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A day out in Market Harborough Rewild your garden Walk with Will Interview with Stamford RFC’s new coach Meet bike mechanic Carl Silvester Try an outdoor gym

ISSUE 86 | AUGUST 2019

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And breathe... Relaxing at a yoga retreat, plus great local classes

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‘I had always thought cricket rather dull, despite playing it at school, but not any more.’ I AM WRITING this still revelling in the fantastic weekend of sport we all enjoyed last month. I was sat glued to the men’s Wimbledon final and flicking to the cricket at every change of end. I remember when cricket seemed to be on television every day throughout the summer. As a child my grandmother, an indomitable Yorkshire woman, had a huge admiration of Geoffrey Boycott; I couldn’t quite see it myself, but knew if you visited when the cricket was on you wouldn’t get a word out of her apart from to hear her extol the virtues of ‘Geoffrey.’ As a teenager I remember walking into a friend’s house just in time to see Ian Botham score six sixes in an innings, a match winning performance that helped England win the Ashes. Until then I had always thought cricket rather dull, despite playing it at school. Last month’s exhilarating, nail biting final certainly put paid to that myth and hopefully more people will now be inspired to take part in the sport. Meanwhile watching Djokovic and Federer slug it out proved equally as tense and exciting. That Federer, at the grand old age of 37 can sustain such high intensity tennis for five hours is astounding. But don’t let age put you off. Two of our readers are currently defying the odds with Ian Selmes winning a European silver medal in the duathlon aged 65-69 championships and Ketton’s Annie Hall getting back on her bike at the age of 71; age is certainly not defining them, and nor should it. The recent warm weather – at last – has got us all outside enjoying the fresh air. I’ve always rather envied the outdoor gyms you see in European cities; possibly envying the weather more, but locally we are catching on to the idea. We’ve found places that have outside gyms, and even found classes on offer. I’ve been avoiding the gym in the warm, humid weather as it’s just a bit too sultry for me in the evenings. Instead I have been heading into Burghley Park for a brisk power walk. And I’m delighted to say that I have found I can hold an animated conversation whilst powering up hills without having to pause for breath – fitter than I thought… Kate and Lisa meanwhile have been enjoying a yoga retreat, and reaping the benefits of some calming crystals and deep breathing, and found it very beneficial, whilst stretching and strengthening muscles. So we’ve all been busy enjoying the longer days and warmer evenings; I hope you are all making the most of them too. Enjoy the issue Mary - Editor FIND US ONLINE

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Contents

ACTIVE LIFE 8 WHAT’S ON

Great local events for all the family

17 GARDENING

Rewild your garden

19 TRAVEL

Croeso i Gymru, welcome to Wales

20 JOIN A YOGA RETREAT Kate and Lisa enjoy finding their inner selves

26 A DAY OUT IN MARKET HARBOROUGH

Sample the delights of this pretty town

32 FINISHING TOUCHES The non combat trouser

34 WILL’S WALKS

Will enjoys a walk in the Northamptonshire countryside

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ACTIVE BODY

43 SLIP SLOP SLAP

Aly Dilks recommends ways to stay safe in the sun

47 FAT V SUGAR

Nutritionist Dawn Revens looks at the pros and cons

ACTIVE KIDS

48 SCHOOL NEWS

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Pupils’ achievements celebrated

ACTIVE SPORT

54 CARL SILVESTER

Kate Maxim catches up with the bike mechanic and market stall holder

56 VISIT AN OUTDOOR GYM We tell you where to exercise using an outdoor gym

58 MEET STAMFORD RFC’S NEW COACH

Mary Bremner meets Austin Schwarz

60 CHALLENGES

Updates on adventurers

64 ROUNDUP

Catch up with local teams, and their news

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ActiveLife Spend the day in Market Harborough | Walk with Will Croeso i Gymru | Rewild your garden E DI T E D BY M A RY B R E M N E R

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What’s on...

Great things to see and do in the region

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Rover you have, from a Series to a Range Rover Velar, you’ll be able to test it in a safe, fully marshalled environment. With so much to see and do, why not make a weekend of it and camp? The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down – grab a seat in the grandstand and enjoy the Saturday evening show. Expect lasers, lights, fireworks, music and, of course, plenty of Land Rover action! Find out all about the event and purchase discounted advance tickets at www.lroshow.com RUTLAND CYCLING ARE holding their Big Bike Bash at their newly opened Leicester store on August 17-18. There will be competitions and giveaways, e-bike demos, kids’ bike skills sessions, bike portraits, face painting, bike-themed beer and some very special product offers, you won’t want to miss it! www.rutlandcycling.com

LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY SHOW will take place over the weekend of August 24-25 at Airfield Business Park in Market Harborough. There will be entertainment for the whole family as well as the traditional equine, livestock and cattle classes. www.leicestershirecountyshow.co.uk LUTTERWORTH ROTARY CLUB is holding their 8th Big Bike Ride on Sunday, August 18 starting and finishing at Misterton Hall. There will be four routes: 11, 22 and 39 miles with an additional 67 mile route this year. All entries include a hog roast, or vegetarian option to be enjoyed at the finish. To enter online go to www.EntryCentral.com and for more information www.lutterworthrotary.org.uk MAXEY CLASSIC CAR and bike show is on Saturday, August 10. Now in its 18th year the event is a great day out for all the family with live music, a real ale bar, bbq and children’s amusements. Entry is £5 with under 14s going free. If you have a vehicle to enter just turn up on the day. www.maxeyclassiccarandbikeshow.com SATURDAY, AUGUST 17 is a community day for volunteers and local groups to join together in Market Harborough’s square for some plastic pledging. There is also a Repair Café at the Congregational Church. For more views and tips join the Harborough go green! Facebook group.

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THE SUBLIME TWENTY4 race weekend takes place at Ferry Meadows during August 3 - 4. This inaugural running weekend offers something for everyone including a 24 hour race, 12 hour night race, 10k, 5k and children’s 1k race. Participants in the 24 and 12 hour races can run as part of a team, in pairs or solo. There’s lots of live entertainment and free camping for those entering the races. www.sublimeracing.com GAIA, A TOURING artwork by Luke Jerram, is to be displayed in Peterborough Cathedral from August 19 until September 15. Measuring seven metres in diameter, Gaia features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the earth’s surface. The artwork provides the opportunity to see our planet floating in three-dimensions and will hang under the central tower of the cathedral. The 3D installation will rotate once every four minutes, 360 times faster than our real planet. The artwork is 1.8 million times smaller than the real earth with each

centimetre of the internally lit sculpture describing 18km of the earth’s surface. By standing 211m away from the artwork, the public will be able to see the Earth as it appears from the moon. www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk/ newsarticle.aspx/41/gaia BELVOIR CASTLE AND The Engine Yard Retail Village, located at the base of the entrance, makes a perfect day out for all the family. This summer, not only can you enjoy guided tours around the castle and bus tours around the gardens, you can also stroll around the many artisan boutiques that make up the Engine Yard which celebrates its first anniversary on August 31 with a Festival of Game, a day full of entertainers, demonstrations and fun for all the family. Exciting evenings at the castle start on August 10 when a spectacular display of fireworks to music will enchant the crowd in front of the castle. Pre order tickets for a reduced rate of £19 adult, £9 child. Camping

available from £10 per adult. Call: 01327 876 037 for tickets. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, adapted by Laura Turner, will be performed on Tuesday, August 20 at 7pm in an open-air garden theatre right in front of thecastle. Tickets £16 adult, £11 child. Call 0871 220 0260. Discounts available for large bookings. Thursday August 22 sees ‘Mercury’ the Queen tribute band that’s been hitting the stage for over 20 years. All the favourite tracks will be played in what will be a night to remember. Gates open at 5pm, refreshments and food available on site. For more information on how to buy tickets visit www.belvoircastle.com/events

RAF Wittering is hosting Colour Chaos to raise funds for RAFA which supports the RAF family including war veterans and former personnel on Sunday, September 1. Runners get the chance to run 5k around the base whilst being covered in powder paint. All runners receive a t-shirt and medal. To book your place go to www.rafa.org.uk/colourchaos ALTHORP IS HOSTING a Craft Fair over the weekend of August 9 - 11 which will offer craft workshops, as well as Children’s Week from August 24 - 30. The house will also be open throughout the summer months. www.spencerofalthorp.com

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RAFA Cyclists’ Success MORE THAN 100 cyclists took part in the RAFA charity ride in June to raise funds for the charity. They cycled either 33, 70 or 100 miles around Rutland and between them raised over £15,000. www.rafa.org.uk

Tigers Loses a Legend

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AVID MATTHEWS, THE most respected player ever to have graced the shirt of Leicester Tigers, has died after a long illness at the age of 82. Known as the “Legends’ Legend” and also “The greatest Tiger of them all” his record as the most capped player in their history will never now be beaten. He also served as captain, coach, president and director in an era when there was no financial reward - yet gave his all. His proudest claim of the team he played for was “We never bent the knee.” It was my privilege to meet him many times. I cannot claim to have been his friend - but those who could, know there was never a better one. JSB

Doggy Days LUTTERWORTH AND DISTRICT Round Table recently welcomed over 200 dogs to their annual Dog Fest. The event, now in its third year has helped raise over £5,000 for both local and canine charities.

Over £3,000 Raised for Local Charity THE ANNUAL GRETTON Charity Sportive attracted almost 100 cyclists and raised over £3,000 for the Travers Foundation. Cyclists could opt for either a 30 or 64 mile circuit through the Rutland and Northamptonshire countryside and enjoyed a bbq at the end of the route. www.travers-foundation.org.uk

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The season for cold soup COLD SOUP SOUNDS horrifyingly horrible and completely against what soup should be, warming, nourishing and soothing. But don’t dismiss it without trying it first. Cold soups such as gazpacho are refreshing, delicious and just what’s needed on a warm sultry evening. Get your Mediterranean vibe on now.

Gazpacho 1 red onion 2 garlic cloves 1 red pepper 4 tomatoes 500ml passata 300ml vegetable stock 5 tbsp olive oil 4 tbsp wine vinegar 1 tsp Tabasco ½ tsp sugar

METHOD

Chop all the vegetables and then put the onion, garlic, pepper and tomatoes in a food processor and blend until finely chopped. Tip into a bowl and add the passata, stock, oil, vinegar and Tabasco, along with the sugar and salt and pepper. Mix well, cover the bowl and leave in the fridge for at least two hours, preferably overnight. To serve drizzle over a little olive oil and scatter with a few basil leaves

Chilled pea, cucumber and cashew soup 1 cup unsalted cashews 1 tbsp olive oil 2 shallots finely diced ½ cucumber, peeled and finely sliced 1 tbsp fresh mint 3 cups peas 300ml vegetable stock 2 tsp lemon juice Salt and pepper Roasted cashews for serving.

