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Sudbury Suffolk

In cows, mill, Reebok, River Stour, Sudbury, Thomas Gainsborough on June 26, 2007 at 6:57 pm

5pm 6 miles in 50 mins

Week to date mileage 6 miles

Month to date mileage 125

Average weekly rate 29.9 miles

Average monthly rate 130

Year to date 756

Lifetime 10349

Tonight I visited Sudbury for a short run around the town centre and the common land meadows. I parked in the free car park in the centre of the town which gives you 3 hours free parking which is great for visitors and local business.

I wore my new shoes that arrived in the post on Monday with a free t shirt. Again excellent service from Do Running and as good as Joe Jogger but with a free t shirt! The shoes I am trying are Reebok Premier Ultra III’s at £29.99 knocked down from £59.99 so a bit of a gamble as to whether they will last and provide support but at this price worth a go.

I headed through town and past the home of Sudbury’s most famous son Thomas Gainsborough. There is a museum to visit and a statue in the town centre.

I headed out to the common land land meadows which run besides the River Stour and the old mill house.

From here you have bit of a runners paradise with a great route along the old railway line to Long Melford if you wish. However I chose today a run around the common lands and well and truly inducted my shoes there being plenty of grazing cows.

There were a number of boys fishing but the type of fishing where you hope for a quantity of small roach and perch for the fun, 1-2 dog walkers and plenty of cows. Cows have more curiosity than cats its their expression which is a give a way. I have been followed more than once when on a run as they try and keep pace with you in expectation of something.

Once again much to see and photo around Sudbury and I will add pictures to my flickr site in time.

Rodbridge to Sudbury Valley Trail Walk

In Rodbridge, Sudbury on March 29, 2007 at 8:17 pm

5.15pm 8.6 miles in 1 hr 11 mins 17 seconds

Week to date mileage 23 miles

Month to date mileage 145

Average weekly rate 30.4 miles

Average monthly rate 132

Year to date 382

Lifetime 9975

I parked up at the Rodbridge picnic site which is between Long Melford and Sudbury and is reached by taking the B1064 road just off the A134. The bridge over the River Stour at this point indicates the border at this point between Suffolk and Essex.
From the Rodbridge picnic site you can take a 3 mile walk along the the Valley Trail which was part of the Great Eastern Railway linking Colchester to Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds, and was known as the Stour Valley Line. Trains operated along here from 1865 until 1967.
The weather wasn’t great as I set off there was a persistent drizzle which showed no signs of abating. The Valley Trail runs through the Sudbury riverside meadows, which are the oldest continuously grazed pastures in East Anglia.

Along the walk you pass by Borley Rectory just over the border in Essex which was said to be the most haunted house in England between 1863 and 1939 until it burnt down.

The walkway seems very suitable for wheelchairs being entirely flat as you would imagine but is obviously well looked after and is now a site of much wildlife and wildflowers.
The walk continues into Sudbury to Friars meadow but I decided to return to the Ballingdon Bridge and here there is a pathway leading into the busy town centre of Sudbury. Arriving at this time of day the road was too busy to attempt much of a run. There are some wonderful houses in many different pastel colors near the river but I retraced my steps as it was too busy to try and cross roads here.

I returned via the valley walk to Rodbridge to have a look around the picnic site. Unfortunately the weather had closed in and the rain was beginning to belt down. Nevertheless this is a beautiful; spot and well worth the trip. I have made a note to return later in the year and this time get around Sudbury.

Sudbury Joggers

In Sudbury, Sudbury Joggers on October 30, 2005 at 6:54 pm

Pleased to hear from Suffolk Swift about a new web page for Sudbury Joggers who were formerly known as the Stour Valley Joggers.

The club is based in Sudbury / Gt Cornard area of West Suffolk which is a beautiful area of the country. The club meets on Wednesday Evenings at 7.15pm for a run from The Great Cornard Upper School / Leisure Centre.

Famous men and women of Suffolk No 4 in a series

In painters, Sudbury, Thomas Gainsborough on August 9, 2005 at 7:57 pm

Thomas Gainsborough 1727-1788 was born in Sudbury in Suffolk. One of Englands greatest painters of both landscapes and potraits.

Two of his most famous paintings are the Blue Boy and the Duchess of Devonshire.

He was the son of a non-conformist spinner who began to sketch as soon as he could write.