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Gt Bradley Village Suffolk

In Gt Bradley on April 30, 2007 at 7:51 pm

Love the Gt Bradley Village Website. Take a look here , especially the video drive through s of the village and the committee meetings !

Cockfield Suffolk

In Cockfield on April 30, 2007 at 6:41 pm


5.10pm 6 miles in 49 mins 26 seconds

Week to date mileage 6 miles

Month to date mileage 123

Average weekly rate 30.0 miles

Average monthly rate 130

Year to date 514

Lifetime 10107

I cam of the A134 at Cockfield Hall and parked up near the primary school. The weather was once again very warm and sunny with a bright blue sky for the last day of April.
I set past the Cockfield War Memorial and ran over the railway bridge with a fine view of the old Cockfield Railway Station.

Up hill the road takes you to the A1141 where I turned right. There is a redundant windmill with no sails near Earl’s Hall Farm. I continued to run as there was a convenient pavement beside the road for some distance.

On this road there is a 14th century public house called the Three Horseshoes.
I turned around when the pavement ran out but decided to take a pathway I had previously seen near Earls Hal Farm. This lead close to another of the 2nd world war pill boxes before entering a wooded area with typically enclosed trees. Immediately I imagined this must be a former railway track and this was confirmed when I began to see tell tale signs of old railway artefact’s metal posts and typical fencing.

I ran until I came out to a road which I later worked out to be Perrydown Lane. I then retraced my steps and ran the length of the former railway track in the opposite direction never seeing a soul.

I returned back on to the A1141 and returned into Cockfield and visited St Peters Church to end my run in the sprawling but beautiful parish of Cockfield.

Gt Livermere , Ampton and Troston Suffolk

In Ampton, Gt Livermere, Troston on April 28, 2007 at 7:47 pm

8am 10 miles in 1 hr 22 mins 21 seconds

Week to date mileage 21 miles

Month to date mileage 117

Average weekly rate 30.1 miles

Average monthly rate 131

Year to date 508

Lifetime 10101

I drove out to the village of Gt Livermere a village about 6 miles North West of Bury St Edmunds. The weather continues to be dry and sunny and we haven’t had decent rain since I think February. April is likely to be the hottest on record and it seems every year we keep having weather records broken.

According to Ekwall the meaning of Gt Livermere’s name is the lake where rush or iris grew. There is a large memorial to those who fell in the 1st world war which was erected in 1920.
I parked close to the church called St Peter and commenced my run setting of past the large memorial stone around the village before heading past the church.

Gt Livermere is dominated by the large Livermere Park. I entered through an impressive gate house with large pillars. Once in the park it appears to be something of a wildlife sanctuary for birdlife. Every where there is geese not only on the large lake called Broad Waters but all over the estate. The former house of the estate built in 1700 was demolished in the 1920’s.
There is evidence of a former glorious estate but from what I can see now this is limited to the gatehouse entrances.

There is a right of way path which takes you through the park emerging at the village of Ampton, where interestingly Ampton House is going strong in Ampton Park.
After a quick run through Ampton I decided to return to Gt Livermere. Looking into the distance at the end of Broad Lake stands a church marked as St Peters Church on the OS map. I decided to set out to visit this.

However this church seems to be on private land and there was no right of way I could see to take me to this church. So I ran back into Gt Livermere before taking a very straight road to the nearby village of Troston.

I visited St Mary’s Church an old Wesleyan church (now a chiropodist!) and the old school before returning back again to Gt Livermere to end my run.

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

In Bury St Edmunds on April 26, 2007 at 6:34 pm

5.20pm 5.4 miles in 41 mins 18 seconds

Week to date mileage 11 miles

Month to date mileage 107

Average weekly rate 30.1 miles

Average monthly rate 131

Year to date 498

Lifetime 10091

Here are some photos of one of my regular routes which starts near the Water Tower in Bury St Edmunds. The distance is only approximate. Set off down Park Road before turning left left into Cadogan Road and down the hill.

At the junction turn right into Flemying Road which soon becomes Glastonbury Road.
This is a good up hill section to reach Horringer School with the Glad Abbot Pub and one of the better fish and chip shops in Bury.
Some nights particularly on a Friday it can be difficult to run past the fish shop without feeling jealous of those folks arriving for a takeaway haddock and chips.

There is a short down hill section which takes you into Horringer Road where you turn left. There is another long downhill section down to the Spread Eagle and Stamford Court where I turn right up hill along Vinery Road. When you reach the top of the hill the road becomes Hardwick Lane and takes you past the Hospital and Hardwick Heath.

Turn left into Cullum Road and through the water meadows where there seems to be a further piece of development I believe called Saxon Gate. Bit by bit housing seems to be eating into this area of water meadows which is sad. I run along Cullum Road which at this time of day is always busy with cars struggling to exit the town centre.

Up Parkway South turning left at the mini roundabout into Kings Road and then right down Chalk Road. At the bottom of the hill turn left into Risbygate Street and left again up Westley Road returning to the start.

Cullum Rd /Ramada Hotel/Newmarket Rd Bury St Edmunds

In Bury St Edmunds on April 23, 2007 at 9:51 pm

5.30pm 5.4 miles in 42 mins 28 seconds

Week to date mileage 5 miles

Month to date mileage 101

Average weekly rate 30.3 miles

Average monthly rate 131

Year to date 493

Lifetime 10086

Felt quite tired tonight after 2 long runs over the weekend but once running I was fine.

2007 20 Mar 41.22
2007 1 Mar 41.54
2007 22 Feb 42.1
2007 21 Feb 42.10
2007 25 Jan 42.32
2007 21 Dec 41.35
2007 5 Dec 41.48
2007 3 Nov 42.37
2007 24 Oct 41.10
2007 19 Oct 41.08
2007 6 Oct 41.06
2006 29 Sep 42.10
2006 29 – Aug 40.40
2006 27 Jul 40. 47
2006 13 Jul 41.11
2006 6 Jun 41.33
2006 18 May 41.18
2006 7 Apr 40.30
2006 7 Mar 41.31
2006 3 Mar 41.34
2006 21 Feb 41.35
2006 27 Jan 41.56
2006 13 Jan 41.30
2006 2 Jan 42.42
2005 23 Dec 43.34
2005 9 Dec 42.0
2005 6 Dec 42.04
2005 29 Nov 42.17

Hawstead Suffolk

In Hawstead on April 22, 2007 at 5:47 pm

8am 9.8 miles in 1 hr 21 mins 31 seconds

Week to date mileage 33 miles

Month to date mileage 96

Year to date 487

Lifetime 10080

Nowton Park and Bury St Edmunds Town Centre

In Bury St Edmunds, Nowton, Nowton Park on April 21, 2007 at 5:44 pm

8am 11.5 miles in 1 hr 35 mins 13 seconds

Week to date mileage 24 miles

Month to date mileage 86

Year to date 478

Lifetime 10071

Horringer Farm Suffolk

In Horringer on April 19, 2007 at 8:43 pm

5.30pm 5.5 miles in 43 mins 19 seconds

Week to date mileage 12 miles

Month to date mileage 75

Year to date 466

Lifetime 10059

Long Melford Suffolk

In Long Melford on April 17, 2007 at 9:40 pm

5pm 6.5 miles in 53 mins 6 seconds

Week to date mileage 7 miles

Month to date mileage 69

Year to date 461

Lifetime 10054

Bury St Edmunds Town Centre

In Bury St Edmunds on April 12, 2007 at 9:37 pm

5.30pm 8.8 miles in 1 hr 13 mins

Week to date mileage 16 miles

Month to date mileage 63

Year to date 454

Lifetime 10047