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Have you got the stamina for a distance challenge? Will’s Walk Bulwick and Blatherwycke

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SEE THE BIGGER PICTURE. THE NEW MORE SPACIOUS MINI COUNTRYMAN. When was the last time you allowed yourself to truly roam free? We’re talking no plans, no maps – no worries. With bags of space, new technology and versatile enough for families to explorers, venture down the path less trodden when you discover the new more spacious MINI Countryman. Register your interest today at www.sycamoremini.co.uk to be first to see the bigger picture. Sycamore (Peterborough) Ltd. Papyrus Road, Werrington Peterborough PE4 5HW Tel: 01733 707074 www.sycamoremini.co.uk Official Fuel Economy Figures for the new MINI Countryman range: Urban 32.1–58.9 mpg (8.8–4.8 l/100km). Extra Urban 47.1–68.9 mpg (6.0–4.1 l/100km). Combined 39.8–65.7 mpg (7.1–4.3 l/100km). CO2 Emissions 113-162 g/km. Figures may vary depending on driving style and conditions. 34831_bs198686_Sycamore_5-door_Hatch_Ad_285x220.indd 1

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Editor’s Letter THE BIG NEWS IN SPORT IN THIS REGION IN the last month has been the sacking of Richard Cockerill at Leicester Tigers. Many people I spoke to, especially rugby fans who don’t support Tigers, were amazed that a man with his record should lose his job. But in the age of professionalism, your past record gets you so far, but the current situation counts for far, far more. Like a lot of sport, luck and timing is almost as important as skill and planning. Tigers have waned in the last two or three years, making play-offs and semi-finals by the skin of their teeth rather than powering into finals. But the number of injuries have been ridiculous, and any club, or director of rugby, would have struggled to remain competitive. There were times in the last few seasons where Tigers had 20-25 players out. Can anyone tell me the last time Tigers put out a first choice centre pairing? It must be three years ago, I reckon. But on each occasion they got enough fit to make a late run and rescue the season. The issue with this year is that, especially in the back line, all their stars are injured and out for the long term in a league that is ever more competitive. Who knows how Cockers’ and Aaron Mauger’s differing philosophies on how to play the game would have gelled when Aussie international Matt Toomua picked open a defence with a moment of genius. Or whether Manu Tuilagi smashing holes for front foot ball gave the back row space to play the expansive All Black-type game Mauger wants. And what about the best loosehead in the world, Marcus Ayerza, marmalising front rows for 60 minutes to allow Ellis Genge to come on and cause mayhem in the last quarter? We won’t find out. With more money flooding into rugby, and players and coaches coming in from all over the world to all clubs, Cockers was something of an anachronism – a man who lived and breathed the club he was at, and had done pretty much unbroken for quarter of a century. With him leaving Tigers, one of the last vestiges of the amateur ethos (and by no means am I calling Cockers amateur!), that blood, sweat and tears bond to a club, has gone. And that is a a terrible shame. Enjoy the issue! Steve

Publisher Chris Meadows chris@theactivemag.com Editor Steve Moody steve@theactivemag.com Deputy editor Mary Bremner mary@theactivemag.com Production editor Julian Kirk julian@theactivemag.com Art editor Mark Sommer mark@theactivemag.com Contributors Martin Johnson, William Hetherington, Jeremy Beswick, Julia Dungworth Photographers Nico Morgan, Pip Warters Production assistant Gary Curtis Advertising sales Lisa Withers lisa@theactivemag.com Sarah Stillman sarah@theactivemag.com Amy Roberts amy@theactivemag.com Editorial and Advertising Assistant Kate Maxim kate@theactivemag.com Accounts accounts@theactivemag.com Active magazine, The Grey House, 3 Broad Street, Stamford, PE9 1PG. Tel: 01780 480789

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Contents ACTIVE LIFE 8-9 HOW TO...

Embrace the hygge way of life, and pick Valentine’s flowers

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10 NATURE

Starring a mouse, a duck and snowdrops

14-15 RIVERFORD RECIPE

This month we cook a hearty cassoulet

16-17 GET AWAY FROM IT ALL

Our new travel guide focuses on skiing

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eLCy Clothing founder Lauren Crowe

24 WHAT’S ON

Great things to do locally for all the family

26-29 ZAK ATTACK

We speak to rising cricket talent Zak Chappell

36-44 IN FOR THE LONG RUN

The best local long distance races, and how to train for them

ACTIVE BODY 49 GET IN SHAPE

Essential advice from Function Jigsaw

50 BREAKFAST BOOST

Tasty recipe ideas to kick-start your day

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52-53 THE FINISHING TOUCHES

Tips and products to help you look great

REGULARS 31 KIT BAG

Essential winter sports gear

35 MARTIN JOHNSON COLUMN

The Sunday Times writer on football managers

57 SPORTSMAN’S DINNER

Value to the fore at The Old Buttercross in Oakham

58-59 WILL’S WALKS

We head out to Bulwick and Blatherwycke

61 SCHOOL SPORT

Our focus on the latest achievements from local pupils

62-66 ROUND-UP

How clubs in the area are faring

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Activelife EMBRACE HYGGE, TAKE TO THE SLOPES, FIND OUT WHAT’S ON LOCALLY AND COOK A DELICIOUS HERBY SAUSAGE CASSOULET Edited by Mary Bremner

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HOW TO…

EMBRACE HYGGE Everyone is talking about hygge at the moment. It’s a Danish word that expresses a mood or feeling that comes from taking pleasure from making ordinary everyday things special or beautiful – from a ritual of tea making, lighting a candle with a meal, or snuggling up in front of the fire. Hygge is being aware of the good moments and appreciating them.

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February is the month to embrace hygge and why not combine it with Valentine’s Day? Forget about romantic meals out sat in a restaurant with lots of other couples; light your fire, burn candles, open a bottle of wine and create a romantic atmosphere in your home – be aware of a good moment and embrace it.


Celebrate Valentine’s with

Barnsdale Leisure Club HOW TO…

PICK FLOWERS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY Red roses can be viewed as somewhat trite or unimaginative by some on Valentine’s Day – or, dare I say it, predictable? Embracing the simple things in life, why not pick a different flower? For a new romance choose red and pink tulips as they represent new beginnings. A bunch of bright yellow sunflowers are cheerful, representing happiness, adoration and lasting love. Or what about a succulent? Many ladies buy these for their men. Or a brave man could buy it for his slightly spiky lady – long lasting and easy to care for – the perfect partnership...

Help us spread the love this Valentine’s. Join up as a couple throughout February and pay no joining fee! Single?... Fall in love again with joining fees at just £14 throughout February!

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THE MOUSE With a high breeding rate the mouse is a common, if not always welcome, sight in the UK. This small rodent with a pointed snout, small rounded ears and a scaley tail is known to invade homes for food and shelter. They are the bane of many householders’ lives as they can damage electrical wiring and burrow into kitchen cupboards in search of food. The mouse is mainly nocturnal but is able to adapt to any environment, making it one of the most successful mammals on Earth.

THE TUFTED DUCK The tufted duck is a compact diving duck, smaller than a mallard and usually seen in flocks on the deeper waters of local reservoirs. The male is black with white flanks and a prominent black tuft on the head while the female is brown with paler flanks. They are bottom feeders, taking snails and other invertebrates as well as some water plants. A few pairs breed at Eyebrook Reservoir and Rutland Water with occasional nesting in Exton Park and Fort Henry Ponds. The attractive black ducklings are very buoyant and have difficulty staying under water for the first few days. The female carefully shepherds her young but many are taken by pike and broods of seven or eight may be reduced to three or four within a week. Rutland Water is a site of international importance for the tufted duck. The breeding population of around 20 pairs increases in late summer as large numbers arrive to moult on the lagoons and main water. An impressive 8,141 were counted in September 2015. In 2014, three females carrying blue nasal saddles on their bills, fitted in France, were present. One of these was escorting a brood of five ducklings. Terry Mitcham

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Snowdrops The first welcome sign that spring is on the way is the sight of snowdrops flowering. Usually spotted towards the end of the month, the galanthus (snowdrop) is a small flowering bulb of about 20 species. The bulbs, if left undisturbed, naturalise and spread creating a beautiful carpet of white flowers. Easy to find in churchyards, woodland and under hedgerows.


11+ Testing Information Evening Tuesday 7 March 2017 7.00pm

Parents of Year 5 students are invited to attend an Information Evening on the 11+ testing process. The Headteacher will give a short presentation on the 11+ tests and how to apply for a place at Bourne Grammar School. Drinks will be served after the presentation and there will be an opportunity to collect an information pack, register your child for the test and to ask any questions of the Headteacher and Admissions Staff.

