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Eat better, get fitter and find new hobbies advice for leading a healthier, more productive life ISSUE 23 // MAY 2014

STA M FOR D & RU T L A N D’S SPORT A N D L E I S U R E M AGA Z I N E

LAWN STARS Vicious, sadistic and cunning? Then croquet is the game for you!

ISSUE 23 // MAY 2014

Cricket season preview The hopes and dreams of our local teams

Classic karting

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The Manor is an out-standing period residence with a stunning façade, impressive reception rooms, and fine historic detail throughout the interior. The property dates from 1695 and its beautiful limestone frontage reflects the geometrical style typical of the period with symmetrical ranges of stone-mullioned windows set around a central porch, and a steeply pitched Collyweston slate roof. EPC Rating - Exempt

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SWAYFIELD, LINCOLNSHIRE

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Mulberry House is a superb country residence, quietly located on the edge of the village and just a step from the lovely Lincolnshire countryside that surrounds it. The substantial house is built in distinctive mellow Stamford stone and the many windows and French doors throughout make it a charming, airy and light-filled home. With the further benefit of a chlorine-free heated outdoor swimming pool, Mulberry House is a stylish and impressive village home in a lovely location. EPC Rating - C

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Dating from the early twelfth century The Old Rectory is a magnificent property with a unique historic heritage and still retains its period charm and many wonderful original features. Set in extensive gardens just minutes from the centre of Market Deeping, the property occupies the west wing of what is believed to be one of the oldest inhabited parsonages in the country. EPC Rating - Exempt

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EASTON ON THE HILL, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

£425,000

Dating from around 1700, Steps House is a charming historic property with a traditional picture-book façade and a stunning, recently renovated interior. Situated in a sunny, elevated position, the house has a pretty frontage set beneath a Collyweston slate roof and overlooks a cottage garden, whilst inside it has been carefully refurbished to create a stunning home that combines period charm and modern benefits. EPC Rating - E


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

Editor’s Letter AS I WRITE THIS, STAMFORD TOWN RUGBY Club is holding it annual mini-rugby contest, with 140 teams competing from far and wide. A fabulous event run by a fabulous club. On every other Sunday throughout the winter hundreds of boys and girls turn up at Empingham Road to play, with dozens of volunteers giving their time to coach and transport them. But it is an event, and a club, suffering unimaginable sadness for the plight of poor Seb Goold, who sustained terrible injuries after falling from a coach on the way back from a tournament in Norfolk last month, and remains in hospital in Cambridge. The nine-year old had been playing for Stamford in just such a mini-rugby tournament and it seems barely believable that such an awful thing could happen on a day filled with fun and laughter, managed by committed club members and watched by cheering parents. All we can say here at Active is get well soon Seb, and to his friends, club colleagues and everyone at Stamford: keep on going. A horrible accident, but Stamford Town is a remarkable club doing wonderful things, and long may they continue to bring joy, sport and the spirit of camaraderie to hundreds of kids.

Thanks, Steve

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Contents NEWS 14 HOW BAD IS BOOZE?

Advice from local nutritionist Imogen Shaw

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15 IN THE GARDEN More essential advice

17 COMPETITIONS

Win a £500 bike plus other great prizes

21 IT’S A KNOCKOUT Bank holiday family fun

22-23 GREAT EASTERN RUN

We’re entering... here’s how you can too

25 SPINNING CLASS

Learn how to make fabulous clothes

26 NEW RUGBY CLUBHOUSE

Work almost finished at Oakham RFC’s new home

28-29 KITBAG

More great sports clothing and equipment

31 MARTIN JOHNSON COLUMN

The Sunday Times writer on the play-off system

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FEATURES 32-35 HISTORIC KARTING

A cheap to enter and fun form of motorsport

36-41 CRICKET SEASON PREVIEW

A look ahead to the summer’s main local sport

42-47 CROQUET

A genteel English summer sport? Think again...

REGULARS 49 SPORTSMAN’S DINNER

Julian and Steve try out The Red Lion in Stathern

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50-51 GREAT WALKS

Will Hetherington and Ella explore around Braunston

52-53 PET ADVICE

How to pick a puppy training class

56-59 SCHOOL SPORT

Our focus on the latest achievements from local pupils

60-66 ROUND-UP

How clubs in the Stamford and Rutland area are faring

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The Quorn Hunt point to point The Quorn Hunt point to point at Garthorpe on April 27 was once again well supported. Having received special permission from the point to point authorities, the fourth race was delayed to allow for an interview with Claire Lomas. She spent the rest of the day on her quad bike signing copies of her new book.

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

OUT AND ABOUT

Picture this Up and coming illustrator Katie Cardew is beginning to make a name for herself. An old girl of Bourne Grammar, she has returned to the area to set up her business – KC Illustrations. All is going well and she is getting many commissions to depict peoples’ houses, families, wedding venues, pets and streetscapes (such as this image of Barn Hill in Stamford). Katie will be holding an exhibition of her work at the Harbour Art Gallery at Whitwell between May 13 and June 2.

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FITNESS

Back to her roots HEALTH

IBS awareness Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) can affect one in five people – mainly women - in the UK. Symptoms can include abdominal pain, constipation and/or diarrhoea (sometimes alternating between the two), abdominal bloating, excessive wind and erratic bowel habits. The cause is unclear but symptoms are oen triggered by stress or eating. Conventional medications appear to have limited benefits, but some local practitioners are offering relief. Research has shown that nutritional advice and acupuncture can help symptoms by providing pain relief and by helping with feelings of anxiety and depression. Corinne Alexander at Aquilia Acpuncture is offering a free 20-minute consultation to sufferers. To make an appointment ring 07737 172939. Alternatively visit two practitioners, Sophie Driver and Duncan Ford, from the Broad Street Practice, who are offering a package of nutritional advice and acupuncture to help target the causes. For more information and to make an appointment contact The Broad Street Practice on 01780 480889 or visit www. thebroadstreetpractice.co.uk

The new instructor at SES Sports Centre is old girl Rachel Ekins. Rachel le the High School in 2011 and has recently gained her REPS level 2 exercise and instructor qualification. She is offering private instruction to members at £20 an hour. This includes a written programme covering 4-6 weeks. Or you can have a half hour blast session for £12. Rachel has also gained her level 1 strength and conditioning qualification so is ideal to advise anyone tackling obstacle races such as the upcoming Rat Race. Or she will work with local teams to improve their general fitness. Later in the year Rachel will be setting up her own personal training business as well as carrying on working at the school. ‘My advice to anyone wishing to get fitter is consistency, consistency, consistency – just keep at it! To get the best results exercise at least three times a week and don’t give up’ is Rachel’s mantra. Rachel is at the SES sports centre, Monday-Friday evenings from 5.30-8.30 and Saturday mornings 7.30-10. There are still memberships available at the sports centre on Conduit Road. For more information contact Rachel at the gym on 01780 750050 or email her rekins@ses.lincs.sch.uk www.ses.lincs. sch.uk/sportscentre

COMPETITION

Alice’s Adventures in ... Sacrewell Sacrewell Farm is welcoming back the Cambridge Touring Theatre with its new open air show, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, on June 14. The show starts at 6pm, and gates open at 5pm for families to come and have a picnic before. The show is a wonderfully interactive tale of childhood and imagination as Alice meets the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. There’s also a prize for the family who have the best Alice in Wonderland costumes. Tickets cost £8 for an adult, £6 for a child or £25 for a family ticket. To book visit www.cambridgetouringtheatre.co.uk or ring Sacrewell on 01780 782254. Here at Active we are delighted to be able to offer a family ticket worth £25 to one lucky family. Just answer this very simple question and email your answer to sacrewell@theactivemag.com. The closing date is May 31. What is the name of the hare that Alice meets on her adventures? a) The Hare Bear b) The March Hare c) The Woolly Hare

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Activelife NUTRITION

How bad is booze? Rutland-based nutrionist and former Stamford High School pupil Imogen Shaw explains why alcohol really is the baddie I’m sorry to say it, but from a nutrition perspective, alcohol really is the baddie! You might have read that red wine is good for you because it contains lots of antioxidants or Guinness is great because of its iron content. But we can get antioxidants and iron from other much healthier and less calorific sources. Alcohol is one of the main culprits of ‘empty calories,’ which means that you are getting a lot of calories but little or no nutrition. So it isn’t something you should be having every day - or bingeing massive amounts of every weekend! Because alcohol is liquid, we oen don’t think about it having calories. But it contains 7 calories per gram. By comparison, carbohydrates (which most of us avoid like the plague if we are on a diet) contain just 4 calories per gram. And the dreaded fat is only slightly higher than alcohol at 9 calories per gram. The average wine drinker in England takes in around 2,000kcal from alcohol every month. It’s not just the calories that are a problem for our waistlines. We can’t store alcohol, so our systems prioritise getting rid of it, meaning that all of the other processes including absorbing nutrients and burning fat are interrupted. Additionally, along with drinking comes the temptation to eat unhealthy snacks and ‘hangover’ breakfasts (come on, we’ve all been there!) But don’t worry - you don’t have to give alcohol up completely. My top tip is to make sure you enjoy it as an occasional treat rather than an everyday norm! To contact Imogen or to make an appointment to visit her at her Tinwell practice go to www.shawnutrition.co.uk or 07854 252437

SAUSAGES

Tasty low fat food Carole Darlow’s family business, J D Williams based in Glatton, makes pork pies and sausages and cures ham and bacon. All lovely food but not necessarily great for the figure. “I am always dieting and joined a slimming club which encouraged us to eat low fat foods. But much of this food wasn’t that nice and I thought I could do better so set out to make a low fat sausage. We experimented with the seasoning, reduced the salt and fat content and came up with a sausage that is 2.5% fat, compared to the normal 12-14%, 65 calories – and it tastes really good,” Carole tells us. Her sausages costs £3.50 per 400g pack (6 sausages) She also makes a low fat, gluten free range and burgers too. To find out more contact Carole on enquiries@besizzled.co.uk or 01487 830247, Monday to Wednesday.

CUP CAKES

Naughty but nice Stamford has a new small business with one aim only: to create the most delicious cupcakes you’ve ever tasted! The cakes are all designed and hand-made by Ann-Marie Fountain, who has swapped her career in magazine publishing to fulfil a long-held ambition to run her own baking business. “My cakes are full of bright ideas and fun touches,” says Ann-Marie, who does all her baking at home in her kitchen. “But all the funky decoration in the world counts for nothing if the cakes themselves are not perfect. You can attract a customer once with a clever design – but if the cake underneath isn’t delicious then that customer will not come back again. So I want my cakes to be – first and foremost – simply scrummy!” Ann-Marie has been baking for more than 30 years, and has dedicated a great deal of that time to the art of the cupcake. Her cakes cater for occasions such as weddings, christenings, birthdays and anniversaries and also for all kinds of hobbies and sports. There’s plenty for the kids too, with Ann-Marie’s imaginative cake pops and unique ice-cream cone cupcakes proving a hit for children’s parties. Cupcakes can be ordered for home delivery in Stamford, Peterborough or surrounding villages – check out www. facebook.com/annmariescupcakes.co.uk or email annmarie.fountain@ btinternet.com, or phone 07795 431464. Alternatively you can visit Ann-Marie at her Saturday stall on Peterborough city market, or see her at the Stamford Victorian cricket festival on June 8.

