ISSUE 52 // OCTOBER 2016
HOW TO… Stamford & Rutland’s sport and lifestyle magazine
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Don’t be SAD Be GLAD! How to banish those blues this winter Strictly Speaking ISSUE 52 // OCTOBER 2016
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Will’s walk Elton and Nassington
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Editor’s Letter I’VE ALWAYS LOVED THE CHANGE OF THE season from summer to autumn. Probably because it coincides with my birthday is one reason, but also the change in light to that lovely golden glow, the sight of autumnal countryside, the rugby season and great days at Leicester Tigers, and cosy nights in with a curry, bottle of wine and Strictly on the TV. Actually, I’ve given up a bit on Strictly in the last couple of years, but in this issue we’ve sent Jeremy Beswick and his dazzling feet off to lessons to see what the ballroom dancing thing is all about. The result? Doing it for real looks more fun than watching a bunch of near-hysterical C-listers on the TV. But, of course, not everyone likes the change in seasons. A lot of people are affected by the shorter days and struggle with depression, or at least feel a lot more miserable as a result. So in this issue, we’ve looked at the causes and effects of this, and what you can do to feel happier and healthier. Obviously, if you have the means, then wintering on the Med would be a good cure but most of us haven’t got a holiday home in Cap Ferrat. Nevertheless help is at hand, and hopefully this issue should offer some good advice.
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Contents ACTIVE LIFE 10-11 HOW TO...
ISSUE 52 /// OCTOBER 2016
Carve the perfect Hallowe’en pumpkin
The seasonal delights on offer outdoors
16-17 HEALTHY EATING
Another tasty recipe from Riverford Organic
21 DAY IN THE LIFE OF...
Inspire2tri founder Mary Hardwick
25 WHAT’S ON
Great things to do locally for all the family
FEATURES 28-31 PARTNERS PLEASE...
Jeremy Beswick tries his hand (and feet) at ballroom dancing
36-43 BANISH THE BLUES
Top tips to keep you ﬁt and active over the winter
ACTIVE BODY 47-49 GIVE BACK PAIN THE BOOT Essential advice from Function Jigsaw
50 NUTRITION ADVICE
More from our nutritionist on eating healthily
54-55 THE FINISHING TOUCHES
Tips and products to help you look great
REGULARS 33 KIT BAG
Keep warm and dry with these fabulous sports coats
35 MARTIN JOHNSON COLUMN
The Sunday Times writer on sporting meltdowns
58-59 WILL’S WALKS
We head out to Elton and Nassington
61 SPORTSMAN’S DINNER
We try out The Grainstore brewery in Oakham
63-67 SCHOOL SPORT
Our focus on the latest achievements from local pupils
How clubs in the area are faring
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Activelife IT’S OCTOBER AND THE NIGHTS ARE DRAWING IN. NEVER MIND... YOU CAN PICK SLOES AND MAKE YOUR OWN SLOE GIN, CARVE A HALLOWE’EN LANTERN, LOOK OUT FOR GREY SQUIRRELS AND WARM UP WITH A DELICIOUS RECIPE FOR PERSIAN CHICKEN Edited by Mary Bremner
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MAKE A PUMPKIN LANTERN It’s Hallowe’en this month so a pumpkin lantern is a must. They are easy to make and very eye catching (just make sure you save the ﬂesh for pumpkin soup or pie). Here’s how… Using a sharp serrated knife, cut the crown off a large pumpkin. Scoop out the seeds and ﬁbres and discard. Remove most of the ﬂesh and save to use later (there’s a great pumpkin soup recipe opposite). Draw a simple outline of a face on the pumpkin. Cut the eyes, mouth and nose out using a small serrated knife (always cut away from you in case the knife slips). Place a lit tea light inside the pumpkin and replace the crown. Easy!
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Make sloe gin This month is the perfect time to make sloe gin, and it’s incredibly easy. Sloe gin takes a minimum of two months to mature so get brewing now and you can have it ready to drink for Christmas. If you are very patient, and can resist, leave it for up to a year to mature. Ingredients 450g sloes 175g caster sugar 1 litre gin Method Place the sloes in a plastic bag in the freezer overnight – this will cause the skins to split to release more ﬂavour. Place the frozen sloes in a large Kilner jar, pour in the sugar and gin, seal tightly and shake well. Store in a cool dark cupboard and shake every day for a week. Then shake weekly for at least two months. Don’t be impatient – remember, all good things come to those who wait...
Make pumpkin soup Ingredients 4kg pumpkin 125g butter 2 medium onions, peeled and ﬁnely chopped Freshly ground nutmeg Salt and pepper 2 litres chicken stock 3 tbsp sherry
Transfer to a food processor and blend until smooth. Return to the pan, bring to a low simmer and cook for a further 30 minutes. Ten minutes before the end, add the sherry. Serve with crusty granary bread.
Method Use the pumpkin ﬂesh removed to make the lantern. Chop the scooped out ﬂesh. Melt the butter in a large pan and add the onions, cooking gently for 10-15 minutes until soft and golden brown. Add the pumpkin and nutmeg, season with salt and pepper. Cover with a lid and cook for 40-45 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent from burning. Add the stock and bring to the boil.
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LITTLE ACORNS AMONGST THE OAK TREES The shooting season starts this month and is a popular ﬁeldsport in our area. Many people take part, be they gamekeepers, beaters, pickers up, shoot owners or guns, and thoroughly enjoy the camaraderie that the sport brings as well as the delicious gamebirds on offer. Shooting supports 74,000 full-time jobs throughout the country and makes a huge contribution to the British economy. There are many small artisan businesses that make their own products and beneﬁt from this ancient, traditional sport. We have found some in our area who are going great guns... Matt Simpson has always liked ﬁxing things, and loves shooting, so decided to combine the two and train as a gunsmith. After serving his apprenticeship in Dundee he returned to the area and now has a workshop at John Bradshaw’s Gunshop at Fotheringhay. He has
customers from all over the world and is an expert at making and customising stocks and also repairs and services guns. www.johnbradshawguns.co.uk 07751 532574 or 01832 226376 James Biggins is a traditional silversmith whose speciality is crafting hunting and shooting themed pieces. Each piece is unique and he makes anything from cufﬂinks to dog whistles and hip ﬂasks. The set of 10 pewter hip ﬂask peg markers (pictured below, price £450) is beautiful. It combines being able to draw peg numbers whilst having a quick warming tot at the same time. www.jamesbiggins.co.uk
Sloeberry Spirits is based in Rutland and makes some perfect ﬁllers for a hip ﬂask. Much of the fruit is picked from the hedgerows
around Rutland and only the best quality spirits are used. The ﬁrm lets the infusions ferment over many months and you can tell this from the taste. One of our favourites is the sloe gin, but the blackberry vodka comes a close second. The gift sets make wonderful presents – the shot glass gift set costs £22.50 and a bottle on its own is £16. Available from many shops locally. www.sloeberryspirits.co.uk A game book is used by many to record the bag on shoot days or just to note down the weather, direction of the wind, who attended, etc. Spiegl Press in Stamford makes the perfect notebook for this, the Rutland Notebook. It’s pocket sized, can be personalised, is made from luxury Scottish deerskin and has an integral pen loop. It’s hardbound in Stamford and costs £19.95. www.stamfordnotebooks.co.uk or 01780 762550
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THE GREY SQUIRREL Known to many as the tree rat, and classified as vermin, the grey squirrel is a common sight in most gardens, parks and woodland. Native to north America, they were introduced to Britain in the 19th Century and have thrived, becoming commonplace throughout the country and replacing the native red squirrel in most parts of the UK. These squirrels have thick grey fur and often sit upright with their large bushy tales arched over their back. Active throughout the day, they can often be spotted at bird feeders in gardens. At this time of year they will be actively foraging for nuts to store for the winter. They do not hibernate. Their nest is called a drey, constructed of twigs, leaves and bark and the female will often have two litters, of about four, a year. A cheeky, bold character who is happy to live amongst us, sometimes too close for comfort as they are often found in roof spaces and are known to damage electric wires. They are a sought after delicacy in some restaurants and popular on certain menus.
THE SHOVELER With its large ﬂattened bill the shoveler is easily recognisable, even in silhouette. The drake, slightly smaller than a mallard, is a handsome bird with a dark green head, white breast and chestnut ﬂanks.
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The female resembles a mallard but has a shorter neck and the obvious larger bill. The shoveler is a ﬁlter feeder, using its wide bill to sift plankton, seeds, insects and small snails from shallow water, but it will upend like other dabbling ducks. Many birds will often feed together, swimming in tight circles to stir up food items. Shoveler may be seen on local waters throughout the year. Peak numbers at the reservoirs usually occur in September and October and have topped a thousand at Rutland Water in good years. Shovelers move on quickly when shallow waters freeze, putting food out of reach. Many travel south and may reach southern Spain or north Africa. As a breeding bird the shoveler is scarce nationally and the only recent breeding records locally have come from Rutland Water and Fort Henry ponds. On the Egleton reserve four or ﬁve broods are usually seen on the lagoons each year and at Fort Henry breeding was conﬁrmed in 2010 and 2015. Terry Mitcham
Sloes The fruit of the blackthorn, the sloe can now be spotted throughout the hedgerows. Blackthorn was a popular hedgerow plant because of its sharp thorns, perfect for keeping stock in ﬁelds, and is abundant in this area. The black berries with their distinctive purple-blue waxy bloom are perfect for picking this month as they ripen. Traditionally they would be harvested after the ﬁrst frost but are often picked earlier now before they go soft. Sloes are thin ﬂeshed with a strong, sharp ﬂavour. The expression ‘sloe-eyed’ refers to a person with very dark eyes and was ﬁrst mentioned in A J Wilson’s 1867 novel Vashti.
Wheatleys Yard, Stamford ÂŁ550,000 Set in a tucked away location close to the town centre, this modern stone home is finished to a high standard throughout and has accommodation comprising of an entrance hall, cloakroom, sitting room with woodburning stove, kitchen diner with fold and slide doors to the garden, utility room, landing, Master bedroom with en-suite, second bedroom with en-suite, third bedroom and family bathroom. The property is just a short walk from the town centre, train station and local amenities, and offers off street parking. The rear walled garden is west facing, features a private herb garden with raised beds and a shed with power and light. A viewing a must to appreciate this high quality home.
Ryhall Road, Stamford ÂŁ239,995 Situated within a short walk of the town centre, this period home provides superb access to numerous local amenities. The property has kept some original features whilst also featuring two well appinted reception rooms, kitchen, utility room, a spacious bathroom and two good sized bedrooms. To the front of the property is well stocked walled garden, whilst to the rear is an immaculately kept and well designed patio and lawned south facing garden with flower borders. An early viewing is highly recommended to appreciate the accommodation on offer.
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PERSIAN CHICKEN, BEETROOT, ORANGE AND PISTACHIO PILAF INGREDIENTS
2 chicken thighs and 2 drumsticks Salt and pepper 1 large or 2 small red onions 3 beetroots 150g brown basmati rice 2 oranges Pilaf rice pot containing: ¼ tsp cinnamon ¼ tsp ginger ¼ tsp nutmeg 1 tsp smoked paprika ½ tsp cumin ½ tsp fennel 1 tsp cardamon pods 1 vegetable stock cube 50g pistachio nuts 10g fresh mint
Lightly oil the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Heat a heavy based pan. Add the chicken (thighs skin side down) and fry until the skin is golden brown (1). Turn the drumsticks so they brown on all sides. Remove from pan and keep to one side.
in a sieve under cold water. Finely zest and juice one of the oranges.
