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Tarpley 10 at Beyton Suffolk 2006

In Beyton, race, suffolk, Tarpley 10 on September 24, 2006 at 7:38 pm







10am 10 miles in 1 hour 19 mins

Week to date mileage 31

Month to date mileage 93

Average weekly rate 30.3

Average Monthly rate 133

Year to Date 1157

Life time 9177

I found this race a struggle. I wasn’t confidant going into the race following my patchy training. The weather was good at the start of the race as it was slightly overcast though half way through the sun emerged and it was quite warm.

The car park had changed for this 2nd running of the Tarpley 10 to the Beyton School instead of the pumpkin field. There were a good number of late entries to bolster the total entry. There were 115 finishers today compared to 124 so the overall entry was slightly down.

My mile splits were as follows

1 7.18
2 7.45
3. 7.56
4. 7.54
5. 7.48
6. 7.43
7. 8.06
8. 7.59
9. 8.36
10. 7.51

I failed to beat my time from last year which was 1 .18. 25 in the main to some slow miles from 7 miles onwards. It is time to get some more consistent training in!

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Cullum Road/Ramada Hotel and Newmarket Rd Bury St Edmunds

In Bury St Edmunds, Tarpley 10 on December 23, 2005 at 7:07 pm

5.30pm 5.4 miles in 43 minutes and 34 seconds

Year to date mileage 1301

Month to date 105 miles

Average miles per month 111

Average weekly rate 25.5

Week to date 32

Weather mild and dry

I didn’t realise until I looked at my watch how slowly I ran tonight. I think I am generally tired after finishing workfor the christmas break.

I have posted a few pictures that were lurking around from previous runs. These are a few more photos of the Tarpley 10 in September at Beyton that I don’t think I have posted before. In the background is Beyton School. I remember well

playing football here for my school.

Tarpley 10 at Beyton Suffolk

In Beyton, Brandon Fernhoppers, Drinkstone, Gedding, Hessett, Ipswich Jaffa, Saint Edmund Pacers, suffolk, Tarpley 10 on September 25, 2005 at 1:29 pm

10.30am 10 miles in 1 hour 18 .25 mins

Year to date mileage 932

Month to date 122 miles

Average miles per month 106

Average weekly rate 24.3

Weather: Sunny and dry slight breeze.

Course: From Beyton we headed out through Hessett , Gedding and Drinkstone before returning to Beyton. The course was described as undulating and had some small inclines at 3 miles and between 8 and 10 miles.

The 1st running of a new race organised by the St Edmunds Pacers in memory of the club’s late president Bert Tarpley , who died in October last year. For an inaugural race the turn out was quite good I believe around 142 runners took part from a number of clubs including St Edmunds Pacers, Brandon Fernhoppers, Ipswich Jaffa, Herne Hill Harriers, West Norfolk AC,Colchester & Tendering, Stowmarket Striders, Newmarket Joggers, waveney Valley AC, West Suffolk AC,Bilderston Bounders and one representative from Liverpool Harriers who probably came from furthest afield.

This was a very well organised race with car parking close to the start at Beyton School, excellent marshaling, a free shirt and a bag of freebies along with some lots of drinks and food afterwards.

I was pleased with my time I had hoped for under 1.25. I set of a little quick and was surprised to reach the 1st mile marker in 7.22. I stuck in at this point behind runners from Ipswich Jaffa and pretty much run with this group throughout the race. At 5 miles my time was 38.40 and I knew I just had to maintain 8 min mile pacing to get under 1.20. I only felt bad after drinking water at 4 and 7 miles this didn’t seem to do me much good.

There were also several junior fun runs which were attended by St Edmunds Pacers.

The geese near the village green are obviously in charge at Beyton, they brought traffic to halt at one point. Love the pumpkins near the car park plenty for Halloween.

I hope this race is run again next year I can thoroughly recommend it.

