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HOW TO… Stamford & Rutland’s sport and lifestyle magazine

Make toffee apples Brew mulled cider Escape from prison!

Golden GIRL We speak to Crista Cullen on a winning Olympic comeback

Ramp up your Christmas Hamper Start building your feast with great local products

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Editor’s Letter CONGRATULATIONS TO STAMFORD AFC FOR their slice of FA Cup history, and probably the finest result in the 120 years of the club in making the first round proper of the competition. Having almost put Wrexham away at home, they travelled to the Welsh borders to the side playing in the National League (once called the Vauxhall Conference, to you and me) only days later, and battled to 2-0 up, only to have Wrexham fight back in the dying minutes, scoring twice to level the game. Amazingly, an exhausted Stamford scored in extra time and held on to go through. This pretty much sums up the huge heart and unquenchable spirit of the club, which has shown ambition and drive over the last few years to move to a superb new ground, and then found itself treated appallingly by the league with the relegated/not relegated/relegated fiasco over the summer. If you haven’t been to watch a Stamford game at the ground on Ryhall Road, I urge you to go. The atmosphere is friendly yet boisterous, the volunteers that man the gates and the concessions faultlessly helpful and the facilities are spotless. Oh, and the football team’s pretty good too… On a sad note, we had just gone to press as we heard the terrible news of the death of Savenaca ‘Tu’ Koroibulileka while playing rugby for Oakham. Many of us play sport for the sheer joy of it, for the camaraderie and a bit of light relief away from the stresses of life. So when something as tragic as this happens, it really hits home. Oakham is a close-knit, well-run club and they have dealt with the tragedy with great sensitivity and dignity. Our condolences go out to all Tu’s family, friends, comrades and team-mates.

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ISSUE 53 /// NOVEMBER 2016

ACTIVE LIFE 10-11 HOW TO...

Make toffee apples and set the perfect fire

14 NATURE

The seasonal delights on offer outdoors

16-17 HEALTHY EATING

Another tasty recipe from Riverford Organic

23 DAY IN THE LIFE OF...

Rural Roots PR founder Megan Allen

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26 WHAT’S ON

Great things to do locally for all the family

FEATURES 28-31 GOLDEN GIRL

We profile Olympic gold medal winner Crista Cullen

36-40 SNOW RETURN

Where to go for a great skiing holiday, and the best kit

ACTIVE BODY 47-49 GET SKI FIT

Essential advice from Function Jigsaw

50 NUTRITION ADVICE

More from our nutritionist on eating healthily

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54-55 THE FINISHING TOUCHES

Tips and products to help you look great

REGULARS 33 KIT BAG

The latest essential sporting gear

35 MARTIN JOHNSON COLUMN

The Sunday Times writer on the boo boys of sport

61 SPORTSMAN’S DINNER

We try out Prévost in Peterborough

58-59 WILL’S WALKS

A circular route using Burghley Park as its base

65-67 SCHOOL SPORT

Our focus on the latest achievements from local pupils

68-74 ROUND-UP

How clubs in the area are faring

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Food and Wine Art

II Vicolo Festive Menu 2016 Cicchetti / Amuse Bouche

A selection of Italian amuse bouche

*Antipasti / Starters*

*Secondi-Mains*

*Home made Italian chicken livers parfait served with toasted ciabatta and red onion marmalade.

*Tagliatelle monkfish and prawns, fresh home made pasta in sauce of white wine garlic, monkfish and prawns finished with cream and saffron.

*Antipasto misto della casa with selection of our finest cured meats, olives and mozzarella.

*Calamari fritti, deep fried squid served on a bed of mixed leaves and tartar sauce. *Parmigiana di melanzana, baked layers of aubergine in tomato, basil and Parmesan sauce gratin.

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*Prime fillet of beef cooked in Marsala wine and wild mushrooms. *Breast of partridge cooked in tomato and spicy sausage sauce. *Halibut in white wine, olives capers and lemon sauce. *Risotto con funghi porcini, creamy arborio risotto in indulgent porcini mushroom sauce.

*Dolci-desserts* Tiramisú Créme Brulé Limoncello Cheese Cake Selection of Italian Gelato

Il Vicolo Ristorante Italiano. 2-3 Cheyne Lane, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2AX Phone: 01780 480048 Email: ilvicolostamford@hotmail.com Visit: www.ilvicolostamford.co.uk www.facebook.com/Il-vicolo

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Activelife REMEMBER, REMEMBER THE 5TH OF NOVEMBER... HOW TO MAKE TOFFEE APPLES AND MULLED CIDER, SET THE PERFECT FIRE AND START YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING WITH OUR HAMPER IDEAS Edited by Mary Bremner

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HOW TO…

MAKE TOFFEE APPLES Toffee apples and fireworks bring back happy memories of childhood. And they’re pretty easy to make... Ingredients 8 apples 400g golden caster sugar 1 tsp vinegar 4 tbsp golden syrup Method Twist the stalks off the apples. Push a wooden skewer into the stalk end of each apple. Place the apples on some parchment paper close

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to your hob. Put the sugar in a pan with 100ml of water. Cook over a medium heat until the sugar dissolves, then stir in the vinegar and syrup. Set a sugar thermometer in the pan and boil to 150C (or hard crack stage). If you don’t have a thermometer test the toffee by pouring a little into a bowl of cold water. It should harden immediately and be brittle and easy to break when removed. If the toffee is still soft, boil for longer. Working quickly, dip and twist each apple in the hot toffee until covered. Place upright on the baking parchment to set. You may have to reheat the toffee if the temperature drops between each apple. Store in a cool dry place.


HOW TO…

Brew mulled cider Mulled cider is a warming companion to enjoy while watching fireworks. Here’s how to make it... Ingredients 1 litre dry cider 50ml dark rum 250ml apple and ginger tea (use a herbal tea bag) 30g soft dark brown sugar 2 clementines or satsumas 4 cloves 2 cinammon sticks 2 bruised cardamom pods Method ● Pour the cider, rum and herbal tea into a large saucepan, add the sugar and heat over a low heat until the sugar is dissolved. ● Halve the clementines, stick a clove into each half and add to the pan. ● Put the cinammon sticks in the pan, add the cardamom pods and let everything infuse as it comes to boil. ● Once boiled, ladle into glasses and enjoy. Be careful not to burn yourself!

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After

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Light the perfect fire The cold weather is here, but there’s nothing better than curling up in front of an open fire in the evening. Everyone has different ideas of how to lay the perfect fire. Here is ours… Make sure that your kindling and wood are dry and well seasoned. ● Crumple old newspaper into loose balls and place in the grate. Stack the kindling on the paper in a grid, laying it horizontally, and criss-crossing it. Place a couple of small logs on top of the grid. ● Light the newspaper, which will then set the kindling alight. Simple!

Tip: Save wine corks as they make good kindling and always catch quickly. And, always have your chimney swept every year.

12 St Leonards Street Stamford, PE9 2HN

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New Race CiCLE Challenges for 2017 The Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic programme is being revamped for 2017. The women’s race will now have its own race day on Sunday, June 4, along with the junior men’s CiCLE Classic. Both events will be included in the British Cycling National Series. The junior men and elite women will start and finish their races in Melton Mowbray town centre; the men starting at 9.30am and the women at 2pm. The standalone international race will stay with its traditional date - Sunday, April 23 – with 6.5km added to the course. www.cicleclassic.co.uk

ENTER AT YOUR OWN PERIL… You’re locked in a room with your team-mates and only have an hour to escape. There are different elements to the room so by using your logic, common sense, team building skills, multi-tasking and initiative you have an hour to work out the clues and puzzles to unlock the door. You literally will have to think outside the box, and the adrenalin will be pumping through your veins. Welcome to Trapp’d in Corby, the first escape room in Northamptonshire. This phenomenon has become very popular in the US and London and now David Laird and his partner have brought the concept to our area. Based in a large warehouse just outside Corby, Trapp’d has rooms with different, dark themes. There is a high security, terrifying prison; Area 51, which is a government lab where you have to download top secret information to be released and, coming for Hallowe’en, a terrifying themed room. Described as being like the Crystal Maze but darker, Trapp’d all sounds great, high octane and challenging fun. It’s ideal for team building for local businesses but also perfect for groups of friends who want a different experience and want to challenge themselves while having a huge

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laugh at the same time. More rooms are planned in the next few months. And don’t worry if you can’t crack the codes, they will offer advice and guarantee to let you out after an hour! Prices start at £15 per person. www.trappd.com

SHOP OF THE MONTH…

J R Tusting J R Tusting has been producing leather goods since 1875 and currently the fifth generation of the family is running the business. Originally a tannery producing leather, the business has been based at Lavendon since the early 1980s and still makes all of its leather accessories on site. The handbags are fabulous, stylish and made in this country. And if you want good quality luggage this is the place to go. The products are sold all over the world via an online shop or you can call in at Lavendon where you can visit the factory shop and buy products direct. www.tusting.co.uk


Moving stationery. MULTUM

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PUTTING BRITISH CHARCUTERIE ON THE MAP SPECIALISTS IN SALAMIS AND AIR DRIED MEATS

Fine quality personalised notebooks, journals and diaries handbound in Stamford, England

For all your trade enquiries, please contact us: Rutland Charcuterie, Chestnut Farm, Wood Lane, Braunston, Rutland LE15 8QZ T:(+44) 01572 724655 E: info@rutlandcharcuterie.co.uk W: rutlandcharcuterie.co.uk

THE STAMFORD NOTEBOOK Co. Spiegl Press Ltd. Ryhall Road, Stamford, Lincs. PE9 1XH Tel. 01780 762550 www.stamfordnotebooks.co.uk email: team@stamfordnotebooks.co.uk

24 - 27 November The Chestnut Courtyard & Brewhouse

Burghley House Christmas Fair Step into a creative world and rediscover the art of enjoyable Christmas shopping.