Once the onion and beetroot has cooked add the rice and pilaf spice pot and stir. Crumble in the stock cube, add 500ml of water, season with salt and pepper then bring the pan to a low boil. Nestle the chicken in amongst the rice, keeping the skin out of the liquid. Cover the pan loosely, either with a lid at a slight angle so a gap remains or with foil.
Cut the remaining orange into segments.
Cook for approximately 40 minutes moving the rice as little as possible, just a few gentle stirs to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. Halfway through add the orange juice and the other orange which you have segmented.
Cook until the rice and beetroot are tender and the chicken cooked. Keep an eye on the liquid, by the end you want it all to have evaporated. You might need to add a splash more as the rice cooks and absorbs it.
Put the pistachios in a dry frying pan. Heat them gently for a couple of minutes until lightly toasted. Wash and ﬁnely shred the mint.
Peel and ﬁnely slice the onions. Add a splash more oil to the same pan. Fry the onions on a low heat for 10 minutes until softened. Stir now and then to make sure they don’t stick. If they start to, add a splash of water.
While the onions cook, wash, peel and chop the beetroot into thin wedges or bite-size pieces. Add the beetroot to the onion (2). Rinse the rice
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
Serve topped with the toasted pistachios, shredded mint and a little orange zest.
Tip: If you have one use a serrated knife. Citrus fruits and tomatoes will blunt a good ﬂat blade very quickly.
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Activelife Rise Outdoors Brother and sister Amelia and Jack Steele from Belton in Rutland have spent their lives outdoors in the countryside. Brought up climbing trees, camping and skiing they have spent much of their adult lives in far-ﬂung places travelling, hiking, camping and skiing. Because of their experience they know exactly what gear is needed, but they were struggling to buy much of it in the UK. So this enterprising pair decided to set up their own business supplying the gear and clothing that they know is durable, hardwearing and ethical. Rise Outdoors was launched in July and is quietly gaining ground. Sustainability is important to them. They want good quality and ethical products – gear that will last for years and not break on the ﬁrst outing. They select brands which have interesting environmental initiatives and have brought them all under one roof through their online business Rise Outdoors. They also have a vintage range, knowing that these items really do last a lifetime. www.riseoutdoors.co.uk
FUSION 3 FITNESS There’s a new gym in town. Fusion 3 Fitness has recently opened on Cherryholt Road in Stamford and is going great guns. Personal trainers Tim Britton and Nicola and Andy Thomas got together and decided they wanted to open a gym that had that little bit more. “We wanted to offer more attention to our customers,” said Nicola, “so we will always have staff on the ﬂoor offering guidance. We are determined that our gym will be friendly, motivational and unintimidating. We want to create a strong community for our customers.” It seems to be working. The vibe in the gym is friendly and as it is open plan it feels very welcoming as soon as you walk in. Everything is brand new. There are lots of free weights, a cross ﬁt area, plenty of machines and a mezzanine ﬂoor for stretching and light dumb bells. Johnny Hands, a remedial and sports massage therapist, has also taken up residence offering treatment ﬁve days a week. Membership is £35 a
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month with special deals for seniors, students and service personnel. Fusion 3 Fitness, Cherryholt House, Cherryholt Road, Stamford. 01780 764600. www.fusion3ﬁtness.co.uk
SHOP OF THE MONTH…
Dotty Hen Vintage Dotty Hen Vintage, based in Abbey Road, Bourne, sells beautiful upcycled vintage furniture as well as second-hand furniture and interior accessories. Much of the furniture is sourced in France where they have a second shop. Owner Jason Skinner does the restoration work on the furniture himself. The prices are competitive and the furniture is fabulous. The shop has been open 18 months and is going from strength to strength. Go and see for yourself... you won’t leave empty handed! To ﬁnd out more visit their Facebook page (Dotty Hen Vintage Furniture). 17c Abbey Road, Bourne. 07980 326871.
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Activelife 52 IN 52 UPDATE It’s been a busy month for the 52 in 52 challenge. Lucy had a go at golf, family rounders and orienteering, as well as taking part in a fencing taster session at Chilwell Blades Fencing Club through the I Am Team GB national sports day. Through the same scheme Mike took part in lane swimming at Long Eaton Triathlon Club and cycling at Derby Arena Velodrome. Mike did the Erewash Triathlon, completing a 400m swim, 16k cycle and 5k run in 1 hour 18 minutes. Holly, Carys and Mike had a go at high ropes at Buxton Go Ape and Holly did a boxercise class at Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre. Alec went paddle boarding at Rutland Water and Carys did ‘Hula Like a Pro’ in London. So far the team have raised £2,288 in aid of Cancer Research UK and have one month to go before the 52 weeks are up.
IN SUPPORT OF GRIEVING FAMILIES Bodie Hodges died in 2012 aged 10 months because of a tragic choking accident, but his death hasn’t been in vain. His family bravely decided to offer his organs for donation so helping to save four other babies’ lives. Obviously devastated, Bodie’s parents, Nick and Donna, were kindly offered a break with their family and felt that this time out was a signiﬁcant part of their grieving process. Because of this experience they decided to set up the Bodie Hodges Foundation to raise funds to buy a lodge for families from the East Midlands to stay in following the death of their child. They have raised £250,000 in four years and have ofﬁcially opened the lodge, called Bodie’s Boathouse, at Tallington Lakes near Stamford. The lodge provides a relaxing and safe environment for families to go where siblings can spend time with their parents and start rebuilding their lives. Their ﬁrst family will be visiting at the end of this month. Nick and Donna and their family and friends will continue their fund-raising efforts to ensure the lodge is kept to a high standard. They also
plan to raise awareness about organ donations. www.bodiehodgesfoundation.co.uk.
MARATHON MARK The one-man running machine, Mark Alderson, is getting the miles under his belt while training for the Marathon des Sables. The recent spell of humid weather has been useful to run in, if rather unpleasant, but it stands him in good stead for what’s to come in the Sahara. Mark has been running in the Peak District to get some hill climb training and recently ran along The Ridgeway in Oxfordshire. He will take part in his favourite race of the year, The Great North Run in Newcastle, and the Parachute Regiment Race at Catterick. Then it’s back to the ﬂat lands of Norfolk for the Round Norfolk Relay. This man never stops! www.justgiving.com/ markaldersonrunningforcancer
YUKON NO GO Sadly Mike Cookson has had to pull out of the Yukon Arctic Ultra because of a change in circumstances and commitments. Meanwhile Matt, based in Scotland, continues to train for the race in February.
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A day in the life of
MARY HARDWICK COACH AND OWNER OF INSPIRE2TRI
hen I was a child I wanted to be a PE teacher. Instead I became a research scientist then worked in computing, specialising in building maps for satellite navigation. As vice-president of quality for Navteq, and then Nokia, I travelled all over the world. After I retired from corporate business I founded inspire2tri. I have always competed in sport to a high level. I captained England U18 ladies cricket team, played hockey for British Universities and was the gold medallist in 50-54 age group sprint triathlon at the world championships in Beijing. While I was working I was able to concentrate on my own sport as my time was my own. Now, whenever I have 10 minutes to spare I worry about other people’s training! We have a specialised gym and studio space running different classes to suit absolute beginners through to high level triathletes. We also run four sessions of rehabilitation classes throughout the week and a ‘Falls’ Prevention (FaME) class for people who have had a fall or are afraid of falling, as part of an Active Rutland initiative. Going with the ﬂow I’m very excited because we’ve recently built and opened our dual propulsion, dual treadmill Endless pool. It has many purposes: swimmers and runners can use it to improve their technique and we also use it for aquatic physiotherapy classes. You swim or run against the current on one of the two treadmills. It’s a fairly calm river current and you can set it to your swim speed. The treadmill goes up to 7kph and with the combination of the treadmill and the current it offers a really hard session that is very low impact. I run in-water and studio rehabilitation sessions for injured runners with Clare, our lower limb specialist physiotherapist. The beauty of the pool for teaching is that you can easily measure improvement, because the swimmer ﬁnds it easier to swim against the same current speed as the session progresses. It’s fun and puts you into the right position and easily ﬁnds your foibles like if you swim from side to side or have ‘sinky’ legs. The SwimPro 4 camera system is from Perth, and used by the Australian Olympic team. I have mobile underwater, top, front and side cameras. My business partner Julie is running a new aquatic physiotherapy class for people who, for various reasons, may be scared to move and
would be challenged to do circuits on dry land. The properties of the water help with pain relief and the exercises are aimed at strength and stability around joints and trying to restore normal movement. If someone has back pain the heat and support of the water should allow more movement which will hopefully translate into normal life. The classes run on a Friday afternoon, at £15 per session and are run in blocks of ﬁve. They last for an hour including changing times and cater for ﬁve people at a time. It’s physio-led so if Julie comes across anything she’s concerned about she can contact a person’s GP with their consent. At the moment you can access hydrotherapy treatment on the NHS but it’s limited locally to the Leicester General and Peterborough hospitals. Normal swimming pools aren’t kept at a hydrotherapy temperature and they wouldn’t be supervised by a physiotherapist. We are sure there’s not another pool like ours in the country. We’re unique because we have a reversing air pump which means I can put the temperature up to 34 degrees on a Thursday night for Friday’s class and then bring it down to 29 degrees for swimming and running at the weekend. It’s not cheap to do that, as the degree of temperature change is huge, but it’s very
effective. We can maintain humidity; it’s easy access from the studio and we can offer sports massage and physiotherapy in the treatment room too. The pool is sunk to wheelchair height and we’re trying to get a grant for a pool hoist to lift people in and out. I recently converted inspire2tri into a community interest company which means it’s still a limited company but we operate as a Social Enterprise with all our assets locked so if we ever close the contents of the buildings, including the pool, will go to the Matt Hampson Foundation and ArcticOne Foundation – a children’s paratriathlon charity. That’s incredibly important to me. I couldn’t have got the pool up and running without my project management and IT background. I have a ﬁrst class honours degree in biological sciences and an MBA in corporate ﬁnance and strategic change. I’ve had an eclectic career but these are all hugely transferable skills. I’m driven. I coach every night, I’m busy every weekend and I’m about to take a course in non-linguistic programming to help athletes with race day and training psychology. I honestly believe you’re never too old to learn or to seek out new ways of doing things. www.inspire2tri.com
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happened prior to the 2009 season as evidence of this. The changes were put in place in an attempt to reduce costs and improve the spectacle of the races. Brawn GP adapted to the new regulations quickest and their driver, Jenson Button, won six of the ﬁrst seven races, securing the drivers’ and constructors’ championship titles for Brawn GP in their ﬁrst season on the grid. But driver ability must have some impact on performance to justify their fantastic pay packages. Sebastian Vettel is the highest paid driver according to grandprix247.com, earning $50m a year plus bonuses. It is hard to put a ﬁnger on how much of performance is down to the driver or to the car but when Nico Rosberg was asked while still a Williams driver, he said: “The difference between each driver in Formula 1, from the best to the worst, is about 0.3 seconds a lap. From the best car to the worst car, I guess it’s two seconds or one and a half seconds. So make a percentage with that: 20% driver and 80% car.”
