I will start to add a number of regular routes that I run as a reference point for anyone interested in where I run around Bury St Edmunds and Suffolk.
Rushbrooke Lake Run
Distance: 10 miles
How measured:-Forerunner 205 GPS
Course: Out and back
|Surface: Road||Difficulty: Easy but includes a few hills|
|West Suffolk Sports Centre|
Set off along Beetons Way towards Out Risbygate Street.
The Cost Cutter garage is on your right hand side and you soon pass the West Suffolk College on your left and the Dip -playing fields. I don't know who coined the name the Dip but I think everyone calls it this.
At the top of the hill turn left into Kings Road.
I am old enough to remember a very different Kings Road. The housing on the left of the photo was the old entrance to Bury Town Football Ground. The yellow coloured building further up on the left being the newsagent Saunders.
I can remember a time when I fist belonged to the Pacers that Cullum Road was used as a regular venue for training runs - anyone else remember this?
When you reach the next roundabout turn right into Rougham Hill and immeadiately right again where you see the sign for Rushbrooke Lane.
Away from the maddening crowd it now feels you are getting into the run and Rushbrooke Road is generally quiet though as always keep to the right hand side of the road and look out for on coming traffic at all times.
There are some good views of Sicklesmere to your right as you head along the dirt track towards Hall Farm and Home Farm Rushbrooke.
You quickly arrive back on a sandy coloured road with Rushbrooke Church in the distance and the attractive thatched Home Farm cottages in front of you. Run along this road through the cottages.
Continue towards the right running past St Nicholas Church. This is an unusual 16th century church. The building was extensively altered in the 19th century by Colonel Rushbrooke, a keen woodworker, who changed the seating plan to that of a college chapel rather like the seats in paliament (seats facing the centre).
|St Nicholas Church|
You quickly reach the edge of Rushbrooke Lake which is exactly 5 miles from the Sports Centre. Here you will get a few strange looks from the folks fishing and thats the high light of the run!
Return by the same route to mark up a 10 mile run