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ISSUE 37 // JULY 2015

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The best 40 Apps for sport, fitness and health

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Editor’s Letter JULIAN KIRK, ACTIVE’S PRODUCTION EDITOR, and I were recently playing in the President’s Cup competition at Burghley Park Golf Club to celebrate its 125th anniversary. We were on Mark James’ team against the club. The great man, European Tour winner and Ryder Cup captain, can rarely have had two such golfing lightweights as team-mates. We were playing against Sue and Paul and, it has to be said, we took a thumping, somehow making it to three holes from the end before having to concede. In truth, it was never that close. Sue and Paul who, shall we say, have more time to play their golf than us two, gave us a lesson in consistency, knocking it unerringly straight and true while we smashed left, right and everywhere in between, and were dead-eyed on the greens while we criss-crossed them like demented spiders. But they were unfailingly polite and friendly even in our worse moments (a four putt by me being by far the worst of the breed), and showed that you can be ruthless and competitive yet extremely well-mannered and great company. It’s a mode of behaviour that seems to have gone out of a lot of sport because of the spurious notion that you have to act like a goggle-eyed, mouth-frothing lunatic to get the best out of yourself and psyche the opposition out, and I’ll admit I have partaken in that behaviour in times past. But the New Zealand cricket team has shown you can play very hard yet in a sportsmanlike way even at the very top level, and I think if we are to encourage people of whatever age to play sport, and encourage people to manage, referee or umpire sport it’s time that a little bit of old-fashioned civility was enforced by clubs, leagues and, most importantly, by the players themselves. I hope you enjoy the magazine, Steve

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Contents NEWS

ISSUE 37 /// JULY 2015

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13 ACTIVE LIFE

Details of Easton Walled Garden’s latest display

16-17 THE ARC

Discovering an idyllic hidden hideaway

18-19 HEALTHY EATING

A tasty recipe from Riverford Organic

20 DAY IN THE LIFE OF...

Stamford town clerk Patricia Stuart-Mogg

23 COOPED UP

How to keep chickens in your garden

25 CYCLING THE WORLD

Update from adventurer James Peach

27 PRESSING MATTERS

We talk to a builder turned cider maker Mike Berry

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33 MARTIN JOHNSON COLUMN The pressure of sports management

34-35 KIT BAG

Essential gear for the sporting summer

FEATURES 26-31 OUT ON THE WATER

Jeremy Beswick tries his hand at caneoing

36-41 GET APPY!

The best apps to help you get more active

42-48 HEALTH AND FITNESS

The latest on looking and feeling great

REGULARS 50 DOG HEALTH

More great advice to make life with your pooch easier

52-53 GREAT WALKS

Will Hetherington samples the Wymondham triangle

55 SPORTSMAN’S DINNER

We try out The Bull and Swan in Stamford

56-59 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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A Grand Gran Fondo!

SPORTOGRAPH

Around 5,000 people cycled the 79-mile closed road Tour of Cambridgeshire route, starting in Peterborough in one of the biggest cycling events seen in the UK. Andrew Williams from the Cwmcarn Paragon club won the men’s race, with Cambridge’s Laura Massey crowned the fastest woman.

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Activelife GREAT THINGS TO DO, PLACES TO SEE, PEOPLE TO MEET // Edited by Mary Bremner

OUT AND ABOUT

It’s sweet pea week Visit Easton Walled Gardens between July 5 and 12 as it’s sweet pea week. You will see the spectacular sight and experience the sweet scent of hundreds of types of sweet pea, all in full bloom, and you can even pick a bunch yourself, or buy seedlings. The garden is open every day during sweet pea week. For details go to www.eastonwalledgardens.co.uk or call 01476 530063. /// J U L Y 2 0 1 5

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Physio for Mobility

Clubs at the Hub... Athletes from the Rutland Athletic Club have been competing in the Leicestershire and Rutland Quad Kids Athletics League at Saffron Lane Stadium this season. All children competed in the 600m, 75m, howler throw and long jump. Quad Kids gives primary school aged children the chance to compete in jumping, throwing, sprinting and middle distance running events. This is the first competition that athletes from Rutland Athletic Club have entered in the past 10 years and since new coaches Alan Wymant and Melissa Hull have taken over the running of the club. The club has grown fantastically, with over 30 members training each week; organisers are seeking volunteers to help cater for the growing numbers. Training takes place on Wednesday evenings during term time from 6:00pm to 7:30pm and is open to children aged 8 years + and adults.

As part of Sport England’s ‘This Girl Can’ campaign, Vale Judo Club are hosting a girl’s and women’s session on Saturday 4th July coached by GB Judoka Nekoda Davis. Nekoda has been increasIf you would like to volunteer or become a member of the club, ingly successful on the interplease contact Melissa Hull on mjhull@live.co.uk or 07564 national stage and is one of 966478. GB’s young hopefuls for the forthcoming Olympics. The Yoga Hedz a yoga class exclusively for teens and young adults sessions are open to all female judoka with BJA, BJC or AJA has arrived in Oakham. Yoga is beneficial for aches and pains, licences and will involve judo back issues, depression and stress. It is safe and effective to games and instruction in suitincrease physical activity without being competitive or overly able techniques. strenuous. • Increase your strength and flexibility. • Develop your ability to balance. • Enjoy deep relaxation techniques and learn how to breathe effectively.

• 11:00am: Registration • 11:30am - 12:30pm: (U12’s) • 1:00pm - 2:30pm: (12+)

Sessions take place on Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am. For more details please contact Yee-Lin Parford on yeelinparford@yogahedz.co.uk or 07765 663912.

For more information or to book, please visit www. valejudoschools.co.uk

• Living with a long term condition or injury? • Hoping to improve your posture or mobility? • Feeling confident to explore local groups? Physiotherapy programmes designed for individuals with movement difficulties or neurological impairments. For more details please visit www.physioformobility. co.uk or alternatively contact Tanya Riddlesdell on 07980 239203 or tanya.riddlesdell@sky.com.

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Oakham Artistic Gymnastic Academy Starting out with just 4 children, Oakham Artistic Gymnastic Academy have recently outgrown their second venue and have now relocated to the Active Rutland Hub at Oakham Enterprise Park in Ashwell. This exciting new move will provide more opportunities for youngsters in Rutland and surrounding areas to take part in this popular sport. Classes are available from Monday to Saturday (excluding Wednesday) for children from crawling age to adults. Monday: • 7:00pm - 8:00pm (adults). Tuesday: • 10:00am - 10:45am (mother and toddler 2 - 3 years). • 11:00am - 11:45am (3 years - school age). • 1:00pm - 1:45pm (3 years - school age). Friday: • 10:00am - 10:45am (mother and toddler walking age - 2 years). • 11:00am - 11:45am (mother and toddler 2 - 3 years). • 1:00pm - 1:45pm (3 years - school age). Saturday: • 9:15am - 10:00am (mother and toddler walking age 3 years). • 10:15am - 11:00am (3 years - school age).

Jem’s Hip Hop has been running for 8 years and has progressed from a single class with 3 children to a local sensation teaching over 1000 students on a regular basis. Jem’s Hip Hop is a dance school specialising in commercial hip hop and street dance styles running weekly classes for children aged 3 years + as well as adult classes in fitness and dance. They offer a full range of training levels from complete beginners to advanced students. Thursday: • 5:00pm - 6:00pm (3 - 6 years). • 6:00pm - 7:00pm (7 - 12 years). • 7:00pm - 8:00pm Adults (18+ years). For more information, please contact Jem on jem@jemshiphop.co.uk or 07590 271752.

6 week cheerleading classes also starting in June. To receive any more information or to book onto any of these classes please get in contact via oakhamgymnastics@ hotmail.co.uk or 07519 093792.

The Rutland Play Touch Rugby League are currently recruiting players and inviting any individuals interested in giving it a try to come along to the Active Rutland Hub on Wednesday from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. If you would like to get involved or require some more information, please get in contact with Ben Eshelby on 07800 967927, beshelby@outlook.com or alternatively visit www.playtouchrugbyleague.co.uk.

FOR MORE DETAILS...

Please visit www.activerutland.org.uk or alternatively contact a member of the Active Rutland Team on activerecreation@rutland.gov.uk or 01572 720936.

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Activelife

LEISURE

THE ARC

Self-catering cabin in idyllic countryside offers cookery workshops and retreats Welcome to The Arc. Tucked away in a hidden spot alongside the River Nene just outside the village of Elton, this self-catered cabin offers a safe haven away from it all. It is furnished from upcycled and recycled furniture and fabrics that reflect the owner’s interior design roots. Owner Lotte, who is also a qualified nutritionist embracing the holistic life, encompasses her lifestyle in the delicious hamper she offers for all guests sourced from local suppliers. The Arc has a fabulously equipped kitchen offering plenty of opportunity to cook delicious food, inspired by Lotte. But The Arc isn’t just about a short break

away from it all. “Now that I have set The Arc up I want to make it available to the local community as well,” says Lotte. “I am going to be offering cookery workshops and well-being retreats and ran my first pop-up diner at the end of June. It had a seasonal theme, mixed in with a bit of Alice and Wonderland. All food is locally produced, we had a fabulous time and I can’t wait to do another one.”  To find out more about The Arc and the workshops and retreats Lotte offers visit www. thearccabin.co.uk or telephone Lotte on 07747 011701.

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OUT AND ABOUT

FIVE THINGS TO DO IN july

n Register for the Thorpe Hall Starlight Hike. It’s back after a year’s gap and takes place on Saturday, August 8, with a new look. There are two routes, a 10km or 5km family challenge, and both routes start and finish at Thorpe Hall so entrants can enjoy walking down the drive as the sun sets. www.sueryder.org/starlighthike/thorpehall n Visit Tolethorpe to see the Stamford Shakespeare Company in action. This year they are performing Henry V and Romeo and Juliet – a magical setting for this play – and Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones. Take a picnic to enjoy the lovely grounds pre-performance or dine in style in Tolethorpe Hall. www.stamfordshakespeare.co.uk n Book tickets for Burghley Film Festival running from July 29 – August 2. There’s something for everyone, with films during the day and evenings. There’s also local bbq food available or bring a picnic. www.burghley.co.uk/filmfestival n It’s Wimbledon fortnight so let Andy Murray’s antics – be they successful or not – inspire you to pick up a racquet and have a go. And, of course, reward yourself with a very large bowl of strawberries and cream afterwards… n Visit the outdoor pool at Bourne. Open daily throughout the summer, the pool at Abbey Lawns is one of a few outdoor pools still open. It’s an ideal place to spend a day during the summer holidays. www.bourneoutdoorswimmingpool.org

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CHORIZO AND SUMMER GREEN PAELLA INGREDIENTS

1 onion 2 garlic cloves 1 red pepper Oil for cooking 2 cooking chorizo 1 vegetable stock cube 1 tomato ¼ dried chilli 75ml white wine 1 tsp smoked paprika Pinch of saffron Salt and pepper 200g calasparra rice 100g summer greens 30g parsley 1 lemon

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Peel and finely dice the onion and crush the garlic cloves. Cut the pepper in half lengthways, remove the seeds and cut into thin slices. Wash the parsley and shake dry. Heat 2tbsp of oil in a pan. Remove the skins from the chorizo and crumble the meat into the pan in rough chunks (1). Fry until starting to colour. Remove from the pan but retain the flavoured oil. Add the onion to the pan and fry gently on a low heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and pepper to the onion. Cook gently for a further 5 minutes until starting to

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soften. While the onions and peppers cook (2), boil a kettle and tip 700ml of water into a measuring jug. Add the stock cube and mix well. Roughly chop the tomato and ¼ of the dried chilli. Add the chopped tomato, chilli, paprika, saffron and white wine to the pan. Simmer for 5 minutes to allow the wine to reduce. Season with salt and pepper. Add the rice, stir once or twice to coat and spread everything as thinly and evenly across the pan as you can. Tip over the stock and leave to simmer for 25 mins. Check the rice every so often to make sure it isn’t drying out too much or burning at the bottom. Add a dash of water if needed but try to avoid excessive stirring or movement. While the rice starts to cook prepare your summer greens. Wash them well and cut the leaves away from the tough central stalk. Discard the stalks and shred leaves very finely. After 25 minutes add the chorizo and summer greens to the pan, pushing them into the rice rather than stirring. Cook for 10 minutes, checking the rice as before. Cover the pan with a lid or some foil and leave to stand for 5 minutes. Finely chop the parsley leaves, cut the lemon into wedges. Add the parsley to the paella and check the seasoning (3). Serve with the lemon wedges.