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Put the cashews in a jar with a sealed lid. Cover with water and refrigerate

overnight, then strain them. Cook the shallots until soft. Add the cucumber and soaked cashews and cook for a further 5 minutes, then add the peas and mint and cook for another 3 minutes. Add the vegetable stock and 500ml of water. Bring to the boil and then remove from the heat. Blend the mixture until very smooth. Add the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. Strain the mixture and then refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Serve the soup topped with roasted cashews and peas.

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Wild and Wonderful Rewilding is perfect for the lazy gardener, but even better for bees. Garden designer Teresa Kennedy explains why

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ROBABLY THE HOTTEST topic in the gardening world at the moment, and a subject that thankfully is beginning to take centre stage in all of our lives, is the rewilding of our countryside. So, how do we do it? This month I will use my own garden to illustrate what you can do, and how it can help provide food and shelter for insects and wildlife.

Lawn

Leave it long, or at least parts of it. This is so very simple to do, and saves on mowing. You do need a bit of an eye for shape and focal points if you are dealing with a large lawn however. At home, I kept long grass between the trees and mowed meandering paths around the rest, interspersed with stop-off seating; a hammock nestles under the apple tree. Within the long grass I planted wildflowers such as Ox-eye daisy, and all my aquilegias, which allows them the space to freely self-seed. This gives a central band of colour surrounded by the long lawn grass. In just the first six months of doing this I have noticed an increase in insects, plus less of a need to water the trees as they are now shaded at base level. Mowing time is much shorter so I am saving fuel as well, and there is almost no need to trim border edges as I have planned the long

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The Wood Pigeon THE WOOD PIGEON is a very common farmland bird which was found breeding in 116 of the 117 Rutland tetrads in the 2008-2011 survey. Current farming practice has fuelled a 34% increase in numbers between 1995 and 2009. Arable crops, especially oilseed rape and winter cereals, provide food all year round and woods and spinneys are convenient roosts for flocks, sometimes exceeding a thousand birds. Thirty years ago, wood pigeons were scarce garden birds but the rise in the rural population has fuelled an increase, with birds

areas to merge into the borders.

Wild corners of borders

I have made a significant effort to allow nettles to grow and flower, and thistles to grow. Ivy is allowed to ramble a little and the odd bramble is welcome too. My hedge, which borders the field, is wild and untamed this year. It looks perfectly natural in the rural surroundings that I’m in, but consider your situation and what works best. All of this rewilding will provide vital food and shelter for birds and insects throughout the year.

Pond

An absolute must for wildlife. Dragonflies, newts, frogs and toads will all live, breed and raise young within this habitat. Birds and hedgehogs will visit to drink the water. Planting in the pond will attract bees – the

Iris currently flowering in ours is a mass of bumble bees.

Planting

Trees, fruit, vegetables, pollen rich flowers, autumn berries, winter nectar sources; really look at what you’ve got and add some of these mentioned. There is plenty of great advice about native trees available on The Woodland Trust website www.woodlandtrust.org.uk Finally, don’t underestimate how much time rewilding frees up for you. I wanted to make my garden responsibilities at home much easier this year. The garden needs the most attention when I am at my most busy with work. Rewilding was the answer giving me more time but, more importantly, providing much needed food and shelter for insects and wildlife. www.viridisdesign.co.uk 07726 334501

taking advantage of conifers as nest sites and vegetable crops as food. They can easily strip brassica crops (cabbages and Brussel sprouts) if they are not protected. Wood pigeons have been reported in 78% of gardens in national surveys. The sheltered habitat of gardens, compared to farmland, encourages a long breeding season – from March to October. The nest is a flimsy platform of interlocking twigs; strong enough to support two growing fledglings which, when young, are fed on crop milk. This is produced by special cells lining the parents’ crop. As the young get older they are fed on plant material. Two or three broods may be produced each season. Wood pigeons can be recognised by white patches on the neck, and on the wing when in flight. Terry Mitcham

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Croeso i Gymru Welcome to Wales, and not a rugby ball in sight

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ALES; THE LAND of my fathers. Rugby, rain and male voice choirs are the first things that spring to mind. But it’s a country that has so much more than that to offer and is a beautiful place with its own language. Wales has more castles per square mile than any other European country, Caerphilly being its largest, second only to Windsor Castle in size. Steeped in culture and history with a sophisticated capital city of Cardiff, Wales is well worth a visit. Famous for its hills, ranging from the Brecon Beacons to the famous Snowdon, Wales offers some spectacular scenery to enjoy. But what is sometimes overlooked are its fabulous beaches, vast tracts of sand offering endless watersports opportunities including surfing. Some of the beaches are

quite isolated whilst others offer hours of entertainment typical of traditional seaside towns, and August is the ideal time to visit. Beaches are all along the Welsh coastline including those on the Gower and the Pembrokeshire coast as well as in the north where they often have the spectacular backdrop of Snowdonia. Abersoch on the south coast of the Llyn Peninsula is a popular spot as it faces east so is sheltered from some of the blustery prevailing winds. The sheltered sandy beach is popular with watersports enthusiasts. Or try Porthdinllaen on the north side of the Llyn peninsula, making sure you walk along the pretty beach to reach the Ty Coch Inn which is inaccessible by road. Beaches on the Gower coast near to Wales’ second city, Swansea, are equally

spectacular. Rhossili Bay must be given a mention as it has received accolades such as ‘UK’s Best Picnic Spot’ and ‘the supermodel of British beaches.’ It’s a haven for birds too so make sure you take your binoculars. Some of the beaches on the Gower are well known for their surf whilst others are family friendly. If surfing is your sport don’t miss the Pembrokeshire beaches including Freshwater West Beach and Whitesands Bay. There are plenty of places to stay including some beautiful coastal cottages where you can enjoy a Welsh cake whilst reading Under Milk Wood. www.welsh-cottages.co.uk www.coastalcottages.co.uk www.visitwales.com

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And Breathe… Kate and Lisa spent the day at Tofte Manor on a relaxing yoga retreat

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’ve wanted to try yoga for a long time, but not really known where to start, or where to go. Hatha yoga, hot yoga, lyengar yoga, Ashtanga yoga, yoga nidra, laughing yoga: the list goes on, and I thought yoga was supposed to be relaxing. One piece of advice I was given was to choose a style of yoga that suits your current fitness level and state of mind, then progress from there. It’s important to work out what you want to do yoga for. Is it to reduce stress, improve strength and fitness or to help with any pain or immobility issues? Having just taken over the running of Active my colleague Lisa and I knew what type of yoga we needed the most: meditation and mindfulness to help calm our over-active brains. We headed to Tofte Manor in Bedfordshire for a Time for Tranquillity day retreat with yoga teacher Susan Royle. Tofte Manor is a 17th century manor house with beautiful gardens, a swimming pool and a labyrinth based on the ancient design of the one in Chartres Cathedral. You cannot fail to be instantly removed from

the daily stresses and strains the moment you enter the grounds and Susan’s warm, engaging manner and teaching style just added to the atmosphere. A good start then. Lisa has attended a few yoga classes at the Broad Street Practice in Stamford recently so she was more au fait with the ins and outs of yoga practice, but Susan was very clear about the intention of each part of the day, so I was in good hands. Before we positioned ourselves in the light and airy crystal room – surrounded by huge floor standing amethyst crystals – we met our fellow attendees. Most of the women there were attracted to the day, wanting a time to step out of their busy schedules for a few hours and restore a sense of balance, both physically and mentally. No-one is obliged to take part in any of the activities if it doesn’t chime with them, so if choosing a crystal or an angel card while having a welcome drink isn’t your bag, then that’s fine. My angel card highlighted turning my dreams into reality and Lisa’s focused on prosperity, so we took that as a good sign.

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“Yoga has something to offer everyone from the sedentary office worker to a trained athlete� Yoga teacher Susan Royle watches Lisa practice

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Active Life Kate enjoying the crystal tree

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Having settled ourselves on our mats in the crystal room Susan took us through the basics of the three part breath which yoga is based around. Breathing in through the nose, feeling the space and silence at the top of the breath, then out through the mouth. All pesky thoughts that come flying in throughout the practice are acknowledged and let go without judgement. I have tried meditation before and appreciated the benefits of calming the mind and gaining clearer focus, but it is definitely easier to do when someone is guiding you. We incorporated a series of poses into the session including the wonderful child’s pose (which I could have stayed in forever), rocking the baby and downward dog. This is not advanced yoga, people are not meant to feel intimidated by many different or fast paced moves, or try to compete with anyone else or, indeed, themselves. It’s a day to relax and listen to your body. Some days you may feel more agile or energetic and be able to hold a stretch for longer or further; other days you may want to take things very slowly. Some parts of my body felt quite tender while I was holding the poses, and I didn’t realise how hard the muscles work while not necessarily moving a lot. I felt wonderful afterwards, much more ‘present’ in my mind and body, less attached to ‘what if’ scenarios or what might be happening outside the room. As Susan pointed out, yoga has something to offer everyone from the sedentary office worker to a trained athlete; it builds strength, stamina and mobility and teaches us to listen to our thoughts and bodies, and with practice, flexibility should improve.

“I felt wonderful afterwards, much more ‘present’ in my mind and body,” ONE WAY IN, ONE WAY OUT

During the lunch break we were free to wander around the five acre gardens, and find a nice spot for our picnic. We took time to sit in the crystal tree, surrounded by lots of different quartzes nestling in the branches. But the place I was looking forward to most was the labyrinth. It incorporates all the elements in its design including earth, air, fire and water, and the manor’s own water from its well is piped underneath, following the labyrinth pathway, and is said to have healing properties. Supposedly in a maze you lose yourself, whereas in a labyrinth you find yourself and become rebalanced. It also engages both the left and right sides of the brain. Before the session we each chose a clear quartz crystal, said to be the most powerful quartz, and set an intention to ponder on whilst walking the pathway, in silence. There is only one way in and one way out, and we staggered ourselves so we all had time alone in the centre before retracing our steps. Without going too ‘woo woo,’ I felt this was rather like a metaphor for life. We should all take more time to reflect on our intentions or dilemmas without distractions, viewing them from all angles, looking at decisions we’ve made, or the actions we’ve taken.

