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Abbey Gardens Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

In 94th Bombardment Group, Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds, USA on June 21, 2009 at 1:32 pm


Another Seven mile run in the centre of Bury St Edmunds Suffolk.

7 miles in 1 hour 4 seconds. Total for week 37 miles and 102 miles for June.

I am beginning to build up my mileage though I need to enter some races so that I have a target. I am happy just to run but having a race in mind helps give more of a focus to your training.

I again visited parts of the Abbey Gardens and this memorial to the 94th Bombardment Group can be found in one of the gardens near to the Park keepers hut. There are many links between England and the United States of America and this is one from modern times.

From 1943 to 1945 the 94th Heavy Bombardment Group was based at Rougham Airfield. Rougham is about 2 miles from Bury St Edmunds.

Over 300 operational missions took place in the 2 years with 8000 plus sorties and a bomb tonnage of more than 18,000 tons being dropped. 153 aircraft were listed missing in action. The B17 Flying Fortress and the B26 Marauder would have been a common site over the skies of Suffolk during this time as they were used by the 94th Bombardment Group.

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Abbey Gardens Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

In 000, 13, Abbey Gardens, Chile, Santiago, turtles on June 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Seven Miles in 1hour 2 mins and 43 seconds.
30 miles this week , 95 miles this month , 771 miles this year and 13,053 miles in a lifetime.

When I look at the distance I have run in a lifetime 13,000 miles doesn’t seem an awful lot. After all 13,000 miles is the distance covered by leatherback turtles in one migration non stop.

I haven’t always recorded my running in a diary so this figure won’t be exactly accurate but is fairly close for the mileage that I have recorded.

If I was running from Bury St Edmunds where could I get to if I ran in a straight line? It is about 1/20 of the distance from the Earth to the Moon. Well I could have run through the whole of Western Europe , Asia , Australia and on to New Zealand. My 13,000 miles would place me somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean but with another 4,000 miles to go before I hit Santiago in Chile.

Of course rather than really being in the South Pacific I ran today in the Abbey Gardens Bury St Edmunds.The history of this site dates back to the 7th century when King Sigebert , the first Christian king of East Angles who established a small religious community here.

It is said that King Edmund who refused to rennounce his christain faith and was slain by the danish vikings is buried here in the 9th century.

King Cnut established a benedictine community here in the 11th century . With the dissolution of the monasteries in England the Abbey Gardens was neglected for 300 years until the Marquis of Bristol arranged for a botanical garden display. Over 2,000 garden plants were available to view and subscibers financed the maintenance and upkeep to this private victorian gardening gallery throughout most of the 19th century.

Even at the end of the 19th century ‘riff raff’ were not welcome as visitors could only enter at the cost of 1 shilling for an adult or 6d for a child. According to Mitchell (British Historical Statistics) the average agricultural wage in 1900 was around 14 shillings a week and a weeks dole money was 6d .

Abbey Gardens Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

In Abbey Gardens, Abbey Gate, Bury St Edmunds, Ouida, St Edmundsbury Cathedral on September 2, 2007 at 6:35 pm

7.50am 7.4 miles in 1 hr mins 2 seconds
Week to date mileage 40.6 miles
Month to date mileage 18
Average weekly rate 30.2 miles
Average monthly rate 131
Year to date 1056
Lifetime 10649

After a good weeks running and feeling a little tired I decided to take it easy on my hour run by doing a circuit of my nearly measured circular run. Starting at the Ouida memorial at the bottom of Vinery Road I head up hill along Hardwick Lane.Following the road around in a circle to take back towards town along Cullum Road before heading back along Out Westgate Street and back to the Ouida memorial. Has any read or got an Ouida novel? A 2.21 mile circuit according to mapmyrun.com. I didn’t run very quickly but ran an 18.20 time.

After this I turned back along Out Westgate Street and into Bury. The Albert Buildings and the Chapel both date from 1840. At this time Bury St Edmunds had just gained its first Police Force in 1836 the gas works had just been built but the town had yet to be connected by rail to any other towns.