There is similar debate in the investment world as to what drives portfolio performance: is it the asset allocation – the mix of equities, bonds and other assets in the portfolio, or the portfolio manager’s decision making – which equities, bonds or other assets to buy. Historically, the accepted wisdom was that it was very similar to F1 with 80%-plus of performance coming from asset allocation but recent research has questioned this. According to Roger Ibbotson, emeritus professor of the practice of ﬁnance at Yale School of Management, the majority of portfolio performance comes from general market movement with active management and asset allocation having a similar impact on portfolio performance. In the language of F1, while the engine (the market) might have the biggest impact, the driver (fund manager) and car (asset allocation) are just as important as each other. So when ﬁnding the right driver for your portfolio, try getting Lewis Hamilton, not Chris Evans. To receive a complimentary guide covering wealth management, retirement planning or Inheritance Tax planning, produced by St. James’s Place Wealth Management, contact William Bryant of Bryant Wealth Management of St. James’s Place Wealth Management on 01780 668117, email william. firstname.lastname@example.org or www. bryantwealthmanagement.co.uk
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WHAT’S ON There’s lots going on in your area this month, why not try some of these?
■ The Autumn Trail is a great way to entertain the kids during half term. It’s running between October 22-30 between 10am and 3pm. Collect a trail sheet from the visitor centre at Ferry Meadows and enjoy hunting for clues on your walk. And it only costs 50p! www.neneparktrust.org.uk
■ The Firework Fiesta, Peterborough’s largest community ﬁrework display, will be held on November 5 at the East of England Showground. It’s going to be a spectacular display, all in aid of charity. As well as fabulous ﬁreworks there will be live music, entertainment, fairground rides and lots of food available.
■ Don’t forget the Perkins Great Eastern Run takes place in Peterborough on October 9. Look out for the Fitzwilliam Hospital team who are sponsoring the event and are doing the physio on the day. If you’re not competing, go and watch and cheer everyone on.
■ Fancy going star gazing and learning more about the galaxy? Get down to Sacrewell Farm from 5.30pm to 9pm on October 8 as the Peterborough Astronomical Society will be there with their telescopes so everyone can look at the sky at night and they’ll be able to point you in the right direction. Entry is free for children. www.sacrewell.org.uk
■ Do you want to support Sue Ryder this Christmas? New for 2016 is the Angel Christmas Fair, founded by Lady Victoria Leatham, to be held on December 3 and 4. Visitors to Thorpe Hall Hospice will be welcomed by brightly lit angel statues representing the hard work of the nurses. Businesses are being asked to sponsor the wicker angels, which will be lit up throughout the event. Sponsors of the angels will be invited to a champagne reception on December 2 so they can see their company’s name lit up alongside their angel. The George Hotel of Stamford are the ﬁrst sponsors of an angel. If you would like to sponsor an angel please contact Lady Victoria: victoria.leatham@me. com before December 1.
■ Corby Glen Sheep Fair is on Sunday, October 9. This ancient fair, believed to be the oldest sheep fair in the country, is running for the 778th time! There will be lots of entertainment during the day – between 10am and 4pm – including the sheep show as well as the Bailey Drew Memorial Cup Challenge.
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FIRST TANGO IN OAKHAM… Jeremy Beswick takes to the dancefloor. But has he got twinkle toes or two left feet? Photography: Pip Warters LOVE IT OR HATE IT, Strictly Come Dancing is a broadcasting phenomenon. With viewing ﬁgures in excess of 10 million it has brought untold pleasure to the nation, prompting a surge in the numbers learning or returning to ballroom and latin, either dancing as couples inspired by previous winners such as Abbey Clancey and Mark Ramprakash, or brushing up their moves to try to avoid trips to their local dance ﬂoor reminiscent of the game (in both senses of the word) but utterly hopeless Ann Widdecombe and John Sergeant. A glance at the small ads in our local press will conﬁrm that we in Stamford and Rutland are no exception to this boom, with people all over our area eagerly dusting off their dancing shoes and so, to ﬁnd out more, I went along to a Thursday evening class in the upstairs ballroom at Oakham’s Victoria Hall. My teacher, qualiﬁed as such for the small matter of 52 years, was a life member of the International Dance Teachers’ Association, Ruth Whittaker.
She’s been dancing since the age of ﬁve or six. “All the little girls stood together in a corner of the ballroom and the little boys in the one diagonally opposite,” she remembered, as my new classmates arrived in pairs. “People come for all sorts of reasons,” Ruth went on. “But we’ve had several who are getting married and want that ﬁrst dance at their reception to be as ﬂawless as possible.” Several of her students added that ballroom seems to be a far more popular pastime abroad, so a reasonable level of proﬁciency is useful on holidays – especially cruises. We shouldn’t let good old England down on a corner of foreign ﬂoors, should we? Ruth and husband Frank moved to Rutland in 2004. She said she considered herself “well and truly retired”, but then read a letter in the Rutland Times from someone looking for help to learn to dance and ended up teaching the good folk of Market Overton in their village hall as a result.
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Ruth offers advice and encouragement to the class, before risking injury to her toes by partnering author Jeremy
‘It gets me off my backside and it’s great exercise without being too... well, sweaty’’ “I couldn’t wait to start again – just when I thought my career had come to an end it started all over.” A little later Frank, no slouch himself terpsichoreally, conﬁded to me how delighted she’d been to have this Indian summer. “Ruth would still dance 24 hours a day if she could,” he said affectionately. Personally, I don’t know my rumba from my paso doble. I‘d also come along alone that evening and as my ace photographer, irredeemably butch rugby vet Pip, seemed unaccountably reluctant to partner me, I sat out the ﬁrst few minutes and just watched. This particular night was billed as an intermediate class but they all looked terribly advanced to me, swirling gracefully in a waltz to the strains of Edelweiss as the evening
sunlight ﬁltered through the windows and cast its own dancing shadows on the ﬂoor. Serene is the only word to describe the ambience, only gently and brieﬂy broken as Ruth stopped the music to correct some minor ﬂaw or other that was, of course, completely lost on me. Words and phrases such as “Promenade. Turn and close. Cross right behind your left. Any lady not sure where she’s going?” were all that interrupted the delightful music and atmosphere. After a few minutes the style went up tempo to cha-cha-cha and some chose to sit it out for a while, one couple explaining: “It’s very similar to the rumba, which we like to do, and so we ﬁnd it can confuse us.” Why do they all come, I asked? Pauline Collins was there with her husband and told
me: “It gets me off my backside and it’s great exercise without being too... well, sweaty.” They were a sociable lot and keen to welcome newcomers. “The more the merrier,” they said. “It would mean we could hide better!” as our eagle-eyed teacher stepped in once again for some more ﬁne tuning. After tapping my toes for a while I was very happy when it was my turn to tango, as it were. Ruth risked potential life-changing injuries to her toes in order to guide me through a few steps of something previously completely unknown to me - The Pride of Erin Waltz. It’s true what they say – that a good partner makes all the difference. With her whispered directions, “now, two to the left, cross, raise your arm, point the foot, and back”, even I was able to make some sort of a ﬁst of it and jolly good fun it was too, though I’m sure the round of applause my new classmates gave me at the end was more for giving it a go than for artistic interpretation. My introduction to ballroom that evening was too short to have had any long-lasting effects, but if I were to keep at it the combination of mental stimulation, exercise and social interaction would mean I could expect to reap a lot of side beneﬁts. For example, writing in the Journal of Physical Education, academic Sheila Ward found that “kinesthetically connecting body, mind and spirit has expanded the worldview of dance to include prevention of chronic diseases, mental illness and physical disabilities....The future of dance in promoting health and healing may be almost limitless.” It’s great for those who ﬁnd it difﬁcult to summon up the motivation to keep up the more usual ways of exercising such as the gym or jogging, and it’s good for all ages too. Children, for example, would learn important lessons about social awareness and respect for each other whilst building their self-esteem, balance and coordination and, if you’re that way inclined, all ages can work their way up through the amateur medal system. Ruth has found it valuable sociably too, telling me: “My husband and I have met some lovely people in the area and we’ve both past and present pupils who have become personal friends.” Frank told me about the summer and Christmas balls they hold every year for charity. Half-way through the two hour class there was a break for tea, coffee and homemade Florentine biscuits. Feeling that this clodhopper would only detract from everyone else’s very evident enjoyment of their time together I felt it was time for me to leave. As I said my goodbyes Ruth ﬁnished with a rallying call. “As they say on Strictly – keeeeep dancing!” Maybe I will. Ruth Whittaker firstname.lastname@example.org 07963 527063 Beginners to advanced classes – £7.50 for two hours (including refreshments) Private tuition also available
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‘You cannot be serious’... and other sporting meltdowns Martin Johnson on the fragile state of mind of certain sports stars f they stopped a women’s tennis match every time there was a loud noise during a rally, Wimbledon would still be going at Christmas, but even though the dinner-gong type bong from a malfunctioning sound system during Andy Murray’s US Open quarter-ﬁnal would only have registered about a seven on the Sharapova scale, it was enough for the umpire to halt proceedings mid-point. And at the same time send our boy into one of those Chernobyl-style meltdowns to which so many sportsmen and women appear bafﬂingly prone. Tennis appears to be especially vulnerable to turning its competitors from models of calmness into total basket cases – so much so that after watching Murray start ranting at some perfectly sensible ruling I’m more convinced than ever that that icy-veined Swede with the headband was actually a robot. Bjorn Cyber-Borg. It’s not just the rackets that are highly strung in tennis, and when they get around to a remake of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, they should look no further for the title role than John McEnroe, who could play the part without the need for make-up. In the list of tennis’ top 10 meltdowns, ‘super-brat’ would probably feature in all of them. My personal favourite – and I urge anyone who’s not yet seen it to watch it on You Tube – was his performance in a match at the Swedish Open in 1984. It began with his customary practice of suggesting to the person in the high chair that he had the IQ of a pond hopper, and he became even more charming when the umpire, or “jerk” as our loveable friend described him, declined to dignify this tantrum with a reply. The result being that a miffed McEnroe took the opportunity during the following changeover to practice his double handed backhand. Not on the ball, mind you, but the drinks table, and having sent a glass of water ﬁzzing past a net post, Mac sat down. And this time he achieved his objective of prising a few words out of the umpire. Namely: “code violation, abuse of racket, Mr McEnroe.” I can only imagine what went through McEnroe’s head a, but given what happened next it was probably along the lines of “call that abuse of racket? If you want to see some real abuse, get a load of this.” Whereupon he jumped from his chair, and this time switching to the forehand – albeit still double handed – he more or less destroyed the entire contents of the refreshment table. In the process managing to shower the King of Sweden, sitting in the front row, with lemon barley water.