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A day in the life of

PATRICIA STUARTMOGG

Stamford’s town clerk on civic pride and a town steeped in history

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town clerk is essentially a town council’s chief executive who is primarily responsible for the administration of the council and carrying out its instructions. The town clerk is also responsible for advising the council before it makes a decision and warning it against a course of action which is unlawful. The council comprises 21 elected councillors. As town clerk I am politically neutral and part of my job is to ensure that Stamford’s residents are not affected by any party political bias or interventions. Stamford Town Council is a parish council in which national politics should play no part. Independent councillors are in the majority at the moment so this is less of an issue. Over the last four years being a part of the team overseeing the restoration and renovation of the town hall has brought enormous satisfaction as well as, at times, considerable and predictable frustration. The restoration process continues, with maintenance naturally remaining a key priority. The end result will be a building which the residents of Stamford can feel a proper civic pride in and also, in time, benefit from revenues generated by the use of the town hall as a venue with modern facilities. I cannot over-emphasise the importance of Stamford residents getting to know their ward councillors and discussing local issues, opportunities and problems with them. Town councillors give their time freely to represent their local communities. Often, their local knowledge and experience can stop a minor problem becoming a major one. Stamford Town Council is passionate that as the town is growing we want to keep its uniqueness while not wrapping it up in cotton wool. We have to develop with the times. Stamford is fortunate in having a vibrant, diverse and talented population to assist its elected representatives in achieving worthwhile goals. When Stamford lost its borough status in 1974, much that was under Stamford’s direct control and ownership was surrendered to the new South Kesteven District Council. In recent years the recreation ground has been returned to town council ownership. Since the closure of the museum in Broad Street we’ve moved some of the artefacts to the town hall, where we have charters dating back to Edward IV. I highly recommend anyone who has not visited the town hall to do so. There are very popular free guided tours on Fridays that show its current use and history. You will also see the centuries-old regalia, which is some of 20

‘Stamford is fortunate in having a vibrant, diverse and talented population’ the finest in the country and of which we can all be justly proud. I’m delighted to be the town clerk of a place that has so much history, fine architecture and beautiful, accessible open spaces right in the centre of town, such as the Meadows and the recreation ground. What a lovely place to work. A slice of history From 1701 to 1770 three generations of the Wyche family held the position of town clerk in

Stamford. After the resignation of his father Richard Wyche, John Wyche took office in 1730 and in 1739 bought the recently built Willoughby House – adjacent to Active magazine’s office in Broad Street and now owned and serviced by Phil Mitchell Properties. His son, another John Wyche, took over on the death of his father in 1770 but was later threatened with a penalty of £100 by King George III for failing to send monies collected from the freemen of Stamford to the treasury on time.

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Editor Steve Moody is taking up the good life and keeping chickens. Month two: the chickens are in place, but where are the eggs?

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o, then comes the wait. The chickens are in situ and seemed happy enough, clucking about, but of course the only true measure of contentedness is a steady stream of eggs. All three are fairly young chickens and it takes them a while to settle in. That in itself was a task: we created a nice spot for them in the corner of the garden with plenty of ground to scratch around in and a tree and various other things to play on. Of course, what we didn’t factor in was getting them to work out where their nightly roost was. After the event, we discovered the best course of action is to buy your chickens,

take them home and deposit straight into the coop for the night and shut the door, thus conditioning them to the fact this was their new home. First night, they took a liking to the tree, and so we had to chase them round as they flapped and clucked, Hannah pinning them against the fence with a piece of cardboard before unceremoniously and noisily plonking them in the coop. Despite the fact they may well be the most stupid animals ever invented, they took the hint: from then on, every dusk they marched into the coop like well-drilled soldiers. After about a week of fruitless searching,

we lifted the lid on the coop, and there it was – a perfect little white egg. Held triumphantly aloft by the kids like Indiana Jones finding some long lost relic of the Andes they marched into the kitchen to add it to the waiting rack. The next day, another white one, and a brown one too! Thing is, we didn’t know who was the layer. Simply going on colour, we guessed the eggs matched their feathers. It took weeks to ascertain we were right with that assumption. By then we had gorged on gorgeous fresh eggs – there’s no comparison with any shop bought ones. Yum!  Next month: The chickens attempt to escape!

GARDENING

Time to put your feet up and enjoy the fruits of your labours July can often be the hottest month of the year – here’s hoping – so make the most of it and enjoy sitting out. It’s hard to beat a perfect English summer evening, sitting on your bench, gin and tonic in hand, admiring your handiwork whilst the sun beats down on you. But you need to put in the hours before sitting back and admiring all your hard work. Saying this though, July is often a month of maintenance rather than really hard work as the growing peak has passed.

Keep dead-heading fading blooms to encourage new ones. Keep the weeds under control with regular hoeing and, of course, water, water, water, if it’s dry, particularly newly planted plants and pots. Hopefully your water butt will not run dry so you can use recycled water. If the weather is very dry raise the blades on your lawnmower to allow the grass to grow a little longer. This will help it retain moisture and stay greener. But don’t forget to get the deckchair out and enjoy your garden!

Allotment corner July is the time to reap what you’ve sown. Keep watering and hopefully the long sunny days will encourage rapid growth. Check the allotment daily as certain veg can grow rapidly. Pick your courgettes before they turn into marrows and harvest beans. Limit tomato growth by pinching out the side shoots and keep them well fed. Also, keep an eye out for pests, particularly slugs if it turns wet. Black and white fly are prevalent now so keep them under control.

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Saturday 8 August Walk 10km or 5km for Thorpe Hall Hospice and enjoy music, entertainment and a barbecue To sign up visit www.sueryder.org/starlightlighthike/thorpehall Thorpe Hall Hospice Thorpe Road, Longthorpe Peterborough, PE3 6LW Sue Ryder is a charity registered in England and Wales (1052076) and in Scotland (SC039578).

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CHALLENGE

CYCLING THE WORLD

James Peach is on the adventure of his life – to cycle around the world and raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. This month he’s nearing the home straight

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t’s a funny old world’ was a thought that crossed my mind more than once as I completed my route across central Asia towards the Caspian Sea. The countries I visited, whilst extremely interesting, had their peculiar quirks that you just wouldn’t get anywhere else. Uzbekistan is a beautiful country with rich Silk Road history and stunning architecture, but I was regularly trailed by police for a few hours each day. When I passed a town I’d have to find a hotel and give them a ‘favour’ (bribe) to register me so I could continue camping without any problems. Crossing the vast Uzbek desert to reach the western border with Turkmenistan, I completed the 20,000 kilometre landmark. Celebrations didn’t last long as shortly after stopping to take a few victory photos I ran out of both water and food, as two stops that I had been told about were boarded up. Flagging down a lorry driver I spent the night camped under the desert stars with three tomatoes, a bag of peanuts and some chewing gum for dinner. But nothing could wipe the smile off my face. Things got no less strange in Turkmenistan, and another desert to cross. This country is often compared to North Korea, with a dictatorship that once declared all vodka bottles must use the ruler’s face on the label and days of the week are to be named after his family members.

Having only gained a five-day transit visa the race was on to reach the Caspian Sea where I would attempt to board a container ship to Azerbaijan. So most of the Turkmen experience was pedalling hard and staring at Tarmac. A moment that stands out was visiting the ‘door to hell’, an industrial disaster in the middle of the desert where an oil rig fell through the sand leaving a huge crater. The engineers set alight the remaining gas to burn it off – that was in 1971 and it has been burning ever since. I quickly passed through the extraordinary capital of Ashgabat, a city built of so much gold and marble that when the sun shines it hurts your eyes wherever you look. The city feels quite unwelcoming and police will quickly come running if they see you taking photos. On reaching the coast I was able to negotiate my passage on a vessel carrying dry cargo. I was the only non-crew member on board, and as a

non-Russian speaker was largely ignored. The boat was old and not pleasant and the crew were either stressed, or extremely drunk, depending on the time of day. It took 15 hours for us to leave port and many more were spent anchored at sea waiting for fog or shipping lanes to clear. We finally docked in Baku, Azerbaijan, almost three days later and it was like I had stepped into another world. After a month crossing nothing but wilderness the city of Baku was a huge culture shock. It was so western, so cosmopolitan, so clean. There was even a McDonalds! Cycling across Azerbaijan and Georgia was a delight, both remarkably beautiful places. Pedalling through constant national parks, passing historic forts, roadside restaurants with locals enjoying a beer in the sun, camping in the lush green open fields. They are a cyclist’s paradise. I quickly fell in love and will definitely be returning soon. I remember leaving Baku and hit my first rolling green hills and thought immediately of home, of Rutland. For the first time in over 20,000 kilometres it really felt like I was on my way back. I’ve just entered Turkey and am a mere 1,300km from the gateway to Europe at Istanbul. This truly is the home straight. If you see my mum, tell her to put the kettle on… To follow James visit www.thelifecycle.org which will let you donate to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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EVENTS

What’s on... DISCOVER HIDDEN GEMS The third Welland Valley Wander will be held on Sunday, August 16. It features a new route through Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire finding hidden parts of the area that you never knew existed. Starting at Kilworth House near Lutterworth, stopping off for lunch at Oakham and finishing at Drayton House near Thrapston, it’s sure to be a fabulous day for all classic car owners. The event will again raise funds for LOROS – the Leicestershire and Rutland hospice. www.wellandvalleywander.co.uk BIG LUNCH SUCCESS Sunday, June 7, was Big Lunch Day with many events held across the country. Locally, Corby Glen joined in and raised more than £500. The Market Place was closed to traffic (pictured below) and busy with residents enjoying lunch in the sunshine who then joined in with all the activities on offer.

