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Publisher Chris Meadows chris@theactivemag.com Editor Steve Moody steve@theactivemag.com Deputy Editor Mary Bremner mary@theactivemag.com Production Editor Julian Kirk julian@theactivemag.com Art Editor Mark Sommer mark@theactivemag.com Contributors Martin Johnson, William Hetherington, Dean Cornish, Sandie Hurford, Jeremy Beswick, Julia Dungworth Photographers Nico Morgan, Harry Measures, Jon Clarke, Pip Warters, Andy Balmford Production Assistant Abigail Sharpe Advertising Sales Rachel Meadows rachel@theactivemag.com Lisa Withers lisa@theactivemag.com Accounts Amy Roberts amy@theactivemag.com Active magazine, The Grey House, 3 Broad Street, Stamford, PE9 1PG. Tel: 01780 480789 A member of the Stamford Chamber of Trade and Commerce If you have information on a club then get in touch by emailing editor@theactivemag.com. If you would like to stock Active magazine then email distribution@ theactivemag.com. If you would like to discuss advertising possibilities please email advertise@ theactivemag.com Active magazine is published 12 times per year on a monthly basis. Distributed by Grassroots Publishing Ltd. ISSN 2049-8713 A Grassroots Publishing Limited company. Registration company number 7994437. VAT number 152717318 Disclaimer

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Editor’s Letter INDULGE ME IF YOU WILL, WHILE I GO ON about my own cricket club for a while. The ‘pavilion’, if you could call it that, at Uffington was falling down. The ramshackle collection of ex-school Portacabins were in a shocking state, so less than a couple of years ago we decided to raise the substantial funds for a new building. I thought when we started that perhaps, in a few years, we’d have enough money to build it. But as it happens it opens this month, looking splendid clad in cedar and with large dressing rooms, all mod cons and a new tractor shed, too. I can’t wait for the season to start. But to have got to this point so incredibly quickly is testament to just how sport brings the best out of people. There were numerous club members who have dipped into their pockets and given cash, and also lots of their time, to raise funds and plan events. Even more heartwarming though, is the reaction of the local community and local businesses: a buy a brick campaign saw hundreds of Stamfordians, Uffingtonians and ex-players and supporters from decades gone send money. All manner of local firms donated free materials, skills, time and resources totalling many thousands of pounds to help with the project. There are too many to list here, but next month the club will place an advertisement in this magazine listing who those kind businesses were. What the whole thing has shown is how sport can bring together communities like no other, because people see the worth and the legacy of it. So when Jonathan Agnew opens the new pavilion in May, with hundreds of villagers, supporters, sponsors and helpers looking on, it will be a testament to how we should value sport in our towns and villages for the pleasure and goodwill it engenders.

Thanks, Steve

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Contents

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NEWS 11 LAMBING TIME

See the new-borns at Sacrewell Farm

13 RUB-A-DUB

The benefits of baby massage

15 KNITTING

Courses for beginners and experts

17 IN THE GARDEN

Essential gardening advice

21 OUT AND ABOUT

Open garden dates announced

22-23 COMPETITIONS

Win a £500 bike plus other great prizes

25 HEALTHY EATING

Imogen Shaw offers nutrition advice

28-29 KITBAG

More great sports clothing and equipment

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31 MARTIN JOHNSON COLUMN

The Sunday Times writer on the Grand National

FEATURES 32-37 EVENT LOCATION GUIDE

A run-down of the best local spots for your event

38-43 HORSE RACING

The science of breeding a winner

44-47 TABLE TENNIS

How the sport is thriving in Rutland

REGULARS 49 SPORTSMAN’S DINNER

Will and Steve try out The Barn in Oakham

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50-51 GREAT WALKS

Will Hetherington and Ella head out to Ryhall

52-53 PET ADVICE

A new scheme to help people identify nervous dogs

56-59 SCHOOL SPORT

Our focus on the latest achievements from local pupils

60-66 ROUND-UP

How clubs in the Stamford and Rutland area are faring

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A game of two halves

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The Oakham v Stamford derby match was the archetypal game of two halves – Oakham racing to a 17-7 half-time lead before Stamford regrouped for a thrilling second half which saw them emerge 20-17 winners. For more local rugby see pages 62-63.

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OUT AND ABOUT

Lambs galore Pay a visit to Sacrewell Farm to see the new-born lambs first hand, and if you are really lucky you may even see one being born. There are cade (orphaned) lambs being hand fed so there’s a chance you may be able to feed them yourselves. Sacrewell suggest a visit in the aernoon during term time as there’s more chance of being able to feed the lambs. As well as lambs the farm is expecting a litter of piglets any day now and there will be chicks hatching too. The lambing season runs until April 27.

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HEALTH

Hayfever help Spring has sprung and for most of us it’s a joyous occasion, but for hayfever sufferers it can mean months of misery with a constantly streaming nose, swollen, puffy eyes and lots of sneezing. Our nose is our natural barrier to pollen getting into the body. As we breathe in air the nasal hairs filter out the tiny particles. But if too few particles are filtered out you may start to react to them – hence the streaming nose and eyes. So how to improve the particle filtering? Try a pollen barrier balm. When applied around the nostrils the balm forms an invisible barrier which traps 30% more pollen grains than an uncoated nostril. This balm from HayMax is drug-free, natural and organic, certified by the Soil Association and many people swear by it. Available from Holland & Barrett and many supermarkets and chemists, it sells for £6.99 a tub.

CYCLING

Cycling for all It doesn’t matter if you’re a silver cyclist or a mother with a toddler, Rutland Water park offers bike rides for both. On April 18 at 10am the mother and tots cycle ride departs. Exclusively for females, bring your child and head out for about an hour and a half on

a gentle ride. On April 22 at 10am the silver cyclists can ride across the dam to Whitwell and enjoy coffee and cake before returning to Normanton. It’s 6.5 miles at an easy pace. Both events offer discounted bike hire. Call 01572 737626 for details.

EVENTS

Deeping Rotary 10k and fun run

BIRDLIFE

Get your running shoes on and support a good cause by joining Deeping Rotary Club’s 18th annual 10k road race and 3k fun run. It all kicks off at Deepings Rugby Club on May 18. For more details and entry forms ring 01778 347580.

Osprey sightings The first osprey has returned from its winter migration in Africa to Rutland Water. Head down to the reserve at Egleton to see if you can spot it. Hopefully more will be returning in the next few weeks and will breed successfully again.

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Infant massage

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ACTIVE KIDS

Baby massage is said to promote longer sleeping patterns in babies

Infant massage is a tradition in many cultures and has become more popular in the western world in the last 20 years. And now it’s come to the Stamford area. Sue Stanley, who runs BodyWorks, Holisitc and Massage Therapies in Baston, is running a weekly class on Friday mornings at 10am in The Barn on Brudenell playing fields. “Infant massage can help reduce crying and promote longer sleep patterns in your baby. It can also provide relief from teething, colic and wind and helps build strong bonds between parent and baby,” says Sue. “For parents it helps them feel closer to their baby and spend time with them in a relaxed atmosphere. It also gives you another parenting skill.”

Easter activities What better way to spend a day – searching for creepy crawlies, exploring woods, seeking out birds, a bit of crafts and fun on a bike – perfect! If this floats your child’s boat the date is April 10, from 10am to 4pm, at Rutland Water. It costs £30 per child. Ring 01572 770651 for more details and for information about other Easter activities.

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Knit one, purl one... Time to get out the needles and start clacking away. Knitting is now officially cool…

Everyone seems to be knitting, from Hollywood stars to little old ladies. No longer the preserve of the old, knitting has become trendy. Reflecting this trend is Rachel from the Ewe Shop at 17c St Mary’s Street. She says: “Demand is high for courses from experts and we are really pleased that we are able to attract such big names in the knitting world. “I am also planning to run some beginners’ courses and am in the process of finalising dates.” SOME UPCOMING COURSES ARE: May 11 Rowan Lace - with well known Rowan Yarns designer/tutor Sarah Hatton. A workshop on

lace will cover techniques such as how to recognise a repeat, the value of markers, how to follow a chart and the effect the shape has on a pattern. June 8 Professional finishing techniques with designer/tutor Sarah Hatton. This course is about getting a polished finish which does justice to the weeks spent knitting. It will cover: starting out right – your tension and using the correct cast-on for the project; shaping techniques; professional button holes and picked-up edges, bands, collars etc; short-row shaping and three-needle cast-off for shoulder seams; blocking and pressing; putting in sleeves; sewing up using mattress and back stitch.

July 6 Tackling Fairisle with renowned knitwear designer /tutor Debbie Abrahams. This course is suitable for those who can already knit and follow a basic pattern. Working on a scarf project using Rowan DK-weight yarns, you will be shown many techniques including how to read the chart, how to weave and strand yarns across the wrong side of the work and how to keep tension even and knitting flat. For more details about these day-long courses and to find out when the beginners’ courses are pop in to see Rachel at her shop or give her a ring on 01780 765351.

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Allotment corner April is a busy month in the vegetable garden and, weather permitting, maybe the first asparagus spears will be ready to harvest. Plant onion sets and sow carrot seedlings. If your seedlings are large enough, thin them out to achieve good sized carrots. Do this in the evening when there are fewer carrot flies about. Plant out late summer cabbages and sow winter cabbages, parsnips and broccoli. For simple pea supports push some twiggy sticks around your pea plants now. Vegetables in season this month; asparagus, broccoli, lettuce and radish. Tip of the month – if tender plants become frosted before the sun gets to them, spray with cold water as this allows them to thaw gradually.

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Experts tells where to see buzzards

GARDENING

In the garden: April April is possibly one of the busiest months in the gardening year. Early in the month continue cutting back dead foliage from your perennials to make way for new growth. Also li and divide perennials to promote vigorous growth and create new plants for your garden. April is all about lawns. The grass is beginning to grow, depending on how mild and wet it is, it can be pretty rapid growth. So make sure you start mowing frequently, lowering the blades each time until you’ve got the required height. If you apply weedkillers now is the time to do it. Plant lily bulbs in pots. If you want a good summer display plant them now. Use a good,

multi-purpose compost. Once the plants begin to show move them to a sunny spot and remember to water them if it’s dry. Dead head early flowering daffodils and tulips. Prune forsythia bushes as soon as they have finished flowering. Cut back to the strong young shoots. This helps promote plenty of flowers next spring. Plant out sweet pea seedlings – make sure the last of the frosts have gone though. Fertilise your flower beds. You can use manure or head to the garden centre for the more ‘user friendly’ types such as chicken manure pellets. And, of course, start weeding as they will be popping up all over the place.

Last month we looked at the return of red kites and ospreys to the Rutland and Stamford area, but they are not the only birds of prey which enliven our local walks. The buzzard has returned to the Midlands over the last 20 years – without the help of re-introduction schemes which brought back the osprey and red kite. Buzzards are now displaying over most local woodlands, soaring on broad wings with fingered primary feathers and a rounded tail. Their loud mewing calls attract attention and it is not uncommon to see five or six over the same wood. Soaring display flights are punctuated by steep dives into the trees and even talon grappling, when both birds of a pair lock feet and tumble through the air. Easy to overlook when perched, waiting for prey, their slow flapping flight when identifies them as they move away from a favoured tree. The return of the buzzard owes much to a more enlightened attitude from landowners and gamekeepers, an abundance of rabbits and a reduction in the use of some pesticides. Their presence in the landscape is testimony to the resilience of wildlife if given the right opportunities.

