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! Five star camping E E How to live a glamorous life under canvas


ISSUE 11 // MAY 2013


On the fly Learning to fish on Rutland Water


Great prizes fr om Stamford Gard e Centre, Leices n ter Tigers and Th e Suffering.

ISSUE 11 // MAY 2013


Uppingham CC

Ambitious plans for the new cricket season

Wedding countdown

How to get fit and healthy for the big day

How your clubs fared

Massive football, rugby, hockey end of season round-up

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Editor’s Letter I HATE CAMPING. YOU SPEND HOURS constructing what is effectively a large plastic bag to live in, then burn some food on a reluctant, then fearsome fire, sleep in another, smaller, plastic bag whereby you will either get soaking wet or boiling hot, depending on the weather conditions, and then wake up in the morning feeling worse than when you went to bed. You then have to repeat the torture all over again. Give me a five-star hotel and high thread count Egyptian cotton any day. Well, that was my attitude until I started poking around some of the kit on our Glamping photoshoot. Due to my aversion to a life under tarpaulin, I haven’t checked it out for a while, but things appear to have moved on from a technological standpoint. I marvelled at the tent, as big as a house, which put itself up, the blow up seats more comfortable than my own sofa, the cooking kit that was like taking your Aga with you. Suddenly this camping lark looks eminently more enjoyable than I remember. Then add in some champagne, fine food, great locations around our area and this might be a summer under the stars for me after all. And talking of summer, we’re almost there. Perhaps we’ll actually have one this year and in terms of events to go to, around Stamford and Rutland it seems suddenly things are blooming everywhere. We’ve got the Rat Race, The Suffering, triathlons, the cricket season, Brigstock Horse Trials and many more. There’s no reason to be sitting on your sofa doing nothing any more – unless it’s the one in your five-star tent, of course. Enjoy the issue.

Thanks, Steve

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Publisher Chris Meadows chris@theactivemag.com Editor Steve Moody steve@theactivemag.com Deputy Editor Rich Beach rich@theactivemag.com Production Editor Julian Kirk julian@theactivemag.com Art Editor Mark Sommer mark@theactivemag.com Contributors Martin Johnson, William Hetherington, Dean Cornish, Jon Tyrell, Alexa Cutteridge, Sandie Hurford, Jeremy Beswick, Julia Dungworth, Simon Cooper, Mike Warner Photographers Nico Morgan, Jonathan Clarke, Harry Measures Production Assistant Abigail Sharpe Advertising Sales Rachel Meadows rachel@theactivemag.com Ellie Wilson ellie@theactivemag.com Accounts Amy Roberts accounts@theactivemag.com Active magazine, The Grey House, 3 Broad Street, Stamford, PE9 1PG. Tel: 01780 480789 If you have information on a club then get in touch by emailing editor@theactivemag.com. If you would like to stock Active magazine then email distribution@ theactivemag.com. If you would like to discuss advertising possibilities please email advertise@theactivemag.com Printed in the UK by Warners Midlands plc. Active magazine is published 12 times per year on a monthly basis. Distributed by Grassroots Publishing Ltd ISSN 2049-8713 A Grassroots Publishing Limited company. Registration company number 7994437. VAT number 152717318

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Work begins on the Rat Race obstacle course at Burghley


Rockingham Castle to host event for the ďŹ rst time

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Paraplegic Claire Lomas begins her epic charity trek


All the best gear and gadgets


The Sunday Times writer on the start of the cricket season



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With a new ground and exciting young players, Uppingham CC are looking forward to the new cricket season


Glamour and the great outdoors combine for our photoshoot – here’s how to look stylish while out camping


Fly fishing sounds like a daunting activity to get involved in, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. We try it out


Will Hetherington and Ella sample the Uffington loop to the village and back from Stamford


Dean and JT sample the food at the Saffron Lounge – a popular restaurant in Uffington


Alexa Cutteridge offers up another great local run to get you out and about and improve your fitness


Our monthly focus on the latest achievements from pupils in schools across our region


How clubs in the Stamford and Rutland area are getting on


Stamford Daniels’ youth coach Guy Walton


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The sun was shining on the Quorn hunt meet at Garthorpe on April 21. Runners and riders are pictured here jumping the active magazine final fence. More point to point action at Garthorpe on May 12 and June 2.

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Champions Stamford Town rounded off a superb season with wins over Daventry and Market Deeping last month. They are promoted to Midlands 2 East, having maintained an unbeaten home record.

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Work is underway on Dirty Weekend course Construction begins on what is billed as the world’s largest assault course CONSTRUCTION HAS BEGUN at Burghley Park for this May’s much awaited Rat Race Dirty Weekend with the first of the 200 obstacles starting to be put in place. What is being lauded as the world’s largest assault course will feature a 20-mile and a 13-mile route, with 200 and 150 obstacles respectively. Along with the world’s longest set of monkey bars, just waiting for a competitor to complete them and put themselves in the Guinness Book of Records, you can expect more organic obstacles such as this ancient tree, which appears to offer two routes past it – over or under.

Rat Race’s Danielle Brodie said: “We’re very excited now to see the building begin and have some truly devilish sections of the course confirmed now, but we’re particularly looking forward to seeing the world famous Burghley Horse Trails course tweaked to our own sadistic designs. “If you’re entering, you’ll never look at the horse trials the same again!” Below

One of the obstacles is moved into position at Burghley Park

Chain Gang gets longer LOCAL CYCLE GROUP the Stamford Chain Gang just keeps adding links, and is now boasting in excess of 50 members just a year aer it began. The group meet at 10am every Sunday outside the Danish Invader pub on Empingham Road in Stamford, where they set off for a ride covering about 30 miles, and welcome all like minded cyclists to join them. “We are a friendly social group of riders who welcome adult riders of all abilities and ages,” said club chairman Jo Chisholm. “We also arrange social events such as a recent maintenance class held at Rutland cycling, whom we work closely with plus we’re planning many more activities and events through the year.”  To get in touch with Jo, or to learn more about joining, go to www.stamfordchaingang.co.uk

RUTLAND CYCLING DEMO DAY SUCCESS Rutland Cycling’s road bike demo day was blessed on April 14 with some long-awaited sunshine and saw visitors from as far afield as Cheshire trying out some of the latest bikes from Trek, Moda, Scott and Wilier. The day saw each brand set up a fleet of their 2013 machines for cyclists to try out on guided rides along a route through the quiet and picturesque back lanes around the Whitwell-based store. A halfway stop was set up at the White Horse Pub in Empingham to give cyclists a short break and refreshments. Local cyclist Dan Atwood said: “It’s great to try out the bikes as I’d made my mind up on what I was going to buy but today I rode a Moda that I hadn’t considered, and I love it. I might take the plunge when I get back to the shop. But I still have others to try...” Plans for next year’s demo day are already underway and we’re told to watch this space for a similar mountain bike demo day to be held in October.  To see a video of the day, go to rutlandcycling.com or Active’s own website at www.theactivemag.com


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Pitch up and get 20% off Barnack-based Active Camping is giving 20% off at its open weekend If you already buy your festival wellies from wellieboots.com, Barnack Country Country Clothes’ online boot store, then you may know the company can also supply you with your festival tents too, through their Active Camping shop. If you had no idea, then you need to get down to Barnack on May 18 and 19 for their annual open weekend, where you can see all their tents and get 20% discount on all camping products.

Active Camping’s Judith Broughton said: “Aer great success the first year and a lot of interest from family campers we increased the range to include family tents to sleep up to eight people. We also have an array of sleeping bags, sleep mats, chairs and tableware plus some useful gadgets for the outdoors person.”  For information contact Active Camping on 01780 740115 or visit www.activecamping.com

Five-day test for UCC team NINE MEMBERS OF UFFINGTON Cricket Club will put themselves through the pain barrier this month to raise money for a new pavilion. The team are aiming to cycle around the major test match grounds in England in five days, starting at Uffington, then on to Lords and the Oval in London, up to Edgbaston in Birmingham, Old Trafford in Manchester, Headingley in Leeds, Trent Bridge in Nottingham, and back to Lincolnshire. It means a gruelling average of 120 miles a day and challenge leader, Will Fry said: ‘We know it won’t be an easy task, but we hope that at least six of us will complete the challenge and raise a minimum of £6,000 for the new pavilion.’ The club has been in existence for more 150

years, but with their crumbling facilities, and a new junior section having started up for U9 and U11 age groups, they need to raise £30,000 to build a new pavilion. To train for the event, club members have been on various weekend cycle rides around the Rutland area, and a 160 mile round trip to Norfolk last month. The team sets off on Thursday May 23, returning on Bank Holiday Monday May 27. The team members would like to thank Rutland Water Cycling, and Ian Williams Ltd for their support with equipment for the challenge.  For more details and to sponsor the team, go to: www.sponsor-uffington.co.uk

Training sessions for novice runners LOCAL RUNNING CLUB, the Stamford Striders, will be running their popular beginners’ training sessions every Tuesday from May 21. The sessions are open to all runners, 18 and over, and will be led by UK Athletics coaches. Beginners coach, Rebecca Brown, said: “These sessions are ideal for beginners who may be thinking about running or joining a club but lack the confidence to take that first step. The course is designed around fun and interaction and has a huge social aspect involved.” The group meet at the Blackstones Sport and Social Club on Lincoln Road at 6.45pm. Sessions are free for 10 weeks with the option of joining the club as a member.  For more information contact info@ stamfordstriders.co.uk

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Striders coaches Amy, Ashleigh, Algie, Becca, Jane and Liz

LOTTERY FUNDS FOR LOCAL KIDS THOUSANDS MORE young people in Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland are to benefit aer Sport England announced an extra £24 million to expand its Sportivate programme. Sportivate has helped get young people involved in sporting activities ranging from traditional sports, to handball, judo, wakeboarding and even Parkour. The cash boost means the programme will continue to run until at least 2017. The initiative is run across Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland by Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS). New figures shows that 3,983 teenagers and young adults in the county have already benefitted from free or discounted six-to-eight week sports coaching courses through Sportivate.

UFFINGTON SCARECROW FESTIVAL UFFINGTON village will be holding its Scarecrow and Spring Fair on May 5 and 6. Villagers will be making a range of scarecrows themed around children’s books and characters, with a quiz and prizes. In addition, the village lanes will be full of stalls selling a vast range of products, food and plants. Other attractions include a small gauge railway, car and bike show, welly wanging, bouncy castles, children’s games and a flypast. It’s open from 11am-4pm on both days.

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Rockingham Castle to host Brigstock trials Brigstock Horse Trials finds a new home after the sale of the Fermyn Woods Estate and to mark the event’s first time at its new home Active has got five free car park passes to give away FOLLOWING A PERIOD OF UNCERTAINTY aer the sale of its former venue, the Fermyn Woods Hall Estate, the Brigstock Horse Trials has found a new home at Rockingham Castle, near Corby, and we’ve got five free car passes to give away to Active readers. May 17-19 sees the return of the international equestrian event and with a completely new course built from scratch by renowned course builder Phillip Herbert. Herbert, whose creative course designs have thrilled spectators and challenged riders alike at events such as the Burghley Horse Trials, said: “It’s a designer’s dream to be able to build a course from scratch. “The setting provided at Rockingham Castle is

outstanding,” Herbert added, “standing, as it does on the escarpment looking out over Rutland. “The course will be varied, challenging and exciting for the riders and also provide easy viewing.” Event chairman, David Laing, is delighted to have found such a perfect home for the trials he has worked for years developing into the world-class event it has become. He said: “The space available at Rockingham will allow the event to grow and develop into a major regional event.” Alongside the cross country course, dressage and showjumping sections, there will also be dog agility displays, falconry and other animals on display, as well as trade and food stands, bouncy

castles and climbing walls to keep the children entertained. Entrance on foot is £2 per person, or £10 per car (£5 on Friday), but we have five car passes to giveaway. To win, simply email brigstock@theactivemag. com and answer this simple question: At which venue was the Brigstock Horse Trials previously held? Three winners will be picked from magazine entries and another two from our Twitter (@ theactivemag) and Facebook (www.facebook. com/theactivemag) pages, so be sure to follow Active for an even better chance of winning.

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Tigers rugby camp YOUNG LEICESTER TIGERS rugby fans can now get the same of coaching as their idols at the Tiger Rugby Camp. Players get to learn the four basic core skills of catch and pass, tackle, breakdown and support and evasion, and will be taught by the Tigers community coaching team as well as senior Tigers Academy coaches and Tigers players, past and present. What’s more, attendees a free match ticket, ball, T-shirt, drinks bottle and free membership to the Junior Tigers Club. We’ve got a free place at the Stamford School camp, running from July 29 to August 2 at Stamford School, to give away. To win the free place, simply answer the following question: Who is the director of rugby at Leicester Tigers? Email your answer to: tigerscamp@ theactivemag.com.  For more information visit www.tigers. talent-sport.co.uk or call 0844 856 1880.