Golf is another mostly individual sport high up the league table of mental implosions, and if you were to pick a winner here it would be a close run thing between Jean van de Velde at the Open at Carnoustie in 1999, and Greg Norman at the US Masters in 1996. The Frenchman, needing no worse than a double bogey six at the par four 18th to win, somehow managed to make seven and lost in a play-off. But it was more the manner of his seven which was memorable, taking off his shoes and socks, rolling up his trouser legs, and staring at a ball almost entirely submerged in the water. Norman’s collapse in the ﬁnal round of the Masters, when he surrendered a six-shot lead to Nick Faldo, was equally painful to watch. So much so, that the resident turtles in Rae’s Creek eventually decided not to watch, diving for the safety of the bottom after being constantly depth charged by Greg’s golf balls. I remember an American commentator whispering into his mic, “Greg Norman, trying to stop the bleeding...” except that this wasn’t the kind of blood you could stem with an Elastoplast. This was a major artery. By the end the Great White Shark had become the Great White Fish Finger, and Faldo ended up winning by ﬁve. Collapses are pretty frequent in cricket, the kind of game in which the dislodging of a single pebble can bring on an avalanche. So it was in a match between Surrey and Lancashire in the 1993 Benson and Hedges Cup at the Oval, when Surrey, 212 for 1 needing another 25 to win from 35 balls, lost their last nine wickets for 18. Boxing’s biggest meltdown came in Las Vegas in 1997 when Mike Tyson, ﬁghting Evander Holyﬁeld for the world heavyweight title, appeared to mistake the bell for the dinner gong and bit a chunk from his opponent’s ear. Boxers are well known for getting cauliﬂower ears, but when Tyson sank his teeth into Holyﬁeld’s, you wondered whether this one might have had cheese sauce on it. This kind of mental implosion doesn’t come as much of a shock in a sport as primeval as boxing, but Zinedine Zidane’s headbutt on an Italian defender in the 2006 World Cup – deliberate, violent, and artistic enough to have been turned into a Quentin Tarantino movie – was quite an eyebrow raiser. It later emerged that Marco Materazzi had made some unﬂattering remark about Zidane’s sister, but the most remarkable thing of all about this one was that it was one of those highly unusual cases a footballer meriting medical attention after falling over, as opposed to an Oscar. 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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DON’T BE SAD, BE GLAD! With winter around the corner we’ve got some great advice on keeping your mind and body fit and firing despite the darker days THE NIGHTS ARE DRAWING in and, for many people, the thought of cosy evenings by the fire, roast dinners, beautiful autumnal scenery, golden light, Christmas and even a spot of snow is something to look forward to. But there is a downside to the enveloping darkness. The winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), affects around two million people in the UK, it is thought, and although you might not think it impinges on you, by January or February most people are heartily sick of the darkness and the cold, and while they might not rate the effects as full-on SAD or depression, there are still plenty of ways to beat the blues. It wasn’t that long ago that the vast majority of the population worked outside, but today this figure is down to less than 10%. This is not a problem during summer months with longer daylight hours, but during the winter indoor workers operate under artificial lighting and see little, if any real sunlight. Research has now established that a lack of sunlight can disrupt the balance of the brain’s chemistry, and it is believed that the
combination of long dark winter nights together with the colder temperature contributes towards this depressive disorder. During the hours of darkness the pineal gland produces a chemical called melatonin which makes us feel drowsy and signals the time for sleep. Exposure to sunlight prevents the production of melatonin whilst increasing the production of a neuro-transmitter called serotonin. When seasons change, the circadian rhythm (biological clock) in your body shifts due to the changes in daylight, and this can affect the body’s production of serotonin and hormones. It has been discovered that disruption to the body’s circadian rhythms together with a decreased production of serotonin can trigger depression. So why not try some of these tips: not only will they help you fight the fog of winter woe, they’ll also have the benefit of getting you fitter and healthier in body, as well as mind.
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Spending time outdoors helps ease symptoms of SAD, and experts suggest trying to get outside within two hours of waking up. Whether it’s cloudy or sunny, spending some time in the daylight can be a big help: research has shown that a daily one-hour walk in the middle of the day could be as helpful as light treatment for coping with the winter blues. Regular exercise is a powerful way to ﬁght seasonal depression, especially if you’re able to exercise outside in natural daylight. It can boost serotonin, endorphins and other feel-good brain chemicals. Exercise can treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as anti-depressants. Aim for 30 to 60 minutes of activity on most days. Even something as simple as walking a dog can be good exercise.
Go outdoors as much as possible, especially at midday and on brighter days. Indoors, choose pale colours that reﬂect light and sit near windows whenever you can. Even on the darkest days, there is still more daylight getting through the cloud than it is possible to obtain from artiﬁcial lighting.
Oily ﬁsh Eskimos don’t get SAD even in the polar winters as they eat ﬁsh,so include oily ﬁsh or ﬂax seeds in meals, which contain omega-3 oils and vitamin D. Vitamin D This often needs topping up as vitamin D is the
sunshine vitamin, so less is made by your skin in the winter as we are indoors more of the time and wear more clothes when we are outside. It can be found in egg yolks, and cow’s and goat’s milk. Nuts and seeds These make sure you have enough of the minerals zinc, selenium and boron which are all needed for brain activity. Meats and ﬁsh These contain Vitamin B12 which is needed for efﬁcient metabolism and good mental function. Turkey and bananas Beneﬁcial as they contain the protein tryptophan, which is the chemical needed to make serotonin and melatonin. Melatonin is the hormone that reacts to daylight and controls our sleep, helps regulate blood pressure and
reproductive cycles. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which contributes to us feeling happy and avoiding depression. Dark chocolate Just a small square contains polyphenols to help with feeling happy and relieving anxiety. Raspberries and blueberries Raspberries and blueberries help control the release of cortisol with which is released if you are stressed and negatively affects memory and emotions. Coffee One cup of coffee can help in the mornings but too many can hinder the production of seratonin. Remember to eat regularly to make sure your body has energy when it needs it, so make sure you have breakfast to start the day. Avoid foods with lots of sugar instead eat complex carbohydrates such as brown rice and bread, porridge and wholewheat pasta to give a steady energy ﬂow. A brisk walk or other exercise helps to keep blood ﬂowing round the body so nutrients get to the parts of the body where they are needed and toxins cleared out. If you need help with looking through your diet to identify deﬁciencies or imbalances which can cause SAD, depression or lethargy, poor sleeping or generally feeling unwell, contact Jane Sanders on 01832 226495, email email@example.com or Facebook Jane Sanders Nutrition
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It has been found that being cold makes you more depressed. It’s also been shown that staying warm can reduce the winter blues by half. Keep warm with hot drinks and hot food, and wear warm clothes and shoes, and aim to keep your home between 18C and 21C.
LET THERE BE LIGHTBOX
Doctors may prescribe light therapy to reduce SAD symptoms, but just staring into your car headlights won’t do the job. Light therapy boxes give off light that mimics sunshine and can help in the recovery from seasonal affective disorder. The light from the therapy boxes is signiﬁcantly brighter than that of regular light bulbs, and it’s provided in different wavelengths, so it is important to consult a doctor before buying one, as they cost around £100. Typically, if you have SAD, you sit in front of a light box for about 30 minutes a day. This will stimulate your body’s circadian rhythms and suppress its natural release of melatonin. Most people ﬁnd light therapy to be most effective if used when they ﬁrst get up in the morning. A study published in 2014 in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that one week of light therapy can sometimes do the job, although most people continue light therapy throughout the entire season that they’re affected.
Dawn simulators can help some people. These
devices are alarm clocks, but rather than waking you abruptly with loud music or beeping, they produce light that gradually increases in intensity, just like the sun. Different models of dawn simulators are available, but the best ones use full-spectrum light, which is closest to natural sunlight. Researchers found that dawn simulators were as effective as light therapy for people with mild SAD, according to a study published in 2015 in the Journal of Affective Disorders, while another study found that people woke up with dawn simulation did better on the cognitive tests and reported improved mood and well-being, during the day. This seems to be linked to raised levels of cortisol – your wake up and get on with the day hormone - on waking.
Aromatherapy may also help those with seasonal disorder. The essential oils can inﬂuence the area of the brain that’s responsible for controlling moods and the body’s internal clock that inﬂuences sleep and appetite. You can add a few drops of essential oils to your bath at night to help you relax. Essential oils from the poplar tree in particular were found to help depressive disorders in a study published in 2015 in the Journal of Natural Medicines. Citrus oils have a general cheering and uplifting action on the emotions, while ﬂoral oils work on the more subtle energies to help to ﬁght feelings of sadness, melancholy or even guilt which may be brought about by the condition.
STICK TO A SCHEDULE
People who live with SAD often have trouble sleeping at night and getting up in the morning. Maintaining a regular schedule improves sleep, which can help alleviate symptoms of seasonal depression. Keeping a regular schedule will also expose you to light at consistent and predictable times, and eating at regular intervals can help you watch your diet and not overeat. Many people who live with SAD ﬁnd they gain weight in the winter, studies have found.
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Feature /// Winter health GO ON HOLIDAY
It might be the expensive option, but an easy way to avoid the dark and cold is not to be in them. We’ve all been there on holiday, even in summer, where a bright, warm morning abroad makes you feel a million dollars. The effect of winter sun can be even more potent, and you don’t always have to go long haul to the other side of the world to ﬁnd it.
Here are some great places to go this winter: Mauritius The Mauritius beaches are still tropical paradises, and here you can rent a car and go exploring to ﬁnd your own deserted cove, drive or hike up into its rainforested hills, take a boat out and go snorkelling or dive in its extraordinary underwater world. Tenerife The ‘Island of Eternal Spring’ loses none of its spring during the winter months with temperatures in the 20’s throughout the northern European winter. The Canaries have always been popular with British tourists whatever the time of year. Muscat, Oman Muscat is one of the lesser known winter sun destinations but is fast becoming a popular alternative for a winter getaway. Unlike its more illustrious neighbours Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Muscat combines the authentic Middle Eastern experience with stunning architecture. Malta Set between Sicily and the North African coast with a mild winter, low rainfall and ﬁve or six hours of sunshine every day during the chilliest season, Malta has a turbulent and colourful
history, ruled by a series of occupiers with the prehistoric remains, fortresses, temples, burial chambers and eclectic Mediterranean cuisine to prove it. Costa del Sol Spain has always been one of the most attractive winter sun destinations for Northern Europeans. With its relatively short ﬂight time, reasonable costs and pleasant climate, the Costa del Sol on the south coast has a lot to offer the off-season traveller. Morocco The Atlantic coast of Morocco has warm winters (around 20°C) and long, sandy beaches. It’s a good choice for families who don’t want to ﬂy too far but want a taste of the exotic. Seychelles With amazing beaches, reefs and jungle, it’s a great winter sun destination for diving, snorkelling and walking. The average winter temperature is 28°C with six to seven hours of sunshine every day. Cape Town Temperatures average 26°C with up to 11 hours of sunshine a day – the ultimate vitamin D ﬁx amid long beaches and glorious scenery, and it’s only two hours ahead so jet lag isn’t a problem.
TAKE UP A NEW HOBBY
There’s nothing like starting a new activity to get the mind going and give you focus for a few months. It could be anything, from skydiving to playing bridge, singing, knitting, joining a gym, keeping a journal, or writing a blog. The important thing is that you have something to look forward to and concentrate on, and something to relieve stress and take your mind off the long dark evenings.
WHAT IS SAD? The symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) are similar to those of normal depression, but they occur repetitively at a particular time of year. They usually start in the autumn or winter and improve in the spring. The nature and severity of SAD varies from person to person. Some people just ﬁnd the condition a bit irritating, while for others it can be severe and have a signiﬁcant impact on their day-to-day life. DEPRESSION Most people with SAD will feel depressed during the autumn and winter. Signs that you may be depressed include: ● Persistent low mood ● Loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities ● Feeling irritable ● Feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness ● Low self-esteem ● Tearfulness ● Feeling stressed or anxious ● Reduced sex drive ● Becoming less sociable A small number of people will experience these symptoms in phases that are separated by “manic” periods where they feel happy, energetic and much more sociable. In addition to symptoms of depression, you may also: ● Be less active than normal ● Feel lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day ● Sleep for longer than normal and ﬁnd it hard to get up in the morning ● Find it difﬁcult to concentrate ● Have an increased appetite – some people have a particular craving for foods containing lots of carbohydrates and end up gaining weight as a result ● These symptoms may make everyday activities increasingly difﬁcult. Source www.nhs.uk
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GET YOUR BACK UP Stretching your hips will reduce lower back pain after prolonged sitting, writes Function Jigsaw’s Lauren Dobson DOES YOUR JOB require long periods of sitting or driving? Do you sit down to eat dinner and watch TV when you get home after a hard day at work? Maybe you maintain an active lifestyle the majority of the time but when you have to make that one long journey to visit the in-laws at the other side of the country you suffer with lower back pain for days? Without realising it, a high percentage of the population are ‘chronic sitters’. When we sit, our hips roll back into flexion. This then leads to a reduced
lumbar (lower back) curve, tightening the hip flexors and most importantly, causing lower back pain. Addressing the hip flexors There are too many effects of prolonged sitting to list in this one article and it is very much easier said than done for us to advise you to limit the amount of time sitting by taking regular breaks every 20 minutes. For those people who work in office jobs, the chances of having three breaks an hour would just be laughed at.