Come and enjoy a frothy coffee & fresh homemade food in a warm, cosy & friendly environment!  Frothy’s is a family run independent coffee shop

offering breakfast, light lunches and afternoon teas

 All our food is prepared fresh to order on the premises

using quality locally sourced produce

 Seasonal daily specials board  Sunday Roast  Childrens Menu, highchairs and changing facilities

An opportunity to meet Britain’s most talented makers and purchase inspirational gifts. Featuring on all four days The Burghley Fine Food Fair located in the Stable Courtyard. Both the events are free to enter with free easy parking. Christmas Fair Opening Times: Thursday - Saturday 9:00am - 5:00pm Sunday 9:00am - 4:00pm Food Fair Opening Times: Thursday - Sunday 9:00am - 4:00pm

01428 684494 www.ruralcraftsassociation.co.uk

 Loyalty Card  Warm welcome, excellent customer service &

value for money 12 Ironmonger Street, Stamford, Lincs PE9 1PL Tel: 01780 751110 frothysltd@hotmail.com

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NATURE

MOLES There are estimated to be between 35-40 million moles in the UK, so no wonder they are the bane of many gardeners’ lives. The European (or common) mole is found in the UK and is a native species. It is the only mammal to live solely underground, doing so because they have more red blood cells than other mammals which allows them to live where oxygen levels are low. They are successful diggers, able to

move over 500 times their own body weight of earth in a day, digging up to 200 metres of tunnels. They are also rumoured to eat their own body weight daily, but this is a myth as they only usually eat about half of that. Earthworms are their staple diet, up to 20 a day. Moles are believed to work in four hourly shifts – four hours working, four sleeping, 24 hours a day. This is why you can wake up in the morning and find your garden full of mole hills. Moles aren’t blind, as commonly believed, but they are light sensitive. Their ears are located

internally between the shoulders so their snout acts like a sound tube. Sensory hairs on their body help them navigate in the dark. Moles do not hibernate but burrow more deeply to be below the frost line so they can keep warmer and find food. Until the 20th century it was believed the blood of a freshly killed mole dripped on to warts would cure them. Until the late 1960s moles’ hand and feet were still carried in bags around the necks of some in the Cambridgeshire Fens as they were believed to protect against epilepsy, rheumatism and toothache.

THE TREE SPARROW The tree sparrow is smaller than the house sparrow and both sexes have similar plumage – a brown cap, white cheeks with a black spot and a black bib. It is not found in towns or villages but is a farmland bird which may visit bird feeders in rural gardens. Nests are constructed in hollow trees and birds take readily to nest boxes. Many natural nest sites have been lost in recent years as hollow and ivy covered trees have been felled from hedgerows. Tree sparrows have declined in recent years, not only due to a loss of nest sites, but because intensive farming has removed insects, weed seeds and waste grain from the countryside. Insects are an important food for growing chicks whilst weed seeds and waste grain on stubbles tide the birds over the winter. So where can you find this smart little bird locally? The best site is probably the visitor centre at Lyndon reserve, where small numbers visit the feeders. The willows at the inflow to

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Eyebrook Reservoir are another likely site and it is worth checking flocks of finches and buntings on arable farmland. Terry Mitcham

Ivy A much maligned plant that is usually seen clinging to buildings and trees, it is one of the UK’s few native evergreen plants. Often accused of strangling trees, it should be valued for providing food and shelter to wildlife. It can grow up to 30 metres and the climbing stems have hairs which help it to stick to surfaces as it climbs. Ivy has two different forms – juvenile and mature. It is only the mature ivy that flowers and produces berries. The flowers are yellowish green and form in small clusters known as umbels and are a vital source of food for insects and birds. According to folk lore wearing a wreath of ivy leaves around the head is supposed to prevent you from getting drunk. Ivy is also a symbol of fidelity and it is still customary for brides to add a sprig of ivy to their bouquets.


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Whole grilled mackerel with chickpea couscous, raisins, pine nuts, spinach and lemon INGREDIENTS 4 whole mackerel 1 onion 1 garlic clove 75g couscous Olive oil Salt and pepper 50g raisins 2 lemons 15g fresh mint 30g parsley 300g spinach 25g pine nuts 1 tin chickpeas

METHOD

Rinse the gutted mackerel, pat dry (1). Boil a kettle of water. Finely slice the onion and garlic.

Put the couscous in a heatproof bowl with a glug of olive oil and a good pinch of salt. Pour over just enough boiled water to completely cover the couscous and leave to soak. Put the rest of the boiled water in a large saucepan and heat up for the spinach.

Strip the spinach leaves of any large stalks.

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Put the pine nuts in a dry frying pan and heat them gently, stirring occasionally until lightly golden and toasted (2). Keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn. Leave to one side.

Place the spinach in the pan of boiling water and cook until wilted (1-2 minutes). Drain, rinse under cold water to cool then squeeze to remove excess moisture. Finely chop the leaves.

Drain the raisins then drain the chickpeas into a colander and rinse under cold water. Fluff the couscous up with a fork. Add the onion, chickpeas, pine nuts, raisins, chopped herbs, half the lemon zest and juice, a glug of olive oil and some salt and pepper. Mix everything together including the spinach. Add more lemon juice, zest or seasoning to taste.

Heat your grill to a high heat. Make three or four diagonal slashes into the fish skin (3). Rub them with a little oil on both sides and season inside and out. Lay them directly on a grill tray with a dish underneath to catch the juices.

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Grill the mackerel for 3-4 minutes on each side until just cooked (the flesh should easily pull away from the bone). Take care as you turn it keeping as much skin on as possible.

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a frying pan. Add the onion and fry on a low heat for 10 minutes, adding the garlic after 8. Stir now and then to stop it catching. Add a splash of water if it looks like it might. Remove from heat and leave to cool.

Put the raisins in a mug of cold water to plump them up. Finely zest and juice a lemon. Finely slice four large mint leaves. Wash and dry the parsley.

Serve the mackerel with the couscous and wedges of lemon.

RECIPE BOXES Riverford recipe boxes are a simple and inspiring way to cook. Every week, we deliver everything you need to make three tasty organic meals. Inside each box, you’ll find the freshest, seasonal organic produce, step-by-step recipe cards and all the ingredients in exact quantities. The recipes are quick to cook and ideal for weeknights – most are ready in under

Tip: If when buying the mackerel you are unsure how to gut them, ask the fishmonger to do it for you.

45 minutes. Think well balanced and nutritious, with a few treats thrown in. Their cooks come up with nine new recipes every week, so there is always plenty of choice. There are three different varieties of recipe box - choose from vegetarian, quick, or original. A box for two people ranges in price from £33 for the vegetarian box, to £39.95 for the quick and original boxes. Delivered straight to your door, with everything you need to cook

included, generous portion sizes, and three delicious meals per box they offer great value for money. No waste. No missing the vital ingredient. All you have to do is cook. Visit: www.riverford.co.uk/recipebox to

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CHRISTMAS GOODIES

It’s that time of year again, so we’ve picked some gifts which would make up the perfect Christmas hamper. Happy shopping….

SLOE GIN AND SLOE GIN TRUFFLES £29 What bette r combinat ion... alcoho l and choco late? www.sloeb erryspirits. co.uk

FENNEL AND CORIANDER SALAMI £7 Locally produced charcuterie, and it’s as good as, if not better, than that made in France. www.rutlandcharcuterie.co.uk

ADNAMS COPPER HOUSE DRY GIN £26.99 Voted the world’s best gin in 2013. Infused with six botanicals including sweet orange, juniper and hibiscus www.cellarandkitchen.adnams.co.uk

OM £30 NDLES, FR NEOM CA les to nd ented ca Fabulous sc d o o m ur enhance yo .co.uk ur no ia el m www.a

GODMINSTER ORGANIC WAXED CHEESE, FROM £4.99 Our favourite cheese. Visit the shop to see so much more. www.stamfordcheese.com

STAMFORD NOTEBOOK £16.95 Made from recycled leather and using British paper. Handbound in Stamford, and can be personalised. www.stamfordnotebooks.co.uk

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LAMBERTS DELI (SMOKED SALMON) A delicatessen that sells locally produced products, many of them smoked. Pop in and have a look in Cheyne Lane, Stamford. www.lamberts-stamford.co.uk


PARMA HAM Emerson and Wests in Market Harborough has a vibrant deli and bakery selling a range of mouthwatering English and continental foods. www.emersonandwests.co.uk

LARGE TOTE BAG £12.95 Just the right size to fit the contents of this hamper into, and made in Rutland as well. www.snowdesignsandinteriors.com

PORT TEAM SOPHIE ALL G, FROM £10 GEORGE MU so other a chin mug, al A fine bone m each fro oducts. £1 household pr eorge. G am Te ds ar sale goes tow om t.c allpor www.sophie

E MAT ROUND GLASS TABL /SERVING MAT £14.99 tware from Locally produced gif ah Stillman. Sar ner sig de d nte tale gns.co.uk esi and illm www.sarahst

LADIES HIP FLASK Small and compact, the perfect handbag sized hip flask. It will make a fabulous Christmas present. www.robinsonsofstamford.com

THE TEA PRINCE Everyone deserves good tea and local entrepreneur George Gutteridge Smith has devoted a website to it. www.theteaprince.co.uk

MELTON HUNT CAKE £9.95 The best fruitcake in the business from Melton’s Dickinson and Morris - and a must for Christmas. www.porkpie.co.uk

NIGHT DIFFUSER £35 A subtle way to softly scent a room all day. This essence brings a sophisticated, after dark sensuality scent to your room. www.whitecompany.com

PORK PIES, FR OM £1.35 Every hamper m ust include a po rk pie, and – if you’r e having a pork pie – it has to be from Nelsons. Hand made in St amford, they deliver them all over the world. www.nelsonsbu tchers.co.uk

