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Editor’s Letter I DON’T THINK WE CAN DECLARE THIS brilliant summer closed just yet. The local cricket leagues still go on into the middle of September, the rugby has yet to fire up properly and there’s usually one last burst of hot weather to come before the nights start drawing in and Strictly Come Dancing is back on the TV. There’s still the Burghley Horse Trials to go too, and hopefully the weather will be fine and dandy for that. Wandering round the park with beer/ice cream in hand is one of the great pleasures of the last few weeks of summer. To add to your enjoyment of the event, in this issue we’ve got Julia Dungworth to write a hoof-by-hoof guide to how to ride the Burghley cross-country course. So have a read and then you’ll be a five-minute expert, just like me. But we’re also looking forward, to the football season, which has already started for some of our local sides (does it actually ever go away?). Dean Cornish has spoken to managers and captains of our sides to find out how they’ve been planning for the next campaign, and makes some predictions of how they will get on. This time last year he did the same thing and was spookily accurate, so we’ll see whether it was just first-time luck or if he really is Gypsy Rose Lee and Alan Hansen rolled into one. We’ve also been down the pub. Well, our new writer Sophie Dorrington has, to try out a spot of petanque. If you didn’t know, there’s a burgeoning boules league in Rutland and it’s that alluring mix of social fun, beer and fierce, vicious competition. Sounds perfect.

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

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CONTENTS NEWS 11 I DARE YOU JOIN THE DEVILS?

Deepings women’s rugby team seeks new players

12 I THE POSH PHYSIO EXPERIENCE

New venture for football club’s physiotherapist

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14-15 I STAMFORD MASTERS CRICKET All-star cricket match returns to the town

HEADS UP 16-17 I KITBAG

All the best gear and gadgets to help keep you cool

19 I MARTIN JOHNSON

The Sunday Times writer on cricket’s controversial DRS

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FEATURES 20-35 I BURGHLEY HORSE TRIALS SPECIAL All you need to know to plan your visit to the event, plus what to look out for and what to wear

36-37 I DISABLED RIDING

Sophie Dorrington explores the work of the RDA charity at its local base near Oakham

38-41 I FOOTBALL SEASON PREVIEW

Dean Cornish examines the prospects for our key local football sides as the new season kicks off

42-45 I FOCUS ON PETANQUE

Sophie Dorrington meets the players in the local petanque league and discovers a tough and tactical game

REGULARS 46-47 I HEALTH AND BEAUTY

The latest advice to help you feel fitter and healthier

52-53 I GREAT WALKS

Will Hetherington and Ella head out to Barrowden

55 I SPORTSMAN’S DINNER The Golden Pheasant at Etton

57 I GREAT RUN

Alexa Cutteridge and friend head out to Ufford

58-59 I SCHOOL SPORT

Our focus on the latest achievements from local pupils

60-65 I ROUND-UP

How clubs in the Stamford and Rutland area are getting on

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Welland Valley wanderers A new classic car event is a resounding success: The Welland Valley Wander, a 100-mile scenic tour across Leicestershire and Rutland boasted 65 entries from all over the country, including crews travelling from Devon and Wales. Organiser Andrew Duerden said: ‘We have raised a good amount for the LOROS hospice charity, and the majority of the entries came from out of the area and many have pledged to return. They were surprised at how beautiful and interesting the region is.�

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BOWLS CLUB OPEN DAY WELCOMES ALL

The Devils want you! A local women’s rugby team is appealing for new players THE DEEPING DEVILS women’s rugby team are looking for more ladies to join the club and help continue their recent success in the National Championship. Based in Deeping St James, the team were promoted last year to National Championship South East North One league, under captain Gemma Hempstead. New team captain Amy Tinn said: “We attracted 10 new players during this last season, many of whom hadn’t played rugby before. We are delighted with the success of the team – everyone

Why not give walking a bit of stick? OUTDOOR SPECIALISTS Get Lost in Rutland have created the Get Lost Nordic Walking Club and are now offering Nordic walking courses to anyone interested in learning the technique. Nordic walking involves walking with poles in each hand, much like ski poles, uses more muscle groups (90%) than normal walking and also offers added stability, making it safer. Kathy Horner, owner of Get Lost and a qualified Nordic walking instructor, says: “Anyone can come into our Get Lost in Rutland shop and take a free Nordic walking taster, with the poles included. If they like it, they can sign up for our Learn to Nordic Walk course, which is four one-hour sessions. From then on, walkers can join our walking club for regular group walks, which meet at Greetham Valley Golf Club.” The course costs £40 and Leki poles can be purchased at the shop from around £30 a pair. ■ For more information, call Get Lost on 01572 868712 or visit www.getlostinrutland.co.uk. See www.britishnordicwalking.org.uk for more info on Nordic walking

worked so hard to get us promoted.” The team have continued training throughout the summer, to stay match fit, and say they are always on the lookout for new players. Amy told Active: “We welcome ladies aged 18 years and over, no matter whether or not they have played rugby before, and will support them with our twice-weekly training sessions.” Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.45pm, at the Deepings Rugby Club. Contact Amy Tinn on 07834 703299 or email amytinn@mail. com or club@deepingsrufc.co.uk

A RECENT SURVEY identified bowls as a sport that can be enjoyed by the widest range of participants – spanning all ages from eight to 80-odd – and attractive to men and women playing on equal terms. The activity tends to have an older demographic because you don’t have to be so energetic. But tell that to the members of Stamford Indoor Bowls Club who can get just as excited by the delivery of a precise bowl to a target jack as anyone scoring a goal, a try or hitting a six. Many of its 550 members have played ball sports to a reasonably high level and have found that bowls still gives them that spark of competitive spirit, years aer the body has rejected the idea of a tackle or a 20-stroke rally. Others merely find it a way to relax with friends in a great environment with a guaranteed timetable of leagues and competitions. No better example of the age span that bowls caters for came recently when one of the club’s most experienced veteran bowlers joined forces with three teenage members to win a local outdoor tournament. They will be renewing their passion for the game when the town’s indoor stadium in Exeter Gardens stages the first of two Open House sessions this month. Publicity officer Bob Warters said: “What’s cool about bowls is that all different ages can play it and it’s competitive. You can have youngsters, if they really practise, as good as someone much older. “There’s a lot of skill and strategy in the indoor game especially. It’s definitely challenging and it’s really fun. Once newcomers to the game see the technology behind the bowl and try to estimate the arc of the roll, they are intrigued,” he says. One of the club’s main aims this year, says Bob, is to reduce the average age by catering for former footballers, cricketers and tennis players. Stamford Indoor Bowls Clubs starter sessions are on Saturdays September 21 and 28 (9.30am midday), with equipment and coaching provided, and are free for all. ■ For further details call 01780 721411.

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WHAT’S ON SCOTS GUARD BAND THE ANNUAL Beating Retreat ceremony by the Band of the Scots Guards will be held in Oakham Market Place on September 11 at 6.30pm, attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland Dr Laurence Howard OBE, who will take the salute. The event is free for all.

ANNUAL DOG SHOW THE 9TH ANNUAL Companion Dog Show on Sunday, September 15, has moved location for this year, from the town meadows to Stamford recreation ground. But it will still include all the usual family fun and attractions alongside the dog arenas, including owl and bird of prey displays, ‘Hug a Husky’, alpacas, reptile tents, a bouncy castle and rows of food and market stalls. Dog registration is from 11.30am on the day and judging starts at 1pm. Pre-register with the show sponsors at Pets Korner, 01780 756082, or Stamford Veterinary Centre at Great Casterton, 01780 763180. Profits support Evergreen Care Trust, Stamford Methodist Youth Outreach Worker and Phakamisa a communitybased project in Durban, South Africa.

Now you can get the Posh physio experience too Peterborough United Football Club’s physiotherapist and sports doctor have opened their own facility at Greetham Valley LOCAL SPORTSFOLK CAN now receive exactly the same professional sports physio care as professional athletes thanks to a unique new centre, just opened at Greetham Valley golf club. The Physio and Sports Injury Centre is the brainchild of Peterborough United Football Club’s physiotherapist, Peter Corder, and the team’s doctor of sports medicine, Dr David Holmes. While treating the professional players at the club, the pair questioned why the comprehensive all-under-one-roof level of treatment the players, and other professional athletes, receive, isn’t available to amateur athletes. Peter explains: “We came up with the concept at the club, and decided to create a service that offers local sportsmen and women the elite athlete experience, just like the players we were treating. They have access to physiotherapy, sports medicine, a podiatrist and nutrition experts, and can be referred from one expert to another with no delay.” When the golf pro shop became available at Greetham Valley golf club, the pair seized the opportunity and turned the site into a treatment centre, capitalising on the large gym area. “The key to our service, because we are medical professionals, is that we can refer a

patient to each other, or to our nutritionist or podiatrist, if we decide that is the next step in the patient’s rehabilitation,” says Peter. “Doing this normally through the NHS would take weeks as it’s just not geared up for sports injury rehabilitation; we can do it the same day.” Both men have years of experience in the NHS and were both competitive athletes too, Peter having played pro-level football for Spurs, as well as Colchester United and Peterborough United, while Dr David enjoyed success in pole vaulting, triple jump and badminton at county level, as well as playing cricket and tennis for his hometown of Letchworth. “Our background in sport means we can empathise with a patient’s frustrations having been there ourselves,” says Peter. The centre can treat all manner of sports injuries as well as back and neck pain, postoperative care, arthritis, tennis and golfers elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, and much more. Situated at Greetham Valley Hotel, Golf and Conference Centre, Wood Lane, Greetham, it’s open from 8.30am to 7.30pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to midday on Saturdays. ■ See www.physiosportsinjury-greetham.co.uk for more details.

Rutland Sailing Club gets £50,000 funding RUTLAND SAILING CLUB in Edith Weston on the south shore of Rutland Water has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund. The club will receive £50,000 to redevelop its changing room facilities and help encourage more people to take up the sport and grow the club’s current membership. The club has outgrown its existing facilities and hopes the redevelopment will improve the sailing experience for existing members and play a key role in the club’s development plan to increase participation across all ages. Sport England chairman Nick Bitel said: “A year on from the Olympics, this National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in Rutland.