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EUPHORIA FITNESS Holly Skelton opened Euphoria Fitness in Newgate Gallery, Elm Street, Stamford, in early September offering exercise classes and personal training. Holly, who is a level 3 personal trainer, was brought up in Oakham and loves Stamford and the area. Working part-time as well in another

job initially, the business has gone so well that Holly is now running Euphoria Fitness full time. If you hate large gyms, this small intimate gym and studio could be just for you. “I’m delighted with how everything has gone and with the speed that the business has taken off,” said Holly. She offers spinning classes, kettle bells, boxercise and legs, bums and tums classes and is adding more all of the time, as well as personal training. Class sizes are small so you get lots of attention, and everyone is friendly.

Newly refurbished fitness studio in Uppingham Uppingham School Sports Centre has re-opened its fitness studio, including the latest Pulse Fitness equipment and a new 62 station installation, after a refurbishment. The new fitness gear includes the latest equipment such as step mills, a functional training rig, large dual pulley, increased

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dumbbell weight to 50kg, a watt bike and the latest range of cardio and resistance equipment as well as much more. The new internet-ready cardio equipment consoles have touch screen technology to visually enhance your workout, including features such as a street view running

Holly is inspiring and encouraging and makes the classes great fun. For early birds there are classes at 6am twice a week and other classes throughout the day and evening. You can book classes at https://euphoriafitness. ptminder.com or give Holly a call on 07713 986403. You can also follow Euphoria Fitness on Facebook.

programme, with links to mainstream fitness apps such as Fitbit and MyFitnessPal, helping to record activity every step of the way. Fitness manager Andrew Merrell said: “The new equipment has revolutionised the way we are able to offer both traditional instruction and functional training to our members, as well as increasing the provision for our personal training team to provide services to suit individuals who both want to be motivated or are looking for specialist conditioning to develop performance.” The new equipment and other improvements have also enabled USSC to be awarded IFI accreditation, recognising the centre’s commitment to provide accessible facilities and equipment. It is only the second venue in Leicestershire and the third in the East Midlands to receive the award. There are various membership opportunities for the local community to make use of the centre and the fitness studio now has specific sessions available to a younger audience to develop their fitness knowledge. To view the new equipment at USSC follow them on Twitter or Instagram (@_ussc) and for further information, to arrange a tour or to become a member at USSC, visit www.sportscentre.uppingham.co.uk, contact the reception team on 01572 820833 or email ussc@uppingham.co.uk.


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HERBY SAUSAGE CASSOULET WITH MIXED SALAD INGREDIENTS

1 pack pork and herb sausages 1 celery stick 1 carrot 1 onion 3 garlic cloves 1 bay leaf Salt and pepper 200g kale 15g thyme – use 5 sprigs 30g parsley 100ml red wine 1 tbsp tomato puree 1 vegetable stock cube 1 tin haricot beans 1 pack bread rolls 50mg mixed salad leaves 1 lemon Olive oil

METHOD

Preheat your oven to 220C/gas 7. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan. When hot, add the sausages and fry for 5-6 minutes, turning them now and then until browned. Transfer to a baking dish.

3-4 minutes, stirring frequently until the vegetables have softened slightly but are not coloured. Wash the kale. Strip the leaves from the stalks. Discard the stalks and roughly shred the leaves.

Strip the leaves from three thyme sprigs and set aside. Wash the parsley and shake dry. Roughly chop the leaves.

Add the garlic, red wine and tomato puree to the pan. Crumble in the stock cube. Turn up the heat and cook for a further 1-2 minutes to reduce the wine.

Cover with 500ml of water. Drain and rinse the haricot beans and stir them into the pan with the kale, half the chopped parsley and two whole thyme sprigs. Pour it all into the dish with the sausages. Gently stir then bake for 15-20 minutes.

Wash and finely dice the celery and carrot. Peel and dice the onion. Peel and finely chop, or grate, the garlic cloves.

Heat 2 tbsp oil in the same frying pan used to cook the sausages. Add the celery, carrot, onion and bay leaf. Season and cook over a low heat for

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Tear the bread into chunks. In a bowl, coat them in 2 tbsp oil and salt and pepper to season. .

After 15-20 minutes scatter the bread over the dish and return it to the oven for 5-10 minutes until the sausages are cooked and the bread is golden.

Divide the cassoulet between two bowls. Scatter over the thyme leaves and any leftover parsley. Serve with the salad.

Wash and drain the salad leaves, add a squeeze of lemon juice, a drizzle of olive oil and seasoning to taste.

Tip: Cooking the sausages at the start will leave the caramelised juices in the frying pan that will give extra flavour to the vegetables as they cook in the same pan.

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TRAVEL

THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER FEBRUARY IS THE PEAK of the ski season and, when it comes to skiing, the world really is your oyster. Europe’s ski resorts are knee deep in snow right now so there is plenty of choice. But what about going further afield to places less well known for alpine sport? Japan is the place to go for deep, dry powder snow. Skiing and snowboarding in Japan is world class and we don’t know of anyone who has gone once who hasn’t made a return trip. With 500 ski resorts to choose from there really is a huge choice. Skiing can be an expensive holiday but if you search around there are still plenty of deals available in Europe at less than £400 per head. The country or area you go to is entirely up to you and your budget. There are the smart Swiss and French resorts, the duty free Andorran ones, Canada and the USA, or the up and coming Eastern European resorts in Slovakia and Bulgaria. Just remember the higher the resort the better the chance of guaranteeing good snow.

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WHAT TO TAKE ● Good quality thermals – obviously it can be very cold. ● Suntan lotion – the sun is strong due to the high altitude and reflection off the snow. Goggle-shaped suntan lines are definitely not a good look so take a high factor. ● Deep Heat – gel that gives relief from muscular aches and pains as you are bound to experience a few.

USEFUL WEBSITES INCLUDING LOCAL TRAVEL AGENTS www.differentsnow.com www.igluski.com ● www.skiworld.co.uk ● www.stamfordindependenttravel.co.uk ● www.freewaytravel.co.uk ● ●


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THE GOING GETS TOUGH

Jess Lamb updates us on how the 321 Challengers are getting on with training in the depths of winter... I can’t sugar coat it. A lot of January was tough. A long, cold, wet, painful slog through the darkest of winter months that felt at times like it was never going to end. Now we’ve started 2017, the 321 Marathon Challenge (to run three marathons in three different countries in three months, starting in early April) is looming closer. The pressure is on and our time has been at an absolute premium over the last four weeks, which has presented some significant, unwanted challenges. The three of us only managed seven or eight decent runs throughout December due to work commitments, illness and life in general, and definitely spent too much time over-indulging. Trying to organise training around three busy schedules this month has often been harder than

the runs themselves. I’ve been on a three-week work trip to the US, James has been revising for exams and Alex – well, actually Alex has mainly been jetting off on ski holidays! For all you runners out there trying to stay keen over the winter, our team top tip is definitely don’t under-estimate the importance of a good pre-run warm up and a thorough post-run stretch. I have constant problems with runner’s knee (inflammation of the cartilage underneath the knee cap) and find that even a quick five minutes of muscle exercises and some stretching helps enormously, particularly in cold weather when it’s taking that much longer for your body to get warm. However, marathon training isn’t just about the running (yes, really) and we have at least been more successful in shaping up in other ways. All of us have started cutting back on alcohol and are trying to eat more healthily. Alex has been doing some experimenting with kale smoothies, but all I can say is that there’s no apparent way to make them not taste like dishwater. We are also hitting the gym and the hockey field for a bit of cross training. It’s amazing the impact that changes like these can have, not just on your body but your whole mindset, and we are all feeling much more healthy and positive. I asked the boys for some buzzwords to describe how they feel as we enter February – James is pumped, Alex is excited and I’m actually more than a little nervous, but the boys are doing a great job of keeping me upbeat. April 2 and the Rome Marathon is starting to loom upon the horizon, so the next eight weeks for us are now about getting deadly serious, getting our long runs and races in and hitting the peak of physical fitness by mid-March.