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Other types of yoga Lyengar yoga Lyengar yoga is the world’s most widely practiced yoga. BKS Lyengar pioneered the use of props such as blocks and bolsters to allow students to work safely and to the best of their ability. It’s a form of Hatha yoga which has an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in performance of postures and breath control. Mark Isaacs from Karma Corner Yoga is the only teacher offering Lyengar yoga in Stamford: his new classes start on Monday, September 2nd from 8pm – 9.30pm at the United Reformed Church Hall, Broad Street, Stamford. 01733 253615 www. karmacorneryoga.com

Hot yoga Hot yoga is a vigorous form of yoga performed in a hot and humid room. Hot Yoga with Harry takes place in Market Harborough at the Rugby Club, Archway House and Woodcock Theatre Arts. Harry teaches the Bikram series which is a dynamic sequence of 26 Hatha yoga postures and two breathing exercises. Ideal for new and experienced students alike, each posture has an entry level to it. The room is typically heated to around 30-35 degrees centigrade, warming the muscles and allowing for deeper and safer stretching, opening up the body whilst not being overpowering or hindering your practice. 07973 392421 www. hotyogawithharry.com Also there is Hot Box Yoga at 7 Church Passage in Oakham. 07415 866146 www. hotboxyogaoakham.co.uk And Hot Pod yoga in Leicester run by Jenny Liu 07722 032888 jenny. lui@hotpodyoga.com www. hotpodyoga.com/leicester

Therapeutic yoga This is suitable for people wishing to get help with, or relief from, some symptom or health condition that is troubling them. In most cases, the instruction focuses on their condition and how the yoga techniques can help them feel better or improve their function, rather than on the techniques or methods of yoga practice. The Broad Street Practice in Stamford offers therapeutic yoga to help you feel stronger, more stable and mobile. Full details are on the website. 01780 480889 www. thebroadstreetpractice.co.uk

Laughter yoga Started in a park in Mumbai in 1995 with just five participants, there are now thousands of Laughter Clubs in more than one hundred countries around the world. Laughter yoga is based on the principal that our bodies benefit from laughing, even when we pretend to laugh. As long as you are willing to laugh you will get the psychological and physiological benefits. It is a combination of deep breathing techniques from yoga and playful laughter exercises. Usually practiced in groups where you can make eye contact and connect with your sense of child like fun. www.laughteryoga.co.uk

We were barefoot so in places it was quite painful when you stepped on twigs or sharp leaves, but on the lush, thick grass, it was a wonderful feeling. One woman I kept passing had a huge smile on her face, all the time, and when I asked her later, she confirmed that she did have a very positive outlook on life. Walking next to, and around different people with different life paths shows we should all be a bit kinder to and more understanding of each other. One thing’s for sure, it’s good to approach any type of yoga practice with an open mind. We followed the labyrinth walk with a chakra clearing session which, with a banner of Ganesh - famed for removing obstacles - looking down on us, would hopefully unblock and release our creativity and energy. I have to admit, I fell asleep half way through this session, but Susan assured me I’d still feel the benefits, asleep or awake. We finished the day with tea, flapjacks and a wonderfully refreshing dip in the pool. We were lucky to go on a beautiful summer’s day but Susan also holds retreats at Tofte Manor during the winter, in the Sanctuary, which I’m sure would have a completely different, but equally beneficial feel to the day. She also holds retreats at The Arc in Elton near Peterborough and at Aldwinkle near Oundle. All of them incorporate yoga during the day but she also offers sound therapy and Biofield tuning, art and writing retreats and, shortly, a singing retreat. The common theme throughout is to come away from one of these days with a completely relaxed and restored body and mind. Cost of retreat £69. For more details about Time For Tranquility retreats contact Susan Royle on 07738 095089 or email harmonisationsue@gmail.com

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Harborough harbours some gems

Market Harborough is full of local independent shops and businesses, we find out more Illustrations by: Mikki Longley

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Around Market Harborough

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ARKET HARBOROUGH, AN historic market town in Leicestershire with a population of over 22,000 is a town that justifies a full day spent enjoying its charms. Do make sure you stop and admire the Old Grammar School, a small timber building dating from 1614. The town dates back to the Saxons and gets a mention in the Domesday Book. The English Civil War left its mark when it became the headquarters of King Charles I army in 1645, followed by his defeat at the Battle of Naseby just outside the town. In the 19th century a canal was built with a cut from Foxton to Harborough and its renowned 10 locks. Mention must go to Thomas Cook who was a wood turner and cabinet maker in the town who went on to found the travel company. The town has strong hunting and horse racing links. The Grand National Hunt Steeple Chase was held just outside the town for three years and eventually developed into the Cheltenham Festival. Today Market Harborough is basking in the glory of being voted top of a league table drawn up by Your Housing Group for being the most livable place in England, with its plethora of independent retailers being one of the reasons why it scored so highly. So a visit to some of these is a must. And don’t forget to pop into Joules clothing store which was launched, and still has its head office and main shop in the town.

The Ada Gallery To be found in peaceful Bennett’s Place, The Ada Gallery is hidden away just off the hustle and bustle of the main street. This beautiful boutique style gallery offers great opportunities to discover jewellery made by owner Ruth Wood as well as work from over 40 other skilled top and emerging designers from throughout the UK. Handbags, purses, scarves, metalware, spoons and bowls are all to be found at Ada’s that promotes the best of British craftsmanship. Prices vary. Bespoke jewellery commissions also welcome. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10-5pm. www.adagallery.co.uk 01858 461896

Keals Market Harborough’s hidden gem, Keals is tucked away just off the town centre in Printers Yard at 20 Goward Street; make sure you make the short walk to find them, it will definitely be worth it. The studio is packed with unusual gifts, interiors and garden products, many of them upcycled. If it’s not made by Keals themselves it’s sourced locally, and if it’s not local it’s either eco or fair trade. The shop is open Wednesday to Friday 10-4pm and the first Saturday of every month. www.keals.net

Wingates Gallery Another gallery worth a visit is Wingates , in Wingates Walk, St Mary’s Road. This friendly bunch offer a great service including bespoke framing as well as master classes and meet the artists events. Established for over 40 years there is some fabulous original art on offer including sculptures. www.wingatesgallery.co.uk

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Bagel & Griff Think beautiful household products when you visit Bagel and Griff in Church Square who are virtually next to Hobbs Fish who have been fishmongers in the town since 1890. Bagel and Griff have everything for the home ranging from tableware to textiles, furniture, beautiful lighting, toiletries, perfumes, cards, candles and accessories. Pop upstairs and spend time inhaling the fabulous aroma of the soaps and diffusers. Located over two storeys this shop has something for everyone and is full of inspirational pieces; you won’t leave empty handed. www.bagelandgriff.com

Doyles Listed as one of the best boutiques outside London by Vogue and The Times, and others, Doyles, in the Old Town Hall, is a must to visit. Here you will find clothing and accessories from established designers, unique labels and emerging talents. They will even offer out of hours appointments for those who lead very busy lives. www.doylesfashion.com

T J Thornton The Attic At The Attic they call your purchases ‘Shopping by Fate – if you love it and it fits, then it’s meant to be!’ At this dress agency, on Adam and Eve Street, there are some terrific bargains to be found. The clothing might not be new, but it’s new to you, and some of it is unworn. By shopping this way you are getting great value for money, lots of choice and are helping the environment by recycling clothing. The Attic is renowned for having designer gear at a fraction of the price. www.theatticdressagency.co.uk

If you’re in the market for some jewellery, pop in to see Tim Thornton at 3 Coventry Road. Tim is a fourth generation jeweller with a wealth of knowledge including antique and vintage. www.tjthornton.com

After all that shopping it’s time to sit down and rest your weary legs. The Three Swans on the High Street is a stalwart of the town as is Emerson and West with its traditional tearooms (make sure you check out their deli and bakery downstairs). Rocksalt is great for lunch and specialises in seafood, as is Ascough’s which prides itself on its good quality, locally sourced food.

Rio Bravo If dinner and cocktails takes your fancy Rio Bravo in the Square is the place to go. This Mexican restaurant with its lively atmosphere and delicious food is always popular and the cocktails are excellent.. www.riobravomexican.co.uk

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The Waterfront This restaurant in a converted wharfside building, with a waterside patio looking at the boats, is the perfect place to sit and soak up the atmosphere. You can enjoy afternoon tea here as well as premium gins, including their own blend The Boathouse, along with fabulous food. www.waterfrontharborough.co.uk

Whilst at the water why not think about hiring a narrow boat for a future visit?

Boutique Narrowboats This new company, based on Union Wharf, provides five star luxurious narrow boats for hire. You can book a mini break, or longer; tackle the Foxton Locks and enjoy cruising along the Grand Union Canal in absolute luxury. www.boutiquenarrowboats.co.uk

Foxton Boats Ltd If you don’t want to stay overnight on a boat Foxton Boats Ltd offer boat trips, as well as daily hire. Based at Foxton Locks, just outside the town, make sure you call in at the Bridge 61 pub as well. This traditional canal side pub serves food all day which you can enjoy whilst sitting watching the boats go by. www.foxtonboats.co.uk

What else to do? Market Harborough isn’t just about shops and food; although there is plenty to keep you very occupied. For those who don’t like shopping, enjoy a bit of culture instead. The museum, housed in the former R & WH Symington corset factory is fascinating. Open every day, apart from Wednesday and Sunday, the museum gives a fascinating insight into the history of the town, including information about the corset manufacturers R & WH Symington & Co. They became a multi national company which started by making mass produced corsets for Victorian women. www.harboroughmuseum.org.uk

The Harbs Collective This group of independent business owners, and some chains, meet monthly and have formed the Harbs Collective which supports local independent shops, restaurants, cafes and services. Last month they launched a new map which is illustrated by local contemporary land and townscape artist Mikki Longley. It’s free to pick up in many hotels, restaurants and businesses in the town and highlights the independent shops, and what else there is to do. www.mikkilongley.com

To finish off a glorious day in the town, why not visit the theatre? Located in Church Square and despite looking like an old merchant’s house, the theatre was in fact originally just built as a cycle-shed for corset makers in the nearby factory, so it did not spoil the managing director’s view from his office! The 118 seat auditorium hosts films as well as theatre productions. www.harboroughtheatre.com

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All of a Flutter Mary Bremner faces her fears and has 3D eyelash extensions

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HAVE TO admit, I am not a great fan of the overly exaggerated eyelash and eyebrow trend. I think some of the lashes look like you are walking around with a hairy caterpillar on your eyes! Apparently these are Russian extensions which fixes a cluster of false lashes to your own lash. But any extensions were definitely not for me; or so I thought. When I was asked to review eyelash extensions at Oliver Lee’s in Stamford I was slightly dubious. Would I look ridiculous with them because I was too old for them, and I certainly didn’t want to look like a Love Island contestant, albeit a very mature one! Dorota who runs the Lash Room at the salon was very reassuring. She would make sure they complimented my eyes, making them look brighter and more open; that sounded good, anything to make me look more awake. Oliver Lee in St John’s Street in Stamford is well established in the town and now has 10 stylists as well as three beauticians including Dorota in the Lash Room who specialises in extensions. So I put myself in Dorota’s capable hands

and let her work her magic. She again reassured me that she would make the extensions compliment my eyes and would not make the curl too emphasised and would use 3D extensions which aren’t as pronounced. She also told me that she has clients who are in their seventies. who come religiously to have their extensions done, well if they can do it so can I. I was covered in a blanket, there was soothing music in the background and for two hours I lay there whilst Dorota worked on every lash, fixing the extension to them, work which takes a lot of precision, patience and good eyesight. Apparently 90% of her clients fall asleep during treatment, and it would appear I was one of them. The time did pass quickly and before long the collagen pads beneath my eyes were removed and I got to look in the mirror. Gosh! I couldn’t quite believe it. My eyes seemed to pop out at me, and their colour – a chameleon grey that can look blue or green – was really pronounced. I would describe the look as wearing mascara, but slightly more than usual. That will do me. But how long will this rather glamorous

look last? Dorota tells me that the extensions can last up to six weeks, depending on the rate of your eyelash growth and how well you care for them. Apparently the quicker your lashes grow, the shorter the extensions last as they fall out with the natural regrowth of your lash. This means that your lashes are not damaged in any way by the extensions. I was given a cleansing kit and strict instructions on after care. The three most important things are; no mascara, no rubbing of the eyes and no pulling at the lashes. I was also told to not get them wet for 24 hours, avoid the gym for that time, and definitely no saunas; this allows the glue to set properly. If you wear lots of eye make up you should wash them daily with the shampoo provided, otherwise two or three times a week. And brush them every morning to make sure they are even, but never brush them when they are wet. Rather a bizarre addition to my morning routine, but the sensation of eyelash brushing is pleasant. My eyelashes should last six weeks and Dorota recommends if you want to keep them going for longer to have infills done every three weeks or so. Eat your hearts out Love Islanders, I’m joining the club, eyelash extensions are not just for you.. Me and my eyelashes are ready to take on the world! 3D eyelash extensions cost £50 and infills £35. Allow 2 hours for the appointment. To make an appointment email lashroomstamford@gmail.com or ring 07522 481830 or ring Oliver Lee on 01780 754828