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Health and Wellness Everything a woman needs to be fit, healthy and fantastic

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WORKPLACE WELLNESS: Schemes aid productivity, competitiveness and growth Workplace wellness programmes are increasingly recognised as a means of reducing the impact of chronic diseases of lifestyle on individuals and organisations. Recent research shows that if physical inactivity, low fruit and vegetable intake, smoking, obesity, hypertension, hyper-cholesterolemia and alcohol abuse were lowered to their theoretical minimum, the average annual costs per working adult would be reduced by 18.4%. The benefit of workplace wellness schemes has been shown to extend beyond risk factor reduction. They also positively impact productivity, competitiveness and economic growth. This is relevant when the staggering cost of healthcare for economies is taken into account. In 2010, Americans spent $2.5 trillion on healthcare, equating to 19% of gross domestic product (GDP). In the UK, 8% to 9% of GDP is spent on healthcare. An ageing population with higher health risks and associated healthcare costs is already placing pressure on economies around the world. The Workplace Wellness Alliance, part of the World Economic Forum, has released a report on the latest thinking on workplace wellness and metrics. It is based on research and data from over two million employees from 25 companies across 125 countries. As one of the leadership members of the alliance, PruHealth’s parent company, Discovery is recognised in the report for its programme to incentivise healthy behaviours. Discovery CEO Adrian Gore facilitated a session on wellness in the workplace that included CEOs of major companies, health ministries and representatives of the World Health Organization (WHO) and NGOs. The session aimed to connect workplace wellness to human capital and competitiveness. Neville Koopowitz, CEO at PruHealth said: “Workplace wellness programmes offer a long-term solution for organisations. Some organisations and programmes have made significant progress in improving the health of their workforce and their financial bottom line. What is critical now is collaboration and the sharing of knowledge. This requires a concerted effort by employers, governments and healthcare professionals to raise awareness and implement programmes to stem the rising tide of chronic diseases of lifestyle in the workplace.”

Time-pressed workers eat at desks One third of employees now eats at least one meal at their desk each day, while one in six tucks into two meals a day. Growing numbers of time-pressed office workers are resorting to eating meals at their desks amid pressure from employers and peers not to step away from work to take a break to eat, according to the findings of a new study by Alpro. Women favoured eating breakfast at work, over their male colleagues, with one in three saying they regularly ate at their desk compared to one in five men. One in 10 of those surveyed said their employer expected them to be at their desk at all times – even when eating. One in five said they would draw attention to themselves if they popped out to eat and one in 30 claimed they even risked getting the sack if they didn’t eat at their desk. The growing phenomenon of eating in the workplace – dubbed ‘deskfest-ing’ by researchers

– means that more than one in four workers now regularly eats breakfast at their desk, six out of 10 lunch there, and one in 20 even sits down to an evening meal surrounded by their work. The study also showed how work-time diets have become increasingly based around small meals supplemented by regular snacks. Of most concern, researchers found that the average worker had two snacks a day – most frequently chocolate, crisps or biscuits – in between regular meals, with more than a third of those quizzed for the study admitting their diet was unhealthy. More than half expressed concerns about the effect their enforced workplace eating habits might be having on their long-term health, while one in three said they recognised the need to make urgent changes to their diet. “Our study shows that time-pressed workers now oen have no choice but to eat meals at their desks,” said Alpro dietitian Kate Arthur.

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THE SICK REPORT: Why, when and how often we call in sick A new study has lied the lid on sick day absenteeism in the workplace by examining exactly when, why and how oen employees in small to medium-sized businesses call in sick. Based on over 15,000 sick days taken during the last 12 months by employees in businesses across the UK, the Sick Report reveals insights into the ailments that keep us off work, indicating trends in job roles, days of the week and how employees at SMEs compare to larger companies. Weekends make us sick The start of the week sees the largest number of sick days, which may not come as much of a surprise. What’s interesting is that Tuesday is the most common day for employees to call in sick, accounting for 21.1% of days taken, closely followed by Monday at 20.7%. Our health then slowly improves throughout the week, with just 18.2% off on a Friday.

Causes of sickness: The Big Five While sickness and ailments can take many forms, the following conditions are the five most common reasons that employees give for taking sick leave: 1. Flu and colds 38.2% 2. Stomach aches/food poisoning 29.5% 3. Headaches/migraines 10.3% 4. Injuries outside of work 10.2% 5. Work-related stress 10.1% While it’s probably no surprise that colds and flu top the list of ailments, what is concerning is the significant number of employees that are unable to work due to stress. During the last 12 months the Sick Report indicates that the average number of sick days taken per employee stood at just 1.2, which is in stark contrast to the 9.1-day average reported by PriceWaterhouseCooper back in July. There are reports of a ‘work while you’re sick’

culture existing among SME employees. This may be down to the fact that job security is still a big issue following the recession, while the small team structure may make some employees feel that they are letting the team down if they take time off. This theory is certainly backed up by the relatively high number of sick days recorded as result of work-related stress, which the Sick Report has found affects 1 in 10 SME employees. Commenting on the findings, Jonathan Richards, CEO of breatheHR which conducted the study, said: “Seeing the data from over 15,000 sick days highlight some really noticeable trends which small business owners are certainly going to find interesting. “While I was surprised at the alarmingly high number of days taken as a result of stress, it is reassuring that teams within small businesses certainly seem more committed to each other and the business than those in larger organisations, which bodes well for the economic recovery of the country.”

Sick workers trudge into work regardless Increasing numbers of British workers claim they’re so worried about losing their jobs that they trudge into work even when sick with a cold or flu. Six out of 10 workers said they didn’t take a day off from work due to a cold or flu during 2012 and the average worker was struck down with an average of two such illnesses. Research commissioned by Fisherman’s Friend – which polled 2,000 adults throughout the UK – also found that the average amount of time taken off by workers for such ailments was less than 1.4 days in 2012, compared with an average of two days the previous year and more than double that number just four years ago. The further fall in absenteeism is estimated to have shaved an extra £1.35 billion off the cost of winter ailments to the UK economy through lost working hours, with time off for colds and flu now leaving employers with a bill of £3.26 billion a year. That compares with an estimated cost of £9 billion when Fisherman’s Friend conducted its first annual survey in 2008. “Our survey shows how the average British worker is now increasingly determined to carry on working even when ill,” said Fisherman’s Friend spokesman Rob Metcalfe. “During more auspicious times, people appear much more confident to call in sick and rest up until they get better but when people fear for their jobs, they are much more determined to show their dedication to the cause, even when ill.”

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NATURE

If you go down to the woods today

WOODLAND TRUST

When you’re out in the woods do you always recognise the trees or do you struggle to identify them? See if you can spot these two next time you’re out.

OUT AND ABOUT

Gardens open

Admission ranges from £3.50 to £5 with children free: your donation, as well as the tea you drink, the cake you eat and the plants you buy, will make a real difference to the life of someone who needs care and support.

RUTLAND GARDEN OPENING DATES 2014 Sunday May 4 Barleythorpe gardens, 2 to 5pm Sunday May 11 Braunston and Withcote gardens, 2 to 6pm Sunday May 18 The Old Hall, Market Overton, 2 to 6pm Sunday May 25 Whissendine gardens, 2 to 5pm Sunday June 8 The Old Vicarage, Burley, 1.30 to 5pm Sunday June 15 Burrough gardens, 2 to 5pm Sunday June 22 Empingham gardens, 2 to 5.30pm Sunday June 29 Orchard House, Hambleton, 10am to 5pm Sunday July 6 Wing gardens, 11am to 5pm Sunday July 13 Acre End, North Luffenham, 11am to 5pm

HAZEL Did you know that the catkin was the flower of the hazel tree? The catkins are produced very early, long before the leaves. The hazel nut is delicious to eat – particularly loved by Squirrel Nutkin. WOODLAND TRUST

The National Gardens Scheme has been opening gardens to raise money for nursing and caring charities since 1927, and next month owners in Rutland and Lincolnshire will start throwing open their gates. By visiting a Rutland NGS garden opening this year you will be following in a great British tradition. Last year the NGS was able to donate £2.5 million to charities such as Macmillan, Help the Hospices and the Carers’ Trust as well as supporting young gardeners by sponsoring traineeships with the RHS, National Trust and The Garden Museum. Visiting a garden reveals the breathtaking variety of our county and provides a great day or aernoon out in Rutland’s glorious villages and countryside for all ages. Why not plan a walk or cycle to a garden and enjoy refreshments and hospitality in a beautiful garden or village setting? From village openings such as Barleythorpe, Braunston and Withcote, Exton, Empingham, Whissendine and Wing (with artists’ studios in the garden) to larger gardens such as The Old Hall in Market Overton, Preston Lodge and Orchard House in Hambleton plus plantsman’s and award winning gardens like Acre End in North Luffenham and The Old Vicarage in Burley, you will find gardens to inform, inspire and delight in.

HORSE CHESTNUT The horse chestnut, aka the conker tree, produces spectacular candle shaped blossom at this time of year. Planted exclusively for its ornamental value, it was a favourite of Capability Brown and some good examples can be found in Burghley Park. The annual conker championship is held just down the road at Ashton, near Oundle, in September.

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An incredible prize: featuring a fully-butted A1 premium aluminium frame designed around the smooth rolling 29-inch wheels, the Specialized Hardrock Sport Disc offers an impressively light, tough and versatile mountain bike that is also capable of tackling the urban jungle on weekdays. A nine-speed groupset provides a wide range of gears while light and durable double walled wheels are capable of taking a battering. Powerful Tektro disc brakes with Light Wave rotors create increased control and impressive stopping power. Add a selection of Specialized finishing kit and

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Ratting We’ve got two entry tickets for the Rat Race Dirty Weekender and a £50 ratrace.com voucher each The hardest obstacle course in Britain is also the most picturesque. Admire the Elizabethan grandeur of Burghley House and its landscaped grounds as you slog through, under, over, and round some of the hardest challenges you’ll find anywhere. And no matter how hard they are, you’ll be doing it in the knowledge that it’s all free! We’re giving away two entry tickets for Rat Race Dirty Weekend including premium camping, plus a £50 ratrace.com voucher each. WHAT THE PACKAGE INCLUDES: • Tackle over 200 obstacles across multiple themed zones • Includes World-Record breaking obstacles • Special Edition Tech Tee • Live MC throughout • Medal for all finishers • Huge beer tent with real ales, draught lager and loads of other choices • Live bands ‘til late • Enormous camp-site • Electronic timing • On-course pit stops with food and water JUST ANSWER THIS SIMPLE QUESTION: Which BBC radio DJ will be performing a set at this year’s event? EMAIL THE ANSWER, YOUR NAME AND A CONTACT NUMBER TO: ratrace@theactivemag.com answer on www.ratracedirtyweekend.com One entry per person. See www.theactivemag.com for full terms and conditions.

