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Editor’s Letter

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

COMPUTER GAMES ARE EVERYWHERE aren’t they? We are surrounded: I have them on mobile phones, iPads, PlayStations, laptops. There seems no escape and, for my kids, they are only ever a step or two away from Lego Star Wars, Candy Crush or Dress Up a Pink Pony, or some other terrible thing with an evil, catchy tune and garish graphics. Keeping them off these devices requires strict rules and steely observation, because obviously there is the concern that playing games have the result of making kids lazy and overweight. Although on the flip side the average five-year old has the fine motor skills of a concert pianist. So, for some limited time, I don’t mind them. After all, they might be watching TV otherwise. But there really is nothing to compare with the joy of physical activity. My son recently became old enough that a passing interest in rugby (mainly because he saw me heading off to watch Tigers, or saw it on TV), became a bit more of an obsession. So, this summer, hours have been spent in the garden with us in our Leicester shirts, him charging at me, ball in hand. Life in the back row beckons: he’s not interested in the sidestep, only smashing into me and then grappling on the floor for the ball. My daughter isn’t particularly sporty, preferring violins and reading, but at my cricket club we took a cut-down golf club and she whacked balls happily and accurately for ages, and keeps talking about when she’s going to take up the game. In both instances, the look of joy on their red, hot, sweaty faces when doing these things can’t be matched. Certainly not when peering into a screen. So this summer what are you going to do for your kids to get them out and active? It’s not always easy to dream up new things, so we’ve compiled a list of lots of things you can do to keep them occupied and hopefully, by bedtime, exhausted. I’ll be working my way through the list, too: much better fun than watching digital angry birds land on fat green pigs. I hope you enjoy the magazine, Steve

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Bergen House is an impressive residence with superb reception space, extensive accommodation and a stylish interior designed to create a sense of space and light. Natural, high quality materials have been used throughout and having been recently completed the house is offered in immaculate condition. The impressive Kitchen & Breakfast room is a natural focal point for daily life and French doors from the principal living rooms allow the house to extend easily to the garden. EPC Rating: B

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Set in around 5 acres of secluded grounds surrounded by ancient woodland, this handsome Grade II Georgian country house has attractive landscaped gardens and excellent equestrian facilities including a stable block with first floor accommodation, all-weather surface manege and five fully fenced paddocks. The house retains its elegant period style with features including inglenook fireplaces and original oak beams. EPC Rating: Exempt

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Wood Close Farm is a delightful period residence in the peaceful hamlet of Wardley. There are captivating country views throughout the house which retains much of its original charm with wood lintels, beams and open fireplaces, whilst additions include natural stone flooring and contemporary bathrooms. A recent extension has created light-filled living spaces with doors to the garden and a stunning master Bedroom. EPC Rating: E

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With a secluded location and rural views, this attractive period home has exposed original beams, high ceilings and open fireplaces. Along with excellent entertaining space the house has a welcoming Kitchen Breakfast room with French doors opening the room up to the sunny terrace and garden beyond. The grounds extend to around three acres with a south-west facing garden and a large fenced paddock beyond. EPC Rating: Exempt

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Elgar Way, Stamford ÂŁ220,000 Set over three floors with a superb Master suite on the top floor, this three bedroom town house offers good levels of accommodation which is presented to a high standard throughout. On the ground floor is a sizable lounge, breakfast kitchen, conservatory and cloakroom, whilst on the first floor are two bedrooms, family bathroom and study. The property is set in a cul-de-sac location that offers easy access to the town and countryside. To the front is off street parking for two cars, whilst to the rear is an enclosed patio and lawned garden. Viewing is highly recommended.

Russell Hill, Thornhaugh ÂŁ1,100 pcm The wonderful character cottage is currently undergoing refurbishment works which will be completed by the beginning of June. The property offers a wealth of character throughout including stone mullioned windows, fireplaces in the front reception rooms and an original bread oven in the living room. To the first floor are three double bedrooms and a WC. The property is situated in a good sized cottage style garden which also benefits from a single garage.


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A stunning renovated period family house with planning permission to create a further 2 bedrooms and bathroom. Beautiful landscaped gardens with adjoining paddock and stables. The property extends to 3.17 acres. Reception hall, dining room, 2 reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, orangery, garden room/spa, study, utility, rear reception hall/boot room and WC. Master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and ensuite bathroom, 3 further bedrooms and family bathroom. Two storey part completed accommodation with development potential (subject to consents). Extensive garaging, barns and outbuildings. EPC E

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An imposing Grade II Listed Regency village house, dating back to 1680, which has been sympathetically refurbished, retaining many original features. The property sits behind high stone walls in a private setting. Entrance hall, drawing room, sitting room, dining room; each with inglenook fireplaces. Bespoke farmhouse style kitchen, utility and cloakroom. Master bedroom, 2 further bedrooms and shower room to the first floor, with further 3 bedrooms and bathroom to the second floor. Double wooden gates with gravel driveway and garages. Mature gardens to the front and rear with dining terraces. EPC exempt

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Contents

ISSUE 36 /// JUNE 2015

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NEWS 13 ACTIVE LIFE

Local artists open their studios

16-17 GARDENING

Advice on preparing and potting for summer

18-19 HEALTHY EATING

A tasty recipe from Riverford Organic

20 DAY IN THE LIFE OF...

Oakham firefighter Mark Draper

23 COOPED UP

How to keep chickens in your garden

25 CYCLING THE WORLD

Update from adventurer James Peach

27 BIKE WINNER UPDATE We catch up with Su Mansell

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33 MARTIN JOHNSON COLUMN The pressure of sports management

34-35 KIT BAG

Essential gear for the sporting summer

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FEATURES 28-31 GAME, SET AND MATCH

Jeremy Beswick visits local tennis clubs

36-41 SUMMER HOLIDAYS ESSENTIALS Our pick of the best activities for the kids

42-48 HEALTH AND FITNESS

The latest on looking and feeling great

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REGULARS 50 DOG HEALTH

More great advice to make life with your pooch easier

52-53 GREAT WALKS

Will Hetherington heads to Ketton and Collyweston

55 SPORTSMAN’S DINNER

We try out The Paper Mills in Wansford

56-59 SCHOOL SPORT

Our focus on the latest achievements from local pupils

60-66 ROUND-UP

How clubs in the area are faring

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THE ESSENCE OF SUMMER PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION In association with Smiths Gore Open to all photographers with a first prize of £500, Easton Walled Gardens, the famous 400-year old gardens in Lincolnshire, have launched a photography competition: The Essence of Summer. The subject can be anywhere in the British Isles. Category winners, runnersup and finalists will be included in an exhibition of images during Snowdrop Week and Spring 2016 at Easton Walled Gardens where work will be seen by thousands of visitors. The categories are: SWEET PEAS AND ROSES – Any image containing Sweet Peas or Roses SUMMER LIFE – An image that shows wildlife, pets or people getting the most out of the British Summer EASTON WALLED GARDENS – Any image taken at Easton Walled Gardens. GARDEN LANDSCAPE – Visit gardens or use your own for inspiration.

THE SMITHS GORE ‘COUNTRYSIDE AT WORK’ CATEGORY – An image of rural life showing crasmanship, work or skills. UNDER 18 – Any image that covers one of the above categories and which was taken when the photographer was aged 18 or under as at September 30, 2015. The winner and runner-up in each category will be put forward for judging. In the overall category, THE ESSENCE OF SUMMER: BEST IMAGE, a photograph that the judges feel best sums up the atmosphere of a classic British summer. Judges include Jason Ingram, Garden Photographer of the Year 2013 and 2014, James Alexander-Sinclair: Chelsea award winning garden designer and TV presenter, and The Cholmeley family, owners of Easton Walled Gardens. Entry is free and the closing date is September 30, 2015. For more details, visit www. eastonwalledgardens.co.uk/whats-on/ photography-competition

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

OUT AND ABOUT

Artists on show The Open Studio Art trail runs every weekend in June. It’s the month when Rutland artists fling the doors of their studios open to show off their work. With more than 40 venues to visit showcasing work from 64 artists, there’s lots to see. For more information visit www.rutlandopenstudios.co.uk /// J U N E 2 0 1 5

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Active Rutland

Family Fun Day Featuring the Rutland Cycling Festival Launch and the official opening of the Active Ruland Hub

Saturday 13th June 11:00am - 3:00pm Active Rutland Hub • Everyone welcome and FREE entry. • Oakham Artistic Gymnastic Academy: Showcase of their day to day training sessions. • Vale Judo Club: Showcase and tasters throughout the day. • Jem’s Hip Hop: Dance exhibiton and taster sessions from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. • Yoga Hedz: Taster sessions from 11:00am to 12:00pm. • Oakham Tennis Club: In partnership with R2R Tennis, junior tasters available from 10:00am to 11:30am. • Rutland Play Touch Rugby League: Showcase and tasters from 11:30am - 3:00pm. • Led Bike Rides: From local sports clubs and organisations. • Catmose Sports Centre: Membership offers and fitness testing. • Uppingham School Sports Centre: Membership offers and fitness testing. • Mike Gould Sports Therapy: Taster sessions from 11:00am to 3:00pm. • Rutland’s Strongest Competition: In partnership with Titan’s & X Fit Gyms - 6 stations, £1 a go. • European Touring Car Exhibition. Active Rutland working in partnership with Oakham Enterprise Park and their local tenants and businesses.

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Active Rutland Hub The Active Rutland Hub at the Oakham Enterprise Park in Ashwell is here to provide sports clubs, community organisations, educational establishments and other providers of health, recreation and physical activity with a home base for club sessions, training, classes and competitions. The facilities include; a 3 court sports hall, a multi-purpose studio and an artificial turf pitch. The former prison gym has undergone a remarkable transformation following a bid to Sport England to help fund the refurbishment. The following activities are currently on offer at the Hub: • Oakham Artistic Gymnastic Academy: The region’s largest and most important gym club, all ages and abilities welcome. • Rutland Play Touch Rugby League: Try it, see how much fun it is without the contact! Mixed and all ages welcome. • R2R Tennis: Group tennis coaching for beginners and those who want to have fun and get fit. • Yoga Hedz: New inclusive teenage yoga class. • Jem’s Hip Hop: Dance school specialising in hip hop and street dance, all ages and abilities welcome. • Bokwa: New inclusive exercise, everyone welcome. • Boccia: Indoor paralympic sport available for all ages and abilities. • Therapeutic Pilates Classes: For small groups with our Neurological Physiotherapist Tanya. “Having watched the new site transform over many months, we are very much looking forward to seeing the Active Rutland Hub used by everyone in the County who are keen to get active and healthier.” (Paul Phillipson, Rutland County Council, Director for Places) Glynn Attiwell is the newly recruited Active Rutland Hub Co-ordinator. He was born and bred in Rutland and has worked in social care at Rutland County Council for 6 years. Glynn is the council’s “Mr Sportivator” who loves all things sport related and is keen to see new sports and new people coming along and getting involved.

If you are interested in running some sessions at the Hub, have any further questions or would like to view the facilities, please contact Glynn Attiwell on gattiwell@rutland.gov.uk or 01572 758403.

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GARDENING

Flaming June... we hope!

Spring has sprung and summer is here, so there’s plenty to go out in the garden June is a key month – it signals the end of spring and the beginning of summer so get out in the garden and enjoy the long daylight hours. There’s lots to do in the garden this month. Any late frosts should be a distant memory now so it is definitely safe to put out your hanging baskets and annual summer bedding plants. As soon as sweet peas start to flower pick them, and keep doing so as it encourages more blooms. Tie honeysuckle and clematis to their supports to stop them getting damaged. Stake tall or floppy perennials and keep deadheading roses and other flowers to encourage more growth.