The frosty mornings that marked the beginning of the year have proved the ideal training ground for Thorpe Hall Hospice nurses Sylvia Reid and Catherine Cole as they prepare for the adventure of a lifetime in Iceland this August. The pair have braved the sub-zero temperatures to tramp around Rutland Water and march around Ferry Meadows as they prepare for a five-day trek across inhospitable glaciers and lava fields. Senior nurse Sylvia and registered nurse Catherine have signed up to tackle the Iceland Lava Trek to raise money for the Sue Ryder hospice where they both work in Peterborough. The nurses will be facing tough conditions and long days – with up to 11 hours of walking at a time. “Training for that type of terrain around here isn’t easy,” admits Sylvia, “but with a goal to aim for we’ve been heading out to Rutland Water and upping the distances we’re walking.” Working around shifts, families and training, the two have also been fundraising – their target is £2,450 each. Bucket collections at supermarkets and donations in lieu of Christmas gifts have so far netted them more than £600 each. They have another collection at Tesco in Market Deeping booked for April 11 and they’re organising a car boot sale for March. www.charitychallenge.com/expedition/2553/ Sue-Ryder-Icelandice-Lava-Trek

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A day in the life of

LAUREN CROWE OWNER OF ELCY CLOTHING

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’ve always loved making clothes; my mum and grandmother were both keen seamstresses so I learnt a lot from them. I studied fashion at university in Leeds and, when showing my final collection, was chosen by ASOS Marketplace to put my clothes on their website. The website had just started so it was great to be picked by them. After uni, as well as having my stuff on ASOS, I became a stylist working for online companies and Reiss. I learnt a lot from the photographers I worked with, how to light a picture correctly, and what looks good. I was still making clothes but have always loved lingerie so started to make my own. My sister is a fashion blogger and asked me to make a bra, which she loved. I decided to put it on Instagram and everyone commented on it, wanting to buy it so the seed was sown. In 2013 I decided to go freelance so I could work on my designs and went travelling for three months which gave me time to think about my new business. I came back raring to go. I set up and designed my website and eLCy Clothing was born, a handmade intimates brand specialising in lace triangle bralettes for the bedroom and beach. The name is obviously my initials. I came up with it very quickly when ASOS wanted my designs and have stuck with it ever since. I work from home in a room in my parents’ house with an overlocker and two sewing machines. My sister and father also work from home so there is always someone to talk to. I make everything myself but have recently got two seamstresses helping me as well – they both work remotely. I’m a bit of a perfectionist so found it difficult to find someone with my high standards but these two ladies are just right. I love lace and if I find something I like I will buy it and use it until it runs out. This is why a lot of my stuff is limited collections. Everything is made by hand so a customer can ask for a specific size or for me to line the bralettes so they can wear them as outer wear as well. This is very popular during festival season. It’s amazing how my business has taken off. I sell clothing all over the world – more than 50% of my products go overseas to places such as Australia, Estonia, Iceland and Hawaii. I even sell to the Lebanon and Israel. I take all of my photos myself and use me as a model as it’s so much easier, quicker and cheaper. I use my sister’s bedroom as a studio and put the camera on a timer. It means I can take pictures every day and post them online. This is what keeps customers interested –

different photos daily. I also send stuff to other bloggers who will photograph it and post it online. Jewellery companies and beauty product firms do the same for me. I still love travelling and went back to Thailand earlier this year. I found some great locations to photograph my lingerie and bikinis, which I also design, but I outsource the manufacture. I am off to South Africa shortly and will have a suitcase full of my designs. I can make a lot of items a day but when I’m very busy with lots of orders, like Christmas and Black Friday, I will work until 2am until all the orders are done. This can be quite frantic but I love doing it and I know there will be an end to the mad hours. Christmas and Valentine’s Day are always a bit difficult as I have lot of orders from men who don’t really know their partner’s size. I get lots of ‘oh she’s a similar size to you,’ so I have to use a bit of guesswork. On a normal day when I’m not flat out I will get up in the morning and have a cup of tea whilst checking my emails for messages and orders that have come in. I will then take some nice photos and post them online before making any orders that are waiting. I have to get to the post office before it shuts as I post all my orders – sometimes this can be expensive as they go

worldwide. After that I will usually have a coffee in town before heading home. In the evening, if I don’t have more orders to do, I will work on social media. I have a lot of customers who message me with pictures of themselves wearing my designs which I then post online. Many of them will chat to me about what they are up to which is nice. I have well over 50,000 followers on Instagram now from all over the world so it means my designs are being seen by a lot of people. Many of them like the fact that they can talk to the person who has actually made what they have bought. Social media has opened up a big community worldwide which is ideal for me and my business. My designs are all in neutral colours or black, I don’t like bright colours. I like my underwear to be comfortable and pretty so I really design for myself and my body shape. Luckily people like it and love what they buy. I wanted to work for myself with a job where I could travel. Luckily I seem to have managed to do that as I can work from anywhere, as long as I have someone posting my orders – thanks Mum. I‘m very lucky. www.elcyclothing.com

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■ Explore Rutland Water Nature Reserve on one of the wild walks on Sunday, February 12. A relaxed introduction to some of the wildlife, suitable for all the family. Meet at the Anglian Water Birdwatching Centre. www.rutlandwater.org.uk ■ The Cottesmore hunt point-to-point is being held at Garthorpe on February 26. Wrap up warm, grab some friends and enjoy some racing. www.garthorpe.com

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■ It’s snowdrop week at Easton Walled Gardens between February 11-19. When you visit make sure you view the prize-winning photographs that are being exhibited from the 2016 photographic competition. www.visiteaston.co.uk

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Active: How have you found the step up to first class cricket? Zak: “The step up was always going to be a big one, but like anything when you’re in the mix of it, you adapt and raise your standards. It’s not always easy as some aspects are demanding day in, day out, but for me it’s about finding a way to reach your own goals in each phase and keep improving as a team and as a player.” Active: What are the key differences between that and high level, or minor counties, cricket? Zak: “As you go up the ranks one thing I noticed was the difference in the mental aspect of the game. Whether that’s plans to each batsman/bowler or simply taking accountability as a player and challenging yourself in training. I’m a firm believer in putting yourself in uncomfortable situations to grow and that’s one of the best ways to flourish as a player, but most importantly as a team. I believe that discipline and professionalism distinguishes lower and higher level sports. It’s the small things you don’t want to do like stretch for an hour after a day’s play that are really important as you climb higher and higher in your career.”

focusing on playing the full year injury-free, making a positive impact on the team performances to help contribute to some wins.”

Active: How influential was school and local club cricket on your development? Zak: “I think more than anything your early years are very important. Having the right people around you to support you along the way has given me the determination to succeed. Stamford Town CC played a key role in my development; I played all my youth cricket there up to 15. Stamford School cricket was always fun and it was where I met my mentor, Dean Headley, who has helped keep me on the straight and narrow throughout my early days through to where I am now.” Active: Do you see yourself developing more as a batter, bowler or all-rounder? Zak: “I enjoy all three dimensions of cricket, luckily that’s a good thing as every aspect is key for the game. Gone are the days of being a batter or a bowler, you need to excel at all three. That said, bowling is my strength and the area I’m most looking forward in the coming season.” Active: What is your favourite form of cricket at county level (T20, one-day, four-day)? Zak: “Every format has its own perks, but for me T20 cricket is great fun; you get the adrenaline rush from the big crowds. I’m hoping to play more this season with the Foxes.” Active: Do you think a Big Bash-style league would be good for English cricket? Zak: “I think it would be brilliant for cricket in England as it offers a shorter format in a bigger competition. Everyone is so busy these days and this form of the game doesn’t take up too much time, making it more accessible for families. I’ve also learnt that children take inspiration from exciting games and T20 certainly gives that to cricket.”

Active: How do you think Leicestershire will fare this year? Zak: “Last year we were second in the league right up until the last couple of games. However, we think we’ve found a formula that works and we’re hoping to make bigger in-roads this year – title hopes are very much on the agenda.”

Active: Who have been the biggest influences on you? Zak: “As I said earlier, Dean Headley has offered me a lot of support as a mentor but also someone I can bounce ideas off over a drink, helping me to improve my game. I really appreciate his support, it’s been invaluable to keeping me on the straight and narrow. I realise that most do not get the help of someone who has been there and done it like him.” Active: What has been the best moment of your career so far? Zak: “There have been some great highlights for me so far but the best moment for me would be my championship debut for Leicestershire against Derby where I hit 96 to keep us in the game. I had a great game and dug the team out of what could have been a tricky situation.” What are your goals for this season? Zak: “I tend not to set too many goa ls as it can limit certain things. However, this year I’ll be

Active: What have you been doing in the off-season? Zak: “We had a little break at the end of the season but it wasn’t long before we got stuck into physical training, which has been challenging but good fun. We’re now preparing for our tour to South Africa in February.” Active: What is your role as ambassador for grassroots sport at BGL Group? Zak: “My role is to help promote grassroots sport to younger people in our community. I will be working with local schools and clubs to train children at various levels of ability, promoting the physical, social and mental benefits of sport.” Active: What exciting things have you got coming up as part of your role as ambassador? Zak: “The plan is to give children at local clubs and schools the skills they need for their sport, whilst building the foundations of team work and leadership skills they can take with them throughout their life. My aim is to get more children involved in outdoor activities and sport as early in their childhood as possible. Encouraging children to be more active when they are young will hopefully lead on to them having a similarly healthy lifestyle in adulthood.”