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ACTIVE BODY (prolonged hip flexion), it can pull on the lumbar spine, creating a sensation of tightness in the lower back. There are a number of different modified hip flexor stretches recommended by health professionals.
By addressing one major structure of the body, the hip flexors, this can help reduce your lower back pain and you can start the journey of reducing tightness in the lower back. Your lower back may be the area of which causes you the most pain, but you need to understand why it could be
occurring in the first place and get to the root of the problem to reduce the pain, and the frequency of it returning. One of the major hip flexor muscles, the psoas, not only flexes the hip, but is also attached to the five lowest vertebra of the spine. When the psoas shortens and tightens due to the sitting position
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Other issues caused by long periods of sitting are... • Weakened abdominal/core muscles • Thoracic spine and ribs tightness and reduced mobility • Poor muscle function of the hips, spine and shoulders Some of these can be treated simply by basic glute and core exercises, selfmassage using the Active Foam Roller and movement exercises throughout the day. Why not try adapting your daily routine, involving various stretches and selfmassage techniques to get you through your working week with less pain?
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accumulate in rivers, lakes and coastal areas and they are difficult to break down. Fish will only contain very small levels of P-C-Bs; however, pregnant women should limit consumption to two portions per week as excessive amounts can lead to development and neurological problems in a developing foetus. ARE THERE OTHER SOURCES OF OMEGA-3? There are other plant-based sources of omega-3, such as flaxseed oil, chia seeds, walnuts and walnut oil, fish roe, soy beans, linseeds or linseed oil, rapeseed oil, pumpkin seeds and spinach. All contain varying levels of essential nutrients, however if you are vegetarian or simply do not eat fish, you may struggle to meet the recommended levels of Omega-3 and supplementation may therefore be necessary.
WATCH YOUR OMEGA-3 Nutritional adviser Helen Cole on the health benefits of omega-3, and the best foods to find it in Did you know that Eskimos are said to have fewer than average heart attacks and strokes? It is believed that the reason for this is that their diet consists mainly of oily fish, which is the best source of omega-3 – an essential fatty acid that helps to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, some cancers, age-related vision loss and dementia. HOW MUCH DO WE NEED? Eating the recommended amount of omega-3 can lower blood pressure and reduce fat build up in the arteries. We should aim to eat two portions of fish a week, including an oily one, such as salmon, fresh tuna, sardines, trout or mackerel, in order to consume enough omega-3 (3g per week). This, of course, is dependent on portion size and some of us may need to eat more than two portions. Most adults only manage a third of a portion, and teenagers only a tenth. DOES ALL OILY FISH CONTAIN THE SAME AMOUNT OF OMEGA-3? The amount of omega-3 present in oily fish varies greatly. The table to the right shows
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how much omega-3 is present in 100g of each type. The good news is, it is not just oily fish – shellfish and white fish are also good sources. TYPE OF FISH (raw unless stated) Omega-3 per 100g Cod 70mg Fresh tuna 80mg King prawns 110mg Plaice 160mg Squid 400mg Mussels (boiled) 570mg Brown/white crab meat (boiled) 585mg Rainbow trout 1,030mg Sardines 1,110mg Seabass 1,200mg Farmed salmon 2,210mg Mackerel 2,600mg CAN WE EAT TOO MUCH OF IT? As stated, oily fish is the best source of omega-3 as it contains the long-chain type that is thought to be most beneficial to our health. Oily fish can, however, contain high levels of an environmental pollutant called polychlorinated biphenyls (P-C-Bs). These are highly toxic industrial chemicals that
OMEGA-3 AND ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE Studies have shown that Omega-3 fatty acids can improve strength and endurance training as well as reduce post-workout soreness. Consuming the recommended levels can improve oxygen and nutrient delivery to cells, enhance aerobic metabolism, increase energy levels and stamina, increase exercise duration and intensity, improve the release of the growth hormone in response to sleep and exercise, it is anti-inflammatory thus prevents joint, tendon and ligament strains and it can assist injury healing. TOP TIPS TO HELP YOU BOOST YOUR OMEGA-3 INTAKE • Start meal planning and ensure you include fish in at least one evening meal and one lunch per week • Get creative with lunches and swap your sandwich for a smoked trout or mackerel salad • Swap your Friday night steak for a fresh tuna steak • Occasionally swap chicken for salmon or prawns in your stir fry • Swap mince for crab meat in your favourite pasta dish • Switch to rapeseed or walnut oil for cooking and salad dressings • Add a handful of walnuts and pumpkin seeds to your usual breakfast cereal • Swap lettuce or other salad leaves for baby spinach • Swap your weekend ‘bacon and eggs’ for smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or kippers.
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OVERCOME THE POSTSUMMER SLUMP Research has shown that that Brits put on an average of 4.4lbs over the summer, with hotter days, eating later and drinking more being responsible for the weight gain. British Military Fitness’ training and education manager, Mark Wood, said: “When you spend your holidays relaxing, indulging in rich foods and drinks and overall relaxing your fitness routine, it becomes increasingly hard to find the motivation to work out on those colder evenings and darker mornings when you get home,” says Mark. “And with the lack of motivation, the added extra pounds and settling back into reality, before you know it, you’re in the September slump. “With the sun cream back in the back of the cupboard, it can be hard to get the momentum to get motivated again but as soon as you start you will begin to feel better. Here are his top tips for overcoming the September slump: Set a realistic goal It is important that we set realistic goals we are able to stick to, change doesn’t happen over night. Our lifestyles can be very demanding so we need to stay focused on what our short-term goals are, what our long-term goals and how we’re going to reach them. Without this we can plod along at a snail’s pace, losing motivation in the process.
CYCLING HERO WINNER UPDATE Rutland Cycling/Active Cycling Hero Jason Skinner has been abroad training for his challenge. Here he tells us how he’s getting on “I’ve been very busy cycling in France and all over the county this summer. I have just managed to hit 2,000 miles so far this year, and have been upping the mileage on my ride and also the consistency. “Planning for the ride to Spain is well underway too. We are setting off on Saturday May 27. Several cycle companies
have donated kit for the ride or for us to auction off to raise money, and we are also making a special cycle jersey for the ride and company sponsorship is available, and we are already getting orders from family and fellow riders for the jerseys. “I’ve also been donated a turbo trainer for the winter months too!”
JASON’S WINNING CHALLENGE Lincolnshire to southern Spain… “I am a novice cyclist and took up road cycling last Christmas. The longest ride I’ve done so far has been 52 miles. “For my 40th birthday this year I want to ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats and to cycle several stages of the Tour de France. These will be in preparation for my big adventure, to cycle from Bourne to Almeria in Spain. “It will be a fund-raising ride for Cancer Research – my mother has a terminal cancer and moved to Spain for her last years. I thought the challenge of riding through France to her village in Spain would be tough, but nothing in comparison to the fight my mum is having.”
Eat little and oen When training you need a calorific surplus to gain muscle tone and definition. Do not train when you haven’t eaten! Eat a high protein meal before and aer your workouts, and don’t forget the mid-morning and mid-aernoon snacks! You are what you eat, so if you eat quick, cheap and easy meals, your body will reflect this. Remember, carbs can be your friend! Get in the great outdoors Exercising outside has great benefits. Not only do you get to breathe fresh, crisp air, you can even get muddy whilst having fun with friends – that’s something you definitely wouldn’t see in the gym! Not only can you take yourself rambling, up mountains or just to your local park, it also means that you don’t have to stand about waiting for gym equipment at peak times, bonus! Train with others Having a training partner or training in a group can have great benefits and will help to you to stay on the fitness wagon. Others can help you stay motivated, it becomes a great social environment and you can have some great fun whilst training. Research has also proven that those starting an exercise regime alone have a general dropout rate of about 43%, whereas for those who train in a group environment, that figure lies around the 7% mark. Be patient and persevere You need to be patient with your body, your training and yourself. You won’t get through your first full body workout without feeling warn out. It comes with time; don’t let it taint any future experiences. Keep persevering; acknowledge how far you’ve come and how well you’re doing. Remember, if you’re training, you’re already ahead of the person you were last week. Keep going! To find out more about British Military Fitness, or to sign up for a free taster session, visit www.britishmilitaryfitness.com
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GENERIC BEAUTY Winter is just around the corner so it’s time to look at your wardrobe. But you don’t have to go mad – if you streamline with just a few key pieces it can scream new season but without you having to spend a fortune. Long leather skirts are very on trend at the moment. Marks and Spencer stock a lovely one at £199. Metallic trousers are very ‘in’ but I think you have to be a certain age and size to be able to carry these off. It would be too easy to look like an oven ready turkey or, heaven forbid, mutton dressed as lamb. To go with these separates wear a roll neck; if you can run to cashmere even better. Another look that is very ‘now’ this autumn is the cable knit. Perfect for keeping warm as well as looking stylish.
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You can wear this with your leather skirt or trousers and, to add to the chunky look even more, add a heavy boot. These boots are perfect for winter – warm, waterproof and low heeled, so no slipping on ice. I like these boots with long skirts. Everyone was wearing the fur hooded parka last year and I’m sure they will again this winter. What’s not to like? A warm coat that you can snuggle into to keep the elements out. But to be slightly different this year have a look at a trench coat. This classic coat just never goes out of style. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but it could be wise to invest slightly as you will wear this coat for years. And there you have it. A couple of tweaks and you’ve got a whole new winter wardrobe!
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Elton and Nassington This five-mile leg stretch down by the River Nene is surprisingly peaceful and includes a few good pubs along the way, as Will Hetherington discovers Photography: Will Hetherington
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Park somewhere near the Crown in the heart of Elton and walk along the road which leads north from the pub. You will soon leave the village and pass a rather grand house called Berry Leas on your left. When you come to the left turn in the road which leads to Elton Bridge keep walking north along the track which leads past the sewage works on the right hand side. From here the footpath follows the farm track initially with woodland on your left and farmland rising on your right hand side. Keep going through two ﬁelds until the path reaches the north west corner of the third ﬁeld. At this point the River Nene is just to your left and I chose to
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stay on the path which soon brings the river into view. (You can turn right at this ﬁeld corner and then take a quick left which will ultimately lead to the same place but not via the river). After a couple of hundred yards the path branches off to the right and soon joins the dismantled railway, but you can make a detour to the weir from which there are decent views. Stay on the old railway for a quarter of a mile and you will come to a clear sign to the left by an old gateway. Turn left and cross the ﬁeld to the path which follows a smaller off-shoot of the Nene for a short section before you come to a bridge. Cross the bridge and then turn left to pick up the path heading back to Nassington. There are some signs up saying the river crossing is closed ahead but don’t worry because they relate to an old stepping stone crossing which is not part of this walk. Stay on the path to Nassington, crossing a big bridge over the Nene on the way, and you will soon come up to
Fotheringhay Road. If you fancy a pit-stop there are a couple of decent pubs close by at this point (The Black Horse and The Queen’s Head), otherwise turn left and look for the path which cuts back into the ﬁeld almost immediately. From here the path runs south east across a number of ﬁelds and past a vast poly tunnel area on the way back to Elton. It’s not brilliantly signposted but you will know which direction you need to be heading so keep going. Unfortunately when you do eventually reach the west bank of the Nene just north of Elton the old bridge has been closed for understandable safety reasons; however there is a path down the west bank of the river back to Elton bridge. It’s not marked as a footpath but it’s obviously in regular use. Once you get to the bridge walk underneath it and there is a path back up to the road on the roadside immediately afterwards. From here you can walk back into the village and enjoy a pint in the Crown.
