Archive for the ‘Pinford End’ Category

Pinford End and Whepstead Suffolk

In Pinford End, Whepstead on June 27, 2009 at 6:32 pm

After last nights race I felt ok but the weather continues to be humid and as a result I again ran slowly.

This run took me out and back from Bury St Edmunds 5 miles to Whepstead.

One of the landmarks on this run is this very traditional Suffolk Pink house at Pinford End. It is familar to any one who has run the Bury 10/20 mile road race. The Bull’s Green Lane takes you through to Mickley Green on the Brockley Road.

Listened to a new podcast today from Phil the Twilight Runner at

I was interested to read about the world war 2 airfield at Ballyhalbert at County Down. Well worth a listen if you enjoy listening to a a podcast.

Now playing: Talking Heads – Road to Nowhere
via FoxyTunes

Pinford End Suffolk

In Hawstead, Pinford End on August 18, 2007 at 5:48 pm

8am 7.5 miles in 1 hr 2 mins 24 secs
Week to date mileage 30 miles
Month to date mileage 85

Average weekly rate 30.1 miles
Average monthly rate 131
Year to date 990
Lifetime 10583

A wet blowy morning as I decided to run out and back to the small hamlet called Pinford End which is really one end of Hawstead village. I take the Horsecroft road near by the busy traffic lights at the Spread Eagle and run up hill out of Bury.

Running out of Bury you pass Hardwick House and Horsecroft Hall. At Hawstead Lodge there is a large hill which takes you down to Pinford End. This was my half way point and I turned in 31.32.

Returning by the same route I took 30.52 though there are 2 large hills to climb the route is generally downhill on the return.

Pinford End Suffolk

In Pinford End on December 9, 2006 at 8:37 pm

8.30am 11 miles in 1 hr 30 mins

Week to date mileage 29 miles

Month to date mileage 48

Average weekly rate 30.1 miles

Average monthly rate 131

Year to date 1475

Lifetime 9495

Rather muddy this morning as I ran across fields on the Bury to Clare path to Horsecroft. The Bury to Clare path follows along the road into Pinford End and then takes a sharp right up Bull Lane. I think I turned for home about half way along here near Coronation Wood.

A bright sunny morning there are some good views points from up here looking back into Bury and I will return another time as it will be possible to make this a circular run by extending the run to Whepstead.

Pinford End Woods Suffolk

In Hawstead, Pinford End, suffolk on October 9, 2005 at 3:03 pm

9am 9.5 miles in 1 hour 20 mins 53 secs

Year to date mileage 1003

Month to date 52 miles

Average miles per month 107

Average weekly rate 24.9

Weather: Another beautiful autumn day very mild and perfect for running.

Course: Ran out past the West Suffolk Hospital into Hardwick Park. Then onto Hencote Lane and over the faint track across the fields. The corn has long been cut and the farmer has ploughed and tilled the soil but the shadow outline of the old pathway is easily followed.

Following the Bury to Clare path I passed Hawstead Lodge and then took a path over fields into some woods near Pinford End. The woods don’t seem to be named and the official path ceases before you can reach Hawstead Hall. The marked path on the ordanance survey map has been changed so you can no longer follow the path over fields to Hawstead Church. Instead I returned in a circle passing over some lovely bridges in the wood.

I never saw a soul on the run very quiet and beautiful seclusion.

Horsecroft & Pinford End

In Horsecroft, Pinford End, suffolk on September 4, 2005 at 6:11 pm

8.45am 8.5 miles in 1hour 11mins 27 seconds.

Year to date mileage 843.

Month to date 33 miles

Average miles per month 104

Average weekly rate 23.9

Weather: Hot and sunny

Course Out and back course along the Horsecroft Road through Little Horsecroft to Pinford End. Just before Pinford End there is a footpath which takes you on a circular path around a wood. The wood isn’t named on the ordance survey map but is near Hawstead HalL. From what I can tell the original path has now been changed and instead of emerging at Hawstead Church it takes you in a circle back to Pinford End. I will try to find the path from the church on another run at a future date.

The houses are typical of those passed on this run at Little Horsecroft.

23rd July Hawstead Church Out and Back Run

In Hawstead, Pinford End, Suffolk Pink on July 23, 2005 at 11:18 am

8am 8.8 miles in 1 hour 13 mins 20 secs. Year to date mileage 636 and for July 101. Average miles per week for this year is 21.8 and average monthly mileage is now 95.

Weather continues to be overcast

The course: Head out of Bury on the Horsecroft Road, this takes you past Horsecroft Hall and Hardwick House. Keep going straight (as there are no turnings on this course) through Pinford End until you get to All Saints, Hawstead Church. I reached here in 37.30 minutes expecting to return in the same time but surprisingly returned a lot quicker as there are 2 hills to climb on the return.

I hour 13 mins represents my longest run at the moment. I am planning to build up a few minutes each week until the middle of September when I plan to enter a 10 mile race.

Pictures above – All Saints is a big church and has more monuments and memorials than any other church in Suffolk including a memorial to a knight dating from 1271 apparently the oddly named Eustace Fitz-Eustace. There is also apparently medieval stained glass.

The traditional colour for house walls in Suffolk is pink, and nowadays it is at least as common as ever it was in history. This cottage was a good example that I passed on the run . Of course in days gone by they didn’t buy their paint at the local DIY store they would have mixed it using a mixture of buttermilk and pig’s blood. if you go over the border into Norfolk they have traditional green houses.