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Interview with Bradley Wiggins Build your own bike Make your own candles Meet Oakham’s new head Two friends who are resetting fashion Walk with Will


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Behind the scenes at Burghley We meet some of the unsung heroes who help the horse trials run smoothly

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‘I’m afraid he’s a typical lurcher, hates crowds and then gets a bit grumpy; rather like his owner really.’ SEPTEMBER MEANS THE Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials circus comes to Stamford. It’s a great spectacle and brings a lot of money to the town and surrounding area, as well as a lot of people; an awful lot of people. But when you think about the benefits they bring, a few days’ inconvenience for the locals isn’t the end of the world and gives you the perfect excuse to leave the car at home and walk. What I enjoy best about the horse trials is the people watching, and even better, the dogs. Sitting having a cup of tea in one of the main aisles watching the great and the good saunter past is at times a bit of an eye opener. As a dog fan I always love seeing the huge variety of breeds. Hopefully I will see the two Irish wolfhounds I seem to bump into every year as well as the ubiquitous black labs and numerous terriers, many often getting up to no good. I have taken Midge my lurcher on occasion but I’m afraid he’s a typical lurcher, hates crowds and then gets a bit grumpy; rather like his owner really, so best to leave him at home. I am always puzzled that dogs aren’t allowed in the Member’s enclosure - although I’m sure there’s a good reason - and feel rather sorry for them tied to the fence waiting patiently, or impatiently in some cases, for their owners’ return. The horse trials appear to run like a well oiled machine. What has always interested me is who and what we don’t see; what goes on behind the scenes. So this year we have found out. Read our interviews with a fence judge, saddle fitter and farrier as well as my own experiences as a marshal. September is also the beginning of the new academic year and the return to school after the long summer holidays. I still feel the air of new beginnings this month, although my school days are many years behind me. Someone who will be feeling that very much at the moment is the new head of Oakham School, Henry Price who we enjoyed meeting this month. We’ve been busy getting out and about. Kate has built her own bike and is now getting to grips with trying it out. Perhaps she should get some tips from Sir Bradley Wiggins who will be appearing at de Montfort Hall later this month and spoke to us as well. And I have been making scented candles, creating my own fragrance; something I thoroughly enjoyed. If you see me on the course at Burghley blowing my whistle come and say hello, we are always delighted to meet and hear from our readers. Happy people watching! Mary - Editor FIND US ONLINE



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Local news updates


Great local events for all the family


Mary Bremner makes her own candle


Design for the shape of your garden


Will walks a pretty loop from East Farndon


22 THE FINISHING TOUCHES Meet two ladies who are resetting fashion


Meet the unsung heroes who help the Horse Trials run smoothly




Help your child avoid the fat trap


Mary Bremner chats to Henry Price, the new head of Oakham School


We catch up with the most decorated Olympian in British history


Kate Maxim builds a Canyon bike


Updates on adventurers


Catch up with local teams and their news

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ActiveLife What’s on in the area this month | Candle making Design ideas for different garden shapes | Walk with Will E DI T E D BY M A RY B R E M N E R

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Dog food heaven

Fundraising for fun HOPS, HEIGHTS OF Play Scheme, is a community group set up with the goal of raising £60,000 to install a play park facility on the Rutland Heights playing field on the edge of Stamford. The playground has diminished over the years from wear and tear and there is currently no local council budget to replace equipment that has been removed. HOPS are passionate that the children of Rutland Heights, Great Casterton and the surrounding area should have a play facility that is fit for purpose, engaging and stimulating. They want to provide something that will encourage children to

switch off the Xbox and get outside and play, develop friendships with their peers and use their imagination and creativity rather than sit in front of screens and they believe that a new play park will achieve this. Along with community fundraising initiatives they are planning they also need the support of local businesses to achieve their target. Visit their Facebook page (HOPS – Heights of play scheme) for more information. If anyone would like to make a donation or to offer support email heightsofplay@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page HOPS – Heights of play

GO RAW BASED at the bottom of Burnmill Hill in Market Harborough opened at the end of May. The brainchild of Nikki Turner, her shop, open from Tuesday to Sunday, sells six different brands of frozen raw dog meat. You can buy it as a mince, chunks and even bones. ‘I’m a raw feeder myself,’ explains Nikki. ‘Two years ago I went on holiday to Norfolk with Roxy my Rhodesian Ridgeback and was worrying how I would manage to keep her food frozen during the journey. I decided to see if there was a company selling meat locally, and there was. I visited the shop and absolutely loved it and found they stocked brands I’d never heard of. When I got home I searched to see if there was anywhere locally selling raw dog food, and there wasn’t, so here I am!’ Nikki is finding that she has customers who are new to raw feeding, and is converting more, as well as those who have always been doing it. She’s happy to offer advice and tips so do pop in and see her. www.gorawdogfood.co.uk

New farm shop GATES NURSERY HAS recently opened a new farm shop adjacent to its existing premises at Cold Overton near Oakham. The shop will focus on locally sourced produce including meat from the Gates family farm as well as high quality products from national producers. Also in the shop will be a delicatessen, cheese counter, artisan bakery, fresh fruit and veg as well as locally prepared, high quality frozen ready meals and much more. Farm to fork shopping at its best, with the shop opening daily at 8am and on Sundays at 11. www.gatesgardencentre.co.uk


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New studio is put to good use THE BROAD STREET Practice in Stamford is enjoying its recent expansion into the next door premises that used to be Matchmakers. They now have four new treatment rooms and a small exercise studio for up to eight people. This studio is being put to good use with many classes being run from it including weekly therapeutic yoga for people with injuries and weak areas. There are also several Pilates classes including Otago Pilates which was developed in New Zealand and is aimed at helping the over 60s strengthen and improve their balance reducing the risk of falls. A three week yoga course for absolute beginners starts on September 10. Many other groups meet in the studio including a women’s health group and a breast feeding

group for new mums. Another class being run weekly is a rehabilitation class aimed at people who have had an injury or surgery and want to regain their previous mobility and fitness. Run by sports therapist Glyn Davys who has a post grad sport and exercise rehab qualification and is now studying for a Masters in physiotherapy, he runs small group sessions where he can offer a bespoke programme for each individual. ‘There is a gap, particularly in the NHS, for patients after they have had surgery or an injury,’ he says. ‘They will often be offered a few physio sessions but this does not necessarily get them back to where they want to be. This is where I come in.’ Glyn suggests that people who want to join

his rehab class book a 30 minute appointment with him before the class so he can screen them to find out exactly what they need and he can plan their programme. He also gives exercises to do at home for people attending the classes. As well as rehab classes Glyn works at the practice on Saturdays offering sports massages, injury rehab and 1:1 rehab sessions. To make an appointment with Glyn, or to book a space on any of the classes or for treatments ring 01780 480889 www.thebroadstreetpractice.co.uk

New hearing business in Harborough HARBOROUGH HEARING CARE has just opened at the Archway Health Hub on Lubenham Hill. Specialising in hearing aids, tests and ear protection, audiologist Clare Heaviside has over 30 years experience in the industry. Working in the NHS at Leicester Royal Infirmary, Clare is now able to offer two days a week at the Archway Hub; Tuesdays and Thursdays. To make an appointment with Clare ring the Hub on 01858 410820 www.harboroughhearingcare.co.uk


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What’s on...

Great things to see and do in the region


TAMFORD PARENT & BABY show is being held at the Arts Centre on September 22. The show brings together a large number of mainly local parent and baby brands and services, as well as pregnancy and post natal groups and exercise options. www.parentandbabyshow.com Kung Fu classes run by David Schofield are being held at Lubenham village hall on Saturday mornings 9-10am and Wednesday evenings at Foxton village hall from 6.15-7.15pm. Everyone is welcome. £5 per class, with the first one being free. HOPS, the fundraising group for new play equipment, are having a Zumba takeover to be held at Borderville on September 24 at 7pm. Everyone is welcome. Stamford’s fourth Georgian Festival will be held on September 26-29. There will be stories from Stamford’s Georgian past and a programme of events, some of which are free to attend. www.stamfordgeorgianfestival.co.uk

Tinwell art group are holding their exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre from September 22-October 4. Entry is free and there will be a large range of artwork on display. The Ultimate Human v Horse event on Sunday, September 29 in Gretton promises to be great fun for cross country-loving runners and riders. The exhilarating 16 mile course will stretch the horses and give the runners a chance to keep up so reaching the finish line simultaneously. Book here: www.wilddogevents.com    Scarecrows are coming to Lubenham on September 7-8. The Green at the heart of the village will be full of street food stalls,

crafts, live music and amusements and the village will be full of scarecrows made by the villagers. Happy Birthday to Rutland Water junior parkrun who are a year old on September 1. To celebrate go and join them at Normanton Church where the run starts at 9am. There’s bound to be cake! Easton Walled Garden’s autumn country market will be held on September 8 from 11-4pm. There will be over 60 stalls of local artisan crafts and food as well as demonstrations and the chance to enjoy the beautiful gardens. The High Sheriff of Rutland, Margaret Miles will be cycling around the perimeter of Rutland on September 14 as part of the Ride and Stride event. She will visit 23 of its churches on behalf of Rutland Historic Churches Preservation Trust which raises money for church repairs in the county. If you wish to join the event go to www.rhcpt.co.uk/rutland-ride-and-stride Wright Care at Home is holding a Red Cross first aid event on September 17 at 2pm at Stamford’s United Reform Church. A Red Cross trained educator will be giving easy to learn tips to deal with an emergency relating to slips, trips and falls. There will also be tea and cake.

