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How to have a happy, and healthy, Christmas! Great ways to manage the stress and strain, and the waistline, this festive season





Learn to ski / Walk the Luffenhams / Explore Foxton Locks Create a winter wonderland / Festive fashion glitz / Active Rutland Awards

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Editor’s Letter

Publisher Chris Meadows chris@theactivemag.com Editor Steve Moody steve@theactivemag.com Deputy editor Mary Bremner mary@theactivemag.com

THE LAST ISSUE OF ACTIVE WENT TO press just hours before the terrible crash at Leicester City Football Club which killed chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and his colleagues. What struck home in the following weeks was how the region and the club rallied together, illustrating what a close-knit group the Foxes and their supporters are. In a sport where the accumulation of vast sums of money seems to mean so much – the grotesque £5 million ‘leaving present’ for Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore and the increasingly inflated price of match tickets two particular examples – it was heartening to see the example of Vichai, for all his wealth, using it in the right way to build a fantastic club and help the community. He will be sadly missed, but like great players and great teams, he will not be forgotten. In case you missed it, it’s Christmas this month. For many, it’s the best time of year, but for a significant number of people it’s actually pretty hard. The seemingly incessant three-month buildup to the day only serves to ratchet up the pressure to deliver The Greatest Day of the Year, with the accompanying impression that anyone who fails to deliver on that promise has ruined Christmas. So in this issue, we have some very good advice and coping strategies for those that find it all a bit much on how to manage the festive season. I hope it helps! One more thing: you may notice in this issue an advertisement for an exciting new development from the team at Active. We have launched a new creative agency, called proactive, intended to help local businesses market themselves through all manner of print and digital products. So if you like what we’ve done with the magazine, feel free to give us a call and find out what we can do for your business in 2019.

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Hambleton Road, Stamford £245,000 This extended three bedroom semi-detached family home has been finished to a high standard by the current owners, including a stylish new kitchen diner to the rear. Located in a popular residential location which provides easy access to the town centre, A1 and the Malcolm Sargent Primary School. The accommodation comprises of an entrance hall, sitting room, kitchen diner, utility room, cloakroom, landing, three bedrooms and family bathroom. There is off street parking to the front for two cars, whilst to the rear is a west facing patio and lawned garden. Viewing highly recommended.

RED HOUSE FARM PADDOCK, TALLINGTON £624,995 This deceptively spacious five bedroom family home offers generous and versatile accommodation. The property is finished to a high standard throughout and comes with three reception rooms as well as an open plan breakfast kitchen. On the ground floor there is a mixture of tiled and engineered wood flooring throughout, along with a gas fired central heating and a pressurised hot water system. The accommodation comprises: - Entrance hall, cloakroom, sitting room, dining room, breakfast kitchen, utility room, pantry, study, landing, Master bedroom with en-suite, Guest bedroom with en-suite and walk in wardrobe, three further bedrooms and a family bathroom. To the side is a double garage and off street parking, whilst to the rear is a well presented south/east facing patio & lawn garden. a viewing is strongly recommended.

Norfolk Square, Stamford £160,000 Situated in a cul-de-sac this three bedroom home offers good levels of accommodation and off street parking all within easy reach of the town centre. A spacious sitting room and well presented breakfast kitchen feature on the ground floor, with three bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor. The property has gas fired central heating and replacement windows. To the rear of the property is a long patio and lawned garden which is west facing. To the front of the property is graveled off street parking for two cars.

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WALCOT WAY STAMFORD £240,000 Set overlooking a green to the front, this extended three bedroom semi-detached home offers good levels of accommodation in a cul-de-sac location. There is good access to local schooling as well as the town centre and A1. The accommodation comprises of on the ground floor: Entrance hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen and utility. Whereas to the first floor are two double bedrooms a further single bedroom and a family bathroom. To the front of the property is off street parking and a single garage, whilst to the rear is a south facing patio and lawn garden.


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Great festive events for all the family


A tasty Christmas dessert idea

17 WINTER WONDERLAND Make your garden sparkle


Check out eastern Europe’s ski resorts

22-23 MEET CHRIS DALLISTON The dean of Peterborough



The Luffenhams and Foxton Locks



Expert advice from Dawn Revens

36 COPING WITH CHRISTMAS Tips on dealing with the season’s pressure


How Bowen can help with arthritis



The latest school achievements


Trying out skiing at Tallington


The bamboozling refereeing of rugby


Updates from local adventurers


Recognising excellence in regional sport


How clubs in the area are faring

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Fresh produce menu • Roast dinners • Rotated ale selection • Craft beer • Courtyard Beer Garden

The Kings Head, Stamford combines a hearty menu (with good old fashioned pub grub as well exiting new dishes), craft beers and the warm welcome you’d expect from a traditional pub.


With a choice of mouth-watering meats from our local Stamford butchers - Nelsons, and specially chosen vegetables, The Kings Head is the perfect place to share a meal with family or friends, (and you can even bring your dog too).


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Activelife ●

Try a delicious Christmas recipe from Riverford ● Meet a pair of talented local animal artists ● Ski in Eastern Europe ● Create a winter wonderland in your garden ● Great Christmas activities for all the family Edited by Mary Bremner

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BLUEBIRD CARE JOINS THE 1% CLUB Bluebird Care Peterborough & Rutland is celebrating after being rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, the independent regulator of health and social care services in England. Only 1% of home care providers achieve this level. Bluebird offers flexible care and support services to older people, including those with dementia, and to younger disabled adults in their own home. Staff and directors were all commended on their skill, kindness and compassion as well as their excellent staff training. Directors Leisa MacKenzie and Tim Carey (pictured), said: “We are extremely proud of the team. Everyone is committed to putting their customers at the heart of what we do.” www.bluebirdcare.co.uk/peterborough-rutland

JACK WILLS OPENS AT SPRINGFIELDS Jack Wills, the British fashion brand, has opened an outlet store at Springfields in Spalding. The store will offer savings on high street prices as well as a further 30% off when you buy three or more items. Springfields is now running its Christmas late night shopping hours with stores staying open until 9pm from now to December 21. www.springfieldsoutlet.co.uk

New products from Sophie Allport Sophie Allport has launched a new range of hand wash, hand lotion and soaps, available in three fragrances – hedgerow berries, neroli lanes and honey spiced lavender. They are available at her shop in Stamford or online. www.sophieallport.com

Congratulations Alex! Congratulations to Stamford resident Alex Paske, founder and director of the Mintridge Foundation, who has won the Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Award in the grassroots category. The Mintridge Foundation is a registered charity which offers professional athletes as ambassadors to young people who they can help nurture and be positive role models to. www.mintridgefoundation.org.uk

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RUTLAND HAS TALENT Our area is home to many talented people; here we introduce two animal artists whose work speaks for itself


Alison has recently moved to Rutland after working in London for many years. Originally from Essex, keen horsewoman Alison has a passion for painting horses and recently decided to take a risk and give up the corporate life, relocate to Rutland and start working as an artist. Now happily settled in Rutland with her two horses and spaniel, Alison is busy taking commissions and building up her business. As well as horses, Alison also paints children, dogs and cats, working mainly with pastels but she also uses charcoal and graphite. www.astubbingsart.co.uk


Stamford-based gardener Andy Perkins is a talented animal artist. He works in soft pastels and is gaining quite a reputation for his paintings of livestock and dogs. A keen artist at school, “but then life got in the way”, Andy has started painting again in the last couple of years, receiving many commissions and is quickly building up a following as his paintings so accurately depict his subjects. You will find some of his work in The Crown in Stamford and Kafae on The Square (where it is for sale) in St George’s Square. Andy is available for commissions and can be contacted on 07843 011882 or via his Facebook page (Andy Perkins artist).

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WHAT’S ON A host of festive fun activities for all the family ● Christmas Magic at Peterborough Cathedral will round off the 900th anniversary year in style on December 15, with two performances at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Peterborough’s choirs including the Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices and the Youth Choir, will be joining forces to entertain with a Christmas musical medley. Tickets cost from £18. www.peterboroughsings.org.uk ● There will be a Christmas shopping evening and silent auction at The Danish Invader in Stamford on December 3, starting at 7pm. All proceeds will go to Dementia Revolution, the official charity of the London Marathon 2019.

● The Market Harborough Santa Fun Run will also take place on December 9, in the town’s Welland Park, starting at 2pm. Both runs welcome dogs on leads. www.raceharborough.co.uk/santa-run ● The Manic Street Preachers, now in their 20th year, are celebrating with a UK tour and will be at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester on May 31. Tickets are on sale now. Howard Jones, a blast from the ’80s, is also touring – his 35th anniversary tour will be at the same venue on May 29. And Gabrielle (pictured right) will be appearing on March 25. www.demontforthall.co.uk

● Rutland Cycling will be holding its annual charity santa ride, in aid of Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, on Sunday, December 16. Starting at the Giant Store in Normanton at 10am there will be a gentle pedal, suitable for all the family, to the Whitwell store for mince pies before returning to Normanton. Cost is £5 per family and fancy dress is optional. It is possible to hire bikes at a reduced rate of £5 if booked in advance. www.rutlandcycling.com/rides ● The Stamford Santa Fun Run, organised by the Rotary Club, will be held on Sunday, December 9, starting at 11.30am in Burghley Park. www.stamfordsantafunrun.com

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CLEMENTINES POACHED IN MULLED WINE WITH MERINGUES AND CREAM Here’s a delicious festive recipe from Peterborough-based Riverford, which will deliver an organic Christmas dinner direct to your door, or a vegan version if you prefer Ingredients 1 bottle of red wine Shot of brandy 100g sugar 1 cinnamon stick 1 bay leaf 1 vanilla pod, split 3 cloves 3 cardamom pods 1 star anise Pinch of nutmeg 8 clementines 250ml double cream 4 small meringue nests

You can make these a few days ahead if you like; the longer they store, the more the clementines soak up the flavour. You don’t have to serve them as individual portions – you could use them to top a pavlovasized meringue as a centrepiece dessert. Top tip – keep an eye on the wine as it reduces as it can catch and boil dry faster than you think. You can serve the fruit and sauce warm or cold. Method Pour the wine and brandy into a large pan. Add the sugar and spices and bring to a simmer, stirring well.

