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Stamford & Rutland’s sport and lifestyle magazine

Go Blackberrying Spot a Gadwall Get the right vitamins

Fall Guys and Girls! A super sporting summer ends but autumn always delivers too

new season ies, drink, activit n io sports, fash and fitness

Will’s Walk

Burghley Horse Trials The region’s biggest sporting event


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Editor’s Letter I WAS WATCHING THE BRITISH MEN’S CYCLING sprint team, Katherine Grainger rowing and numerous other unfancied competitors at the Olympics, and it got me thinking: we’re really not a nation of underachievers any more, are we? Our footballers aside, the same old story of British sportsmen and women turning up to big events and losing in either humiliating or heroic fashion is far less prevalent. Post-Hoy, the cycling sprint team have been a mess for the past four years, yet they turned up at Rio and just blew the competition away. Katherine Grainger took two years off after London, got into a boat with a new partner and nothing went right – until they hit the water for the final and nearly won an improbable gold. Of course there will be disappointments and performances that don’t come up to the expected level – that’s sport for you – but other nations must now think of us as they think of the Americans or Germans. That we turn up expecting to win, and often do, even if we weren’t the favourites or have had no form or fitness. So much of sport is mental, especially at the highest level. And over the last decade, the British sporting mindset has changed. In a test series, our cricketers expect to win every game, not sack their captain and use 23 players. Even the rugby team went to Australia and won every match. An essential element of the mindset change is a generational thing: a lot of the people running British sport are now professionals, who have come through professional eras and think like professionals. As late as the 1990s most sport in Britain was run by clubable old public school types who were faintly embarrassed by those try-hard new nations and their steely will to win at games we invented. But the amateurism of British sport has been banished and with it has gone the notion of taking part for its own sake. Now we take part with a laser-eyed focus to win. It’s great to see. One final thing. You may have noticed a lack of column inches on the progress of Chris, our esteemed publisher, and his Joe Wicks 90-day fitness plan. It was all going swimmingly and Chris was dropping dress sizes like a fanatical bride-to-be, until he broke his thumb playing cricket. This apparently curtailed all ability to exercise and cook healthy food, and so the experiment has been put on hold until the offending digit is back to full fitness. He shall return to the regime, we promise.

Enjoy the issue! 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, Jeremy Beswick, Julia Dungworth Photographers Nico Morgan, Pip Warters Production assistant Gary Curtis Advertising sales Lisa Withers lisa@theactivemag.com Sarah Stillman sarah@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

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12 HOW TO...

Make the perfect blackberry crumble


Another tasty recipe from Riverford Organic


Ideas and advice from celebrity chef James Martin


Stamford Rugby Club’s physio Sarah Moczuk


Great things to do locally for all the family

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Get the most from your visit to the horse trials


Jeremy Beswick tries open water swimming


Essential advice from Function Jigsaw


More from our nutritionist on eating healthily


Tips, products and clothing to help you look great




New season shirts for our local sides


More insight from the Sunday Times writer


We follow the Macmillan Way around Stamford


We try out The William Cecil in Stamford


Our focus on the latest achievements from local pupils

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How clubs in the area are faring

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LEADING THE WAY IN NURSERY DAY CARE You will be amazed at all a nursery can offer under one roof! We provide nappies, wipes and creams We provide bushcraft, baby massage, yoga, bilinguasing and daily movement and music classes We provide delicious home cooked food on site (menus are overseen by a Paediatric dietician)

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MAKE THE PERFECT BLACKBERRY CRUMBLE 500g blackberries 120g plain flour 2 tbsp muscovado sugar 120g butter 1 tsp cinnamon Heat the oven to 180 degrees. Put the blackberries into an oven-proof dish. Mix the flour, cinnamon and sugar together. Cut the butter into small cubes and add to the flour mix, crumbling between your fingers until you have a sand-like texture. Sprinkle the mix over the blackberries and place in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the top is golden brown.

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BLACKBERRIES Blackberry bushes (brambles) can be found in many hedgerows in the area and are hopefully laden with fruit at this time of year, meaning rich pickings for humans and wildlife. The fruit is delicious, be it in a crumble, jelly, jam or, added to alcohol, to make delicacies such as bramble vodka. Blackberries are high in fibre and vitamin C. Folklore says that blackberries should not be picked after Old Michaelmas Day (October 11) as the devil has made them unfit to eat. More realistically, the wetter, cooler weather often causes the fruit to become infected by mould, making them squashy and unpleasant to eat.

THE GADWALL The gadwall is a dabbling duck, slightly smaller than the familiar mallard. The drake initially appears grey but is attractively patterned with fine black lines and speckles. There is a black and white

patch in the wing and the tail is also black. The female is brown, similar to a female mallard, but shows a white patch in the wing. At Rutland Water and Eyebrook Reservoir, gadwalls are resident breeders with increased numbers present in winter. More than 2,000 have been counted at Rutland Water, an internationally important site. Up to a hundred visit Fort Henry ponds and they are also on Burghley Park lake and Leighfield fish ponds. Numbers have increased in Britain and across Europe, perhaps as a result of climate change and the increase in the number of gravel pits and reservoirs. Many gadwall feed with coot, pinching pieces of water plants brought to the surface by the coot as they dive for food. The nest, in thick vegetation close to the water, is lined with down and accommodates a clutch of up to 15 eggs. Gadwall are well known for producing large broods and it is not unusual to see a harassed female shepherding 10 or 12 small ducklings. Terry Mitcham

The fox Foxes belong to the dog family which includes coyotes, wolves and dingoes and are the most widespread canine in the wild. They can be found throughout the northern hemisphere and are very adaptable, colonising successfully, often in close proximity to humans. They live in family groups in dens and eat virtually anything, including scavenged scraps in dustbins. Foxes are a common sight locally and can often be seen at night, usually in the countryside but, more and more often in gardens, particularly in villages. Their blood curdling calls at night can be quite a disturbing sound. Easily recognisable by their red fur and bushy tail, they are a welcome sight for many but the bane of some people’s lives because of their propensity to get into hen houses.

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Launch on Ironmonger Street, Stamford


Francesca Alexander hair and beauty, Stamford, launched on Ironmonger Street on the 19th August 2016. Having owned and operated two salons in the Clapham Junction area of London, Francesca aims to bring the level of quality and professionalism that guests in her salons have enjoyed for the last 10 years. Francesca would like to invite you to come and meet the team and is extending an introductory offer to all new clients of 20% off their first service on either hair or beauty services.

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1 onion 2 garlic cloves 1 red pepper Oil for cooking, e.g light olive oil 2 cooking chorizos 1 vegetable stock cube 1 tomato ¼ dried chilli 75ml white wine 1 tsp smoked paprika Pinch of saffron Salt and pepper 200g calasparra rice 100g summer greens 30g parsley 1 lemon


● Peel and finely dice the onion and crush the garlic cloves. Cut the pepper in half lengthways, remove the seeds and cut into ½ cm slices. Wash the parsley and shake dry. ● Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large shallow frying pan. Remove the skins from the chorizo and crumble the meat in to the pan in rough chunks. Fry until starting to colour (1). Remove from the pan but retain the flavoured oil.

Add the onion to the pan and fry gently on a low heat for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and pepper to the onion and cook gently for a further five minutes until starting to soften (2). ●

● While the onion and peppers cook, pour 700ml of boiling water into a measuring jug. Crumble in

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the stock cube and mix well. Roughly chop the tomato and crumble ¼ of a dried chilli. Add the tomato, chilli, paprika, saffron and white wine to the pan. Simmer for five minutes to allow the wine to reduce. Season lightly.


● Add the rice, stir once or twice to coat and spread everything as thinly and evenly across the pan as you can. Tip over the stock and leave to simmer for 25 minutes. ● Check the rice every so often to make sure it isn’t drying out too much or is burning on to the bottom of the pan. Add a dash of water if needed but try to avoid excessive stirring or movement of the rice.


● While the rice cooks prepare your summer greens. Wash them well and cut the leaves away from the tough central stalks. Shred the leaves very finely. ● After 25 minutes add the chorizo and summer greens to the pan, pushing them into the rice rather than stirring (3). Cook for a further 10 minutes, checking the rice as before until it is just cooked. Cover the pan with a lid or some foil and leave to stand for five minutes.


● Finely chop the parsley leaves and cut the lemon into wedges. Add the parsley to the paella and check the seasoning. Serve with the lemon wedges.

Tip: Leave the rice as undisturbed as possible while it’s cooking so that a golden crust is formed at the bottom of the pan as the liquid absorbs the rice.

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CREATE THE PERFECT TAILGATE PICNIC TV chef James Martin is encouraging Burghley spectators to go the extra mile with their picnics this year

The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials has become almost as synomous with picnicking as it has world class equestrian sport and the Land Rover Tailgate Picnic Competition – which traditionally takes place on cross-country day – has become a popular feature among horse trial goers. It has been judged by some well-known faces, including Zara Tindall, Channel 4’s Kirstie Allsopp and TV presenter Matt Baker.

To inspire this year’s Burghley picnickers, Land Rover, whose vehicles are renowned for their famous tailgate – a feature that is commonly used as the perfect place to host a picnic, has worked with James Martin to create two picnic recipes which benefit from sitting in the back of the car for a long-distance journey. The former Saturday Kitchen presenter said: “It can be a real challenge keeping picnic food fresh when you have to travel a few hours to get to an event like the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, but these recipes are specifically designed so that they actually taste better after sitting in the back of a vehicle for a long time.” “The Burghley Bloomer is a variant of the Italian sandwich,” James explains.

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THE BURGHLEY BLOOMER Ingredients ● 1 large round loaf of bread ● 200g of pesto ● 2 balls of buffalo mozzarella, torn ● Selection of chargrilled vegetables, sliced lengthways: 1 aubergine, 2 courgettes, 2 red/yellow peppers ● 2 chicken breasts, cut into strips ● A handful of rocket leaves ● Raw red onion – sliced ● 1 beef tomato, sliced ● Salt and pepper Method 1. Cut a hole in the top of the loaf of bread and hollow it out so all you are left with is the crust and a lid. The idea being that it becomes like a container. 2. Generously spread the pesto on the base of the hollowed loaf. 3. Layer the mozzarella on top of the pesto, and then the chargrilled vegetables, followed by the chicken, rocket leaves, onions and tomatoes. 4. Season with a little bit of salt and pepper. 5. Press it down nice and flat so that you can fit as much filling as possible into the loaf. 6. Repeat steps 2-5 so that the loaf is brimming with ingredients. 7. Place the lid on top of the loaf and then wrap it tightly in cling film. 8. The longer this can be left in the cling film the better it will taste, so pack it into the picnic in the back of the car and leave it alone until you are at your picnic destination. 9. When you are ready to eat, remove the cling film and then slice it up in to chunks to serve.