The Suffering update WHEN WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR built Rockingham Castle a thousand years ago or so, we bet he didn’t imagine it would become the venue for sporting events and family days out. No, an army of dishevelled warriors clambering up the 12% gradient hill, some floundering and falling to their doom, would be a much more familiar sight to him. And so its fitting that come June 22-23, when the insanely brutal The Pain & The Suffering obstacle race takes place, that’s exactly what you’ll see as hundreds of competitors attempt to complete the nastiest 10 mile race there is. And we have five free entries to give away this month, three in the magazine and one apiece through our Twitter (@theACTIVEmag) and Facebook pages (www.facebook.com/ theactivemag). To win one of the free entries, simply answer the following question: Who built Rockingham Castle? Email your answer to: getready2suffer@ theactivemag.com. Active has spoken to course designer Drew Tavernier to find out what you can expect to face. This is what he revealed: The Press: “Straight off the bat we get you on your knees, crawling through the mud. A little audience participation here as your friends, family and total strangers pelt you with wet sponges in an area designed to make you an easy target.” The Tunnel: “A modest bridge you would normally be encouraged to pass over. Where would be the stinking mud in that? Mind out above you though because there might well be some gunge coming

your way.” Valley Run: “Steep muddy banks are the name of the game here. Try to stay upright as we send you darting in and out. Watch your footing this is not the time or place for speed.” Engineered Suffering: “We are not unveiling these obstacles just yet. These are our flagship obstacles. Designed and constructed by engineers who also compete. You will not be able to prepare for these.” The Gauntlet: “We’re entering 4×4 territory now; this is a ¼ mile of hell. Steep banks litter the landscape, it’s uneven under foot. It’s slippery, water logged and we’re going to chuck in a few nasty surprises. How’s your arm strength? Fancy picking up something large and uncomfortable? Now you have to take this over, through, under everything this section throws at you. If you get to the end and you don’t have it, we’ll send you back to the beginning.” The Field Traverse: “Barbed wire lines this narrow stretch. Don’t expect to be able to move quickly here.” The Ponds: Water obstacle number 3. You are going in! Beware though it’s not just water here, there will be a special little something here to make it a little more challenging.” The Assault course: “We couldn’t leave this out, tyre runs, A-Frames, cargo nets, crawl tunnels, we will of course have a special little something in there for you too.”  The Pain & The Suffering will be held over the weekend of June 22-23 and tickets start at £10. A 10k course is available if the 10-miler seems too much. See www.thesufferingrace.co.uk for more details.

WALKING AND CYCLING FESTIVAL FOR RUTLAND SATURDAY, MAY 18 sees the fourth annual Active Rutland Walking and Cycling festival kick off. The event will see two weeks of planned events around the county, including guided walks, Nordic walking tasters, cycle rides, nature rides, childrens activities and a lot more. Held in association with Rutland Cycling, the waterside retailer will be offering discounts on bike hire and guiding cyclists on various ride-outs for all ages and abilities. They’ll also host the big launch on Saturday May 18, from 10am-4pm, with bouncy castles, demonstrations, cycle challenges and family entertainment. The event is free with many discounts available from participating stores, and offers a busy programme of walks and rides for the whole family until June 1.  For more information call 01572 720936 or visit www.activerutland. org.uk.

CYCLING AT GRIMSTHORPE CASTLE GRIMSTHORPE CASTLE is preparing for a number of events it plans to hold during National Bike Week between June 15-23. The castle will be hosting evening cycling tours, a fancy dress-themed event and even a Father’s Day family challenge along a 10-mile countryside trail. “National Bike Week is set to be fun for all the family,” commented Ray Biggs, access manager at Grimsthorpe Castle. “We know the importance of healthy living, so are fully behind events to get more and more people involved with sports and exercise and we’re also offering discounted rentals throughout the week and free use of tagalong bikes for families.”  For more information about the castle, park or gardens, visit www. grimsthorpe.co.uk or call 01778 591205.

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Inspirational Claire’s new charity challenge Active caught up with the paraplegic former Stamford High School pupil as she set off on her latest gruelling fund-raising challenge – handbiking 400 miles around England CLAIRE LOMAS, THE COURAGEOUS paraplegic marathon finisher, set off on her next fund-raising challenge on April 22 from Nottingham Trent University, where she cycled using a handbike through Loughborough, Leicester and Oakham before arriving in Stamford two days later to deliver a lecture at Stamford School. Active was going to press as Claire talked to the students at her former school, but we caught up with the inspirational Tesco Mum of the Year as she made final preparations for her 400-mile cycle around England, on which she’ll be raising funds for the Nicholls Foundation and Spinal Research. So, how are you finding the bike? Hard work! I started using the hand bike in September. I’ve had to build up gradually as I had a few twinges in my arms and so on. It’s hard enough using your legs but when you’re just using your arms, getting the weight of the bike and me up hills really is tough. It’s really good exercise and I love being on the bike but training’s been tough. I’ve been out in all types of weather, in the rain and the snow, but I’ve had to do it to get fit enough. Well, I hope I’m fit enough. Yesterday on the bike I wasn’t feeling too good! But it was really windy, and you have to put up with days like that.

What training have you had to do? I just do my cycle training really, but at home I’m in my ReWalk suit and I also use a bike in the house too, which helps improve my fitness. Even though the suit works on electrical stimulation it’s still my muscles working so it’s good for fitness. I don’t do weights or anything like that. How does cycling the handbike compare to walking a marathon? It’s tougher than the marathon. The marathon was challenging and hard mentally to concentrate on every step, but for this I’ve had to focus more on the physical fitness, and it’s much more physically exerting than the marathon walk. Plus I’m using the suit at the talks in the schools and will have really long days when I’m giving the lectures aer a day of cycling. Giving the presentation to the schools, using the suit, is very tiring. So a combination of all that is going to be a massive thing for me to take on. What do you think about as you’re pushing yourself for mile aer mile? How much further!? I try to take it in small bits. With the marathon I didn’t think about 26.2 miles very oen, but rather thought about it in small

chunks, and it’s the same with this challenge – if I have a big hill, I don’t think any further than that and just do it bit by bit, even if I have to have a rest, and then go again, I will, and just stick at it and think in the short term rather than the whole lot. Do you listen to music or talk to someone to you keep motivated and focused? I don’t think it’s safe when you’re cycling to have headphones on as you want to hear the traffic. But when I’ve been training, I always go out with someone because I’m low to the ground and it’s safer to be accompanied, so I’ve had different training friends right through the winter. I have a list of people who said they’d come out with me and they’ve all been brilliant. And while I’m on this cycle it’s nice for me when people come out to support and look up the route and join me along the way. That’s what they did in the marathon – people I didn’t know coming out and walking with me and as a result I’ve met so many different people along the way, which is fantastic. I hope people do the same during this time as it makes a world of difference to get that kind of support. You appear in the public eye all over the country but Stamford must hold a special place in your heart, so what’s it like coming back to your former school? It’ll be brilliant coming back. I was there from age 11 to 18 and I’ve not been there since so it’s going to be really good fun and probably bring back some memories as well [chuckles!]. What do you talk about with the students? I talk about how my accident affected my life (Claire was paralysed aer a horse riding accident - Ed), what life was like before my accident and how it turned my life around, and I had to find new things to enjoy. I had to really change my mindset and stop dwelling on everything I had lost and feeling sorry for myself and change to thinking there was still a lot I could do. And luckily I managed to get to that stage. It takes a little bit of time, but my life has really changed.

Above Claire finishing the London Marathon last year in her robotic walking suit

What do you hope the kids will take from your time with them? What’s the best thing that could come from your visit? I’ve been in quite a few schools. I was in one this morning. What I try to tell them is that we’re going to face challenges in life. Not every one is going to be as tough as mine was, but some might have even tougher challenges. But however big or

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small the challenge, the feelings are very much the same. I just let them know that you can get through it. At the time of my accident I felt awful, I didn’t think I could cope with living like this. It felt like my life had crumbled and then just turning it around. People have been a massive support, but I think you make your own luck. If I had chosen to dwell and stay in that rut I wouldn’t have had the life I’m having and met Dan and had a little girl. So I encourage them to get out there and make their own luck and take the opportunities that present themselves. And also to exercise. That’s what I missed. Before I was a very active person and there’s nothing like exercise to li your mood. You don’t have to be the best at it either; I’m certainly not that fast on my bike, but just to be outside in the fresh air and exercise is such a great thing that shouldn’t be taken for granted. There seems to be a large number of talented sportsmen and women and adventurers that come from this area. What is it about this area that seems to spawn such active and adventurous individuals?

Above Claire training on the handbike for the epic 400-mile trip

I know the school sets good standards, but I think with me the way I’ve dealt with my accident comes down to my upbringing and my parents, but also it’s a lot to do with your personality. Aer my accident people would suggest things I could try, but it really has got to come from you and be what you really want or you won’t commit fully. Also the sport I came from, event riding, is quite a tough sport and played a part in preparing me for this, too. And, of course, we’re fortunate enough to be in an area with nice countryside and outdoor space and lots of access to sports. But I think schools really need to encourage sports and being active, as it not just keeps you fit but it instills in you lots of positive qualities that, should you face other challenges, really help. Being voted Tesco’s Mum of the Year must have been great. Does that award take equal billing with your marathon medal?

Absolutely. Completing the marathon was unbelievable and a very special day for me, but it wouldn’t have been the same without Dan, Maisie and my parents being there. Completing the marathon alone wouldn’t have made me happy, whereas having my family is far more important than anything else. I didn’t know when I had my accident that I would meet anybody else, but I only met Dan a year aer my accident and had Maisie in 2011, which makes the Mum of the Year even more poignant to me. Being a mum is my biggest role. Since Maisie’s been born it’s completely changed my life yet again, because now I have a real role. Aer my accident I got a part-time job in an office and just going into to work made me feel better and it gave me a reason to get up. But Maisie doesn’t care that things are little more difficult for me, I’m still a mum and you’ve just got to get on and be a mum. And I love it.  For more information go to www.clairescycle. co.uk. To donate via Vodafone’s free JustTextGiving service text LEGS60 £3 to 70070 or visit www.justgiving.com/claire-lomas

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Feature /// Gear


Got the idea, but no gear? Here’s some great sporting stuff to spend your hard-earned on

Asolo Power Matic 200 GV The latest four-season walking boot from Asolo features a funky Micro Pulley Lacing System that ensures comfort by eliminating pressure points through even distribution of tension. They also feature the new Power Matic shock absorbing sole and heel insert, which is said to reduce foot fatigue. These extremely comfortable boots are fully waterproof, have a Gore Tex liner and come in mens and womens sizes. Price £190 From Local stockists

Camera Demon helmet mount This brilliant little universal camera mount offers the head-mounted camera angles you can get with the expensive GoPro camera kit, but allowing you to use any compact camera you have. The same GoPro style 3M sticky mount pads are used to secure the mount to any helmet so you can get that onboard action footage without having to splash out on a GoPro. Price £24.95 From www.camerademon.com

Vango Drypak 20 Now that we’ve finally seen some sunshine this year, it’s time for many to mess about on the river or head to the beach. But be sure to keep your gear dry with a Vango dry bag, like this new Drypak 20 rucksack, which features a removable shoulder and waist harness, turning it from a stuff sack into a very versatile ruck sack. It also features walking pole loops and a mesh front pocket for hiking in any weather. Price £55 From local stockists

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Breffo Adventure Camera Kit And here’s another way of getting great camera angles or mounting a camera in unusual places. The Breffo octopod camera mount features bending metal legs, covered in so rubber, which can be secured to handlebars or wrapped around fence posts, to get that shot or action footage. There’s no limit to what it can attach to and, with eight legs, it feels more secure than the three-legged Gorilla Pod. Price £20 From www.breffo.com

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Freezing balls and crazy spectators: the gloriously cold county cricket season begins The Sunday Times sports writer Martin Johnson on the characters that brave the start of our summer game’s season


lobal warming has been blamed on many factors, leaving some of us to wonder quite how the world’s leading scientific brains have failed to spot that it’s all down to one thing. Namely, the arrival of the cricket season. Chernobyl was a one-off, whereas launching county cricket in April has been going on for decades – and you can only begin to guess at how much CO2 has entered the atmosphere as a result of frozen spectators being forced to watch from inside their cars, engines running and heaters on full blast. This year has been especially wintry, so much so that while the 2012 Boat Race was halted by some lunatic splashing around in the Thames, this year it was a miracle neither boat was sunk by an iceberg. And yet still they insist on playing cricket in conditions that prompt players to wrap up wearing – as they did in Sussex’s first match at Hove – balaclavas, scarves and woolly mittens. Even so, it remains like the return of an old friend, perhaps because the rituals are like no other sport. You know, for example, that while play will carry on in the kind of weather which prompts Eskimos to shoot the huskies, it will come to a halt should the rainfall rise to the point where it’s in danger of filling an eggcup. Then there is the near certainty that the arrival of the new season will take every county ground in the country, despite the fact that the fixture list was out six months early, completely by surprise. I once went to Southampton for the first day of Hampshire’s first match, entered the pavilion for a cup of tea, and was told that the new tea urn had not yet arrived. “What happened to the old one?” I asked. “Oh it was knackered. We got rid of it at the end of last season?” the lady replied. “So when did you order a new one?” I enquired. “Oh, um, last week I think.” Each ground has its own atmosphere, apart perhaps from the County Ground, Derby, which has no atmosphere at all. They do, though, have an impressive collection of those spectators who look alarmingly as though they have just escaped from one of Her Majesty’s secure establishments, having somehow managed to free themselves from one of those jackets with only one arm in it.