Fill a bowl with boiling water. Peel the clementines and sit them in the water for about 30 seconds. Remove them and use a small blunt knife to scrape away most of the white pith. Place the clementines into the wine and poach very gently for 25 minutes. Turn them halfway through, as they will bob on the surface. If you have the time, let them cool and store them in the wine overnight to soak up more flavour. Remove the clementines from the wine. Boil the wine on a high heat until it reduces to a sweet syrup that easily coats the back of a spoon. Let the syrup cool. Whip the cream into soft peaks. Serve the clementines with some smashed meringue, whipped cream and mulled wine syrup. You can warm the syrup and clementines slightly before serving if you like. www.riverford.co.uk/recipes

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are a classic winter garden stalwart. Start small with box or cone shapes. Also consider anything from the spruce family, small and tall, to bring slow-growing structure. Have a look for blue-tinted varieties for muted colour.


CREATE YOUR OWN WINTER WONDERLAND Garden designer Teresa Kennedy advises how to create an uplifting show in your garden during the winter months The winter show that your garden puts on is probably one of the most important of the year, primarily because it is seen for several months and the cold season is when we want to be uplifted by what we see outside. There are some key areas which set a good garden apart from the rest... Colours. Choose light-reflecting hard landscaping: natural sandstone colours, light grey, pale pastels, pure white – they all offer a

crisp platform for rich evergreens. Paving, paths, painted walls, rendered raised beds, seating, etc, give you the opportunity to bring light into the winter garden. These also reflect candlelight, firelight, twinkly Christmas lights... Evergreens. I think that yew, in whichever size suits your space, is the perfect companion to light paving. Its tightly-packed, slim needles rarely fail and are suited perfectly to shaping and topiary. Frosty mornings and yew topiary

Seedheads. I never cut anything with height and a seedhead until the spring. Umbilifers are the best with their flat-topped skeletal heads. Mix with tall grasses such as miscanthus to provide verticals which take your eye from the dormant ground up towards the winter light. Sculpture. Traditional stone sculpture, whether the beauty of the human form or a simple sphere, take centre stage in the winter garden. Water-filled troughs reflect light and provide movement in what is often a stagnant stage. Also consider modern materials in concreteform or rusted steel, and bring colour in with stained glass panels. Winter is about mixing the neat with a touch of the wild. It is a little unforgiving, but by sharpening your features and selecting the best of the free-form you will be rewarded with a beautiful space needing very little tending. www.viridisdesign.co.uk, 07726 334501


THE BLACK-HEADED GULL This is the gull commonly seen following the plough or flying over towns and villages, scavenging for scraps. It was formerly a winter visitor but the excavation of gravel pits and the development of Rutland Water have created ideal nesting sites on islands in the lagoons and it may now be seen all year. In winter plumage the body is white, wings are pale grey, black tipped with a white leading edge and a dark patch behind the eye. The head is chocolate brown, not black, in its summer plumage. The bill and feet are red.

Breeding occurred in 1999 with a single pair at Egleton. Numbers increased as the rafts and islands were colonised and by 2015 more than 220 pairs were present. The noise created by these birds as they compete for nest sites in spring makes for a loud experience. Clutches of two to six eggs are incubated for about three weeks and the young fledge at five to six weeks. Winter numbers are boosted by birds from eastern Europe and birds ringed in Latvia, Finland and Poland have been noted. The roost at Rutland Water has exceeded 30,000 birds. Terry Mitcham

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LOWER COST SKIING With the ski season here again, we take a look at some eastern European countries that won’t break the bank for a week’s holiday in the snow December, and thoughts turn to snowy mountains, black runs and après ski. Yes the ski season has come round again, so it’s time to decide what sort of skiing you want to try – novice, long challenging runs, off piste, cross-country, or even glacier skiing; and at what budget? Do you want high-end luxury chalets with Michelin-star chefs, or the cheapest you can find? Head to Eastern Europe if you are on a tight budget, and want good quality, cheap skiing. Ski lift passes are usually cheap, as are hotels and après ski, and many of the resorts are quieter than the more popular ones in France, Italy, Austria or Switzerland. Slovenia, often compared to Austria 25 years ago, came out as the cheapest place to ski in Europe last year and is said to be very pretty. Its largest ski area is in the Pohorje Mountains. You would usually stay in Maribor, the country’s

second largest city which is just 15 minutes from the slopes. The skiing is pretty gentle here so it’s ideal for beginners and intermediates. If you want excellent off piste skiing head to Macedonia. Jasna in Slovakia offers challenging skiing in the Tatras and Fatras resorts that should keep even the most hardened snow boarder and skier happy for a week. Bulgaria is probably the most popular eastern European location for budget conscious Brits, mainly because the skiing is good and night life very cheap and, until last year, was the country with the cheapest skiing. Use budget airlines for flights. Useful websites www.snowtrex.co.uk www.easyjet.com www.crystalski.co.uk www.igluski.com

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Meet the Very Reverend

CHRIS DALLISTON Kate Maxim chats to the dean of Peterborough on the meaning of life, the universe and everything… Active How did you come to the church? Chris I came late to faith – I think it was my

teenage rebellion to become a christian! Faith became increasingly important to me during university and the idea of ministry as something I was called to do. I had a brief career in the Ford Motor Company in industrial relations before training for the priesthood. I’ve been in ministry since 1984. I was born and bred in Norfolk and my early ministry was in Essex and east London, then I was in Boston for eight years before going to Newcastle for 14, serving in the much smaller cathedral there with a very vibrant community. I was called here as they

wanted someone who had experience of cathedral life and there were very particular challenges in Peterborough at the time. Active How would you describe your role? Chris I’m the senior priest of the cathedral

and I still lead worship, preaching and teaching. That’s my first love. Then on behalf of the bishop I oversee development, management strategy and direction of the cathedral’s life as a place of worship and place of enormous heritage importance and as a contributor to the life of the wider community. It’s a very broad-based institution with many stakeholders. I have a

brilliant lay staff team and clergy colleagues but the overall responsibility rests with me. I also represent the cathedral, supporting the bishop’s ministry, within the diocese of 350 churches across Northamptonshire, Rutland and Peterborough. I am in charge of the cathedral but it’s the bishop’s seat so he has a right to come here and teach. He holds a number of events here each year and often brings all the clergy from the area together. Active Why do you think the cathedral is such a special place? Chris Each cathedral has its own special story.

There was a lot of destruction, especially during the Civil War, and the altar screen was removed at some point but that has, in fact, opened everything out, so when you walk in you can see right through from the font down the nave towards the high altar. You

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don’t often get that vista in a cathedral – they are often divided into separate spaces. Another very important aspect is the choir school: we have around 50 child choristers and three choral scholars who are interested in a career in music. They sing around six times a week at evensong and on Sundays during term time. We also have six lay clerks (adult singers). Cathedrals are very much a 24/7 business; we only close on Boxing Day so worship happens every single day – morning and evening. The clergy meet for morning prayer at 7.30am and evensong at 5.30pm when the public can also come and worship. Some regulars come in on their way to work as part of their morning routine and at evensong we have a bigger congregation as a lot of the parents of the choristers come. It’s a lovely way to end the day, letting it all wash over you, hearing the organ and the choristers while sitting in the choir stalls makes you feel as though you are part of the music as the acoustics are so good.

Edinburgh, Peterborough, then on to Cardiff and Belfast. This is the only non-museum venue. It begs all the questions about science and religion and has helped us to interrogate more widely what it means to be human. We have had lots of talks at lunchtime and the space capsule and the moon is a wonderful counterpoint to this building. It’s been very powerfully demonstrated by the fact we’ve had more than 150,000 visitors since the exhibition opened in August. Active This will be your first Christmas in Peterborough. Are you looking forward to it? Chris I certainly am. It’s a very busy period

with all sorts of concerts and carol services. We create different atmospheres and moods at different times of Advent. Some are

solemn, some more celebratory, and many thousands of people come. People who are Christmas shopping like to visit for the business and shoppers’ carols at lunchtime. Active Do you have a favourite part of the day? Chris Very first thing in the morning. I have

the best commute in the world: I walk out of my historic house in the corner of the precinct a couple of hundred yards into the nave of the cathedral where we gather to say morning prayer. Experiencing the silence and stillness in this great space where just a few of us are gathered is a very special privilege and a very beautiful moment. For me it’s a way of configuring the whole day in terms of priorities, setting aside anxieties and committing myself to God.

Active It’s the 900th anniversary of the cathedral this year. How have you been celebrating? Chris We have had thousands of people

coming through the doors for different reasons: the University Centre Peterborough and Anglia Ruskin University held their graduations here, each one a joyful occasion for the students and their families. An ifta – the breaking of the Islamic feast during the season of Ramadan, was held outside in the cathedral grounds. The Diwali festival took place in the city centre on October 27 but began with a procession from the cathedral. We welcome all different communities and we’re a gathering point for everyone as we explore how to live together as children of God. It’s been a large part of the identity of the city for the last 1,300 years, both as a building but also as an institution that engages culturally, socially and economically. It has been a fabulous year. Things have gathered pace and the highlight has been from August to November welcoming astronaut Tim Peake’s space suit and Soyuz spacecraft which transported him to and from the International Space Station. Coincidentally for some of that time we also hosted the Museum of the Moon installation which was a seven-metre moon with lighting inside it hanging under the central tower. Our visitors have been awestruck. Active I have just done the Soyuz virtual reality experience recreating the 250-mile journey back down to Earth. It was so exciting. Did you have a go? Chris I did and it was incredible. You have to

throw yourself into it and make it your own. It’s completely immersive and a threedimensional experience. The national tour of the capsule, presented by Samsung and the Science Museum Group, started in Bradford then went to County Durham, Manchester,

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I parked on the verge near the crossroads at Pilton, but you could just as easily start and finish this walk in South or North Luffenham, perhaps with a view to walking straight to a pub at the end. There is no pub in tiny Pilton. Walk east out of the village on Pilton Road and after 200 yards you will see the bridleway ahead as the road bends to the left. Take the bridleway and keep to it as it goes gently uphill and then turns to the left along a hedge-lined route in an almost straight line for more than a mile to South Luffenham.