Keep on top of the ‘wee beasties’ and, most importantly, if June really is flaming (and let’s hope it is) remember to water, water and water. Allotment Corner It’s the middle of the year and probably your last chance to sow runner beans, carrots and peas. But it’s also the month to start harvesting crops. New potatoes should be ready this month as well as strawberries, cherries, onions and gooseberries. Keep pinching out the side shoots from your tomato plants and feed regularly. It should be safe now the frosts have gone to plant out tender

vegetables such as courgettes, squash and sweet corn. Harvest salad crops and keep planting seeds at fortnightly intervals to ensure a constant supply throughout the summer. All the extra daylight and warmth will be promoting lots of growth, but that means weeds will be reaching for the sky as well, so keep on top of them by hoeing regularly. Unfortunately June is also a month when all the insects and pests rear their ugly heads. Be extra vigilant, protect fruit from marauding birds by placing netting over the plants, particularly strawberries and keep an eye out for slugs, snails and caterpillars.

NATURE

How to spot a reed bunting The reed bunting is a chaffinch-sized song bird found in similar habitat to last month’s sedge warbler – waterside sedge and reeds but also scrubby areas and crops such as oilseed rape. It is more common and widespread than the sedge warbler and much easier to see. Rutland Water, the River Welland and Fort Henry ponds all support good numbers but they should be looked and

listened for on any local countryside walk Males have brown, dark streaked upper parts and a whitish breast. They are easily spotted by their distinctive black head and white collar with a stripe up to the eye. The song is a monotonous ‘cheep, cheep, cheep, chiperee’, delivered from a prominent perch as they defend their territory. Females are similar to males but with a

brown head. Like all buntings, they constantly flick their tails. The nest is well hidden in a grass tussock or rough vegetation. Four or five eggs are laid and there may be two broods of young. In winter they join finches on farmland stubble or weedy fields and in hard weather will visit gardens, where they are easily overlooked among the more familiar house sparrows. Terry Mitcham

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EVENTS

What’s on...

Summer body Challenge this June... Leisure club membership offer: £85 for 8 weeks per person

NEW BBQ MENU Stamford restaurant, No3 The Yard will be serving delicious barbequed food every Sunday during the summer months. To give a taster of the new menu it is showcasing it on Thursday, June 11, to give everyone a chance to try food cooked from the new Kadai fire bowl – sounds delicious. www.No3TheYard.co.uk HARRINGWORTH VILLAGE FETE The annual fete takes place on Saturday, June 20, from 2pm. A quintessential village fete with all the usual attractions, including a classic car display. Homemade afternoon teas and Pimm’s as well as ice creams and a barbecue are also on offer. www.harringworthvillage.org THORPE HALL The new £6 million Thorpe Hall Hospice building is almost complete, with the gardens being landscaped and rooms being decorated. To allow everyone to see the final results there will be a series of open days during June starting on Thursday (June 11) from 5-8pm, followed by June 20 and 21 from 10am-4pm and finishing on the 16th from 5-8pm. www.thorpehall.org FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD Stamford Amateur Musical Society will be performing the Wizard of Oz at the Corn Exchange in Broad Street, Stamford from June 11-14. If you want to join them on stage in their next production, Sister Act, get in touch, as they’re always looking for new recruits (email stamfordamscommittee@gmail.com) for information. www.StamfordAMS.com

(joining fee at £25 per person applies) Call the leisure team today Tel: 01572 771314

› 22 Metre Swimming Pool › 2 Spa Pools › Steam room & Sauna

› Studio fitness classes included › 2 Squash courts › 6 Tennis courts › Crazy golf › Pitch & Putt › Lawn Bowls › NEW & IMPROVED Gym

SIGN UP FOR THE PETERBOROUGH BIKE RIDE Supporting the British Heart Foundation, the Peterborough Bike Ride on Sunday, July 5, has four routes this year ranging from a gentle three-mile cycle/walk to the more adventurous 50-miler. www.bikeridepeterborough-bhf.co.uk

THEY MADE IT!

The four Army officers featured in Active in April have completed the Marathon des Sables. They ran five marathons in five days in 50 degree heat. To add to donations for the Army Benevolent Fund, visit www.justgiving.com/2015MDSTeam

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HOMEMADE BAKED BEANS WITH POTATO PANCAKES AND SMOKED CHEDDAR INGREDIENTS

200g floury potatoes 1 large red onion 1 garlic clove ¼ dried chilli 1 tbsp tomato puree 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 400g chopped tomatoes 1 bay leaf 2 tsps brown sugar 1 tin haricot beans 100ml milk 2 eggs 60g self raising flour 50 smoked cheddar

METHOD

Boil the peeled diced potatoes until tender, for about 15 minutes. While the potato cooks, start your sauce (1). Peel and slice the onion and fry in a saucepan for 10 minutes until starting to soften. Peel and slice the garlic and add to the pan with the tomato puree and vinegar. Cook for a further 3 minutes to reduce the vinegar. Mash the potatoes. Season well with salt and

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pepper. Spread the mash out on a plate and allow to cool for 20 minutes. When the sauce has cooked, season well with salt and pepper. Pulse very briefly with a stick blender to give you a slightly smoother texture or, for a thicker texture, blend half of the sauce in a processor before returning to the pan. Drain and rinse the haricot beans. Add to the sauce and leave on a very low heat to warm through while you make the pancakes. Whisk the eggs and the milk together (2) in a bowl and stir in the mash. It will be stiff at first but will loosen up. Sift in the flour and mix well. Heat some oil in a frying pan and dollop in 2 tbsp of batter for each pancake (3). You want six in total so you may have to do batches. Cook until golden on each side and slightly risen – about 2 minutes a side. Spoon the beans on the warm pancakes and scatter with the smoked Cheddar – delicious.

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The potato pancakes are a great way to use up leftover mashed or jacket potatoes. We used a whole dried chilli to add a bit more of a kick.

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A day in the life of

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’m one of two watch managers at Oakham. We also have a station manager, two crew managers, 10 whole time and 10 on-call firefighters. Prior to this I served as a uniformed firefighter within the RAF. Then I got a job at Leicester Central where we dealt with a lot of property and commercial fires. In the Rutland area we deal with road accidents a lot of the time. It’s a fallacy that extremely busy roads are where most accidents happen. Fast, rural roads are where we have a national problem: roads like the A47, A1 and A6006. I love being part of the community and we’re a valued emergency service. People are always happy to see firefighters. We have a great skill set and what we can do to help people in distress is vast. We’re trained in the use of breathing apparatus; working at heights to rescue people either at the top of large buildings and quarries or deep down below like in the huge water towers underneath Rutland Water. We’re also trained in water and animal rescue. It’s not so much cats up trees around here as horses and cows stuck in rivers. We have good medical knowledge which is useful as we often find ourselves as the only emergency service at incidents for quite some time. Then it’s a matter of securing the area, making sure no-one else gets hurt and stabilising the casualties. One of the best parts of the job is coming back from an incident and knowing that what we’ve done has made a real difference. Since the new station opened in 2014 we’ve run a day crewing plus system where we work 12 lots of 24-hour shifts per month. That might not sound a lot but you’re at the station from 7pm until 7pm the next night, apart from call outs. Sometimes we do five nights straight. We start by checking the trucks and equipment. At 8pm we go into what’s called negative hours until 8am, which is a period of stand-down where we rest and recoup. We can go to the gym, watch TV and sleep. There’s accommodation on site, of course, and everyone has a room. A team of all-rounders A typical day starts at 8am when we test all the equipment. We carry everything – saws, airbags, sledgehammers, cutters and axes as well as the hoses, ladders of all lengths, spine boards, abseiling equipment, chemical protection suits. You name it, we probably have it! At 10am we have an hour in the gym to keep fit. Then we train. We might cut up cars in the yard, practice with ladders against the tower or work with the rescue lines. The more training and exposure to risk we get, the better we are at our job. I believe the British fire service is the best in 20

‘It’s not so much cats up trees around here as horses and cows stuck in rivers’ the world. Each firefighter can do any job on the team whereas in other countries they often have very specific roles. In the afternoons we might go to schools to talk about road safety, bonfire night or careers in the fire service. We sometimes risk assess Stocken Prison or one of the military camps. We might go to somewhere such as Wing water treatment works and assess what procedures they would adopt in an emergency. We always want to be pre-warned. And we spend a lot of time checking fire hydrants. Even though we carry 1,800 litres of water, the first thing we do at an incident is look

for a source of water and know there’s no problem with supply. At 6pm we make sure everything is tidied away and that’s when we usually eat. I’ll cook something like a chilli and see if any of the guys want some too, and then the next night, they might cook for me. Often it’s just a case of grabbing something as quickly as you can and if the bell goes off we might shovel in another mouthful quickly then move as we have to be out of the door in three minutes. We’re always in uniform, we leave the fire kits on the engine. Then we rip off the teleprint from Leicester with our instructions and away we go.

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COOPED UP

Editor Steve Moody is taking up the good life and keeping chickens. In the first of a series of features, the family get started by building a home for the birds

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think it’s fair to say that I was blindsided into keeping chickens. There I was happily minding my own business one day a few months ago, when the rest of the family appeared and declared they had decided they would like to keep a few of the clucky beasts. I admit to being less than keen. Yes, I like eggs. But I like steak too and I don’t need a herd of Aberdeen Angus in my back garden to keep me supplied. That’s the beauty of supermarkets. Then there’s the hassle of building a chicken run and coop, fox proofing everything, the cleaning out, mites, rats, cost, mess and how our dog will manage. He spends most of his life bravely chasing pigeons out of the garden already. How on earth might the labrador/ chicken relationship fare? Anyway, this was back in the winter so I came up with something about chickens not laying at that time of year so there was no point getting them yet, and crossed a few fingers that the idea would remain exactly that. Spring came. The idea was still very much there, and ready to turn into feathery reality. Handily, we had a ready made area at the bottom of the garden behind a picket fence which could be easily made secure with netting, and they even get an apple tree in

Carrie Wright of The Clever Coop Company (www.theclevercoopcompany.com) looks at a few things that need to be addressed before taking the plunge… Environment: Is your garden suited for chickens? We would love to be able to provide unlimited space, but a run offering approximately 3 square metres per chicken is a good starting point. Housing: Size very much depends on the number of birds you are buying. Wooden or plastic? Both have advantages…. wooden coops look better, while plastic offers less maintenance. Breed: Are you looking for a plentiful supply of good-sized eggs? Hybrids are renowned for their laying ability but you may prefer a smaller, bantam breed if you’d like a more ‘child friendly’ version. Quantity: Start small. Three or four hybrid hens will easily provide 2 to 3 eggs a day. Responsibility: Their coop should be cleaned out once a week with both hens and coop checked for parasites and treated accordingly. the coop, which must be the chicken equivalent of living at the Ritz. Then there was the more pressing concern of a coop, but this was solved by Carrie Wright at The Clever Coop Company in Castle Bytham. Her plastic coops are made in the USA and look like a barn from middle America, but crucially you can hose them out, they don’t rot like wood and pests such as red mites don’t get into the woodwork. And it was easy to construct too, snapping together in less than half an hour. We were ready to go chicken shopping. We went to Mini Meadows Farm in Welford

to buy three chickens. My daughter Florence obviously had an idea in her mind of the chicken she wanted, and I think it might have been something cute from a Disney film. She was less impressed by clucky, flappy real-life ones, although with a lot of persuading she eventually picked a white coral, now called Daisy. My son Arthur went for a brown Columbian blacktail and gave her the name Olly. Not quite got the concept yet. My wife’s is a bluebell, called Mildred. Boxed up, we put them in the boot and headed home. The easy bit was done.  Next month, waiting for the eggs…