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Perfect scents Mary Bremner creates her own scented candle at a candlemaking workshop SCENTED CANDLES, NEARLY everyone’s favourite, and certainly mine. I have to confess I have a bit of an obsession and am always searching for the perfect scented candle. But it can prove quite elusive, and ridiculously expensive. Some of the prices of top brand candles can be eye watering, and that’s not just the smoke from the candle. I’ve always liked the idea of making my own candle and creating my own scent, so was delighted when I came across The Wicked Wick. Dianne Drew is the owner of The Wicked Wick and runs candlemaking workshops from her kitchen in Stamford, as well as soap making; but today was all about candles. Canadian Dianne is very welcoming and knows her stuff. She knows exactly how much soy wax you will need to fill the small tin, and how long the wick needs to be. The art of candle making involves a bit of science, and Dianne has done all that for you as well; which was good as I would have been useless at that part. Shalini Austin and I were welcomed with tea and cake whilst Dianne went through a brief health and safety chat as well as a bit of troubleshooting. Who knew that you could use a hairdryer to even out a soy candle. In the last three years she has experimented with different waxes and wicks until she has come up with the perfect combination. First of all we cut the wood wicks to size using a template. They are really easy to work with and cut cleanly and easily using some secateurs. And most importantly stay in place. Using a glue gun we stuck the sustainer with the wicks in to the bottom of the tin. And then it was the best bit, making our own fragrance. There were no rules, we could mix what we wanted. Scents are evocative and certain smells can bring back happy memories. Smell is also very personal, one person can be transported whilst another is unimpressed. Dianne let us loose on all her scents; we smelt the lids as they weren’t as powerful, and picked or discarded fragrances. Interestingly Shalini and I had very similar likes and dislikes; florals, apart from tea rose, were discarded

and we went for woody smells such as sandalwood and cedar, along with pipe smoke and oud. We were both transported by this exotic, warm scent, Shalini back to her childhood, me to warmer climes and sultry evenings. A great tip Dianne gave us was to sniff coffee from time to time as it clears the nasal passages. Once we had picked out our favourites we started combining them. To anyone looking through the window we must have looked very odd waving lots of different lids under our noses, but it was great fun and quite therapeutic. I quickly opted for tea rose and wild tobacco and couldn’t resist adding some oud. Shalini was oud, Cuban tobacco

“I’ve always liked the idea of making my own candle and creating my own scent, so was delighted when I came across The Wicked Wick”

and cedar. It was all very well waving lids under our noses but now we had to decide how we were going to combine the three. This is where the science comes in. Apparently you have to get the scent:wax ratio correct or the candle won’t burn evenly, or might not even burn at all. Some candle makers use up to 18% fragrance but that Dianne assured us was too strong. We were going to use between 9 and 12% which against 175g of wax was 19ml. We both had a test tube and started adding the different fragrances with Dianne instructing us to write down exactly how much of what we had used. Once we had mixed our potion Frankenstein came to mind here with all the lotions and potions - it was time to measure out the wax, put it in a glass bowl and using a double boiler (like for chocolate) melt it. The wax has to get to a specific temperature, 78 degrees, so a digital thermometer is needed. Once it has reached 78 degrees, remove it from the heat and stir in the fragrance. Allow it to cool to 68 degrees and then pour it into your tin; and there you have your candle! It now has to solidify which takes about 48 hours. I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and would recommend you go and do it. I am now enjoying up to 40 hours of fabulous fragrance; created by me, for me; you can’t get much better than that. The workshop takes about three hours and costs £45. Dianne is very flexible about running workshops so get in touch with her at Thewickedwick@outlook.com or via facebook or instagram. Dianne sells candles online via etsy. You can purchase partial kits from Dianne. She supplies containers, wicks and enough wax for five candles. You just need to add the scents.

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Blurred Lines Garden designer Teresa Kennedy advises on different garden shapes


REATING A GARDEN which is not determined by the shape of its existing boundaries can be a tricky challenge as, for most of us, our boundaries are very visible and harsh, often an ugly fence, or a wall. For the fortunate few, the boundary doesn’t close off the view and allows what’s on the other side of the fence to be part of the garden. The challenge in this case is to bring the outside in so that the boundary is blurred.

Square Gardens

A perfectly square garden is ideal for a central feature, such as your eating space. Avoid putting something in each of the corners of the garden, as it will highlight them; focus instead on the centre. Trees suited to the size of your space will lift the eye and create a canopy which will add layering, which is a really useful technique to help blur the lines. Square spaces also suit symmetrical designs; again, use the centre as a focus and radiate from this using a traditional straight lines approach sectioning off equal areas. You are creating a garden to walk around.

Irregular Shaped Gardens

Fluidity suits an L-shape, the aim being to include the smaller part. Curved lines, which come together in the wider area, and pull apart in the smaller, will detract from the angle and size variation. The alternative is to split the sections into two distinct areas. A level change, a green boundary or a change in hard landscaping will define the space, giving it its own purpose. Bringing in height here will also make the area feel more lofty and spacious. Lighting is a great tool to lift this part of the garden.

Rectangular Gardens

Perfect for ovals, circles, over-lapping shapes, and off-centre areas. Some of the best gardens are rectangular. They allow you to walk down them which gives you the opportunity to build outdoor rooms. Height, eye-catching sculpture, heavy planting; all will remove your eye from the boundary. Try to use these through the central part of the garden rather than focusing them towards the end as this can narrow the view. www.viridisdesign.co.uk / 07726 334501


The Tawny Owl FOLLOW UP THE mobbing calls of jays, tits and blackbirds on your next woodland walk and you may see a tawny owl flying silently through the trees seeking quieter surroundings. This is our most nocturnal owl, roosting in the thick cover of ivy covered trees, or holes in tree trunks and hunting in woodland for small mammals at night. Tawny owls give the familiar ‘hoo–hoo’ call and a loud, sharp ‘kewick’, usually at night, but sometimes during the day. Large wooded gardens with conifers

and old trees occasionally attract tawny owls. They nest in cavities in trees and will readily occupy nest boxes, and do at Pickworth, Exton and Rutland Water. Up to four round, white eggs are laid from early March and incubated by the female for about 30 days, the male providing her with food. The young fledge at 37 days but are fed by their parents for a further three months. In the autumn they are driven away from the breeding territory by the adults. Tawny owls are very sedentary and rarely wander far; a chick ringed at Exton in May 2011 was found dead in Clipsham Park Wood the following December. Terry Mitcham

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East Farndon The Jurassic Way forms part of this pretty loop from East Farndon on the southern fringe of Market Harborough. By Will Hetherington Images: Will Hetherington


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Active life There are magnificent views out west from East Farndon.

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The linear village of East Farndon is only a mile or so from the south-western edge of Market Harborough, but it has an undeniably rural feel. Houses line either side of the road as you climb the reasonably steep hill towards the church, which sits atop its pretty parish. And this is the best start point for the walk. You can park in the triangular area outside the church although there isn’t room for many cars. As is so often the case the hardest part is finding the start and in this case it’s because it’s really not very well sign-posted. Cross the main road directly opposite the church and you will see a path running alongside a driveway to the right of a house. It looks like somebody’s private property, but in fact it’s the Jurassic Way with no obvious signpost. When you head down here and through the gate you will soon find yourself out on the sheep pasture on top of the hill with glorious views to the north and west. There’s a lone signpost in the pasture pointing to the Jurassic Way, in two directions to add further confusion, but take the left hand (most westerly) option and you will soon go through one field boundary and drop steeply away to the west. Pass through a smallholding and then skirt the edges of a series of arable fields for about a kilometre until you see the perpendicular path branching off to the right through the tree line and in a straight line across the field beyond.

I found the first section from the bottom of the hill at East Farndon to this junction particularly poorly marked and almost non-existent for a few hundred metres at a time. This is unusual in this area and when you consider that it forms part of the 88-mile Jurassic Way between Stamford and Banbury it is rather disappointing. But please be warned it’s not even underfoot and it’s really quite hard to see any evidence of a path at all in places. Ironically once you leave the Jurassic Way the marking and maintenance become a lot better. So when you have taken the right hand turn after a kilometre head north across three fields towards Rectory Farm. Here there is a path which connects to the Marston Trussell Road 200 yards to the north, or you can walk down the access road. Either way when you get to the road turn right and stay on this quiet and straight country lane for 500 yards until you see the bridleway on your left. Head down here with the hedge on your right until you reach the private sign ahead at the end of the field. Turn right and walk very gradually uphill along two more field edges until you reach a footpath junction, with one to Lubenham to the left, straight on to Market Harborough and right to East Farndon. At this point you are very near the Judith Stone should you wish to make a short detour, otherwise turn right over the stile and walk uphill with a mast up ahead to the right. From this field you get some good views of Market Harborough to the north east before proceeding though a couple more grazing fields and rejoining the Marston Trussell Road on the western fringe of East Farndon. Walk up the road and turn right at the T-Junction then right again on to the main road to return to the church and your car at the top of the hill.

ACTIVE INFO The Judith Stone was supposedly named after a niece of William the Conqueror who is recorded in the Domesday Book as owning land in the parish.

East Farndon is a linear village on the hillside to the south of Market Harborough.

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Active life Essential information WHERE TO PARK In the small area around the church at the top of the hill in East Farndon. DISTANCE AND TIME Three and a half miles/an hour and 20 minutes. HIGHLIGHTS Wonderful views north and west from the Jurassic Way on top of the hill at East Farndon. Undulating rural countryside. LOWLIGHTS Very poorly marked and maintained in the first kilometre. REFRESHMENTS There are a number of options in Market Harborough or the Coach and Horses in Lubenham or the George at Great Oxendon.



