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In Bury St Edmunds on January 29, 2007 at 10:55 pm

5.30 pm 5.4 miles in 42mins 46 seconds

Week to date mileage 5.4 miles

Month to date mileage 139

Average weekly rate 33.6 miles

Average monthly rate 146

Year to date 139

Lifetime 9732

A steady run over a regular training course.

3 Jan 07 42.13
19 Dec 06 41.50
7 Dec 06 43.45
7 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

Lakenheath Charity Race 5 – 2007

In Lakenheath on January 28, 2007 at 2:46 pm

11 am 5 miles in 41mins 40 seconds

Week to date mileage 34 miles

Month to date mileage 134

Average weekly rate 33.4 miles

Average monthly rate 145

Year to date 134

Lifetime 9727

The Lakenheath Charity 5 cross country race always represents my first race of the year. The race starts from the Lakenheath Cricket Club and at this time of year you can pretty much guarantee both cold weather and a strong breeze.

This years race was advertised on the Runners World Website so I imagined there would be a higher entry than last year though from the number of finishers it appears only slightly up on last year with 121 finishers. The Brandon Fern Hoppers carries all of the results on their site , see my link under Suffolk running clubs.

When I arrived I did think twice about getting out of the car such was the apparent cold and wind. However once I completed my entry form and managed to bang my head on the window of the scoring room where the two ladies where working hard on last minute entries I sought sanctuary in the cricket club room. This seems to double as a children’s creche facility with every wall packed with packages and hanging mobiles.

After a while it became necessary to warm up and along with several others I did a few laps of the cricket field. After running the last 4 days in a row i came into the race a bit tired and as I wasn’t expecting much of a time I decided to keep my leggings, sweatshirt and hat and gloves on.

The start of the race had slightly changed this time starting on the bridge over the River Lark instead of off road so unless the finish was brought forward a little perhaps we ran a little further this year than last?

Conditions under foot were really not too bad after recent rains. There was some mud and plenty of puddles. The run across the ploughed field was quite sapping and knocked the stuffing out of me and I think this and the combination of running up and down field banks avoiding root branches caught up with me and resulted in a slightly slower time for me than last year. My time last year was 41.11 so I was down half a minute which I had expected but was still disappointed with.

The course is generally flat and suits a studded running shoe perhaps spikes if you own them. All of the run is over fields and tracks. The finish is a long straight besides the River Lark. During the race I had felt too warm and I had disposed of the hat and could have done without the sweatshirt, I will remember next year.

Mike Chambers from Saint Edmunds Pacers puts on a really well organised event and it does deserve a much bigger entry.

I will get round to loading up many other race pictures on to flickr as soon as I get time.

Stowlangtoft,Westley,West Stow and Thurston

In Uncategorized on January 27, 2007 at 11:13 pm

New photo links added on the left hand side to photos I have taken at the following Suffolk villages of Stowlangtoft,Westley,West Stow and Thurston

Fornham St Martin

In Fornham Saint Martin, Fornham St Genevieve on January 27, 2007 at 7:25 pm

8 am 7.5 miles in 1 hr 15mins 36 seconds

Week to date mileage 29 miles

Month to date mileage 129

Average weekly rate 33.3 miles

Average monthly rate 145

Year to date 129

Lifetime 9722

Saturday morning and I decided I wanted to run somewhere different from a normal routine route. So having reached Fornham St Martin along the Thetford Rd I turned right along a footpath at the village sign.

Rather than continue on towards the farm drift pathway out to Timworth I noticed a new path.

To be honest this path turned out to be quite dull, running as it did along the side of the busy A134 towards Hollow Rd and the Sugar Beet Factory.
I quickly did a double take and ran further through Fornham to build up my time to an hours run before returning home.

Tuddenham St Mary and Cavenham Heath Suffolk

In Cavenham, Tuddenham St Mary on January 26, 2007 at 6:48 pm

1 pm 9 miles in 1 hr 15mins 36 seconds

Week to date mileage 21 miles

Month to date mileage 121

Average weekly rate 32.6 miles

Average monthly rate 142

Year to date 121

Lifetime 9714

During my lunch break from work I drove over to the village of Tuddenham St Mary in Suffolk. This is a small village about 4 miles from Mildenhall and 9 miles North West of Bury St Edmunds. The name Tuddenham dates back to AD854 and is derived from the Anglo Saxon ‘Tudda’s Home’.

I parked outside St Mary’s Church which originally dates from the 14th century but has had a major restoration in the 19th century to replace the roof amongst other things.

On the village green there is a war memorial to the men of the RAF who flew from the local airfields. I ran through the village before picking up a footpath sign to take me out to Cavenham Heath. If you decide to visit and I really recommend it you can park at the nature reserve.
This reserve has international importance and is designated an area of special scientific interest.

I set of to follow the Heathland Path which is 1 of the 3 walking paths that can be followed. What I noticed immediately was the complete silence apart from the wind and a few birds. The landscape is one of very open heathland which is often covered with heather.

You can tell you are truly in the Brecklands by the light sandy soil which is difficult to run on as there is a lot of give. Near the car park the woodland trail takes you through a very different landscape of birch trees where there were many sheep grazing.