“The idea of this is you do the preparation at home and bring it with you. “The longer you leave it wrapped up, the better it tastes.” He goes on to say: “Forget burgers and sausages and other burnt offerings on a barbeque – teriyaki steak is far nicer. It is wonderfully light and really simple to make.” As many dedicated event goers know, it is always a challenge to keep a picnic fresh when it has to tolerate a long car journey. As well as clever recipes like the Burghley Bloomer and teriyaki steak which are enhanced by a long car journey, James also has some useful tips (see page 21) to make sure your picnic is at its best when you arrive at an event.

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Wealth management advice that is simply par for the course

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AT LAND ROVER BURGHLEY HORSE TRIALS 2016 Meet CL’s selection of small and start-up businesses in the Makers’ Marquee (located by the Land Rover Arch), choose from products such as local rapeseed oil, hand-poured candles and bespoke gifts crafted from Leicestershire oak. EXHIBITORS INCLUDE: Ticklish Kids (children’s smocks) Brock & Morten (rapeseed oil) Worboys Shirts (fashion) Gallardo & Blaine (jeweller) By Candlelight (hand-poured candles) From the Oak Tree (bespoke wooden gifts) Glorious 12th Clothing (country fashion) Simone Micalef (jeweller) Linen Prints (art & gifts) Nick Hammond (woodturner) Plooms Pens (gifts) Kitted in Cashmere (luxurious knitwear) Tom Dickens Fine Art (art) Indigo Boo (fashion) Lucinda Frances (fashion) Quilts by Lisa Watson (homeware) Laland & Bo (fashion) My Little Wish (homeware) Bay Design (lamps and shades) Beauty Scents (lotions) Lovely Jubbly Designs (gifts) Gemma J (jeweller) By Sikora (accessories) Virginia’s Artisan Soap (beauty) Parkers Cufflinks (accessories) Jina Gelder Illustration (artist) Diana Wilson Arcana (fashion) Heather Stowell (jeweller) Sam Brown Leather (handmade leatherware) Emily Mortimer Jewellery (jeweller)

WIN A CL BEMBRIDGE WOODBURNING STOVE BY CHARNWOOD! Enjoy a cup of tea and slice of homemade cake in our vintage Daisy’s Tea Room, which has fantastic views over the cross-country course, plus visit more stands in the Country Living Pavilion on Avenue A.


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TERIYAKI STEAK Ingredients ● 125ml/4oz Shaoxing rice wine (or you can use dry sherry as an alternative) ● 125ml/4oz mirin ● 125ml/4oz dark soy sauce ● 3 tbsp caster sugar ● 2x large rib eye steaks Method 1. For the marinade, take a clear plastic sealable food bag and add the Shaoxing, mirin, soy sauce and caster sugar. 2. Seal the bag and give it a shake so that all the ingredients mix together. 3. Place the rib eye stakes into the bag, making sure they are fully immersed in the marinade, seal it up and pack in the picnic and leave it in the back of the car until you arrive at your destination. 4. Once your BBQ is ready, take the steaks out of the bag and place them straight on to the BBQ. 5. Cook on each side for a few minutes, depending on how you like your steak cooked. 6. Once cooked, sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped coriander and then slice the beef into strips to serve.

JAMES MARTIN’S TOP 5 TAILGATE PICNIC TIPS 1. When it comes to wrapping food, always use greaseproof paper or cling film. So often when the weather is good, if you use tinfoil it can actually ended up cooking the food. 2. Use different types of vinegars like cider vinegar or sherry vinegar to glam up limp salad. It really gives it a lift after a long journey. 3. Pack a spicy pickle or a chilli jam in your picnic. It doesn’t matter if it gets a bit warm

and the kick in the pickle or jam will really enhance the taste of a pie or a scotch egg. 4. Look for things like hot smoked salmon which is already cooked and therefore doesn’t deteriorate when it has been in the back of a vehicle for a certain amount of time. 5. Use soft cheeses, ones that don’t like being refrigerated but are actually better when they warm up, such as brie and camembert, or a particularly good one is Vacherin Mont D’Or.

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BACK TO BACK RACING Our ultra marathon runners are still training hard. Mike Cookson and Matt Weighman, aka the one3niners, have upped their training so they are ready for the off in February when they tackle the Yukon Ultra Marathon. It may seem a long way off but they need to get those miles under their belts. Mike has been to Sweden to train while Matt has completed the 72-mile Great Glen Ultra, a race that runs from Fort William to Inverness, and managed it in an impressive 16 hours and 10 minutes. To get their legs used to more than one day of running they went to the Lake District and ran two races back to back, the Borrowdale 21k trail race and the Scafell Pike Marathon. To read a review of the races take a look at their website: www.one3niners.com/new-blog/ Matt has been telling us why he wants to ruin a good weekend by running an ultra marathon. As he explained, the disadvantages are that it takes up so much time, it’s agony during and afterwards, you get no sympathy from anyone,

you will be pushed to the brink mentally and physically as well as humbled, and pay for the privilege. But, according to Matt, all that fades into insignificance when you stagger over the finishing line and feel the elation, sense of achievement and relief at having completed it, knowing you have pushed yourself to your limit. Some local businesses have been offering support to the boys. Hairdressers Beyond the Fringe in Stamford is helping them raise money and Stamford Photo Express has made them some large posters to display around the town publicising what they are doing. The lads are very grateful for the support. Mike attended a seminar on Arctic racing to get some tips and advice about nutrition and kit and has come away knowing that they will be eating a lot of chocolate! To keep up to date with the boys’ progress visit www.one3niners.com.


completed a yoga session in Cambridge. Find out more at www.justgiving.com/Challenge52.

The 52in52 team are doing well. They’ve raised £1,967 in aid of Cancer Research UK so far and are enjoying trying different sports. Mike went open water swimming at Colwick Country Park near Nottingham and swam for two hours doing various drills and finished with a 500m lap of the course. Carys had a go at quidditch playing on Hampstead Heath. This is like the sport in the Harry Potter books, although sadly without the flying. It was demanding as you need to be very fit with good hand-to-eye co-ordination. Also, Holly has

SMASHING RECORDS Mark Alderson is still running but has had to curtail his training mileage for the gruelling Marathon des Sables in the Sahara Desert because of a niggle in his calf. Despite this he was delighted to break a personal best record, smashing it by 27 seconds when he ran a weekday race during the recent very hot spell. Being able to do that in temperatures of 27 degrees makes him feel very positive about running in the heat in the Sahara. Mark recently spent a weekend in north Norfolk, running and cycling, and also planning possible training runs through the sand dunes to help with his strength training. And now his thoughts are turning to longer distances as the half-marathon season starts in earnest. He’s upping his miles again now that he’s got over his injury, well aware that the 50-mile Longmynd Hike is not far away. With this race in mind he’s also planning his kit, which could weigh up to 15kg – a similar weight to what he will have to carry during the Marathon des Sables. When Mark isn’t training he wears another hat, that of event director for Parkrun at Rutland Water. They are in the process of setting up a junior parkrun to start later in the year but need help with funding. Rutland County Council has contributed £500 but they still need another £3,000. If you can offer funding or would like to help with fund-raising please do get in touch with Mark.

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A day in the life of


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I can cover a lot of ground in 80 minutes Once the match has started I will be on the sidelines with my medi bag. It is pretty heavy as it’s full of equipment to treat any injuries that occur during the match. I have a lot of steri strips and bandages in there as well as antiinflammatory sprays, scissors, etc. You name it, I’ll have it in my bag. Some matches I can be running on to the pitch constantly to patch someone up and can cover a lot of ground during the 80 minutes. As the season gets going the bag seems to get lighter as I get fitter! I’m only 5ft 3in so the bag is almost as big as me. I know that people are quite amused when they see me, who is so small, supporting a massive prop when he hobbles off the field injured, but don’t be fooled – I’m strong. I played rugby quite seriously for Wellingborough until I broke my leg and still play for Peterborough when I get the chance. I think I must be the girliest scrum-half ever. The players know I play and won’t let them get away with being a wimp. At this time of year


have been the club’s physio for three years and joined them soon after I moved to Stamford. I’m from Northamptonshire but came to Stamford when I took a job as a sports therapist at a local gym. Soon after that I was approached by Stamford Rugby Club as they were in need of a physio and, as I love rugby, and play myself, I was more than happy to join them. They are a great bunch and very friendly. I’m a level 5 trained sports therapist. I lived in Ibiza for a few years then came home to train as a massage therapist with the intention of going back to live the hippy life on the island. But life got in the way, as it does, and I ended up staying in this country and qualifying as a sports therapist instead. I usually attend the training sessions at the club on a Tuesday and Thursday so I can treat any injuries. I will also treat a player before a match if he needs it. Niggles often raise their head during warm-up so I am on hand to sort them out. I’m pretty busy before a match strapping the players up – last season we spent £2,500 on strapping! This helps protect an old injury and supports the limb so hopefully less injuries occur. As we are very early in the season in September the team can be quite prone to injuries. It’s the same every year – injuries happen at the beginning of the season as the ground is so hard then, as the ground gets softer and the players get fitter, they seem to ease off.

‘I’m only 5ft 3in so the bag is almost as big as me!’ it’s quite nice being on the sidelines enjoying the weather but in January and February it’s incredibly cold. I look like a Michelin man as I wear so many layers and my woolly hat is always in attendance. A typical day for me is to be up at 5.30am to take the dogs out. I have two Jack Russells – Quentin and Oliver – three cats and a horse. I now work in Peterborough so once the dogs have been out I’ll grab some breakfast and hopefully leave home at 7.30am. Sadly it is often nearer 8am before I leave as I always seem to be

running late. I’m normally home by 6.30pm so will walk the dogs again, see to all the animals and then go for a ride, which is a brilliant way to unwind after a busy day. If I’m not riding I’ll be in the gym. During the summer I take part in mud runs. I love them and in October I’m going to take part in a ‘dogstacle’ with one of my dogs. He’s going to compete as well, running and swimming... I can’t wait. I have recently taken up shooting as well – I like to be busy. I also treat clients privately in the evenings and at weekends. I’m very busy with my sport, job and patients, but there’s another side to me as well. I attend church on Sundays and have recently become a member of the parish council in my village. I must be the youngest member by many years but I enjoy it and I think it’s important to give something back to the community you live in.