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GROW YOUR OWN

Allotment corner May is the month to really start sowing and planting. The soil has warmed up and started to dry out so conditions should be ideal. Remember if you are planting fast maturing crops, sow them little and oen to prevent the glut/famine cycle. Sow shorter rows 10 to 14 days apart to maintain a constant supply for a longer period. Sow courgette and squash seeds in the greenhouse to bring on, or later in the month buy small seedlings (lots usually available on the market or garden centres) to plant directly as they will already have been hardened off. Plant onion sets and sow vegetables such as broccoli, runner and French beans and plant out tomato seedlings. Keep a close eye on strawberries and protect from marauding birds. Fertilise vegetable beds, keep the weeds down and hopefully enjoy the bulk of your asparagus crop this month – what could be more rewarding and delicious?

NATURE

If you go down to the woods today... When you’re out in the woods do you always recognise the trees or do you struggle to identify them? See if you can spot these two next time you’re out and about…

In the garden this month Ne’er cast a clout ‘til May be out – an old English proverb which runs very true in gardening terms as well. It’s very tempting to put your tender annuals and bedding plants out too early and get the patio pots all planted up, but, beware, late frosts in May are not uncommon and young, tender shoots can be ‘nipped in the bud’ literally. So keep an eye on the weather forecasts. Cold weather withstanding May is the month of rapid growth which gives clear signs that summer is approaching in gardening terms – and that means there’s lots to do! Spring bulbs are fading so now is the ideal time to li and divide overcrowded clumps. Start mowing the grass, weekly, if you’ve not already been doing so and weed beds constantly, they seem to pop up overnight and are relentless. It seems ridiculous aer the wet winter we’ve had but think about how to store rainwater for

irrigation and recycle kitchen and bath water – as long as it’s not too greasy or full of detergent. May can be a dry month so it might be necessary to water, particularly newly planted plants. A good tip is to water thoroughly once or twice a week rather than little and oen. But containers will need to be watered daily in dry spells. And now, unless you are a pacifist, is the time to wage war on slugs and snails. They love tulips, lupins, hostas – well let’s be honest, they love virtually everything - and relish delicacies like young shoots from delphiniums. Slug pellets are the answer – but make sure they are pet friendly ones. Now that the soil is warming up and things are beginning to grow rapidly, add general purpose fertiliser before covering with mulch. Aer all this is done, make sure you take time to sit in the garden to admire your handiwork and enjoy it!

SYCAMORE Another long living tree, the sycamore (pictured right) is a common deciduous tree. Part of the maple family it’s a fast grower and, because of its seeds that rotate like helicopter blades when they fall, they can pop up almost anywhere. Particularly loved by grey squirrels that can do extensive damage by stripping the bark.

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GARDENING

HAWTHORN Also known as the May flower as it flowers in May and June. It oen grows in hedgerows and gives a beautiful display of white, heavily scented flowers at this time of year. Very long living, specimens have been found up to 700 years old. Hawthorns are hermaphrodites both sexes are present in one flower. Their fruit are the familiar ‘haw’.

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Activelife

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

RELATIONSHIPS: Has yours got what it takes to succeed?

// Edited by Sandie Hurford

The sweetest choice Over one third of women would rather have chocolate than a kiss from their other half. A survey commissioned by Tesco Chocolates shows that while just 21% of men would make the choice, one in three women would forego romance for a sweet treat. Unfortunately for men living in the West Midlands, their ladies were deemed to be the most likely to sacrifice a smooch, with 36% stating that they would rather have chocolate. The North West, Scotland, and Wales all closely followed behind, with one in three all stating a

preference for confectionery over romance. However, all is not lost – the people of Northern Ireland have been revealed as the UK’s great romantics, with only 5% saying they would give up a kiss with their partner. Stuart Shaw, confectionery category manager for Tesco, said: “We already knew that the UK loves chocolate, but it has come as a big surprise to us how many people would choose it over a special moment with a loved one. Perhaps we all just need a little more romance in our lives – and what better way to say it than with chocolates?”

Aiming high Height is the biggest sex factor, according to a survey by High and Mighty, the clothes retailer for big and tall men. Over 1,400 male and female respondents of all heights and sizes participated in the study, giving an insight into attitudes relating to height, diet, relationships and lifestyle. ■ 62.9% of women think tall men are sexier ■ 45.1% of men would date a woman taller than them, with 48.9% of men seeking a woman between 5’ 7” and 5’ 10” (despite the average height of a woman being 5’4”) ■ Women agree that height is the most important physical attribute

of a man followed by grooming and fashion sense ■ 71.1% of women want their men between 6’ 0” and 6’ 6” ■ 32.8% of women believe tall men are happier than short men ■ 62.1% of women believe ‘Short Man Syndrome’ does exist Scientific research indicates that man has grown by four inches in the last century, with the typical height now being 5’10”, whilst women have only grown by one and a half inches in the same time, with the average height being just over 5’4”. Asked what physical attributes of a man women deemed most important, height beat grooming and fashion sense to the top spot.

Divorce rate soars The number of divorces in the UK may sky-rocket in 2014 if the second half of 2013 is anything to go by, according to one online divorce firm that saw a 36% increase in couples wanting divorces in the second half of the year, compared to 2012. The improving economy, rising house prices and the Help To Buy Scheme are all helping couples, many of whom have been stuck

together in miserable relationships because of the recession, to part their ways. Mark Keenan, managing director of Divorce-online, says: “The long recession artificially kept the divorce rate down as people were forced to stay together, but they are now able to go their separate ways and 2014 will be the year that the divorce rate rises in my opinion.”

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Divorce for over-60s needn’t be the end of the world

DIVORCE IN YOUR 60s: A happy ending? According to the Office of National Statistics, we’re seeing a year-on-year increase of divorce in couples over the age of 60. No longer is there a stigma attached to getting divorced, especially at an older age. The over-60s of today are likely to be more worldly and open-minded in their views. Lindsay Jones, head of family law at Manchester-based Ultimate Law Solicitors, offers her advice on divorcing in your 60s: “Many of the women I see have had careers and worked for much of their married life. They’ve contributed financially to their marriage and have pensions to fall back on. No longer is there the worry that if they divorce their husbands, they won’t have any financial independence,” she says. “In the first instance – whatever the situation – I would always advise my clients to really assess whether or not to stay in the marriage. “Sometimes taking the plunge into the unknown is scarier than staying in a loveless marriage. Many people now in their 60s married at a young age and really know no different than to

live together, despite their misery. “I see many common trigger points for divorce in older people and the main one is ‘empty nest syndrome’. Their children have le home, got married and maybe have children of their own. They feel that their duty to stay together has come to an end. The one last thing they had in common – the children – no longer needs them. “A lot of my clients cite that they feel stifled or suffocated and have outgrown the marriage. However, many people do get sucked into the ‘romanticism’ of thinking that if they walk out of their marriage, a world of exotic travel and new love is just around the corner. Yes, this may be true for a small minority, but in reality, divorce at any age can be very stressful and lonely. “Always consider how oen you see your children or grandchildren. Do you have a good support system and plenty of friends nearby to keep you occupied? Divorce can be liberating, but when it’s later on in life, there must be other options too, to keep life fulfilled and meaningful.

“I know a lot of women who, aer caring for their family for many years, begin re-training in careers or study for degrees. “The world has opened up to them, especially in the digital age where finding new interests is as easy as turning on a computer. These ‘silver surfers’ are also becoming pros at online dating, giving their younger counterparts a run for their money! “Taking the decision to leave a marriage is traumatic at any age – it’s a process that needs to be moved through, but one that will hopefully achieve your goal in the end. Practically, it’s about halving your assets to ensure that there is sufficient capital to go round and fund two households. “Always run everything past your solicitor and ensure you understand every step of the process. Enjoying your life aer the age of 60 is integral to good health and wellbeing, as well as evolving as a person. Make your time count and enjoy these golden years!”

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Acupuncture treats a wide range of conditions such as back pain, migraines and tension type headaches. It can safely be combined with conventional Western medicine either to help improve outcomes or to help with possible side effects of medication. Acupuncture offers a safe and holistic approach to health and well-being. All treatments are tailored to the needs of the individual rather than a “one size fits all” approach.

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HEALTH

Westside expansion Westside Health and Fitness Club in Stamford has opened a new outside fitness area. Westside OUTSIDE features a range of facilities: monkey bars, climbing ropes, tyre flips, battling ropes and Kettlebells plus a host of other bodyweight exercises to help to make fitness fun. Club manager Duncan McSporran said: “Outdoor fitness is really popular at the moment – with so many people now taking part in activities such as the Rat Race, ToughMudder and BootCamps this type of gym-based training is ideal preparation for those type of events. “Westside OUTSIDE will be catering for all levels of fitness so anyone will be able to come along and have a go regardless of fitness levels.”

LEISURE

FUN AND GAMES

It’s a knockout! Fancy a bit of fun and team work on Bank Holiday Monday? If so, Peterborough Town Sports Club is holding an It’s a Knockout Competition on May 5. Teams are made up of 10 and must be either Junior aged 14-18 or senior for those over 18. The cost is £10 per person. There are 10 games in total made up of giant

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inflatables and obstacles with foam and water added to make it more fun! There will be a bbq, bar and refreshments. Registration is at 11.45am with the games kicking off at 12.15pm. Book in advance by ringing Gareth on 01733 262202 or Amanda on 07793 025209.

EVENT

Music in the park Grab yourself a picnic and head down to Wistow Hall near Market Harborough on June 7 to enjoy an open air charity concert featuring music from The upBeatles (a Beatles tribute band) and award winning Hathern Brass Band, followed by a fabulous firework display in front of the hall. The concert is supporting LOROS and HOPE against Cancer. Gates open at 5.30pm. For more details and how to book tickets visit www.wistow.com

Manor Grove Spa is only six months old and has already outgrown its current premises. They are leaving their current spot in Harringworth and have relocated to smart new premises in Bulwick that are larger and more luxurious. The converted barn, 2 Millers Barn, Bulwick, has on site parking and plenty of space. Going from strength to strength Manor Grove is a treatment spa that specialises in skin, body and massage therapies. Unique to the spa is the Tai stone massage, nowhere else in the UK offers this treatment which is a blend of Thai and Swedish techniques that promote relaxation, eases tension, muscle pain and tightness. Open every day, to make an appointment visit www.manorgrovespa.co.uk or ring 01572 490570.