They always, what’s more, make straight for the press box and stare through the windows – sometimes for an entire session – at the occupants within. Occasionally, if the windows are open, they will speak, or perhaps, if they’re closed, pop their heads around the door. “What time do you think they’ll declare, then?” or “Have you seen the state of the members’ toilets?” are the two most popular lines of inquiry, although it gets a bit more unnerving when you hear something like: “which one of you pillocks is Martin Johnson?” I no longer go to many county games, so am in no real position to tell you whether the grounds have as many characters as they used to have, certainly in the 1970s and ’80s. At Grace Road, Leicester, we had “Foghorn”, who lived just outside the ground, and would bellow: “I’m on me way!” as he left home. He’d head straight for the members’ bar and after downing several pints of mild would circumnavigate the ground bellowing “Put Birkenshaw on!” or various other suggestions. The combination of his pint count and the advancing years meant his bladder was invariably under intolerable strain, and on a sunny day you could always spot him from the clouds of steam rising from his trousers. There was also a spectator at Old Trafford years ago who hated boring batsmen. “Gerronwith it!” he’d yell. “Bloody ‘ell. You’re still 8 not out in the Manchester Evening News!” Yorkshire spectators are even more passionate, and, being Yorkies, demand full value for their admission. Once, I worked out that if you went for lunch at one minute to one, you’d be first in the queue, because no-one ever left their seat until the last ball of the morning session. If county cricket didn’t exist you’d struggle to invent a game in which (as was the case when I was at New Road for Worcestershire v Warwickshire last summer) the ground is almost full for days one two and three, and yet virtually empty for its Saturday conclusion. Even so, it was that largely spectator-less Saturday which reminded me exactly why I still love the county championship. “Owzat!” a Warwickshire bowler would shout. “Gerraway with yer!” some bloke in a pair of ridiculously baggy shorts and a Worcestershire sun hat would shout back from his deckchair. “Yer can’t be caught if yer ain’t hit it!” Now, isn’t that a nicer way to spend an afternoon than having your eardrums perforated by a bunch of sozzled oiks from the Barmy Army?

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Feature /// Uppingham Town Cricket Club

Upp, upp and away! With an impressive new ground and exciting young players, ambitious Uppingham Town CC are looking forward to the new cricket season.


sunny day, a beautiful view, top class facilities and that unmistakeable sound of leather on willow. It’s spring at last and you’re at Castle Hill, the new home of UTCC. A founder member of the Rutland League, debuting this season in the Everards competition, and one of the first clubs in the country to truly embrace junior cricket. Founded in 1872 by Uppingham schoolmasters, who boasted several English Internationals at that time, the club had played on school pitches for well over a hundred years until the move to their stunning new premises overlooking Wardley Hill in 2011. Although ever grateful for their unstinting help and support over the years – which still continues with assistance to Head Groundsman Pop Cox – the

Words /// Jeremy Beswick. need for the school to switch to rugby in the autumn had always meant a truncated home season. After mulling it over for several years they finally took the plunge and thus their more recent history is dominated by Castle Hill and the challenge of raising the hundreds of thousands of pounds that were necessary. It started in 2007 with farmer and club chairman Charlie Scott touring the countryside, “Looking for a suitable field, we figured if we could only buy some land then we couldn’t be much worse off than we were”. Negotiations took a year and then fund raising started in earnest. Scores of individuals and businesses from the town put their hands in their pockets. Rutland Youth Opportunities forked out over £20,000 for the Junior clubhouse after the kids themselves, 14 or 15 year-olds, presented the case. The ECB’s Mike Turner backed them for a grant and the now-defunct National Sports Foundation came

up trumps too. The squares were laid by Steven Pask, who squeezed in Castle Hill between assignments at minor venues like Lords and Trent Bridge, and gradually everything fell into shape. So it was a proud chairman who, four years on, strode out to bat for the first time on the new ground - chest out, head back. “I was out first ball” remembers Charlie. The quality of the square and main clubhouse is outstanding and the ground has already been chosen to host several finals. The main clubhouse seats up to 80 with AV, Wi-Fi and underfloor heating. It’s all a far cry from some of the away fixtures they had to play. President Mike Gaul (debut 1983) remembers one, which will remain nameless, where the kit bag had to include a screwdriver to insert your own hook into the dressing room wall. One of the longest-standing fixtures is Old Grosvenorians. The fathers who played years ago now come to watch their sons and grandsons;

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‘WITH SO MUCH CRICKET BEING PLAYED, QUALIFIED UMPIRES WOULD BE MOST WELCOME’ there are numerous examples of multiple generations of the same families playing for UTCC too. Clubhouse Chairman Kev Bennett once featured in the same side as his three sons “It did cause some consternation when the scorer called out “Bowler’s name?” and was answered “Bennett” for the fourth time”. Today you’ll find around 100 boys and girls learning the ropes on Juniors’ evening on Thursdays, from under-6 up. “We welcome all abilities and I’m particularly keen that we strengthen the girls’ side” said Vice Chairman Adi Salt. The Juniors tour and it is their proud boast that they recently won an away fixture against the Dutch under-17 national side. Ben Collins, now also of Leicestershire and who recently took part in the under-19 World Cup, is testimony to the quality of coaching led by Neil Wedge. Quite a contrast from the under-6’s many of whom, it’s acknowledged, come mainly for the “50p mix” – a bag of sweets they sell two thousand a year of! One nice touch – the rules include a clause that “No junior cricketer should be refused membership based on hardship”. If a child gets free school meals then their club membership is free too. Friday evenings is social cricket – any pub or company sides out there who fancy a fixture and a barbecue get in touch. There’s a well-stocked bar too with beer at £3 a pint – it’s thirsty work after all. The serious senior stuff is on Saturdays and Sundays, with the Everards and Rutland Leagues respectively, usually with around 100 spectators. First team captain Jamie Dumford – another product of the junior set up – also opens the batting and keeps wicket in true Alec Stuart style. He’s bullish about their chances of an immediate promotion in the Everards League. A particular challenge will be hard-fought local derbies against the likes of Oakham, Market Overton and Medbourne but Uppingham can only improve with time, with most of the side in their teens or early twenties. “We’re always looking for new players and I’d like to strengthen the batting” said Jamie. Any candidates should get in touch with him or Charlie Scott. With so much cricket being played, qualified umpires would be most welcome. You’re also guaranteed a warm hello if you come along to watch and, should you make it a regular thing, family membership is only £15 for the whole season. There are quiz, bingo and race evenings as well. So that’s Uppingham Town Cricket Club. Friendly, family oriented and living proof that a long history doesn’t mean you can’t move with the times. Now where did I put that 50p mix?


The new pavilion takes pride of place at Castle Hill. It has great facilities with two pitches, including a second pavililon, and all weather nets. The juniors’ evenings have been very successful attracting over 100 boys and girls.

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Feature /// Fly Fishing

Come fly with us Ever fancied fly fishing? On your doorstep is the best place to learn in Europe, as Steve Moody found out. Photography: Nico Morgan


he first two anglers I saw take home a catch from our day at Rutland Water made me think that this fly fishing lark must be dead easy. The first, as we sat having tea at fishing coach Rob Waddington’s house was an osprey, wrestling a trout out of the glassy water. That’s quite a sight and must be a pretty good portent of things to come, I thought. The second was fisherman Al Owen proudly holding up the biggest trout taken out of the lake this year – a ten pound monster – before we set off in our boat. Like I said, this fly fishing lark must be easy.


As you might know, it’s not remotely simple. In fact fly fishing is very difficult to start, with all the casting techniques to learn and master, and hundreds of varying flies that look like Danny La Rue’s earring collection. It’s a world that seems hard to break into, with JR Hartley levels of commitment needed to the cause, and all sorts of strange knowledge about water temperatures, feeding cycles, wind direction and a plethora of other little nuggets. But we’re in luck round here, as Rutland Water is the finest trout fishing lake in Britain, possibly Europe and maybe even the world. And it’s a great place to learn, because there are coaches like Rob who can untangle the complex issues

involved and make them simple, Anglian Water who provide brilliant facilities and clubs such as Rutland Water Fly Fishers to help you on your way with advice. Active’s publisher Chris and I both fancy ourselves as a modern-day Jack Hargreaves so we first headed to Rob’s fishing shack at his house to learn the ropes, and the lines. Rob has that gift of making difficult things sound simple, or breaking an action such as the cast into easy to manage constituent parts. Casting takes some getting used to. Unlike coarse fishing, where the bait, weights and other paraphernalia help it gain distance, with fly fishing, there’s barely any mass at the end because it’s a tiny fly, so you must use the weight

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of the line to create momentum. So you have to go through this rigmarole of tick-tocking back and forth, letting out more line, creating stops on the back and front swing, and ever larger sweeps until you let forth and your fly gently plips into the water at the prescribed distance. Rob has fished all over the world, from Siberia to South Africa, and could land a fly in your cup of tea from 30 yards, without spilling any. I however, in Rob’s garden thrashed my poor fly to and fro like it was a headbanging. I couldn’t for the life of me see how I was even going to get the thing in the water, let alone persuade a fish it was actual food. Fortunately, you stand a good chance of

catching something in Rutland Water, because Anglian Water stock it with about 80,000 trout a year. Generally round the edges in early spring, what Rob terms ‘the dumb stockies’ tend to congregate. Having just been turfed out of their farms, they aren’t too likely to head out into the lake. Further out are the powerful older fish, which are wiser and better sport, behaving more like those in rivers. But how to get them to bite? The flies, come in hundreds of shapes and sizes, but typically it’s not as complicated as it looks when explained by our guru. There are mainly seven types of fly in total and you’re just trying to choose the right one for the right time of day or year. Clearly this means having some knowledge, but also being

observant. Rob recommended having a close look on your car windscreen before fishing to se what’s about at that time, and therefore what the fish are likely to be eating. It didn’t seem a particularly romantic way of hunting your prey, but eminently sensible. It’s a great way to learn the basics of fly fishing, because it is relaxed and clearly run. A group of you would have a very entertaining day out, and Rob can take you out and even help you catch a fish or two. So having spent the morning at his lodge, watching ospreys, eating his own smoked trout and generally finding the whole thing immensely enjoyable, I felt ready to take on Rutland Water, and whatever lurked in the deep.

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Feature /// Fly Fishing EYEBROOK RESERVOIR Sutart Illsley from Eyebrook Reservoir offers advice on how much it costs to get started as a novice fly fisherman. ‘How does a novice to start fly fishing’, is a frequently asked question along with ‘how much will it cost’? To which I would say that for as little as £30, you can have a day’s fly fishing at Eyebrook with your equipment provided and have a one hour session with a fully qualified instructor, who would cover all the safety aspects, as well as casting and retrieving a fly and how to set up your outfit. The next step is to consider your first Fly Fishing outfit and its’ cost, and this need not be excessive. For £40 you can buy a really good value and perfectly adequate fly rod. This then needs to be matched with a floating fly line and fly fishing reel to keep it on, and £40 will again be sufficient to cover these. The most important factor that a novice has to be sure of is the balance of the entire outfit, this is vital as the rod and the line have to match to enable full enjoyment of the art of casting a fly.


Anglian Water’s wardens are based at Normanton, and if you are going to go fly fishing, this is the place to start. They can issue you with permits, hire boats, and it has a huge tackle shop that can get you started with beginners’ packs, as well as hire you instructors. Obviously requiring more help than the average fisherman, head warden John Seaton offered to come out with me. I knew this was a good result before we even started, as he’s been working on Rutland Water for nearly 30 years. If anyone knows where the fish are, he does. After all, it’s a lake of 3,500 acres, with 26 miles of coastline. You need somebody to break it down for you if you’re not a regular. Chris was joined in his boat by Matt Gregory of Rutland Water Fly Fishers, the club that runs events and offers advice to people wanting to take up the sport. The club costs £20 to join and it is money well spent: fishing is about word of mouth, and knowledge passed from one to another, and RWFF is a great way to tap into that. As Matt says: ‘There is so much to learn about

HOW TO GET STARTED SPEAK TO Rob Waddington, at Rutland Fly Fishing Adventures on 01572 722422. He does gi vouchers, corporate days, trips and private lessons. A great way to get started. Visit www.anglianwater.co.uk/leisure/ what-to-do/fishing where there are prices for day to season permits and offers for beginners, as well as contact details. Don’t forget to have a chat with the wardens – they are a mine of information. Join Rutland Water Fly Fishers (www.rwff.org. uk). They have news of what’s going on around the water and on July 14 there’s a Junior day (10 to 17 year olds) too where you can find out more about the sport. Entry fee is £15 and that includes boat and tackle hire, lunch, free club membership and some tuition too.