You will get some good views of North Luffenham church on your left and the hedgerow and occasional spinney offer good protection from the wind on this exposed piece of high ground. On the way you will cross over Glebe Road which connects Morcott and North Luffenham, but keep going straight ahead and you will descend into South Luffenham across an open arable field. When you get into the village turn left as soon as you hit the road and keep going along North Luffenham Road as it leaves the village and then curves to the right and downhill. You will go under the railway bridge and then cross the stone bridge over the River Chater. The dogs can cool off and have a drink here if necessary. Almost immediately after the bridge there is a metal kissing gate in the hedgerow on the left. Go

through this and follow the path as it goes uphill through pastures towards North Luffenham. You will arrive in North Luffenham through an iron gate and then follow the road round to the left until you come to the lane down to the church. Pick up the footpath on the south-west corner of the church. This path leads out diagonally over the sheep pasture and the River Chater until you come out on Glebe Road. Walk south over the railway bridge and then turn right when you come to the crossroads and go past Heathcote Cottages. From here it’s less than a mile along this pretty lane back to Pilton. Clockwise, from above Good views of the church in North Luffenham; this bridleway runs almost the whole way between Pilton and South Luffenham; this route crosses the River Chater at two handy points on the way

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Distance and time Four miles/an hour and a half Highlights The bridleway linking Pilton and South Luffenham is a pleasure to walk. There are lovely views of North Luffenham, which is Above a very pretty village in the centre. Despite The Eleanor Cross in Rutland Water being just over the hill to Geddington, one of just three of the north you would never know it. the original 12 crosses still in



Where to park I parked on the verge in Pilton but you could just as easily park in South or North Luffenham, particularly if you are heading to The Fox afterwards.

Lowlights The last mile is on the road but it’s a very quiet country lane so it’s not a problem. Refreshments The Fox at North Luffenham is a good option. Difficulty rating Two paws. There aren’t many stiles and while there are a few contours it’s pretty easy underfoot. The pooch perspective There will be some game and sheep about so keep your dogs under control. But the bridleway is dog friendly and the two crossings of the Chater are very handy. 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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One village has a famous equine past and the other has a pretty spectacular canal-based present, so this is a walk full of interest, as Will Hetherington discovers Photography: Will Hetherington

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I parked on The Green in Lubenham just in front of the Coach & Horses, where you can also park if you are planning on visiting at the end of your walk. Go through the green gates which lead from The Green to the footpath through the playground and north on to Mill Mound with the beacon on the top. Make sure you don’t take the path to the north-west which leads straight to Foxton Road (that’s the return route). From the top of Mill Mound you will have good views to the northwest and south. Follow the waymarkers as the path then gradually drops through a series of

fields and paddocks before coming out on the private road which leads to HMP Gartree. Cross straight over this road and keep following the path through a few more fields until you come to Gallow Field Road. Turn left here and after the road turns right towards Foxton village in 200 yards turn left down past the cemetery and on to the bridleway which leads to Foxton Locks and the country park around it. When you get to the locks you can watch the canal boats negotiating the sequence and enjoy a drink in the pub or the café. It’s a busy tourist attraction and on a sunny day it’s a beautiful spot to while away an hour or so. To start the return journey to Lubenham you can walk to the top of the lock sequence and keep going on the towpath alongside the Grand Union Canal until you reach the first road bridge. The footpath from here leads south-east across the

open fields. Or you can walk out of the country park on the access road and then turn right to walk along the road to the start of the footpath. It’s the same result but the towpath is more peaceful.

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Activelife ESSENTIAL INFORMATION Where to park I parked on The Green in Lubenham. You can park at the Coach & Horses if you are heading in there afterwards. Either way it saves paying to park at Foxton Locks.

Distance and time Four miles/an hour and a half.

Highlight Mill Mound and the beacon and views. Impressive Foxton Locks and the equine and military history of Lubenham.

Lowlights The return journey involves a lot of small fields and stiles and is rather fragmented.


Refreshments The Coach & Horses in Lubenham, The Foxton Locks Inn and Bridge 61 at the locks. There is also a coffee shop at the locks. Difficulty rating Three paws. It’s not that far and it’s broken up but there are quite a few awkward stiles on the way back. The pooch perspective Despite being by the canal for some of the way there are surprisingly few fresh water options for the dogs, but the pubs will have water bowls. And there will be some livestock on the way around, so be careful.

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.


From this point the path leads across a number of fields, past a fishery and then Holme’s Farm. As you leave Holme’s Farm pay attention to spot the gate in a hedge in the corner of the yard and the immediate left turn afterwards. Keep heading south-east over the fields and a few stiles to Foxton Road. You can cross the road and go through the farmyard on the other side to stick to the footpath but it’s not the easiest to spot, and I encountered the biggest bull I have ever seen on this route back into Lubenham. So you may want to just turn right and walk the quarter of a mile back into the village on the road. When you get back to Lubenham make sure you read the sign on The Green to discover more about the connections with horse racing and hunting. You will learn the National Hunt Challenge Cup began life in this village in 1860, before relocating to the Cheltenham Festival in 1911. And the Old Hall is also famous for being the place where Charles I slept the night before the Battle of Naseby in 1645. Right Foxton Locks are a major attraction in their own right, but they are just one part of this walk

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ANIMAL ADVICE Wood Green has come up with some handy hints to help you deal with troublesome pets How to care for your ferrets in cold or freezing weather • During freezing weather you can use pet safe snuggle pads to keep them warm, as warm water in containers or hot water bottles can freeze quickly so are not ideal • Your ferrets may like to play in the snow, but ensure you dry them well with a towel afterwards How to stop your dog from barking Giving a dog something to do whilst it is left home alone is very important. Here are some examples: • Pacifier toys such a kongs, activity balls and buster cubes that can be filled with food. • Some dogs enjoy ripping things up so giving them an old cardboard box with treats in to shred in their owners’ absence can also be a good idea. For dogs that bark at things that they can see and

hear, pull the curtains shut and leave the TV or radio on to drown out any external sounds that may cause your dog to bark. How to socialise a frightened hamster If your hamster is a baby or has had limited handling, they may be very nervous and have a tendency to rear up and scream at you in defence. The safest way to socialise your hamster is to place a short tunnel in front of them to encourage them to walk in, and let them come out to investigate you in their own time. This can be done on the floor of a secure room or in a bath. Wear a long-sleeved jumper with some of the bedding smell on the sleeves, and use the sleeves to cover your hands. Allow your hamster to walk on to your covered hands in their own time. After a few sessions of doing this you can slowly reveal your hands and encourage them to walk across and gently stroke your hamster.

The responsibility that comes with having a pet, the feeding, training and changes that might have to be made, means many people can feel quite daunted by the thought. But the animal charity Wood Green has a service to help owners or people who are considering having a pet with any questions they may have about owning a pet. These range from general advice to tips on behaviour, health and well-being. They can also help you to find your perfect pet, to understand how best to care for your pet and how to improve pet behaviour and your relationship with your pet. In a year, this service has helped more than 2,000 pet owners and, through behaviour advice and support, managed to keep more than 250 pets and their families together at a time when they thought giving up their pet was the only option. Wood Green’s teams are there to listen and give you the help you need. From coping with a new puppy to advice about preparing a pet if you are about to move home, their experts continuously help pet owners and their pets to live in harmony and get the best out of life. If you are interested in taking home one of their pets, Wood Green carefully matches every pet looking for a new home with the personalities and lifestyles of owners. They guide you through the homing process with knowledge of each pet’s individual lifestyle or training needs and any medical issues he or she may have. Linda Cantle, Wood Green’s director of animal services, explains: “Our 90-year history of caring for pets means we have a huge bank of knowledge and our team of experts are a trusted source of advice about every aspect of pet care. Everything we do is about keeping pets healthy and happy in their homes and we do all that we can to help.” Life can also be unpredictable and if pet owners are no longer able to care for a pet, Wood Green can offer help with that too. Visit woodgreen.org.uk or contact their pet advisers on 0300 303 9333 ext. 1281

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FOCUS ON FAT Nutritionist Dawn Revens looks into when is the best time to get lighter and leaner Recently I tested a number of triathletes to see how metabolically efficient they were. Knowing if your body is metabolically efficient and burning both carbohydrate and fat in the right proportions at different exercise intensities is really important. If you are burning high levels of glucose at rest, then you will need more fuel for long distance training and racing. One triathlete I tested had been struggling with her weight after an injury and was trying to lose weight and compete at the same time. She told me that she wasn’t having much luck shedding body fat and that at the last event she did, she had no energy left on the run. Sadly she’s not on her own trying to compete and lose weight at the same time. I regularly come across athletes trying to do this. When you’re training and racing hard, your body needs the calories to race and then to repair and rebuild your muscles and

help you to recover. If you try to shed body fat in race season you are likely to struggle and not have enough energy for training and racing. You will also put yourself at greater risk of injury. If race season isn’t the time to shed excess body fat, when is? Many of you will now be at the end of race season and will be taking some time out to rest and recover. Hopefully you have reviewed what went well for you in your races and what you need to do differently next year with your training and nutrition. From now until Christmas, your training volume and intensity should be low and it’s likely with Christmas coming up, your eating habits might not be quite as good as they are during race season. This will probably mean that you will gain some weight. Before you gain too much weight though, I would advise that you calculate your optimal race weight and make sure

that you don’t gain more than 8% of this over the next few months. To calculate your optimal racing weight you will need to get your body composition measured so you know how much lean muscle mass you have and how much body fat you have. Your weight loss approach needs to target losing body fat, not lean muscle mass, or your training results will potentially go backwards. If you take this approach it will mean that you won’t have as much to lose in the months leading up to race season. The time to focus on losing body fat is between January and March. Then from April onwards, as long as you are leaner and lighter, you will be able to go faster. Dawn Revens is The Compeater, and works with endurance athletes to optimise their nutrition so they can get amazing training in racing results.

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H O W T O H AV E A V E R Y HAPPY HAPPY CHRISTMAS! For many, the festive season is the most stressful time of the year. Therapist Lisa Johnston of My Therapist Online has some coping strategies and advice Managing your mental well-being

For many, the Christmas period can be a mix of pleasure and pressure. The movies, songs, advertisements and television we’re exposed to in the run-up to and during the big day portray the perfect Christmases as being ones with tastefully decorated homes, beautifully cooked dinners with happy families sat around engaging cheerfully. The expectations created by these images can cause a lot of stress and anticipation anxiety as we strive to achieve something even close to these picture postcard scenes. This year, more than ever, we are also likely to be bombarded with Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram images of perfect homes, and beautifully edited pictures of perfect family scenes. This, for some, can create a further layer of stress. Our emotions start with an interpretation of an event. It is often not the here and now facts that drive how we feel, but our interpretation of

events. So, if you are approaching Christmas with lots of negative predictive thoughts such as ‘I just won’t have time to do it all’, ‘I won’t cope’, ‘What if I let my family down and can’t make it the best Christmas ever?’, it is going to have a negative impact not just on how you feel on the day, but in the run up to it. Here are some tips and tricks for managing your well-being over the Christmas period, to help you get on top of both the practical and emotional problems that might arise...