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conquer the big hills or go that little bit faster. Very popular with commuters as well as leisure cyclists, electric bikes are coming into their own. Rutland Cycling stock all the main brands and prices start at £899, or you can hire an electric bike for just £19.99. www.rutlandcycling.com

Bountiful bikers Harley-Davidson riders, who are members of the Rutland Chapter, have presented Rutland Sailability with two new mainsails following a 12-month fund-raising campaign. Rutland Sailability depends on the generosity of fund-raisers to help with the cost of running 30 boats so were very grateful to receive these sails.

A welcome new business Wright Care at Home started in Stamford in April and has been growing steadily ever since. It is a small, independently run family business that offers support and care for those that wish to remain at home, but need help doing so. The firm prides itself on being family run and treating customers as part of the family – it’s not just about going in to help with daily household chores and personal care but creating quality of living and stimulation. Therefore it offers visits to provide companionship, whether that be a shopping trip, visit to a garden centre, the beach, or even just sitting and having a natter over a cup of tea. Care director Samantha Wright said: “We all have to grow older and why shouldn’t this be in the comfort of our homes?” Samantha runs the company with her father and step-mother and has also made sure that she has employed the right people to offer the care that is the ethos of the company. www.wrightcareathome.co.uk


Emma Cutmore Emma Cutmore has recently opened her new shop in St Mary’s Passage, Stamford. Split into two, the top floor is a dress agency where people can find bang on trend bargains as well as bring their own clothes to be sold. Do make an appointment to see Emma as she’s always looking for more items. The ground floor is an Aladdin’s cave of homeware and gifts. There are baskets, candles, soaps, cards, beauty products and lots more. Emma is very proud that the vast majority of the products she sells are made in Britain. The shop has been open since April and has been very well received. Pop in and take a look for yourself. Emma Cutmore, 4 St Mary’s Passage, Stamford.

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RISK AND REWARD: ARE YOU A HACKER OR A PRO? Financial investment is like golf, says William G Bryant: you need to know your game, and when to take chances or play safe The Ryder Cup is a fantastic sporting event, one that reaches beyond traditional golf fans to sports fans and even the general public. This year’s edition is taking place in the USA at the Hazeltine National Golf Course at the end of September, and while it is a cliché to say it brings a ‘football stadium’ atmosphere to the golf course, it certainly has an atmosphere unlike any other golf event. For the casual observer it has some interesting aspects to consider and I don’t just mean the choice of outfits for the players and their wives. It is a team event in an individual sport, and it incorporates matchplay in a way that many an amateur golfer can relate to. It combines three different formats: fourball, foursomes and singles matches that all bring an extra twist to the game that is a sporting contest of risk and reward. For us hackers out there, golf is an infuriating game that, as Sidney L James said, “is as fickle as she is bewitching. She leads him with little favours that fill him with hopes of conquest.

Then she scorns him and humiliates him (in front of his friends too) and leaves him despairing”. But as Ben Hogan describes in his seminal book The Modern Fundamentals of Golf, once a golfer has mastered the basics of the swing he will “discover golf for the first time” and “the strategy implicit on every good golf hole”. Once you have mastered your swing, golf becomes a strategy game of risk and reward, do you try and carry the water on the left? Can you reach the bunker on the right? Can you reach the green in one? Now, add on the pressure of competition and expectation and the matchplay formats of the Ryder Cup and you have the perfect recipe for an exciting three days of golf. The golf links of the investment world is a similar game of risk and reward. While the amateur investor can enjoy following the markets and even have some big successes, it will not be long before they find the fairway bunker or worse still, end up out of bounds on the right.

Unfortunately, there is no handicap system in the investment world to level the playing field. We all play off scratch, if you like. Only by having a deep understanding of the relationship between risk and reward and a defined and proven investment strategy can you hope to achieve investment returns over the long term. In terms of golf, your investment strategy is like your swing, to score effectively it needs to be repeatable and dependable. Professional golfers practice for hours on end to achieve a repeatable and dependable swing that doesn’t break down under pressure, similarly the best investment professionals have years of experience and track records behind them. So next time you are playing golf or maybe watching the Ryder Cup on television, think about your investment strategy – are you a weekend hacker or a PGA pro? To receive a complimentary guide covering wealth management, retirement planning or Inheritance Tax planning, produced by St. James’s Place Wealth Management, contact William Bryant of Bryant Wealth Management of St. James’s Place Wealth Management on 01780 668 117, email william.bryant@sjpp.co.uk or visit www.bryantwealthmanagement.co.uk

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■ Sacrewell has been celebrating this summer. It’s a year since the re-opening of the watermill and more than 100,000 visitors have enjoyed the experience. The staff celebrated with cake, always a good thing! Another celebration is the birth of seven rare breed English lop piglets that can now be seen in the renovated pig paddocks.

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■ Easton Walled Gardens has an exciting month planned for September. The autumn country market is on Sunday, September 4, and there will be more than 50 stalls selling the best of what our region has to offer. This will be followed by Spanish tapas on September 7, lino print making on the 15th and stone carving on the 22nd. www.visiteaston.co.uk ■ Come and join the Big Dog Walk on Sunday, September 18. Hosted by Boo’s Walking School it starts at 11am at Top Lodge, Fineshade, and is in aid of

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■ Rutland Cycling has lots going on this month including beginners’ road rides on September 3, 13 and 27. Leaving from the Giant Store at either Normanton or Whitwell, you can learn from experienced riders who will be going at a steady pace. The ride is free to join if you have your own bike, or it costs £5 to hire one. There’s lots more going on throughout the month including mums and tots rides, silver cyclists and electric bikes. www.rutlandcycling.com/rides

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Back to reality after a glorious Rio medal rush Martin Johnson is suffering from Olympic withdrawal he doctors say I’ll make a full recovery, but it’s going to take time. The withdrawal symptoms are still pretty painful, and some of you may also be experiencing the shakes that begin with turning on the Today programme and finding that the lead item has switched from another gold for Team GB on the pommel horse, to some boring Brexit update, or Heathrow’s third runway. I still can’t kick the habit of bolting down my breakfast and dashing into the lounge to turn on the telly. However, after prolonged prodding of the red button with what is now a badly blistered index finger, I must finally come to terms with the fact that the thrill of finding out what’s happening in the shot putt, or the adrenaline rush which comes with the latest news of the small bore rifle shooting, has gone for another four long years. I blame the BBC for all this. Starting with Hazel Irvine in the morning persuading me that in the entire history of seismic global events, the Rio Olympics ranks somewhere between the invention of the wheel and splitting the atom. Ergo, when it’s time to nip off to canoe slalom, and Hazel says: “off we go into the raging waters of the White Water Stadium”, we believe her. Despite the evidence of your own eyes suggesting that the bubbling torrent is more akin to a Jacuzzi than the Niagara Falls. Happily, when the canoers swallowed a mouthful of foam they didn’t suddenly sprout an extra head, or turn the same pea soup green colour as the diving pool. Rio’s water was supposed to contain germs that had the health and safety brigade warning the yachting contestants to don radioactive suits at the first sign of spray, but in the event it turned out to be holy water given the amount of GB medals pouring from the sailing, diving, rowing and swimming. GB also cleaned up in the cycling, prompting jealous rivals to drop dark hints that our boys and girls might have been on something you can’t get over the counter at Boots. It’s an association that’s always there with the Olympics. When the torch arrives from Athens, and lights the stadium flame, in all probability it’s then taken off to some laboratory to fire up the Bunsen burners underneath the A and B sample test tubes. If you ask me, though, this drugs thing has been blown up out of all proportion. Take the synchronised diving. They dive in, get wet, towel off, have a shower, towel off again, get into a hot tub, towel off again, and repeat. You can’t get much cleaner than that. I’ll own up now to testing positive for suspicious levels of caffeine


resulting from sitting up into the small hours to watch things I’d never dream of normally watching, such as some huge chap covered in tattoos spinning round and round in a small circle before hurling what appeared to be a Frisbee into the distant yonder. Not that anyone was actually watching other than on a TV set. This Olympics was unique in having deserted stadiums during the games, although there were one or two well attended events, such as women’s beach volleyball. This may, of course, have had less to do with the compelling nature of the action than the rules governing attire. When the sport made its debut in Atlanta in 1996, the girls all wore one-piece swimsuits, but then bikinis became compulsory, and in Rio the amount of material worn by all four competitors in a match would barely be enough to cover a sofa cushion. It works well on TV, though, unlike something like water polo, which can be summed up thus: a lot of spray and a lot of thrashing about, and er, that’s it. The first ever team sport in the Olympics, water polo has somehow survived since 1900, and of all the sports that you’d never dream of watching unless it was in the Olympics this one is right up alongside dressage. When I tuned in, one commentator was saying to another: “well, Peter. A very interesting morning’s dressage”, which sounded like a contradiction in terms, but once horse No 1 began its routine I could see what he was getting at. “Neck’s a bit too tight there,” he said, followed by “lovely extended trot” and “oh dear, he’s a bit orf with the flying change.” It reminded me of Pudsey, that bizarre dancing dog in Britain’s Got Talent, but at least dressage is long on discipline, unlike the marathon woman’s swim, which saw a French girl being disqualified for trying to drown a Dutch girl with an unladylike dunk. As for the BBC coverage, I don’t recall such naked jingoism in the days when we barely won enough gold for a decent tooth filling, It was always the other lot which got over excitable, such as Norway when they beat England at footie... “Winston Churchill! Maggie Thatcher! Lord Nelson! We gave your boys a hell of a beating!” But at Rio, the BBC gave us the sort of coverage which made you feel guilty if you didn’t burst into a chorus of Rule Britannia when we won the kayak slalom or the synchronised springboard. Tokyo? Bring it on. I only hope the medication will see me through until it all kicks off again.  Martin Johnson has been a sports journalist and author since 1973, writing for the Leicester Mercury, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times. He currently writes columns for The Rugby Paper and The Cricket Paper, and has a book out called ‘Can I Carry Your Bags?’.