‘GRAHAM WAS PLUCKING THEM OUT LIKE HE WAS AT THE DEEP FREEZE IN WAITROSE.’ fly fishing, you can’t possible write it all down, so a club is a great way to find out what you need to know.’ Just to prove that it’s not the preserve of wistful old men like us, Chris also had 14 year old Graham Hayward aboard, a student at Uppingham College and soon to be international fisherman, as he’s been picked to represent England’s youth team this summer. I breathed a sigh of relief that he would be showing Chris how to do it, and not me. It was going to be embarrassing enough as it was. As we motored out to our first spot, John explained the importance of the wardens: they can tell you where the fish are on any one day, look after the stock, check that anglers have the right permit and are taking only the prescribed number of fish: a maximum of eight each day. One would do, I thought. In a boat, without the comfort of Rob’s lawn, casting suddenly seemed really hard. It’s more difficult to see the line and get it out of water rather than off grass and I flailed away hopelessly for a while. The only living thing in danger was John, should an errant hook come his way. But slowly the rhythm came and while I can’t say I was much good, I could feel an improvement, feeling the weight of the line tugging against the rod to create that all important whip. And then my fly was sailing over Rutland’s glassy surface,

From these beginnings a novice can consider whole ranges of equipment that are available from entry levels through to expert, but to get started aer choosing a rod and reel, with an outfit of basic accessories, such as tackle bag, landing net, leader material (this is monofilament to which the fly is attached) and a few flies in a box will cost a further £50-70, but this really depends on the budget that you set yourself in the beginning. For further information on the Saturday taster sessions contact Stuart at the Eyebrook Tackle Shop on 01536 772128.

landing with a satisfying plop. Immensely gratifying. Now all I had to do was catch a fish. Meanwhile, on the other boat, Graham was plucking them out like he was at the deep freeze in Waitrose, and although I had a couple of bites I didn’t quite strike at the right time and lost what was clearly the second time around a whale, or maybe a shark. It pulled with immense power, then was gone. John hooked something, and handed his rod over to me to try and bring it in. Good old boy – at last I had a feel of the power and fight of these magnificent creatures. Five minutes of battle ensued, the rod almost pulled out of my hand and me inching it closer to the side, it diving and running again, and on it went until finally I got the trout nose up at the surface and the net closed around it. A three pound specimen. Quite a thing, and quite an experience. We fished the rest of the afternoon, and there are few more pleasant ways to spend an afternoon in Rutland. We had a few more bites, but no more landed. It didn’t matter: with trout it’s not about reeling in dozens but the sport and the cunning of landing one or two. As we chugged back to Normanton, prize in hand, I reflected that there are fewer finer ways to spend a day in our county. I’ll be back. Those fish better start watching out, and not just for the osprey.

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Feature /// Gardening

May days in the garden Local interior and garden designer Alison Hutchinson gives her top tips on what to do in the garden right now


ay is the month of gardening – the Chelsea Flower Show is splashed all over our TV and the weather is good enough to encourage even the most unadventurous to head outside. Spring has definitely sprung and the small amount of rain we have had has really pushed on fresh growth. If you’re grappling with the onset of spring and need to get ahead here are a few of the jobs you should be tackling in the garden this month.


// Do a tidy through of borders, cutting back all the herbaceous plants you left with foliage on last winter. Weed where soil is light and crumbly.

For small or new gardens an effective way to replace lost plants is to use small (1-litre) shrubs such as Cistus ‘Silver Pink’ or Philadelphus ‘Mont Blanc’. For more mature gardens choose four to five litre shrubs. // Support taller herbaceous plants, especially delphiniums and peonies // Split clumps of perennial grasses to keep them alive in the centre // Divide over-crowding perennials


// Mulch, mulch and add more mulch – add farm manure together with the contents of a compost bin if you have it. Add a sprinkling of bone meal to established hedges – rake up any leaves and sprinkle on the soil at the base. // Hedges are hungry feeders so fertilising is really important to keep them healthy. // Turn the compost heap and begin to add fresh

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STRESS... WHAT STRESS? Sean Elliott, managing director of Scenic Gardens in Peterborough, on how to relax in the garden, and some monthly advice

READER COMPETITION We have a great prize on offer from all the shops at the Stamford Garden Centre. Answer the question below correctly for a chance to win: // A Garden Gi Voucher worth £40 for Stamford Garden Centre // A Hamper of Homemade produce from the Award Winning Butchers worth £30 // An Emma Cannings Crystal Clear express facial. // A custom made cushion from Sew Now made with Annie Sloan fabric. Q. What are the two offers at Stamford Garden Centre this month according to their advert in this issue? email your entry to: sgc@theactivemag.com Your email may be used for marketing purposes from which you can unsubscribe at any time. One entry per email address.

material. If you have access to manure (chicken or horse) add this in layers and it will help to get the composting process going.


// Your lawn should have had its first few cuts so you can start to set the blades a little lower – but go easy. // Renovate grass as needed. If like my lawn it is filled with moss first use a feed, weed and moss killer before raking up the dead moss. You can use this moss to your advantage and rake it up to make decorations for the house. Wire bunches of moss and flowers (blossom, primroses, and newly emerging leaves) around a wire ring or heart. Keep them watered or spray every day and they will last for up to a week. // Any bare patches can now be re-seeded but remember to water the seed and protect it by netting small areas off from birds.


// Clear ponds and begin to plant marginal pond plants. Leave cleared plants on the water’s edge overnight to allow any creatures lurking in them to find their way back to the water.


Stamford’s own family-run garden centre is a perfect place to start as its staff are knowledgeable with a good range of plants and are well placed to get you started. Don’t beat yourself up if the garden isn’t perfect – you have time yet. I believe that every space can be comfortable, relaxed and beautiful without you feeling pressured to be perfect, and we would love to help you achieve your beautiful home and garden. // If we can help with a home or garden project please give Alison a call on 01572 747318 or 07973 843020.

MODERN LIFE is full of frustrations, demands and circumstances that contribute to stress. Small amounts of stress can help us to perform better under pressure and inspire you when you most need it. However, there comes a point where stress can become more of a burden and start to damage your health. Gardening is an enjoyable way of letting off some steam. Whether it’s gently pottering around or just sitting enjoying your previous efforts, the garden can be a great place to relax and spend time away from life’s stresses. I particularly enjoy spending quality time with the children: growing fruit and veg together that can then be used in a feast to enjoy in the garden. It still amazes me what we can achieve. TIPS FOR MAY // Give seedlings the best start by pouring boiling water in seed drills before sowing to kill off pests and weed seeds. // Even in wet conditions, plants near to the base of a wall or fence may not be receiving enough water as they can be sheltered from the prevailing precipitation. // Seedling trees will appear around the garden where mature trees, especially ash, beech and sycamore trees, are growing. Remove them as soon as possible to preventing them getting to an unmanageable size. // Place bamboo cane in areas infested with bindweed. Once the weed starts to climb up the cane you can treat it with a weed killer without damaging the surrounding plants. // Grow some extra basil in pots which can be used in the greenhouse to attract white fly. They prefer basil to tomatoes. When covered in the pest the basil can be disposed of. // Lay turf and seed before it becomes too hot and dry. Large areas of turf/ seed take a lot of effort to water in the hot season.

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Feature /// Leisure insight

THE FUTURE OF LEISURE Retail specialists UrbanEdge explain how people’s leisure time habits are changing and what our towns can do to stay relevant


VER THE PAST FEW WEEKs, the area around Stamford and Rutland has hit the headlines for the high quality of its lifestyle, for the picturesque streets and quaint villages, the social cohesion and wide choice of activities. But how do you protect that special ambience, and the leisure and retail businesses that make it unique? UrbanEdge has been consulting, designing and managing projects with major corporates for the last six years: often large-scale leisure, urban and out of town projects such as cinema complexes and shopping centres. As a result, the firm’s founding director, Russell Gay, understands in minute detail the changing face and evolving habits of leisure in the UK. While his projects might often be located in large cities, as a Stamfordian he sees how this shifting behaviour can affect towns such as Stamford and Oakham, and how local leisure businesses can adapt to make the most of it. “If you look at large scale developments now, they all include elements such as pick up and go coffee shops and restaurants. Before the economy stalled, people would go into town centres and shop in their spare time. They had more disposable income and so to enjoy and reward themselves they would spend their money on products.” “This pattern has shifted slightly now, as people are exercising more discretion over what they buy. However, for small towns such as Stamford, it’s vital to keep those people in them for as long as possible so they continue to spend. A town centre requires variety, a

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ABOUT URBANEDGE UrbanEdge is a Stamfordbased practice which provides a full range of architectural services with bespoke and innovative design solutions. Its core specialism is retail-led urban regeneration and it works on both a local and national scale. UrbanEdge started in 2007 and was established to provide clients a retail-based focus which emphasises quality and innovation in its designs. UrbanEdge’s founding director, Russell Gay, originally worked for one of the country’s largest retail architects where he spent 15

years actively developing retail schemes with a wide variety of industry clients. UrbanEdge started off with this core specialism focusing on the retail sector and urban regeneration, however years of experience have developed a diverse portfolio of projects not only within the retail sector but also within the leisure, residential, office and care sectors. Over the past six years the company has experienced rapid expansion and in the last 14 months has moved to a larger premises in Scotgate Mews to accommodate the expanding team.

mix of retail and leisure. This is where coffee shops, as an example, come in as an absolutely essential part of a vibrant local economy.” “Instead of spending time shopping for less and then leaving, people will now sit down and reward themselves with a coffee and/or something to eat. They might even go shopping again afterwards too.” It’s a behaviour he sees in the big multiplex cinemas, where many are introducing more restaurants at the expense of screens – if the cinema offer doesn’t include food and space to socialise with family and friends, it just doesn’t complete the overall experience. “The culture is shifting to a leisure-based one, away from traditional retail therapy. People are now seeking more enriching experiences, ones that can’t be replicated online. So any town that offers a good balance of high class restaurants, cafes and boutique shops will attract people to it.” Left

UrbanEdge specialises in the construction of large scale urban and out-of-town leisure facilities such as cinema complexes and shopping centres

“One of the reasons that large coffee brands have been so successful is that they offer a consistent, high quality product with great service. Their hard work and attention to detail ensures that when you sit down you get what you expect – and that level of quality is consistent across all branches. There’s no reason that local businesses can’t offer the same level of service, and many do. If you look in Stamford, there are coffee shops such as Beans, Blacks and Frothys that offer a premium experience and there are restaurants and locally owned pubs that are of the highest quality and offer food. It’s that leisure experience which makes people come back again and again. I like to use local businesses where I can.” “And from a retail perspective, if you offer a top-notch experience, and treat your customers in a unique, special way, then those shops will thrive. Look at Cavells in Oakham; you can sit and have a coffee and read the papers while your partner shops. This is the kind of leisure convenience that encourages people to return.” But what of out-of-town developments? Many are concerned that major chains and retail parks will spell the end of traditional town centres such as Stamford, Oakham and Uppingham, but Russell disagrees. He believes that done in the right way, and configured correctly, they can actually enhance a town. “Towns such as Stamford are unique. Our clients come here and ask if they can replicate its special charm and atmosphere for their leisure developments, but it’s a very difficult thing to do. If only I could bottle its formula and take it to other places to make them feel as special as Stamford.”

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Feature /// Rough notes

Toft Golf Club The second in our series of local golf course reviews takes us up and down the hilly fairways of Toft. By Julian Kirk HILLS ARE FEW AND FAR between in our part of the country, and hilly golf courses are rarer still. Thankfully someone had the bright idea when they saw the ups and downs of Toft to put a golf course on it (the course was converted from 107 acres of farmland and opened in 1988, while the hotel was once the farmhouse). Which is how today’s fourball finds itself at the bottom of a steep hill on the first tee, wondering just how hard we need to hit our drives to reach the fairway (a 30mph wind would be a constant companion to our fourball on this round). I say fourball, but for much of the front nine it seemed to be Active publisher Chris, editor Steve and me walking along the fairways. Our fourth man, local sporting all-rounder Mat Simpson, eschewed the comfort of cut grass and instead preferred to hit his ball in and out of as many trees as he could find. And there are a lot of trees to find on the front nine, especially as the hilly nature of the course means that the fairways tend to slope towards them – if you’re not a straight hitter then Toft is going to make you pay. And it’s not just the trees that you have to worry about, because quite often your lie on the fairway means that your feet are either above or below the ball. Toft may not be long at just under 6,500 yards, but it is technical. But back to the first tee and, daunting tee shot aside, it’s a fairly straightforward 352-yard par 4 if you get away cleanly. A slight dog leg to the right leads to a wide and fairly open green. An opening par helps Chris ease the pain of his nearwooden spoon performance in last month’s outing at Stapleford. The second is another relatively short (406 yards) par 4, but unless you can land your ball on a narrow strip to the right of the fairway, your ball will roll down the slope and into thick copses of trees. The rest of us share the spoils with sixes. The third is an innocuous looking, tiddly 126yard par 3, but with the wind whipping along the top of the hill and the pin right at the back of the green, it was playing more like a 170-yarder (this is the highest point of the course – all 45 metres above sea level, which is a heady height for south Lincs). Fours all round saw us teeing up on the first par 5, a 571-yarder which is slightly uphill to start with and then is fairly straight to the green. A mixture of rusty players and high winds meant that the standard of golf for the rest of the front nine could generously be described as average. Mat and Chris duelled it out on most tees to see who could hit the skin off their balls with their drives (or decide that, like Tiger Woods, they really only need a wedge to make

175 yards), and Mat did provide a rare highlight with a beautiful lob wedge floated on to the sixth green, but it was mainly about damage limitation. At the turn it was close between Chris, Mat and Steve, and with the constant near-gale blowing (and some serious hills to climb up) it would prove to be a case of who could deal with the energy-sapping conditions best. Not me, that’s for sure, and with an impressive seven blobs on the back nine I was last by a mile. Perhaps the pressure of concentrating on the round and the scenery in order to write this review affected my game, or it could just be that I’m really not that good. And did I mention my bad back and hernia? Anyay, back to the half-decent golfers and it was Steve whose challenge faded first with a blob on the seemingly simple 121-yard par 3 13th, which proved too long for his steady iron play. Which left a two-horse race. Again high winds stymied any chance of champagne golf and solid bogies on 15 and 16 all but secured the match for Mat. A par on the scenic par 4 17th, replete with cherry blossom trees in flower signalling that we may finally be able to say good riddance to winter, saw Chris raise a murmur of excitement among the gallery and he could have stolen the game on the remodelled 18th, which has seen the tee box moved to the left to bring the lake much more into play. However, his booming drive clattered into the tree on the right of the fairway and disappeared, leaving Mat with the spoils. I think it’s fair to say that playing Toft in a neargale is a tough challenge, but having played the course many times in the past in glorious sunshine I know it offers a technical but rewarding round when you’re on your game. It’s still in great conditon despite the recent deluge of rain and snow, bar a couple of swampy areas off the fairways, and the greens are quick and true. Try it for yourself to appreciate just how undulating the course is – just pick a day when it’s not blowing a gale.