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CHALLENGE

CYCLING THE WORLD

James Peach is on the adventure of his life – to cycle around the world and raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. This month he’s flying to avoid war zones

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ast month I left you stuck in Delhi. I could not cycle west into Pakistan or north into Kashmir and Afghanistan for obvious reasons. My only alternative was to go back up through the Himalayas towards western China, but time and money meant this would not be possible. Therefore I had no choice but to fly, but so as not to cheat my way west I would fly due north to Almaty in Kazakhstan. Well as culture shocks go this is the greatest I’ve experienced so far. Having left Delhi and flown for two hours over nothing but snow topped mountains I arrived in Almaty to a brave new world. Leaving the airport was extraordinary. No-one was looking at me. No-one surrounded me, asking me questions, poking my bike. The air was fresh. The sun was hot, but not aggressively so. The people were polite and looked a lot like me. The road was Tarmac. It was a completely different world to the one I had been in for the last four months. And it was to take a lot of getting used to. The word ‘bleak’ would come up a lot in the coming weeks as ex-Soviet brutal architecture and intimidating macho sculptures lined roads, towns and cities across Kazakhstan. In the sunlight there is a certain charm to the newly-evolving oil and gas rich states. But in the shade the blacks and greys are depressing. Everything is imposing, the statues of muscled

war heroes loom down on you and the parliament buildings are huge square concrete blocks, mainly covered ornately in gold. It’s all about impact and power and couldn’t be less British. Cycling along the southern border of Kazakhstan in the spring sunshine was beautiful with sparse desert to the right and the Kyrgyzstan mountain vista to the left. Turning left I entered Bishkek and climbed up on to the Kyrgyzstan mountain plateau which was a stunning world of snow, a bit like Narnia. Without gloves or thick socks it was a painful few days through the snow desert, but plastic bags over hands and feet, and vodka down the throat kept me warm day and night. Free-wheeling back down the other side of the

mountain and onwards to the Uzbekistan border was a welcome relief from the altitude sickness that caused both stomach and head aches. And the mountain vistas continued joined by turquoise blue lakes and rocky mountains. Kyrgyzstan is a truly spectacular country and extremely friendly to foreigners. It is an untouched landscape ripe for all sorts of winter and summer sports. It will become a fashionable destination one day soon, so I’m glad to be able to see it unspoilt. Uzbekistan is a different story, a democracy that rules as a dictatorship. It’s an extraordinary world of police and rules and paranoia. So this is my next challenge, already more logistical than physically demanding. As a cash economy with no ATMs when changing money at the border I was presented with a carrier bag full of cash. I looked rich but it was only 30 quid. From here I head north west across this vast country to learn more about the goings on in a world so far away from my own. Central Asia has presented a whole new level of experiences, partly because I had no idea what to expect and because it’s such an untouched and relatively unpopular area of the world steeped in history and beauty. I’m already planning to come back. Right, got to get pedalling, see you next month. To follow James visit www.thelifecycle.org which will let you to donate to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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SU SADDLES UP Find out how our Rutland Cycling bike winner Su Mansell is getting on

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u Mansell was the lucky winner of our £2,000 bicycle competition held in conjunction with Rutland Cycling. Her prize included a Specialized racing bike which was fitted by the firm’s expert, Andrew Shore. Here she tells us how training is going for her fund-raising bike ride to Paris in July... “I’ve had Ruby (the bike’s name!) for a month now and she has made a huge difference to my training. I’ve ridden more than 330 miles on her so far, including my longest single ride so far of 64 miles. I’ve also now conquered my nemesis in the form of Brooke Hill, coming out of Oakham, and attended a seminar at Rutland Cycling about preparing for a challenge, which was very interesting and informative. Also, I’ve also been to a maintenance class at the Whitwell shop and learned how to change a tyre and fix a chain, as well as how to generally care for my bike. Both these evenings have been a huge help, as has the continued support I receive from Andrew Shore who did my amazing bike fit. “The camaraderie I’ve experienced when out cycling has been amazing and everyone has been very complementary of the bike. For the cyclists amongst you, I have managed to get my average speed on rides up from around 10-11mph to over 13mph whilst trying to keep my cadence above 80rpm and closer to 85rpm whenever possible, although I have to admit this is still a challenge on the hills. “Another bonus of this training is that I feel fitter and healthier and I have managed to lose some weight. I’ve also started to get a cyclist’s tan. The next month will be spent getting in some more longer rides as well as continuing with the shorter midweek rides.”  Su is raising money for children’s charity Action Medicine in the four-day London to Paris 300-mile challenge. You can sponsor her at www.action.org.uk/ sponsor/susanmansell

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Open gardens June is the perfect time to get out and about to admire other gardeners’ skills and gain inspiration. And the NGS have plenty of open gardens for you to see. Most of these gardens are only open once a year to support the NGS and their charities, so head to these villages on the following dates – possibly even cycle to them – to see some ‘hidden gems.’ All the villages will be offering refreshments and homemade cakes – what better way to spend an afternoon.  Sunday, June 14: The Old Hall, Market Overton, 2-6pm  Saturday, June 20, Market Overton gardens, 1.30-5pm  Sunday, June 21, Braunston gardens, 2-6pm  Thursday, June 25, The Old Vicarage (pictured), Burley, 6-9pm  Sunday, June 28, Empingham gardens, 2-5.30pm  Sunday, July 5, Orchard House, Hambleton, 2-5pm  Sunday, July 12, Acre End, North Luffenham, 11-5pm

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ANYONE FOR TENNIS? Jeremy Beswick has been to local clubs and argues it is time we stopped thinking of tennis as an elitist sport Photography: Nico Morgan LET’S DO A WORD association test. What comes into your head in response to the prompt ‘tennis’? Wimbledon, hot summers, and strawberries and cream. But also, if you think like me and to borrow from elsewhere, perhaps flannelled fools and jolly hockey sticks. Is Jon Henderson correct when he writes in The Observer “Basically, however hard tennis tries not to be, it is still a posh sport”? I beg to differ. It remains that way only if we let it, and what’s more that’s against its own wishes. Here’s John Crowther, until recently chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association: “The game needs a more inclusive image. We need to convince people that tennis is a sport for everybody, that it’s not elitist. “We must try to get youngsters into tennis clubs. They shouldn’t have to have all the expensive equipment and they shouldn’t have to wear all-white just to get on to a court at a club. If we don’t have this push now, we will never get any stars of the future.” It’s true that historically, English tennis – and it is a uniquely English problem – has been held back by a reputation for being for the few, not the many. Whether it’s the somewhat sniffy reputation of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, the ancient royal connections, a hangover from the ’us versus them’ days when only amateurs were allowed to play in leading tournaments, or a combination of all three, but this misplaced perception still lingers like an indefinable but somewhat malodorous smell. It’s a shame because tennis is a wonderful game that can be enjoyed by all levels of competence and ages – in fact it’s often been called the ‘sport for a lifetime’. Shall we get down and technical?

Physician Ralph Paffenbarger studied more than 10,000 people over a period of 20 years and discovered that those who participate in tennis three hours per week at moderately vigorous intensity cut their risk of death in half from any cause. Connecticut State University’s Dr Joan Finn found tennis players scored higher in vigour, optimism and self-esteem while scoring lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than non-athletes and also – get this – other athletes. Dr Jim Gavin, author of The Exercise Habit, tells us: “Since tennis requires alertness and tactical thinking, it’s believed to generate new

connections between nerves in the brain and thus promote a lifetime of continuing neural development, outperforming golf and most other sports in developing positive personality characteristics”. Oh, and it’s fun too. The numbers playing tennis in England did bounce upwards a couple of years ago. Doubtless that was is in some part due to the Olympic and Wimbledon successes of that doughty performer we have so generously awarded dual nationality to, Andy Murray. British until he loses, when he then reverts to being a Scot. Whichever he is, he certainly isn’t a toff.

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Jeremy Beswick tries his hand at tennis at Oakham Lawn Tennis Club, where they welcome players of all ages and abilities

‘TENNIS IS LIKE A DRUG TO ME. IF I CAN’T PLAY I REALLY MISS IT” However, participation levels soon settled back into what has been a gradual but long-term decline to the evident dismay of Sport England, which finances the Lawn Tennis Association with £17.3m (of your tax money, by the way). The LTA managed to retain that funding only by appointing a different chief executive and re-dedicating itself to raising the numbers again. Its new mission statement is succinct: “To get more people playing tennis more often”. To this end, one initiative it has launched is the Great British Tennis Weekend where anyone can book a session and turn up to play for free all over the country, with rackets and balls provided. It really is making the effort to be inclusive. As the website states: “Whether you’ve never picked up a racket before or are a seasoned regular – there is no excuse not to come down. All ability levels are welcome so book your session today!” The next weekend is on June 13-14, with just under 300 events and 4,000 sessions on offer. If you’re lucky you’ll be at one of the places where former stars such as Greg Rusedski and Annabel Croft are doing the coaching. A second innovation is Tennis Tuesdays, billed as Social Tennis – Serious Fun, with free coaching available for all from beginner to

advanced. For more details on both of these, and to book, visit www.lta.org.uk If you’d rather take a more traditional approach, there are several tennis clubs in, or within easy reach of, Stamford and Rutland. Doubtless, expensive and exclusive ones still exist but they are massively out-numbered by those where you don’t need a second mortgage to join and can be sure of a warm welcome. One example in a pretty, semi-rural setting is Oakham, where I spoke to long-standing member Laura Reekie. Laura’s given me permission to tell you she’s in her 70s but still plays very regularly. “Tennis is like a drug to me,” she said. “If I can’t play for some reason I really miss it. It’s very sociable too, the people you meet are a big part of the enjoyment and we always sit down for a cup of tea and a chat in the clubhouse afterwards. If it’s a competition, there’ll be a meal for team mates and opposition to share together.” The club welcomes all ages and recently ran a parent/junior tournament where fathers and sons, mums and daughters, partnered each other in doubles. They also entered two under 8 teams into a Stamford tournament at the beginning of April, both getting through to the final where

they had to play each other! Laura added: “It’s good to get outdoors. On a sunny afternoon or evening it’s really quite idyllic here. So much so it’s not that unusual, if the weather’s good, to find someone playing here on Christmas Day.” Annual fees are £150 for an adult, £25 for under 11s, £35 for under 19s or £310 for a family. There is also one court reserved for nonmembers which will cost you a one-off fee of £5. If you’re tempted to give it a go, at Oakham or elsewhere, I’d get your skates on. There’s always a temporary rush to the courts post-Wimbledon and the tournament kicks off on June 29. By the way, one other bonus is that any club affiliated to the LTA gets tickets to the show courts. If you’re lucky enough to have a ticket this year, I can promise you from experience that there’s much more fun to be had on Murray Moun” than in ‘Members onl’. I think I just might have that carved on my headstone as a metaphor for life.