“With investment now on offer from our Inspired Facilities Fund until 2017, we look forward to supporting many more sports clubs in the East Midlands who play such a vital role in grassroots sport.” Club chairman Nick Clarke said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our premises to match the quality of the sailing waters we have access to and to match the quality of training, racing and sailing we run week in, week out. It is the cornerstone of our strategy to have an outstanding club with outstanding facilities.” ■ To find out more about the club and how you can get involved in sailing, call 01780 720292 or go to http://rutlandsc.co.uk

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The Leicester Tigers are back for a new season in the Aviva Premiership on Sunday September 8, taking on Worcester Warriors at Welford Road, and will be celebrating the start of the season with the return of Tigers in the Park. Held across the road from the Welford Road Stadium in Nelson Mandela Park, it promises free family entertainment and fun for the whole family. Starting at 10am, and finishing at kick-off at 2pm, the event will include inflatables, face painting, live music, a shopping village and a sports zone, including rugby skills sessions. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to the game is answer the following question: Who is the Leicester Tigers captain for the 2013/2014 season? Email your answer to: tigerstickets@theactivemag.com but be quick – the deadline is Thursday September 5, to get the tickets to youActive in time. Good NE115 Mag luck. Waxoyl Ad v1:Layout 1 14/8/13 13:52

Rutland Cycling, on the shores of Rutland Water, is gearing up for their new season of cycling with the usual programme of group rides to suit all, including night rides, nature rides and the regular weekly cycling groups. And to make sure that no-one in the family misses out on the great local cycling our region has to offer, we’ve teamed up with them to give away a kids bike from their new strong but lightweight Frog Bikes range. One lucky youngster will be riding around on this Frog Bike, worth £244.99, simply by answering this brain-busting question: In a famous fairytale, one lucky frog is turned into a prince by a princess. What did the princess do to transform the slimey amphibian? Did she... a) Cuddle him b) Kiss him c) Kick him? Email your answer to winabike@theactivemag.com. Competition closes on October 10. Good luck.

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Masters star in Stamford Once again the crowds flocked to see cricketing legends take each other on in a thrilling charity match THOUSANDS OF SPECTATORS basked in glorious sunshine at Stamford School for the second English Masters vs The All Stars game, preceded by an under 10s Kwik Cricket competition. The youngsters played well, especially considering a few thousand were watching, and the cup was won by Peterborough, with Oakham beating Ufford in the Plate final. In the main event, the England side featuring Mark Ramprakash, Neil Fairbrother, Derek Randall and Gladstone Small batted first and made 259 with Middlesex’s Joe Denly especially brutal, while Ramprakash still looked his stylish best, despite having retired to go dancing. One spectacular stop off a Ramprakash screamer was made in the deep by Freddie Auston. Very much in the deep – indeed some way over the rope into the crowd – as Freddie’s an under-10 all-rounder from Spalding CC who inadvertently stopped it with his chest. Hope the bruise has gone by now. The All Stars replied with a winning 262-6, Glen Chapple top scoring with 64, to cap a superb day of entertainment.

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The spot isn’t hot enough, Snicko’s too slow and no-one is any the wiser The Sunday Times’ Martin Johnson is as confused as the umpires and players about cricket’s Decision Review System

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o. Who was your choice for player of the series in the Ashes? Stuart Broad? A worthy contender. James Anderson? None of the Aussies fancied facing him, that’s for sure. Ian Bell? Made the transition from a scorer of pretty hundreds to pretty important hundreds. But for my money there was only ever one candidate, so let’s do this Oscarstyle: “And the winner is……Hotspot!” As inventions go, Hotspot appears to be on a par with the M25. Or the chocolate teapot. It reminds me of that Dragon’s Den episode when a whacky professor type presented his egg boiling contraption, and it came out more runny than when the chicken first laid it. What astounds me, not only with Hotspot but the entire cupboard full of DRS (Decision Review System) gadgetry, is how the International Cricket Council (ICC) ever swallowed the notion that these things would eliminate all controversy from umpiring decisions. What we have now, unless all three stumps have been reduced to a smouldering pile of Swan Vestas, is triple the confusion. However, let’s not be too hard on Hotspot. According to its inventor, having belatedly been invited to explain why thick outside edges were not even showing up, everything works perfectly well unless the weather is too warm, and fast bowlers are operating. So there we have the solution in a nutshell. All Test matches will in future be staged either in Greenland and no-one will be allowed to bowl at more than 50mph. Attendances might be down, but what the heck? At least we’ll know for sure when Trotty’s nicked one. The reason Alastair Cook has not scored his usual mountain of runs this summer is, according to most commentators, because the pressure of captaincy is weighing heavily upon him. You bet it is. Not minutiae such as whether to give Swann another over at the pavilion end, or whether mid-on should be a bit squarer, but whether to refer Broad’s latest turned-down LBW appeal. There was a moment at Durham when you felt for him. Broad had appealed for LBW against Chris Rogers, and umpire Tony Hill had turned it down. What was bothering Cook as his bowler shrieked “you gotta refer it” was that Broad thinks everything is out when he’s bowling, and nothing’s out when he’s batting.

What’s even more bewildering, though, is what’s going on in the third umpire’s room. You’d have thought it was a simple enough job. Sit in front of the telly, wait for the phone to ring and then examine 78 slow motion replays before pressing a choice of buttons. How come then, that they almost invariably press the wrong one? Hotspot, by the way, was thought of as nigh-on infallible before this summer, as indeed Hawkeye still is. Which I’ve never understood. If you commission a gadget that works on predictions, why not call up a fairground fortune teller instead and plonk her in front of a cup full of used tea leaves? There’s another gadget called Snicko, currently not in use because it takes too long. Think about that for a moment. It takes too long. Ye gods. Some of these current referrals involve such a time span that you could nip into town and do the shopping, mow the lawn and take the car in for a service before the decision is finally relayed down from the third umpire’s box. So the ICC are understandably keen to cut down on the time this sort of thing is taking, right? Er, wrong. Just the opposite in fact. There was an instance at Chester-le-Street where England appealed for caught behind against Chris Rogers, who referred the “out” decision upstairs, and was given not out when the ball was shown to have hit the pad rather than the bat. Hawkeye, though, then went on to show that he might have been given out LBW if that’s what the umpire had given him for, rather than caught, and as from October, the ICC plan to allow the third umpire to examine every conceivable way that a batsman might be given out, whatever the appeal was for. There are 10 ways in which a batsman can be out, so under this new system we could arrive at a scenario in which a bowler could be clean shaven when lodging an appeal, and looking like WG Grace when the verdict is finally arrived at. Good luck to football, then, with the introduction of goal-line technology. That’s how it all started in cricket. In a few years time, Gareth Bale flying through the air with the greatest of ease will result in a TV ref trying to determine, from 103 different angles, whether the defender’s boot had made contact with his leg. In which case, a totally useless piece of technology is already available. It’s called Hotspot.

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he most prestigious eventing competition in the world is on us again, with 80 leading international horse and rider combinations converging on Burghley Park for the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials on September 5-8. The competition begins on Thursday with two days of dressage before the pace hots up on Saturday as horses and riders take to the cross-country course – four miles and 30 of the world’s largest fences to be jumped in around 12 minutes. The competition comes to its climax with show jumping on Sunday to determine who will carry home the Land Rover Perpetual Challenge Trophy. As well as being one of the world’s greatest horse trials, Land Rover Burghley also offers its visitors much more than world class equestrian sport. More than 600 selected trade stands, seven specialist pavilions, and the Burghley Food Walk offer an unrivalled shopping experience. Other attractions over the weekend include; the finals of the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Series, Pony Club Team Jumping, the BSPS Gold Cup Sports Pony Final, a Racehorse to Riding Horse qualifier, dressage displays and

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Competitor Julia Dungworth walks the Land Rover Burghley cross-country course and gives an insider’s view of how to ride it. It’s Burghley time already and the word is out that it is bigger than ever! Burghley holds the same classification as many other events in the world but is now classed as the world’s premier four ster event – with many riders nicknaming it a five star track. I’ve heard many reports claiming it is the biggest track they have ever seen and it has riders quaking in their boots, so I went to look at the formidable track, to see what all the fuss was about, and I do wonder if they have gone a bit too big. If you have ever thought of walking the course, this is the year to do it. The Olympic Horse Shoe is actually a great fence to go and look at and not too far to walk - in fact you may have walked past it from the

car park on the way in, as you will need to turn back to look at it. When you look through the lucky shoe, you get an amazing view of the house. This fence is the exact fence that was at the Olympics, but placed here as Fence 1, I doubt it will cause any problems and hopefully will relax the riders. The course runs the other way around at the start to how it has done in previous years, which should massively increase the public viewing. Fence 4 abc, The Lord Burghley Hurdles, is in the main arena and is the first big change, and although posing a similar question to last year, being so early in the course hopefully shouldn’t cause too much of a problem and if it does, you would have to question whether they will survive the rest of the gruelling track anyway. Captain Mark Phillips has done a brilliant job of making the course much more spectator friendly and this shows at Fence 5 abc Discovery Valley Outward, known by the locals as ‘the fence by the beer tent’, and also nearby Fence 8 abcd Discovery Valley Return, so, with in about a minute, the riders will return. I think the return visit is the first proper rider frightener, as there are two massive angled brushes on the way out and there will be much head scratching done here. This is where you

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Feature /// Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

A BLUFFERS GUIDE TO BURGHLEY There for the beer and shopping? Here are some handy phrases that you can say loudly and pretend you’re an expert on three-day eventing. Seat: riders backside Bit: the mouthpiece of the bridle which the reins are attached to. Lame: sore leg Impulsion: used to describe the momentum of the horse coming into a fence Napping: horse disobeying the jockey in an argumentative way Big Mover: usually for dressage to describe the horses paces Aids: the way a rider communicates to the horse, through legs, hand, seat etc Scope: a horse with a big jump Taking a hold: rider being run off with Outline: the position of the horses head and neck Holding box: where horses are sent if they get held at at the trot up for the vet to check

will see the first big batch of run out’s or riders opting for the longer, more time-consuming, option and it will definitely show you the difference between the winners and the also ran’s. Fences 12, 13 and 14 Land Rover Trout Hatchery Cabins and Corner is where most people manage to walk to, and hopefully the cabins shouldn’t cause the riders too much concern. They are massive boxes which have lovely round tops and there is plenty to ride at, so not as scary as you think, however, the corner in the water again is huge, so this needs a lot of control and accuracy, which the water can hugely effect. Fence 18 ab Rolex Combination is definitely worth a walk up to. From the distance this fence looks rideable, but you really need to stand near it to appreciate the awesomeness of the gaping ditch beneath. This is one of the most difficult fences on the course. The first part of the

combination is designed to be jumped like a ‘Vicarage Vee’, an opposing angle ditch and rail to make an inverted point for you to jump. If you get it wrong, you will be in trouble here as you may drop the horses back legs into the ditch. It’s very easy to do being the secondwidest fence on the course - with a huge 2.95m spread it is only 5cm shy of The Cottesmore Leap. If that wasn’t bad enough, you then have to show control to turn on two strides to a fairly innocuous hedge, which very few will make look easy. Fence 19 abc Land Rover Dairy Farm is the furthermost part of the course. With two huge arrowhead triple brushes, the main problem here is the undulating ground, which will certainly catch a few out. The last third of the course is comparatively straightforward, albeit still big. It is great feeling as they gallop down Winners Avenue and it feels like it can actually charge up the batteries.