Chris Meadows If you haven’t played before I’d recommend picking up a course guide as there are a few holes that could land you in trouble without one. The 18th is a great hole with a lake along the fairway. Mat Simpson Most of the holes are undulating and with the crosswinds, in our minds a bogey equalled a par! That being said, the course was in great shape considering the weather we have had. Steve Moody I like the way they’ve used the hill to create all sorts of challenges. Off the tee you need to use all sorts of different clubs, and play all sorts of different shots. There are those that demand long, accurate drives, others that allow you the space to have a good lash, and short irons to set up long second shots. I managed to successfully complete almost none of these strategies, though. I also like the repositioned 18th tee which brings the water into play.

IMPROVEMENTS ALL ROUND WELLKNOWN local hoteliers Robert and Julia Reid (also owners of the highly regarded Jackson Stops at Stretton) are now running To, and the changes to the hotel and clubhouse are marked with an improved menu and updated interior decor which blends modernity with the classic features of the 300-year old building. The menu has also been revised, with a mix of locally sourced ingredients and menus offering everything from a sandwich to a full evening meal. On the golf side of the business, green fees remain competitive, with weekday visitors paying £25, or £20 if a member signs you in. And now the evenings are lighter, a £15 twilight round (from 3pm) is good value. Alternatively, society packages start from £27 per person (coffee, bacon buttie and 18 holes).

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Feature /// Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

Everything a woman needs to be fit, healthy and fantastic. Edited by Sandie Hurford

Get ready for summer The weather is on the turn and it’s never too soon to prepare your skin for its emergence from winter hibernation. We asked local experts to come up with some summer skincare tips ...


EAUTY THERAPIST CHRISSY Freimuth, from Body & Soul in Oakham High Street, advocates antiaging facials and organic skincare. “We live in a more ageing society and we all want to stay fit and healthy for longer,” she says, “so it’s important to understand how we age. Toxins, harmful chemicals and pollutants are in many daily products, so using organic washes, moisturisers and shampoos is vital for a younger, healthier-looking skin. Many organic products have anti-oxidants in them which help to rid us of free radicals which pollute our bodies. “As we grow older, our skin thins and we lose up to 30% of our collagen and elastin, causing fine lines and wrinkles. Dabbing a little eye cream around the eyes, morning and night helps repair and soften tiny lines. “I would suggest hands/fingers only for exfoliation. Some puffs or face flannels are harsh and people may be inclined to “scrub” rather than gently circling, especially on the face. A couple of handfuls of Epsom salts in the bath really softens the skin. “A pre-summer microdermasion facial is a must for all skincare before the summer sun as it prepares the skin for tanning. Many people forget about hands – daily use of a hand cream is essential, especially after exfoliating.” Cellulite can be a real issue when baring your body for the beach. Liz Clare, from Cell Regeneration at Tinwell, is used to dealing with that particular issue. “The skin treatment I use reduces cellulite but another way of reducing it is drinking plenty of water and less alcohol and coffee. Body brushing helps too – it hurts when you first start but you soon get used to it and it is great for circulation. “For cellulite that doesn’t go away, a quick-fix is Spin Repair (www.spinrepair.co.uk is our new website if you want to find out more). The technology is based on the same we use for regenerating cells for bone, ligaments, tendons and cartilage but is designed for skin cells. We have the only specialist machine in the UK and people so far have been very happy with results.” Dry skin brushing is another way to keep skin healthy. Angela Cardew, of LimeGreen Therapy, which offers a mobile massage service in the Lincolnshire/Rutland area with holistic therapy treatments, says it helps diminish the appearance of cellulite when carried out regularly.


You too can go for the golden glow – but read our summer skincare guide first

“Our skin is our largest eliminating organ and is the first to show signs of dehydration and neglect,” she says. “It is simple and easy to do, using a long-handled natural bristle brush or small dry towel. “Starting from the feet and working upwards, make long, sweeping strokes over the front and back of the legs and thighs, continue over the bottom and up towards the middle of the back, then from the fingertips up the arms and neck and down the upper back. Repeat from the other hand, up the arm and down to the chest and stomach, brushing the stomach in a clockwise direction. “Essential oils, such as lavender, cypress, sandalwood and patchouli, can be used after the dry brushing, to enhance and stimulate cell growth. The most luxurious way of using them is in the bath. They can be added to relieve muscular aches and pains, assist restful sleep, or for sheer pleasure!”

Angela also advocates aromatherapy massage, when some of the essential oils are absorbed into your skin and bloodstream but also inhaled and absorbed through the mouth and nose, combining physiological and psychological interaction in the body. To find a qualified aromatherapist, go to www. ifparoma.org or www.fht.org.uk. The make-up you’ve been wearing indoors all winter may not be the best option once temperatures rise. Annie Elkins, spa manager at Barnsdale Hall Hotel, recommends a loose mineral foundation. “We use the Mii range and their loose mineral foundation (Irresistible Face Base) is lovely for achieving a soft glow but also a matt look depending on how much you use,” she says. “It has an SPF of 25 and contains a higher percentage of zinc oxide than traditional foundation so can be used on irritated skin and would be great to cover sunburn.”

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More summer skincare tips EXFOLIATE Experts say the best way to get your skin ready for summer is with regular exfoliation to get rid of the dead, dry skin cells which are shed at an amazing rate every minute of every day. If you don’t get rid of them, they’ll just sit on your skin making you look dull and dry. No matter how much lotion you use, you’re never going to have glowing skin if you don’t exfoliate. Use a washcloth, loofah, buff-puff or microdermabrasion cream. Wet your entire body in the bath or shower. Apply exfoliating cleanser to your loofah or washcloth and scrub, using gentle, circular motions, but no more than once a day or a couple of times a week. Exfoliated skin will also help self-tanners go on more smoothly, making them less likely to streak and prevent your glow from fading prematurely. MOISTURISE After you exfoliate, moisturising your winterdry skin is key. Use it after you exfoliate, shave, and shower. Tinted moisturisers are popular, though you may need sunscreen too. Find a summer-scented lotion that you won’t forget to put on. It’s time to pack away your thick winter body butters for lighter, summery lotions. Gels and purees are perfect fast absorbers. Nothing spells summer more than a refreshing fruity lotion. Apply right after you dry off from your shower to seal in the moisture your body just soaked in. APPLY SUNSCREEN There are lots of things you can do to make skin look good, but the most important thing is sun protection so you never burn. How high the number of sun protection factor (SPF) you need depends on how fair you are. Everyone should wear a sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher with a broad-spectrum agent that protects against UVA and UVB rays. Some moisturisers have an SPF, but not all do. Check the label. Apply generously. People tend to under-apply sunscreen. Put on enough to cover your entire body, no matter how much it takes. You should be using a shot-glass full for your body and a full teaspoon just on your face. Apply before you reach the beach or outdoors. It takes 15 to 20 minutes to kick into high gear, so put it on before you leave the house, not when you get to the beach. Reapply frequently – remember that it only lasts for about two hours. For heavy-duty outdoor activities, like a day at the beach or a game of tennis in full sun, use a heavy-duty sunscreen that’s very water-resistant but may be too thick and take too long to rub in for normal use. To avoid spotty break-outs, look for ‘oil-free’ on sunscreen labels – ’sheer’ doesn’t necessarily mean oil-free. Many sunscreens look white or ashy on dark skin so also avoid those that use zinc or titanium.

TREAT YOUR FEET Pack away those winter boots – it’s sandal season. Either go and get a pedicure or give yourself an at-home treament. Scrub off the dead, dry skin to reveal your sandal-ready feet. Nothing is worse than seeing dull, dry feet inside cute sandals. It doesn’t have to be a big ordeal. Keep a foot scrub and file in your shower and scrub your feet a few times a week. Make sure your toenails are cut straight across. Get rid of “fugly” (fungal, ugly) toenails with topical whitening and antifungal agents. Use exfoliating callous creams for hard skins on heels and soles. A SAFER SUMMER GLOW You have so many choices when it comes to adding a little summer tint to your skin, and the tanning bed shouldn’t be one of them. Using a sunless tanner will give your skin a beautiful start to summer. Even if you’re not a fan of sunless tanners all over your body, you can use them on your face for a healthy glow that will make it look as though you just spent the weekend on the beach. Most facial tanners build colour gradually so by alternating with your regular moisturiser, you’ll never get too dark.

NATURAL REMEDY Quirkily, asparagus is said to have great benefits for the skin. Rich in anti-oxidants, it is among the top vegetables for its ability to stop cell damage from free radicals and is touted as an anti-ageing powerhouse. Asparagus root is said to help alleviate dry skin and prolonged consumption to help skin become so, supple, and smooth. For some homegrown skincare, new season asparagus should be available any time now at Lovells Lakes, Tallington.

Throw away last year’s unused sunscreen for a new bottle. As most people don’t use as much as they should, I bet you have a bottle or two stored away. Be safe and pick up a new one. SHAVE AWAY UNWANTED HAIR Shave in the opposite direction from which hair grows. In places where hair grows in different directions and in hard-to-reach areas such as underarms and the bikini area, try pulling the skin slightly, making it tauter and easier to shave. Nothing can ruin the look of a clean shave like ingrown hairs. If you are prone to ingrown hairs, choose a specialised product that incorporates aspirin into its base. Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory and when applied to the affected area, it decreases the likelihood of shaving bumps caused by ingrown hairs. You could also try waxing, which lasts longer but remember that when you go to rewax, you have to let hair grow to minimal length first.

FIND A NEW BOLD SUMMER POLISH Toe nails can be painted a much bolder colour than you would usually put on your fingernails. Pick out something that screams summer. Polish tends to stay on your toes much longer than your hands because you don’t abuse your toe nails like you do your finger nails. Apply a clear base coat, two applications of colour and a clear top coat to protect. Go barefoot or put on flip-flops for at least a couple hours to make sure it doesn’t smudge. TREAT SUNBURN If the worst happens despite your precautions, get the inflammation down as soon as possible to curb damage in the skin and to calm redness. Soak a facecloth in a bowl of skimmed milk and ice and apply it to the area for five to ten minutes. Take aspirin or ibuprofen and apply hydrocortisone cream.

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Feature /// Fitness

Wedding Countdown How to get fit and glowing for the big day, by local health and fitness experts. How to de-stress, by Angela Cardew, LimeGreen Therapy

Weddings are a happy time, but for some it can also be an added pressure on top of our day to day lives, which can become too much. Too much pressure and we find ourselves in a stressful situation which can be easily resolved by knowing how to manage it. Stress can manifest itself both physically and emotionally which can include tension headaches, insomnia, lack of energy, stiff aching limbs, irritability, lack of concentration, panic attaches, nervousness, anxiety, depression and much more. Not ideal in the run up to your big day. Essential oils can help manage stress and anxiety in a very simple way. We use our sense of smell to recognise various odours – good and bad, which can stir up strong emotional responses and quite often behavioural changes.

Essential Oils

Here are a list of ‘safe’ essential oils that can be used at home for dealing with added pressure/ anxiety and stress: Lemon, Sandalwood, Lavender, Patchouli, Grapefruit, Geranium, Cardamon, Neroli, and Ylang Ylang. All essential oils should be used with care. They should always be added to carrier oil and never be applied neatly to the skin without advice from a qualified Aromatherapist.


The most luxurious way of using essential oils is in the bath. They can be added to relieve muscular aches and pains, assist restful sleep, or for sheer pleasure! Run the bath first, then after

tuning the taps off, add five to eight drops of essential oil, and ensure you agitate the water to disperse the oils before entering. In a foot bath, use warm to hot water in a bowl, add three to five drops of essential oil and soak feet for five to 10 minutes.


This is a wonderful way to lighten and brighten a room. Fill a vaporiser or burner bowl with enough water to last the duration of the candlelight, and then add four to eight drops of essential oil for an average room. For a large room, use 10 – 15 drops and for an extended room you may require more than one burner.