DIFFICULTY RATING Three paws. It’s unnecessarily hard going around the field edges near the beginning but other than that it’s pretty straight forward. THE POOCH PERSPECTIVE There were sheep near the beginning and sheep and cattle near the end so be warned. We found one stream with some running water which was welcome on a hot day. 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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Resetting Fashion We meet a couple of friends who are hoping to change people’s views about shopping


TAMFORD-BASED FRIENDS Melanie Smeeton and Genevieve Potter are taking a new approach to fashion and saving money without compromising on style at the same time. They have been sharing their wardrobes throughout the year, starting last January. They are the same dress and shoe size as well as being the same height, so it made sense. They also both agreed not to buy any new clothes for a whole year to help re-set their attitude to fashion. We caught up with them recently to find out how they are getting on. Mel explains, ‘the idea for wardrobe sharing was sparked by a conversation with Gen. We were born a few days apart and were each toying with the idea of having a

‘year off’ fashion. Both of us have kids at university, and life is expensive! Whilst I’m good at budgeting and am very much a bargain hunter I don’t actually need more clothes, and yet I keep on buying. ‘Gen felt exactly the same way and being the same size and height, we suddenly realised that shopping each other’s wardrobes would be the perfect way to get through a year of fashion abstinence. ‘My goal by the end of the experiment is to change what has become a very expensive habit. I want to recapture the thrill of saving up for something that I’ll wear for years, rather than shopping out of habit for ‘disposable’ items that I end up ebaying or giving to the charity shop.’

‘I think women are conditioned to think of shopping as something ‘naughty but nice’, but the reality is that most of us just have too much,’ adds Gen, who goes on to tell us how they are getting on now that they are half way through the quest. ‘It’s going well most of the time. We are no longer surfing our favourite online shops and are putting that time (and money) to good use. We have recently completed an online qualification in Fashion Sustainability. It taught us the high cost of excessive, fast fashion consumption, its effect on the environment and the people in the supply chain. It has made us more determined than ever to not shop that way.’  Of course, there have been wobbly moments. Mel has discovered she’s an emotional shopper and wants to shop when stressed or feeling flat, whilst Gen shops for events and has to remind herself that she doesn’t need a new outfit every time she goes out. Discovering their trigger points allows them to acknowledge them before they take hold. They have also deleted all shopping apps from their phones. They are thoroughly enjoying swapping clothes. Mel’s wardrobe has loads of daytime separates but not much occasion wear - just one formal black dress that covers all events - so when she was asked to a summer ball she

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Active life was delighted to have access to Gen’s large collection of black-tie gowns. And Gen has loved wearing Mel’s incredible collection of white shirts, sequin skirts and blazers. 
Nothing is off limits. Occasionally having a slightly different body shape and taste has been problematic, but they work round it. Mel does not do strapless, halter neck or backless. Gen does not do a V-neck and can barely squeeze herself in to some of Mel’s jeans, but they are making it work, are enjoying it and are finding they have more money available. Both have booked more travel and are saving more, so are delighted. Friends and family are joining in. A friend recently organised a swapping party which

‘I want to recapture the thrill of saving up for something that I’ll wear for years, rather than shopping out of habit for ‘disposable’ items.’

was a big success, so successful that they are planning a winter one as well. Mel and Gen are encouraging friends to #stopbeforeyouclick and are helping them to shop more thoughtfully suggesting places such as Sue Ryder’s Thorpe Hall shop and the Emma Cutmore dress agency; but definitely no shopping allowed for them. The ladies love fashion and are not suggesting that everyone should stop or have time off buying clothes, but what they are saying is stop and think about it. They have an ethos we at the magazine strongly agree with; shop locally, buy less and buy well (pre-loved or from organic and sustainable fabrics whenever possible), mend and repurpose, and shop from your own wardrobe, or a friend’s.   ‘We think we’ve got an important message that resonates with people of all ages and genders. The fashion industry affects everyone and it’s time that we all started to see it differently. We all have the opportunity to be smarter, to value what we’ve got and to move away from excessive, disposable fashion, which largely ends up in landfill or being incinerated,’ says Gen.    Follow Mel and Gen on Instagram @thefashionreset

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Behind the scenes at Burghley The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials are an incredibly well organised event, and everything seems to run very smoothly. We find out more about what goes on behind the scenes and meet a few of the unsung heroes.

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Behind the scenes at Burghley

Whistles and Walkie Talkies Editor Mary Bremner reveals what it is like to be a marshal at the three day event

Marshals at Burghley are organised by Stamford’s XT who are within the Round Table family. They recruit willing and able volunteers, many of whom are long serving, from the local area who are happy to give their time during the event in exchange for free tickets. I am one of them, and must have been doing it for over 20 years. Marshalling the event means that we man the crossing points, most of which are on the course but many are throughout the showground, or further afield. You might be manning a pedestrian crossing point, a vehicle access or, even, as I did one year, making sure that all owners and riders had their wrist bands on to allow them back to the horse box area. Most of us marshal on the Saturday, which is the busiest day with the cross country course, but marshals are needed throughout the four days. When you agree to marshal you are committing to turn up whatever the weather. Rarely are the organisers let down, but it has happened and obviously you won’t be asked to do it again. Sarah, my marshalling companion and I, hope that we now have got it down to a fine art. We check the weather and dress accordingly, and hope we are ready for any eventuality. We have marshalled in the pouring rain, when I found out that my supposedly waterproof coat wasn’t; have had to buy gloves and extra jumpers as we hadn’t realised quite how chilly the early September morning was, and have stood at our crossing point sweating wishing we didn’t have to wear our blue tabard. And one year, I think it was 2008, we

‘Marshalling the event means that we man the crossing points, most of which are on the course but many are throughout the showground, or further afield.‘ were up to over our knees in what looked like melted chocolate but was deep mud; so much mud it was lethal with cars and people sliding everywhere, including us. That year we were marshalling on the Sunday, so had four days of churned, wet, slimy ground to contend with. But we were dressed accordingly and everyone was incredibly good natured and cheerful.

As a marshal you elect the day, and time you would prefer, but there’s no guarantee you will get it. Steve Marsh, the super efficient coordinator, then allocates you a time to turn up at the meeting point just off the main thoroughfare of shops. Sarah and I always prefer to do the Saturday morning if we can. We don’t mind the early start and it usually means we can see the last few riders as a spectator rather than an official. But we don’t always get this slot, and you need to be flexible and fit in with the times you are offered. We ask to be put on a crossing together as it means we can have a good catch up beforehand and afterwards, but again this doesn’t always happen, flexibility is the key. It’s always slightly nerve wracking when you queue up to be told

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Behind the scenes at Burghley whereabouts you are going to be placed. We have had some extremely busy, stressful spots; slightly calmer and enjoyable ones, and the dull and boring when we have been driven miles out and left to man a point on our own. This can make the three or four hours feel incredibly long; being dropped at the golf course springs to mind. I think I saw about three people all day. The event has become more health and safety conscious over the years so now you are briefed before being given your whistle, walkie talkie and tabard. The radios are a fairly recent addition, and have proved useful as you find out if someone has fallen, withdrawn or if there’s a delay on the course. You have to have your wits about you as you need to listen for the whistle being blown further down the course alerting you to the arrival of the next horse. My greatest fear is being shouted at by a rider, or even worse, having someone on the course when the horse comes; they are moving very quickly when they pass so close to you. We have had some very stressful spots over the years as well as quiet ones. The crossing between the bar and the main arena was a year to remember. There were crowds of people all wanting to cross who didn’t seem to understand the

urgency of the matter. When the whistle blows it means a horse is coming and you have to get off the course, quick! Quite a lot of shouting and arm waving went on that year. And then there was the year Sarah had to catch a horse whilst I was trying to control both a vehicle crossing and pedestrian one at the same time. We certainly felt we deserved our celebratory glass of Pimms and frozen yoghurt at the end of that stint.

Most of the time our experience has been very enjoyable. Yes, we’ve had to cope with the odd irascible driver, naughty child and disobedient dog; and the owner who allowed their dog to cock its leg on Sarah’s coat will never be forgiven. But mainly we meet lovely people who are out enjoying their day, many of whom seem to think we are the fount of all knowledge. So we make sure we know the course, which jumps are where, who is coming next and who has fallen off. And some very kind people have even brought us cups of tea or bottles of water, which are always welcome; and even the offer of a quick shelter under an umbrella. Look out for us on the course this year; we are the ones who always have our jackets hanging on a post these days… If you would like to be considered for marshalling for Burghley 2020 please contact Steve on sjmmarsh@ hotmail.com You need to be between 18 and 70, able to hear and walk to a marshal point, which may be a couple of miles away.

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It’s Judgment Day Kate Jackson tells Mary Bremner all about being a fence judge at Burghley How do you become a fence judge? It’s a bit like filling dead mens’ shoes. If someone drops out because of retirement or work commitments you are invited to fill their place. The fence judges work in teams of four so you are asked by the rest of the team to join them. This means that they already know you, get on well with you (because you will spend a long time together) and know your background. All fence judges come from a horsey background so basically you are picked from within that community. Once you are a judge you attend briefings and training courses throughout the year. It’s also important that you are used to being around horses and handling them as it’s not unusual to have to catch one on the course.