The last major questions are at both last waters, Fence 27 ab Anniversary Splash and Fence 29 ab Lion Bridge Double, the latter again a great photo opportunity, as they will gallop underneath the Lion Bridge in full view of the house. On either of these fences you may also be more likely to see a dunking as this is the last minute on the course and it can be easy for tired horses and human error to occur when chasing the clock in the water. Then back through the cars to the Land Rover Finale, Fence 32, everyone’s favourite to jump, as they know they have succeeded!

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THE WORLD’S BEST EVENT HORSES will have two major rivals for the crowd’s affection on the final day of The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (5-8 September). Two of the greatest National Hunt racehorses of all time – both trained by former champion trainer Paul Nicholls - will parade under saddle on Sunday. Kauto Star is one of the most popular horses ever to have set foot on a racecourse. His record of five King George VI Chases at Kempton Park on Boxing Day is unlikely to be beaten, and his two Cheltenham Gold Cup victories will live long in the memories of racing fans. He will be ridden by Laura Collett, with whom

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any of us regard horses as a rather large mountain of imposing muscle and sharp hooves, but to those in the know they’re practically human. In many cases the relationship developed between a horse and rider is something uniquely special, and they can help riders to overcome fears and build up trust as well as providing many physical health benefits. Although horseback riding may initially appear a passive role, the correlation of the rider’s body against the movement of the horse helps improve both balance and muscle condition for the rider. It is with this knowledge that the Riding for Disabled Association (RDA) has been working for more than 40 years to help bring the values of riding to those with disabilities. There are currently 500 groups around the UK who work together with a network of 18,000 instructors and volunteers to deliver a

high quality service and to make people aware of the life changing benefits of RDA. They organise a range of activities such as such as riding, carriage driving, vaulting and showjumping. Every year more than 30,000 people gain therapy and enjoyment through the horses and ponies provided by the RDA. One of the local RDA centres is based in Somerby, near Oakham. Here there is an enthusiastic group of volunteers who are dedicated to offering the experience and benefits of riding to adults and children with special needs. Opened by HRH the Princess Royal in October 2008, it has continued to thrive and each week more than 50 riders have the pleasure and opportunity of learning how to ride, while over 40 volunteers give their time to weekly assist riders whose ages start from just three years old. Pat Bishop, who runs the centre, says the RDA offers a truly unique and amazing therapy. She said: “Not only does riding help physically to improve co-ordination and muscle strength, it also encourages the riders to communicate with their horses and to interact

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with each other throughout their lessons. At Somerby we also give lessons in stable management, ensuring that the riders acquire skills in horsemanship alongside the ability to ride. Acquiring these skill sets can open the door to more general learning in areas such as numeracy and literacy. “ Since the RDA is a national organisation, competitions are organised between the various branches. At Somerby two of the ponies were headed to the RDA National Championships in Gloucestershire where they had seven entries. This event brings together hundreds of competitors of all abilities in events that include dressage, vaulting, best turned out and musical ride. And for the team at Somerby, the hard work definitely paid off. Among the string of successes was one stand out. Alfie Speight from Knossington Grange School rode Hearnsbrook Mizen in the led walk and trot dressage, coming second overall. He then competed in the countryside challenge – an obstacle course on horseback – where he did not require the help of his side walker.

He went on to win this with a score of 92.5% meaning that he won the Countryside Challenge Cup as he was the only rider over the two days to get a score over 90% out of 130 entries. This outstanding achievement was one of many for the riders who had an incredibly successful weekend. The dedicated staff at Somerby continually make every effort to ensure that all their riders have the possibility of achieving their dreams, and devote huge amounts of time to travelling to these competitions. In previous years there has been much evidence that the National Championships provides a springboard for the Paralympics, with many of the current Team GB having competed at the Championships. The Paralympic equestrian scene in Britain is incredibly successful and GB has been at the forefront since its inception in 1996, winning team gold at every Paralympic games Undoubtedly the RDA plays a hugely important role in introducing people to riding as well as starting them out along the competition pathway.

In fact many of our current Paralympic champions, such as Sophie Christiansen, have started out through the RDA and gone on to become gold medallists. The RDA offers an impressive vision and commitment to delivering the benefits that riding brings. Whether you are wheelchair bound, physically or mentally handicapped they provide the opportunity to learn an exciting new skill. However, they are solely reliant upon voluntary help, donations and legacies to deliver their service. If you would like to get involved with your local RDA then see the contact details below.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED The RDA always needs more volunteers and support. For more details of how you could help, contact: Pat Bishop The Mount Group RDA Website: www.mountgrouprda.org.uk Telephone: 0845 241 6357

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Feature /// Football Season Preview

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f you’re anything like me, you’ll not quite be ready for the start of the football season. While it seems ages since the last meaningful football after one of those dreadful summers devoid of an international tournament, the good weather of late means it doesn’t seem quite right to be thinking once again about 442, promotions, relegations, and the impending muddy fields of the new football season. That said, there’s plenty to get excited about in terms of local football once again this season. The big question this season is whether the Stamford Daniels can stay in the Evo Stik Premier Division after their more than dramatic promotion via the play-offs in front of over 850 fans in May. This year the Daniels face big, well-supported sides like FC United, Witton Albion, Ilkeston, and Fylde, as well as renewing local rivalries with Grantham Town and fellow new boys Kings Lynn Town. Manager Wayne Hatswell has left the club to take up a full-time role at Newport County meaning fan’s favourite, and last year’s assistant manager, David Staff takes the reins for his first season as manager. Staff says he’s excited by the prospect and is happy with his squad, in spite of losing big players like Hall and Miller to Kings Lynn and Boston United respectively, and Jordan Hemptenstall just before the start of the season. The Daniels began their campaign at home to Frickley on August 17th, and amazingly ended up top of the table that evening after an amazing

6-4 win which saw new signing Jordan Smith bag a hat-trick. Stamford fans were brought back down to earth though just 48 hours later when they were knocked off the top of the table after losing 3-0 away at Ilkeston Town. If the Daniels can keep hold of players like Jon Challinor and Jordan Smith, and if Ryan Robins scores as many goals for the Daniels as he did for Coalville last year, then they stand a chance of staying up, but it’ll be an uphill task that’s for sure. Last year I predicted the play-off-winning promotion in this column. This year, I think they’ll struggle, but will stay up… just. Blackstones meanwhile were relegated from the UCL Premier Division last season and with their appeal unsuccessful, they’ll be travelling to the likes of Olney, Potton and Bugbrooke this season, although they do have the exciting prospect of a derby with Bourne Town. Plenty of Dave Stratton’s side have followed the ex-manager to Peterborough North Star so it’s a new squad who will try and match Stratton’s ambition of promotion. Jordan Drury will be playing centre midfield this season and Adam Scotcher returns to the club, but with no money available for players, Blackstones may struggle. The opening weeks of the season have shown how hard it’ll be for Stratton’s side. They lost their league opener 3-0 at home to Potton, before conceding six to Godmanchester the following week as they crashed out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle. In the Peterborough League Premier Division,

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Feature /// Football Season Preview Oakham United last year finished a couple of points ahead of Uppingham Town, with the Rutlanders finising fifth and seventh respectively. With Oakham moving into their new ground at some point this season, they will have wanted a steady start, but there’s been huge upheaval leading to a disastrous opening to the campaign. With the loss of a number of players to Bourne Town, some to Cottesmore and some squad players joining new Saturday side, the Dead Rabbits, Oakham have had to seek a postponement to some of their opening fixtures. Previous joint managers Andy Saddington and Pat Johnson have resigned in recent weeks, with Johnson stepping down after their 7-0 defeat to Sawtry. Ex Blackstones manager Wayne Oldaker will take the reins, starting on September 14 at home to Kings Lynn Reserves. Uppingham Town meanwhile are comparatively buoyant with an improved squad and some younger players looking to improve and break into the top four. Richard Kendrick has once again brought in Mark Brotherton to help coach the side and in spite of a few defeats in pre-season, it looks like they’ll improve and will surpass their county rivals this term. They took an early step towards that with a 2-0 win over Oakham on the opening day of the season. In Division One meanwhile, Ketton initially looked like they could have pushed on this year after a good first season under Martin Rogers.