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Tears, ostriches, paranoia... It’s a wonder the pressure of managing teams doesn’t send most managers mad, Martin Johnson reckons hen the Football Association runs its coaching courses you assume it doesn’t involve teaching you the correct way to grab opposing players round the neck in your technical area, or how to come up with novel put-downs for irritating journalists. Alex Ferguson was a dab hand at the latter, but not even he thought of calling someone an ostrich. In the long list of miracles down the ages, Nigel Pearson saving Leicester City from relegation makes the parting of the Red Sea, or sending men to the Moon, look like second rate conjuring tricks, even though managing professional sports teams appears to have the effect of sending people, if not fully away with the pixies, at least sharing the same postcode with them. Same with Richard Cockerill over the road at the Tigers. A harder nut never took the field for Leicester, but when his team came from nowhere to clinch a Premiership play-off place, the victory against Wasps reduced him to a emotional wreck. What’s happening in Leicester? We know it makes people do strange things, like calling strangers “me duck”, but have they put something in the water? Such are the stress levels of managing a top sports team, it is often more entertaining watching the bloke in charge rather than the people on the pitch. You only ever see players carried off at matches, but the time when a manager is forcibly restrained by a team of doctors armed with tranquiliser guns, and stretchered off down the tunnel to an ambulance, can’t be far away. The pressure gets to them all, including a Leicester City manager back in the 1970s, Jimmy Bloomfield. His excuses for the team not winning were right up there with “the dog ate my homework”, and he was paranoid about the local evening paper. Once, suspecting a critical letter about the team in the Saturday sports edition had been made up, he sent some of his backroom staff round to the address to find out if it was genuine, and he was constantly at war with the sports editor, who was also the horse racing correspondent, and who one weekend wrote a critical column about Bloomfield’s management. On the Monday morning, I picked up the phone, and it was Bloomfield. “Put me on to the sports editor” he ranted. “He’s not in today,” I said. “He’s at Nottingham races.” “Well tell him when he gets back,” shouted Bloomfield, “that if I want to know anything about football I’ll phone him, and if he wants to know anything about horses, he can phone me”. Followed by a click, and the dialling tone. It never used to be this way with football managers, not as far as I can recall from my boyhood following Newport County in the old

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Division Three South. Maybe it’s the money in the game that tips them over the edge, but the County manager wasn’t paid enough to stalk up and down his technical area fuming and fretting. Billy Lucas, like a lot of managers in those days, had another job to make ends meet, and in his case he ran a pub. His team played as though that’s where they did most of their training, and he got about as animated when they went a goal down as the two old boys at his pub who spent every evening having a quiet game of dominos. When I was at the Leicester Mercury, there was only one football manager under intolerable pressure, and it wasn’t Bloomfield. His name was Ivan, and he managed the evening paper’s Sunday morning soccer team, known as Leicester Press. He was also the treasurer, which is where most of the pressure came from. Every other week, you had to provide things like goalposts, nets and properly inflated balls, and we were always too hard up to afford any. Hence, he’d get to the ground at Aylestone Meadows in the morning, steal someone else’s posts and put them up on our own pitch. It all worked very well until one game, 10 minutes after kick off, when someone smelled a rat, shopped us to the ref and we were heavily fined. He also had to be a tactical genius, given that we were always short of players and were having to field ineligible ones. So he’d allocate them the genuine name of one of our missing registered players, which, one Sunday morning, was “Rob Golding.” Trouble was, when the ficititious Rob was booked, he forgot what his name was supposed to be. “Name?” barked the ref. “Er...um...er...” at which point, the incident being close enough to the touchline for our manager to have worked out the problem, on went Ivan and said: “Poor old Rob Golding here has a terrible stammer, and sometimes can’t get his name out.” Genius. In fairness, he was never under the kind of strain Pearson has been under, largely because he was never obliged to give a press conference, but Nigel will be ok once he discovers how to get through one without actually saying anything at all. I intend to refer him to the old England cricket manager Micky Stewart, who was once asked to comment on Michael Atherton being omitted from the team. His reply being: “He’s not on the best of terms with himself sort of batting wise, obviously, and we wanted, on the tempo we were looking for in this game, for him not to force things outside his natural game. And therefore he’s not playing.” Translation? “We’ve dropped him for slow scoring.” So, half an hour’s coaching from Micky and Nigel will be slipping ostriches into the conversation without anyone having the faintest idea what he’s on about. Which has got to do the blood pressure the power of good for next season.

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Gray Nicolls Legend cricket bat

USE Nano Tech 2.4 700c Carbon Clincher Wheelset

The Legend is the pinnacle of 160 years of bat making history and heritage by Gray Nicolls. Beautifully hand-craed with classic laser etched branding, the Legend uses the standard of willow usually reserved for test stars’ personal blades. That slog over cow corner will never have looked so elegant… Price £600 (approx) From www.gray-nicolls.co.uk (and selected local stores)

Seeking the perfect wheels for mountain climbs or epic all day sportives? USE have the answer with the Nano Tech 2.4 Wheels, thanks to a lightweight carbon construction combined with maximum stiffness to ensure every pedal stroke counts. Laced to these rims via the Sapim CX Ray spokes are USE’s highest quality road hubs that provide a solid pedalling base combined with fully sealed bearings for minimal maintenance. Price £799.99 From www.rutlandcycling.com

Nike Gradient full zip running vest

Brave the elements in ultimate protection with this Nike Gradient full-zip running vest, guaranteed to add plenty of style to your workout look this season. This lightweight top boasts a Dri-FIT fabric to help you stay dry and comfortable and is also wind-resistant to keep you warm, with an adjustable waist hem for a personalised fit. Price £80 From www.nike.com

Head Graphene XT Speed Pro

The Head Graphene XT Speed Pro tennis racket, endorsed by Novak Djokovic, is the heaviest version in this Tour range and offers good manoeuvrability and stability despite the heavier weight. Created for intermediate to advanced players, the Speed Pro racquet delivers control and feel, and uses Head’s latest Graphene XT technology to strengthen the frame and distribute weight more efficiently to the tip and handle. Price £138 From www.sweatband.com

Zoggs Sea Demon junior swimming goggles

Kids will be keen to stick their heads under with these brilliant Sea Demon goggles, which feature holograms on the lenses, giving them evil eyes – ideal for bursting out of the water and scaring you! Price £12 From www.zoggs.com

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Feature /// Summer fun

A summer your kids will never forget…

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Great places to go, fabulous things to do – we’ve compiled a list of activities to make 2015 an epic, entertaining summer for you and your kids

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TWINLAKES PARK

Twinlakes Park near Melton Mowbray has something for every kid, and all weather conditions. Whether its pedal karts, boating lakes, animals, water slides or indoor play, there are lots of options for fun. www.twinlakespark.co.uk

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Children in Rutland are promised an action packed holiday this summer with locally based sports firm Sports Xtra at the Stamford Welland Academy and at the Rutland Pavilion in Oakham. A wide range of activities are on offer from the ever-popular Spy Xperience to adventure days, street dance, activity days and a three-day sport camp. www.sports-xtra.com

With more than 100 animals for you to meet, Gorse Hill Farm offers the perfect venue for a family day out. A working farm and community project dedicated to the welfare of animals and to providing a fun and educational experiences for all. www.gorsehillcityfarm.org.uk

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Enjoy a great day out exploring one of the country’s largest maize mazes, set in eight acres of living maize and sunflower crop. It’s great exercise for mind and body. See if you can unravel the quiz trail, and find all 12 quiz boards hidden amongst the three miles of paths. Remember to bring a pen/pencil to fill in the quiz brochure! www.wistow.com

the Gallant Guardian of Rockingham Castle, while inside there is an Eye Spy booklet to help children to learn about the castle and its history. www.rockinghamcastle.com

and cycling. Start at the visitor centre at Whitwell and work your way round from there. www.rutlandwater.org.uk

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BURGHLEY HOUSE GARDEN OF SURPRISES

THE ONE MILE FROM HOME GAME

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MELTON CARNEGIE MUSEUM

Melton Carnegie Museum re-opened in late 2010 following a major building project which has created a new state-of-the-art museum. The museum, which has now doubled in size, features displays on local history, trades, fox hunting and rural life, and kids can learn about how local cheese and pies are made. www.leics.gov.uk/meltonmuseum

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NATIONAL SPACE CENTRE

We may not have been at the forefront of the space race, but the National Space Centre in Leicester is a superb venue, with lots of interactive exhibits and awe inspiring rockets stand proud in the centre of the building. www.spacecentre.co.uk

Usually water parks are full of plastic slides. Not Burghley, which has an amazing watery world gushing forth out of stone, with lots of nooks and crannies in a garden setting. The kids will love it, and the parents may get some inspiration for garden design. www.burghley.co.uk

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BRUNTINGTHORPE AVIATION MUSEUM

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Want to try something totally different and unique? How about a Tank Paintball Battle? The only place you do it in a 17 and half ton tank here at Armourgeddon, near Market Harborough. Experience the fun and excitement of driving tanks and other military vehicles over courses set around a World War II bombing range. www.armourgeddon.co.uk

Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome is home to the Cold War Jet Collection including a Victor, Hunter, Canberra, Comet, Lightnings, Starfighter, Sea Vixen, Buccaneer and a Jaguar, among others. Amazing planes, and open Sundays 10am-4pm. www.bruntingthorpeaviation.com Rockingham Castle has masses of big open spaces for children to run around in and enjoy themselves, there is a quiz featuring Wentworth

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RUTLAND WATER

There is so much to do at Rutland Water: fishing, sailing, crazy golf, bug hunting

Take an old-fashioned paper map of where you live. Measure the distance of one mile on its key. Mark that distance on a piece of string (or dental floss, whatever you’ve got). Tack one end of the string onto the location of your house on the map. Attach a pen to the other end. Circle the pen gently around your house, leaving a clear circle on the map. Have the kids in the family place their fingers anywhere on the circle. Walk, or bike to the actual location, get out and take a picture of you and whatever’s there and bring it back to your map. Can be repeated many times!

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THINGS TO DO

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A TREASURE HUNT

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PLAY BADMINTON

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GARDEN CROQUET

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BUBBLE FOOTBALL

It’s a skill so useful for sailing, camping or just looking cool and capable. Hit the hardware shop and invest in four feet of inexpensive, easy-to-manage nylon rope per child and adult. Instruction is particularly effective if one sibling ties up another sibling or father (Keep at least one other parent, guardian, sentient adult within shouting distance to avoid a grown-up learning a lesson the hard way!).

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Sneak in a lesson about “reuse and recycle” by not buying loot from a pound shop. Instead hide seashells; money; old, forgotten trinkets from your jewelry box; or homemade coupons for treats like pizza or a sleepover. Draw a quick map or scraps of paper with clues to the next location, and leave them to it. No knocking on your neighbour’s door to retrieve lost balls, no likelihood of physical harm from fast moving projectiles either. And a net is easily contrsucted from string too.

COMPETITION GO CAMPING Kids love camping, whether it’s in the back garden or somewhere more exotic. We’ve teamed up with Get Lost in Rutland and Sacrewell Farm to lend incredible camping equipment for a free weekend’s camping. Get Lost will provide: ● A Vango airbeam tent ● Two Highlander double air beds ● Airbed pump ● Kampa kitchen unit ● Kampa table with four chairs ● Gas cooker and gas ● Lighting ● A dining set for four, including cooking ● equipment, pots and pans The best part is that all this will be put up and taken down for you! Sacrewell will provide: ● Two nights camping on a premium pitch for a family of four

● Farm entry for a family of four for the duration of your stay ● Electric hook-up and adaptors ● One Grasmere Farms barbecue pack ● A bottle of wine

Bubble football is the hilarious new game where the players are zipped up in an inflatable ball with their legs free. They then attempt to play football, with hilarious, bouncing, upside-down results…

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It looks gentlemanly, but croquet can be a vicious game, and because the balls are stationary to begin with, even the smallest kids stand a good chance of making contact.

