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Shop. Eat. Drink. Horse about Our guide to getting the best out of Burghley




THE FIELDS OF GOLD Great active things to do in the country this autumn

Maximus Gluteous How to avoid an inferior posterior

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Rugby and Football preview The hopes and dreams of your local teams

Throw a Great Party!

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Editor’s Letter TO ME, THE LAND ROVER BURGHLEY HORSE Trials signal the end of the summer. Which probably means an improvement in the weather for a couple of months too, but that’s by the by. Instead, it’s the start of the autumn season and all the things that brings: rugby and football, muddy walks to pubs, curry in front of the TV watching Strictly. OK, not all of them quite as active then. The season starts with the Rugby World Cup, which has caused much consternation round these parts. The decision not to include Leicester’s Welford Road stadium is nothing short of scandalous, and I couldn’t care less about that daft reasoning from the organisers about the pitch being too small, which is why they went to the King Power football stadium down the road. It was done to get more tickets sales, and nothing else. Well, now it’s backfired because the people of Rutland and Leicestershire, steeped in a long tradition of rugby history, are snubbing it, with ticket sales way below any other venue in the tournament. Serves them right for ignoring their heartland. Sport administrators are desperate to develop new markets, but you ignore the ones you have at your peril. Elsewhere, it was great to see Stamfordian Zak Chappell make his first team debut for Leicestershire County Cricket Club recently, in two one-day games. He got a spirited 31 in the first game against Worcester and opened the bowling in the second, against Somerset, but unfortunately one of the things about playing for the Foxes is that there’s a lot of losing to be done, as there was in both those games. Nevertheless, as David Gower and Stuart Broad would testify, there are worse places than Grace Road to start your career. I hope you enjoy the magazine, Steve

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Publisher Chris Meadows chris@theactivemag.com Editor Steve Moody steve@theactivemag.com Deputy editor Mary Bremner mary@theactivemag.com Production editor Julian Kirk julian@theactivemag.com Art editor Mark Sommer mark@theactivemag.com Contributors Martin Johnson, William Hetherington, Sandie Hurford, Jeremy Beswick, Julia Dungworth Photographers Nico Morgan, Pip Warters Production assistant Gary Curtis Advertising sales Lisa Withers lisa@theactivemag.com Amy Roberts amy@theactivemag.com Editorial and Advertising Assistant Kate Maxim kate@theactivemag.com Accounts accounts@theactivemag.com Active magazine, The Grey House, 3 Broad Street, Stamford, PE9 1PG. Tel: 01780 480789 A member of the Stamford Chamber of Trade and Commerce If you have information on a club then get in touch by emailing editor@theactivemag.com. If you would like to stock Active magazine then email distribution@ theactivemag.com. If you would like to discuss advertising possibilities please email advertise@ theactivemag.com Active magazine is published 12 times per year on a monthly basis. ISSN 2049-8713 A Grassroots Publishing Limited company. Company registration number 7994437. VAT number 152717318 Disclaimer

Copyright (c) Grassroots Publishing Limited (GPL) 2015. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, or be stored in any retrieval system, of any nature, without prior permission from GPL. Any views or opinions expressed do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of GPL or its affiliates. Disclaimer of Liability. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the quality and accuracy of the information contained in this publication at the time of going to press, GPL and its affiliates assume no responsibility as to the accuracy or completeness of and, to the extent permitted by law, shall not be liable for any errors or omissions or any loss, damage or expense incurred by reliance on information or any statement contained in this publication. Advertisers are solely responsible for the content of the advertising material which they submit and for ensuring the material complies with applicable laws. GPL and its affiliates are are not responsible for any error, omission or inaccuracy in any advertisement and will not be liable for any damages arising from any use of products or services or any action or omissions taken in reliance on information or any statement contained in advertising material. Inclusion of any advertisement is not intended to endorse any view expressed, nor products or services offered nor the organisations sponsoring the advertisement.

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This charming Grade II Georgian residence has far-reaching views over the village and retains original features such as oak beams, an inglenook fireplace and tall windows. The substantial accommodation is laid out over three floors, the house is set in extensive, secluded gardens, and whilst interior modernization is required, the property offers excellent potential to become an elegant home, excellently located close to both Stamford and Peterborough. EPC Rating: Exempt



This delightful cottage sits in wonderfully private, extensive grounds surrounded by open countryside, and yet is ideally located for commuting, within a short drive to the centre of Peterborough. Combining period charm with contemporary style and modern fittings, the light-filled interior features period beams and a magnificent inglenook fireplace whilst the private gardens have mature trees, an orchard and are a haven for wildlife. EPC Rating: D

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This attractive cottage has a light-filled, spacious interior recently refurbished to create a welcoming home with period charm and modern benefits; the original character of the house has been enhanced with latch-handled doors, exposed beams and stone walls and the splendid Kitchen has a four-oven electric AGA. The Living Room at the centre of the house has a stylish wood-burning stove and doors out to the sheltered garden. EPC Rating: D


NE £375,000

An impressive split-level apartment occupying part of the first floor and main tower of a Grade II listed mansion which is set in maintained grounds and surrounded by parkland. The apartment has a stunning interior with beautifully presented, elegant and light-filled reception rooms, a bespoke Siematic Kitchen with Neff appliances and two bedrooms, both with contemporary En Suite bathrooms. The property is excellently located for commuting and the renowned ‘Olive Branch’ restaurant is closeby. EPC Rating: Exempt

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Conduit Road, Stamford ÂŁ270,000 This stunning character town house has many period features which have been lovingly restored, all within a few minutes walk of the town centre. The accommodation comprising of entrance hall, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, rear hall way and family bathroom, whereas on the first floor are three bedrooms. There are original working sash windows throughout the principal rooms in the property as well as many other original features. To the rear of the property is a west facing rear garden with attractive patio area to make the most of the afternoon sun, as well as off street parking on the lane, whilst to the front is a small flower garden. Viewing highly recommended.

Walcot Road, Barnack £695,000 A rare opportunity to purchase a versatile family home situated in one of Stamford’s most popular villages. The accommodation comprises of: five bedrooms, three bathrooms and four reception rooms. There is a stylish breakfast kitchen with handmade units and a granite work surface and excellent ancillary accommodation. The gardens surrounding the property are simply stunning providing several different sections for entertaining as well as a productive fruit garden. There is also a large graveled driveway providing off street parking for several vehicles. The property has fantastic views over the local nature reserve. Holes nature reserve which offers a very pleasant outlook.

Stamford office 9 High Street, St Martins, Stamford, PE9 2LF

01780 484696


A BEAUTIFUL STONE HOUSE CLOSE TO WOTHORPE CASTLE, SET IN AN ELEVATED POSITION wothorpe, cambridgeshire Dating from 17th century  detached Grade II listed former Estate house  entrance hall  sitting room with Inglenook fireplace  drawing room with open fireplace  kitchen/dining room  utility  cloakroom and WC  6 bedrooms  3 family bath/shower rooms  south and west facing garden  detached garage  outbuildings  approximately 0.511 acres (0.206 ha)  EPC exempt

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Stone and Collyweston house dating back to 14th Century  entrance hall  drawing room  sitting room  dining room  study  music room  kitchen  utility and cloakroom  master bedroom with en suite bathroom  4 further bedrooms  family bathroom  shower room  south and east facing mature walled gardens  west facing patio area  gravelled driveway  viewing highly recommended to appreciate the extent of the property  EPC exempt

Deceptively spacious barn conversion  sympathetically extended and improved  arranged over 3 floors  entrance hall  kitchen/dining room  sitting room with log burner  conservatory  cloakroom  double bedroom with en suite shower room  3 further double bedrooms  family bathroom  study area  cottage garden  garage and further parking  EPC D

Guide £695,000

Guide £375,000

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Contents NEWS




Details of Burghley Horse Trials


Editor Steve Moody updates us on life with chickens


Another tasty recipe from Riverford Organic

20 DAY IN THE LIFE OF... Inventor Colin Furze

23 WIN: LAND ROVER SHOW TICKETS Two family tickets up for grabs


James Peach reflects on his global adventure

26-27 WHAT’S ON

The best local events coming up



The Sunday Times writer on sports managers

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Essential gear for the sporting season


Great ideas to get you out and about


The latest on looking and feeling great


Your guide to this year’s Burghley Horse Trials

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More great advice to make life with your pooch easier


Will Hetherington heads to sleepy Shillingthorpe


We try out The Black Horse in Elton


Our focus on the latest achievements from local pupils

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How clubs in the area are faring

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A four bedroom detached family home in a popular village with views over a lake to the rear. • • • •


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4 Receptions, kitchen/breakfast room, utility. Principal bedroom with en suite, 3 further bedrooms, family bathroom. Detached double garage with office over. Access and fishing rights to a private lake. Energy rating E/53





Great Casterton

A substantial family home with tennis court & swimming pool, in grounds of approximately one acre, in the centre of the village. • • • •

3 Receptions, kitchen/breakfast room, utility. Principal bedroom with en suite & dressing room, 3 further bedrooms, bathroom. Double garage, tennis court, swimming pool, approximately 1 acre. Energy rating E/47


A substantial Grade II listed period farmhouse with cottage and paddocks/grounds approaching 3.5 acres. • • • •

3 Receptions, kitchen, utility, bootroom, cellar. 6 Bedrooms, 2 en suites, bathroom, snug. Cottage annexe: kitchen, sitting room, bedroom with en suite. Range of outbuildings, 3 stables, paddocks. Energy rating exempt.

Local Office

01780 782 999 London Office

0207 467 5330

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In Play

Barmy Army come to town Uppingham Town hosted a special fund-raising match featuring the Barmy Army, the Lord’s Taverners and several local and national cricketers. The match raised £5,000 for the Lord’s Taverners and donations can still be made at www.lordstaverners.org.

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


It’s Burghley time! It’s Burghley time again. Stamford is set to welcome top-class equestrians from all over the world who will be competing for the three-day event trophy from September 3-6. This year, as well as all the usual shopping and socialising, to coincide with the Rugby World Cup the Webb Ellis Cup will be on display. As another nod to the forthcoming competition there will also be a bespoke cross-country jump designed by course designer Captain Mark Phillips. There’s also a chance to win a Pashley bike, so pop into the Country Living tent. For our Burghley preview, see pages 54-63. www.burghley-horse.co.uk 1 2 SE P T E M BE R 2015 ///

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The popular traditional Stamford Christmas Festival will be returning to the heart of Stamford. The event site will be held in the centre of Stamford - Stamford High St, Ironmonger St, Broad Street, Red Lion Square, and Sheep Market. There will be traditional craft stalls offering a wide range of popular and stylish gifts with treats and delights to excite and tantalize. Be part of this ever-popular annual, community event which attracts many thousands of visitors from far and near. The town has good FREE car parking facilities on Sundays with the town centre easily accessible. For more information on how to become involved in this successful and highly supported community event by trading, volunteering, sponsoring or just coming along to soak up the atmosphere, please contact Stamford Town Council at townhall@stamfordtowncouncil.gov.uk or go to the website on www.stamfordtowncouncil.gov.uk where a booking form can be downloaded.

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Activelife Carrie Wright of The Clever Coop Company (www.theclevercoopcompany.com) looks at a few things that need to be addressed before taking the plunge… Egg colour: Brown? Blue? Green? White? Egg colour varies dramatically from breed to breed so you need to think about whether you would like the traditional brown egg layer, or maybe you’d rather have a rainbow of egg colours for the kitchen. They all taste the same but look very different. What age to purchase: Young, 18-week-old female hens, or pullets, are oen sold as point of lay. This is misleading, as on average, a pullet will not come into normal lay until 22/24 weeks of age. Buying birds younger than this means spending extra on feed and having no return for several weeks.