There are many benefits to having an aromatherapy massage; some of the essential oils are absorbed into your skin and bloodstream during a massage but much of the essential oils are inhaled and absorbed through the mouth and nose combining physiological and psychological interaction on the body. To find a qualified Aromatherapist in your area go to www.ifparoma.org or www.fht.org.uk . www.limegreentherapy.co.uk angela@limegreentherapy.co.uk 07906 127940

Work up to that radiant glow, glossy hair and perfect look, by James Parker of Asembo

It’s never just about the big day is it? You should start with a series of facials in the weeks before the event in order to guarantee that radiant glow

on the day. For example, we include a full body massage treatment to take care of the knots in your shoulders and remove some of the tension that comes with any wedding; and as the day approaches we then concentrate on manicures and pedicures establishing which Jessica colours will coordinate best with your dress and Mii make-up. A series of hairstyle consultations in the weeks before will ensure that you’re happy with how you will look on the day and a full dress rehearsal will tie all the elements together. In preparation for what follows the big day we have the Honeymoon Preparation Package which includes a series of hip and thigh treatments, skin brushes and scrubs and a detoxifying massage. All this in the tranquility of our beauty treatment area where we’ll also provide you with some bubbly and sandwiches if you’re with us over lunch.” Asembo, 01780 765337

Tips on nutrition and exercise so you will look a fabulous bride, by fitness trainer Judith Ewing

Three months before - If you have not exercised before and want to fit into your wedding dress beautifully, this is the time to introduce exercise. Start with a 30 minute walk four times a week, and some gentle conditioning exercises for arms and abdominals. Just some bicep curls and tricep dips will tone up the arms. If you do not have weights, use a water bottle or canned food. Add in some sit-ups with legs bent lying on the floor and aim to be able to do 30 repititions or until you can not do any more - work to failure. Six weeks before wedding - Step up the walk to a very fast pace, so that if you walked any faster you would be jogging. Increase your repetition on your arm and abdominal work. No need to be lifting heavy weights. If you push yourself a little more with more reps, your body will react nicely. Eat three meals a day and make the breakfast and lunch carbohydrate. The evening meal should be non carbohydrate and light so meat, vegetables and salad. The last meal of the day should be before 6pm if possible. Two weeks before wedding - Keep up the exercise of four times a week and if you would like to lose a few more pounds switch to a carbohydrate-free diet. This should only be done for a maximum of two weeks, but you can potentially lose 3-4lbs. Your body will get the energy required from the protein and sugar in your diet: yoghurt and fruit, salad and a light dinner of meat, fish, vegetables or salad. Remember alcohol is loaded with carbohydrate so try and avoid. You can enjoy a drink on your wedding day! Judith Ewing specialises in bride to be personal training. Visit judithewingfitness.com for further information or call 07771 866123

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Feature /// Great Walks

A Stamford stroll

Enjoy Stamford’s architecture and a decent leg stretch by the Welland before a drink in a fine beer garden Words & Photography: Will Hetherington THE ROUTE:

Park in the Crown car park, located at the western end of Broad Street. You are welcome to park here on the understanding you stop for a drink on the way back or on the way out. If it’s full, there are several public car parks in town. Head east along Broad Street passing stunning Browne’s Hospital, founded by wealthy local cotton merchant William Browne in 1483. If you are lucky you might be able to pop in and see the inner sanctum of what must be one of the grandest almshouses in the UK. Don’t get distracted for too long though because you have a decent walk ahead. When you get to the end of Broad Street follow the road round to the right (on to Star Lane) and then turn left on to St Paul’s Street. Pass the impressive Stamford School Chapel on the left and enjoy all the honey-coloured stone buildings en route. Keep walking straight on at the traffic lights and take the second exit on the miniroundabout, keeping the old buildings of Stamford Hospital on your left. Carry straight on at the Morrison’s roundabout and look out for the right turn down a track shortly after the Volkswagen garage. This takes you down to Hudd’s Mill and the countryside beyond. Stay on the track, and pass through the gate at the end, bringing you out into a field which is often used for sheep grazing. Carry straight on over this field and you will reach a small footbridge over the gurgling clear waters of the River Gwash, which is a perfect pit-stop for the dog on a hot day. When you resume the path you will quickly come to a gateway on the right just before another bridge over an old dry riverbed. Go through this gateway and follow the long winding path for the best part of a mile as it tracks the River Welland on the right, and Uffington Park spreads out across the hill on your left. With plenty of overhanging trees there is a natural corridor which adds a little something

extra to the walk. And dogs just love investigating down the banks on either side. You will eventually come to a gate on the north side of the impressive stone bridge over the Welland just below Copthill School between Uffington and Barnack. Look out for on-coming traffic and cross the bridge before taking a right turn through a gate in the hedge. From here follow the footpath signs until you get on to another raised walkway running through the trees on the south side of the Welland, with the railway on your left. You will have to keep an eye on the dog here because the railway is not fenced off. There are only a couple of trains an hour so it’s safe enough as long as you stay aware. Occasional glimpses of Burghley House to the south punctuate the route as you take this peaceful path back towards town. When you reach the end of the path turn right and head straight back over the Welland and back up the track to the Morrison’s roundabout. But don’t walk back the way you came because you will miss St Leonard’s Priory, which is said to be the oldest building in Stamford. From here head back into town along St Leonard’s Street, which used to house some of the worst Victorian slum tenements in Lincolnshire but has moved on a bit since then. Then head back to the Crown for that well-earned drink.


Down by the river on the north side this is dog heaven with rabbit holes and sniffing areas galore. There are plenty of opportunities for a dip and a drink. Obviously it’s restricted in town but the dog will thank you in the long run. You may encounter a few sheep but there is plenty of free running on the stretches either side of the river.

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ESSENTIAL INFORMATION Where to park There are plenty of car parks in town. You can park in The Crown as long as you pop in for a drink.

School Chapel, the natural corridors either side of the Welland, the bridge at Copthill and St Leonard’s Priory.

Distance and time Five and a quarter miles, two hours.

Lowlights This walk does start in town, which isn’t always ideal for the dog, but it’s worth it for the sumptuous stone architecture.

Highlights Browne’s Hospital, Stamford

There are probably 10 minutes alongside quite busy roads on Priory Road and St Paul’s Street. Refreshments Enjoy The Crown’s hospitality, or you could stop in The Tobie Norris or the King’s Head if you can’t wait to wet your whistle and have a bite to eat.

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The rows of independent specialist shops (and a great pizza and pint at the Tobie Norris) on St Paul’s Street heading out towards Stamford School Chapel; The Crown Hotel in Red Lion Square; the stone bridge over the River Welland at Copthill, near Uffington; plenty of time once you’re out of town to let the dog off the lead in the countryside.

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Feature /// Sportsman’s Dinner

Saffron Lounge Before they set off to run in the London Marathon, Dean and JT head to Uffington to load up on carbs at the village Indian. Dean What’s the perfect pre London Marathon meal that’s sure to ensure we’re in tip-top shape for the big race JT? JT An Italian for some pasta for that perfect carbohydrate boost? Dean – No, a curry. A spot that I’ve driven past countless times, yet never actually stopped off at, the Saffron Lounge in Uffington. JT I’ve also gone past it loads of times on my long training runs. It’s always near the end of my run and the smell of Jalfrezi and sight of loads of people in the window snapping poppadoms and drinking lager normally makes me want to jack it all in, and pop in for a bite to eat. Dean It’s a great menu, and one of the attractions is the superb value on offer. For just £9.95, you get a starter, main meal, rice, naan, and side dish, with all items chosen off the menu and freshly cooked to order. JT I had the Royal Mix for starter, which is lamb tikka, chicken tikka, onion bhaji and a seekh kebab.

Dean Sounds fit for a king JT. Pity Kate Middleton doesn’t come included as well. I had the aloo chat, a cracking potato dish with lashings of fresh coriander. JT I hope the aloo chat was better than your chat Dean. Main meal for has to be a chicken Jalfrezi, mainly just for the chillies. They’re supposed to improve your metabolism you know, so it was the perfect way to ensure I was on fire on Sunday. Dean I’m pretty sure you were on fire elsewhere as well JT. It made sure I stayed in front of you on pre-race training run the day after. I went for the high protein route of a flavoursome Tandoori Mixed Grill. And I love the fact it comes out in flames! JT We needed some sag aloo on the side. Spinach is bound to be good for marathon running. Popeye was pretty fit, although Olive Oil wasn’t much kop! Dean Tandoori Potatoes for my side dish. As I said earlier, the perfect marathon preparation. Carbohydrate heaven. JT You love your spuds Dean, and with the

mushroom rice there should be more than enough carbs. You’d be sprinting round the 26 miles after that lot. Dean You certainly get plenty for your money, it’s a real bargain. You normally find with these type of deals that the quality suffers but not here, the food is top draw. JT I couldn’t agree more, I was well impressed with the quality and quantity, and most of all, the price. I’m starting to sound like you Dean and your thrifty ways. Dean Overall, the Saffron Lounge is well worth making the effort to drive to, or get a cab to. The atmosphere is good, waiters friendly, and the quantity of the food would satisfy the largest of appetites. With the quality and price also being excellent, it’s certainly a venue I’ll be visiting again. I dare say the Uffington Cricket team may make the odd appearance on a Sunday evening as well.

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Feature /// Great runs

Wing and Lyndon loop Alexa Cutteridge heads from Wing to Lyndon and back enjoying the fantastic Rutland scenery STARTING WITH YOUR back to the Kings Arms Inn in Wing head over the road and down the hill, turning right at the junction with Bottom Street. Climb over the stile on your left and make your way along the field boundary to the bottom of the hill. Turn right to walk parallel with the railway. Cross the railway at the first gated crossing with care and turn right to continue to the corner of the field and head down to the river bank to an old stone bridge. Head over the stone bridge, ignoring the footpath on your right, continuing straight ahead to join the bridleway which takes you up the field to the junction with Lyndon Road at the top of the hill. This is a long hill so pace yourself! Cross the road onto old Lyndon Lane leading down to the nature reserve and enjoy fantastic views over Rutland Water. As you approach the nature reserve make your way through the hand gate and turn right at the foot of the hill. Continue along the stone track for around 500 metres keeping Rutland Water to your left, look out for a footpath sign on the right. Turn right at the sign, pass through a kissing gate and bear left as you make your way to the top of grass field keeping the wood in front of you on your right, this is another good hill climb so pace yourself again. Go through the gate in the top corner, and opposite you will see another small gate. Go through the second gate and make your way along the fields edge (watch out for golf balls) until you reach the junction with Manton Road.

STATS WING AND LYNDON LOOP DISTANCE 5.5 miles TERRAIN Road and footpaths DIFFICULTY 4/5 (optional 4.5 mile route if required)

Cross Manton Road with care and turn left (you can turn right here for a shorter option by retracing your steps) to continue along the verge for about 200 metres until you see a bridleway sign. Turn right and follow the bridleway as it winds its way through Lyndon Wood. Bear left after passing through a field gate at the bottom of the hill and as you walk across the field you will see a gate in the hedge that will bring you out on to Church Road, Lyndon. Turn left and follow the road past the entrance to Lyndon Hall and through the village. Pass Luffenham Road and Post Office Lane and as you reach the edge of the village you will see a footpath sign on your right.

Take the footpath along an arable field, with views of Lyndon Hall to your right. On the opposite side of the field pass through a small spinney and use the stepping stones to cross a small stream. As you emerge from the spinney turn left and then follow the path around the edge of the next two fields. You will soon arrive at the old stone bridge you crossed previously. Cross the bridge and stay left as you make your way to the gates at the railway crossing. Take care crossing the railway and follow the track to the top of the hill to Morcott Road. Turn right and follow the road through the village until you reach your starting point at the Kings Arms.

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Feature /// School sports


Free football coaching YOUNGSTERS IN RUTLAND aged between eight and 16 can take advantage of a free coaching session from Leicester legends Steve Walsh and Muzzy Izzet on June 2. To get involved in the one-and-a-half hour coaching session at Catmose Sports Centre you need to register in advance by emailing confirmation to steve@legendsuk.com. All children receive a free goody bag and have opportunities for photos with Filbert the mascot, Steve and Muzzy. From 1pm, signed up “Just Play” players will be taking on Leicester City Legends to avenge last year’s defeat. Leicester City Legends already confirmed – Steve Walsh,

Muzzy Izzet, Matt Elliott, Ian Marshall, Carl Muggleton and Julian Joachim. The event precedes a mid-week football development centre being launched at Catmose, and run by Walsh and Izzet, which will be piloted for eight weeks running from June 4 to July 16 on a Tuesday night. To watch the Legends, the cost for adult spectators and under 16s will be free. There will be opportunities for photographs with the players and to win a signed shirt.  For more information contact Alex Brockbank at Catmose Sports Centre by telephoning 01572 490030.

Louis selected for England U19s

OAKHAM FINISHED OFF their hugely successful netball season with a game against a touring South African team from St John’s, Natal. There was a great atmosphere at the match with the South Africans starting with a very motivating clapping and stamping warm-up, bringing with them a chanting group of spectators. The development squad that Oakham put forward performed spectacularly, coming together as a new team very quickly and showing great potential for future netball seasons. The final score was 52-20 to Oakham.

STAMFORD SCHOOL celebrated another international call up as Old Boy Louis Grimoldby received the news that he has been selected to represent England at U19 level. Louis captained Stamford School First XV in 2011 before going on to represent England Schools. He has since been playing with Harlequins alongside fulfilling his academic ambitions at Kingston University. The news caps off a great month for Louis whose performances have drawn great acclaim from a number of sources. He has been awarded with a two year full time contract with the current Aviva Premiership Champions and has recently completed the deal with Harlequins Director of Rugby Conor O’Shea. Louis commented: “It’s a great honour and anexciting prospect taking on the French in their own back yard.” Head of rugby at Stamford School, David


Louis Grimoldby has been called up for the England U19 team

Laventure, added: “It’s another fantastic opportunity for Louis and great reward for all his hard work. “It’s great to see local lads from the School and the rugby club go on to fulfil their potential. We all hope he has a cracker of a game!”

