Bury Festival of Sport 5k

A date for your diary - perhaps you would like to enter or just come along to watch. Heidi would also be glad to hear from you if you would like to volunteer.
Our Bury St Edmunds Festival of Sport 5km:
Once again, the Festival of Sport includes a 5km run around the town on the evening of Wed 24 Oct. This is the fourth year Positive Steps have had the pleasure of organising this race to showcase the town.
The race starts at 7pm from Charter Square and we will have maximum of 150 walkers/joggers/runners of all abilities. The fastest runners may complete the course in less than 20 minutes and others take up to an hour.
The course takes in many different streets and we don’t have any road closures! To facilitate this race safely and to ensure runners don’t get lost well have 35 friendly course stewards. Basically, someone on every street corner and every road crossing!
Be part of this unique race, there is always a great atmosphere. To find out more and to register: https://positivestepspt.co.uk/events/festival-of-sport-5km-1-1

Bury Festival of Sport 5k

Hi everyone! How do you fancy a mid week 5k run? Coming up on 25th of October at 7pm there will be a 5k run around the streets of Bury St Edmunds, being held as part of the Bury Festival of Sport. I took part in this event last year and thoroughly enjoyed it! Find out more at https://positivestepspt.co.uk/events/festival-of-sport-5km-1



Focus12 RecoverRace, 30th July

Bury St Edmunds based charity Focus12 are launching a new running event on 30th July this year. It will be taking part on the Highwaymans Estate at Risby, just west of Bury St Edmunds. The event will be offering multi-terrain runs of 1.2 miles (family fun run), 12km and 1/2 Marathon. I believe they plan a real festival atmosphere with live music and catering. The event is being organised an run by the Haversports team. If you are interested, find out more at www.focus12.co.uk - if you are quick, they are offering early bird discounts for entries made before the end of January.


Sudbury Tri

Do you want to Tri something new in 2017? I've received the following from Duncan Cox:

I am part of a Triathlon club based in Sudbury and we recently won Eastern Region Triathlon Club of the year 2016, as you can understand we are really pleased with this as we had only been a club for around 18 months before hand. We are holing our 2nd Triathlon 18th June this year. I have attached a flyer and the web link below and would be fantastic of you were able to share this all it ?



Local event – “Only The Brave”

Are you thinking about running events you might like to take part in next year? If you like them muddy, this local event might appeal to you, and will help support a good local cause:
Only The Brave - https://www.eaaa.org.uk/events/only-the-brave/ is a classic obstacle course run with lots of challenges along the way. It will raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), a 365 day a year life-saving service working across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire.
Only The Brave is inspired by EAAA pilots, doctors, patients, and families. They amaze us because they overcome physical and emotional obstacles every single day. They tell us that 'It's not the obstacles you face, but the way you deal with them' that counts. You'll need the same attitude to complete Only The Brave.
This year’s event was a huge success and raised over £110,000 which is fantastic! Next year the event is taking place on 1st and 2nd April 2017 at the Elveden Estate, Thetford and we’re setting our sights even higher.

Local Races

Some local races you might be interested in:
This Sunday - there are still places available for the Sport Relief event at Bury Leisure centre. If you have not tried it before, it is a great opportunity to try running on a high quality 400m track. 1 mile, 3 mile and 6 mile available. Enter here or on the day: http://my.sportrelief.com/search/event/result?id=3991&location=ip33&event-type=run
On Sunday 1st May, there is the Thurston 10k. If you are thinking of moving up from 5k to 10k, this low key, local event would be a great place to start. It has a lovely atmosphere - I've run it a couple of times. More here: http://www.thurstonfunrun.org/booking/entry.php
On April 17th, there is the 10k Hoohaah race at Ickworth. A representative from this event will be handing out leaflets at our run on 4th April. More details at http://hoohaah.co.uk/the-10k-series/
A little further afield is the Waterbeach festival of running, taking place on 14th May offering 5k and 10k events, plus 2k for the youngsters. See http://waterbeachtoddlerplaygroup.org.uk/event-details
Finally, if you are looking for races, do check out the web sites of local running clubs, who often keep diaries of race events. The Stow Striders diary is at http://stowmarketstriders.org.uk/race-diary