COOPED UP Editor Steve Moody is taking up keeping chickens. Month four: there’s eggs everywhere!


e are awash with eggs. Every time somebody pops round for a cup of tea, they get offered an egg instead of a biscuit. If the kids want to play catch in the garden, I’ll suggest they use an egg. Need a handy wedge to keep a door open. Egg it is. It seems as though, even with my dodgy maths, that three chickens laying every day should produce three eggs – yet the egg mountain seems to rise at a rate far greater than that. Have a day without an egg and the pile leaps skywards. Not that I’m complaining, because the result is amazing. It wasn’t quite so at the start when Daisy laid a few shell-less eggs, which are a rather bizarre

sight. The concern was that she wasn’t getting enough calcium in her diet, but I think it was just that she was young because once she got the knack she was firing out proper eggs at a prodigious pace. In fact, her speciality is the double yolker – there’s normally one a week and I bet it makes her eyes water to lay one of those huge bombs. It’s always worth collecting a couple of times a day because some lay early, and some a bit later. Handily, our hen coop as a roof right above where they lay so it’s really easy to collect the eggs and doesn’t require any rooting about. Much easier than going to the supermarket. Cooking with eggs produced at the bottom of your garden is different too. Poached eggs are

What basic requirements do laying hens need: A good quality diet is vital to ensure chickens have sufficient nutrients. Layers pellets/meal, wheat and maize provides a balanced diet but additional crushed oyster shell aids eggshell formation and digestion. A chicken in lay will drink far more water than those who are not so always provide plenty of fresh, clean water.

easy – just throw the egg into boiling water and it will hold together in one glutinous ball. Perfect every time. Omlettes are a luminescent yellow, the yolks being some much more vivid in colour than than shop bought ones, while fried eggs are fabulous. I was never a massive fan of fried eggs before – often because they’re thin, stringy things – but made from our eggs they are gorgeous. The egg sits firm and proud in the pan a good inch taller than a shop bought one, and puffs up on the heat like a piece of popcorn. Elevenses? Time for a poached. Quick afternoon snack? Fried. Something before bedtime? Scrambled. I’m determined to keep up with the chickens…


Autumn is calling September, the beginning of autumn and the ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’, to quote Keats. So the nights are drawing in, but all is not lost as the garden can put on some magnificent displays in September with autumn colours and late flowering shrubs and blooms. And there’s always the chance of some warm, sunny weather. There are also plenty of jobs to do, despite September being a quieter month in the garden. Keep weeding as the little blighters never seem to give up. Cut back your herbaceous border and


divide large perennials. Start planting spring flowering bulbs. And remember, if we are lucky enough to get an Indian summer, keep watering regularly. Allotment Corner Whilst it might be fairly quiet in the garden it certainly isn’t on the allotment. September is harvest month so get out there and reap the benefits of all your hard work. Lift your remaining potatoes and onions before the slugs and cold, damp weather get them.

Potatoes need to be stored in the dark and onions in the light, but both need to be kept frostfree. Harvest apples and pears and any late season raspberries. Cut courgettes and marrow regularly and keep feeding the pumpkin for Halloween. Pick the remaining tomatoes, even the green ones, and make them into chutney. Once the harvest has been completed clear the ground of any spent crops and dig it over. Complete the summer pruning of apple and pear trees as well as soft fruit bushes.

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CHICKEN AND SUMMER GREEN BROTH WITH NOODLES AND HOISIN Ingredients Salt and pepper 2 garlic cloves 2 spring onions 4 radishes 1 red chilli 1 tbsp sesame oil 15g mint leaves 15g basil 2 sticks of rice noodles 20g summer greens Sunflower/vegetable oil for frying 1 tsp Chinese 5 spice 500ml chicken stock 1 chicken breast 1 sachet hoisin sauce Method Put a large pan of salted water on to boil. Peel and finely grate the garlic and ginger. Clean and finely slice the spring onions, including their green tops. Wash the radishes, cut into thin discs (1). Finely chop the chilli, seeds and all. Mix with the sesame oil in a small jug and set to one side. Wash and dry the mint and basil. Drop the noodles into the boiling water and cook for four minutes until just tender. Drain and cool under cold running water. Put to one

RECIPE BOXES Riverford recipe boxes are a simple and inspiring way to cook. Every week, we deliver everything you need to make three tasty organic meals. Inside each box, you’ll find the freshest, seasonal organic produce, step-bystep recipe cards and all the ingredients in exact quantities. The recipes are quick to cook and ideal for week nights – most are ready in under 45 minutes. Think well balanced and nutritious,

side. Wash the summer greens. Cut away any tough looking stalks and shred the greens very finely (2). This is best done by rolling a bunch of them up like a cigar and slicing widthways. Heat the 1bsp of oil in a pan and fry the garlic and ginger gently for 1 minute. Add the spring onions and 5 spice, cook for a further minute. Tip in the chicken stock and 250ml of water, bring to the boil slowly. Slice the chicken into thin 1/2cm wide strips, widthways rather than lengthways. Add the chicken, greens and radishes to the pan (3). Simmer on the lowest heat until the chicken has just cooked through, this should take 3-4 minutes. Add the basil leaves that will wilt in seconds. Divide the cold noodles between two large deep bowls. Ladle the broth evenly between the bowls. The heat of the broth will reheat the noodles. Shred a few of the mint leaves. Put the mint, hoisin sauce and chilli oil on the table and add to taste to the broth, depending on how spicy you like it.




Tip Prepare everything before you start cooking so all ingredients are easily to hand to add in quick succession.

with a few treats thrown in. Our cooks come up with nine new recipes every week, so there is always plenty of choice. There are three different varieties of recipe box – choose from vegetarian, quick or original. A box for two people ranges in price from £33 for the vegetarian box, to £39.95 for the quick and original boxes. Delivered straight to your door, with everything you need to cook included, generous portion sizes, and three delicious meals per box they offer great value for money.

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A day in the life of


Garage inventor, YouTube star and four times a Guinness world record holder




’ve always been a practical person and built a lot of dens as a child. Then I rode BMXs and made videos of myself which is where my video making skills come from. Back then I had to edit them with two video players so if I made a mistake I didn’t know about it until I played it back at the end. But I grew out of BMX riding. All my mates had given up and I was working as a plumber so I needed something in my life to replace all that – I thought building the World’s Biggest Bonfire would fill the hole! It was 49,000 cubic feet and gave me my first Guinness world record on 14 October 2006. Then I just started making bits and bobs and uploaded videos of them on to YouTube which was just getting going. The first proper video I made was of the World’s Longest Motorbike which was my second Guinness record. It was 46 foot long, but then I made another one – 72 feet – for a scooter company. People seemed to like the videos and I thought, there’s an audience for this, so I started to put more effort into them. I’ve got a lot to thank the internet for as it’s turned into a job. Without YouTube I’d still be plumbing. I now spend most of my day in my shed. One video was called Fast, Fast Food where I tried to serve food to people who were driving. I cut a side window in a caravan and my mate filmed me trying to hand him a plate of spaghetti at 40 miles an hour. I got that idea from seeing a burger van being towed by a car up the A1. I get ideas from all directions – ones that I come up with myself, from other people on the internet, or from things I’m given – like a fairground horse I stuck a motorbike inside. I’m also approached by advertisers for campaigns for their products, but often they want me to come up with an idea for them. So, for instance, Taylors of Harrogate wanted to sell their strong coffee as something that really wakes you up so I came up with a bed that chucks you out in the morning. It has pistons, motors, flashing lights, alarms and a remote control that I can fire off when I’m laying in it. I set the pressure and how fast it can chuck me out and I’m going to film it over a week in my bedroom so that each morning it gets progressively more powerful. And I might even see if I can land in my trousers like Wallace and Gromit. The key thing is not to do something you wouldn’t do normally or that’s too far off topic. I’ve turned a lot of advertisers down, which can be hard as the money is good. Some people come to you because you have a big audience – I’ve got more than a million subscribers – but they’re not

‘People seemed to like the videos... without YouTube I’d still be plumbing’ in tune with what you do. I upload all my videos, including the sponsored ones, to my YouTube channel. 93% of my audience are male with an age range from 18 to about 55. Some people watch to see how I’ve made stuff so they can replicate it. And others watch just because it’s entertaining. I think anyone can make money from the internet, but you need to put some personality into it. I’ve had videos go viral before, like the Wall of Death and the mobility scooter in the snow, but my jet bike video went mental and from then on everything went skywards.

People went to my YouTube page and found there’s loads more to see. It’s free to watch and I get my income from advertising. I get a percentage based on a thousand views, but it varies a lot per advert. My third record was for the Fastest Mobility Scooter, and the most recent one is for the Fastest Pram as I’d just had my son. I put him in it but obviously not when it is moving! If I think of an idea that’s really stupid but say it’s for a Guinness world record then it gives things a purpose. Not that that matters much to me… Watch Colin Furze on YouTube.com

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Less than a mile from the A1 Now with more than 70 dealers, the centre has a variety of antiques unmatched in the surrounding area. Items range from £5 to £5,000 and regular turnover of stock frequently brings customers back for more. Open 10am-5pm Mon-Sat

and 10.30am-5pm Sundays

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September 11th 7.00-8.15pm

Stamford arts centre (ballroom)

Public talk:

Book tickets at the box office £6

Meditations for a Joyful Life Followed by weekly meditation classes with Buddhist nun Gen Nyingpo

Fridays 7-8.15pm (£6)

from 18 Sept

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Classes held at the Stamford Arts Centre Meditation improves concentration in daily life and reduces stress, worry and anxiety. Training in meditation brings inner peace, happiness and a positive outlook on life. Everyone is welcome to the classes.

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Activelife OUT AND ABOUT

Five things to do in September

 Visit St Martin’s Antique Centre in Stamford. It is an Aladdin’s cave full of treasures and a great way to spend a few hours. www.st-martins-antiques.co.uk  Go blackberrying. The hedgerows are abundant with berries that are just ripening. Grab the kids, give them a bag each and see who can pick the most. And what better way to enjoy the fruits of your labour than with a delicious blackberry crumble?

 Stamford rugby club. It’s the Rugby World Cup this month so why not support your local club to get in the spirit. Stamford Rugby Club is always pleased to get some local support. www.pitchero.com/clubs/stamford  It’s September so Strictly is back on our screens. Want to emulate the celebs and learn how to dance like a pro? As well as being great fun it’s also an excellent way to keep fit. And you can learn to do it in the beautiful

surroundings of the ballroom at Stamford Arts Centre. Ann Gibbons is running classes there for beginners through to advanced. www.anngibbonsdance.co.uk  Visit Stamford’s Georgian Festival on September 25-27. It’s back after a year’s absence and offers something for everyone. The bull will be back and will again be led through the streets of Stamford. www.stamfordgeorgianfestival.co.uk


Win a family ticket to the Land Rover Owner Show The Land Rover Owner Show on 19-20 September at the East of England Showground, Peterborough, is the UK’s biggest and best Land Rover show of the year and we have two family tickets to give away. Visitors can expect to see fast-paced laps, high-octane action and a spectacular demonstration course in the Live Action Arena. There will also be the widest range of Land Rover clubs representing all models made and stalls where you can buy everything from state of-the-art off-road equipment to elusive old parts. Land Rover will bring the Defender’s story to life at the show, hosting Q&A sessions with special guests including TV presenter Monty Halls. You can also have a go on our 4x4 off-road course, conquering the steepest of hills and muddiest of gullies, watch a live vehicle rebuild, try your hand at bushcraft skills and there’s plenty of activities thrown in for the kids too. With great camping facilities, why not make a weekend of it? Prices range from £6 - £85. Dogs are welcome. For more information, visit www.lroshow.com To enter the competition to win a family ticket to the show answer this simple question: Where is the Land Rover Owner Show held? Email the answer to lrshow@theactivemag.com. Make sure to include your name and address.

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James Peach is on the adventure of his life – to cycle around the world and raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust. This month he completes his challenge


he final weeks cycling from Budapest through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, then finally into Belgium, the Netherlands and France were poignant. Sadly my journey would soon be ending so I tried to cherish every moment. But the adventure was far from over as I camped in stunning Slovakian fields on the shores of the Danube and was arrested by Czech police for cycling on the highway, before taking on the seemingly endless and impressively steep rolling hills of eastern Germany. But, as always, the people I met and the stunning scenery made any sweat, back pain or near misses with the law pale into insignificance. Approaching the border of Germany the earth flattened and cycle lanes appeared to help me through those final days (even if one did send me 10km in the wrong direction before suddenly stopping in a river). I stayed in Bruges for an evening before following the canals towards the coast and down into France, where I unexpectedly saw the sea. The beach came into view with the English Channel sparkling in the sunshine. I broke down into uncontrollable tears. There I was standing among hundreds of French holiday makers – a 31-year old, dirty, unwashed, stinking and

exhausted Englishman peering out to sea with tears streaming down my mucky, weather beaten face. It is a moment I will never forget. Following the coast down south of Dunkirk I shared some food with a group of hopeful immigrants before sleeping under a motorway bridge, probably my last one for a while. In the morning I jumped on a ferry and a short while later the white cliffs were in my sights and I was back on English soil. Some friends joined me for the two-day cycle into London, and the weather was kind enough to remind me of the country I had left – a good dose of wind and rain. Approaching London and pedalling through familiar streets was a peculiar feeling. But soon I was cycling down The Mall towards Buckingham Palace where a group of family and friends were waiting to greet me. After all the celebrating I was surprisingly pleased to be back on my bike again. All good adventures start at home so they should end there too. The two days I spent cycling back to Rutland, following the same route I had a year before, were beautiful. I am now very used to being alone, having only my thoughts as company, and all the celebrations were quite overwhelming. To be alone again was a welcome

relief. I arrived in Rutland on July 23, took the obligatory selfie with the county signpost and rolled on towards Uppingham where I stopped a few miles out to take stock. I thought of how I felt when I first left home, the knee pain in America and the heat of northern Australia. The craziness of south east Asia, the mix of danger and charm through India and Bangladesh. The peacefulness of Himalayan mountain tops and the delight of exploring the peculiarities of central Asia. The remarkable moment crossing the Bosphorus back on to European soil, and exploring rural corners of Europe. I thought of the people who had made the whole experience what it was, showing kindness, hospitality, and getting me out of trouble time after time. But now I must finish the job. I pedalled into Uppingham market place where a group of family and friends welcomed me home with a pint of Grainstore beer that went down very well. But finally, alone again, I cycled those final few miles to my home in Wing. Sailing down the lane where I first learnt to ride a bike to the house where I have always lived, to be greeted by my incredible and long-suffering mother for a long hug and a cup of tea. 27,000 kilometres, 36 countries, 1 year, and not a single regret. I was home at last.