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Feature /// Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials


BURGHLEY Our guide to getting the most out of a week of horses, shopping and socialising at one of equestrianism’s greatest events Words: Georgie Fenn Photography: Nico Morgan

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t’s by good and bad fortune that perhaps the biggest event in world equestrianism has ended up in Stamford. Back in 1961 the three-day event was cancelled at its original venue, Harewood House, because of a suspected foot and mouth outbreak, so the residing Marquess of Exeter, David George Brownlow Cecil, offered to host the event on the grounds of Burghley House Estate. It went down a storm and 55 years later it’s still doing rather well. The event used to be incredibly different and incredibly dangerous: the original trials were to show that a horse had the stamina and strength to go a day in battle. These days, horse and rider safety is paramount with the organisers ensuring that everything from the protection of the rider and the boots on the horses’ legs are up to date and conform with the latest safety regulations. The fences on the cross-country course are also safer now since the frangible pin (a breakable metal pin that’s inserted between the top rail and the uprights supporting it) came into play in 2002.

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The competition On the Thursday and Friday you can watch the dressage. Described by non-horsey folk as dancing and those who take part as ‘stressage’, it’s a crucial five minutes in the three-day event. Riders and horses are marked on their half-pass, true canter, collected canter and extended canter. All very technical moves. The judges will be looking at the regularity of movement, accuracy and, most importantly, the temperament of the horse. Dressage is about a horse’s correct basic training and provides the foundations for the rest of the competition.

Saturday sees the start of the cross-country – horses will need to make their way around a 31-fence course over a distance of four miles within an optimum time. If a rider doesn’t like the look of a fence there are alternative routes but these come at a price because they’re usually lengthier so you’ll have time to make up. If a horse refuses a fence they receive 20 penalty points and a second refusal at the same fence is 40 points. A third is elimination. Equally, a fall of the horse or rider on the course is elimination. Finally, on the Sunday the horses will have a second trot up to check that they are sound and well after the cross-country. Then it is show jumping – 13 fences in front of an excited crowd in the main arena. Tickets for this sell out fast. If the horse stops at a fence they receive four penalty points and the same for knocking a pole down. If the horse refuses twice they are eliminated. The penalty points over the three days will be added up to produce a final score and the horse with the lowest score (less penalties) wins. Check out the big scoreboard opposite the members’ tent to keep up to date. Georgie Fenn


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Burghley highlights Despite the obvious 4* event there is a lot going on elsewhere including British Young Event Horse, a sponsored ride on the Sunday which usually sees more casualties than the main event and Pony Club show jumping. So if you’re horsey there’s plenty to feast your eyes on in and around the event.

Picnic on point

This is Olympic-standard picnicking. People go all out with tables, chairs and waiters in a bid to be crowned the Land Rover picnic competition winners. We’ve got ideas to help on pages 18-21.

Walk the cross-country course

Don’t just stay in one spot all day, earn your picnic. All 31 fences have something to offer so make sure you watch a horse go over each fence, take a photo and move on to the next.

The food walk

Reserve a good few hours (not before the picnic – you don’t want to spoil your appetite) to go through the food walk. There are some amazing nibbles and tipples to try from Belvoir cordials, duck fat roasties and Neal’s Yard

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dairy. You’ll do well to make it from one end to the other without trying something.


The other horses

The Pimm’s hill

Once you’ve walked the course, gorged on your picnic and delivered your shopping safely back to the car why not crash on the ‘Pimm’s hill’ which overlooks the Discovery Valley.

Spot the dog

There are as many dogs at Burghley as there are Dubarry boots and Schoffel gilets. Country Living even runs a competition for dogs that look most like their owner, with the winner receiving a year’s supply of dog food. So if you’re as dashing as your dachshund, why not give it a go?

The Dubarry tent

Even if you haven’t fully committed yourself to spending hundreds of pounds on a pair of wellies, the Dubarry tent is great fun to experience. They will sit you down on a sofa and ply you with something alcoholic until you can barely see the price tag. Then you’ll walk out hours later laden with bags wondering if you can make it through the rest of the day. Marvellous.

Course notes Georgie Fenn hears Captain Mark Phillips’ view on this year’s Burghley cross-country course It’s a great honour to walk the course with the man who has designed it since 2005 to get the inside knowledge and hear his wealth of experience. This year, Captain Mark Phillips’ cross-country course runs in the same direction as last year, with the horses going through the main arena on their way home. The fences that stand out as the ones to watch are The Dairy Farm and Trout Hatchery – both quite far flung on the course but worth a walk out to. At The Dairy Farm he has replaced the five-bar gate with some skinny corner combinations which will need a horse’s full attention and respect to be jumped smoothly. “I had to take the gate out,” says Mark. “I don’t think my blood pressure could have managed another year of watching everyone jumping that.” The Trout Hatchery is another tricky combination as with huge drops either side of the water challenges, the rider has to really use his or her brain and decide which route to take – as the long route adds on a lot of time which, according to Mark, they probably won’t be able to get back. They’ll have to recover quickly from the drop down over the log to jump a pair of skinny brushes. “They’ll need their big boy pants on for this course,” says a slightly apprehensive Mark. Another fence to look out for is Capability’s Cutting. This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of English landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown and Mark has included the old fashioned tree felling equipment that would have been used by horses when Brown began his landscaping at Burghley in 1756. For those of you that don’t usually get further than the trade stands, you are strongly encouraged (by none other than Captain Mark Phillips) to venture out to the course and witness how beautiful yet enormous the fences look and appreciate all the hard work of Philip and Guy Herbert in building them.








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Feature /// Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

Cool Horse Luke Local rider Kerry Varley talks about her Burghley chances and her horse, Bluestone Luke, with Georgie Fenn

Sat on a straw bale amidst horses and dogs is the perfect setting to listen to local rider Kerry Varley talk about her Burghley experiences. This will be Stamford-based Kerry and Bluestone Luke’s fifth year at Burghley and they have quite a following. “I think Lukey will be the Burghliest horse at Burghley this year,” says Kerry. He’s been there and done it more times than any other horse going this year. Luke and Kerry’s partnership originated in Ireland 10 years ago when Kerry and her mum went over to find a new horse. “We must have looked at hundreds of horses,” says Kerry, and fate saved Luke until last. “We’d gone to this yard to look at a few horses. Lukey wasn’t even for sale but he wouldn’t stop kicking his door,” she says. “He really wanted to come out of his stable and so we asked if we could have a look at him.” Despite his little frame and looking like a ‘little fluffy mountain goat’, as Kerry puts it, some madness encouraged her to buy him and the rest is history. This little 15’2hh wonder has taken Kerry from his first pre-novice aged six through only 50 runs (the minimum at the time) to his very first 4* event at the age of nine. To help you understand how remarkable this is, it’s probably comparable to your toddler playing rugby in the garden at the moment, and playing at international level in just 10 years’ time. So what makes Burghley so special for a local rider?

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“I think it’s because we can watch Burghley being transformed from a park into this iconic event,” says Kerry. “You drive past each day and suddenly jumps start appearing, the trade stands go up and finally the road signs arrive. “There’s also something magical about how once it’s all over and you’re no longer driving along Barnack Road watching horses galloping along, it goes back to being a deer park.” However, as the crow flies, Burghley is only a mile away from her base at Newstead and Kerry says she’s not there until she’s through the gate. It takes an awful lot of preparation to get a horse to 4* level and the fitness required to get them there is immense. “We go to the gallops at fellow competitor Richard Jones’ yard every four days,” says Kerry. “We’ll do some interval training and make sure he’s fit enough for the big day.” In the last few years Kerry has also been taking Lukey to a water treadmill at Vicky Jolly’s STX Equine Fitness yard in Pilton. “The resistance training on the water treadmill helps Lukey recover that bit quicker after the cross-country so he feels fresh for the show jumping on the Sunday,” says Kerry. So, despite going to Burghley for the enjoyment Kerry says this year she would love to produce a sub-60 dressage and really relish the time there. If you’re heading to Burghley, make a note to look out for Bluestone Luke, he’ll be the little horse flying over the enormous jumps.

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NO PAIN, NO GAIN? Don’t assume that because you’re pushing yourself to the limit, or beyond, that you’re doing the right thing, says Function Jigsaw’s Lauren Dobson

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THERE IS AN OLD saying knocking around that goes: ‘no pain, no gain’. Regrettably, some athletes mis-interpret this and believe it means that any uncomfortable sensation can be worked through. Pushing through fatigue, muscle soreness and muscle pain is one thing. Understanding how hard to push yourself without causing bigger problems is another. Muscle soreness is often the result of hard work and training. Pain, however, indicates a problem that needs to be

corrected and examined to prevent further issues. Many enthusiasts push continuously, compete and train into pain. They don’t listen to their bodies’ warning when something is wrong. I have been a culprit of this myself, as a sportswoman I wanted to play, train, improve. I thought that nobody could stop me. Now I know differently and you won’t catch me pushing into pain anymore. Pain is annoying and frustrating but unfortunately it is a signal that something isn’t right. (continues over)

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SO WHAT IS PAIN TRYING TO TELL YOU? You have poor form, poor technique, you didn’t warm up correctly, there is a muscle imbalance, something isn’t working in harmony, you aren’t producing enough energy for the activity, your muscles are underdeveloped, or, you are just doing too much. Pain has a lot to say for itself and knowing what is the cause is always the hardest part. Pain is not necessarily the enemy so use it to your advantage. With this in mind, it may allow you to reconsider a number of factors such as technique, warm-up, hydration, nutrition, training workload and footwear. Sometimes these changes may give you an insight to your problem and some tips on how to avoid pain. Listen to what it is telling you. If there is already evidence of inflammation, swelling and irritation, technique changes are not what you need. Inflamed structures (muscles, joints,

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tendons, ligaments) need some tried and trusted treatment. The ‘RICE’ method – Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation is a tried and tested recovery technique. But the detail is also important: is it trauma or microtrauma and how much rest is required? Also, what’s the next step? That’s where a therapist comes in to assess, treat and manage your recovery. It’s very common for athletes to ignore the initial issue. Coming from a sporting background myself, it is clear why that is the case. All we want to do is play, right? But awareness of why pain is occurring is everything. Believe it or not, issues causing it don’t just disappear and are highly likely to progress into something worse or recurring. For example, tight and weak muscles can lead to poor joint alignment, and when joints are not aligned they are not supportive and do not communicate effectively. What happens then?

Joints talk to the brain and so do muscles. Joints and muscles also talk to each other. When one or the other goes silent, the brain doesn’t receive or prepare your structures to act and react. Understanding this is what will make you a better athlete than others. Understanding pain will allow you to reach your maximum performance, set higher goals and have more play time – not injury time. Understanding why you feel pain will help you. Making sure you do the right thing as a result is what will set you apart from others.

