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Time to fire up the quattro! Forget Dakar or the Sahara: Go rallying in Rutland ISSUE 24 // JUNE 2014


ISSUE 24 // JUNE 2014

Yacht a great day Get your family ship-shape on Rutland Water


MOT time for your body

• Five things to do in June

Eye love it Why fishing at Eyebrook is more popular than ever

You dirty Rats Coverage of this year’s brutal Burghley obstacle race

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Set in a wonderful elevated position on the edge of gently rolling countryside, The Manor Barn is a handsome period residence with stunning open views to the south and west. The Grade II listed barn was built in the seventeenth century of golden Weldon stone with a Collyweston slate roof and much of the fabric and character of the original building remain.




Welland House sits in a peaceful position overlooking a pretty green, with a charming façade draped with wisteria and a climbing rose. There is a private rear garden of approximately ¼ acre. Built of mellow honey-coloured local stone, the Grade II listed house dates from 1757 and retains much of the character of the Georgian original with thick stone walls and open fireplaces. Over recent years the house has been extended and undergone complete renovation by local craftsmen.

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In a truly idyllic location surrounded by lovely gardens and bordered by open countryside, Foss Hill is just a few minutes walk from the heart of the village and yet feels entirely private and secluded. The house was built in 1975 using local stone and reclaimed materials and internally the principal living areas flow openly from one to another giving the ground floor a relaxed, semi-open plan feel.




Built of Stamford stone with a slate roof, The Fold is a lovely village home with attractive exterior looks and a striking airy interior flooded with natural light. Completed five years ago, the house has been meticulously designed to a high specification with every attention paid to detail, and the many modern fittings include under-floor heating throughout the ground floor, a bespoke Kitchen and Breakfast Room and stunningly fitted, sleek contemporary bathrooms.

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Editor’s Letter IT’S ABOUT THIS TIME OF YEAR THAT everyone starts to go activity crazy round our way. My main source of training has been running up and down our garden like some demented hunchback attempting to teach my daughter to ride her bike without stabilisers. Thing is, it’s causing me more pain than her, and not just from stiff backs, for when she slammed the brakes on with me pushing, I went over the handlebars, skinning my shins and landing on my head. It’s fair to say that an idyllic family cycle tour round Rutland Water is looking a few months away. Also, a lot of friends have just completed the Rat Race in Burghley Park, and all seem to have made it back in one piece physically, although reconstructing the mental side to full power might require more time. It sounded incredibly tough with the cold conditions making it a true test of grit, resolve and sheer bloody-mindedness. So much so that most of them seem to have signed up for next year already. The streets round us are alive to the pitter-patter of hundreds of joggers and I have to offer an apology: on my walks with my clumsy, errant labrador he seems to have taken to heading towards runners coming in the other direction to say hello. The problem with this is he then creates a instant trip hazard as the lead stretches across the pavement, necessitating the unfortunate athlete to have to throw in a random hurdle or end up sprawled on the tarmac. Still, all good for training I suppose. As usual, we have lots of ideas for things to get out and do, and not all of them involve running and falling over. Enjoy the issue.

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

Thanks, Steve

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ISSUE 24 /// JUNE 2014



Active meets the Dutch cycling legend


Local youngsters take on epic adventure


Burghley Park launches new academy


Advice from local nutritionist Imogen Shaw

24-25 HEALTH AND WELLBEING The latest on looking and feeling great


Sponsored cycle rides, festivals, arts shows...

29 FIVE THINGS TO DO IN JUNE Alternatives to the World Cup

30-31 KITBAG

More great sports clothing and equipment



The Sunday Times writer on the World Cup



Eyebrook Lake gears up for the new season


Father and son restore a classic Audi Quattro


Get involved with Rutland Sailing Club


JB and Matt head into Stamford to try out the 8848



Will Hetherington and Ella explore Duddington


How to travel in safety with your dog


Our focus on the latest achievements from local pupils

62-70 ROUND-UP

How clubs in the Stamford and Rutland area are faring

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Filthy muckers On May 10, the world’s largest assault course returned to Burghley House. In the grounds of England’s finest Elizabethan country estate, more than 6,000 ‘muckers’ took on the monstrous course consisting of 200 obstacles around the demanding 20-mile course. The aer-party, which took place in an enormous big top beer tent, saw Reverend and the Makers and Greg James entertain the ‘survivors’. The Dirty Weekend course record stands at a blistering 2 hr 34 mins 12secs, set by Jonathan Albon – beating his 2013 winning time. So if you fancy a shot at next year’s silverware you best get training now.

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


Open gardens The following gardens in Rutland are welcoming visitors in aid of the National Gardens Scheme in June:  Sunday, June 8: The Old Vicarage, Burley. 1.30pm - 5pm. Admission £4.  Sunday, June 22: Empingham Gardens. Home Farm House, Lavender Cottage and Prebendal House. 2pm - 5.30pm. Combined admission £5.  Sunday, June 29: Orchard House, Hambleton. 10am - 5pm Admission £3.50 Light refreshments and teas (served in village hall in the event of bad weather).

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You can get into Bourne Grammar School from Stamford, The Deepings, Peterborough and Spalding


VOS FACT FILE Born: May 13, 1987 Nickname: The Cannibal Notable wins: various national cycling championships in Holland. Many wins in road racing classic events 2008: Olympic gold medal in the Points race 2008: UCI Track Cycling World Champion in the Points race


Fast lady: Marianne Vos Active met Dutch cycling legend Marianne Vos at Rutland Cycling’s Giant store


Active: When did you start cycling? Marianne Vos: When I was five. My father has kept everything I have ridden since at home.

Active: What say do you have in your training? MV: I have a conversation with the coach and I make the training plan myself.

Active: What’s your big aim for this year? MV: The World Championships. Team time trials are one of the biggest goals too, as we’ve got some new gun power in the team. Active: In the mornings when you have to train, what gets you up? MV: I love to race my bike, it’s the best. I feel really blessed being an athlete and having the opportunity to go out on my bike everyday. Searching for progress for myself and how I can get better, not only physically but mentally. As long as you can improve yourself that’s the motivation you need. It’s also great to be able to motivate and inspire other people. Active: What has been your biggest setback? MV: I might win a lot of races but there is still a lot of disappointment. That’s sport. It’s not only wins, but mistakes help you for the next time. It’s the losses that help me most with motivation. The fih silver medal in Copenhagen got me so angry. Active: What’s your favourite discipline? MV: I like a combination of the disciplines, it keeps you fresh and motivated.

Active: How does the selection process work? Do you have to do a certain race? MV: There’s one rider that will get selected by rankings and the other three will get selected by the coach. In cycling it’s not about results of the individual it’s about results of the team.

We have a Rutland Cycling jersey up for grabs, signed my Marianne Vos. To win simply answer this question... Which UK county is the first leg of the Tour de France taking place later this month? Email vos@theactivemag.com Closing date June 25

Active: How do you deal with critics? MV: If it’s critics from the inner circle and from pros then you can learn from them, but if they’re not, then you just forget it and carry on. Active: How do you decide which disciplines you’re going to focus on for Rio 2016? MV: I want to defend my title when I’m there. Rio is the big goal and the road event is the main focus.

Active: Which is the training session you enjoy doing the least and most? MV: I like endurance rides. Sometimes intensive training can bring the satisfaction, but you know you’re going to be in pain. Active: Who are your sporting heroes? MV: Lionel Messi – the smile on his face during the game, not thinking about money or the pressure. I like that way of being an athlete. Active: What do you do to relax? MV: Ride a bike?! When I go for an endurance ride, it’s the most relaxing. As is lying in bed, but it’s not relaxing for the head, lying there thinking! Active: How does it feel to be such an inspiration? MV: It’s really an honour that you can share that passion and that you are an inspiration to other people. Marianne Vos rides for Rabo Liv Team

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In the garden this month Flaming June! Hopefully this will be the case so the weary gardener can take time to sit and enjoy the mid-summer heatwave and admire the roses and herbaceous borders which are coming into full bloom. But before doing that there’s plenty to do as June is the month of exuberant growth and unfortunately this also includes weeds. In dry conditions hoe regularly. Mow the lawn at least weekly and stake large floppy herbaceous plants. Cut back spring flowering plants that have now gone over. If you haven’t planted out summer bedding or put pots outside now is the time to do it. Again, if it’s hot and dry June is all about watering. It’s also the month of the rose and when they begin their spectacular displays. For good quality individual blooms remove the small side buds from flower shoots. Spray against greenfly and blackspot. Other plants to particularly enjoy this month are allium, delphiniums, lupins, aquilegia and cornflowers.


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The yellow peril When you’re out and about do you look across the fields and debate which crop is which? This month we look at the much maligned oilseed rape. Famous for it’s bright yellow flower it’s a member of the brassica family. Some hate the expanse of yellow across the countryside, others love it. Just coming to the end of its flowering period long thin pods will soon develop which house tiny black rape seeds. Also known as canola, it’s the third largest source of vegetable oil in the world. Used for animal feed, vegetable oil and increasingly bio-diesel. It’s a very popular winter break crop with farmers as the foliage covers the soil and adds nutrients that are particularly beneficial to a following wheat crop. Blamed by many for causing hayfever but never actually proven to do so.

June is the month when you begin to enjoy the benefits of your hard work. Lettuce and radishes are ready to harvest. Many herbs are ready to pick and use, keep chopping them back to encourage new growth. Water and weeding are vital this month. It seems that in June if you turn your back for a minute the weeds have taken over. Protect your peas, brassicas and so fruit from birds by netting them. Late June the peas and broad beans will be ready to harvest along with beetroot, spinach, rhubarb, cauliflower and cabbage. Regularly feed tomato plants and pinch out the small side shoots that grow between the leaf and main stems. Put up supports for climbing beans. Sow winter cabbage and beetroot. Feed remaining asparagus but don’t cut it down, let it grow until it goes brown in the autumn. And finally pick some strawberries and enjoy the fruits of your labour!

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Come and spoil yourself to a full afternoon tea at The Falcon Hotel in Uppingham and let us treat you to a free glass of Prosecco in June!

One person: £13.95 Two people: £23.95 Three people: £31.95

The Falcon Hotel, Market Place, Uppingham, LE15 9PY info@falcon-hotel.co.uk 01572 823 535 www.falcon-hotel.co.uk Terms & conditions apply. Please book in advance. Served 2.30pm-5pm Monday-Sunday. Please quote ‘ActiveJune14’ to receive the Prosecco offer. Code valid until July 1st 2014. One free glass per person only. Cannot be used with any other offer or voucher. Offer subject to availability. Pictured above afternoon tea for 2 people.

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summer events

Barnsdale Hall Hotel


As activity at OEP continues to build, there are already a diverse range of businesses operating from the site including several from the recreation sector including:


Rutland’s only Crossfit gym specialising in cardio, strength and gymnastics work-outs. They use traditional fitness equipment such as barbells, ropes and cardio equipment to ensure full body conditioning. Drop in sessions from just £10. Contact owner and Head Coach Ryan Smith on 07881 021796 or www.crossfitoakham.co.uk GOLF PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE

Professional golf coach Tom Caldicott recently launched his new indoor performance studio which uses cutting edge technology to assess and optimise golfers’ technical and physical abilities. The facility even includes a putting trainer and a fitness studio and corporate groups are also catered for. Contact Tom on 07506 178877 or www.gpiuk.com


Airsoft is becoming increasingly popular and offers an exciting (and cleaner!) alternative to paintball and perfect for corporate and stag events. Their new event zone at OEP is known as “The Gaol” and looks set to become one of the UK’s premier Airsoft venues. Director Justin Reffin can be contacted on 07976 457602 or www.matlockcombatgames.com

Due to start in June 2014; Group Exercise and Nutritional Advice for free! Phone number below to book your place!


Brand new personal training studio Contact Ben on 07795 050865 or www.beneassonfit.com


In terms of the School Games Team Competition, results are below: Position






St Mary’s & St John (Squad 1)








Current Primary Medals Table: http://www.activerutland.org.uk/primaryresults.html Secondary Varsity League Table: http://www.activerutland.org.uk/secondaryresults.html


The FLIC Programme is due to start in September in Rutland therefore if you and your family would like to be involved. Please phone 0116 222 7154 to be placed on the booking list.