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

Month 1: getting the right footwear I watched the London Marathon last month and was inspired. I decided it was time to don my trainers again aer a long gap and get a little more ‘active. ’ I’ve run the Paris marathon a couple of times in the past (much to the disbelief of many when I tell them) but my 26 miles days are well and truly over, not that they ever really began. But 13 miles is achievable and with one of the great half marathons, the Perkins Great Eastern Run on our doorstep it made sense to jump in at the deep end and sign up. So that’s just what I’ve done, and if I’m going to suffer then my girlfriend Lucy is too! We can run together and moan together – the perfect recipe for domestic harmony…. Lucy has run for years, and will oen pop out for a quick run. I can’t actually remember the last time I did the same, so if I’m going to make it round then I’ll need some help. First stop…new trainers. Having the correct pair of trainers is vital. Especially if like us you’ll be out running at least a couple of times a week and building up to a big event, and my trainers were in a shocking state. So rather than taking the gamble of buying trainers online, picking a pair because you like the colour, or they’re on offer, it made sense to go somewhere where they know trainers inside out, literally. So Lucy and I headed off to Advance Performance in Peterborough (www. advanceperformance.co.uk), where Mike, a self confessed trainer geek, admitted to taking pleasure in knowing everything about every trainer in stock, which is exactly what you need to make sure you get the right pair. Armed with the latest technology Mike had me running on one of the three treadmills in the store, initially in a pair of neutral trainers. This showed him my running style and confirmed that I over pronate, which means I have an inward roll of my foot whilst running. Armed with this knowledge, Mike was then able to pick out a selection of trainers to attempt to correct the issue. We went through a good few pairs…each one requiring another jog on the treadmill so my fitness levels are already improving. I’m very glad I didn’t get anywhere near the record of 26 pairs! Aer five or six pairs he was confident my over pronation had been eliminated and I had a new pair of trainers. Lucy was up next and quick to tell Mike that she

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Chris and Lucy with their new trainers aer their sessions with Advance Performance’s Mike, who analysed their running patterns to recommend the right shoes

was normal - a claim I immediately questioned, and not just about her gait. And to my delight Mike pointed out a similar over pronation to mine. Having tried on a similar number of pairs of shoes, Mike established the right amount of correction for her too and sent her on the awkwardly imperative run around the car park in a pair to check they suited her gait. Whilst it may seem a little odd and slightly embarrassing it’s essential to make sure you’re fully happy with the trainers. Mike then picked out a couple of pairs that offered the same amount of correction but in different colours and brands for Lucy to choose

from. You need to feel comfortable in what you wear so Lucy chose the most ‘squidgy’…as Mike shook his head in despair at her distinct lack of trainer terminology. But he knew exactly what she meant. These trainers should see us both through to the marathon, with a usual lifespan of 400-600 miles. But Mike politely pointed out as I’m a ‘big lad’ mine will probably last closer to 400. He also suggested getting another pair and alternating between them to avoid running in trainers that no longer provide the necessary support. Armed with our new trainers we enlisted the help of Tim Cook from run4fun (run4fun.co.uk), who has given us both a running plan for the next month. It’s mainly a case of getting me out running to build up some fitness, with a 2-mile and a 3.5-mile run each week, whilst Lucy is simply maintaining hers – the race is on! To secure your place in the event go to http:// perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk

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The race is on... Preparations are underway for the Perkins Great Eastern Run – and here’s how you can get involved The Perkins Great Eastern Run (PGER) press launch, held at the Marriott in Peterborough last month, signalled the beginning of this year’s event that will take place on October 12th, starting at 10.30am. The launch was well attended, no doubt helped by the free sausage and bacon sarnies on offer, but it was clear to see why as event director, Annette Joyce, had plenty to tell everyone. The biggest announcement was about the half marathon’s new supported charity, BBC’s Children in Need. And locally based Anna’s Hope will become the official charity for the fun run, which this year will take the charity’s name in its title, so there were plenty of fairies on hand, including chief fairy and trustee of Anna’s Hope, Carole Hughes. Entries are already filling up, so if you want to compete don’t delay. To secure your place in the Perkins Great Eastern Run go to http://perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk

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PASTIMES

From fleece to Fair Isle It’s May, hopefully the sun is shining and it’s getting warm, so a sheep farmer’s thoughts will turn to shearing. Keep an eye out for a lot of shorn sheep in the next few weeks. But what happens to the fleeces? Sadly a sheep’s fleece is not worth a great deal to the farmer today compared to days gone by when Stamford evolved around the wool trade. But more and more people want to learn how to spin and we’ve found a woman on a mission to teach as many people as she can – Pam Austin. Pam is based in Stoke Albany and runs her own spinning school. She runs classes at Barnsdale Gardens in the autumn, weekly classes at the Allerton Centre, Loddington and also at Knauston Hall in Northants. She even runs a summer school at Uppingham School that proved very popular and is running again this year. “Many of my pupils have sheep or alpacas of their own and want to put the fleece to good use, so come to me to learn to spin, but just as many don’t and just want to learn. I teach long draw spinning which

gets much quicker results and is a method that has been in existence since the Middle Ages. My passion is to teach people to spin.” Pam is also an experienced knitter who specialises in Shetland hap shawls. She runs a weekly group – the Hap Hazards. To see Pam in action, and hopefully see some shearing as well, visit her at the Allerton Visitor Centre’s open day on 8th June. To find out more about learning to spin visit Pam’s website www.spinningschool. org or follow Pam’s blog. If you don’t have a handy sheep at home to shear you can still take up spinning as The Wool Room in Star Lane sell many different fibres on their website (www.thewoolroom.com). Most of their wool is British including all their alpaca fibres. They also offer European and merino fibres and do a lovely British alpaca and wool mix – basically everything to get you started. And if you’d like the finished product without doing the spinning, pop into the shop and have a look at their lovely blankets and bedding.

SPORT

King’s Cliffe gets Active Aer eight years planning and five years building, the village’s £1.7 million sports ground has opened fully this spring. King’s Cliffe and the surrounding villages now have two football pitches, a clubhouse with function room, floodlit Astroturf, playground and skateboard park. Based on a 12-acre site near the former railway line it is run and staffed by volunteers from nearby villages, many of whom helped raise the £1.7 million. The site is now being used to play football, basketball and hockey as well as cycling, keep fit and anything else you can think of, including a gardening club. Kings Cliffe Active is happy to welcome more local sports clubs and groups. Contact them on 0843 289 6517 or visit www.kingscliffeactive.co.uk

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INDOOR BOWLS

Lottery helps to plug a leaky roof Stamford & District Indoor Bowls Club has secured £50,000 of National Lottery funding to plug a 20-year leak in its roof. Club chairman, Keith Rippin, was delighted: “The funding means we can not only secure the future of the club but continue to develop our commitment to provide a first class facility to an increasing number of people. “While the club has become increasingly competitive in recent years it also provides a social programme of bowling for many which enables them to lead healthier and more fulfilling lives. “It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club as a legacy to the 2012 Olympics.” Stamford IBC is among 324 local sports projects to secure a share of the funding and Sport England property director, Charles Johnston, said: “It’s great to see Stamford & District Indoor Bowls Club join the long list of successful clubs to benefit from this fund.” The work will be completed by the beginning of September when the club will be able to accept a new influx of people interested in taking up the game in a series of Open sessions and coaching. The funding was revealed at the club’s well-attended annual meeting when Denis and Stella Henshaw from Ryhall were elected presidents for the coming year and will take over in October from Brian and Anita Edwards. For further information visit: www. stamfordindoorbowls.co.uk

RUGBY

New clubhouse for Oakham RFC Supporters and players of Oakham’s rugby side are in for a real treat when the new season starts, as their first home match will see the debut of their magnificent new clubhouse. Aer around 60 years at Pillings Road, which has been sold for housing, they’ll be moving to this beautiful rural setting just off the ring road which – crucially for those all-important bar receipts - is still within walking distance of the town centre. So it’s to be farewell to the tired old Portakabin and breeze block rooms and hello to modern architecture, wood cladding and all mod cons. Part of a complex owned by the Agricultural Society which also contains football team Royce Rangers’ own clubhouse, this purpose-built facility will be one of the best for many a mile. President

Keith Crellin is rightly proud of what they’ve been able to achieve: “It’s the equal of any rugby club I know, and I expect us to hold some big games here.” It’s to be hoped that the Leicestershire Union will take notice as the ground is more than adequate to be host some major ties for guesting sides and for training. Apart from the essential bar and kitchen, the clubhouse boasts six changing rooms and two dedicated referee rooms, all with en suite facilities. Outside, there are four pitches with state of the art floodlighting plus mini-rugby and eight Petanque pistes. Seems to me it’ll make a fantastic venue for parties and functions too. See you there in the Autumn!

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RUNNING

Beginners’ running events Stamford Striders will be holding their annual beginners course again this year. It starts on May 20 at 6.45pm at Blackstones Sports and Social Club on Lincoln Road. It is a free 10-week course and is intended for anyone who wants to start running or perhaps return from an injury. The goal over the 10 weeks is to build up to running five miles and with the support of the coaching team led by Algie and Becca it is something which everyone can achieve.

OUT AND ABOUT

5 things to do in May...  Enjoy a guided tour of Stamford Town Hall. Open every Friday, tours are on the hour. Learn a bit about the town, the council, and marvel at some of the maces – a must for every Stamford resident.  Join a knitting club. Ideal for a knit and natter and to get help and advice with knitting techniques. There are lots of clubs locally. Pop in and ask Rachel in the Ewe Shop, 17c St Mary’s Street. She’s really friendly and helpful  Take a trip to Uffington for the Scarecrow Festival on May 4 and 5. It’s now in its 14th year. Wander around this very pretty village admiring the creativity of the villagers who build a scarecrow every year. This year’s theme is Special Day. Enjoy the challenge of the quiz, with prizes and sample the cakes baked by the villagers – a grand day out.  Visit Rutland County Show on June 1. The 182nd show will be held on its new site in Oakham at Barleythorpe. Visit the show to appreciate what is great about the county. www.rutlandcountyshow.co.uk  Make the most of the sunny weather and find the restaurants and bars in Stamford with outside seating areas. One of the most recent to open their garden is the Stamford Wine Company in St Paul’s Street. This ‘hidden gem’ has a surprisingly large garden that is a real sun trap.

