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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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Race Calendar for 2009

In Grunty Fen, Ipswich Jaffa, Littleport, Martlesham Heath, Newmarket Joggers, Norwich City, Saint Edmund Pacers, Stowmarket Striders, Sudbury Joggers on June 21, 2009 at 6:24 pm


Looking ahead at what races I might do in the second half of 2009 here are the possibilities:-

Bury 5 on 26th June a regular race I usually do or help out on with car parking/marshalling and in the past arranging the race entries. Expect a sell out on the night of 500 runners if we get good weather.
Sudbury 5 on 1st July I haven’t run this race before though have run the old train route between Sudbury and Rodbridge so would like to gie it a go.
Newmarket 10k 5th July No knowledge of this one haven’t done it before. I am not too good running in hot weather, in fact slighty scared of it!
Ipswich Half Marathon 30th August – a new race for Ipswich might be hot and looks a little expensive but looks a great course and event
Littleport Leisure 10k Race 6th September – love the area around Littleport haven’t done this before
19th Grunty Fen Half Marathon 13th September – I really bombed on this race last year set out too fast on this flat course and ended up walking in parts – however well organised race and I would like to go back and take it out on this race it’s a personal thing I owe it one!
Help for Heroes RAF Honington 10k 30th September A great cause not sure if I can do on a Wednesday though.
Martlesham Heath 10k 11th October An event organised by the Lions Club of Woodbridge & District – I haven’t run before but will consider.
Stowmarket Striders Scenic Seven 8th November I have run this many times before well organised by a great running club also reminds me of the on set of winter
Norwich City Half Marathon 29th November – Enter the dark side and venture into Norfolk with your passport! Only joking Norfolk folk I did this event in 2007 though then the race was run in the peak of summer. A big race then run from the Norfolk County Showground on a 2 lap course and fairly flat.

I am unlikely to do all of these 10 races but there is enough pleasure and pain to consider in these events to give my training a focus in the up and coming months, health willing.

Any one else planning to do any races this year let me know how it is going for you. What races are you doing ? Are you following a training plan ?

Now I have listed them lets see just how many I do!!

What does the photo have to do with this post? Absolutely nothing it is a picture taken in 1965 in the Abbey Gardens Bury St Edmunds and I am in the front on the slide and my sister Melanie is in the middle.

West Suffolk Athletics Track Bury St Edmunds

In Saint Edmund Pacers, West Suffolk Athletics Track on November 21, 2007 at 9:49 pm

5.30pm 7.47 miles in 53 mins 49 seconds
Week to date mileage 13 miles
Month to date mileage 60

Average weekly rate 29.2 miles
Average monthly rate 127
Year to date 1357
Lifetime 10950

Track session

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West Suffolk Athletics Track Bury St Edmunds

In Saint Edmund Pacers, West Suffolk Athletics Track on November 19, 2007 at 9:33 pm

5.30pm 5.88 miles in 52 mins 47 seconds
Week to date mileage 5.88 miles
Month to date mileage 53

Average weekly rate 29.2 miles
Average monthly rate 127
Year to date 1350
Lifetime 10943

After a week with no running to rest my leg injury I returned to the track but again it was a struggle.

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West Suffolk Athletics Track Bury St Edmunds

In Saint Edmund Pacers, West Suffolk Athletics Track on November 12, 2007 at 9:22 pm

5.30pm 7.7 miles in 54 mins 30 seconds
Week to date mileage 7.7 miles
Month to date mileage 47

Average weekly rate 29.8 miles
Average monthly rate 129
Year to date 1344
Lifetime 10937

Track session at the West Suffolk Athletics Track.

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Scenic Seven at Stowmarket Suffolk

In Saint Edmund Pacers, scenic seven, Stowmarket Striders, suffolk on November 11, 2007 at 9:37 pm

5.30pm 7 miles in 53 mins 17 seconds
Week to date mileage 19 miles
Month to date mileage 39

Average weekly rate 29.7 miles
Average monthly rate 129
Year to date 1336
Lifetime 10929

The Scenic Seven is a regular fixture in my racing calender and despite my lack of training and various injuries I headed to the Stowmarket Sports centre for this race. It always takes place on Remembrance Sunday and the 2 minute silence is always impeccably observed leading to a 11.02 minute start.

This year like m
any others I must have run 2 dozen laps of the sports centre car park before the start as a chilling drizzle accompanied by a breeze meant standing still was not a great option.

This year Stowmarket Striders had a record entry of over 400 and 379 finishers. The Sports Centre as a HQ must play a big part in this offering as it does a good size hall for pre race and after race , showers and toilet facilities which makes a good base for any family accompanying a runner.

This was the first race that I have used my Garmin and I recorded the following times

Mile 1 7.28
Mile 2 7.45
Mile 3 7.47
Mile 4 7.07
Mile 5 8.05
Mile 6 7.20
Mile 7 7.36

From 3 to 4 miles you pretty much have a downhill mile before returning back up hill for a mile between the 4th and 5th mile. My leg abductor injury behalved itself until the hill and then provided a uncomfortable tug for the last 3 miles. This is my excuse for not beating last years time when I ran 52.41.

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West Suffolk Athletics Track Bury St Edmunds

In Saint Edmund Pacers, West Suffolk Athletics Track on November 5, 2007 at 10:25 pm

5.30pm 6.9 miles in 49 mins 30 seconds
Week to date mileage 6.9 miles
Month to date mileage 27

Average weekly rate 30 miles
Average monthly rate 130
Year to date 1324
Lifetime 10917

Track session at the West Suffolk Athletics Track run against the backdrop of fireworks.

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West Suffolk Athletics Track Bury St Edmunds

In Saint Edmund Pacers, West Suffolk Athletics Track on October 31, 2007 at 10:45 pm

6.15pm 7.50 miles in 55 mins 8 seconds
Week to date mileage 15 miles
Month to date mileage 99
Average weekly rate 29.9 miles
Average monthly rate 130
Year to date 1297
Lifetime 10890

Another track session with the Saint Edmund Pacers. I am continuing to try and run with my leg injury. The Garmin device indicates my average speed for this sesion matched Monday’s session identically at being 7.21 seconds per mile.

West Suffolk Athletics Track Bury St Edmunds

In Saint Edmund Pacers, West Suffolk Athletics Track on October 29, 2007 at 10:22 pm

6.15pm 7.12 miles in 52 mins 36 seconds
Week to date mileage 7 miles
Month to date mileage 92
Average weekly rate 29.9 miles
Average monthly rate 130
Year to date 1289
Lifetime 10882

A club run as I haven’t been blogging on a regular basis since being injured I no longer recall the session . The Garmin device is proving useful capturing loads of information but most usefully distance covered. There is also data on calories used, average speed , maximum speed and a breakdown of time spent running at different speeds split into ten zones. The zones can be set to your own profile and I have zones from 1 walk through to 10 which is maximum speed. Zone 8 is for fast intervals which is where I spent most of my time during this run.

West Suffolk Athletics Track Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

In Saint Edmund Pacers, West Suffolk Athletics Track on October 22, 2007 at 9:16 pm

6.15pm 6.72 miles in 52 mins 43 seconds
Week to date mileage 6.72 miles
Month to date mileage 78
Average weekly rate 30.3 miles
Average monthly rate 132
Year to date 1276
Lifetime 10869

Another track session however my leg feels worse still so I am going to have to rest a few days and see what difference this makes.

Frustration!

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