Do you have to have fence judged before? Oh yes, and still be judging now. As well as Burghley they like you to do at least three other British Eventing events a year. This means you are keeping your hand in, and know what you are doing. I have judged at Belton, Shelford, Keysoe and Osberton as well as at many pony club events, and still do. How long have you done it at Burghley and do you know which fence you will be on? Four years now and I’ve yet to be on the same fence twice. We don’t know which fence we will be on until the final briefing which is usually the weekend before the trials. Once we know the jump we will be on we

study it closely and then decide who is going to do which role. One of us is the main judge, another will be on the radio with an ear piece so they can hear what is going on around the course and can communicate with control. Another has the whistle whilst the fourth person is actually taking the scores. Then we have the flags if we need them, in case we have to hold a horse on the course. We also need to be able to handle the crowds, crossings, etc and work with the marshals and stewards on the course. We also have an ipad on some of the jumps so that we can film the horse and rider. This is fairly new but really useful as footage is then sent straight back to control so if there is

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‘The judging on the Saturday is split between three local hunts, the Cottesmore, Belvoir and Fitzwilliam.’

Do you enjoy it? Yes it’s always a nice day out, whatever the weather. You get to enjoy a picnic with a group of people you know well, often see friends on the course and get to see how the local riders are getting on. Do you have a favourite jump, or one that you dread? Not really. We haven’t had a really tricky jump yet where the riders can take different routes. You have to have your wits about you then and be really on the ball. Discovery Valley was an interesting one as you are being filmed as the cameras are on this jump. It’s often a tricky jump and when we were there I think it was Mark Todd who fell

and pulled the bridle off the horse. Luckily the horse stood still so we were able to catch it easily and hold on to it. It’s not unusual to have to hold a horse. Do you ride? Not any more as I’ve recently lost my old horse. I used to and am very tempted to start again. My daughter competed at quite a high level so I spent a lot of time out with her and I’m still the cross country starter for the pony club. What’s your favourite part of the course? The finish. I like seeing the horses finish knowing they’ve got round safely and are home.

ever any dispute at the end the images can be looked at. Once the horse and rider have passed the fence one of us will radio through to control if they were clear, refused, fallen, etc. This means everyone knows exactly what is going on. How is the fence judging organised at Burghley? I think Burghley is quite unusual in that the judging on the Saturday is split between three local hunts, the Cottesmore, Belvoir and Fitzwilliam. It has always been done this way and seems to work. The course is split into three, with each hunt providing judges for their section. This means I am always judging on the same section, but as I said have yet to be on the same jump. Do you get paid to do it? No we are all volunteers but we get members’ tickets for the event, which is very nice. We also get a cream tea as after the cross country has finished all the judges have to wait to be given permission to leave by control. We all go to the members’ tent so that we are all in the same place if a query arises. It’s never happened yet but it could do if someone queries our judging.

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Saddles... Amongst the many hundreds of hours that riders and their team spend preparing for an event like Burghley, some of the most important will involve a saddle fitter and farrier. Kate Maxim discovers what goes on before the event

ANDY AND KIRSTY Milner are qualified saddle fitters, registered with the Society of Master Saddlers and run S Milner and Son Saddlers which has been trading since 1870. Andy took over the business from his father and uncle who were originally based in Uppingham, then moved to Leicester and is now settled in John O’Gaunt near Melton Mowbray. Dave Kuhn is a master saddler and an integral member of the family business having worked there for over 45 years, his father working there before him. Together they make a tight team ensuring that any horse that comes to them, whether in the field or at their premises in John O’Gaunt, goes away with the best fitting equipment possible. When someone buys or loans

a horse it will often come with its own saddle but as Kirsty points out, ‘It’s very important that people remember their horse does change over time. They are living, breathing animals and, like us, they don’t stay the same. I’m not the same shape I was three years ago and it’s exactly the same with horses who change shape with age, with the amount of work they do and their diet. If someone has a horse and hacks it twice a week then sells it on to someone who competes on it, it will become much leaner.’ Eventers are on top of all of this but every rider should get their saddles checked regularly. The Milners see all sorts: people who just hack, those that hunt, children with their ponies, and lots of eventers. The most important factors of a

saddle are comfort for the horse and comfort and safety for the rider. The saddle must be directly fitted to the horse as each animal will have different shaped withers and back. Andy and Kirsty do the saddle fitting which can involve adjusting the wool flocking in the panels under the saddle which are in direct contact with the horse’s back, and changing the width of the saddle tree if it can be altered. Re-stitching and repairs are mainly carried out by Dave, often on the sewing machines. They have two British Union Shoe Corporation number 6 machines, known as the saddlers’ sewing machine, which are 110 years old. As well as doing tack and rug repairs they make their own bespoke bridle wear using English leather.

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Andy remembers first going to Burghley when he was five as his father and uncle had a stand there until recently. Roll on a few years and Andy’s skills were called upon in an emergency when William Fox Pitt was just about to start the cross country and had a problem with his saddle. By the time the eventers arrive at Burghley their equipment has been checked and double checked but occasionally something goes wrong on the day. Fox Pitt rides an Albion saddle and normally someone from Albion would have been there to do that but not this time, so luckily Andy was able to step in and help.

Different saddles will be used for the different events. A dressage saddle is much straighter cut, sitting the rider more upright and it lies further behind the horse’s shoulder so they can do the big movements. For the cross country they’ll have a forward cut jumping saddle so they can ride short and get their knees in. Most people will use the same saddle for the show jumping but may lengthen their stirrups. Horses will generally let you know

if their saddle doesn’t fit properly. They show a lot of signs like putting their ears back, bucking, resisting and not going forward. The consequences of an ill fitting saddle can result in bad backs, lameness and loss of performance. They can also get sores but it would have to be a very badly fitting saddle for that. The saddle fitting market is buoyant which is no surprise considering this area is renowned for its horses and hunting and there are four other saddle fitters within twenty miles of the Milner’s workshop. Andy and Kirsty like people to come to their premises if possible as they have all the facilities there, but they also go out in to the field, covering about 35 miles in each direction. With so many saddles to fit there’s no time to rest on their laurels and Kirsty, who has arthritis at the base of her thumb has just had an operation to take one of the bones away, which should give her another few good years on the job! www.smilnerandson.com 01664 454839

‘A dressage saddle is much straighter cut, sitting the rider more upright and it lies further behind the horse’s shoulder so they can do the big movements.’

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... and shoes The UK sets the gold standard when it comes to shoeing horses. We are the only country where a farrier has to be registered to shoe horses which is why a lot of people come here to sit our exams. The Worshipful Company of Farriers is one of the oldest livery companies and has 375 members consisting of farriers, veterinary surgeons and people committed to the welfare of horses. It’s also the body that sets and assesses diplomas, associate and fellowship exams. During their studies, would-be farriers learn anatomy, diseases of the hoof, and how conformation affects the gait and the hoof. Depending on the qualification, they need to demonstrate traditional forging skills and show a range of shoemaking skills using different materials.

Not many farriers reach fellowship standard, but I met Stephen Hill from Belton in Rutland who is, not only a fellow, but is also an examiner. He also assesses students at the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray where the Army train their farriers, and judges competitions such as the Best Shod Horse at different horse trials. Last year he stewarded the competition at Burghley, and has won the Best Shod title there more times than anyone else: as a three-time winner he’s certainly demonstrated his ability to nail on a balanced, well made shoe. He also won the Best Shod Heavy Horse at the 2019 Suffolk Show and Rutland Show. Originally from Great Gidding in Cambridgeshire where his father was a horse dealer and racehorse trainer,

‘Trimming the hoof is 90% of the job as getting it to land and load evenly is the main aim.’ Stephen hunted with the Fitzwilliam while growing up and became huntsman for the Cambridge University Drag Hounds and the Grants Harriers before moving to Rutland to hunt with the Cottesmore, having met his wife Gemma, a UK eventer. He’s passionate about his trade and was happy to demonstrate the process of shoeing a horse from start to finish. Having first assessed the horse’s gait and discussed any ailments with the owner, he then removed the existing shoes and trimmed the hooves. At this point all the dogs in the yard appeared as the trimmings are a real delicacy – a bit like chewing on a fingernail apparently! Trimming the hoof is 90% of the job as getting it to land and load evenly is the main aim. He then took a length of steel heated to 1200 degrees and moulded his shoes over the anvil. Only about 10% of Stephen’s shoes are handmade now, mostly they’re bought in ready made, but for eventers like the horses going to Burghley they’re made to fit and would normally have stud holes to allow the horses to gain extra traction. It takes five heats in the forge to

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make a shoe including for the toe bend, heel, branch and nail holes each side, then there’s clips and stud holes. Farriers work their shoes in pairs, so while one is heating up, they work on the second one. Then there’s the nailing on. Normally a shoe will have six nail holes, sometimes more. The nails are made of iron which is softer than steel, so easier to bend. Nails should ideally come out between a third and half way up the hoof wall. It doesn’t hurt the horse at all, unless you’re not doing it correctly, but it looks fairly brutal to a lay person. It’s very physically demanding work with lots of bending and hammering and there are still not many female livery members, with only two female fellows. Stephen has scars up and down his arm where hot shoes have struck him and typical health problems are bad backs and arthritis. That doesn’t seem to detract from job satisfaction, where a deep infinity for horses must top the list of