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Feature /// Gear

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The latest kit to help you get active this summer

TaylorMade SLDR Mini Driver

TaylorMade SLDR Mini Driver, a 260cc metal wood, is designed to help distance and accuracy off the tee for players who frequently tee-off with their three wood. It seems a lot of golfers are intimidated by the huge-headed drivers and prefer something smaller and more controllable. From: most local pro shops Price £225 approx

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A well balanced meal that you can carry around with you at all times, Quest Bars utilise the finest protein sources as well as being free from sugar alcohols. With 20g of protein and 4g of non-fibre carbs, Gluten Free Quest Bars have plenty of nutritional benefits, but taste great too, as they are available in a wide range of delicious flavours. From Stamford Sports Nutrition Price £25.99 (12 x 60g bars)

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The Zertz vibration damping inserts on the Roubaix SL4 help absorb road impact and keep power planted firmly on the road – couple that with a FACT carbon 8r frame and it’s still stiff enough to thrash around in a sprint. From Rutlandcycling.com Price £1,150

The Polar H7 heart rate sensor is designed for sports enthusiasts who are looking for a simple way to monitor their workout intensity. It displays the user’s heart rate on a compatible smart phone device via a Bluetooth connection and provides low energy consumption, as well as reliable performance. The Polar H7 sensor is compatible with iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th generation), iPad (3rd and 4th generation), iPad mini and iPod Nano(7th generation). From Advance Performance Price £60

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Jaques Trafalgar croquet set

Like our feature on croquet (see pages 42-47)? Here’s a top quality set for your own lawn. Jaques Trafalgar Croquet Set is a four player set that comes in a handmade plain finish box with all the gear you’ll need. From John Lewis Price £379.99

Joules navy floral picnic basket

For a day at the races, a lazy aernoon on the beach or a summer evening in a nearby field, Joules’ picnic basket provides all the essentials you’ll need for a dining outdoors with family and friends. From Joules Price £89.95

Hardy Bougle limited edition fly reel

A limited edition run of 110 numbered fly reels produced to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the production of the very first Bougle fly reel. These reels are handbuilt in Alnwick, and will be in great demand by collectors of Hardy reels. One for the true fly fishing connoisseur. From Farlows.co.uk Price £1,500

Coleman six-man tent with 61% off

Home from home, Coleman’s Mackenzie six person tent is a spacious, luxurious tent with space for the whole family and comes complete with groundsheet, carpet and additional cabin to create the ultimate camping experience. There’s also 61% off the price… From Rutlandcycling.com Price £398

Selle Italia Diva Gel Flow saddle

Selle Italia’s Diva has a shape that is perfect for the female anatomy and posture. With its unique streamlined shape and sporty style, DIVA is the perfect high performance comfort saddle for women. From CycleWright.co Price £79.99

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Unfair, illogical, inhumane and an unqualified success Martin Johnson on the play-off system in football and rugby f the Baron de Coubertin had been around today and come up with something as naively altruistic as “it’s not the winning, it’s the taking part”, he’d have been led away by men in white coats and had his belt and laces removed. As far as sport is concerned, the taking part is all very well, just as long as it is accompanied by a very large wad of cash. Which is why, at this time of the year, we get ready for the football and rugby play-offs. There’s no reason for them, of course, other than the usual one of money. English football managed to get by without them for the thick end of 100 years, until they were introduced in the 1986-87 season. Which is when someone decided that it would be a good idea to introduce a system designed to enable a team to miss out on promotion by losing a single game to another team which, over the course of a ninth-month season, has finished lower down the table. Unfair? Of course it is, but when the play-off system was first dreamed up, the relevant people – in both soccer and rugby – would have made a list of all the things that would make it a good idea. And somewhere close to the bottom of that list someone would have scribbled: “let’s make it as fair as possible.” No prizes then, for guessing the first thing they would have written down. Which was, of course, “how much can we make out of this?” However, while the play-offs might have been spawned by greed, there’s no arguing with their popularity. The reason that noone would now vote to do away with a system that clearly places money above fair play is pretty simple. It’s because the one thing you can’t deny is that the play-offs deliver something that’s a basic requirement of any sport – drama. Remember Leicester City’s play-off semi-final against Watford this time last year? Five minutes into added time they’re awarded a penalty that would put them through to Wembley, the poor bloke misses it and before he’s finished shaking his head in disbelief Watford have steamed up the other end and, with about half a second left, banged home the winner. There must be some Leicester supporters still receiving emotional counselling – at least until they secured automatic promotion this time around. The Premiership rugby play-offs, with both Leicester and Northampton involved in the battle for the title, are slightly fairer in that the side in fourth at the end of the regular season may well be

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equally deserving of the title as the side finishing first. That’s because all teams will be forced to play several Premiership matches at the same time as their star players are away on international duty. And it therefore follows that teams who suffer more than most, such as the Tigers, arguably deserve the chance to win the title despite finishing well below the top of the table regular season team. In football, though, there is no similar logic behind a system that gives the side finishing five places below Leicester, with the thick end of 30 points less, the chance to join them in the Premier League next season. Basically, the play-offs are a made for TV drama, with television money so paramount that every decision – whether it be to have a play-off system, or what day and time teams are forced to play – is based entirely around the armchair viewer. And if the travelling fan is left to hitchhike home because all the trains have stopped running on a Sunday night, who gives a fig? TV’s hi-jacking of the national game has made quite a contribution to the national rise in obesity, with armchair potatoes barely having enough time to get to the fridge and back between the end of one live match and the start of another, and the money they’ve poured into the players’ wallets means that the football and bad smells sit on the same plate more harmoniously than bacon and eggs. Everybody cheats for a start, and the 90 minutes is an exercise in trying to con the ref. Then, after the game, egomaniacs like Jose Mourinho hold press conferences – with no questions allowed – basically claiming all referees ought to be sponsored by Specsavers. The amount of money television throws at football has resulted in totally ludicrous salaries, which no-one appears to query. Why is it, for example, that bankers paying themselves large bonuses invariably lead to public outcry and yet Wayne Rooney collecting £300,000 a week – a week ye gods – doesn’t seem to raise an eyebrow? Rugby players are on the breadline by comparison, but it too has adjusted its principles to take advantage of the financial rewards on offer, and its own play-offs are every bit as commercial an enterprise as soccer’s. And yet, whatever the motives, the end product – in both sports – has been an unqualified success. In some ways, a system which condemns a footballer slicing into his own net, or a rugby player missing a conversion, to the agony of knowing that he’s just cost his side promotion, or the Premiership title, borders on the inhumane. But it’s precisely because the playoffs have the potential to cause such distress, to player and supporter alike, which makes them the compulsive theatre they are.

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Feature /// Karting

Kart wheels Historic karting is one of the cheapest, but most fun forms of motorsport, says Cam Schneider // Photography: Harry Measures

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incolnshire has always been one of the sport of historic kart racing’s strongholds, thanks to the plethora of Second World War airbases with their wide concrete and Tarmac aprons which were perfect for setting out twisting kart circuits in the early days. In the last five decades Britain’s kart tracks have come and gone but this county has held strong; even today there are three active circuits all within 40 minutes’ drive of Stamford. Everybody who has ever watched a Grand Prix on the television knows that the way to become a Formula 1 world champion is through go-karting. List the winners from the last 20 years and almost without exception they started their careers screaming around twisty circuits surrounded by a haze of two-stroke smoke along with tens of other hopefuls. In the scheme of things the sport of karting is relatively new. The very first race was held in America during 1956 and Britain was an early adopter of the new motorsport discipline with the first karts crossing ‘the pond’ (along with American servicemen) at some point in 1959. If karting can be classed as a young sport, historic karting is still by comparison positively embryonic, having been established for a mere 14 years. It started back in 2000 when a group of enthusiasts realised that many of them still had the karts they used to race back in the 1960s and 1970s. They were sitting unused in their garages, so why not dig them out and get together to use

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Feature /// Karting

TOP COMPETITORS ARE BARRELLING INTO BENDS AT 60MPH, INCHES FROM THE WHEELS OF OTHERS’ them? It wasn’t long before those who enjoyed reliving the old days while taking part in these demonstrations, often held at modern kart meetings, realised that they might like a slice of proper competition. Rules were drafted, a series announced and historic kart racing was born. Put simply, the rules of historic karting allow you to use any kart provided that it was made before 1983. A driver’s choice of machine is simple –they can either use what’s known as a Class 1 (which is 100cc direct drive, very light and devastatingly quick) or a Class IV kart which has gears and a motorcycle-derived engine of between 125cc and 250cc. There are six race meetings per year plus demonstrations, held at both modern kart race meetings and some of the very high-profile historic racing car festivals. Buying a suitable kart isn’t difficult; ready-togo karts are being offered through the BHKC and RetroRacer websites all the time. For those who are handy in the workshop, unrestored karts still crop up regularly. However, as the sport grows in stature sellers have begun to label everything old as ‘historic’ so seek advice.

Chassis and running gear restoration is certainly something that a competent amateur can contemplate in the home workshop as a kart is mechanically very simple. A few weeks of evening work in the shed and there is every chance that you’ll be joining the grid at the next round of Retro Racer. When you wheel your freshly restored racer out for the first time, don’t run away with the idea that because the sport has ‘historic’ in front of the name that it is the province of old men with ancient go-karts putt-putting around at 20mph. Top competitors such as Ed Thurston are barrelling into bends at 60mph, inches from the wheels of others. Having said this I must add that accidents are mercifully rare. No motorsport is cheap but historic karting is about as inexpensive as it comes – a weekend’s racing which includes practice all day Saturday and three heats and a final on Sunday costs £80. Suitable karts needing restoration have been bought as cheaply as £25 and engines for little more. The reality is though that once a kart has been brought up to race standard it will have cost around £1,500 to £2,000.

