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Bury 5 at Nowton Park Bury St Edmunds

In Bury 5, Nowton Park, race, Runners, Saint Edmund Pacers on June 26, 2009 at 9:50 pm

The Suffolk Friday 5 series continued with Saint Edmund Pacers turn to host the five mile road race series. This was the 4th race after events organised by Ipswich Jaffa, Felixstowe Road Racers and Stowmarket Striders.

The good weather increased the number of entries compared to last year. Wheras there were 391 finishers in 2008 this year the number was up to 451. The weather was warm , sunny but also humid and this had its effect on more than a few runners who needed help from the medical attendants due to the humidity.

I entered on the night and this year parking was easier as we were allowed to park within Nowton Park. Like many other runners I took advantage of the Lucozade Sports Mobile Stand which was providing free sports drinks and energy bars.

I am never very good with running in heat it always to sap my energy and so I knew before the start this would be more of a training run than a race. I also had in the back of my mind last years DNF!. My only ever did not finish race.

As a consequence I set off at a moderate pace and ran the first mile within the park in 7.40. The first mile has lots of bends and is narrow in places with some up hill sections and generally you have to watch your footing for mole holes.

Once you leave Nowton Park and emerge on to Fox and Pin Lane you are starting to gradually climb up hill and my second mile time had slipped to 7.57. The steepest section of the course takes you up the old town lane to High Green and through a local farm. I seem to struggle with hills and was passed by many here as my time for the 3rd mile was 8.36.

However once at the top of the hill I knew I was at least going to finish albeit in a slow time . There is a good long downhill stretch past Nowton Church and my time recovered in the fourth mile to 7.40. There is another up hill section at Nowton Road near the Nowton Village Hall but by this point you know the finish is close by and you return down Fox and Pin Lane and into the park for a sprint to the finish line. My final mile was my best in 7.33. In fact at this point I felt as if my legs had woken up and I was ready to do another five though very hot. At the finish the humidity had left me resembling a river of sweat and absolutely soaked I took the offer of a cold shower from a jug of water from one of the race helpers at the finish funnel.


My official time was 39.22 for 216th place right in the middle of the pack bearing in mind the 451 finishers. Probably my slowest ever 5 mile race but I was still happy relieved I think to get this bogey dnf out of my mind.

The junior race had a good entry and many of the photos in this entry capture the beginning of this race. I will load other races to flickr in due course

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High Green near Nowton Suffolk

In High Green, Nowton Park on May 23, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Wow tired this morning. Got out early at 7.30am

I felt stiff and slow as I ran on a circular course through the Bury St Edmunds town centre , near Nowton Park and up to High Green but the weather was simply great so relax!

I ran 7 miles in 1 hr 3 mins and 50 seconds very slow for me.

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.

Bury St Edmunds Friday 5

In Bury 5, Bury St Edmunds, Nowton, Nowton Park, race on June 1, 2007 at 9:31 pm

7.30pm 5 miles in 37 mins 41 secs

Week to date mileage 19 miles

Month to date mileage 5

Average weekly rate 29.3 miles

Average monthly rate 127

Year to date 636

Lifetime 10229

Tonight was the first in a series of Suffolk/Essex 5 mile evening races from Nowton Park Bury St Edmunds. The weather was surprisingly warm and dry after recent rain seemingly every day for the last couple of weeks.

Perhaps the combination of the good weather, the enjoyable location at Nowton Park and the excellent organisation all helped to swell numbers as even with a few minutes before the start of both the junior and adult races there were big line of last minute entries. The guys in the registration tent did a brilliant job as looking at the results on the Saint Edmund Pacers website it would appear the race entry must have exceeded 500.

The figure of eight course has a bit of everything – to begin with there is a mile and a bit within Nowton Park. As per usual most people belt of at a good pace partly to get good position as some of the corners are fairly narrow and with the volume of runners you can get stuck behind a group and overtaking is then not easy.

Things begin to settle down after emerging from the park and heading up hill to High Green. The course runs through a farm across rutted tracks and some puddles. . There is then a good downhill section near Nowton Church before another slight climb, more downhill before returning on to the same road and into Nowton Park for a sprint down the avenue of elm trees.

I took lap times but I haven’t made much sense of them and I think I must have failed to stop my watch at the finish as my overall time seemed to be more than the official time.

Anyway my lap times were

Mile 1 7.30
Mile 2 15.42 – 8.12
Mile 3 23.49 -8.07
Mile 4 31.00 – 7.11
Mile 5 37.56 – 6.56

I was slower than last year by 13 seconds by the official time. I struggled to get going and felt hot after the 1st 2 miles. I didn’t take enough drink at the half way point and would have better off stopping and having a drink. At this point the hot air balloon looked much more inviting than running.

However it was a good event and depending on work commitments I am know considering whether I can do any of the other events in this series of races.

Friday 15th June – Kirton
Friday 8th June – Ipswich
Friday 22nd June – Stowmarket (Haughley)
Friday 13th July – Great Bentley


The free race t shirts were very popular.

As per usual I will load up many other photos on my flickr site in due course.

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

Bury Nearly 10 Nowton Park

In Bury St Edmunds, Nowton Park on February 25, 2007 at 7:26 pm

10.30am 9.4 miles in 1 hr 14 mins 11 secs

Week to date mileage 23 miles

Month to date mileage 93

Average weekly rate 29 miles

Average monthly rate 126

Year to date 232

Lifetime 9825

In a less than confident mood I took part in this mornings Bury Nearly 10 race from Nowton park. The main race and better supported event is the Bury 20 which also set off at the same time at 10.30am.