Students in DoE Easter adventure DUKE OF EDINBURGH students from Oakham School have certainly been active during the Easter break. There were two DofE expeditions; a Gold Walking trip to Dartmoor and a Silver Cycling trip in Wales. With around 250 pupils taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh at any one time at Oakham, it’s an incredibly popular way of getting out and being active in the countryside. DofE gold section leader, Andrew Baynes, said: “The pupils faced the challenging weather conditions head-on and the groups demonstrated both admirable courage and competence. “They demonstrated excellent navigational skills in the thick fog, which lasted into the second day of the expedition. “As the fog was then replaced by freezing temperatures, groups worked tightly together and spirits were high throughout most of the expedition.”

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The Wildcats Post 16 Academy with their exam results

Record results for Wildcats WILDCATS POST 16 ACADEMY, which runs full time performing arts training for young people in the local area are celebrating after a record batch of high grade exam results. The students, who are based at the Academy building in Castle House Stamford have been working towards their LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts) Musical Theatre examinations for the past six months. The LAMDA course is run alongside their full time studies as an additional qualification to support their entrance into university and Theatre School later in the year. Among some of the successes were Stamford based students Helen Holroyd 17, Sadie Neal 16, Isobell Rowett 16 and Alice Marsh 16. Alice passed her Grade 3 whilst Sadie and Isobell achieved a Merit at the same level. Helen took her Grade 6 exam and gained a high Merit result. There were also seven Grade 7 exams taken with one Merit and six distinction grades. All students are currently working towards a

performance of the musical ‘Rent’ to be showcased at The Cresset Peterborough in May. They have also performed at prestigious venues including IndigO2 London and Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket - home of the famous ‘Phantom of the Opera’. Sadie Neal said: “I was really pleased to get a merit in my LAMDA examination. It did take plenty of hard work but it was worth it to get such a great result.’ The Wildcats Post 16 Academy still have space for September 2013 - in both Musical Theatre and Dance courses. The two year full time study allows those aged 16 and over to work towards professional qualifications whilst studying with a nationally accredited theatre school. The course has no fees for those aged 16-19 and gives those taking part the chance to perform in the West End alongside many other shows and events.  For more information go to www. wildcatstheatreschool.co.uk

Tennis team warms up THE OAKHAM SCHOOL tennis team warmed-up before their season on their recent tour to Portugal. As well as enjoying the warmer weather, they were challenged with some serious pre-season training. “Over the trip we got to experience excellent coaching and everyone’s skills improved from day one. The coaches worked hard to improve our stroke technique as well as our match play, and we got opportunities to play matches and tournaments against each other,” said pupil Victoria Svennevik. A total of 24 girls took part in the four day coaching tour at Vale do Lobo tennis club. Pupil Jenny Thorpe is hopeful that “some of

the skills we picked up will be seen next term in our matches and we’re looking forward to an excellent season of tennis!”

UCC REACH INDOOR CRICKET FINALS Uppingham Community College’s Year 7 Cricket Team recently represented Rutland in the U13 Indoor Cricket Finals which took place at Leicester. Having beaten Catmose College to qualify for the event the team travelled across and played against teams who were a year older than them. Despite this they managed to push both Lancaster Boys and Crown Hills close in the their group matches eventually losing both by narrow margins. The boys enjoyed the event and are looking forward to challenging for the finals when they get to Year 8.

TRIANGULAR CROSS COUNTRY The annual Rutland Triangular Cross Country took place recently at Oakham Rugby Club. Students from schools all over the area ran on what proved to be testing courses and conditions. JANNI FENCES FOR RUTLAND Janni Vizma represented Uppingham Community Collge at the Leicestershire and Rutland Junior Schools’ Fencing competition recently and won Silver in the Under 13 Boys category. He fenced brilliantly and was a credit to the school. Daniel Webster has qualified for the British Youth Championships Finals aer competing in Mansfield (The Samworth Church Academy) at the U16 Boys East Midlands BYC Qualifier last Saturday. He now goes to Sheffield in May at the Institute of Sport.

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Feature /// School sports

Royce boys so close to glory A SQUAD OF 10 YOUNGSTERS from Royce Rangers in Oakham travelled to Fleckney on April 14 to compete in the Fleckney Athletic Festival of Football - their first ever tournament as a team. Their first game was against Oadby Owls with George Bland starring with a hat-trick in a 3-2 win.The second game was less successful, as Royce went down 3-1 against Fleckney, although a hard fought goalless draw against Rugby Town Eagles gave them a chance of progressing. Needing a win in their final game against Lutterworth Hurricanes, Royce were unstoppable, hitting four goals from Harry Lemon, George Johnson, Max Dean and Ben Martin to go through to the quarters.

An epic encounter followed, against Oadby again, with Royce going behind but battling back to 2-2 at full time. Extra time beckoned and the Oakham boys were too strong, with Bland scoring all four in a 4-2 win that took them thought to the semi-final. Their opponents, Allexton Hawks, were much stronger and great defensive work from Tommy Sabberton and George Johnson kept Royce in the hunt. After extra time, the score was 1-1 and Allexton won on penalties. Royce squad: Max Dean, Dan Bradford, Tom Raine, George Bland, Harry Lemon, Chris Pugh, Ben Martin, Josh Sennett, George Johnson and Tommy Sabberton.


The Royce Rangers pose with their trophies at the Fleckney Athletic Festival of Football

Netball weekend in Wiltshire


The Oakham Under 18s Sevens squad

Oakham at Rosslyn Sevens OAKHAM UNDER 18s took part in Rosslyns Park Sevens, the world’s largest schools tournament of its kind. Oakham won three of its four qualifying games, enjoying strong wins over Kingswood (20-5), Blundell’s (39-24) and Dulwich (37-7). However, their hopes of making it through to the knockout stages were dashed by Portsmouth Grammar School. “With Rugby 7s being included in the Olympics from Rio 2016 it’s certainly gaining in popularity,” said former Leicester Tigers centre and head of PE at Oakham, Glenn Gelderbloom. “There were some great performances by Oakham, who gave their all despite the natural exhaustion of playing so many matches in the day.” The squad: Francis Tufail Smith, Henry Conen, William Adams, Tim Juggins, Oliver Allman, Harry Betts (captain), George Cowman, Jamie Jameson, Kevin Frohlich, Miles Uppal, Ben Lewis, Max Russell

MORE THAN 30 GIRLS from Stamford School travelled to the PGL Centre in Liddington, Wiltshire for a weekend of netball and activities. Despite the near freezing temperatures, the girls played some excellent netball, culminating in the U14A squad finishing Saturday undefeated and lying in second place, and the U14B standing in sixth place. Later on in the afternoon, the U13’s ventured out for their turn. The U13A squad also finished undefeated, and topping the results table and the U13B squad stood in fourth place in their group. The weather of Sunday morning was better, yet the conditions were still sub-zero! The U14’s were in action first, and they didn’t disappoint. The girls reached the final where they were unfortunately defeated by Saffron Walden 5, but they still came home with silver medals. Later on in the morning, the U13s were in action. The U13A squad were to battle it out for the Cup and the U13B’s for the Plate. Despite some impressive netball the U13B didn’t make the Plate final. The U13A squad won their 2 matches, and secured a place in the final against Saffron Walden 2.

Despite their best efforts, they lost 10-2, but again, to come home with a set of silver medals was a fantastic achievement. Netball coach, Cat Raitt, said: “Congratulations to all of the girls who took part in the tournament. I am so pleased that they got so far and came away with silver medals.”

CATMOSE ROWING COMPETITION Melton and Rutland schools held a secondary rowing competition for the first time last month. Teams from UCC, Catmose, Casterton, John Ferneley, Longfield and Belvoir High School took part in the event which was staged at Catmose College. Uppingham Community College students showed themselves to have tremendous potential in the event with the Key Stage 4 team winning the event and the Key Stage 3 team coming in second. Teams were made up of four boys and four girls and raced in individual and team events and have now qualified for the County finals which are taking place at Loughborough University as part of School Games finals day.

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


Stamford clinch promotion with 100% home record BY JEREMY BESWICK


ride of place, on this the last month of the season, goes to Stamford Town who clinched promotion to Midlands 2 East with a 38-12 victory over Daventry. A fitting result for their last home game and congratulations to captain Matt Albinson and all involved on yet another successful campaign. They are worthy champions. Town began the wind-affected game with their usual slowish start, conceding two pushover tries, but scores from Tom Lindley, Austin Schwarz and Chris Fletcher meant a narrow 15-12 lead at the break. Town really turned it on in the second half, playing with the slope, and some champagne rugby from the backs meant both Lindley and Schwarz went over again before Mark Taylor completed the scoring to ensure a 100% home record. A win in their last match away to Deepings and Town will break 100 points for the season. It’s not yet clear if they will compete in the North or South section of Midlands 2 East, but a league containing

Stamford, Melton and Oakham would certainly help those all-important bar receipts. Whisper it, but there’s also a chance of Peterborough joining them. What of their prospects in a higher league? “We’re a young side and this squad won’t be at its best for another 18 months”, said Albinson, “and it can only help develop our game to be playing competitive fixtures every week”. Ironically, evidence of that potential came in a defeat, 43-19 to Scunthorpe in the cup. “We were playing a National 3 side 29 places above us” said Matt. “Apart from getting caught in the headlights in the first quarter we matched them every step of the way”. Oakham played only once, their game with Coalville being postponed again due to the latter’s cup commitments. Bakewell were the visitors on a sunny April 13 as a party mood prevailed with the away supporters in fancy dress. First time I’ve stood in the gents next to a crocodile, an event which led to me missing a first minute try. Although showing some

rustiness after a long layoff, and some indiscipline which twice saw penalties moved forward for back-chat, tries from Tom Burton, Adam Price, Joe Lunn, Will Armstrong and Adam Stimson saw them 29-10 ahead at half time. After a worrying wobble in the second half which included two yellow cards – referee Jeremy Brooks commented “I thought Oakham were going to throw it away at one stage” – more scores from Lunn, Burton and Stimson saw them home 48-24 to keep up the momentum. It remains to be seen if this was the last match at the old ground, but if so it was a suitable farewell. One more win and that play-off spot is theirs. Alas, it seems they will be playing the tie away as the other contenders currently have a higher win percentage. A bit hard to take, as had Sleaford not dropped out of the league it probably wouldn’t be that way. Nevertheless, as chairman Simon Harries said “Whatever happens, it’s been a great season”. Stamford College Old Boys lost 7-12

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away to Aylestone Athletic after the home team’s heroics to clear the pitch of snow, making this the only fixture played that day in Leicestershire. A really close match settled by a last-minute try, but at least a bonus point for the College. Next up were fellow strugglers Corby. In what captain Carl Walker called “a brutal encounter” College did their chances of avoiding bottom spot a power of good with a narrow 12-10 win, with the only successful conversion of the match proving to be the difference. New coach John Duncan will be looking to regroup in the close season, but things have improved of late. “We’ve had a more stable squad in the past couple of months”, said Carl. I think he meant in terms of personnel, rather than mental health, but you never know. Deepings progressed to the final of the Hunts & Peterborough Cup with a 43-17 win over Peterborough Lions Seconds where they will meet St Ives. It must have come as a welcome relief from their current poor league form - twice defeated, narrowly 29-34 at home to Stockwood Park and 11-31 away to Northampton Casuals. “It’s been an indifferent season” said captain Dan Hainsworth, “but we’re in transition. Some of the older guys have retired and it takes time for the younger

ones coming in to gel. Hopefully next year will be a truer reflection of our capabilities”. Away from the leagues, a one-off fixture of Leicestershire versus Melton Mowbray was played in honour of Melton’s centenary year. Leicestershire, featuring seven Oakham players, running out easy 45-10 winners. So, as the season draws to an end we inevitably turn to the awards section and those golden envelopes. After much heated debate in several local hostelries the committee (me) has decided the following. Nominations in the coveted and fiercely-fought “best pie” category are Stamford Town for its beef and onion and Oakham. A close-run thing but by a prop forward’s neck it has to go to Kirsty Rook’s chicken and mushroom (and before you ask, no I didn’t eat all the pies). Best blooper candidates include the Northampton Men’s Own player who managed to punch his own team mate in a driving maul, but the prize goes to Daventry for a true “defeat from the jaws of victory” moment. Only needing to keep possession at the scrum, last play having being called, they were penalised for not putting the ball in straight, Deepings then scored to win 28-27. Most improved unit over the season – admittedly from a low base – has to be

Oakham’s scrum, now approaching something resembling competence after coaching by Matt Hampson. No award ceremony is complete without a wardrobe malfunction and, although run close by the referee (you know who you are) who wore bright red boots with light blue socks, this year’s best was from Stourbridge Lions who turned up to play Stamford Town in the same kit as the home side. The choice of player of the season will be controversial, probably even among his own team mates, but for being ridiculously committed, barking mad and just bloody unmissable, the award goes to the glorious loose cannon that is Oakham’s Carel Fourie. Don’t let it go to your head son, but a few more brain cells and you might have played for the Boks. Carel even managed to extract some of his coach’s teeth during training, for pity’s sake. And finally, it may at first seem perverse not to award team of the season to Stamford Town, but not even they can match the recipient’s record of winning all their games bar one. I also know they are gallant enough not to object. Step forward eight-wins-out-of-nine Deepings Ladies and take a bow. See you next season and thanks for all the fun.