Are you a keen runner? Would you like to develop your running skills to help others? Why not become a run leader? We have the opportunity for 2 individuals to become run leaders. Please contact Beverly Hopper on 07876 380184 for more information. Next training date is 29th June.



From here to Mongolia Three ex-Stamford School Boys (The Khan’s Croquet Club) have gained a coveted place on The Mongol Rally and will be heading off on July 20 to drive from London to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia – a journey that will take them through 20 countries and over 10,000 miles, much of it quite inhospitable land. Andy Bichan, Ben Lovell and Rory Langan all le the school last year. Ben is studying at Newcastle while the other two have enjoyed gap years roaming the globe. The boys spent much of their two years in the sixth from dreaming of the adventures they wanted to have and in August last year signed up for the Mongol Rally.

The rally should take between three and five weeks. To make the rally more interesting the organisers insist that all vehicles used are less than 1,000cc. So the lads have bought a 1997 Volkswagen Polo and named her Minty. The next six weeks are going to be spent getting her ‘match ready’. And not just the car, the boys are going to have an intensive refresher course of their school-boy Russian as well as teaching themselves DIY mechanics. They are also looking for sponsorship to help them on their way so if any local business are interested please contact either Andy or Rory on andybichan@gmail.com.

The rally isn’t just about having an adventure. Each team is expected to raise money for the organisers’ charity and one of their own. The Khan’s Croquet Club are supporting the CLIC Sargent charity that supports children and teenagers with cancer, and also their families. It is a charity close to the boys’ hearts as it has helped several children and families across the Stamford Endowed Schools. It is named aer Malcolm Sargent, an old Stamfordian. Here at Active we are going to follow the boys and their adventures each month. To find out more visit www.dccmongolrally.blogspot.com or www.jusstgiving.com/kccmongolrally.


Stampy makes his mark Stamford Daniels ‘superfan’ Giles Stampy Lawrence is celebrating aer watching his 400th consecutive Daniels game recently. Stampy closed the season on a massive 405 consecutive games supporting the reds, a run that started in August 2007 and has lasted through atrocious weather, appalling results and many highs. Known as Stampy because of his job at the Royal Mail in Peterborough, he is much more than just a superfan. As well as being a regular fixture Stampy edits the club’s website, regularly takes players and the team kit to games and is assistant manager of the under-14s. What would they do without him? Giles is pictured with his niece Gabby and the Hereward Trophy.

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Membership from only £100! Join the Golf Academy for £100 and enjoy preferential pay and play rates, including £20 for 18 holes on weekend afternoons! Also includes one hour in our golf simulator, due to be completed this summer. Bring a copy of this advert with you when you join and enjoy a complimentary round of golf on us, midweek or weekends after 12 noon. Other membership types are available, please call us on 01572 787044 to discuss the best option for you.

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BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE AT ALL CENTRES OVER 400 BIKES ON DISPLAY, BRITAIN’S PREMIER BIKE RETAILER Rutland Cycling. Bull Brigg Lane, Rutland Water LE15 8BL Tel: 01780 460705 Giant Store Rutland. Normanton Car Park, Rutland Water LE15 8HD Tel: 01780 720888 Grafham Cycling. Marlow Car Park, Grafham Water, Cambridge PE28 0BH Tel: 01480 812500 Fineshade Cycling. Top Lodge, Fineshade Woods, Northants NN17 3BB Tel: 01780 440899



(The other) World Cup fever Who knows Britain might yet win the world cup! No, not the Fifa one with the sporting prima donnas but the Medical Football World Cup that takes place, also in Brazil, between 4-12 July. An annual event, the British team have won before and are hotly tipped. Made up of medical doctors from around the UK, local doctor Kevin

Stanton-King is one of the team. Oakham-based firm Sports Medasun, based above the Rutland Radio studio, are one of the main sponsors. Manufacturers of compression garments, they will be clothing the team. Their garments can improve performance by up to 12% for a man and

a tremendous 30% for women. Their gear improves lymphatic drainage and blood flow, reduces swelling and the build up of lactic acid. To find out more about Medasun’s gear and the Medical World Cup visit www.athletics8.co.uk. Go the Doctors!


Golf for all at Burghley Have you wanted to learn to play golf but haven’t got a clue how to get started, or think it’s far too exclusive to get into a club? Well, problem solved. Burghley Park Golf Club has launched the new Burghley Golf Academy. The academy offers the chance to join up with other newcomers and learn together. A spokesman for the club said: ‘We are looking for those who have always wanted to play but don’t know where to start.” The Academy is aimed at all age groups. Membership offers a flexible package of lessons and golf rounds, full membership of the clubhouse and practice ground and the chance to get a handicap. Burghley has extensive practice facilities including a putting green, large chipping green, bunkers and a large full length practice ground along with an all weather hitting area and large covered bay which is used for teaching in wet weather. Membership of the academy is £250 pa. For more details visit www.club-noticeboard.co.uk/burghley or contact head professional Mark Jackson.

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Activelife NATURE


How to spot a kestrel

An MoT for life

Have you noticed a hawk hovering on the side of a motorway and wondered what it is? It’s most probably a kestrel, oen seen perched on a telegraph pole or wire on the look out for prey. Perhaps the most easily recognised bird of prey as they hover over roadside verges, kestrels remain widespread locally. More intensive farming has forced them to hunt over whatever areas of rough grassland they can find. As well as roadsides, you will also see them hunting over young forestry plantations. Their ability to remain rock steady in the wind as they scan for prey gave them their old country name of ‘windhover’. Kestrels feed mainly on small mammals – shrews, voles and fieldmice – but they will also take small birds and even beetles and earthworms. Food remains of fur, bones and beetle wing cases are cast up as pellets. The female is reddish-brown with blackish barring above and on the tail. Males have a bluish-grey tail and head with chestnut upper parts, black spotted – handsome birds. Unlike other birds of prey, kestrels make no nest, laying their eggs in tree hollows, old crow nests or quarry ledges. They take readily to nestboxes and a pair oen breeds in one by Lyndon Centre at Rutland Water – have a look when visiting the ospreys this summer.

Rutland-based nutrionist and former Stamford High School pupil Imogen Shaw tells us how vital it is to give your diet a good heckover


Sports injury therapy A hazard of being an athlete, whether top class or an occasional jogger, is injury. The Broad Street practice in Stamford has now been joined by Glyn Davys who offers deep sports massage. Glyn has a degree in sports therapy and offers sports and remedial massage and combined massage and exercise rehabilitation. Glyn has recently worked with soldiers at the Household Cavalry and players at the Nike Football Academy. Come and meet Glyn and the practice’s whole team of healthcare practitioners on June 10 when they are holding an open evening from 6-9pm to celebrate their 18th year in business.

Our bodies are very much like cars. They require fuel, water and oil to work properly and if we don’t give them the right amounts of and, more importantly, good quality, fuel and oil then we can start to develop problems. Even if we look aer our car very well, things can still go wrong. If you were driving along and a red light came on in your car or it started making a horrible noise, what would you do? Yes, I’m sure there are some of you who would just leave it, but I bet that most of you would probably panic, might even be scared to drive the car and would quickly book it in to be seen by a professional. Because if you don’t it could be dangerous, right? Even if you don’t think anything is wrong you still take it in every year for an MOT and service – just to make sure that everything is okay and it will be reliable. So, why don’t you do the same for your body? I can bet that you have had some ‘red lights’ in your body telling you that something isn’t quite right but you have probably just ignored them thinking it’s just normal. Examples of ‘red lights’ are: Bloating Excessive gas/wind Acid reflux/heartburn/indigestion Irregular bowel movements Cold hands and/or feet Issues with Cholesterol, Blood Pressure etc. Frequently urinating during the night Cravings for certain foods (sugar) Reliance on caffeinated drinks Very bad energy levels (peaks and crashes) None of these are ‘normal’ and you really don’t have to live with them. If you are panicking and thinking “that’s me!” don’t worry – I have the solution! Here at Shaw Nutrition, we offer Diet MOTs (check out our advert) so that you can come in, check that everything is working as it should be, and sort out any ‘red lights’. Remember, your body is worth much more than even the world’s best supercar! To contact Imogen or to make an appointment to see her at her Tinwell practice go to www.shawnutrition.co.uk or telephone 07854 252437.


Calling all sports clubs Rutland Day on September 13 is coming round fast but this year is going to be slightly different. As well as the usual event showcasing Rutland and all it has to offer, this year’s event tis going to have a sports zone. There is going to be a mini sports arena on the site at Sykes Lane which will have a show/display/activity running at least every hour. Within the zone there will be space for local sports clubs to have a stall to promote themselves. The possibilities are huge and will enable any club, whatever their activity, to showcase their abilities, promote themselves and recruit new members. If you wish to be involved, and to book your slot, please ring Antony Entwistle on 01572 653017.

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

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QUALITY TIME: Parents urged to go gadget-free To help digitally distracted parents get a better quality of life in 2014, MyFamilyClub.co.uk is launching their ‘Go Gadget free’ campaign to get mums and dads to set aside time away from their smartphone, iPad or Kindle and make special time for their kids. Gemma Johnson, a mum to three young children under 7, a digital entrepreneur and CEO/founder of MyFamilyClub, explains: “As a parent I experience the struggle trying to juggle work and family life and the additional demands of existing in a digital world. “We all lead busy lives but it is so important to lead by example with our device usage. Boundaries are set by the parents first and we need to know how to spot the signs if you are heading for a digital burnout. We want to encourage the nation to put away their digital devices, unplug and pledge to spend time doing something different with their children such as going out for a bike ride, going the park, learning a new activity or

Re-engaging children with sport New research shows how primary schools can engage disengaged children into school sport and activity. Last year, Sport England commissioned children’s healthy lifestyle provider Fit For Sport to explore how schools could provide more opportunities for young people to be physically more active and take part in school sport. Importantly, children of all physical levels and ability were targeted. While Engage to Compete encouraged additional activity in PE lessons from PE teachers, the biggest impact was on non-curricular staff and time periods at school. Non-PE department staff learned how to deliver physical activities during lunchtime and playtime, tapping into underused resources and making the lunchtime ‘downtime’ more positive and productive. This was welcomed by schools, with 62% highlighting competition and activity in playtime as a key requirement.

The pilot programme was funded by Sport England and delivered by Fit For Sport. It set out to develop children’s confidence and skills to make the pathway easier between school sport/ activity and representing their schools at the Sainsbury’s School Games. The programme provides structured and personalised training for PE and support staff, resources and on-site support. It engages the whole school – not just ‘sporty’ children – and gives youngsters access to positive and frequent physical activity and school sport sessions. Sport England director of community sport Mike Diaper said: “We know that children’s early experience of sport and physical activity plays a major role in developing a sporting habit as they grow older. It’s very positive to see how giving pupils access to sport in innovative ways outside of traditional PE lessons can help build an appetite for sport and even competition.”

taking a walk in the woods. Or how about some good old fashioned non-digital ‘me time’ reading a book, pampering yourself or simply enjoying your surroundings and taking it slow.” Since launch in April 2012, Johnson has grown MyFamilyClub to reach an audience of over a quarter of a million “highly-engaged” parents and the topic of social media overload, news fatigue and digital burnout are a genuine concern. Adult and children’s usage of technology is a burning topic and one that families are working hard to try and achieve the right balance. Getting the balance right in our constantly connected digital world, is key to enjoying family life but new statistics reveal that more families than ever are finding it hard to spend quality time together due to digital overload and technology dominating family life. The new statistics reveal that 40% of families own more than seven devices in one household alone.