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The madcap world of the football manager Graham Taylor’s death has got Martin Johnson thinking sat next to Graham Taylor once and by the end of the evening had formed the distinct impression that he was perfectly normal. Not only that, but a relaxed, witty individual, whose range of conversation stretched way beyond whether Bloggs was offside or if the queue outside Specsavers was 90 per cent made up of referees. On the other hand, the only real surprise when I heard that a 72- year old football manager had died of a heart attack was that he’d lived that long. Taylor was, by all accounts, every bit the personable companion I found him to be, but when it came to the day job – as everyone who watched that toesquirming “do I not like that” documentary when he was managing England knows – he was as highly strung as all of them. It may well be that all football managers are perfectly normal people until the ref blows his whistle, at which point they turn into creatures who’ve just taken a swig from Dr Jekyll’s test tube. I don’t remember it always being like this. When I first started watching football in the 1950s there was no sign of the manager anywhere near the touchline. The only time, in fact, that anyone got a glimpse of him was behind the bar at the Black Horse, which was his other job, and the only one that caused him – or appeared to – anything remotely resembling stress. However, if Newport v Hartlepool in Division Three (South) is not the best example for demonstrating stress levels, matches don’t come much bigger than World Cup finals. So take a look at an old clip of the England management when Geoff Hurst scored England’s fourth and decisive goal against West Germany. “They think it’s all over!” said the commentator, and agreeing with him was the England trainer Harold Shepherdson, who greeted the goal by vacating the bench and jumping up and down in triumph. At which point the manager, Alf Ramsey, shot him a withering glare, and is alleged to have said: “Sit down Shepherdson. You’re making an exhibition of yourself.” And take Manchester United when George Best, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law were in their pomp. Where was Matt Busby? On the touchline hyperventilating? No. He was up in the stand somewhere, in his sheepskin coat and trilby, thumbing through the programme notes and looking forward to his half-time Bovril. Not any more. I watched Liverpool playing Chelsea earlier this season and the two managers – Jurgen Klopp and Antonio Conte were patrolling their respective technical areas in such a way that

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had they been behaving in a similar fashion in the High Street, the local constabulary would have moved in on suspicion that hallucinatory drugs might be involved. In recent seasons, high profile managers have become so wound up that they’ve resorted to behaviour that is borderline delinquent. In February 2015, the then-Leicester City manager, Nigel Pearson, got involved in a physical confrontation with a Crystal Palace player, firstly appearing to grab him round the throat, then hanging on to the player’s shirt when he tried to get back on to the pitch. The Palace manager that day was Alan Pardew, who 12 months earlier, when in charge of Newcastle United, was fined £100,000 for headbutting an opposition player from Hull City. Pardew also attracted headlines for his habit of breaking into a silly touchline dance when his team scored a goal, which is further evidence that modern day football managership appears to do strange things to the central nervous system. Quite why this should be is not readily apparent, given that, contrary to popular opinion, it’s the only job that offers guaranteed security. If not necessarily with the same employer. You get appointed, make a complete Horlicks of it, and then, with a few million quid in your back pocket to ease the pain, someone else hires you to do the same thing. Eventually, having steered half a dozen clubs to relegation, you retire to a Pacific island with more money than the chairman of Microsoft. The concept of the fourth official is a comparatively modern thing in football, and most people think it’s to undertake the tricky and highly specialised task of holding up an electronic clapperboard telling the crowd how many extra minutes have been added on. However, its real purpose is to have someone handy on the touchline for football managers to complain to. It doesn’t seem to have occurred to any of them that complaining to the fourth official is the world’s most monumental waste of time, second only to the post-match Sky interview. The latter is nothing more than a vehicle to bemoan your bad luck, criticise the ref and claim that you should have at least 12 penalties. One day a manager will turn up for one of these things and say, after a 4-0 defeat: “I got every single tactic wrong and we were lucky it wasn’t double figures.” But I’m not holding my breath.  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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Going Long There are lots of superb endurance events in our region. We pick out some great ones to try this year and get advice on how to train and race in them


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What is it? Obstacle course race www.thesufferingrace.co.uk Where? Rockingham Castle/Rockingham Motor Speedway Date/s: March 11 – Rockingham Castle June 24/25 – Rockingham Castle September 23 – Rockingham Motor Speedway Distance: 5km, 10km or 10 miles Cost: £44 single or £110 challenge The Suffering is an action-packed, brutal but fun day in the mud. Run around the magnificent Rockingham Castle or industrial Rockingham Motor Speedway. You’ll crawl through mud, wade through water, and take on crazy obstacles. The truly insane take on the Suffering Legend or Relentless Suffering challenges, while the kids’ course is pretty tough (but safe) too. If you want an idea of how difficult the hardest courses are, The Suffering events are the only races in the world where you can autoqualify for the World, European and UK Championships, plus the OCR community voted the challenge series as their Toughest Event of 2016.

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THE KILWORTH CHALLENGE

What is it? Obstacle course race www.thekilworthchallenge.org Where? North Kilworth Date: May 27-28 Distance: 30-35 miles Cost: £50 per person Held every year over the spring bank holiday weekend, The Kilworth Challenge is all about raising money for disadvantaged children and other local good causes, while having great fun and pitting your wits and energy into finding and tackling each of the 30-odd challenges spread over 30-35 miles and two days. So far, since 1990, the Kilworth Challenge has raised over £1.2 million. Each four person-team has to navigate and problem-solve their way around – this isn’t just a straightforward obstacle race but something that really taxes the mind too.

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DAMBUSTER TRIATHLON

What is it? Triathlon www.pacesetterevents.com/dambustertriathlon.php Where? Rutland Water Date: June 17 Distance: 1.5km swim/42km bike/10km run Cost: £66 (non-BTF £71, 3-athlete relay £76)

the area has to offer, taking in Rutland, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. The long route has almost 5,000 feet of climbing and includes views of Rutland Water, the Vale of Belvoir, Belvoir Castle, Eyebrook Reservoir and the impressive Harringworth Viaduct.

WIN! A CHANCE TO SET UP YOUR OWN CYCLING TEAM!

The swim which takes place in Rutland Water is a straight tried and tested one lap of 1,500m with no real surprises, followed by the harder bike section – 42km around the spectacular undulating Rutland scenery, which is well suited to strong bikers. The 10km run navigates around the lake and across the dam (where the event gets its name) twice, but don’t be deceived by its flatness. The fact that you can see the competition for much of the run means this is a psychologically challenging course.

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We want to know why you think you deserve one of the places. Whether it’s for yourself, or if you’re already a team of five, it doesn’t matter. We’ll pick the five we think warrant a place. Email sportive@theactivemag.com with your name and in up to 200 words tell us why you think you deserve a place. The closing date for entries is March 20. Please note that the competition is aimed at entry-level riders and entrants must be aged over 18. Our standard competition terms and conditions apply and are available at www.theactivemag.com.


MARKET HARBOROUGH FESTIVAL OF CYCLING

What is it? Cycle sportive www.raceharborough.co.uk/cycling Where? Market Harborough Date: April 2 Distance: 50k, 100k and 100 miles Cost: £20-£25 Market Harborough’s excellent Spring Festival of Cycling is an event all about celebrating cycling and promoting its benefits along with being safe and fun. It will be a great way to get out and complete a challenge as a family – whatever your goal there is a distance for you. On offer are a children’s skills workshop, 50km, 100km and new 100-mile cycle sportive.

RUTLAND MARATHON What is it? Full marathon www.therutlandmarathon.co.uk Where? Rutland Water Date: September 17 Distance: 26.2 miles Cost: £40

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SMALLER STEPS Not confident about taking on such a big challenge? Why not start with one of these? WALKING

Get a spring in your step with a long distance walk around Rutland Water. There’s something about the contradiction of Rutland Water, one of the largest man-made reservoirs in Europe, being located in England’s smallest county that only enhances the drama of this setting. For an easy stroll ● Walk out and back from Normanton passing the iconic Normanton Church and stopping mid-point on the dam to enjoy the full effect of the vast expanse of water. Flat and tarmac surface. For a ‘good Sunday walk’ ● Try the loop around Hambleton peninsula – spectacular views and ancient woodlands will help take your mind off the leg burning hills on the northern side of the peninsula. Hilly and dirt track surface. For an all day epic ● Walk the full circuit without Hambleton peninsula (16 miles) or with Hambleton (24 miles) and experience the full beauty of Rutland Water and some of the local villages. If you do decide to take on the full loop don’t forget these top tips...