Meet a competitor A KEEN COMPETITOR is Stamford-based Ed Thurston. Ed is unique in that he has special dispensation to participate in a series that’s usually for adults, which has made him Britain’s youngest historic racing driver. But don’t let the fresh face fool you – that slightly bashful teenaged expression in hides a steely determination to succeed. At the circuit his age matters little anyway because as soon as his helmet’s on he’s just another driver. It is this which has carried him to third place overall in the most recent Retro Racer championship. Dad Jerry is responsible for keeping his racers in top shape, working most evenings to keep the machinery in top shape. Ask him and he’ll admit that he gets as much pleasure from restoring karts as young Ed does from driving them. (Indeed, Jerry asks that if you have an old kart in your shed that might keep him occupied for another few evenings contact him at jerry@ jerrythurston.co.uk) Learn more via the British Historic kart club’s website at www.britishhistorickartclub.com or at www.retroracer-hks.com

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Feature /// Cricket

THE SUMMER SEASON STARTS HERE

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How are our local sides shaping up at the start of the new cricket season? Words /// Steve Moody

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STAMFORD TOWN

It’s a year of change for Stamford with the first team on a Saturday moving from their dominant position at the top of the South Lincs and Border League to the Hunts League. Starting in division two, they will be looking to move through the leagues and into the Cambridgeshire divisions, having decided that the leap from South Lincs to Lincolnshire Premier League was too high and the club needed a more achievable challenge. However, the Saturday second team have jumped from division two of the South Lincs, so Stamford will still be represented in the top league. Of their younger stars, Zac Chappell is still looking to play on Sunday although has a lot of commitments with Leicestershire, while there are a number of highly rated young lads who have come through such as Alex Birch and Ben Peck. As Sunday first team skipper Simon Prentice said: “Those two young lad played brilliantly last year and if they can push on we’ll be very happy. “For our first team, Richard Peel captained it last season but I’ve taken over and I’d like to finish top four or five in divison two, and our second team in division three should be very competitive.”

BURGHLEY PARK

There are lots of big changes at Burghley Park for the 2014 season. Last season’s 1st XI captain, Chris Meadows, has decided after four years at

the helm to pass on the responsibility to Michael Jones. Michael has been at the club for many years having progressed through the junior section in the past. He will be ably assisted by club groundsman Adam Renton, who takes over from Mat Simpson as vice-captain, whilst Chris will take on a newly created Club Captain role overseeing all cricket at the club. The club have also recruited the services of Nick Cowley, who joins from Yaxley, as Club Coach to enable the club to continue to flourish and help push the 1st XI for promotion into the Cambridgeshire Division 2, as well as coaching all other teams at the club. The Sunday Friendly XI continue to have a fully subscribed fixture list for the season. David Popple has taken over as the captain of the Sunday XI this year and has been instrumental in securing fixtures. Women’s cricket will be on offer again in 2014 and training will commence in May, running alongside the Senior men’s coaching on Tuesday nights at the club, where all are welcome to attend. The junior section continues to build and the club will also be offering U11’s cricket this season, with Derek Dancy taking charge. Adam Renton, when not on 1st XI vice-captain or groundsman duty will be looking after the U9s, whilst John Meadows takes on the role of Junior Section Manager. Junior training takes place on Sunday mornings at the club. As always the Burghley Park Cricket Club Cricket Week and Beer Festival takes place this year on July 7-11 and welcomes all to attend to

enjoy what is always an enjoyable week.

KETTON LIONS

Ketton, having merged with players from Castor to create Ketton Lions are now playing in division two of the Cambridgeshire league on Saturdays and will no doubt be looking for a high finish and possibly promotion having brought in players such as Matt Williams, Guy Cunningham and Ajaz Akhtar to bolster their ranks. Robin Vitas takes charge of the side in what looks a very strong line squad. On Sundays, Ketton will be performing in division three of the Rutland league with many of their younger players, and long time servants of the club such as Simon Smith and Cristian Durant.

OAKHAM

The club has a more ambitious outlook towards the upcoming season than in previous seasons. At first team level on a Saturday and Sunday they are looking at promotion which is also the case for the Saturday 2nd XI. Whereas in the past mid table mediocrity was deemed acceptable, says Albert Radford, this is certainly not the case this year. Calvin Flowers has joined the club as a player and coach. He is a player of immense ability and has played first class cricket for the Dolphins in South Africa as an off spinning all rounder. As well as hopefully benefitting from his individual performances with both bat (he scored 92 not out v Egerton park to help win the first league

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Feature /// Cricket game of the season) and ball, Oakham also hope that his coaching qualities with help bring on the talented youngsters within the club. Players to look out for are left arm seamers Nick Davies and Ben Southern who are both at Oakham school, in the fifth and third form respectively. They are both talented bowlers who will be looking to build upon their experience of playing for the club last year and becoming better cricketers. Overall, Oakham cricket club has a refreshing, exciting outlook on the upcoming season. By the end of the season the club may well only be truly satisfied if both Saturday teams and Sunday team all achieve promotion, something Radford reckons they are definitely capable of achieving.

UPPINGHAM TOWN

Uppingham cruised back into division one of the Rutland League last year and will be able to measure the strength of the burgeoning club against the area’s best sides, while its second team will be looking to improve on its mid table showing in division six. On Saturdays, the first team will be looking for promotion from the Leicester & Rutland Cricket League division three having won division four fairly easily after their move from the Northampton leagues the year before.

LAXTON PARK

Laxton Park have a new team captain this year - Kevin Dobbs - as well as a couple of new players drafted in from Kings Cliffe, who are now just a friendly XI. The club’s Phil Dobbs says: “We’re hopeful that having been relegated last season, we’ll be able to compete better this time out: we have a couple of few big hitters in Chip Hales, Jimmy Ireland and Will Kinnear and they’ll be vital if we’re going to stay in the division: we were skittled for less than 100 far too many times last season. “However, we’ve lost pretty much all our strike bowlers: Adrian McCrone has run away to Australia, Angus Boyle has left for the big city, and Joss Boyle has exams to focus on. Getting 45 overs out of the rest of us will be a real challenge... “Looking at the teams that are in Division 5, I’d say Wakerley & Barrowden are in with a good chance of promotion as we know that they have a couple of good bowlers and batsmen at this level. We’ll be happy just to record more than one victory as that would represent progress from last season: if Chip Hales can capture the form from a couple of seasons ago, and we can uncover a bowler from somewhere, we might do better than that.”

WAKERLEY AND BARROWDEN

Having been promoted last year from division six last year and winning division seven the year before, W&B are a village club on a roll. This year is supposed to be a year of consolidation, Captain Chris White reckons, but that was the idea too last year and they went up, and the season has started strongly with two maximum point wins.

A smallish squad means that Wakerley weaken during exams and harvest which may be harder to cover in higher leagues, but with Sam Hodgson, Dale Howkins, Jonny White and Sam Reece they have a number of young regulars that are getting stronger every year. Chris says: “We went through a few years where we were happy just to win friendlies, and give everyone a go, but now we are looking to win games and try and get promoted.”

UFFORD PARK

Peter Taylor of Ufford Park says: “I can’t see the new season bringing many changes but I think Paul Bentley will wreak havoc amongst local batters, on the two league games he has played in Rutland two he bowled 12 overs for 12 runs and three wickets against Newborough and against Kings Keys 7 -1-15-3, where 10 of the runs came in his last over so he is the one to watch this year methinks. He can bend it better than Beckham “Andy Larkin and Ross Keymer will major with the batting as usual and we’ll beat

somebody important who has ringers/overseas/ paid players or all of them at some point to cause a surprise, mostly to us but also to them...”

UFFINGTON

It’s one of the biggest season’s in Uffington 150-plus years with much of the off season dedicated to a massive renovation of the ground, which includes a stunning new pavilion and groundsman’s shed. The new facilities will allow for more cricket and although the Rutland League team will hope to consolidate on its fourth place in Division Three last year, most of the activity will centre around the three youth teams and an increased number of friendlies as playing membership increases. Club stalwart James Genever has instigated a brilliant idea: a Very Friendly League. On Friday nights and late afternoons on Saturdays six ‘dads and lads’ teams will play each other in a round-robin 30 over series which lets those who don’t play much or want to take up the game get involved. It seems drinking beer is a major part.

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Feature /// Croquet

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OK CROQUET! Jeremy Beswick picks up his mallet and discovers that a game most think of as genteel can be surprisingly vicious Photography: Harry Measures

MANY OF YOU will have used a mallet to try to strike brightly coloured balls through frustratingly narrow hoops at one time or other, probably on a beach or a garden lawn. I wonder if you’re labouring under the illusion, as I was, that you’d played croquet? The chances are you were attempting a pale imitation of the real thing, known somewhat dismissively to aficionados as garden croquet, or possibly another variety called golf croquet. Both are similar to, but lack the subtlety and tactics of, the advanced game. This daddy of them all is Association Croquet, a version that is to the others what bridge is to rummy or Albert Einstein is to Piers Morgan – and the result of the game’s evolution over hundreds of years. The sport can be traced back to 14th century Brittany where it was called paille maille (from the Italian for ball mallet) and Samuel Pepys mentions royalty playing the game in St James’ Park, hence the street name Pall Mall. However, the game died out in England before it was reintroduced from Ireland, where it was called crooky. In contrast to its current genteel image, it was for a time frowned upon by the church and was so much associated with drinking, gambling and, ahem, philandering that at least one vicar banned it from his parish.

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Feature /// Croquet

‘BEING DOWNRIGHT NASTY TO YOUR RIVAL IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS PROGESSING YOUR OWN ROUND’ Other unsavoury connections include Stephen King’s “The Shining” where Jack uses a croquet mallet as a weapon and John Steinback in his novel Sweet Thursday, about a community led to murder as a result of two teams’ rivalry. You’ll also find it portrayed, in a more kindly fashion, in Alice in Wonderland, Little Women, Anna Karenina, Women in Love, To Kill a Mockingbird and Trollope’s Chronicles of Barsetshire. So what’s the fascination with this seemingly unobjectionable and gentle pastime? To be sure, accuracy in hitting the balls plays an important part, but the surprising thing to any novice like me is its strategic nature and the forward planning needed. “When you watch someone play for the first time,” said local croquet fiend Peter Beanland. “It doesn’t take long to figure out how good they are at spatial awareness.” I feel a brief description of the rules and tactics is needed. As in snooker, one aims to construct as long a break as possible, which ends when you fail to hit another ball or to pass through a hoop. Once a player has hit their ball against another – a roquet as it’s called – they pick up the ball and place it touching the one it’s hit where that’s come to rest. At the next shot – taking croquet – the key is to control the position of both the two touching balls. Indeed, by holding the mallet in different ways it’s possible to

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The author tries his hand at Association Croquet at Oakham Cricket Club, where new members will be warmly welcomed

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Feature /// Croquet make the ball that’s struck with the mallet stop pretty much where it is or follow, or even overtake, the object ball. One might suppose the most important shot is passing through a hoop, but a key play – and one of the most skilful – is the one immediately before this. As you take croquet (are you paying attention?) you’ll try to the leave your ball in front of the hoop ready to pass through – as one would expect – but, crucially, also to position the other behind it ready to be hit (roqueted) afterwards, so the break can continue (you can roquet each of the other three balls once, but when you’ve passed through a hoop the slate is wiped clean and the break starts afresh). A good player can pass through several hoops in one turn in this way. At some point however, like snooker, there usually comes a time when a judgment call has to be made, between trying to continue the break and using your last shot to put the opponent’s balls in the least advantageous position for them to start theirs. It’s an intrinsic part of croquet that being downright nasty to your rival by leaving them in as awkward position as possible is just as important as progressing your own round. “It’s a vicious game,” said long-standing exponent David Morgan, with a twinkle in his eye. Brenda Johns, who’s a relative newcomer, summed it up well: “All’s fair in love and war and croquet.” Perhaps that’s what makes it so quintessentially English, the surface appearance of tranquillity and politeness contrasted with the complexity and competitiveness bubbling underneath.