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THE V FORCE Do you know your vitamins? Nutritional adviser Helen Cole explains their various benefits We all know that different foods contain different vitamins, but do we really understand the role of vitamins in the body? It is quite mind boggling trying to understand every single function, so here I will try to give a bit of an overview to help guide you... WHAT ARE VITAMINS? They are essential to our good health and occur naturally in most of the foods we eat. They help to maintain the body and enable it to sustain normal growth and development. Vitamins do not themselves provide energy (calories), but act as essential links and regulators that do release energy from food for our body to use. We need vitamins to help to build, repair and maintain healthy tissue and cells and some vitamins are good antioxidants, which means they help to protect our cells and systems from damage and disease. There are two different types of vitamins – water-soluble and fat soluble. WATER-SOLUBLE VITAMINS These cannot be stored by the body and need to be obtained from the food we eat. They include vitamin C and the B vitamins. Daily intakes are required and any excess is actually lost in urine. B vitamins tend to

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work together a lot of the time and share similar functions such as facilitating various steps of energy production within the body. Water soluble vitamins are susceptible to heat, light and air and therefore the level of these vitamins will reduce when exposed to either of these elements. Storing fresh fruit and vegetables in the fridge and keeping milk and grains away from strong light will help to reduce vitamin loss. Use the cooking water from vegetables in soups and stock to keep some of the goodness locked in. FAT-SOLUBLE VITAMINS These vitamins can be stored in the body and include vitamins A, D, E and K. Any excess in these vitamins are stored and not lost by the body. They are found mainly in foods containing fats and oils, so if we cut these out of our diet, we run the risk of suffering from a deficiency of important fat-soluble vitamins. Some physical conditions can reduce fat digestion and absorption, such as problems with the gall bladder, as this will reduce the ability to produce bile (needed for fat absorption). Fat soluble vitamins help to regulate our immune system and stop us getting rickets as well as to help us see in the dark (vitamin A).

WHAT DO THEY DO? Now we have identified the different types of vitamins, let’s look a little closer at the role each vitamin plays in our bodies. I have simplified this by creating the bullet points below to highlight the main functions, deficiencies, recommended daily amounts (or RNI – reference nutrient intake) and where we can source them... THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VITAMINS To recap, here are some of the key points you need to remember about vitamins: • They are naturally occurring chemicals that are essential for normal growth and development as well as building, repairing and maintaining healthy tissue and cells. • Vitamins help release energy from food as they are essential links and regulators in the chemical reactions that release energy. • They protect the body’s tissues and cells against damage and disease through the anti-oxidant role of some vitamins. • The overall vitamin content of food is affected by light, heat and air exposure. • The lack of certain vitamins could be fatal, with certain bodily functions failing or ceasing. • Water-soluble vitamins cannot be stored in the body and so daily intakes are required. • Fat-soluble vitamins can be stored in the body and are not destroyed by heat.

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THE FINISHING TOUCHES You’ve done all the hard work in the gym, playing sports and getting fit, so now is the time to reap the benefits and add the finishing touches… Edited by Mary Bremner

HEAVENLY HANDBAGS September, a month of new beginnings – back to school and a fresh new start, so what better time to invest in a new handbag? This is the perfect way to brighten up your wardrobe without going the whole hog and changing everything. And who doesn’t love handbags? A new bag can change your whole look and update your image. Traditionally your handbag matched your shoes, but these days anything goes. Handbags

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can be pulled together with your outfit by wearing the same coloured shirt or trousers or stand out completely as a statement – think wearing black from head to toe but carrying a bright bag. Yellow has been a ‘big thing’ this summer and it’s carrying on into autumn. An unforgiving colour for some to wear, particularly those with a pale complexion, a yellow bag is the perfect way to incorporate some canary into your wardrobe and brighten it up at the same time. There are so many different styles to choose from, and prices. The backpack is becoming more popular – practical as well as stylish, leaving you hands free. The bucket bag has always been a

favourite, practical and roomy. The mini bag, particularly one that crosses over the body, is very useful. It might only fit your phone, bank card and keys but think of all the weight you are not having to lug around unnecessarily, no more stiff shoulders and neck. The lady bag with a top handle is a good investment. It can be expensive, but it’s timeless – invest in a good quality one and it should serve you well for years. And as it’s a classic design it will never go out of fashion, you can constantly re-work it. A favourite of mine is the Jardine handbag – English made and designed using goat skin from a British tannery.


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Gyms are gyms is what many of us think. Turn up at the gym, have a quick chat to the resident trainer who advises a few machines to use and away you go. There’s not a lot of motivation or encouragement and you really don’t know which part of your body needs more attention than others. This method often means that before long you are injured and, that’s it, gym visits stop, rarely to be started again. Body Fitness Personal Training in Market Harborough has a completely different approach to training. I thought I’d better pay owner, Steve Rutherford-Bate, a visit to find out what it was all about and have a BodyFitness Strategy Session. Steve’s approach to fitness is holistic and your whole lifestyle is assessed. He believes that there is no point exercising if you are not fuelling your body properly, or have the wrong attitude. The approach is to educate, support, coach and mentor you. I sat down with Steve and we chatted about my life, diet, health, injuries, goals and training history. I would be assessed on my range of motion and flexibility, my fitness levels, core strength and general strength. I was weighed (very cleverly in pounds – so much less intimidating as it takes a few minutes to convert that to stones) and measured. My blood pressure

was taken, my fat measured (the pincers weren’t as painful as they looked) and then it was into the gym to be photographed to assess my posture. I have never noticed that one shoulder is higher than the other – a result of carrying a heavy bag. Steve could see straight away which muscles were tight and needed work to improve my posture. Physically your body starts to deteriorate after the age of 20, and at 40 it’s considered old. So as I’m sadly north of 40 I need to work hard to slow the ageing process down. After completing my assessment, we discussed what Steve had found. He suggested exercises to improve my posture and then a general plan to sustain my fitness and gave me some sensible nutrition advice. Unfortunately I don’t live near enough to Market Harborough to train with Steve, but if you do I’d definitely give BodyFit a try. The approach is welcoming, encouraging and positive and definitely gets results. I’d also recommend, wherever you live, a visit to Steve to have a BodyFitness Strategy Session (£37/ hour). He gives sensible advice and you can always take that away with you and train elsewhere. Check out the advert in the magazine for current offers. www.bodyfitnesspt.com

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Feature /// Fashion

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FACING PAGE: Charlotte wears Chinti and Parker Shirt Hem 100% cashmere sweater £295. LEFT: l-r Alpe Brogue Suede Boot £85. Fairfax & Favor The Imperial Explorer £375 and Alpe Block Heel Ankle Boot £74. BELOW LEFT: Felix wears Polo Ralph Lauren long sleeved check slim shirt £85 and Scotch and Soda Ralston slim fit Touchdown Jeans £94. BELOW: Charlotte wears Levis Sidney 1 pocket check shirt £65 and Levis Good Things Sweater £84. BELOW RIGHT: Felix wears Polo Ralph Lauren short sleeved Comfort Fit Polo £75 and Scotch and Soda Ralston slim fit Touchdown Jeans £94. Ella wears Seasalt Four Winds Top £55 and 7 Fam The Skinny jeans £189. Both models wearing own footwear.


PARTIES The perfect clothes for Burghley and those end-of-season bashes, and the variable weather that accompanies them Photography: Nico Morgan Clothing: Cavells, Oakham Models: Charlotte, Ella and Felix With thanks to: Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, The William Cecil and Burghley Park Cricket Club

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Feature /// Fashion

FAR LEFT Charlotte (l) wears Levis Sidney 1 pocket check shirt £65, Maison Scotch Skinny jeans £99 and Levis Good Things Sweater £84. Ella (r) wears Levis Vintage Sweatshirt £65, Maison Scotch long sleeved striped tee £59, Superdry A-line denim skirt £44.99 and Fairfax & Favor The Imperial Explorer boots £375. LEFT Charlotte wears Essential Marvilon Floral top £120.

ABOVE Ilse Jacobsen 660 rubber boots £104 RIGHT Felix wears Aquascutum Masham field jacket £325, Polo Ralph Lauren short sleeved comfort fit polo £75 and Scotch and Soda Ralston slim fit Touchdown jeans £94. Ella wears Seasalt Seafolly jacket £89.95, Seasalt Four Winds top £55 and 7 Fam The Skinny jeans £189.

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A BIG BASH This year’s BGL Sport Bash raised £25,000 for the Matt Hampson Foundation and two of the foundation’s beneficiaries – Seb Goold and George Robinson ELEVEN PROFESSIONAL cricketers, led by ex-England and Surrey captain, Adam Hollioake, took on a local XI comprising of players from a range of cricket clubs in the area. Aer 20 overs apiece, Adam ultimately lied the cup for the Dean Headley XI with 203 for 6 against a local legends score of 187 for 5. The professional team also included rising cricket star, Leicestershire’s Zak Chappell, a former student of Dean’s at Stamford School. Zak previously played for Stamford Town CC and has also represented Market Harborough CC. Earlier in the day, 16 junior clubs took part in the Humberts Cup. Participating teams selected six U10s to take part in the competition, which was ultimately won by Barnack CC. Organiser Dean Headley said: “This was another cracking day. Thank you to everyone who turned out to raise a fantastic £25,000 for the Matt Hampson Trust. “As ever, we were overwhelmed by the support of our main sponsor, the event partners, the local cricket clubs and, of course, spectators. I’m already planning for an even bigger event next year.” Caroline Raines, associate director for external communications at main event sponsor, BGL, said: “Sport Bash is one of our sponsorship highlights – it’s such a great day, benefitting inspirational causes. Can’t wait for 2017.” The Matt Hampson Foundation provides advice, support, relief and/or treatment for anyone suffering serious injury or disability which has arisen from any cause, but in particular from participation in or training for any sport, sporting activity or other form of physical education or recreation. To find out more, visit www.matthampsonfoundation.com Be first to receive news about next year’s event by following BGL Sport Bash on Twitter (@BGLSportBash) or on Facebook (@BGLsportbash).