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● These boots are made for walking. Good, comfortable walking shoes will help stop blisters and make your day far more enjoyable. ● Dress for success. Know the weather forecast for the day and be prepared – the wind in winter can be freezing and the heat of the summer can be draining. A long walk is physical demanding and will be more enjoyable if you are correctly dressed for the elements. ● Stay refreshed. It’s a good idea to take both food and water with you. A good pack-up is a must to keep energy levels up while walking a long way. Avoid chocolate though – it freezes in the winter and melts in the summer, making it hard to eat. ● Be safe. Let someone know where you are going, take a mobile phone and a torch – especially if walking in the winter when the nights draw in fast. ● Treat yourself. A day’s hard effort is worth a treat at the end. Plan to go out for a meal afterwards to avoid slaving in the kitchen when you get home and are tired! A good pub is a great place to recap on the day’s adventure and relax.

PARKRUN

Parkrun is a great starting point. While 5km may seem a long way to some, you can take it at your own pace, whatever that may be. You can use it to build up to a bigger event as part of your

training. With events currently taking place at 439 locations all round the country at 9am on Saturday mornings, there’s no excuse to not give one a try. The best thing is it’s free and open to everyone! You just need to head to the website at www.parkrun.org.uk, register yourself, download a barcode and you’re good to go. For those aged four to 14 there are 2km junior Parkrun events too. Local Parkruns are as follows: ● Rutland Water ● Market Harborough ● Leicester ● Peterborough ● Corby ● Kettering ● Rugby ● Melton Mowbray


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Feature /// Challenge good time to find some like-minded people to train with or even join a club if you haven’t already. “A technique session with a good coach, especially in your weakest discipline, can pay dividends and training consistently is the fastest way to make gains. You don’t necessarily have to do long or super hard sessions, especially if you’re only aiming for shorter distance events but the ‘little and often’ approach is great for gaining and keeping fitness.” www.inspire2tri.com 01572 244224

TRAINING FOR AN ULTRA EVENT

ADVICE ON GOING LONG We ask local experts for their top tips for training and racing. PREPARE PROPERLY

For any long distance challenge it is essential to prepare, because if you just wing it or hope for the best you will eventually get found out. Nicola Blower, MSK podiatrist from www. walkrite.co.uk, sees plenty of people who are in need of help. She said: “There are a number of vital things anyone looking at a long distance challenge should be clear on before they start out. “You must research the logistics and reality of your chosen event. Have a sensible training plan that fits in with your existing commitments and allows extra time for sickness and holidays. “Then, don’t skimp. Get the correct kit for the task: running shoes for running, walking shoes for walking, and so on. “And if you get injured, see a specialist. Don’t leave it to chance. Fast, effective treatment will get you back on track more quickly. Try to see a specialist in the area that you have a problem with to get the correct treatment from the start.” www.walkrite.co.uk 07977 469861

CONSISTENCY IS IMPORTANT

Fitzwilliam Hospital physiotherapist Emma Cranfield says the most important thing is that you are able to stick to your training schedule consistently. She added: “Making your schedule realistic so

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that it becomes a weekly routine is vital. If this means scheduling a commute session to work, training with friends or attending a running club that motivates you to do your routine week in and out, consider what will work best for you. Also, it is really important to plan the necessary recovery into your schedule. “Without recovery the body becomes overloaded and injury occurs, once injury hits the consistency will reduce. If you feel pain while running always stop. Rest, ice and let it settle, if it does not resolve seek advice from a chartered physiotherapist.” www.fitzwilliamhospital.co.uk 01733 842304

HOW TO START TRI-TRAINING

If you’re looking to start a triathlon training programme, Mary Hardwick, BTF level 3 coach from Inspire2tri CIC, says: “Take a look at www. gotri.org. GO TRI is a fun way to access triathlons for the first time. You can find swim, cycle or run training sessions or take part in your very first triathlon event. “Both GO TRI training and events are available locally, reasonably priced, with manageable distances, which have been purpose-designed for beginners. There’s advice and guides to help you on your journey. “As you’re beginning to improve and look towards slightly longer events this may be a

Sport therapist Mike Gould has a number of tips for training for an ultra event: “Foam rolling every day will keep the muscles loose and after every training run. And you must do a proper cool down and stretching of the main muscles used (hamstrings, calves and quads, and groin if it’s off road). “It’s a marathon not a sprint, and if planned properly you should be able to increase the training distances steadily and regularly. Above all, be patient. “Proper nutrition is vital too. Fuel your body right from the beginning, ultra athletes need more carbohydrates than a normal athlete, but do not ignore protein and fats as they are also important. “If you are injured, see a specialist. I also recommend regular maintenance and massage to help prevent injury and keep your muscles healthy.” www.mikegouldsportstherapy.co.uk 07934 788766

BE SPECIFIC - HAVE A GOAL FOR EACH TRAINING SESSION

“Slow means slow”, says Emma Cranfield, Fitzwilliam Hospital physiotherapist. “Save speed work for speed sessions. “Most schedules have one weekly long slow run but it’s easy to be tempted to run this more quickly. This isn’t really the idea. The long run gives you time on your feet and helps you prepare for running for hours during the marathon. Doing long runs quickly also risks picking up an injury and will probably be detrimental to other training sessions.” She adds: “You may choose to add intervals within that session, but not to run the whole session as you are in a race. Alongside your long run there needs to be a mix of sessions in the week including anaerobic threshold sessions which will increase your speed (heart rate training is a great way of guiding you to work at this intensity) and a recovery-based run to ensure you are conditioning but not overloading the musculoskeletal structures. “Don’t try and over-compensate for missed sessions or run extra days to make up for it – cramming in extra runs can lead to injury or over-training. Be flexible with your schedule and move things a little to suit you. What’s more important is that you allow enough rest between sessions.”


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THE RUN UP TO RACE DAY

GET MUSCLES MASSAGED

All professional sportsmen and women have a regular, concerted programme of massage, and so should you. Massage specialist Keith Read deals with a lot of athletes. He said: “Looking after your body is essential when training for and taking part in endurance events. You need to keep your body hydrated and fuelled with the use of water, energy drinks and food – this can be energy bars, fruit, fig biscuits – but whatever you use needs to be tried and tested during training sessions and also something that tastes good. Variety helps too. “Once you have finished your training session, stretching and consuming protein within 20 minutes reduces muscle soreness and speeds up the recovery process. Regular massage helps to combat the effects of increased mileage, freeing off tight muscles and increasing flexibility.” www.handson-massage.co.uk 07904 051873

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Medical herbalist Ginny Kemp uses Western Herbal Medicine, which combines modern scientific understanding of plants with traditional medicinal uses to make bespoke medicines from plant extracts for patients to address their specific health issues and to optimise health. She says: “My herb of choice in the build-up to an event would be Siberian ginseng. It has long been used to improve mental and physical performance and to assist the body to counteract and adapt to stress. It also restores and strengthens the body’s immune response, so could be a good addition ahead of a challenge.” www.theherbclinic.co.uk 07736 829755

LISTEN TO YOUR BODY

If you’re getting lots of aches and niggles, feeling run down, on the verge of a cold, struggling to

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sleep or turning into a moody nightmare, you’re probably in need of some rest and recuperation. These are all signs of over-training and need to be listened to. Emma Cranfield, Fitzwilliam Hospital physiotherapist, says: “The greatest sports people are not often those that train the most but recover the quickest. “Adequate rest is as important as running. Your body recovers and strengthens when you rest so make sure your schedule allows enough. If possible have a rest day or recovery session after a long run or speed session and after strength work in the gym. Research has shown muscles can take 48 hours to return to normal strength after a 10km run. With high mileage schedules you often find a steady build up in fatigue making rest even more essential. Try and include some flexibility work in your schedule to stretch out tight, aching muscles too.”

“Tapering is essential to allow your body to recover,” says Emma Cranfield. It gives niggles the chance to settle and helps your muscles ‘refuel’ (they do this by building up glycogen levels which will be depleted by your training). She says: “Don’t be tempted to squeeze in that extra long run to compensate for any you’ve missed –what is done, is done at about 10-14 days pre-race. It’s better to start the race slightly under-trained than to be over-trained or, worse still, injured. “Tapering often does not mean not doing anything though. Often if you stop everything the body goes into hibernation and feels lethargic. A good taper would follow a similar structure to your routine but cutting your volume by about 50%.” Tapering will allow you a little extra time to plan your race day. Shop for your pre-race food, energy bars and recovery drinks (if you use them). Make sure you have your race number and safety pins. Get your running kit clean and laid out ready. If you run with music, sort a motivation playlist and if you have a GPS watch make sure it’s fully charged. Plan how you’ll get there and back and give yourself plenty of time. All this can make race day panic-free and much more enjoyable. Emma adds: “If possible try and run some or all of the marathon route during your training. Knowing the route helps to calm race day nerves and prepares you for what to expect on the day. “If you’ve never raced before then the race day experience can be a bit daunting. Try to find a shorter race that fits in with your schedule (a half marathon is often perfect) and run that with the main aim being to test out kit and experience what a race entails with a race simulation session.”