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RENDS COME AND go. It would appear that if you keep something in your wardrobe long enough it will come back into fashion; the perfect way to recycle clothes and get longevity out of them, but not necessarily the most practical when it comes to wardrobe space. A staple of the nineties that has made a reappearance - and a favourite of mine - is the combat trouser. But it’s now known as the cargo pant, just to confuse us. Those of you who can remember the nineties will recall girl group All Saints sporting theirs and looking much more edgy (and comfortable) than the rather sugary Spice Girls. Back in the day they were worn with large chunky boots such as Doc Marten’s or chunky trainers. And I loved them. One size fits all, large practical utility pockets on the outer side of the thigh with plenty of other pockets for keys and wallet but, of course, no phone as not many of us had them then. And worn by men and women. Men carried on wearing them, and still do today, but they fell out of favour with the fairer sex. But enough reminiscing; back to the present day. And the combat trouser has metamorphosised into the cargo pant. One size doesn’t fit all these days, there’s something for everyone. The cargo pant of today is not just cotton khaki but comes in pretty pastels and other shades. The utility cotton pairs still exist, but silk and linen are proving equally popular and you can get high or low waisted versions. And they’ve moved up a peg. Not only worn during the day, the modern take on the cargo pant is to wear them with strappy heels and a white T-shirt for an evening out. And they look good giving the wearer a cool, nonchalant air. But why wouldn’t they; they are extremely comfortable. I always think you can tell how a woman feels by the way she moves, and wearing cargo pants you’re unrestricted which reflects ease of movement. Best of all? That outside pocket on the outer thigh is the perfect spot for your phone, who would have thought it?

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Rushton and Pipewell

From the early 1980s to 2015 Northamptonshire County Council worked with other organisations to help local volunteer groups create more than 70 Pocket Parks across the county. They vary in size from 0.04 hectares to 35 hectares and are found in all types of locations from town centres to quiet villages.

Northamptonshire’s smallest church, a peaceful Pocket Park and some rare birdwatching are just some of the treasures in this unexpectedly rural spot only a mile from the edge of Corby. By Will Hetherington

It’s a classic English walk through arable fields in undulating Northamptonshire countryside, with some beautiful old oak trees

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I parked in Rushton just along the side of the Thornhill Arms. There’s a convenient parking area that takes four or five cars and it’s right opposite the start of the footpath running north out of the village and signposted to the Pocket Park (see Active info for more on Pocket Parks). Walk out past the Pocket Park on the right and a short row of terraced houses and you will immediately cross the railway line on a concrete bridge. From here the path heads north over undulating arable land with pieces of woodland dotted to the east and west. And if you are ornithologically minded you might want to keep an eye out for red

kites, buzzards and even a hobby. When I walked here in early July I met a volunteer for the Forestry Commission who was out for the day counting birds of prey and he had high hopes of seeing one of these speedy little falcons. They are quite rare so don’t bet on seeing one but you never know, do you? It’s a pretty straight path north to Pipewell and full of contrasting views. There’s a landfill site and wind farm to the east, which hardly makes it sound attractive, but the rolling farmland and ancient woodland like Lady Mary’s Spinney and Alder Wood compensate quite adequately. And then the descent into pretty old Pipewell (pronounced Pipwell) feels like moving back a century at least. This tiny hamlet was the site of a large Cistercian Abbey until Henry VIII had his way and it retains a monastic air even in 2019. It’s quiet and peaceful and tiny little St Mary’s alone makes it worth a visit. This charming little church was built in 1881 and it really took me by surprise.

There is a longer alternative way back to Rushton but it involves two separate one-kilometre-long stretches on the road with not a lot of space on the sides, so it’s definitely best to retrace your steps to return to Rushton. On the OS map there’s another path which runs parallel to the main route but I could find no trace of this. I’m not keen on non-circular routes generally, but on this occasion there’s not a lot of choice and actually it was rather pleasant to get the different perspective heading south. When you return to Rushton you really ought to drive a mile west to visit the famous Triangular Lodge. This stunning little masterpiece was designed by Sir Thomas Tresham and built between 1593 and 1597. The number three, symbolising the Holy Trinity, is a dominant theme in this testament to Tresham’s Roman Catholicism. There are three floors, trefoil windows and three triangular gables on each side. It’s really not to be missed.

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Active life St Mary’s in Pipewell is the smallest church in Northamptonshire and it’s an absolute gem

Essential information WHERE TO PARK I parked along the side of the Thornhill Arms in Rushton right opposite the footpath signposted to the Pocket Park. DISTANCE AND TIME Four miles/an hour and a half. HIGHTLIGHTS St. Mary’s in Pipewell is Northamptonshire’s smallest church. The Pocket Park in Rushton is a perfect example of its kind. Gentle rolling countryside and easy walking, plus the rare chance of spotting a hobby. And don’t forget to drive to the Triangular Lodge between Rushton and Desborough afterwards. LOWLIGHTS The landfill site and wind farm to the east may not be your typical idyllic view but makes an interesting contrast to the ancient woodland and rolling countryside. Also it’s not a loop but it’s a lovely walk. REFRESHMENTS The Thornhill Arms in Rushton. There is also Rushton Hall which is a grand hotel and restaurant. DIFFICULTY RATING Two paws. There’s nothing challenging here. THE POOCH PERSPECTIVE There is no running water on this route apart from Harper’s Brook in Pipewell and that’s not really accessible. So it’s not really one for the dogs on a baking hot day unless you take some water with you. Although there’s no livestock either so it’s not all bad… For your own safety and navigation make sure you have an OS map with you when you go out walking. You won’t regret it.

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Active life ACTIVE INFO The West Glen river has a number of sources near to Old Somerby and Boothby Pagnall and it passes through Bitchfield and Corby Glen before reaching Carlby and Essendine. It then flows to Greatford where it splits between joining the East Glen river at Wilsthorpe and the Greatford Cut, which goes on to feed the River Welland.

The West Glen river is not the longest or the biggest but it’s a lovely clear water stream at Carlby and your dogs will love a cooling splash here in the summer months

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This is a perfect short summer stroll which your dogs will love, as Will Hetherington discovered

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I covered some of this route from the Essendine direction last year but in doing so I completely overlooked how pleasant it is to park in Carlby and start and finish there. There is space for three or four cars right by the church gate on Church Street and it’s best to tuck your car in as tight as possible here. From here walk straight through the church yard, stopping to appreciate the impressive building as you do, and then turn left when you come out of the gate at the other side. Then turn right just by the beautiful entrance to the Old Rectory and into The Paddocks. The path goes down to the left here and quickly brings you out on the banks of the West Glen river where you will shortly find a couple of strategically

placed benches if you want to sit and watch the water gently flowing by. It’s a perfect little spot with lots of shade for a summer’s day. Follow the path and then turn left over the bridge and take the obvious footpath which leaves the river to head up to Essendine and Broadholme Farm. Follow the path through the farm and when you get to the road on a corner, with a grand old house right in front of you, turn right and follow the road around. You will soon have a piece of woodland on your right but keep going on the track until you can go no further at the bottom with the East Coast mainline blocking the way. Turn right here and on to the Permissive Footpath which follows the western edge of the field until you reach the West Glen river again. Turn right at the river and follow the bank until you get back to the bridge you crossed at the start. Cross the bridge but don’t turn right to retrace your steps because there’s a good path between two hedgerows which goes all the way back up to Church Street.

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This walk makes full use of the adjacent River Nene

Essential information WHERE TO PARK There’s space for three or four cars just by the church gate on Church Street in Carlby. DISTANCE AND TIME Two and half miles/one hour. HIGHLIGHTS St Stephen’s church in Carlby. The clear waters of the West Glen river. An extremely peaceful walking area thanks to the Permissive Footpaths. LOWLIGHTS This is not a lung-busting 10-miler with steep hills and the rest. But it’s perfect for an hour in the warmer months. REFRESHMENTS Sadly no pub in Carlby or Essendine but the Six Bells in Witham-on-the-Hill is great for food. DIFFICULTY RATING One paw. It’s a short one with no stiles so it’s as easy as they get. THE POOCH PERSPECTIVE The dogs will love the West Glen and there’s no livestock here.

St Stephen’s Church in Carlby dates from 1134

For your own safety and navigation make sure you have an OS map with you when you go out walking. You won’t regret it.

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You’re Never Too Old What do you do after retirement? These two readers certainly haven’t put their feet up.

Ian Selmes Wins a European Silver Medal As well as teaching for many years at Oakham School Ian also coached cross country and middle-distance athletics. An enthusiastic runner enjoying it mainly for relaxation and fitness, he has run five marathons achieving a personal best of 3hrs3 mins at Edinburgh; around 50 half-marathons and many 10kms around the UK including the annual Whissendine 6. When he retired from teaching Ian had time for another discipline, road cycling, and as this tied in well with his running decided to try a duathlon which is a run/ bike/run competition. Ian does the sprint

which is a 5km run, 20km bike ride and then another 2.5 km run. He enjoyed it so much he started competing regularly and then qualified for the GB 60-65 age group competing at the European Championships between 2015 and 2018. By this year Ian had moved up an age group to the GB 65-69 class. To qualify for the 2019 European Multisport Championships, which were held in Romania last month, he raced at Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire and Bedford Autodrome. The challenge to become fitter and faster had him out almost daily on the roads north of Whissendine training for distance and interval running, and to boost endurance and speed on the bike. Weekly gym sessions added all-round strength and suppleness. Rutland Water Park Runs helped to improve his 5km speed. Flying out to join other competitors in Transylvania saw a renewal of friendships, an eyeing up of the competition and learning the routes for the European Championships’ sprint duathlon. On the morning of June 30, the Saharan weekend in much of Europe, temperatures were in the mid 20s, ideal for racing. Barriers were up along the streets, roads closed, bikes racked in transition, crowds out to watch; anticipation was building as the groups of over 45+ set off. The city centre first leg of the course took Ian 21min 10secs, one of the fastest in the group, so he felt strong. Four laps on the bike into the city centre was slowed by gradients, tight U turns, and drain covers;

38min 27sec, only moderate. Through transition, back into running for two laps and his legs felt good, pushing the same pace as in the first run, passing younger racers and then seeing a couple of the same age-group ahead. A final 400m sprint took Ian past both and across the line: 10min 32secs. Total time including transitions was 1hr 12 min 44 secs, his fastest time of 2019 and enough to win him a silver medal, his first international medal. The gold had been won by a Spaniard who was faster on the bike, but no faster on the runs. Medalling also brings automatic qualification for the 2020 European Championships!