We are very fortunate to live in Bury St Edmunds and have the wonderful Abbey Gardens on our door step. It is a place I never tire of visiting and it makes a great place for a run. It was here I headed next.

It was quite at this time of the morning with just a few early bird families heading for the swings and one or two tourists consulting maps. Running here doesn’t feel like work at all as you are totally distracted by everything around you and time passes though the benches looked tempting.

Vinery Rd, Hardwick Lane , Cullum Rd and Out Westgate Bury St Edmunds

In Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds on August 26, 2007 at 6:59 pm

8.30am 7.4 miles in 1hr 0.11 seconds
Week to date mileage 19 miles
Month to date mileage 110

Average weekly rate 29.9 miles
Average monthly rate 130
Year to date 1016
Lifetime 10609

I started my run with a couple of laps of a circular run which I see a lot of runners use. Being a circular run you can join this route where ever you like. I decided to time my second lap of the course which I have measured on mapmyrun as being 2.21 miles. I ran a slow 18.33 for the run which is 8.24 pace. I felt slow and I was . It is a fairly hilly run up Vinery Road and Hardwick Lane is fairly undulating. But no it was a slow run but at least it gives me something to beat next time.

After this I had a run besides the River Lark and into the Abbey Gardens


River Lark Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

In Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds, River Lark, suffolk on August 19, 2007 at 6:08 pm

9am 6.4 miles in 53 mins 10 secs
Week to date mileage 36 miles
Month to date mileage 91

Average weekly rate 30.2 miles
Average monthly rate 131
Year to date 997
Lifetime 10590

I decided on a run around the town centre of Bury St Edmunds. There is always so much to see and after a good week’s mileage this was easy work.

My run took me around the Abbey Gardens, I like the height added by the gardener to some of the flower borders. In the early part of the last century when entrance to the Botanical gardens was chargeable I imagine the gardens were more like Kew and some of the photographs give an impression of a jungle with lots of tall plants.

Over the bridge over the River Lark I ran two laps of the circular walk which takes you around No Mans meadow and the Haberden Rugby Club.

Many years ago I worked at the Haberden Service station before self service pumps were in operation. I believe 4 gallons were £5 and folks did ask for a fill up, a fiver’s worth or so many gallons. The pumps didn’t operate then in litres. I was still at school so this must have been around 1977/78.I can recall my hours on a Sunday were 9am to 7pm on my own with no official break though it could be quiet at times.

Bury St Edmunds Town Centre

In Abbey Gardens, Abbey Hotel, Bartholomew Gosnold, Bury St Edmunds, Dorothey Wordsworth, Godspeed, Henry Crabb Robinson, Jamestown, Kelvin Davis, Moyse's Hall, St Mary's Square, St Peter's, Thomas Clarkson on July 1, 2007 at 9:13 am


8.30am 6 miles in 50 mins 27 seconds

Week to date mileage 34 miles

Month to date mileage 6

Average weekly rate 30.2 miles

Average monthly rate 131

Year to date 784

Lifetime 10377

I decided on a short easy run as time was limited. With no particular course in mind I decided on a run around Bury. I still find I see things which I haven’t spotted before and it is a beautiful town despite all the current changes around the cattle market.

I set off towards town along Out Westgate Street and St Peters Church which is rather hidden behind the fish and chip shop and the Elephant and Castle Pub.

I headed along Cullum Road and into the water meadows to see what the effect of the recent rains had been. Although the water levels are high it didn’t appear too flooded and I have seen footpaths flooded recently but not today. Not sure what this bird is but it looked like a puffy youngster.

In Southgate Street is the Abbey Hotel which dates to the 13th century. There is an Oast House here where there was once the Southgate Brewery.

Just up from here is St Mary’s Square and the site of the Greene King Brewery boxes in one corner.

