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sporty Fram 2009-07

mo 7 Sep

The 10k road race (the winner was from Woodford, it's near Chelmsford ... they've got a Waitrose) and fun run results for yesterday in Framlingham and discussion of house fires in Fram on the board.

su 6 Sep

Today's annual Framlingham Flyer's 10k road race round the town had the usual good organisation, good will, large fields and enthusiastic support on the Market Hill.  Particularly impressive were the goody bags given to each finisher which sensibly contained a banana, a bottle of water and a packet of coffee and the bag could be used as a rucksack.

mo 11 May

Maybe two dozen soapboxes (twice as many as last year) provided often entertainingly close racing on Framlingham's Market Hill yesterday with the added excitement and not a little humour of nobody hurt crashes.  Maybe next year what about some 6up skater racing as well to add a little variety?

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sa 19 Jul

Similar numbersOur 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 JohnA lurcher? 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
Star Wars Day

Young driver managed to stay uprightWell 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.

The decommissioned pedal cart on the right has raced at national level

su 28 Oct

They gave up searching for the lost shoe in the end

Now we do know that cross country is supposed to be muddy, but so muddy that competitors were going back after they'dJuniors in the castle moat 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

Youthful enthusiam at the 2k start - pic by Fram Camera ClubAlthough 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 fromMore pics on the bulletin board - pic by MitH or Tony Stockman 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.

Towards late afternoon people leave to change and then return for the Fat Band on the back of a lorry and drink the Earl Soham Brewery beer tent dry!

Many Suffolk Punches

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