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FRESH AIR: Getting youngsters outdoors Gone are the days of children playing out in the street, making friends and getting plenty of exercise and fresh air. Today’s youngsters are more than likely cooped up in their bedrooms, eyes fixated on the television and games controller in hand. Should parents be concerned about the lack of outdoor play their children are getting? And are parents becoming too lazy to find children things to play and do, other than sticking them in front of a TV screen? FieldandTrek.com have taken a look into why children spend less time outdoors and what parents can do to change the fast becoming stereotype of today’s younger generation. A survey conducted on behalf of wood preservation company Ronseal reveals that children spend up to 10 times as long playing video games and watching TV as they do playing outdoors. This equates to one whole day out of each week spent indoors on electrical devices and

only 2.5 hours each week playing outdoors. Despite these shocking statistics, only 4 in 10 of the 2,000 people surveyed admitted their children don’t spend enough time outdoors. There was a time when children could play freely in the streets and neighbourhoods with other children, causing little worry to parents about their whereabouts. Unfortunately, we now live in a time where letting children go off and play outside can pose many threats and dangers, including strangers and busy road traffic. This is an obvious reason why many parents would much rather children stay inside, where they are safe and can be kept an eye on. The NHS recommends that children aged 5-18 years old should be getting at least 60 minutes of exercise every day. This may be hard to fit in if children are spending 3-4 hours in front of the TV, so it’s time for parents to make some big changes. It is very important for children to grow up with a

good level of health and fitness, playing outdoors for an hour or so aer school is a fantastic way for kids to keep fit, without even realising. Many games can be played outdoors in the garden, no matter how big or small that garden may be. Ball games, hide and seek and other classic games or simply going for a walk with the family dog can be fun for everyone. Those who lack garden space or live in busy, dangerous areas could join a club or take part in a weekly activity with younger children, such as rock climbing, ice skating or swimming, an easy way to keep them active as well as having fun. There are many ways for parents to incorporate outdoor play into their children’s lives and there are endless activities for kids to learn and enjoy. Weaning children away from TVs and games consoles and encouraging them to play outdoors will not only save on the electricity bill but will do wonders for their health and fitness as well.

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Oundle Festival fortnight The Oundle International Festival runs alongside the Oundle Food Festival from July 6-20 with the Food Festival Street Market launching it all on July 5. From 8.30 in the morning the whole of Oundle’s beautiful streets will be closed to traffic and playing host to over 70 stalls offering a huge range of delicious delicacies. The rest of the festival rolls out aerwards combining three festivals at once. The Food, the Street Theatre and Fringe Festival along with the International Festival that is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a wonderful array of different music and concerts. To find out more visit www. oundlefoodfestival.co.uk and www. oundlefestival.org.uk


Pedal power Get your helmets out and your Lycra on and join the NSPCC Business Support Group on their sponsored bike ride on Sunday, June 22. The event starts from from 9am at Whitwell and the ride covers 17 miles around Rutland Water. Last year they raised £17,000 with the help of 175 local cyclists who took part and this year they hope to reach £20,000. All the money raised will help children locally. If you don’t have a bike you can hire one from Rutland Cycling (01780 460750) but must pre-order it. Entry fee is £10 for adults, £5 for under 16s or £25 for the family. There’s a complimentary goodie bag for each entrant and a free hog roast at the finish line. For more details go to www.rutlandbikeride.eventbrite.co.uk


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Rutland artists open their studios It’s that time of year again when local Rutland artists open their studios throughout June for everyone to come and see their work. Rutland Open Studios is made up of a group of local artists, be they painters, potters, printers or photographers to name a few. All produce work of a high standard and open their studios so members of the public get the opportunity to visit and purchase original artwork. For more information and to plan the art trail visit www.rutlandopenstudios.co.uk

The Sturgess Jaguar and Land Rover Polo Cup on Sunday, August 31 is this year’s high profile social event in aid of the Matt Hampson Foundation. A great event for you to relax at with friends, colleagues or clients whist being entertained watching a fast action polo tournament. There is an exclusive VIP pop up restaurant and sun garden, a public food and refreshment zone, shops and Leicester Tigers are providing exciting activities in the family area. The directors of Funky-Tents and Events have organised this unique event as both a corporate day and for families with all profits going to the Matt Hampson Foundation. To book tickets and for more information visit www. poloevents.co.uk or 0843 506 5001

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ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET, GO! Active publisher Chris Meadows and girlfriend Lucy Eayrs are in training for the Perkins Great Eastern Run in October. We’ll be following their training every month

Month 2: eating the right food I’m up and running, so to speak, and getting used to battling through the alcohol haze on Sundays. But if I’m ever going to get near the sub-two hour I’m aiming for in October I am going to have to take a long, hard look at what I’m eating. I have to be honest, my diet is poor, well very poor. Last week it was mainly Chinese takeaways, pizza and alcohol – not very ‘Active’. It’s time to take some action so we’re off to see Imogen Shaw from Shaw Nutrition. Imogen is going to help Lucy and I fuel ourselves properly up to and on the day of the marathon. Imogen asked us about our diets using the Eatwell Plate diagram. It quickly became apparent that Lucy eats pretty healthily (if you exclude the vast amount of chocolate) and my diet revolves mainly around the purple zone – food and drinks high in fat and/ or sugar. I do eat plenty from other areas but I’m terrible at eating enough fruit and veg. I struggle to eat five a day so am nowhere the 10 a day that recent research suggests we should have. It’s all about finding a balance. We need to eat foods that slowly release energy. Simple changes such as eating brown bread rather than white and brown

2014 rice and pasta will help. If you eat lots of food high in sugar your body will see large peaks and troughs as insulin is produced to keep a healthy blood sugar level. As the levels fall the body craves more sugar and the vicious circle begins. Back to training. Imogen told us that there is an important 30 minute window aer you finish when you need to replenish what the body has lost. A banana aer you finish is great as it also adds to your five a day (or 10). Another key point is hydration. Imogen suggests we drink a minimum of 1.2 litres a day, topped up when you exercise. Lucy is very good and does this so she was teacher’s pet. I’m not so good, the odd bottle of water and can of diet coke and a pint of squash aer exercising. The rest of the stuff that passes through my lips has normally been fermented first. I’ve come back from Imogen on a mission. I’ve got to get my diet more like the Eatwell plate. More fruit and veg, a good intake of wholegrain starchy foods, less from the purple section and more water intake, up to two litres a day. Move over Mo Farah! Join Chris and Lucy and enter the Perkins Great Eastern Run at www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk


A trip down memory lane Want to see the first ever car registered in Rutland? Dating back to 1903 you can see this and many other historic steam engines, lorries, tractors, tanks classic cars and bikes at the first Rutland Festival of Transport. The event takes place on 5-6 July at Wireless Hill, South Luffenham, LE15 8NF. There’s lots of family entertainment from arena displays to children’s rides including a small funfair, licensed bar, catering, stalls and much more including live music at night. See www.rutland.co.uk for details.

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5 things to do in June... Forget the football (the World Cup kicks off on June 12 and lasts for a month). Head out into the sunshine and enjoy a few alternatives...  Take aernoon tea. Walk up to Burghley House to the Orangery, go to The George, enjoy the garden at The Crown in Stamford, pop into the Riverside or claim a free glass of prosecco at The Falcon in Uppingham.  Take a ride on the Rutland Belle at Whitwell. What better way to spend an aernoon than sailing around Rutland Water enjoying the sights?  PYO strawberries. Lots available locally. Just try not to eat as many as you pick!  Book tickets for Tolethorpe. The Stamford Shakespeare season open on June 2. Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass and As you like It are both being performed throughout June. 01780 756133  Have a flutter on this year’s Derby on June 7 And what about a double – Andy Murray to win Wimbledon again?

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The latest kit to keep you active this summer

Lafont Paris sunglasses Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi smart scales

No fitness gadget obsessive can make do with an ancient set of bathroom scales. What’s needed are wireless smart scales, like these from Fitbit. They won’t just tell you your weight, they’ll track weight changes and monitor BMI and body fat percentage for up to seven people. The data is uploaded via your WiFi network and available online or in a free iPhone app. Pair them with one of Fitbit’s activity trackers, such as the Fitbit One (£79.99) and you can add even more data. Price £89.99 From Amazon.co.uk

Look stylish in the sun in these handmade luxury sunglasses, which include polarised lenses so you’ll stay safe from those harmful UV rays at the same time. Price c.£289 From Stamford Eye Clinic

Hannibal wolf box

These storage boxes are made of a strong recycled plastic and are perfect for storage either inside your vehicle when travelling or strapped to a roofrack. They are stackable and showerproof with a liner also available that fits inside to keep out the dust and water. A waterproof cover allows two or three wolf boxes to be strapped to the roof. Price from £23 (ex-VAT) From Nene Overland

Birkenstock sandals

Birkenstocks are the perfect choice of summer footwear for an active lifestyle. They are designed for the natural form of the foot to allow freedom of movement and support. On top of this, they are bang on trend this summer so, for once, enjoy being able to have style and comfort! Price £44.95 From Cavells

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Meindl Journey PRO GTX

A nice approach style shoe from Meindl, the Journey PRO GTXs are wider than the standard fit. The velour leather and mesh uppers are backed up with a waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex GTX lining. The comfort sport sole unit is designed with an optimum heel-to-toe motion. The package is completed with an air active wellness sport footbed. Price £114.49 From Rutland Cycling


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Steel is a highly under-rated material. While it is slightly heavier than aluminium, it does have a lot of very desirable features. Soer, it is more forgiving and more comfortable to ride, and because it is stronger it also means that tubing can be built thinner, providing a gorgeous retro look. This Genesis Equilibrium 00 road bike combines impeccable handling, speed, comfort and quality components to make it ideal for sportives and Sunday rides. Price £629.99 From Rutland Cycling

Athletics 8 is a scientifically proven sports compression wear range. It has a built in Cool -Max moisture management and odour-control anti-bacterial protection, UPF50, laboratory tested and clinically studied while also giving comfort and performance. It’s claimed to improve endurance, reduce muscle soreness, improve performance and decrease muscle recovery time. Price £50.40 (plus £5.95 postage) From www.athletics8.co.uk

Orro Oxygen

The Oxygen’s carbon frame, balance and all-round geometry provide comfort and performance for a variety of different rides including regular fast-paced commuting, mid-length road rides and those times when you want to go ‘long’ for that big sportive. This equates to a bike that handles exceptionally and will offer a spritely ride up any of your local climbs with reduced fatigue as your ride progresses. Price £1,399.99 From Oakham Cycle Centre

Speedo Muscleback

If you enjoy keeping fit and swim regularly, then this swimsuit is ideal for you. The classic design features the iconic monogram print. The Muscleback design makes this swimsuit ideal for longer training sessions, as it offers flexibility and freedom of movement. This swimsuit is made from Endurance 10 fabric which is up to 10 times more chlorine resistant than unprotected elastane, durable and resistant to snagging, offering great comfort and shape retention, swim aer swim. Price £30 From Speedo

Cube Axial WLS GTC SL

This women`s road bike wants to be raced. Complete Shimano Ultegra components are fast shiing and super reliable. The new CUBE cockpit with ergonomic Wing Race bar and Performance stem is a distinctive feature. Twin Mold technology allows perfect controlof the wall thickness and the amount of resin, especially on highly stressed areas of the frame. The CUBE CSL Race Carbon fork delivers excellent steering precision. Price £1,799 From Cycle Wright