I was speaking to David and Brenda at Oakham Cricket Club, which has its own croquet section. Perhaps it’s to compensate for the malevolent elements of the play that they’re such a friendly lot, even if there is the odd mild expletive as a shot is missed (that’ll usually be Peter Beanland). Roger Baston has been playing for three years: “When I first started it was all about accuracy and the skill level of the shots but then there came the next phase, which was the tactics and the strategy. It’s like golf in as much as it’s really just you against the balls and when you’re playing you find all your worldly problems just melt away.” Peter chips in again. “Yes, but I get much more satisfaction and pleasure out of croquet than I ever did with golf, and for a fraction of the cost.” John Moore, another stalwart, commented: “I just love this game because there’s so much to it.” Sounds compelling doesn’t it? On a sunny afternoon in Oakham’s charming cricket ground it’s easy to share their enthusiasm and enjoy the fresh air, exercise and camaraderie. They meet every Tuesday at 2pm and mean what they say on the notice board: “Beginners Most Welcome”. A novice can play with the experts perfectly well as there’s a handicap system, they have mallets for you to borrow and will give you all the advice you need. So, if this sounds like your cup of tea pick up the phone to John Moore on 01572 756567 and give it a free try. If you catch the bug, all it’ll cost you is £20 a year. Meanwhile, I’ll look forward to seeing you on the court for a bit of gentle, yet deliciously malicious, malleting.

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Feature /// Sportsman’s Dinner

The Red Lion Inn, Stathern Steve and Julian head out into the Vale of Belvoir to try out The Olive Branch’s sister pub Steve I have to admit, I didn’t know the Olive Branch had a sister pub, but then I don’t suppose you’d drive through Stathern unless you were lost, hunting or knew the pub existed. From the outside, The Red Lion doesn’t exactly shout about its status and when you walk through the door it’s clear it is a very different place to the Olive Branch. It smells like a pub that’s been here a long time – in a good way, of course. It’s that smell of beer, fires and horse brasses. I felt instantly at home. Julian Sign of a mis-spent youth (and adulthood) Steve. But I get what you’re saying – it’s a proper old school drinking establishment with a handy sideline in producing very good food. The latter should come as no surprise, considering local foodies Ben Jones and Sean Hope are the owners. When we pulled up outside I did at first wonder if we’d got the right place – I think shabby chic is the phrase that came to mind. Having said that, the car park was rammed and it was a Wednesday night... Steve It’s pretty clear what sort of place it is once you peruse the menus. There’s a massive one just for a huge variety of world beers and real ales, wines, pudding wines and all sorts of unusual spirits, while the food has numerous locally produced products and pub classics, all done with a modern twist. It took ages to choose as everything sounded wonderful, but for the starter I went for whitebait, that old pub staple, which was curried and came with something called chermoula mayonnaise. I’m told this is a Moroccan coriander concoction. I think the curry

batter could have been a bit stronger and more prominent, but the whitebait was magnificently fresh and chermoula is my new favourite thing. Julian I’m surprised you hadn’t heard of chermoula Steve, I have it most nights. I started off with a ham hock terrine, served with beetroot – lovely. All too often terrines can be a bit bland and rubbery, but this was spot-on – a touch of salt from the ham and lovely textured meat. With some of the warm bread I’d saved this was a very good starter. And the presentation was excellent – delicate without being too poncey. And you’re right about the menus – there’s some interesting stuff on there, including Cropwell Bishop Stilton pannacotta. As soon as you look at the menu you know this is not going to be just pub grub. Choosing the starter was difficult, but deciding what to have for the main course was even more difficult. Steve Even though there was the sort of food every pub should offer – fish and chips, steak and pies – there are plenty of more artistic efforts. I went for wild garlic rolled pork belly, spring berries, wild mushroom and mash and it was stunning. The various berries were like little sweet handgrenades of taste and the pork was cooked beautifully. Ben suggested a bottled beer to go with it from The Kernel brewery in London, which was amazing: it started fruity and ended bitter. I have friends whose marriages are a bit like that... Julian When your pork arrived I must admit I was quite jealous – it looked amazing. I was

planning on having some form of beef, given as we visited on St George’s Day, but when Ben told me that they had some Vale of Belvoir lamb on the menu I couldn’t resist. They say that happy meat is tasty meat, so I assume the lamb that made its way on to my plate was having a great time on the rolling hills of the Vale. The lamb came in three ways... a little pot of casserole with lamb that just melted in the mouth, followed by two succulent cuts served with a delicious sauce. The team at the Red Lion are very keen on having locally-sourced food, so as well as having a very enjoyable meal I also managed to save some carbon by reducing my food miles. And I think I’ve got just enough room for some pudding... Steve The pudding was good too, although I had to pack the sticky toffee pudding in like the last clothes in the holiday suitcase. I was highly impressed with The Red Lion. What I love about it is it’s not a ‘gastropub’ – those places where drinkers aren’t really welcome. This is a proper pub with amazing food and a great atmosphere, and they do things like offer maps and routes for walkers to explore the Vale of Belvoir and then come back for a pint and a feed, and there’s a garden, too, which I will definitely be bringing the family back to on a nice sunny day. This is how all pubs should be.

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Feature /// Great walks

Braunston pickle This hilly walk will leave you ready for a ploughman’s lunch and more, as Will Hetherington discovers Photography: Will Hetherington

Above and right This walk requires some map-reading skills, but the rewards are some fabulous views across to Rutland Water. The River Gwash is crossed on this route, which is handy for your pooch to have a drink and a swim. Refreshments are provided at Braunston’s two pubs – The Blue Ball and The Old Plough

THE ROUTE

I should confess at the outset that I got momentarily disoriented twice (or maybe even thrice) on this circular route from stunning Braunston. So you will definitely need your OS map for this one. I always take the map with me, and yes you might think you can rely on your smart phone, but not if it has no signal or runs out of battery. So with that caveat in mind park up by the church and the Blue Ball pub in the heart of Braunston. Walk west through the churchyard and out in to the field beyond along the clearly marked path. There are two footpaths here which both lead in the same general direction but I chose the right hand option which crosses one field boundary and then leads you down to the side of a small stream. Stay on the north side of this stream as you keep heading west and you will pass South Lodge Farm to the north. Follow the path as it takes you through a number of field boundaries and after it crosses to the south side of the stream head diagonally uphill across a couple of fields.

You will eventually reach a more established bridleway. I crossed the bridleway here and (after some scouting around) took the footpath across the fields down to the road, but you can just turn right and walk along the bridleway down to the road. If you do head over the fields you will come out on the road to Launde Abbey, and you need to turn right and walk up the hill on this very minor road until you come to a T-junction after less than half a mile. Here the footpath heads north away from the roads and towards Knossington over the fields. You will go through a series of gateways as you pass Preston Lodge to your left and then start bearing east across a number of fields. Pay attention to your OS map because some of the field margins around here are a little confusing. But as long as you start to head downhill towards the Braunston to Knossington road you will end up in the right place. Before you get to the road you will cross the embryonic river Gwash on a picturesque footbridge, which is also a handy place for the dog to have a drink and a swim. After

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the bridge the path goes up past a farm to the road. Cross over here and take care to pick up the footpath as it heads uphill in a grazing field. You will soon enter a small strip of woodland, continuing uphill. Because this is a bridleway it can be unpleasantly muddy, and as it’s uphill too it can be a real challenge. But you are only about a mile from home so treat it as good exercise and power on through the mud. Keep going almost all the way up the hill until you come to a gateway and a signposted path off to the right. Take this right turn across the fields with views of Rutland Water, and you will soon come to another bridleway which heads back down into Braunston. It’s an exhilarating walk with plenty of contours and stunning views. And you will definitely be ready for refreshments when you get back to the village.

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ESSENTIAL INFORMATION Where to park By the church in the heart of Braunston. Distance and time Five and three quarter miles/ two hours (at a good pace). Highlights Braunston is one of the prettiest villages in Rutland and the Blue Ball is a cracking

pub. The beautiful views in this part of Rutland are reminiscent of the tamer parts of the Yorkshire Dales. Lowlights There are a couple of confusing points where it’s hard to find your way, but that’s all part of the fun. The long bridleway near the end can be really hard work in the mud.

Refreshments The Blue Ball and the The Old Plough in Braunston. The pooch perspective The dog can run free for a large part of this walk but there are sheep in some fields and with lambs about it’s best to keep dogs on leads. There are a couple of places for a dip and a drink on the way round, too.

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Feature /// Dog training

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If you ask enough people, you will end up with a list of all the local classes as well as some idea of their quality. Contact the trainer you think may be suitable and ask to visit all of the classes without your dog. It is very important to visit without your dog so that you can make an objective assessment without being distracted or being asked to join in. Make an assessment based on the following criteria: Positive training methods for training puppies/dogs and humans, using praise, food treats and games with toys Training is effective for both people and puppies/dogs so that all are learning and progressing Calm, ordered class ●

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Fast, flat and furious Jon Sheehan of Tri Coach 3 offers training advice for cyclists, runners and swimmers. This month the route takes in Stamford, Barnack, Southorpe, Helpston, Tallington and Uffington Starting from the Meadows, ride through town, passing The George on your right and just before the High School, turn left down B1443 Barnack Road past Burghley House. After about two miles pass through Pilsgate into Barnack and take the road on the right towards Southorpe and Ufford. After eight miles turn left into Langley Bush Road towards Upton and Helpston. Follow the road for two miles, but beware of crosswinds as the terrain is flat. At the crossroads, turn right towards Marholm, pass the farm shop and after that turn left into Heath Road. At 12 miles you pass through Helpston. At the junction, turn right and immediately left (practically straight across into Church Lane). At the end of that short road turn left across train lines and continue on this road to the end. After 14 miles turn left towards West Deeping. At end of the road turn left on to the A1175 towards Tallington and Stamford. Just before Tallington crossing turn right towards Tallington Lakes and Barholm. There is Karen’s Cafe for refreshments if needed. Follow the road to the end and turn left through Barholm, keep following this road towards Uffington. You go through Uffington at 20 miles, straight ahead at the roundabout and the school should be on your left. Turn right on to Casewick Lane to the top and then right onto the Main Road. Follow this road back into Stamford and back to the Meadows.

