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In cycling, Eastgate Street, National Cycle Network, Route 51, suffolk, The Fox, Thurston on August 12, 2007 at 8:31 pm

6pm 9 miles in 1hr 15 mins 11 secs
Week to date mileage 34 miles
Month to date mileage 55

Average weekly rate 30 miles
Average monthly rate 130
Year to date 961
Lifetime 10554

I drove down to the Fox in Eastgate Street and parked along the Broadway which is a wonderful row of houses in a handy location for the park and town.

My evening run plan was to head out to Thurston via Moreton Hall and the national cycle network route 51. The Sustrans project which has a vision of a national cycle network is a real success with over 10,000 miles of cycle pathways around the country. Route 51 runs between Colchester and Oxford. That said I haven’t really cycled on it! We have a shed with at least 3 bikes in a state of disrepair -flat tires, slipped chains.

Perhaps a well known fact – James Moore from Bury St Edmunds was the winner of the World’s first official cycle race in Paris in 1868. James Moore was born in Long Brackland. His winning bike is to be seen at Ely Museum.

Once through Moreton Hall I passed the Flying Fortress once an oasis in an airfield in countryside but soon to have neighboring houses and locals which must surely please the landlord. At this point you begin to pick up the route 51 signs and a long section of fencing along the airfield.

Route 51 is a handy running route with the obvious benefit of being car free though there is a fair amount of traffic some walkers and a good no of cyclists.

There was even a box of discovery apples that some friendly soul had placed on the route with a notice to help yourself and a supply of carry bags to boot.

This time of year when fields have just been harvested is quite beautiful but there is an element of sadness as well as it reflects the year moving on a pace and raises thoughts of Autumn and the clock change when we are pitched into darkness until March. However melancholy thoughts are short in this beautiful countryside which we can take for granted sometimes.

My run followed the cycle route until this takes you across the road and along a narrow road track to the railway crossing point and into Thurston. Keeping a straight path i ran up to the Thurston Community College and after a bit of a circuit around the village returned back to the Fox by the same route.

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Thurston , Beyton and Hessett Suffolk

In Beyton, Hessett, Thurston on March 4, 2007 at 1:23 pm

8am 10.2 miles in 1 hr 24 mins 49 secs

Week to date mileage 30 miles

Month to date mileage 25

Average weekly rate 29.1 miles

Average monthly rate 127

Year to date 262

Lifetime 9855

For todays run I drove out from Bury St Edmunds to Thurston and parked near to the railway station. I presume what was an old railway station building from the 19th century has now been converted and is flat accommodation.

I immediately headed out of Thurston passing the grounds of Thurston House on the left side of the road. Thurston House will sadly always be linked with the Titanic. Tyrell William Cavendish was married to Julia Florence Siegel in 1906. When they bought Thurston House in 1912 they had made plans to renovate the house. However Mr Cavendish had political ambitions with thoughts of being an MP perhaps for Bury St Edmunds. Looking for funding he decided to visit Henry Siegel who was a multi millionaire on the ill fated Titanic.

Tyrell Cavendish had had uncomfortable premonitions about the voyage and made his will on the day of the voyage. They boarded the Titanic at Southampton and traveled as 1st class passengers. Mrs Cavendish survived along with the maid a Miss Nellie Barber who were rescued in a lifeboat.

Lady Cavendish sold the property without ever living there for a value of £5k.
Tyrell Cavendish Hall was paid for by Lady Cavendish as a memorial to her husband and the village hall is still used by local clubs.

I ran along the Thurston Road under the A14 just before entering the village of Beyton. I ran around Beyton Green and visited both of the local pubs The Bear and the White Horse. Beyton has a true village centre with a large village green with a stream running through the centre and space for sport.

I continued past the White Horse on towards Hessett. After passing Beyton Middle School and the old Post Office now a private dwelling you come to All Saints a round tower church.
I would say less than half a mile further down the road you arrive at St Ethlebert’s at Hessett this time a square tower. I took my life in my hands and entered Hessett but I didn’t notice any strange children.


