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Beetons Way Bury St Edmunds

In Beetons Way, Bury St Edmunds on December 15, 2006 at 8:07 pm

6pm 5.5 miles in 45mins 5 secs

Week to date mileage 23 miles

Month to date mileage 71

Average weekly rate 30.1 miles

Average monthly rate 131

Year to date 1498

Lifetime 9518

Tonight I got up the motivation to do a hill session along Beetons Way. This is quite an ideal location for doing a hill session offering as it does a choice of either running a longer hill as far as the alleyway which runs besides the Gibralter Barracks or just running to the top of the hill as far as the mini roundabout. I chose the latter tonight.

I warmed up by running past Westley School and along Newmarket Rd. I ran 10 climbs in the following times 53,49,52,51,51,52,52,50,53, and 59. I jogged down the hill in a little over a minute. My times were fairly consistent apart from the slow last climb when I was feeling tired.

Hills are something I want to improve on next year and to run them more often they are strangely enjoyable to as a session!

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West Suffolk Athletic Track Bury St Edmunds

In Bury St Edmunds, West Suffolk Athletics Track on December 13, 2006 at 10:53 pm

6.15pm 7.3 miles in 58 14 secs

Week to date mileage 7.3 miles

Month to date mileage 66

Average weekly rate 18 miles

Average monthly rate 131

Year to date 1493

Lifetime 9513

I ran down to the track and warmed up with my usual 4 laps. Tonights session consisted of a lot of short stuff. Two sets of 6 x 2 minutes with a 45 second recovery in between. In the space of 2 minutes I can only run just over a lap as I usually run 400 metres in around 1.40-1.45.

The 2 sets passed very quickly and we finished the training with a mile which I ran in 7.04.

Whepstead Suffolk

In Whepstead on December 11, 2006 at 7:07 pm

2.30pm 10.2 miles in 1 hr 24 17 secs

Week to date mileage 10.2 miles

Month to date mileage 58

Average weekly rate 30.1 miles

Average monthly rate 131

Year to date 1485

Lifetime 9505

On a cold damp afternoon I traveled out to the village of Whepstead. On the B 1066 it is about 4 miles from Bury St Edmunds. I parked up opposite St Petronilla which is Whepstead’s church on a hill. St Petronilla has connections with the old leper hospital of the same name in Bury St Edmunds.

This being my first run in Whepstead I set of in no particular direction taking chance as to what I might come across. I ran down a fairly sharp hill and headed up Pages Hill about as far as Harram Bottom before retracing my steps back into Whepstead past the church and down the Brockley Road. I took the first turning off the road past the Whepstead Hall this too proved to be a dead end and I returned back up hill to the Brockley Road.

The next off road track proved more useful and this took me along besides the River Lark. I followed a serious of paths across wet fields arriving at Gulling Green near Brockley.
I then went on as far as Rushbottom Wood. I then retraced my steps but on my way back in the fading light I took a wrong turning and some how emerged on a road. I realise now on consulting the ordnance survey map that when I emerged on the road I was starting to run in the wrong direction towards Rede. I got as far as Haws Wood and seeing no obvious house lights that I might be going wrong and decided to try running the opposite way.

My running became that much quicker with a slight sense of being lost only because it was becoming dark. I reached a small hamlet and not seeing any obvious place name I knocked on a door and the lady was helpful in confirming that I was heading in the right direction and that I was at Stonecross . I continued on and past through the main village of Whepstead that I had missed originally in the day light .

By getting a little lost I succeeded in running a little further than originally planned.

Pinford End Suffolk

In Pinford End on December 9, 2006 at 8:37 pm

8.30am 11 miles in 1 hr 30 mins

Week to date mileage 29 miles

Month to date mileage 48

Average weekly rate 30.1 miles

Average monthly rate 131

Year to date 1475

Lifetime 9495

Rather muddy this morning as I ran across fields on the Bury to Clare path to Horsecroft. The Bury to Clare path follows along the road into Pinford End and then takes a sharp right up Bull Lane. I think I turned for home about half way along here near Coronation Wood.

A bright sunny morning there are some good views points from up here looking back into Bury and I will return another time as it will be possible to make this a circular run by extending the run to Whepstead.

Horringer School,Hospital and Cullum Rd Bury St Edmunds

In Bury St Edmunds on December 7, 2006 at 8:38 pm

5.30pm 5.4 miles in 43 mins 45 secs

Week to date mileage 18 miles

Month to date mileage 37

Average weekly rate 30.1 miles

Average monthly rate 131

Year to date 1464

Lifetime 9484

I ran very slowly tonight, I was tired after last nights track session. I have only ever run this more slowly once back in Feb in 44 mins

27 Nov 06 42.33
10 Nov 06 42.02
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 Bury St Edmunds

In West Suffolk Athletics Track on December 6, 2006 at 10:31 pm

6.15pm 7 miles in 55 mins 37 secs

Week to date mileage 12 miles

Month to date mileage 32

Average weekly rate 30 miles

Average monthly rate 130

Year to date 1459

Lifetime 9479

I ran down to the track and warmed up with a mile. Tonights session was 3 x 5 minutes at 10k with a minute recovery in between. We did 2 sets of this and then finished with a 800 metre time trial which I ran in 3.22 .