Their start hasn’t been too promising though, with two draws and a defeat so far, with one of those draws coming against local rivals Ryhall United The boys from Pit Lane finished sixth last year in spite of Rogers only taking over after coming in as a player originally just before the start of the season. Now that Rogers has them playing the way he wants, has a few players coming over from Peterborough, and with Darren Eady coming in as assistant manager, he wants his side to be pushing for promotion this year, especially with the proposed new play-off system meaning a side finishing sixth could still go up. Ryhall United finished eighth last year in their first year back in Division One. That was also after a poor start to the league season due to injuries and losing players after their promotion. This year, the squad is settled, and with the return of John Feetham in goal and Richard Wilkinson back and fit, James Sheehan’s men look like having a good chance of challenging towards the top of the division. Ryhall have also signed Chris McRoyal after the demise of Blackstone’s reserve side. They’ve had a good start this year, with a good win over Stamford Bels, and a draw with other local rivals Ketton. Sheehan’s men look set to surpass their eighth place last year. Our other local side in the Peterborough League first division is Stamford Bels, who remain in the division in spite of a poor season

last year. The Bels had a terrible winter period with more than ten defeats on the bounce, but bounced back and saved themselves from the drop. This year, Martin Conneely is confident his first team can finish in mid table, and with a strong young reserve side, there is a chance of a promotion for the club as well from Division Four. One to watch for the Bels this year is 17-year-old Kieran Arthur who was young player of the year last year, and plays as a midfield attacker. He could potentially push the Bels into the top half of the division from last season’s lowly finish. The Bels haven’t started well though, with defeats in all three of their opening games. // If you’ve never experienced local football before, why not try and support one of our local sides this year? There’ll be some big crowds at the Daniels this year, and the home side will need your support. You’ll be made more than welcome I can assure you!

DEAN CORNISH’S FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS Stamford 20th and just staying up Blackstones 19th in UCL Div 1 Uppingham Town 4th in Peterborough League Prem Oakham United 16th in Peterborough League Prem Ketton FC 4th in Peterborough League Div 1 Ryhall 6th in Peterborough League Div 1 Stamford Bels 14th in Peterborough League Div 1

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Feature /// Petanque

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ou don’t have to be in great shape to play pétanque. In fact all you need is a good arm swing. Even for those who prefer sitting at a bar there’s no need to worry as the bar is never far from you. But don’t let this give you a false sense of security. Amongst the competitive leagues pétanque is a sport with hidden depths, changing tactics and at times scarily offensive play: pétanque – pronounced ‘pay-tonk’ and originating from France is a sport that is taking Rutland by storm. The concept of the game is similar to bowls, whereby you must try and throw your boule to rest closer to the jack (a small wooden ball) than your opponent. The difference is that instead of rolling wooden bowls over an immaculate lawn, metal bowls are used over an area of easily maintained, fairly ‘stony’ ground. There is evidence that versions of the game started even before the Armada crossed our horizons. What else could Francis Drake have been playing on the Hoe at Plymouth? Pétanque is a game where men and women, adults and

children and able-bodied and disabled can play alongside each other on equal ground. No special skills are required to give it a go and the equipment is inexpensive. Lastly, pétanque is a game often enjoyed with a cool drink in hand. No wonder this extremely pleasant game is rapidly gaining popularity. I joined up with the Rutland and District Pétanque League, which boasts more than 50 teams and has six divisions, to watch one of their weekly Tuesday matches: The White Horse Hunters against the Rutland Panthers, in the premier division. The match was played at The White Horse Inn at Morcott, making for a beautiful setting on a lovely evening, and the Rutland Panthers were sitting at the top of the division making for a tightly contested match, as they fought to maintain their lead. The teams on show represented a vast range of ages, proving no-one is too young or too old to take up pétanque. The White Horse Hunters have three generations playing in their team, although on my visit there was only Lyndon Whittaker and his son, with his grandson unable to attend.

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The Rutland and District Petanque League boasts more than 50 teams spread over six divisions, all meeting at various pubs around the area

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Feature /// Petanque

‘THE LAST PLAYER IN THE TEAM IS THE SHOOTER AND IT IS THEIR JOB TO PLAY WITH OUTRIGHT ANTAGONISM’ The game can be played one-on-one (called ‘tête-á-tête’), or in teams of two (‘doublettes’) of three (‘triplettes’). The players of the Rutland League play in triplettes meaning each player has two boules. According to Mark Binley, a player from South Luffenham who has represented England at pétanque, there is a set of techniques that could help you become a pétanque expert. First of all it is sometimes necessary to cast aside your British timidity. While the first player is known as the pointer and it is their task to place their boule as close to the jack as possible, the objective changes for the later players. Binley explains that the last player in the team is known as the shooter and it is their job to play with outright antagonism, ignoring the jack, and aggressively trying to knock the other balls off the pitch. In the team there will generally be an all-round player who is good at both pointing and shooting and they usually go in the middle and have to tactically decide which would be the best shot to take. Secondly, honing your throwing technique is also a vital step towards total pétanque domination. Barry Bright, an accredited British pétanque coach, gave me some top tips on how to throw. Stand front-on, says Bright, bend your knees, and crouch down slightly. Now “cup the ball in your hand being careful not to take up a tight grip”, swing your arm, and then release it out the back of your hand – flexing your wrist “so that you get some back-spin on the ball”. The trick here is never to grip the ball tightly. Failing to adapt your game to different kinds of surfaces is another factor that could well catch you out – so pay close attention to the condition of the piste you are playing on. This gives an obvious home advantage, and Lyndon Whittaker admitted that their piste had quite a few ‘quirks’ which may work in favour for them, if they could remember where they were! If it is quite a smooth piste, you are able to roll the ball along the ground – “but you don’t want to put too much pace on it,” advises Whittaker. “If it’s a rough piste, you might want to place a lob to give the ball more elevation, though this requires a higher level of accuracy.” This is a game that has more to it than first meets the eye. The match was thus very closely contested, and at half time the scores were even. The end result was a draw with the scores 5-13, 13-4, 13-6 and 12-13 – the Rutland Panthers narrowly winning in the last game to draw. And after all that, a well-deserved round of drinks at the bar.

FANCY A GO? If you would like to give petanque a go then you can visit the Rutland and District Pétanque League Website at www.rutlandpetanque. com to find out more details. Pat Tyler, who runs the website and has also been acting as secretary ever since the league was set up in 1993, does the difficult job of sorting out fixtures and posting all the results online, meaning the website stays up to date and is easy to access. You can also contact Lyndon Whittaker at lyndon@ whittakermedia.com for further information.

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Petanque looks, on the surface, an easy game but there’s more to it than throwing metal balls around a pub garden. Tactics are key, but the game lets all ages and abilities play together

TEAMS IN RUTLAND // Boot and Shoe Cobblers, Rutland Panthers – Boot and Shoe, South Luffenham // Ketton Allsorts, Ketton Euros – Ketton Sports Club // Slaters Batchelors, Rutland Rovers – Collyweston Slater // Old Plough Furrowers, Old Plough Furrowers Colts – Old Plough, Braunston // White Horse Hunters – White Horse, Morcott // 3 Horse Cobblers – Whissendine // ORFC Wrinkles, ORFC Flankers, ORFC Forwards, Rutland Agric Society – Oakham RC // Fox & Hounds – Exton // Beach Boys of Barrowden // Greetham Vikings Traders, Greetham Vikings Wayfarers – Greetham Community Centre // Wheatabees, Wheaties – Wheatsheaf, Greetham // 3 Horse Shoe Novices, 3 Horse Nailers, 3 Horseshoe Lions – Whissendine // Sondes Arms Beer – Rockingham // Old White Hart Warriors – Old White Hart, Lyddington // Belton Braces – Sun Inn, Belton in Rutland // North Luffenham Hounds – Fox & Hounds, North Luffenham // Greetham Valley Invaders – Greetham Valley Golf Club // Hoseshoe Hopefuls, Horseshoe Hunters – Horseshoe, Oakham // White Lion – Whissendine

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Feature /// Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

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

COSMETIC SURGERY ADS BANNED FOR LACKING MODEL PERFECTION A national chain of cosmetic enhancement clinics has come under fire from a series of online magazines for their adverts – because the women featured weren’t perfect enough. MYA Cosmetic Surgery, whose celebrity clientele include Imogen Thomas and members of the cast of The Only Way Is Essex, submitted adverts to a number of online publications that featured the most common problem areas of their patients, only to be told to replace the images with something considered more aesthetically palatable. The adverts (to the le) were a move away from using celebrities. The informative promotion included photographs of body areas of real women with real problems pinching at their ‘muffin tops’, ‘jelly bellies’ and ‘bingo wings’, illustrating the problems that MYA reports are the most commonly bemoaned treatment areas for their Vaser Liposuction procedure. The ads featured a banner asking, ‘Can’t shi your…?’ above the pictures, before going on to offer information about the new procedure, a minimallyinvasive form of liposuction that it says means patients can drop two dress sizes in just two hours under local anesthetic with sedation. Advertisers at several magazines rejected the images, requesting that the body area shots be replaced with the body of a slim, tanned model in a bikini. Michael Tilley, MYA’s marketing manager and the ideas man behind the campaign, said: “We are trying to respond to the Sir Bruce Keogh Review by using real women with real problems in our promotions rather than celebrity patients but it seems that the publishers cannot move away from the images of Victoria’s Secrets-esque bikini models. What the magazines objected to was posting pictures of models with real problem areas.’ MYA have since replaced the “before” images with simply the names of the area, saving the general public the horror of being subjected to pictures of real women!

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Botox rise linked to digital lifestyle

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EDICAL EXPERTS BELIEVE the number of women in their 20s seeking Botox treatments is in part due to the rise of daily computer use and smart

phone technology. The analytics company IDC recently reported smart phone shipments of 144.9 million in the first quarter of 2012 compared to 101.7 million units in Q1 in 2011. These figures, along with societal pressure to look eternally young, has led to a massive increase in the number of young women seeking Botox treatment. ”We have to accept that our lifestyles are changing as fast as the technology boom is altering our lives,” says Dr Patrick Bowler, medical director of Court House Clinics. “Look around and we see people immersed in their mobiles. Also, most people now work with computer screens. When you look at people using these devices they are concentrating hard. The natural reaction of the face when concentrating is the “frown” or screwing up of the eyes.” He continues: “If you overuse any part of your face, lines will develop. This can be seen with, for example, smokers where the lip area becomes more lined and creased. The new generation of

young women are spending more time on these devices with the resultant consequences. “Women are now more aware that they can help prevent these lines deepening with the use of treatments like Botox. It’s not about age, it’s about treating the individual and what is happening to their face and there has been a noted increase in younger women troubled by static frown lines in the last five years.” Dr Bowler’s theory is one supported by Dr Sebagh of the US who has been responsible for treating celebrities like Cindy Crawford for wrinkles. “The phenomenon of increased facial wrinkles can be seen on anyone who has and regularly checks a Blackberry or iPhone,” says Dr Sebagh. Constantly peering down at a small screen such as the ones found on an iPhone, Blackberry or other handheld device has caused more facial wrinkles to appear in young women. Dr Bowler believes the continued overuse of this technology will lead to more and more people seeking Botox treatment at a far younger age then they normally should. “From 2008, we have seen a 410% increase in female patients taking up Botox in their 20s,” he adds.