Batting Win a two-hour bowling machine net session for your team at Vitas Cricket If your team’s batsmen feel like they need to groove their cover drives or practise against a few Mitchell Johnson thunderbolts,then a two-hour net session, for up to 11 people at Vitas in Peterborough, is the ideal place. What makes Vitas Cricket so useful is that it’s a dedicated net with a state of the art bowling machine, so every minute of practice is time well spent. Two hours in here will be worth hundreds of runs out in the middle. And while you’re not batting, you can browse all the kit in the shop too. Visit www.vitascricket.co.uk for more details. JUST ANSWER THIS SIMPLE QUESTION: Who scored the most test runs for England during the Ashes in Australia this winter? EMAIL THE ANSWER, YOUR NAME AND A CONTACT NUMBER TO: cricket@theactivemag.com One entry per person. See www.theactivemag.com for full terms and conditions.

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HEALTHY EATING

Get the trout out

HEALTHY EATING

Get your diet started Nutritionist Imogen Shaw on how to kick start weight loss. The sun has made a very welcome appearance recently, but with this great weather oen comes the nagging reminder that summer is fast approaching and that means no more hiding your ‘Christmas fat’ under baggy clothes! Do you normally have a sudden panic a couple of weeks before your holiday and try every diet, cellulite treatment and body wrap going in the desperate hope of shedding your unwanted weight? Unfortunately you can’t physically lose that much weight in the space of a few weeks and anything you do lose, I guarantee you’ll put straight back on (probably during your holiday as you feast on local delicacies and take advantage of the all-inclusive alcohol!). January is supposedly the best time for weight loss, however the cold, dark nights and warming, stodgy comfort food oen drag us off track within a matter of weeks (if not days!). My advice is to forget about failed resolutions - I’m a big believer that now is the time! The longer days and warmer weather combined with the thought that you’ve got to be in your swimwear in a matter of months is about as motivating as it gets. So, if you want to make this the year you finally lose weight (for good!) – all you need is a qualified nutritionist to show you how and some good advice:

day and flavour it naturally with fresh lemon/lime or fruit ice cubes.

1. Drink more Water – Oen when you think you’re hungry, you’re actually just thirsty so drinking water throughout the day can help to prevent overeating. Aim for around 2 litres per

IMOGEN SHAW BSc (Hons) Public Health Nutrition, APHNutr www.shawnutrition.co.uk 07854 252437

2. Cleanse – Before you start any new weight loss plan, it’s always a good idea to cleanse the body. This is because toxins get stored in our fat cells and until we get rid of these toxins, it’s very hard to shi that extra fat. Contact Shaw Nutrition to get your FREE 10 day cleanse guide. 3. Bulk up meals with fruits and vegetables – Fruits and vegetables are very low in calories yet full of essential nutrients as well as lots of fibre which will keep you feeling fuller for longer. Try and add them to every meal as well as snacking on them. 4. Always eat breakfast – Most people think they will lose weight by skipping meals when in fact the result will be the exact opposite. It’s a proven fact that people who skip breakfast are heavier than those who don’t, so if you are guilty of this then make having a good breakfast your top priority. 5. Avoid Sugar – Sugar really is the baddie, especially when it comes to weight, and you may be surprised how many foods and drinks it’s hidden in. Look out for it on ingredients lists and avoid any products with more than 15g/100g.

A new report undertaken by Edinburgh’s Queen Margaret University has shown that trout helps deliver that ‘fuller for longer’ feeling; making it a useful part of a healthy diet. Fast becoming the buzzword of the health conscious, ‘satiety’ is the state of being satisfactorily full and this research shows how trout can help you achieve this. High in beneficial fatty acids and high in protein, trout not only delivers a nutritious hit of essential vitamins and minerals but may help prevent you from overeating. The reason? As a protein-rich food, trout can make you feel full for longer. Moreover, this feeling of fullness may mean you’re less inclined to reach for the biscuit tin in between meals. Affordable and easy to prepare, long standing favourite British trout is winning over an army of new fans thanks to its versatility and health benefits and guilt free eating:. Dr Laura Wyness from the university says: “Trout is a great basket staple for the whole family as it’s packed full of nutrients some of which are oen lacking in the British diet, such as Vitamin D. It can be prepared in a variety of delicious ways and is also good value being priced more competitively than other more expensive oily fish like salmon.”

BEAUTY

Body Matters moves The new salon, to cater for an increase in customers, is beautifully furnished with a relaxing atmosphere. There is parking available on the premises too. Body Matters use Dermalogica skincare products that offer a range of facials customised to suit your skin, including advanced facials that deeply penetrate the skin to reduce the signs of ageing. The therapists also carry out manicures, pedicures, waxing, make-up, eye treatments and lash dying. Nail services range from mini manicures/pedicures to luxury treatments, overlays and sculpted nail extensions to name but a few. Body Treatments include full body massage, sports and remedial and back and shoulders. The launch party is on Friday March 28 from 1.00 pm – 7.00 pm or March 29 from 12 noon – 5.00 pm. Have a look around their new premises and discuss your particular requirements. Every visitor will receive £5.00 voucher.

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The Grange Spa

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Lincolnshire’s luxury boutique day spa

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Route 92 challenge

CRAFTS

Treasures from trash Want to put all your household waste to good use and keep your children occupied during the Easter holidays at the same time? Bundle the kids and your junk into the car and take them to Peterborough Museum, which is running workshops throughout April. Jewellery from old flip-flops, animals from metal cans and a 3D chicken from plastic bags? Vivacity at Peterborough Museum will show you how. All the workshops cost £5 per child, accompanying adults are free, and run mainly for two hours. For more information about all the workshops visit www. vivacity-peterborough.com, email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com or ring 01733 864663.

ACHIEVEMENTS

Cup winners Congratulations go to Oakham RFC U16s who have just won the Leicestershire County Cup final for the second year running, beating Oadby Wyggs 31-15. The Oakham youngsters seized the initiative right from the beginning of the match with early tries from fly half Alex Waycot, who is off to

Leicester Tigers in July, and centre Callum Corbett. By half time Oakham had a 24-12 lead and came out on top with more tries from Harry Barnett and James Peachey with conversions from Charlie Watt. The final result was well deserved aer an exciting match of open rugby from both teams making for a thrilling final.

Peterborough dentist Dr Phil Johns and members of The Smile Boutique Dental Practice will soon be cycling to all 92 English League football clubs in aid of Anna’s Hope, a charity which supports children and young people with brain tumours. The Route 92 Cycle Challenge is 2,369.5 miles long and the cyclists will average more than 130 miles a day. Anna’s dad and founder of Anna’s Hope, Rob Hughes, says: “We have had many people really test themselves to raise funds for Anna’s Hope and what Phil and the members of Smile Boutique plan to do is truly remarkable. “He has inspired me to get back on my bike and join him and his team on some of the legs on the Route 92 Challenge to give them my support. Every penny raised will go to supporting children in the region who have a brain tumour.” The challenge starts on Friday, April 18, at Peterborough United, with Phil leading the way. There is going to be a great deal of grit and determination needed and they will need all the support they can get. For more information on the challenge visit www.cycleroute92.wix.com/annas-hope. To donate visit www.justgiving.com/92clubcycle.

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Feature /// Gear

Kitbag

The latest and kit to keep you active this summer

Womens NosiLife T-shirt

An invaluable piece of hot climate kit, this cool, comfortable and super-light longsleeved tee makes a brilliant base layer or a casual cover-up. The NosiLife T-Shirt is permanently insect-repellent and quick-drying for exceptional moisture management in the stickiest conditions. A must-have T-shirt for your travels. Price £30 From Get Lost in Rutland

Rogue Old Suede One Ten hat

A fabulous suede hat that arrives looking like an old friend. So and comfortable to wear, it quickly assumes its own characteristics. Great for all outdoor pursuits and craed from superior grade 2mm suede leather, this hat is made for adventure. Price £40 From Nene Overland (www.4x4lifestyleshop.com)

Polaris Womens Bib Short (gel padding )

Ladies specific bib short with a tailored, contoured fit ladies specific 3D gel filled chamois, zip release bib for comfort breaks. Mesh bib for temperature control and comfort Reflective piping at the rear of the legs Elasticated silicon gripper to stop the shorts riding up Price £44.99 From Cycle Wright

Wooden BoxKart

Indulge in some summer holiday nostalgia with the kids building this BoxKart. Drawing inspiration from the simple designs of the original soap box racers that used to rule the hills, BoxKart brings the design roaring up to date with pneumatic tyres, working brake and solid birch plywood frame. It is fully adjustable too, so the whole family can strap themselves in and tip off the top of the hill… Price £134.99 From boxkart.co.uk

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Sea-Doo Black Edition 360

Can’t afford a Pagani, McLaren or Ferrari? Then why not get those hypercar thrills on water for a twentieth of the price instead. Jetski world champion James Bushell and Tallington’s 158performance have produced a limited run of the Sea-Doo Black Edition 360. This cra starts life as a standard Sea-doo RXP-X 260, but with a few modifications is now capable of 80mph and leaps to 60mph in the blink of an eye, making it quicker and more powerful than any other commercially available model – it’s more of a racing machine than a pleasure cra. Price £23,000 From 158performance

Compresslite packaway hooded jacket

Head Graphene Radical Pro

He might have split from his coach Ivan Lendl, but Andy Murray is still close to his Head Graphene Radical Pro tennis racket. Murray’s new 2014 model replaces the so, plush feel that the Radical line has typically possessed with something crisper, livelier and more modern. Great if you’re stuck at the baseline, but beware: it’s got a lot of power… Price £145 From All major equipment stockists

This highly compressible, lightweight insulating CompressLite is completely windproof and is extremely warm for its weight. Great for adventure travel and active outdoor use, it’s that one piece of kit you can keep in your bag and have to hand just when needed thanks to its small pack size. Price £54.95 From Get Lost in Rutland

Meindl Bhutan Lady MFS walking boots

Designed to offer the ideal fit straight from the box, Meindl Bhutan Lady MFS walking boots are the perfect addition to your walking wardrobe. Add a selection of premium technologies like a Gore-Tex lining to protect your feet from the elements and a real leather construction that is hard wearing, you’d be hard pressed to find a better pair of boots. Price £189.99 From www. rutlandcycling.com

High 5 4:1 Carbohydrate/ Whey Protein Isolate

High5 4:1 Carbohydrate Protein (previously 4:1 Energy Source) is a “state of the art” sports fuel for use during exercise and to help muscles recover aer exercise. It combines a special mix of four parts complex carbohydrate to one part whey protein and research shows that this ratio drives more energy into working muscles, providing athletes with a 24% to 29% increase in endurance over carbohydrate only drinks and a 57% increase in endurance over water. Price £25.99 for1.6kg From Stamford Sports Nutrition

