return and visit.

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