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Anti-ageing treatment is on the increase The recession may have got people tightening their belts but when it comes to appearance, there’s no expense spared

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OSMETIC SURGERY IS AN optional procedure that is performed on normal parts of the body with the only purpose of improving a person’s appearance and/or removing signs of ageing. However, studies have proved that this type of surgery plays an important role in a person’s self-esteem, contributing not only to the patient’s physical appearance but also to their mental health. Despite a recession and the government launching a review into cosmetic surgery following the recent breast implant scandal, plastic surgery procedures in the UK were up last year. A total of 43,172 surgical procedures were carried out in 2012, according to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), which represents one in three plastic surgeons, an increase of 0.2% on the previous year. Although there wasn’t a big change for overall procedures, anti-ageing treatments such as eyelid surgery and facelifts saw double-digit increases. Breast augmentation (otherwise known as ‘boob jobs’) was still the most popular procedure overall, although the numbers dropped by 1.6% from 2011 to 2012. Last year’s stats took no account of the breast implant scandal so this is the first release of figures from BAAPS to suggest what impact the scandal has had on the popular procedure. BAAPS recorded a double-digit rise for all anti-ageing procedures. Brow lifts were up by 17% and face and neck lift procedures increased by 14%. Rajiv Grover, consultant plastic surgeon and president of the BAAPS, said: “Whilst there is an undeniable rise in demand for non-surgical treatments of the face – for example, Botox and fillers – once there is actual loose skin in the neck or jowling, only surgery is likely to make a significant improvement and the public seem to be increasingly aware of this.”

In the UK, women accounted for 90.5% of all cosmetic procedures in 2012, with a total of 39,070 procedures (to put that into perspective, Americans had nearly 14m cosmetic procedures in 2011). The top ones in 2012 were: ■ Breast augmentation, down 1.6% from last year but still the most popular procedure for women ■ Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), up 13% to become the second biggest procedure for women ■ Face/neck lifts were third place for the third year running, with 5,324 procedures ■ The number of breast reduction and rhinoplasty procedures for women dropped, down 7% and 11% respectively ■ Fat transfer replaced liposuction as the seventh most popular procedure for women in 2012. Liposuction saw a 14% decrease ■ Brow lifts increased by 17% on last year Mr .T.K. Sankar, consultant in plastic and reconstuctive surgery at Kettering General Hospital, offers the following procedures at the private Woodland Hospital in Kettering, BMI Threeshires Hospital, Northampton, and Nuffield Health Leicester Hospital and SK:N Laser Clinic in Leicester: Breast surgery – including augmentation, reduction, uplift, gynaecomastia (‘man boob’ removal), correction of inverted nipples Body contouring – abdominoplast, arm, thigh and labial reduction Facial surgery – upper/lower eyelid reduction, facelift, mini facelift, browlift, nose reshaping, prominent ear correction Moles & skin blemishes – skin lesions/skin cancer Liposuction Botox Non-surgical treatments – laser hair removal, tattoo removal by laser, treatment of wrinkles, vascular blemishes.

WHAT A WAY TO GO! MORE WOMEN OPT FOR BIKINI LASER HAIR REMOVAL Over 80% of women seeking a well-groomed bikini line are opting for laser hair removal, according to new statistics, with over half (56%) choosing the Brazilian as the style they want to permanently wear down there! Just fewer than 25% of women go one step further and opt for complete hair removal with the Hollywood and the rest chose a Basic Brazilian, which involves hair removal from just outside the bikini or underwear line. It appears women are ditching traditional methods like waxing and shaving that can cause skin irritation infection, spots and ingrown hair and are choosing pain-free, hair-free laser treatments that transform the uncomfortable process of hair removal. Soprano XL IN-Motion™ laser technology generates pulses of infrared diode laser energy that gradually heat the hair follicles until they can no longer produce new hair. Basic Brazilian Soprano involves the simple removal of hair from outside the bikini line. This takes as little as 10 minutes and will leave you ready for your bikini in just four to six sessions. Brazilian is for those who regularly remove all hair but leave a small vertical strip or triangle just above the vaginal area. With Soprano technology, this takes approximately 15-20 minutes and there is no pulling, tugging or ripping of the skin,transforming a painful process into a gentle treatment. Hollywood Soprano removes everything, everywhere – hair-free forever. This treatment is popular with dancers and models but increasing numbers of women are finding this to be the most hygienic, low-maintenance hair removal choice, eliminating monthly visits to the waxing salon, in-grown hair and patchy results. According to Dr Patrick Bowler, medical director of Courthouse Clinics: “Soprano XL is painless compared to conventional laser hair removal treatments. It can also be used on patients with darker skins, providing an increased safety margin without any reduction in efficacy. This really is a big step forward in the treatment of unwanted hair anywhere on the body.” With Soprano XL you can opt for a basic bikini treatment or go completely bare, but whatever option you choose a smoother future awaits you!

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Wedding help Need some expertise for the big day? Try these local companies out THE WOOL SHOP Got a late summer or early autumn wedding to go to and worried about getting chilly? Rachel Parry Arch of The Wool Shop in Stamford has the solution. She says: “When I got married in the Ice Hotel in Lapland I found it hard to find something that would keep me warm but not cover my dress completely, in nice yarns or styles. So I decided to design and make my own bolero and long gloves in Angora. This worked so well for me that I have now designed several wedding accessories. “It’s also a good way of having an original garment, whether you are the bride, bridesmaid or mother or mother in law. And you could even knit it yourself, or commission a bolero or wrap. “There are some amazing yarns around with sequins, glitter, mohair, cashmere, silk and Alpaca. You don’t just have to stop at knitted accessories – why not have a fashionable knitted or crochet dress for a unique winter wedding?” The bolero pictured is open at the front to show off beautiful wedding dresses while keeping you warm, and is wonderfully flattering as well as being perfect for keeping off the evening chill. It is also perfect for wearing after your wedding day as it can be worn with an evening dress or a casual cardigan. The wrap pictured can be worn open or tied at the front depending on the look you want, again a wearable garment after the big day. The garments pictured are made in Angora and a Mohair and Silk mix. Prices start at £7.50 for 100%Angora and Mohair/Silk at £9.95. The yarns and patterns are available from Ewe wool shop Stamford. Commissions for garments are also available - just contact Rachel at Ewe. Ewe also stock Rowan, Debbie Bliss, Noro, Regia, Patons, King Cole and many more. If you fancy learning to knit before the big day please contact Ewe for information on upcoming workshops.  Ewe, 17c St Mary’s Street, Cheyne Lane, Stamford. Call 01780 762645 or go to www.facebook.com/stamford.wool.shop.ewe

NEWS EXTRA Sheep fair celebrates 775th anniversary! Corby Glen Sheep Fair has been held annually since the Charter was granted to Hamo Pecche nine centuries ago. The auction is held on the Monday between the 4th and 10th of October, and the festival during the preceding weekend. A Royal Charter from King Henry III to local landowner Hamo Pecche in 1238 announced: “Grant to Hamo Pecche and his heirs of a weekly market on Thursday – at his Manor of Coreby – and of a yearly fair there on the Vigil of the Feast and the Morrow of the Feast of the Assumption.” Weekend festivities before the auction are organised by Corby Glen Sheep Fair Association, and are still the major annual event for the village, attracting hundreds of visitors each year. This year is the 775th anniversary of the Sheep Fair and will take place on Sunday, October 6 (the village festival) and Monday, October 7 (the Sheep Auction). There will be a busy street market, entertainers, musicians, a traditional fun fair, and a clay shoot.

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Feature /// Rough notes

Greetham Valley Chris Meadows takes his slice and attempts to use it round Greetham’s tricky Valley course Greetham Valley is more than just a golf course. It boasts two 18 hole courses – the Lakes and the Valley, a nine-hole academy course and an 18-bay floodlit driving range. Then there’s the hotel and conference centre that hosts weddings and dinners, luxury lodges, fishing lakes, great restaurants and the newly opened physiotherapy and sports injury centre. All set in the beautiful countryside a stone’s throw from Rutland Water. Instead of the food, pampering and fishing, we opted for golf and booked on to the Valley course, a picturesque 5,595-yard par 68. It’s noticeable as you arrive that there are plenty of buggies, but being the purist, athletic golfers we are we decided against and walked our way round. Oli led the way on the first, booming his drive straight down the middle of the fairway at least 300 of the 405 yards required. Tom and I opted to take a more scenic route by boomeranging our drives, my newly acquired slice not being the best shot for a dogleg left. The second hole was a similar story with both Tom and I getting to watch Oli dissect the fairway while we scrambled around in the long rough. And that’s a place you don’t want to be here – the long rough is treacherous so you need to watch where your ball goes or you’ll never see it again, and on a course as undulating as the Valley course (as the name would suggest) you don’t need to be adding any walking distance. I was already starting to regret not renting a

buggy, especially with the humidity ever increasing. Oli in the meantime safely secured another par. The third hole is the first of six par threes on the course and uses the valley well with its elevated tee position. Having already realised that beating Oli was out of the question, Tom and I decided that a nearsest the pin challenge was the only way we could compete. It worked, with Tom nestling his ball on the green and picking up the £1 stake after Oli pushed his right and mine went for the first swim of many. We moved through the fourth hole speedily courtesy of our first birdie from Tom, but it wasn’t to be the last, no thanks to me. Oli’s trusty five iron set him up with two eagle opportunities on the fifth and sixth, neither sadly converted but as back-to-back birdies instead. Tom gave a good chase keeping close to Oli, while I concentrated on marking the card – a challenge that was getting tougher with some of the high numbers I was having to put against my name. The back nine is similar to the front with an equal degree of challenges. At two over par Oli was now miles ahead of me, but Tom had managed to adapt to his slice, mainly by aiming about three miles left of wherever he wanted the ball to finish up, so was still in the running. And he took full advantage of it too, nipping at Oli’s heels all the way round the back nine. I was still scoring numbers that required two hands to count them, and had all but given up

on my driver, and was biding my time to the next par three. The last three holes on the back nine are delightful. The 17th hole’s elevated tee sits overlooking the clubhouse, while the fairway sweeps from left to right along the bottom of the valley and was my favourite hole on the course. Three big drives towards the fairway made it even more enjoyable. The 18th is the last of the par threes. Oli took the final £1 glory, and was fully deserved after the round he’d had, although it was at this point he admitted to having been working for a golf tour company for the past year and had just come back from playing in Portugal. Tantamount to cheating, I reckon. Tom, having played with him before, played some of the best golf I’ve ever seen him play so I’m sure he’ll be back at Greetham Valley soon, if only to take up the great offer they have on – nine holes on either course and a Black Rock steak dinner for only £20, or pay an extra fiver for a buggy, too. Perfect for a summer evening. I certainly saw the majority of the course and it’s in fantastic condition at the moment. It’s a golf club that’s perfect for any standard of player, although the less mobile would benefit from a buggy. If you play the course as it’s meant to be played it is very forgiving and you can attack each hole to shoot some low scores, but if you push the boundaries too much it will make you pay, as I found out.