TACKLE THE WISTOW MAZE To celebrate England hosting the Rugby World Cup this year, and that some of the matches will be held in Leicester, the Wistow Maze has created its labyrinth in the form of a rugby player scoring a try. It opens on Saturday, July 18, and will be open seven days a week until September 6. As well as the maze there are plenty of other things to do, making for a great family day out, reflected in it recently winning Leicestershire’s Best Visitor Attraction. www.wistow.com

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LEISURE

PRESSING MATTERS

Mike Berry has swapped building sites for making award-winning cider Rutland builder Mike Berry bought a property in Thistleton that had a small apple orchard and decided to have a go at making cider to use up the glut. He got a few of his friends together to help build an apple press from a car jack and reclaimed oak and used a fence post to pound the apples. They succeeded in making about 200 litres of cider and a good time was had by all…. Five years later Mike has given up the building work and become a full-time cider maker producing up to 100,000 litres this year. “I source my apples locally, mostly from

Rutland, but have to cross the border into Cambridgeshire to make the numbers up,” said Mike. Fynburys Rutland Cider has grown by word of mouth into a successful business and the brew can be found behind many bars in pubs in this area and much further afield. As well as its original cider Fynburys now makes rhubarb and strawberry cider, mulled spice cider and blackberry and nettle cider. Mike has got so good at cider making that last year he won a gold medal in the Off Licence News International Cider Challenge, competing against 150 other ciders from around the world. His business is going from strength to strength and could be described as a traditional cottage industry done good – and all from a glut of apples in his newly acquired orchard.  To find out more visit www. fynburyscider.co.uk

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Feature /// Canoeing

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Can you canoe? Jeremy Beswick goes in for some adrenalin sport on Rutland Water Photography: Pip Warters

HAVING TRIED THOSE little plastic canoes at seaside resorts a few times, I thought my trip to the Rutland Canoe Club at Whitwell, on the shores of Rutland Water, was going to be a doddle. An inland lake on a calm sunny day, pottering about without a care in the world, a nice gentle piece of exercise without much to trouble the adrenal glands or my limited reserves of courage. Then they put me in a kayak. Now, the best way I can describe the experience is like suddenly finding yourself as a jockey on a frisky thoroughbred in the Grand National when your equine experience to date has been limited to a donkey ride on Margate beach. As I drifted worryingly away from the bank into deeper water, the craft lurched violently from side to side to the point of turning over (or so it seemed to me) and magically resisted any of my attempts to steer. I did, sort of, get the hang of it in the end following some kindly advice – and the friendly folk at the club were generous enough to give me a round of applause from the bank – but I was mighty glad to be within a few feet of the shore. This, I thought, is a much more serious sport than I’d realised. Club chairman James Richardson continued my education: “Capsizing is quite common. If you’re out on the water here it’s often too far to swim to the bank so we practice being underwater and recovering your position in the boat all the time.” Rutland Water itself has its less benign side too. “Beyond the headland you can encounter some pretty strong winds,” he continued. “You suddenly go from something like a pond to the sea. This is not a boring old reservoir.” Fellow member Judi Sheahan added: “This is a brilliant piece of water and can be challenging as conditions are never the same. You can go out in the calm and come back in a storm.” As with all sports where there is an element of

risk, with the tension comes excitement. “The medium of the water itself is the best thing for me,” James added. “You never know what to expect. When the wind’s up you can skid along the top of the waves like a surfer. It’s not unknown to hear the odd ‘yeehah!’ from time to time.” There is a sense of fun as well. “You can creep up on your mate and nudge them so they spin round helplessly,” he laughed. As we spoke, I looked around to see people launching themselves from pontoons a good four feet above the water level and deliberately

turning their canoes over to practice safety routines, and my admiration for this doughty band of like-minded people grew further. It was evident that the benefits in terms of fitness were more than I’d appreciated, too. Vivien Turner is one of many women members. “I broke my back,” she told me. “And my cranial osteopath recommended this, as at the time I had no core strength or muscles. Kayaking uses all of my body. Although women tend not to have such strong arms and broad shoulders, our hip movements are well suited to this – we paddle with our bottom!”

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Neil Juggins is ‘a sort of a founder member’ of the club who took up the sport at the age of 57, which was 23 years ago. I started by asking him if he’d had any near-death experiences. “Oh yes,” he answered casually. “There’s plenty of ‘excitement’ to be had, especially if, like me, you’re not a good swimmer. But it promotes team spirit and we rely on each other. As we self-rescue, we can go on the water even if there are no safety facilities.” Neil is into sea expeditions, as are other club members who have ventured far beyond the limits of Rutland together, to places such as Corsica, Sardinia and the Isle of Skye. Herein lies another dimension to the sport that’s not immediately apparent to the uninitiated – the joy of exploration. Sara Davies is a triathlete who’s been a member for seven years. “For me, there’s nothing as exciting as going off with a kayak on the roof of your car and your camping gear and not knowing what adventures you’re going to have.” Judi agreed: “My first sea trip was to Fingal’s Cave. Just amazing. In the kayaks we were able to get right into the back of the cave – it was like a cathedral. To put the icing on the cake, as we came out there were a couple of otters playing in the water. Accessing places you can only reach this way and seeing familiar things from a different perspective is great”. If you’re enthused by the above, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the club has ample supplies

‘THERE’S NOTHING AS EXCITING AS GOING OFF WITH A KAYAK’ of kayaks and canoes in many different guises for you to try, paddles and, reassuringly for those like me, buoyancy aids in all shapes and sizes. Members range from 10 years old to 80 and from novices to the highly skilled. Sarah Outen learnt to kayak here, but you’re not likely to bump into her at the club for a while – she’s traversing the world by rowing boat, bike and kayak and as I write is to be found in the mid-Atlantic. (To follow her progress and donate to her nominated charities visit www.sarahouten.com). Those remaining meet every Sunday at 9:30am and are usually off the water by noon. Annual subs are an affordable £85 and, as the club states on its website: “We welcome paddlers of all standards, including total novices, so if you’re already a paddler, or you’re looking to try the sport, feel free to get in touch.” To launch yourself into this amazing pastime start with an email to info@rutlandcanoeclub. org.uk. Don’t forget your adrenal glands and reserves of courage though.

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Members are of all ages and abilities; Jeremy Beswick tries his hand; Rutland Water offers a mix of conditions, from mill pond calm to sea-like choppy; the sport encourages teamwork; it is also an excellent way to keep fit

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Guest column

The sensational news that’s in no way sensational Martin Johnson is not surprised by the FIFA corruption scandal ot long after the sensational news broke, I wandered into the golf club bar, all the thirstier for having spent the previous four hours thrashing around in the undergrowth, and the steward said: “Amazing story isn’t it? If there’s been a bigger one in sport this year – no, make that this century – I haven’t heard of it.” “Couldn’t agree more,” I replied. “993 days is a long time between county championships. Good old Leicestershire. I wonder if the players will get some kind of honour, the freedom of the city maybe?” “Eh?” he said. “What are you blathering on about? I’m not talking about cricket, I’m talking about this football scandal. Bribes and such like. You know, backhanders in return for world cups.” I gave him what I hoped was a pitying look, accompanied by a weary shake of the head. “Listen,” I said. “There are at least two men and a dog who would argue that Leicestershire is a far bigger story than FIFA, not least because you can’t really call a story a big one without at least some element of surprise. Like Leicestershire winning at cricket.” The only genuine surprise about the FIFA executive committee flying around the world to inspect the various bids, and being asked whether they’d like to be shown around the building work for the new stadium, or the teams’ hotel accommodation, would have been the chairman replying: “Love to old boy.” As opposed to: “Stadiums? Hotels? Can we get real? Where’s the bloke in charge of organising secret offshore bank accounts? And when it comes to sorting out handbags for our wives, no cheapo stuff. It’s Louis Vuitton, or the tournament goes to Tierra del Fuego.” If there is anything the FIFA revelations tell us, it’s nothing we didn’t know already. Corruption in high places? Let’s face it, wherever sport and big money collide, it doesn’t take long for sleaze to come bubbling to the surface. Take rugby union. Not so long ago, you’d turn up to a game to discover about half a dozen AN Others on the team sheets, and the 60-year old secretary pressed into emergency duty at loose head because no-one had spotted that they were one short when the team bus returned to the motorway after stopping at the services. Then it all changes. You’ve got some chap in a joke shop saying to his assistant: “I wonder why we don’t get much call for the fake blood capsules any more…” and no sooner has he said it than a bloke with a Harlequins badge on his blazer comes in and orders half a dozen. Same with athletics. When Alf Tupper was pulling on his spikes

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in the Victor comic years ago, he’d been up all night welding, and run five miles to the stadium because he couldn’t afford the bus fare. And it was only slightly different in the real world, but now we’re into mega money, it’s one long drugs story and we get to a situation where some athlete breaking a world record doesn’t so much fill us with admiration as suspicion. The most remarkable aspect of the FIFA business is that it was America who ended up exposing a cancer that all those countries with a proper history of playing the game were apparently unable to get to the bottom of. Some say the FBI got involved only to get one over on Putin, with the award of the 2018 tournament to Russia now under investigation. It looks very much now as though the game is up for people such as Jack Warner, who apparently went unsuspected for years despite a lifestyle somewhere between Elton John and the Sultan of Brunei. It now turns out that FIFA coughed up five million euros to keep the Irish FA from taking legal action against the Thierry Henry handball that kept their team out of the 2014 finals, which is the kind of cash FIFA keeps in a biscuit tin compared to the sums being bandied around in connection with Qatar’s 2022 World Cup. “Let’s see now, you want to stage the world cup in a country with no grass, and in temperatures of 50C? Sorry, you really must be joking, and, er, pardon, what’s that? Oh, a luxury apartment in Monte Carlo and a no limit credit card at Harrods? Well, what’s a few deaths amongst stadium workers. Leave it with me...” If there is an amusing side to the saga, it’s the fact that they’ve made a film about themselves, which is right up there in the propaganda stakes alongside those German newsreels of the Fuhrer back in the 1930s. Or the North Korean leader who only played golf once, and got so bored after 18 consecutive holes in one, that he immediately retired. Rumour has it that it is impossible to watch it without blubbing through several boxes of Kleenex, and emerging determined to launch a ‘Blatter is innocent’ campaign. The movie opens with kids playing football, and the accompanying theme is that they’re all running round joyously expressing themselves thanks only to FIFA. And an early line is of the new president of FIFA being told by an old hand: “I warn you. This job will bring you neither glory, nor money.” There’s also a long sequence devoted to the 1950 World Cup in Brazil, when the hosts’ defeat in the final is portrayed as a stain on the beautiful game, perpetrated by their nasty neighbours from Uruguay. Given what we know now, you’d have to assume that poor old Uruguay ended up with the villain’s part not because they’re a bunch of cloggers, but because they forgot to bribe someone.