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Mixed fortunes for Rutland sides BY SIMON COOPER


o, the world turns and we reach the penultimate despatch from the hockey front-line this season. A paying supporter (if there were such a thing) would certainly have got their money’s worth watching Rutland’s Mens 1st XI over recent weeks. In their final four scheduled league fixtures, a whopping 30 goals were shared with various opposition, in a neat 15/15 split. Added to that a couple of high-scoring rearrangements and they finished the season having pleased the eye but sat marooned in fourth spot in Division 3NW. Over in the Ladies leagues, it has been nervous times for Rutland’s 1st XI, as they sought promotion into the East system in their second season in the Cambs Premier Division. A 1-1 draw with an established and streetwise Newmarket XI, whilst fellow pace-setters Wisbech Town were sharing the spoils with the keen young things of Cambridge University, had looked to put Rutland in pole position going into the final few games. It was one of those funny kinds of points for the Rutlanders, who utterly dominated the first 35 minutes and should have been more than one in front, but were then

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clinging on for dear life at the end following a couple of injuries. Life was much simpler the following weekend, when a Spalding side which have struggled all season were welcomed into Uppingham, soundly beaten 5-0 and sent back on their way to the Lincolnshire flatlands. That set up the visit of Cambridge University nicely, and all was looking rosy for Rutland as they repeatedly penetrated a disorganised backline in the opening minutes. Despite the ease of the approach work, something was going awry in front of goal though, with chances missed, posts hit, balls being cleared off the line and all sorts. Then, the sucker punch, as an own goal meant our local lasses were somehow behind. It couldn’t be the same story in the second half, could it? Watching with the same grim fatalism that many other Arsenal followers will share, it could and it was. After having a goal at the right end disallowed, the Rutland girls were caught on the break to face an uphill task. Although a late Anne Pollock goal gave them a glimmer, they could not snatch anything else from the game, despite a string of late short corners.

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The Easter weekend gave a chance for reflection, or for the nerves to set in, ahead of a double-header of away matches from which Rutland needed to secure maximum points to guarantee the League crown. A trip to Huntingdon was Saturday’s engagement, to play a side that they had comfortably beaten earlier in the year. Shorn of several regulars, it could have been a tricky fixture, but the youngsters that had made the trip stepped up admirably, and in the moments when things didn’t go quite to plan, Katie Richardson was always on hand to avert any danger. Prompted by her considered passes from deep, Issy Chedd and Rachel Richardson grew into the game and started putting things together in the final third. Alice Page, a constant thorn in the home side’s defence, took advantage after a quarter of an hour, plonking one high into the left corner to give the visitors the lead. A tap-in second followed after half-time afer neat approach work down the right wing, before Page completed her hat-trick with a twist and wallop from the left hand angle. With three points in the bag, the Rutlanders were able to ease off and start thinking about the big one the following day.

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Trials and tribulations BY JULIA DUNGWORTH


ast month saw Geoff Bridges from Wittering making the long drive north to ride in the famous Kiplingcote Derby in East Yorkshire. The Kiplingcote Derby first ran in 1519, making this 495th annual running of the race – the longest running race in the country, and nearly all of its original rules still stand, including that if the race is not run one year then it must never be run again. One year a lone farmer lead his horse through the four (country) mile course through massive snowdrifts to keep the race going. Geoff luckily had better conditions and the spectators came out in droves to see the field of 13 gallop round the country, with Geoff finishing a very respectable second on his steed Eeyore, just behind Carolyn Bales on Woteva, a horse that has run under rules before. Geoff was rightly thrilled and will be looking to try and take the spoils next year. Burghley Pony Club ran its Eventer Trial on April 1 at Grange Farm Equestrian after having to cancel the annual Hunter Trial at Burghley Park. The day finally saw some good weather, although it was a little on the chilly side

with the odd flake of white stuff still loitering, but the class was still oversubscribed and throughout the day saw nearly 80 rounds. Georgia Kirkman had an amazing day winning class one and two, then also came third in the final class riding Michael Dungworth’s hunters. Belton Horse Trials near Grantham again had a successful competition, seeing 800 competitors round its formidable track, with the CIC3 being won by English-based Italian rider Vittoria Panizzon on Borough Pennyz. She dominated the section of 113 riders, with three in the top 10! It wasn’t a great day for the Brits with Oliver Townend being the highest placed at fourth and the only one in the top 10! On the same weekend the Atherstone held their point-to-point at Clifton-onDunsmore, where an extraordinary performance was put in by Space Mission, who in the opening Hunt Members contest was easing into the lead with a circuit to go and ground to a sudden halt, gifting his two rivals a 20-length lead. His jockey Sam Davies-Thomas motivated him back to a go and managed to claw his way back to victory. Apparently

he is slightly prone to doing this at home, so it wasn’t a great shock. The Quorn also held their annual gate jumping competition at Vale View Equestrian near Melton Mowbray, with £500 to the winner. It was again a fierce competition, won by John Roberts on Archie. Angus Smales was also competing there and had driven home especially from Burnham Market Horse Trials to compete. He didn’t seem best chuffed not to have won. When I asked why, answering in a slightly northern accent, he said: “Cos my ‘orse didn’t jump ‘igh enough”. You can’t say fairer than that! Don’t forget the Fitzwilliam Milton Hunt point-to point is being held at Dingley on May 18 at 2pm; it should be a great day out for families and friends so why not pop along and see for yourself. That just leaves me to wish our local Badminton competitors good luck. We have Richard Jones and Simon Grieve both from Rutland flying the local flag. Also, Brogan Cranfield is contesting in the Badminton Grassroots competition on the Thursday. Please watch out for them and give them a big cheer if they gallop past you.

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Crunch time for the Daniels BY DEAN CORNISH


t has been a mixed month for Stamford AFC as the Daniels try and end their season with promotion to the Evo Stik Premier Division. After a disastrous March that put paid to the Daniels’ title dreams, Wayne Hatswell’s men bounced back at the start of the month with a superb 4-1 home win over title chasing King’s Lynn, who had been unbeaten since the start of the year. Few had predicted such a fluid and fine performance, but pleasingly this was then followed up by another great performance to gain a draw at home against league leaders Coalville Town. Few would doubt that the Daniels should have won that game, leading fans to believe a fine run-in was ahead as they tried to secure third spot in the league and, with it, a home play-off semi-final. Unfortunately, those two impressive performances were followed by a disappointing 2-1 defeat away at the world’s oldest football club, Sheffield FC. However, the Daniels got back to winning ways on April 16 with a professional 8-0 home win over the league’s whipping boys, financially hamstrung Hucknall Town. That game saw Ricky Miller bag five goals, bringing his tally up to 27 for the season in just 25 starts. The play-off semi-


Ryhall (in yellow and black) remain mid-table following a 2-0 defeat by Stamford Bels

finals will take place on May Bank Holiday Monday. Make sure you support the Daniels in what could be a classic encounter. Check the Active Twitter feed (@theACTIVEmag) for details of location and opponents! Meanwhile in the United Counties League, Blackstones’ form doesn’t look close to improving. Dave Stratton’s side lost 8-3 to high-flyers St Ives Town and then lost a local derby against Deeping Rangers 2-0 at the start of the month. Tuncay Korkmaz’s Deeping side are pushing for a top-four finish which would confirm their position as the local area’s second best non-league side. Blackstones, though, are battling to avoid finishing second from bottom and going down with already relegated Irchester United.

Just three points separate seven sides at the foot of the table so Dave Stratton’s side will need to improve their form if they’re to avoid a last day of the season bun-fight with Long Buckby to avoid relegation. In the Peterborough league, Oakham United have had a great April on the field with impressive wins over Crowland Town, King’s Cliffe, and a 4-1 away win at Rutland rivals Uppingham Town. The run of good form puts Andy Saddington’s men back in pole position for a top-four finish in the Premier Division. Sad news, though, for Oakham United this month with the news of the death of former chairman and local football legend, Barry Clarke, who did so much to help Oakham United progress as a club. In the same division, Uppingham have lost their last two games as they try and finish in the top half. In Division One, the Stamford Bels are in a relegation dog-fight after another poor run of form. The Bels have lost their last three games, including a 2-0 derby win against Ryhall United, a 3-0 defeat at King’s Lynn and a 7-1 hammering for their depleted ranks against Macca Sports. Ketton and Ryhall remain in mid-table, but with Ketton’s games in hand, they could yet finish the season in the top six.

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Extraordinary final weekend In one of the most extraordinary finals weekends in the club’s 22-year history, Stamford bowlers turned in a feast of excitement which provided a fitting climax to the season. Martyn Dolby dominated the championships with five titles to his name, the most remarkable of which came in the last event – the men’s fours – when paired with fellow veterans Barrie Plowman, Wally Kettle and Peter Edwards. The quartet, with a combined age of almost 290, trailed the Bailey brothers (Paul and Martin), Wayne Morris and 15-year-old Stephen Harris) 6-19 with seven ends of the scheduled 21 to go and looked to have no way back. Edwards recalls: “After 13 ends and 13 shots behind, we were seriously considering conceding the match but decided to see what happened on the next end.” A transformation emerged. Dolby’s rink recorded scores of 3-2-2-3-3-3-1 to run out winners by 23-19 in a thrilling climax to the championships. Bailey and Dolby also combined with Adam Warrington to win the mixed triples – Dolby finding a last bowl conversion to clinch it – while the former policeman claimed the men’s singles by defeating the club’s new junior champion Harris 21-8, to complete his quintet of titles.

One that eluded him, however, was the men’s pairs with outdoor national champion Warrington, where they came up against the scratch combination of Tony Barwell and Peter Cox, substituting for Bruce Acock. The turning point came with only a handful of ends remaining and Barwell and Cox trailing 10-14. Two successive four counts gave them the lead and they went on to secure a popular 23-17 victory. Other outstanding matches included the women’s singles where Christine Barnes edged home 21-19 against Shirley Suffling and the over 65 men’s singles where Alan Romaine pipped Peter Edwards 21-19.

Golf BURGHLEY PARK Burghley Park’s season in the A and B leagues of the South Lincolnshire Golf League have kicked off with the A team, led by new captain Mark Yarham, putting in a great performance to come away 4-2 winners at Sutton Bridge and get their season off to a strong start. “It’s always good to start the season with a win” said Yarham, “especially when it’s away from home. I was delighted with the commitment they showed, and we’re

determined to get back to Division 1 next year.” Yarham has a 100% record with the A team in his maiden season, with three wins in the Mail on Sunday knockout, and this one in the league. The B team, under new captain Andy Carr, were not so fortunate, hosting probably the strongest team in the B team league, Belton Park, and despite valiant efforts from the whole team they went down 4½ - 1½. GREETHAM VALLEY After almost six months of play, competitors in the winter order of merit played their final round of the series and for a change it was played in warm sunshine, a distinct change from recent snow. The winner of the 2012/13 order of merit was Steve Anderson. He had started the final day in third place, some 15 points behind the leader, but thanks to a sterling effort he came in with 37 points and, being awarded 30 points in the league table for third place, this was enough to take the title in this long and hard fought competition. Anderson said that before the start of the final round it felt like a very tough task but he stuck to his task getting off to a good start by parring the first, and dropped only four shots in his round.

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Feature /// Stalwart

Guy Walton S TA M F O R D DA N I E L S


Words /// Dean Cornish

f your first game as a supporter was watching your side win an FA Vase Cup semi-final, and you’re your next was seeing them in their first ever Wembley final, some might call you a Glory Supporter. Not if you’re still supporting that club, sweeping changing rooms and working all hours in support of its youth policy almost 40 years later though, and that’s the case with Stamford AFC’s Guy Walton. Having first been introduced to the club through family connections (grandfather a player and mother a keen fan), Guy first fell in love with The Daniels as a young lad watching the aforementioned winning FA Vase semifinal away at Friar’s Lane Old Boys in 1976. You can always tell a true fan if they’re still disgruntled about a decision 40 years later and that’s the case with Guy, who is still adamant that Dick Walpole was onside, and the Daniels never should have lost to Billericay in the final at Wembley later that year.

Every fan’s dream is to actually play for the club they support, and Guy was lucky enough to play a couple of seasons at Wothorpe Road having first been invited to train with the team at the age of 15 by Malcolm Hird. After a broken ankle ended Guy’s playing days at the age of 32, he started a youth set-up for Stamford AFC that’s now the envy of many a larger clubs. The first ‘Young Daniels’ team was an under-16 side back at the start of this century, and now through Guy’s watchful eye the club puts out boys’ sides from under-7 to under-18 age group level, as well as a very successful girls’ under-16 team. While many youth set-ups are obsessed with trophies and selling players to professional sides, Guy sees the dream as being able to educate players on and off the field so that they become disciplined, intelligent players who just love the game. Of course, player progression is also important and so far the scheme has enabled

Young Daniels to sign schoolboy forms for professional clubs and join academies at Peterborough United and Northampton Town. Also, products of the youth set up such as Seth Burkett, Jake Walton and Ben Easson have performed well for the senior side over recent years. The excellent youth set up has led to the club being awarded the FA Charter Community Award, which as well as showing the good work Guy and his team have done, has also enabled access to FA funding for the exciting new ground on Ryhall Road. As well as a home for a successful Daniels side, it will also be a true football development centre under one ‘roof’, with a real pathway for youth right from under-5s through all age groups to an under-21 side, a reserve side and to the full Stamford AFC 1st team. With a tie-up with Stamford College, the future of the club has youth at its heart and that’s all down to the hard work of Guy Walton and his team.


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