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SECOND OPINION Oli – Despite being regarded as the sister course at Greetham Valley Golf Club, the Valleys Course lives up to its reputation, testing both a golfer’s shot making abilities and stamina levels. The dramatic elevation changes and prominence of water hazards ensure the 5595 yard par 68 course remains a challenge to both low and high handicappers. The signature par 4, 17th is a highlight to any round yet has the potential to ruin a good scorecard. Meandering through a tree lined valley, your tee shot must navigate the towering trees to the left whilst avoiding the stream that runs parallel to fairway. Don’t miss the green to the right though, as the quick slopes feed any misjudged approaches into the green-side lake. A great contrast to the championship Lakes Course, the superb views over the Rutland countryside and ever changing hole layouts make for a thoroughly enjoyable round of golf.

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Feature /// Great walks

Barrowden to Harringworth This stretch of the Welland valley is a peaceful place for a good leg stretch with a pub at both ends, as Will Hetherington discovers ///

Photography: Will Hetherington

THE ROUTE

Park where you can around the labyrinthine village green in beautiful Barrowden, or even in the Exeter Arms car park if you are going to use it at some point. If you have time take a stroll around because it’s bigger than you think and is one of Rutland’s most impressive villages. Or, if you want to get cracking, then stride out west on the Morcott road. Before you leave the village take the left turn on to the Seaton road and look out for the public footpath shortly afterwards on the left at the top of a smart sweeping driveway. Cross the stile and head out into the open fields downhill towards the valley floor. Follow the signs for the best part of a mile and a half, and you will eventually come to Turtle Bridge over

the clear waters of the Welland, which is a great place for the dog to cool off and have a drink. Cross the bridge and turn right along the path, as it follows the gurgling waters of the river beside. It’s a lovely place to walk and, as you approach Harringworth, the viaduct in the distance provides a dramatic backdrop to this peaceful backwater. It’s a simple route so just keep your eyes out for the footpath signs until you reach the village. And once you get there you can make a visit to the newly refurbished White Swan. Having been closed for a while it’s great to see this pub back open and injecting some life back into the community. When you are suitably refreshed it’s a simple case of retracing your steps back along the river and then up the gentle gradient to Barrowden

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The Exeter Arms sits on Barrowden’s beautiful village green. Stunning stone houses and rolling countryside mark this walk out as a favourite

where you can avail yourself of more refreshment at the Exeter Arms. I don’t usually like to recommend a non-circular route, but it’s lovely down by the river so you won’t mind walking it twice and there are no other easy ways back.

THE POOCH PERSPECTIVE

There might be some sheep and cattle on the Barrowden side of the river but there is plenty of free running and ample opportunity for swimming and drinking on the Harringworth side of the Welland.

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ESSENTIAL INFORMATION Where to park Anywhere in Barrowden on the village green or the Exeter Arms car park if you plan to spend some money there. Conversely you can start in Harringworth, parking where you please in the village.

Highlights The tranquility of the valley, far from the madding crowd. The gurgling waters of the Welland and the views of the viaduct. The pretty stone buildings of both villages

Distance and time Six miles from pub to pub and back again. So walking time is two hours but it’s up to you how many pints you have and how long that takes.

Lowlights It’s not a circular walk but you won’t regret it. Refreshments The Exeter Arms at Barrowden

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Feature /// Sportsman’s Dinner

The Golden Pheasant, Etton With JT and Dean away, Chris Meadows and Will Hetherington step up to the plate Will Despite Etton being on Peterborough’s doorstep you’d never know you were so close to such a big city. It’s a proper rural bywater between Maxey and Market Deeping. With just one quiet road running through the village you can feel the worries of the day easing away as you pull up into the car park. And the pub itself is a sight for sore eyes; this grand Georgian building was once a farmhouse and it stands in an acre of its own land. Chris It certainly is grand, and the character and charm continue inside. We were welcomed by George, the proprietor, who showed us round the variety of rooms the pub has to offer before leaving us to settle at the bar. Serving us was Lora, the pub’s events manager, and she was quick to notice our fashion faux pas, both of us having turned up in matching shirts. Does this mean we both have good taste? Will Not sure about the good taste Chris, but it certainly made lovely Lora laugh! Anyway, having visited the Peterborough Beer Festival two days previously, I was keen for some more fine ale, and they have a good selection at this welcoming bar. Choosing between Black Sheep, Sharp’s Doom Bar, Grainstore GB Best and Abbot Ale was not easy, but it’s always hard to resist one of Yorkshire’s finest so Sheep it was. Chris Not wanting to be any different, as per our shirts, I opted for the Black Sheep, too. As you’re stood at the bar, you can’t help notice the delightful old tractor seats, as well as the

bombshell behind the bar…an exploded WW2 bomb said to be one of the first that fell on the area during the war. Will The menu presented some tricky decisions. The sharing starters of pitta bread and houmous, spicy potato wedges with dips and freshly cooked warm scotch eggs were recommended by George, so we agreed on that. Although I know your appetite Chris, so it was a risky call! The homemade steak pie sounded great too, but we couldn’t both have it, could we? Chris It was probably about time to go it alone. So I plumped for the homemade pie of the day, with Will opting for fish and chips. We chose to sit in the bar, although there is the delightful main restaurant area filled with antique pine tables and the outside area to choose from. Will With a fresh pint of Doom Bar to keep the vocal chords lubricated, it was like High Noon when the shared starters arrived. Quick on the draw, Chris just beat me to the pitta and houmous dish, so I changed tack and opted for the well spiced potato wedges instead. Although we both clearly thought the sumptuous looking scotch eggs should wait till last. And so they should! Nobody is going hungry here, and at £7.80 for the whole dish it’s very reasonable indeed. You like a bargain don’t you Chris? Chris I do indeed, but I’m a stickler for quality too. And the starter certainly lived up to expectation, giving a good variety of taste

and texture. The scotch eggs were worth the wait, with a warm and crispy breadcrumb and a well made inner sausage and egg I’d have quite happily eaten both halves... sadly Will wasn’t ever going to let that happen. Will Not a chance! And the main courses of fish and chips (£8.95) and pie of the day (£8.25) were both well-cooked by head chef Sabrina, who has 20 years of experience cooking at The Marriott and The Bull Hotel among other places. She has been at the Golden Pheasant for four years and also does all the catering for the many weddings and other functions held in the marquee here. Chris It certainly seems like a popular wedding destination, with two booked in over the weekend after we visited. The beer garden also offers plenty of space for kids to run around, with a play area and paddock complete with football goals. It’s dog friendly too… so guessing Ella will be getting a walk to Etton soon Will? Will I reckon so. I’m already looking forward to a return visit so I can earn my crème brulee. We might even head that way on the bikes as the pub is also on the Green Wheel cycle route around the rural fringes of Peterborough. And a decent three course meal with a couple of drinks each for less than £50 can’t be bad.

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Feature /// Great runs

Ufford to Barnack loop Alexa Cutteridge tries a run recommended by an old school friend This route was introduced to me by an old school friend, Naomi, who grew up in the area and joined me for a run. It’s a great route with lots of beautiful scenery and options to increase or shorten the distance. Definitely check out the route on a map before you set off as there are lots of twists and turns on the last few legs. If not follow your nose! After all you can’t go that wrong, especially when you know there is a rewarding drink waiting for you at the pub. Start at the White Hart pub at Ufford and take Walcot Road towards Southorpe. Enjoy the views towards Barnack as you sweep down towards the old railway. Just before the railway bridge turn left and join on to a woodland footpath. This brings you out to the side of the bridge. Take a right and join back on to Main Street towards Southorpe, where you run through an avenue of trees. On the right as you enter the village take the track which goes slightly uphill towards another avenue of trees (NB: Do not take the footpath sign). Continue ahead on the track bearing right towards the back of Walcot Hall and run alongside the wall. You can get a sneaky peak of the beautiful house through the opening in the wall a bit further ahead. After day-dreaming about what life would be like to live in the hall snap back in to reality and continue ahead and join on to Wittering Ford Road via a gate. Turn immediately right and follow the footpath sign, running alongside a field before entering the

National Nature Reserve – the Hills and Holes. I spent many a day playing in the Hills and Holes but only recently knew the history of it. Fact for you – this area is where stone was extracted to build Peterborough and Ely Cathedrals. As you enter the 50-acre grassland you can choose to go off and explore or continue ahead to join Walcot Road. As you leave the Hills and Holes, cross the road towards Ufford Cricket club and turn right. On your left you will see a stone style, go over this and continue ahead running by the bowling green. Go over another stone style and follow the grass path left taking you along the back of the cricket pitch and around to the right. Take a right at the cross roads in the path and continue ahead out to open fields. At this point you have Barnack behind you, Bainton ahead to the left and Ufford to your right. As you come to a hedge row turn left and run alongside it. Then turn right to run towards a woodland (this is where you are heading to!). Shortly on your left you cross a small wooden bridge and then another one on your right taking you in to the woodland. Continue ahead through the pretty woodland and as you come out you can either follow the footpath signs back towards Ufford or continue ahead for another five minutes where you join on to Ufford Road via a kissing gate. Here turn right on Ufford Road which meanders back to the village where you started.