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Guest column

Who will you draw in the office sweepstake? Martin Johnson on the Grand National hen Neville Shute wrote “On The Beach”, set in post-nuclear holocaust Australia, he probably got the idea from a stroll down the High Street on Melbourne Cup day. No trams, no cars, no people. For an annual horse race which in terms of quality is a bit like the 2.15 at Uttoxeter, Australia comes grinding to a halt. Our own equivalent is not quite such a national obsession, but unlike the Melbourne Cup, the Grand National resonates right around the globe. It’s televised live to an estimated 600 million people in over 140 countries, and it’s not just in Britain that vast numbers of people sitting at office desks will be invited to dip into their pockets for a couple of quid, or a few euros, and dip their hand into a bag full of bits of paper with names of horses on them. My own first office sweep, in 1973, will linger in the memory, largely because the piece of paper I plucked out had the name “Red Rum” on it. The nag went on to become so famous he opened supermarkets, had songs named after him, and appeared as a studio guest on the BBC Sports Personality of The Year. In 2006, 11 years after his death, a survey inviting the British public to name any equine animal had Red Rum comfortably relegating Black Beauty to second place. The most famous jockey associated with the Grand National rode in the first official race in 1839, and while the most famous horse ended up being buried at Aintree, Captain Martin Becher had a fence named after him. The poor chap ended up submerged in a brook containing such a foul smelling liquid that, so legend has it, he never again drank water without whisky in it. And if Red Rum was regarded as the greatest jumper in horse racing history – going over 100 races without falling – Becher wasn’t far behind. Apparently he was in great demand at parties, not only for his skills as a raconteur, but for his trick of leaping onto a mantlepiece from a standing start. It’s a dangerous race the Grand National, not least at the start, where the jockeys are in severe danger of being garrotted by the tape as they thunder towards the line. False starts happen all the time, and while a horse racing commentator’s opening line is

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invariably “they’re off!”, at the Grand National they often get to say it twice, or even three times. In 1993, a 50-1 shot called Esha Ness crossed the line first, in what was then the second fastest time in the history of the race. Sadly for the horse’s connections, however, he’d galloped four and a half miles, and jumped 30 fences, without realising that there had been a false start. The race was declared void, and the same thing almost happened on my last visit there in 2009. The starter, Sean McDonald, began by instructing the jockeys by employing the same phraseology as a nervous copper attempting to persuade an armed villain to abandon his weapon and surrender to the law. “Come quietly now” said McDonald, more than once, but if the jockeys were able to hear him, they weren’t paying much attention. And far from coming quietly, they thundered towards the tape – and right through it – at much the same velocity as Lord Cardigan’s Light Brigade at Balaclava. You have to hand it to the jockeys though. There will be some more terrible tumbles this year, and yet most of the riders will get up in about a tenth of the time required by a Premiership footballer, whose propulsion to the turf not only takes place at a fraction of the height and velocity, but in most cases, for no apparent reason. A jockey like Tony McCoy has broken just about every bone in his body, and Brian Fletcher, who rode Red Rum to the first of his three Grand National victories, spent the first few years of his retirement in and out of hospital suffering from violent headaches, blackouts, and loss of memory. There are often fatalities, and I’ve never yet been to the National without seeing at least one animal collapse after the finish. Usually, but not always, recovering after being doused with several buckets of water. It’s not entirely safe for the spectators either. There are upwards of 70,000 people milling around Aintree on Grand National day, and the chances of a crushed rib jostling for a hot dog, a glass of champagne, or simply to get a bet on, are pretty high. Remarkable to think, when you see the massive crowds, that it was less than four decades ago that the race was losing interest, and in danger of extinction. Sadly, it has had to prostitute itself – like rugby, and so many other sports – to the demands of television, but for this particular event, 4.15 seems a particularly daft time to be starting. It’s high time it was returned to it’s traditional three o’clock start, if only – given it’s long standing tradition of starting cock-ups – to guarantee that it finishes in daylight.

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Feature /// Venue guide

A BIT OF A DO Need a venue for a celebration, awards night dinner or party? Then follow our guide to the best venues in the area

BARNSDALE HALL HOTEL Stamford Road, nr Oakham, LE15 8AB. 01572 757901

A unique setting, personal charm, character, and friendly but attentive personnel make Barnsdale Hall Hotel the perfect venue. Extensive spa and leisure facilities makes it a haven in which to retreat, relax and unwind. With its breath-taking views of the natural splendours of Rutland Water where better to hold your wedding reception, sports dinner, corporate event, or a romantic getaway for two. Set in 65 acres of conservation parkland on the slopes overlooking Rutland Water, Barnsdale Hall Hotel is one of the most unusual and comprehensive hotel complexes in the United Kingdom. With a rich and varied range of things to do on and off site there are few better positions in which to be located in this country. Facilities: Gym, with personal trainers, spa, 22-metre pool, six tennis courts, nine-hole pitch and putt, ďŹ tness studio, football pitch. Overnight accommodation available on site: Yes Min/max event numbers: 2/200 Type of events: conferences/meetings, team building outdoor activities, weddings, family gatherings, dinner dances and exhibitions.

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THE WHITE HART

Main Street, Ufford, PE9 3BH. 01780 740250 The White Hart has been an inn since the 17th century and is a perfect setting for a relaxed and personalised party. The Orangery is a beautiful setting for any event along with The Pantry for entertainment, pre and post party drinks. Both rooms are licensed for a civil ceremony, each for 40 people with evening receptions up to 100 people. Facilities: Car park, patio, gardens

THE CROWN HOTEL

All Saints Place, Stamford, PE9 2AG. 01780 763136 The Crown Hotel is located in the heart of Stamford with its own gated car park for residents and guests attending events at the hotel. A number of rooms are available for private hire including the main restaurant, front restaurant and upper lounge. All rooms are individually designed and suitable for all types of occasion. Each party will have their own dedicated event planner who will also be there on the day to ensure all details are carried out as you wish.

Overnight accommodation available on site: 6 rooms Min/max event numbers: 10/100 Type of events: Sit down lunch and dinner, afternoon tea, baby showers, christening, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, civil ceremonies.

Facilities: Car park, courtyard, restaurant Overnight accommodation available onsite: 28 rooms Min/max event numbers: 10/120 Type of events: Sit down lunch and dinner, afternoon tea, baby showers, christening, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, civil ceremonies.

THE EXETER ARMS

21 Stamford Road, Easton on the Hill, PE9 3NS. 01780 756321 The Exeter Arms is in the village of Easton on the Hill, just two miles outside of Stamford and offers a warm and welcoming bar, restaurant, orangery, sunken patio and garden. The pub is a beautiful setting for a smaller, more intimate event with the possibility of spilling out into the terrace in warmer months. Facilities: Terrace, courtyard, garden, ample parking Overnight accommodation available on site: 6 rooms Min/max event numbers: 8-40 Type of events: Lunch and dinner, afternoon tea, baby showers, christening, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, civil ceremonies.

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Feature /// Venue guide

BURGHLEY HOUSE Burghley Park, Stamford, PE9 3JY. 01780 761992

Burghley has been entertaining guests throughout its long history and today provides a wonderful backdrop for a variety of events. Magnificent facilities, award-winning caterers and a dedicated team, ensure your event is successful and memorable to all. Every occasion can be tailored to suit individual requirements, promising a completely unique event each and every time. Burghley is ideally located in a unique setting amidst 13,000 acres of parkland and is ust off the A1, giving easy road access from the north and south. Less than a mile from Stamford, with straightforward rail links to Peterborough, Leicester, Birmingham and Stansted Airport, Burghley is perfectly located for guests whether local or further afield. Facilities: Historic location, ample free parking, award winning caterers. Overnight accommodation: No Min/max event numbers: Dependant on the type of event Type of events: weddings, private dining, award dinners, summer barbeques and outdoor concerts.

THE BARN

12 Burley Road, Oakham, LE15 6DH. 01572 722255

The Restaurant is a converted Barn oozing olde worlde character. Spaced over two floors, downstairs is a traditional restaurant layout, equipped for fine dining. Upstairs is a converted loft with exposed oak beams, shabby chic décor and comfortable furnishings. A unique venue for family or friends to meet. Overnight accommodation: No Min/max event numbers: 10/100 Type of events catered for: family celebrations, birthdays, christenings, weddings, small business meetings, corporate events.

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RUTLAND WATER GOLF CLUB

Manton Road, Oakham, LE15 8HB. 01572 737149 Rutland Water Golf Club is a hidden gem situated on the southern bank of Rutland Water, offering spectacular views. Primarily a 27-hole golf complex there has been many changes, expanding the facilities for golfers and non golfers alike. The modern clubhouse is open to everyone and has a balcony overlooking the water and courtyard to the rear, which is a fabulous sun-trap making it a perfect place for you to bring family and friends to enjoy some lunch or afternoon tea throughout the week or enjoy a lazy Sunday with a delicious Sunday roast. April sees new chef Dan Ketteringham joining the team alongside Gemma Wood who will be promoting weddings and events with Matthew Williamson front of house and bar manager. The team are looking to expand on the current menu starting from May, opening up the upstairs converted barn into a dining area and offering evening meals. With locally sourced produce and everything homemade, making use of the homegrown strawberries and asparagus. Facilities: Nine-hole par three course with club hire available, 18-hole championship course, fully licensed clubhouse, balcony and courtyard, private first floor room for meetings, parties and functions, new marquee venue for weddings and parties for every occasion. Overnight accommodation: No Min/max event numbers: up to 180 Type of events: Any, from small informal meetings to large fully catered weddings and parties.

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Greetham Valley in Rutland

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ROCKINGHAM CASTLE Rockingham, LE16 8TH. 01536 770240

Set on a hill overlooking five counties, Rockingham Castle was built by William the Conqueror. The Castle was a royal residence for 450 years and in the 16th Century Henry VIII granted it to Edward Watson and for 450 years it has remained a family home. Twelve acres of formal and wild garden command splendid views. The Castle is available for private hire, weddings, corporate functions, events and filming. The caterers can provide a wide range of options from a finger buffet through to a four course banquet and, of course, everything can be tailored to your particular requirements to the very highest standards. Facilities: Rooms with natural light. Guided tours of the castle available to fit in with your program of events at no extra charge Overnight accommodation available on site: No Min/max event numbers: 20/90 (unless a marquee is added on). Type of events catered for: private hire, weddings, corporate functions, events and filming.

THE WHITE HORSE, BASTON 4 Church Street, Baston, PE6 9PE . 01778 560923

GREETHAM VALLEY HOTEL Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, LE15 7SN. 01780 460444

Greetham Valley is a family-owned venue in an idyllic setting; with panoramic views across the lakes and valleys of the golf courses and surrounding countryside, it is an excellent location to host any event, and just a few minutes’ drive from the A1 and Rutland Water. Greetham Valley represents the ideal location to host your event, no matter how large or small – you can relax and enjoy your event in the knowledge that every detail will be taken care of. The AA 3 star, 35 bedroom hotel offers spacious accommodation, providing the perfect opportunity for guests to relax.

The White Horse is a warm and welcoming country pub that lies in the heart of the beautiful village of Baston. The pub has been lovingly restored to its former glory offering excellent food, four real ales, a large selection of lagers and ciders and an assortment of wines to be enjoyed in a friendly atmosphere. The restaurant menu uses locally sourced ingredients and home baking as much as possible. The White Horse offers a private dining/ function room that can cater for up to 20 guests on one long table or more for a casual buffet. Included is the use of the private lounge should you want to have pre-dinner drinks or relax after dinner for coffee. There is also a private balcony off the dining room which you can use exclusively in the warmer months. Facilities: Two private dining rooms Overnight accommodation available on site: No Min/max event numbers: 20/40 Type of events: Conferences, private dining, any occasion.