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Activelife EVENTS

What’s on

FURTHER THAN THE TOUR DE FRANCE Call in at The Wine Bar on St Paul’s Street in Stamford between 8pm on September 18th and midday on Sunday 20th to see 27 fit young men cycle 2500 miles on a static bike ride in under 40 hours. The Pelargos Foundation was set up last year by the 27, who all attended Stamford School and left in 2006, to raise money for charity. This year they are raising money for The British Liver Trust and Give Directly. “We decided to do something once a year as it’s a great way for us all to get together and set ourselves a challenge as well as raise money for charity,” said James Allan. The team, who this year are being supported by Rutland Cycling, raised over £9,000 last year and hope to raise between £15,000 and £20,000 this year. www.thepelargosfoundation.org/donate.html AUTUMN COUNTRY MARKET On Sunday, September 6, Easton Walled Gardens will be hosting its autumn country market. Now in its 10th year the market features our region’s best crafts, cakes, jewellery and gifts, ideal for some early Christmas shopping perhaps? Open from 11am-4pm enjoy gardening demonstrations, artists and live music as well as all the stalls. www.eastonwalledgardens.co.uk STAMFORD BOOT CAMP Back in 2010, local fitness instructor Rob Dulieu started a Saturday morning Boot Camp fitness group with just eight people. It wasn’t long before word spread that his sessions were exciting, effective, and inspirational and the

opposite of typical gym classes. Since then, Rob’s business has grown dramatically and he now runs numerous classes each week. Rob said: “My retention rates are very high because every session is different and my programmes encourage participants to integrate as much as possible. People make friends quickly and we have so much fun – it’s an awesome environment in which to train!” His sessions are fun and always different with the less able and able mixing together. If you would like to try a free taster session, call Rob on 07846 457959 or email info@ stamfordpersonalfitness.co.uk.

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Game chef of the year YOGA AND MEDITATION Yoga is an ancient practice that combines movements of the body with breath and mind focus that promotes all-round well-being. Deborah King is starting up yoga classes this month in Ryhall, Tinwell and Preston. A keen advocate of meditation as well as yoga and healthy living she looks forward to welcoming you at her classes. www.do-yoga.co.uk DISCOVER RUTLAND DAY Celebrate all that Rutland has to offer on September 12. Visit Sykes Lane, Empingham, between 10am and 4pm to enjoy fairground rides, stalls, arts, crafts and sports demonstrations as well as live music, a food market and much more. www.rutlandday.co.uk ANNA’S HOPE FUN RUN Carole Hughes, founder of children’s charity Anna’s Hope is calling for families to run or walk and have fun together in the Anna’s Hope 5k Fun Run in the Perkins Great Eastern Run on October 11th in Peterborough. Everyone gets a medal and it’s a fun way to raise money for the charity and you can even dress up as a fairy! www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk SHATTERING ILLUSIONS Therapeutic mind coach, Lindy Shearer, who is based in Edith Weston, is holding her first seminar on October 24th at Rutland Water sailing club from 10-6. She will be working with the audience helping them make changes in their lives and to resolve past conflicts which will help them in the present. Lindy has been practising since 1996 and opened her Break Free practice in 1997. She helps her clients make life changes dealing with anxiety, stress levels and to shift negative emotions – all of which can affect future and present decisions. The aim of her seminar, Shattering Illusions, is to demonstrate how to bring your mind to the positive sides of your own life and shift negative illusions. www.lindyshearer.co.uk

Congratulations to Phil Kent, chef at the William Cecil in Stamford, who has just been crowned the 2015 CLA Game Fair’s Game Chef of the Year. All finalists were asked to cook a loin of venison with five ingredients of their choice and three mystery ones and Phil was judged the winner. The winning venison dish will be available at The William Cecil, on request. To sample more of Phil’s game cooking put Friday, November 13, in your diary when he will be hosting a game and wine evening.

He’s got a lotta bottle The High Sheriff of Rutland, Andrew Brown, has been setting a good example and donating his blood at a recent session. The High Sheriff, a seasoned donor, turned up for his 36th donation in Oakham dressed in full ceremonial dress to encourage more people to become donors. www.blood.co.uk

Horses for courses Alex Liddle and her sister Daisy run a small yard producing young eventing horses. Bluepoint Horses, in Wymondham, are always looking for new owners, supporters and sponsors. Gold medal winner Alex has been a member of the GB Youth Eventing team for the last three years and a member of the team that won gold at the European championships so is an experienced competitor as well as trainer. They also have horses for sale. www.bluepointhorses.co.uk

A world class club Local Stamford and Oakham TaeKwon-Do club members competed in the UITF World Championships in London in July and came back with a bagful of medals. Thirteen students competed and between them won 22 world medals which was a real achievement. The club is currently welcoming new starters, at both Stamford and Oakham, so for more information email enquiries@ tkdclasses.co.uk.

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Feature /// Parties


Want a party for young or old that has some competition, adrenaline or exercise involved? Try out our favourite local venues


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From cork screw turns, high speed corner and hairpins, to the big sweeping bend that takes you up ‘Damon Hill’, and the challenging turn that leads you back down through to the Monaco tunnel, the Race Club in Corby is a superb multi-level indoor go kart track and arena that will test your driving skills. It’s also got an excellent diner and raceday packages for kids and adult parties, as well as team building corporate events too. www.theraceclubuk.com




Adrenaline Alley in Corby is a superb six acre complex, of indoor and outdoor ramps, trails and jumps for skaters, scooters and BMXers to practice their skills. The skate park, the largest of its kind in the UK, provides a safe, enclosed environment too as well as training and coaching for novices through to experienced riders. www.adrenalinealley.co.uk


Did you know the easiest way to race round Silverstone or Brands Hatch is by heading to Spalding? Electric Tracks Scalextric Racing has a facility that will take you back to your childhood, on amazing recreation of race circuits that you might have dreamed about having on your bedroom floor as a kid. They can even cater for kids parties (OK, the parents might get involved too). www.scalextric-racing.co.uk


It will take a few visits to get round all of Ancaster’s various activities, with outdoor karting, paintball, laser tag, quad bikes and bowling all on site. An impressive clubhouse,

those not quite with a good head for heights, as well as cycle hire from Rutland Cycling next door. www.rockblok.com

national standard paintballing area and two unique race circuits make Ancaster a superb destination for a party, or two, or three. www.ancasterkarting.co.uk


Want to try something totally different and unique? How about a Tank Paintball Battle? The only place you do it in a 17 and half ton tank is at Armourgeddon, near Market Harborough. Experience the fun and excitement of driving tanks and other military vehicles over courses set around a World War II bombing range. There’s even a brilliant kids experience, where they drive round in an army truck while firing at targets. www.armourgeddon.co.uk


The RockBlok at Whitwell, Rutland Water, is an exciting outdoor activity centre, offering High Ropes, Climbing, Abseiling and Cycling for individual, family, school or corporate trips. There are traverse walls and a trampoline too for

Get your skates on and relive your youth, at the Skaters Club. With skating experience from the days disco in 1975, Skaters Club was established not only for some grooving on wheels but to structure sessions for health gains and provide the best experience for new and experienced skaters. Instead of skating endlessly to music, the sessions incorporate entertainment while at the same time improving ability and fitness. It’s now at the sports centre at Borderville, Stamford, and there are open sessions as well as private birthday parties and corporate sessions. www.skatersclub.btck.co.uk


Based in 11 acres of woodland in Chesterton just on the outskirts of Peterborough, Alamo Paintball is the ideal place to come if you’re looking for a fun day out, having a more adventurous birthday party, setting out on a stag or hen party or having a team building experience. www.alamopaintball.co.uk


There is something for everyone at Planet Ice Peterborough - public skating, weekly disco sessions with a live DJ, parent and toddler sessions, courses that teach a wide variety of winter sports and disciplines (including figure skating, ice dancing, ice hockey and speed skating), ice hockey matches & training, birthday parties, group visits, school visits, private tuition, events, shows and performances. www.planet-ice.co.uk

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Backroom staff should be seen and not heard Martin Johnson on the relationship between managers and staff


lot of opprobrium has been heaped upon Jose Mourinho after the Chelsea manager’s decision to demote the two members of his medical staff who ran on to the field to attend to one of his players, but some of us understand perfectly well why Jose had steam coming out of both ears and a complexion the shade of a freshly boiled beetroot. Mourinho explained afterwards that he couldn’t be doing with people on his bench who didn’t understand football, and he was bang on. Jose knew, and the two medics should have known also, that when a Premier League footballer falls to the ground and starts rolling around in agony, there is absolutely nothing wrong with him. It mattered not a jot that Eden Hazard’s death throes resembled a freshly shot stag. Jose knew that, on the list of probabilities, a broken leg was way behind an eyelash getting into his eye, or a sudden unexpected sneeze somehow blowing him off his feet, and the Chelsea manager knew also that once the medics were involved, the player would have to leave the field. Yes, the footie season is back again, and in the nick of time too, reminding impressionable children after their summer hols that the way to get on in life is to have more sneaky tricks up your sleeve than the next man. The kids of today need to be aware that ranting and raving is always the best course of action, and in Jose they have the perfect role model. In Mourinho’s world the football manager is always bigger than the referee (unless his name is Wenger) which is why the rage he flew into when his medical team responded to the referee’s signal for them to come on to the pitch caused him so much grief. Referees are there to be ignored, is Jose’s mantra, just as fourth officials are only on the touchline for managers to shout at them. It wasn’t always like this, was it? Certainly not when I grew up watching Newport County during the time Billy Lucas was manager. Three times, in fact, between 1953 and 1974 with only a couple of years away when he had a brief spell in charge of Swansea City. I don’t recall Billy ever leaving his seat in the stand, where he’d sit fairly impassionately, in his overcoat and trilby, for the entire 90 minutes. Heaven knows he had reason enough to shout and bawl on the touchline, especially on the memorable day his leading striker, Ralph Hunt, put a penalty so far over the crossbar that it bounced on to the road bridge behind the stand, carried on down the hill, and ended up in the car park of Billy’s own pub, the Black Horse.

Neither do I remember any manager standing up, let alone waving their arms around inside what is curiously described as the ‘technical’ area. You can go back to the 1966 World Cup final, when Geoff Hurst’s fourth goal prompted trainer Harold Shepherdson to jump up and down in sheer excitement. A celebration Alf promptly nipped in the bud with the immortal line: “Sit down Shepherdson. And stop making a spectacle of yourself.” What is it with modern managers that makes them sprout horns for 90 minutes? One of the never to be forgotten sights of last season was Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson with his hands around the throat of a prostrate Crystal Palace player, partly the product of a man who never stopped revealing his inability to control himself, but mostly the fault of regulations which permit a football manager to encroach so ridiculously close to the playing area. It’s not just soccer that causes the people in charge to behave badly. Two years ago, during the Premiership rugby final between Northampton and Leicester, a slightly robust tackle on one of his players prompted the Tigers’ Richard Cockerill to come storming down from his seat in the stand for a word – and not a quiet one either - with the fourth official. Resulting in a nine-match suspension for ‘obscene, inappropriate and unprofessional’ language. Rugby union is learning fast from football. Dean Richards’ involvement in the fake blood business at Harlequins was a world away from his own playing days at Tigers, when, as a Hinckley bobby on the beat, he never had time to dream up shady schemes. His thoughts were mainly confined to asking his colleagues if they’d mind swapping shifts, and informing the Tigers’ secretary which roundabout he’d be waiting for the team bus to pick him up from. Another former Tiger, Neil Back, was caught doing something underhand on camera, but not by the referee, in a European Cup final. It was probably a game winner, and justifiable to himself at the time no doubt. It’s long enough ago for him to have found room to apologise in the book he’s just written, but all we get is the observation that he’d ‘do it again’. And rugby matches now take about three hours to play, given that every time a player falls over injured, all these ‘rehydration’ wallahs come sprinting on. And anyone who thinks that this is out of genuine concern for players’ welfare, rather than an orchestrated wheeze to bring on tactical messages, must also believe in the tooth fairy. A chum of mind told me that the Mourinho outburst was perfectly understandable given the ‘huge pressure’ (his words) modern managers are under. What tosh. As ever, I quote the line from the great Australian cricketer Keith Miller: “Pressure? Playing cricket? Having a Messerschmitt on your arse. That’s pressure.”