Sacrewell has hot showers and washing up facilities on site, as well as a café and shop open during visitor centre hours. Friendly dogs are welcome. Just answer this simple question below and email your answer to camping@ theactivemag.com “Which TV adventurer is Head Scout of the UK Scouting Association?” Deadline for entries is June 30. One winner will be picked at random. Prize can’t be claimed on bank holidays or during the Burghley Horse Trials. Other black out dates may apply.

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GO TO THE BGL SPORT BASH

In late July, the England Masters XI, including Mark Ramprakash is taking on the Local Legends XI made up of a player from each club in the locality, while the Matt Hambo XI v Help For Heroes XI games will see Tigers’ stars such as Rory Underwood and Freddie Tuilagi. There’s also a climbing wall, slides, bouncy castles and football for the kids. www.bglsportbash.co.uk

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HAVE A CAMP FIRE

Some of the best summer memories can be made around a campfire. If you have a fire pit or access to one, let the kids roast everything from veggies to sausages. After everyone is fed and full, tell stories and share in some good laughs.

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FIND A SPORTS CLUB

It sounds so simple, but often the simplest plans are the best. Just grab a map, plan a route and head out. A little tip though: if you can add in a river along the way, then the kids will have hours of fun messing about by it, and are less likely to get bored. If the kids want to learn a particular sport, then there are hundreds of clubs who will happily offer their time to teach them the ropes. Best way to find out one near you is by using these websites: www.activerutland.org.uk www.raw4youth.com www.lrsport.org

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BUILD A GARDEN OBSTACLE COURSE

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HOST A WATER FIGHT

Replicate the craze for events like Rat Race and The Suffering in your own back garden , with a do it yourself obstacle course, made out of old tyres, chairs to climb over, boxes to crawl through, pinned down sheets to scurry under and string nets to pick a route across. Add in the hosepipes for extra jeopardy… Turn on the sprinklers, crank up the hose, and fill up those water guns; it’s time for a water fight! The perfect activity on a hot day, water fights are a great substitute for the pool and a fun way for the kids to keep cool. Just be sure to have the towels handy. NAUMOID

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GO TO A CYCLING FESTIVAL

Active Rutland is hosting a number of activities for all the family including cycling displays and exhibitors for all things cycling. It will highlight the opportunities for you as a family to get involved in cycling. Get down to the Active Rutland Hub, Oakham Enterprise Park, Ashwell on June 14 from midday to see an array of activities.

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WRITE A SUMMER BUCKET LIST

Teach the kids about setting goals early on with a Summer bucket list. It doesn’t have to be anything serious — friendships, new sports, or recipes — but it will be fun to check items off the list and turn to it for ideas when it feels like you’re in the midst of an endless Summer. Consider making one at the end of the Summer too, heading into the school year.

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ActiveFit

EXPERT ADVICE ON GETTING, AND KEEPING, IN GREAT SHAPE

Don’t sweat it Are you equating sweating with getting fit? If so, it’s time to change your outlook. It has become increasingly popular to exercise in hot environments, whether it’s hot yoga, Pilates or indoor cycling in hot studios. And while it may seem that you’re getting an incredible workout, it is important to understand just what sweat is measuring and what it is not. At the end of a long and arduous workout, the sweat dripping off you might seem like a badge of honour, showing your determination and effort to achieve health and fitness. However, that sweat is not actually a symbol of your fitness abilities. Nor does it equate to fat burning. It is simply the residue of your body’s cooling system. Although sweating is necessary to help you achieve weight loss, it does not actually cause the pounds to melt away. Weight loss through excessive sweating is not new and has been a popular method of achieving weight categories for boxers and wrestlers for decades. Dropping water weight by putting yourself into excessive heat will give you short-term weight loss but it is dangerous and short lived. It is only physical effort in the form of

exercise that causes changes in the body. If the answer to weight loss and fitness gains were as simple as sitting in a hot room then everyone would install a sauna in their home and be thin. Don’t get caught in the myth of hot equals weight loss and fitness. Heat from outside of your body stimulates sweating to cool itself and gives you a false sense of exercise intensity. Minimal calories are used for this process and the weight lost will be regained with hydration. Sweat is composed of water and electrolytes. When your body loses too many electrolytes, it can easily result in kidney damage, cardiovascular problems or death. In some cases, your body’s sweat glands may be unable to keep up with your body’s demands. When this happens, you might experience heatstroke or heat exhaustion, both of which can be extremely detrimental, or even fatal. To avoid dehydration, drink at least 8 oz. (230 ml) of water 20 to 30 minutes before and after exercise. During your exercise session, drink 8 to 10 oz. (230 — 300 ml) every 10 to 20 minutes. If you’re feeling light-headed or experience headaches you need to continue hydrating and get out of the heat.

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HAVE YOU GOT THE RIGHT FITNESS TRACKER? Think beyond the wrist. It’s not as accurate a place for continuous heart-rate monitoring during exercise because the wrist generates unwieldy fake readings due to motion artifacts such as skin motion and footsteps. The ear is the best place, apparently. Think validation. Has the product been through independent validation for accuracy against goldstandard benchmarks? What does that mean? That you should check the manufacturer’s website to see if the product has been tested against gold-standard benchmarks, with interval testing on a treadmill, both indoors and outdoors. Plus, the testing should have been done on a decent number of people who are various ages, races and genders. Match your watch to your need. Sounds obvious, but not

everyone buys a tracker for the same reasons. Maybe your goal is to get better at your current workout regime or merely to walk 10,000 steps a day. Will it accurately measure calories burned? If you want to track calories burned

during exercises that don’t involve footsteps such as those you’d do in a gym, you’ll need an accurate heart rate monitor or another type of continuous biometric monitor to capture your body’s exertion where pedometers cannot.

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

// Edited by Sandie Hurford

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT: Can you control age and beauty from within? blood pressure and excessive fat accumulation – are processes of subclinical inflammation. They may start in the digestive tract and in the liver, and then spread to vessels, the brain, skeletal muscles, fat and other tissues and even skin. To strengthen the body defence in our advanced ages it would seem logical to mobilise those natural sources which helped us in infancy and childhood. However, consumption of 1 to 2 litres of milk a day is not only impractical for us but not sustainable for the planet. To help to solve this problem, a team at Lycotec, led by Dr Ivan Petyaev, has developed and patented a new Lycosome technology which protects proteins, responsible for antiinflammatory properties of the milk, to bypass acidity and digestion of the stomach. In the published papers the authors report that this technology can increase 100-fold efficacy in delivery of these milk proteins. This resulted in a reduction of markers of liver inflammation, elevated blood lipids, blood pressure and an improvement in oxygenation of muscles and skin. This trial demonstrated that the application of Lycosome technology for delivery of milk proteins could be an effective way to reduce subclinical liver inflammation, and present a significant step in the development of sustainable nutritional solutions to controlling ageing from within.

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Cambridge-based company has published results of the first trial on a product which can reduce liver inflammation and, as a result, reverse metabolic, vascular and tissue parameters, growth of which is associated with age. The average five-year-old in the Western world weighs 15 kg and consumes about 330ml of milk per day. The average adult weighs 75kg and consumes about 120ml of milk, 14 times less per kilogram of body mass than for a child. For children who do not yet have an efficient immune system, and are in the process of building it up, milk provides not only comprehensive nutrients, but essential factors in helping them to be protected from infections and accompanying inflammatory damage. In adulthood, when our immune system is complete and efficient we do not need to depend on these milk factors to protect ourselves. However, with advances in science and medicine we are reaching ages which perhaps are not fully covered by programmes coded in our bodies, and are developing conditions which the majority of the human species had never developed in many thousands of years of their evolution. There is a growing consensus that behind age-related changes – such as rising cholesterol,

Beetroot juice: how much to drink consumed 2.5 hours before the onset of exercise. For those about to carry out “moderate� exercise, drinking up to 4 shots of beetroot juice, about 2.5 hours before the start of the activity, is thought to be optimal for improvements in exercise economy, a strong predictor of long duration exercise performance such as is needed for marathons and cycling road races. Professor Jones said: “Our original research indicated that the amount of dietary nitrate makes a difference to its impact. This paper provides a much clearer picture of when and how much is optimum and shows that there is no advantage to be gained from taking very large doses�. Previous research has indicated that beetroot improves sporting ability and stamina because of its high nitrate content. This latest study suggests that effect on performance is at its peak 2-3 hours aer

ingestion, and that the effects gradually decline, with little improvement seen aer about 12 hours. In the study, the amount of oxygen required to maintain a given level of moderate exercise decreased aer taking beetroot juice - in effect, it took less energy to cycle at the same pace. The sample groups also undertook a cycle test to exhaustion. The group which took two doses gave the best performance results, suggesting that larger quantities may not lead to greater stamina for athletes. Beetroot juice has already been attracting a lot of attention from the sports world. Memorably David Weir, winner of four gold medals at the 2012 Paralympic Games, told Boris Johnson it was instrumental in his success. Beet It is produced by James White Drinks, which has worked closely with research teams throughout the world since 2008.

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Alternative relief for congestion Herbal medicine Esberisin, available from plant-remedies.co.uk , is a gentle alternative remedy that can help with the symptoms of congestion, blocked nose and sinusitis that oen arise at this time of year. Symptoms of sinusitis can include headache, especially around the eyes and cheekbones, pain on looking down, and even toothache, and can severely affect everything from a country walk to crucial revision and exams. Esberisin is a combination of extracts from Great Yellow Gentian and Vervain (or Verbena), Common Sorrel, Elder Flower and Cowslip.

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YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT: Can a supplement minimise breast cancer risk? In the UK, about 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some point during their lifetime. While there is no guaranteed way to prevent the disease, there are steps that may help lower the risk – especially for those at an increased risk of developing breast cancer. As well as leading a healthy diet and lifestyle, women who are at risk or worried about breast cancer may be able to lower their chances of developing it, by supplementing their diet with a revolutionary new supplement, ProfBiotics Breast (£35, profbiotics.com). Welcomed by leading cancer experts, it has been developed in consultation with Professor Martyn Caplin, leading cancer specialist and consultant gastroenterologist at London’s Royal Free Hospital, following a comprehensive review of clinical evidence investigating the role of specific nutrients in breast cancer prevention. The supplement has been formulated to contain the specific blend of ingredients to help support breast wellbeing: • Lycopene (found in tomatoes), which has been increasingly associated with breast well-being. Studies suggest that women with higher circulating levels of lycopene may be at reduced risk of breast cancer

• Vitamin D, which has been found to regulate cell death – data suggest there is an association between lower levels of vitamin D and higher rates of breast cancer • Zinc – studies find that low zinc intake may be linked to breast cancer risk • Curcumin, which appears to be useful in preventing human breast cancer development. The formula contains the equivalent of eight teaspoons of turmeric, which would be difficult to consume each day through diet alone. Cancer experts have welcomed the initiative. Justin Stebbing, Professor of Cancer Medicine and Oncology at Imperial College London, says: “Any approach which may help reduce cancer risk utilising diet and appropriate nutrients is of huge potential value for individuals and society. “The combinations used in these products are in line with the results of scientific research studying different tumour types and represent a new approach to tackling cancer incidence through diet and nutrient supplementation. The formulations may also have a role during and aer cancer treatment for nutritional support, and to counter adverse effects of chemotherapies.” ■ ProfBiotics Breast available from profbiotics.com, dietandcancer.co.uk or by calling 020 7193 8838

People taking glucosamine for their joints may live longer, according to a recent US study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology. The study found that people taking glucosamine have significantly lower mortality rates as it appears to protect against a number of common causes of death. Medical nutritionist Dr Sarah Brewer says: “Those taking glucosamine had an 18% lower risk of mortality over an eight-year follow-up period than those not using it. It was also associated with a significant 13% decreased risk of death from cancer; a massive 41% reduced risk of death from respiratory disease and a 33% reduction in risk of death from all other causes. “This has been attributed to the antiinflammatory effect of glucosamine, which appears to offer similar advantages to aspirin without the side effects.”

