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Stowmarket Striders Friday 5

In Friday 5, Haughley, Haughley Park, Stowmarket, Stowmarket Striders on June 22, 2007 at 9:11 pm


7.45pm 5 miles in 37 mins 2 mins

Week to date mileage 19 miles

Month to date mileage 107

Average weekly rate 29.9 miles

Average monthly rate 130

Year to date 738

Lifetime 10331

The Stowmarket Striders Friday 5 took place at Haughley Park which was once the home of the Dukes of Suffolk and you can see why with the extensive grounds and 17th century house.

This was my first attendance at the Stowmarket Friday 5 having previously only attended the Bury event. This is a lovely cross country event with 2 laps of a course combining woodland pathways, trackways and plenty of twists and turns and 1 or 2 hills.

I liked the fact it was 2 laps this gives the spectators in a short race something to view all of the time.

The weather held fair despite the ominous looking dark clouds and the appearance of a double rainbow proved that heavy showers were present in the area.

Entry on the night at the registration tent was possible and it certainly appeared that good numbers were taking part.

The only problem with the whole event was the lack of toilets. The four portaloo’s couldn’t cope with the numbers but it wasn’t a big problem as large numbers chose to visit the bushes and water the rhododendron’s.

After a good junior race the entries to the main race walked out to the start and then commenced along the flinty trackway back up a slight rise and past the spectators and into the woods where the course was lovely and shaded.

You had to watch your footing for trees roots and a few pot holes but this is an enjoyable course and a real pleasure to get of the road.

I ran most of the way with Chris Cook from Saint Edmund Pacers before he got a 2nd wind on the last lap and I couldn’t keep with him and I see he just managed to catch Roger Brand before the finish line also from the Pacers.

I always prefer the t shirts given at races to the medals given at races and the bright distinctive orange t shirt given out at the end of this race was good.

My mile time splits were 6.28, 7.24,7.42,7.37 and 7.51 a right mixed bag of times !

Well done Stowmarket Striders great event!

Stowmarket 10 – 2007

In Stowmarket on March 25, 2007 at 4:40 pm

11am 10 miles in 1 hr 18 mins 10 seconds

Week to date mileage 29 miles

Month to date mileage 122

Average weekly rate 30 miles

Average monthly rate 130

Year to date 360

Lifetime 9953

Today I took part in what was announced afterwards at the award ceremony as possibly the last 10 mile road race organised by the Stowmarket Striders. This is because the club would like to organise a Half Marathon instead which is a more recognized distance perhaps. I would certainly run it though I have always been a fan of the 10 mile road races and would prefer this to the Scenic Seven. Anyway what ever the Striders decide to do I am sure it will be as always well organised as todays race.

Perhaps it was the weather and maybe the popularity of the 10 which meant there were 217 finishers this year which was well up on last year. The start from the Sports Centre is helpful having ample car parking and shower and toilet facilities and no walking to find the start.

The course takes you out through the villages of Onehouse and Harleston before running a loop taking you over the A14 at Haughley New Street, through Haughley Park and Shelland before repeating the section over Onehouse and Harleston.

My times are consistently down on last year and this race followed this pattern but I actually felt good in this race. I think this was down to a conscious effort to start more slowly and try and relax for the first 3-4 miles and then see if I would able to up the anti and push on and this seemed to work for me. I was generally passing a few other runners rather than being passed as I was in my previous races and I think this made for a positive experience.

My times were as follows

Mile 1 7.25
Mile 2 7.38
Mile 3 7.48
Mile 4 7.29
Mile 5 8.26
Mile 6 7.38
Mile 7 7.52
Mile 8 8.08
Mile 9 8.01
Mile 10 7.44

I ran 1hr 17 . 31 last year so I was down by 39 seconds! The course is generally flat though there are some hills especially up at Haughley Park which would account for my slowest mile time.

As usual I have taken a large number of photos but I am so far behind at present with this blog diary and up loading photos on to my flickr site so I hope to get these uploaded asap.

Stowmarket Scenic 7 – 2006

In scenic seven, Stowmarket on November 12, 2006 at 6:56 pm







11.02am 7 miles in 52.37 minutes

Week to date mileage 20 miles

Month to date mileage 50

Average weekly rate 30.2

Average monthly rate 131

Year to date 1365

Lifetime 9385

I entered on the day the Stowmarket Scenic Seven. Remembering from last year the potential parking problems at the Sports centre I left early and arrived at 9.45am. Even then the car park was pretty full but I was able to park up and head into the sports centre to register.

The weather was near perfect cool but sunny.