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WELCOME TO THE 3-2-1 CHALLENGE Jess Lamb tells us about her and her teammates’ new challenge... I think most people are familiar with the conversations that often happen when you’re a few beers down on a Friday night. “I’m going to climb Kilimanjaro”, or “I’m going to do an Iron Man”. However, in the cold light of day, these ideas never seem so appealing and tend to get forgotten, at least until the next Friday. But the 3-2-1 Challenge was born when one such Friday night discussion refused to go away. The theory is simple; three people running a total of six marathons across three countries in three months. So here we are – Alex Way, owner of The Wine Bar in Stamford; James Tarver, compliance manager at Whites Recycling; and me, Jess Lamb, international sales manager for Sophie Allport. Alex is our resident marathon expert and will run three for three, kicking off with the Rome Marathon (known for being a good flat course)

on April 2, on to Prague in May and finishing off with the romantically-named Midnight Sun Marathon in Norway on June 17. I will join him in Rome and Norway, and James will complete the team in Rome. That’s a total distance of 253.17 kilometres, or 157.31 miles! In terms of experience, Alex already has three races, including the London Marathon, under his belt. Rather sickeningly for the rest of us he is perfectly capable of not training for months and then getting the train to Peterborough and running the 15 miles home to Stamford at the drop of a hat. In contrast, James and I are both first-time marathoners and tend to be much more comfortable with a good bottle of red in The Wine Bar than a 20-mile run! Of course, this will be an enormous physical and mental challenge for all of us and is not the kind of thing that you undertake without some extra motivation, which is why the 3-2-1 Challenge will be raising money for two very worthy charities. First is the Pelargos Foundation, an excellent Stamford-based charity which fund-raises for a number of different causes each year including Team George and WaterAid. Second is Parkinson’s UK; Parkinson’s disease has affected the families of both James and myself so is a cause extremely close to our hearts. Over the next few months, you will be able to follow our highs, and inevitable lows, in Active. Hopefully it will be a story worth reading… www.thepelargosfoundation.org www.parkinsons. org.ukFollow us on Instagram 321marathonchallenge

Catherine Faux left Stamford High School and trained as a doctor working at Addenbrookes. Always competitive and sporty, she was competing in triathlons throughout her training and getting good results as an amateur. “I’m one of those all or nothing people,” says Catherine,” so had to put the triathlons on the back burner once I qualified as a doctor.” But two years after qualifying, Catherine decided to give the sports world all of her attention, moved back to Stamford and has become a professional athlete. Not one to do things by halves she won her first professional race in Vichy in France. She was well on the way to qualifying for the world championships in October 2017 but picked up a stress fracture. She has just started working with Westside Gym where one of their trainers is offering one to one sessions, and is keen to hear from any physios or sports therapists who think they can help her. www.facebook.com/gofauxgo or follow her blog http://catherine-a-box.blogspot.co.uk

MARK DESERTS THE DESERT Mark Alderson, who was intending to run the Marathon des Sables this year, has had to put it on the back burner for a couple of years. He has decided that the timing just isn’t right so has put the race on hold for the moment.

WE NEED YOU…. Are you setting yourself a sporting challenge? If so, get in touch. We’d love to hear from you if you are planning a big adventure – whether on foot, bike, vehicle or even on horseback – so we can feature you in Active. Email mary@theactivemag.com

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A day in the life of

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was brought up in Rutland and went to school at UCC before studying A levels at Stamford College. I knew I wanted to be a journalist so after university in Northampton I was lucky to join the Rutland Times as a junior reporter training on the job. I moved on to the Stamford Mercury before deciding to head to London and the bright lights to further ‘my brilliant career’. But London was not all it was cracked up to be. I was very much a tiny fish in a big pond, it was unfriendly and I missed being at home in the countryside. I think many of us find this, believing the grass is always greener and not realising what we have right under our noses. Maybe you need to go away to appreciate it. There is always this perception that to succeed you need to live in a big city, but it’s not true. There are lots of very successful, professional people living locally, many running very successful businesses. And they are able to enjoy living in fabulous surroundings in a friendly community such as ours and really do have the best of both worlds. I headed off to South Africa to do some volunteering work and knew I wanted to work for a charity using my writing skills when I came back. I found that I was good at marketing, PR and communications. I returned to Rutland and started working for Sacrewell where I honed my PR skills. That was four years ago, but earlier this year I decided it was time for a change and to branch out on my own. I had realised there were many small businesses locally that needed PR support but did not necessarily want to use a London agency, or any agency at all, in fact. A lot of the city agencies don’t ‘get’ smaller rural businesses, but I do. I can offer realistic solutions without it costing the earth. I was brought up in the countryside and know the mindset of smaller communities. It can take years to build up a good reputation locally and it can be lost so quickly. I also think rural life and communities are overlooked by national media, so this is where I come in. I bit the bullet and set up on my own company – Rural Roots PR. I am delighted that Sacrewell were my first clients and I am now building up many more locally. I still enjoy writing so have a blog on my website about people, places and businesses which knit the British countryside together. I’ve recently been blogging about local tourist spots and the beauty of Rutland. A typical day for me would be to get up between 7 and 8 in the morning. The first thing

‘I can offer realistic solutions without it costing the earth’ I’ll do is feed my kitten Lagertha. She’s named after a Viking and we’ve only had her three months, she’s great company. I’ll try to have something oaty for breakfast. I have to confess to eating flapjack recently as I have been having a bit of a baking spree, and all washed down with gallons of tea. I love tea! I’ll then take my husband Nick to work in Lyndon. We only have one car at the moment so I have to drop him off so I can use the car during the day. Then it’s back home to my office which is at the top of my house in the attic. I have only been working for myself for a few months so it still feels a bit strange at times to be working from home, but I make sure I have at least one meeting a day to go to so I get out of the house and meet people. I am delighted that my business is taking off so well. It’s great to be back in the community, part of it, running a business and catching up

with people I met in my reporting days. I really want to push rural life and businesses. Along with the PR I am helping people work with social media to their advantage, it can be a great business tool. When I’m not working I like to be outside. I have been training hard for a midnight walk up Snowdon, which I did last month. It was to raise money for cancer, a cause close to my heart. I enjoyed training around the peninsular on Rutland Water and up at Fineshade. I’ve kept the training up and, if I’m not outside, I’ll swim at Barnsdale. I love the autumn and there’s nothing better than going for a good long walk. My life has turned out completely differently to what I planned. But I’ve learnt a lot and think, at last, I’ve got the work/life balance about right. www.rural-roots.co.uk, megan@rural-roots.co.uk 07951 422288.

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WHAT’S ON There’s lots going on in our area this month – and Christmas seems to be dominating proceedings ■ Don’t forget the Angel Fair at Thorpe Hall on December 3-4. More than 50 stalls have already confirmed attendance and all proceeds go to Sue Ryder. Sponsorship opportunities are still available, along with tickets for the champagne reception on December 2. Email Lady Victoria Leatham for more details before December 1. victoria.leatham@me.com ■ Rutland Cycling is holding its Family Santa Ride on Sunday, December 18, from 10am. A gentle pedal suitable for everyone, dressing up is an option! Cost £5 per family with proceeds going to Sue Ryder. There are prizes for the best festive fancy dress and best dressed bike. www.rutlandcycling.com/rides

■ Stamford Christmas Festival is returning on Sunday, November 27. There will be traditional craft stalls and lots of family entertainment as well as the local shops being open. And keep an eye out for Santa. www.stamfordtowncouncil.gov.uk ■ Sacrewell Christmas shop opens its doors on November 3 after a major refurbishment. There will be taster events from suppliers such as Two Birds Spirits and Neneview Dairy as well as excellent bargains. The

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shop will remain open until Christmas Eve. www.sacrewell.org.uk ■ Rockingham Castle is reliving a Christmas past between November 21-25. The castle is going back in time to show how Christmas Eve 1849 was celebrated and can be seen in all its festive glory. There will be delicious locally sourced homemade food for sale as well as Christmas gifts and decorations. www.rockinghamcastle.com

■ Corby Glen is also holding its Christmas Fayre on Sunday, November 27, from 10am in the Church Street Rooms. Lots of stalls, cakes and fun for the children. Santa will also be visiting.

■ Rutland Cycling is also hosting another Mountain Bike Demo Day on Sunday, November 6, at Wakerley Woods. There will be the chance to ride the 2017 demo fleets and talk to experts. There is a small administration fee. www.rutlandcycling.com/rides


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Feature /// Crista Cullen

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GOLDEN GIRL Gold medal-winning Olympian, former Leicester hockey player and Oakham pupil Crista Cullen has had a remarkable career. Her ex-teacher Charles Welch pays tribute Photographs: Darren Crush (Leicester) and Frank Uijlenbroek (Team GB)

DOUBTLESS IT WILL not be the last sporting career to be described as having a fairytale ending, but few journeys will have contained the kind of about turn and subsequent Olympic joy than that of Crista Cullen. One thing can be said for certain: the gold medal success of the Great Britain women’s hockey side in Rio 2016 brought the most deserved end to the sporting career of the finest athlete I have had the privilege of working with over the course of 27 years of coaching school sport, having been the director of sport when Crista was at Oakham. It was no surprise to hear that, four days after Hollie Webb sealed gold in the dramatic penalty shuffles against the Netherlands (let us not forget the outstanding part played by goalkeeper Maddie Hinch), Cullen was unable to speak – the result of not only the celebrations on that memorable evening, but also the following one, her 31st birthday. Playing hard, on and off the field, has long been a Cullen trait. It has served her well. The twist in the story took place last October, just 10 months before the Olympics. At ‘home’ in Nairobi, three years into her retirement following London 2012, Cullen took a phone call from the Great Britain hockey coach. The request was simple – would she consider a return to the squad and thereby the prospect of a third Olympics? The squad needed her penalty corner scoring prowess; equally they needed her fearless defensive bravery. To many it would seem an obvious answer, but to Cullen it meant leaving behind a

fledgling, but highly promising professional career in Kenya, as well as her beloved conservation work that she continues to feel so passionate about. And, in her typically unselfish way, there was a bigger question to answer. How would the girls who had carried the baton since London react to her potential return, so close to Rio? That, as she admits, “wrestled with her more than anything” but, from my conversations with her at the time, it was clear that the Olympic flame was still burning brightly inside, and the chance to go one, perhaps two steps, beyond the bronze medal won at London in 2012 was just too good to resist. Within no time, Cullen was back in the UK, making the daily commute to the training base at Bisham Abbey. The fitness levels had not diminished, but by her own admission the precise, repetitive and explosive actions demanded from the designated number one penalty corner drag flick exponent had. There were no short cuts, but there again there never have been in her career. It was down to her, and so the long winter months brought unrelenting periods of practice to reach the level at which she again became the automatic selection that had already brought her close to 200 England and Great Britain caps over the course of an international career spanning 13 years. The 2016 Champions Trophy in June represented the last chance for the side, and indeed those within it, to impress ahead of final selection for Rio. Held on home soil at the Olympic Park in London, little seemingly went

right for the team in finishing fifth (from six competing nations). However, it was what was going on behind the scenes that might have impacted on results. ‘’Everything was being geared towards Rio, and we were being pushed unbelievably hard in training throughout that tournament, as well as playing international hockey just about every other day,’’ recalls Cullen. ‘’But we knew what our ultimate goal was and never allowed anything to deflect us from that.’’ Selection for Rio followed (‘’a great relief’’) as did further evidence that there was something special building within the team unit – a squad decision even brought a social media ban throughout the games to ensure the focus and mindset was retained throughout. A win over Australia got the side off to the best possible start in Rio. The successful pool games led to a quarter-final against Spain, with a 3-1 victory taking the side to a semi-final against New Zealand – opponents Cullen describes as “the most physical you can meet, but for that reason, perhaps the most enjoyable’’. Indeed, the by now rapidly growing following that the GB girls were enjoying on prime time TV witnessed Cullen leaving the field for eight stitches in a head wound before quickly returning to the fray to secure a 3-0 win and a place in the final against traditional foes the Netherlands. ‘‘I couldn’t get the doctor to put the stitches in quickly enough – all I could think about was the planned programme of roll-on and roll-off substitutions that I was making a mess of,’’ she