Facilities: 35 bedroom hotel, 8 log cabins, VB Four holiday cottages, restaurants, bar and function suites, conference rooms, two 18 hole golf courses, nine hole academy course, driving range, fishing lakes, archery, bowls, petanque, physiotherapy and sports injury clinic, gym. Overnight accommodation available on site: For 123 guests Min/max event numbers: 2/280 Type of events: Weddings, anniversaries, birthday celebrations, awards dinners, exhibitions, tribute nights, discos, live music events, conferences, banqueting, end of season dinners, fund-raising balls.

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Feature /// Horse racing

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FROM FOAL TO TRACK The early years of the racehorse Dabbled with a spot of horse racing but never quite understood the intricacies of what makes a great racehorse? Nico Morgan explains Photography: Nico Morgan

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Feature /// Horse racing

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uring the last 10 years two very special horses have graced the racecourses of Europe. Sea the Stars and Frankel were not just very good, they were two of the best horses of a generation, and possibly the best that most of us may ever see. Both horses have now retired to stud, and are busy producing the next crop of young flat racing superstars. Frankel’s first foals only ‘hit the ground’ earlier this year but Sea The Stars’ progeny are already racing. So, how does a foal make the journey from its mare’s side to the racecourse, and is it possible for anybody other than a billionaire to end up owning such a successful star of the track? First, it’s worth understanding how the system works. Thoroughbred foals all celebrate their official birthday on New Year’s Day. If you want your foal to be a mature and well-developed yearling (one-year-old) then you want it born as early in the year as possible. A foal will remain with its mother, and other mares and foals, until the summer of its first year, then the mares are separated and the foals left together. They remain together as a herd until the following summer, when they are brought in from the field and begin their education. Many racehorses are sold at big annual yearling sales, such as the one at Tattersalls in Newmarket in October, and it is important that they are well behaved and easily handled. To this end most foals will be handled from the moment they are born. Whether or not a yearling is sold to a new owner at this

age, they are now sent to a trainer. Newmarket trainer David Simcock explains: “Discipline is very important when they first arrive. We will spend quite a while teaching them what we expect from them on a day-to-day basis.” Cute little foals become a dangerous handful very quickly if they haven’t learned their manners. David’s 90-strong yard has a varied ownership, including a large number owned by Middle Eastern royalty, and he admits that one of the most important factors in training racehorses is managing expectations – a trainer can usually tell at a very early stage whether a horse is going to succeed on the track or not. A particular horse’s breeding may give an indication as to whether it is likely to be a sprinter – racing over short distances – or a stayer, which may race over distances of over two miles in flat racing. The early starters tend to be the sprinters, but the trainer will establish early in the horse’s training which of these camps it really belongs in, and this will then dictate how it is trained and when and where it races. Some flat horses will race as two-year-olds, in their first year with their trainer. Others will not see the track until after their third birthday. The first race a horse runs in is called a maiden – a race for horses that have not won anything. If they do not win first time out, then the trainer may enter them in other maidens until they do win. If they do win, then the trainer has to decide which level they should attempt next. If the trainer thinks a horse is exceptional, they may enter the horse into the highest level of race, a group race.

‘CUTE LITTLE FOALS BECOME A DANGEROUS HANDFUL VERY QUICKLY IF THEY HAVEN’T LEARNED THEIR MANNERS’

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The route from foal to star can be dramatic: Simcock describes how the colt Dream Ahead, which he trained, won a maiden at Nottingham in 2010 and was then aimed at the Group 1 Prix Morny, at Deauville in France. He won his second outing and brought home £180,000 in prize money. Not a bad return on the 36,000 guineas he cost Blandford Bloodstock at the breeze up sales a couple of months before. At this stage he shared the same ranking as Frankel. While Dream Ahead was exceptional, the more usual route for a second race entry might be a handicap race. After three races or having won one race, a horse is given a rating and the higher the rating, the better the horse, in the eyes of the handicapper at least. Handicap races are available for horses whose rating falls into a certain range of ratings to ensure that horse of a similar ability are racing each other. Between handicap races and group races, there are conditions races, which only horses which meet those particular conditions may enter. When a horse’s racing career is over there are a number of retirement routes. A successful stallion will almost certainly go to stud, as was the case with Dream Ahead (at only three years old) and Frankel, against whom he raced. They are then bred with winning mares in the hope that they pass on their genes. Geldings and mares which were less successful on the track are aimed at completely different careers, where they are often extremely successful in disciplines such as eventing, polo and dressage, or enjoy a more relaxed life as a hack or hunter.

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Feature /// Horse racing

How to pick a winner IF YOU ARE LUCKY ENOUGH to own a mare with a good racing record then a bloodstock agent such as Richard Brown at Blandford Bloodstock will be able to help you choose a stallion whose genetics will complement those of the mare. The stallion owners pay bloodstock agents their fee, so this is effectively a free service. If you are not the owner of a fine thoroughbred mare – which is probably the case - then there are various sales at which you have the opportunity to purchase a horse of your own. Horses are sold before they are born (in utero), as foals, as yearlings, and in the autumn of their second year. You can also buy two-year-olds in sales called breeze-ups. In these, horses gallop on their own down a stretch of racetrack against the clock. Don’t expect to be able to buy a racehorse very cheaply at any stage of this process but, as Brown points out, there is more to the process than meets the eye. He explains: “Yearlings can attract huge amounts of money simply because they have the right pedigree – the sire [father] and the dam [mother] being the most important – but it is

definitely possible to get a good horse for less money if you have a good eye for conformation.” Conformation, or the way a horse is put together, is key in flat racing. If there are faults then a horse may never be able to cope with training, let alone be successful on the course. Blandford Bloodstock, 6a Rous Road, Newmarket Suffolk CB8 8DL 01638 666661 www.blandfordbloodstock.com

‘DON’T EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO BUY A RACEHORSE VERY CHEAPLY AT ANY STAGE OF THIS PROCESS’

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Feature /// Table tennis

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Not just flim flam Table tennis is thriving in Rutland. Jeremy Beswick heads to the village hall and finds some fierce competitors Photography: Harry Measures

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able tennis is surely the most alliterative and onomatopoeic of sports. We all know it as ping pong, a few of us as flim flam or, if you’re a toff like Boris Johnson, whiff whaff. Actually, its Bullingdon Club connections are more appropriate than one might suppose. It’s generally held the sport began in the late 1800s, played post-prandially on upper class English dining tables with books serving as the net and cigar cases as the bats. Early participants were sternly cautioned against the unsuitability of gentlemen’s stiff collars and ladies’ white satin gowns. Balls? Golf ones apparently. Sounds rather dangerous after a few large ports – I like to think it may even have been played with walnuts – but hopefully the servants had the good sense to hide the crystal. They’d certainly need to nowadays, with modern players smashing the ball at more than 100 miles per hour... As the sport developed bats made of cork, cardboard and wood and covered with cloth, leather or sandpaper were experimented with and the modern celluloid ball was stumbled upon by one Jim Gibb who, on a trip to the US, found them on sale as novelties and brought some back to the UK. The first official world championship was held in 1926, despite the Russian authorities banning the game for 30 years because they deemed it detrimental to players’ eyesight (I’m not making this up). Interrupting a long spell of Hungarian dominance, Fred Perry – yes, him – won it in 1929, two years before his first match at Wimbledon. Call yourself a champion? Eat your heart out, Andy Murray. In 1936 the competition had a single-point rally lasting for

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more than an hour. Unsurprisingly, as it comprised some 12,000 shots, the referee had to be replaced with a neck injury. Whether any spectators suffered similar problems is not recorded. The game followed the British Empire across the globe, eventually reaching Japan and then, scotching our hopes of further English champions forever, to China and Singapore – the current holders of the Olympic and Commonwealth titles respectively. Globally, South Korea and Sweden are also superpowers. According to the Olympics Factbook it’s the most popular racquet sport in the world with 10 million participants in sanctioned tournaments each year. When London was awarded the Olympics that man Boris quipped “Ping pong’s coming home”. Got the reference? All together now “It’s comin’ home, it’s comin’ home, it’s comin’... ping pong’s comin’ home” The sport’s governing body in England is The English Table Tennis Association (ETTA) and our number one ranked players are Paul Drinkhall and Joanna Parker. Here’s Drinkhall speaking before those Olympics: “The beauty of table tennis is its accessibility. You don’t need much money, or any expensive kit. Kids can bring the game back to its roots and knock a ball around on the dinner table. Old people can play, too, even from a chair. It’s a serious Olympic sport, but open to everyone at the same time. It’s a people’s game.” Which brings us, inexorably and inevitably, full circle to the exotic yet local delights of the Stamford and Rutland Table Tennis League. Fiercely contested between teams from Uffington, Tallington, Stamford, Bourne, Eastfield, Braunstone et al, with players coming from all over the county and beyond, this noble game thrives in schools, church halls and military bases all around you. Here you can find a nine-year old schoolboy being outgunned by Cedric Philips, 82 years young and still winning matches after half a century in the league, and both men and women of all ages playing chops, loopers, hitters, counter-hitters, backspin, float and topspin defenders with no handicaps asked or given.

Stamford and Rutland Table Tennis League boasts a number of teams from towns and villages around the area, with all ages catered for. It’s an easy and cheap sport to get into, too – all you need is a table, a net, a bat and a ball

Table tennis trivia ● A top player can impart spin at 9,000rpm ● The balls are not hollow but pressurised with gas ● 47 of the 84 available Olympic medals in the sport have gone to China, and 24 of the 28 golds ● Wayne Rooney, David Cameron, Nigella Lawson and George Clooney are enthusiastic devotees ● The ball size was increased from 38mm to 40mm aer the Seoul Olympics to slow the game down ● Officially this was to make it easier to follow on TV, a euphemism for giving someone other than the Chinese a chance of winning. As it didn’t work they’re now changing from celluloid to plastic.

League president Brendan Alston has been a leading light since 1976 and despite his now, sadly, gammy knees looks 20 years younger when adopting the handshake grip. “I never used to sweat at golf and cricket but table tennis really works you,” he said “and there’s little luck involved in this sport. If you’ve lost, you know you’ve deserved to lose. The better player almost always wins”. The competition’s recently been boosted by Peterborough’s ethnic diversity, with 20-something Romanians and Hungarians increasingly involved and – ETTA affiliated – the standards are high. One team captain, Rob Elliott, told me: “It keeps you mobile and your reactions sharp. Like squash it’s very fast. Even when I lose I enjoy it.” Matches are played from 7:30pm to 10pm throughout the winter months and if you’re interested the place to start is with qualified coach Steve Williams, who’ll know which teams are on the look-out for new blood and/or will help you reach the required level. He can be contacted on 07984 521070. Alternatively, the ETTA website has a Spotlight facility to help you find a game at www.etta.co.uk. Finally, league chairman Richard Henry, who first played as a Stamford schoolboy and now does so as a master, is far more eloquent about the sport than I could ever be and therefore deserves the last word: “It is a game of psychological claustrophobia, with brains freezing a point from defeat or victory. A violent swipe of a harmless missile; physically and mentally draining but, given its universal popularity, in many ways the ultimate sport. And I am thankful to have been a part of it”.