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Nowhere to run to, nowhere to hide from the World Cup Martin Johnson isn’t looking forward to the tournament came across a website recently quoting the odds on a variety of strange things happening, and it struck me that the chances of visiting A&E due to an injury caused by a pogo stick (115,300 to 1) would probably not be too far away from England’s prospects of winning the World Cup. However, the odds on managing to avoid it aren’t quite so generous, unless you own your own space shuttle, and we’re already under way with the news that Wayne Rooney will be consulting the sports psychologist Steve Peters to make sure his head is in the right place. Comforting news indeed, or it would be were it not for the fact that Dr Peters’ last two high profile assignments involved helping Ronnie O’Sullivan in the world snooker final, and nursing Liverpool down the home straight of the league title run-in... However, what it tells us is that England are leaving nothing to chance in their bid to win the World Cup for the first time since the players wore unfeasibly tight shorts and earned £100 a week. Including the cleverly thought out plan to beat the Brazilian heat by having them train in three layers of jersey. It’s a bit unfair on our lads taking the World Cup to all these hot places, although England’s very presence ensures that it gets hotter every time. Aerodynamic boffins have established that every flag of St George fluttering from a car contributes towards several thousand gallons of extra fuel burned during the competition. So even for those of you who couldn’t give a fig how fast the polar ice cap is melting, or whether Tewkesbury is eventually going to have to build a flotilla of arcs for its residents to sail around it after the latest downpour, it’s nothing less than your patriotic duty to ensure that Wayne and the boys don’t get stretchered off with heatstroke, and keep those flags off your car. Not only do I plan to keep my own vehicle free of any sign of St George, I am also having the radio removed just in case I am tempted to press the Five Live button during the tournament. My memory of previous tournaments is sitting in five-mile tailbacks and listening in growing disbelief to some hyperventilating commentator banging on about the line-ups for Tunisia versus Saudi Arabia. With kick-off still five hours away. However, not only will I have the radio disconnected, I will also


ensure that my car never ends up taking me to the supermarket. During the last World Cup, the likes of Tesco and Asda might just as well have closed down until England were eliminated, given that it was nigh on impossible to get served. On one occasion, the morning after a pedestrian England performance against the group minnow, the man supposed to be serving at the meat counter, and another re-stocking the shelves, had halted all operations while they discussed the game. One asserted that the opposition’s negative tactics were against the spirit of the thing, and had prevented our superior forces from strutting their stuff. The shelf stacker, however, was adamant that of the last two teams he’d seen playing in white shirts, Port Vale were the classier by some margin. I warn you now. Stay away from Morrisons during the tournament, unless you’re prepared to wait half an hour at checkout while the two adjacent till operators are having a violent argument about whether Hodgson should be playing 4-4-2 or 4-5-1. You’d better stay out of the pub as well. The World Cup makes experts of us all, not least when you’ve got 10 pints of Old Peculiar down your neck. So, stay out of supermarkets, don’t turn on the car radio, keep away from the pub, and lastly, don’t take the train is my advice. Or if you do, make sure you book a seat in the ‘quiet’ coach. That way, you’ll avoid people saying strange things on their mobiles, such as: “Hi darling, we’ll be pulling in to Didcot in about 10 minutes. It’s Ukraine versus the Ivory Coast tonight, and if I put my foot down I should be home just in time for the kick off.” It will, of course, be wall-to-wall on the telly, and each match will have a build up lasting at least as long as the game itself. There are all sorts of ways they can spin it out, but the most popular is usually by giving the viewer a potted history of the countries taking part. As in a game involving, say, Spain, where you find yourself sitting through clips of bullfights rather than, as would be more accurate, giant cranes sitting idle next to half built apartments. The further England go, the more educated we’ll all be, although we need to avoid Germany, not just to avoid going out on penalties, but to avoid commentators telling us what we already know. That they like to eat saukraut and dress up in shorts with long socks. The World Cup is a class A drug, which turns us all into a nation of couch potatoes. At the end of it, living rooms across Britain will be full of 180-inch HD plasmas, all to watch – now that there’s no more World Cup for another four years – an episode of Eastenders.

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Eye season!

This year, why not try fly fishing at Eyebrook Reservoir, our other major lake? By John Parry Photography: Andy Balmford

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utland Water dominates the geography of the region, but there is another significant lake in our area which offers some very fine fishing. And experts reckon that this year angling at Eyebrook Reservoir could be one of the best ever. A total of 7,000 rainbow trout have been stocked into the reservoir and regular fish stockings at various points around the reservoir’s perimeter will continue throughout the 2014 season. Fish suppliers The River Gwash and Westacre Trout Farms have over the years supplied the Eyebrook with many thousands of superb quality trout. Brown trout are still trickle stocked and anglers are encouraged to return any brown trout they catch, although the majority of stocked trout these days

are rainbows. Senior warden Jamie Moore says: “I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a great season, with the opportunity for visiting anglers to catch some hard fighting fish.” Jamie added that last season it was encouraging to see the number of ‘new blood’ that visited the reservoir for the first time, and the popularity among beginners of the Wednesday Night Boat League. Fishery manager Andy Miller has seen it all before – many times – and is quietly optimistic that 2014 may prove to be one of the best seasons ever at Eyebrook Trout Fishery. Andy says: “Everything is working to favour the Eyebrook angler in 2014 and with more permit options now available for all anglers, including the addition of a

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The fishing at Eyebrook promises to be good this year. Boats are available to hire and the tackle shop is fully stocked

beginners’ season permit which should prove to be popular, it is going to be an exciting fishing year.” “Eyebrook offers a great deal for still water trout anglers and over a period of several decades has evolved into probably one of the most professional and friendliest commercial trout fisheries in the UK which should be rightly proud of its status.” If you are considering fly fishing as a pastime or would like to have a go, catch up with Andy Miller at Eyebrook Trout Fishery for relaxed and very friendly fly fishing tuition and advice, even if you may be encountering problems with your present casting technique. Andy also offers constructive and sensible advice on tactics for different fishing conditions, right down to that essential choice of fly line or fly pattern. Where to fish is generally not a problem either, but he reckons has been known to come unstuck once or twice in the past! Today, the Eyebrook Trout Fishery has a reputation as one of the finest commercial fly-fishing venues in the UK. The reservoir has over five miles of easily accessible and scenic bank fishing and there are also thirty motorboats for those who prefer to fish from a boat. The fishery is justifiably proud of its commitment to provide equality of opportunity for disabled anglers. The fisheries facilities are fully accessible with car parking close to the water. The fishery boasts three WheelyBoats, especially designed for the use of disabled anglers that were provided by The WheelyBoat Trust. For information relating to the WheelyBoat Trust go to

WHO TO CONTACT Andy can set you on the right track from the word go – with over 40 years of fly-fishing experience he is on hand to assist with any fishing related queries or problems you may be encountering. To book up with Andy Miller or a member of the Eyebrook team, call the fishing lodge on 01536 772930. Fly fishing tackle can be supplied. Enjoy a taster day with Andy Miller and one hour’s tuition, and then have a go for yourself. When an angler has successfully completed a Taster Day, it would entitle the holder to purchase a beginners season ticket at Eyebrook for the 2014 fishing season.

EYEBROOK: A HISTORY EYEBROOK RESERVOIR was built by Stewarts and Lloyds (now Tata Steel) under the Corby (Northants) and District Water Company Acts 1931 and 1934. Construction on the dam started in 1937 and was completed in 1940. The reservoir was opened to the public for fly-fishing in 1952; by this time it had already become an important habitat for a diverse selection of wildlife and it was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1956. This means that the Eyebrook estate must be maintained in conjunction with Natural England to preserve its environment. Eyebrook Reservoir is still one of the most important over–wintering sites for wildfowl in the East Midlands and boasts an important wetland complex including open water, marshy edge and exposed mud, with grassland and woodland. Each autumn and winter the site supports large numbers of duck including nationally important numbers of Pochard and Great Crested Grebe. There are also healthy numbers of Mallard, Gadwall, Teal, Smew and Widgeon; the site is also an important winter stop over for many wading birds. The reservoir also has close links with the Rutland Natural History Society and The Leicestershire and Rutland Ornithological Society of which carry out some invaluable voluntary work around the reservoir, monitoring flora and fauna. Other volunteers such as the Eyebrook Reservoir Ringing Group are making great strides in re-establishing breeding colonies of wild birds such as the Tree Sparrow with the erection of more than 100 nesting boxes on the reservoir site. The reservoir also plays host each year to a master fisherman, the Osprey, which is a

favourite with bird watchers and anglers alike. Ospreys are sighted on a more than daily basis during the fishing season. Another notable raptor oen seen at the Eyebrook is the Red Kite, a bird that has made an amazing comeback in the East Midlands and other area’s of the UK. The Eyebrook estate also has its fair share of mammals but by far the most important is the otter. There are regular early morning sightings of otters going about their daily business including fishing. The Water Company and Natural England work in partnership to sustain the features that make the Eyebrook Reservoir the very special place that it is. As soon as the Eyebrook Reservoir construction was completed in 1940, the water was stocked with Brown Trout. Employees of Stewarts and Lloyds were permitted to fish the reservoir and it is recorded that in 1942, 24 rods fished the Eyebrook and caught a total of 25 fish, the largest at 4.5lbs. In 1952 the reservoir was opened to the public for fly-fishing. The reservoir was stocked exclusively with Brown Trout until the early 1970’s when Rainbow Trout were introduced for the first time.

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Feature /// Rallying

FIRE UP THE QUATTRO A local father and son have spent 10 years painstakingly restoring a classic Audi rally car Words and Photography: Harry Measures

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“Fire up the Quattro”

is a familiar phrase in many households, thanks to Gene Hunt, however for one local father and son team the saying holds a little more weight than usual. Nick and Tom Barrington, who live locally in Thrapston, have spent the last 10 years restoring a standard 1983 Audi Coupe Quattro Turbo in fastidious detail. The car itself was sourced from a breakers yard in Rugby in 2004, having done around a quarter of a million miles. When faced with the decision of quite what to do with the car, Nick decided that he would restore it to a factory specification Group 4 rally car, as he’d previously done some rallying with a friend. This route was also tempting for the fact at the time there were no Quattros in the competitive rally circuit. Work began restoring the car in 2005, with the help of Tom, 14 at the time. One of the major hurdles to overcome in the rebuild was the sheer difference in the chassis itself between the road-going version and the factory prepared

rally cars. The Audi Sport chassis that were built for the rallying scene had been reinforced in key areas to give the strength needed for gruelling rally stages. Nick spent a long time studying several ex-works cars – these provided a great wealth of information for Nick and Tom to work to when modifying their car to match. Completing just the bare shell of the car took nearly six years, however in this time Nick had also been collecting many of the parts needed to build the car up, such as the engine and


suspension components. After getting the car painted in their chosen livery (Malcolm Wilson’s 1982 Audi Sport UK car), the time had come to gradually fit all of the components back into the freshly rebuilt car. In May last year, it was finally time to start the car after many years of hard work and effort. Once the engine had been run in, it was taken to a rolling road and with some slight tweaking the engine now produces around 350bhp, which Nick says he’s very happy with as this is around the figure that the Audi Sport cars would have produced. Although not quite the fire breathing and slightly mental Group B Quattros that made the car synonymous with rallying, the Barringtons’ Quattro is competitive on the UK rallying stage, and as such the pair have entered two events already – the Rockingham Stages Rally in December at Rockingham Speedway and the Flying Fortress Stages Rally last month on the site of a second world war airfield at Grafton Underwood. Both times the car has been forced

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to retire due to technical issues. I recently caught up with them at the Donington Historic Festival, where they were busy tearing up the rally stage, and Nick hopes that he and Tom will take the car to gravel and dirt rallies, however not until they have had more experience in the car. Until then they only plan to partake in events like the Historic Festival at Donington and Tarmac rallies such as the Rockingham Stages. You can keep up to date with the families adventures on their website (www.iconicmotorsport.com). If you are interested in spectating at rallies, there are some closer to the area than you may think. Rallying has always allowed fantastic access to spectators, and the two events a year at Sherwood Pines Forest are no exception, with spectator areas lining lots of the forest stages. If you do decide to go, it is best to arrive early, well in time for the first car through (normally about 9am) – this allows you time to find a good part of the course to watch from and enjoy the air of anticipation that builds before the stage opens. Suddenly and rather unannounced you will hear the first car hitting the stage, with its loud exhaust note and gunshot gear changes cutting through the forest. The different stages throughout the day provide an opportunity to explore around the forest and the stage routes that will be used. Typically there are 6 or 8 separate stages run on 3 or 4 different routes, respectively. Rallying is also

very inexpensive to view when compared to circuit racing. For example, for a days rallying at Sherwood pines the only cost is the parking at the forest visitor’s centre, whereas to watch a GT Race at a track like Rockingham or Brands Hatch would be around £20. It is important however that when spectating at a rally you accept the risk involved, there are typically no safety fences or run off areas, so staying safe is down to you, by not crossing a live stage or moving the course markers,

keeping to the inside of bends and always obeying the advice and instructions of the marshalls - it is also recommended to stand behind a large tree! The upcoming events this year are the Dukeries Rally in Sherwood Pines on the 8th June and the Premier Rally in Sherwood Pines on the 24th November. More information and spectator advice can be found at www.dukeries-rally.co.uk and www. premier-rally.co.uk.

