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SCUNTHORPE TELEGRAPH Saturday, April 4, 2009

Free sport sessions

PARENTS can get a little helping hand this Easter to keep their kids active and healthy thanks to Asda, which is offering free sports sessions for kids during the school holidays. The supermarket chain’s Sporting Chance sessions are being rolled out across North Lincolnshire and the rest of the UK, giving youngsters access to at least five different sports sessions for free within a 10-mile radius of every Asda store. The scheme aims to ensure sport is accessible and affordable for families on a tight budget, and gearing kids up for holidays packed with activity. All parents need to do is pop into their local Asda store and pick up a Sporting Chance voucher from the checkouts or download one from Alternatively, call 0845 366 6979 to search for the nearest sessions. Then call the session provider direct to book a place.

50-YEAR LOW: Production at Corus is down.

Production of steel decreases STEEL production in the UK has dropped nearly 50 per cent year-on-year, as output at the Corus Scunthorpe plant hit a 50-year low. Latest figures from the World Steel Association show the global fall in production in February was 22 per cent. But in the UK the drop was 47 per cent – down from 1.17-million tonnes to 619,000 tonnes. Other European countries showing significant but lesser percentage falls include Germany (down 31.6 per cent), Italy (down 39.9 per cent), France (down 35.7 per cent) and Spain (down 35.7 per cent). Larger falls in European countries included those in Belgium (down 74.5 per cent) and Romania (down 67.4 per cent). The USA dropped 54.2 per cent and Japan 44.2 per cent, but China and Iran increased output.

Colleague’s tragedy inspired keen runner

u Marathon man will be racing to help ward where pal’s wife died A CORUS worker is stepping out of the steelworks to pound the streets of London and raise cash in memory of his pal’s wife, who died after a 10-year battle with breast cancer.

Neil Gray (38), of Driffil Way, Winterton, will run the London Marathon later this month in aid of Ward 18 at Scunthorpe General Hospital, a cause close to the heart of his workmate, Paul Hope, who lost his wife Diane there in November 2006. Neil said: “Paul has turned something so tragic into positivity for the hospital, and I want to do the London Marathon for him and the charity.” He added: “I wanted to raise cash for something local. “As I work with Paul Hope, who lost his wife to breast cancer. I approached him as he has a lot to do with Ward 18, and he’s helped me do it for them.” Neil has raised more than £500 so far with sponsorship from family, friends and colleagues. But in his quest to fulfil a marathon dream and raise stacks of cash, Neil pushed himself too far during training and sustained a calf strain. But he’s now back on track with training and is taking care this time round. “Training’s going all right now,” he said. “(A few weeks) ago I got a calf strain but it’s a bit better now – I’m still running. “I did a long training session on the Sunday and I went out running again the following day and pulled my calf muscle. “I can’t afford to get another injury. I must have got carried away with the training.” Neil has been eating up the miles with the Winterton Running Club for the past five years in a bid to keep fit after he stopped playing football. He trains with the club on Wednesday and Sunday mornings.

by Selina Maycock

Paul has turned something so tragic into positivity for the hospital, and I want to do the London Marathon for him and the charity

MARATHON EFFORT: Corus steelworker Neil Gray (left) who is to run the London Marathon to raise money for charity, with his colleague Paul Hope. INSET: Paul’s late wife Diane. PICTURE: Paul Torrie.

Neil Gray “I’ve done a half-marathon before and I usually do the 10-mile run at Winterton Show,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to do the London Marathon after watching it on television. “I’ve been doing 15 miles every other day with a longer run once a week.” He added: “I hope to do the marathon in under four hours. “I’m being careful, watching what I’m eating, and I will be doing lots of stretches before and when I come back.” Paul Hope said: “I think it’s absolutely brilliant. Since he said he would do it his friend has been affected by an illness so it reiterates the situation – it’s great that he’s doing it for Ward 18.” The inaugural London Marathon was launched in March 1981 with more than 7,700 runners. Last year, 34,497 runners crossed the line, and since 1981 it is estimated more than £200-million has been raised for charities worldwide. This year, the marathon takes place on Sunday, April 26.

Orienteering exercise will test youngsters’ skills A MIDNIGHT orienteering exercise designed to test young people’s skills to the limit is making a comeback. Teenagers from North Lincolnshire are taking part in the Humber Night Challenge

event in the East Yorkshire countryside, in a bid to boost their self-confidence and teamwork skills. Originally known as Nite Pilot, the scheme began in 1988 and ran until 2000.

It ran again in 2007 when it became known as Night Challenge. Teams will be challenged in endurance, commitment, teamwork, leadership, map-reading and first aid.

Raising funds A CHARITY coffee morning will be held on Wednesday in aid of Scunthorpe’s Lindsey Lodge Hospice. The Burton-Upon-Stather hospice support group has organised the fundraiser, which will be held at the Westlands Club, Burton. The Easter-themed event will include refreshments, a bring and buy sale, cake stall, raffle and Easter bonnet competition. Admission is £1 and the event runs from 10am to noon.

TASK: A team tackles one of the challenges posed during the then-named Nite Pilot event. Their task was to remove the bottle from a marked square using only pieces of string and a rubber band in 1999.

Participants will navigate through the arduous terrain of an undisclosed East Riding location, performing various tasks. They will arrive at 7pm tonight and enjoy a hot meal before setting off on a staggered start between 8pm and midnight. PCSOs, special constables, Fire Brigade officers and the Army will all be on hand to help run the event and the challenges posed to the participants. The winning team will receive a prize and every person who completes the challenge will receive an award. It is the first time Humberside Police has run the orienteering event, and funding will come from the force, the Tribune Trust and Humberside Fire & Rescue service. Tesco, the Scout Association, Humberside Fire & Rescue and the Army are all supporting the event and helping on the night.

A Humberside Police spokeswoman said: “Humberside Police is thrilled to be taking on this event and hopefully it will become a regular event on our calendar. “It brings out the strengths and skills all young people have, and they learn a lot from it. “I think it will motivate them to become more involved in some of the activities they try out on the night.” All the youngsters taking part have received training to prepare them for the challenge. Four teams of five girls and boys from each division of Humberside Police will be taking part – one from this region, as well as North East Lincolnshire, Hull and the East Riding. The youngsters became involved in the event through the youth clubs they attend.

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