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Feature /// Gear


The latest kit to keep you active this summer

Therapearl Back Wrap with Strap

The generously sized back wrap provides fast, penetrating relief for upper, mid or low back pain. It’s perfect for abdominal cramps and muscle tenderness on large areas of the body. Chill it in the fridge or freezer, or pop it in the microwave, and the pack retains its therapeutic temperature for a full 20 minutes. Price £11.99 From www.lloydspharmacy.com

Canterbury Rugby World Cup shirt

The official Rugby World Cup 2015 shirt. Cut in a straight fit, similar to that worn by the players, this is ideal for the most committed of supporters. Designed specifically for the Rugby World Cup it has no sponsor branding, but does have the official World Rugby tournament logo and, of course, the iconic Webb Ellis trophy on the sleeve to mark the 2003 victory. Price 69.99 From www.rutlandsports.co.uk

Biofreeze Pain Relieving Gel

Biofreeze products relieve pain through a method known as ‘gate control’. In the gating process, menthol acts to stimulate specific sensory receptors in the skin, blocking other receptors from sending pain signals to the brain. Biofreeze Pain Reliever provides temporary relief from minor aches and pains of sore muscles and joints associated with simple backache, arthritis, bruises, strains and sprains. Price £8.99 From www.boots.com

Asics Gel-Hockey Typhoon 2

If you’re the kind of player that needs to get around the field fast, this Asics hockey trainer is for you. is for you. A moulded, high-grip outsole allows fast changes of direction, while the comfortable cushioning is down to the lightweight Solyte midsole and gel in the rearfoot and forefoot. Protect your forefoot from high-speed shots with a P-guard that wraps around the front of the shoe too. Price £100 From www.gl-sports.com

Enigma Ecroix bike

With competition ready geometry, and an array of features the Enigma Ecroix is ready for cyclocross, gravel racing and is more than capable for your daily commute or light tour. The disc brake specific Ecroix is craed from 3AL2.5 Titanium and icludes a 44mm head head tube for precise and exhilarating riding. Mud, sweat and hills - it is ready for whatever you want to throw at it. Price Custom builds start at £2,499/Frameset starts at £1,646 From Windmill Wheels, Wymondham

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Giant Escape 1 Hybrid bike

Built using Giant’s premium Aluxx Aluminium with geometry tailored for stability, the Giant Escape 1 is fast and sporty for a fitness session while being comfortable enough for commuting. 700c wheels combined with a wide range of gearing ensure that the Giant Escape 1 doesn’t leave you huffing and puffing trying to get anywhere. Price £349.99 From www.rutlandcycling.com

Lock Laces

Never lose valuable seconds in a long distance race having to tye your laces again: made from the same material as bungee cords, Lock Laces are an all-new, elastic shoelace and locking system that feature specially designed elastic laces combined with a spring activated locking device. Price £5.24 From www.runnersneed.com

Animal men’s Gain backpack

Great as a commuter’s cycling bag, or a stylish kit bag for the gym, with a laptop sleeve and pockets for all your other kit. Price £28.00 From www.shop.animal.co.uk

Velobici Vici Polo short

The Vici Polo t-shirt is a favourite that can be worn on and off the bike all year round. Made from a Supplex/Lycra mix, it has a luxurious super so feel. All Vélobici clothing is designed and made in England. Price £95 From www.velobici.cc

Nike Mercurial Superfly Leather FG boots

You’ll be the star of the early season football in Nike’s new pink and black hard ground boot. Constructed with a fusion of Flyknit and seamless leather, the Nike Mercurial Superfly Leather Men’s Firm-Ground Soccer Cleat is designed to give the attacking striker a revolutionary locked-down fit, a so feel and explosive speed on the field. Nobody will take the mickey either, we promise. Price £250 From www.nike.com

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Shooting Kitbag With the shooting season underway, we feature some of the best new kit for the season 1

1. Laksen Esk Donegal tweed sports jacket


Made of Scottish Tweed and with a CTX membrane, which makes it waterproof, windproof and yet breathable. Price: £359

2. Jack Pyke shooters pullover Acrylic, v-neck with suedlite shoulders, embroidered pheasant logo in Hunters Green colour. Price: £39.95

3. Barbour Swainby jacket A lightweight fleece lined waterproof breathable shooting jacket with articulated sleeves and waterproof zips. Price: £229.00

4. Barbour waterproof sporting gloves



Waterproof technical glove for outdoor activities, featuring stretch upper and leather palm. Price: £69.95


5. Aspex glasses A fantastic multi fit, multi sport style, with adjustable nosepiece for comfort and three lenses to suit all weather conditions. From Kibworth Shooting Ground. Price: £48


6. J.P. Steermans Speed Loader 20g cartridge belt A full leather 100 cartridge capacity. Price: £52


7. Aigle Parcours 2 Iso Open wellington boots Amazingly comfortable boots that protect from the cold with a thick neoprene lining and are easy to put on with the full zipper. Price: £190

8. Flugz earplus




Personally moulded Flugz are ideal for shotgun sports enthusiasts and bird shooting. From Bushwear.co.uk Price: £24.99.

9. Farlows The Denby Olive & Gold shooting sock & garter set


The Denby Shooting Socks are made from extra fine merino wool and come with matching garters. Price: £65.99

10. Barbour Brearton gilet A stylish quilted shooting gilet with suede shoulder patches to prevent gun slippage and large pocket Price: £199.00

11. Schoffel Gunthorpe vest The new Schoffel Gunthorpe Shooting Vest is made from Polartec Therma Pro fleece and features a reinforced shoulder pad for recoil protection. Price: £149

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Feature /// Autumn fun


Think the on-set of Autumn means an end to outdoor fun? Don’t worry – we’ve got lots of ideas for getting you active in the country. By Will Hetherington and Julia Dungworth

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Eyebrook Reservoir is renowned nationwide for its fly fishing. Rutland Water might be its attention-seeking big brother with oodles of sailing, cycling, fishing, kayaking and even beach lounging these days, but Eyebrook just south of Uppingham offers something different; the chance to learn the noble sport of fly fishing in one of the country’s leading venues. There are less people here and, in fact, ruffian watersports such as sailing and the like are banned so the fishermen and women can enjoy their pursuit in total peace. And whether you are a seasoned expert or totally new to this most delicate of pastimes, you will find something to entertain you. Scenic, peaceful and potentially extremely rewarding, Eyebrook is a national treasure on our doorstep. www.eyebrook.com

Kibworth is more for the dedicated clay shooter, or at least those who want to focus solely on this most mentally challenging of sports. Successful clay shooting requires a combination of sound technique, effective equipment and the right mental approach. Once you have learnt how to do it you have to retain your confidence without getting complacent and you have to be able to treat each clay as a completely separate entity. It’s great fun and very satisfying when it goes right, and when it goes wrong, well you just have to go back and try again. www.kibworthshootingground.co.uk


Clay shooting requires decent hand to eye co-ordination and plenty of focus. While Grange Farm Wittering offers a wide variety of activities, including shooting,


Around Rutland Water, not only is there the traditional 26.2-mile marathon, there is an option to opt out into a half-marathon or, for those not feeling so brave, then there is a mini marathon or even a swim. Unlike a lot of traditional road-run marathons, this is run predominantely over paths around the very picturesque Rutland countryside. There is a new family team of twin brothers organising this new event and it’s sounding like it will be an annual event. www.therutlandmarathon.co.uk



Grange Farm, Wittering Fancy your hand at a spot of clay shooting? Then Grange Farm is the perfect place to give it a go in a friendly and relaxed environment. This sport came to prominence again during the 2012 London Olympics when Peter Wilson won gold in the double trap discipline and if you too want to experience the sheer thrill of smashing a few clays then there is no better place to start. But they don’t just do clay shooting here; you can also try archery and axe throwing, air rifle shooting, off-road driving, blindfold driving (yes, really) and a range of other team building exercises. So if you want to enjoy some clay shooting or something else a bit different this is the place to go. www.grange-farm.co.uk

At Stapleford School of Falconry you can experience the thrill of handling these majestic birds of prey under the expert guidance of a personal falconer. Stapleford’s head falconer, Peter Sibson, owned his first kestrel when he was just six years old. Since then his life has revolved around the ancient hunting bond between man and bird of prey. His falconer’s art is available to inform, educate and teach guests at Stapleford. Peter has ten of his sixteen birds at the luxury hotel. Bernard the European eagle owl and Boo the barn owl have a fascination of their own. But it is the hunting birds like ‘Chip’, Peter’s Lanner Falcon and Inga the Goshawk which epitomise the magic of Falconry. www.rutland-falconry.com www.staplefordpark.com


Always fancied getting up close and personal with some of nature’s most efficient predators? Well, here is your chance. With a plethora of owls, hawks, eagles, falcons and buzzards and the accompanying razor-like talons and fierce beaks this is no place to be a field mouse or a vole! Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre at Exton is an unexpected gem sitting in the heart of Rutland and offering a fascinating few hours for visitors of all ages. Admission is £6 for adults, with a series of concessions for youngsters, senior citizens and family tickets. Not surprisingly you won’t be able to take the dog otherwise something would get eaten and if it came to a scrap between a Labrador and an eagle there will only ever be one winner…

World Conker Championships, Southwick Fancy a sprint down memory lane to reincarnate those school playground conker battles? Then this is your chance in what is the World Cup for horse chestnut fighters. Sunday, October 11, is the date and the Shuckburgh Arms in Southwick, near Oundle, is the venue. The games begin at 10.30am and conclude at 3.30pm and if you think we are joking then we really are not. In fact the master of ceremonies for the event is BBC Radio Five Live’s very own Mike Sewell. As we closed for press online entries to compete in the event were still being taken, but you can just go along as a spectator and enjoy the sport and a live band too. www.worldconkerchampionships.com

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Feature /// Autumn fun

Have horse, will travel

Julia Dungworth highlights the best equestrian events to go to this autumn


Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials September 3-6 Four days of action at arguably the best three-day event in the world. I’m still hoping Andrew Nicholson will make an appearance to make it win number four. Although still entered, we won’t know until the eleventh hour if he will compete after a recent fall in the British Open at Gatcombe. Burghley still promises a brilliant week of competition and most importantly a lot of shopping and socialising.

Belvoir Team Chase September 13 Held at Garthorpe near Melton Mowbray, if you’ve never watched a team chase before, this is the one to go to. Teams of four gallop round a cross-country track with some of the fences in the Open the same size as at Burghley, which normally is full of dramas and a great spectator sport. There are also trade stands, beer tent and a hunter trial. The valley means that you don’t have to walk far to see nearly all the course.

Osberton Horse Trials October 1-4 Although a bit further away, competing at Osberton is the main ambition of many riders as all the Young Horse championships for the year are held here, for the four, five, six and sevenyear olds, then to top that they have in-hand classes for yearlings upwards. And if that wasn’t enough, there is a CCI* & ** which makes it truly international. East of England Autumn Show October 11 Fun, fur and feathers - a fantastic family day out with many attractions including birds of prey, sheep racing, Pony Club team show jumping, canine events – including The Scruffts Family Crossbred Dog of The Year and The Supreme London Championships – a small livestock show and almost any other cattle or animal you can think of. Halloween Spooktacular Show, Arena UK October 27 - November 1 An amazing six-day show for those of you who love a bit of dressing up and getting into the Halloween spirit! It starts on the Tuesday with the ponies jumping. From the 30th the seniors jump, which is very funny to watch, with a few novelty and fancy dress classes running alongside, with fences starting at 1 metre all the way up to huge, with some very spooky fences to jump!