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Feature /// Sailing

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Jeremy Beswick and his gin and tonic take to the water at The Rutland Sailing Club Photography: Andy Balmford


s I drove to Edith Weston for my first visit to The Rutland Sailing Club, I reflected that my yachting experiences to date had been of the type where I got wet only if I spilt my gin and tonic. Moreover, recent assignments for Active hadn’t been that physically challenging if I’m honest (croquet, table tennis, bowls next – I can handle it, I’m a brave lad) but this might just be a different kettle of fish – especially for someone who doesn’t know his cam cleat from his halyard. As I struggled into a wet suit and life jacket, a slowly rising sense of anxiety wasn’t helped by the disclaimer form asking for details of my next of kin and the sight of what looked like impossibly small and fragile craft on the shore. Fortunately, even your author’s meagre supplies of courage were enough for the paltry force 2 wind blowing that day and, instantly put at ease by smiling manager and instructor Ben Lulham, I headed for what I was shortly to learn was a Bermudan sloop known as a Laser Bahia.

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A couple of hours later, under Ben’s expert tuition, I’d learnt to tack and gybe, how to hold course on beam, close and broad reaches and more nautical terms than you could shake a stick at but, most importantly, I’d discovered that sailing is a blast. There’s something almost primaeval going on when the wind takes you and it’s true what they say about sailing being the antidote to the world’s mundane worries. Here’s Gary Paulsen in Caught by the Sea – it says it all: “This beginning motion, this first time when a sail truly filled and the boat took life and knifed across the lake under perfect control, this was so beautiful it stopped my breath.” Rutland Sailing Club is known as the best location in the country for inland sailing and is designated as a National Sailing Academy, a centre of excellence for training and development. The facilities ‘are the best of any inland sailing club in the UK’. Courses for all ages and abilities are on offer and boats available for hire, from impossibly small to 26 feet. On these 3,000 acres of water surrounded by beautiful countryside you can find total beginners like me rubbing shoulders with world and Olympic champions, the able-bodied and the disabled, people in their eighties waving to under-tens and the redoubtable “ladies that launch”. The Cygnets is for ages 7-16, who’ve previously taken a course at the club to reach a certain level of competence – essentially being able to manoeuvre around a triangle without assistance. They meet on Friday evenings and Sundays between April and September and races are held for those who could ‘do with some coaching and friendly input’. Children sail in groups of similar ability to help develop skills and confidence. On Saturday afternoons there’s social sailing for adults with an instructor on hand for help and advice if needed, followed by tea and cakes in the clubhouse (which has spectacular views of the water, by the way) and on Friday afternoons ‘after a suitable stop for lunch’ it’s the turn of Rutland seniors for those who’ve retired or are nearing retirement. Corporate member Rutland Sailability has the sole aim of helping people with a range of disabilities enjoy the sport. Hoists are available for wheelchair users and other

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There’s a wide variety of boats on offer at Rutland Water, and plenty of expert advice on hand. The club caters for all ages and abilities, plus there’s a special section dedicated to those who are disabled or who have other life-changing conditions

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members who have special needs, are blind or have other life-changing conditions. It’s said that members feel they leave their disability on the shore when they set sail. Here’s one sailor, called Simon: “On land I am totally dependant on other people, but in a boat away from the jetty I become my own man. I have control over what I want to do and where I want to go – I’d like you to know how much that means to me.” If you think this might suit you or someone you know, or would like to volunteer as an able-bodied helper, more information about this wonderful charity can be found at www.rutland-sailability.org. Sessions are suitable for absolute beginners all the way up to Paralympics hopefuls. The first session is free and thereafter annual membership is just £40. Tuesday and Friday mornings are for the ‘ladies that launch’, which is one of the club’s best supported activities. Its participants are women who’ve learnt to sail (so, if you haven’t, take a few lessons first) and who need a bit more practice but may be anxious about going it alone and would enjoy sailing in company with other like-minded people. Each bring something to share to eat afterwards and, as with the other groups, you can use your own or one of the club boats. As you can see, it does seem that sailing has something for everybody. My instructor Ben described being on the water as ‘a release – you can’t think about anything else. There are wide open spaces with often no one else around. And if there is, they are like-minded souls’. But don’t take our word for it. There’s a free open day on June 7 from 10am to 5pm at which you’ll get taken for a ride – in a good way, that is. There’s food available all day and you can bring your own gin and tonic if you don’t mind getting wet inside as well as out. See you there!

CONTACT INFORMATION Rutland Sailability - John Morley on 01572 755927 Juniors/Cygnets (7-16) - info@rutlandsc.co.uk. Seniors (retired or close to retirement) - bob@resmith.co.uk Social sailing - main clubhouse on 01780 720292 Rutland Sailing Club, Gibbet Lane, Edith Weston, Oakham, LE15 8HJ

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The 8848, Stamford JB and Matt find out if the Nepalese restaurant – named after Everest – hits the heights JB Everyone knows that the highest mountain in the world is Mount Everest. Most would have to reach for Wikipedia to know that Everest is 29,029ft or 8,848 metres tall. Stamford’s Nepalese restaurant 8848 is named after the height of the great mountain. I’m looking forward to seeing if the food will reach the summit or stumble at basecamp. Matt That’s right JB, no walking boots needed in here, just a few pounds in the pocket and an empty stomach! It’s a lot more appealing in here than the harsh climbs of the Himalayas too, with modern, contemporary decor in an old Broad Street building ideally located in the centre of Stamford. They also have a multi-award winning London branch, which sets sights on how good the meal could be. So, first up, we plump for a beer, as every curry house regular does! JB Too right, it’s the first time I’ve had the Nepalese beer, Khukuri – it’s lovely and smooth and went perfectly with the poppadoms. The menu was pretty big so it was good to get the advice from Deepak to help us choose. To start we had a few starters – tandoori lamb chops which were tender and tasty. The magic tikka, which is chicken breast marinated in spices, garlic, ginger, chilli, soft cheese with a mango chutney, was not too spicy but just right.

Matt The Goldilocks syndrome! Yeah, they were really tender, and served on long rectangular plates in a very modern style that would have had the Masterchef judges grinning. I also thought the momo were a fantastic recommendation – little minced lamb dumplings served with a tomato chutney. Just three of them in a serving though, and with two lads at dinner together there was that difficult ‘shall we cut the last one in half’ moment! The dumplings take at least 20 minutess to cook, which may put some people off. Plates were cleared, another beer... now down to the main event! JB It’s an Oscar nominated main event, too. I ordered the hariyali lamb, a dish cooked in fresh mint, spring onion and Nepalese spices. It was a real triumph of spicing and the meat was so well cooked it literally fell apart on the fork. You can really see how Nepalese food is influenced by its location nestled between India and China. You are presented with familiar flavours served in a slightly different way. I really enjoyed it. I also ordered a sag paneer to go with it. I do love curried cheese, along with really good special fried rice. Matt There was an array of dishes that everyone would recognise from your regular Indian curry house, but we were assured they were all cooked from scratch, and in a Nepalese style (which is

apparently a lighter sauce with more complex spicing). I’d normally go for something dry from the tandoor oven, but when in Rome, etc, I ordered the original sounding Himalayan chicken chattinad and it was fantastic. Tender chicken in a rich aromatic sauce, which comes with rice, too. The peshwari nan we had was a nice side order too, smaller and lighter than your average nan. Not too sweet, but complemented the savoury dishes really well. JB The pudding menu is good but I was just too stuffed to get any more in. I was massively impressed by 8848. The surroundings are lovely and the service was attentive and helpful. Most importantly though, the food is interesting and tastes fantastic. 8848 certainly reaches the summit and it won’t be my last visit. Matt Agreed! I really enjoyed the meal and with the decor and presentation of the food, it feels more of a special place to go and eat than what are sometimes quite cliche̓d curry houses. Great work 8848, they’ve climbed right to the top of my favourites in Stamford now.

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Feature /// Great walks

Down by the river at Duddington


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This Welland Valley amble from Duddington to Ketton and back offers rural bliss and two stunning villages, as Will Hetherington discovers Photography: Will Hetherington THE ROUTE

Park at The Royal Oak in Duddington and walk down the High Street, with its grand houses spaced out along either side of the road. Before the A43 and A47 both by-passed the village this was a thriving thoroughfare, but these days it is surprisingly tranquil, considering its proximity to both of these busy nearby main roads. Turn left on to Mill Street at the junction in the middle of the village, which hosts an imposing horse chestnut. Head downhill past the church and you will soon come to the mill on your left and the bridge over the Welland which also marks the county boundary of Northamptonshire and Rutland. Cross the bridge and take the footpath off to the right immediately afterwards. Follow the path over another fence, under the

A47 and through another gate into the large grazing field with the Welland forming one boundary. Unfortunately on the day of this walk (and presumably for most of the year) the electric sheep fence around the perimeter made it impossible for Ella to indulge in a relaxing dip in the river. But whether the dog can get in the river or not it’s a timeless rural scene and the path joins the tree line near the far corner and stays in the trees for 100 yards or so, before the left turn into another grazing field and up to the road next door to Tixover Grange. Turn right on to the road and look out for the footpath into the field on the left shortly afterwards. Although you can stay on the quiet lane and you will end up in the same place just

round the corner. Where the footpath rejoins the road you can take the footpath on the right to Geeston and Ketton, but I’d recommend staying on the road. By doing this you can create a loop to Ketton and back rather than retracing your steps. So stay on the road up the hill with the disused quarry on the right, follow the road around to the right and enjoy the fine views across the Chater and Welland valleys on either side. The road drops down into Geeston. Because it’s such a quiet country lane there are none of the usual annoyances associated with walking along roads. You will come in on Barrowden Road, which is unusually wide with houses so spread out you will think you have walked into Kentucky not Ketton.

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Duddington and Ketton are both beautiful villages, blessed with a predominance of honey-coloured stone houses and thatched cottages. The Chater and Welland rivers form an integral part of this walk

Halfway along this residential road there is a footpath on the left which was not too clearly marked when I did this walk but it’s an important part of the walk because it’s the western foot route across the railway and the Chater into the picturesque centre of old Ketton. It’s also a good opportunity for the dog to cool off in the river and have a drink. Follow the path and you will come out by the Railway pub, which is a friendly place for a decent pint, but is not always open during the day, so be warned! From the Railway pub walk down the hill to the pedestrian and vehicle bridge back over the Chater and take the footpath up to Geeston which will you see as soon as you cross the footbridge. This path winds through the residential areas of Geeston, crosses the railway and joins Geeston Road. Turn right here and keep going straight until you see the path signposted to Tixover Grange to the right, as the road turns left towards Collyweston. From here the path traverses the Welland Valley for a mile and a half to Tixover Grange and here you rejoin the route back to Duddington and the Royal Oak.

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ESSENTIAL INFORMATION Where to park By The Royal Oak in Duddington.

views of the Welland and Chater Valley.

in Ketton is a good place for a pint.

Distance and time Five miles/two hours (at a good pace).

Lowlights Electric fence around the field near Duddington means the dog can’t get to the river.

The pooch perspective The Chater and the Welland both offer opportunities for cooling off and a drink but the electric fence is a problem at the Duddington end and there are a lot of sheep in parts.

Highlights Duddington and Ketton both have impressive village centres away from the main roads. Tranquil

Refreshments The Royal Oak in Duddington does good food and The Railway

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Feature /// Dog training

Road-tripping with Rover Bobs Broadbent on how to make your dog the perfect travelling companion Having a dog that is happy travelling with you means your dog can enjoy daily trips as well as cope with longer journeys and, more often than not, dogs make for willing and eager travel companions. But whether your dog is a willing companion or not, having the right equipment and attitude can help to assure that the trip is safe and satisfying for all.


Make sure that you have everything you’ll need to keep your dog happy and healthy. Here’s a list of must-haves and probably-should-haves: • Lead, collar and ID tag. If anything should happen and your dog is separated from you whilst away from your home, it’s going to be really important that they’re wearing an up-to-date id tag and it can really help to prevent this by having a suitably, well-fitted collar and lead. It’s is a legal requirement that all dogs have an id tag take on their collar (or harness) and this must have your own surname, home address and a telephone number that is visible and easy to read. • Food, water and bowls. If you are out all day take along a sufficient supply of the food your dog is accustomed to eating so it has it’s meal time as scheduled and of course, have plenty of water, too – and bowls, of course.