There must be a book that could be written about this square there being so much history and famous people who have lived here or have visited. Once the home of the horse market in Bury St Edmunds, it was also the home of Thomas Clarkson the abolitionist, Dorothey Wordsworth stayed here when visiting Henry Crabb Robinson who lived in Southgate Street and in recent times the home of Kelvin Davis once an Ipswich Town goalkeeper now at Southampton.

From here I ran through the graveyard and into the Abbey Gardens. The secret garden with its central sundial, roses and heather was looking wonderful.

As part of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown said to be the birthplace of America there is now a gardening based recreation of the Godspeed one of the 3 ships which sailed to America and was captained by a Suffolk man Bartholomew Gosnold.

Bartholomew Gosnold’s daughter Martha was baptised in St Edmundsbury Cathedral and is said to be buried in an unmarked grave in the great churchyard alongside it. Gosnold named Martha’s Vineyard after his infant daughter Martha who had died before he embarked on his first exploratory voyage to the New World in 1601

Around the Abbey Gardens before back through the town centre past Moyse’s Hall.
One of the doorways with the bars must date from the days when this was a gaol and a police station.

I spent the last 20 minutes of the run up and down Risbygate Street and Newmarket Road. An easy run but good mileage for the week totaling 34 miles.

The Commitments at Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

In Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds, Greene King, Roddy Doyle, The Commitments on May 25, 2007 at 10:49 pm

I must say that over the years we have not had much success when we have chosen to attend the Bury Festival to watch live music in the Abbey Gardens. I think there has been 2 years of complete wash outs and 1 year when having bought 4 tickets we turned up the night after the performance.

We have had some successes when we managed to turn up on the right night for cover bands for the Blues Brothers,Madness and Abba.

Tonight the rain held off and we saw The Commitments. I first read the book some years ago along with a no of other Roddy Doyle stories such as the Van, The Snapper . More recently I have read the A Star called Henry and Play the Thing based on the adventures on one Henry Smart.

Some time ago I picked up the Commitments CD for £3 in an HMV Sale and more recently the dvd of the film. So going to watch the band completes the set although from the characters in the film only 2 were actually playing in the band namely the lead guitarist Ken McCluskey (the Meatman in the film) and the drummer Dick Massey (The Animal in the film). Some what odd all round really watching a band from a fictional book playing live!

The film was based on a bunch of Dublin teenagers trying to make it good by forming a soul band in Ireland playing Motown standards.

When we arrived there was a small space at the front of the stage but the rest of the spectator area was filled with chairs, picnics and tartan blankets. The Greene King tent was our first port of call with a pint of Speckled Hen until we realised the IPA was on special offer at £2 a pint.

There was a low key start to the Commitments as every body sat and watched and politely applauded In the Midnight Hour. It took abut 20 minutes before some dancing commenced and once the front of the stage was invaded with dancers the whole atmosphere and enjoyment of the evening was improved 10 fold.

At the interval I overheard 1-2 complaints from folk grimly keeping to their sits and bemoaning the audacity of people standing in front of them and dancing!

The band ran through a number of classic soul standards such as Take me to the River, Try a little Tenderness, Mustang Sally, Chain of Fools and Wrong End of the Street.

The second half needed little crowd encouragement for dancing singing and encores . A really good evening – Bury could really do with a large music venue. The Commitments could have done with a support act just to warm the crowd up.

Rushbrooke Circular Run

In Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds, pigs, Rushbrooke on November 18, 2006 at 8:07 pm

8am 9.8 miles in 1 hour 21 mins .11 secs

Week to date mileage 29 miles

Month to date mileage 80

Average weekly rate 30.3

Average monthly rate 132

Year to date 1394

Lifetime 9414

A bright sunny cold morning as I set out in two minds as to whether I needed gloves. I decided against and soon regretted as I had to pull down my sweatshirt over my hands to keep them warm.

I set out through the water meadows which after the rain had flooded the nearby paths as they are apt to do. Very beautiful, it is a pity to see what appears to be a constant development at the margins of the meadows which then leads to further housing and roads.