STATS UFFORD TO BARNACK LOOP DISTANCE 5 miles TERRAIN Road and footpath, nature reserve DIFFICULTY 3/5

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Feature /// School sports Ben Nevis

Snowdon

Deeping team hit the heights for charity

13 intrepid staff from The Deepings School conquered the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales during the Three Peaks Challenge, raising £3,000 towards the school’s Comic Relief total of £8,500.

School coach talks hockey WITH THE NEW HOCKEY SEASON upon us, head of hockey at Stamford School and Great Britain Jon Peckett (pictured) talks to Active. What were your top three career highlights? The first was winning a bronze medal at the 2003 European Cup in Barcelona. Then playing in the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester, and also playing for the Racing Club De France in Paris from 2006-2009. What do you miss most about not playing hockey? Definitely the camaraderie – I will always miss training with your teammates and competing on match-days together. Coaching offers different challenges! Just as enjoyable - but very different. How do you think the game has changed over the years? The speed of the game on and off the ball has increased significantly; particularly at the top level where the self-pass rule and rolling subs have raised the intensity of match play. Players need to be much fitter as the game speeds up. Do you think it can be improved? The game has undergone many changes over recent times – I feel that they have made the game flow and therefore better for the player and spectator. There continue to be experiments with nine-a-side matches and even ‘indoor hockey outdoors’ so there ball never goes off-and lots of goals are scored! What is the current state of the men’s game? It’s healthy – at international level Great Britain

had a successful Olympics finishing in fourth. This was the teams highest position since the 1988 Gold medal, and currently England are ranked fourth in the World. What is the current state of the women’s game? Very healthy! The Great Britain team won bronze at London 2012, narrowly missing out on a place in the final with a reasonably young side. What does the future hold for the game? It’s a very exciting time – currently the Euro Hockey League for the top club sides is a great

spectacle to watch. At home I would like to see the indoor season to be expanded in length, and for us to continue to host international matches and tournaments as the Olympic matches drew sell out crowds. What are the top three things any young player should focus on? Ensure they understand the basics of the game and enjoy practicing these, over and over again; take part in the different forms of the game (indoor and outdoor), and strive to be a great team player. Play regularly!

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School football league THE MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL LEAGUE at Uppingham Community College started its fifth season last month. Season four finished back in July with the A League won by Boardroom FC who became the first two time winners of the tournament. Boardroom proved a class above the rest of the league as they went the season unbeaten. The B League was won by Bobby Moore who just stayed ahead of the Man Eating Squirrels thanks to a win in the last match of the season to secure the title. The league also ran its knockout cup competition at the end of the season with 12 teams playing on a warm July evening. In the group stages the two favourites (Boardroom FC and The Diricks) were drawn together with Boardroom prevailing by a single goal victory. They topped the group to go through to the semi-finals with The Diricks going through as best runners up. Both teams won their respective semi-finals to set up another meeting in the final. Normal time and golden goal couldn’t separate the teams and eventually it was decided by a sudden death penalty scored by the Diricks, denying Boardroom FC the double. Thanks go to Cottesmore Amateurs Football Club for supplying the trophy.

Broad stars in Ashes tests OLD OAKHAMIAN STUART BROAD’S STUNNING fast bowling was credited with winning the Ashes for England in the fourth Test match at Durham against Australia. But Stuart, one of England’s star bowlers, began his cricketing career aged 11 at Oakham as did other current first class cricketers Tom Fell, Josh Cobb, Alex Wyatt and Matt Boyce. Stuart began to thrive under the supervision of coaches Frank Hayes and David Steele, both ex-England players, and made 50 appearances for Oakham’s X1. After playing at Oakham, Stuart turned pro for Leicestershire in 2005 and has since moved on to play for Nottinghamshire. He was snapped up to play for England early in his career (2006) and has so far notched up 209 appearances, of which 61 have been in Test matches.

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

Cricket

Uppingham edge Oakham in Rutland Twenty20 Cup BY JEREMY BESWICK

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o the Lime Kilns for the final of the Rutland Twenty20 Cup between Oakham and Uppingham, the latter batting first on a glorious summer evening. Oakham kept openers Bennett and Cropper relatively quiet early on, but were able to accelerate on the change of bowling and reached 48 for the first wicket. The top five all made 20-30 runs, one highlight being a superb run out by Shyam Lakhani, Cox the unfortunate batsman. A respectable total of 152 was the end result. Oakham started brightly, reaching 30 in their first four overs, but a wicket maiden then sent them into the doldrums. The bowling became increasingly accurate and with expert placement most shots unerringly picked out a fielder. The pressure told and wickets fell as Oakham tried to force the pace. After 14 overs they’d reached only the 70s with six wickets down. The match lurched on in its death throes to the end, Oakham totalling 101-9. Congratulations to Uppingham, who retain the trophy they won last year.

Oakham will have been cheered by their subsequent victory over Bitteswell in the Everards league, won in dramatic fashion. Needing four from the last ball, Jamie Oakley struck the ball high towards the boundary where a waiting fielder was ideally placed for the catch. Alas the unfortunate soul not only dropped it but then allowed the ball to trickle over the boundary. His team mates took it remarkably well. Sportsmanship and camaraderie no doubt – but I also understand the miscreant is the landlord of the only pub in the village, and therefore obviously beyond reproach. The rest of the month was full of contrast for Oakham. Those wise committee men in blazers at the Leicestershire league saw fit to fine them 48 points for accidentally fielding an unregistered 16-year old, a decision which condemns them to a late season fight against relegation. However, they stormed back against both Newton Linford and Stoughton and Thurnby (Matt Osman 5-32) winning both matches to restore those points, but then suffered a

losing draw against Lutterworth. They’ll need at least a couple of victories from the five remaining fixtures to survive. In the Sunday league it was played four, won one. Two names to remember, firstly teenage bowler Cameron Down. Groundsman Malcolm Rawlings (Oakham debut 1957), who knows a bit about cricket, said: “Seventeen wickets for 112? I’ve never seen a bowler this good in my 55 years at the club – or anywhere in Rutland.” Malcolm’s not given to hyperbole, so expect great things – and secondly Joe Kendal, a batsman that, according to Malcolm, will definitely play first class cricket. Uppingham reached their second final of the year, beating Oundle in the semis of the John Wilcox Cup. Their good form in the Everards league continued with maximum point victories against Ilston Abbey and Langston 2nds, before a losing draw against Hinckley. A return to winning form against Countesthorpe kept their promotion chances alive, and the pressure on leaders Bardon Hill sharpened as a stand of 50 from Jamie and Danny

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Dumford saw them home against Shepshed. Andrew Hulme and Liam Dave made a club record opening stand of 303 for Stamford Town against a weakened Peterborough Town. Although still in a relegation tussle, they did their chances no harm with a win against leaders Wisbech. Zak Chappell – still only 16 – hit yet another century. Having scored 118 in the South Lincs league to help them to victory against Sleaford 2nds, he finished on 102 n.o. against Wisbech’s total of 155-9. Two thousand runs in the season may not be beyond him and he averages over 70. Also starring in the win were Michael Jones and Alex Birch with four wickets apiece. Alas for Stamford’s title hopes in the Saturday league, they lost at home to Bourne 2nds which puts first spot beyond them. Managing only a paltry 87, Bourne soon knocked off the runs for the loss of 3 wickets. Bourne firsts had three winning draws on the bounce, against Hartsholme, Woodall Spa and Market Deeping before a reverse against Bracebridge Heath. Market

Deeping themselves lost at home to Sleaford, and are currently fifth. Easton on the Hill’s run of defeats against Wisbech, Kettering and Isham came to an end with an eight-wicket victory against Newborough. Burghley had a similar month, going down to Godmanchester, Huntingdon and Southill Park before beating Ramsey – a real nail biter this as the margin was 2 runs. Neither, though, can match Barnack Saturday side’s nightmare sequence of defeats against Nassington (twice, first and second elevens), Ufford Park, Peterborough, Blunham and Huntingdon. It’s a tale of two teams at Barnack though, as the Sunday team were promoted to Division 5 after Nick Farrer took 6-27 against Alconbury. Uffington’s breathless season of last over dramas continued when they lost off the final delivery against Tilton and Lowesby chasing 281, despite a fine 100 from Damien Herrick, but they completed the double over Stamford seconds with a thumping 115 run win thanks to a brutal 93

not out from Simon Larter, who then took four wickets for 20 as Stamford were skittled for 99. Wakerley and Barrowden lost to Market Deeping but beat Hampton, Orton Park and Old Eastonians. Brothers Jonny and Chris White impressed with the ball against Orton, who made 127. Jonny then all but won the game with the bat, out for 84 with just one run required and continued his rich vein of form with 112 not out against Eastonians, for whom George Bott was unfortunate enough to be out on 98. Barrowden remain second in Rutland League Division 6. “It’s been another great month for us” said skipper Chris White. “We’ve had some impressive team performances as well as individual stand outs such as Jonny White and Sam Hodson”. Your author had his proudest ever cricket moment, opening the batting with his son for the first time. The little swine ran me out before I’d faced a ball. Doh, as Homer Simpson would say.

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Golf

Aces high for Barbara Newell BURGHLEY The Ladies’ Bailey Foursomes at Burghley was a memorable event for 33 handicapper Barbara Newell, who recorded her first ever hole in one. Barbara took her five iron hybrid for her tee shot on the par three third hole, and watched in excitement as it pitched short and ran on into the hole. “I never thought I’d ever get a hole in one,” said Barbara, as she treated all the other players to a celebratory drink. Twenty-eight ladies took part in the competition, with some good scoring in what can be a tricky format. The clear winners were Chris Clarke and Chris Wright with an impressive 37 points, ahead of three teams on 35 points, with Jan Devlin and Pat Harris taking second place on countback. Burghley Park’s Juniors continued their excellent unbeaten form in the South Lincs league, coming out on top again in their final group match at Greetham Valley. Their 18 points put them 24 points clear and gave them the divisional crown. Their next appearance is in the regional final at Blankney next week, where they will take on Spalding, Sleaford and Thorney Lakes. Both Lewin Auciello and Sanjay

Nithiyalingam won their three games at Greetham, with Billy Earl winning two, and Jake Brown one. Burghley’s teams in the South Lincolnshire Scratch League ended their campaigns last month. The A team travelled to Blankney looking for a draw to seal promotion, which was always going to be a tough challenge as Blankney have only lost at home once in the last five years. The combination of local knowledge, strong winds and some very low handicap opponents (including the county scratch champion) proved too much for the Burghley boys, who fought hard but went down 5½ - ½. Blankney claimed the promotion place from Burghley on the golfing equivalent of goal difference. However, taking the fight for promotion to the very last match of the season showed the spirit within the side, and the younger players will have learned a lot from the experience. “I congratulate the whole squad for their commitment and effort throughout the season” said club captain Richard Gilbert, “and everyone is determined to make sure that we make it back up to the top flight next season.”