• Towels. Bring towels to use for drying down your dog and these can be useful if your dog is overheating as they can be wet and wrapped around their body to keep them cool. • First Aid Kit. It’s always a good idea to carry essential items to use if your dog needs medical help, from a tick remover to bandages and it’s worth finding out where the local on-call vet is if you are traveling away for a few days or abroad.


Some dogs love to get in a car, hang their heads out the window and relish in the experience but that’s not a good way for them to travel. Even if your dog is a happy traveller, it shouldn’t be allowed to roam free within the confines of your car. That could be very bad for your dog in the case of an accident, and an unrestrained dog could even be the cause of an accident. And all dog body parts should remain inside the vehicle at all times. Dog crates are great for car travel, assuming that the size of your dog isn’t a limiting factor. When choosing a crate for your dog, it should be large enough to permit the dog to stand up completely inside and turn around, but there shouldn’t be so much room that the dog can slide around inside in response to the

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Rutland Festival of Transport 5th & 6th July Wireless Hill, South Luffenham LE15 8NF Vehicles include Steam Engines, Commercial Vehicles, Tractors, Classic Motorcycles, Military Vehicles, Vintage Cars including the first vehicle registered in Rutland in 1903, Fire Engines and Buses. Arena acts - Morris Oils Truck Racing Team and Road Rescue Recovery Association Heavy Wreckers Attractions include – Woodies Wings - Parrot and Owl Show, children’s entertainment, tank rides, small funfair, licenced bar, catering and trade stands Musical entertainment throughout the weekend including Organs, local bands and headline groups Dr Busker (Friday evening) and Rutland Big Band & the Rockabellas (Saturday evening)

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Puppy School Rutland car’s movements. It should be well ventilated, and structurally sound. And it’s important that the crate be securely fastened in place. If a crate won’t work for your dog, there are other options. A harness that is fastened to a seat safety belt is a great alternative. It provides the dog some freedom, but restrains the dog in an accident. Be sure to buy a harness that’s specifically designed to be used with safety belts. Barriers can also be effective restraints, and are great for securing a dog in an open area, such as in a van.

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Regular breaks on long journeys and opportunities to burn-off a bit of pentup energy will help to make your dog a happy traveler. Just be careful not to have an escapee on your hands when you let your dog out of the car! And when you do stop, be sure to never leave your dog in the car in the hot sun – even if you do open the windows. Temperatures can climb to levels that aren’t dog friendly very quickly.

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Most dogs gradually get used to travelling in a vehicle but the less they have access to this, the greater the risk they won’t enjoy it. Make sure you build up the experience of travelling from puppyhood by short but frequent trips until they get used to the motion and learn to accept it. Avoid lots of long journeys early on and ensure they feel safe. If you dog gets a bit too excited and starts to bark at the things outside, prevent visual access by restraining them in a travel crate and placing a towel over the top or blacking out the rear windows. Make sure any changes are done so the dog is accepting of the new positioning in the car and feels happy to travel. With the proper equipment and with good planning, there’s no reason to leave your best friend behind when you take to the road.

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Feature /// Great rides

A little lumpy one Jon Sheehan of Tri Coach 3 offers training advice for cyclists, runners and swimmers. This month the route takes in Stamford, Greetham, Clipsham and Pickworth From Red Lion Square, head out of Stamford via Scotgate to the crossroads and then turn right on to Little Casterton Road. Follow this road to the end, passing into Little Casterton at two miles. At the junction turn left towards Great Casterton and follow this road for a mile, passing through Toll Bar. Turn right into Great Casterton, go under the A1 and then turn left to Empingham Lane. At six miles you come to a cross roads – go straight over towards Exton and continue on this road towards Burley. At the T junction turn right towards Cottesmore on Barnsdale Avenue. Pass Hambleton Bakery on your right and just after that turn right towards Greetham. At end of road turn right again, pass through Greetham with its abundance of pubs and a village store, which is open on Sunday mornings if a pit stop is needed. Out of the village and the golf club is on your right. . Take the third exit off the roundabout towards Stretton and Clipsham and straight across the next roundabout into Stretton. HMP Stocken is on your left at 15 miles. Ride through Clipsham towards Hollywell and Pickworth. Down the hill and up again. At 18 miles take the right hand turning towards Pickworth and Stamford. Carry on to mile 23 into Great Casterton. At the end of the road turn right and go straight ahead the cross roads into Water Lane. Climb up to the A606 and turn left heading back to Stamford. Reaching The Crown again for coffee after 26 miles.

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Feature /// School sports

Teddy extends karting lead Twelve-year-old Rutland kart driver Teddy Wilson extended his lead in the national 2014 LGM (Little Green Man) Series Championship. Despite the appalling weather conditions at Glan-y-Gors Kart Circuit in Wales, another impressive performance against 65 of the country’s best cadet drivers earned him second place on the podium. Last month Uppingham Community College pupil Teddy won the opening round of the Championship at PF International circuit, near Grantham, in a race that the championship organisers described as ‘epic’ and ‘one of the best cadet duels in recent times’. This was followed by a nail-biting round two

at Larkhall, Scotland, in which Teddy narrowly missed out on victory in a last-lap battle and was forced to settle for third place. Driving for Fusion Motorsport, he is the only driver in the Championship to have had a podium position in every round. Teddy said, “I was delighted to be on the podium again in the 2014 LGM Series Championship. “With five more rounds to go, there’s still a long way to go, but with the expert team at Fusion Motorsport backing me up on the new Synergy chassis, I am determined to retain my position at the top of the championship next month.”

Above UCC pupil Teddy Wilson on the podium


Rutland sailors to represent Britain Rutland Sailing Club’s Ben Jennings and Marcus Tressler, both aged 15, have been selected to represent Great Britain at the 420 World Championships in Germany this summer. They sail a double-handed 420 boat and are the youngest of the seven boy boats selected for the U19 British Team. Their selection followed a 28race selection series that took place over nine days of racing in March and April at some of the toughest coastal venues in the country. Some days the boys were on the water for nine hours. The World Championships is a two-week event in Germany during the summer holidays. They will travel on their own with the British team and coaches. In the autumn Ben and Marcus were selected for the Royal Yachting Association’s Under 16 National Squad (Transition Squad) and have attended several U16 National squad training camps since then. They train or race every weekend, including training regularly at Rutland Sailing Club at Edith Weston, Rutland. Ben lives in Stamford and attends The King’s School, Peterborough and Marcus lives in Northamptonshire, attending Bishop Stopford School in Kettering. This summer they will also compete abroad at Kiel International Sailing Regatta, the French National Championships, as well as the UK 420 National Championships.

Uppingham School’s U16 rugby team won the County Cup on April 29, beating The Robert Smyth Academy 64-14 in the final. Played at Welbeck College, it was a day of fantastic running rugby with tries from Max Bowles, Sam Hurd, Lorenzo Daffina, four from Milo Linney, Arlo Clark (with seven conversions), and two from Charlie Bygott. Patrick Mullins was awarded man of the match.

TOM’S ENGLAND CALL-UP Uppingham School upper sixth pupil Tom Bell has been selected for the RFU England Under 18 Clubs and Schools team. Tom made his debut for the side at the Tri-Nations Festival held at the French National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis from April 16 to 20. He certainly made his mark as he scored a try in his first match against Ireland but despite leading twice in a strongly contested game, the U18s were beaten 22-30. Tom was also selected for the team’s second match of the Festival against France – a 20-9 defeat by France. Despite the disappointing results the players gained valuable experience from the tournament and were able to use and benefit from the top class facilities in Marcoussis.

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Plate for Oakham Oakham 1st XI Hockey team have taken home the Plate in a national hockey competition, beating schools from across the country. The U18 boys won the Plate Final after a tightly fought match against Millfield School, who had previously beaten Stamford School to win their place in the final. It has been a resounding season for Oakham’s hockey players, who have been busy breaking school records, winning tournaments and gaining national accolades. The boys first XI Hockey team were recently crowned the 2014 Independent Schools Hockey League Champions, following their 7-3 win over Oundle. Oakham Hockey has also successfully defended the overall Independent Schools Hockey League title, which counts all points won from U14, U15,

U16 and Senior teams. This shows the depth and strength of Oakham Hockey. The first XI teams have, together, set a new school record. They broke Oakham’s goal scoring record – achieving 101 goals in total over the season - which is the highest tally in the 79-year history of playing hockey at the school. The teams also equalled the highest amount of wins recorded in a season, with a total of 13 victories against school opposition. The U16 boys were County champions for the sixth consecutive year and the first XI girls for the fourth year running. Five Oakhamians – Alice Huddlestone, Tom Gorman, Annie Dalton, Maddie Pearce and Monty Jefferson – were also selected to be a part of the England National Age Group Academy.

James plays for Exiles James Thomas, a year 10 pupil at Bourne Grammar School has been selected to represent the Welsh Exiles U15 rugby team. Part of a squad of 22 players from clubs all over England (and one from Jersey) James travelled to Colwyn Bay, North Wales to play in a U15 provincial tournament at scrum half. The expectancy was for the Exiles to compete and do their best, as they don’t play a lot of games together, but they put in some exceptional performances to walk away as champions – the first time an Exiles squad has gone through a tournament unbeaten. James represented the Welsh Exiles for the first time last year at U14 level and scored on his debut but lost out in the Gwent Districts tournament final. James plays his club rugby for Spalding, is also in the Leicester Tigers development squad and has represented Lincolnshire since U13 age group.

Stamford win on course and on the range Stamford School golfers triumphed in the Lincolnshire Schools Golf Cup held at Spalding Golf Club. Despite some atrocious weather conditions, the Stamford School team of Hugo Kedzlie (Year 8), Charles Petrie (Year 9) and Ollie Huxley (Year 12) played exceptional golf to beat teams from several other schools in the county. They will now play in the national schools championships representing Lincolnshire at

Woodhall Spa in July. Charles and Hugo have also been selected to represent Lincolnshire at the North of England championships to be held at Bramhall Park Golf Club in Cheshire at the end of May. Elsewhere, the Stamford Endowed Schools shooting team, made up of 12 senior school pupils, have won the Country Life Small Bore Competition for the third year running. SES entered an A and B team each consisting of five

firers and a non-shooting member who guides the firers onto targets. 117 teams entered the competition from across the country and the SES A Team won by a huge margin of 69 points. The SES B Team came second, 34 points ahead of Fettes College. As well as winning first and second places, seven out of the 10 top shooters nationally were from SES and Anna Pywell achieved the top shot in the country, with a maximum score of 95.

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Bourne win athletics event Bourne Grammar School stormed to victory in the first round of the ESAA Track and Field Cup held at Boston in May. This national competition involves several hundred schools from across the country. All four Bourne teams achieved a level of success hitherto unseen, beating local rivals Stamford High School, Spalding High School, Spalding Grammar and Boston Grammar. It is the first time that all four teams, Junior Boys and Girls (Years 7 and 8 combined) and Inter Boys and Girls (Years 9 and 10) have won the first round.

After a nervous wait as results came in from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, South Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire there were celebrations as, for the first time in the school’s history, all four teams will progress to the Regional ’A’ Final on June 19 at The Moorways Stadium, Derby and will have the chance of a shot at the National Final, to be held at Bedford on Saturday 5 July. The Junior Girls won by a wide margin with 356 points, over 100 points more than their closest rivals. Pick of the team was Jasmine Allen (Year 8) in the 200m (27.0s) and long jump (5.00m) and

attaining over 60 points for the team. In the Junior Boys, Nathan Jackson (Year 8) threw an excellent 37.40m in the hammer, followed by impressive runs from both Tom Lavender and Ola Karim in the hurdles. For the Inter Girls, Bethany Denial (Year 10) fought to win her hurdles and jump well in the high jump, with Lauren Brown coming through strongly in the 200m and triple jump. A strong all-round team performance saw the Inter Boys through to the next round, with Jack Scholes (Year 10) 300m (38.3s) just pipping the rest of the team as the performance of the day.