Focus on the priorities

If the list of things you want or feel you need to get done by Christmas is mounting and you can feel the stress building, it is time to press the pause button for a moment. The first tip is: get it all out of your head and on to a piece of paper. It doesn’t matter the order it goes down or how well formed the ideas are, the process of downloading it from

your head to the paper is the first step in making a realistic and achievable plan. On another piece of paper, write it down in an order of priority with the most important things at the top, the least important things may not even make it on to the page. As you place items in order of priority ask yourself: will it significantly improve mine or my family’s experience of Christmas by doing this? Do all the ideas that you have taken from a magazine or a perfect Pinterest picture need to happen? Could you let some of them go?

Great expectations

You could probably do everything on your ‘to do’ wishlist, but at what cost to your enjoyment of the Christmas period, your stress levels, sleep or energy levels? • Drop the pursuit of perfection. It can hold you back from moving forwards. Be realistic, not perfect.

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• Throw away the ‘I should’ statements that you have set for yourself and give yourself permission to cut back a little and share some of the preparation. The children won’t notice if the decorations don’t match or if you over-cook the carrots; they won’t notice there isn’t a homemade gingerbread house or an elaborately decorated Christmas cake. They will, however, notice if you are stressed, distracted and agitated.

2. What is the best possible thing that could happen? 3. What is the most realistic outcome?

Well considered delegation

If you notice your mind getting caught up in negative loops about something someone said, or stressful thoughts, you may benefit from talking to a professional to help you make sense of these cycles. You could try a grounding technique as a way of helping to shift your attention back to the here and now and away from negative internal mental chatter. It is the ability to shift your attention to what is real and true outside of your head. You can start by slowing your breathing down and gently moving your attention to your five senses – five different sights, four different sounds, three different things you can feel, two smells and one taste. You could have with you some grounding objects to touch, or things that you enjoy smelling. Observe them in a non-judgmental way moving steadily on to the rest without engaging with any mental chatter that might come up. Try to become aware of them all at once for a few minutes and fill your attention with them. Let yourself get lost in the outside world.

Once you have a list of priorities, the next step is to consider when each one can realistically be achieved and if any of these could be delegated to others. If you are having people joining you over Christmas, consider their skills or interests and ask them to take charge of one or two items such as bringing a cooked ham, or coming round early to help peel the vegetables. Could they be in charge of other tasks such as planning a game to entertain the children or serving drinks, so you have more capacity to crack on with what you want to do?

The worst, best, realistic technique

If you notice you are becoming increasingly short, snappy, irritable, anxious or angry in the run up to events over the Christmas period, the likelihood is there are some unhelpful negative thoughts that are driving these emotions and change in behaviours. The ‘worst case, best case and realistic outcome’ is a simple process of questions that can help you to manage all kinds of anxious and stress-related thoughts and help you to access a more balanced perspective. When we are worried, we commonly focus on the likelihood of outcomes which can give you a distorted impression of the actual likelihood. If you can identify the particularly worrying or stressful thoughts, write them down and consider them from a variety of different outcomes, from good to bad – it can help to quieten anxious or spiralling thoughts. Here are three questions you can ask yourself to gain a more helpful perspective on things: If you find yourself getting anxious, ask yourself... 1. What is the worst thing that could happen?

Once you have come up with a more realistic perspective on a problem, it then helps to think through more practical things you can do to help make those more positive outcomes happen.

Grounding technique

Slow down, zoom out and shift your attention from your internal mental chatter to the external world around you. Take some time to go slow for a bit, to unplug and enjoy the simple beauty of the outdoors. If you enjoy walking, cycling or running, don’t stop doing that over Christmas (see overleaf for more on festive fitness – Ed). Soak up the Christmas lights in your area, take a candlelit bath or turn off the TV and play some music. The decorations do not all need to go up on the same day and the minced pies don’t have to be home-made. Do Christmas the way you want to and in turn, this enables you to enjoy it too. Taking a moment to zoom out and gain perspective on what really matters to you can hugely help to break cycles of negative thinking. Evidence shows that quality of life is directly connected to our ability to pay attention to meaningful things. Learning the skill of mindfulness can be a hugely helpful in connecting with your everyday in a different way. The ability to be more mindful in our approach to our daily life has been found to be a key element in happiness. Mindfulness is the practice of purposely focusing your attention on the present moment. It teaches us to learn to accept what is happening in our present without judgement.

The best gift this Christmas

Consider what Christmas really means to you. Then consider that the very best gift you could give others (and yourself) this Christmas, is to be your happiest and best self. Visualise the impact that being full of peace and happiness could have on the whole experience of Christmas and new year. Make sure you take some time to consider how you will look after your wellbeing and overall ability to enjoy and be fully present this Christmas. Lisa Johnston is a CBT therapist and co-Founder of My Therapist Online https://www.mytherapistonline.co.uk

Unstructured family time

Some people struggle with the prolonged time spent with family over Christmas. We also tend to thrive on routine, and prolonged ‘free time’ can present a challenge for some too. Most people have complex relationships with family which can present us with a range of emotionally demanding situations which need to be navigated. Decide to set aside differences with friends or family and accept that we can’t change or control what they say or do. We can, however, decide to address these grievances at a more appropriate time for discussion – a time when there is less pressure and mix of emotions.

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GET THE GIFT OF FITNESS THIS CHRISTMAS Just because you have lots of food, drink and parties, you can still keep a fitness regime going – it just might need a tweak It may be that over Christmas and new year time is in short supply, or your routines are all over the place, which make a regular fitness regime hard to maintain. However, there are a few strategies you can employ to at least keep some semblance of a programme going. First of all, don’t panic and stress about all the good work of the past few months going to waste. Research has shown that a couple of weeks of maintenance training can result in minimal or even no fitness losses. In fact, in some cases performance can actually improve after a short period of reduced training because the body has the opportunity to recharge and rebuild.

Do what you need to do early

With more and more social functions – and after work drinks, a visit to a relative, shopping – before long you can find that the day has filled up. Try and do exercise in the morning before you go to work or before the events start. That way there should be no excuses for not moving.

Bring a friend

Christmas is a time for catching up with friends, so why not organise a catch up that involves moving? A walk in the park, a gym class or even a planned activity like a hike, bike ride or a visit to the park? Having friends around you not only helps motivate you, but also gets them moving too.

Move at work

If you’ve got to go to work, try and add few extra excuses to move. Instead of emailing a colleague, make it a point to get off your chair and go and see them. Instead of taking the lift, try the stairs. Instead of sitting in the lunch room, do a couple of walks around the block. The trick is to fit in activity whenever you can.

Christmas shopping adventures

Christmas shopping can be a workout in itself: walking around the shopping centre for hours, carrying heavy bags around or pushing the trolley and carrying the kids. If you enjoy

shopping, do a sneaky couple of laps and raise those heavy bags by your side.

A little is better than none

Accept that your workouts will be shorter but also realise that they can still provide training benefits. If you usually enjoy several jogging or running sessions, cutting your training time by half will still keep you fit while, instead of completing two or three sets of each resistance training exercise, you reduce it to one or two sets. Your session will take less time but you’re still exercising the same muscles.

Quality over quantity

If your typical training week includes some more challenging sessions, it is important to maintain them. Instead of interspersing them with recovery workouts where you exercise lightly, focus on every session being high quality. Omit the easier sessions, as that will save time, and your recovery session becomes a rest day.

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Congratulations to Sarah S who won the Bowen Supplies by Helen competition in the October issue

Rheumatoid arthritis sufferer Brenda Howard explains how the Bowen Technique helps relieve her painful symptoms Living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for 30 years means I’ve tried many different complementary therapies to help manage the physical, and emotional, challenge of this extremely painful condition. While some provided temporary relief and others, such as acupuncture and manual lymphatic drainage, worked well for a specific problem, it is Bowen Technique that has hugely improved my quality of life. Since being referred to Bowen therapist Helen Mary Perkins in Peterborough, I’ve cut down on pain-killing medication and maintained a more positive outlook. It helps with mobility so I can keep driving and retain independence. At first, it seemed unlikely that such a gentle therapy could have any impact on my condition, which has required many operations.

Bowen has been a revelation and Helen an absolute life saver; a therapist whose empathy and intuition matches her professional skills. On my first visit I was suffering terribly with my back, shuffling into Helen’s room half bent over. I left the session feeling lighter and more optimistic, looking forward to my next visit. Helen explains Bowen as a series of precise soft tissue moves to rebalance the body, helping it to heal itself. She added: “Initially I applied Bowen therapy while Brenda was seated but within a couple of sessions she was able to lie down on the couch which allowed us to work more effectively on the fascia (connective tissue). My aim was to help support the muscles around the joints to improve Brenda’s

mobility. It has been a pleasure to see her condition improve so markedly.’ In addition to the physical benefits, the sense of well-being and relaxation should not be under-estimated, giving emotional and spiritual support. At home I use Bexters Soda Crystals to reduce swelling around the joints, soaking my feet and using a hand mitt containing crystals. Joints then become more flexible. My doctors are aware that I enjoy Bowen Technique and can see that I look and feel better. While it might not work for everyone, I recommend people keep an open mind and give it a go. To book a session call 01733 555476 or go to www.helenperkins.com. Initial consultation £75; future sessions £50. Three sessions pre-booked £135.

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A M A G N E T I C AT T R A C T I O N Cell Regeneration offers those with injuries and degenerative bone and tissue problems a way to stimulate cells into repairing themselves, and it is building up a loyal following of recovered patients

There is always some scepticism about innovative medical treatments that claim to heal patients faster and more effectively than what has gone before. And when Cell Regeneration opened seven years ago near Stamford, using a new process call Magnetic Resonance Therapy, there was no doubt a few people who would have raised an eyebrow or two. But more than 1,000 patients later, and countless stories of successful treatment, any scepticism about its effectiveness has long since dissipated. For all the clever technology, central to Cell Regeneration’s success is the people. It’s a family-run affair, with Liz Clare running the operation with brother Charles, who oversees the technological aspects of the treatment. But underpinning it all is their mother Ann, a physiotherapist of around four decades and clearly somebody who stands for rigour and experience when it comes to treatment. As she explains, Cell Regeneration’s MBST

treatment is a fantastic aid to the recovery of injuries to bone and tissue, helping osteoarthritis and speeding up the repair process. But it is not a silver bullet in itself: only with very careful and astute pre-treatment assessments of the problem and a programme of physiotherapy will patients get the best possible results. “We have people come in to see us who have been told they must have joints replaced or are suffering with long term issues,” she says. “Often, in my opinion, they have had bad advice and what we do is fully assess the issue and put together a programme that will benefit them. Life is short. You should be pain free. And that is what we offer.” There are studies to back up the procedures’ effectiveness, and Cell Regeneration is called out to work regularly with a number of professional sports teams and individuals – and even helping with the recovery of horses that compete at elite standard. At that high performance level, if it didn’t work, they wouldn’t get called back in.