Annie Gets on Her Bike Annie Hall from Ketton is aged 71 and hasn’t ridden a bike since she was in her thirties. But age has not withered her! She recently bought herself an Alpine electric trike and is smitten. It tilts like an ordinary bike so feels very safe. Nevertheless Annie has already taken a tumble taking a corner too sharply, but she got back up, dusted herself off and is planning to enjoy riding around the area having some fun. Give her a wave if you see her. www.alpineelectricbikes.co.uk

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Slip Slop Slap Advanced nurse practitioner Aly Dilks recommends ways to stay safe in the sun

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AVING WITNESSED THE wettest June on record, the last thing on everyone’s mind at the beginning of the summer was sunburn. Now the sun is finally showing its face, the temptation for many of us is to bare our English rose skin and let the sun work its magic to produce a golden tan. However, too much exposure to ultra violet (UV) light can cause sunburn. Melanin is the dark pigment in the outer layer of the skin known as the epidermis and is responsible for the natural colour of your skin. When exposed to UV light, your body protects itself by accelerating the production of melanin. This extra melanin creates the darker skin tones that is a suntan. A suntan is nature’s way of blocking the UV rays to prevent sunburn and skin damage. However, the protection only goes so far and many of us simply don’t produce enough melanin to protect the skin. Eventually UV light will cause the skin to burn and become damaged. Dark skinned people tend to turn darker brown when exposed to the sun while light skinned individuals usually turn red or burn. When we are on holiday, most of us religiously apply sunscreen before venturing out to sunbathe by the pool, but often forget to do the same when at home. You need to be aware that you can also get sunburnt on cool, hazy or cloudy days as 80% of UV rays pass through the clouds so it is important to protect the skin when doing any outdoor activities. We also need to protect the top of our heads especially if our hair is thin - preferably with a wide brimmed hat. Too much UV light can also damage the retina, lens or cornea in our eyes. Sunburnt eyes can feel painful or gritty so it’s important to wear sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection. Ideally you should avoid sun exposure between 10am and 4pm as the UV rays are at their strongest during these hours. Where possible, try to schedule outdoor activities around these times or, if not, try to limit the time spent directly in the sun and seek solace in the shade when possible. Some common drugs can also make you more sensitive to

sunlight including anti-histamines, ibuprofen, some antibiotics, anti-depressants and some cholesterol lowering drugs. You can always ask the pharmacist for advice if you are unsure. Intense, repeated sun exposure resulting in sunburn increases your risk of skin damage leading to premature ageing and skin cancer. Sunscreen is available in many different forms; sprays, gels, foam or sticks to absorb or reflect the sun’s UV radiation. If used regularly, it can also slow down the development of wrinkles, moles and sagging skin. Sunscreens are commonly rated and labelled with a sun protection factor (SPF).

This measures the fraction of sunburn producing UV rays that reach the skin. You can determine the effectiveness of a sunscreen by multiplying the SPF by the length of time it takes you to become burnt without sunscreen. This means that if you normally burn within 10 minutes of exposure, it will take 200 minutes to develop sunburn in the same intensity of sunlight, after applying a sunscreen with SPF 20. Remember that applying a sunscreen with a higher factor does not mean it will last longer than a lower SPF and still must be reapplied every two hours, and after swimming and sweating. Anyone who has been unlucky enough to be sunburnt knows how painful it can be. Covering areas of sunburn with a cool, damp towel can help relieve some of the pain and discomfort. Also, applying a moisturiser containing aloe vera or soy provides some relief. Avoid any moisturiser containing petroleum as this traps the heat in the skin. Other treatments include over the counter pain relief such as non-steroidal anti inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen. Hydrocortisone 1% cream can also be bought from a chemist and applied topically to relieve pain, itching and local swelling. Antihistamines can also be taken to help with these symptoms. Remember to wear extra protection while your sunburn heals and cover any areas with cool, light clothing. Summer is a time when we should be enjoying the great outdoors and meeting up with friends and family members to have picnics, BBQs and enjoy sporting activities. Following a few simple rules to protect the skin against damage from the sun’s UV rays not only prevents the pain and discomfort of sunburn but also protects us from the long term health damage the sun’s rays can cause.

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Let’s Get Physical Physiotherapist Sarah Babbs explains what actually happens when you first visit your physio

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PHYSIOTHERAPY CONSULTATION would usually start with an in-depth discussion about what has made the person seek help in the first place. It seems obvious that the signs and symptoms of the problem would be talked about, but also important are lifestyle, stresses and anxieties, as well as sleep history as it is known that these factors have an enormous impact on pain and on recovery too. (A study in 2014 showed that adolescent athletes who slept on average less than eight hours a night were 1.7 times more likely to have had an injury compared with athletes who slept for eight hours or longer). Questions will be guided to exclude ‘red flags,’ problems of a more sinister nature which need to be referred for medical investigation. A physical examination is then carried out, looking at how well the patient moves and what limits those movements, be it pain, stiffness, strength or balance. Neurological examination may take place including looking at reflexes, skin sensation, muscle strength, and joints and muscles will be palpated to look for signs of inflammation, spasm or sometimes reproduction of pain. Once the assessment is complete, explanation of the problem should be given, and should be clear and understandable to the patient. Goals of treatment are explored and can be anything from pain-free daily life

through to improving times running a race. From this a programme of treatment can be put together to achieve these goals, including advice, possibly manual therapy, acupuncture or electrotherapy and, almost always, exercise specific to the patient. Treatment will almost always start during the first appointment. The most important thing is to find out what is causing the problem in the first place and correcting that. I recently had a patient complaining of a very specific elbow pain when playing the guitar. But he, in fact, needed help with balance and how he stood whilst playing. Massage and manipulation around the elbow would have improved the

“The most important thing is to find out what is causing the problem in the first place and correcting that.”

pain but it would have returned fairly soon when he returned to performing if those underlying balance issues had not been addressed. Exercises can be simple ones local to a joint, but usually will be more whole body oriented, maybe even taking place in a gym type setting. These exercises will change as recovery takes place and the body is able to tolerate more, and as goals are achieved. By the time the person leaves the appointment, they should have information and understanding about the injury or condition for which they have sought help, a clear programme for management for the future, and confidence that working with the physiotherapist will help reach those goals. This must be a collaborative process; when we as patients are involved in the decision making, it is much easier to be engaged in the process, especially if exercise over a long time is required. To make an appointment contact Sarah on 07780 900201 or 01780 480889

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Food Fat Phobia Nutritionist and personal trainer Dawn Revens examines the current thinking on fat v sugar

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RE YOU SERIOUSLY confused about fat? Do you know whether you should be eating low or high fat

foods? Many of the clients I work with are in the 40+ age group which means they have been brainwashed into believing that if you eat high fat foods you will get fatter and increase your risk of having a heart attack. To feed our fear, the food industry makes reduced fat, highly processed foods loaded with sugar and man-made synthetic substances, such as artificial sweeteners and fat replacers, which are far from healthy. I can thankfully tell you that fat doesn’t make you fat, or cause heart disease. The scientific study that started this flawed thinking (as well as a huge ‘diet’ food industry) was Doctor Key’s Seven Countries study. He found that residents in countries that ate more fat, especially saturated fat, had more heart disease. He then concluded that fat caused the heart disease. Just because these two events happened at the same time, doesn’t mean you can assume one caused the other! He didn’t look at other factors such as smoking, drinking, refined carbohydrate intake, and so on. He even removed the data which didn’t back up his theory. There are different types of fats, saturated,

unsaturated and polyunsaturated. We need some of all of these as they play important roles in our body. Did you know that lowering your saturated fat intake not only lowers your cholesterol but lowers your good cholesterol too? If you go ‘low fat’ then you will tend to eat more refined starches and sugar instead. This is what actually increases the levels of dangerous cholesterol, the small, dense cholesterol particles that may lead to heart attacks. A recent study showed that 75% of people who end up in hospital with a heart attack have normal overall cholesterol levels. However, what heart attack victims do have in common is pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes usually caused by eating high levels of refined carbohydrates over many years. Subsequent reviews of the research by the British Journal of Medicine shattered the myth that fat causes obesity and heart disease, and then the spotlight switched to sugar… My personal view is that it isn’t just fat or just sugar that causes heart disease, obesity and diabetes. It is when they are combined in highly processed foods and sold to us as ‘healthy’ through seductive marketing that problems occur. When we eat these foods they cause havoc with our blood sugar

levels. Our body finds them hard to recognise and loses its ability to use its in-built nutritional wisdom. Highly processed foods often lack nutrients and fibre meaning that although people eat a lot in the Western world they are actually undernourished. These foods also cause huge surges of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that activates the reward centres of the brain receptors driving addictive behaviour, meaning you will potentially crave and eat even more of the wrong foods. An occasional treat isn’t going to do any harm but my advice would be for 90% of the time, to avoid weight gain and health issues, make sure you eat the right quality and quantity of food. Hopefully you now understand why eating all the different types of fats is important so make sure you enjoy the occasional steak, oily fish, nuts and seeds, avocados, olives and butter, cheese and full fat milk along with the healthy carbohydrates found in vegetables and fruit. Doing this will mean you will be less likely to suffer from Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease and other health issues in the long term. www.dawnrevenshealthandfitness.com

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Active Kids E DI T E D BY M A RY BR E M N E R

Leicester Grammar Juniors are cricket champions Leicester Grammar Junior School is delighted to have been crowned U11 six and eight a-side Leicestershire County Cricket Champions. The team bowled and batted to victory against some very strong competition from local schools. Coach, Jack Wildsmith, says ‘Playing to the best of their ability and winning all of their matches, the teams have absolutely excelled this year. We are extremely proud of our boys’ achievement and the cricket that they played to win the title.’ The teams now move on to play the Nottinghamshire winners for a place at the National finals.

UCC Excels Uppingham Community College has had a successful year competing in the College Varsity 2018-19 League. This league sees the three Rutland secondary schools compete with the three Melton schools in a range of different competitions across all year groups. Many of the UCC teams won their leagues including year 7 and 8 boys rugby, year 8 girls’ indoor athletics, girls’ basketball, indoor rowing; there are so many that we can’t mention them all – Well done UCC!