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HOW EXERCISE CAN GET YOU A PROMOTION IF YOU EXERCISE regularly, it can improve all aspects of your life, including work productivity. Being productive and alert at work can help you get your job done faster and even make you more eligible for a promotion. It’s a situation financial services provider BGL has recognised and acted on. For the past two and a half years employees have been making the most of a heavily subsidised on-site health club at the group’s head office in Peterborough. From state of the art equipment, to personal training sessions and tailored nutritional advice, the BGL Health Club offers health and fitness related support to enable each and every member to achieve their individual goals. Phil Croney, fitness manager for the BGL Group, said: ‘‘One way exercise can help boost productivity at work is by making you feel more alert. When you exercise, you are increasing the blood flow to your brain, which helps sharpen your awareness and improve your ability to perform tasks more efficiently.” BGL’s approach to the gym is personalised, adapting its programme to the needs of its members, by offering classes and sessions fit for high class athletes, or those at the start of their fitness programme. There is a range of sessions available offering diverse, weekly courses including things like yoga, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and a couch to 5K running programme. Since the Health Club first opened in 2013, BGLers have covered an approximate distance of 96,413km – enough to travel the world four times over. They have also climbed 5,382 steps on the step machine, which is the equivalent to climbing the Shard 75 times. In order to help members reach their individual goals, BGL allows people to use the gym at a time that best suits them, including within traditional working hours.

Benefits of working out at work

Alertness One way that exercise can help boost productivity at work is through alertness. When you exercise, you are also increasing blood flow to the brain, which can help sharpen your awareness and make you more ready to tackle your next big project. Optimum physical health Not only can exercising help reduce body weight and the risk for certain medical conditions, you also will have improved cardiovascular health, which will give you more stamina to meet the physical demands of your job. Improves mental health One way to be more productive on the job is to have improved mental health. Regular exercise can help curb feelings of anxiety and depression. When you exercise, your brain releases serotonin that helps you feel better and improves your state of mind, making the stresses of work easier to handle. Prevents illness Regular exercise that includes power walking, running, weight lifting, swimming or jogging can help reduce your risk of developing certain types of illness and disease. This means fewer sick days at work.

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CHILDREN IN THE DIGITAL AGE: Most children have mobile devices by age 10 Seventy per cent of children in the UK have mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, by the age of 10. In a sweeping piece of research on children’s mobile usage by security company BullGuard, it was also revealed that most parents’ desire to equip their children with mobile devices is driven by the age-old parental anxiety of knowing where their kids are. The nationwide survey of 2,000 parents also revealed that the most popular age for children to receive their first mobile device is 10 (16%), though the UK average is 8, and it’s not unknown for even three-year-olds to have mobiles (2%). Many parents (42%) said they gave their children mobile devices so they could easily stay in touch with them. But 37% said it helped them with their homework, while 31% bowed to peer pressure and said they didn’t want their children to feel le out. A quarter also said they did so because it kept the kids quiet. Nearly half of parents across all children’s age ranges (44%) cited stranger danger as the thing they most worry about when the kids are cruising the internet. Alarmingly, almost 60% of children between the age of 7 and 10 have Facebook

accounts, despite the minimum age for Facebook users being 13. Some 46% of parents with children aged between 11 and 14 said online stranger danger was their biggest concern and 41% of parents with children aged between 7 and 10 cited the same reason. Over a third of parents with children under the age of 10 said they did not feel they talked to their children enough about online dangers, while almost 30% with children aged between 11 and 14 said the same. Some 16% of parents with kids under 10, and 12% with children aged between 11 and 14, said they never talked to their children about online danger. Around 38% of parents had taken their child’s mobile devices away, with 48% saying they spent too much time on it and 25% saying their behaviour was worse aer spending time using their mobile devices. Others had removed the devices because they felt their children had abused their trust. Despite the encyclopaedic knowledge available to children online, 72% of parents would rather their children asked them about things they are

curious about rather than stumble across something. Only 8% said they would prefer their children to search online for something that might cause them embarrassment. To protect their children 43% of parents check internet history, with 36% checking it weekly. Yet 20% believe their kids are tech savvy enough to know how to delete search histories. Cam Le, CMO at BullGuard, said: “These findings provide a snapshot of how the nation’s parents and children are handling the surge in mobile technologies. The survey reveals that most children are using smart mobile devices before the age of ten. “Parents are clearly well intentioned and are providing their children with devices for the best motives. “However, there are clear concerns – for example, anxieties about children being approached online by strangers. “This isn’t helped by what are clearly large numbers of children between the age of seven and 10 having Facebook accounts when it’s well known that predators use social networking sites to seek out vulnerable children.”

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Children growing up too quickly, say parents Modern children start becoming independent at the tender age of 10, a study has revealed, with the majority of parents letting their kids own a mobile phone, pierce their ears and get a TV in their bedroom at that age. Getting an iPad, choosing their own clothes and making their own breakfast are also luxuries the typical 10-year-old can enjoy. But catching a bus alone, being allowed to wear make-up and getting an email account comes at the more mature age of 11, the survey found. More than half of the mums and dads polled have specific age deadlines in mind for a number of life’s landmarks. And many of these milestones are significantly different to what they encountered when they were young. The polled parents said 70% of children aged 12 or under are now ‘Googling’ things unsupervised, 80% said their kids were growing up too quickly and 77% feel the vast array of content they can access online is to blame. This accelerated maturity is due to peer pressure, the internet and social networking sites, according to eight out of 10 parents.

Nedko Ivanov, CEO of BullGuard, which commissioned the survey, said: ‘‘Children display different levels of maturity and as a rule you can’t always say every child is ready to do this or that by a certain age. “All parents will question whether their children are ready to attend a sleepover or catch a bus, but in today’s digital age the use of different types of technology is also something to consider. For instance, knowing when to let children have access to smartphones, tablets and laptops can be a real dilemma. “Most kids will pester their parents and demand the latest gadgets, but it’s important to take into account whether or not they’re ready for what they might encounter and if they do start using this sort of technology, to make sure they are safe online.” Four in ten parents felt pressured to buy their children the latest gadgets while half let their youngsters use the internet unsupervised and download apps at the age of 10. On average, 50% of parents would also be comfortable with a child having a Facebook account by the age of 12. The study also revealed that 40% said it annoyed

them that celebrities and friends had more influence over their children than they did. More than one in three parents acknowledge that their child is obsessed with fitting in and nearly half of parents say they do all they can to ensure this is possible. Around half of parents say their children are more tech-savvy than they are, so it’s important to know where to turn to for help. Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online, commented: “Children of today are part of a digital generation, they just do not know any different than to use technology and the internet. “However, whilst it may be second nature, it’s important that young people understand the risks and the boundaries they should observe. “Part of this is about trust and education. Like learning to ride a bike, or crossing the road, the most effective way to educate children is to start early and empower them to take responsibility for their own safety. For many parents this means educating themselves too so they can feel confident talking to their children about online behaviour and safety.”

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// Active Fit


You can do a half-marathon

Weeks 4-8 of your easy 12-week training guide to the 21k Perkins Great Eastern Run this October. By Claire Maxted

Part 2 – You can run 5k, now up it to 10k

There’s still plenty of time to train up for the Perkins Great Eastern Run (PGER), Peterborough’s premier half-marathon (21.1k/13 miles) this October. This fantastic achievement is very doable, especially if you’ve already completed last issue’s 5k training plan from local personal trainer Jon Sheehan. This issue he takes you up to 10k in 4-weeks, next issue will take you to the full distance ready for race day. Don’t worry if you missed last issue’s plan – if you’re an active person who can jog 5k (about 30-40 minutes), this training plan will suit you too. Enjoy your summer running!

Eat right

There’s no need to snack during the training

runs on this plan, but as with your 5k workouts, run one-and-a-half to two hours after meals and ensure you’re not starving beforehand with a glass of orange juice or fig roll.

Wear the right gear

Training for 10k means you’re running for twice as long at least, so now’s the time to make sure your kit doesn’t chafe in hotspot areas like underarms and thighs.

Avoid injury

Always warm up with five minutes jogging, then two to three minutes of drills: high knees, butt kicks, fast walking with arms circling, skipping and bounding (leaping with a long stride length). Cool down with five minutes of slow jogging to stretch all the major muscle groups.

Be inspired

Look at your calendar entry for the Perkins Great Eastern Run and get support and fund-raising help by telling friends and family it’s an important goal for you.

Don’t make this blunder!

Trust your own pace. It’s easy to bomb off as if you were running just 5k, but ease off at the start and run steadily to maintain a slightly slower pace for the whole 10k.

Make it fun!

Training with others makes you forget you are working out. Try Stamford Striders, they have groups for all abilities – Tuesday 6:50pm, Borderville sports ground. And, mix it up with Jon Sheehan and Vicky Player’s sessions at Stamford Endowed Schools’ sports hall – circuits on a Monday from 7-8pm, Boxercise on

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Stamford Striders’ top tips for 10k training SUSAN LAW

Put together a training plan that fits with your lifestyle so your family can be supportive of the time you’ve scheduled for training. Join a running club! They offer great encouragement, you meet new friends that you can run with at a similar pace and you learn new local running routes. All this keeps you motivated to train.


Swimming is useful as cross training and core abdominal strength is very important – get into the habit of doing 20-60 seconds plank and 5-15 press ups daily.


Keep well hydrated before and after training and racing. It will improve performance and enable you to run without carrying any water. Hydration Striders-style (the pub!) is not recommended pre-race… afterwards though.



Day 1: Rest or cross-train 20-30 minutes Day 2: Run 30 minutes steady Day 3: Rest or cross-train 20-30 minutes Day 4: Run 35 minutes steady Day 5: Rest Day 6: 5k parkrun or 5k race, jog for 5 minutes aerwards Day 7: Rest


Day 1: Rest or cross-train 40 minutes Day 2: Run 35 minutes steady Day 3: Rest or cross-train 40 minutes Day 4: Run 40 minutes steady Day 5: Rest Day 6: 5k parkrun or 5k race, jog for 10 minutes aerwards Day 7: Rest


Day 1: Rest or cross-train 45 minutes Day 2: Run 40 minutes steady Day 3: Rest or cross-train 45 minutes Day 4: Run 45 minutes steady Day 5: Rest Day 6: 5k parkrun or 5k race, jog for 15 minutes aerwards Day 7: Rest or cross-train 45 minutes


Day 1: Rest or cross-train 20-30 minutes Day 2: Run 35 minutes steady Day 3: Rest or cross-train 20 minutes Day 4: Run 20 minutes steady Day 5: Rest Day 6: 10k race - remember to pace yourself! Day 7: Rest, pick up Active mag for your 21k plan

Don’t go out too quickly. Have a pace in mind from your training regime and stick to it without getting caught up with faster runners in the first few kilometres, otherwise you might burn out. For your sprint finish, run to left of the runner in front as they usually look back over their right shoulder – then you can nip past and pip them to the post! Not that any of us are competitive!


Speed up by spending some of your training time running faster than your planned 10k pace – step up to a faster Striders group for a few sections every Tuesday; chase someone faster than you; try to beat your previous times on a known mile loop. Be prepared for some pain – and then the rewards that come from accomplishment.

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THE ERA OF THE POSTERIOR The glutes are the most important and most under-trained muscles in the body, says Function Jigsaw’s Max Hartman

IN GYMS UP and down the country, there is one clear trend: many keen gym goers, from weekend warrior to dedicated fitness enthusiast, will have a tendency to train and develop what they can see in the mirror. The weightlifters want a bigger chest, fuller shoulders and thicker arms, and anybody wanting to lose weight will often rate success or failure against the stomach and hips, or the number on the scales. This is human nature. With this considered, it is understandable that the group of muscles, which personally I would rate as the most important in the body, the glutes, are often undertrained or forgotten about completely. After all, unless you really look, you can’t see them! In simple terms, the glutes are the biggest, thickest, strongest, and most powerful muscles in the body. The glutes have multiple functions, all of which are essential for a healthy, pain-free body, as well as for high level sporting performance and good quality, efficient movement.

Mechanics of the glutes

On a mechanical level, the glutes produce three key movements: hip extension (moving the leg behind the torso), hip abduction (moving the legs laterally, away from the midline), and external rotation of the hip. All three of these movements have clear, evidence-based importance within scientific literature for both health and performance. Conversely, a lack of strength and control through these joint actions also has clear consequences and a negative impact on performance. Participants in activities requiring sprinting, jumping, throwing and weightlifting all require tremendous hip extension force in order to perform to a high level - the majority of which is contributed by the gluteus maximus. Furthermore, any sports requiring lateral movement and sidestepping such as football, rugby, hockey, tennis, and golf require good development and control in the gluteus medius and minimus. These two muscles, both of which are much smaller than the gluteus maximus, provide the external rotation and abduction of the hip required to produce lateral forces and move the

body sideways. Whilst doing so, they not only provide stability to the knee and ankle by maintaining the angle of the femur, but also help to maintain a level pelvis and preserve the strength, stability, and loadbearing ability of the trunk and shoulder girdle. Without this pelvic stability, the body is exposed to numerous risk factors that can lead to low back pain or injury, lower limb injuries including ligament sprain or rupture, and overuse injuries of the patellar and Achilles tendons. With regards to hip extension and gluteus maximus strength, there is a clear correlation between a lack of hip strength and the incidence of chronic lower back pain. The age-old idea of lifting ‘properly’: bending the knees and keeping the back straight, is made impossible by a lack of hip strength. If you are forced to generate power with the muscles of the lower back, you will at some point invariably develop low back pain. At a push, and usually in more high performance environments such as elite sports teams, literature has also shown a loose link between a lack of glute strength and the incidence of shoulder pathology. Due to the large amount of connective tissue called fascia (see Active Magazine March edition for Self-Myofascial release techniques) that attaches the glutes to the tissue of the lower back, weak glutes can impact the tension that the latissimus dorsi (the lats) put on the shoulder joint and as a result can lead to upper limb dysfunction.