Moringa magic Moringa is being claimed as a new super food by pioneer Charles Roswess, who says the supplement has had an outstanding effect on his health. He says: “I have heard some wonderful stories about people taking Moringa to improve their mental clarity and eye sight, making them less nervous, and more energised.” Natural Lifestyle magazine gave Moringa, derived from a leaf native to the Himalayan foothills, ‘Best New Product Award’. The natural moringa oleifera leaf powder contains: • 7 times the vitamin C of an orange • 4 times the 1 vitamin A of a carrot • 3 times the potassium of a banana • up to 16 times the calcium and 9 times the protein content of cow’s milk. Ankh Rah 100% pure moringa products are available to buy direct online, or through health foods retailers.

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AT THE CORE

Core strength and stability is the most misunderstood area of fitness training, says Function Jigsaw’s Max Hartman WHETHER PARTICIPATING in recreational exercise, a structured fitness programme or a long walk in the park, all athletes and physically active people will eventually come across one of the biggest and most poorly understood buzz terms in the industry: core stability. Whether a coach is recommending core training or a physiotherapist is citing a lack of core stability as a precursor to injury, most people will have heard the term banded around at some point. But what exactly is core training? What defines core stability and how do you train to develop capacity in the area?

The anatomy

To train the ‘core’ and achieve stability and strength it is essential that first and foremost we know exactly what muscle groups, ranges of motion and joint actions we are aiming to develop. For the purpose of this article, when referencing the ‘core’ we will be referencing the

lumbopelvic hip (LPH) complex: the trunk, lower back, pelvis, and hips. The core itself should be thought of as a cylinder connecting the ribcage to the pelvis and stabilising the lumbar spine in between the two. In addition to the muscles of the lower back and the abdominal wall, consideration should also be paid to the glutes. These are the biggest and most powerful muscles in the body and are essential in stabilising the pelvis during any single leg activities such as running, walking, hopping and jumping. The individual muscles of the abdominal wall all bring about different yet equally important actions. The primary muscle groups of the core cylinder and their actions are: Transverse abdominis: pelvic tilt Rectus abdominis: spinal/trunk flexion ● Erector spinae: spinal extension ● Quadratus Llumborum: side flexion

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Internal and external obliques: rotation and side flexion ● The glute complex: pelvic tilt, hip abduction, and hip extension

Even without a detailed knowledge of anatomy and physiology the long and the short of this list is that the core is a three-dimensional structure affecting movement in multiple directions and over multiple planes and axis. As such, it must be trained appropriately! When these muscles are contracted simultaneously they carry out what is potentially their most important function: bracing. The trunk stiffness achieved with a good abdominal brace supports the spine, allows significant amounts of force to be absorbed or produced, as well as transferred from the upper to lower limb and vice versa. This is essential when performing whole body movements such as sprinting: by pumping the

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Strength

As mentioned before, the actions of the core musculature around the trunk are primarily pelvic tilt, trunk flexion and extension, side flexion, and rotation. Hip extension and abduction (moving the leg out away from the midline of the body) are also crucial components of core stability and should not be forgotten. A good core strength and stability programme should not only look to increase the strength of the muscles and their ability to produce these movements – core strength, but also their ability to resist these movements – core stability. A common mistake made by many individuals, coaches and athletes is the over-emphasis of trunk flexion and abdominal work: endless crunches and sit-ups, shortening the hip flexors and restricting the ability of the pelvis to tilt forwards and backwards. This over training of rectus abdominis often goes hand in hand with a lack of focus on the glutes and transverse abdominis. This combination often leads to postural issues with anterior pelvic tilt: the front of the pelvis being lower than the back, leading to low back pain, hamstring tightness, and a high predisposition to development of hip and groin injuries. Alternatives to crunches include variations of the deadbug exercise, glute bridges, quadruped position back extensions, rotation exercises such as Russian twists and then bracing and movement resistance exercises against external resistance. Try standing up with the arms out in front of you resisting the sideways pull of a cable or heavy resistance band. The effort taken to brace against external resistance like this is massive!

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arms when running at high speed, torque from the arms and shoulders is transferred through the core to the hips and legs, increasing the amount of speed and power transferred to the ground to propel the body forwards. Without a strong core energy ‘leaks’ and the spine loses stability, leading to decreases in performance and an increased risk of injury. This can be applied to any sporting movement requiring high levels of energy output, but is also crucial in daily life when performing menial tasks at work or around the house.

Mobility and control

Before any strength training is undertaken there are certain aspects of movement that should be addressed to ensure that any strengthening work can be performed as safely as possible. As discussed before, the core not only applies to the muscles of the lower back and trunk, but also the muscles of the hip.

Considering this, it is first essential that full range of motion be achieved at the hip joint to ensure a strong and healthy core complex. Stretching and foam rolling through the hip flexors, hamstrings, glutes, and groin should all be performed regularly to allow the core musculature to function properly. Once this full range has been achieved an individual should work on what is known as dissociative ability: the ability to move one section of the body such as the hip joint, whilst maintaining stability in another region, such as the lower back. Being able to dissociate segments of the body is another big step towards ensuring long-term health and injury free performance. Dissociation between the lumbar spine and hip, and the lumbar and thoracic spine are two key components of any core-training programme. Once this has been achieved, strength work can be safely carried out without undue risk of injury.

Core stability and core strength are in my opinion two wholly different qualities, however the two should be trained together owing to the high level of crossover between the two. As with many aspects of sporting performance real core strength and stability begins by developing full mobility, then training strength and stability through the full available range of motion. A strong and functional core will not only bulletproof the hips, lower back, and lower limb from injury, but is one aspect of conditioning that will have the biggest carryover into all aspects of performance, making you a better, more rounded athlete. Whether performance for you is a leisurely nine holes on a Sunday morning or a brutal 80 minutes on the rugby pitch on a Saturday afternoon, core training should be a given in your exercise regime.

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Golden years Tips and ideas on how to care for your ageing dog, by Bobs Broadbent DOGS HAVE DIFFERENT care requirements as they go through life and understanding what your dog will need during their senior years can make a positive difference to their wellbeing. Knowing when your dog is starting to age isn’t always obvious and it can be difficult to pinpoint this transition in their lives. According to the Blue Cross, over seven years is considered middle age for most dogs but, of course, there is vast variation in breed types. Giant breeds for example, tend to reach old age much more speedily that some small breeds but it’s not an exact science. It’s therefore worth knowing about your specific dog’s breed so that you can use this as a guide to appreciate when your dog is approaching their senior years. As dogs age, changes will be necessary and since they like sameness and familiarity it’s beneficial to introduce a fixed routine that will help them to thrive, even when they are showing signs of slowing down.

1.Senior accommodation Older dogs start to feel the cold more as their skin becomes thinner so preparing a softer and warmer bed for them can be a source of much comfort. Don’t hold back: rather than just an extra blanket in their bed, think about a well-cushioned, soft fabric that they can enjoy. A thick, flat bed in a draught-free area is a good solution.

2. Eating habits Some dogs will need to amend their feeding regime, often needing more nutritionally balanced food or increased quantity of food, if they start to loose weight naturally as they age. Be guided by advice from your dog’s veterinarian, especially if there are chronic illnesses that demand a special diet. As dogs get older and do less exercise, food can become a big part of their enjoyment and it’s easy to feed ‘special treats’ more often because you feel they deserve it, but care should be taken to keep your dog in good shape, now more than ever. Being a healthy weight and not over weight will put less strain on joints and since arthritis is a common ailment in elderly dogs, this can certainly help. It’s also worth noting that established dental care really pays off when your dog is older. Being able to handle your dog’s mouth, including opening it to check the gums and teeth remains an important part of your dog’s regular management.

3. Lifelong enjoyment of exercise Dogs enjoy the thrill of a walk at any age but changes will be inevitable at some point. Taking your dog out on walks will help to stimulate their brain as they take in new smells. You may need to reduce to moderate exercise levels and one way to do this is to shorten the length of

their walk but to add an extra walk to the day. For example, instead of two 40-minute walks, take your dog out for three 20-minute walks. Something to remember as you dog does less active walks is that their nails may need more regular attention and good foot care. Oh, and whether you are the kind of owner that likes your dog to wear a coat when out and about or not, now is the time to consider investing in one. It’s purely a matter of keeping warm and dry over style or fashion!

4. Travelling in comfort The onset of joint related problems is not always obvious and for some dog owners the first they know about this is when their dog stops actively jumping in or out of the car. It’s something to watch out for. If there are already signs that your dog is starting to stiffen after exercise or becomes stiff after resting and especially if you have a short-legged or long-back breed, it’s prudent to start helping them get in and out of your vehicle. In a similar manner to providing better bedding in the home, it is also worth thinking about how your senior dog copes when the car is moving. Ensure they are well supported and stable at all times. If you don’t already, make sure you place a bowl and supply of water in your car at all times because older dogs need to stay hydrated and often need to drink more frequently to do so. They also manage less well in just marginally warmer weather.

5. Keeping up with changes When your dog has passed a ‘certain age’, (as mentioned earlier, this will depend on their breed and medical history) it is worthwhile introducing a six monthly review of your dog’s needs. Keep a note of any observations that demonstrate changes in their habits so you can look back and compare over a period of time. It’s important to phase in changes gradually and create a suitable routine for them that can cater for their changing requirements. Even if your dog has been fortunate enough to have good health throughout their life, it’s advisable to introduce an annual or twice yearly check up with your dog’s vet. ©Bobs Broadbent 2015 ©Dogknows Ltd 2015 IVONNEW

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Ketton to Easton-on-the-Hill This walk starred in the recent Rutland Walking Festival. But don’t worry if you missed it, as Will Hetherington has the route for you Photography: Will Hetherington Difficulty rating (out of five)

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The Rutland Walking Festival, sponsored by Rutland County Council, took place last month and this is one of the walks which featured on the opening day. But for future reference the Rutland Healthy Walking Club meet at the Ketton Sports & Social Club every Thursday at 2pm and welcomes new members. To enjoy this walk it’s best to park either on the main road in Ketton or up at the Sports and Social club which is on Pit Lane at the eastern end of the village. If you do park at Pit Lane then walk back down the hill and turn left at the main road. Very shortly you will see the footpath on the right hand side which drops down the hill on a farm track. At the bottom there are three choices of path and you can take any of them because

essentially they are all heading in the right direction. However I chose the left-hand branch which follows the farm track across a couple of fields before going under the railway line and then taking an immediate right towards Geeston, past the sewage works. Once you are in Geeston follow the lane straight on until you join the road to Collyweston. Go over the stone bridge over the River Welland and then shortly afterwards there is a footpath on the left, leading off from the small layby. Again there are two options but they both lead to the same place so take your pick. I chose the left hand route which stays in the valley bottom for about half a mile before turning right and rising steeply up towards Easton straight across the contour lines. This brings you to the bottom end of Ketton Drift which leads into Easton. Once you have got to Easton you may as well have a look around one of the areas most attractive villages and perhaps pop into the Bluebell or the Exeter Arms for a little refreshment. And when you are ready it’s a matter of

retracing your steps down Ketton Drift. When you get to the bottom of the drift you can head back down to Collyweston Bridge via the route you didn’t take on the way up. This path goes diagonally across three fields and offers some stunning views down the Welland valley. And then when you get back into Geeston and Ketton you can explore the network of roads, lanes and footpaths in the village and you might even find yourself in the Railway for a quick pint.