STATS Start/Finish The Meadows, Stamford Distance 23 miles Elevation 842 Difficulty 7/10

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Feature /// School sports

Pupils represent England WHILE MANY PUPILS took a break over the Easter holidays, four athletes from Oakham School were busy representing their country. Two hockey players, Monty Jefferson and Maddie Pearce, took up their places in England squads, Josh Greaves placed fourth representing team GB in duathlon, whilst Matthew Riddington won his first cap playing for the England U16 rugby team. “This really does show how outstanding the level of sporting talent is at Oakham School,” says director of sport, Iain Simpson. “To have four of our pupils representing the country at the same time, for three different sports, is particularly impressive.” Monty Jefferson took his place in England’s U18 Hockey team during their four nations tour in Germany. Monty, aged 17 from Great Easton, now has a number of U16 and U18 caps, as well as being Oakham’s 1st XI team captain. Fourteen-year-old Maddie Pearce, from Sheffield, was one of only three girls in the country to be selected a year early to be a part of England’s U16 squad. Maddie won two caps for playing in games against Holland at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire. Matthew Riddington, aged 15 from Crowland, Lincolnshire, won his first cap playing for England’s U16 Rugby team. His first game was a great success too, with the team beating

Above Josh Greaves in Duathlon action

Scotland. As well as winning a place in Oakham’s 1st XV a year early, he will also be in the Leicester Tigers Academy next year. Josh Greaves, aged 16 from Whissendine, represented GB (Under 20s age group) in the European Sprint Duathlon held in Horst, Holland. He came an outstanding 4th place in

this highly competitive field, narrowly missing the bronze medal by just 7 seconds! Josh had a great first run (4.85k) and led the pack out, with a time of 15:41. He had worked hard through his winter training on his run and achieved the fastest run in the U20s group and was 14/302 overall. He really enjoyed the bike course (20k) through the beautiful and very flat town of Horst and surrounding countryside. This was incredibly fast as it was led by strong international cyclists from a range of age groups, many of them being time trial specialists. He left enough in the tank for a strong final run (2.8k) and battled head to head with the athlete in third position. “I was really pleased with my performance,” says Josh. “It was great fun to take part too, especially given that I had originally hoped to qualify in 2015, so to have placed 4th a year earlier is just great.” 16-year-old Josh has always been a keen runner and swimmer. He competes at county level in Cross Country and is a part of Oakham’s athletics team. About two and a half years ago, Josh combined his love of both running and swimming to begin competing in triathlons. After a recent shoulder injury, that has stopped him swimming competitively for 12 months, Josh switched his attentions to duathlon.

Young gymnast excels STAMFORD High School pupil, Lottie Smith (Year 8), competed in the British Junior Gymnastics Championships at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. This event is the most prestigious competition in the yearly gymnastics calendar and Lottie was one of only 22 competitors from across the country to qualify in her age group. Lottie competed on all four Olympic disciplines consisting of; vault, bars, beam and floor, and scored 46.2 and was particularly pleased with her bar routine. Lottie finished in 11th position and has been selected as a member of the 2014 England Junior Squad. She will be attending her first two-day England training camp in Aldershot at the end of April.

BROOKE QUALIFY FOR SWIMMING FINALS THE BROOKE PRIORY SCHOOL U11 swimmers have qualifyied for two national swimming finals: the Independent Association of Prep Schools Small Schools Boys Relay National Finals will take place on May 10, at the K2, Crawley and the English Schools Swimming Association Primary Schools National Team Championships will take place on June 21 at Ponds Forge, Sheffield. Head of sport, Wayne Faulconbridge, said ‘We are absolutely thrilled to have qualified for two national finals and wish the boys and girls lots of luck.”

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Megan wins regatta STAMFORD HIGH SCHOOL PUPIL, Megan Stoker (Year 11), competed at the East Midlands Rowing Regatta at Peterborough, winning gold in the U16 2,000m race. Heidi Myles, head of PE at Stamford High School, said: “We are extremely proud of Megan’s success and look forward to her competing at the National Schools Indoor Rowing Championships in London.” This year has seen Stamford High School enter the Peterborough Indoor Rowing League where Megan, who only took up the sport two years ago, once again excelled. Results are calculated as a percentage of the gold medal standard which is set by the Rowing Association. Megan has set a fine personal best over 1,000m achieving above the gold standard throughout the year.

Hockey teams shine at Stamford THE SPRING TERM SAW hockey at Stamford School flourish. There has been team success coupled with individual sporting glory as well as agony and heartbreak in close encounters both in regional tournaments and on a strong inter-school circuit. The 1st XI has been a force majeure this term, led by Joseph Chedd, having won 16 games out of 19. The 1st XI have reached the semi-finals of the HA U’18s Schools Plate and are due to play Millfield School in the coming weeks. The 1st XI have enjoyed victories over local rivals, Uppingham, Oundle and Cambridge schools – The Leys and The Perse – on the strong inter-school circuit. Forward Jamie Richardson has been in a rich vein of form topping 30 goals; but Stamford are defensively strong too through Dodworth and Charlton and this has seen tight games turn in their favour. Tom Davies and Tom MacDonald have also been pivotal and industrious in midfield. There was significant hockey success throughout the age groups last term too. A strong and gifted U12s A team produced some fantastic performances, winning 9-1 against both Warwick and Oakham Schools. The U’13s A team were again crowned Lincolnshire School’s Champions and represented the County at the East Finals, where they finished a credible fourth out of six. Particular mention should be paid to Year 7s - J. Evison and E. Harper for finishing joint top scorers for Stamford at this Year 8 tournament.

Above Stamford midfielder Will Adams in action

Stamford played host to the East Regional Finals at the U14 age group at the end of February. The school’s U14 A team, representing Lincolnshire, narrowly missed out on the national finals, finishing third. There has been hockey success in the middle school too, with the U16s A team, representing Lincolnshire at the East Regional Finals. Captain Jules Brahmachari has had an exceptionally

strong season for the team. Former Great Britain and England hockey international and head of hockey, Jon Peckett said: “This has been a fantastic term of hockey; the effort, dedication and passion shown by the boys has translated to results on the pitch, which is extremely encouraging. Hockey is progressing very well here and I hope for even more success next year.”

US basketball star coaches Oakham pupils OAKHAM SCHOOL’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS were put through their paces when they were visited by Jay Couisnard from the Leicester Riders basketball team. Jay, who is from Houston, Texas, was the Most Valuable Player (MVP) at last year’s British Basketball League Cup Final, and has played for the University of Evansville and the University of Missouri Kansas City. After warming up, the Oakham players followed Jay’s instructions for team drills and were given helpful pointers from the professional about their technique. There was also a Q and A session, where pupils could ask Jay about his experiences and how he became a professional basketball player. Basketball coach Vic Russell said, “The players really enjoyed the session and got a lot out of it. Jay was a great inspiration to all of the students.”

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TWO LOCAL TENNIS PROS have launched a company that helps for talented school leavers find sports scholarships at American universities. Claude Badowski and Ralph Clarke are looking for boys and girls who are good at tennis, golf and other sports and who are want to study in the US. They will help produce videos, applications and sporting CVs and reckon that any first team school or county age-level player stands a chance of getting into one of the 900 universities in the states offering full or part scholarships. “People often think they need to be Andy Murray or Tiger Woods when they hear of US sports scholarships, but it’s not actually the case,”

said Ralph. “The universities are looking for good young students, and not necessarily the next sporting megastar. The courses are for four years, the facilities are second to none, and if you get a good scholarship it is unlikely to cost more than going to a British university.” Claude, who did a four year tennis scholarship in the states, added: “TS USA has been created because of the poor service received from other agencies offering similar services. We feel it is about time that there is a full, comprehensive service available that will not just sit back and wait for offers or leave clients in the dark about academics and other areas. “We have created a service that provides a

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

Football

It’s crunch time for local teams BY DEAN CORNISH

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t’s normally Christmas time when pundits and players of the football world talk about the ‘crucial’ festive period. While Christmas time is obviously a key period in the football season, it’s really around Easter where things start getting properly ‘crucial’. Thankfully the run-up to this year’s Easter fixtures saw Stamford’s non-league sides producing some superb results to pull themselves clear of the relegation troubles that had threatened all year. First of all, the Stamford Daniels ensured their pre-season target of keeping their position in step three of the non-league pyramid with some superb performances against the odds. After last year’s promotion via the play-offs, the Daniels were one of the favourites for relegation at the start of the year, but managerial rookie David Staff has marshalled the Daniels well and can be proud of the achievement of keeping Stamford at their highest ever level. By the end of March, it didn’t look quite so rosy, though, with back-to-back defeats

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against AFC Fylde and the six-pointer home loss against Marine sucking the Daniels right back into the relegation mixer. Thankfully, David Staff’s side didn’t panic and early April saw the Daniels win three away games on the bounce, one of which was against highly placed Skelmersdale United. Those three wins, coupled with a lack of form from Frickley FC meant that Stamford guaranteed their place in the league at the expense of the Yorkshiremen. By the time Easter Saturday came round, the Daniels could enjoy the experience of the home game against title chasing FC United of Manchester. The biggest crowd for more than 60 years at Wothorpe Road saw the rebels from Manchester win 3-2 with a late winner keeping their hopes of the championship alive. The atmosphere, sunshine and on-field drama meant all 1,200 fans would have gone home with fond memories of the day, in spite of the defeat for the Daniels. David Staff ’s side then lost away at King’s Lynn on Easter Monday but with

safety secured, it’s only local rivalry which would dent the Daniels’ pride. Blackstones, meanwhile, have also secured their position in the United Counties League next season after a return to form that Lazarus would be proud of – the Easter resurrection is alive and well at Lincoln Road. A month ago, it looked like Gary Peace’s men would be relegated to the wilds of step seven, but after a draw at Wellingborough stopped the rot, Stones then went and won against Lutterworth, before then going on a Easter period three game run of three away wins against St Neots, Burton Park and Peterborough Sports. Blackstones can now look forward to a new season in the division after a season of turmoil. In the Peterborough League Premier Division, Uppingham Town’s quest for a top four finish remains on course after a busy April period of three wins and two draws. Richard Kendrick’s men won comfortably on their travels away at Ramsey Town, Leverington and Peterborough ICA Sports.