I headed out on the A134 past the old Bury Gaol look as imposing as ever, this would be a view familiar to many a prisoner as they were sentenced to transportation to Australia or death.

I continued along the A134 turning left at the signs for Rushbrooke, along here you pass over the old railway line between Bury and Sudbury and the River Lark. After passing Bridge Farm you reach a cross roads at North Hill Cottage and I decided to carry straight on.

You soon reach another North Hill Cottage after running alongside a small wood called North Hill Covert. Here I turned left and followed the road around to the right past a Sewage Works. Here you are entering what can only be described as Pig World. There are pigs for miles to be seen all provided with their 5 star metal sheds. After the recent rains mud was plentiful and these Pigs seemed to be happy and content in a field of mud.

I turned left at the Philis Hole Plantation up what used to be a slip road on to the A14. This was always a dangerous slip road road and cars had to get their timing just right to enter the A14 an a bend so I am glad it has now closed and has been converted to a walk and cycle path.

It runs up to and under the A14 and their is a pathway that I have never been on before which is besides the A14 near a small lake. This part of the continued expansion of Moreton Hall and a number of light industrial outlets. A more established path which is signposted and is part of the National Cycle Network took me into Moreton Hall emerging near Greene King offices.

I ran through Moreton Hall and back into Bury via the Abbey Gardens. I ran up Abbeygate Street already busy with shoppers before heading along Risbygate St and home.

Cullum Road/Ramada Hotel and Newmarket Rd Bury St Edmunds

In Abbey Gardens, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, St Peters Brewery on January 2, 2006 at 6:21 pm


12.45pm 5.4 miles in 42 minutes 42 seconds.

Year to date mileage 10.8

Month to date 10.8 miles

Weather: dry mild and sunny.

An easy but slow run around the centre of Bury. I haven’t dared due anything longer or harder as I still have a rotten cold.

Forthcoming races I am considering entering include the following:

5th February Lakenheath 5 – Anyone have any details on this race ? I can’t find anything on it but presume it starts from the cricket ground.

19th February St Peters Brewery Great East Run 20k at Bungay . This year they have dropped the 10k race which is a pity as 20k seems an odd distance. However this is a great race and must be recommended to anyone who has never entered before. An added attraction is at the finish you are well looked after with hot soup and a free bottle of the distinctive beer from
St Peters Brewery. Even if you don’t immediately recognise the name you will know if you have had one of these real ale beers from a supermarket because they come in an unusual oval shape bottle. Some of their best beers include Suffolk Gold and Golden Ale. That’s three great breweries in Suffolk along with Adnams and Greene King.

26th February Muscular Dystrophy Bury 20 & Nearly Ten from Nowton Park Bury. As I am planning to do the Bungay race and I don’t think I am ready to run 20 miles just yet I am going to enter the nearly ten. Yes I am whimping out but its more realistic.

River Lark & Water Meadows Run Bury St Edmunds

In Abbey Gardens, No Man's Meadow, snow, Water Meadows on December 27, 2005 at 10:28 am


8.15am 7.2 miles in 1 hour 3 mins and 23 seconds

Year to date mileage 1320

Month to date 124 miles

Average miles per month 111

Average weekly rate 25.6

Weather Snow- heavy snow showers.

Course:Head out through the water meadows and then turn left at Bury Rugby Club . Follow the path through No Mans Meadow which is at the back of the Abbey Gardens returning to Southgate Bridge and then returning over the meadows for a 2nd lap.Return home up Southgate Street past the Police Station and through the Abbey Gardens graveyard then through town centre, Risbygate street, Westley road and home. The
snow that had been promised duly arrived this morning.

Very rarely do we get the chance to run in the snow here in Suffolk. as most winters I reckon we only get perhaps at most 5-10 days of snow.

As I set off the snow showers became more heavy and running into the falling snow made visibility difficult. There was a lovely crunching sound as the snow compacted beneath my feet as my shoes landed.

As the going was difficult I found I was running a lot slower. My time for running this course was 3-4 minutes slower than normal.