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This walks crosses the River Welland twice which means the dog will have a chance to cool off if necessary; this walk gives you the opportunity to explore the beautiful old buildings at the heart of Ketton, including the Railway pub; Collyweston Bridge over the River Welland

ESSENTIALINFORMATION Where to park Either on the main road in Ketton or up Pit Lane by the Sports & Social Club. Distance and time Five miles/two hours. Highlights The old stone houses of Ketton and Easton-on-the-Hill and the views up and down the Welland valley.

Lowlights The cement works divide opinion: welcome provider of employment or unpleasant eyesore. Personally I think they are part of our local fabric. Refreshments The Bluebell and the Exeter Arms in Easton and the Railway and the Sports and Social Club in Ketton.

Difficulty rating Three paws. It’s a bit steep heading up to Easton otherwise it’s pretty easy going. The pooch perspective Good opportunity for a dip in the Welland or the much smaller Chater as it passes through Ketton and no livestock on this route when I did it.

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Feature /// Sportsman's Dinner

The Paper Mills, Wansford Will and JT revisit an old favourite which is now under new management Will This place has been popular for years and it’s always a pleasure to approach it across the stone bridge over the River Nene. They are dogfriendly so it’s always a good option for a weekend lunch after a long walk, or meal on one of those long summer nights. But the pub has recently come under new management so it will be interesting to see how husband and wife team Thierry and Bozena are getting on.

JT There might be a few business dinners going on but there are plenty of locals enjoying a pint too; it’s a good mix. Anyway I like seasonal and local produce so I’m glad I chose the asparagus with a poached egg for a starter. The asparagus comes from Tanholt Farm near Eye so it’s not come far and it tasted as fresh as it should in May. It’s good to see Thierry is keen to use local suppliers and is committed to fresh ingredients.

JT After a long day at work in London there is something instantly relaxing about walking into the Paper Mills and being met by bar manager Matt. This pint of Australian Pale Ale from the Nene Valley Brewery in Oundle is not half bad either. I've been here a few times and always liked the place; but I prefer to eat in the bar area rather than the smarter restaurant to the rear.

Will And my pork belly starter was delicious. Highly recommended. In fact I could eat it again, which has got to be the sign of a successful starter. Thierry and Bozena lived and worked in Scotland for 10 years before they took over at the Bistro over the road in September last year. But now that has closed down they have been running the Paper Mills since February. They clearly make a good team; Thierry runs the kitchen and Bozena is calmly efficient on the restaurant floor.

Will I agree with you on that one JT, so I’m glad we have a cosy table for two in a secluded spot just opposite the bar. If I’m not mistaken there’s a few working dinners going on in here tonight. Hardly surprising given the proximity to all the businesses in Peterborough and the surrounding area. Wansford is the perfect location for a meeting and the Paper Mills makes for a pretty good venue. This pint of Tribute from the St. Austell brewery is spot on too.

JT Yes it’s such a relaxing atmosphere I seem to have finished my first pint already. It was so good I had better have another one just to make sure it’s consistent! The service could not be better and my main course of fish and chips was exactly what I wanted; light batter, juicy fish, chunky chips and mushy peas. In fact I am very pleased to see a nationwide resurgence in mushy peas.

Will Easily peased aren’t you JT? They were advertising the handmade burgers on a board outside so I thought I should test one out. And what a burger! Some places get so carried away with the presentation of the burger that they forget about the most important thing; making it taste good. But that is definitely not the case here. It’s 100% Aberdeen Angus rump and it’s minced on site. The mince is then mixed with caramelized onions and a few other secret ingredients and it makes for one of the tastiest burgers I have eaten for a while. A victory for substance over style. Having spoken to Thierry I know he is in a constant quest for improvement but I would urge him not to tamper too much with this burger. JT We have both eaten so well there’s no room for pudding, which is shame because they sound good. It’s a friendly atmosphere with locals at the bar and plenty of people enjoying dinner, the service is good, the beers are well kept and the food made us both smile. I’m looking forward to that return visit already.

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Feature /// School sports

Oakham are national champions Oakham’s 1st XI girls football team were crowned national champions in a thrilling cup final match held at Burnham FC stadium. They lifted the winner’s trophy after holding their nerve against seasoned finalists ACS Cobham, to win 2-1. The team made it through to the final of the ISFA U18 Cup after an impressive run of matches against other school teams, triumphing 4-2 over Malvern College in their semi-final. The Oakham squad includes 4 ISFA Midlands players, three of whom also represent the country. The team is expertly captained by Alicia Schwarzenbach, who currently trains and plays weekly matches with Leicester City Women’s FC. “It was fantastic to see the hard work of this group of girls and their coach Rob Johnson come to fruition in such an exciting final,” said director of sport Iain Simpson.

Bourne athletics success Bourne Grammar students travelled to Boston for the first round of the English Schools’ Track & Field Cup where they won two out of four competitions and finished runners up in the others. In this competition, athletes score points for their performances and the highest-scoring teams from Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire South and West Yorkshire qualify for the Regional Finals in June. Leading points scorers in the Junior Boys’ competition were Iain Bisalla with 13.0s in the 100m and Riley Briston with 26.9s in the 200m, both scoring 20 points. The Inter Boys faced tough competition from Spalding Grammar who were National finalists last year and they performed solidly to finish second with 347 points.

Scholarship for Stamford golfer Imogen Stamford High School student Imogen Huxley, Year 13, has been offered scholarships in both Golf and Business to study at the University of Alabama. Imogen has moved from strength to strength in her Golfing ability, both inside and outside of school. With the SES team she recently helped secure a win at the Quadrangular competition against local schools, playing at a handicap of four. She also won the Cathy Stephens Trophy at the Leicestershire and Rutland LCGA Tournament.

Jude Gilbert had a tremendous day in the Junior Girls’ competition, scoring 39 of the points with 28.9s in the 200m and 7.42m in the shot. The students finished with an enormous win in the relay and won the overall event by 40 points, scoring an impressive 313 points ranking them third in the region. With National Final experience in the last three seasons, the Inter Girls’ team were determined to be top performers once again. High scores were achieved by Chloe Prentice 9.08m in the shot for 23 points; Jasmine Allen scored 22 points with her 4.95m long jump and 21 points in the 200m (27.8s). Their winning score of 337 ranks them top in the region. Both girls’ teams have qualified for the regional A final and the boys, the regional B final.

Ice cool Will Thirteen-year old Will Leech had a successful competition playing ice hockey for the England U14 team at a recent World Ice Hockey Tournament in Zell-am-See in Austria. England played seven matches, beating amongst others, Slovenia and Canada, to come second in their group on goal difference. They finished fourth overall after an exciting penalty shootout with Finland. Will scored two goals and four assists. Captain of the U14 Peterborough Phantoms Academy Will, who lives in Morcott, has always played ice hockey there having learnt to skate at the age of eight and play at nine. He plays as a centre for club and left wing for England.

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Emma strikes gold! Emma Peters has won a gold medal at the British Youth Weightlifting Championships in Glasgow. The Oakham School sixth former has only been training in the sport since September, and qualified with seeming ease after lifting a total of 110kg– 25kg over the qualification weight. Emma lifted a grand total of 105kg, (45kg snatch and 60kg clean and jerk). “For Emma to have competed on this national stage, only seven months after taking up the sport, cannot be overlooked,” said Oakham School’s full-time strength and conditioning coach, Joel Tratt.

“She has worked incredibly hard during that time and has experienced the ups and downs of the sport, but her attitude and work ethic has been first class throughout. She has huge potential and I look forward to working with her in achieving her ambitions.” “I am extremely pleased with what I have achieved in such a short time,” said Emma, “and to have been able to take part in such a big event was an excellent experience for me. Competing with other girls of such a high standard has made me more determined than ever to progress in the sport.”

Oakham trio star in final UCC kids get brushed up Uffington Cricket Club’s junior players popped into sponsor Asembo for a preseason makeover in their smart new kit. The kids, who play in Uffington’s under 11s and under nines, were there to thank Asembo hair and beauty in St Leonard’s Street, Stamford, for its sponsorship, providing much-needed funds for the rapidly expanding junior section. Colts section organiser Katie Genever said: “Uffington Cricket Club has had an incredible couple of years, raising money for, and building, a new pavilion, starting a friendly adult league and a second team too. Juniors

teams have been set up as well and we have been very successful, with the under nines winning their league last season, and dozens of kids turning up for practice. “But it takes a lot of money to buy kit and keep the Colts teams running, and so we are hugely grateful to Natasha and James Parker of Asembo for sponsoring us. Hopefully our play will be as sharp as we now look.” Natasha Parker, Asembo’s owner, said: “I’m delighted Asembo was able to help to kit the kids. It’s great to see them getting outside and playing cricket. I wish them lots of success for the new season!”

Six Schools Cup athletics event Oakham’s boys and girls athletics teams were on top form at the Six Schools Cup at Rugby School, claiming an overall victory with the boys coming first and the girls coming a close second. The teams beat Bromsgrove School,

Rugby School, Uppingham School, Oundle School and Royal Grammar School Worcester thanks to some superb individual performances. A number of the athletes set season best performances at the event.

Alice Huddlestone, Annie Dalton and Maddie Pearce were part of the winning Beeston Hockey side that triumphed against Surbiton in the Women’s 2nd XI Cup Final recently. Alice was particularly praised for her performance, described in the England Hockey match report as ‘a threat throughout’. This victory is Annie’s third national title this year, having also being part of the winning teams for the Indoor U18 Girls Championships and the Outdoor U18 Girls Championships. The girls all go to Oakham School.