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Feature /// Crista Cullen

‘Everything was geared towards Rio... we knew our goal and never allowed anything to deflect us from that’ says in her typically straightforward, teamorientated manner. A smile comes to her face when I recount that the BBC News at 10pm was continuously delayed as Great Britain – aided by a ‘mis-hit’ Cullen goal – twice came from behind to draw 3-3 and take the match to penalty shuffles. And so to Maddie Hinch, a long standing room mate of Cullen’s over recent years when hockey has taken them to all parts of the globe. ‘’I never had any doubt that Maddie would be the match winner that night – she was just so mentally right at that point, and it was as if she had a stranglehold over the Dutch,’’ recounts Cullen, as we watch a playback of the now famous shuffles. ‘’Don’t ask me too much about the next 24 hours,’’ I am told, and knowing just how she will have celebrated, I move on. A career that began at Banda Prep School in Nairobi, became rooted, grew and flourished at Oakham School, and then saw significant success at club and international level with Leicester, England and Great Britain has now concluded with the ultimate – an Olympic gold medal. Justice has in a sense been done. As director of sport throughout her time at Oakham School, I am inevitably asked ‘‘how good was Crista at school?’’ My answer has remained untouched for many years. I was blessed to oversee the development of what are now household international performers – Broad, Croft, Goode to name but three – as well as a host of current sporting professionals. At a young age all had great talent, desire, and an ever increasing mental toughness; Cullen had all of those, coupled with a level of athleticism that was way beyond any of her peers – she was the ultimate athlete. Just as she will now, I suggest, take her second ‘and final’ retirement having achieved her ultimate goal, I will also rest easier knowing now that a special talent has been part of a truly special story. Hockey will miss her, but thankfully this country won’t have to – at least for the time being. She plans to develop her natural affinity for elite level coaching and corporate speaking, as well as a potential career in the media. And, just in case you have not seen or heard her in these spheres, she is as engaging and motivational off the field as she was determined and successful on it. Charles Welch is headmaster at Witham Hall School and Crista’s former director of sport at Oakham

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Crista shows off the gold medal she won at the Rio Olympics, much to the delight of the pupils she was visiting at Witham Hall School

“I STARTED PLAYING FOR THE U13C TEAM…” Crista Cullen visited Witham Hall School recently to talk about her career and outlook. She outlined how, aged 5, she had set out on her path in exactly the same way as the children in front of her had done. She talked about the dedication and commitment she had given to achieving her

ultimate goal, and related it to any passion the children might have. Crista pointed out her time at Oakham began in the U13C team, highlighting just what can be achieved from any starting point. Her words proved highly inspirational to all present. Crista then spent the morning in the

school, attending classes, meeting pupils, showing the gold medal and signing autographs – primarily on hockey sticks! Crista Cullen is engaged in a range of coaching and speaking commitments through diana@silverfoxmedia. co.uk www.silverfoxmedia.co.uk

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Goading from the gallery and taunts on the terrace Martin Johnson ponders punishing the boo boys of sport he opponents of capital punishment are doubtless well intentioned, but you wonder how many of them have ever attended a golf tournament in the USA. When you hear, for the umpteenth time, some halfwit yelling “in the hole!”, the only struggle with your conscience, quite frankly, would be whether to vote for the electric chair or lethal injection. A chum of mine actually supports the old fashioned military method of execution by firing squad. The miscreant is first required to dig his own grave, and then, when a volley of rifle shots sends him tumbling into it, a specially selected audience would all cry in unison: “in the hole!” However, when it comes to the Ryder Cup it all gets a bit nastier, and there were times during the latest instalment in Minnesota when I found it hard to distinguish between Americans shouting for the USA and Americans shouting for Donald Trump. For some reason, the Ryder Cup in Europe doesn’t produce such nastiness, just the brain numbing repetitiveness of people chanting “olé” all day long. But whether it’s the USA, Europe, the UK, or anywhere in the world, you can always find events which bring out both the worst and the best in sporting crowds. By comparison with a football match in Glasgow, a Ryder Cup in America is about as hostile as a meeting of the North Fife Rotary Club. In the movie Rollerball they did away with war and replaced it with a game. But in Scotland, they did away with a game and replaced it with war. They called it the Old Firm Derby, not so much in the context of Marks and Spencer, as the Krays. The one I went to was at Ibrox and when the visiting players got off the bus, they were treated to a volley of spittle, shouts of “bastards!”, and a song that was largely undecipherable save for the odd word and phrase. Such as “Pope”, “Vatican”, and an unflattering reference to the sexual proclivities of cardinals. It was all rather different to the kind of football crowd I grew up with, standing on the terraces of Somerton Park with my father watching Newport County. The spectators all wore cloth caps and drank Bovril, and rather than indulge in collective baying, it was always a lone voice which cut through the glum silence. “Rubbish Hunt!” The Hunt being the Newport 10 Ralph, who was no George Best and stoically bore all the taunts which came his way until the day he finally cracked. For once, a long clearance from the goalie led to Ralph for once trapping the ball rather than missing it, resulting in a howl of laughter and mocking applause. Which Ralph

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acknowledged by picking up the ball, booting it into the crowd and raising two fingers. With both hands. Mind you, things seem to have changed a bit since then, as I found out when my brother and I went to Worcester v Newport in a first round FA Cup tie one drizzly winter evening. We chose to stand behind the goal at one end, and couldn’t work out why the area behind the far goal was completely deserted. I’d dug out my own black and amber scarf for the occasion, which prompted a chap standing near us to holler to a couple of policemen that two away ‘fans’ were standing at what they described as the ‘wrong’ end. Whereupon we were escorted to the ‘right’ end, a walk which involved listening to some pretty ordinary language, and, on a couple of occasions, having to duck out of the way of some coins and a half full Coke can. At Worcester v Newport! Higher up football’s food chain, hostile crowds make even more serious demands on the resources of the local constabulary, but interestingly rugby union’s move from amateur to professional, has not resulted in the need for anything more than a couple of bobbies. The crowds are bigger and more vocal, and, you’d have to say, more one-eyed. Every penalty given against the Tigers at Welford Road means that the ref is informed that he’s a total plonker in urgent need of an optician, and ditto with Northampton at Franklins Gardens. However, the support is essentially nothing but good natured, and you wonder why some sports bring out the worst in crowds, and others the best. Take the tennis at Wimbledon. The spectators appear able to get through a tense five-setter involving their hero without shouting anything more offensive than “c’mon!”. Even up on Henman Hill everyone is perfectly well behaved, and doing what all crowds do when they see themselves on a giant screen. Which is to wave at themselves. Cricket crowds are not what they used be, apparently unable to watch a Test match without first getting dressed up as a banana, or the Archbishop of Canterbury, but not even the frenetic pace of Twenty20 has turned spectators into anything more than loud and boisterous. Which is why it’s both strange and sad to see how the Ryder Cup – faintly ludicrously for a sport largely indulged in by rotund pensioners pushing trollies – has managed to get itself associated with sportsmanship at its worst.  Martin Johnson has been a sports journalist and author since 1973, writing for the Leicester Mercury, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times. He currently writes columns for The Rugby Paper and The Cricket Paper, and has a book out called ‘Can I Carry Your Bags?’.

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Feature /// Skiing

SNOW RETURN! It’s time to start thinking about where to go for the upcoming ski season. We choose our favourite resorts for all budgets

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Feature /// Skiing ON A BUDGET WHERE TO SKI: CAUTERETS

Cauterets, in France, could do with some better marketing: it has one of the best snow records and longest seasons in the Pyrenees, but is relatively unknown and as a result prices are much lower than in other Alpine resorts. Probably though it is not a resort for the ski monster. The pistes require a 12-minute cable car ride and the skiing is very much for beginners and intermediates, although four miles away is good cross-country skiing in the Pont d’Espagne area. Where to stay: Go self-catering, or even try Airbnb, as there are plenty of well-stocked supermarkets and shops. If you want to go really cheap, there is hostel-type accommodation at the Gite Beau Soleil.

WHERE TO SKI: MAYRHOFEN

Mayrhofen might seem like a surprising contender as a budget ski resort, given that it has a well-known reputation for extreme skiing and partying. As part of the Zillertal valley, it is virtually one giant resort stretching from Hochfügen and Kaltenbach to the north east, through Zell am Ziller and its linked village of Gerlos, to the Hintertux glacier, open all year, at the far end to the south. Where to stay: Typically Austrian in its detailed organisation, the Mayrhofen tourist board offers a wide range of great deals at certain times of the season if you are sharp and keep a close eye on their website at mayrhofen.at

WHERE TO SKI: SLOVENIA

One of the best budget skiing destinations in Eastern Europe is Slovenia. Vogel is located in Triglav National Park above Lake Bohinj, and the skiing is situated in two bowls, and is suited to beginners and intermediates. There is a decent black run complete with steep drops and tree-lined chutes down from the top of Sija – the resort’s highest peak, but good skiers will run out of things to do pretty quickly. Where to stay: Even a quick search on the internet found apartments near Vogel for two adults costing less than £500 total for a week next season. Obviously you won’t be skiing straight into your chalet’s boot room, but the buses to resort are pretty cheap.