SES sailing team win

Stamford Endowed Schools’ U16 sailing team were crowned the South Eastern British Schools Dinghy Racing Association champions of the Feva class at the Championships held at Bough Beech Sailing Club. The team competed against ten other schools in the round robin stages, winning all of their races and securing their place in the best-of-three semi-finals against Sevenoaks Red team. Stamford lost the first race; the second was close with Stamford scraping a win on the finish line, and won the third with Stamford then progressing to the final against Royal Hospital School’s Purple team. They then went on to secure two emphatic wins against RHS to become the overall champions and winning the Hoad Shield. The SES team made up of I Leetch, E McAnally, E Hattam and J North, now qualify to compete in the BSDRA National Finals in Oxford and the National Schools Sailing Championships in Chichester harbour.

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Stamford High School U13s are National ISFA Champions Stamford High School U13 girls’ football team became national champions after competing in the Independent Schools Football Association’s National Cup Finals. The Finals saw Stamford High School compete against 11 schools from across the country for the ISFA National Cup with high-

quality football played across the board. In the final Stamford faced a very strong Nottingham High who had dominated their games throughout the qualifying stages. Stamford started strongly and maintained this throughout the match ending with a full time score of 4-0.

A Levels Abroad

Oakham School pupil, Sam Costelow recently completed his A level geography papers in Buenos Aires before rejoining the Wales U20 squad in Rosario for their second match at the U20 Rugby World Championships, where they went on to come sixth. Sam has already gained seven caps playing for the Wales U18 team last year. Director of Rugby, Andy Rice, said: ‘To be selected for an U20 squad whilst still a schoolboy is a phenomenal achievement.’

Head Boy’s Perks

Catmose College Athletic Achievements Catmose College intermediate girls’ athletics team qualified for the Regional A final at Moorways Stadium in Derby. This event involved the best athletics teams from across the region and to qualify for this event was a huge achievement in itself. On the day of the competition the team competed extremely well finishing 4th overall.

Stamford School head boy, Sam Brunswick invited local Burghley Estate sheep Colin the Cotswold to graze on the Chapel lawn as part of an Old Stamfordian tradition. He is the first head boy in recent years to employ this unique privilege to graze a sheep at the school. Pictured (from left to right): Jonty Mason, Charlie Kidd, Sam Brunswick

PWS County Plate Finalists Prince William School in Oundle is celebrating the success of their rugby teams. Yr 9, 10 and 11 all made it through to the County Plate finals with yr 9 and 10 coming fourth. Many of the boys are now members of Oundle Rugby club with skill levels reflecting more playing time.

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Distance: 35 miles Elevation:  1564 ft Ride type: Road

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Continue - 28.6 Continue on Braceborough Road - 28.7 Proceed onto Braceborough Road - 28.9 Left onto Main Street - 29.3 Continue on Manthorpe Road - 29.4 Continue - 31.0 Left onto Main Street - 31.1 Right - 31.3 Continue on Manthorpe Bridge - 31.4 Continue - 31.5 Proceed - 31.9 Continue on Main Street - 32.3 Right onto Bottom Street - 32.6 Continue on Main Street - 32.7 Continue - 32.9 Proceed - 34.6 Right onto Station Road - 35.0 Arrive at Finish - 35.1

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Rutland Cycling opens new flagship store in Leicester Rutland Cycling’s new superstore, located at Everards Meadows Country Park, opposite Fosse Park, opened last month with a flourish

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HE NEW CYCLING store and adjacent café, Jenno’s, are the first phase of the development of Everards Meadows, a vibrant £30m leisure and tourism destination within the Blaby District of Leicester, nestled amongst green fields and cycle paths. The development is anchored by Everards of Leicestershire, who will make it the new home of their brewery and offices, together with a Beer Hall serving their awardwinning ales, which will open in 2020.

CYCLISTS’ PARADISE

Rutland Cycling’s new 10,000 sq ft superstore is a cyclist’s paradise. Customers visiting the store will find a full range of

bikes and electric bikes from the world’s best brands, including Trek, Giant, Specialized, Scott, Whyte, Liv, Frog, Gazelle and Kalkhoff. But it’s not just bikes you will find, there’s also cycle clothing, parts and accessories and a fully Cytech-accredited workshop for servicing, repairs and custom upgrades. With a full demo fleet, including electric bikes, and a purpose-built, traffic-free demo loop right out of the shop, it’s the perfect place to try before you buy. The store is open seven days a week from 9am to 6pm, with late opening until 8pm on Wednesdays.

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“We’re here to welcome all cyclists, from beginners to performance athletes, and the location couldn’t be better” all cyclists, from beginners to performance athletes, and the location couldn’t be better – you can ride straight out of our door, traffic-free, onto the National Cycle Network and explore miles of cycle-friendly paths and lanes. “We believe passionately that to get more people making cycling part of their lives, you’ve got to make it convenient and easy so our stores are open seven days a week, with hundreds of bikes on display.”

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and have hired bikes to over 2,000,000 happy customers since the company was founded in 1981. The new Leicester store will also offer a full fleet of hire bikes, including electric, hybrid, mountain and kids’ bikes, opening up cycling to all ages and abilities. There is a brand-new, traffic-free cycle path through the Meadows, connecting directly with the Great Central Way (NCN route 6). By hiring a bike you will be able to explore the beautiful Leicestershire countryside, waterways and cycle routes into the city centre even if you don’t own one. Featuring the Meet your Match interactive head-to-toe sizing tool, Rutland’s newest store is an exciting environment for cyclists to explore, with all the latest products and

bike tech along with a friendly, expert store team on hand to guide and advise customers. This second-generation award winning family business, still headquartered in Rutland, is included in this year’s ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain,’ published by the London Stock Exchange Group. David Middlemiss, Rutland Cycling’s Chief Executive, commented, “the aim is to make cycling more accessible, encourage cycling to work and support the development of more cycle routes in and around the city and surrounding areas. Opening our new Everards Meadows store, alongside Jenno’s coffee house is the start of an incredible leisure and tourism site, a great addition to Leicester. We’re here to welcome

Why not make your visit to Rutland Cycling’s new shop a day out and sample the delights of Jenno’s Coffee House that opened on the same day. This family run business already has one premises in Blaby and is excited to be opening at a second location in the city. Renowned for its friendly service, excellent coffee and delicious homemade cakes it’s the perfect place to call in after an energetic ride or walk around the 70 acres. As well as delicious cakes there will be an extensive menu of light meals and you can even enjoy a glass of wine or beer sitting on the large patio area. There is plenty of space to park your bike, and dogs are welcome. www.rutlandcycling.com www.jennos.co.uk

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Mr Fixer-upper Kate Maxim meets Carl Silvester, bike mechanic and Uppingham market stall holder Carl, what’s your story? I’ve always been into bikes: I was one of those kids who would get a frame from somewhere, some forks from somewhere else and start to put a bike together. I really enjoyed the process of fixing them, then riding them and having some fun. When I was young I lived away from the town centre so if I wanted to see my friends I’d always have to cycle to them. My dad was a hands-on guy too, fixing and mending rather than buying something new. I picked up bike tools as I went along and then last year I had some good luck. I was looking for more tools and heard about a man selling the contents of his bike shop in Norwich. I went over and bought the lot. Even though I’ve been fixing bikes all my life I wanted to feel competent enough to take on things I hadn’t tried before so I did a Cytech course at Milton Keynes which is the professional qualification for bike mechanics.

Every day I learnt some different skills. I loved it. After 18 days I came out with the qualifications and the knowledge that this is what I wanted to do. I also moved from a full time job teaching art to a part time role at Leicester Grammar School. When you’ve been in a career for a long time it’s really nice to use a different part of your brain. Teaching art in the morning, then taking a derailer apart in the afternoon uses a different mindset and they complement each other. I enjoy being a teacher and now enjoy helping people get back on their bikes as well.

People like to see someone fixing stuff because nowadays we often buy things on the internet and don’t have to interact with anyone, or develop a rapport with them

Is it something we’ve lost, that people don’t try and mend their own equipment any longer? I think so. A lot of people are doubtful they can do it themselves. Things are more complicated now, such as fork suspension, and there’s more variety in bikes so you need a broader range of tools, and some are expensive. On road bikes press fit bearings are in the bottom bracket and the kit to do that costs so much that people wouldn’t buy it for just one job. It’s not done to stop the user from repairing their bikes, it’s because it’s cheaper for the manufacturer to make them that way. So press fit bearings are just pushed in rather than threaded on as it’s much quicker. Certain fittings like torx keys are star shaped and most people don’t have one of those. A gentleman brought in a high-end bike that had a Shimano Di2 on it which instead of being a cable to the derailer, is an electronic wire. It needed realigning but I couldn’t do it as it had to be plugged in and have diagnostics run on it like a car. Hydraulic fluid is also sometimes used on disk brakes now instead of cables so that’s also too complicated for people to sort themselves.

Have you been working on the market long? I’ve only been doing the market for a few months. It’s a great community and I’ve had a lot of advice and support from the other stallholders. I definitely feel I’ve made the right choice as I can offer a very personal and bespoke service to each of my customers. When I first started on the market it was to raise my profile and to put out my stock, but now I’m needed. People like to see someone fixing stuff because nowadays we often buy things on the internet and don’t have to interact with anyone, or develop a rapport with them. Do you have a ‘typical’ customer? No, I have a variety. Some people haven’t had

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their bike out of their garage for a year or so and want it checked over; some have a list of specifics to be done. The derailer is probably the most common thing I work on as the one on the back is susceptible to getting bashed. Road bikes look like they’ve got less on them, but are just as complicated to fix. I offer three levels of service. With bronze I have a good look over everything and check it’s all working as it should. Silver and gold are for people who know what they want doing. I’ve been fixing bikes for a long time but I’m always ready to learn. I’m doing some vintage bikes at the moment that are a lot more complicated, strangely, than modern ones. And I also do a local collect and return service, depending on the distance from

Uppingham. One thing I’ve found is that a lot of people like to come to me for advice and I like giving them the support. Do you still cycle a lot yourself? Yes, round here the road biking is fantastic so I do a lot of that but if I can get away I go mountain biking. I just want to throw myself down a mountainside! I have five bikes, including a hardtail which is a mountain bike without rear suspension. Me and the family like to go away in the van camping, getting out and about. For some reason, to my friends’ amusement, it’s often my bike that breaks down. Do you recommend people take tools with

them then when they go cycling? The one thing everyone should have is a split link so if your chain breaks you can fix it. You’d probably think it was game over without one. And a puncture repair kit is important too, although nowadays I tend to fit puncture resistant tyres: Schwalbe do a marathon plus tyre which is pretty good. I’d love to get a trade contract with Raleigh or Madison but at the moment I buy off the internet like everyone else.

Uppingham market is held on Fridays throughout the year. www.32spokes.co.uk 07757 057 032

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Fresh Air Fitness We all know exercise is good for us. But recent studies show that taking regular exercise outdoors has added benefits in terms of improved health and wellbeing. Why is that?