How to get a brilliant bum

So, knowing what we do about the glutes, what can you do to ensure that yours are working

effectively and doing their job? First and foremost, it is key that full range of motion is gained at the hip joint. A principle known as reciprocal inhibition shows how in the body opposing muscle groups impact one another. If one muscle group is tight and short, the opposing group is unable to fully contract and as a consequence weakens over time. With this considered, foam rolling and stretching should be performed on the hip flexors, quads, and adductors (groin) to allow the glutes to function properly. Once this has been achieved it is important to train the glutes through all three of their primary functions. Exercises using a Miniband such as clamshells, bridging, squats, and crab walking can be performed before high intensity activity to warm up the glutes and prepare the system for optimal performance. High-level glute exercises such as weighted hip thrusts, loaded squats, walking lunges, and single leg squat varieties are all excellent for developing glute strength and size when performed correctly. It should also be noted that due to the types of muscle fibres that make up the glutes, in most people they will respond well to a varied stimulus of moderate and high weights as well as low, moderate, and high numbers of sets and repetitions. So for those interested in lifting heavy weights as well as those more focussed on their endurance training there is no reason to stray too far from your usual habits. Put into practice, glute training can be added to your programme either as part of a lower limb session or a core session. Within that session, start with some mobility exercises and foam rolling through the hip flexors followed by some glute ‘activation’ exercises such as Miniband bridges and crab walking, finished off with some weighted hip thrusts, single leg squats, and walking lunges.


For more information on glute training or for help with an injury or training issue, contact Function Jigsaw via phone (0116 340 0255), email (info@ functionjigsaw.co.uk) or via social media (@ functionjigsaw) to talk to one of their expert therapists.

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Feature /// Dog health

Home alone 2

Learning to be left alone is an essential life skill for dogs. In the second part, Bobs Broadbent looks at before, during and after time alone for various reasons a dog may seek reassurance whilst being alone, for example, after a disturbance of some kind, such as, a noise from outside, a visitor to the door or the phone ringing. By introducing something visual, such as a mat or towel and placing it in the middle of the room, by the door or in front of a crate, it can act like a post-it note with a message that says ‘back soon’. It’s very important that whatever is used is never left down when there is company in the house and it needs to always be put down just before leaving. It’s this specific usage that gives your dog the right association with it because it only happens when they are on their own and therefore becomes a prompt to remind your dog that everything is okay and he should settle down again until you return.


4. Be calm to be kind

1.Leave your dog tired and ready to relax

A dog that has been well exercised and had all their essential needs met will settle better, so ensure that your daily routine always allows for this prior to leaving your dog. When there is evidence of destruction, it can often relate to boredom so this needs to be addressed and exercise will often help towards getting rid of excess energy whilst leaving toys and activities for your dog will offer purposeful stimulation. Dogs at any age, but particularly young dogs that are left repeatedly for many hours, are likely to become unsettled when left and utilizing the services of a professional dog walker to exercise and replenish any activities can help to relieve long periods alone. Younger dogs are more likely to chew because of the physical changes in the mouth and keeping them in a safe area within the home is highly recommended. If your dog is experiencing some problems, this is the first area to address.

2. Film and see what your dog is up to

It’s really easy with the use of a smart phone to video your dog and see how he’s coping. There are now Apps, such as the Dog Monitor that can be used to watch your dog whilst you are out. This is particularly important because some

dogs don’t leave evidence of their stress by fouling or being destructive they simply pace up and down and internalize their anxiety. This anxious behaviour is extremely disturbing for your dog but can go unnoticed because of the lack of disruption when you return. Seeing how your dog behaves when you are out will give you peace of mind or action you to deal with what you see, and if your dog hasn’t learned to accept spending time alone, it is very important that there is no punishment when you return. Whether anxiety or boredom, the cause of the problem needs to be addressed rather than the symptom and any telling off will not stop this from happening again. Also, if your dog is reprimanded when you return home, he will not connect this with the mess made earlier in the day, thus your actions will not only be ineffective but will have a detrimental effect on how your dog perceives you when you return to the house. If all is well you can feel reassured that you have done a good job!

3. Leave a note to say ‘back soon’

Dogs don’t have the same understanding of time in hours, minutes and seconds, in the way we do, so they don’t ‘clock-watch’ and tend to stay settled once they are happy being left. However,

Avoid long lasting departures or excitable returns. Be organised and systematic – your dog will learn the chain of events that lead up to you leaving so will already be accepting of what’s going to happen, therefore, allow him a guilt-free exit. If you have built up a good association around your departure he should be waiting for the fun to begin (see last month’s Part 1 of this article), so set the scene, place the ‘note’ in the form of a mat on the floor, offer the cue for your dog to get busy and then leave. Much is said about ignoring a dog when returning but this isn’t necessary, however, a composed greeting to acknowledge you’re back and reunited avoids boisterous, over-excited behaviour developing. First actions should be to pick up the special mat and put it ready to use the next time you leave your dog, followed by a calm, heartfelt hello that makes both of you feel good to be back in each others company! Since dogs tend to recharge their batteries when resting, heading out for another energy busting walk will help shake of any cabin-fever and provide some long awaited un-divided attention, ready for a relaxed evening. Learning to be home alone is an essential life skill that dogs need to be taught and good preparation and practice from an early age will set them in good stead for the rest of their life. If you encounter any problems, such difficulties tend to worsen rather than improve on their own, and therefore it’s recommended you seek the help of a dog behaviourist (www.apbc.org.uk). Bobs Broadbent is the founder of Dogknows (dogknows.co.uk). You can join her on Facebook or Twitter

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Feature /// Great walks

Braceborough, Greatford and Shillingthorpe Step back in time with this stroll to peaceful Shillingthorpe. By Will Hetherington Photography: Will Hetherington

Difficulty rating (out of five)


Park in Braceborough down by the Old Hall. This is also the dead end lane that leads to the church and it’s a very quiet part of this already peaceful little village on the road to nowhere except Wilsthorpe. Take the footpath in the south west corner of this area and follow it across two flat arable fields and when you get to Greatford walk along the road until you take the right turn into Greatford Gardens. Follow the road with the church and the West Glen river on your left hand side. Keep going until you pick up the footpath leading out

of the village down the left hand side of a house. The path now runs through the woods behind Greatford Hall for 400 yards and while you can’t see much of this stunning old house you get the idea of the scale of the gardens. At the end of the woods it’s a right turn and then up a slight incline before turning left and crossing a couple of fields on the way up to Shillingthorpe. There used to be a big house in this now deserted old park and woodland but it was pulled down after the Second World War when it served as a convalescence home. The parkland is now used mainly for cattle grazing but the walls of the old garden remain along with a few ruins which have been enveloped by greenery over the years. It’s a peaceful spot with some sad echoes of former glories but definitely worth a wander. But for this walk the path will bring you on to

the main track which runs through the woodland and here you take a right and then very shortly afterwards bear right to head north. You will pass Banthorpe Wood on your left and then head north west on the path with wide open views over the fens out to the east. On a clear day you can see a long way from here and you will feel like you are on the last piece of elevated land before here and mainland Europe, and you probably are. This path leads down to the Greatford to Carlby road which you cross and then walk along the road back into Braceborough. Clockwise, from above

Shillingthorpe Park and Banthorpe Wood offer peace and a sense of distance from modern life; Braceborough is the start and end point of this walk; Braceborough church; the first part of the walk crosses a couple of flat fields between Braceborough and Greatford

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➛ ESSENTIAL INFORMATION Where to park: In Braceborough down by the Old Hall and the church. Distance and time: Three miles/one hour. Highlights Braceborough and Greatford are both attractive villages and Shillingthorpe is a peaceful old park with some echoes of its grand past. Lowlights Not much wrong with this walk apart from the last stretch on the road back into Braceborough, but it’s hardly a busy route. Refreshments The Hare & Hounds in Greatford is a nice pub which serves food, or the Five Horseshoes in Barholm. The pooch perspective Plenty of opportunity for a good run and if it’s a hot day you can get down to the river in Shillingthorpe Park for a cool off. For your own safety and navigation make sure you have an OS map with you when you go out walking. You won’t regret it.

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More than 600 trade stand exhibitors are accommodated in an exclusive camping area, known as the Deer Leap Park during the event.


In 2013, the FEI officials travelled more than 2,500 miles collectively to officiate at the event.


Andrew Nicholson and Avebury (pictured above) are the first partnership ever to win the event two years in succession.


540 aces of the beautiful Burghley parkland is used during the horse trials.


More than 100 acres and 14,000 miles of rope is used to designate the car parks. Since Dubarry took over the sponsorship of the Burghley Young Event Horse Series in 2009, there have been over 6,600 entries.


22,277 square meters of tentage is used to create structures such as the main arena grandstand and trade stands – that’s enough to cover 919 tennis courts!


450 horses will grace the Burghley fields over the weekend.

Eat, Drink & Be Merry with us! Enjoy every Sunday – Thursday from 6 – 7 pm. Delight in two main courses including a bottle of house wine for £25 from our dedicated EDM menu.

Meet us at Burghley Fine Food Market. Sunday 30th – Monday 31st August and Saturday 28th – Sunday 29th November. Love a local scotch egg with a twist? Join us, sample and buy our home produced, scrumptious scotch eggs. Varieties available: Traditional, full English, Sunday roast, pork apple and Stilton, and goat’s cheese and sundried tomatoes. RRP £3.75

The Bull & Swan at Burghley Tel: 01780 766412 www.thebullandswan.co.uk

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1.5 tonnes of ice is used on Saturday by the competition department alone, not including that used by the catering outlets, members and hospitality.

The winning prize money at the first Event in 1961 was £150. Today the winner will take home £62,000.



The Queen last attended Burghley Horse Trials in 1971 – the year in which her daughter HRH Princess Anne and Doublet became European champions.

Approximately 5,185 jumps are jumped collectively by all competitors during the Event week – that doesn’t include practice and warm up fences. Did you know? The average age of the top five horses in 1961 was just eight years old. In contrast, the average age of the top five horses in 2013 was 13.


The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials has won L’Anne Hippique Best Event of the Year (Eventing) Award seven times! More than any other international Three Day Event in the world.


More than 50 medical officers are on duty during the course of the Event; covering both the public and the competition.




Simon Grieve from Oakham will be competing again this year


Andrew Nicholson has completed Burghley Horse Trials a record 32 times! Meaning he has jumped more than 1,500 cross country fences at Burghley!


It takes more than 800 officials and volunteers to run cross country day alone..


More than 3,000 riders from 38 different countries have started the event since its inception in 1961.


There are more than 2,000 signs that have to be positioned and erected for the Horse Trials weekend, that includes those you see within the showground and the external traffic signs.


In 1961 there were just 66 tradestands at the event. Today there are more than 600.

Umbrellas – hopefully there won’t be any in sight!

Delicatessen Fine Wines Coffee Shop Post Office, Now Open!! 9am till 5pm Mon/Fri. Saturday mornings till 1pm We keep Euros in stock. Top up your mobile phone Service with a smile!

Bakery There are daily deliveries of artisan breads from Hambletons Bakery, winner of Britain’s Best Baker, with special orders taken, given three days notice

Delicatessen Coffee Shop A wide range of chutneys, dressings and jams. Sugar free and gluten free produce in stock. The renowned Grasmere Farms meat, pork pies, haslet, hams etc all reared locally

A variety of coffees are available, using only the finest coffee beans. Filled rolls, fresh home made cakes are available and ice cream. Come relax in the coffee shop with free WIFI and daily papers.

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BURGHLEY HORSE TRIALS SPECIAL OFFER! Come join us for live music with food being served all day Saturday and Sunday and Prosecco at ÂŁ15 all weekend


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The first Burghley Horse Trials in 1961 welcomed 12,000 visitors. In 2013 we welcomed 160,000 visitors over the four days


It takes woodhouse of Nottingham 6,500 man hours to erect and dismantle more than a mile of tradestands, plus stables, flooring, seating and fencing. The company has been a supplier to the horse trials since 1962.