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Foam rolling is not a new phenomenon, but has recently become one of the most popular forms of soft tissue release (STR) performed by the individual rather than a practitioner. The idea of a foam roller is to replicate the effects of sports massage. There are a number of positive effects of foam rolling and STR, including an increase in mobility, improved flexibility and promotion of recovery. So how and why do they work? Exercise, activity, injury and the rigours of everyday life can cause specific areas of muscle tightness, fascial adhesions and trigger points that restrict mobility and performance. Breaking up these stubborn problem areas by foam rolling will allow soft tissue to operate correctly again by targeting these fascial adhesions and trigger points, improving blood flow and reducing muscle soreness and effects of fatigue. Fascia is the biological fabric that holds us together; a web of fibrous, gluey and wet proteins that hold all the muscles together and separates individual muscle groups. Fascia also has a big role in stability and mobility and is crucial in performance, recovery and is present in our daily life activities such as breathing motions and joint movements. Fascia connects our head to our toes, which is why another name for it you may have come across is ‘connective tissue’. It can be easily explained like a knitted

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ACTIVE BODY

THE FINISHING TOUCHES You’ve done all the hard work in the gym, playing sports and getting fit, so now is the time to reap the benefits and add the finishing touches… Edited by Mary Bremner

SPRING CLEAN YOUR WARDROBE February can be a hard slog – new year resolutions have either gone out of the window (or hopefully become a good habit) so a fitter, healthier you is starting to appear. But it can be a long, miserable, dark month. Take heart though, because spring is just around the corner, so turn your thoughts to detoxing your wardrobe. Pull everything out and be honest – are you really going to wear that designer dress you bought two years ago? It might have been a bargain, but if you don’t wear it, it’s taking up space, was a waste of money and could be sold. Do you really need 10 pairs of jeans?

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The saying goes that if you haven’t worn something for two years you’re probably not going to wear it again, so get rid of it. Sort your clothes into what you want to keep, sell, donate to charity or bin. Designer items can be taken to a dress agency or sold online – www.rebelle.com is a designer second-hand site that gets good results or, of course, there is always eBay. Everything else that isn’t worth selling bag up and take to a charity shop. But don’t just clear out your wardrobe to buy more of the same. Enjoy the space you’ve created and be smarter with your purchases. Expense can be justified on an item if you know you are going to wear it a

lot. A winter coat can be pricey but if it’s worn every day for most of the winter it turns out to be good value for money, particularly if you wear it for years to come. But an expensive dress worn once isn’t, so can you justify the expense of it? Provenance of clothing is becoming more important, as is sustainability. Do you want to buy clothes made in a sweat shop in Bangladesh where the staff are paid pennies a day or would you prefer to buy something that you know has been made from recycled fabric or British wool that has been made and designed in the UK? Buy clothing that makes you feel good as well as look good.


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FLOTATION TREATMENT The Dead Sea is full of minerals and salts that make the body float and the therapeutic benefits of floating in its waters have been well documented and Barnsdale Hall Hotel beauty spa offers a treatment that replicates this sensation. They ship the salts from the Dead Sea and add them to a warm bath so you can experience it for yourself. The treatment claims to offer relief from aches and pain, de-stresses you, helps with insomnia and eases anxiety. I was rather sceptical as I am the world’s worst person at relaxing on demand. I was shown into a darkened room with candles and a large, warm pool; bath is not the right description as it was much larger than that. A quick shower to wash off any lotions and potions and in I hopped. Strongly advised to use the neck pillow, which I did, I lay back and floated. It doesn’t matter if you can’t swim, your body really does become weightless and you float. It’s a fabulous sensation as you have to do absolutely nothing to keep afloat. I lay back looking at the starry lights in the ceiling and thought to myself, ‘this is

going to be a long 30 minutes’. Well I was completely wrong; I didn’t hear the first knock on the door after 30 minutes to say my time was up. And when they knocked again 10 minutes later I was convinced I’d not been in for my allotted time. I don’t know quite what happened but after a few minutes I shut my eyes and felt my body and mind relax. The sensation of being weightless can’t help but soothe you. I could feel all of my limbs relax, aches and pains disappeared and my mind went blank and I must have drifted off, but was unaware that I had. One float simulates four hours of sleep. Make sure you drink the glass of water on offer after the treatment. I felt lightheaded when first getting out of the bath but the water soon sorted that out. Then it was a quick shower to wash the salts off. I really did feel invigorated and relaxed and would recommend this treatment. If a cynic like me can benefit from it, anyone can. I’m definitely going back for more. Flotation therapy £30 for 30 minutes Barnsdale Hall Hotel, Oakham. 01572 771313. www.barnsdalehotel.co.uk

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VALENTINE’S DAY OFFER Aroha Beauty House in Uppingham is offering a Valentine’s Day special which is available throughout February. You can have a rose bath and gel nail file and polish for £35 instead of the usual price of £41. The treatment takes about 90 minutes and is the ultimate in relaxation. The luxury of soaking in a bath full of essential oils and rose petals that has been run for you is out of this world. Lie back, relax, listen to the soothing music and let all your worries disappear. And then have your nails done – another treat.

This is the perfect Valentine’s present, whether you are lucky enough to receive it, or why not treat yourself? Aroha Beauty House, 43 High Street East, Uppingham. 01572 822853.

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ACTIVE LOCAL WALKING AROUND BULWICK AND BLATHERWYCKE, A TOUGH MONTH FOR OAKHAM ON THE RUGBY FIELD, AND WE TRY OUT THE OLD BUTTERCROSS IN OAKHAM

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Feature /// Sportsman's Dinner

The Old Buttercross, Oakham Will and Matt are impressed with the value for money at this out of town eatery Will It’s all been happening on the northern and eastern fringes of Oakham in the last few years. The new bypass has acted as the springboard for a wealth of new ventures, incuding the Old Buttercross pub behind the new Aldi. It’s a purpose built out of town pub which is really a restaurant, which may or may not float your boat but there’s no denying the fact it’s rammed on this mid-week January night. Matt Yes, we counted nearly 50 cars in the car park and with a range of very attractive offers, plenty of child friendly areas and a welcoming staff I’m not surprised. We could take advantage of curry night which will get us a curry with rice or chips and a glass of wine or pint of beer for just £12. It’s hard to cook at home for that price. Will Along with the regular two for one deal (cheapest meal free) from the standard menu perhaps it’s not surprising it’s so popular. But I have to say the service is excellent. And it’s not surprising the pint of Oakham Ales JHB is a decent quaff. Although Grainstore is actually the local brewery, Oakham Ales is based in Peterborough where all the beer is brewed. And yes the curry offer seems almost too good to be

true but, given all the other options on the menu, I think I will wait until my next visit to the Bombay Cottage in Stamford or Red India in Oakham for that particularly eastern delight.

quinoa, cooked in a smoked paprika, tomato and thyme broth. It was served with wholegrain mustard mash and peas and I have to say it was a very good plate of food.

Matt Well I was curious about the lasagne fritters starter (£4.70) and they were sort of what I was expecting. A minced steak ragu bound with pasta and coated with a panko crumb and then fried and served with a garlic mayonnaise. They weren’t unpleasant but I think something is a bit lost in translation.

Will It must have been good, that was finished even more quickly than your average innings in the cricket season. My steak Americano (£17.25) was equally good. It was a 10oz rump topped with bacon, barbecue sauce and melted cheese and the sauce was nice and tangy. It was cooked medium rare as I requested and was served with a grilled tomato, onion rings, chips and rocket.

Will I was very happy with my spicy gumbo croquettes (£4.70). Basmati rice with chilli and red peppers, bound with mozzarella, coated in panko crumb and dusted with cayenne pepper. They did have a little bit of heat but plenty of flavour. They were extremely tasty and a vegetarian option too – how about that? Matt Nothing wrong with the vegetarian option but let’s be honest you have ordered a steak for your main course so you are hardly going without your intake of red meat. And as main courses go I’m glad I chose the smokey lamb stew (£12.95). Pulled leg of lamb with lentils and

Matt We were both too full to want a pudding but no doubt they are up to scratch too. This is a really well run and convenient eatery. It lacks a little charm in terms of location but that’s always the way with new builds on town fringe sites. With well trained staff, good food and some very good deals it’s hard to see why it won’t go from strength to strength as Oakham develops.