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WHAT IS MBST? Both medical and veterinary centres use MBST. It’s a noninvasive therapy with no known side effects. Studies have indicated that patients suffering from pain associated with osteoarthritis have reported a reduction in pain levels post-therapy. Other clinical studies have shown an increase in bone mass density after Magnetic Resonance Therapy. MBST stimulates the hydrogen protons using radio waves, putting them into a ‘high energy’ state, this energy is then released in the same way as in MRI and absorbed by the surrounding tissue. When this energy is absorbed by the tissue, it can initiate or reactivate regenerative power. So far, more than 220,000 patients have experienced more than 80% success with MBST therapy worldwide. As MBST works at a cellular level, response time will vary in each individual patient. Cell Regeneration asks all patients to give MBST 10 weeks as a consistent recovery time after the treatment to see results. The outcome of treatment can then be checked on an MRI scan after this period.

CHRISTOPHER’S STORY “I went skiing last January and had some slight pain in my back, and then when I got home it got worse. And then worse and worse. I went from skiing, running, and playing tennis three times a week, to the point where I could barely walk down the stairs. “I went to a clinic and they said there were various problems with discs and my neck, and that basically it didn’t look good. I tried Shockwave treatment, physiotherapy and even acupuncture but it was getting worse. I was getting fed up. Then I had an MRI, where they said I had disc degeneration and I should get a surgical opinion. But having surgery was something I really wanted to avoid if possible. “A friend at the tennis

club who had had a bad back said I should try Cell Regeneration. So I came and saw Ann. She said it was bad and I would need nine treatments on consecutive days for an hour, which is normal for this condition. “So I was having the treatments, and to be honest I started out sceptical as to whether it was going to work because nothing else had, and with this you can’t feel or hear anything happening. But I literally couldn’t do anything, so I kept going. “After the nine treatments, my back was slightly better, but Ann said that it’s after the treatment, over six to 10 weeks, when it really starts to get better as the exercises and revitalised cells regenerate.

And that’s exactly what happened. “It’s now got to the point that when I get up in the morning I run downstairs without thinking about it, and now I’m back playing tennis three times a week, running and even thinking about going skiing again in January. It’s completely better.”

What can MBST treat? ■ People who suffer from a degenerative disease in joints and bones and metabolic bone disorders, such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. Those with osteoarthritis in stages 4 or 5 may have a longer cell regeneration healing time. ■ People with bulging discs, sports injuries, broken bones, cartilage tears, ligament and tendon damage. ■ Anyone suffering from pain and reduced mobility due to degeneration of bone tissue and joints. ■ In veterinary cases, it can be used for injuries to horses and dogs.

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present with significant loss of strength and motion. These injuries may require 2-3 months before a complete return to normal activities. Grade 3: Complete rupture of a muscle or tendon. These can present with a palpable defect in the muscle or tendon. These injuries sometimes require surgery to reattach the damaged muscle and tendon.

TAKE THE STRAIN Dr Hany Elmadbouh, senior consultant at Avicenna Clinic, advises on how to manage soft tissue strains and sprains The soft tissue most commonly injured are tendons, muscles and ligaments. A tendon is a flexible, but inelastic, cord of strong fibrous collagen tissue that transmits the mechanical force of muscle contraction to the bones. A ligament is a short band of tough, flexible fibrous connective tissue which connects two bones together to support and stabilise a joint. Injury of a muscle is called a strain while ligament injury is a sprain. Injuries can occur within the muscle itself, where the tendon attaches to the bone, or most commonly, at the junction between the muscle and tendon. Most of the injuries occur in the lower limbs. The knee, ankle and also the wrist joints are particularly prone to injury. Acute injuries are caused by a sudden trauma, such as a fall or twist, or direct impact injury to the body, often placing extreme tension on the ligaments and tendons leading to its tear. A sprained knee or ankle can be the result of a sudden twist, and a wrist sprain can occur when falling on an outstretched hand. Contact sports such as football and hockey, sports that feature quick starts such as hurdling and long jump, as well as running races put athletes at risk of soft tissue injuries.

Acute soft tissue injuries vary in type and severity. Sprains are classified by severity and degree of joint instability: Grade 1 sprain (mild): Slight stretching and some damage to the fibres of the ligament. Grade 2 sprain (moderate): Partial tearing of the ligament. There is abnormal looseness (laxity) in the joint when it is moved in certain ways. Grade 3 sprain (severe): Complete tear of the ligament. This causes significant instability and makes the joint nonfunctional. Patients with muscle injuries lose some strength and range of motion. The severity of the injury depends on how much strength and range of motion they lose and this may give an indication of the time required for recovery. Similar to sprains, muscle injury has three grades: Grade 1: Mild damage to individual muscle fibres (less than 5% of fibres) that causes minimal loss of strength and motion. These injuries generally take about 2-3 weeks to improve. Grade 2: More extensive damage with more muscle fibres involved. However, the muscle is not completely ruptured. These injuries

While the intensity varies, pain, bruising, swelling and inflammation are common to all three categories of soft tissue injuries. Imaging by ultra-sound and/or MRI will help to confirm the diagnosis and asses the severity and grading of the injury to guide the treatment and rehabilitation. Initial treatment of acute soft tissue injury is with the RICE protocol. This is a simple self-care technique that helps reduce swelling, ease pain and speed up healing. RICE stands for: Rest Crutches may be required to avoid putting weight on your leg. Ice Cold packs applied for 20 minutes at a time, several times a day. Compression Wearing an elastic compression bandage. Elevation Elevating the injury higher than your heart while resting. Anti-inflammatory drugs may help to reduce the pain and physiotherapy will maintain muscle strength and speed the recovery. Surgery may be required in severe cases of complete ligament and tendon rupture. Many soft-tissue injuries can be prevented through proper conditioning, training and equipment. Warming up to prepare for exercise, drinking enough water to prevent dehydration, cooling down in the final phase of the exercise routine, trying to get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day and developing a balanced fitness program that incorporates cardiovascular exercise, strength training and flexibility will all help to reduce the chance of soft tissue injuries. Avicenna Clinic specialises in pain management and minimal invasive intervention. It has a range of specialist consultants, operating theatre for surgical procedures and superior in-house imaging facilities –including state-of-the-art MRI, ultrasound and X-ray scanning equipment. To book a consultation, contact Avicenna Clinic on 0330 202 0597.

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GET YOUR KIDS CONFIDENT IN THE WATER Oakham Swim School runs a range of sessions to suit all ages and abilities and is fast becoming a teaching centre of excellence as seven more members of staff have become fully-qualified swim school instructors. The junior swim school is run by enthusiastic instructors who offer small group lessons five days a week for children aged three to 16 years old. Intensive swim courses are also run throughout the school holidays to enable children to gain confidence in the water, improve stroke technique and make rapid progress in all stages of swimming. Rookie lifeguard and synchronised swimming lessons are also available for more confident swimmers from stage 4+ along with adult swimming lessons, aqua fit and parent and baby/toddler classes. As one Swim School parent recently told us: “My child was scared of the water and hated swimming but due to Andrea Kemp and her swimming classes, he is now confident and slowly becoming a strong swimmer.” www.oakhamswimschool.co.uk 01572 758754, info@oakhamswimschool.co.uk

NEW HOME FOR OAKHAM LEISURE CLUB Oakham Leisure Club is now running from Oakham School’s newly-refurbished sports centre, located off Kilburn Road with free parking close by. It offers a wide range of sports and fitness facilities to the local community, including squash courts, a fully-equipped gymnasium, a sports hall for indoor football, basketball and badminton, as well as access to the school’s impressive floodlit astro pitches – recently opened by GB Olympic gold hockey legend, Crista Cullen. There is also a 25-metre heated swimming pool, perfect for hire for children’s parties or for team aqua fun sports such as water polo. Membership costs are from £100 per term or £240 annually per person. osel@oakham.rutland.sch.uk, 01572 758754

STAMFORD U13s DEFEND COUNTY HOCKEY TITLE Stamford High School U13 A hockey team have defended their County Championship crown. The Stamford team had four schools to outwit and the girls set to task, winning their first game against Bourne Grammar 6-0. Penny Phelan and Eva Stones secured two goals each with Millie Hindmarch and Claudia Packer scoring one each, cementing a convincing score. The second match saw Stamford start with a solid and confident performance, but Lincoln Minster were equally as quick and strong from the outset. The Stamford team dug deep, changed tactics and began to dominate once again with a hat-trick from Charlotte Dean and two follow up goals form Packer and Hindmarch. The next match began to test fitness levels with a few strong challenges from St Hughes, but again the resilience from Stamford shone through and the team left the pitch relieved with another victory (3-0: Stones 2; Phelan 1). The final opponents, William Farr withdrew from the match, and so Stamford were crowned county champions again.

RATCLIFFE SUCCESS Ratcliffe College Prep School has qualified for the U11 Girls Hockey IAPS National Finals for the first time ever. The tournament took place at the Nottingham Hockey Centre and involved 22 schools from across the Midlands. Outstanding teamwork, determination and very talented and skilled hockey players meant the girls where unbeaten in their seven matches on the day, apart from in penalty strokes against Foremarke Hall. The girls progressed from the group stages into the quarter finals, then into the semi-finals and then into the 3rd/4th place play-offs. Here they won 2-0 against Yarm Prep School and secured their place in the national finals, which are due to take place at Rugby School.

BROOKE RUNNERS Cross-country at Brooke Priory School goes from strength to strength. A record number of children qualified to represent their county at the regional event, following an impressive display at the county race hosted at Rutland Water. A total of 24 children qualified; a reflection of the children’s hard work in training and resilience on the day.

