September 2021 Update

Please note, some individual's contact details have been removed, but please visit the future walks page.

Dear all

August saw the return of Poppyline Marathon, our summer BBQ and more social walks –  a welcome move back to normality. A big thank you to all our walk leaders who have offered and led walks so far, but there are still plenty of dates available for more walks, both at the weekend or midweek. Please get in touch with Jane if you would like to lead a walk or discuss any ideas you have for future walks. Our walks are generally 17-21 miles and walked at a fairly brisk pace of 3 mph.

Following the AGM at the end of June, we held our first meeting of the new committee. Julian has stepped down as Chair to allow more time for his exciting NEC role as Communications and Publicity Officer and Simon Colchester has taken on the role of Chair. Peter Edwards also stepped down after many years of valued service to the club, but is still helping us with event organisation. New committee members are Hayley Calver, Nicolas Lynch-Aird and Susanna Smart.

Social walks for September are as follows:

Wed 15th Sep 2021 -  Martins River and Forest Walk

Group Walk - 19.6ml. 09.00 Start Iken Cliff carpark IP12 2EN. (GR TM397561). A walk along the river Alde to Orford then back past Sudbourne Hall and Tunstall forest. Please contact Martin for place. C: Martin Watson.

Sun 19th Sep 2021 - Flower of Suffolk Marshals Walk

Group Walk - 26 or 18ml. 09.00 Start Dunwich Beach car park  IP17 3EN (TM 479 706). This walk is for people who will be helping on the day of the event. Please contact Chelle for details. C: Chelle Armour.

Sun 26th Sept 2021 – 3 Counties (an invitation to join with Essex & Herts group)

Group walk – 21 ml. 09.00 prompt. Start from the free car park at East Town Park, Haverhill CB9 7UW (TL 685 446), toilets available. This is an opportunity to join our neighbours, the Essex & Herts group, on one of their walks starting in Suffolk.  A reasonably flat circular walk with a lunchtime pub stop. Own food can be eaten at nearby cricket pitch. Please contact Bruce for place. C: Bruce Davidson

Upcoming Challenge Events

Sun 3rd Oct 2021 – The Flower of Suffolk  (Norfolk & Suffolk)

18 or 26 mile routes starting from Walberswick Village Hall, Ferry Road, Walberswick, IP18 6TZ. Car parking available in nearby pay and display car park. Entries open on SiEntries Starts: 08.00 slow walkers; 08.30 walkers; 09.00 runners; 09.30 fast runners. A scenic route on the Suffolk coast and inland on heathland footpaths around Minsmere and Dunwich. The route for 2021 will be similar to that of previous years.

Sun 21st Nov 2021 – Shillington Shuffle (Beds, Bucks and Northants)

12,18 or 26 mile routes starting from Barton-le-Clay Village Hall, MK45 4JY (GR TL 083 307). Entries open 1st Sept on SiEntries

Sat 12th – Sun 13th Feb 2022 The Winter Poppyline (Norfolk & Suffolk)

50 mile event in 22 hours. A Challenge based on previous events, through the undulating countryside of North Norfolk. Save the date!

Those of you who have been in the club for a few years may remember Frank Buykx who walked with the group for many years. Frank sadly passed away on 24th August aged 80. He and his wife Carol lead several walks for us over the years.

Finally, our Christmas walk and meal has been booked for Saturday 18th December at Bungay Golf Club. Further details will  be published later, but if you are interested in coming please save the date.

Happy walking