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Stowmarket Scenic 7 – 2006

In scenic seven, Stowmarket on November 12, 2006 at 6:56 pm







11.02am 7 miles in 52.37 minutes

Week to date mileage 20 miles

Month to date mileage 50

Average weekly rate 30.2

Average monthly rate 131

Year to date 1365

Lifetime 9385

I entered on the day the Stowmarket Scenic Seven. Remembering from last year the potential parking problems at the Sports centre I left early and arrived at 9.45am. Even then the car park was pretty full but I was able to park up and head into the sports centre to register.

The weather was near perfect cool but sunny.

Course: Start is from the Stowmarket Leisure Centre. This is a circular run which takes you through the villages of Onehouse, Harleston and Shelland. The course is as described and there is some beautiful scenery and some wonderful Suffolk pink farmhouses to admire.

There are two fair sized hills that you encounter. The first is just after the 4 mile sign and the hill is a fairly long drag of somewhere around a half mile long. The second hill is somewhat shorter at around 6 miles. There are also some good down hill sections as well though.

Stowmarket is mid way between Bury St Edmund’s and Ipswich and the Leisure Centre is easy to find. The total no of finishers was 361 which shows this race goes from strength to strength as this is an increase on last years 328.

As this was remembrance Sunday before the start we had a 2 minute silence for all those who have died in wars. This was well observed before the starters gun gave a feeble phwaaarrppp and we were off.

The starter has warned us that the 1st and 7th mile positions might be slightly wrong as the start had been slightly altered. Nevertheless I took my mile splits which were as follows Mile 1 7.12 slightly downhill , Mile 2 7.32, Mile 3 7.31, Mile 4 7.27, Mile 5 8min uphill, Mile 6 7.21 and last mile in 7.30.

I managed to run in a group of about 4 runners for 2-3 miles until this group split at the bottom of the hill climb on Mile 5.

There were 2 drinks stations on this course, not many spectators and a few cars as the course is open to traffic. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who fancies a well organised event in the heart of Suffolk.

My biggest surprise came at the end of the race when I realised my time was identical to last years. Both my official time of 52.41 and my own time taken when I crossed the starting line of 52.37 were identical. At least a year older I am no slower but it would have been nice to come in at least a second quicker!

Instead of medals every runner was given a Scenic 7 hand towel unusual but more useful. Thanks Stowmarket Striders for putting on a marvelous event.

I am adding all pictures I took at this event on my flickr site, look for the link on the left hand side of the page.

Horringer School/Hospital/Cullum Rd Newmarket Rd Bury St Edmunds

In Bury St Edmunds on November 10, 2006 at 9:33 pm

5.30pm 5.4 miles in 42.02 minutes

Week to date mileage 5.4 miles

Month to date mileage 129

Average weekly rate 30.4

Average monthly rate 132

Year to date 1314

Lifetime 9334

Took this run easy with the Scenic 7 being on Sunday

30 Oct 06 42.0
3 Oct 06 41.15
19 Sep 06 41.39
8 Sep 06 41.01
1 Aug 06 41.45
28 July 06 42.25
17 July 06 42.46
13 June 06 42.08
11 May 06 43.21
27 Mar 06 42.41
8 Mar 06 42.13
24 Feb 06 42.33
16 Feb 06 44.0
10 Feb 06 41.50
2 Feb 06 42.38
17 Jan 06 42.50
10 Jan 06 42.52
1 Jan 06 41.45
14 Dec 05 42.47

West Suffolk Athletics Track

In West Suffolk Athletics Track on November 8, 2006 at 10:26 pm

6.30pm 7.8 miles in 1 hr 1 mins 56 secs

Week to date mileage 7.8

Month to date mileage 37

Average weekly rate 30.3

Average monthly rate 132

Year to date 1352

Lifetime 9372

I decided not to do all of the track session tonight as I am running the Stowmarket Scenic 7 on Sunday.

The session consisted of 3 sets of 4 x 3 minute intervals with a short recovery in between. Each set was followed by a 400 metre faster lap. I warmed up by running to the track and then doing 5 laps of the track.