Summer Trail Runs

Summer Trail Runs

Last week, I tried to tempt you to go racing. If that isn't your thing, here is another way to get some more running in. Every summer, Stowmarket Striders organize a program of Social Trail runs. These are open to all! Each Wednesday evening we meet at a different pub for a run, and a social meet up afterwards. You can start the run any time between 6.30pm and 7.30. A donation of £2 toward Striders charities is requested, and in return, you get a written route narrative. You are free to run this at your own pace - alone or with a group of friends.  Find out more at http://www.stowmarketstriders.org.uk/summer-trail-runs

New this year is the group "Suffolk Trail Runners", which is aiming to bring the delights of trail running to a wider audience. They have an active Facebook page, where details of their program can be found. Donations are optional in this group, but they are currently very kindly collecting for our cPAD project. Details at http://suffolkrunners.org.uk/

Happy Running - Steve


Races for Spring / Early Summer 2015

As I am sure you all know, parkrun is keen for runners to also support local races! If you are fairly new to running and have not thought about a race yet, I've put together a list of local 5 mile and 10k events which might interest you. You'll find exactly the same mix of running abilities at these events as you do at parkrun - all abilities are genuinely welcome. Adding the occassional race into your running program will add variety, keeping it fresh and interesting! If you are still unsure, I'd really recommend Thurston 10k to you as a really nice, local, low key event with a great family atmosphere.

There are surely many more racing opportunities out there that I have not included. If there are local runs you would like to let us know about, get in touch via burystedmundsoffice@parkrun.com  - Steve

12APR15 Haverhill 10k


03MAY15 Thurston 10k - This would be a delightful first 10k road race. I've this one twice myself and will it again in future. It is very local, low key and a great atmosphere at the start finish, being combined with a farmers market and craft fair.


10MAY15 - Alton 10k - An enjoyable mix of road and trail running around the reservoir.


14JUN15 - Diss 10k - Just across the border into Norfolk, I always look for a PB at this pleasant rural loop.

05JUL15 - Newmarket 10k - I've run this a couple of times - very enjoyable course!


14AUG15 - Ipswich Twilight 10k - a new event this year - can you finish it before the sun sets?


Also look out for the Summer Friday 5 series - all take place on Friday evenings and are 5 mile runs.

29MAY15 - Ipswich (Jaffa)
05JUN15 - Kirton (Felixstowe Road Runners)
12JUN15 - Haughley Park (Stowmarket Striders)
19JUN15 - Nowton Park (Bury Pacers)
03JUL15 - Great Bentley (Great Bentley Running Club)
See relevant running club web site for details

26JUN15 - Wibbly Wobbly Log Jog - Not part of the above series, but also a very delightful 5 miler through forestry trails from High Lodge near Brandon. One of my favourites, I try to run this one just for the fun of it!


Tarpley 10 /20 on Sunday 22nd February

On Sunday 22nd, Bury Pacers will be hosting their Tarpley 10 and 20 mile races at Beyton. If you are ready for a 10 or 20 mile challenge, there are still a few places left. If you enjoy marshalling, Pacers still need a number of marshals to help them run this event - so why not get in touch with Stephen Williams via the Pacers web site? You might also like to come and spectate! Me? I'll be running the 20. See you there.


Stowmarket Scenic 7

If you like parkrun, you might like this:
Stowmarket Striders’ Scenic 7 will start at 11:02am on Remembrance Sunday (November 10), after a respectful two-minutes silence.
It is a relatively flat course starting at Stowmarket Leisure Centre which loops through Onehouse and Harleston on a seven-mile route with only a few undulations and one hill. There will be collection buckets, and cakes and refreshments waiting over the finish line, back at the leisure centre, and all proceeds will go to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
Postal entry closes on Monday, November 4, online entry closes on Thursday, November 7. Races fees for members of UKA affiliated Athletics Clubs are £10 or £12 on the day. Non-affiliated runners are charged £12 or £14 on the day.
If you would like to enter on the day please arrive before 10:15am.
Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third male and female, first male and female for vets 40, 45, 50 (male 55 and 60, and female 55+).Team prizes men’s and ladies (three to score). And there will be a memento to all finishers.
For more information go to http://www.stowmarketstriders.or.uk/scenic7.shtml

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