IN THE MIDDLE WHERE TO SKI: SAUZE D’OULX

Sauze d’Oulx in Italy has undergone a transformation over the past few years which means now is a great time to go: it was once known as a rowdy, party hard resort and, let’s be honest, was seen as a bit chavvy by ski resort standards. But it has cleaned up its act, and is now back to being a cute Italian mountain village. The result is quieter slopes, lots of intermediate skiing, and good value for money restaurants, too.

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Where to stay: Located in Jouvenceaux and a short walk from the four-man chairlift to the Sportinia ski area, great for avoiding the queues at the Sauze village lifts, the appeal of the Hotel Martin lies in its comfortable lounge area with open fireplace, delightful dining room with wood beams and bar with draught beer where evenings are spent in a convivial atmosphere.

WHERE TO SKI: LES MENUIRES

According to those in the know, Les Menuires is where Meribel chalet owners send their guests when they ask for the best, quiet, on-piste skiing in the Three Valleys. It may be famous for its eyesore architecture, but beyond the multi-storey apartment blocks lies one of the most neglected, yet sporting, corners of the entire ski area – the 2804m Pointe de la Masse. Where to stay: Many of Les Menuires’ apartments are small and pretty basic. But a week in one of them can be had for the price of lunch in one of the posh restaurants elsewhere in

the Three Valleys. Increasingly, the resort’s facilities are putting its posher neighbours to shame, too. It now has two public pools: Aquafun and Aquaspa.

WHERE TO SKI: SERRE CHEVALIER

In France, big inter-linked ski areas usually come at a premium. But that’s not the case in Serre Chevalier. Squirreled away in the Alps, south of Grenoble, it has a softer, more Gallic atmosphere than its A-list cousins in the north, and noticeably lower prices. Where to stay: In high season, a three-star hotel is roughly half the price you’d pay for some three-stars in Val d’Isere. The Grand Hotel Serre Chevalier 3 stars is a traditional mountain Lodge style hotel in the center of Chantemerle village (Hautes Alpes). Due to its location in the heart of Chantemerle, you have direct access to ski lifts for skiers wanting to get on the mountain quickly and easily, and the rooms have been recently renovated to a high standard too.


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Courchevel 1850 has long been the flagship for exclusive ski holidays in France. It is at one end of the huge Trois Vallées ski area, which means you can ski to similarly starry neighbours Meribel and Val Thorens. Courchevel boasts two Michelin-starred restaurants, one at the Chabichou Hotel and the at La Bateau Ivre. Early in the season, it will be full of Russian oligarchs and their entourages. March is a good time to go. Where to stay: Le Strato Hotel is situated at the foot of the ski slopes – you can ski straight into the plush, concierged boot room with its own champagne bar, while the spa includes a swimming pool, sauna, fitness centre, hairdresser and personal trainer. Decorated in a refined and contemporary style, the stylish rooms and suites at Le Strato feature designer furnishings and parquet flooring and views of the slopes. Traditional Mediterranean and Alpine cuisine is served in the gastronomic Michelin starred restaurant. Suites cost from around £3,000 a week.

WHERE TO SKI: ST MORITZ

There are numerous beautiful, chocolate-box chalet-style resorts in Switzerland but the king of bling is the incomparable St Moritz in the Graubünden region. Here the adventurous eccentrics of the gentry risk their lives on the infamous Cresta Run, race their horses on the frozen lake, and then try a little skijoring (skiing dragged behind unbroken horses on the lake at speeds over 50kph). The skiing is great, but the

people watching combined with the off mountain activities make it a mind blowing destination. Go in February to do the Cresta and see the horse races. Where to stay: Badrutt’s Palace is steeped in old money – it was Alfred Hitchcock’s favourite Alpine retreat and has been housing the rich and famous for 120 years. As well as luxurious rooms, shopping and restaurants and the usual spa facilities, Badrutt’s even has its own ice rink.

WHERE TO SKI: ASPEN

Aspen in Colorado has been the home to celebrities and billionaires for 40 years but still stays true to its mining town roots with down to

earth locals and strict adherence to an architectural code. For posing and celebrity spotting you have to ski on the Ajax Mountain right above the town. The restaurants here are typically large American fare but you can also go very upscale at Piñons, Renaissance, Olives in The St Regis and Syzygy. The J Bar in Jerome’s Hotel is probably the best restaurant/bar to catch sight of a few celebrities. Where to stay: A landmark since it opened in Aspen in 1889, Hotel Jerome is renowned among luxury hotels across the world for its relaxed elegance, gracious service and authentic mountain spirit. World-class dining and spa offerings contribute to a truly elevated and unique experience.

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AS THE NIGHTS CLOSE IN and the days get colder, skiers begin to turn their thoughts to the slopes. Decisions have to be made on chalets, lift passes, new jackets and salopettes. But while you may look good on the slopes, how can you put yourself in the best possible shape to improve your performance and reduce the risk of injury. SHORT, SHARP BURSTS TO STAY FOCUSED AND FIT Skiing and snowboarding can be dangerous sports and the risk of injury can be high. Knee ligament injuries make

up around 40-50% of all ski and snowboard injuries. As injury management partners of the British Ski & Snowboard Association, we have dealt with our fair share of skiing injuries. So over the page are eight exercises that are great for helping you to reduce your risk of knee injuries on the slopes. They will also improve your knees’ stability if you have suffered from a knee ligament injury in the past. Stay with them and do them well. Remember – short, sharp bursts. Get fit and stay focused...

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TRX DL SQUAT This is a great exercise for getting your quads, glutes and hamstrings to work together. Work on 4x15 repetitions, keeping the Active Band nice and taut just above your knees. Keep the tempo nice and slow. Four seconds down and one second up. BULGARIAN SPLIT SQUATS It’s a great single leg exercise to challenge balance and control, as well as strength. With your back leg resting on a box, slowly lower down into a lunge and pop back up again. Again a slow tempo of four seconds down and one second up with 4x12 repetitions. CRAB WALKS With the Active Band just above knees, this exercise is predominantly for the glutes. Again, use single leg control and aim at trying to reduce knee valgus (internal knee collapse) which is a large cause of knee injuries. Try 10 steps to the left and then four to the right.

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ROPES Ropes help cardiovascular fitness and core strength while maintaining a strong base of support. Pick up the ropes and, as quickly as you can for 20 seconds, lift one up and down alternating the hands as you go. PENGUIN WALKS With the Active Band up on your knees, pop up on to your toes and walk like a penguin, keeping your legs nice and stiff and tight. Do 10 steps forwards and 10 backwards. Repeat this four times.

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number seven on his back. He inherited this jersey from some of the greatest names in New Zealand rugby history, including players such as Dave Gallaher, Ian Kirkpatrick and Michael Jones. In the same way they did for him, McCaw’s job was to pass his jersey on to the next man, in a better state than when he got it. Each player is able to produce a similar list of great men who have worn his jersey before him. All understand the privilege and honour that comes with being an All Black and they are determined, to a man, to ensure that they leave the legacy enhanced for their successors. This is a powerful motivating factor that drives their

unquenchable thirst for the highest standards of performance. The notions of ‘unify and inspire the nation’ and ‘leave the jersey in a better place’ are examples of how the All Blacks develop a deep-rooted sense of purpose. Purpose is a powerful concept when it comes to performance. A precondition for getting people to perform consistently at their best and give discretionary effort comes from having a powerful purpose. It cannot be taken for granted. Developing a strong sense of purpose is critical for any organisation aspiring for high performance. It needs to be clear, it needs to connect for people, and it needs to be reinforced in practical ways all the time. The standard of ‘okay’ is not okay! The Maori language is native to New Zealand and is an important part of the heritage of the nation. There is an ancient

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The report highlighted the fact that they missed targets for player retention and fan engagement. In a country where every move made by the organisation is scrutinised, ad nauseam, this level of transparency and honest self-reflection around organisational performance is unusual. Few, if any, international governing bodies in other sports are brave enough to publish their performance ratings in this manner. It is a major factor in ensuring that the organisation never ceases to strive for excellence in everything it does. The same principle is adopted by the players and coaches in the national team. In spite of completing a historic 100% record in 2013 on the back of winning the Rugby World Cup in 2011, they always see room for improvement. The leadership structure within the squad – made up of coaches, players and support staff – speak of operating to a standard of world class,

not just good. Darren Shand is the All Blacks team manager, a role he has served in since 2004. “What really drives us is the constant challenge to play the perfect game and then do it again the following week”, Shand says. In other words, the All Blacks look to deliver consistent perfection. This is the holy grail they are chasing. As a result, they analyse every performance with a critical eye on what could have been better. Throughout that 14-game, 100% winning season of 2013, the post-game review processes identified areas where improvements could be made. The standards against which the team holds itself are set from within. “We look to ourselves to set the standards we aspire to”, Shand observes. “We set our own agenda and don’t benchmark ourselves against our competitors.” As the undisputed number one team in the world, this is another core principle that contributes to the All Blacks’ preeminence. Complacency is the enemy of improvement when you are at the top and so it is crucial that standards are constantly challenged in the pursuit of perfection. No matter how good they get, you sense that the All Blacks will always look to raise the bar further. For the All Blacks, the standard of ‘okay’ is not okay. The same zealous pursuit of continual improvement is evident in every example listed in this book. High-performance organisations never settle for good enough. It can always be better. They never stop thinking about ways to improve. They never assume their performance advantage will last unless they focus on how they keep raising standards. It is a constant narrative. It becomes part of the organisational DNA.

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ACTIVE BODY are so many different claims on fat. By law, if a product is ‘low fat’ it must contain less than 3g fat per 100g. If it is ‘light’ or ‘lite’ it must be at least 30% lower in calories or fat than the standard product • Fat free – the food must contain less than 0.15g per 100g of product. • Per serving – this is often used to entice us in to thinking we are eating a low calorie option; however, the serving size is often unrealistically small • Organic – must contain at least 95% organic ingredients • No added sugar – This does not mean that the product contains ‘no sugar’ or that it is not still a high sugar product • Unsweetened – this means that no extra sugar or sweetener has been added • Reduced salt - the food must contain no more than 0.5g sodium per 100g • Free from alcohol – the product should contain no more than 0.05% alcohol • Farm fresh – a meaningless term which is open to mis-interpretation • Beneficial to health – if a food claims to be ‘healthy’, it must have proof to back up why it is healthy.