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Baby Grand Piano playing Classical, Jazz and Popular Tunes

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Lunches ~ Afternoon Teas ~ Evening Dinner

Forthcoming Events Sunday 30th March – Mothering Sunday 3 Course Roast Menu £20 per person, under 10’s - £12.50

Neil and Karen have been providing Hospitality to Rutland for over 25 years (Lancers Bistro 1980’s, Kings Arms Wing 1990’s and Rutland Water 2000’s)

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• Two Floors – Downstairs Restaurant and Upstairs Easy Seating Lounge and Private Dining Area • A la Carte and Set Priced Menus

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Feature /// Sportsman’s Dinner

The Barn, Oakham Steve and Will head to The Barn and find grand pianos and diet-busting deliciousness Will It’s a wet and windy night in March but this place is cosy. Husband and wife team of chef Neil and front-of-house Karen seem passionate, too. They’ve certainly got a decent local pedigree; eight years at the King’s Arms at Wing, and longer running the catering at Rutland Water means they must know their market. Steve Yes. As the big corporates seem to be increasingly taking over our towns, it’s great to see local people still doing well. And The Barn really does have their personal stamp all over it, with a nice mix of eclectic decor and furniture giving it that relaxed, homely vibe. The stiletto shoe chairs in the upstairs dining room were a cool feature too, although after a few glasses of wine I’m not sure I’d be the ideal candidate for sitting on one. Will I wouldn’t try sitting on one of those stiletto chairs after a glass of water, never mind a glass of wine! But they do illustrate the personal touch, as does the self-playing grand piano. Anyway, we didn’t come here just to look at the furniture, did we? I asked chef Neil to choose for me, but you’re not so easy going are you? Steve No, I quite fancied the haddock fishcake as a starter that came with a babyleaf salad and whisky, honey and light mustard vinaigrette and nothing was going to deflect me from that. I’d never had whisky in a starter before. A chaser maybe, though. After that, I allowed Neil to take control, even though I’m on a pre-cricket season diet. Those are the kinds of wild risks I take. I guess you’re not on some strict fitness regime?

Will I enjoy eating too much to bother with all these crazy diets. Walking the dog to the pub is my fitness regime; it’s uphill on the way home. Anyway, I enjoyed the mixed canapes and loved the cauliflower and camembert amuse-bouche, and the delicate cup and saucer it was served in. That was a nice touch. And my blue cheese and pecan nut salad was very tasty. Steve Yes, the amuse bouche was fantastic – the sort of thing you get in all the best fine dining establishments. And my fishcake had a good crispy breadcrumb coating, although I couldn’t taste the whisky, which is probably a good thing because if you like the taste of whisky on your salad, you should probably get help. But it was lovely. For the main, I had lamb with redcurrants and mixed vegetables. Just the time of year for tender, pink, seared lamb – it made me come over all summery, even as the rain lashed down outside. The piano was tinkling away some Barry Manilow classics, and if it had started up a rendition of Copacabana I might have had to start dancing. Will Phew. I didn’t realise how close we were to that unpleasant spectacle and I’m just glad it didn’t happen. Let’s face it, you’re no Patrick Swayze. For my main course Neil cooked a decent steak with bearnaise sauce, although I do prefer my steaks rare, and some of the best chips I have ever tasted. And yes I did notice your ‘strict’ diet didn’t stop you stealing a few. Although I did help myself to some braised fennel, red cabbage and curly kale which were all excellent. And it was during this course that I

began to regret my offer to drive. I could have done with another drink to help me compete with your increasing volume. Steve Increasing volume? Just thank your lucky stars I didn’t make it to the grand piano. And yes, I did nick a few of your chips, mainly because they were epic. I barely had room for desert after that, what with my svelte new waistline, but with the platter of cheesecake, sticky toffee pudding, brownies, granita and vanilla crème brulee I found some room. Especially for the cheesecake. I think its fair to say you don’t go hungry at The Barn. Will Certainly not, and I loved the vanilla crème brulee. What a pleasant evening. The price structure is very reasonable too, with starters from £5.95 and main courses from £10.95. And they also have a number of special dinner events coming up. The Around the World tasting menu on May 10 sounds great, with eight courses for an extremely attractive £29.50. Steve Yes, the theme nights sound fun and what I really like about The Barn is its lack of pretension. Good food, and lots of it, cooked and served well and good value too. Just as you would expect from people who have a longestablished reputation in the area. Back to the diet after, though….

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Feature /// Great walks

Stamford to Ryhall

A pleasing blend of town and country that offers great views and plenty of pubs Words & Photography: Will Hetherington THE ROUTE

For the best effect I suggest you start and finish this walk in Stamford. It may seem odd to start a country walk in the middle of town but doing it this way delivers some pleasing contrasts. So start at the Recreation Ground, where the well cared for gardens and bandstand make for a good beginning. At the junction on the north east corner head north up Kings Road until you get to Alexandra Road. Turn right here and look for the footpath to the left immediately after Jackson Villa and opposite the end of Emlyn’s Street. Take the footpath past St. Augustine’s school on the right, across Kesteven Road and straight out into the fields beyond. The first thing you will notice on the right is the building work going on to create the new home of Stamford Daniels football club and a sports centre for Stamford College.

After that is Borderville Farm and, as the name suggests, you are now crossing the county boundary from Lincolnshire into Rutland. Follow the signs over the fields as the path makes its way down towards the Bourne road and Ryhall beyond. When you reach the road, cross over and quickly take a sign-posted right turn to cut the corner in the direction of the hump backed bridge over the Gwash. But don’t cross the bridge; instead keep following the signs over the road here and towards Ryhall as the path leads into the south eastern edge of the village. If you are after a drink or a snack then the Green Dragon in the village centre is a lovely spot. Meanwhile the Wicked Witch is one of the better restaurants in the area and, while the main dining area might be a little formal for your dog walking stop, the bar is more relaxed. If you are not stopping in Ryhall then before

you get to the village centre look for the footpath that passes the primary school as it heads east out of the village. This will take you out on to a pleasant water meadow with the Gwash gurgling away on the left. The path soon joins the road up into Belmesthorpe and there is a great spot here for the dog to take a cooling dip. Head up the hill into Belmesthorpe, stopping at the convenient Blue Bell for a pint on the way if you wish, before turning right at the main junction and immediately left up Castle Rise to pick up the footpath between two houses as it heads south out of the village and up the hill. Along this stretch you will be treated to the unusual sight of llamas grazing in the fields, before the path joins a narrow bridleway between two rows of hawthorn and blackberry bushes. Turn right here and the bridleway soon comes out on to the road which leads down to Newstead.

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The Blue Bell in Belmesthorpe is an archetypal country pub and a good place to stop for a refreshing pint; this walk takes in some picturesque countryside just on the fringes of Stamford

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Walk along the road for about 100 yards and then take the footpath off to the right. From here you will experience some of the best and most unexpected views of Stamford and Burghley House in the distance. The high vantage point gives a great perspective and, while Ryhall Road’s industrial estates may not sound too attractive, the contrast with the church spires behind them is strangely pleasing. The path heads diagonally down to a bridge back over the Gwash, across the meadow and then leads to an uphill track on to Ryhall Road. So you will quickly move from glorious countryside with stunning views into an industrial area. I would suggest turning left and taking Ryhall Road back into town past Homebase and the hospital and on to St Paul’s Street, where the Tobie Norris might even draw you in for a wellearned drink and a pizza. By which point you will have experienced a walk with some fascinating contrasts, but I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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ESSENTIAL INFORMATION Where to park New Cross Road or Kings Road. Both are on the northern edge of Stamford’s Recreation Ground. Distance and time Five and a quarter miles/two hours. Highlights Stunning views of Stamford on the way back and far-reaching countryside views all the way

round. Some cracking pubs and a strangely pleasing contrast between town and country.

Wicked Witch in Ryhall, the Blue Bell in Belmesthorpe and the Tobie Norris in Stamford.

Lowlights It’s a bit of a long trek along Ryhall Road back into Stamford at the end, but the Tobie Norris pub on St Paul’s Street should make up for that.

The pooch perspective This is a great walk for dogs as it passes or crosses the beautiful little River Gwash three times, and there are plenty of places the dog can run free. Just beware of the llamas though!

Refreshments The Green Dragon and the

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Feature /// Dog training

When to give a dog some space Bobs Broadbent on a new campaign aimed at helping people understand when they are near nervous dogs IF YOU ARE THE OWNER OF A DOG that can’t engage with other dogs that it doesn’t know well, or doesn’t enjoy canine contact, you will know how surprisingly difficult it can be to convince other, well-meaning dog owners to keep their distance. A campaign has been started to help focus dog owners on dogs that may be in training, recovering from an operation, being rehabilitated or ones that are just a bit nervous or grumpy. For these dogs, being unable to escape such encounters can impede on progress, impact on general well-being and cause problem behaviours to become more ingrained. Puppies, for example, need to concentrate on their owners even when there are distractions around them, such as other dogs that want to play.

Unwell dogs may behave unpredictably while recuperating, especially if they are in pain and feel vulnerable, and it can become stressful for an elderly dog to have a younger dog bouncing towards them. Indeed, if we are to succeed at rehabilitating dogs that have had unpleasant experiences in their lives they will benefit considerably from having their personal space respected while being out in public spaces. The campaign concept is easy to follow and was started in Sweden some years ago. It asks owners to introduce a yellow ribbon on to a dog’s lead so other park users know not to approach. It’s now working across 20 countries but is relatively new to the UK. As well as yellow ribbons, there are all kinds of colour-coded items that can be used to give a clear message, from bandanas and dog coats with the words ‘I need space’ branded on them to bright yellow leads. There are even yellow vests that can be worn by the dog’s owner. The campaign is growing in the UK as more pet professionals are becoming aware of it. Dog professionals and veterinarians do have a big role to play in spreading

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Feature /// Great rides

The Rutland Loop Jon Sheehan of Tri Coach 3 continues to offer routes and training advice for cyclists, runners and swimmers. This month it’s a 34-mile loop from Stamford to Bulwick Starting at Stamford Garden Centre, turn right on to Casterton Road. At the crossroads take a right and head towards Ryhall. At the junction turn left and head out towards Careby. At the crossroads for Carlby, turn left and head to Pickworth. Take the next left and spin across to Pickworth. At the junction turn left and spin through the village, taking the ďŹ rst right as you exit the village. Follow this road across towards the A1. At the next junction turn left and spin down the hill turning right under the A1. Stay on this road until the next crossroads where you turn right and head towards Exton. Go straight over at the next crossroads, and turn left at the T junction. Take the next right, and then a left at the next junction heading towards Oakham. At the roundabout turn left and head across to Rutland Water. At the next roundabout go straight over and spin along the main road, taking a left at the top of the sharp incline into Manton. Spin through Manton and take a right just after the garden centre. Follow this road into Lyndon and take a left on to Luffenham Road, climb the sharp incline and take a right opposite the Fox and Hounds. Sweep right and then left until you reach the crossroads. Go straight over the junction and follow this road until it joins the main road into Ketton. When you pass the cement works turn left onto Ketton hill and climb up the hill and back into town.