Sports MP3 Player for Running

In Gt North Run, mobi blue, MP 3, Saint Edmund Pacers, Tarpley 10 on September 23, 2005 at 6:14 pm

If you were fortunate and had a little dosh to spend what mp3 player would you buy for running? I had a mobi blue dah can’t remember the model name. This went well for just over a year until just out of warranty when the start button got stuck and it died.

I would like an MP3 player which can play either mp3’s or wma files. Obviously it needs to be skip proof and robust enough to survive the stresses that a runner will put it to.

Any thoughts?

5.30pm 4 miles in 32 .11 mins

Year to date mileage 922

Month to date 112 miles

Average miles per month 105

Average weekly rate 24.3

Weather wet under foot but bright

Course: Westley Road and Risbygate Steet circular run. A slow easy run to conclude a week in which I have run just 24 miles in an effort to prepare for a 10 mile race I am doing on sunday at Beyton.

As this is my first race since February 2004 it is hard to say how this will go. It would have better to have found a 10k but I guess training is fairly similar for both events.

Completing the race will be first target after which I hope to get round in under 1.25. The course is described as undulating so I suppose my time depends on how many hills there are and whether I go off a little to quick. The tarpley 10 is a brand new race organised by St Edmunds Pacers so I hope they get good numbers attending and the race is repeated annually.

Talking of races the Gt North Run last Sunday attracted a lot of publicity because unfortunately 4 men died during the race. Previously there had been 8 deaths in the previous 24 years of this race. The weather was very warm on the day. I noticed this was immediately seized upon by a number of folks in the media and by politicians and there was a bit of an anti running back lash. I got a bit of this all done in jest when I ran last Monday. As soon as they saw more a group of young lads started pretending to choke and drop down dead! Not in very good taste.

Horringer Farm Circular Run Bury St Edmunds

In Horringer, Horringer Farm, suffolk, Tarpley 10 on September 16, 2005 at 6:49 pm



6pm 5.5 miles in 43.22.

Year to date mileage 898.

Month to date 88 miles

Average miles per month 105

Average weekly rate 24.3

Weather: Dry,sunny but cool with a breeze.

One of my regular favourite short distance routes over Horringer Farm. Many parts of the pathway have now been ploughed over so I found I was running over the fields. The ground was also quite sticky after the recent rains.

The field above has yet to be ploughed and you can see the green grassy tinge to the corn stubble. A very Autumn feel to the weather – quite cool in the breeze.

I have put in 3 good weeks of training in preparation for the Tarpley 10 on Sunday week running a total of 40, 33 and 38 miles. I will need to cut back a bit next week before the race.

Sicklesmere Suffolk

In Australia, Bury gaol, Rushbrooke Arms, Sicklesmere, suffolk, Tarpley 10, William Corder on September 10, 2005 at 12:53 pm


8.30am 10 miles in 1hr 22 11 seconds.

Year to date mileage 870

Month to date 61 miles

Average miles per month 105

Average weekly rate 24.1

Weather: Rain but feeling close.

Course: From town centre through the water meadows and out onto the A134 road to Sudbury. There is a good pathway for about 3 miles although it is besides an A road so this does mean plenty of traffic. When the pathway finishes return by the same route. I have measured in the car so I am pretty sure this is a 5 mile out and back course.

I reached the halfway point in 41.20 and returned in 40.51. I felt comfortable all the way round and I am happy that this gives me an idea of what I can aim to run in the Tarpley 10 which is on Sunday 25 September at Beyton Middle School, Beyton near Bury St Edmunds.

On the run you pass the Rushbrooke Arms (see photo above) a popular pub but inappropriately named bearing in mind it is not actually in the village of Rushbrooke. The pub used to be named as the Sicklesmere Wagon and I can understand that but not sure why anyone would call it the Rushbrooke Arms?