WORD GAMES It’s really important to understand food labelling if you are going to eat healthily, says nutritional adviser Helen Cole Have you ever looked much closer at a food label claiming to be ‘healthy’, or are you satisfied that the word in itself is enough to convince you that you are making the right choice? Sometimes, food labels are true to word; however, on the whole, terminology is used so that we are lulled in to a false sense of security. We are all familiar with the terms ‘reduced fat’, ‘less fat’ and ‘less salt’ and they are indeed lower than the original versions, but are there ‘hidden nasties’? Here, we will look at some examples of the terminology used to entice us and try to better understand food labels... PLAYING WITH WORDS While food labels cannot, by law, lie about what the food contains, some do play on words. For example, you might see a fruit and nut oat bar that claims to be ‘vitamin enriched’, which makes it sound healthy, when it may still in fact be loaded with sugar, fat, salt and high in calories. Another example is a carton of soup claiming to

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contain ‘all natural’ ingredients, but these may include cream, wine and chicken fat, which are high in calories and fat. SO, WHAT IS THE LAW? The following information must, by law, be present on all food labels: • The name of the manufacturer • Whether the food has undergone any process, such as smoking or drying • Correct photography – if a product contains food flavouring, rather than the fresh ingredient, it cannot show a photograph of the fresh ingredient • The name of the product must also be true; for example ‘roast chicken flavour crisps’ do not need to contain roast chicken; however, a chicken pie must • All ingredients must be listed in descending order of weight •‘ Use by’ and ‘Best before’ dates are important to determine if food is safe. UNDERSTAND THE TERMINOLOGY • Low fat – this is a confusing one, as there

HIGHS AND LOWS The following figures should help you to determine whether a product is high or low in the 3 key nutrients (fats, salt and sugar) and are based on 100g of a product: • Sugars – 10g+ is high, 2g and under is low. The new GDA* on sugar intake is 5% of total energy (calories) per day. • Fat – 20g+ is high, 3g and under is low. • Saturated fat – 5g+ is high, 1g and under is low • Salt – 1.25g (or 0.6g sodium) is high, 0.8g (or 0.1g sodium) is low. NUTRITION INFORMATION • *GDA (Guideline Daily Amounts) – shows the consumer the amount of kilocalories, fat, saturated fat, salt and sugars they should be consuming per day, in order to maintain weight and health. Where the term ‘per serving and % GDA’ appears on food labels, the consumer can see how the amount of the key nutrients per serving compares to the guideline. • The traffic light system – this has been introduced to help consumers easily identify the amount of key nutrients present (fats, sugar and salt). Red highlights that the product is high in any of these nutrients, amber is medium and green is low. The key point to remember is to get the right overall balance in our diets and to understand food labels in order to make the right choices based on fact, not what the manufacturer wants us to believe. Information in this article is provided by Future Fit Training.


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ACTIVE BODY 4. YOUR DIET LACKS PROBIOTICS A healthy gut is made by limiting the bad bacteria and encouraging the good. “Feed the good bacteria with fibrous foods and probiotics, found in fermented foods (Kombucha tea, sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir and apple cider vinegar) or include a supplement. Try Pro-Ven Adult Probiotic 25 Billion (£13.95, Boots). Probiotics may help to reduce the number of calories you absorb,” advises Cassandra. 5. COMFORT EATING “Emotional eating never resolves the underlying issue. By having a relaxing bath, taking a walk or watching a TV programme, you can lift your mood in a natural and healthy way,” says Lily Soutter, nutritionist and weight loss expert. 6. YOU SKIP PROTEIN If your diet is lacking in protein then you may be more inclined to go back for seconds. “Including protein in your meal helps slow digestion, leaving you feeling fuller for longer. This can help with weight loss, as you’re less likely to have as many calories. To ensure you’re getting your daily dose of protein try a plant based protein powder. I’d recommend Nature’s Plus Sunflower Protein (£22.50, naturesplus.co.uk),” Cassandra says.

BREAKING BAD HABITS Nutritionists and health food experts give their top tips for avoiding bad lifestyle practices that pile on the pounds Are your jeans feeling that bit tighter and you have a ‘muffin top’ sitting prominently on your waistband? You may want to lose those extra few pounds to feel more confident, but it is also important to realise that belly fat can in fact be dangerous. Belly fat settles around your organs and can increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and other serious health issues. We ask experts for their top tips on how to break the 20 worst habits that can increase your love handles... 1. BECOME A SLEEPING (THINNER) BEAUTY “Studies have shown that a lack of sleep may cause us to eat 300-400 more calories the next day. And in order to keep energy levels high we tend to choose sugary or starchy quick fixes. “An extra hour of sleep can increase leptin, the hormone which suppresses appetite,” says Shona Wilkinson, nutritionist at SuperfoodUK.com.

2. YOU’RE ADDICTED TO SOCIAL MEDIA Always checking Facebook and scanning your Instagram feed constantly? A study has found that if participants had a friend who became obese, it then increased their own chance of becoming obese by 57%. Nutritionist Cassandra Barns said: “Anyone spending a lot of time on Facebook or Instagram is likely to be less active, and online connections, even for those who have a lot of online ‘friends’, are much less fulfilling than real contact.” 3. YOU DON’T READ FOOD LABELS Do you scan the shelves and select ‘gluten free,’ ‘sugar free’ or ‘low fat’? Sadly, that’s exactly what could be increasing our fat. “These will usually contain an artificial sweetener, which have been linked to mood swings and depression. People who regularly use sweeteners tend to gain weight because they can slow down the digestive process and increase appetite,’ explains Dr Marilyn Glenville, the author of Natural Alternatives to Sugar.

7. YOU CUT OUT ALL FATS “Fat is an essential part of our diet and should not be avoided. We need to eat the right kind of fats: oily fish, nuts, seeds and seed oils in order to obtain essential omega 3 and 6 fats which are necessary for our health,” says Marilyn. 8. YOU RAID THE FRIDGE “Often when we think we’re hungry we’re actually thirsty. Drink a glass of water and wait 20 minutes before reaching for a snack,” explains Lily. 9. YOU SIT AT YOUR DESK ALL DAY Being a desk jockey can affect your belly fat. Try some simple Pilates moves to boost your fitness. “If you think you haven’t time to do Pilates, think again. Whilst it’s great to do an hour’s class, you can get real benefits for a few minutes a day, even at your desk. You need to focus and do the exercises mindfully. Try to retain what you’ve learnt as you move around the office,” says Lynne Robinson, founder of Body Control Pilates and author of Pilates for Life. 10. YOU EAT ON THE RUN “It gives your body the message that time is scarce, you are under pressure and stressed. Furthermore, your digestive system will be less efficient. Make a point of sitting down and eating your food as calmly as possible,” adds Marilyn.

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GLORY FOR THE DANIELS, AN EMOTIONAL SEND-OFF AT OAKHAM AND AN AUTUMNAL WALK ROUND BURGHLEY…

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Feature /// Great walks

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Burghley and Pilsgate A path less trodden in and out of stunning Burghley Park. By Will Hetherington Photography: Will Hetherington

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THE ROUTE

Park in the main car park at Burghley House (accessed by the Pilsgate entrance). Then walk straight back out the way you drove in. Turn right out of the gates and after less than a minute on the grass verge you will come to the new footpath which connects Burghley Park to Pilsgate. This path is well protected from the busy road by the hedge and it’s wide enough to make it a pleasant enough way to get from A to B. Follow the path for 10 minutes until you are adjacent with the point where the road turns right at the bottom of the small hill up to Pilsgate. Here you will find a gap in the hedge where you can get through and carefully cross the road to the point where the footpath leads north east to the railway and beyond.

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This well established path crosses a scenic arable field before continuing north over the railway. After crossing a couple more small fields you will quickly come to the last pasture field before the Welland. Here there is a convenient place for the dogs to have a dip and a drink before heading east all the way along the paddock to the charming Uffington railway crossing. Cross over the railway and walk south along the road to Barnack for five minutes until you come to the footpath leading off to the right along an access road. This track was pretty wet and muddy in early autumn so it will only be worse in the winter. At the end of the first section of this access road turn left to the pumping station. The path is not immediately obvious because it has recently been diverted but it is there and it goes round three sides of the station before heading gradually uphill along the field boundary through three fields, before bringing you out on to the main road between Pilsgate and Barnack. Turn right here and walk along the footpath back to Pilsgate.

From here you can return to Burghley Park along the same footpath. And when you get back to the park you can enjoy a walk around the grounds of the magnificent house and pop into the Orangery for some refreshments. Burghley Park is a great place for a stroll with friends, family and visitors but it’s not great for dog walking, as you can’t really let them off the lead, with deer and sheep always present. So this is a neat way of killing two birds with one stone.


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Highlights Burghley House is one of the finest Elizabethan houses in the country and remains a stunning spectacle. Lovely paths down to the Welland and Uffington railway station. Lowlights You do have to spend some time on footpaths next to the main road, particularly between Barnack and Pilsgate, but it’s worth it. Refreshments The Millstone in Barnack or the Orangery at Burghley House. Difficulty rating Two paws; it’s pretty good underfoot, there are very few stiles and it’s mostly flat.

The pooch perspective Good spot down by the Welland for a drink and a dip and, apart from in Burghley Park, there is no livestock. For your own safety and navigation make sure you have an OS map with you when you go out walking. You won’t regret it. ©CROWN COPYRIGHT 2015 ORDNANCE SURVEY. MEDIA 055/15

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Uffington railway crossing; the bridge over the Welland between Uffington and the railway crossing; stunning Burghley House; the new footpath between Burghley Park and Pilsgate

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Feature /// Sportsman's Dinner

Prévost, Peterborough Will and Matt sample five courses at an ambitious new restaurant in the city Will Having been to chef Lee Clarke’s previous Peterborough restaurant a couple of times I have high expectations for the food. He has made no secret of his desire to attain a Michelin star and I have spoken to him before about his passion for using local food to create exceptional dishes for his discerning customers. Matt I’m glad I asked around at work for a recommended bar for a pre-dinner drink because the Stoneworks bar on Church Street is really special. As long as you appreciate the rise of craft ales it’s the perfect spot. And it’s perfect for Prévost, because it’s only round the corner in Priestgate. The pre-dinner seating area certainly feels special and the care and attention is obvious. The shelves are packed with books about the best restaurants in the world, which is another indication of Lee’s ambitions. Will Yes, and to be honest I find his ambition quite refreshing. He point blank refuses to compromise and that’s why the menu includes only three options, three-, five- or nine-course tasters. It’s certainly made choosing easy with five courses (£50 per person) coming our way. In the meantime the Adnams Mosaic pale ale was superb.