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HE DEPARTMENT OF Health recommends that adults should do a minimum of 150 minutes of aerobic activity per week to benefit both physical and mental health. Many people choose to take their exercise in the gym, swimming pool or by taking part in exercise classes. That normally means doing it indoors. Many team sports take place on indoor pitches or courts too. By swapping some, or all, exercise sessions from inside the four walls of the gym to outside in the open air gives a complete change of scenery and focus, which can improve concentration and reduce monotony. This means people are more likely to carry on with their exercise regime as boredom is one of the main reasons people give when they drop their gym membership. Exposure to nature is also important in helping reduce stress and mental fatigue: you feel more grounded, literally; your connection to the natural environment is deepened and appreciation for the world around you is heightened. Many people spend their lives indoors, at work and at home, so have limited access to the changing seasons. Exposure to different weather patterns has an uplifting effect, with many people preferring to run in the rain! Perhaps more pleasant is increased exposure to sunlight, which improves levels of vitamin D, important for immunity and energy, as well as bone growth and repair. Access to the countryside, and spaces like parks and woods is quick, easy and free. In Rutland and Leicestershire many people choose walking and cycling as an easy way

Rhino’s Gym in Stamford offers a bespoke, very original space combining traditional training with a strongman focus. to get a ‘green fix’. Now more and more local councils are catching on to this by providing ways to take gym workouts into the open. Leicester County Council has taken a leaf out of many European cities’ books and now has over 30 gyms in parks across the city which are free to use and suitable for all fitness levels. Exercise plans are available on their website so people who are new to using gym equipment can learn how to use it properly and gain the maximum benefits from each type of machine. Oundle Library has an outdoor gym in the library garden which contains resistance and cardio vascular equipment. Open to the public (adults only) the equipment was

funded and provided by the Friends of Oundle Library and every Friday from 10-11am a personal trainer from Embrace Fitness runs an outdoor circuits class which is tailored to suit individual fitness levels. Private gyms are cottoning on too, although these tend to be for members only. Rhino’s Gym in Stamford offers a bespoke, very original space combining traditional training with a strongman focus. They have two sets of dumbbells and a set of fixed barbells for conventional weight training alongside benches and dip bars. There are monkey bars for those wanting practice for ‘tough mudder’ type of events; a shoulder press and a car deadlift frame for those who want a big lift. Atlas stones and a Land Rover pull add to the strongman activities. Outdoor gyms are definitely on the rise throughout the county and whilst being most popular in fair weather, many people are fast seeing the benefits of swapping exercise routines from inside four walls to the great outdoors. The sense of space, fresh air and feeling like a child again, playing outside, are just some of the benefits. It certainly beats looking at a screen during a gym session. For a map of all outside gyms in Leicester visit www.leicester.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/ sport-and-leisure/active-lifestyle/outdoorgyms/ To book a place on the circuit training at Oundle Library, call 07896 524422 or email mcaldric@aol.com. Rhinos Gymnasium 07554219400 www. rhinosgymnasium.co.uk

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A New Era for Stamford RFC Mary Bremner meets Stamford rugby club’s new seniors’ coach, Austin Schwarz

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o you have a long history with the club? Yes I first joined when I was six and played there until I was 15. My father coached my age group and was the mini’s chairman at one point. I went to school in Oundle, Prince William, so changed clubs aged about 15 so that I could play with all my school team mates who were members of the club. I carried on playing when I left school and then travelled to Australia where I played a bit as well. But, by this stage I was getting a lot of injuries. I’d have an operation, recover, then injure myself again so in my very early 20s decided enough was enough and stopped playing. But I really missed it and started playing in Nottingham and then socially when I was in London. I returned to the Stamford area when I was 25 and went back to Oundle for a year. But my life was pulling me towards Stamford. My girlfriend (now my wife) lived there and I was spending all my time in the town. I bumped into Matt Albinson on a night out, who I had played with as a junior. He was captain at the time and persuaded me to join the team, that was nine years ago. And I’ve been here ever since. What position do you play? And how has your time been playing for the town? I play at centre. My first season with the club was fantastic and we were promoted. I think I played every game that season, and didn’t have any injuries which was excellent. I was captain for two years officially and then carried on for a third year as the new captain, Bruce Parker was injured and out for

be involved with the sport, and the club, as I love it and it has been a big part of most of my life. I’ve played for a long time and over the years people have given up a lot of their time to coach me, so it’s time to give something back.

virtually the whole season. We have had good and bad times, dropping a league when we lost some good players who had moved away, and others who were out with injuries. But last season was great. We had new faces at the club who are good players and a lot of the injured ones are fit again. We just lost out on promotion but the spirit of the club is good and players are committed. We’ve built a fantastic set of boys who have become great friends and the majority will be sticking around for this season. And this, with the recruitment of some great new players sets us up nicely. What made you want to be the coach? I’m still playing but at 35 am one of the oldest players. Last season I was again injured but stayed involved by helping Matt Albinson with some of the coaching. I really enjoy the analytical side of the game, the technical aspects and fully understanding the game. The club put me through a coaching course so I am now a level 2 coach. I know I won’t be able to play forever but want to still

What skills will you bring as Stamford’s coach? I’ve always worked in sales and for the last few years have been in a management position. A main part of this role is motivating, coaching and developing, so many of these skills are transferable for managing and coaching a rugby team. As seniors’ coach I want people to come and play and enjoy it. Obviously we need to concentrate on the first team but to have a good firsts you need a good seconds as well. Bringing younger players in this way helps the team develop. I want to build a sustainable senior section so we will not have to only rely on certain players and then be in a mess if they are injured, or have work and family commitments. It sounds like it is a big commitment? Yes it is, but the players have to make as much effort. We train on Tuesday and Thursday nights with a match on Saturday. I pick the teams: 1sts, 2nds and the Colts – 17 and 18 year olds, plan the training sessions and keep everyone motivated. I have recently sat down with the lads saying what I expect from them, and they told me what they expect from me and we’re all on the same hymn sheet. I want to build the seconds up as they have been a bit sporadic over the last few years. I want to have between eight and 12 fixtures a season for them, some on Friday nights. Many of these players are really good but can’t get to the twice weekly training sessions because of work, which is fair enough, it’s an amateur sport after all. The lads - and me - want four things out of the club. To have fun, be social, enjoy that competitive edge and win games. If you’re having fun and socialising the winning takes care of itself as you’re all pulling together as a team. When you are expected to turn out in January and February, twice a week when it’s freezing cold, it can be hard. That’s when you do it for your mates, build that camaraderie and have fun. What are the prospects for this season? it’s going to be good, we are in a tough league and there will be lots of local derbies as Bourne, Oakham, Huntingdon and

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Spalding are in our league. It’s going to be fun and competitive, I love the local derbies. We have just started pre season training and have a couple of pre season matches coming up in August. Our first competitive match is a cup match on August 31st with our first league match away to Daventry on September 14th. Everyone is welcome and we love it when we get a lot of spectators, it really adds to the atmosphere. There’s a lot more to Stamford Rugby Club than just the seniors isn’t there? Yes, there’s a ladies team which is growing, and has a new coach as well. The minis and juniors are a fantastic section with over 600 kids registered. It’s a growing sport and brilliant to see so many people joining in. There are also plans afoot for new facilities at the clubhouse. Are you slightly nervous about your new position? Excited more than nervous, and really looking forward to it. We’ve got a good coaching structure in place. Michael O’Connor is assistant coach and David Laventure is our director of rugby. I have and will - learn a lot from him. We’ve also got Juan Gonzales who is Argentinian and a very highly qualified coach. It means that there are enough of us to cover for each other if something comes up at work or home. Expectations are high because of how well we did last season and Matt was a highly respected and well liked coach so I have big boots to fill. But I’m looking forward to it. Once I commit to something I get on and do it, so will be giving it my all. Will you keep playing as well as coaching? Ideally I would prefer not to have to select myself. There are a few players coming into the club who can play in my position, which is excellent. But I will keep myself fit in the pre-season so can step in if needed. I need to focus on the coaching, and there are better players than me! Are you looking for new players and can anyone join, even non players? Yes that’s the beauty of Stamford, the range of rugby on offer. You can be a completely new starter or playing to a high level. All are welcome and we have some excellent coaches who can start new players off and get them playing well. Come and join us at the ground on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you’ll get a warm welcome, sessions are from 7-8.30pm. Remember it’s all about fun and socialising and enjoying that competitive edge that so many of us have. For more information, contact Aus on: 07956 661085 www.stamfordrugby.rfu.club

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CHALLENGES

Sun and Scenery Uppingham school teacher Tim Worthington, and friends, endured the recent French heatwave to cycle across the Alps

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HE FIRST DAY of riding from Thonon-les-bains to La Clusaz (112km) gave us possibly the biggest challenge of the seven days we spent on the road. Having trained so intensively for mountain climbing we were keen to make the most of the route, selecting an additional loop which offered a more scenic road passing through Morzine and Samoens on Col de Joux Plane, but also adding more distance, and climbing, before we tackled the Col de la Colombière. The mercury hit 42 degrees during the climb. It was France’s hottest day on record, and mad dogs and Englishmen sprung to mind. With such tough conditions we all experienced dark moments, suffering severe cramp and doubting our ability to complete the tour beyond day one! Luckily, the heat relented slightly on days two and three, allowing us to enjoy the beauty of the scenery of the Chaîne des Aravis. The turquoise waters of the barrage at the Cormet de Roselend, and the scenic snow-strewn heights of the Col de l’Iseran, which is the highest paved mountain pass in Europe, high above Val d’Isère provided the most breath-taking views of the Vanoise national park. Day four was another scorcher rising to over 35 degrees. Starting from the unspoiled Val Cenis, and completing the Col du Télégraphe

and the Galibier - 2642 metres of climbing - we were getting used to the temperature by now. Day five took us from Serre-Chevalier on into the southern Alps, where we contended with road closures, but mechanically the only difficulties faced were a broken spoke and one puncture. Accumulated saddle soreness and lactate acid in the legs made for especially testing ascents of the Col de l’Isoard and the interminable Col de Vars, but we made it. A very welcome rest day in Barcelonnette allowed us to shelter in the shade and recuperate a little whilst carrying out running repairs to the bikes. Underway again on our sixth day of riding, a morning climb up the 30km Col de la Cayolle offered us our favourite section of the ride, where the unfolding beauty of the mountain pass changed from the shaded canyon of the Gorges de Bachelard to rugged pasture and waterfalls, to wooded slopes and finally to an open, sweet smelling escarpment of rock and wild flowers. The Col de Valberg and Col de Couillole followed this, the southern side of the latter offering a descent into a simply stunning valley towards St-Sauveursur-Tinée, teeming with butterflies, and with the village of Roubion high above seeming to cling to the rock. The final day took our weary frames slowly over the Col St. Martin and Col de Turini, before descending to the warmth of Menton, and with grateful relief, to the end of La Route des Grandes Alpes. We had made it! We hadn’t expected to contend with such high temperatures that really did push us to our limits, but it was worth it as so far I have raised £4491 for Crohn’s and Colitis UK.