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Feature /// Great walks

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Park right next to the church in Bulwick and pick up the footpath which heads north east and you will leave the village immediately. The path traverses the hillside for nearly a mile passing through six fields on the way. You are likely to see a few pheasants and partridges as it’s a big shooting estate and there are signs to warn shooting may be in progress. When you reach what is marked on the OS map as a helicopter landing site the path meets the road on the southern fringe of Blatherwycke. Cross the road and head uphill towards the Keeper’s Cottage. Once you have skirted round the cottage and alarmed the kennels there is a pleasant path through the woodland for half a kilometre and from this point onwards you are likely to see deer at any point on the walk, as the

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hoof marks in the ground will tell you. Once you appear out of the woodland into the open air branch right and stay on the well established track which runs along the south western side of ominously named Hostage Wood. From the bottom of the sinister wood walk across a ploughed field for another half a kilometre or so until you come to a small bridge over the stream, with an isolated barn forwards and to the right. Once you have crossed the bridge turn right past the barn and look for the slightly hidden gateway down in the far right hand corner of this small grass field. At this point of the walk I was more than aware of at least 100 fallow deer lurking in the next field along, and it would be strange if you didn’t see some of these magnificent animals on your way around. Pass through the gateway and start the long plod north west across another field with heavy mud. It’s nearly a kilometre up and downhill until you reach the south west corner of Cadge Wood and with the mud gathering on the boots you will feel every minute of it. Aim for the high seat at the corner of the wood and then hold

your line out into the next field but not too far from the edge of the wood. The next footpath marker in the field boundary is pretty hard to spot so you will need your OS map for this walk. Once you have found the marker though you will be able to see Bulwick down the hill. Head straight across the fields and cross the Blatherwycke road and you will soon find yourself back at the church.


ESSENTIAL INFORMATION Where to park Right next to the church in Bulwick.

Distance and time Four miles/an hour and a half. Highlights Bulwick church and the fallow deer herd. Great exercise.

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Lowlights If possible there is just a bit too much open country on this walk and there are some long treks over muddy fields Refreshments The Queen’s Head in Bulwick.

Difficulty rating Four paws; it feels every yard of the four miles and with heavy mud in the fields it’s hard going; but great exercise. The pooch perspective There’s one well placed stream halfway round and you will have to be careful with the game and the deer.

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Gymnastics for ALL in Peterborough

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This is an opportunity for you to have a relaxed wander around the school and catch a glimpse of what life is like once the register has been called. There is no need to pre-book, but, if you would like to receive a copy of our timetable to ensure that you don’t miss your favourite subject please let us know. For further information please call us on 01572 724778 or email admin@brooke.rutland.sch.uk

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Feature /// School sport

Stamford School rugby call-ups Stamford School is celebrating more representative rugby call ups following the conclusion of the season. James Martin, Zac Godfrey, Mason Coulam, Corey Lewis and Will Cardall (pictured right) have all been selected to represent the Leicester Tigers U18 Academy in the National League. Additionally, first XV captain James Peachey has been selected for the final English Independent Schools Midlands Lambs squad after impressing at the round robin weekend where all four regions take part. Lower VI Tiger Dave Koelman has also recently won his first international cap for Holland U18s.

Kathryn surprised by invite to Olympic training squad Old Oakhamian Kathryn Lane has been named as part of the Tokyo Olympic Hockey Squad. Kathryn, who left Oakham in 2013, is one of 15 new players to join the 33-woman squad that will lead England and Great Britain into the next Olympic cycle. “I genuinely didn’t expect to be selected,” said Kathryn when she returned to Oakham following the news. “I keep pinching myself that hockey is now my full-time job!” She has already begun training with the squad at the home of GB Hockey, Bisham Abbey, near Reading. Although she is moving to be closer to training, she’ll be returning to Leicester every few weeks to play club hockey.

Oakham hockey in semi-finals Oakham’s 1st VI played some outstanding hockey to reach the semi-finals of the National Indoor Hockey Finals at Whitgi School. The semi-final went to penalty strokes aer the game ended 1-1. Despite scoring the first two strokes, Oakham missed the third shot, resulting in a win for Kingston School. A school spokesman said: “Overall, we’re thrilled to make the finals yet again. To be in a national final competition, either indoor or outdoor, for four years running, shows the high level of hockey in play at Oakham.”

Tennis Stateside for former UCC pupil A former student of Uppingham Community College has taken her tennis a step further by winning a scholarship at an American university. Ana Webber is studying at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, having gained a full tennis scholarship. And Tennis at Uppingham continues to thrive with the expansion of Uppingham Community Tennis (UCT), Rutland’s newest tennis club. UCT is based at Uppingham Community College and has four new floodlit hard courts that are available to the public. The club is offering ‘pay and play’ memberships, social tennis and an organised coaching programme via the Rutland Tennis Academy to encourage new and existing players to get involved. UCT will be holding an Open Day on April 2. For information contact Rob Lewin on 01572 823631 or email Lewin_R@ucc.rutland.sch.uk. For coaching details contact Richard Wilson on 07971 457739 or email richard@r2rtennis.co.uk.

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

Rugby

A tough month for Oakham BY JEREMY BESWICK

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anuary and the preceding festive season is a time of the year when local rugby fixtures are sparse, but Oakham’s director of rugby, Andy Williamson, will be feeling his side didn’t quite come up with the right presents or resolutions over the period. First up was fifth-placed Olney at home and, with Oakham lying fourth at that time, a game that was difficult to predict but key to keeping in touch with the top of the table. From the off Olney looked sharp on the break but in the 17th minute Williamson describes how Oakham “produced their best rugby of the match as Callum Crellin, Tom Burton and Henry Hives linked together to create a try for John Mitchell”. Ten minutes later Stee Vukinavanua, on for the injured Dave Hudson, was yellow carded. Olney were unable to take advantage but were given a second chance when, as Vukinavanua was about to return, Jamie Brett also went to the sin bin. It was a different story second time around, as Williamson reports: “This time Oakham were made to pay the price of playing with 14 men as Olney took advantage and scored in the corner, narrowly missing the conversion as the referee blew for half-time at 10-8. “Still a man down Oakham were made to pay again as, with the half only five minutes old, an aimless clearance kick from Oakham landed in the hands of Olney’s pacey winger. Oakham had been warned previously of his pace as he then eluded several tackles before racing clear to score a fine individual try. The conversion was missed but Olney now had the lead at 10-13.” Back to a full complement, Oaks went on

the attack and extended pressure resulted in a penalty which was kicked to touch. The following drive saw Martyn Stimson’s arm emerge from the maul for a try, converted by Crellin, to put Oaks 17-13 ahead. Oaks continued to press, looking to finish their opponents off, but Olney defended stoutly and they had only another three points from the boot of Crellin to show for all their hard work. The next incident of note was to be the turning point of the match as Vukinavanua was deemed to have committed a second yellow card offence by failing to wrap his arms around in the tackle and therefore saw red. Williamson takes up the story: “Oakham knew they had to hold out for the last 10 minutes with 14 men. Despite severe pressure on their defence they looked to have done it but, with five minutes of injury time played, an exhausted Oakham defence finally conceded a try in the corner in the dying seconds. It was a difficult kick from the touchline but to the kicker’s credit and the raucous delight of Olney and their supporters, the conversion sailed through the posts to deny Oakham the win with the last kick of the game.” Full-time score – 20-20. Peterborough were next up – a team sweeping all before them at the top of the league and who had drawn at Oaks’ ground earlier in the season. Peterborough scored an early try and it was soon evident that the recruitment the team had made since their previous encounter earlier in the season had made them a far better side.

The second try for the home side came after 15 minutes and a third was to follow after 30 to put Oakham 17-0 down, which remained the score until half-time. Peterborough then fell foul of the new zero- tolerance of high tackles, seeing a player sin-binned five minutes into the second period and Oakham took advantage; Jamie Brett with a try converted by Crellin but, as Williamson noted: “Peterborough were still dangerous in possession, having a side packed with experienced and skilful players who had played higher level and, one on one, held the advantage over Oakham’s young side.” That was to prove prescient as two quick tries put the hosts further ahead and, in the last stages – with Oakham tiring and Martyn Stimson in the sin-bin – they conceded two more with the final score being 46-7. It was no disgrace to lose that heavily however; Peterborough being a class act these days, as Williamson conceded: “A sobering experience for Oakham beaten by a very, very good side as they were shown where they need to be in terms of pace, power and fitness if they wish to play in the higher leagues. “There were some positives to be taken with stubborn performances from the young props Ewan Cooper and Chris Carr up against ex-national league players, excellent debuts for George Bagshaw and Ceri Jones and a wonderful defensive performance from full back Will Armstrong.” Elsewhere, Stamford lost 36-10 at Belgrave but overcame Market Harborough 25-18 at home in the league and Bruce Parker’s men also progressed into the semi-finals of the Lincs Cup with a very creditable 55-3 win over Sleaford.