Course: Start is from the Stowmarket Leisure Centre. This is a circular run which takes you through the villages of Onehouse, Harleston and Shelland. The course is as described and there is some beautiful scenery and some wonderful Suffolk pink farmhouses to admire.

There are two fair sized hills that you encounter. The first is just after the 4 mile sign and the hill is a fairly long drag of somewhere around a half mile long. The second hill is somewhat shorter at around 6 miles. There are also some good down hill sections as well though.

Stowmarket is mid way between Bury St Edmund’s and Ipswich and the Leisure Centre is easy to find. The total no of finishers was 361 which shows this race goes from strength to strength as this is an increase on last years 328.

As this was remembrance Sunday before the start we had a 2 minute silence for all those who have died in wars. This was well observed before the starters gun gave a feeble phwaaarrppp and we were off.

The starter has warned us that the 1st and 7th mile positions might be slightly wrong as the start had been slightly altered. Nevertheless I took my mile splits which were as follows Mile 1 7.12 slightly downhill , Mile 2 7.32, Mile 3 7.31, Mile 4 7.27, Mile 5 8min uphill, Mile 6 7.21 and last mile in 7.30.

I managed to run in a group of about 4 runners for 2-3 miles until this group split at the bottom of the hill climb on Mile 5.

There were 2 drinks stations on this course, not many spectators and a few cars as the course is open to traffic. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who fancies a well organised event in the heart of Suffolk.

My biggest surprise came at the end of the race when I realised my time was identical to last years. Both my official time of 52.41 and my own time taken when I crossed the starting line of 52.37 were identical. At least a year older I am no slower but it would have been nice to come in at least a second quicker!

Instead of medals every runner was given a Scenic 7 hand towel unusual but more useful. Thanks Stowmarket Striders for putting on a marvelous event.

I am adding all pictures I took at this event on my flickr site, look for the link on the left hand side of the page.

Stowmarket Scenic Seven

In Harleston, Onehouse, scenic seven, Shelland, Stowmarket, Stowmarket Striders on November 13, 2005 at 3:11 pm




11.02am 7 miles in52 minutes 37 seconds.

Year to date mileage 1141

Month to date 51 miles

Average miles per month 109

Average weekly rate 25.2

Weather: Sunny, mild and bright no wind.

Course: Start is from the Stowmarket Leisure Centre. This is a circular run which takes you through the villages of Onehouse, Harleston and Shelland. The course is as described and there is some beautiful scenery and some wonderful Suffolk pink farmhouses to admire.

There are two fair sized hills that you encounter. The first is just after the 4 mile sign and the hill is a fairly long drag of somewhere between a half mile and three quarters of a mile I would estimate. The second hill is somewhat shorter at around 6 miles. There are also some good down hill sections as well though.

Stowmarket is mid way between Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich and the Leisure Centre is easy to find. I believe there was a race entry of well over 300 which I can see from the Stowmarket Striders web site that this would mean there was a significant increase in entries compared to last year.

I arrived early least I thought I had at 10am but by then the car park was virtually full and I only just managed to find a space.

This was only my second race of the year and my first wearing the St Edmund Pacers Club Vest. As this was remembrance Sunday before the start we had a 2 minute silence for all those who have died in wars. This was well observed and I must have totally switched off as I didn’t realise the race had started as I didn’t hear any starting signal.

I set of well and was surprised by my first mile time of 7.07 which was too quick and not sustainable. At 2 miles my time was a more reasonable 14.28. At this point I think I had settled into the pace of the race which was run in bright sunshine and those who had decided to race in running gloves and bottoms must have regretted it.

I settled in behind a couple of Brandon Hern Hoppers who sheltered me from any wind and pulled me along. At 4 miles my time was 29.29 so I was still on a 7.22 pace. The hill at 4 miles is a long drag but consciously at this point you are over half way and thinking get up the hill and the worst is over. At 6 miles my time was dead on 45 minutes which is 7 .30 pace so I must have ran 8 minute miles between the 4 and 6 mile point. My final mile was run in 7.37.

So my splits were approx

Mile 1- 7.07 Mile 2- 7.21 Mile 3- 7.21 Mile 4- 7.09 Mile 5- 8.10 Mile 6- 7.52 and Mile 7- 7.37

Finish time 52.37 which overall is 7.31 pace.

There were 2 drinks stations on this course, not many spectators and a few cars as the course is open to traffic. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who fancies a well organised event in the heart of Suffolk.

As to the distance being 7 miles not sure why apart from obvious that it enables you to finish at the Sports Centre. I guess there can’t be many races at this distance? I would prefer it to be a 10k f there was some way of shaving of the 0.8 of a mile then you have an even better race but I guess you would lose the uniqueness of the event.

More photos of the race are on my Flickr site.