‘Stephen has been the main farrier working at Burghley for a number of years and works all five days including the Trot Ups on Wednesday and Sunday morning.‘ requirements for the job. Stephen says everyone has their favourites, even when they’re difficult to shoe. He doesn’t mind the odd tricky individual including the involuntary shiverer who can’t stay still when Stephen lifts his feet. The day I visited, Stephen was shoeing a new horse that was a little wary but was soon put at ease and surrendered to

about an hour’s worth of treatment. Young horses are often tied up next to ones being shod so they can get used to the smell. Event horses work on lots of different surfaces so ideally their shoes would be changed daily depending on the work they’re doing. Getting a horse ready for an event like Burghley involves precision timing. The front of a horse’s hoof is, on average, about nine months old, although foals’ hooves grow faster. With good management weak hooves can be strengthened and straightened but it takes care and, sometimes, a lot of money. Leaving shoes on too long causes problems but farriers can use glue, pads, packing and heart bars to alleviate these. Stephen has been the main farrier working at Burghley for a number of years and works all five days including the Trot Ups on Wednesday and Sunday morning. At the show it’s often a question of tightening shoes but if a horse loses a shoe on the cross country, it may be some time before this is noticed. By then it may have travelled some distance and the hoof could have changed shape entirely and that then involves some serious remedial work. The busiest time for farriers is the Saturday night after the cross country and before the show jumping. While the crowds at events like Burghley are focusing on the horses and riders, I think it’s safe to say that without the farriers, saddlers, marshals and jump judges, the event wouldn’t run nearly as smoothly. Stephen Hill, master farrier, 07970 920127

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To Run, or Not to Run Is running bad for the knees? Sarah Babbs, physiotherapist at Stamford’s Broad Street Practice sets us straight


UNNING: IT SEEMS that everyone is doing it these days, and if we’re not we know someone who is, even training for marathons, something once tackled by elite runners only. I am a huge advocate of parkrun, the free weekly timed 5k runs held all over the world. There are two within 20 minutes of Stamford - Rutland Water and Ferry Meadows, and one in Welland Park in Market Harborough – starting at 9am on a Saturday morning, as does every parkrun. “I’ve been told I shouldn’t run as it will give me arthritis, what do you think?” is a question I am frequently asked. Advice varies hugely and leaves people very confused. There are many studies of the effects of running on both knees and hips and they are very positive. We know that loading of joints helps to improve the quality of the cartilage in the joints and, therefore, the joints themselves. A recent study looked at runners and non runners over nearly 20 years and found that runners’ knees do not display more arthritic changes than non runners; rather that they had less prevalence of arthritic changes than the non runners. It may also be that running reasonable distances is better for you than not running at all. Research in 2017 showed that sedentary people have a 10% chance of developing arthritis in hips and knees; those classed as recreational runners have only a 3.5% chance, so a big difference. Highly competitive runners have a slightly raised chance at 13.5% but that shouldn’t stop the rest of us. Now we have found that running is good for you, how do you get started? First of all by walking. This seems obvious but going for a good brisk walk in supportive shoes is a great way to get going and then start to follow a running programme. I love the Couch to 5K apps and the NHS has a particularly good free one. It is a nine week programme that talks you through running from scratch, supports you as you run with sound advice and timings to walk then run, changing as you progress. You can even choose to have

Michael Johnson coach you! Joining a running club will also give you tremendous support to help keep running, offering regular group runs and training sessions which will help you further your running career, and you will also meet other runners and build friendships. For those who do have hip and knee arthritis, the advice is to exercise rather than limit movement and load. Research has shown that those with hip and knee arthritis who exercised twice a week, for six weeks, experienced an average of 25% less pain. Even better results were found when people exercised with a physiotherapist or in groups. It is possible to reduce knee pain by losing weight. It has been reported that losing 5kg will result in a 50% reduction of pain. Some of

this will be due to the reduction of the mechanical load on knees but it is also thought that fatty tissue amplifies the inflammatory effect so increasing pain; two more good reasons to keep the weight down. The benefits of exercise on physical and mental health cannot be underestimated, but I realise some people will never want to run. Making sure that you are doing something you enjoy is an absolute must, be it working out in the gym, swimming or cycling, walking, dancing, zumba, yoga, Pilates; the list is endless. There are so many options, but the first step is taking part. Did I mention parkrun? Look forward to seeing you there. To make an appointment with Sarah ring The Broad Street Practice on 01780 480889 or contact her direct on 07780 900201.

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Keep it low Nutritionist and personal trainer Dawn Revens suggests ways to reduce blood sugar levels


HAVE TALKED previously about the importance of women over 40 eating the right foods. One area they need to pay special attention to is blood sugar levels, as ongoing high blood sugar levels lead to increased insulin levels which, in turn, causes both fat storage and weight gain. Unfortunately, this may eventually result in Type 2 diabetes and other health issues such as heart disease and certain cancers. To help you avoid weight gain and stay healthier for longer, I want to share with you ten different natural ways to keep your blood sugar levels low and stable.


Exercise regularly: exercise increases insulin sensitivity and you will use blood sugar for energy and muscle contraction. Exercising can also help with weight loss which will decrease insulin levels. Control your refined carbohydrate intake: products such as sugar, cakes, pasta, biscuits and bread are high in refined carbohydrate which are quickly broken down into glucose and will cause large spikes in both blood sugar and insulin levels. Only eat carbohydrates in foods such as fruit and vegetables and unrefined whole grains such as brown rice and quinoa. Stay hydrated: drinking plenty of water enables the kidneys to flush out excess sugar through urine. It also rehydrates the blood and lowers blood sugar levels and the risk of diabetes.




Lower your stress levels: when you get stressed you release a hormone called cortisol which raises your blood sugar levels and then your insulin levels. Make sure you find time to relax every day even if it’s just five minutes of meditation. You’ll feel so much better and your body will thank you for it. Control the quantity of food you eat: eating the right amount of food for your body will mean that you will either lose weight, or better still, not gain it in the first place. Listen to your body; if you’re not hungry then you don’t need to eat and when you do, make sure it’s packed full of nutrients. Get enough sleep: good sleep helps maintain blood sugar control and promote a healthy weight. Poor sleep can disrupt your metabolic hormones leading to poor blood sugar control as well as an increase in appetite and weight gain.



“Only eat carbohydrates in foods such as fruit and vegetables and unrefined whole grains such as brown rice and quinoa.”


Try apple cider vinegar: adding apple cider vinegar to your diet can help your body in many ways, including reducing blood sugar levels. Try using it in salad dressings or taking two teaspoons in 8oz of water daily. Cinnamon: cinnamon has been shown to reduce fasting blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. An effective dose is 0.5 - 1 teaspoon per day. Do not take too much as it can be harmful at higher doses. Magnesium: eating foods rich in magnesium on a regular basis can help prevent deficiencies and reduce blood sugar problems. These include almonds, tuna, brown rice, bananas, broccoli and yoghurts. Lose weight: keeping a healthy weight and waistline will help you maintain normal blood sugar levels and decrease your risk of developing diabetes. A waist measurement of 35 inches (88.9 cm) or more for women is associated with an increased risk of developing insulin resistance, high blood sugar levels and type 2 diabetes. Having a healthy waist measurement may be a more important determinant of your health than weight.

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Help your child avoid the fat trap Double age group duathlon world champion, silver world medallist, silver European medallist, and director of Steels Fitness, Claire Steels, tackles a subject very dear to her heart


RUN FITNESS programmes in Stamford and Majorca for all comers, from children to pensioners, and what I love most about my job is seeing people achieve goals they didn’t know they were capable of. Helping them develop confidence and increase their ability is so rewarding. Establishing good exercise and eating habits, which can last a lifetime is vital and needs to start in childhood. Child obesity makes frightening reading with some 30% of children between two and 15 clinically overweight and 17% categorised as obese. Parents are key to winning the battle of child obesity but it is a fight which has to be fought on many fronts as our children are bombarded with a massive range of high calorie goodies and often encouraged to lead a computer-gaming, TV-watching, sedentary lifestyle. It is a combination which can lead to a lifetime of being overweight; sadly an overweight child invariably leads to an adult who struggles with their weight. It is still the case that mothers are largely responsible for feeding children and their daily care. But research has shown many parents often don’t recognise obesity in their own children with up to 90% of overweight

children described by parents as being ‘the right weight.’ It is also known that 28% of obese children have obese mothers compared with just 8% of children from mothers who are not overweight or obese. Obesity in children is directly associated with heart problems, asthma and type 2 diabetes. Obese children are also more likely to display psychological issues such as depression, low self-esteem and behavioural problems. As for activity levels, only 18% of children and young people are meeting the guidelines of at least 60 minutes of daily exercise. However, relatively small changes can make a big difference such as: Introducing activity into routines, either walking or biking to school or going for a walk in the afternoon or evening. Removing physical and emotional barriers to exercise will greatly increase willingness and enjoyment levels. Using what is already in place. Many local communities have organised activities for children either at the weekends, after school and in the school holidays. Schedule time for exercise and activity that fits into family life around work and their homework, etc. Find activities that are fun and engaging

“Establishing good exercise and eating habits, which can last a lifetime is vital and needs to start in childhood.”

that you can do together. Experiment with different activities to find one that your child enjoys. Be an active role model. Children are more likely to be active if they see their parents and other people around them being so and enjoying it. Think about how you talk about exercise and fitness around your children. Make it fun and not a chore. Praise and encourage your children when they are being active with positive feedback. Physical activity and exercise is not only great for children’s physical health but social and psychological health too. Interacting with others through sport encourages social development and self-confidence. Here are some workouts for families to do at home together. 1 Jog on the spot for 30 seconds then rest for 30 seconds. 2 Squats for 30 seconds then rest for 30 seconds 3 Plank for 30 seconds then rest for 30 seconds 4 Alternate lunges for 30 seconds then rest for 30 seconds 5 Press-ups for 30 seconds then rest for 30 seconds For more information on Steels Fitness Retreats, personal training or 12 week training programmes contact info@steelsfitness.com or find her on facebook and twitter.