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Feature /// School sports

A Bear at Burghley Chief Scout and adventurer Bear Grylls dropped in on local Scouts at Burghley recently and spoke about why the movement is so important to young people Television adventurer Bear Grylls visited Burghley last month to visit Scouts as part of a whistle stop tour of the region having been appointed head of the UK’s Scouting movement for a further three years. More than half a million young people and adult leaders belong to the association, the country’s largest co-educational movement. Bear Grylls said: “I am so proud that the largest youth movement on the planet has asked me to continue in my role as UK Chief Scout. “Between now and 2018, I plan to do all that I possibly can to help the movement continue to grow, become more reflective of the communities in which it works and change the lives of even more young people. “In addition I really want to give young people a powerful voice at the very heart of the movement so they can actively help shape and develop the future of the movement for the next 100 years.” The 40-year-old adventurer was first

appointed Chief Scout in 2009, 11 years after climbing Everest. Wayne Bulpitt, the Scout Association’s UK chief commissioner, said: “We are delighted that Bear has agreed to continue in his role as UK Chief Scout. He has made such an incredible contribution to the movement over the past five years and has really helped us to expand Scouting within Britain’s local communities. “Scouting gives young people the chance to experience real adventure and have fun, while allowing them to develop the skills they need to succeed in the modern world. “All young people should have the opportunity to give Scouting a try, and we look forward to working with Bear over the next four years, as we take everyday adventure to even more communities across the country.” Bear spoke about what Scouting means to him: “What really makes the difference when it comes to making a success of your life? For me, it’s about one thing: character. And what is

character? It is resilience, common sense, kindness and an independence of mind. It’s about inspiring others and believing in yourself. Now tell me which GCSE or A-level will qualify you in that? “That’s why scouting, one of the nation’s greatest character factories, is so important. We develop the soft skills that employers so desperately seek. Some forward-thinking schools have known this for years, which is why they make time for citizenship and sport. “It is through adventure in our wild spaces that people, especially children, really learn and grow. When I think about the outdoors, I don’t just see woodlands, rivers and mountains; I see the world’s biggest classroom. Taking part in an outdoor expedition frees the mind and liberates the spirit. It also reminds us of what we’re truly capable of achieving. That is why I believe that every child has the right to adventure. It is something I’ve seen tested time and time again in my years as Chief Scout.”

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Uppingham and Oakham find life tough in a higher division BY JEREMY BESWICK

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Brown and Springbok Calvin Flowers bagged four wickets apiece. What should then have been an easy total for Oakham to chase down was made harder by the cheap early dismissals of Town’s star batsmen Richard Martin and Calvin Flowers, seemingly trying to win the match in the first few overs. “They went at it like a bull in a china shop” according to ex-player and groundsman Malcolm Rawlings. Although Bhavin Shukla steadied the ship with 41, wickets fell regularly and Town alternated to and fro between favourites to win and likely to lose as each batsman headed back to the pavilion. Captain Martin said: “I felt sure we were going to win, then sure we were going to lose and then back again.” Last year’s skipper Darren Jones faced what proved to be the final over with nine wickets down and was adjudged LBW to the third ball – with the scores level and an immensely frustrating 12 overs left.

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Oakham went on to win their next two matches, demonstrating that a successful season in the higher league is well within reach and, although it was early days, perhaps thinking about the possibility of a further promotion. Alas, the cold hand of reality has grabbed then since with consecutive defeats at the hands of Loughborough and Lutterworth. Uppingham had a more successful opening day than Oakham with a maximum points win against Shepshed Town. However, tellingly some of their star batsmen struggled every bit as much as Oakham’s, with four of their top five managing only nine runs between them. The exception was Mark Cox with 95 not out who, together with the contributions lower down the order from Alex Ashwin (50) and Sam Hodson (40), helped them reach a total of 227. Cox and Ashwin then went on to show their mettle with the ball and with three

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and four wickets respectively, restricting Shepshed to a meagre total of 102 for an easy win. A winning draw against Ashby Hastings followed, but their train then hit the buffers just as Oakham’s had. Lutterworth were the first culprits again – bowling Uppingham out for a paltry 68 on a wicket resembling a bouncy castle – and then it was Sileby’s turn to chasten Castle Hill with a win at Uppingham’s home ground. Stamford’s Saturday side in the Lincs league find themselves in mid-table. Over in the Sunday Rutland league it’s won one, lost three. One of those wins for the Saturday side was against Burghley Park, whose ground is surely the prettiest for many a mile. Burghley had previously got off to a

roaring start with three straight wins, but had then been defeated away to Ketton in the Jaidka cup before that visit to Stamford. Club captain Chris Meadows told me “We were bowled out for 130 and conceded a seven-wicket defeat, so it would appear we don’t travel well! We seemed to have left our ability on the other side of the river when we played Stamford. We’ll hopefully put up a better fight for the return leg”. The club as a whole seems to be thriving. Meadows continued: “As a club it has been a promising start to the season. Our newly-formed 2nd XI are storming the league, with notable back-to-back hundreds for Jack McEntee, and already have promotion in their sights, which bodes well for the future, and our junior training sessions have seen record numbers attend

on Sunday mornings which is great news.” Uffington have had a good start to the year, with a new second team in Rutland Division Seven dropping everything that came their way to lose their first two games of the year before miraculously chasing down 255 with ease at home against the same side with Aussie Dave Griffin smashing it everywhere for 135 not out. We’re promised he’s not a imported pro… The firsts looked very strong in easily beating Tilton once and Long Sutton twice, with Damien Herrick looking in imperious form: the only way he’s been got out all year is run out backing up. However they caught their second team’s dropping disease at Bretton and lost easily. All in all, it promises to be a fascinating season.

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Leicestershire hoping for better things this year

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he new season brings new hope for Leicestershire cricket. After a miserable couple of seasons in the county championship – in which they haven’t won a game since 2012 – the close season saw sweeping changes in the management team which is now headed by former Derbyshire, Sussex and Warwickshire batsman Wasim Khan as chief executive and Andrew McDonald as head coach. There are good reasons to be optimistic that they can achieve their stated objective ‘to make Leicestershire CCC the leading non-Test match county in five years’. A largely untapped pool of cricket-lovers in the local Asian community, who will surely flock to the ground in droves as performances improve, the arrival of new blood in the first team in the form of Umar Akbal and Clint McKay, and a strength in depth that is demonstrated by the performance of the seconds in 2014. As chairman Paul Haywood pointed out: “The Second XI won all three competitions which has never been done before by any county... they were unbeaten in the four-day championship, lost one match in the 50-over one day competition and won T20.” Unfortunately, the Foxes made the news all over the globe when they became the sideshow to the Kevin Pietersen circus, as he smashed their attack for 355 not out at The Oval. A number of dropped catches didn’t help but take Pietersen’s knock out of it, and Leicestershire competed well against the moneybags London county, setting

BY JEREMY BESWICK

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Oakham’s Ollie Freckingham was sidelined for most of last season through injury

them 218 to win, which they managed for the loss of three wickets. They could just do with a bit of luck. I went to Grace Road for their match against Northants, the old scoreboard catching the optimistic mood by showing the Foxes’ score at 712-1 for a while. As Clint McKay and Ben Raine shared a stand of 87 to ensure a first innings lead of around

50, reacquainted myself with the gentle yet engaging atmosphere that is four-day cricket these days and to enjoy a pint in the Fox bar, where I was joined at close of play by wicket keeper and vice-captain Ned Eckersley. “Last year wasn’t great,” he told me. “In fact that goes for the last two years but now we’ve got a chance to draw a line in the sand and start afresh. New chief executive, new coach and new players. We’ve got to show more ambition to give Leicester the cricket it deserves. It’ll be good to play without distractions behind the scenes.” Ollie Freckingham, who was born in Oakham, joined us. Ollie burst onto the scene in 2013 to be county’s leading wicket taker but almost counts as another new signing having been sidelined through injury for most of 2014. “It was a side strain that kept me out. A very frustrating time as I wanted to play and help out my mates.” One of those mates would be Josh Cobb, late of Oakham School, who left in the close season and had returned that day as part of the Northants side. Was it strange to play against him? “Yeah, it was strange, particularly at first. We were all trying not to look him in the eye, in case we all broke out into a smile.” Ned Eckersley summed it up: “We wish him well – just not against us.” Although they are still yet to win this season as we go to press, there have been encouraging signs. As Ned said: “Come down and watch us. Hopefully we can do Leicestershire proud.”

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Leicester Tigers’ hopes of one of the more unlikely appearances in the Premiership final evaporated at Bath in the semi-final with a 47-10 loss to the home side. The score makes it look a stuffing, but it was a curious game in which Tigers’ forwards had control of the game for much of it, but their backs just couldn’t fashion enough clear cut chances. For Bath, the reverse was true: on the few occasions when they wrestled the ball from Leicester, their backs were lethal. At one point they had scored three tries from three chances. That pretty much sums up Leicester’s season: a lack of cutting edge in the back line. Long-term injuries to key offensive players such as Owen Williams, Tom Cro, Anthony Allen and Manu Tuilagi certainly have not helped and it has meant a new back line almost every week, the result of which has been stuttering attacking moves. Over the summer, ex-All Black and Leicester centre Aaron Mauger comes in as head coach, and with him a ra of new players, as some stalwarts such as Geoff Parling and Julian Salvi head for the exit. He’ll have his work cut out to fashion a slick outfit out of the new look squad straight from the off, but the delay to the start of the next Premiership season due to the World Cup should help. This season Tigers have been at their very best when it comes to desire, stubbornness, guts and a sheer refusal to give in. To make the play-offs aer the trials and tribulations that saw more than 20 players carrying sicknotes is remarkable. Add a bit of luck on the injury front and a splash of attacking sparkle next year and they will be a force to be reckoned with.

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Long-term injuries, such as to Anthony Allen, have blighted Leicester’s season

Tales of the City Pretty much summing up the surreal nature to the end of Leicester City’s season was that striker Jamie Vardy thought his call-up to the England squad, which he heard about while out shopping, was a joke being played on him. Only when he saw it in a shop window on a TV did it sink in. Playing non-league football three years ago, it’s a rags to riches tale for the 28-yearold, but as with everything at City this spring it has been an amazing transformation.

Most of the plaudits must go to the players, who dragged themselves off the bottom of the table and went on a winning run that secured their place in the top league. That takes a pride and determination, when it would be easy to fold and accept your fate. But credit must go to Nigel Pearson and his staff too for never giving up on their beliefs about the way the game should be played. Also, plenty of praise should be heaped on the club and the owners. In the middle of the

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Action from Greetham and North Luffenham North Luffenham In the latest round of trophies being played at North Luffenham, former ladies captain Doreen Bilsdon won the Ladies Trophy, leading the field in both sections with a best gross of 97, and a leading net of 78. Ladies captain, Kathy Gibb, was runner-up with Anna Clyde in third. In a recent match against Burghley Park, the ladies team went down 3-1. David Baxter won division 1 of the Sunday Medal for May. His excellent net score of 67 led to a one shot cut in his handicap to 17. Runner-up, Gordon Knox, was also cut one stroke to 10 following an impressive net 68, with John Fursdon third scoring a net 73, playing off 12. Having been cut to a handicap of 23 recently, Dale Pettitt still managed to win division 2 with a net 70 playing off 23. Dave Crooks came second scoring a net 72 (off 19), and Charles Cade was third on 74 (off 25). The Seniors’ first match of the season ended in a 3-3 draw against Rutland Water Golf Club. Bob Matthew/John Nicholls won 3 & 2, Geoff Clyde/Charles Cade lost 3 & 1, Jim Ashworth/ Peter Christmas won

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he Fitzwilliam Point-to-Point ran one of the season’s final meets on May 16 at Dingley, and a lovely warm day saw yet again the crowds out in force for a great day of racing, making point-topointing being the place to be seen this season. The Fitzwilliam Hunt were great hosts, with many reports of a Prosseco haze over the field! Not for poor Lucy Wheeler, who broke her collarbone. I’m pleased to report that she was the only casualty of the day in the seven races. Ranksboro Polo, near Langham, also ran the first of a series of four British Showjumping shows on May 17. It was extremely well organised on a great surface, but unfortunately they were slightly down on entries. Paul Thompson, who is an FEI course builder, built a great track for all. Lauren Williams won the Discovery with organiser Dawn Ross also picking up a very credible third place behind her. Jane Riley was a very popular Newcomers winner.

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