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MORE RECORDS FOR DEEPINGS SWIMMERS Louis Metselaar and Holly Leggott both broke Deepings Swimming Club records at the Midlands Winter Short Course Championships. The two club captains posted outstanding personal bests against the top swimmers from across the Midlands at the Harvey Hadden Sports Village in Nottingham. They were part of a Deepings team of six, which included Jake Jungmann, Bethany Eagle-Brown, Tom Neal and Tom Adams. Jessie Sooner also qualified for the championships but was unfortunately unable to take part. Louis, who broke the club’s 16 year age group 100m breaststroke record recently, has now surpassed the long-standing 50m record with a time of 30.90. He finished ninth overall in the Midlands. In the 100m breaststroke, Louis was just outside his best, finishing 17th. He also competed in the 50m freestyle, setting a new PB, the 100m individual medley (IM) and the 50m butterfly. Holly also enjoyed an excellent weekend of racing. Her best performance came in the 50m backstroke where she broke her own club

record, with a new mark of 31.40. Holly achieved another short course best in the 50m freestyle and also competed in the 100m backstroke, narrowly missing her third PB. Former club captain Tom Neal qualified for the most events at the championships, taking to the blocks for six races. He also came closest to a Midlands medal, making two finals. Tom was finger-tips from bronze in the 50m backstroke, setting a new best to finish fourth, and was foiled again in the 100m backstroke final, coming sixth. Bethany Eagle-Brown was the top qualifying girl, making five events. She was unlucky not to reach the 100m butterfly final, setting a new personal best to finish in fifth place in the 14/U age group, but 12th overall. Only the eight fastest swimmers from all the age groups combined made the final. Bethany also competed in the 50m butterfly, the 50m and 100m freestyle, and the 100m IM. Also in action was Tom Adams, racing in the 50m and 200m butterfly events, while Jake Jungmann completed the championship squad, swimming a new personal best in the 100m IM.

GYM4TOTS LAUNCHES A new gymnastics club has opened in Oakham for young children. Based at the Oakham Enterprise Park and run by coaches Jo Roberts, Michelle Hawes and Nicky Collins, it gives children regular physical activity from a young age and also teaches them the importance of a healthy diet. There are a number of classes:  Mums and bumps: Classes to keep you active and fit during pregnancy, led by fully qualified instructors.  Mums and babes: Designed to get you active and back in shape after pregnancy in a comfortable environment. These sessions will help you improve your fitness, bond with your

baby and meet other new mums.  Pilates: Gentle and precise exercise which will improve strength, flexibility and mobility through smooth controlled flowing movements.  Baby massage: Gentle rhythmic stroking of your baby’s body with your hands. A way to gently nurture and spend time with your baby, encouraging interaction, aiding sleep and reducing crying.  Tots gym: Using specific equipment and movements to make exercise fun. Incorporating children’s natural playfulness and energy, available for 3 to 5 and 5 to 7-year olds. www.gym4tots.co.uk or email info@gym4tots.co.uk

The newly established Stamford Endowed Schools’ equestrian team were crowned Lincolnshire County Show Jumping Champions in the 80cm and 90cm competition at the National Schools’ Equestrian Association (NSEA) event in November. They will now automatically qualify to compete at the NSEA show jumping finals in April 2019. The 80cm team Lincolnshire champions are Tom Wagstaffe, Izzy Key, Tash Williams and James Wagstaffe. The 90cm team Lincolnshire champions are James Wagstaffe, Izzy Key, Tash Williams and Jess Gargan. The individual performances were also exceptional with the following results achieved: Izzy Key - 1st (90cm) qualifying for the nationals Tash Williams – 3rd (90cm) James Wagstaffe – 6th (90cm) Tom Wagstaffe - 3rd (70cm)

NETBALL SUCCESS Oakham’s U19 netball team have won a place in the regional tournament for the seventh year running. The girls powered their way through the county round of the National Schools’ Netball Tournament with eight wins and one draw from their nine matches. The team comfortably beat Robert Smyth (13-2), Leicester Grammar (14-0), Ashby (15-1), Harington (9-3), Hinckley Academy (24-2) and Uppingham (11-7). They continued their winning performances against Ratcliffe (8-7), Loughborough High (9-6) and secured a draw against Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth (5-5). Oakham now has a team in both the U14 and U19 age categories of the county finals.

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Ben Plank and his family take their first tentative slides on the slope at Tallington Lakes ahead of a winter holiday Photography: Pip Warters

Having very nearly made it to 40 without scratching the skiing ‘itch’, my wife and I felt that the Alpine holiday ship had definitely sailed. The prospect of careering uncontrollably down the slopes to the amusement of our experienced skiing friends, or being slingshotted off ski lifts to the amusement of everyone watching, was an experience we thought was best enjoyed in your twenties. However, we had been convinced that with two young children, Oscar-Jon (7) and Summer (4), now was a perfect time to give it a go and so we booked a week over new year in the popular and beginner friendly French resort of Alpe d’Huez. A number of our skiing friends recommended a trial session either on an indoor or dry slope ahead of the holiday to at least learn some of the very basic skills in advance. With Tallington Lakes on our doorstep we booked a 90-minute family session with their highly experienced

instructor Lotti, who had learnt on this very slope when she was just four years old. Tallington has a 120-metre dry slope and a nursery slope, both floodlit and open all year round. They provide open practice sessions for both skiers and snowboarders, individual or group lessons as well as toboggan and skiing/ snowboarding parties. On arrival we were measured and kitted out within 15 minutes and quickly found ourselves plodding out to the nursery slope. Lotti explained that progress on the first lesson would not be massive and that we would focus more on traversing up a slope and then a gentle ski back down. It would be fair to say none of us were naturals and the rather simple task of walking sideways up a five-foot mild slope was being made to look ridiculously complex by all generations of our family. The reality for those who’ve not skied before is that slow speed manoeuvring with skis on takes some getting used to. Nonetheless, after a

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good 30 minutes of marching around in skis and traversing up and down the nursery slope myself and my wife were beginning to get the idea. Having previously wakeboarded, I decided to have a quick go at snowboarding as well. This felt much more comfortable and to some extent far easier to manoeuvre around. Lotti explained that while wakeboarding and snowboarding are very similar, a number of the fundamental skills are significantly different, such as weight placement. Either way, I managed a couple of runs down the nursery slope without falling. My wife persisted with the skis and my son finished the session on the toboggan with a huge smile on his face. The session was incredibly useful, allowing us to overcome some of the very early skiing hurdles as well as giving us a good indicator of whether we need another lesson. Suffice to say, it’s already been booked.

The first phase has been completed of Tallington Lakes Ski & Snowboard Centre’s development, with a new nursery slope which has been reshaped and resurfaced. Phase two and three will be completed in 2019, which will see the main slope reshaped and resurfaced, followed by a new freestyle area. The 2,000sq m area will have a natural schuss, jump box and slope style features for freestyle skiing and snowboarding. The new surface is from Italian company Neveplast, which simulates real snow conditions, with the surface certified as ‘having the same slipperiness as snow’. Because of the extra speed, Tallington has installed an ‘air fence’ for tobbogans, similar to that used in speedway racing, to protect budding skeleton and bobsleigh athletes. Beginner ski and snowboard lessons have been a huge success too, as those new to winter sports are finding the surface great to learn on because it’s so close to the real thing. An instructor from the British Association of Snowsports Instructors (BASI) said: “The new surface will require people to learn the correct technique, which will help them be better skiers and snowboarders in the mountains”. BASI also said it is looking forward to skiing on the main slope when that is completed; suggesting it could be one of the fastest slopes in the UK for its size. At the bottom of the slope is a shop which offers boot fitting and equipment servicing. Having correctly fitting boots is essential for a pain-free holiday, and to get the best performance out of your skiing/ snowboarding. The vast selection of technical clothing will ensure you stay dry, warm and comfortable on the slopes. For more details, call Chas, manager at Tallington Lakes Activities, on 01778 381154.

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ACTIVE SPORT Active Rutland Community Sports Awards winners, reader challenges, plus how local teams are faring

And the winner is... Who knows? Martin Johnson reckons in rugby it’s all down to the referee’s guesswork anyway


was reading through a list of great unsolved mysteries the other day, which included the usual suspects of Lord Lucan, Jack the Ripper and the Bermuda Triangle. It did, though, strike me that there were two glaring omissions. Namely, Donald Trump’s hair and the laws of rugby union. In my school, rugby was compulsory and divided into four matches based around ability, labelled A game, B game, C game and D game. I was quickly assigned to the latter, which was invariably 20 or so players a side, and refereed by a short-sighted geography master who had no wish to be there, nor understood anything about the laws. One of the players was the goody two-shoes, who on one occasion made the fatal mistake of picking up the ball, and was instantly buried underneath a mountain of players (from both sides) intent on teaching him what happened to little sneaks who bleated to the headmaster every time the lads convened for a smoke behind the bicycle shed. After a prolonged pummelling, he was finally allowed to peel himself, Tom and Jerry-like, out of the large crater left in the turf, whereupon the ref blew for a penalty. Not against anyone involved in duffing him up, but against him. For – get this – not releasing after a tackle. There’s nothing in rugby which causes more wailing and gnashing of teeth than refereeing decisions. You can see it on most Saturday afternoons down at Welford Road, although I guarantee that no-one in the crowd has the faintest idea when the ref blows his whistle which side he’s about to penalise. Or, when he comes down on one side or the other, why. On all occasions, the difference between the home crowd cheering or booing is entirely down to the way the decision goes. Rugby referees are either impeccable judges of the laws, or complete plonkers in urgent need of a trip to Specsavers. Take soccer. It’s relatively simple to understand, even the offside law, and just about the only thing requiring explanation is why that chap in the blue shirt is rolling around clutching his head after the bloke in the red shirt brushed him lightly on the shoulder. Rugby, though, is a game so complex that the laws which the players don’t understand in the first place change every year. And for every law, of which there are about five thousand, there are at least a dozen interpretations – often depending on whether the ref is from the southern hemisphere, or the north. The key man out there isn’t the captain, or the goal kicker, it’s the chap with the whistle. You can’t miss him, not just because he’s wearing a different coloured jersey, but because he’s the one doing all the shouting. “It’s a ruck!” “It’s a maul!” “Hands away!” “Roll away!”