Distance and time Five miles/two hours.
Where to park On Duck Street near The Crown Inn in the old heart of Elton.
Highlights For a lot of the the time this walk is on the banks of the surprisingly tranquil River Nene. The area in Elton around the pub is beautiful and quiet. Lowlights The closed footbridge back over the Nene at the end was a disappointment. Refreshments The Black Horse and The Crown in Elton and The Queen’s Head in Nassington. For something a bit smarter Loch Fyne in Elton is a superb seafood restaurant. Difficulty rating Two paws. Mostly flat ground and not many stiles. The pooch perspective There is a great area for the dog to have a paddle and a drink by the bridge at the halfway mark when you are at Yarwell Mill and I didn’t see any livestock on my way round. The Nene is quite a big river so unless your dog is a strong swimmer then take care.
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
The view of Nassington from the river; the route back to Elton; The Crown in Elton; the River Nene to the east of Nassington
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The Grainstore, Oakham Will and Wendy enjoy a hearty pie and pint deal at this welcoming Oakham brewery Will I've enjoyed a pint or two here on a few occasions but I’ve never eaten here so I’m looking forward to ﬁnding out what the food’s like. The pub was founded in 1995 when Tony Davis, former head brewer of Ruddles Brewery in Langham, set it up with his friend Mike Davies. They converted the derelict Victorian railway building into what it is today, a fully operational brewery and a popular wateringhole and eatery right next to the station. Wendy So you’ve done our research – very impressive, but I’m more interested in what it’s like right now, not how it came to be here. It’s my ﬁrst visit and it’s a good atmosphere for a Wednesday night, with plenty of people sat outside on this warm Indian summer evening. The long bar means plenty of room for people to lean and chat but there is plenty of comfortable seating inside so everyone is catered for. The hops hanging from the beams and the deep red steel pillars give the room colour and character and the numerous awards on the walls are reassuring. Will It is a good atmosphere and the waitress, Kennedy, is really friendly and helpful. Wednesday night is pie and a pint night which
means you get a pie and a pint (or a glass of house wine) for £9.95, which is pretty good value in anyone’s book. The menu is on the wall and it’s pretty simple as there are only two choices – either steak and ale or sausage and borlotti bean. Both are served with a choice of potatoes and mixed vegetables. So the real choice is deciding which beer you want. The beer is all brewed on site and they have an impressive range, with 11 permanent ales and a range of seasonal specials. Ten Fifty, Triple B are Cooking are some of the most famous but my pint of Gold, a seasonal summer ale, was just right for the balmy September weather. Wendy And the house red is very drinkable too. But I’m really impressed with my steak and ale pie. It looked good when it arrived and was well ﬁlled with big tender chunks of beef. I opted for french fries which are good but I’m a bit jealous of your crushed new potatoes with stilton! And I have to say the medley of vegetables is really impressive – they all taste of something and are really fresh, and I love red cabbage. I hate poor gravy, so I’m really pleased with this big boat full of thick and tasty extra gravy – perfect. Will Yes that was a decent plate of food and I
would recommend the crushed new potatoes with Stilton – very tasty, but then I am a Stilton fan. For £9.95 that was an excellent plate of food and pint of beer in relaxed and comfortable surroundings. I’m told ‘build your own burger’ night on Tuesdays is really popular and I can imagine why. They keep the formula simple and focus on good tasty ingredients. And who doesn’t want to drink beer in the very building it’s been brewed in? If there was a competition for the least beer miles travelled the Grainstore would be hard to beat! And I love the concept of the tower brewery, where the process starts on the top ﬂoor and, with a bit of help from gravity, the ﬁnished product comes out the taps on the ground ﬂoor to a queue of happy customers. Wendy It’s a friendly place, with a clear focus on what they are trying to achieve and I think it works well. Judging from our meal I would happily return to sample some other options. Although I’ll stick to the wine thanks!
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Peterborough launches under 13 girls’ rugby team Peterborough Rugby Club has had a successful women’s side for years but a new venture for this season is the region’s only under 13 girls’ team which they hope will take the country by storm. The plan is to develop and grow the girls’ section with under 15 and under 18 teams following as their under 13 squad grows and matures. Those are the only three junior girls’ age groups recognised by the RFU. Although mixed rugby is played by teenagers in mainland Europe, English Rugby’s laws changed this summer from allowing girls to play mixed rugby up to and including the under 12 age group so that now, under 11 is the oldest. Peterborough Rugby Club’s Simon Potter was head coach of the under 11s last season and was faced with it being the last season for his daughter, Abigail, and two other girls in the squad. “All of a sudden, they were faced with having to give up rugby a year earlier than we’d thought,” he explains, “so we needed a team they could join. With the closest being at Bedford, Boston, Market Harborough and Northampton there was no option but to set up our own.” Simon set about recruiting the only female players from each of the neighbouring teams at Bourne, Huntingdon, Oundle and Peterborough’s other club, Lions and the nucleus of a girls’ side was born. Intensive recruiting has seen the squad build and build, and the new season started at the beginning of September with no less than 26 players and four coaches – one woman and three men. “Whether that makes us the biggest under 13 girls’ team in the county, I don’t know,” adds Simon, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we were. Quantity is no guarantee of quality, of course, but we have some awesome talent in the squad and this is deﬁnitely a team that’s going places!” Sponsorship from Purple Bricks estate agency, McIntyre Electrical and the Unite union has helped kit out the squad but now starts the important
business of playing and winning matches. “We dipped our toe in the water at the tail end of last season,” says Simon. “We came second in a tournament and second in a tournament at Olney, both against older girls. Arguably our best result was when we entered the under 11 section of the Cambridgeshire Cup and beat four boys’ teams to reach the ﬁnal of our section.” Potential new recruits born since 31 August 2003 should contact spotter@ prufc.com while older girls and ladies are also welcome (under 15s and under 18s play as a ‘cluster’ team). Potential new recruits born before 1 September 2003 should contact Laura Philips on email@example.com
Continued success for Joey with back-to-back centuries Last season Joey Evison became the youngest cricketer, aged 13, to play ﬁrst team cricket for Stamford School, equalling they record set by former England captain MJK Smith, but this proved to be just the start of a host of cricketing achievements. This season, aged 14, he became Stamford School’s youngest ever 1st team centurion, scoring back-to-back 100s against Nottingham High School and Wellingborough School A member of the Notts CCC Academy set-up, he transferred this season from Lincolnshire Cricket Board to play for Nottinghamshire. In his ﬁrst season for Notts he has broken their batting record, scoring 1,270 runs at an average of 61, including achieving 92 not-out on his debut for in the Nottinghamshire ECB Premier League. Joey’s side, Notts U15s, reached the national ﬁnals this year for the ﬁrst time, where he scored 100 against Essex at the ﬁnals. Additionally, Joey was selected this season to play for the Midlands
Above Joey Evison in first team action for Stamford School
U15s in the prestigious Bunbury Festival at Radley College – where the best 44 players in the country represent their regions – where he scored 78 vs London and The East.
OAKHAM START WITH WINS Oakham’s rugby season has kicked off in style with some great opening wins. Not only did the 1st and 2nd XV win both matches against Hampton School during their pre-season training camp, but they also both won their first match of the season against Denstone 17-5 (1st XV) and 29-0 (2nd XV), as well as beating Stamford School on their home ground 22-15. It was a great start to the season for Oakham’s new director of rugby, Andrew Rice, who is working closely alongside director of coaching Ian Smith, who previously coached, and captained, Leicester Tigers.
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GRANTHAM GETS A GOLD MEDAL COACH Gavin Evans, the new table tennis coach at Grantham College, has 48 national titles, a European title, a world title, won gold in the Youth Olympics in Belgrave, was picked to play in the London 2012 Olympics, and is the youngest player in history to be on the ranking list. We ask him about his sport... When did you start playing table tennis? “I was four years old and it was my brother’s birthday. My brothers already played and my parents were heavily involved in sport so it was a natural step for me to join in.” What do you enjoy most about it? “I enjoy the speed most. Table tennis is sometimes described as playing chess while downhill skiing as there’s always a lot going on. You never stop learning and you can always keep getting better.” Where has your career taken you? “I’ve been all over the world; I’ve been to China 12 times and can speak a bit of Mandarin.” What achievement are you most proud of? “The European Championships. I was number one in Europe for two years and never lost a match. I also played in the Commonwealth Championships which was amazing.” What made you want to become a coach? “I had to cut down my hours due to an injury. I have been playing full time since I was 12 and as a result have lost all the cartilage in my hip. Having had three surgeries – one which prevented me from playing in the London Olympics – I thought it would be a great way for me to pass my knowledge and skills on and still be involved in the game. I still get the same adrenaline rush as playing and have had the honour of coaching others who have had early success, such as Tom Jarvis, who trains at Grantham College and went to the Rio 2016 Olympics as a reserve. It’s great to be able to share my knowledge with other aspiring players and it’s the coach’s responsibility to keep going.” What tips would you pass on to aspiring players? “Be sensible. It’s not just about sweating and training. You have to look at your long term goals and build your body – the fitter you are, the longer your career will be. Having spent a lot of time in physiotherapy, I have learnt a lot about the body which I can now pass on to my players. Knowing how to look aer yourself and keeping fit is just as important as learning the game.” You can follow Gavin on Twitter @GavinEvansTT. To find out more about the Table Tennis Academy at Grantham College, call 01476 400200 or visit www.grantham. ac.uk/student-life/sport-enrichment/ table-tennis-academy/
UCC recognised as centre of excellence Uppingham Community College has been recognised as a national specialist centre of excellence with ‘Leadership Academy Status’. This is in recognition of all the hard work our staff and young sports leaders do to promote sport in the college, in the primary schools and in the local community. The ‘Leadership Academy’ initiative is a scheme to reward and recognise some of Sports Leaders UK’s best Approved Assessment Centres who “go beyond the call of duty”. The category has been launched to recognise the impact that exceptional centres can have on their local communities as well as their own Sports Leaders. UCC has qualiﬁed for the academy status by showing its capability and courage to challenge accepted practice, and offering students a diverse range of extra-curricular opportunities. Schools that are recognised for the status are those who demonstrate good practice for organisations in their local area. On September 21, director of academy sport, Tom Bourne, was presented with the award plaque by Sports Leaders UK Partnerships Manager, David Savidge. David said: “Being a father of young children myself, I am really passionate about what schools children attend and how the teachers have an effect on them. Teachers are really important. I would genuinely love for my children to attend a school like UCC, with teachers like Mr. Bourne making such a positive impact on them.” Along with the Sports Leaders UK representatives, David Wilby, who is Rutland County Council’s ‘Portfolio Holder for Lifelong Learning’, also attended the award presentation. He spoke of how impressed he was with the Sports Leadership UK programme and the way in which UCC has adapted it, mentioning “the
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Student Michael McGinty, governor Andy Gilgrist, SLUK partnerships manager David Savidge, principal Jan Turner, Chris Thomas, student activities co-ordinator Rob Lewin, director of academy sport Tom Bourne and student Georgia Lorentzen
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Win for Stamford in first match Stamford School First XV started their 2016 league campaign with a win in a tough ﬁrst match against Oundle School. The senior squads started their preparation back in June, followed by a weeklong training camp at Durham University. This culminated with a solid win against Durham School. Oundle always prove physical and well drilled opposition and this was to be no exception. Mason Coulam, Will Cardall and Corey Lewis carried well in the early stages with Jacob Turp directing proceedings at scrum half. Stamford slowly started to gain momentum and almost broke the deadlock from a lineout. Minutes later, good work up front saw debutant Dave Koelman dive over from short range.