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Feature /// Gear

Kitbag

The latest kit to keep you active this summer Personalised picnic crate

This lovely personalised apple crate makes a stunning picnic hamper. Not only is there plenty of room for your picnic but by adding a lid you can use the crate as a table or a seat once the picnic is set up. Carrying handles makes it easy to transport and it looks fantastic, in 10 different colours with personalisation on the side. Add wheels, a lid or a hessian liner to make it even more useful. Price £39 From www.notonthehighstreet.com

Telic Z-Strap sandal

Called ‘America’s best recovery shoe’ and winner of the ‘Readers Choice Awards’ for Best Comfort Shoe, Telic is a revolutionary new product with unparalleled comfort. Telic uses body-heat activated, waterproof, feather-light material that is elastic, durable and pillow-so – perfect for long days on your feet or the perfect recovery shoe aer strenuous activities. Price £32.50 From www.getlostinrutland.co.uk

Forme Axe Edge Sport 2.0 LE Compact Carbon Road Bike

Forme’s Axe Edge Sport 2.0 LE proves that a performance carbon bike doesn’t need to cost more than £1,000. With its LDC High Modulus frame and fork combination, combined with excellent geometry, the Axe Edge Sport 2.0 LE is light, responsive and fast. Price £749.99 From www. rutlandcycling.com

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Sevylor Riviera inflatable kayak

This brilliant two man kayak is ideal for both adventuring or relaxing on the water. Made from a lightweight construction, this inflatable kayak also fits into an innovative backpack system for easy transportation. Don’t be fooled by the Sevylor Riviera lightweight feel: it is made from heavy duty PVC with Boston valves, and comes complete with an aluminum paddle. Price £110 From www.neneoutdoors.co.uk

Merrell Chameleon Shift Ventilator

Merrell have recently released their latest walking/hiking shoe, the Chameleon Shi. The shoe features a Vibram outsole to keep you sturdy, protected and balanced on long walks and up steep rock faces while a GORE-TEX waterproof membrane will keep your feet dry if the weather takes a turn for the worse. There’s also an air cushion in the heel for supreme comfort. Price £100 From www.merrell.com

66Fit EVA Foam Roller

The 66Fit EVA Foam Roller can help smooth out those tight spots and niggles whether you’re at home or in the gym. Excellent for helping stretch out tendons and muscles ‘foam rollers’ have become an excellent tool for the prevention and treatment of injuries. Price £28 From www.rutlandlifestyle.co.uk

Cool-Lite Sphere Short Sleeve Crewe

Stay cool and dry all summer with the Sphere Short Sleeve Crewe, our best hot weather tee ever. Combining 65% merino with 20% plant-based TENCEL® and 15% Nylon, we created Cool-Lite™, Icebreaker’s lightest, most breathable fabric. Cooler and faster drying than pure merino, Cool-Lite™ still retains Icebreaker’s signature odor resistance and so feel. We use a heathered version, with casual set in sleeves and understated tonal logo to create Sphere, the summer shirt that’s equally at home on a long hot climb as it is on a really slow, deserted beach. Price £55 Contact uk.icebreaker.com

Jaques Great Exhibition deluxe croquet Sset

There’s nothing that says English summer more than a game of croquet on the lawn and this is the ultimate set: introduced to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of croquet, this superb deluxe set has all of Jaques’ finest competition components for play of any style. Beautifully finished mallets in varying sizes, every piece of equipment you might need and even a gold-lined finishing post, all in a deluxe stained pine box with leather Jaques logo label and brass lockdown catches. Price £999 From wwww.johnlewis.com

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Feature /// Fitness apps

Fit, healthy and Appy!

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There are now thousands of apps for sport, fitness, health and better living. Here are our favourites...

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SPORT TACTICALPAD PRO £29.99

TacticalPad Pro might be expensive, but the ability to show your team animated moves, put names and numbers on the field and email them your plays and masterplans makes this the ultimate tool for an ambitious coach or manager.

BBC SPORT FREE

BBC’s sport app keeps you up to date with everything that’s going on, including radio and TV coverage, live scores and alerts for your favourite teams.

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Take the hassle out of managing your teams with Teamer, which automatically sends out notifications for games as well as charting who is available for matches, plus their availabiity through the season.

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COACH’S EYE £2.49

Analysing your golf swing, bowling action or kicking technique allows you to improve hugely, and Coach’s Eye uses a phone’s video camera to film action, which can then be drawn over and slowed down, just like the experts do on TV.

DIVE BUDDY PRO £11.99

A comprehensive log book app for scuba divers, DiveBuddy Pro also helps you plan your next trip with access to a dive site database.

VISULAX GOLF £2.29

TUNEIN RADIO FREE

Whatever your sport, there’s a fair chance that somewhere in the world there is somebody commentating on a game. TuneIn Radio allows you to listen to coverage from Arkansas to Adelaide.

19TH HOLE FREE

GPS-based golf trackers can be very expensive, but 19thHole uses Google Maps to provide a simple, free way of finding where you are on the course. It gives you distances and allows you to keep score, too.

Golf, as they say, is 90% mental, and Visulax is 100% devoted to that side of your game, providing everything from visualisation and relaxation techniques to course management tips and help with blocking out distractions.

RULES OF GOLF FREE

This digital reference from The Royal & Ancient will help you resolve some of those arguments that sometimes happen on a golf course over arcane (and sometimes obscure) rules.

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Agency app, which has real-time information on A-roads and motorways.

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Rugby sometimes looks like a pile of bodies on the floor fighting, but the IRB’s excellent rules app shows why the ref has called offside or a ruck, using videos and illustrations.

RUGBY COACH PRO £1.19

Plan your team drills and in-game tactics, as well as manage your players with this app.

CRICHQ FREE

The ultimate cricket scoring app. Do away with the traditional scorebook and get out your iPad. CricHQ allows the scorer to follow ball-by-ball with ease, and at the end of the match upload to the ECB’s play-cricket with the touch of a button. Live scores can be viewed anywhere in the world, so if you’re unable to play you can still see how your local team is getting on.

map and weather information from your resort for offline viewing.

GOLFSHOT: GOLF GPS £17.99

This app contains detailed maps of more than 35,000 courses worldwide and uses the iPad’s GPS function to calculate your range to any target. It will also keep score for a group of up to four players and produce piles of stats.

ICRICKET FREE

Be your own Geoffrey Boycott with this popular cricket app. It delivers free push score notifications every 10 overs or whenever a wicket falls, schedules and live weather updates, and endless statistics. You can even test your knowledge of the game with iCricket’s inbuilt quiz.

EDGE SKI FREE

Edge Ski uses your phone’s GPS to plot your route down the mountain, giving you a whole load of piste maps too so you can dispose of those paper versions. A speedometer lets you know how fast you’re going, while the app can also download all

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Feature /// Fitness apps

FITNESS PUMP UP FREE

Pump Up is one of the best lifting apps. The easy-to-navigate interface tracks workouts with exercise animations of what to do. The app also asks you what equipment you have before it formulates a workout routine.

STRAVA FREE

A great running and cycling tracker app that keeps a record of where you’ve been, how far, how fast and calories burned. In–app purchases allow you to set training goals, see leaderboards and keep in touch with friends.

SPOTIFY £9.99 PER MONTH

Music streaming app Spotify now packs playlists and special features designed for working out. Running and workout features find your running tempo and play songs whose beat matches it. Spotify’s fitness-focused features are for ‘Premium’ members only.

FITOCRACY FREE

Fitocracy is for the competitive. The personal trainer lets you track workouts and encourages you to work towards real-life goals through a levelling system and in-game achievements you can share among your friends and the Fitocracy community.

NIKE+ RUNNING FREE

It is most famous for its trainers, but as you’d expect, Nike makes a good running app. Nike+ Running is designed to help you increase your speed, build up your stamina and perhaps most importantly, stay motivated. The built-in coaching

programs will help you to train by tracking your distance, run time and pace on every run, helping you to see how much you’re improving.

SIT UPS PRO FREE

If you’re in search of that elusive six-pack, or just need to know how many calories you’re burning with every crunch, this app is for you. To use it, enter your age,

weight and fitness level, hold your smartphone above your chest and get crunching. It keeps track of the amount of sit ups set for you. This app is a good motivator for those who exercise best when working towards a numeral goal.

GYM BUDDY £1.79

There are dozens of fitness apps for the iPad, but Gym Buddy is one of the best. Most useful for experienced gym users, it helps you record your progress by plotting graphs and setting goals. It willl also time your rest periods and help motivate you by celebrating new achievements with on-screen animations.

RUNKEEPER FREE

This app has been a keeper well before Apple introduced its Health app and now it’s been made even better with the added integration. RunKeeper taps into the iPhone’s GPS to record your time, pace, calories burned and how far you’ve run.

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Feature /// Fitness apps

NOOM COACH FREE

Putting together a food diary is one of the easiest ways to improve healthy eating habits and aid in weight loss. But that can involve a lot of maths with estimating the portion size and calories. Noom does all of the hard work for you, thanks to its extensive food database.

CALM FREE

Part of the reason meditation can be so challenging is because it’s hard to really tune out from all that’s around us. You start to focus on your breathing, but then remember that email you forgot to send or that bill you meant to pay – and so long to any sort of inner peace. The guided meditations from Calm will have you breathing easier with quick daily sessions.

HEALTH VIEWRANGER FREE

ViewRanger is the complete mapping, navigation and guided trail service for outdoor enthusiasts. It helps you at every stage of your adventure, so it’s easy to plan trips, while the offline function ensures you always know where you are, no matter how remote your location.

THE NATIONAL TRUST FREE

NEXERCISE FREE

No matter if you’re running a marathon or doing the vacuuming, Nexercise will track your fitness progress. The app tracks more than 200 different activities and rewards your efforts with points that can be redeemed for fitness prizes and coupons.

A handy guide to the hundreds of National Trust properties. It finds nearby properties by showing you pins on a map. Touch a pin and a full guide to a property appears.

INSTANT HEART RATE FREE

Touch your index finger to the iPhone’s camera lens to gauge your pulse with real-time charts. It’ll identify if your heart is beating fast enough to burn fat.

SLEEPCYCLE PRICE

Get a better night’s rest with Sleepcycle, an intelligent alarm clock that analyses your sleep by monitoring your movement using the accelerometer in your phone and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase – the natural way to wake up feeling rested and relaxed.

SWORKIT FREE

No gym? No time? No problem! Sworkit is designed with busy people in mind with high-intensity bodyweight workouts that you can make as short as five minutes and as long as an hour.

SPORTS FIRST AID £0.79

The App is written by a HSEapproved first aid trainer and coach, and all the information is split into different sections with photos to help explain the different techniques you might have to carry out in an emergency.

OS MAPFINDER FREE (IN-APP PURCHASES)

Never be without the OS map you need to head out on a walk. The GPS from your device will enable you to record the route you’ve taken. Bear in mind though that using the GPS constantly will dramatically reduce your phone’s battery time. So if you’re relying on your phone as an emergency item, it may be best to have a hard copy with you too!