“Use it!” “Don’t touch it!” and, at every scrum, “Crouch! Touch! Pause! Engage!” Sorry. That was last year. Now it’s “Crouch! Bind! Set.” And next year, it’ll be something else. The only time a player can’t hear the ref shouting is when he’s buried under a pile of bodies, and grateful though he then is when the ref stops play to allow him to resume breathing, the joy of still being alive is slightly diluted when you then realise you’ve handed three points to the opposition for not “rolling away”. The same thing can occur two minutes later, but this time it’s your own side that gets the three points because the bloke who tackled you didn’t let you go quickly enough. The one area in which penalties are not always awarded on how the referee sees it is in the scrum, largely because, like the rest of us, he can’t actually see anything at all. In which case he takes a guess at it, very often dishing out punishment on a rota basis. Any Tom, Dick or Harry could referee a game of rugby without knowing anything about it, and the panel of experts in the television studio analysing their performance would be roughly split 50-50. As was proved during this year’s autumn internationals involving England, first against South Africa, and then against the All Blacks. England won the first match on a decision many wise judges agreed was ludicrous, and they lost the second on a decision those same wise judges agreed was equally ludicrous. And on both occasions, they were made via technology – the television replay – supposedly designed to prevent miscarriages of justice. Against South Africa, with England leading by one point and time already up, a tackle made by Owen Farrell was watched on the big screen by the ref and his video assistant. It looked more like something out of American football, but instead of a penalty to the visitors, and a probable winning kick, the officials decided that Owen – who has what’s know as ‘form’ in this area – was entirely innocent. Then against New Zealand, this time with England trailing by a point, the home team had a potentially match-winning try disallowed – again on TV evidence – for offside. The actual regulations allow for an over-rule only for a ‘clear error’ but after about 23 slow motion replays showing that the guilty party was either not offside at all, or offside by the length of an ingrowing toenail, he was found guilty. A week later, Ireland went on to defeat the mighty All Blacks, and are now considered by many to be favourites for next year’s World Cup. However, if this is because they are the best team, it’s a pretty silly reason for putting your money on them. No: the tournament will actually be decided by a referee.

Martin Johnson has been a sports journalist and author since 1973, writing for the Leicester Mercury, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times. He currently writes columns for The Rugby Paper and The Cricket Paper, and has a book out called ‘Can I Carry Your Bags?’

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Feature /// Challenges

THE HEAT IS ON Simon Davies is about to tackle his final race, the Desert Ultra, to complete his Ice Desert Jungle challenge In two weeks’ time I’ll be flying off to Namibia to take part in the Desert Ultra – a 250km self-sufficient ultra marathon across the ancient Namib Desert. The race will be the final event of my 2018 Ice Desert Jungle challenge after successfully completing both the Ice and Jungle Ultra races earlier this year. I’ve now finished all my long training runs, so for the last two weeks I will be working on a heat acclimatisation programme thanks to the generous support of the sport science team at Loughborough University. As with my training for the Jungle Ultra, I’ve very kindly been given access to the specialised climate chamber at the university to help prepare physiologically and mentally for the intense heat of the Namib. The chamber is basically a temperature controlled sealed room containing a treadmill. The team can set it to match the heat, humidity, and even altitude, of any environment. The Namib is likely to be over 40˚C when I’m there so for my first acclimatisation session we set the temperature of the chamber accordingly. Before the session the team weighed me, and the water bottles that I’m going to be running with, so they can measure my fluid loss during the hour. As soon as I opened the door to the chamber the heat hit me and I started sweating almost immediately. I started off with a fast walk before beginning a gentle jog. I stopped briefly every 10 minutes so the scientists could record my temperature, heart rate and level of perceived exertion.

My body temperature went up by around 0.3˚C every 10 minutes, meaning I was at a dangerously high 39˚C by the end of the session. My heart rate hit 150bpm – which is pretty much my maximum heart rate – even though I was only running at a very steady 9kph. I’d normally need to do a treadmill session at 16-17kph to get my heart rate that high. It’s amazing to see the huge extra stress the heat puts on your body and a stark reminder how important it will be to keep a slow and steady pace while running out in the desert. During the hour long session I also lost 1.8kg

through sweating and only managed to drink 800ml of fluid. While this isn’t an issue for a single hour of training, it will have severe consequences if I don’t force myself to drink at least a couple of litres an hour during the race. I felt the effects of the heat session for the rest of the day and even though I only ran around six kilometres I felt dehydrated and tired. I’m doing another five sessions before I leave so they should hopefully start to get easier and help me be in the best possible condition when I reach the start line in two weeks’ time. If you’d like to find out more about my challenge, or if you’re able donate some money to Rainbows you can do so at https://www. justgiving.com/fundraising/icedesertjungle. Any amount you can spare – no matter how small – will be hugely appreciated. I have covered all the expenses for Ice Desert Jungle myself so every single penny you can spare will go directly to where it’s needed the most.

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MY JOURNEY IN RUNNING Fiona Stevenson recounts going from beginner to ultra marathon runner

70SEVENTY CHALLENGE In his 70th year, Bamboozle Theatre’s Christopher Davies is cycling the Pyrenees, climbing the Three Peaks and running a marathon to raise £70,000 for disabled chidren When my bike was stolen from outside the Curve Theatre in Leicester I didn’t appreciate that the thief was doing me a favour. When I went to FMB Cycles for a replacement there was an ex-display Forme Axe Ridge Pro bike temptingly reduced – and it was light – I mean really light. I shelled out and took it on to the hills round Bradgate. What a difference it made – I got carried away with the possibilities. What if I rode across the Pyrenees, a long-held dream, and raised money for Bamboozle? Exciting! Why stop at cycling – what about running and walking. What if we also did the National Three Peaks – and another dream – run a marathon. I had trained for London once before but got injured just before the event. And what if I did all three of the challenges during my 70th year and raised £70,000 in the process. The 70seventy Challenge was born, thanks to a bike thief. We completed the Pyrenees in September. For me, a considerable challenge was the iconic Col du Tourmalet– a relentless 20km climb not for the faint hearted. I made it, albeit some

considerable time after the others had got to the top and had finished coffee and cake. Then came the 33˚C heat of Spain and 105 miles (a personal best by a stretch) on the last day into Barcelona. Relief. We made it – and had raised £14,000 in the process. Now I have started training for the Three Peaks in May and the marathon on June 22 – the day after my 71st birthday. Next month I will write about how you can join us for the team marathon and tell you about the children and families who are the reason I am taking on this challenge. www.bamboozletheatre.co.uk 0116 255 2065

In May 2016, at the age of 43, I joked with my daughters that I might take part in a halfmarathon. They laughed, but I was determined to prove them wrong. The event was 19 weeks away. I downloaded a coaching 10k app and followed it for seven weeks, building up gradually to being able to run for 6.2 miles. I then started on a 12-week half-marathon training plan. I did the Great Eastern Run in October 2016 in 2:28 hours and had caught the bug. In April 2017 I ran the Brighton Marathon, but this ended badly when I injured my knee after five miles. Undeterred, I returned this year and ran with Doreen from my running club, Stamford Striders. I crossed the finish line with a time of 5:08 minutes. Running has changed my life. I’ve now completed six half-marathons, two marathons, a 30k race and a 50k ultra marathon and next year will take on the London Marathon running for Dementia Revolution. For one year only The Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK have joined forces to become the official charity team of the marathon. Both of these charities are close to my heart. My mum was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s last year. The Alzheimer’s Society has been fantastic giving much needed support and advice. I feel passionately about helping to fund vital research into dementia and find a cure for this devastating illness. https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ FionaStevenson24

ARE YOU TAKING ON A CHALLENGE? It doesn’t matter how large or small it is, we want to hear from you. It could be training for your first 5k starting from scratch, cycling around the world, or anything in

between. Please get in touch so we can feature you on the challenge pages. Email mary@theactivemag.com

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Feature /// Sports awards



Photography: Nico Morgan

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Sports stars from across Rutland have been recognised for their achievements as athletes, coaches, volunteers and clubs at the Active Rutland Community Sports Awards, sponsored by Tarmac. For more information about the awards or to find a sport, activity or club that’s local to you, go to www.activerutland.org.uk


Runner-up Ben Sacker Winner Sam Wensley





5. LANDS’ END YOUNG DISABLED SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR Runner-up Jensen Kendall and Logan Bell Winner Emily Smart

6. THINK DIGITAL PRINT YOUNG VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Runner-up Alice Hannan Winner Mia Cole and Hannah Okoye

7. ACTIVE MAGAZINE VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Runner-up Barbara Crellin Winner Eleanor Bland


9. RUTLAND CYCLING SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR Runner-up Val Millward Winner Jessica Nelson


11. INSPIRE2TRI CIC COACH OF THE YEAR Runner-up Kerry Gardner Winner Samantha Griffin

12. GREETHAM VALLEY TEAM OF THE YEAR Runner-up Oakham Rugby Club U14 and The Mighty Ospreys Winner Rutland Panthers Petanque


14. ANGLIAN WATER ACTIVE LIFESTYLE AWARD Runner-up Trevor Wise Winner David Stokes

15. RUTLAND RADIO CLUB OF THE YEAR Runner-up Rutland Youth Dance Academy Winner Greetham Valley Golf Club


Runner-up Roger Canham Winner Giles Cooper

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Roundup RUGBY

Local clubs in fine fettle BY JEREMY SMITHSONBESWICK AS WE APPROACH THE halfway point of the season, it’s great to report that there’s a lot of positivity around our local rugby clubs right now. I can’t remember having heard such consistent optimism from the various directors of rugby, managers, coaches and players as I have this month for many a year. Market Harborough, Stoneygate, Stamford, Oundle and Stamford College Old Boys, for example, are all particularly bullish. Harborough’s Richard Bowden told me the feedback from his annual committee meeting is that they’re extremely happy with the state of the club in general. And so they should be, with their firsts equal with Olney at the top of Midlands 2 and, remarkably, having been able to field three senior sides each Saturday for the last six weeks. That’s a spectacular achievement for a club at this level – I know of others several tiers above who struggle to put out a second XV, let alone a third. “Like a jigsaw, it’s all about getting the right pieces in the right places,” he told me. “The firsts have two very good coaches that the players want to turn up and train for. We’ve got an exceptional young skipper of the seconds and James – who runs the thirds – is getting some of us older guys to get out and play again.” Although they were “battered” by Lutterworth in the cup, having decided to give key players a rest, they had three wins from three performances in the league, including a bonus point one against tough-to-beat Bugbrooke by 34-12 with tries from Lawrence Joel, Tim Brown, Fin Clarke (2) and Josh Purnell (2). Bowden tells me there are a few tickets left for their pre-match Christmas lunch on December 8 and all are welcome. Every bit as chipper is Stoneygate’s club captain Cillian Brugha. “We’re undefeated this season and top of the table, so it’s all good news,” he reported – and this on top of promotion last year. In addition to their league performances they had a spectacular friendly win against South Leicester’s second string – a club whose firsts are around 10 tiers above them – by 83-7, and their minis section continues to go from strength to strength with around 150 youngsters every Sunday.