Matt The pre-dinner ‘snacks’ course was ridiculously good and in reality it’s definitely a six-course meal. A scallop marinated in lime, pea risotto on crunchy bruschetta, the quail scotch egg and fresh bread with an amazing crust and salted butter were all from the premier league. Will Probably the best ‘snacks’ I have ever tasted and you are absolutely right, the description on the menu does not do them justice. What is rather astonishing is that after that beginning the next course of Jerusalem artichoke soup, smoked egg yolk and truffle was even better. The sheer depth of flavour was so intense. Matt I can’t disagree with any of what you say. Following that was something of a challenge but organic salmon with a watercress puree was a welcome change of direction. The salmon is poached in a water bath and has the smooth texture you would expect as a result and the watercress puree is so rich and smooth you wouldn’t want any more. But that’s not a criticism because the portion size was perfect. Will One of the dangers of a tasting menu is the courses all blur into one but the dishes here are so diverse they stick in the mind. And the same

goes for the fourth course, the Greedy Carver duck, which Lee is very specific about using because he loves the flavour and texture. Matt And he is right; that duck is absolutely worth it. Finding the right suppliers is crucial for a restaurant with Michelin star ambitions, and they are already on track with a mention in the Michelin Guide for 2017. Not quite a star but it’s only been open since April... Will After those four courses, a refreshing celery crisp was followed by egg custard tart to finish. Well, not quite, because they were followed by the homemade petits fours; rich, luxurious and extremely decadent. After a meal like that a stroll back to the train station was a good opportunity to reflect. There is no other restaurant like this in Peterborough and as a local lad it’s obvious why Lee wants to deliver this sort of dining to the city; if you appreciate the finer things in life then Prévost is lying in wait for you.

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Learning about why exercise and walking outdoors in particular benefits people living with dementia. Using risk / benefit assessment to choose where and how to plan your walk. Understanding dementia and being able to answer people’s queries. Looking at why you want to be a walk leader, and the skills and responsibilities involved. Designing a walk and understanding the benefits. Getting outside and trying your hand at demonstrating everything you have learned. Understanding how the walks can be delivered in partnership with local organisations in order to reach your audiences.

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Feature /// School sport

Lyndon is most improved player at Nottinghamshire Oakham sport scholar Lyndon James has won a much-coveted award from Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club after enjoying an incredible season. Lyndon was presented with the most improved young player award at the annual end of season awards dinner, held at Trent Bridge. All-rounder Lyndon has been part of the club’s academy since he was 15 after impressing coaches at county age group level. In the last season, one moment stood out to Lyndon as the ‘turning point’ – when he scored 167 runs in one game. He ended up having a fantastic second half of the season, making his debut for the 2nd XI and enjoying “the most successful second half of a season I’ve ever had”. Angus Fraser, director of cricket at Middlesex CCC, was guest speaker at the awards, while Lyndon’s award was presented by academy director Chris Tolley. “It was a privilege to be there,” said Lyndon. “It felt as if I was one step closer to where I want to be. It was really quite inspiring.” “I am delighted that Lyndon has won this prestigious award,” added Neil Johnson, Oakham’s director of cricket. “His hard work over the past few years has really paid off, and it is fantastic to see him following in the footsteps of Old Oakhamian cricketers such as Stuart Broad, Tom Fell and Josh Cobb. I am confident that his success will inspire many of our younger cricketers.”

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Lyndon accepts his award from Nottinghamshire CCC Academy director Chris Tolley

Two titles in two days for Stamford Stamford High School’s under 15 Hockey A team returned victorious after the U16 County Hockey Championships in Lincoln. Upon arrival the team was apprehensive given that the opposition were an age group older than their regular opponents. But any nerves vanished with a 3-0 win in their opening match against William Farr. The second game against Queen Eleanor High School presented a vastly different kind of challenge as they chose to line-up with 11 outfield players. After a half-time team talk Stamford dominated the second half, scoring four goals on route to a 5-0 win. The tournament’s final game proved a tense affair. With both sides – Stamford and Lincoln Minster School – having won both their previous games, the title was

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now at stake. Stamford built on the confidence established after the first two games, securing a 2-1 victory. Two days prior to the under 16’s achievement, the under 14 side

celebrated success of their own with victory in the U14 County Tournament. Five goals in the opening game against Skegness Grammar School gave the side a

perfect start.Tough opposition then followed in the form of Spalding High School. The side showed great resilience to come from behind and secure a 1-1 draw. The result meant the final game against Lincoln Minster would determine the outcome of the whole tournament. Prior to the match the side knew a victory of two or more goals would secure the title. Fantastic work from all players ensured that the side won by the necessary margin despite a tense final five minutes with Lincoln throwing caution to the wind in attack. A special goes to Megan Bolton for scoring six out of the eight goals on the day, as well as captain Josie Rule and vice-captain Scarlett Todd for leading the team to success, and finally to Breanna Tye for holding the back line.

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Feature /// School sport

Stamford defeat Uppingham with strong defensive display Stamford School First XV produced a fantastic defensive display away from home to defeat Uppingham School 26-3. It was the home side that made the better start and scored a penalty to take a 3-0 lead. Stamford responded brilliantly and centre James Martin finished off a great move which began from inside his own half. Effective carrying from Will Cardall and Dave Koelmam kept Stamford on the front foot and it

was Martin who again benefited from the great continuity as he was able to exploit the short side to crash over for his second. Lewis, Clayton and Coulam dominated the scrum and their fourth against the head led to another great attacking position. Captain James Peachey made ground and superb passing from Smithson and Brown saw winger Zac Godfrey score into the corner. Stamford’s defence remained resolute and

with ten minutes to go a chip and chase from Gabriel Smithson allowed Martin to spring under the sticks to celebrate his hat trick and seal the result. Director of rugby David Laventure was full of praise for the side: “The boys have shown a great deal of character over the last week dealing with injuries and to go away and put in a display like that was great to see. They should be very pleased.”

Oakham are Leicestershire champions Oakham’s under 16 girls’ hockey squad have won the County Hockey Championship after a hard-fought campaign. The team drew 2-2 in their first match against Ratcliffe College, but shortly afterwards went on to beat Loughborough Grammar School 2-0. The semi-final, against Uppingham School, went to penalty strokes. Oakham’s players scored three goals and the goalkeeper made some fantastic saves to put the team through to the final. Oakham secured the championship in a hard-fought final against the strong opposition of Leicester Grammar School, winning 3-1. Director of hockey James Bateman said: “This is a great win for our under 16 girls. Their hard work in training and strong core skills have really paid off, and I am delighted that they are county champions once more.” /// N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 6 6 7

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

Rugby

Oakham give Tu an emotional send off BY JEREMY BESWICK

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s the rugby family continues to adjust to the loss of Oakham’s Tu Koroibulileka, England boss Eddie Jones found the time to send a message of condolence, saying “Rugby gives us great pleasure and sometimes sadness”. Tu’s team-mates were faced with the difficult decision of whether to play their next match against Rushden and Higham but, as director of rugby Andy Williamson explained: “Urged by the family, because that is what Tu would have wanted, the players voted to play the fixture.” They did his memory proud with a 27-7 away win, despite going 0-7 down after a set move from a scrum. That was followed by an extended period of Oakham pressure from a line out, the ball being held up to prevent an equaliser and then both Stee Vukinavanua and Jamie Brett nearly getting to the line before Martyn Stimson broke through Rushden’s desperate defending; Jamie Bullett slotting the conversion and then a penalty to put Oaks into a 10-7 lead at the break. They soon extended that lead as Tom Burton cut what Williamson called “a lovely line before taking a short pass to slice through the defence, drawing the full back and passing to Jonno Milnes who crossed near the posts”. Rushden came back strongly, their scrum dominant, and it took some stout defending for 10 to 15 minutes to keep them at bay, Will Armstrong in particular preventing a try with a well executed tackle, and Oakham’s front row performing heroics as they repelled wave after wave of attack. Finally the pressure was relieved by a free kick and a series of pick and drives saw

Vukinavanua held up just short, but it was enough for Jamie Bullett to dart over. Winger Alex Durno added a further try in the corner as the final whistle was blown. Williamson concluded: “A tough day for all concerned with emotional scenes at the final whistle as players broke down in tears but a fitting tribute to Tu, who would have loved the battle.” Next up was the home fixture against those closest of rivals, in-form Stamford. With Oaks second and Stamford third in the table there was much to play for, as there always is between these two sides. Stamford started the strongest, Oaks having been forced into an early change as winger Tom Burton suffered a rib injury. Again their defence held firm however and, after a kicked clearance, there followed a repeat of the pick and drives that had proved so fruitful against Rushden, Vukinavanua again at the fore, resulting in a penalty successfully kicked by Burton’s replacement, Callum Crellin. By now Oaks were finding their feet, flyhalf Dan Ray nearly adding a try before Henry Wills went one better following a ruck to make it 10-0 at half time. The second half was absorbing rather than free-flowing with some ferocious tackling and Stamford got themselves well and truly back into the game with a drive over the line, Dan Griffin touching down. Stamford were now having their best period and it once again took some stalwart defence to keep them at bay, but Oaks managed to see it through to win 10-5. Stamford coach Matt Albinson said: “All credit to Oakham. There are a lot of people at

the club for whom I have so much respect. They responded so well to the tragedy and, after the game, they gave Tu an amazing send off.” The previous Saturday Albinson’s men had entertained Oadby Wyggestonians and notched up a third successive win in impressive style, 22-6. Their first try came from Guy Michels after a break from Robbie Smith and the second from Captain Bruce Parker after an expertly worked driving line out. Oadby began the second half well but had only their second penalty of the game to show for it before, as they tired, Stamford started to dominate in the last 20 minutes, Tom Mutter and Tom Dove both profiting with tries to give the home side a bonus point. Stoneygate were involved in a thriller at Coalville. After an even first half edged by the home side by 16-10, Gate drew first blood in the second through Tim Kemp who, according to captain Cillian Brugha, “dragged multiple opposition players with him as he reached for the line.” Coalville came roaring back with two tries of their own but Stoneygate weren’t finished yet. Brugha takes up the story: “The Gate backs were unleashed. Forwards flew over at the breakdown and the ball fell into James Keywood’s hands. Six points down, Keywood did his best to get under the posts but with two Coalville players dragging him down he was unable to secure an easy conversion position. With 80 minutes up and Gate 26-25 down, it was up to Ben Aspell to kick the conversion. With consummate ease, Aspell struck the ball through the posts and the visitors secured a hearty and well fought come back.”