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Dorset Charity Walk PUPILS FROM PRINCE William School in Oundle joined the Malcolm

Whales Foundation for its 11th walk covering over 40 miles of the Dorset coastline from Weymouth to Studland Bay. The charity raises funds for cancer with a particular focus on young people.

Joey gets the call STAMFORD SCHOOL STUDENT Joey Evison was recently called up to the England Young Lions Squad for a tri series tournament against India and Bangladesh U19s that was played this summer. Joey plays for the school as well as Nottinghamshire Academy and is part of the England development squad.

Well done Rebecca WE WERE DELIGHTED to hear that Catmose College pupil Rebecca was selected to attend the England Hockey performance centre assessment day recently, meaning she could soon be joining the Midlands squad. Rebecca currently plays county level hockey for Leicestershire, taking part in training and matches throughout the year. 

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Oakham’s new broom Mary Bremner meets the new head of Oakham School, Henry Price How are you feeling about starting your new job? And what made you want to come to Oakham School? Nervous and excited! Today - the middle of August - is the first day I’ve put a suit on for almost six weeks. But now it’s time to start getting to grips with everything, which I am very much looking forward to. Oakham is a great school and one which I had visited before when on rugby fixtures from Rugby, and I really liked it then so it’s always been on my radar. It’s a larger school than Wellington, where I was. I just liked the ethos and am really pleased to be here. The job has fitted in well with my family life as well as my professional one so everything has come together well.

Have you moved to Oakham yet? Yes we moved in to Deanscroft in the middle of July so are beginning to find our feet in the town, despite disappearing for two weeks’ holiday immediately afterwards. My wife Mary, was born in Melton Mowbray and grew up nearby so we are slightly familiar with the wider area. And my father is in Northamptonshire so it’s nice to be closer to everyone. Much nearer than Wellington in Somerset! Yes we spent a very happy five years down there, and were very settled, but when the job came up at Oakham I was very keen to go for it, and here I am, a new exciting chapter in all our lives! How do your family feel about it? I have four children, three of whom will start at Oakham this term. They are looking forward to it and are probably feeling much the same as I am; nervous and excited. I’ve got three boys and a girl ranging in age from 14 to seven. My daughter (the eldest) will join year 10 and is going to board despite us living right next door. I’m a big advocate of boarding and it’s something she’s keen to do so we are very supportive. The boys will be at home with us. Mary is very much looking forward to getting to know everyone as well. Have you met anyone yet? Yes I have met the old, and new, head boy and girl and obviously my senior management team. I have been travelling up from Wellington quite frequently over the last few months and have also made some new appointments. I am very much looking forward to meeting everyone during the next few weeks. Did you always want to be a teacher? Yes by the time I finished at university I knew teaching was for me. I’d spent a gap year at a school in Zimbabwe which I loved. I then spent four years at Oxford studying classics. I decided that rather than go straight into my PGCE I needed a break so went as an Oxford classics fellow to Sydney Grammar in Australia, an excellent boys’ day

“My first priority is to get to know everyone, pupils, staff and parents, which I am very much looking forward to.” school. It was here that I played netball in a mixed team; it’s a big sport in Australia. The team was made up of teachers and staff from the school. It was an excellent way for me to get to know people, socialise and get some exercise. I’m a great believer in sport being as much about being sociable as well as the

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actual exercise. After nearly two years in Sydney I returned to the UK and did my QTS on the job at Sherborne School. It was time to go home as Mary and I had been conducting a long term relationship for two years and needed to be in the same country! Do you still play sports now, including netball? No I gave up netball as a player when I returned to the UK. But I have very much enjoyed being a netball coach, and a rugby one, in several of the schools I taught at. I was a keen gym goer and runner until fairly recently when my back started to play up. I now do cross-fit and yoga at home. I’m also out with the dog every day so that keeps me active. I’ve been enjoying getting to know the town and surrounding area with the dog, finding some good walks.

As I said I think sport is a huge part of education - and life - as it helps maintain your mental health, promotes teamwork and friendships. Some of our pupils here will go on to have a life and career in sport, many more won’t. But I would like them to leave Oakham having developed a love of sport and exercise so hopefully we are sowing the seed here of keeping fit, and doing so throughout your life. There is something for everyone here. As a family we are fairly active and when staying in Anglesey earlier in the summer we all climbed Snowdon together, doing it both ways in two hours which I think was excellent going for all of us, particularly my seven year old, and on a very hot Friday. Will you still teach classics? Sadly not this year. I love teaching and had

an A level Latin group in Wellington. But I think this year I need to get my head down and get to grips with the new job. I will keep my hand in by filling in as and when necessary as I really enjoy teaching, and am good at it. What are your initial plans at Oakham? My first priority is to get to know everyone, pupils, staff and parents, which I am very much looking forward to. I know it sounds a cliche but happy pupils is what I want to see. A happy pupil is a good learner and will benefit from the broad education we offer here at Oakham. I’m planning to visit lessons, attend matches and concerts and will be in and around the school and the town a lot. Please do come and say hello and introduce yourself. I can’t wait to get started.

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Two Stamford School boys win sponsorship for Russian trip

Witham hosts county cricket match WITHAM HALL PREP School recently hosted three days of superb cricket where Lincolnshire U17 played host to their Leicestershire counterparts. The two day game between the counties ended in a draw whilst the 50 over one day game played on the third day saw Leicestershire take the honours. The wicket, playing surface and facilities available at Witham were roundly praised by all the coaches including former Leicestershire and Zimbabwe international Neil Johnson with particular mention going to head groundsman Alex Exton.

Heartbreak for Teddy RUTLAND’S FORMULA 4 racing driver Teddy Wilson has had a mixed bag of fortunes this season culminating in heartbreak. Instead of celebrating his 18th birthday Teddy flew out to Virginia to continue his F4 US Championship campaign, where he was lying fifth. But the weekend turned out to be a disaster for Teddy as he finished with a fifth in the first race, didn’t finish the second and did not start the final race. This was because a car in front of him in the second race catapulted across the track causing extensive damage to his car; so much so that it was not able to be repaired in time for the third race which started four hours later. This damage now means that Teddy can no longer race for the rest of the season unless he can find more backers and support. This is particularly disappointing as he has recently been nominated for the Aston Martin Autosport BRDC young driver award.

YEAR 9 STUDENTS Ted Genever and Fabian Darbost have won - against stiff competition sponsorship of £400 each after producing a report on Russia and attending an interview. The awards are designed to increase understanding of Russian culture, business, history and politics, and to give young people an insight into one of the world’s most powerful nations. The funding was generously donated by Old Stamfordian Richard Wallace, who has spent 20 years working in Anglo-Russian relations and international trade. Richard said: ‘It is vital that the next generation understands our relationship with Russia. It’s incredibly important that students study other languages and cultures, and develop the skills to think about how we relate to other nations, and work with them.’ Stamford School runs an annual exchange trip to Russia, which is now in its 25th year. Russian is thriving at the Stamford Endowed Schools as a whole: 21 students completed GCSE Russian in 2018, and 100% of students achieved A*-B at A Level.

Rock Challenge LOVERS OF DANCE and drama have been brought closer together at Prince William in Oundle by participating in Rock Challenge. Children from different year groups have got together to choreograph dances and work behind the scenes being stage crew, make up, hair and costumes. All this has been done as an extra curricular activity after school.

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TARTING AND FINISHING at The George and Dragon, Seaton, this is a challenging ride across four counties. Take in stunning views of Harringworth viaduct and Eyebrook reservoir as well as a great view of Oakham from the high ground. It’s quite a hilly ride incorporating 2,700ft overall. The climb into Uppingham is testing and save some energy for the Ridlington Ripples. The last climb into Seaton will help you work up an appetite for some of the great food on offer at The George and Dragon, their open sandwiches are delicious.   Get a detailed map, route notes and download a GPX file for your GPS computer at:  https://www.strava.com/routes/20362841

Proceed onto Main Street Right onto B672 - 0.3 Left onto Lyddington Road - 2.6 Continue on Main Street- 4.1 Continue on Rockingham Road - 4.3 Right onto Great Easton Road- 4.4 Right- 4.5 Proceed - 4.7 Right onto Great Easton Road- 4.9 Continue on Caldecott Road - 5.6 Continue on High Street - 5.9 Continue on Stockerston Lane - 6.2 Right - 6.8 Continue on Harborough Road - 9.3 Proceed onto Harborough Road - 9.3 Continue on Uppingham Road - 9.4 Right onto B664 - 9.8 Continue on Stockerston Road - 9.9 Continue on B664 - 10.6 Continue on Stockerston Road - 11.6 Left onto Leicester Road - 12.0 Right onto B664 - 12.1 Continue on North Street West - 12.1 Left onto Ayston Road - 12.2



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Continue - 12.8 Proceed - 13.7 Continue on Brooke Road - 14.5 Continue - 15.2 Continue on Brooke Road - 15.2 Continue on Ridlington Road - 15.6 Continue on Brooke Road - 16.1 Left - 16.5 Continue on Brooke Hill - 17.6 Continue on Brooke Road - 18.0 Continue on Mill Street - 18.7 Continue on Burley Road - 18.8 Left onto Ashwell Road - 19.0 Continue on A606 - 19.5 Continue - 19.6 Continue on Ashwell Road - 19.6 Continue - 20.3 Proceed - 21.7 Continue on Water Lane - 21.8 Right onto Cottesmore Road - 22.0 Continue on Cottesmore Bridge - 22.6