Stamford hockey season round-up Stamford School’s 1st XI are celebrating a successful season having played 22 fixtures, winning 19 and reaching the semi-finals of the U’18s HA Plate. The highlight for the 1st XI was reaching the semi-finals of the HA U18s Schools Plate losing valiantly 7-2 to a strong Millfield School 1stXI. The 1stXI have not just had success in knockout tournaments; they have enjoyed comprehensive victories over local rivals, Uppingham, Oundle and Cambridge schools – The Leys and The Perse – on a strong inter-school circuit. Forward Jamie Richardson has been in a rich vein of form topping 30 goals; but Stamford are defensively strong too through Dodworth and Charlton and this has seen tight games turn in their favour. Tom Davies and Tom MacDonald have also been pivotal and industrious in midfield. There was significant hockey success throughout the age groups too. A strong and gifted U12s A team have produced some fantastic performances, winning 9-1 against both Warwick and Oakham Schools. The U12s A team, also for the first time, won the Oakham U12s Tournament beating the hosts 1-0 in the final, and not losing a single game. To complete the clean sweep at Oakham, Eddie Harper was named player of the tournament, for scoring eight goals. The U13s A team were again crowned Lincolnshire School’s Champions and represented the County at the

East Finals, where they finished a credible fourth out of 6. Particular mention should be paid to Year 7s J. Evison and E. Harper for finishing joint top scorers for Stamford at this Year 8 tournament. Stamford School played host to the East Regional Finals at the U14 age group at the end of

February. There has been hockey success in the middle school too, with the U16s A team, representing Lincolnshire at the East Regional Finals. Stamford School 1st XI midfielders Thomas MacDonald and Joseph Chedd were selected for the Swifts U18s tour of Belgium and Holland.

OAKHAM BOYS STAR IN RELAY Athletes from Oakham School have started the season with an outstanding performance at the Achilles Schools’ Relays in Oxford. As well as all of Oakham’s eight teams making it through to their final, the U15 Boys 4 x 100m team won their event, and the U19 Girls 4 x 100m team placed second. The U15 Boys set an exceptional time of 47.1. Amazingly, only one school has run faster than this since 1978. “The team shows a lot of promise,” says assistant director of sport, James Clarke. “Given that this is only the start of the season and that they have only run together twice so far – to have broken our school record is particularly impressive.”

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


Oakham and Uppingham vie for top Rutland spot BY JEREMY BESWICK


et another earthquake in Oakham as new chairman Nick Begy shakes things up and announces an ambitious five-year plan to take Town from Division 3 to Division 1 of the Leicestershire League. Having laid down such a public marker they’ll have had their fingers crossed for a strong start to the season, not only to prove their potential but also to avoid any ‘gentle’ sledging from opponents, especially as they’re modestly out to prove they are Rutland’s ‘pre-eminent club’. Uppingham, particularly, will want to have something to say about that, being clearly visible advancing in Oakham’s rear-view mirror as they continue to make great strides of their own, and newlypromoted Market Overton, amongst others, are no slouches either. However, true to their ambitious words Oakham achieved the start they wanted with four wins and a winning draw from the first five. Central to the fresh regime is new

player-coach Calvin Flowers who, like another of their all-rounders, Carel Fourie, is South African. Calvin has an impossibly high batting average right now with three not-outs and isn’t doing so shabbily with the ball either. As momentum builds, good players will attract other good players and as positive as that is, Calvin and Carel may have reflected on it a tad ruefully as they sat waiting with their pads on for 44 overs as debutante Richard Martin (exLeicestershire seconds and until recently Oakham School’s all-time record run scorer) notched up 195 against Ketton for the Sunday side. He was finally out in the last over attempting a six for his double century. Opening partner Matthew Rose with 105 not out is also deserving of a mention in dispatches. Groundsman Malcolm Rawlings, who’s seen a bit of cricket at the Lime Kilns in his time having made his debut for the first team in the 1950’s, said: “This might not be the best ever Oakham side but it’s the

strongest I’ve seen since the 1960s.” As cricket in Stamford and Rutland goes, this is all pretty high on the Richter scale. Long may it continue. On a Saturday, things are more successful for Ketton, including Ajaz Akhtar taking nine Fordham wickets and an opening partnership of 244 by Robert Woolley and Devon Endersby against St Ives. Not bad for a side bravely playing in pink trim. Stamford’s Saturday 1st XI had a mixed start in the South Lincolnshire and Border League, winning four and losing three including forgetable totals of 28 against Long Sutton and 43 versus Grantham, whilst the Sunday side won one and lost two. Illness and injuries haven’t helped – only nine players being able to compete at Grantham. Meanwhile, over at Stamford School tickets are now on sale for the two-day Sports Bash on July 25 and 26. Day one will see Andrew Caddick, Adam Hollioake, Gladstone Small et al take on a local All Stars side, whilst day two will reveal if a Leicester Tigers rugby XI including Manu

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Above Manu Tuilagi will swap Leicester’s green, red and white stripes for cricket whites as he lines up for a Tigers XI to play in a charity match at Stamford School in July

Tuilagi and Tim Stimpson can gain cricketing revenge over Northampton Saints for their recent semi-final loss in rugby’s Aviva Premiership. Benefitting will be Thorpe Hall Hospice and The Matt Hampson Foundation and with live music in the evening, tickets are selling fast so get yours at www.sportbash. co.uk. Uppingham had a crushing victory against Syston, who were promoted with them last term, for their first back-to-back win of the season. They dismissed them for 65 with a relentless attack or, as captain Jamie Dumford put it, “King Canute himself could not have held back the wave after wave of swing bowling for long”. They then duly knocked off the required runs before tea; Martin Bennet starring with 40 not out. The Rutland League side were not to be outdone with an emphatic victory against

Barnack by nine wickets and they followed that up the next weekend by dismissing March for 53 to win inside 9 overs. However, the Castle Hill side will have been disappointed with an early exit from the Stamford Shield; Deepings being their nemesis. Chasing a high total of 170 Town made a good fist of it, averaging around 10 an over for the first half of their innings but thereafter just seemed to lose wickets at exactly the wrong time to finish 16 runs short. At least they progressed in the John Wilcox Cup, which they reached the final of last year, at the expense of Wisbech. Burghley Park started with a loss to Huntingdon but then had maximum points wins away to Hampton and at home to Ickwell; Chris Meadows top scoring with 101 from only 40 balls. They also progressed in the Stamford Charity Cup at the expense of Castor and Ailsworth. During the season we’ll be spotlighting

other local clubs such as Ufford Park, Empingham, Uffington, Deepings, North Luffenham and the rest. There’s a wealth of cricket going on around you with matches on Saturdays, Sundays and weekday evenings so if you’ve not been to watch any local cricket yet, why not make this the season that you do? There’s no more pleasant way to spend a couple of hours on a summer’s day. Many of the clubs have the most attractive grounds and all would appreciate more supporters on the boundary. Often there’s a bar open and my advice is to wander into the clubhouse looking dumb (easy in my case), say you’ve not been there before and is it OK if you buy a drink? They’ll be happy for the improved bar receipts, too. No bar? Take a picnic! If you’re not sure where to find your local club go to www. play-cricket.com, type in the club name on the search panel and all will be revealed.


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Cup double for local teams BY JEREMY BESWICK


utland’s rugby season ended with a triumphant bang as Stamford College Old Boys and Stoneygate each won cup finals. College were victorious in the NLD Vase overcoming last season’s league champions Castle Donington by 15-10 with tries from Simon Gamble, captain Carl Walker and Haydn Johns. Donington scored first before Gamble and Walker ’s tries saw them go into half time ahead. Johns’ score in the second period established a cushion and ensured that the final try from Donington, in the last play of the match, wasn’t enough. With a much improved league finish as well, this has been a year of solid progress with new coach John Duncan deserving much of the credit. Skipper Walker commented: “It’s been a hard campaign with some painful losses and exhilarating wins, but I feel we really have become a great squad and the cup victory nicely tops off all our hard work throughout the season.” After a really tough time the campaign before, it’s great to see them doing so well and they must be the most improved of all the local sides.

Uppingham-based Stoneygate brought home the Leicestershire President’s Cup beating Cosby, who’d won the league above them, 31-27. Early tries from Tim Kemp, Phil Beech and Tom Brownie initially made it look as if Stoneygate would win at a canter but Cosby fought back with a try of their own before the break and bossed the second period to move into a 27-26 lead with moments to go. As Gate’s Henry Bridgwood received the ball in his own half it seemed as if their chance had gone but Bridgwood had other ideas. Beating the first tackle and sensing Cosby’s defence were tiring he turned on the turbocharger and scored a brilliant individual try. Cue much whooping and jumping in the air from players and supporters alike. Club captain Graham Ough said: “I actually felt quite sorry for the opposition as they must have felt they had it won.” The victory means that Stoneygate have finished with a 100% record in competitive matches and are surely ready for their elevation next term to the Premier division. Oakham were not without cause for celebration either, hosting a well-supported

and very enjoyable President’s Day which doubled as a poignant farewell to the old clubhouse. With four matches to watch – Seconds, Colts, Vets and Firsts – and a hog roast, burger bar, champagne tent and beer festival this was a delight to be at. Guest opposition for the Firsts were Stamford Town, which promised a competitive and open match and so it proved, with 77 points scored in total with only a single penalty to add to all the tries. Star of the show was Stamford’s Michael Allen with four, including the last which proved to be the match winner at 41-36. So it was back to the bar for a pint with the players who, their season now over, could afford to let their hair down. I’m told the fun went on into the early hours but your author retired, somewhat overrefreshed, at around five (I think) thereby missing the table surfing (don’t ask). Congratulations to president Keith Crellin and all involved for a well-organised day. Stamford had a special day of their own with their annual mini-rugby festival. Thoughts were again with Seb Goold and his family and the under-9s also held a one-off tournament in Market Harborough

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I know how dismayed Richard Cockerill will be have been by the Tigers’ last-gasp 21-20 defeat in their crunch game against the Saints, a duel so intense it made you wince just to watch. Speaking a few days beforehand he told me: “This is a huge game. Yes, it’s a semi-final, but I would hate to lose because it’s Northampton, not because it’s a semi. The danger with big games is you get so worried about losing them you forget to go out there and win them.” Weighing heavily on his mind would have been Tigers’ played eight, won eight, record at this stage. Although he had a full squad to choose from for the first time this season, was reaching the semis a good result overall given their injury-ravaged campaign? No solace from these words either: “I won’t get any consolation from that if we go out. The moment you’re happy just being a contender is the time you stop being a champion. The squad’s in good spirits. Grumpy and tetchy, which is perfect.” So it’s rubbing off then... The last few fixtures against the Saints have not been without controversy. Did he think all the talk aerwards would be about the rugby? “Well, hopefully I can behave myself this time,” he said which, largely, he did – despite some manic fist-pumping in the stands which just proved how much this fixture meant. Oh well, next season will be here before we know it and he’d become more philosophical aer the defeat: “It’s been a tough year and I’m proud of the club. The squad did everything they could tonight, they le nothing out on the pitch. Saints go the final, they’ve had a good year, good luck to them.” However, teeth were somewhat gritted as he said it, I suspect. Looking back over the season he highlighted Ed Slater’s contribution as key to the squad: “His mentality is very good. There’s an edge, a nastiness to him at the right time. He’s not come through the system like so many of the others but has had to work for a living and work things out for himself. It’s why he’s such a good leader. A bit of common sense is like gold dust in the modern rugby world and Ed’s got that. So many kids come through the system with coaches telling them what to do. When they reach 23 or 24 they look around wondering who’s going to tell them what to do now. “I’ve never played for a coach in my life and I don’t expect them to play for me - they play for the guy sat next to them in the dressing room.” Although that dressing room will be down right now, with new signings and a fit squad let’s look forward to glorious revenge in a few months’ time.

to offer their support and a collection was made on the day. The festival itself at Empingham Road was one of the biggest in the country with over a hundred teams taking part. After a rocky start to the season, the senior Town side will be pleased with the

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Richard Cockerill will be looking forward to avenging the Tigers’ semi-final defat to Northampton next season

way they fought back, improving relentlessly as the year progressed. Captain Matt Albinson was spot-on when he predicted in October: “This is a highly competitive division and we’ll take time to settle. I’ve every confidence we’ll do better as the season progresses.” There’s a

man who knows his side. Perhaps the best yardstick to measure their progress was the 20-17 win away to Oakham in March – they lost 25-0 at home to them in December. All in all it’s been a compelling and competitive season. See you next in the autumn.