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If they’re to finish in the top four, or maybe even in the top three, the crucial game will be on May 7 when they host Whittlesey United at Todd’s Piece. Oakham United meanwhile have had a mixed month with good wins over Whittlesey Blue Star and Ramsey Town, but defeats at Whittlesey United, Stilton, and an 8-2 hammering at Peterborough ICA Sports. You suspect Wayne Oldaker will be pleased to finish this season after the upheaval last summer, and will look to rebuild now for next term, their first full season in their new ground. In the Peterborough League first division,

Ketton still look set for a top-six finish in spite of an indifferent month. The boys from Pit Lane won away at Stamford Bels and at home against Warboys, but defeats to Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge and a draw at Peterborough Sports mean anything better than sixth now seems unlikely. Overall, sixth place in their first season under a new management team would be a good return though for Ketton. Ryhall United are trying to steal a top six place from their local rivals after a stunning period of form. James Sheehan’s men are currently

eighth in the league, and with recent form of four straight away wins I’m sure they’d rather the season was just starting rather than coming to a close. Their form bodes well though with their cup final on the horizon on May 5 against AFC Stanground at Chestnut Avenue, home of Peterborough Northern Star. We wish them well. It seems that Stamford Bels, though, will finish in the bottom two of the division. Martin Conneely’s team have lost their last eight games and look set to end the season with just five wins and three draws from their 30 games.

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Rugby

Satisfaction as the season draws to a close BY JEREMY BESWICK

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s the rugby season draws to a close most of our local clubs will feel satisfied, but not delighted, with their season. Most buoyant will be Stoneygate who are in the final of the President’s Cup and have landed yet another promotion. They’re moving inexorably closer to regular league fixtures against the likes of Oakham and Stamford in the not too distant future, which is the level at which this club with its fine tradition should be playing. Having landed the League 3 title with some ease – 500 points for and only 65 against – and now undefeated for two years, it makes sense that the Leicestershire RFU have offered them immediate promotion to the Premier Division. It’d be good to have more local derbies to watch in a few years’ time as they climb the league ladder and congratulations to them for making their move to Uppingham such a success. Oakham opened their month with a creditable win against third placed Ashbourne; Mark Matthews scoring 27 of their 32 points, but it was Matt Dalton’s try that settled the match after Ashbourne had

drawn level late on. In fact captain Tom Armstrong reckoned they hadn’t started to play well until that point and should have had a wider margin of victory. Next up were Bakewell at their, sadly, water-logged pitch. This was a rather bad tempered affair, as can be inferred from Will Armstrong’s euphemistic match report: “Somehow, despite the play being in the Oakham 22, the Bakewell hooker managed to fall injured in a heap at the other end of the field and had to retire”. Town were leading 20-15 in the final 10 but a late Bakewell try saw Oaks lose 22-20, despite a red card for the opponent’s number 6. Their final match was at home to champions-elect Belgrave, who brought two coachloads of supporters in anticipation of the celebration to follow. Oaks led 15-14 late on but two penalties saw Belgrave home 20-15. So, Oakham finished a respectable fourth, a result which many of the club officials will, I think it’s fair to say, be more pleased with than the players. The concern is that a promotion would bring its own challenges, largely financial,

but Tom Armstrong doesn’t share this view. “Having finished in the top four the past few seasons, I want to see the lads push themselves just that little bit further,” he said. Promotion next time would be a fitting way to blood the amazing new clubhouse and pitches. President Keith Crellin chose two stand-out performances as highlights of the season. Surprisingly, perhaps, they were a loss and a draw – and both to Spalding. “Those were our best performances,” he said. “They were top when we lost 18-13 at home but we scored the only try, and then to draw 27 all at their ground after being 14-0 down after 10 minutes was outstanding.” He also stressed the youth sides, with the under-16s winning the County Cup. “We’ve some excellent players coming through from the colts and below which is a big bonus for us – I don’t think our junior rugby has ever been at this level before”. Stamford Town started with a hammering against Spalding, losing 58-5 at home in a wind-affected match, but showed their ability to bounce back with a great win in the next fixture against

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TIGERS TALK Richard Cockerill was not best pleased to lose narrowly at Harlequins, a result that seems to have scuppered Leicester’s push for a home semi-final. Though he sportingly complimented Quins on their performance, he was not so impressed with referee Tim Wrigglesworth’s decision to award a penalty try. “I just want to know how it will be refereed, because from one week to the next the rules are different,” he fumed. “I’ll ask the question again and will get an answer, but who knows what will happen next. There’s no consistency”. He’ll be back to the anger management classes if this goes on much longer.... Sadly, good old George Chuter has announced his retirement aer almost 300 games for the Tigers. Cockerill remarked: “George has been a great servant of the club, and of professional rugby, for a long time. He has played in some very successful teams and enjoyed many great days with this club. To play so many games at the top level of the club game, as well as internationally, and with the competition he has faced throughout his career, shows just how good a player he has been.” In my view, a thoroughly good bloke as well. Also leaving to various destinations I understand, as Cockers rings the changes, are Waldrom, Stankovich, Lamb, Schuster, Steele, Hawkins and Wells. Fortunately, there is a similar number incoming with the highlight being Gloucester’s Freddie Burns, whose three-year contract is now confirmed, and Niki Goneva signing a contract extension to universal relief. I recall Cockerill’s response to the question of Niki going or staying which was: “Why ask me? He’s a Fijian with a French agent. I have no (expletive deleted) idea.” Tigers’ scouts seem to have been crossing the Channel with regularity, perhaps hoping to balance the nationalistic books aer Toby Flood’s exit. Two Treviso signings are confirmed and a further two from Biarritz rumoured. Whatever happens over the next few weeks, Tigers have done well to be in the mix at the end of the season given their horrendous injury record. With the new signings and a decent amount of luck they’ll be a real force to be reckoned with next term. Keep the faith.

Loughborough which was a points fest, finishing 56-36 with Rees Burns landing four tries. Town then won their final fixture at home to promotion-challengers Ashbourne 48-31. This meant they have beaten all the opposition apart from the top two and finished their first season in this higher league in mid-table, clearly demonstrating they belong there and improving as the season wore on. For many the highlight of their campaign will be beating Oakham at Pillings Road, having lost 25-0 at home earlier on. Captain Matt Albinson summed up: “It’s been a long and rewarding season which has served up many lessons.”

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Niki Goneva has signed an extension to his Tigers contract

Sadly, on the last day of the season a nine-year old player, Seb Goold, was critically injured by falling from the team coach on the journey home from a tournament in Norfolk. Chairman Neil Jolly said: “Our thoughts are with Seb and his family and we all pray that his condition improves soon. We are all deeply shocked at what has happened and many messages of support have been received from the rugby community throughout the region.” Good luck Seb. Stamford College Old Boys finished safely in eighth position in their division, going down battling to Bedford Swifts but

finishing on a high note with a 20-7 home win versus Bourne. Tries have been hard to come by but full back Guy Cunningham top scored with 62 points. They’ll have been pleased to reach the NDL Vase final. Good luck against Castle Donington. Deepings’ first fifteen have had a season to forget, finishing bottom of the table and not having won a match since November. However, as the team rebuilding continues let’s wish them all the best for next season. They’ve attracted plaudits from many sources for their good humour, sportsmanship and never-say-die attitude. The Ladies thumped Woodbridge earlier this month 57-0 to show them the way.

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Equestrianism

Strong showing from local riders at Belton International BY JULIA DUNGWORTH

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t has been yet another busy few weeks for the local eventers, with Belton International running over the first weekend of April. Mark Todd won the Grantham Cup, which is the big CIC*** class with a convincing lead over Vittoria Panizzon, last year’s winner. Richard Jones was the best placed of the local riders, with a second place in one of the intermediate sections on Jane and David Miles’ Alfies Clover. Ettie Dale from Castle Bytham finished 20th in the Advanced on her own Culteeb after lowering a couple of rails show jumping and Anna Cheney from Oundle had a rookie mistake in the water to finish 31st in the same section. Kelly Aldous also contested Skyfall in one of the Novice sections, but had a rather unfortunate deviation on the cross country and ended up accidently jumping the string off the course! Easter Saturday saw the Woodland Pytchley’s annual point-to-point at Dingley, and record crowds were reported. In all 37 runners took part in the seven races. Jump Cross at Wittering also held its second competition of the year that same weekend, with some 92 riders taking part over the undulating terrain. The bigger Group 2 Class was yet again

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Golf

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Rutland County’s first medal competition of 2014, played off the white tees, provided equal measures of horror and jubilation as bright sunshine and a county breeze tested the skill and determination of a good-sized field. Ollie Huxley’s reward for an impressive gross 74 was a return to Cat.1 as his winning net 68 was one of only two sub-par, net scores in both divisions. John Spinlove dusted off his winter plumage as the sun came out and the fairways quickened, his 82-11-71 giving him second place in Division 1 ahead of a delighted Deggie Palmer on net 72. Dave Rippin stepped into the breach once more, captaining the B team to a worthy half away at Nene Park, in the absence of Roger Overton, who has yet to taste success this season. Chris Palmer and Chris Bower lost 5&4, Deggie Palmer and Dave Waddell won 2&1, Mark Durno and Rick Collins got crunched 5&4, Craig Allan and Ollie Huxley halved and Dave Rippin and Pete Siciliano won 2 up. Final result, 2 ½ - 2 ½ . The Ladies Ping Betterball saw mother and daughter pairing Suzanne and Imogen

Huxley just edge out Pat Wright and Di Barnett on countback with 39 points. Anne Shuttleworth and Ann Milsom were third on 38 points, just ahead of Meg Tasker and Carol Westcott on one behind. The Winter Eclectic result was another success for Imogen Huxley with a cracking net 62 followed by Suzanne Huxley on net 64.5. Michelle Powell was third with 65 and Karen Palmer was fourth on net 66. The seniors had a great turnout for their first medal of the year and although the course has just celebrated its 12th full month without a temporary tee or green and is in fantastic condition, only two seniors recorded a sub-par score. The wind howled and the course showed its teeth – a proper test of golf at its full length. greetham

High winds took their toll on the field of over 13 in the April medal played on the Lakes course too. Only three men and one lady came in with a score under par. Showing that there is life after 70, Keith Heppenstall off 16 led division one from early on in the competition.

Keith, who has been an extra in several films and television series as well as featuring in many advertisements, showed that he wasn’t pretending on the day. He came in with a net 70 to win the division, leaving a gaggle of much younger players in his wake. As a result, he was cut to fourteen. Six-handicapper Paul Clegg was second with 72. Third place was decided on count back after four players finished with a net seventy three. Greetham treasurer Neil Crees took third, Nick Cunnington was fourth, Ryan Tarrant was pushed back to fifth and Graham Smith was sixth. Nick and Ryan shared the lowest gross after both shot a 77. The overall winner of the April medal came from division two. Lewis Daff off 28 had a great round and despite the wind, came in with a net 69. Lewis said that after shooting a 43 on the front nine, just seven over par and well within his handicap, he thought that he was on for a spectacular score overall. He went on to par the very difficult tenth hole into the wind to get the back nine off to a good start but slowed a little with a double bogie on the eleventh.

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