I have been running poorly without any feeling of much energy or drive and after a few miles I seem to seize up and slow down. I am a year older but I still expect to improve my times compared to last year.

However much more important is the taking part and there was a good attendance. The course takes in a number of small villages and hamlets including Nowton,High Green,Pinford End and Mickley Green.

I eventually finished 38th out of 129 finishers , 44 seconds slower than last year. I don’t have any mile splits. I also finished 38th in 2006 when there was 127 finishers. My finishing time shows a few seconds difference to my personal time due to the congested start and time to cross the start line. The first section of the race is within Nowton Park and after the recent rains it was slippery and muddy to begin. The section up to High Green is aptly named but generally the course is fairly flat apart from a steep section near the end of the race coming back into Nowton.

Nowton Park Bury St Edmunds

In Nowton, Nowton Park on January 7, 2006 at 8:48 pm

10am 8.5 miles in 1 hour 10 minutes

Week to Date mileage 29

Month to date mileage 34

Weather: Some sleet and drizzle , cold damp and grey.

Parked at Nowton and decided to do some laps of the park. Conditions were very slippery under foot and it wasn’t long before I decided I would only do the one lap. I was having trouble keeping my footing and wishing I had a pair of spikes. I don’t own any spikes which means I can’t do cross country races at the moment. Well that is my excuse and I’m sticking to it .

Any way I was surprised when I completed the lap that I actually ran it far quicker than my previous run back on the 19th December when I did 2 laps in 19.50 and 19.30. Today I ran an 18.24 lap which is a full minute quicker despite fighting to stay on my feet . It almost tempted me to carry on and do some more laps but only for a split second. I quickly decided to head for the road. I ran up past Breckley Ley House and along to High Green and then Low Green. I then took the Hawstead road past Nowton Church before heading of to follow the footpath across the fields towards Sicklesmere before retracing my steps back to Nowton Park.

Abbey Gardens & Nowton Park Suffolk

In Abbey Gardens, Nowton Park on December 19, 2005 at 12:08 pm

8.10am 11 miles in I hour 33 minutes

Year to date mileage 1288

Month to date 92 miles

Average miles per month 111

Average weekly rate 25.5

Week to date 19

Weather Mild clear blue skies.
I dropped my car off to be serviced and ran from the railway station around town and through the Abbey Gardens. The sun was just rising and the sky was bright pink just for a while.

The completed tower of St Edmundsbury Cathedral has completely changed the skyline of Bury and is a wonderful sight. It is a pity there is no walkway or opportunity to see the views from the top.

I wasn’t sure where to run this morning it took a little while to wake up after a late night in London. Eventually I decided on a couple of laps of Nowton Park. There is a lovely circular trail of the park which is about 2 miles. As the park is quite popular you can expect to encounter several dogs and for this reason I don’t run it as much as I should. There is a small pond and a lovely avenue of trees to run through. Lime Avenue was planted in 1880 and gives the park a sense of grandeur. This morning much of the pathways were heavily covered in leaves and a few times I nearly tripped on tree roots. I was ok after telling myself to lift my feet up a bit more. Outside

of the woods several of the paths were a mixture of crusted ice where the overnight rain had frozen, mole hills and some really nice springy ground up by the school pond. Over the years it appears the conifers have regularly shed their needles and made the ground soft and springy to run on.

I ran slowly this morning and my laps of the park took 19.50 for the first lap and 19.30 for the second.

Horsecroft/Nowton/Town Circular Run

In Bury St Edmunds, Horsecroft, Nowton, Nowton Park, Sunflowers on August 30, 2005 at 7:49 pm


4pm 7.8 miles in 1hour 3mins 32 seconds.

Year to date mileage 810

Month to date 130 miles

Average miles per month 102

Average weekly rate 23.4

Weather Hot sunny 82

Course: Ran out on the road to Horsecroft, returned over fields to Nowton Park and the returned home via Town Centre . An unusual site for Suffolk I ran past, was this field of Sun flowers or perhaps I have never noticed farmers growing this type of crop before in this area. If you have ever attempted to grow sunflowers at home as a bit of fun or to try and get your children interested in gardening then you may be interested to know the world record stands at 25 feet 5 and half inches. This was grown in Holland in 1986.

Apparently sunflowers grow taller if planted on the northern side of fences and buildings this is because the plants stretch to reach the morning sun.

Nowton Park & Nowton

In Nowton, Nowton Park on August 6, 2005 at 6:06 pm


9am 9.5 miles in1hr and 22 mins.
Year to date mileage 707 miles
Month to date 27 miles
Average miles per week this year 22.7
Average per month 99.

Weather: Sunshine and clouds.

Course: Follow the Bury to Clare Footpath. Start from Nowton Park and turn inti Nowton Road. Turn left up the driveway to Breckley Ley. At the bridleway sign turn left and when you reach the narrow road turn right . Turn right again at the next bridleway sign which takes you over fields . When you reach the wood turn left until you reach a trig point showing a height of 84 feet above sea level. I then took various paths and got thoroughly lost at one point being hemmed in between a hedge on one side with brambles and a field of wheat on the other.

I eventually arrived at St Peters Church at Nowton after going through High Green. The church is really in splendid isolation there being no village nearby. Why is the charge in the middle of nowhere ? I can only presume it was for the benefit of the residents at the nearby Nowton Hall.

After this turned around and followed path back into Nowton Park and ran around here for a couple of miles. A nice easy long run.