The strange off centre picture is of the old Bury Gaol. Just outside this gaol on a nearby meadow William Corder was hanged for the murder of Maria Marten, in 1828 – the notorious Red Barn murder. A crowd of some 10,000 people watched.

The gaol was built on the radiating principle, and is surrounded by a wall twenty feet high, enclosing an octagonal area. The keeper’s house, which is an octagon stood in the centre and was elevated above the rest so that that from the windows the keeper could watch the whole building. In the centre of his house was a chapel, divided off into numerous partitions, so that the different classes into which the prisoners were divided and subdivided were kept separate so that prisoners could not see each other.

The Bury and Norfolk Post the local newspaper of the 19th century is full of stories of people committed to Bury Gaol such as :

In 1835 Thomas Scarfe and Robert Kittle charged with ravishing Sarah Philips a single woman
of Milding , Samuel Seeley charged with stealing a great coat from William Humm at Glemsford, Thomas Humphrey charged with stealing a skep of bees belonging to William Theobald of Boxted. 6 months in prison – Elizabeth Parmenter and Sarah Heard for having uttered several base half crowns at Long Melford.

Many of the prisoners who were eventually tried were subsequently sent on transportation ships to Australia.

Fornham Circular Run

In Beyton, Fornham All Saints, Fornham Saint Martin, Fornham St Genevieve, Tarpley 10 on August 28, 2005 at 1:19 pm

8.30pm 7.5 miles in 57.42 mins.
Year to date mileage 795
Month to date 115 miles

Weather bright and sunny

First run after returning from vacation in the Lake District. Still a little tired from long car journey down the M6 and A14

After only running twice last week I intend to put in some good mileage this week. I hope to visit one or two different places in Suffolk over the next week.

I have had my running number for the Tarpley 10 which is on Sunday 25 September at Beyton Middle School, Beyton near Bury St Edmunds. This will be my first race since February last year.

My Running Aims Reviewed

In Framligham 10k, Running Aims, Saint Edmund Pacers, scenic seven, Tarpley 10 on August 18, 2005 at 6:37 pm

Back at the beginning of July I set myself some running aims

1To keep fit and be able to run. I have been lucky and been with out injury so achieved this one.

2. To join a club again. I have yet to do so but plan to join St Edmund Pacers in October

3. To do a race this year. I haven’t entered a race since February 2004 . I have entered the Tarpley 10 which is on Sunday 25 September at Beyton Middle School, Beyton near Bury St Edmunds.

I am also considering entering the Framligham 10k on 4th September , the Kentwell Hall 10k on 9 October though this is £17.50 entry fee but it is for Cancer Research and the Stowmarket Sriders Scenic 7 on 13 November

4. To run a 1000 miles this year. I am on course to do this my average monthly mileage is 102 miles a month

5.To try and lose half a stone to get to 12.5 stone. I am currently about 12 .8 I am down about four pounds since July so again I am getting there

6. To take my camera with me so I can capture those sights in nature that sometimes runners are lucky to see because only they are daft enough to get up early in the morning whilst most others are still in bed to go for a long run. Yes I am doing this I am still not that happy with the quality of the camera and would welcome any suggestions for a very light weight digital camera

7. To run hills. There is no excuse really to avoid them after all there are so few in Bury St Edmunds. No if I am honest ive failed on this one

8. To continue the track work. Yes most Wednesdays I am down at the West Suffolk Athletics Track

9. To aim to get back to under 8 minute miling. I was a regular 7 minute miler but after such a long lay off just getting to 8 minute miling would be an achievement. Not sure how fast I am running apart from track sessions I don’t have many accurate times. I constantly stop on a run to take photos so none of my run times are accurate.

10. My tenth and final aim will be to learn more about blogging as I am a total novice and I am not sure what I am doing. It would be great to hear from any exiled Suffolk folk around the world especially runners. I still don’t no very little so I can’t claim to have succeeded on this one.

So a mixed picture but I believe I am going to achieve all these if I remain healthy.