I did a couple of laps warm down and then ran home.

Bury St Edmunds Cullum Rd, Ramada Hotel and Newmarket Rd

In Bury St Edmunds on December 5, 2006 at 7:21 pm

5.30pm 5.4 miles in 41 mins 48 secs

Week to date mileage 5 miles

Month to date mileage 25

Average weekly rate 30 miles

Average monthly rate 130

Year to date 1452

Lifetime 9472

I am getting closer to my goal of achieving 1500 miles this year with just 48 miles to go. The target is in sight if I avoid colds!!

2006 3 Nov 42.37
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

Around the World on aTreadmill

In Kim Charnock on December 4, 2006 at 10:49 am

I read about a project in Runners World, that an experimental performance artist called Kim Charnock is attempting which is to run around the world on a treadmill. I have included a link to her site which includes regular 3 monthly video updates on her progress leaving from her home in Leicester. She has currently passed through Dover into France.

Of course she never actually leaves her treadmill in Leicester but is expecting it to take her about 12 years to run the 11,500 miles over land route. I have watched the 5 videos she has made so far and she has so far been beset by injuries and colds but you can tell she is determined to complete her objective whilst running her own theatre business called Kiss My Face.

In time it sounds as if she will try to raise the publicity of her project and take her treadmill out into public to encourage others to join with her. She is raising money for breast cancer and will be in her late 30’s when she completes her marathon. Take a look.

Hartest Suffolk

In Hartest on December 3, 2006 at 7:58 pm

2pm 10 miles in 1 hr 22 mins 10 secs

Week to date mileage 32 miles

Month to date mileage 19

Average weekly rate 30 miles

Average monthly rate 131

Year to date 1446

Lifetime 9466

Hartest is a Suffolk village about 8 miles south west of Bury St Edmunds. I drove there via Whepstead, Rede and Brockley and parked in the centre of the village reaching it on the B1066.

I have never run here before and was unsure which direction to take so I initially set off past the the Crown Inn which was originally the Moot Hall. I soon turned right on the path between the pub car park and All Saints church passing over a footbridge over a stream.
I was soon running sharply uphill on the grassy field edge path to th
e top of Hartest Hill.

Here there is a wonderful view of the village in the Glem valley below.

This part of Suffolk is full of hills and valleys and I decided to descend into the village and to ran past the village institute and up the Somerton Road. Along here there are some lovely views towards Boxted in the South and Brockley to the North .

The road sides had many bushes with an abundance of sloe berries, great if you like gin.
After a mile or so you reach Upper Somerton shown as Somerton on the ordnance survey map. It is better named as Upper Somerton as it does stand at about 100 metres above sea level which is high for Suffolk.

I have never been here before and it isn’t really a place for cars as the road runs out here and you

cannot travel north apart from on foot.
There is a church called St Margarets and a telephone box otherwise this is a village that can only be called remote. In a bad winter this place might well be cut of even more than it is every day. The church some how continues with dedicated support from a handful of people.

The population including the settlement in lower Somerton down by the Somerton Manor was recorded as 64 in 1981 and cannot have really changed very much. If you love remote than this is beautiful and would make a great retreat for a writer requiring peace.

I retraced my steps with a view to running downhill into the other part of Somerton which is next to the manor hall.
Here th
ere are the Eaton Almshouses and you are down to 50 metres above sea level as you reach the River Glem. I immediately returned back up hill across farmland and returned to Hartest.I then took the road out to Cross Green and then through Hartest heading south down to Brick house farm.

I then ventured up the Lawshall Rd and picked up a pathway known as Pask’s path which leads to a new woodland development planted in December 1999. Hartest Wood has been planted with 187 oak trees representing 1 for every household. In the centre there is a sculpture called the Gift which was designed by a local called Geoffrey Clarke. It sits very well at this site and is a lovely walk to do if you visit Hartest.

I meandered around Hartest a bit more more before calling it a day.

Adkins Wood Ickworth Park

In Adkins Wood, Ickworth Park on December 2, 2006 at 11:53 am

8am 9.2 miles in 1 hr 15 mins 24 secs

Week to date mileage 22 miles

Month to date mileage 9

Average weekly rate 29.9 miles

Average monthly rate 130

Year to date 1436

Lifetime 9456

After last nights heavy rain I decided to venture out to Ickworth Park and run a circuit of Adkins Wood. It was certainly muddy in the wood and as a result I had the place to myself.
Finally with a combination of some heavy winds and rain the leaves have begun to fall although it is still mild and we are on course for the warmest year recorded in Britain. At the lake in Lady Hervey’s Wood all was quiet and I sped on over the duck boards many of which have now been broken so I had to tred gingerly to avoid going into the bog below.

I soon reached the Canal Lake which had been invaded by a large number of seagulls.

I continued past the Canal Lake up hill to the now redundant St Marys Church.

Before I left Ickworth Park I passed this toad stool fairy ring. Fungi has the habit of growing outwards from a central spore point so in many ways it is natural to see rings like this though it is still magical.