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Bright weather signals start of summer competitions NORTH LUFFENHAM

The winter knock-out competitions have finally finished with Dave Purvis beating Bob Dixon in the gents singles, and the Dave Purvis/John Everitt team overcoming Alan Swindley and Graham Ball in the doubles. In the seniors singles, Gordon Knox beat Bob Dixon while in the seniors doubles Gordon Knox and Tom Little triumphed over the Alan Swindley/Graham Ball combination. The mixed doubles saw Gordon Knox and Mary Grimley beat Geoff and Anna Clyde. Graham Ball won the midweek medal for May with a creditable nett 70, playing off 15, which led to a one stroke reduction in his handicap. In a spread out field, Ken Jones came second (off 19) with a nett 73, followed by last month’s winner John Hastings with a nett 74 (off 21) on countback. In the latest match, played in very hot conditions, the Seniors beat Rutland Water Seniors in a closely fought contest 3 1/2 to 2 1/2. Malcolm Hird/Geoff Clyde won 4 & 2, Jim Ashworth/Dave Woodcock won 3 & 2, Don Lambert/Dave

Flynn lost 3 & 1, Stan Smith/John Everitt lost 7 & 6, Charles Cade/Alan Smith halved, Dave Scotchmer/Bob Matthew won 4 & 3. GREETHAM The Greetham Ladies had fantastic weather for their invitation day. As is the norm on invitation day the Ladies did themselves proud with donated homemade cakes at the half way hut. Greetham’s Jacky Bayley and her guest from Kibworth golf club Janet Brackley had a fantastic game but they had a long wait in the clubhouse to see if they had done enough. When all the scores were in, their 41 points was enough to take the win. Jacky said that they had gelled well together and both felt quite relaxed throughout the day. Angela Wheeler and partner Jill Bedford from Burghley Park took second place with forty points. Third place went to Sheila Douty and Heidi Rees from Belton Woods, they came in with thirty eight points. The May weekend medal was played on the Lakes course on another extremely hot

day. In division one, 12 handicapper Kev Hingle took the honours with a fantastic nett 67. Kev dropped six shots in the front nine but really got his act together on the back nine. Thanks to birdies on the seventeenth and eighteenth holes, he dropped just the one shot to win his first medal this year. Three players came in with a net 69 and were separated on countback. Second place went to Tony Mould off eight. Seven handicapper Simon Linnell took third place and nine handicapper Richard Wilson was fourth. Nick Cunnington off four won the lowest gross with a brilliant 74. Robert Bagworth won division two with a score of 71, also winning the lowest gross with an 84. Bill Skinner took second place on count back from Dave Smith after both players scored a nett 69. The Ladies May medal was held on the same day as the men’s and was also a very tight affair. Pat Jamieson off 17 won on countback from 13 handicapper Sally Bowker. Both players scored a 71 nett. Third and fourth were also decided on countback after both players scored a net 73. Susie Ellis, who won the May midweek

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medal last week was placed third. Fourth place went to one handicapper Emma Tipping who also won the lowest gross with a 74. The mixed team kept their unbeaten record by halving away, at Melton Mowbray. Captain Shaun Denholm said that it was a great half but that they came very close to winning. They missed out on the last hole in one of the games but Shaun said that Melton were a very strong team. The Ladies friendly team had a hard earned half at Stoke Rochford. RUTLAND COUNTY Rutland County Captain Roger Overton finally kickstarted his season with a maiden win in the C team’s 3-3 draw against visitors, Belton Woods. Overton cannily took John Peyser for his partner and the pair managed a one-up win, Steve Lowe and Packa Risi failed again 4 and 3, Alan Shuttleworth and Geoff Osborne lost one down, Chris Palmer and in-form Dave Rippin won 4 and 3, Mox and Hux won 4 and 3 with the rearguard of Graham Cole and Barry Cheshire squaring the match after losing one down. An epic encounter between best friends, Eric Cooper and John Spinlove, in the Singles K/O, saw Cooper eventually triumph on the first extra hole after frittering away a dormie-three lead. Spinlove fought tenaciously to win the last three holes but then stuttered at the first extra hole and Cooper goes through to meet

the winner of Dave Waddell and Roger Overton. Ian Ingram left it late to seal his win over Mike Powell by winning the final hole for a two-up victory and now faces the dangerous Ian Rice in the next round. The B team found strong home form with a sound 5-1 demolition of visitors Thorney Lakes. Big winners on the day were Pete Siciliano and Phil Drury by 6 and 5, Deggie Palmer and Bob Ambrose won one-up, Kev Moxham and Packa Risi won one-up, Rod Goss and Dave Waddell won 3 and 2, Barry Cheshire and Martyn Gatehouse won one-up. Rick Collins and Craig Allan offered scant comfort to the visitors by losing one down. The Seniors entertained Burghley Park Seniors in yet another home fixture. The weather was great, the social side was enjoyable too, but Burghley took the spoils 4½ to 3½. Gerry Mcintyre shot a fantastic 79-12-67 to claim top spot in division one of the Senior May Medal, also taking best gross and earning a handicap reduction - now playing 11. Cliff Knapp scored 85-16-69 for second place just edging Peter Stokes into third on 83-14-69 and John Killin has come right back into form following a period of recuperation and his 84-14-70 was good enough for fourth place. Division two was definitely Andrew Counsell’s manor following his outstanding 87-26-61 to beat his nearest opponent, Ron Snape by a massive 13 shots. The grim reaper leapt into action and Counsell now plays off 22 – the same as Ron Snape who carded 96-22-74.

After five events in the Order of Merit, Cliff Knapp sits proudly atop the table with 21 points ahead of Vic Pheasant, Alistair Scott and Andrew Counsell - all on 19pts. On a pleasant day, The Penday Pairs was won by Chris Palmer and Imogen Huxley with a betterball score of 64 pts. Sponsors and defending champions, Anne and Paul Milsom, came in second on 63 pts ahead of Alan and Ann Shuttleworth on 60 points. BURGHLEY PARK The Men’s Easter Day Stableford saw 82 players turn out but star of the day was junior Lewin Auciello, whose scored 42 points. He started well, going through the front nine in level par gross, and only dropped four shots on the back nine. His round had 12 pars and two birdies, and he finished six shots ahead of second placed Cliff Harper in Division 1. The other two strong performances were in Division 3, where both Matt Payton and Ricky Bellett shot scores of 40 points. The April Midweek Medal attracted 49 entries, and in difficult conditions only Robert Fisher managed to break par, with a net 69. That won the division one prize, ahead of Neil Nottingham and Gary Steadman with net 70s. Nottingham took the best gross prize with his 79. It was also tight at the top of Division 2, with David Brailsford shading out Doug Hunter on countback, both coming in with net 70s. William Robinson took third on 71.

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ast month kicked off with the Quorn Hunt Point-to-Point at Garthorpe, and it wasn’t the sunniest of days, but the crowds still flocked in nonetheless. The bar as usual was one of the busiest places, which was run by the Cottesmore Hunt. Claire Lomas was also guest of honour and could be seen dashing around joyfully on her quad, signing books among the packed-out trade stands. Of course, there was some racing: Lucy Kemplay from Market Harborough, who is an eventer by trade, had a winner with Valance in the Prestwold Hall Garthorpe Hunt Club Members’ Condition’s race, ridden by Pete Mann. The six-year old won for the third time this season on what was to be his last race of the season, and I’m sure there was partying later for that. Tom Strawson was also in good favour after having three wins, firstly with Panama Canal in the Copice Homes Midland’s Area Club Race, then the Open Maiden Race beating the Tarratts’ more fancied runner Ardea into second place, then to complete the treble a win in the four, five, six, and seven-year old Open Maiden Race on Shinrock Pearl. Strawson was then showered with champagne, Formula 1-style, in the winner’s enclosure.

To Garthorpe again then on a Sunday in mid-May, hosting the Melton Hunt Point-to-Point, which was a scorcher of a weekend again for the finale in the Midlands Area Awards. On last count, they had a brilliant 94 entries in the seven races. Tom Strawson unfortunately did not have a repeat performance of his last run at Garthorpe and suffered a nasty fall at the downhill fence. Rockingham Horse Trials put in a massive effort to produce foot-perfect ground over four days on the first weekend of May. Unfortunately yet again they were a product of their own popularity and had to ballot quite heavily in lower classes. Many locals still faired well, although none quite as well Pippie Polson, who came second in one of the novice sections on her own mare Waipuna Rose. This was her first upgrade to novice as she too was balloted from Belton. Nicky Polson, Pippie’s cousin, didn’t fair so well when having jumped her first amazingly beautiful clear of the season, she was told she had missed a fence out! Vicky Laing, who also organises the event, decided to make her return to eventing on home soil and did her first BE100 for a few years, jumping a lovely double clear on Baltimore with a few time

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part from the small matter of the World Cup on the horizon, the football season has drawn to a close and it’s been a good one in many ways for our sides. The area’s premier non-league side, Stamford AFC, achieved all their pre-season targets and you could probably make an argument that this last season has been their most successful ever. The main achievement was staying in the Evo Stik Premier Division after the previous season’s promotion. In the end the Daniels finished three places and 10 points clear of the bottom four. There were times when many of even their most optimistic fans would have thought staying up would be a step too far, such as when they were on the receiving end of two 6-0 whoopings in the first few months of the season, but the Daniels kept battling and achieved some wonderful results once they’d found their feet at the higher level. Stamford can now look forward to what should be a superb first season in their new ground on Ryhall Road, with next year’s division including local derbies against Corby Town, Grantham Town and King’s Lynn, and once again the mouth-watering fixture with FC United of Manchester. One of the catalysts for the improvement in their league form in the autumn was the FA Cup run which saw the Daniels reach the fourth round proper for the first time in it’s current format. The money that the club received helped secure players such as Ryan

Robbins and Jordan Smith on contracts and gave the club a boost when they probably needed it most. To cap off a great season, the Daniels also won the Lincolnshire Shield Final in the last game of the campaign with a win over Brigg Town. The Daniels had to make do with winning the shield on penalties after letting a two-goal lead slip in the final five minutes of the game. The match finished 3-3, but thankfully David Staff’s men recovered and won the penalty shoot-out 5-4, with Histon loanee and find of the season Charlie Binns slotting away the winning spot kick. Blackstones, meanwhile, will be thankful that they avoided relegation for the second consecutive season. The Stones were relegated last year into the United Counties League Division One, and looked to be going down again for much of this year, only to then turn it round at the end of the year and finish third from bottom and 10 points clear of the bottom two teams. Gary Peace’s men picked up 14 points from their last eight games to ensure their place in the same division next season. They will hope to carry that form into the new season with new manager Nick Andersen who has been with the club since March as a coach. Gary Peace will move back upstairs as chairman once again. It could be a pivotal year for Blackstones with Stamford AFC moving into their ‘manor’. It will be interesting to see whether crowds and interest in Blackstones suffer.

In the Peterborough League, Uppingham Town finished fifth and level on points with Peterborough ICA Sports. Richard Kendrick will surely be delighted with a season where at times they threatened to challenge for honours at the top of the table. They’ll also be delighted to have finished above Oakham United, who finished 16th after finishing 5th the previous season. In Division One, Ketton finished the season in sixth and will be delighted that their reserve side won promotion to Division Two. Ryhall United finished eighth – James Sheehan’s men will remember a great Cup PFA Challenge Cup Final run which saw them to Stanground on penalties in the final. The Stamford Bels had another season where they struggled in Division One, finishing second bottom. The Bels are still waiting to see if they will be saved from relegation when the leagues meet to see how the divisions will be made up for next season. How well does Dean know his football? Here are his pre-season predictions from the September edition of Active, with the sides’ final positions in brackets: Stamford – 20th (18th) Blackstones – 19th (20th) Uppingham Town – 4th (5th) Oakham United – 16th (11th) Ketton – 4th (6th) Ryhall – 6th (8th) Bels – 16th (15th)

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