After a run around Hessett I returned following the same route back to the outskirts of Thurston and decided to visit the Thurston Planche. A rather grand building in substantial grounds.

I carried on over the railway line along Barrell’s Road before returning to Stockhold Green under another railway bridge before heading up to St Peter’s Church

I retraced my steps through to the the Thurston Planche and on to the Thurston Road past Thurston House and to my car.


Thurston Suffolk

In Railway, Thurston on September 17, 2006 at 1:20 pm





4pm 11 miles in 1hr 30 mins 7 seconds

Week to date mileage 33

Month to date mileage 62

Average weekly rate 30.3

Average Monthly rate 133

Year to Date 1127

Life time 9147

This afternoon I followed the National Cycle Network route 51 which runs from Bury St Edmunds to Stowmarket. I followed it to the village of Thurston. It makes an excellent route to run and there were plenty of cyclists following the route.

Near Thurston the route does cross roads and the railway line. I ran out and turned back after 45 mins reaching the outskirts of Thurston.

Pakenham Suffolk

In Pakenham, suffolk, Thurston on January 6, 2006 at 12:55 pm

9.45am 8.5 miles in 1 hour 10 minutes

Month to date mileage 26

Weather: cold damp and grey.

Course- I set of from the Upper School in Thurston and soon took a pathway along Meadow Lane. This took me over ploughed fields and through the woods known as Skeleton Plantation.

The photo of the woods and muddy pathway is known as Sheep Lane. You can then run across a large enclosure which takes you past
Nether Hall.

From here you emerge in Pakenham. The church is known as St Mary’s and dates back to 1100. Pakenham is known as the village with two water mills.

It takes its name from an Anglo Saxon settler named ‘Pacca’ of the 7th century. It was first called Pacca’s Ham, or the home of Pacca.

Unfortunately I didn’t have time to visit the water mills so I can look forward to that another day. I ran through the village past The Fox.
I then took a path along by the Church cottages out to Great Green before returning to Thurston.

Gt Barton & Famous men and women of Suffolk No 5 in a series

In Gt Barton, Henry Crabb Robinson, Thurston on August 14, 2005 at 11:56 am

8.45am 10 miles in Ihr 25 mins
Year to date mileage 753
Month to date 73 miles
Average miles per week this year 23.3
Average per month 101

Weather: Overcast & dry.

Course: Bit of a reconnaissance route today looking for new places to run. Set off from Bury Town Centre along the A143 road. There is a good pathway which runs alongside the main road all the way to Gt Barton. Here I took a turning left towards Gt Livermere . I turned left again on a trackway which took me to Vicarage Farm. I turned around and retraced my steps and then continued towards Gt Livermere. I ran as far as Red Castle Farm and then returned over the A143 and headed towards Thurston before returning back to Bury.

unfortunately the camera I take on my runs isn’t good enough quality to show the words on plaque above Linnet House in Bury. It refers to Henry Crabb Robinson 1775-1867 who was a famous diarist. Robinson was a Bury boy. He is remembered chiefly as the friend of many writers and poets from this era such as Lamb, Coleridge, Wordsworth and Southey. He was a foreign correspondent for the Times.

He maintained diaries from the age of 12 and these apparently extend to 35 volumes. He also wrote and received many letters and these extend to 36 volumes.

Robinson struck up a friendship with Wordsworth and met his sister Dorothey who stayed in St Marys Square .

One of William Wordsworth’s poems is dedicated to his friend Crabb

COMPANION! by whose buoyant Spirit cheered,
In whose experience trusting, day by day
Treasures I gained with zeal that neither feared
The toils nor felt the crosses of the way,
These records take, and happy should I be
Were but the Gift a meet Return to thee
For kindnesses that never ceased to flow,
And prompt self-sacrifice to which I owe
Far more than any heart but mine can know.