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Felsham Gedding and Bradfield Woods Suffolk

In Bradfield Woods, Felsham, Gedding on March 16, 2007 at 6:40 pm

8.am 9 miles in 1 hr 15 mins 3 seconds

Week to date mileage 33 miles

Month to date mileage 86

Average weekly rate 29.5 miles

Average monthly rate 131

Year to date 323

Lifetime 9916

According to Ekwall the meaning of the name Felsham is Faela or pleasant enclosure. I drove out from Bury taking the Bradfield turning at Sicklesmere. Felsham is about 6 miles south east of Bury St Edmunds. I parked in front of the old village school which is now the Village Hall.

I was immediately approached by a visitor who was looking for a newspaper from the village stores. He had been directed here by someone in Bradfield St George. I directed him back to Sicklesmere he didn’t seem to be too impressed by the opening hours but he strutted of muttering to himself.

The Six Bells at Felsham is mentioned quite frequently in the Diary of a Poor Suffolk Woodman. An early form of a Friendly Society met here at the Six Bells. Small holders, and tied farmers paid in a contribution and in return were supported by a payment in times of illness or upon death to their family.

I headed out of Felsham on the Cockfield Rd but turned off on a public right of way footpath which took me through over a stile into someones back garden at Felsham Hall!. I never enjoy these type of pathways as I always feel I am trespassing. If I lived there I wouldn’t want a steady stream of visitors hopping over a stile into my garden.

I was soon heading over open farm land and soon arrived at Bradfield Woods. I followed one of the many footpaths and emerged on to the B Main road at the entrance . This road is quiet and I happily ran along the side of the road past Grange Farm to Gedding.

From the lovely St Mary’s Church you can view Gedding Hall which is as everyone knows in these parts Bill Wymans home or one of them.

I returned to Felsham via Lower Green and then headed out on a pathway behind St Peter’s Church.

Tarpley 10 at Beyton Suffolk

In Beyton, Brandon Fernhoppers, Drinkstone, Gedding, Hessett, Ipswich Jaffa, Saint Edmund Pacers, suffolk, Tarpley 10 on September 25, 2005 at 1:29 pm

10.30am 10 miles in 1 hour 18 .25 mins

Year to date mileage 932

Month to date 122 miles

Average miles per month 106

Average weekly rate 24.3

Weather: Sunny and dry slight breeze.

Course: From Beyton we headed out through Hessett , Gedding and Drinkstone before returning to Beyton. The course was described as undulating and had some small inclines at 3 miles and between 8 and 10 miles.

The 1st running of a new race organised by the St Edmunds Pacers in memory of the club’s late president Bert Tarpley , who died in October last year. For an inaugural race the turn out was quite good I believe around 142 runners took part from a number of clubs including St Edmunds Pacers, Brandon Fernhoppers, Ipswich Jaffa, Herne Hill Harriers, West Norfolk AC,Colchester & Tendering, Stowmarket Striders, Newmarket Joggers, waveney Valley AC, West Suffolk AC,Bilderston Bounders and one representative from Liverpool Harriers who probably came from furthest afield.

This was a very well organised race with car parking close to the start at Beyton School, excellent marshaling, a free shirt and a bag of freebies along with some lots of drinks and food afterwards.

I was pleased with my time I had hoped for under 1.25. I set of a little quick and was surprised to reach the 1st mile marker in 7.22. I stuck in at this point behind runners from Ipswich Jaffa and pretty much run with this group throughout the race. At 5 miles my time was 38.40 and I knew I just had to maintain 8 min mile pacing to get under 1.20. I only felt bad after drinking water at 4 and 7 miles this didn’t seem to do me much good.

There were also several junior fun runs which were attended by St Edmunds Pacers.

The geese near the village green are obviously in charge at Beyton, they brought traffic to halt at one point. Love the pumpkins near the car park plenty for Halloween.

I hope this race is run again next year I can thoroughly recommend it.