The highest number of cross country penalties ever recorded was 579.0.

The Burghley Horse Trials office staff have amassed almost 120 years of experience between them.


Zara Phillips came second at her Burghley debut in 2003 and 10th in 2011 on her Olympic mount High Kingdom.

Local children will also have the opportunity to audition to become a Rugby World Cup 2015 mascot at the event. Auditions (for seven to 13 year-olds) will take place on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Land Rover Experience area where they will have to complete one of three tasks: sing their national anthem, offer a piece of advice they would give to the captain before he runs out for Rugby World Cup 2015, or say how they would welcome a visiting team to England. Spectators will also have the chance to get up close with the Webb Ellis Trophy and World Cup winner Jason Robinson will also be present. The final rugby-themed element of this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials comprises a bespoke cross-country fence (pictured le), created by Burghley’s eminent course designer captain Mark Philips. For details visit www.burghley-horse.co.uk or follow @LandRover_UK on Twitter.



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The Black Horse, Elton Will and Matt revisit an old favourite local pub which has recently changed ownership Will I can’t think how many years it is since I came in here – probably when I last played cricket in the grounds of the big house about 20 years ago. But I gather there has been a lot of work done in the last two or three years and this bar area certainly seems like it’s been quite recently refurbished. Either way it’s got enough people in it to create a buzz and there can’t be too many more attractive pub buildings around. It almost lures you in as you drive past. Matt We come here occasionally from the office on the outskirts of Peterborough. In fact that’s where I’ve just come from and I can confirm it doesn’t take long when there’s a pint waiting after a long day in front of a computer screen. And this Fool’s Nook from Digfield Ales is just the ticket – light, clean and tasty. Will Yes, shame we both drove though because we won’t be able to try the wine list as landlord Salvatore suggested. He has made quite a few changes since he started in April. The permanent marquee out the back seats 100 and this pub must have one of the biggest beer gardens in the land. Matt With a conference room upstairs and a number of dining areas downstairs there’s tremendous capacity but I’m starving after

hitting the gym this morning before work and eating like a supermodel all day. So that starter of potted salmon with toasted bread was a decent sized portion and really enjoyable too. Will My mushroom fricassee on toasted brioche with a poached egg on top would probably suffice as a main course for some. Admittedly I’m not one of them, but you get the point. Matt There are plenty of other diners in here this evening so the food must have a good reputation. And I don’t have any complaints about my main course of rump of lamb with a potato fondant and greens (£15.95). A decent rich jus ensured there was plenty of flavour and it wasn’t too dry. Will Yes it looked good that, but not as good as my braised crispy bork belly with a wholegrain mustard mash, celeriac puree and a sweet apple and cider jus (£12.95). That really was a good plate of food and I suspect I will have to do some serious exercise tomorrow to make up for that. And no pudding for me tonight – definitely. Matt Well, well, well – that didn’t take much persuading did it. As soon as Salvatore said 'a very popular lemon posset' your eyes lit up and I sensed that iron will evaporating.

Will OK Rocky– didn’t take much arm-twisting for you to order the panna cotta either! And I doubt it’s as good as this posset. Salvatore wasn’t exaggerating – it’s really fresh with lots of juicy zest. Matt I just didn’t want you to feel guilty about eating a pudding alone and for the record the panna cotta was very good too. That was a good meal all round and in a nice atmosphere to boot. The chef is only 24 but he’s certainly putting out some decent food and all at a reasonable price. I think Salvatore has done his research and he has clearly made a big effort to build a rapport with the locals which is vital in any village pub. Will It was good to hear that the Black Horse has an events manager too because with the conference room upstairs, the beer garden and decking area and the marquee out the back this lovely pub already caters for all sorts of functions. With a progressive attitude the sky’s the limit… Now, how much is that gym membership?

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Ellie wins Rutland Open Fifteen-year old Ellie Haughton won the Rutland Junior Open with a gross 71 to take first prize of a family day out at Drayton Manor Theme Park. Playing off a handicap of 11, Ellie’s nett 60 also took first place for the nett prize. The Rutland Junior Open, hosted at Greetham Valley Golf Club, witnessed a superb display of golf from a strong field of talented junior golfers. Prizes were offered for the top three in both the gross and nett competitions as well as nearest the pin prizes: Gross winners 1st Ellie Haughton (Greetham Valley) 71 2nd Sanjay Nithiyalingham (Burghley Park) 75 3rd Joe Carr (Burghley Park) 77 Nett winners 1st Ellie Haughton (Greetham Valley) 60 2nd Joe Carr (Burghley Park) 61 3rd Tom Haynes (Greetham Valley) 63 Nearest the pin winners Ellie Haughton (Greetham Valley) 3rd 8th Luc Affleck (Greetham Valley) 13th Ben Templeman (Thorney Lakes) 16th Tom Mowforth (Burghley Park) Sponsor Kay Batley was present with Greetham Valley junior organisers Liz and Darren Haughton, to hand out the prizes. The event was a great success, benefitting from the superb presentation of The Valley course by the greens staff and the excellent array of prizes. Juniors interested in participating in the event next year should contact Liz or Darren to register their interest now.

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Ellie receives her prize from Kay Batley

Stamford bowlers offer newcomers a go The role of bowls in the community is well recognised with the success of players from the Stamford area in county and national competitions as well as the game’s ability to attract participants of all ages for social recreation. Stamford Indoor Bowls Club is at the heart of the sport locally and on successive Saturday mornings (September 19 & 26) will host open sessions with a team of newly qualified coaches and experienced bowlers to give newcomers a taste of the sport at its state of the art six-rink stadium off Exeter Gardens. The club, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, has been recognised by Lincolnshire as one of the potential hot spots of the sport and the county’s bowls

development co-ordinator, will be among those attending one of the sessions to monitor its recent success. Bob Warters, the club’s press officer and president for the 2015-16 season, said: “Despite the publicity the club attracts there are still those oblivious to the facility and what it can offer. Bowls

provides competition and recreation for hundreds of sportsmen and sportswoman throughout the year, both outdoors and indoors. “But at Stamford IBC, while the club has a growing reputation for producing quality bowlers at county and national level, it’s not just about the competition. It is

about maximising the first class facility we are fortunate to run as volunteers, by providing the opportunity for everyone - from nine to 90 years of age - to participate in a sport which is both relaxing and challenging. “It is also a venue that will provide companionship for those left alone by a variety of circumstances. Many have told us what a lifeline it provides for those on their own,” he said. For its open mornings in September, visitors who wish to try their hand will be supplied with all equipment and coaching is free of charge. Both sessions are available from 9.30am until noon.  For further information call 01780 721411 or visit www. stamfordindoorbowls.co.uk.

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Don’t miss Rutland Day 2015 For the second year running, Discover Rutland Day brings you the sensational sports arena alongside other stall holders and attractions. On Saturday, September 12, located around the Rugby World Cup posts at Sykes Lanes Rutland Water, Active Rutland in partnership with Active and Anglian Water provide visitors with the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of different sports and physical activities including yoga, football, Nordic walking and tennis amongst other mini challenges such as tug of war, drop kick challenge and old school sports day activities. There will be something different on offer every half an hour from a variety of local sports clubs, fitness instructors and activity providers from 10am to 4pm with a chance to speak to instructors for further information. There are also lots of other stalls and displays showcasing what is best about Rutland, with excellent food and drink plus great family day entertainment. The day will include cooking demonstrations from Rutland’s top chefs, a range of local foods to purchase including cakes, breads, meats and cheeses, locally brewed beer to enjoy and live music.  For more information on Discover Rutland Day, visit www.discover-rutland.co.uk.

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A feast of rugby beckons locally and internationally BY JEREMY BESWICK


hat a feast of rugby we have coming our way this year – internationally, nationally and locally. With the World Cup from September 18, Tigers appointing a new head coach and our neighbourhood clubs with some intriguing fixtures, there’s plenty to look forward to with relish. If England are to be world champions again they will have to do it the hard way. The cliché ‘group of death’ could have been invented for Pool A, but worse follows should we go through in second place. If you’re a bit of an anorak like me you’ll already have worked out from the draw that if we don’t head the group it means we’ll almost certainly meet France and then New Zealand before even making the final, so Stuart Lancaster’s men will have to hit the road running. Closer to home at Welford Road, Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill (exhooker) and newly-appointed Head Coach Aaron Mauger (ex-centre) seem to be heading

for an interesting working relationship. I predict the old ‘us and them’ mentality of backs versus forwards is set to be writ large. Scrum half Sam Harrison may have inadvertently lit the blue touch paper by claiming Mauger was “teaching us how to pass again”. Mauger was then quoted as saying “(We will) be playing with aggression and creating opportunities to not only get the ball back, but to score from them. It will be a different mentality and we will be looking at ways in which we can score tries” Cockerill then piped up a few days later “We are not going to play like Canterbury Crusaders (Mauger’s previous club) because the Premiership is a different competition and Aaron has different players at his disposal”. It seems power struggles aren’t restricted to the scrum! There’s plenty to hold our interest on our doorsteps as well. This will be Stoneygate’s third year at their new home at Uppingham’s Community College and Captain Cillian Brugha told me

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it’s been a success with well attended fixtures. He found it hard to predict how this season will pan out. “We’ve been promoted the last couple of years and, given also that the powers that be have re-jigged the league structure for this year, we’ll be playing a lot of sides who are unknown quantities to us” he told me, quoting the second teams of Vipers and Loughborough as examples “But it should mean we get regular rugby as some opponents were pulling out last time around.” There’ll be new faces in their own side too. “We’ve a number of new recruits – both youngsters and some older guys who haven’t played for years and want to get back into it. The majority are local lads, which is great as it helps us integrate even more into the local community which is our aim”. Recruitment is ongoing and anyone interested in playing should contact Cillian at cillian.brugha@ gmail.com. Stamford will be hoping they can replicate the form they showed in the final few games of last season rather than what preceded it, as

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a change in coaching staff brought about a glorious and unlikely escape from relegation. The ‘new’ coaching team (it’s actually more like a return to the status quo ante) of David Laventure and Matt Albinson say they have “difficult decisions” to make about their starting line up. Reading between the lines it seems they’re keen to reward those who show the right attitude and dedication in training – a conundrum not unknown to other clubs as well. The second and back rows are particular areas where it’s unclear what the best combination is. Owing to Bakewell Mannerians having pitch problems, Stamford’s first three matches are all at home; Spalding in the cup on September 5 and then Bakewell and Coalville the following two Saturdays. Oakham’s future looks bright with their under 17s reaching the National Cup Midlands Division semi-final last term. Many of the colts broke through to the first team as well, including Callum Crellin, Nick


The Rugby World Cup’s on tour all around the country, and beyond, before its arrival at Twickenham for the opening ceremony. Rutland’s turn came on August 13 and to mark the event Oakham Rugby Club gathered in the Market Square for ‘Run the Ball’– a 15-mile sponsored run in aid of the Air Ambulance. Council leader Roger Begy was there to see them off as Lisa McLoughlin did sterling work with her charity bucket. The route passed through Langham, Burley, Cottesmore, Exton and Empingham before arriving at its rendezvous with the Webb Ellis Cup at Normanton. The event was organised by Barbara Crellin, pictured with club president Keith Crellin.

Houghton and John Mitchell, so it will be fascinating to see how this pans out and if they can manage to successfully blend the experienced heads with their youthful talent. After finishing mid-table last year, which was their debut in the South section of the league, they can look forward to a season where they now know more about their opponents and with the confidence that there is no one they can’t beat on their day. Stamford College Old Boys made good progress last season and will be trying to keep that momentum up. Captain John Hickman reckoned they needed “Just that little bit more composure, to be more clinical but we’re training really well and are on the up.” Deepings are one of the area’s friendliest clubs and if their season is anywhere near as successful as their recent beer festival they’ll be pushing for promotion rather than finishing close to the bottom as they did last year. The Ladies team – Deepings Devils – will

look to consolidate their occupation of Midlands 2 following their relatively successful debut at that level. Back at Welford Road, Tigers will be opening their campaign in the new Kings of the North tournament during September. Recognising many of their players will be on international duty at the World Cup, this will be an opportunity for them – and opponents Sale and Newcastle – to blood new talent. The teams will play each other both home and away, with points awarded in the same way as in the Premiership. At the end of the round robin, one team will be crowned the Kings of the North and will win the Richard III Cup. Enjoy the World Cup and if your enthusiasm for rugby is rekindled as a result then do seek out your local rugby club. If there’s a charge at all (most don’t) it’ll be nominal, you’ll be able to get close to the action and mingle with the players in the bar afterwards. You’ll be doing your bit for the community too. What could be better?