THE WALK-GAME IPHONE, £2.49 ANDROID £2.59 A fitness tracker that gameifies walking. You’re told a bomb has exploded at Inverness station and you have to transport a package the length of the UK by foot to save the world. The app is being evaluated by King’s College London to see its effectiveness in increasing walking in patients with rheumatoid problems.

FITBIT FREE

Either use it as a standalone app or link with any of Fitbit’s activity trackers and find out how active you’ve been day and night. Enlist friends and family to help you reach your goals by sharing stats, joining fitness challenges, direct messaging each other, and competing on leaderboards.

CHARITY MILES FREE

Earn money for charities every time you run, walk, or bicycle by using the free Charity Miles app. Corporate sponsors (whose information you’ll see as a backdrop image in the app) agree to donate a few pence for every mile you complete. Browse the app’s list of charities, find the one that you support, and then hit the road. When a lot of people use Charity Miles, those little bits of money add up.

BMI CALCULATOR FREE

Your body mass index (BMI) is a more accurate reading of just how healthy you are as it measures your body fat using a ratio of weight to height. This app also calculates your body fat percentage and the amount of calories you’re consuming, allowing you to keep a close eye on all of your data to ensure you reach your ideal weight quickly.

WATERLOGGED FREE

One of the easiest ways to improve your health is the simple act of drinking more water. Waterlogged is designed to help you track of the amount of water you gulp down each day, whether you prefer to record your liquid intake using photos or basic metrics.

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BGL bikers – on course to success All that time sitting in a car on your commute, stewing about the traffic congestion, listening to depressing news on the radio: is it time you hopped on a bike instead and energised yourself for the day ahead? Increasingly companies are offering schemes for helping you to get fit, and get to and from work, aided by the Government’s Bike to Work scheme. Local insurance group BGL has embraced cycling at all levels from the Cycle to Work scheme to participating in organised closed road races with more than 7,000 competitors. Earlier this month the roads around its Peterborough headquarters came to a standstill as the Tour of Cambridge came to the city and the surrounding area. BGL was well represented with Peter Thompson, Dan Evans, Clare Ledbury, Paul Pardoe, Jon Oldham, David Rayment, Gary Gwynn and Simon Moore all taking part in the gruelling 83-mile ride. There was particular success for Peter, who is a board director, Clare and Paul who all qualified for the UWCT

Amateur World Championships in Demark in September. Later that week two BGL teams took to the streets as the British Cycling Tour visited Peterborough to compete in the official business race. BGL teams, made up of Phil Croney, Clare Ledbury, Dan Bird, Paul Pardoe, Lynsey Harvey, Julia Hallam, Andrew Russell and Jon Oldham, came a respectable 5th and 7th overall. Jon said: “It was a fantastic experience to take part in the corporate race for BGL, ahead of the Tour Series Race. I’m normally used to road racing on two wheels, so to race around Peterborough town centre on a tricycle was a real buzz.” Cycling does not have to be competitive though and back in April, BGL received the Endeavour Award at the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Workplace Travel Awards in recognition of the launch of its bike scheme for employees. It currently has four bikes being used by BGL employees to aid their travel to and from work.

THINKING OF A CYCLING COMMUTE? Sky and British Cycling have put together some top two-wheel tips HOW FAR IS TOO FAR? Everyone’s situation is going to be different but generally one to three miles each way is achievable by most people as long as there’s a route that allows it. The fitter and faster you are, the further you can commute, obvisouly. CHECK YOUR BIKE If you don’t currently ride at other times for fitness and fun, it’s important that your bike is in proper working order. And if you think it might be dark when you’ll be riding, you’ll need front and back lights for your bike FIND OUT ABOUT THE FACILITIES AT YOUR WORKPLACE Is there bike parking, showers and a place to store your riding gear? Do you need a special key to access any of these? Other cyclists in your organisation will probably have the best knowledge of these kinds of facilities, or your HR team may be able to help. CHOOSE A ROUTE The route you take to work will have a big impact on how much you enjoy the ride. Remember, the way you drive to work won’t necessarily be the best route for riding. Trial the route if you can. FIND A BUDDY Ask around at work and find out if there is anyone who already rides the route you’re thinking of taking. Ask for tips, or see if they’ll ride in with you on the first day – most enthusiastic bike riders are happy to help another person test-run riding to work! PLAN YOUR WARDROBE Some riders ride in their work clothes. Others change once they reach their workplace. Have a think about which you’d prefer. TAKE IT EASY Cycling shouldn’t be more strenuous than walking – unless you want it to be, of course! When you ride to work, relax and take it easy – enjoy the scenery, go at your own pace and don’t worry if people are overtaking you. LEAVE EXTRA TIME ON YOUR FIRST DAY The first few days you ride, set off 10-15 minutes earlier than you think it will take you. DON’T OVERDO IT! Riding to work should be enjoyable, not a chore. Only ride to work as much as you feel like – you might want to start with one day a month or once a fortnight, then build up to riding more oen like once a week. Allow yourself some flexibility. For more information visit: www.goskyride.com www.bike2workscheme.co.uk

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Health & Wellness EVERYTHING A WOMAN NEEDS TO BE FIT, HEALTHY AND FANTASTIC

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SUN, SEA, SAND AND BEAUTY: How the nation preps for a summer holiday ■ 68% of women do not want to emulate a celebrity on the beach

■ Twice as many men as women admit to having cosmetic surgery before a summer holiday

A summer holiday survey shows UK women are opting for a more natural look

population buy sunscreen before their holiday, only 34% actually apply it. Astonishingly, only 8% of under-35s even take sunscreen with them, with twice as many women using sunscreen during the summer compared to men. Ironically, when asked what would be their worst beach or pool nightmare, men were more concerned about getting burnt on the first day than women.

TOP 3 HOLIDAY NIGHTMARES: • Having excess hair – 23% • Getting sunburnt on the first day – 18% • Swimwear turning see-through – 15%

It appears that the women of Britain are becoming happier in their own skin, shunning the heavily made-up looks we see in celebrity selfies and being papped on red carpets. In a new survey commissioned by beauty retailer QVC, 68% of women stated that they would not want to emulate a celebrity beach look at all. In fact, in the lead-up to a summer holiday only 1.2% of women use their favourite celebrity as inspiration, showing they are happy with their own look. When pushed, the celebrities whose looks are favoured are the more natural looks of Michelle Keegan and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini as opposed to TOWIE’S Sam Faiers. However, women do want to feel their best to boost their confidence on the beach, with just over a quarter (28%) undergoing a full body makeover – including manicure, pedicure, facial and fake tan. Research demonstrates that we are a time-poor nation, so it is important to get the right advice in choosing holiday essentials. The survey shows that a quarter of the population will spend only half a day prepping for their summer holiday, which includes pre-holiday beauty treatments, packing and styling a holiday wardrobe. With such little packing time, 1 in 20 Brits claim they would be happy to pay extra for a bigger luggage allowance so they can take all of their necessary beauty items when jetting off to a beach holiday. When it comes to preparing for a summer holiday, men are surprisingly willing to go that extra mile to look like their idols – David Beckham, Johnny Depp and Tom Hardy. Shockingly, twice as many men than women admit to having cosmetic surgery before a summer holiday. Findings have shown that women in the north of England are twice as likely to spend more than £200 on pre-holiday beauty treatments, with applying fake tan a number one priority. In contrast, those in the south spend only £80 on pre-holiday beauty treatments, choosing manicures and pedicures as their main indulgence. Once on holiday, women in the north spend up to three hours preparing for a day at the beach, whereas women in the south spend under half an hour prepping for a day in the sun. Research shows that while 70% of the

■ 28% of women undergo a full body makeover before heading off on a summer holiday

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Holiday hay fever advice According to the NHS, one in five people will suffer from the crippling effects of hay fever at some point in their lifetime. While schoolchildren are longing for their summer holidays to begin, many will have already started suffering from irritating hay fever symptoms. Beko works with families to develop products with features that can help to make their lives easier. With that in mind, here are their top tips to make the summer months easier for your children and mums and dads too: TIMING Pollen count is at its highest from 8-10am and 5-7pm during the warmer months. Encourage your children to undertake indoor activities during these times and play outside during the middle of the day.

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SUN, SEA, SAND... Happy tummies on holiday Many of us will soon be heading off to popular holiday destinations such as Greece, Turkey, France, Spain and Italy, sampling the local delights at traditional restaurants and cafÊs. But for some these experiences can result in acute tummy problems like diarrhoea, allergic reactions, indigestion and even food poisoning. An easy, travel-friendly way to prepare and stay protected during your holiday is to use a new toxin-binding gel called Enterosgel, recommended by specialists from the World Health Organisation in cases of food poisoning. According to the NHS, every year people in the UK go on more than 60 million trips abroad. Most have a safe trip, but some get ill and need medical treatment while they’re away. Travellers’ diarrhea (TD) is the most common health problem, affecting an estimated 20 to 60% of those who travel to higher-risk destinations of the world. It can be caused by viruses, bacteria, protozoa, food allergens and contaminated water. Diarrhoea can be accompanied by fever, nausea, vomiting and cramps and can really ruin your holiday. Taking a toxin-binding gel with you on holiday gives you a chance to help prevent and ease TD and vomiting bugs by binding with germs, bacterial toxins, viruses and allergens. Other methods using silicon, clay or charcoal cleanse the gut but affect microflora and absorb water, which can be dangerous if you’re suffering

from diarrhea. Polymethylsiloxane-based Enterosgel works like a clever sponge, binding only to medium-weight molecules, without removing vital vitamins, water and beneficial bacteria. Studies on new-born children show that Enterosgel decreases diarrhoea from seven to two days. New food brings new experience and exposes travellers to allergic reactions. Enterosgel helps to bind with histamines from the gut, helping to prevent or mitigate allergic reactions from food. Studies demonstrate a significant improvement in allergic reactions to food. One of the growing concerns for travellers is how to avoid viruses in crowded places like airports, planes, buses, swimming pools and restaurants. In these instances, Enterosgel can be used alongside simple hand hygiene, using antibacterial hand gels and bottled water, to help keep the gut free of nasties. It can also be used as a first aid kit, if you’ve indulged in too much alchohol. One tablespoon a day can help to wash out viruses from the gut and stop the development of vomiting bugs and TD. Enterosgel is available in sachets, making it convenient to take on a plane or in with your hand luggage. A box of ten 15g EnterosgelŽ Sachets retails at £19.70, a 90g tube of EnterosgelŽ at £12.80 and a 225g tube at £19.70. EnterosgelŽ is currently available from www.enterosgel.co.uk

WASH CLOTHING/BEDDING OFTEN Pollen is sticky and will attach itself to your children’s hair and clothing. Washing their things regularly will minimise the amount of pollen in your house and lessen their symptoms. Beko’s new WMG11464 largcapacity washing machine allows users to wash up to 11kg of laundry in one load. The range features an anti-allergy wash cycle, endorsed by Allergy UK, which helps to reduce the amount of allergens making it ideal for families with children who suffer from the effects of hay fever. Similarly, instead of drying your laundry outside, use a tumble dryer to ensure your laundry stays fresh, clean and pollen free. Beko’s DCU9330W tumble dryer forms part of its energy-efficient EcoSmart range and has a capacity of 9kg, making it ideal for larger families.