I warmed down with a further 4 laps before running home.

Gt Barton Suffolk

In Gt Barton, St Nicholas Hospital on November 5, 2006 at 8:38 am


8am 10 miles in 1 hr 23 mins 39 secs

Week to date mileage 36

Month to date mileage 30

Average weekly rate 30.5

Average monthly rate 132

Year to date 1344

Lifetime 9364

The weather is ideal at present for running, cool, bright,weak sunshine days. I decided to venture out towards Gt Barton.

I ran through the centre of Bury St Edmund’s along Eastgate Street at the end of which lies the ruins of St Nicholas Hospital. The exact date of build is apparently unknown but seems to be around the 12th century. I must have run past this many a time but only noticed some graffiti in the walls today where someone has carved the date of 1715 in the wall. Whether there is any significance to this date I don’t know. It was the year of the Riot Act being passed in England which forbid groups of more than 12 people to congregate on the streets. It was also the year of the Jacobite Rebellion and perhaps a wounded solider in this hospital has carved their name and initials in the wall.

I ran on until I was running alongside the busy A143 road to Gt Barton. Up by the Anglenook Cottages the sugar beet harvest has been piled high beside the road. It was here that I decided to take the Colton’s Ride Track. This is a good alternative to running beside the A143 and takes you into Gt Barton arriving at the church of St Holy Innocents.

I carried on along Green Lane to some old cottages with unusual chimneys at Shinham Bridge before retracing my steps home.

Horringer Farm Suffolk

In Horringer on November 4, 2006 at 8:22 pm





3.15pm 7 miles in 57 mins 23 secs

Week to date mileage 26

Month to date mileage 20

Average weekly rate 30.3

Average monthly rate 132

Year to date 1334

Lifetime 9354

I decided late in the day on a short run. I normally get out early mornings to run at week ends but as I was feeling tired I nearly didn’t venture out. I decided on an off road run over Horringer Farm so I could make best use of my new Inov 8 roclite shoes.

I am not actually sure of the name of the fields I run over but I presume it is all part of Little Horringer Hall Farm. The fields are on a fair gradient and it is popular with the occasional dog walker.

Today the sun was setting and it was getting dark when I completed my run.

Bury St Edmunds Cullum Rd,Ramada Hotel and Newmarket Rd

In Bury St Edmunds on November 3, 2006 at 8:14 pm

5.30m 5.4 miles in 42 mins 37 secs

Week to date mileage 19

Month to date mileage 13

Average weekly rate 30.3

Average monthly rate 132

Year to date 1327

Lifetime 9347

A slow run on a regular route.

2006 24 Oct 41.10
2006 19 Oct 41.08
2006 6 Oct 41.06
29 Sep 42.10
29 – Aug 40.40
27 Jul 40. 47
13 Jul 41.11
6 Jun 41.33
18 May 41.18
7 Apr 40.30
7 Mar 41.31
3 Mar 41.34
21 Feb 41.35
27 Jan 41.56
13 Jan 41.30
2 Jan 42.42
2005 23 Dec 43.34
9 Dec 42.0
6 Dec 42.04
29 Nov 42.17

West Suffolk Athletic Track

In Bury St Edmunds, West Suffolk Athletics Track on November 1, 2006 at 9:59 pm

6.15pm 7.8 miles in 1 hr 1 min 16 secs

Week to date mileage 13

Month to date mileage 8

Average weekly rate 30.3

Average Monthly rate 132

Year to Date 1322

Life time 9342

A tough session tonight at the track in cold weather requiring leggings to be worn throughout the session.

The session consisted of 3 sets of 6 x 2minute intervals with a short recovery in between. I warmed up by running to the track and then doing 5 laps of the track.

I felt fairly good and ran most of the intervals in a 7 minute mile pace. I was fairly steady throughout up until the last 2 intervals when I lost the rest of the group as my legs had turned to jelly.

I ran home fairly slowly.