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Abbey Gardens Bury St Edmunds Suffolk

In Abbey Gardens, Abbey Gate, Bury St Edmunds, Ouida, St Edmundsbury Cathedral on September 2, 2007 at 6:35 pm

7.50am 7.4 miles in 1 hr mins 2 seconds
Week to date mileage 40.6 miles
Month to date mileage 18
Average weekly rate 30.2 miles
Average monthly rate 131
Year to date 1056
Lifetime 10649

After a good weeks running and feeling a little tired I decided to take it easy on my hour run by doing a circuit of my nearly measured circular run. Starting at the Ouida memorial at the bottom of Vinery Road I head up hill along Hardwick Lane.Following the road around in a circle to take back towards town along Cullum Road before heading back along Out Westgate Street and back to the Ouida memorial. Has any read or got an Ouida novel? A 2.21 mile circuit according to mapmyrun.com. I didn’t run very quickly but ran an 18.20 time.

After this I turned back along Out Westgate Street and into Bury. The Albert Buildings and the Chapel both date from 1840. At this time Bury St Edmunds had just gained its first Police Force in 1836 the gas works had just been built but the town had yet to be connected by rail to any other towns.

We are very fortunate to live in Bury St Edmunds and have the wonderful Abbey Gardens on our door step. It is a place I never tire of visiting and it makes a great place for a run. It was here I headed next.

It was quite at this time of the morning with just a few early bird families heading for the swings and one or two tourists consulting maps. Running here doesn’t feel like work at all as you are totally distracted by everything around you and time passes though the benches looked tempting.

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Cullum Road/Ramada Hotel and Newmarket Rd Bury St Edmunds

In Abbey Gardens, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, St Peters Brewery on January 2, 2006 at 6:21 pm


12.45pm 5.4 miles in 42 minutes 42 seconds.

Year to date mileage 10.8

Month to date 10.8 miles

Weather: dry mild and sunny.

An easy but slow run around the centre of Bury. I haven’t dared due anything longer or harder as I still have a rotten cold.

Forthcoming races I am considering entering include the following:

5th February Lakenheath 5 – Anyone have any details on this race ? I can’t find anything on it but presume it starts from the cricket ground.

19th February St Peters Brewery Great East Run 20k at Bungay . This year they have dropped the 10k race which is a pity as 20k seems an odd distance. However this is a great race and must be recommended to anyone who has never entered before. An added attraction is at the finish you are well looked after with hot soup and a free bottle of the distinctive beer from
St Peters Brewery. Even if you don’t immediately recognise the name you will know if you have had one of these real ale beers from a supermarket because they come in an unusual oval shape bottle. Some of their best beers include Suffolk Gold and Golden Ale. That’s three great breweries in Suffolk along with Adnams and Greene King.

26th February Muscular Dystrophy Bury 20 & Nearly Ten from Nowton Park Bury. As I am planning to do the Bungay race and I don’t think I am ready to run 20 miles just yet I am going to enter the nearly ten. Yes I am whimping out but its more realistic.

Horringer & The Abbey Gardens

In Abbey Gardens, Abbey Gate, bra, Hardwick Heath, Horringer, Horringer Farm, Ickworth Park, St Edmundsbury Cathedral on December 8, 2005 at 1:26 pm




9.30am10.5 miles in 1 hour 25 minutes 38 seconds .

Year to date mileage 1231

Month to date 34 miles

Average miles per month 109

Average weekly rate 25.2

Weather: Dry weak sunshine.

I decided to run out to Ickworth Park but changed my mind as the section I have to run on road beyond Horringer Farm was too busy with cars.

Instead I double backed on myself and got another surprise. Another bra has appeared in the trees at Horringer Farm this time a bright red one. There was no sign of the previous one which I photographed on Sunday. Very curious obviously bras grow on trees!

I ran up to Hardwick Heath and then down to Bury Rugby Club at the Haberden. Went along by the River Lark and into the Abbey Gardens. If you visit Bury St Edmunds you can walk among the ruins of a once great Benedictine Abbey. One of my photos shows the ruins and beyond St Edmundsbury Cathedral. Bury’s cathedral was originally the parish church of St James. Building works were completed this year on the tower. The cathedral dates from 1503 so it has only taken 502 years to complete.

The Abbey Gate with the portcullis dates from the middle of the 14th century. The original gate was destroyed by poor Bury folks in 1327 on an attack on the rich inhabitants of the abbey which resulted in the Abbot being kidnapped.

Bury St Edmunds Town Centre

In Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds, St Edmundsbury Cathedral on October 13, 2005 at 6:15 pm


5.30pm 5.5 miles in 45 minutes

Year to date mileage 1008

Month to date 63 miles

Average miles per month 108

Average weekly rate 24.8

Weather: A very wet day damp and cool – lovely!

Course: Another run around the town centre which didn’t follow any particular course. This is quite refreshing in a way not to follow any particular route as you don’t have any particular times in your mind as to how quickly you should reach a certain point. The downside of running without a route is it can lead you up blind alleys.

Running around 6pm means competing with busy rush hour traffic. You can’t easily cross roads which means you end up hanging around for a gap in the traffic to nip across in between cars. So having a route planned out for the dark nights which avoids traffic is a must.

The photo is the Abbey Gardens Cathedral during the height of summer. I’m missing the sunshine already.

Roll on the week end !