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Feature /// Great walks

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The Macmillan Way, Stamford Will Hetherington samples part of this fund-raising walking route which takes in Stamford town centre and the Meadows Photography: Will Hetherington

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The Macmillan Way is a 290-mile footpath that runs from Boston in Lincolnshire to Abbotsbury in Dorset and it is promoted to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity. It runs across open Fen country for its first 30 miles then for the rest of its journey follows the limestone belt south west across the country. But after it has crossed the fenland to the north east it runs through Greatford and Shillingthorpe before reaching a high point between Belmesthorpe and Newstead which offers superb views of Stamford. But I would suggest you start and finish the walk on the stretch of the Macmillan Way which actually runs right through Stamford along the High Street and St Paul’s Street. If you take Marks & Spencer on the High Street as your start point

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walk east along St Paul’s Street, cross over the main crossroads and then bear left at the mini roundabout to head down Ryhall Road. Once you have passed Homebase and McDonald’s on the right you will soon come to a track dropping off to the right marked with a public footpath sign. Walk down this track between two very industrial buildings and as soon as you pass under the railway arch at the bottom you will immediately be on what is known locally as Gypsy Meadow. This is a popular dog walking area and you can walk all the way around it or go diagonally across into the north east corner where there is a rather unattractive metal bridge over the beautiful little River Gwash as it gurgles its way all around the outskirts of Stamford before joining the Welland on the town’s eastern edge. The clear waters make the perfect spot for the dog to cool off and have a drink. There is a spur of footpath which runs due north from just above the bridge but it is not well maintained and is practically impassable without strong trousers. This is a shame as it runs along

the side of Gwash up to the weir. However you can just walk straight across the bridge and then up the hill up the other side to turn and enjoy the aforementioned stunning views of Stamford, Burghley House and the whole vista. From here you can extend your stroll to Belmesthorpe or Uffington if you wish, or just retrace your steps back into town.


Where to park If you are starting and finishing in Stamford park in town. Otherwise you can find somewhere along Ryhall Road.


Distance and time From town and back is no more than three miles but allow a good hour. Highlights The views from the high point, the River Gwash and the unspoilt calm of the Meadows. Lowlights Ryhall Road has an unsightly retail park and plenty of industrial buildings but in a way they only serve to emphasise the bucolic appeal of the Meadows beyond. Refreshments Take your pick in Stamford but the King’s Head and the Wine Bar spring to mind at this end of town. Difficulty rating Two paws. There’s nothing demanding about this walk but the ground can be a bit uneven. The pooch perspective Gypsy Meadow is great for dogs and the river is clear and cool. 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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The Macmillan Way runs from here right down and through Stamford; there are stunning views of Stamford from the high point of this walk; Gypsy Meadows are wonderful for dogs

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THE ACTIVE RUTLAND COMMUNITY SPORTS AWARDS 2016 WHO WILL YOU NOMINATE? Do you know a volunteer who has put time, effort and commitment into your organisation? Are you coached by someone truly special? Celebrate and award these fantastic athletes, coaches, volunteers, sports clubs, participants and projects for their hard work, commitment and achievements over the past year at our Active Rutland Community Sports Awards 2016. There are 17 categories to nominate within, details of which can be found on our website along with the criteria and information on how to nominate. Please visit www.activerutland. org.uk/communitysportsawards for more information or alternatively contact a member of the Active Rutland Team on activerutland@ rutland.gov.uk or 01572 720936. Nominations are now open and close on Friday 30th September 2016, so don’t miss out. Photography: Nico Morgan and Toby Carter

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Feel Alive from 65 26th September - 2nd October Sport and physical activity is an important part of all our lives and keeping active is especially important as we get older. Regular exercise can help boost your energy and help maintain a healthy lifestyle. Not only is exercise good for your body, it’s also good for your mind. Whether you are generally healthy or are managing an illness, there are plenty of ways to get more active, improve confidence, and boost your fitness. This year’s ‘Feel Alive from 65’ campaign week launches on Monday 26th September and will be an amazing time to take part in a programme of physical activity across Rutland. The campaign week will see sessions available for our older adults including falls prevention, walking for health walks, walking football and many more - there’s something for everyone to try. For more information on activities, contact: T: 01572 720936 E: activerutland@rutland.gov.uk W: www.activerutland.org.uk




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Feature /// Sportsman's Dinner

The William Cecil, Stamford Will and Matt feast on sumptuous food at this revitalised edge of town hotel Will I got married here five years ago just after the hotel had been renovated by Hillbrooke Hotels. I think ours was the first wedding they did, so this smart hotel on the edge of Burghley Park will always be full of happy memories. Matt My invitation must have got lost in the post then. Never mind, we're here now and the bar is a smart room with fantastic images on the walls of Lord Burghley hurdling in his Olympic heyday. It's a decent pint of Rutland bitter from the Grainstore too. In fact the whole hotel is pretty smart, but it's not too formal. The staff are friendly and conscientious and the atmosphere is laid back, but still efficient. Will Yes, I'd agree with that, it feels a bit special arriving but, as you say, it's not too formal. Anyway, back to our wedding and little known fact – Judy Murray was staying here for the whole weekend too. No, she wasn't one of our guests, although she would have been more than welcome, but now we are in the dining room I can reveal we are sat at the exact same table she occupied for breakfast on the morning after the wedding. Since then Andy has won the US Open, Wimbledon twice and Olympic gold twice so I'm not sure she would get such a quiet

weekend any more. But they have their own hotel now, so perhaps she took some inspiration from the William Cecil.

was as good as my starter, if not better. It would be hard to enjoy a plate of food any more than I just have...

Matt I think I've heard enough about your wedding now, so I'm pleased to report on my venison carpaccio (£8.95). The venison comes from Burghley Park and the hotel has its own footpath into the park so that's a nice touch. The meat was soft, tender and subtle, just as good venison should be and with perfect crispy bacon, white truffle and juicy blackberries the whole thing was superb.

Will If yours was anything like mine then I know why. I wouldn't normally bother with a Gressingham duck dish (£19.95) as they can be disappointing but our waiter was very keen to recommend it. It was served with a duck leg hash brown which tasted even better than it sounds, if that's possible. With a roasted cauliflower puree, roast beetroot and red wine sauce that was a dish to savour.

Will I don't feel so bad about ordering the last portion of king scallops now then (£9.50). They were served with roasted cauliflower, white chocolate puree and tempura courgette flower. And the whole thing was first rate. They have just been awarded a second AA rosette for culinary excellence and it's not hard to see why. And head chef Phil Kent won the Professional Game Chef of the year title in 2015, so autumn should be a cracking time to dine here.

Matt: I'm surprised we found room for pudding but sharing the affogato (vanilla ice cream with espresso poured over the top, £4.50) and the iced caramel parfait with salt crumb, raspberry compote and fresh blueberries (£7.50) was just right. What a meal.

Matt My rolled lamb with roasted vegetable gratin potato, seared sweetbread, aubergine puree and awesome red wine reduction (£24.95)

Will What a meal indeed. Now I have another happy memory of here to add to the collection.

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Feature /// Swimming

WHAT LURKS BENEATH Usually a land-based creature, Jeremy Beswick bravely slips into his wetsuit and heads out into open water… Photography: Pip Warters

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9AM ON A SUNDAY MORNING would normally see me (if I’m even up yet) relaxing with the papers over a cup of coffee – probably still in my pyjamas – and looking forward to strolling into town for a light breakfast. However, last Sunday was different as, thanks to the editorial team at Active, I was in a wet suit plunging into the ice cold waters of Rutland Water. Thanks guys. To my astonishment, I was joined by well over a hundred other swimmers who appeared to be there entirely voluntarily. I say ‘other swimmers’ as if I were one too, but given my level of performance in comparison with theirs that’s rather stretching the point. It’s never really been my thing, to be honest, so if I personally sound less than enthusiastic that shouldn’t put anyone else off. Two of my elder brothers nearly drowned when I was I toddler so, perhaps as a result, I didn’t have the confidence to learn how to swim until I was in my 20s. For me, chlorine will always be the smell of fear but, as you will hear, the others there that morning really enjoyed themselves. The event is called Swim for Health and Fitness – the result of a partnership between Anglian Water and Mary Hardwick’s Inspire2tri organisation and it was Mary who hosted me (and Bobby the collie, who I’d brought along for moral support). When we arrived there were already around 30 hardy souls in the water and a healthy queue at the trestle table to register and pick up the wet suits. That table was groaning under the weight of the well-earned rewards for afterwards - three delicious types of cake baked by Mary’s own fair hand. “We started in 2012,” she told me. “Within a year we had around 60 regulars and now it’s averaging around 120.” I knew Mary had been a triathlete, so were the others all super fit too? “At the beginning most of them were but now there are several recreational swimmers who come all the time. We’ve had several eight-year-olds and there are some early teens out there today – and there are definitely some who are in their 70s. We’d like to attract more people who come just for the fun of it.” They run a 500-metre course for sports training or a less daunting 250-metre option for recreational swimming. Lee Reynolds and Penny Felton had travelled from Market Harborough to enjoy the unique feeling of being in open water. Were they dedicated swimmers, I asked? “Dedicated eaters of cake as well. We love it here and the water quality’s so good. Mary makes sure everyone feels welcome.” Keen though I was to continue chatting for as long as possible, I knew it was only delaying the inevitable so off I trotted to get my wet suit. The young lady from the Watersports Centre obviously knew a thing or two as, entirely unasked, she handed me a buoyancy aid too. How I was to regret the bravado with which I left it on the bank. Getting into the suit was a somewhat exhausting procedure of itself but I managed it in the end and waded

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tentatively into the shallows. Although the day was warm and sunny my first surprise was just how cold the water was. I’ll admit to two attempts at getting my shoulders underwater and a great deal of rapid breathing before I succeeded. Pip the photographer, warm and safe on a raft, was keen for me to swim out to an impossibly distant buoy in order for him to get the best shots. Whilst no sacrifice is too great for my readers let’s just say I wasn’t quite so keen, though I did venture far enough to be out of my depth – both literally and metaphorically as it turned out. Indeed, as the cold lowered my body’s core temperature I felt the strength in my arms flood away and I ended up clinging to the raft before being pulled out to my great relief. Not my finest moment. Of course the truth was I’d always been completely safe as this is a very professionally run affair with safety marshals posted at strategic points in both canoes and fast inflatables and each swimmer is counted in and counted back by Mary’s husband Chris with his trusty clipboard, although he does admit to having somehow missed someone a couple of times and having to phone them up to ‘ask them if they’ve drowned’.” Fortunately, I’d got my sense of humour back by then. “You couldn’t be safer anywhere than here,” confirmed Mary.