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Tigers Talk As a fan myself, it pains me to acknowledge that Tigers’ defensive problems continue despite having sacked Kiwi defence coach Scott Hansen earlier this month. Perhaps it was asking too much for an immediate improvement as director of rugby Richard Cockerill wrested back control of the reins of their forwards’ play himself, also telling me “We have no plans to replace him in the short term”, but to lose to Glasgow by 42-13 so dismally last month was an enormous setback. Admittedly it belongs to another era of the game, but many fans will recall the match at Welford Road in the Heineken Cup in 1997 that ended in a 90-19 embarrassment to the Scots and wonder how their side has come to this. A certain R Cockerill had scored two tries in that match - one can assume not from free-flowing wing play – so to have been so comprehensively out-fought in a bad tempered match would have hurt. Telling it like it is, as always, Cockerill said aer the game: “It is pretty raw now... we have to front up and play better. We were not good enough. There’s no getting away from that. If we play badly it is my responsibility, and it is my responsibility to put it right.” Much has been made in the national press about England’s recent ‘ferocious’ training session under Eddie Jones from which two players returned to their clubs with broken bones, but Cockers told me that Dan Cole’s assessment was that it had been “tough but not outrageous” – so perhaps that can be put down to hyperbole and the search for a story where perhaps none existed. By the way, Cockerill remains consistently positive about Jones’ performance in the England job, something that hasn’t always been true of previous England bosses. One brighter note for me this month was sitting down with new recruit Tom Brady for the first time and hearing about his first couple of weeks at the club. It had started with a defeat against his old side Sale. “I’d have loved to have beaten them,” he told me. “I got lots of stick from my old mates in their side but purposely turned my head reckoning anything else could have made me lose focus.” Alas, that wished-for victory was not to be but he had a much happier home debut in the win against Worcester with his first try for the club – and one that will be remembered for some time by those who were there for the celebration that wasn’t! Somewhat overwhelmed by the occasion, and knowing the try was certain, Brady leapt in the air for a flamboyant one-handed touch down before changing his mind in mid-flight and taking the safer option. “I’ve had plenty of stick about that,” he told me “but it’s something I’ll always remember. To be honest, in mid-dive I thought of Cockers’ face and what his reaction would have been if I dropped it”. Those of us who only have to worry what his reaction might be to a difficult question at a press conference will sympathise.

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Daniels in FA Cup dreamland after dramatic Wrexham win BY DEAN CORNISH

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first time in their 120-year history. The Daniels had only once before reached the fourth qualifying round (which ended in a 2-0 defeat three years ago against Hednesford Town), and many didn’t give them much hope of getting past that point again when after a dramatic third qualifying round win away at AFC Mansfield, they drew Conference National side, Wrexham. The Welsh giants have a superb FA Cup

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Stadium for the biggest game at the new ground, and one of the most important in Stamford’s history. The bar thronged before kick off as Wrexham and Stamford fans mixed amicably, as part of an atmosphere that buzzed ‘big game’. The ground looked a picture with the huge crowd, but it wasn’t long before audiences of BT Sport saw the first report beamed from the ground of the disappointing news of an early Wrexham goal by Shaun Harrad in the sixth minute. At that point, you’d be forgiven for wondering if the professionals could turn the screw and finish the Daniels’ run with a cricket score. Thankfully the early nerves dissipated, and with an unfamiliar line up including centre half Tom Batchelor playing as a lone striker, the Daniels started to ‘rough up’ their more cultured counterparts and brought themselves back into the game. Jevani Brown, playing off Batchelor, was a constant threat, and in spite of trailing by a goal to nil at half time, Daniels fans knew they weren’t out of the tie yet. On came striker Ryan Robbins at half-time, and it was he who won Stamford a penalty, which Lee Beeson cooly slotted home to send the home fans into raptures and level the match. After that, it truly was Stamford who were the better side, and bizarrely most fans went home disappointed to have not won the game after the Daniels forward line fluffed two gilt-edged chances with both Jevani Brown and Ryan Robbins having one-onones saved by Janna, the Wrexham keeper. It was a memorable day at Borderville. From a logistical point of view, and a playing point of view, Stamford AFC matched one of Wales’ biggest clubs, a team in the fifth tier of English football. Even with such a great display, surely though no-one predicted what was then going to happen just three days later in the replay in north Wales. There is currently talk of replays being scrapped in the FA Cup. Obviously the Premier League want their players fresh for Saturday matches and don’t want to have the ignominy of having to exert themselves in a replay away at a lowly side on a Tuesday night. Thankfully, that new rule hasn’t yet been brought in, and Stamford went to Wrexham for a replay under the lights in front of a merry travelling band of 54 loyal fans. After a tough 90 minutes on Saturday, and with Stamford’s players having had to go back to work on Monday morning, few would have dreamt that Graham Drury’s men would come away from the 200-mile trip with anything other than defeat. Incredibly though, the Daniels played the match of their lives and scraped home with an extra-time win in a game that will go down in history. Stamford took the lead just before half-time with another Lee Beeson penalty, before then amazingly doubling the lead with a cracking effort in the 78th minute from Kern Miller. The Stamford fans were in ecstasy and dared to dream. They were still 2-0 up with just three minutes to play before mild disaster struck when Shaun Harrad added to his goal in the

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first game with an 87th minute goal to keep Wrexham in it. Surely though, the Daniels could hang on for 3-4 minutes? Alas not, and in the 92nd minute Daniels’ hearts appeared broken when Jordan Evans fired home to equalise 2-2 and take the game to extra-time. When Graham Drury retires from football, he needs to go into motivational speaking, as how he managed to pick the players up after that heartbreak is beyond me. A team of semi-professionals have conceded two goals in the last five minutes and now need to play another 30 minutes against professionals who train every day. At this point, even the most optimistic would surely now concede that Wrexham were going on to win this game at a canter. However, the heart, desire and a slice of FA Cup magic saw Stamford win 3-2 with Jake Duffy curling in a stunning free kick in extra-time to create history. The whole side were magnificent but special mention has to go also to goalkeeper Donkin who made various crucial saves to keep out Wrexham’s

30-plus shots, and Chris Salt who was also a colossus at the back. There were surely plenty of tears amongst the smiles of the 54 travelling Stamford fans... ‘little old Stamford’ now in the FA Cup first round. Not only does the feat give the glory of a game against a league side, but you have to also mention the £30,000 in prize money alone that the cup run has generated, let alone the increased publicity. In the draw for the next round, Stamford fans have the perverse pleasure of a trip to Hartlepool, who are mid-table in League 2. The game will feature in the BBC’s FA Cup ‘final score’ programme on Sunday, November 6, with a 2pm kick-off. The away end holds 1,000 seats, and with FA Cup fever taking over the town, who’s to say they can’t fill their allocation. What a day that will be. Win that one and they could be up against the likes of Manchester United or Liverpool. It’s only 90 minutes away. They couldn’t, could they? /// N O V E M B E R 2 0 16 7 3

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Oasby attracts the crowds BY JULIA DUNGWORTH

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asby is one of the last local events of the season on the British eventing calendar, which yet again fell foul of its own popularity and had to ballot competitors out of most sections. Saturday, October 16, saw mainly intermediate and novice sections run, which for once were blessed with perfect weather. Local rider Angus Smales took the open intermediate on Master Crisp, and was one of very few riders to make the time on the tightly wheeled course. He was also fifth on his other steed, A Bit Much, in the same section. In-form Izzy Taylor won both the other two intermediate sections. Simon Grieve made a return to competition at Oasby after suffering a very bad arm dislocation at the beginning of August which had put an end to his plans to compete at Burghley in September. He was placed fourth in the intermediate on The Rutman. The star of Oasby had to be Heidi Coy. Heidi is based locally at Melton Mowbray, and won both the under 18 open novice sections on Royal Fury and Forrests Foxy Lady, the latter finishing on a very impressive dressage score of 24.3. Heidi has had a good season with her two

horses and what a great way to end it – she’s definitely one to watch next year. Unfortunately the usual Oasby weather returned for the Sunday and they were back to pulling lorries in and out of the car park. However, that didn’t stop play and another 250 competitors ran in somewhat soggy conditions! Richard Coney did the Brits proud in the Junior European Championships which were held in Montelibretti in Italy at the end of September. He finished in 13th place with Kananaskis – they just lowered one pole in the show jumping to add to their dressage of 44.9. His team-mates were Felicity Collins (9th), Phoebe Locke (11th) and Bubby Upton (16th), which left the team in bronze medal position at the end of the event. Richard then came back home on top form, going on to compete a week later at Osberton on his other horse, Master Ping, where he finished eighth out of 120 competitors in the CCI1*. He finished on a very competitive dressage score of 41.4. Huntingdon and District Riding Club held its annual open hunter trials at Alconbury, on October 9. The locals were out in force and jumping

well over the well-established old turf course. There was talk about cancelling the event due to a lack of entries beforehand, but a plethora of entries on the day saw the classes being full to bursting – so much so that they had to close the entries. They ran a popular clear round jumping running alongside the hunter trial and great prizes with rosettes down the line for all sections. They also had a few trade stands and tasty snacks on offer – I thoroughly recommend supporting this next year. Stamford rider Sarah Mayhew won the open section and also qualified for the National Hunter Trial Championships at Eland Lodge later in the season. Sarah couldn’t believe her luck as she had only taken Watervalley Annas Girl as a last minute decision as they had encountered a few cross-country problems; although her mare had jumped clear, she thought not well enough and had taken her around afterwards to get her jumping well. Sarah and Annie’s luck didn’t last though. They went to Oasby the following weekend where they were going so well, right up until they missed out a fence, giving them a big E on their score card.

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