Continue on Cottesmore Road - 22.6 Continue on Ashwell Road - 23.9 Right - 24.0 Continue on Main Street - 24.0 Continue on Hall Close - 24.4 Continue on Tollbar - 24.4 Continue on Exton Road - 24.6 Proceed onto Exton Road - 25.0 Continue on Cottesmore Road - 25.2 Left - 26.3 Continue on Empingham Lane - 30.0 Proceed onto Empingham Lane - 31.1 Right onto Casterton Lane - 31.6 Continue on Casterton Road - 31.8 Continue on Old Great North Road 32.1 Continue - 32.4 Right onto Toll Bar - 32.8 Left onto Old Great North Road - 32.8 Right - 33.0 Right onto Empingham Road - 33.6

Left - 33.7 Continue on Casterton Lane - 33.8 Proceed onto Casterton Lane - 34.0 Right onto Stamford Road - 34.4 Continue on High Street - 35.6 Continue on Luffenham Road - 36.9 Continue on Stamford Road - 37.7 Continue on A6121 - 39.0 Continue on Stamford Road - 39.1 Left onto Barrowden Lane - 39.6 Proceed onto Barrowden Lane - 39.9 Continue on Luffenham Road - 40.2 Right onto Back Road - 40.5 Continue on Main Street - 40.8 Continue on Seaton Road - 40.8 Left onto B672 - 42.0 Continue on Coach Bridge - 42.5 Continue on B672 - 42.5 Continue on Morcott Road - 42.6 Continue on Main Street - 43.5 Arrive at Finish - 43.5

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Spend an evening with Sir Bradley Wiggins We meet Sir Bradley Wiggins - the most decorated Olympic athlete in British sports history ahead of his forthcoming tour

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AVING BECOME THE most decorated Olympic athlete in British sports history, Sir Bradley Wiggins is enjoying recounting tales from his highlyeventful life. He will be sharing his stories during his Bradley Wiggins: An Evening With tour which comes to Leicester’s de Montfort hall on September 19. Being back amid the action covering this year’s Tour de France proved highly memorable for Sir Bradley Wiggins. The five-time Olympic gold medal winner was in his element, describing it as an outstanding highlight of his experience in the sport. However, he doesn’t miss the intensity of preparing for one of the world’s most celebrated, yet gruelling spectacles. It felt poignant for the champion cyclist, witnessing his former teammate Geraint Thomas narrowly miss out on gaining what would have been a second victory in the French race. Seven years on from his own careerdefining victory in France, he says it was encouraging to gain such a warm reception from crowds. But he is adamant his commentating stint this summer couldn’t tempt him out of retirement. ‘Going back to the tour and seeing some of those climbs brought back memories of just how hard it is. While people can make it look easy, it isn’t, especially when you see guys getting taken out of the peloton, and some of the crashes you witness. It can be brutal. ‘But it was a brilliant event and doing those interviews was something special. Cycling is all that I have ever known, right back to my school days when I was focusing on riding rather than lessons,’ he admits. He says that three years ago, when he was 36, it was not a difficult decision to walk away from the sport. Now he can focus on raising a young family with his wife at home in Lancashire. While the celebrity status following his back-to- back victory at the Tour de France and London Olympics in 2012 may not have sat entirely comfortably with him, the wider effect of ‘Wiggo’s win’ was clearly tangible. It saw cycling in the UK enjoy a significant resurgence that is showing no sign of subsiding. The achievement led to his knighthood in 2013, and a final gold at the Rio Olympics as part of the British team pursuit squad. Wiggins is now focusing on a number of projects including sports broadcasting and

‘I was asked by a teacher when I was 12 what I wanted to do with my life and I said I wanted to wear a winner’s jersey at the Tour de France.’ setting forth on his nationwide Bradley Wiggins: An Evening With tour starting this month. Here he will reflect on his lengthy career and discuss some of his heroes who feature in his latest book, Icons. Something that is now close to his heart is supporting the next generation of potential stars within his sport. ‘Cycling is a great and necessary force in my life, and something I’m passionate about. If there’s a legacy from what I have done it’s helping young people develop an interest in cycling and getting out there on bikes. One of the great things about cycling is that it’s something you can do as a family.’ As for his own formative experiences, he acknowledges a challenging upbringing meant he was far from being an overnight success. He was born in Ghent, Belgium, but his mother soon moved to London after Bradley’s father, who was also a cyclist, parted from the family and had no involvement with his son’s upbringing. ‘In a weird way, my father is still my hero. I’ve kept two of his riding jerseys, though I detested the man. But my mum still glorified him, so if it hadn’t been for her I wouldn’t have had my career.’

Aged 12 he took up cycling on the same south London circuit his dad had once ridden, setting him on a long path to an eventual sporting career. ‘I was asked by a teacher when I was 12 what I wanted to do with my life and I said I wanted to wear a winner’s jersey at the Tour de France, and she just laughed at me,’ he adds with regret at the seeming lack of early support. Even after winning a bronze medal at his first Olympics at Sydney, there were still expectations to go and get a ‘proper job.’ This was never going to happen and he earned his spurs in the early part of his career as a track specialist, before turning to road racing. ‘I never found turning to road racing hard as I am someone who can be coached, so it came easily to me. If it was a question of having to lose weight for the tour then it’s just something I did.’ After coming fourth in the Tour de France in 2009, observers began to take him seriously as a road-rider. But it was not until joining Team Sky in 2010 (recently re-named Ineos) that he was most successful. Whilst not ideal for family life he accepts those years led to his biggest victories that gave him a major international profile. ‘I know that it means a lot to other people that I won the tour and Olympics in 2012, but I wouldn’t be a very good person if those were the things that were the most important in my life,’ reflects Wiggins. These subjects and plenty more will come under the microscope as Sir Bradley offers some insights into his eventful career on his UK tour. Expect plenty of memorabilia and anecdotes of racing rivalries that will offer a very personal window into his world. Tickets are now available from www.myticket.co.uk

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Build your own bike Kate Maxim orders a Canyon Fitness bike online and then has to put it together before she can hit the road


’VE ALWAYS WONDERED if having a super duper bike makes cycling as easy as proper cyclists make it look. Men and women with all the kit and gear fly by looking as though they’re barely breaking into a sweat. While I, on the rare occasions I get out on a bike, seem to make heavy weather of it all. Is it the bike, or me? I’ve never owned a good bike. I grew up in the days when three gears were top notch and even recent forays on borrowed bikes have never been without regular stops to rest heavy legs. As my box fit classes have recently stopped I’m not as fit as I was, so having the loan of a Canyon Roadlite Fitness bike for a month seemed an opportune way to get back into some sort of training. Canyon market their Fitness bikes as the perfect addition to a varied and versatile fitness regime, or simply as a way of getting out and about. The Roadlite (tarmac) and Pathlite (all-terrain) hybrid bikes are designed to make cycling easy and accessible, be it for commuting or getting out and about off-road at the weekends. These are not bikes made for ultra long distances or for cyclists wanting ultimate performance. The idea is that you don’t need any specialist attire or shoes - you just lace up your trainers and ride. Canyon suggest some exercises incorporating timed sprints, hill reps, etc to target the whole body or specific areas like legs, glutes and core. One workout is a cross training exercise for runners to help build strength, endurance and speed. But first things first; ordering the bike. Canyon sell their products online, direct to the customer. Now this may seem a scary prospect, particularly if you don’t know much about cycling, but the model finder

breaks the choice down to road, mountain, fitness and urban bikes then when you select fitness, it drills down even further to onroad or allroad options. I wanted to concentrate on road riding so when I punched in my height and inside leg measurement it suggested the Roadlite WMN SL 8.0 which retails at £1,179. The online chat function means you can get plenty of advice before you purchase. And then you wait for it to arrive, which it

‘As a bike on loan, it was pretty much put together already, so wasn’t as difficult as I imagined.’

does in a very large (but light) box. Having an aluminium frame my new bike weighs only 9.20 kg and therein lies its great appeal. It’s nothing like all the heavy, cumbersome bikes I’ve ever ridden. I could lift it with one hand. Canyon bikes arrive with a guide to unpacking and assembling along with the tools you need for each model. For some people that means a torque wrench and assembly paste but I only needed a 4mm Allen key for mine. And, as a bike on loan, it was pretty much put together already, so wasn’t as difficult as I imagined. It’s only supposed to take 10-15 minutes and my daughter, who is incredibly practical and much better at this sort of thing than me, helped. To be honest I think I would be fairly nervous spending this sort of money online and would prefer to walk into a cycle shop

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where someone could guide me and offer advice. But I can see how an online purchase and speedy delivery would appeal to a growing number of people, but you would have to make sure you’d measured yourself correctly. So now for the exciting bit, my first ride! Donning a helmet, which is the only bit of kit you really need - although it’s still not a legal requirement in the UK - I set off out of my village. Pathlite bikes are flat handled so you’re not hunched over and the super slim (to me anyway) tyres offered a different riding experience. It did seem much, much easier, quicker and more fluid than any other bike I’d ridden, but I could feel every bump, groove and undulation in the road through the completely unforgiving saddle. Is it really necessary to be that narrow? I will have to remedy that somehow and padded cycling shorts quickly sprang to mind. I sailed down the hill, forking right, gathering speed so I didn’t need to pedal for a long time and then I hit my first problem: the gears. I’d overtaken a mother and child on the way out of the village, but I feared they’d catch me up pretty quickly as my legs whirred round with no traction; I wasn’t getting anywhere. Why wasn’t I able to change gear? Had I put the wheel on the wrong way? I think the problem was there is no numbering system on the gears and half the levers are tucked under the handlebars making them hard to see. This confirmed my novice cyclist status so I decided to ask for advice on gears from an expert before spending much more time on the bike. Cue Active Rutland’s Sportsman of the Year winner, Giles Cooper. He’ll be giving me lots of useful advice which we will talk about next month. Happy riding, as they say. www.canyon.com