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Feature /// Swimming

completed the Duke of Edinburgh’s Diamond Challenge. “I couldn’t have done it without the support of you guys,” she told Mary. “I’ve got the taste for it now. I’ll be back!” And then there was Stewart and Lorraine Wilson who’d travelled three hours from Worthing for their half an hour swim – preparing for a later competitive event. It’d been their first time at Rutland Water and their judgment was that it’s extremely well organised and very friendly. Chris confirmed the effort that Mary puts in. “She works twice as hard at this as she did at being a vice-president of operations in the corporate world. She certainly puts in the hours.” I asked Mary why she went to all the trouble and what she gets out of it. “Grey hair!” she laughed, then said: “Seeing people enjoying themselves and doing it the best that I can. There’s a real community feel to it now and the lake is so appealing.” As I can testify from the happy faces around me, anyone who’s a keen swimmer will enjoy themselves immensely here and inevitably make new friends with some other kindred spirits. Alas, as a danger to shipping, this absolute duffer won’t be missing his coffee and Sunday papers next week. For more information, visit www.inspire2tri.com.




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Open water swimming began as a hobby for eccentrics – perhaps those people you see on the news every New Year’s Day plunging into the lake, but with the cleaning up of our waterways and the boom in triathlons, thousands of swimmers are now signing up for more than 170 mass events that take place each year in Britain’s lakes, rivers and seas. The first place to start is the Outdoor Swimming Society, which lists all the places to swim in the UK, and gives helpful, practical and safety advice. Near us is Rutland Water (obviously), but also Watermead Country Park, near Thurmaston; Tallington Lakes, Six Hills near Melton Mowbray and Stanton Lakes near Leicester. www outdoorswimmingsociety.com

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Ketton take seven podiums at Desford Junior Triathlon More than 30 Ketton Panthers raced at the Desford Junior Triathlon on August 7 in the grounds of Bosworth Community College. The Panthers secured an incredible seven podium places across all age groups, consolidating their position at the top of the East Midlands Junior Race Series. Podium finishes included first, second and third places in TS2 boys category.

Podium places went to:  Tom Hattee – 1st TS2 boys  James Rothwell – 2nd TS2 boys  Sam Gordon-Kerr – 3rd TS2 boys  Charlotte Cullen – 1st TS1 girls  Olivia Lee – 1st TS2 girls  Neve Hattee – 1st Youth  Tom Hughes – 2nd Tristart boys

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From le: James Rothwell, Tom Hattee and Sam Gordon-Kerr. Neve Hattee, pictured right, was the first youth home

Group wins funding for children’s projects A young person’s group has raised thousands for its community efforts with the help of Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service. Stamford’s Christ Church has struggled to get their message across when trying to access funding but having taken guidance from Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) its has drawn in upwards of £30,000 to support young people, especially those in its parish – in a deprived area of the broadly affluent town. Teenzone’s summer holiday programme alone will, by the end of the six-week break, reach 250 young people and family members. The programme has included opportunities for families to play sports and games together as well as day trips for young people to places such as London and Tallington Lakes, where they tried the dry ski slope. In addition its Fitness.zone programme, running across 12 months, is delivering a


The Teenzone group on their trip to London

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to encourage joint sports activity. And the Teenzone services, aimed at those aged nine to 19, are just one of the outreach support services Christ Church offers in the community. Its day centre provides regular opportunities for older people and those who are otherwise housebound to meet. Its job club supports the long-term unemployed back into work. It also has a transport scheme to help people who are unable to access public transport and a StartaFresh mentoring programme for people who feel vulnerable or disadvantaged. Heidi Haxeltine, Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) community development officer, said: “The determination and energy of those at Christ Church to support and deliver opportunities to its entire community is absolutely endless and so much of what it does is delivered by volunteers or those going above and beyond their paid duties.” /// S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 6 7 3

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Podium drive for Teddy at European karting finals Uppingham Community College pupil Teddy Wilson stormed up the field to claim his maiden OK Junior (OKJ) podium in the 2016 CIK-FIA European Karting Championship last month. The 15-year old was racing in Genk, Belgium, in a highly competitive field with an abundance of drivers vying for the overall championship as well as top spot in this final round of the four-round championship. CRG team works driver Teddy said: “It was a great relief to finally get a podium. It has been a

hard year but this result shows I’ve got what it takes to be at the front of the field. Overall I’m very happy and it’s boosted my confidence for the world championship later this year.” Teddy concluded the 2016 CIK-FIA European Championship in a disappointing 13th position. Despite some consistent performances in the preceding rounds, racing incidents in the finals at both Portimao in Portugal and Adria in Italy severely affected his overall championship standing.

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DUTCH HOCKEY TOUR FOR STAMFORD DUO At the end of July, Stamford School pupils Maeve MacDonald and Sophie Skelton were both selected to represent Leicester Hockey Club for an under 18 tour of The Hague, Netherlands. During the five-day tour, the girls participated in regular training sessions followed by matches against local clubs, such as HDS, Pijnacker and Kieviten. Quickly adapting to the Dutch style of fast hands and aerials, they started their season confidently with wins of 6-4, 1-0, 3-0 and 5-1, improving gradually throughout their time in Holland. As well as playing fixtures there was time to explore Holland, visiting the Anne Frank museum, watching an annual Dutch flower festival and spending a day at the beach. According to the pair it ‘consolidated our individual pre-season efforts and it provided us with a great opportunity to bond as a team before the season commences. We were lucky to be given such a great experience and hope to incorporate parts of the Dutch hockey style into our own games’. Stamford High School’s new head of hockey, Lucy Meadows, added, ‘It is fantastic to see the girls participating in such exciting pre-season competitions and relishing the opportunities that they have to play hockey outside of school. This is great preparation for the upcoming season’.

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


Torrid few weeks put an end to Burghley’s title challenge BY JEREMY BESWICK


his month we focus on Burghley Park who’ve been riding high this season with all of their league sides in contention for promotion. However, doubtless they’d have preferred we’d majored on them in the last edition rather than in this, as their Saturday first eleven has had a bit of a torrid time of late. They began with a trip to fellow promotion contenders Southill Park, doubtless keen to cement their position in the table. Things didn’t go exactly to plan, to put it mildly. Having lost the toss – which seems to be becoming an unfortunate habit – they found themselves fielding as the hosts got off to a good start against what skipper Michael Jones called “some over pitched bowling” until Tom Stephenson, on as an enforced first change due to the opening pair being out of sorts, claimed the first wicket and spinner Gareth Hook pitched in with the second. Thereafter, although wickets fell regularly, a healthy run rate helped Southill to a

competitive but achievable 223 – with no hint of the drama to follow. The opening bowling spell by Southill’s Chris Watt and Jack Good proved to be something of a contrast to the earlier performance of their opposite numbers. Burghley’s Jones takes up the story: “Watt bowled with exceptional control, swinging the ball away from the right hander and Good was swinging the ball in... they both took wickets seemingly at will. No Burghley player had an answer to this exceptional spell”. In short, they crashed to an “embarrassing” 37 all out having been “thoroughly outclassed”. Jones also called it “a horror show” and went on to say that “performances like this must be a thing of the past”. However, at least his side evidently heeded those rallying words as they followed that one-off fiasco with a crushing 303-run victory at home to Ickwell. Opener Tom Banham and number four Henry Charlton starred with the bat; Banham with his first century for the club and Charlton with 141 as they posted an

enormous 379-5. The visitors managed only 76 in response as Charlton also took two wickets and Nick Cowley polished off the tail efficiently to record a four-for. Jones commented afterwards that “all four remaining games are a must-win” if they were to keep their promotion hopes alive, so the visit of Eaton Socon the following Saturday would be pivotal. Batting first, Burghley managed 224, Gareth Hook top scoring with 71 and number nine Nick Cowley weighing in with a strong 55. After a positive start from the visitors, skipper Jones took the first wicket and when Nick Cowley claimed the second it seemed Burghley were in control, even though opener Jake Wenman was still in the process of giving the innings a solid base with his 76. Cowley later returned for a second spell and again seemed to have swung the match Park’s way with two quick wickets but it was not to be their day. Of all things, five runs awarded for the ball hitting a fielding helmet near the end was to prove decisive and a

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Vox Fox The Foxes are still very much in contention for that single promotion spot to the First Division of the County Championship – a remarkable turnaround from the past few seasons when they haven’t been able to buy a win. So I was looking forward to my time with their Aussie captain, Mark Cosgrove, to see if I could gain some insight into what’s gone on behind the scenes to bring about such a transformation. “Yes, without doubt it’s been a good year. The new coaching staff and the structures they’ve put in place have made a real difference” he told me. “Plus we’ve recruited some senior players, leaders on the pitch. Competition for places is always good for performance.” He agreed that chief executive Wasim Khan deserves a lot of the credit for the way he has picked the club up by the scruff of its neck and shaken it to life. On the likelihood of promotion his view was “It’s going to be close. It’d just be so great to be playing the last game of the season with a chance of achieving that”. Playing devil’s advocate I asked if it would be a challenge, should they narrowly miss out, to keep the momentum going next year. “Hey look,” he said, “If we don’t go up we’re still six months to a year ahead of where we planned to be. Whatever happens we’ve had a fantastic season and we’ll still be on track. We don’t want to be the sort of outfit that goes up and then comes down again – we want to be the best side in the country”. To that end, further player recruitment is planned for the close season. “We’re always looking to improve and find someone who brings something new to the club. Our three fast bowlers have carried us a bit for the last two years and they need some help to keep them nice and fresh. An even spread of six, seven or even eight bowlers is what we’re looking for.” Cosgrove’s team-mates were absolutely delighted when he recently committed himself to two more years at the helm and he’s seen as indispensable to what we can call ‘The Project’. How would he describe his style of captaincy? “Aggressive. We’re attacking games more than we did last year. I guess I’m calm and collected on the field, although I sometimes wonder if that’s always the best way, but it’s been easy for me as captain as all the guys know what their job is.” It’s not just the new boys who are grabbing the headlines either. Wicket-keeper Ned Eckersley’s been around for five years or so and has been through the bad times, but having been ever-present in the side for the past three seasons he’s

towering six from Graeme Duff eventually saw Eaton narrowly home. In spite of the result all but ending their promotion hopes – and indeed they were to go on to lose to table-topping Castor and Ailsworth a week later – Jones was a generous loser saying “a thrilling game and credit to Eaton Socon who stuck at their task well”. So, promotion will have to wait until the next campaign but at least the Sunday side remain very much in the mix. They currently sit in the second promotion spot, narrowly ahead of East Carlton, despite an away loss away to leaders Weldon. Uppingham Town will be satisfied with their debut season in the First Division of the Leicestershire League – whatever happens in


Mark Cosgrove in action for Leicestershire

been a revelation this campaign. Last month he scored three successive centuries – not bad for a number 7 – including a stand of 123 for the ninth wicket with Ben Raine, who’s also not exactly a newcomer. A combination of new blood and rejuvenated old hands seems to be serving them well.

the next few weeks. They have established that they are more than capable at this level and their season of consolidation will stand them in good stead. They recorded two wins and two losses in their last four games. Following a defeat at Houghton and Thursby, where a muchdepleted batting line up never really got going, the highlight came as they entertained Thorpe Arnold. The equivalent away fixture had been close, going down to the last over, and this match didn’t disappoint either, skipper Jamie Dumford calling it “A thriller”. Town looked to have under-cooked their innings – being all out with overs to spare for just 169 – and at 120-2 with nine overs left the

visitors seemed to have it in the bag. However, bowler Scott Green bagged two wickets in two overs to break the opponents’ 79 run stand for the third wicket and shortly thereafter Dumford threw the ball to pace man Alex Ashwin, who responded with nothing less than a two wicket maiden. The game ebbed and flowed thereafter until, as the last over began, all results were possible. Two wickets needed for Uppingham, six runs for Thorpe Arnold. Ashwin’s pace was again the challenge but two singles came from his first two deliveries, leaving four needed from four. Yet the bowler was not to be denied, clean bowling two tail enders in the next two balls to win the game and finish with figures of 4 for 7 off 2.4 overs.