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CLEAN YOUR PETS Pollen will also attach itself to your pet’s fur. Make a note to wipe down your pets’ coats with a damp cloth aer they have been outside. Equally, discourage your animals from going into your children’s bedroom where they can spread any pollen le in their fur.

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WEAR SUNGLASSES Sunglasses can act as a guard for your eyes, one of the most sensitive areas to pollen in both adults and children. Wearing sunglasses can help to minimise the symptoms of hay fever, as well as protecting your child’s eyes from potentially harmful UV rays.

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CLOSE YOUR WINDOWS Close your house and car windows when possible, especially first thing in the morning and early evening, to avoid pollen getting in.

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Cycling might be a low impact sport but it places very specific strains on your body. Max Hartman of Function Jigsaw explains how to stay fit WITH THE WEATHER quickly turning from spring to summer, now is the perfect time of year to get out on the bike and hit the road. Following Great Britain’s huge successes at the Olympics and Commonwealth games in recent years the popularity of both road and track cycling has exploded across the country with thousands of keen amateurs getting into the saddle and attending sportives and charity rides in record numbers. With this explosion in participation, clinical therapists the length of the country are seeing a substantial increase in the numbers of clients coming through the door with cycling related aches, pains, and injuries. In this article we will discuss the most common issues associated with cycling and what you can do now to prevent them and stay in the saddle all summer long. Cycling as a sport places almost totally unique demands on the body: it is unlike many other sports and physical activities and as such the injury profile of the average rider is very different.

The cyclical load of cycling

Cycling consists of constant, cyclical load in sustained unusual postures. When the aerodynamic posture achieved by many road cyclists is held for long periods of time and repetitive, identical muscle contractions are performed over and over again, the working muscles can very quickly adapt to the position they are held in and become either very short, overactive, and tight, or conversely can become lengthened, inhibited, and weak. This is totally different to many other sports such as football or rugby as no two actions on the pitch are ever really identical. Each kick, pass, tackle, and sidestep are unique, even if often very similar. In these sports it is often heavy eccentric muscle contractions (where muscles contract whilst getting longer) that cause injury: pulling a hamstring decelerating

the leg when sprinting, or tearing a calf when landing from a big jump. Considering that cycling does not have any significant eccentric load, the injury profile is again completely different. Injuries tend to be classified as overuse injuries or linked to poor posture and mobility as a result of the significant imbalances picked up when cycling for long periods of time. Hips that are tight and strong through the front and weak through the back can lead to low back pain, and forward head posture with hunched and rounded shoulders can lead to problems in the shoulder, neck, and upper back. Any keen cyclist should look to spend time mobilising these areas with a good, regular, structured mobility programme keeping the hips and shoulders flexible and balanced.

Knee pain

Aside from these postural issues, the most common issue that therapists often deal with is knee pain. Again the literature is very limited in this area but studies show that in some populations of keen amateur cyclists, between 30% and 45% will experience some level of knee pain over the course of a one-day, 100-mile ride. The two most common causes of knee pain in cycling are caused by two main factors, the setup of the bike, or the makeup of the rider. Pain at the front of the knees is caused by excessive compressive forces through the patellofemoral joint (where the kneecap sits in front of the knee joint), and is often a result of poor bike setup. Buying a bike that fits you well and having a proper bike fit ensures that the knees are always in prime position to transfer force from the legs to the pedals without moving too deeply into flexion and aggravating the knee. Lateral knee pain is often brought on by wholly different factors, and is caused by the illiotibial band (ITB) fractioning against the lateral aspect of the femur (the bone just above

the outside of your knee). Whilst this can be caused by a poor bike fit and setup, more often than not this sort of knee pain is mainly associated with a lack of hip mobility. If the glutes are short and tight this puts unnecessary tension on the ITB and refers pain to the knee. Again a good hip mobility programme is key in making sure the ITB stays mobile and free.

Putting it all together…

So what exactly can you do to ensure that you stay pain-free this year? Foam rolling through the upper back and shoulders, glutes, quads, hamstrings, calves, and groin makes a good start, and following this up with stretches for the neck, chest, hip flexors, glutes and hamstrings will get you some way to maintaining a balanced physique. A good strength-training programme is also key, owing to the fact that the relative intensity and effort taken to propel the bike forward is significantly lower if you are stronger. Over time the relative drop in effort leads to much less fatigue in the working muscles and less resultant tightness, and a much faster mile time for you! Finally, and possibly most importantly, is making sure that your bike fits you well. So much of the literature shows that the main drivers of injury related to cycling come from poor mechanics stemming from issues with saddle or handlebar height or a frame that is not meant for the rider. Put all this together to make sure that you can happily stay in the saddle all summer and get the miles under your belt without too much distress!

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Feature /// Dog Health

DOGS AND CHILDREN Both dogs and children need to be shown how to behave around each other, says Bobs Broadbent

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about warning signals that dogs might show when feeling worried. These signals can be subtle gestures and difficult for children to identify. Indeed, its important that adults are aware of the body language their dog might display when they are feeling stressed or worried and they need to become skilled at being proactive in dealing with any circumstances calmly (to avoid heightening the stress levels).

Recommended dog-child safety rules 1. Always supervised, never alone Since almost all reported dog incidents that occur are when a child is left alone with a dog, it stands to reason that children should never be left alone, even with their own household pet. Either take the child or dog with you or put them out of access to each other.

DOGS MUST BE taught early in puppyhood how to act around babies, toddlers and youngsters. This means positive associations so that no seeds of fear are planted at this impressionable age. Children must be taught too about acceptable behaviour around dogs, and this starts from as soon as they are mobile and this message needs to be reinforced throughout childhood. Children and dogs live very happily together and it can be the most endearing of family images to see them share their lives in harmony, but when things go wrong, the consequences can be very serious. The Health and Social Care Information Centre recently reported that children under nine years of age are most at risk of dog bites (or strikes) and from March 2014 to February 2015, more than 1,000 such instances were reported resulting in a child being hospitalised. These are disappointing results for any parent or dog lover to learn, especially as it indicates an increase in dog bite incidents in the UK. It’s clear that the message of child safety around dogs needs to be raised if these figures are to be reduced. The emphasis is definitely on education and prevention and absolutely not leaving things to chance. The Kennel Club has just announced the launch of the first school resource to tackle dog bite incidents, demonstrating that all children need this information, not just those that have pet dogs in their home. However, most of these incidents did take

place in the home and since the vast majority of them could have been avoided, it suggests greater care is needed to prevent such situations developing. Children will learn from having good role models around them and they are quick to follow techniques that they get good results from. By supervising children, keeping them safe and encouraging them to care and train their dog from an early age, they will grow up becoming confident handlers and most rewarding of all, will experience the wonderfulness that only a bond of affection and friendship from a dog can bring.

What to do Education for dogs means early, positive training and socialisation, so they become robust to the noise and activity of children. Consistently good responses to everyday commands, such as ‘down’, ‘wait’ and ‘settle’ enable dogs to take instructions even with distractions around them. Puppies need more control as they are learning what is expected in the human world and use of a house-lead or a safe penned-off area will be beneficial at this stage while building up layers of good experiences, which are the key to life-long acceptance. To help support parents to educate children, there is a fun animated game on The Kennel Club website (www.thekennelclub.org.uk) as well as resources to download, including images of exaggerated body language to help children learn

2. Give a dog space Providing a safe haven that is out of bounds for children can be a source of relief for a dog that learns he won’t be disturbed when in this location. Young children particularly need to know that when their dog goes to this place, they must not follow or disturb their dog. Similarly, if the dog is sleeping elsewhere or is eating, he should be left well alone. 3. Gentle dog-child interactions Children need to learn how to interact gently and be polite to dogs and not be allowed to pull their ears or climb on them; in the same way, dogs should not be allowed to do this to children. Mutual respect should be instilled early through suitable play and training. Dogs will learn that children are great pals to have and fun times can be directed into games and training, for example teaching tricks. 4. Asking for help brings rewards Rather than deal with situations themselves, young children need to learn to readily ask an adult for help, for example if the dog is sitting somewhere the child want to sit or has hold of a toy belonging to the child. These are times when children tend to prod, chase or pull their dog and could become a point of conflict. Simple techniques such as rewarding the child with a sticker for calling an adult will encourage the child do so again. Using commands such as ‘off’ and ‘leave’ and rewarding the dog for their response, will demonstrate to the child what safe methods they can use when they are older. ©Bobs Broadbent 2015 ©Dogknows Ltd 2015

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Feature /// Great walks

The Wymondham triangle Clearly defined footpaths make getting lost a thing of the past, almost, for Will Hetherington Photography: Will Hetherington Difficulty rating (out of five)

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Wymondham is one of those villages which seems to take a long time to get to whichever route you choose, and that gives it a sense of remoteness which is quite attractive. But once you have arrived look out for the footpath heading north of Main Street just east of the Edmondthorpe Road junction. We parked on the road opposite the footpath and headed straight on up the hill over the ďŹ rst ďŹ eld towards the dismantled railway, a reminder of a time when the village perhaps did not seem quite so remote. Once beyond the old railway the footpath is one of the most clearly marked (perhaps because we are straying into Leicestershire a little this month!) and stretches out into the distance like the yellow brick road. The path skirts around Mount Pleasant

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farmhouse where the black labrador comes out to say hello – he hasn’t got many playmates in this isolated position! After the farm the path continues north through a handful of fields with just one little jink to potentially catch you out. You soon come to Coston Covert on your left and you will start to see Buckminster more clearly in the distance. Keep going until the path reaches the B676 on a right angle bend. This is the most northerly point because there is a bridleway cutting back in a south easterly direction. After an initial drop the route climbs a bit and gives some long distance views to the south. Stay on the bridleway as it crosses the road just to the south west of Sewstern and then there are two options for the return part of the walk. There is a path to the right very shortly after the road which looks like it follows the stream most of the way back to Wymondham. This might be a better option on a hot summer’s day but I fancied a longer walk so I carried on to take the next right. This takes a slightly longer route back to Wymondham and involves a few more hills. If you do take this second option you have to make sure you take the next right turn on to the westward footpath. Once you are heading west the path jinks in and out around some field boundaries, a couple of small spinneys and up and down some little hills before joining a minor road. Turn left here and stay on the road for 200 yards. Once you have taken the right turn you will see the footpath dropping off in the corner of the hedge. Head

down here and turn left at the stream. This path takes you through the wet grassland and round to the dismantled railway. From there it’s a short stroll back to the village.