STATS Start/Finish Stamford Garden Centre, Casterton Road Distance 32.52 miles Time 12mph = 2.42:30 15mph = 2.13:07 18mph = 1.48:20 Elevation 1,593 Difficulty 7.5/10

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Feature /// School sports

Charlie given England call up STAMFORD SCHOOL CELEBRATED this week after receiving the news that two rugby players have been selected to represent their country. The first honour went to first XV winger Tom Roper, who was selected to captain Holland under 18s in their friendly with Germany. The second goes to first XV centre, Charlie Dunbar, who has been selected to represent England Schools at under 18, after he represented The Midlands region at trial. First XV coach David Laventure was full of praise for Charlie’s efforts: “He should be very proud and he deserves great credit. He trains very hard and to get the accolade in Year 12 is a fantastic achievement.” Charlie said: “I can’t wait to pull the shirt on – it’s been a great season and I have been lucky to play the game with a great team around me. I am sure it will be tough, but I am looking forward to the challenge.”  Stamford School enjoyed a victory over The Missassauga Blues from Toronto, Ontario. The Blues are one of the leading clubs in Canada and spent three days in Stamford at the start of their UK development tour. The match was highly entertaining with the Stamford XV, made up from players from the 1st-4th XV, playing some great attacking rugby on a beautifully warm spring day. They ended up 50-14 winners.

Louis selected for county LOUIS LEES-JONES from Uppingham has qualified for the county squad. His selection as part of the senior boys’ team, made up of the fastest cross-country runners in the county, is as a result of his individual performance at the county championships in February, where he finished in fifth position and the Uppingham boys’ team were runners-up.

A walk on the wild side! NINE STUDENTS from Casterton Business & Enterprise College recently visited the Exotic Pet Refuge in Deeping to help look after the animals and give their lodgings a makeover. Part of the CVQO Schools Partnership Project - an initiative funded by the Department for Education - the students were given a tour of the refuge before having the opportunity to meet some of the animals and take part in some makeovers including cleaning out the stork and raccoon pens. The boys all worked hard and the refuge manager was delighted that they managed to complete the tasks with such great success. The refuge is a charity and relies on volunteers to support the animals; many of which have been rescued from difficult circumstances. The students on the CVQO Schools Partnership Project not only came back having done a great job, but with a real desire to support the refuge further, and have raised enough money to sponsor an animal.

UCC ON TARGET THE RECENTLY FORMED Uppingham Community College archery team travelled to Uppingham School for their first outing, and won. The team was formed from a mixture of pupils from KS3 who have been perfecting their skills at local archery clubs as well as taking part in a taster session at UCC. The team led by Robby English managed to consistently score highly with accurate shots securing a well-earned victory. Director of academy sport Tom Bourne said: “The team performed to a high standard and can be extremely proud of their performance.”

FUNDING FOR BEN CATMOSE COLLEGE student Ben Higgins has been awarded funding for his athletics by Leicestershire and Rutland Talented Athlete Fund - GoGold. Ben was one of the youngest of 128 athletes to be awarded funding and, as a result, has to update a regular blog on his progress throughout the year at http://www.lrsport.org/blogs He competed at the National Indoor Arena on February 9 in the Midland Indoor Championships and came away with a bronze medal in the long jump, which was his first competition as an under 15 and just 2cm off his personal best. He also achieved a PB in his hurdles. His next event will be at the Birmingham Games and the College wishes him all the best in the competition.

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Copthill miss out on title COPTHILL U10s FINISHED as runners-up in the annual Rugby 7s competition held at Oakham School. There were 14 schools in the U10 competition and Copthill were drawn in a very strong group featuring schools from across the region. “The boys should feel extremely proud of themselves, they played brilliantly,’ said Tom Smith, head of boys’ sport at Copthill. “As well as all the excitement of the tournament, the boys were star struck as they had their picture taken with ex-England international, Austin Healey.” Squad: Tom Chesworth, JJ Nightingale, Angus Bowling, Jonny Le Voi, Tom Cox, Duncan Morrison, Charlie Boyle, Henry Crewe, Ciaran Dolby and Ben Brittain.

New belts at Brooke Priory HAVING STARTED CHOI KWANG DO in January, the first Brooke Priory School pupils have already gained their first new belts. The boys and girls have worked hard to achieve this important milestone and they were delighted to welcome guest examiner, senior master Nigel Brophy, who is a 6th degree black belt faculty member from Surrey Choi Kwang Do Schools, to a session in March. As their parents looked on, the children in the Tiny Tigers group received their white belt with yellow stripes and the Seniors were presented with their white belt. 5th degree international instructor and examiner, Catherine Pinder, who runs the club, said: “The children have made fantastic progress and I was so pleased to see them receiving their new belts and wearing them with pride.”

The power to inspire UPPINGHAM SCHOOL recently welcomed John Willis, the founder of Power2Inspire and a man who refuses to believe in the word ‘can’t’, to support him in his 1,000m swimming challenge. John’s aim is to swim 1000m in 50 school pools within 100 days from January through to April this year; a challenge in itself, more so for John as he was born without fully formed arms and legs. In a motivational talk at the beginning of the session, John shared his unbounded enthusiasm for sport, health and encouraging raw ability, with comical anecdotes and a great deal of insight, inspiring pupils with his message; ‘there is no such thing as can’t’ and ‘there is no wall long enough that you can’t go around’. Uppingham was the thirteenth leg of the challenge, and members of the School’s swimming club took to the pool to support John and achieve their own goals, communicating the message of Power2Inspire. The UK based charity aims to inspire the population, old and young, disabled and able bodied, to make their lives healthier and more fulfilling.

Gold for Georgina CATMOSE COLLEGE swimmer Georgina Hallgath won trophies for the 400m individual medley and the 200m butterfly at the recent Leicester Penguins presentation night. In addition, Georgina also won a gold medal at a recent meet, coming first in the 50m backstroke with a time of 36:37 (long course). Georgina is very committed and trains up to five times a week and will be taking part in four further events over the next month.

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Feature /// School sports

Tigers star visits assault course STAMFORD SCHOOL’S annual assault course in aid of Help for Heroes took place in March. This year’s event was special for the year 8s as the course was given a rugby theme with Leicester Tigers lock and England international, Geoff Parling, supporting the event. Despite the waterlogged terrain and wind, the boys did admirably well with many completing at least 10 laps of the course. The most impressive efforts were by Archie Offer, Ethan Archer, Archie Hill and Ryan Jones. This was not just about fun though, but also about raising money for Help for Heroes. The target is £2,000, but the students have also been busy selling Help for Heroes merchandise so they are optimistic about beating this. Dan Stamp, head of history at Stamford School, said: “We are very grateful to Geoff for supporting the event and encouraging the boys to go the extra mile.”

Oakham hosts national sporting tournament OAKHAM SCHOOL hosted the annual Prep Schools Rugby Sevens and Netball Tournament recently with around 500 children from across the country taking part in this highly-respected competition. A total of 45 teams from 18 schools participated in matches throughout the day, culminating in a presentation by international rugby legend Austin Healey, and three New Zealand netball internationals. Jessie Waitapu, Moniek van Rossum and Elizabeth Hayman have been coaching at Oakham over the past term, and they certainly enjoyed seeing their players put into action some of the skills they have been taught. Director of sport, Iain Simpson, says: “The standard was particularly high this year and all of the fixtures were fiercely fought. People always say the tournament is a great day for both the players and the hundreds of spectators.” Overall, Witham Hall excelled, reaching three cup finals and won both netball competitions. Laxton Junior School placed second in the U10s netball and Brooke Priory won the vase for third place. St. John’s College School, Cambridge, placed second in the U12s netball, and Lincroft Middle School won the vase. The U10s rugby was won by Spratton Hall, Northampton, in a thrilling final against Copthill School. St. Faith’s School, Cambridge, won the vase in their match against Laxton Junior School. Oakham School’s under 12 rugby team (pictured below with rugby star Austin Healey) triumphed over Witham Hall to win the cup.

DODGEBALL SUCCESS CATMOSE COLLEGE Year 10 and 11 students took part in the Rutland and Melton Dodgeball tournament and finished in second place. The team was Edward Tyers, Will Durno, Harry Wiles Bull, Sam Watchorn, Dougie Saxey-SantilloHempkin, Rory Madelin and Jack Astill.

RUGBY 7s WINNERS UPPINGHAM BOYS won the Newark Invitational 7s Tournament. They beat Stamford School in the final 17-0 having beaten Nottingham High School 42-5 in the semi-final, and won their three group matches convincingly scoring nearly 100 points and conceding just one try. The team was captained by Thomas Bell, who has also received the news that he is on stand-by to join the England Schools and Clubs 18s squad. The 1st VII squad was: William Arden, Thomas Bell, Edward Berridge, James Cotton, Jordan Dobney, Fred Hanson-Smith, Rupert Innes, Jack Jackson, Hugo Rook and Jack Staley.

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Roundup The scores, star performers and stats from a month in Stamford and Rutland sport

Football

Mixed results as scene bursts back into life BY DEAN CORNISH

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ow that the weather has improved, the local football scene has burst back into life with some mixed results for local teams. The area’s premier non-league side, Stamford AFC, have been a case in point with a mixed bag of results that means they’re still hovering close to the relegation places in the Evo Stik Premier Division. Overall, David Staff will be pleased with the return in the last month of four league wins, three defeats and a draw. One of the most crucial results came on February 22 when the Daniels won 3-1 at home against relegation rivals Witton Albion, a veritable six-pointer with the Daniels coming out on top after a master class from Charlie Binns. The player, on loan from Histon, capped his performance with two goals, one of which will live long in the memory of fans – a rasping volley into the bottom left-hand corner of the net. The Daniels followed that result up with a creditable draw away at Buxton before

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beating near relegation certainties Stafford Rangers comfortably. After those good results, the Daniels were unbeaten in five games, and you felt they would start to move themselves away from the bottom four. Alas, we all know football isn’t that simple, especially near the bottom, and after a long mid-week trip up north, the Daniels then went and lost 3-1 away at Nantwich Town. Next up, the Daniels faithful packed their bags for a sunny weekender in Whitby, and while the spring sunshine was kind the wind certainly didn’t lend itself to a great game of football. Then again, I don’t think many would care with David Staff’s men bringing back all three points after a 2-1 win with goals from Lewis Carr and Jordan Smith, and an inspired goalkeeping performance from Will Jones. Once again, as soon as the fans started thinking that safety was almost guaranteed, Stamford then lost two on the bounce – one the return six-pointer at Witton and then a home defeat to promotion chasing moneybags AFC Fylde.

