... a bit Suffolk
su 3 Nov
The route for today's Framlingham Flyers cross country went round the mere and was suitably muddy.
su 1 Sep
For today's Framlingham Flyers 10k the start moved from the usual New Road to outside The Crown on the Market Hill. By the time the race had got to the right turn into Castle Street Fram Flyer Andrew Rooke had already put distance between himself and the bunch, not surprisingly he went on to win. We were impressed by Andrew's veteran team mate Adam Howlett's fourth place and as always the cheerful endeavour of the back markers.
mo 11 Mar
mo 14 Jan
We've added Swiss national road race cycling champion Nicole Hanselmman to Ladies in Framlingham.
su 9 Dec
This morning in the Tommy Mills sports hall Framlingham in front of a very supportive and appreciative audience The Little Mermaid whizzed about on off ice skates. One of the many very young cast members had to be taken to the toilet during the show but like we said before nobody fell over. Such an opportunity for the young to learn self confidence ... hope there'll be another show soon.
Last Sunday we were surprised that that sports hall men's changing room at Tommy Mills had one toilet, two hand wash basins but no showers. The Brewer's Hertfordshire comprehensive half a century ago had showers ...
su 18 Nov
The skaters at the rehearsal of The Little Mermaid in the Tommy Mills Framlingham's sports hall today were wearing off ice skates, they look like inline skates but the four wheels are mounted in a curve so only two wheels touch the floor making spins and turns easier. At the rehearsals nobody fell over (which is more than you can say for the Winter Olympics:), some impressive grown up skating and spectacular lighting. You can see the show next month ... we'll be there.
th 14 Jun
In the manner of a roller derby programme that so relentlessly refuses to identify mixed league team skaters' home league the Women's Tour web site fails to identify national champions and the web generally is surprisingly reticent ... and what's more nowhere like the predicted 5,000 in Framlingham yesterday. But still the riders tended to be friendly if sometimes understandably a little ill at ease and we had a lovely time as did the Bobby Hitcham kids plus we got to see bar manager Adam on telly leaning out of a Station window.
mo 21 May
At yesterday's soapboxing St Johners Sally and Chris were sitting in the shade of the Framlingham Bookshop's awning but despite that they'd been asked for the toilets three times. Leaving their chairs we asked Sally Can we sit in your chair? Yes. Can we tell people where the toilets are? No, you haven't been trained.
sa 9 Sep
As predicted the Tour of Britain flashed through near the coast yesterday but perhaps the helicopter got lost? It only seemed to turn up as the peloton was leaving Framlingham.
we 5 Jul
Next Saturday/Sunday night the 25th Dunwich Dynamo will be passing through near the coast. This year the Gentleman Plumber will not be popping up his cafe near the Framlingham water tower but may be back next year.
mo 31 Oct
Untypically virtually no mud for yesterday's Framlingham Flyers cross country.
Enormous fields for all three events and we continue to be admiring of the perseverance of both the also rans and the marshals who clap and encourage what becomes once runners are lapped a continuous crocodile.
sa 28 May
In Pageant Place last night 350 runners for the Framlingham Flyers 5k get last minute instructions:
Race Director: There's no road closure so keep to the left, anyone seen on the right will be disqualified.
350 Runners: <sarcastically> Ooooooh
Race Director: Because of the traffic anyone with an iPod or mp3 player will be disqualified.
350 Runners: <sarcastically and louder> OOOOOOH
tu 16 Jun
Getting a poke of chips yesterday in Framlingham's chippie Rumbles we saw a poster for next month's Ipswich roller derby and we didn't put it there ... We Are Not Alone!
sa 30 May
Last week on a Framlingham College playing field two groundsmen mowed the cricket wicket twice, then used a powered broom to brush the grass so it stood up again, mowed it a third time and then rolled it ... there's a cricket match tomorrow.
mo 1 Sep
Pleasant weather and a fully subscribed entry for yesterday's Framlingham Flyers 10k kept the water station busy. No para-athlete this year, he's concentrating on the track apparently. To our retrospective embarrassment we snapped the last runner's companion not the last runner despite marshals twice telling us She's the one in black.
su 8 Dec
11:25am: FREE ladies' bike in Victoria Mill Road Framlingham needs tlc and good home ...
10:00pm: ... well that took a while but it's gone now.
th 12 Sep
No soapboxing this year on Framingham's Market Hill but equally entertaining off road soapboxing quite a ways down New Road on land we hadn't realised was the college's. Encouraging to see how many drivers were young women and young women drivers clearly enjoying themselves. PCSO Christian Hassler's radar gun showed top speeds around 20 mph and the only dodgy bit for us was on a course that only turned left inside line at the start was determined by who barged their way there first. Great stuff and again next year please.
tu 2 Nov
Not sure what the Bishop's Stortford (it's in Hertfordshire ... just) Cycle Club (with a couple of Colchester Rovers) were doing in Framlingham Sunday but they brought a welcome dash of colour to a not very cheerful morning.
su 31 Oct
It's seems to be the law that it rains for the Framlingham inter-club cross country but only a bit today, and a day brightened by some trick or treaters. The tinies twice round the field steeplechase included two jumps and two post finish girly tantrums:) Three out in to the countryside laps for the seniors and the leaders lapping what looked like middle-markers still on lap two. Interestingly the Ipswich Triathlon Club actively involved and one casquette wearing tri-athlete seemed to us in the top ten or so.
Matt's white mountain bike was pinched from outside the co-op last night ... found down by Leo's, sometimes there's a happy ending:)
fr 14 May
su 28 Mar
Framlingham special constable Tony Maclean will be doing a mini Eddie Izzard next month when in support of the Alzheimer's Society he runs a marathon in a large town near Chelmsford, cycles to Edinburgh and then runs another marathon, he's not far off £500 already.
mo 7 Sep
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?