ESSENTIAL INFORMATION Where to park On the main road by the footpath in Wymondham, or at the Berkeley Arms further west in the village if you are planning on going in there aerwards. Distance and time Six miles/two hours Highlights Long distance views, very clearly marked footpaths and a surprising remoteness. Lowlights Could be a bit dry on a hot summer’s day for the dog, otherwise a belting walk. Refreshments Look no further than the Berkeley Arms, famous for fine food but good for a pint, too. The pooch perspective Not many cattle in this arable heartland but also not too much fresh water. Although the stream near the end should be enough.

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When the paths are this obvious it’s hard to get lost; The Berkeley Arms has a fine reputation for food; heading north from Wymondham towards Buckminster

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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Feature /// Sportsman's Dinner

The Bull and Swan, Stamford Will and Matt revel in food heaven with rave reviews for all three courses Matt Since we moved to Stamford from London a couple of years ago I have been here a few times and we really like the atmosphere. It’s a good reminder of why we moved out of the capital, being full of small town ancient charm. The food is usually very good too and they are always looking to improve and develop new ideas, like the new Bedlam Club loyalty card. Will Yes, it’s part of the Hillbrooke Hotels group; a small chain of boutique style places all over England. I have stayed at some of the others and the bedrooms here are very much in keeping with their usual quirky style. But it’s interesting to see they have just converted the old dining room across the old carriage entrance in to two more bedrooms. I suppose that’s an indication of a lack of hotel beds in the town. Matt And it looks like they have changed things around a bit in the main eating area beyond the bar too. But I’m pleased to see they still have a television. Despite being a classic old pub it’s not a bad place to come and watch the Six Nations on a cold winter’s afternoon, especially with the log fire burning. And this pint of Nene Valley Brewery Blond is very drinkable. Will I can imagine settling in here to watch the

rugby, particularly after a good dog walk from the Meadows up to Easton-on-the-Hill and down through Wothorpe. It might not be winter now but I am definitely hungry and the smoked ham hock terrine with picalilli and charred brioche (£6.50) was a sumptuous starter. In fact I don’t recall a better version of this dish anywhere. Matt I would be more surprised by your final comment if my peppered mackerel rillette and watercress (£7.50) wasn’t delicious too. I wasn’t sure exactly what a rillette was before this evening but now I know it’s similar to a pate although it’s not presented in the same way. Will I didn’t know what a rillette was either Matt but that bit I stole off your plate when you weren’t looking was very good. And I’m enjoying this beer too. Not a bad pint from the Oundle brewery. Matt Main choice selection was tricky with a couple of specials (calves liver and trout) both sounding very tempting, plus I know the burger and the fish and chips are good here. But a sixth sense guided me to the confit pork belly with potato gratin, creamed cabbage and smoked bacon, apple puree and a red wine reduction (£16.50). And boy did I make the right choice. The cabbage was amazing and the pork belly was

incredibly juicy with the sort of crackling you only dream of. That was superb. Will Like you I struggled with choosing my main course but something told me the calves' liver with mustard mash green beans and red wine jus (£13.50) would be worth it. Packed full of flavour, it’s obvious they are using fresh ingredients and letting simple tastes stand out. Matt They were two excellent courses. In fact they were so good I was willing to push the boat out and try a pudding too. Lemon and lime cheesecake with a sorbet and lemon curd (£6.50) followed by an espresso. And this is rare but I have to say the pudding was just as good as the other two courses. Fresh, sweet (but not excessively) and tasty. Will And my lemon posset with wild berry compote and shortbread (£6.50) was just as good, if not better. As you say, it is rare for a restaurant to get all three courses just right, so to do that for both of us must be even more unusual.

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Feature /// School sports

Casterton hosts sports festival More than 180 primary school children attended a multi-sports festival held at Casterton College and delivered by Rutland School Sports Partnership. Seven local primary schools took part in the festival aimed at showcasing different striking and fielding activities for the children to try out. This was also an opportunity to share different ideas with the teachers involved on how to deliver these activities back in their own schools. The Year 3 and 4 children participated in eight different games designed to develop various skills and the day was finished off with an adapted game of rounders. Isabella Henderson, from Oakham C of E Primary School enjoyed the day: “I think today has been fun and exciting, I really liked the game where we were throwing the ball through the hoop.” All the activities were run by Year 9 students

from Casterton, handpicked by the College PHF department after demonstrating fantastic abilities throughout the year and the potential to become leaders. Cherys Window, teacher at Langham CE Primary School, wanted to pass on her praise to the College students: “The Year 9 students have been, without exception, fantastic! They have been enthusiastic, energetic, encouraging and have made every event exciting for our pupils.” Nine year old Emily McAllister (pictured left), from Ketton C of E Primary School, said: “The different activities have been lots of fun. The student leaders are really kind and helpful.” The Year 9 students from Casterton also found the experience very worthwhile. Ewan Brooks was impressed by some of the younger students’ performances, “Some of the kids have shown very good batting skills – better than me!”

Ed on track for European kart glory Fifteen-year old Ed Thurston from Stamford has claimed another rung on the racing ladder by taking a coveted ‘E’ plate in the historic Kart championships Global-cup meeting held at the Glan y Gors track in Wales, securing the outright historic lap record for the high-speed Welsh circuit as part of the process This annual festival of historic kart racing brought drivers together from European destinations as diverse the Channel Islands and Germany. Thurston, who is still theoretically too young to compete in the series, and has to have special dispensation to do so, was driving in the pre-1995 RetroRacer series premier Formula A category.

Cricket legend visits local schools Cricketers at Stamford and Oakham schools met with sporting royalty as they were treated to an audience with Sir Garfield Sobers. Sobers remains a legend of world sport and a cricketing genius; he made more than 8,000 runs and took over 1,000 wickets as well as the infamous first six sixes in an over. Sir Garfield took the time to entertain students with his experiences in life and cricket from his time playing for the Police Cricket team in Barbados at the age of 15 to captaining the West Indies team. He was full of advice for the young players, and included an invitation to visit the Caribbean, to take part in the annual Sir Garfield Sobers International Cricket Tournament.

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Records go at Deepings

Season of success for Oakham’s athletes It’s been a triumphant term for athletics at Oakham School, with wins across all their regional meets, an impressive haul of 37 medals from the County Championships, and 10 younger athletes qualifying for the IAPS National Finals. The last full athletics meeting of the term came to a triumphant end with Oakham finishing as overall winners of both Boys and Girls events at Uppingham. With previous wins at the Oakham relays, as well as at Rugby and Oundle, it has been another incredibly successful summer for both teams. A total of 17 gold medals were won at the County Championships, held in Leicester including Helen Braybrook setting a new county record for the U13 Girls 1200m, and Alicia Schwarzenbach setting a new School record for the U19 Girls 400m. Silver medalists,

of which there were 11 in total, also included a new School record for Maxwell Koczulab in the U15 Boys 800m. Nine pupils also won bronze medals. Not to be outdone, 10 of Oakham’s younger athletes qualified for IAPS National Finals after a fantastic day at the IAPS Eastern Regional Finals in Bedford. This is particularly impressive given that 50 schools took part in the event, and it is widely accepted as being the toughest Regional IAPS Athletics event in the country. Director of Athletics James Clarke said: “Over the last few weeks these Lower School pupils have worked incredibly hard, and these results are a great reward for their efforts. They can now look forward to competing in Birmingham on Wednesday 24 June amongst the best IAPS athletes in the country.”

Hayden leads age group after strong performances A pupil from Oakham School has had a string of incredibly successful triathlon races this season, currently putting him in first place for his age group in the East Midlands Series. Hayden Greaves’ most recent victory was at the Inter-Regional Championships qualifier at Mallory Park, Leicestershire. Hayden, who is 14 and lives in Oakham, has recently returned from a week-long training camp in the Alps. So far, this season, Hayden has taken part in three other events in the East Midlands Series, where he won twice and came second once.

Records were broken at this year’s Deepings sport day. Each college – Welland, Priory and Guthlac – entered two boys and two girls in each event from every year group. Three records were broken during the morning: Scott Waumsley broke the year 10 boys high jump record jumping 1.75m and Lewis Toynton broke Scott Waumsley’s year 8 high jump record, set in 2013, jumping 1.57m. The oldest record broken on the day was the year 7 girl’s javelin record. Set at 16.10 in 1998 by J Bish, Victoria Bell broke it by throwing 17.10m. Going into the afternoon’s sprint events there were only 18 points separating the three colleges. Three further records were broken: the 4 x 100m relay record was broken by Priory’s year 8 boys and year 9 boys and girls. With the relays carrying double points this gave Priory college a huge, well deserved advantage and they went on to the take overall trophy. Despite dominating last year, and putting up a great battle till the end this year, Welland College had to settle for second with Guthlac College a very close third. Deeping yyear 7 students had the pleasure of receiving Jade Etherington’s Sochi race vest that she won her first silver medal in at the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games. Jade donated her race vest to the school to be displayed in the fitness suite. Jade was a successful student at the Deepings School. She is currently studying to be a geography teacher.

Ketton U15s seek players Ketton U15s are looking to recruit new players for the 2015 football season. Prior to the start of next season, the team will be holding ‘have a go nights’ and trials for interested new players at their Ketton Sports Association base. Free to attend, they will provide an opportunity to meet the coaches and players in an informal environment, taking part in football, games and training. Coach Steve Pearce said: “We’ve recently lost a few players due to other commitments and the move up to the Youth League gives us more flexibility with regards the size of squad. So if you’re under 15 and looking to keep fit, have fun and play some competitive football, come along and meet the team.” For more information about joining, contact Steve Pearce on 07921 544638 or email stpearce@tiscali.co.uk. /// J U LY 2 0 1 5 5 7

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Feature /// School sports

Bourne pupils shine at event Bourne Grammar School athletes were out in force at the Lincolnshire Schools’ Championships held in Boston. More than 40 BGS athletes made up a large proportion of the South Lincolnshire team, making it the most represented school at the championships. The throwers had a successful day, winning five County titles in discus, shot-put and javelin, including a family double in the discus with George Warrington winning the junior boys’ event and sister Niamh, the inter girls’ competition. Bourne Grammar’s jumpers were on equally fine form and also produced the goods to win five county titles and winning all three girls’ long-jump competitions.

Jasmine Allen won the junior girls’ long-jump, Bethany Denial the inter girls’ and Emma Hornsby (pictured right) the senior girls’ title. Both Emma and Jasmine exceeded the entry standard for the English Schools’ Championships with jumps of 5.59m and 5.10m respectively. On the track, Lily Hughes retained her senior girls’ titles completing the sprint double, recording a very impressive 11.6s in the 100m despite the windy conditions and 25.1s in the 200m. Lily has English Schools’ National Standards in both events. A record 15 Bourne Grammar athletes were selected to represent Lincolnshire at the Anglian Schools’ Championships in Peterborough.

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Enjoying Outdoor Learning Stamford Junior School dedicated a week to Outdoor Education, taking lessons outside the classroom and focusing on collaboration and organisation skills. Activities varied throughout the week and took place all over Stamford, with Year 1 pupils taking part in a Welly Wanging Challenge, providing some opportunities for team-work and data collection. Year 2 had an adventure in the woods to make dens. The Year 3 and Year 6 classes took part in some Outdoor Maths, with the Year 3 pupils looking at trial and error and improving the results of an array of activities. The Year 6 class took their session to Burghley Park where they set about on challenges such as orienteering, and calculations based on rearing livestock and measurements of trees.

