Archive for the ‘MP 3’ Category

Cullum Road/Ramada Hotel and Newmarket Rd Bury St Edmunds

In Bury St Edmunds, Compiegne, Kevelaer, MP 3, The Ramones on December 9, 2005 at 7:55 pm

5.30pm 5.4 miles in 42 minutes .

Year to date mileage 1236

Month to date 40 miles

Average miles per month 110

Average weekly rate 25.2

Week to date 33

Weather: Dry cool.

I repeated Tuesday’s run and improved my time again for this course. I was jet propelled listening to the Ramones on my MP3 player.

The photo above will be familiar to locals as the welcome sign as you arrive in Bury from Horringer. You will see Bury is twined with two places Compiegne and Kevelaer. I have never had any involvement my self in twinning and it generally has a bad name I think. I would imagine a lot of people think that it has provided free foreign trips for councilors.

The objectives of twinning are very laudable but I don’t think they ever involve that many people from all parts of the community. Twinning arrangements are supposed to help with the exchange of different cultural ideas and help form friendships. I would imagine this has only worked at a very superficial level for a small band of people.

I may be totally wrong on this but I am not aware if it is has been successful for Bury. Anyway aware or know of a twinning arrangement that has been successful? Have you been involved in a twinning arrangement?

Bury was twined with Compiegne in 1967 which is in the Oise District of France fairly near to Paris. It is the town where the armistice which ended the First World War was signed

In 1981, Bury was twined with Kevelaer which is a German town near to the Dutch borders between the Rivers Maas (Holland) and Rhine.

Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Run

In Bury St Edmunds, MP 3, Packard Bell Audio Key, PC World on November 1, 2005 at 9:54 pm

5.40pm 5.4 miles in44 minutes.

Year to date mileage 1095

Month to date 5 miles

Average miles per month 109

Average weekly rate 25.1

Weather: Mild and dry

A short town centre run made more enjoyable as I have finally got myself an MP 3 Player. In the end I purchased an of the shelf Packard Bell Audio Key from PC World. It is a I GB player which is extremely lightweight comes with a clip and a plastic pouch to keep it in. It will probably only store about 300 WMA tracks but it is ideal for running as it is a flash drive MP3.

PC World couldn’t really offer much help as they didn’t seem to know the difference hard disc and flash drive players. The assistant said they were all the same and all suitable for running and I suppose you can get away with using a hard drive player many of them have locks on the hard drive to prevent movement during exercise but I didn’t want to risk it.

Before going for the Audio Key I had bought a very nice looking Phillips Hard Drive MP3 with 6GB brand new from E Bay. However my computer just wouldn’t recognise the player so I had to return.

I then made an order for an MP 3 player from E Buyer which was called a Guru. However despite them taking my money and saying they had lots in stock the day before it was delivered they suddenly canceled the order and returned my money.

So in the end I felt it much easier just to pop in to PC World and buy off the shelf.

Westley Road & Risbygate Street Circular Run Bury St Edmunds

In Bury St Edmunds, MP 3, suffolk on October 7, 2005 at 8:32 pm

6pm 5.6 miles in 45 minutes 30 seconds.

Year to date mileage 985

Month to date 35 miles

Average miles per month 107

Average weekly rate 24.6

Weather: Dry & mild.

Ran a circular run which includes a section where I have measured to be a mile from the Newmarket Road to the Falcon Pub. I didn’t push to hard any comfortably ran the 1st mile in 7.53 and the second in 7.55. The rest of the run was a similar pace probably just over 8 minute miles.

I am still looking at buying an MP 3 player so any recommendations are welcomed. I want a player specifically just for running. At the moment I am considering the PHILIPS PSA615 6GB MP3. Although this has a hard disc it seems to be made purposely for runners in mind as it includes a shock lock mode to prevent the hard disc from moving. It also has a talking stop watch, not sure about that feature but it does have capacity to store up to 3000 songs.

Other than this it seems there is a choice of an Apple I-Pod – these are the most popular but do have hard discs and although skip free there seems to be some horror stories on the web where people have been unlucky and the disc has broken.

Or going for something much cheaper that has capacity for just 30-40 songs 128 mb players

Any suggestions anyone???

Sports MP3 Player for Running

In Gt North Run, mobi blue, MP 3, Saint Edmund Pacers, Tarpley 10 on September 23, 2005 at 6:14 pm

If you were fortunate and had a little dosh to spend what mp3 player would you buy for running? I had a mobi blue dah can’t remember the model name. This went well for just over a year until just out of warranty when the start button got stuck and it died.

I would like an MP3 player which can play either mp3’s or wma files. Obviously it needs to be skip proof and robust enough to survive the stresses that a runner will put it to.

Any thoughts?

5.30pm 4 miles in 32 .11 mins

Year to date mileage 922

Month to date 112 miles

Average miles per month 105

Average weekly rate 24.3

Weather wet under foot but bright

Course: Westley Road and Risbygate Steet circular run. A slow easy run to conclude a week in which I have run just 24 miles in an effort to prepare for a 10 mile race I am doing on sunday at Beyton.

As this is my first race since February 2004 it is hard to say how this will go. It would have better to have found a 10k but I guess training is fairly similar for both events.

Completing the race will be first target after which I hope to get round in under 1.25. The course is described as undulating so I suppose my time depends on how many hills there are and whether I go off a little to quick. The tarpley 10 is a brand new race organised by St Edmunds Pacers so I hope they get good numbers attending and the race is repeated annually.

Talking of races the Gt North Run last Sunday attracted a lot of publicity because unfortunately 4 men died during the race. Previously there had been 8 deaths in the previous 24 years of this race. The weather was very warm on the day. I noticed this was immediately seized upon by a number of folks in the media and by politicians and there was a bit of an anti running back lash. I got a bit of this all done in jest when I ran last Monday. As soon as they saw more a group of young lads started pretending to choke and drop down dead! Not in very good taste.