When I reached the River Lark I did a detour and did a lap of the Wetland trail which turned out to be so aptly named. If you decide to walk this you need wellington boots as in parts it is a true water meadow and you will be wading though water. Great fun but a bit chilly on a cold day to have wet feet.

Cullum Rd, Ramada Hotel,Newmarket Rd Bury St Edmunds

In Bury St Edmunds on January 25, 2007 at 10:35 pm

5.30 pm 5.4 miles in 42mins 32 seconds

Week to date mileage 12.4 miles

Month to date mileage 112

Average weekly rate 31.4 miles

Average monthly rate 136

Year to date 112

Lifetime 9705

After yesterdays track session I took this run fairly easy but felt ok. I ran a fairly moderate time compared to my previous outings last year.

2006 21 Dec 41.35
2006 5 Dec 41.48
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

West Suffolk Athletics Track

In West Suffolk Athletics Track on January 24, 2007 at 10:26 pm

6.15pm 7 miles in 58 mins 35 seconds

Week to date mileage 7 miles

Month to date mileage 107

Average weekly rate 31.1 miles

Average monthly rate 135

Year to date 107

Lifetime 9700

I ran down to the West Suffolk Sports Centre and proceeded to do my normal mile around the track. However the track was glistening with a frost and the bends were a little slippery so I decided like most of the others to run on the grass on the inner track.

The set consisted of 2 sets of 4 x 3mins at 10k pace with a min recovery in between. At the end there was a time trial which consisted of 5 laps of the inner track which was said to be 300 metres. I just managed not to finish last overtaking on the final lap to finish in 6.04 which makes me think this wasn’t quite 1500 metres but nevertheless a good session.

After a warm down couple of laps I then ran home

Geraldine’s Walk, Ickworth Park Suffolk

In Ickworth Park on January 21, 2007 at 6:32 pm

8am 10 miles in 1 hr 23 mins 25 seconds

Week to date mileage 31 miles

Month to date mileage 100

Average weekly rate 33.2 miles

Average monthly rate 144

Year to date 100

Lifetime 9693

I followed my normal route towards Horringer over fields towards Lord Hervey’s wood. After the recent strong winds 1-2 trees had blown down but today was a beautiful bright day though still breezy.

When you emerge on the road I head along Westley Lane and into Horringer Village.

At St Leonards Church turn right into Ickworth Park, down to Ickworth House and then do a circuit of Albana Wood. The first early snowdrops have flowered but will look better in a week or two.

Before heading home I decided to visit Ickworth House.
I had hoped to visit the gardens but these were closed until 11am and anyway I am not sure if you can visit without paying the National Trust something. However on returning back from the house I noticed Geraldine’s Walk. I must admit I have never even seen this before . According to the National Trust site the 3rd Marquess of Bristol Frederick William John Hervey created a woodland path named after his wife. Lady Geraldine Anson was the daughter of George Anson who was Commandeer in Chief in India for all of 6 months until he died of cholera during his march against the Indian mutineers at Delhi in May 1857

Geraldine’s Walk which was laid out in 1873. This was reopened to the public only recently in 2004.

Geraldine Hervey died after being knocked down by a motor car in London in 1927 and was buried in the grounds of Ickworth two days later.

Lt Saxham Suffolk

In Lt Saxham on January 20, 2007 at 9:31 pm

8.am 10 miles in 1 hr 23 mins 53 seconds

Week to date mileage 10 miles

Month to date mileage 90

Average weekly rate 31.4. miles

Average monthly rate 136

Year to date 90

Lifetime 9683

After heavy over night rains the weather was dry but cool as I ventured out on a long run. I decided to run out to Little Saxham a village about 3 miles to the west of Bury St Edmunds.

This isn’t a road I would recommend as it always seems to be busy with traffic and with the large puddles this morning I got my feet wet running through these at times by keeping into the side of the road. The minor B road takes you out past Westley to the right and Horringer can be seen in the distance to the left.

circular buildings. Thats one theory though I imagine it was partly a case of keeping up with the Joneses and what was gooThe road twists and turns but eventually arrives at St Nicholas Church at Lt Saxham which is a lovely round tower building. Apparently there are only around 180 of these in the country and most of these are centered in East Anglia. Why a round tower? Well this is disputed but it seems the local flint stone is difficult to use to construct square buildings and lends itself more tod for one village was then wanted by a neighboring village.

The church is right smack bang at the end of this road and cars have to turn sharply either towards Barrow or Chevington. This time I turned southward towards Chevington. I was able to run a fair way along this road without reaching Chevington before my time was up and after 43 mins I turned for home . This section of the run was much quieter and could be run in comfort.

Bury St Edmunds Town Centre

In Bury St Edmunds on January 19, 2007 at 9:12 pm

5.30pm 4.2miles in 34 mins 39 seconds

Week to date mileage 4.2 miles

Month to date mileage 80

Average weekly rate 29.4. miles

Average monthly rate 128

Year to date 80

Lifetime 9673

I have struggled this week to find time to run and tonight I could only manage to fit in a short run around the town centre. Frustrating!