Nearly 180 RS Feva sailors from all corners of the UK launched on Rutland Water at the start of what was to become a very tight championship over three days of hard sailing. Changeable conditions tested the skills and stamina of all. Six races were required for qualifying over two days which led to the fleet being split into Gold and Silver. Stamford’s Tom Proffitt (yr 11) & Jess Flint (yr 8) missed out in qualifying for Gold Fleet by one point, however this le them in a strong position to battle for 1st Place in Silver over the final four races. The wind lived up to the forecast and in favour of the high winds, Tom and Jess put in a strong but steady performance, ultimately securing the title of 1st Silver Fleet. Also competing for the first time was Felicity Hannah who stepped in to crew for a Rutland/Oakham sailor, Toby Petit they too showed great effort in finishing 42nd overall. The next Feva competition for Tom, Jess, Alex and Harvey will be the RS Feva World Championships, in July over in Travermunde, Germany.

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Feature /// Competition

WIN! A £400 Frog Team Sky kids’ road bike from Rutland Cycling We’ve teamed up with Rutland Cycling for yet another amazing prize: a fabulous Frog Team Sky road bike. The Frog range of bikes were born out of the desire of one couple who wanted to see high quality, child-specific bikes. The Frog mountain and hybrid range are the most popular kids’ bikes Rutland Cycling sells, and the Frog road series deliver everything that we have come to expect of Frog bikes. Modern kids’ bikes can generally be placed in one of two categories: either they are heavy and poorly specced, or they are simply small adult bikes with specifications and components which make no sense on a kids’ bike. • Frog are unique in that they design their bikes from the ground up with children in mind. They design and source every component and spec on the bike to make it easier and more comfortable for children. • The Frog 58, for example, has small, shallow road bars and small levers to accommodate smaller hands. Two pairs of high quality tyres are included; one slick pair for road use and one grippy pair for more all-purpose riding.

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

Cricket

Oaks and Uppingham battle for Rutland bragging rights BY JEREMY BESWICK

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ppingham and Oakham, both promoted last term with the former as champions, met each other in the Leicester League in what was the month’s stand-out game. That there has been an undercurrent of rivalry between these two sides is no surprise, given their proximity in terms of both geography and league standing, but the contest has had an added bite since Oakham laid claim to the title of Rutland’s premier side last year – an assertion which is, naturally, seen as presumptuous by their opponents. Uppingham’s Castle Hill ground was the venue and visiting captain Richard Martin won the toss and elected to bat. Enter opening bowlers Danny Dumford and Patrick Latham who, with their tails well and truly up, had Oaks in trouble from the start. The plan was to try to blow them away early rather than keep anything in reserve as both bowlers completed their allotted twelve overs in one burst of

aggressive yet controlled quick bowling. By the end of the 16th over the visitors were 26-4 and the match looked, in truth, already all over bar the shouting. Although no more wickets fell in Dumford and Latham’s remaining eight overs, the total moved on only to miserly sixty-odd off 24. Defiance did arrive, in the form of Shyam Lakhani, who took a long careful look at the bowling - facing many deliveries without scoring – before cutting loose with a series of spectacular boundaries that saw him to 65. It was an approach Rory Brown tried to emulate, but he was unlucky to fall to an outstanding catch from Don Butchart. Oakham’s tail wagged a little but their total of 149 always looked to be insufficient and so it proved. Mark Cox top scored for the home side with 51 not out to add to the century he scored in this fixture last year and it fell to Sam Hodson to finish the innings with a flourish – a towering six that had the spectators scurrying for cover. Uppingham won with a full 14 overs to

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spare and seven wickets in hand so there can be no argument about the better side on the day, although a less generous captain than Martin might have pointed out the absence of three key top order batsmen, Calvin Flowers , Chris Larsen and Will Stuart-Jones. With a full side and home advantage, Oakham will still believe that revenge may be theirs at the Lime Kilns - put August 8 in your diary now as it promises to be a classic. Overall, Oakham are finding life a little tougher in the higher league than they might have thought, having won two, drawn three, lost three to sit in mid table. Seasoned observer and groundsman Malcolm Rawlings said “Although we need to strengthen our bowling line up, especially with a quickie, they’ve been performing up to expectation. Where we’ve really underperformed is with the bat”. That’s a fair point, as the top order is bursting with talent. Uppingham are third, behind Ibstock and Sileby.

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Another diary entry, this time for July, is the popular and well attended Burghley Park 6s (six a side) Cricket Festival from the 6th to the 10th. Matches start at 6pm each day and there are the usual treats – beer festival, barbecue, champagne and fancy dress Friday – plus a spectacular bonus this year. At approximately 11:00 am on Finals Day (Friday) there will be a fly-past of Spitfires and Hurricanes as Burghley play the Gentlemen of Leicestershire. If you’ve not been to Burghley Park’s ground yet, I’d urge you to go along and enjoy the celebrations at this quintessentially English and achingly beautiful ground. The opening fixture on Monday will be reigning champions Stamford against Uppingham.

Burghley’s form has been good this year in the Hunts league, only one defeat (away to Stamford) spoiling an otherwise unblemished record in a fierce promotion battle with the aforementioned Stamford and also local rivals Ufford. Their newlyformed second eleven has gone one better by winning all five of their fixtures. They will have been delighted to beat the only other undefeated side in their division, Eaton Socon, in the last fixture. To do it away, and by five wickets for maximum points, was a bonus. Finally, a few words about astonishing events at Tilton and Lowesby, where table-topping Uffington were the visitors. Teenager Jack Gilford had an unforgettable day for the hosts, not only scoring 146 out

of Tilton’s total of 191, but doing it in double-quick time with an amazing 15 sixes. The match began with a Tilton opener being run out without facing a ball, which brought Gilford to the crease. He blocked his first ball and then cleared the ropes with his second and then continued in the same vein for the next 28 overs. The cruel irony was he scored so quickly that, when Tilton were all out, over sixty overs of the match remained for Uffington to make the total which they duly did. Uffington skipper Jak Garner said: “It was the strangest game of cricket I have played in.” Spare a thought for 17-year Gilford, who will surely feel himself hard done by to end up on the losing side. Will we hear more of him I wonder?

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Angling

MBE for Bob Church for services to angling

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he Anglian Water Floating Line Match in June was won by Mick Connor with four fish for 8lb 3oz. Mick fished dries up the North Arm. Dave Porter took second place with three fish for 6lb 5oz and third was Steve Crowder with three fish for 5lb 13¾oz. The best fish of the match was a specimen brown of 5lb 3¼oz taken by Paul Wild from the South Arm. Local angler Bob Church has been made an MBE for services to angling. Bob started out as a coarse angler but is now also a very highly respected fly fisherman. On the competition scene Bob’s medal tally includes team gold medals at the world fly fishing championships in 1987 and 1988 and European team gold in 1990, as well as individual medals. He started life as a coarse angler and continues to enjoy fishing for pike and zander, along with trout, across all of Anglian Water’s reservoirs. Bob has created many successful fly patterns including the Appetizer lure, the Church Fry, Claret Hatching Midge and the Ginola, named after the French footballer David Ginola. In the early 1970s he was catching 500 fish a season.

Training update from our bike winner Well folks, with just over a month to go until my 296-mile London to Paris cycle ride, the training is coming on well. I have now cycled over 630 miles on Ruby since I won her. My longest distance on a single ride is 101.5 miles on a route that involved a great deal of head wind for half the ride, visiting Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Leicestershire and Rutland. As well as long rides I have been doing some shorter rides incorporating interval training and hill work, including Brooke, Riddlington, Harringworth and Laxton hills. At the moment I’m having a two-week break from cycling whilst holidaying in Scotland. I’m managing to do some cheeky little runs including some hills just to keep the legs working ready for the final three weeks of training then having a few days off before the challenge of L2P. I am managing to keep my cadence above 85rpm much more now and I’m finding I can get up the hills a little quicker, although I have to admit I still seem to run out of gears at times going up them. I’m also managing to achieve an average speed of between 13-14mph on my rides now which is promising for making it to the ferry on the first day. Ruby is a huge asset to my training and as well as getting me fit and ready for the ride I will be getting her ready by getting her booked in to Rutland Cycling for a service and check over.  My fund-raising for Action Medical Research continues to go well. If anyone wants to sponsor me the link is www.action.org.uk/sponsor/susanmansell

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An international flavour at Rockingham Horse Trials BY JULIA DUNGWORTH

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ockingham Horse Trials kicked off in great style with people from all over the country coming to compete. The CIC2*was the biggest class with two sections where, as usual, a good dressage was essential followed by a clean show jumping round (these were not common) and then a clear inside the time was required to be considered for a place. It had a very international feel with Germany’s Christoph Whaler winning the first section and China’s Alex Hua Tin winning the second. The slightly smaller but no less prestigious CIC1* was also taken by Germany’s Bettina Hoy, whom is also now a local, having based herself with Joey Newton for the season. The second section saw a win for British team member Izzy Taylor. The Young Event horse classes however had a lot more of a local feel with Tom How on HRS Dessie took the spoils, narrowly beating Stamford-based Kerry Varley by a single point on Kilwaughter Blade in the five-year-old section.

All of them will of qualified directly for the very prestigious final held at Burghley in September. For the first time, they also ran Pony Club jumping along side one of the bigger arenas which saw victory for the Burghley team, consisting of Beth Fitt, Saoirse Mason, Lucy Daly and Ross Hemmings, with the Fitzwilliam team also coming second out of 17 teams. The weekend after that was the running of Rutland Show. Unfortunately the weather did not look kindly on them, however, that didn’t dampen the spirit of those attending, and there was a host of classes, one of which being most people’s favourite, the Shetland Grand National. To be honest, I did watch it and I still have no idea who won, what with all the excitement surrounding it! One of the biggest and most popular classes in the Showjumping ring is the Polly Phillips Memorial Trophy, which was won by Michael Potter. Event rider Richard Jones pulled it out of the bag for a fifth in the very competitive

section. James Williams also carried on his recent success, winning the 1.25. Sunday, May 24, saw Wittering Academy’s second ever Showing Show, organised once again by Liz Ennis. Although not such a good turnout as last year, due in part to the many other events over the bank holiday weekend including Rockingham Horse Trials, there were 75 entries across 17 main classes, both in-hand and ridden. The two judges, Lorraine Bentham and Kyle Abbitt were wonderfully friendly and helpful giving plenty of hints and tips, particularly for those new to showing. Not that one member who hadn’t done any showing before necessarily needed any assistance: Amy Halliday had a spectacular day, becoming both the in-hand champion and then following that with being named reserve ridden champion with her lovely 20 years young loan mare, JJ. The club has a Showing Clinic on Saturday, July 4, in preparation for the Summer Showing Show on July 26. For details see the website: www. witteringacademy.com.

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