Thankfully Stamford got themselves back to winning with a win on March 18 at home to Matlock Town, with leading scorer Ryan Robbins netting the only goal to restore the Daniels safety cushion to five points from the bottom four. As we’ve always said in this column, it’s bound to go down to the final few games of the season next month, but Stamford are looking good to stay up, which will be a great achievement for David Staff and his team. There are some mouth-watering fixtures on the cards as well, with the Easter Saturday visit of promotion chasing FC United of Manchester potentially to attract a four-figure crowd. What price that being the day that FCUM seal the title, while the Daniels seal their position in the league? There’ll be a lot of beer drunk in Stamford that weekend if that’s the case. In the United Counties league, it’s been a woeful 2014 for Blackstones with the Lincoln Road outfit now having lost 10 games on the bounce. Thankfully for Gary Peace’s side, their form before Christmas

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Above David Staff (in bib) makes a point from the sidelines

means they’re still in with a shout of staying in the division, but it’s touch and go with two teams due to be relegated into the wilds of step seven. Bourne Town currently occupy the second relegation place and it looks like being either Bourne or Blackstones who go down with the woeful Woodford, who have lost 30 of their 31 games (their only three points coming from a victory over Blackstones). The April 9 game between Blackstones and Bourne could be the final decider. It’s bound to be tasty. In the Peterborough League Premier Division, any outside hopes that Uppingham Town had of winning the league have finally been dashed after some mixed results against some of the other teams toward the top of the division. A 1-0 defeat at home against second placed King’s Lynn Reserves and a 6-0 drubbing

away at league leaders Netherton mean that even with a few games in hand, a title challenge is unrealistic. Apart from defeats against the top two, Richard Kendrick’s men did enjoy two recent away wins at Crowland and Sawtry which helps keep them in the top four, and if they finish there, you’d imagine they will be well pleased with their season’s efforts. Oakham Town meanwhile are very much mid-table with some good recent form ensuring it should be a top half finish, rather than bottom half. That would be a good return after their tumultuous start to the season. In the Peterborough league first division, the big recent result came in the semi-finals of the cup competition when a local classic saw Ryhall beat Stamford Bels 4-3 after extra time. The Bels thought they had the game won in normal time, only for Ryhall

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to equalise late on and then win in extra time after a host of red cards for the Bels. It’s one that will be talked about in the pubs of Stamford for a while yet. In the league, Ketton remain the pick of the local teams, in sixth position but with a few games in hand meaning they’ll still have outside hopes of a top four finish. Ryhall are currently in eighth position, having not won in the league in 2014. James Sheehan’s men do have a cup final to look forward to though, which the Bels of course do not. The Bels are second bottom in the league, with their best recent result coming away at Farcet where they won by three goals to one. If you’re looking for something to do on a Saturday afternoon, do try and pop along and support a local side. You’ll be impressed with the quality, and it’ll be cheaper than an afternoon in the pub!

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Rugby

Stamford become second-half specialists BY JEREMY BESWICK

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s I looked through the fixture list at the beginning of the month the stand-out match was Oakham at home to Stamford. This was more for its local derby status than any anticipation of a close contest, Oakham having won 20-0 away to their rivals earlier this season. However, this was bound to be a full-blooded affair – Stamford have improved of late and both teams play the same attractive style of backs-oriented rugby. So St David’s Day saw me – and a near record crowd including at least two dragons – basking in glorious sunshine at the Showground. As the smell of roast Welsh lamb from the clubhouse lunch faded on the wind the first half ran true to form; tries from George Reid and Tom Lemon and the trusty boot of Mark Matthews seeing Oaks into an early 17-0 lead before a charge-down from Stamford’s scrum-half, Robbie Smith, brought the score to 17-7 at the break. What followed will surely be remembered in years to come as one of Westside active advert 4/12/13 14:26 one Page 1 Stamford’s finest halves, and possibly of their greatest half-time team talks. Coming out energised and with controlled

aggression they gradually but inexorably wrested the game from Oakham’s grip. Ross Cutteridge landed the first try and then a conversion, penalty and a final try from Will Mardling with five minutes left saw them home 20-17 for a famous victory. Had their kicking been on a par with Oakham’s it could have been more. Captain Matt Albinson’s grin was as wide as a Cheshire cat’s as he said: “It’s taken five years to get the club to this level and it just shows how far we’ve progressed this season. There is much more to come from this squad.” Oaks were gracious in defeat, as always. In the circumstances, it was to Oakham’s great credit that they followed this up with a hard fought draw away to second-placed Spalding, especially as coach Tom Armstrong had to ‘cobble a team together’ due to injuries. Facing a side 19 points above them in the table, they were 17-0 down after just a few minutes (just as Stamford had been against them) but fought back magnificently as two penalties, tries and conversions from Mark Matthews sandwiched a Wilf Burrows touch down. To break the hearts of the away supporters Spalding drew level with

a converted try of their own right at the end, but Oakham continued on the front foot and there was still time for a last-ditch drop goal attempt from Matthews for a famous victory which drifted agonisingly just wide. On the same Saturday Stamford were repeating their second-half heroics, this time at home to Kesteven. A poor first half saw them 31-5 down but the team talk must have worked its magic yet again as they ran in 29 unopposed points to win 34-31. What are they putting in those half-time oranges? Alas, their month ended on a low point as they lost 45-8 at Melbourne. In many ways, however, it is Stoneygate who deserve the plaudits this month as they clinched yet another consecutive promotion and reached the semi-finals of the Leicestershire President’s Cup. They remain unbeaten in all competitions and haven’t lost a league match for two years. Club captain Graham Ough said: “It’s been a great first year in Uppingham. We’ve added four local lads to the first team as well.” They’ve also won all of their friendlies, some against challenging opposition such

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TIGERS TALK Toby Flood’s signing by Toulouse has been confirmed by the French giants, but Richard Cockerill was relaxed about the early announcement and is still supportive of Flood. “He’ll be an important player for them,” he told me, “and also for us for the rest of the season”. Daniel Bowden is out for a couple of weeks, as is his appendix on a permanent basis. Cockerill continued in light-hearted vain: “Typical of the luck we’ve had this season. Still, it’s only a short break as I assume they didn’t have to operate and just removed it from his mouth. If he was my son I’d have given him Calpol and sent him off to school”. Good to see him in better spirits aer the trials and tribulations of this season. Bowden is currently marooned in New Zealand having attended his sister’s wedding and, due to his operation, is not allowed to fly. “Or so he tells me,” added Cockerill. Blaine Scully is also absent on World Cup qualifying duties with America. What was Cockers’ view of the recent Six Nations? “England are in a pretty good place right now. The summer tour to New Zealand will be the acid test.” How important is Manu Tuilagi to their World Cup chances? “Manu has that X Above factor that makes the difference. For me he should be the first Richard Cockerill believes England’s test series in New Zealand will be an acid test for the side ahead of the World Cup. Unsurprisingly, he says centre Manu Tuilagi’s name should be the first on the team sheet name on the England team sheet”. Talking of Manu, I asked him what it was like to be back. “I’m buzzing and don’t want the season to end. We’ve got some massive games coming up”. What was his perspective on England? “I thought Luther Burrell had an outstanding tournament. The shirt’s not mine for the asking – I can’t take anything for granted. It’s hard watching but I couldn’t have been happier aer the Wales game. The boys were all really disappointed to lose that match in France. They had a few lucky bounces at the start but we should still have won. We improved every game aer that.” What was it like coming back into the squad aer his long break? “I didn’t really see any difference. We play the same way, try to set the pace. It’s a great place to be and the Kiwis will be a massive step up”. Manu will have bad memories of New Zealand aer England’s wretched World Cup there, both on and off the pitch, including headlines such as “Tuilagi fined by England aer jumping off ferry in Auckland”. He’s able to reassure me “There’s no way that off-field stuff’s going to happen this time around, and I’ll be keeping out of the harbour”. That’s good to hear Manu.

as Quorn, Shepshed and the second teams of Vipers and Oakham. This last was played this month and Ough was particularly pleased with their 21-16 victory against a strong Oaks team that ‘looked to have about nine first-team regulars playing’. That may well have been the case as Oaks’ firsts were having a Saturday off. Stoneygate are a good side to watch so get yourself down to the Community College one Saturday soon. Stamford College Old Boys reached a

final of their own in the form of the Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire (NDL) Cup. The semi involved a long trip to Barton and in what coach John Duncan called a ‘brilliant display’ they ran in nine tries, including a hat-trick from Pattinson, to emerge 57-17 winners. Good luck to them in the final. In the league they triumphed 17-7 against Westwood but went down to defeats away to Thorney and Oundle. Deepings’ long re-building effort

continues, in fact they’ve lost every match this calendar year, but they continue to receive deserved praise for their commitment and guts. I’ve no doubt they’ll start to come good soon. Clubhouse spirits will be buoyed by the ladies side who had a fine win against Chesham Ladies and top the table. Doubtless they’ll be sympathetic to the men’s plight and not indulging in any banter at their expense. Oh no, surely not.  Seen some local rugby lately? Email your thoughts to rugby@theactivemag.com

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More than £730 was raised for charity as more than 100 members of Stoke Rochford Golf Club provided a warm welcome to their new club captains for 2014. A special stableford competition was organised to mark the appointment of Gary Skerritt and Carol Hamilton as club captains for the next 12 months. 26 teams of 4 (104 players in total) were set on their way by club professional Angus Dow, with the best two scores from four to count on each hole. GREETHAM VALLEY A beautiful warm spring day meant that this year’s competition season got off to a good start.

However, there was a sting in the tail as the wind was quite strong, gusting between two and three clubs making putting on already quick greens very tough. Carl Causbrook (off 12) took the win in division one with one of the best rounds of the day to come home with a net 69. Dave Copley, playing off nine, took second on countback from 14 handicapper Steve Burgon after they both scored a net 70. Trevor Smith (off one) had a 73 to take the lowest gross prize. The overall medal winner came from division two. Joe Daziel (24) took full advantage of his handicap to take the win with a brilliant net 64. Bill Skinner (21) was just one shot behind on 65 and Adrian Cunningham, current leader in the winter order of merit, took third with a net 71. As placing on the fairways was being used, this was not a qualifier. Joe said that he was ‘gutted’ about that as he is desperate to get his handicap down. He has built himself a cage in his garden and has been hitting 100 balls a day in order to practice his ball striking with that in mind. The seniors medal that was held just a few days earlier was a very close affair. In division one, 18-handicapper Gordon Wiles won the division and the overall medal with a net 65 on count back from another 18-handicapper, Tim Lee. Keith Smith was third with a 66. Peter Palmer (24) won division two with a net 66,

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Equestrianism

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oint-to-pointing has taken the place of hunting for the spring. The Cottesmore ran the opening meet at Garthorpe, where they enjoyed a much larger field than had been expected with 69 runners and some top class horses. Garthorpe’s next point-to-point is the Quorn on April 27, which also promises to be a great day. Claire Lomas will also be there in the afternoon, walking in the robotic suit in which she completed the London Marathon last year, and signing her new book, Finding my Feet. Gates open at 11am. Eventing has started and the locals have been shining along with the sun at Oasby on the first weekend in March. Oasby, near Grantham, once again made a huge effort running over four days and accommodating nearly 700 entries from all over the country. A slightly over-excited Margo Sly from Deeping recorded her first ever win in the 100 open section on Little Newmarket Bob. New local, Andrew Hoy, has obviously settled in well as he took one of the hotly contested open intermediate sections on Cheeky Calimbo. Pippie Polson also continued her good form from last season on Waipuna Rose, finishing third in the 100 section. She then followed that with a second place at Lincoln

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