It’s now a tradition that a memorial event for Oakham School’s Ed Farmer, whose family has strong ties to the club, is held on the last Saturday before Christmas. You may recognise his name from recent press coverage – he died of a heart attack after an initiation ceremony at Newcastle University at the tragically young age of 20. Among other attractions on the day there will be an under 25s vs over 25s game, mini fixtures and a food van serving festive fare. It’ll be a great day and there is no admission charge so, if you’re free on December 22 from midday onwards, make a beeline for their ground at Uppingham Community College and start your Christmas celebrations in the best possible fashion. Another club feeling the festive cheer are Stamford College Old Boys who, after quite a few years in the doldrums are “coming on by leaps and bounds,” according to veteran forward Carl Walker. The facts back him up as they are already in the semifinals of one cup competition and the quarter-finals of another and have won their last three games. On what he called a “generally positive note” he highlighted the contributions of number 10 Alex Waycot who “has made a massive difference to our back line” and also put their revival down to the numbers attending training saying: “After everyone showed up the first time we played so much better in the next match, with us all singing off the same hymn sheet and running coherent patterns on the pitch, that we’re now 100% motivated to keep that going.” Stamford have recovered from their recent wobble (three consecutive defeats as reported here last month) and are now back to winning ways. “We went out thinking we’d win easily after our great start to the season and probably suffered from an element of over-confidence,” coach Matt Albinson told me. “But we’ve bounced back and scored more than 100 points in our last two matches.” This included a 10-try haul against Bedford Queens. They currently lie third in the league but as Albinson

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TIGERS TALK Steve Moody looks back over a drab November and hopes for a return to form during a hectic December for Leicester

depth at the club beyond the starry first choice players and as we have mentioned previously in this column, Murphy and his team are trying to fasttrack very young players through to fill the void where a solid core of 25 to 30year old clubmen should have been. Of the youngsters this month, fly-half Tom Hardwick had a good one, and looks like he could provide the most solid cover for George Ford and Matt Toomua.

points out: “When we get our strongest team out we’re one of the best,” possibly thinking of skipper Bruce Parker and his number two Austin Schwarz who have both been injured. He added: “The other sides in contention for promotion will be playing each other over the next few weeks so we hope to improve on that league position.” He was keen to compliment young Ollie Johnson, who he praised for his stand-out performances and described him as “the most genuine number 10 shirt we’ve had for several years,” and also Toby Anderson, a former Colts player who has really stepped up and gone from strength to strength. Oundle complete our happy quintet. Currently third in the Midlands 1 East table after playing at this highest

Elsewhere, it’s good to see flanker Will Evans back on the field after long term injury, and hopefully he can start to make the most of his apparent talent. So November was something of a phoney war for Tigers, but December could be quite the opposite: Bristol, Racing 92 twice, Harlequins and Bath. By the end of that, they will have a much better idea of where they are in the league, and European cup.


It’s been a very odd month for Leicester Tigers, in which they have lost every game. Apart from the especially fanatical, who expect them to win everything and get very angry when they don’t, most supporters have viewed the results with a resigned shrug. The issue has been that while the autumn internationals were on, Tigers were involved in something called the Premiership Rugby Cup, which is a round robin group competition supposedly featuring mostly development players. Except for Worcester, who having already beaten the full Tigers side at Welford Road, turned up with the first team and gave the second string a walloping too. Tigers also lost at home to Sale in a pretty awful Friday night match, and lost to Saracens on their plastic pitch, but put in a very creditable performance despite the defeat. Geordan Murphy did what previous coaches had done to him with this competition and handed the reins over to a junior coach, in Brett Deacon, and so ultimately all that can be surmised from the whole affair was Tigers played some rugby, and lost, but not much was learned. Of more importance was the return of league fixtures, this time away at Gloucester. This is a tough gig at the best of times, let alone when Gloucester appear to actually have a team capable of winning things, as they do now. Added to that was the fact that Tigers had internationals Polota-Nau, Genge, Denton (pictured), Youngs, Ford, Tuilagi, Toomua, May, Holmes and Veainu unavailable through call-ups or injury and, predictably, they took a 36-13 beating. Therein lies the problem with Tigers at the moment. Years of neglect has resulted in very little

level in their history for only the first time last season, they have eight wins out of 10 with the last three on the bounce. Coach Peter Croot believes that “a year into this league they have upped their composure” and developed a good game management strategy that has been a significant contribution to their success. Oakham, although perhaps not quite so buoyant and close to the bottom of their division, are nevertheless playing some attractive rugby and are surely not one of the worst two teams in their league. They will be content this season just to survive while they await their very gifted and talented Colts riding to the rescue in the medium term and I very much enjoyed watching their attacking approach in the narrow home defeat to Belgrave – a tough encounter played in excellent spirit.

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Daniels on the trophy hunt BY DEAN CORNISH IT’S BEEN ALMOST 15 years since Stamford last had a run of note in the FA Trophy, when Billy Jeffrey’s side battled their way to the fifth round. They didn’t quite make Wembley that year, but the old Stamford ‘town ground’ did experience one of its most famous days when Conference side Exeter City visited, and came away with a very late 1-0 win. There’s a chance that history could repeat itself somewhat this year, with Graham Drury’s men well placed for a good run in the Trophy, but less well placed in the league. Stamford have navigated their way through three rounds of the Trophy so far; the highlight being an excellent 1-0 win over Kettering Town in the second qualifying round in early November. Kettering are flying high in the division above but Stamford fought above their weight and came away with a 1-0 win courtesy of Jon Challinor’s first half goal. This puts them into the final qualifying round against Barwell. In the league though, it’s been a different story with no wins since early October, seeing Stamford slip to 12th. Remember, Stamford got to the play-off final last year, and were expected to maybe go one better this year. Recent draws with Lincoln United (2-2), and a heavy defeat at Tadcaster Albion (3-0) show that there is a lot of work to do for the Daniels, who are now 18 points from the top. Stamford have looked to resolve their defensive frailties with the re-signing of last year’s rock at the back, Henry Eze. Recent attacking signing Grant Ryan doesn’t seem to have worked out though, so Drury has gambled again with the recruitment of John Sands who, in spite of his injury record, has a good scoring record at higher level clubs. In the United Counties Premier Division, Harborough Town have slipped to 15th. The Bees lost 2-1 at home to Pinchbeck United, followed by a 1-0 away win at Holbeach. Thankfully their poor run was ended in

mid-November with a home win over Northampton Chenecks, thanks to goals from Daniel Forbes and Harry Henbury. In the UCL Division 1, Blackstones are now eight points off the top of the league as their promotion challenge falters somewhat. They’ve once again had mixed results, with impressive wins over Raunds Town and Long Buckby, interspersed with defeats to Bugbrooke St Michael, and a 4-1 away loss at Harrowby United. Stones are definitely in a better place now than they were a year ago, but inconsistency looks to consign the Lincoln Road side to another year at the same level. In the Peterborough League Premier Division, Stamford Lions’ season has picked up impressively recently. James Sheehan’s men picked up surely the result of the weekend when they mauled league leaders Moulton Horrox 5-0 in their third consecutive win. The win over Moulton was preceded by big wins against Peterborough Polonia (6-0) with Jake Showler bagging four goals, and away at Long Sutton Athletic (4-2). In the same division, Ketton are having a bad time of it, with three consecutive losses. They’re now second bottom after their recent poor form which has included a 6-0 hammering at Holbeach United Reserves, a 3-1 loss away at Tydd FC, and a 4-3 defeat at Netherton. In Division One, Uppingham Town are having a storming season and are looking good for promotion back to the Premier Division. They’re now unbeaten in 11 games, with their last four games all yielding wins for the boys from Tod’s Piece. Their consistency is impressive too, with recent games seeing them win 2-1, 2-1, 2-0, 2-0 against Bretton, Spalding, Wymeswold (Cup) and Whittlesey respectively. In the same division, Stamford Bels are back in midtable after a poor start to the season. Lewis Morley’s side recently beat Crowland 2-0 at home and FC Peterborough 2-0 away. However, they also lost 2-0 to Whittlesey Athletic.

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More wins for Burghley BY JULIA DUNGWORTH

THE BURGHLEY PONY CLUB has had yet another fantastic month. It all started with the Hunter Trial at the end of October, which unfortunately seemed to coincide perfectly with the arrival of winter – the club literally couldn’t have picked a more hideous day as it rained constantly throughout. This didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of all the competitors over the six classes, with hundreds of rounds jumped. It started with a win for Jo Meibe and Nikki Webb in the 80cm pairs, then a Cottesmore win for Florence Ashmore in the PC 80 section and Sophie Coles in the non-PC 80. The very successful Louise Boddily won the PC 90; she also took the prize for the Best Burghley rider and was seventh in the same section on another ride. The non-PC section as usual attracted a lot of local eventers and was won by the popular local international eventer Kerry Varley. The Intermediate saw another Burghley win for George Rowley. It was then a super-quick turnaround for everyone to head to Grange Farm Leisure that evening for the Pony Club Diamond Ball to raise funds for their new water jump. What an evening they had! Everyone was beautifully dressed and lots of fun was had, and they raised an astounding £6,500 with the help of their very generous sponsors and locals who donated fabulous prizes for the auction and raffle. Greta Mason just topped the weekend off again for Burghley by being selected on the British Equestrian Federation’s Young Professional programme for eventing, so many congratulations to her on such an achievement. If you want to be part of the action, the next big event is the Christmas Show at Laughton Manor on December

22 which is bound to be tinsel-tasticly fabulous, so do go and join them! Rutland Riding Club held another successful dressage competition at Grange Farm at Wittering on November 19, with more than 50 entries in the six classes.These competitions are growing in popularity mainly due to the brilliant organisation on the day. The club runs one every month throughout the winter and they are definitely worth attending. The prelim 13 saw a local victory for Kyra Wright on Sun King, with Kelly Davies hot on her heels with Minnie for second spot. The Novice 28 was won by local competitor Emily Lumb on Donna Melissa with Kelly Davies again taking second spot. Lauren Dolby won the Novice 23 on Alvescot Magestic; she also was placed second in the last class ‘pick your own test’, just behind Pippa Owen riding Claude Debussy. Now the eventing season has well and truly finished for the year, hunting has yet again taken over and is proving to be as popular as ever. The Cottesmore are having a cracking season under the expert guidance of Andrew Osborne MFH in his last season. The Belvoir and the Fitzwilliam have both had early run ins with a few people being less supportive, but again seem to be going great guns now. The Belvoir have just released their Autumn Hunting Tumblers’ Report, which I urge you to read if you ever get the chance! They have had a few mishaps, namely David Bellamy MFH having a frightening fall, which resulted in David under a gate with his horse on top of him. Fortunately, it only resulted in a broken wrist. As David had a new gate to pay for and he was injured he is kindly being let off his Tumblers money.


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