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Mixed fortunes at the start of the season BY DEAN CORNISH


ew Stamford fans will ever forget the dramatic end to last season. Needing a win to stay up, at half time they were 2-0 down at home to their nearest relegation rivals, Witton Albion. If Witton won or drew, they stayed up. If they lost, Stamford stayed up. The next 45 minutes will go down in folklore with the Daniels battling back to win 3-2 and remain in the Evo Stik Premier Division for the 3rd season on the trot. Stamford didn’t so much flirt with relegation, but fully went on a date and ended up back at her house. So will this season be any different? Firstly, it’s worth reiterating that Stamford are playing at the highest level they’ve ever played at. They certainly don’t have a divine right to be at Step 3 of the non-league pyramid, and David Staff deserves credit for keeping them up in the last two seasons. In the last two seasons, I’ve predicted that Stamford would stay up (just) and that’s exactly the way it’s been. This season though, I have to admit feeling worried about Sourced from our 50their year old

prospects of staying in the division. Last season, they started the league campaign in superb fashion, winning their opening 5 games and riding high at the top of the league. Those 15 points were crucial in keeping them in the league. This season, the start hasn’t been quite so positive, with 3 defeats in their opening 3 games, and more worryingly, a defence so leaky that even Delilah’s bucket would be embarrassed. Stamford started the campaign away at Nantwich, and it all seemed to be going so well when they raced into a 2-0 lead. Nantwich pulled it back to 2 all, before Greg Smith gave Stamford a 3-2 lead with 30 minutes to go. Stamford fans must have been dreaming of a great away win to start the season, only for the home side to then score 4 times in the remaining minutes and win by 6 goals to 3. Up next, was Stamford’s first home game of the season, and with it being against perennial strugglers Rushall Olympic, Stamford fans were confident of picking up the first points of sustainable woodland

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the season. Stamford’s home form last year in the new ground was woeful, but having got the metaphoric monkey of their back with their first league win at the new ground at the end of the season, David Staff would have hoped for a change of fortunes at the Zeeco stadium. Alas, they went behind within just 4 minutes. Thankfully, they rallied, showed great spirit, and finished the 1st half 2-1 up thanks to goals from Jordan Smith and last year’s top scorer Ryan Robbins. Sadly though, late goals were once again the undoing of the Daniels with the visitors scoring twice in the last 20 minutes to take all points in a 3-2 win. The Daniels then hosted Ashton United on a sweltering day at the Zeeco. Once again, the Daniels went behind early on, and then showed character and to 2-1 at half time. Sadly though, you can probably guess what came next, as Stamford wilted in the heat to let a 3-1 lead slip and lose 4-3, the visitors controversially scoring the winner in the 95th minute.


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To be fair, there are plenty of positives to take from the season so far. The Daniels have scored 8 goals in 3 games, and they will be pleased to see their strikers getting on the scoresheet regularly, with Greg Smith (2), Jordan Smith (2) and Ryan Robbins bagging 5 between them. New signing Andy Hall has also scored 2 goals and his form could be crucial for Stamford this season. He was a key player and a fan’s favourite during his previous spell at the club, and if he stays in form, he could be pivotal. The problem quite patently is the fact that scoring 8 goals in 3 games isn’t good enough if you concede 13. It is also worrying how many goals have been conceded in the last 20 minutes. Is there a fitness problem with Staff’s side? Overall, Stamford do have a good squad. They’ve kept their key players from last season, the goal keeper Richard Knight is getting fantastic reviews, and signings like Andy Hall should make the side an attractive proposition to watch. Staff is said to be aiming for 60 points this season; a total which would put them in the top half of the table. It seems optimistic and I predict a tough season ahead culminating in relegation.

Meanwhile, it’s a much more positive story at Blackstones this season after a couple of years in the doldrums in the United Counties League Division One. With ex Langtoft manager Phil Gadsby now at the helm, the Stones seem much better placed to mount a possible challenge for promotion back to the UCL Premier Division. The Stones have picked up 6 points from their opening 5 games, including a 3-2 away win against Burton Park Wanderers. That win was Phil Gadsby’s first win in charge of the club, and ended a run of 8 months without a league win for the Stones. I predict a season of consolidation for Blackstones, with a top 8 finish a decent return after their recent poor seasons. Oakham United have joined Blackstones in Step 5 of the non-league pyramid after their Peterborough league championship win last season. So far, they seem to have made the step up with relative ease, picking up 8 points from 5 games, and sitting pretty in 4th spot in the table. They won their opening 2 games at the new level against Buckingham Town (5-2) and 3-0 away at Wellingborough before then faltering 2-1 at home to Olney Town. After an

entertaining 2 all draw in the local derby against Bourne Town, Wayne Oldaker’s side then drew 3 all at home to St Neots Saints. Overall, it looks like Oakham will continue their upward progression as a club, and I fancy them to finish in the top 6 before mounting a title challenge next season. In the Peterborough League Premier Division, the area’s representatives this season will be newly promoted Ketton FC, as well as regulars Uppingham Town. Ketton have also so far made light work of the step up in level by accruing 10 points from their first 6 games, with the highlight being an absurd 8-1 away win at Uppingham. They’ve also beaten Netherton, Stanground, and Sawtry whilst only losing away at Peterborough ICA and at home to the ever strong Moulton Horrox. I can’t see Ketton making a title challenge, but top 8 is certainly within their grasp, which would be a fantastic effort in the Premier Division. As for Uppingham, the disastrous reverse to Ketton and a 4-0 home defeat to Holbeach United have meant their season hasn’t started well, although they have picked up 4 points following a win over Crowland and a draw at home to Thorney on the opening day of the season. Hopefully form will improve for Uppingham, but unfortunately I could see them getting dragged into a relegation battle this season. In Division One, the Stamford Bels have made a slow start to the season after their return to this division following their wonderful play off win last season. In their 1st season in the last 25 years without Martin Conneely as manager, the Bels have won 1, drawn 1 and lost 3 of their opening 5 games. I forecast that the Bels will stay clear of relegation, but will finish in the bottom half of the table after their return to Division One. The newly formed Stamford Lions meanwhile have started better with away wins at Netherton and Kings Cliffe, and a superb 5-0 away win at Wittering. The side formed from the sides of Ryhall United, and still managed by James Sheehan, won those 3 games, and lost the other one 2-1 away at Spalding United reserves. I predict a top 4 finish and a tilt at promotion. Either way, it’s sure to be another fantastic season of football. If you’ve never watched Stamford AFC before, give them a try. It’s a lot cheaper than the football league, and you’ll be surprised at the quality on show.

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n the day England beat Australia at Trent Bridge to take an unassailable lead in the series, largely as a result of Oakham School old boy Stuart Broad taking 8 for 15, Rutland’s own version of the Ashes took place that same afternoon at the Lime Kilns as Oakham Town faced long-standing rivals Uppingham. With the visitors above the hosts in the table and having already won the corresponding fixture at Castle Hill, anything less than a convincing performance by the Oaks would ensure loud bragging rights for Jamie Dumford’s men for another year, so there was much to play for. In bright sunshine Oaks’ Richard Martin won the toss and it was no surprise that he elected to bat. Perhaps the tense situation was affecting both sides as the normally reliable Uppingham fielders allowed byes, no balls and overthrows to contribute a significant proportion of the 26 that came from the first three overs.

BY JEREMY BESWICK Vik Naker was first to fall, unluckily adjudged LBW, but his opening partner Cameron Flowers was more fortunate, being dropped on 21. Bhavin Shuklar was out cheaply, comprehensively bowled by Colin Bartram’s third ball which brought Calvin Flowers to the crease to partner his younger brother with the score at 64 for 2. They were to add 52 runs before Cameron was out for 44 from 55 balls, caught by Jules Bramachan off Patrick Latham. Captain Martin was in optimistic mood by now, “Pleased with the start” he said “Much better than last week” but the new electronic scoreboard, perhaps anticipating the hard work it would have to do during the rest of Calvin’s innings, was sulking and protested by refusing to show overs bowled. As he cranked up the run rate Uppingham chose to contain, their field so widely spread that some of them were in danger of invading Lincolnshire. However, how well you protect the boundary is of little relevance if the batsman is going to hit towering sixes and this

was the route Flowers Major increasingly took as umpires were sent scurrying to the clubhouse to find replacement balls - and cars, roofs, windows and greenhouses found themselves in serious peril. Flowers’ fifty came in the 27th over, as did the 150 total, and he was to go on to add another 99 runs to finish 149 not out off only 107 balls out of Oakham’s total of 301. It was one of the finest displays of aggressive batting I’ve seen in a long time. Captain Martin said “It’s a good wicket and anything under 250 would have been below par, but on the other hand I would have settled for that total at the beginning”. Listening to the Uppingham side as they retired to the clubhouse for tea it was clear they agreed and felt they were still in the match, in spite of showing some grudging respect for Flowers by suggesting he should be playing at a higher level. Oakham’s bowlers had some early success Continues over

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Cricket with openers Jamie Dumford and Martin Bennett both dismissed relatively cheaply but never looked like troubling Jamie Richardson, who would have been the game’s star batsman on almost any other day. Although others fell around him his total of 111 not out saved the day for Uppingham who, as they became concerned about wickets tumbling, seemed to settle for the losing draw to finish on 235 for 7. Perhaps the most telling statistic is the number of runs scored in the last five overs of each innings. Oakham, with Calvin Flowers in full sail, 76 (i.e just over 15 an over). Uppingham, in the doldrums, with just 18 in all five. The result meant the visitors dropped out of the two promotion slots and Oakham rose to fourth, right on their heels. Congratulations are due to Uppingham though for their hosting of the Barmy Cricket Challenge and Family Fun Day the following week in aid of The Lords Taverners, the visitors being fulsome in praise of the club and the day they put on, and they remain in the title chase in the Sunday Rutland League. More batting heroics over at Stamford where Andrew Hulme is the new holder of the record for highest score with an outstanding 213 not out, ably assisted by opening partner Chris Bore. No slouch himself, Bore got 159 as the first wicket partnership put on just over 300 runs. Nassington’s young team were the unlucky bowling side, but Hulme saw enough to have encouraging words for their potential as they gain experience. An honourable mention in dispatches is also due to Bourne skipper Peter Morgan, whose 80 not out in just 48 balls was too good for Market Rasen, and to Market Deeping’s John McDougall, who made his third hundred in a row. Nb Darren Lehmann: As far as I am aware, none of the aforementioned are qualified to play for Australia.

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Our Rutland Cycling/Specialized bike winner has completed her incredible London to Paris challenge. Here’s how she did it... It’s 7am, Wednesday, July 22, and I’m at The Clarendon Hotel in London. In four days I will be in Paris. There is just the minor detail of getting there, by cycling 305 miles on Ruby, raising money for Action Medical Research. We arrived at the Clarendon the evening before and within 30 minutes half a dozen people had come up to me and having voted for me were now able to congratulate me on winning the bike in the Active competition. Day one, London to Dover/Calais 84.74 miles More than 200 cyclists head out of London to Dover. This first day was to be our longest, covering just under 85 miles. The hills, and there were some tough ones, certainly tested us and I am pleased to say I conquered every one without getting off Ruby. Cycling down the hill into Dover was amazing. To know I had succeeded in finishing the first day was a real boost that I would be able to do this. Day two. Calais to Arras 77.61 miles Today’s ride appeared to be more undulating than hilly. The elevation gain today was 1,216 metres with an average speed of 12.24 mph. Cycling through the countryside and seeing some of the war memorials was amazing. We arrived at Arras and that evening we all had dinner together and had more opportunity to socialise and get to know each other. Day three. Arras to Compiègne 81.05 miles. A gentle day with regard to hills, an elevation gain of just 868 metres. An average speed of 12.56 mph. Today was an opportunity to take in some of the scenery with some stops at various landmarks. We visited the Thiepval Memorial and Anglo-French Cemetery and the site of The Battle of the Somme. It put what we were doing into perspective somewhat... Day four. Compiègne to Paris 62.4 miles ur final day, and it has come round far too quickly. I really don’t want this journey to be over. As we cycled towards Paris my emotions became heightened as I started to appreciate just what I had achieved by completing this amazing challenge. We cycled round the Arc de Triomphe, down the Champs Élysées to the Eiffel Tower. Our support riders and vehicles ensured we had a clear journey as we cycled as a peloton with shouts of encouragement from people as we passed. It was an amazing experience. I’ve managed to raise over £1,900 for Action Medical Research. I want to thank everyone who voted for me win Ruby to help to make this wonderful challenge become a reality.

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