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Bury St Edmunds Town Centre

In Bury St Edmunds on September 26, 2007 at 7:10 pm

5.30pm 6 miles in 50 mins 25 seconds
Week to date mileage 13 miles
Month to date mileage 142
Average weekly rate 30.7 miles
Average monthly rate 133
Year to date 1180
Lifetime 10773

On a very wet Wednesday evening rather than attend the track I decided on an easy run. With the Felixstowe Half Marathon I would have probably have still chosen to give the track a miss tonight. A track session this close to a race is not advisable though at my level and standard of running it is arguable if it makes any difference.

I ran past Horringer School and the Glad Abbot pub and then headed up past the west Suffolk hospital and up to Moreton Hall. I turned for home here and ran back along Eastgate Street and back into town.

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Nowton Park Suffolk

In Bury St Edmunds, Nowton Park on September 16, 2007 at 5:35 pm

7.45am 7.4 miles in 1hr 0 mins 51 seconds
Week to date mileage 37 miles
Month to date mileage 90
Average weekly rate 30.5 miles
Average monthly rate 132
Year to date 1128
Lifetime 10721

This was one of those indecisive drifty runs where I wasn’t sure where I was going to and changed my mind several times.

Before heading out of Bury I passed by the Theatre Royal which has finally been restored and opened for business after what seems must have been 2-3 years.

I set along the road to Sicklesmere but decided against continuing along this route knowing I wasn’t intending to run more than an 1hour. Instead along this road there is an entrance into Nowton Park and the opportunity to get on to softer ground was too appealing to refuse. Inside the park on a glorious Autumn day I noticed this tree stump circle. It doesn’t match the setting and history of Castlerigg Stone Circle but perhaps an alternative venue for druids. Who needs Stonehenge when you have Nowton Park.

I also noticed round hay bales in the park which again I haven’t noticed here before and that is probably down to me my lack of observation more than anything else. However it set me thinking about when round bales were introduced? Certainly as a child there were only square bales. Both have their advantages. Square bales stack like bricks so are good for storing in a barn. However they pose problems in transporting them to a barn and require more labour.

Round bales are seemingly a task of 1 farmer using a baler machine but of course don’t stack well but are much cheaper to make hence nowadays it is the exception to see square bales.

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

In Bury St Edmunds on September 14, 2007 at 6:23 pm

5.30pm 5.4 miles in 45 mins 01 seconds
Week to date mileage 18 miles
Month to date mileage 71
Average weekly rate 30.2 miles
Average monthly rate 131
Year to date 1109
Lifetime 10702

Set off for this run from Saxon Rise and jogged to the beginning of this 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 back towards town along Cullum Road before heading back along Out Westgate Street and back to the Ouida memorial. This is a 2.21 mile circular loop which starts up a hill and continues with a fairly undulating run along Hardwick Lane. Cullum Rd is flat until you head up hill to turn left into Out Westgate.

I improved my times over this course since I last ran it on the 2nd of September running a first lap in 17.54 and a 2nd lap in 17.52. This is 8.05 minute miling which isn’t good for me but i is fairly hill.

Cullum Rd /Ramada Hotel/Newmarket rd Bury St Edmunds

In Bury St Edmunds on September 6, 2007 at 7:59 pm

5.30pm 5.1 miles in 41 mins 28 seconds
Week to date mileage 16 miles
Month to date mileage 34
Average weekly rate 30.1 miles
Average monthly rate 131
Year to date 1072
Lifetime 10665

Tonight as I ran a regular route I started to think of songs which are about running or have run or running in the title. I came up with a few such as

Roadrunner by Jonathon Richmond and the Modern Lovers
Running man by the Damned
Run Rabbit Run – I find this is one to be avoided when running as it can get stuck in the mind and become very annoying !
My Little Runaway Del Shannon
Born to Run Bruce Springsteen
ready to Run Dixie Chicks
Run for your Life The Beatles
Run Snow Patrol
Run for your lives Saxon

Feel free to add any others you can think of there must be lots more !

2007 29 June 41.34
2007 15 June 41.58
2007 05 May 42.26
2007 23 Apr 42.28

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

West Suffolk Athletics Track Bury St Edmunds

In Bury St Edmunds, Saint Edmund Pacers, West Suffolk Athletics Track on September 5, 2007 at 9:07 pm

6.15pm 5.6 miles in 46 mins 39 seconds
Week to date mileage 10.6 miles
Month to date mileage 29
Average weekly rate 30.1 miles
Average monthly rate 131
Year to date 1067
Lifetime 10660

Another visit to the track for a slightly longer set of interval training. I ran to the track and warmed up as usual with 5 laps.

The session tonight was 2 sets of 2 x 3mins, 1 x 2.30 and 2 x 2 minutes a total of 25 minutes of running at 10k pace.

A run home was my warm down afterwards.

West Suffolk Athletics Track Bury St Edmunds

In Bury St Edmunds, Saint Edmund Pacers, West Suffolk Athletics Track on September 3, 2007 at 8:56 pm

6.15pm 5 miles in 41 mins 18 seconds
Week to date mileage 5 miles
Month to date mileage 23
Average weekly rate 30.2 miles
Average monthly rate 131
Year to date 1061
Lifetime 10654

A good session at the track tonight which involved a lot of short but paced intervals. I warmed with a run to the track followed by 5 laps to warm up.

We then ran 3 sets of 5 x 1 minute runs at around 5k pace with minute recovery after each run.
It catches up on you during the 3rd set especially if you set off a bit quick in the 1st set of runs which I did.

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.

Horsecroft, Nowton Bury St Edmunds Circular Run

In Bury St Edmunds, Horsecroft, Nowton on August 30, 2007 at 4:41 pm

2pm 7.6 miles in 1 hr 2 mins
Week to date mileage 22 miles
Month to date mileage 132

Average weekly rate 30 miles
Average monthly rate 130
Year to date 1038
Lifetime 10631

At present BT and Tiscali are apparently working to improve and enhance internet connections where I live. The disruption is set to last a week and my access will be intermittent. This was bad timing as today I had planned to work from home and needed to log on to files from work but couldn’t!

So I headed out for a run over a regular route which takes me up the Horsecroft road through Hardwick and Horsecroft. Today I seemed to record a very quick time of around about 2 minutes faster than normal for this route. I didn’t feel as if I had run any differently or set out to run faster than normal. May be a one off fluke or perhaps recent training is beginning to pay,time will tell.

The Bury to Clare footpath section was hard and dry. Sometimes this can be wet and ankle deep in mud. I have had a shoe sucked off in mud here before!

West Suffolk Athletics Track Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

In Bury St Edmunds, Saint Edmund Pacers, West Suffolk Athletics Track on August 29, 2007 at 8:28 pm

6.15pm 4.4 miles in 35 mins 44 seconds
Week to date mileage 15 miles
Month to date mileage 125

Average weekly rate 29.9 miles
Average monthly rate 130
Year to date 1030
Lifetime 10623

As I needed to be away from the track sharply I drove to the sports centre. I still put in a 5 lap warm up before the session.

Tonight we ran 9 x 2.30 seconds at a slightly faster than 10k pace with a 90 second recovery in between. After the first 5 we switched to run the last 4 in the opposite direction. Other than this change of direction it was really just one set.

The coach announced that that the summer track season was over and that we would be gradually running longer intervals in the weeks ahead.

After just a 1 lap warm down it was time to head of to cineworld for La Vie En Rose a film about the life of Edith Piaf. A French sub title film and one of the best this year after the many blockbusters which have disappointed or been a bit repetitive such as the Pirates of the Caribbean .

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