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Berlin Countdown

Short and Sharp

Wet Weather Woes

James Firmin and Andrew Hartley finalise their plans for the Gretton to Berlin ride

Jarred Lester found that short, sharp training sessions are helping with his Land’s End to John O’Groats ride

Stuart Hill has not enjoyed the wet June, but is pushing on with his training

During the weeks before the big ride to Germany Andrew and James have been cycling before work every morning, and some evenings as well, fitting rides around their tight schedules. By increasing the length and intensity of these rides they have been training hard to make sure they can cope with their planned 75 miles a day of cycling. They have been looking closely at their kit choices, choosing highly waterproof bike-packing bags that strap to the frame and clothes and tools for every eventuality, as who knows what the weather will do, so they need to be prepared. Their route will start at Gretton before sail ing overnight to Holland. Weaving a path around major cities such as Rotterdam they hope to make good time on the way to Germany before reaching Berlin on July 28th.

With my annual trip to the 24 hours of Le Mans, a stag do and some more celebrations, neither my diet (more specifically, beer intake) or training have been ideal. I’ve simply had to make every training session count, making sure every ride is at maximum intensity. What has surprised me is just how much I can get done in shorter 60-90 minute sessions where I try to keep my heart rate above 165 bpm. I have some back to back 100 mile sportives planned over the next weeks. I’m determined to raise as much money for Macmillan Cancer as I can. My training intensity really starts now, with lots of longer 100+ mile rides planned. Really looking forward to it!     www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jarred-lester   

Well June was a complete washout! I usually aim to do at least 150 miles a week commuting to Stamford, but the thought of getting soaking wet before work didn’t really appeal. This meant I didn’t put in as many miles as I would have liked last month. The main difficulty I face in training for this challenge of cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats is that Lincolnshire is so flat. I am contemplating a trip to the Lake District soon, to do some much-needed hill training. Cycling 980 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats is going to be a real challenge which is why I need as much support as I can muster to help me cross the finish line. I have a sponsored cycling jersey to help with fundraising. Please get in touch at stuarthill92@hotmail.co.uk Proceeds to Prostate Cancer UK. Thank you

Keeping It Local and International Charlie Reading has been enjoying training around the globe As the Iron Man race in Italy draws closer Charlie Reading has spent this month training with a rather ‘international’ flavour as he was in Miami working. ‘On one of my free days, I cycled 110 miles but the flat terrain did little to compensate for the insane humidity. I also made sure that I completed a couple of pre-dawn runs, which resulted in some very cold showers on my return. Because of the humidity my times were slower but training in the heat has helped me be ready for the warmth of Italy in September.’ Charlie also completed the local Dambuster Triathlon, his first of the year when he got back from America. With only a few weeks to go, Charlie is now concentrating on building up to longer bike rides, runs and swims between now and the end of August, after which his tapering will start.

HAVE YOU SET YOURSELF A CHALLENGE? If so, tell us about it. It could be that you are starting out and training for your first 5k, or are planning to cycle around the world. Whatever it is, however great or small, if it is going to challenge you, we want to hear about it and possibly feature you in our Challenge Pages. Get in touch with mary@ theactivemag.com

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Equestrianism Julia Dungworth introduces us to the delights of pony club camp, and other news

Sticky buns and orange squash

August is about Pony Club camps. I remember many a glorious day sitting in Burghley Park sharing iced buns and orange squash with my pony, before another two hour ride learning to do rising trot balancing a bean bag on my head. Luckily things haven’t changed that much. Summer Camp is all about learning how to look after your pony properly, and having fun. The only difference now is that you can’t leave your pony in a big field with all the others because of health and safety. There are several different age groups catered for ranging from 4-18 years old. There will be a morning session of serious riding, then lunch, stable management, and then more riding in the afternoon. On the last day there is an eagerly awaited competition, with rosettes presented in the afternoon.

Well done Richard

Richard Jones from South Luffenham has made the long list for the European Championships in Luhmuhlen in Germany, to be held from August 29 to September 1 on Dinah Saunders and Sandra Martin’s 12 year old gelding Alfie’s Clover. Going on recent results, including being placed fourth at Bramham in June, Richard stands a very good chance of making the final team. There are 14 others on the list, including Piggy French on Trevor Dickens’ Badminton winner Vanir Kamira.

Hounds’ exercise

In August you can join some of the local hunts for hound exercising. This is basically quite a long hack - normally at the weekend - with a lot of walking, trotting and the occasional canter if you are lucky enough to find some grass or stubble. It is a great opportunity to get your horses and ponies out to see the hounds and have some fun with your friends before the autumn hunting starts in September. If you would like to know more, please contact your local hunt.

Vale View Equestrian Centre August 2 - 4

If you haven’t been to Vale View Equestrian Centre in Old Dalby, near Melton Mowbray recently, you really should go and have a look at their brand new massive outdoor school/cross country facilities. It’s perfect for this time of year when the ground has started to get firm. They have an enormous amount of new fences ranging from teeny to large, so can cater for all needs. They are also running their own unaffiliated three day event from August 2 - 4 with classes from 70-100cm. They boast a huge prize pool including Fairfax and Favor boots for the trot up winners! They have also started doing outdoor BS summer jumping for the first time this year, normally every second Wednesday of the month and some weekends. www.valeviewequestrian.co.uk

Shelford August 23 - 25 www.bede-events.co.uk

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www.keysoe.com Both Shelford horse trials and Keysoe run over the August bank holiday weekend, August 23 - 25, and host the hotly contested four year old qualifiers for the Young Event Horse championships to be held at Osberton at the beginning of October. Both events will be a brilliant opportunity to see some of the top young horses in our area. There will also be a chance to see some of the more experienced horses and, possibly at Keysoe, see some having their final run before Burghley as they have an Open Intermediate there.

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Jeremy Smithson-Beswick catches up with news from some of our local clubs

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NEVER FAIL to be amazed at the variety of sports clubs in our area and the plethora of opportunities to watch, or to participate. There’s the mainstream of cricket, rugby, golf or tennis of course, but so much more.

Rutland Polo Club

Tucked away off the Burley Road in Langham, for example, you’ll find the Rutland Polo Club – a hidden gem just a mile or so from Oakham. Here, in a charming rural setting, there’s a grandstand to ensure the best views of the action and a bar and cafe on match days to keep you refreshed if the sun’s beating down with chukkas in play. Manager Hugh Crouch tells me they’re a welcoming bunch who’d be delighted to see more people coming along to watch this spectacular sport and they’ve been described as one of the friendliest clubs around. Matches are played most weekends with women’s, men’s and seniors’ competitions and in August there’s plenty going on with

The Hartopp Trophy, The Sandicliffe Cup, The Masters and the Ruddles Cup to name just four. Details are on their website so if, like me, you think this might be a pleasant way to while away a weekend afternoon, give it a try. Entrance for spectators is free. www.rutlandpoloclub.co.uk

Stamford Target Shooting Club

News also reaches me of a club which began in April this year and has recently gained its national affiliation - Stamford Target Shooting Club based at the Borderville Sports Centre on the Ryhall Road. Chair Sarah Firth tells us they already have participants from 7 to 89 years old and of varying abilities. She would love to see more people coming along to take part - including the disabled – as this is a very inclusive sport. Lincolnshire has a rich shooting heritage and, as she reminded me, local man Barry Dagger was both World and Commonwealth Games Champion. They are so new that

they’re yet to establish a web or social media presence but if you fancy a £4 taster session on Thursday evenings between 6 and 8 pm, Sarah can be contacted at sfirth.stsc@yahoo.com

Deepings Swimming Club

Just a few miles down the road, Deepings Swimming Club have caused a bit of a splash at the Netherlands Invitational Meet in Eindhoven, returning home with seventeen medals including five golds. Chairman Steve Tappern and head coach Lynn Chapman will be delighted at this return which included a personal haul of three golds, two silvers and a bronze for sixteen-year-old Bethany EagleBrown. Holly Leggott won the 200m freestyle despite being one of the youngest competitors and also added three silvers and a bronze to her total. Lilly Tappern landed three podiums to claim family bragging rights over sister Amy’s bronze, and Harry Cardell led the male contingent with a gold and a bronze. All this came after an overnight journey on the ferry but, as Chapman said ‘they showed no sign of fatigue’ and ‘it was a great experience to be mixing with and competing against other countries.’

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“In this, its sixtieth anniversary, the winners were Bourne who beat champions Oundle in the final”

BGL Cricket Week 2019 winners Bourne CC (left), and Burghley Park CC vs MCC (below).

Market Deeping Cricket Club

Whilst we’re in the Deepings, their cricket side, under skipper Jamie Morgan, have been no slouches either. They’ve won all of their six games in the Lincs Premier League to put them close to the top of the table (they’d be even closer if one of their matches hadn’t been rained off) and they’ve beaten Uppingham in the Twenty20 to boot.

Burghley Sixes

Going one better, in terms of league position, are Oakham who sit proudly on top of Division 1 of the Leicestershire league having won nine from ten of their completed matches. Rob Taylor bagged 125 in their victory over Electricity Sports, his second century in two days having also got one for the MCC against Burghley Park in a Stamford cricket week game. That exhibition match kicked off the Burghley Sixes which was again a great success and is now firmly established as a highlight of the cricketing year. In this, its sixtieth anniversary, the winners

were Bourne who beat champions Oundle in the final. Thousands attended, drawn not only by the cricket but also the ever-popular beer tent. Organiser Will Plummer said: ‘The event has been a fantastic success. We were incredibly lucky with the weather and would like to thank everyone who supported the week.’

Stamford Rugby Club

Although we’re some way from the start of the rugby season, Stamford have announced Austin Schwarz as their new coach (see our interview with him on page 58). Having just missed out on promotion last year they are keen to recruit more players – so much so they’ve decided to catch them young with a ‘Didi’ rugby initiative where participants start at 18 months old. Free taster sessions are available through their website. Those a little older (!) who might want to play for the first team or development side are encouraged to get in touch through play@stamfordrugby.com.

Leicester Tigers

Still on rugby, Leicester Tigers have announced they are up for sale. The move comes as a result of CVC Capital Partners’ acquisition of a minority stake in Premiership Rugby and the resulting pay out to the club and anticipated increased revenue flows in the future. Executive Chairman Peter Tom (who has a personal stake of around 9%) explained that ‘CVC’s investment in Premiership Rugby has created a unique opportunity – catapulting the sport into the public consciousness like never before and broadening its appeal to potential investors. It is our duty as a Board to explore the Club’s strategic options and assess the best possible ownership structure to benefit from the changes ahead on and off the pitch.’ Yours for £60m, apparently. Having finished in their lowest-ever position in the Premiership last season – and not having won it since 2013 – fans will be hoping that the move will help them return to the top of English and European rugby.

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