In terrible conditions, great defence from captain James Peachey and George Brown kept Oundle out temporarily, but they were able to dive into the corner just before the break. With the rain continuing to pour in the second half it was Stamford centre Gabriel Smithson who converted a penalty to take the score to 10-5 with 15 minutes to go. Great work from Monty Toseland and Dave Koelman kept Oundle’s late surge at bay allowing the home side to record a morale boosting opening victory. Director of rugby David Laventure was full of praise, “That was a tough physical start in terrible conditions, but fair play to the players, they showed character, rolling up their sleeves and getting the job done. Plenty to work on though.” /// O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 6 5
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Go GOLD funding available for talented local athletes The funding for Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS), through the GO GOLD Funding Programme, is now open for applicants. The aim of GO GOLD is to support local talented athletes who are being recognised by their national governing bodies of sport as being future Olympic, Paralympic, Special Olympic and Commonwealth Games participants. The 2016/17 programme will close on October 28. The programme is spilt into two funding awards – podium and performance. Podium level funding For athletes competing at regional, national or international level in an Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth discipline. This level is funded by Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council and Rutland County Council. All eligible applicants will be automatically be put forward for podium level funding. Councillor Ernie White, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for health, said: “The Olympics and Paralympics have highlighted the levels of sporting excellence which competitors can reach. “The backing which GO GOLD gives to county sportspeople helps them to take the ﬁrst step towards emulating these recent performances as well as inspiring others to have a go for themselves, even if it’s only for fun. There’s a wealth of evidence that an active life is essential for physical and mental health and wellbeing.” Performance level funding Unsuccessful applicants at podium level will be automatically referred to their local authority for
During 2015/16, 109 GO GOLD funding grants were awarded across 25 sports at podium level. These included: Lizzie Warner, Archery – Blaby Still aged just 16 years old, Lizzie has had a season to remember! Following a frustrating winter of injury, Lizzie was selected as a reserve for the European Youth Championships. Aer a hard training spell, Lizzie came back to true form quickly and successfully retained her National Outdoor title for the fourth consecutive year. Over the summer came the experience of a lifetime when Lizzie was the only female Archer to be selected to travel to Rio De Janiero, Brazil as a part of the British Olympic Association Ambition Programme. The aim of this programme was to give Lizzie an experience of the Olympic Games in preparation for Tokyo 2020. Elliott Powell, Athletics (200m) – Leicester Aer three tremendous years of progression and improvements, Elliott became a GO GOLD Ambassador in 2015/16 following a successful season on the track where he became European Junior Silver Medallist. Elliott has followed through with another strong, consistent year of performances seeing personal bests in the 100m, winning silver at the UK Under 23 Championships and making the 200m final at the British Championships/Olympic trials.
GO GOLD has previously supported Rio Olympic athletes Emily Scarratt from Desford and Jonny Walton from Kirby Muxloe. Emily captained Team GB’s Women’s Rugby 7s Team to a 4th place finish, and Jonny Walton who with his Rowing Double Scull partner, finished fih, which capped excellent Olympic debuts. Cyclist Dan McLay from Charnwood has also been supported by GO GOLD and rides with Fortuneo-Vital Concept. Dan competed in the Tour of Britain with the Great Britain Team this year, finishing seventh overall in the points standing. Current GO GOLD athletes Megan Jones was selected as a travelling reserve with the Women’s Rugby 7s Team and Lizzie Warner (Archery) and Andrew Stamp (Gymnastics) attended through Team GB’s Rio 2016 Ambition Programme.
a performance grant (£100) if their local authority is participating in the programme. This level is funded by Charnwood Borough Council, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Leicester City Council, Melton Borough Council, North West Leicestershire District Council, Oadby and Wigston Borough Council and Rutland County Council. Unfortunately Blaby District Council and Harborough District Council are no longer able to support the programme at performance level.
Athletes should be aged 14-23 years on September 1, 2016, and applications from athletes who are 12-13 years old may be considered only if they are competing at national/international level. Applicants must live in Leicestershire, Leicester city or Rutland and attend the local school system. If athletes are currently studying away at university, their parents’/non-term time address should be in Leicestershire, Leicester or Rutland.
Silver for Maddie at UK Schools Games Oakham sport scholar Maddie Pearce has won a silver medal at the UK School Games, a competition for the UK’s elite school-age athletes. Maddie competed as part of England Blue against two other England teams and sides from Scotland, Wales and Ulster. Fellow Oakhamian sports scholar Abi Rawlins (pictured right with Maddie) was also competing at the games, playing for England White, whilst director of hockey James Bateman found success as head coach for the Boys’ England Blue team, who won silver medals. Maddie and her team-mates won their ﬁrst two games in the pool stages, beating Wales 3-1 and England White 4-3. The ﬁnal against England Red was a hotly-contested match, with an early goal
from England Blue putting them in the lead. However, England Red were on the attack in the second half, and eventually scooped a 4-1 win. “We are immensely proud of both Maddie and Abi for their performances at the UK School Games, and we especially congratulate Maddie on her silver medal,” said Bateman. “Gaining selection to this elite competition is a huge achievement in itself; the girls’ hard work with our expert coaching team has really paid off. I am sure their success will inspire many of our younger hockey players.” The coming year will now see two Oakhamians playing for the GB U23 development squad, with Form 7 sport scholar Lucas Ward playing for the equivalent men’s team. /// O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 6 7
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Frustration over as Oakham finally seal promotion BY JEREMY BESWICK
ongratulations to Oakham Town, who ﬁnally secured promotion to Division One after three frustratingly washed out weekends with an away win against Leicester Ivanhoe. Batting ﬁrst, Ivanhoe reached a decent 218 – enough to ensure that town started their innings with the match still very much in the balance. Captain Richard Martin and fellow opener Mark Owen made a good start putting on 42 for the ﬁrst wicket. Owen was then bowled by Lafferty which brought teenager Cameron Flowers to the square for what was his swansong knock before his return to South Africa to complete his academic ambitions. It was to prove an appropriate farewell, the pair seeing Oakham all but home with a stand of 168; Flowers with a typically ﬂamboyant 102 not out off 82 balls with two sixes and 15 fours. He told me: “I’ve absolutely loved it here and all the local people have been great, particularly my team-mates who are a nice bunch of lads and helped me out with
whatever I needed”. His absence next season will be a blow to the side – any team would miss a batsman ending the season with an average of 65 – but hopefully elder brother Calvin, who ﬁnished the match partnering his younger sibling to knock off the last few runs, will be available more often next campaign in the higher division to plug the gap. Bowler Charlie Baker said: “It was a fantastic end to a season that has seen Oakham use 32 players, 23 bowlers and only three players playing in more than half the games. The strength in depth shown by both young and old that have played this year has been fantastic and it has been thoroughly enjoyable for all involved!” Over a pint in the Wheatsheaf, skipper Martin told me: “Cameron will be sorely missed. For various reasons we’re losing up to four other key batsmen as well so we’ll need to recruit for the higher division,” and, of course, for the all-important “bragging rights” matches against Uppingham, who await them. In spite of the losses of personnel, Oakham
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should do reasonably well at the higher level. Most seasoned observers think that, apart from three or four sides at the top who are possibly a rank above, the standard in the rest of Division One isn’t markedly higher than it is in Two and that seems to have been borne out by Uppingham’s debut season there as they ﬁnished a creditable ﬁfth, ending their campaign with a famous win over Loughborough Town. Loughborough, at home, batted ﬁrst and set a challenging target of 262 but this drew a quick response from the away side, scorer Scott Fraser describing it as “a rollicking start as Sam Hodson and Kash Munir raced to 81 from the ﬁrst 10 overs”. Munir was to depart ﬁrst but Hodson’s 57 off 34 balls meant numbers three and four, skipper Jamie Dumford and James Cross, entered the fray with Uppingham ahead of the required run rate. Batting sensibly, they were to add 112 for the third wicket in 25 overs before Cross was unluckily caught behind, the ball having deﬂected off his helmet.
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Vox Fox Some time ago I’d booked my usual place in the press box for the Foxes’ last home game against Glamorgan, hoping to be present for an exciting promotion decider. Alas, in the intervening few weeks, the wheels had rather come off their push for promotion to Division One, with uncharacteristic consecutive defeats against Essex and Sussex but nevertheless I was hoping to see them show some form in this, their last match of the season and some positive signs that would bode well for the next campaign. As elite performance director Andrew McDonald had said about their run in ““There’s a lot to play for in the last three games, there are three opportunities to show how much we’ve improved in 2016 and we need to take them,” By the time I arrived they were all out for 96 before lunch– so you’ll understand that my faith was being sorely tested. I spoke to Aussie seamer Clint McKay about that and asked, as the visitors had won the toss and elected to field, if there had been some moisture in the wicket. “No, not really,” he told me, refusing to his credit to take that easy excuse saying: “They bowled really well and it was just one of those strange mornings”. The remaining two sessions were much more encouraging, with the Foxes showing some backbone and refusing to lie down. Glamorgan were dismissed for a lead of just under a hundred – McKay himself leading the fight-back with three wickets for 12 – and openers Paul Horton and Angus Robson then all but levelled the match with an unbeaten 78 before stumps to restore a little pride. They were to go on to score a respectable 283 to balance the match. What did McKay think lay behind their recent run of bad form? “When you are trying to change something, alter a culture, it takes time,” he said. “We’re still a work in progress.”