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Daniels look to bounce back BY DEAN CORNISH


t is now well documented that Stamford AFC were relegated last season – they finished fourth from bottom and therefore deserved their fate. What they certainly didn’t deserve was the shambolic treatment they received from the FA, which ‘reprieved’ them from relegation as Cinderford Town rejected promotion from Step 4, only to then relegate them again six weeks later when Evesham United appealed against the decision. The Daniels now need to bounce back to Step 3 and the Evo Stik Premier Division, a level that the ground, management and most of the players merit. Thankfully Graham Drury has recruited well, with plenty of players who can easily shine at Stamford’s current level. Ryan Robbins should score a hatful, Paul Malone in defence is more than capable and Paul Bastock should easily cope with the level, in spite of being 47. Graham Drury is also well experienced in getting teams promoted back to Step 3, having done so with Stamford before (their first promotion to that level) and Corby Town. That said, the Daniels didn’t start well, with a 3-1 reverse at home to Witton Albion


surprising many, but hopefully making everyone aware that this season certainly won’t be a walk in the park. I still see them going up in the play-offs, but there’s bound to be drama along the way. Blackstones meanwhile recruited well over the summer and will be looking to challenge for promotion from UCL Division 1 following last season’s 10th place finish under Phil Gadsby. Unfortunately, they’ve started terribly though, with no wins in their first three games and also losing hot-shot new signing Lewis Leckie to injury for at least a month. I still think they have a good chance of finishing in the top six this season. Oakham United have started in the same division like a train, with four wins from four putting them at the top of the table, in spite of presumably being weakened with the loss of Leckie to Blackstones. Darren Edey’s experience could see the Tractor Boys challenge near the top this season having now had a few years to get used to the higher level. In the Peterborough League Premier Division, Ketton have also had a cracking start, with the only 100% record in the division following their first three games. I’d be

surprised if Ketton were to challenge at the top of the league come the end of the season, but a top five place shouldn’t be beyond them. Having won the First Division at a canter last year, many have tipped the Stamford Lions to do well in the Premier Division this season, but they’ve started with three defeats. Mystery surrounds last season’s star player Ryan Brown, who has apparently decided to take a step back from the game. Without him, I can’t see Lions finishing anywhere near the top of the table, but they should be good enough to be well clear of relegation. One side that may not be so lucky is Uppingham Town, who have struggled recently. Having had a poor start to this season also, I can see Billy Beaver’s side facing a long relegation battle this year. In the Peterborough League Division 1, Stamford Bels have started well under the temporary stewardship of Mark ‘Yorkie’ Bryan. With two wins from two, and the introduction of some new faces, could this be the year that the Bels get back into the Premier Division? If you get a chance, go and support some local football. You’ll love it.

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he very popular Little Downham Horse Trials near Ely held its second competition of the year at the end of July and as usual there was a lot of support from the Stamford area. They had 18 separate sections ranging from BE80 to Open Novice. Lisa Egan from Castor took second place in the BE80 on her own Ducal Banks, which was her first event this season due to giving birth to baby Ethan. She has already entered up for the rest of the year at BE90. Richard Coney won the Open Novice again on the very reliable Master Ping and Richard Jones also won a section on the lovely six-year old Kilcotrim Kingsake. Tamsyn Iveson from Stamford took the first BE90 section on Enniscrone Morgan Gold (Dougie to his friends) with a very impressive dressage score of just 19, which left Dougie nearly 10 marks ahead of his closest rival – a huge achievement as this was the first time competing at this level. Tamsyn then went on to Swalcliffe with Dougie where they competed in the British Riding Club Championships. Tamsyn said “he was a dream from start to finish”, and they finished on their dressage of 29, which is huge achievement as they ran it the old fashioned


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way with roads and tracks which basically means you have to be really fit as you have 30 minutes of strong trotting and a steeplechase before you even get to the cross country. Buckminster ran the Belvoir Pony Club one-day event over that same weekend and also had a plethora of the younger locals riding there. The Burghley team of Maddie Price, Lucy Daly, Catherine Davies and Greta Mason had a brilliant run where they qualified for the Intermediate Championships at Cholmondeley Castle. All the team achieved double clears with Greta winning her section on a 25; Catherine

was second, Lucy third and Maddie was fifth for an overall team win. The Burghley team of Maddie, Lucy, Greta and this time Di Bevan all then went down to Hickstead for more Pony Club show jumping. They all jumped well in the first 1-10m round and out of 22 teams only eight went through to the next round which was in the main International arena over 1-15m. Again the Burghley team had four faults leaving them in joint first. They had one final jump off where they just lost out to the Portman Pony Club. It was a brilliant experience for the team as it’s not everyday you get to ride in the world famous Hickstead International Arena, although they did seem a little more excited about meeting Wocket from Wocket and Woy – a jockey making a name for himself on social media with his stunts and pranks. Etti Dale had a fabulous run at the British Eventing Novice Championships at Gatcombe at the beginning of August. Etti and Simply Simon had qualified for both the Novice and Intermediate final but decided they would probably be more competitive in the Novice. They had a good start with a 32.4 dressage and they then added just 4.8 time penalties to that to finish in fourth overall – obviously a good decision.

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The picturesque sixth hole at Rutland Water

THE 19TH HOLE Everything you need to know about local golf COURSE NEWS Greetham Valley Greetham Valley’s ladies have achieved promotion to division three following a fine win at home to Woodhall Spa. The men’s first team are still hopeful of promotion after drawing 3-3 away at Thorney Lakes with wins for Nick Cunnington/Darren Sargood, John Peyser/Rory Smith and Chris Steele/George Grant. A final match away at Tydd could secure promotion to Division 1 of the South Lincs scratch league. There were two competitions run simultaneously on Sunday with the Gents Rabbits Trophy for 19-28 handicappers whilst 0-18 players competed for the Limestone Trophy; both competitions being stableford format. In the former, third place was taken by Derek Price (21) with 35 points in a round which started badly with a lost ball on the first hole. Second place went to Keith Childs with 36 while the overall winner was Bill Guest with 38 points and a reduction in handicap to 18. In the 0-18 competition, Graham Smith (5) played the first 15 holes to par but ran into problems on the 16th to take a double bogey and followed this by dropping shots on the final two holes; in spite of this he registered 38 points to take third place. Rory Smith (also 5) took second place with 38 points on countback. The overall winner was Shaun Denholm with 44 points, dropping only three shots on the back nine. The ladies played for the Gill Christie Trophy in strokeplay format and there was a tight battle between the top four. Third place with a nett 74 on countback went to Annie McCulloch thanks to a strong back nine. The runner-up was Sophie Beardsall (2), who was crowned club champion last week, with a nett 73. The overall winner was Liz Haughton (5) with a nett 70 after playing the course in two over gross.

hot streak on the back half though but still played to his (then) handicap. Brian had his handicap reduced to 20.

Burghley Park The redevelopment of the practice ground is now complete. The new facilities are available to both full members as well as those wishing to purchase just a practice ground membership. To enquire about practice ground or club membership, call 01780 753789 or email: admin@burghleyparkgolfclub.co.uk. The mid-week medal saw Ian Copley storm round the course for a nett 67; playing off 13, Ian dropped only two shots to (gross) par on the front nine and continued in this way for the rest of the round apart from a visit to the water on the 14th. He had his handicap reduced to 11. Second place was taken by Lewis Chisholm with a nett 69 in a round marred by double bogeys on holes 9 and 11. Third place was taken by Paul Clegg, playing off 5, with a nett 73. The seniors pairs better ball competition was won by Mike Hoye and Keith Heppenstall with 44 points, three clear from David Wallace and Keith Godwin. The talk of the Seniors, however, was of Brian Parker’s medal round the previous week. Brian, who plays off 22 and who has recently returned from injury, registered a nett 63 on the Valley course with a scorching first half, carding six under (nett) par; he was unable to continue this

Rutland County The club has improved and updated the internal and external lighting at the driving range and has also added a SkyTrak Launch Monitor and new range balls. It has also introduced a ‘luckyball’ draw, using the two ball-dispensers in the range. Each dispenser will contain a gold, two silver, three bronze and four football coloured balls. If you get one of these ball dispensed into your basket, you win one of the following prizes:  Gold – free round on main course  Silver – 50% discount on main course fee  Bronze – free round on the par 3 course  Football – free round of FootyGolf. The club will also be hosting the Military Cup on September 2. The tournament is based on the 90 Ninety Golf format, with all proceeds going to Help for Heroes. If you would like to enter a team or receive further details, contact Tracy or Jo on 01780 460330. Club professional Dominic Fitzpatrick is running an introduction to golf group session. The course is aimed at complete beginners and takes place over six consecutive weeks. Open to all ages, the course costs £60 for six lessons and includes tea and cake in the clubhouse after each lesson. All equipment is provided. Contact Dominic on 01780 460330.  Got any golf news, tips, recommendations or put in some stellar performances this month? Email Steve Moody – steve@theactivemag.com.

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