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Tigers Talk Following Richard Cockerill’s departure, the Tigers’ regular press conference, now hosted by his interim replacement Aaron Mauger, was a somewhat more sombre affair than we’re used to. I will miss Cockers’ ready wit and relaxed approach to the sessions. Time will tell if the board has made the right decision – Cockers himself obviously didn’t think so, saying “I still believe that I am the right person to lead the team at this present time” – and I don’t think there’s a coach in the world who could lose players of the calibre of Matt Toomua, Telusa Veainu, JP Pietersen and Manu Tuilagi to long-term injury and not see it reflect in results. Toulon wasted no time in showing their appreciation by snapping him up with almost indecent haste. What changes has Mauger made? “Not much,” he said. “There’s already a good structure in place. The challenge is to be ready mentally from minute one of every match, so we’re doing more work on that.” That would seem to be the right priority aer the slow starts they made against Wasps and Racing 92. Owen Williams is leaving to join Gloucester and Mauger admitted they were disappointed. “We wanted to keep him but he leaves with our good wishes. He’s a top guy,” he said. He went on to explain Williams’ decision was about “game time – and the financial implications that brings.” The press seemed to have picked up a rumour from somewhere that George Ford may be in the frame to replace him. Predictably, Mauger wouldn’t be drawn: “As far as I’m aware he’s still under contract at Bath,” was his straight bat of a response but he did go on to say “we’re looking for a quality replacement, not someone content to be number two to Freddie (Burns). We’ll get the best out of Freddie if there’s competition.” He also had some interesting things to say about the new zero-tolerance guidance on high tackles that’s come about as a result of the increasing concern regarding concussion injuries. “If your technique is good and your body height right, it shouldn’t be an issue,” he said. “As long as it’s consistent. The referees need to understand that sometimes you get into a position you can’t get out of and it’s not your fault. If someone bumps into you and you’re not quite ready for the tackle – you haven’t got down yet – is that really going to be a red card?” Mauger was also delighted that Dom Barrow, Will Evans, Graham Kitchener and Peter Betham have all signed new deals in the last month. I sat down with Betham, who professed himself “humbled and blessed” to have been offered the new contract. “This is the right place – it’s a home away from home for me,” said the Kiwi who plays for Australia, and he went on to echo Mauger’s words about mental preparation. “Early on is a big focus for us. The past two games we’ve put pressure on ourselves by not starting well – we can’t start to play in the 60th minute.”

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his column has always tried to focus on the positives for Stamford AFC. The one positive has been the FA Cup run, with league form an afterthought. Unfortunately, with the Hartlepool cup game now a distant memory, there is nowhere to hide the fact that Stamford have been desperately disappointing this season. They’re 16th in the table with a formbook that not even William Hill could predict and the period before Christmas was one of the worst in recent history, with heavy defeats to Kidsgrove, Romulus and Stocksbridge Park Steels, interspersed with a satisfactory 1-1 draw with Sheffield FC. The all-important Christmas period then wasn’t so bad for Graham Drury’s side with a creditable draw away at Rushden & Diamonds on Boxing Day, an entertaining 3-2 win against Rugby Town on December 30, and an unlucky defeat to Spalding at the start of January. Part of the upturn in fortune could be attributed to new signing Courtney Meade, who was ridiculed by Stamford fans for his less than industrious performances the last time he was with the Daniels a few years ago. Meade seems to have found some strength since then and has performed well since rejoining. On the first Saturday of the New Year, Daniels fans may have thought their luck

had turned with an impressive 2-0 away win at Belper. However, somewhat predictably Stamford followed that up with a 4-2 defeat away at Market Drayton, which included conceding three goals in eight minutes. With 15 games to go and 13 points to make up, it’s possible for the Daniels to make the play-offs, but highly unlikely. The best use of the season now would surely be to ensure that a settled squad is created for next season. In the United Counties League it’s been a topsy-turvy period for our local sides. Blackstones’ mini-revival last season under Phil Gadsby is over with the ex-Langtoft man sacked at the start of the New Year. When Gadsby was sacked, they’d only won six games in their previous 24 matches, although to be fair he’d had some bad luck with injuries. Stones have acted quickly to secure former Whittlesey Athletic boss Andy Lodge. He’s taken no time to make an impression at Lincoln Road too, signing ex-Posh player Gareth Jelleyman and then romping to a 4-0 away win at Burton Park Wanderers. Oakham United have also had managerial changes. Hopefully the Tractor Boys can regain some stability in 2017 under new manager Will Moody. He managed to secure his first three points early on with a 3-2 win over Woodford United in his second game in charge. In spite of recent managerial changes,

and players leaving, they’re eighth in the league. In the Peterborough League, Ketton FC have dropped out of the top six in the Premier Division, but still remain the highest placed of our local sides, although the Stamford Lions may take that accolade within the coming weeks. The boys from Pit Lane managed a good win just before Christmas against Deeping Rangers (6-2) but started off the year with a home defeat against Peterborough ICA Sports. The Stamford Lions, meanwhile, have risen to ninth with some scintillating form of late. James Sheehan’s side haven’t conceded a goal in their last three league games with some cracking wins over Sawtry (2-0), Thorney (3-0) and a 5-0 away win at Stilton. Uppingham look set to finish at the bottom of the table. Their form is poor and it’s looked all season like they will struggle. They’ve started 2017 with two separate 5-0 defeats – relegation form indeed. Finally, in Division One the Stamford Bels have had a mixed start to 2017. With caretaker manager Yorkie Bryan at the helm, they won 2-1 away at Peterborough Polonia before losing 6-3 the next week against Oundle Town, who fielded hot-shot Nathan Butler who has scored 10 goals in five games, including an incredible five goals in this fixture. One to watch in the future.

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unting has been making the headlines again over the winter months. The Cottesmore celebrated 350 years of hunting and on December 18 they took their hounds to Roger Weatherby’s Burrough House, just as Viscount Lowther had done all those years ago. They had tremendous support, with 190 mounted and many more out on foot supporting. Joint-master Nick Leeming was in charge of the formidable field for the day; with such large numbers they luckily had an uneventful morning (just a few loose horses) but as they came to change for second horses there were only about 20 people left for the afternoon’s antics. One of the reasons for this was that the Cottesmore also held their annual winter ball, Scarlet Fever, on the same day. To top that, the Cottesmore then held their Christmas lunch the next day for 170 people. The Belvoir held their Boxing Day meet as usual in Grantham town centre. This is never a

BY JULIA DUNGWORTH massive meet for the riders, but the sun shone down and it was a glorious day, which meant the local residents of Grantham and the surrounding area came out in droves to watch; reportedly at least twice as many that have been seen before, which is a huge boost for them as they have suffered a lot of negativity from that area recently. The following Saturday however, Belvoir joint-master Tom Kingston had a great day for the Tumbler’s Club – twice four loose horses overtook him and at one point when he stopped to see what was going on he could see seven loose horses. The Fitzwilliam too had their usual meets in Castor on Boxing Day and in Wansford on January 2. Again both of these meets were fabulously supported, both mounted and on foot, and both were good jumping days. If that wasn’t enough, they even squeezed in a Pony Club meet at Milton Park in-between. The show-jumpers have all been very busy over the winter with their indoor season well and truly underway. Vicky Jolly-Laing has

had a great start to the year with a win in the 1.30m at Vale View on her good horse Baltimore. Vicky has recently taken to training with Michael Whitaker, which she has found tremendously helpful; hopefully it will be the first of many wins over the season. Holly Smith won the 1.40m on Jane Heerbeck’s Carolus K at Keysoe in their big Development Classic Show. She also went on to win the 1.35m open on Quality Old Joker, who you probably more recently saw on your television over Christmas as the joint winner of the Puissance at Olympia. Holly shared her prize with Ireland’s Chris Megahey. Robert Whitaker also featured heavily in the prize giving, although his best result was a second place in a 1.25m. More locally, Dan Delstart had several prize givings to attend including a win in one of the Foxhunter classes, beating local event rider/course builder/commentator Angus Smales into second place riding A Bit Much. Angus was also third in the Newcomers riding ESI Phoenix.

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SPORT, LEISURE, getting fit and staying healthy – Stamford and Rutland is buzzing with people full of energy. Reflecting what’s going on th...

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SPORT, LEISURE, getting fit and staying healthy – Stamford and Rutland is buzzing with people full of energy. Reflecting what’s going on th...