... a bit Suffolk
|sa 19 Jul|
Our word what a busy day! Coffee morning at what was The Falcon in Earl Soham (pics next week), 12 hours of non-stop sociability in Brundish (pics next week), second night of Hachfest, the John Western Memorial Bike Ride but most dramatic must be the Framlingham Horse Show with at least two simultaneous medical incidents of which one needed the air ambulance but otherwise the usual charming day of equine pursuits.
|su 4 May|
Well that certainly made a bank holiday Sunday more interesting for visitors to Framlingham. Eleven carts of variously sophisticated designs variously trundled and whizzed down the Market Hill with a mixed bunch of drivers including the quite young.
Racing noticeably got faster, and closer, as the day progressed which may have been due to more committed bobsleigh type starts, certainly some carts were having problems stopping at the other end; at least one mechanical failure and there's always the tedious business of having to pull the cart back to the top. Great stuff and let's hope it happens again next year.
|su 28 Oct|
Now we do know that cross country is supposed to be muddy, but so muddy that competitors were going back after they'd finished to try and find their shoes! ... and of course on the mere not all that brown stuff is mud. The usual huge field for the Fram Flyers' annual cross country set off on a mild but miserable day and soon surged round the course to cause a sizeable queue to get over the narrow style onto the bridge bringing them back to the castle. Particularly nasty was a patch of mud in the castle moat just before the runners had to go up the steep footpath out of the moat. To make it more fun for the tail enders it started to rain heavily but the marshals, officials and us stayed in place to see this lady Stowmarket Strider home as last finisher.
|su 2 Sep|
Although the fields were smaller (though difficult to believe from the pic below) than in recent years there were close(ish) finishes in both the 10k and Fun Run. You can download both the 10 kilometre (David Miller won again) and Fun Run results but it won't be apparent that Fram Flyer Rob Mackenzie from Mount Pleasant won the Kings Cup for first local runner, his son James came fourth in the Fun Run and was second under 15 boy. Impressive novelty this year were Elisa Garvie and Jenny Stockman (supported by young Alysha running in flip flops!) who ran the fun run threeleggedly to raise funds to buy the presently loaned kit for the Framlingham First Responders.
|su 22 Jul|
Yesterday was the 113th Framlingham Horse Show and not surprisingly it's a rather horsy affair with show jumping and possibly the largest gathering of Suffolk Punches anywhere. There are other attractions including the hounds and a rabbit petting corner and the sense of occasion is heightened by many people being formally dressed, a good sprinkling of bowler hats.