The B team hosted Spalding in their final match of the season, and came away with a 3-3 draw. The result sends Burghley down to Division 2 next year. GREETHAM VALLEY More than 20 clubs were represented at the Greetham Valley Seniors Open last month. On a windy yet warm day on the Lakes course, the scoring was quite brisk, even off three quarter handicap. Three teams came in with 42 points and were separated on countback. B Marriot and E Markham from Boston Golf Club took fifth, John Taylor and Peter Wood from Greetham Valley came fourth and M Stevens and his partner G Nickerson from Peterborough Milton were third. Seniors captain Rod Wells and his brother Peter from Castle Coombe led the field with 42 points until almost the end of the competition but a 43 came in to snatch it away from them. This is the second time in five years that this has happened to them, but they were philosophical about it and said that they had had a great day out with good company and know that their day will come, hopefully next year.

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East Midlands secretary and Greetham member Neil Harris, playing off six, and his partner Wayne Wallace from Spalding (off five) took the trophy. Neil said that they both played very well and complemented each other. On the front nine they were one under, they went even better in the back nine playing to two under on the back nine – fantastic golf considering that they only had nine shots between them to play with. In their last match of the season the first team entertained Sutton Bridge at home. Andrew Frisby and Ben Gasson finished with a comfortable four and two win, Brian Birchall and Ryan Tarrant, Adam Clegg and Richard Wilson finished the next two games all square. However, Neil Harris and Nick Cunnington cruised to a very comfortable seven and five win. Scottie Stevenson and Ali McNaughton battled hard to secure a victory on the last hole in a match which swung backwards and forwards throughout the round. George Grant and Ray Gladwinfield won the final game four and three to secure a five to one victory for Greetham to finish off the season in style. Neil said: “It has been a hard season and at one point we had the league title in our

sights but the two home defeats cancelled out the three away victories and in the end we just didn’t have the strength in depth needed to take the title.” The second team ended their season with a great draw away at Toft Golf Club. The result keeps Greetham Valley in division two for next year. Alan Bennett, who has captained the team for the last three years, will be stepping down but said that over the three years he has been in charge, he has been very lucky to have had a squad of keen, eager and very enthusiastic players to choose from, many of whom have gone on to play for the first team. In all, he has had the services of 42 different players. In his first year they were promoted to the first division, unfortunately they were relegated in the following year but have pushed hard each year to try to get back. Alan thanked and paid tribute to all of the players for their support and wished the new captain, who is yet to be elected, and the team, all the best for next year. NORTH LUFFENHAM North Luffenham held its inaugural President’s Cup recently. The event took

place over nine holes using stableford points to decide the winner. The golf was then followed by an excellent barbecue provided by course manager Andy Wood and partner Helen. Stan Smith, the club president, provided the prizes including the President’s Shield, which he presented alongside club captain, Ken Jones. John Hastings, with a score of 21, was the first winner of the shield, with Ken Jones in second place scoring 19 points, and John Fursdon third on countback with 18. Leading lady was Kathy Gibb with an impressive 17 points playing off 34. The winning team with 44 points (best 2 scores on each hole to count) was John Fursdon, Ken Jones and Kathy Gibb. In the Sunday medal for August, Dan Freckingham came out on top in division one in a closely contested competition. He won, on countback, with a net score of 69 (off 13) pipping Keith Bellamy (off 18) with the same score. In third place was Richard Young scoring 70 (off 15). In division two, Dave Purvis led the way with an impressive net 69 (off 22), with Mark Branson close behind in second on countback with the same 69, also playing off 22. Following closely behind with a net 71 (off 21) was Bob Matthew.

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Roundup

Equestrianism

Events keep going despite the hard ground BY JULIA DUNGWORTH

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uckminster Horse Trials ran recently in the full force of a mini heatwave. The organisers had done plenty on the cross country course to make the best of the ever hardening ground, and they had nearly 500 competitors competing over the two days who all seemed very happy, if not a little red-faced from the sun. The Novice track slightly changed this year with a first gallop straight up the hill, which was quite hard work given the weather, but generally, the courses rode very well. Richard Jones was feeling the heat with five rides over the two days; he procured a win on Laughtons Hero in the BE100. The hotly contested Open Novice event, with several advanced horses competing in it, had a more international feel and was won by the Irish rider Fred Scala on Kilteay Brief. JumpCross at Wittering held their second Mini JumpCross last month. Following training in the morning the competition, with two height classes, ran in

the afternoon with Katie Mulhearn winning the 2ft and Maddie Young, the 2ft3. This popular new addition to the calendar provides riders who are looking to compete in a more ‘low key’ way, with the opportunity to compete over a shortened version of the JumpCross course with just 12 fences and extensive water complexes to negotiate. JumpCross unfortunately had to cancel their next bigger competition due to the hard ground, which has been afflicting many events. However, due to this, Robin Dunlop and

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his team have started digging out an all weather surface so that he can run all year round and it will be ready for their next show. Recently the Burghley Pony Club held their annual Senior One Day Event in Burghley Park; the event is open to non-pony club competitors too, with three course heights ranging from 90cms to 1.10m. On the day more than 200 horses took part with nearly all completing. The show jumping takes place on the Burghley Horse Trials’ all weather surface and proved as popular as ever. The cross country course rode well, where the ground had been aerovated and the going was good for yet another scorcher. Lucy Daly won the novice section on her own Frances and Beth Fitt riding Gilbert won the Intermediate class, both of whom are in the Burghley Pony Club. Burghley Pony Club also has a Junior One Day Event with heights of 60-75cms. More on that event in the next issue.

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Fishing

Trout record smashed at Rutland Water

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he record for the biggest brown trout caught on Rutland Water has been broken, by Empingham’s Tom Cooper (pictured), boat fishing with his brother Richard on a Thursday night in August.The record had been held by Stephen Rose who, back in 1993, caught a Brown of 14lb 12oz. Cooper smashed that mark, with this 17lb 6oz monster. There has been an excellent return of fish of a smaller size with a rod average of 4.61, which includes a good number of limits, some being caught in less than three hours. Of the bigger fish, there have been a steady number in the 6lb range this season. The hot summer has seen most fish being caught by boat anglers, who are fishing the main basin in the deeper, cooler water, although the few boats that went down the arms did come back with fish in the 5lb bracket. Richard Cooper of Empingham won the 2013 Boat League with 83 points, a full 19 points in front of second-placed Keith Jones who was defending the title he won in 2012. Richard received £50 in tackle vouchers from warden Nigel Savage. Richard’s dad, Gary, won a £10 voucher for the best fish in the series a Rainbow of 8lb 14½oz taken in week 10. 2013 was probably the most successful year for this popular league with some outstanding bags of fish recorded. Meanwhile, Ravensthorpe continues to fish exceptionally well with anglers enjoying some large catches to produce an eight fish rod average for the week. Various methods have been employed with lures, nymphs, wets and dries all proving successful.

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ne minute blistering heat comparable to the Sahara Desert; the next thunderstorms and monsoon rain that can deluge a green in seconds. It’s all in a day’s work for professional greenkeeper Mark Hammond, who tends the bowling greens used by seven Stamford and Oakham district clubs and often has to face four seasons in one day – weather conditions that can frustrate even the most placid of characters. But after nearly 25 years in the job, the 48-year old – accompanied everywhere by his 10-yearold black Alsatian-Labrador ‘PJ’ – is passionate about his profession and greets every Monday morning with anticipation. “I look forward to Monday mornings, especially in the winter because there are no bowlers to get in the way,” he jokes. “There’s no time pressure because, during the summer months much of my job is time management and weather awareness – and keeping an eye on each club’s diary. “I’m always trying to produce the best surface within the conditions available at the time, so everyone can enjoy their sport,” he adds. “If I can keep the surface and make the green better it usually means that clubs can start to expand their membership and develop.” I met up with him recently at my home green in Pit Lane, Ketton, which he claims is one of the

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flattest – though he admits every green has runs and undulations – but one of the most difficult greens in the country to maintain. “I played bowls with my dad at Bushfield in Peterborough and that’s probably where I first got my interest. I worked on the multi-sports complex at Whittlesey Manor and then

specialised in bowling greens about 23 years ago. Every green is constructed differently. Blackstones, for example, is on pure sand so it drains better; at Ketton it’s on heavy clay so it’s more of a challenge.” Mark works on the greens at Stamford Town, Barnack, Langtoft Pearl, Oakham and Greetham Village. He explains some of the challenges he faces: “When you don’t water a green you can get areas of brown and green that run fast and slow. The bowl turns on the green patches and runs more freely on the brown patches. “From a greenkeeper’s point of view you don’t want to see that because it stresses out grasses and causes lots of problems for bowlers. When it starts to recover you get erratic growth and with the bias of the bowl you will get an erratic run of the bowl.” I asked him why a green is cut diagonally rather than up and down parallel to its edges. He replies: “So that you get a more consistent roll of the bowl in whichever direction you are playing. Cutting a green in the line of play a bowl would slow against the grain and speed up with the grain. It’s what we call ‘the nap’.” He is also constantly watching the weather: “This year is totally different to last year. Whether it’s global warming I don’t know but I have to work with nature and you can never beat it. Nature will win every time. My job is to negotiate with Mother Nature to make a bowling green the best it can possibly be.”

‘MY JOB IS TO NEGOTIATE WITH MOTHER NATURE TO MAKE A BOWLING GREEN THE BEST IT CAN POSSIBLY BE’

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