Alex Ashwin came to the wicket to join Dumford and they picked up ones and twos, Fraser commenting that “he was able to rotate the strike with Dumford to such an extent that his 23-ball stay garnered 30 runs and featured just three dot balls”. This set up a classic situation for the ﬁnal over – six to win. Having taken two from the ﬁrst ball Ashwin was then bowled, meaning new batsman Andy Cross faced the third delivery – which he would have been delighted to see called a wide. A dot ball and then a two left the match situation as one run needed from the remaining two balls. Just to sustain the tension, Cross then holed out in the deep bringing Scott Green in to face the ﬁnal ball. Fraser takes up the story: “The ﬁnal delivery had an element of the Keystone Cops about it. A massive appeal for LBW, a hesitant stop-start run, both batsmen sprawled in their creases in the quest to make their ground, and ﬁelders almost falling over themselves in an attempt to effect a run out.” Fortunately for Uppingham, the umpire had spotted an inside edge by Green on to his pads and adjudged both batsmen had made
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Aussie seamer Clinton McKay in action for Leicestershire
Last month skipper Mark Cosgrove had told me: “We don’t want to be the sort of yo-yo outfit that goes up and then comes down again – we want to be the best team in the country.” McKay agreed it might be a blessing in disguise to miss out this term and be stronger and more ready for elevation next season. “It’s now about our aim to build on firm foundations. This is a great chance to build something special at a great club. We’re in a good state and we’ll keep pressing”. I understand there are some major signings in the pipeline during the close season so ‘the project’ is still on track and there’s still every reason to be optimistic for next year.
their ground, so handing them the most dramatic of ﬁnal day wins. Burghley Park’s Sunday side, newly established this year, sealed promotion to Rutland League Division two with a regulation win at home to Long Sutton. Burghley’s stand-in captain Nick Fisher won the toss and elected to bowl and it proved to be the right decision as he immediately put Sutton under pressure by taking two early wickets himself, and then was to take a third to break a promising partnership by Sutton’s Edgeller and Oldﬁeld. By drinks Sutton were ﬁve down and Burghley, needing only one point to secure promotion mathematically, could gain it by claiming just one more wicket. It fell to Nick Cowley to conﬁrm their elevation, claiming that all-important wicket early in his spell and going on to ﬁnish with ﬁgures of four for six from only four overs as Sutton were skittled out for just 90. In their reply, Henry Charlton was to be the star with 77 not out in what was, according to regular captain Kieran Harris, “a batting masterclass, ﬂaying the bowling to all parts” as Burghley reached the total needed in
13 overs for the loss of just one wicket. Harris summed up: “The perfect end to a great season for the Burghley Park Sunday 1st XI who only entered the Rutland League for the ﬁrst time this season. Strong ﬁnishes too in the Huntingdonshire League for the Saturday 1st and 2nd XI show real promise for the future of the club”. Possibly the unluckiest side this season are Deepings, over in the Lincolnshire Premier Division. Although they missed the top three spots, they were a trivial amount of points behind second and only 30 from winners Bracebridge Heath. It could all have been so different had the weather gods been kinder. Doubtless captain David Gillett was considering resorting to voodoo or sacriﬁcial offerings to Helios to improve the chances of their ﬁnal ﬁxture against local rivals Bourne being uninterrupted but, alas, all his hopes were in vain as it was another washout to leave them adrift and becalmed in fourth. Over at Stamford, the Saturday ﬁrsts ﬁnished ﬁfth, as did their Sunday side but the Saturday 2nd XI conﬁrmed their promotion to the second division by beating Welby.
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Tight games for Oakham BY JEREMY BESWICK
Oakham’s new-look side have been the drama queens of the season so far, both of their games having denouements that wouldn’t be out of place in a Hollywood blockbuster. They opened with an away match at Oundle on a pitch that reﬂected the torrential rain that morning, conditions that don’t favour their traditional open style and both sides found good rugby difﬁcult to play. It was Oundle who drew ﬁrst blood after a quarter of an hour with a clever tap penalty leading to a converted try. A period of sustained pressure from Oakham followed and the three points this yielded was the least they deserved. They then had to dig deep to defend several ﬁve metre scrums as Oundle’s pack looked repeatedly for the push over but they held ﬁrm to such effect that Oundle eventually conceded a penalty, out of frustration as much as anything. With ﬁve minutes left Oaks launched several attacks and prop Rhys Grieves eventually found himself in enough space to get over the line to make the half time score 10-7 to Oakham. Oundle came back strongly after the break, levelling matters with a penalty and then outﬂanking Oakham’s defence for a try, and two further penalties saw the home side move 21-10 ahead with 10 minutes left. This time however, it was Oakham who executed a smart tap penalty and the big man, Stee Vukinavanua, was not be denied, reaching the line despite defenders hanging off his body. With ﬁve minutes left Oakham’s superior ﬁtness was telling but they looked to have missed their opportunity when James Beanland couldn’t quite reach a kick from Jamie Bullet. Oundle won the resulting line out but Beanland then made a crucial interception to go over. Bullet slotted the conversion to make it 22-21 to the Oaks.
TU KOKOIBULILEKA As Active went to press, the rugby community was shocked to hear of the passing of Oakham’s Tu Kokoibulileka, who died on September 24 aer collapsing on the field during the match against West Bridgford. The club announced “the tragic loss of our brother Tu” and gathered the following day to pay their respects “to a great man”.
The ﬁrst home match of the season, against Peterborough, followed. Will Armstrong touched down after 15 minutes, showing an impressive turn of pace as he chased a kick ahead from Callum Crellin. By the end of a scrappy half time the score was 8-3. A penalty try and a try proper put the visitors into a 15-8 lead and it seemed the match was turning Peterborough’s way. For 20 minutes their defence kept them in the game until a break from Beanland was stopped just short. After unsuccessfully trying for a pushover try the ball was spun out to Armstrong to score; the conversion levelling the match at 15-15 with two minutes left. Yet there was still time for more drama as, from the kick off, Oakham spilled the ball deep in their 22. Oakham’s back row infringed at the scrum and Peterborough elected to kick for goal – the kick hit the post as Oakham retrieved possession to end the game. Stamford’s opener was a visit from Luton. In spite of missing several starters, they kept the match in the balance until the ﬁnal quarter. But they conceded far too many penalties in the closing stages, and the visitors extended their lead to 22-5. However, they bounced back with a 24-19 win at Market Harborough. Deepings’ ﬁrst home ﬁxture was against Stamford College Old Boys; captain Lance Charity throwing ﬁve debutants in to the fray and seeing his boldness rewarded with a 24-12 victory.
TIGERS TALK It’s been a shaky start to the season for the Tigers. Their two wins against Gloucester and Newcastle could have gone either way and the home defeat to Wasps, the first time they’ve won at Welford Road for eight years, was a source of much frustration for director of rugby Richard Cockerill who kept the players locked in the dressing room for well over half an hour aer the game. He said: “We are too easy to play against. The stats don’t lie, conceding eight tries in two games is not good enough. It’s my fault and we will have to get on top of that.” That was all in contrast to the positive mood at the pre-season press conference where Cockers had been bullish about having “a smaller squad but with better quality”, believing that new signing JP Pietersen was a player who would make a real difference and that Manu Tuilagi was, aer a challenging period, “psychologically and physically in good shape – back to where he was two years ago”. All Tigers fans will be wishing Manu well but concerned that his current absence is again due to a tight groin, the area that gave him such difficulty for the last two seasons. One of the bright spots last season was the form of Harry Thacker, once written off as too small but now surely on the verge of selection for the England Saxons. We sat down for a chat and he immediately raised the issue, responding to my opening “how are you doing?” with “working on growing” and explaining how the physios were putting him on the rack daily in the hope of stretching him. He said: “Last season exceeded my expectations. Our new game plan suits me a bit more and I was fortunate to stay injury free”. The new pitch at Welford Road will help too. Harry agreed it had been looking a bit ropey last season, adding: “Hopefully it will help us play in a more expansive style.”
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urghley has come and gone for another year, signalling the start of autumn hunting. All local packs have now started, and the Cottesmore even went out on the Burghley Saturday, although they reportedly had a slightly diminished ﬁeld. Whether this was due to everyone wanting to go shopping at Burghley or because of the weather forecast, I’m not quite sure, but numbers went straight back up the following week. Local rider Kerry Varley completed her ﬁfth Burghley on the 15-year old Bluestone Luke. Kerry ﬁnished 33rd after a disappointing run out on the cross-country – however, this was three places up from last year. Mandy Stibbie from Peterborough was also awarded BE honorary lifetime membership at Burghley in recognition of her tremendous work as chairman of selectors for the Senior British Eventing team. Mandy formerly rode at Warseley but moved to Peterborough some years ago with her family. Vicky Laing also had a worthwhile trip to Blenheim Palace the week after Burghley, where she was a joint winner of the infamous high jump competition on her Baltimore, whom she had dressed up as a unicorn. He deﬁnitely had wings as they jumped 1.80m!
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Congratulations to Richard Coney who has made it on to the British Team for the FEI Junior European Championships, which take place in Montelibretti in Italy. Richard (17) is from Grantham and will be riding his own horse Kananaskis, a 15.1hh gelding. They have had a good ﬁnal run at Wellington a few weeks ago to ﬁnish fourth in the 21 and under Open Intermediate. The Burghley Pony Club Eventing team of Maddie Price, Greta Mason, Lucy Daly and
Catherine Davies all surpassed their wildest dreams by winning the Pony Club Intermediate Championships at Cholmondeley Castle, run by the Berkely Pony Club. Maddie did a very good 28.3 dressage and a double clear to ﬁnish second individually. Catherine had a 36 dressage, one down in the show jumping and a clear cross-country to ﬁnish eighth. Out of the 22 teams, they pulled off the only sub-100 score - six points ahead of the next team. Hermione Brooksbank (17) from Wymondham pulled off an amazing ﬁrst win at Shelford Horse Trials earlier in the BE90 on MD Supreme Bud by ﬁnishing on their excellent dressage score of 29. This was made all the more amazing by the fact that Bud had lifesaving colic surgery in April. The Ridings Livery at Nassington decided to run a small show after a couple of their liveries ran in the Pretty Muddy Race for Life. They held three dressage classes and then had a ‘pick your own height clear round’ . The event raised £500 for Cancer Research. The winners of the three classes were Harriet Rearden, Louise Bowen-West and Lucy Barnwell.
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Daniels in FA Cup dreamland BY DEAN CORNISH
It’s been a mixed start to the season for Stamford AFC following relegation last season. Many had Stamford as one of the favourites for promotion, but their league form has been poor, with Graham Drury’s men second bottom of the Evo Stik Division One South. League form apart though, Stamford have been in superb FA Cup form and have progressed to the third qualifying round, just two wins from the ﬁrst round proper and a tie against football league heavyweights. The Daniels have had to win three ties, in spite of being drawn away from home in all their games. Drury’s men eased past Sleaford Town with a 3-0 win in the preliminary round before getting past higher level St Neots FC and then needing a replay to beat Gresley Town after a 1-1 draw away in Derbyshire. The Daniels won the replay thanks to a late Sam Hill goal after dominating much of the second half and having a penalty saved. AFC Mansﬁeld are the side who lie in wait; a team who play a level below the Daniels. In the league though, it’s been a poor start with defeats against Newcastle Town, Witton, and the local derby against Spalding United
leaving the Daniels languishing toward the bottom of the table. Meanwhile in the United Counties League Division 1, Oakham United have continued their good start to the season, having picked up 20 points from their opening nine games to sit in second place with a game in hand. Wayne Oldaker’s side were unbeaten in those games, and also made some history with their ﬁrst ever win in the FA Vase – a 3-2 away win at Gedling Miners’ Welfare. Plenty may have thought that Oakham would struggle to ﬁnd the net after the summer departure of Lewis Leckie, but the Tractor Boys have instead scored goals across the team with 22 in the league so far, with Daniel Jenkins, Michael Nelson, and Richard Nelson all having scored four apiece. Blackstones have had a shocking start with only one win from their opening nine games. Phil Gadsby’s not had any luck with injuries, with Leckie being unavailable for a month after his move. Defensively Stones have their issues, having conceded 21 goals already. In the Peterborough league, Ketton FC remain the pick of the local sides in the Premier Division, with the Pit Lane boys
currently third in spite of a nightmare week in August when they lost three home league games in a week, including the local derby against Stamford Lions. They got back to winning ways with a 9-1 win over Thorney FC, including four goals for Joshua Russell. The Stamford Lions have found their feet in the division after promotion last season and starting the campaign at the higher level with three defeats. Since then, James Sheehan’s side won ﬁve games on the trot before the run came to an end on September 17 with a home defeat to league leaders Moulton Harrox. Uppingham Town are languishing again in the top division having picked up just six points and losing six out of their opening eight games. Their defence is looking quite woeful also with 26 goals conceded, including a 13-0 home defeat to Peterborough Sports Reserves. In Division One, Stamford Bels have made a decent start with four wins from seven games. The Bels reserves have also started well following promotion last season. New manager Richard Taylor has seen his side pick up ﬁve points from their ﬁrst four games, including a creditable draw away at last season’s league runners up, FC Peterborough.
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