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Gretton to the Brandenburg Gate


James Firmin and Andrew Hartley have successfully cycled 670 miles to reach Berlin A CROWD waved Andrew and James off at the start of their journey from Gretton. Passing through Oundle, Polebrook and Ramsey into the Fens they made it to Newmarket that afternoon. The next day they crossed into rural Suffolk and reached Harwich for the overnight ferry to Holland. With an early start in the Hook of Holland they cycled through Delft and beyond to Kootwijk, a long day of 92 miles. But the temperatures had reached the mid-30s in the shade and would stay that way for the whole trip, making the afternoons distinctly challenging. To prevent heatstroke, they stopped every hour for cold drinks. James said, ‘You could probably brew a cup of tea with the water in our bottles!’ Searing heat continued as Andrew and James passed through Apeldoorn, Deventer and Almelo in Holland on their longest day of 130 miles before crossing into rural Germany. Remarkable generosity from passing motorists offering cold drinks and route advice was greatly appreciated. After enjoying breakfast with Andrew’s German friend Thomas, the cyclists enjoyed more of densely forested rural Germany finishing up in the remote farming hamlet of Bötenberg. Setting off at 6am the next morning, to beat the heat, they made good time to another farming outpost called Hanum just 100 metres across the old East German border. The locals told fascinating tales about the old border. Another early start, passing through Bismark, past the former East German tank base at Stendal, and through Genthin, 96 miles further on, Andrew and James arrived in Brandenberg an der Havel where they enjoyed a refreshing swim in the river. The final half day of 45 miles saw Andrew and James reach the Brandenberg Gate in central Berlin. After cycling 670 miles they fondly shook hands at the Gate to congratulate each other on the completion of their challenge. The pair would like to thank everyone for their kind donations to The Travers Foundation and Integrated Cancer Therapies.

Wet Weather Cycling Stuart Hill is at long last getting some training miles under his belt After a disappointing early summer I was determined to get out for some long rides and ended up riding 200 miles back-to-back. This was important as I need to get used to riding long distances every day. The first ride was a hilly and rainy 100 miles. Starting out from Edith Weston I cycled up to Belvoir Castle before heading back down south, skirting Melton to the Harringworth viaduct before heading back to the start point at Rutland Water. I am happy to say my wet weather kit held up well, apart from my ‘waterproof’ socks which were soaked. It was a tough route as I had a headwind back and most of the climbing

didn’t kick in until the second half. The next day I took the train to King’s Cross and cycled back to Peterborough Station. The route was mostly flat which was a godsend after the previous day’s climbing. I took the canals and tow paths out of central

London, taking in the Lea Valley. I’d recommend a cross or mountain bike as it was pretty rough in places. The rest of the route was a mix of roads and cycle paths as I headed through Cambridge and across to Peterborough. The next plan is to try and do another long ride with a lot of elevation, at least 8000 ft of climbing before tapering down towards the end of the month in the run up to the event. Hopefully a week away in Portugal just before the event will force me to take it easy, meaning I should be fresh for the ride in September; although I might be tempted to rent a bike to get a few extra miles in. There is still plenty of time to sponsor me at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StuartHill19 with any donations greatly welcome. I’m raising money for Prostate Cancer UK.

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The Iron Man Inches Closer Later this month Charlie Reading will be flying out to Italy, to take on the might of the Iron Man The Iron Man is a long-distance triathlon race, consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile cycle and a marathon 26.22-mile, raced in that order and without a break. ‘At the time of writing, there are only seven weeks until the Iron Man so I’ve been doing everything for longer: runs, swims and time spent on the bike,’ said Charlie. ‘I have five more weeks of training then I’ll taper off before the event so I’m making the most of my time. This means setting my alarm for 05.45 every day and squeezing in some crucial training before work. I’m also using any holidays to clock up the miles. ‘In Cornwall recently I took part in the Croyde Ocean Triathlon in north Devon,

which is ranked as one of the top 10 toughest Olympic Triathlons on the planet; I wouldn’t disagree! ‘The incredibly hilly landscape provided some good strength training, but may have slowed my usual pace. My fastest time for an Olympic Triathlon to date is 2 hours 33 minutes, but as this was tough, I was hoping

for 3 hours, which I missed by 3 minutes. ‘I’m tracking my fitness using the Training Peaks app. I aimed to reach 95, but at the weekend hit 100 (my highest to date), so training is currently just ahead of the plan which has given me a massive confidence boost. I just need to make sure I maintain this level until September.’

Up hills and down dales Jarred Lester has a professional bike fitting to help him succeed on the Land’s End to John O’Groat’s cycle ride The light, warm evenings are perfect for getting out for my interval sessions so I’ve been able to get a lot of miles under my belt. I took part in the ‘Flat 100’ and very flat it was; just 51m of climbing in 100 miles. The flat roads allowed me to set a new PB for a century; under 5.30 and averaging over 30kmp/h, but unfortunately I won’t keep this pace when lugging my 92kg baggage up hills. During the month I also had a professional bike fit which many of my fellow Land’s End - John O’Groat’s riders had advised. 
I was slightly sceptical prior to the appointment as it wasn’t going to be cheap.
 I am so glad I took their advice. My bike fitter found some major flaws in my riding position that could have caused discomfort or injury during the ride. 
The actual fitting is very high tech; attaching movement sensors onto your body when riding in front of a camera. The computer analyses your position and pedal stroke with changes then being made to the bike. 
To start with it felt strange, but now I’m used to it I feel more comfortable, and faster. I would now thoroughly recommend a professional fit to anyone doing significant miles in the saddle. I also took part in a 115 mile sportive near Hull which was a far more hilly 1800m of climbing. The Yorkshire hills were absolutely stunning but I cursed going up each one of them. I’m starting my final preparations now for Land’s End - John O’Groats. Any donations will be greatly appreciated. www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jarred-lester

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Equestrianism Julia Dungworth tells us about some upcoming shows and events

Equifest August 29 - September 1 at East of England Showground is now in its twelfth year and has firmly established itself as one of the largest equestrian events in the UK. Around 10,000 visitors come to watch, shop and even ride! Last year they had a whopping 1,500 horses stabled on-site with 12,500 entries for disciplines including showing, carriage driving, show jumping and dressage. They have gained a reputation for their atmospheric evening performances which can often include several classes and a big show jumping class such as a Puissance. Entry is free, but you will be charged £10 per car however many you squeeze in. After a break for harvest, the JumpCross at Wittering will be hosting another competition on September 14. JumpCross is a set course of knock down style fences across their fields. There’s normally around 15 fences, numerous water crossings and a few Jokers thrown in to even your score out if you have been unlucky enough to have had a rail down. It really is great fun, with good prizes. There is excellent viewing for spectators. Go to www.JumpCross.com for more information.

If that all sounds too exciting Rutland Riding Club will be holding some more dressage at Grange Farm on September 15. They will be also hosting a Fun Ride in Grimsthorpe Park on September 22 between 10.30-2pm. There will be a few jumps, or you can just go at your own pace and take in the glorious parkland. For more information visit www.rutlandridingclub.co.uk

Belvoir team chase and Hunter trial is on September 15 at Garthorpe. There are several classes of varying heights, including pairs as well as a solo class, which can be fun and educational for the younger horses and riders. As it’s the first team chase of the year, they only have an Intermediate rather than an Open, which teams of four very brave souls will embark upon. It suggests in the schedule that the fences are approximately 3’6” to 3’9” however, this doesn’t include the brush (fence height is always measured to the solid rail). Believe me, I’ve stood on the other side of those fences and they are definitely a lot bigger! It is a great spectacle to watch, with the fastest first three past the post crowned the winners; normally with the fourth still trying to catch their horse out on course. For more information go to www.horse-events.co.uk

September is all about Autumn Hunting; the hounds are fit and raring to go, as are a lot of farmers! They traditionally meet as the sun comes up, which can mean a few 4am starts. Although they meet early you are usually finished by about 9am, followed by bacon sandwiches and a chat about how amazing your horses are. Get in touch with your local hunt, who I’m sure will be very happy to see you.

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Jeremy Smithson-Beswick catches up with news from some of our local clubs


OLLOWING THEIR HEROICS in Eindhoven as reported last month, Deepings Swimming Club have more to celebrate with two members qualifying for, and performing well in, the National Championship; Bethany EagleBrown and Louis Metselaar. Bethany got there by posting a new personal best and finished a creditable sixteenth in her age group despite suffering the after-effects of a chest infection. Louis too was battling against the odds, the event coming after a three week lay-off due to injury. However he missed the final by a whisker, losing out by three tenths of a second in his heat. Head coach Lynn Chapman said they’d done the club proud in what was their final competition before the summer break. Still in the Deepings, the local football club - Deepings Rangers - completed its pre-season preparations with an 8-1 defeat. It’s not often you hear a manager being bullish after such a result but that was the case with Michael Goode. To be fair, the thrashing was at the hand of Peterborough United who are six or seven levels above them in the hierarchy so

‘Deepings Swimming Club have more to celebrate with two members qualifying for, and performing well in, the National Championship.’

Bethany Eagle-Brown and Louis Metselaar of Deepings Swimming Club

they did well to keep the score down to single figures. Scott Mooney was the home side’s scorer. Last year’s runners-up in the United Counties League Premier, they hope to go one better this year and have been busy recruiting players throughout the summer. Having had a record gate for that fixture against Posh, they hope to attract more spectators opening the season proper with a 3-2 away win against Lutterworth. They didn’t have things all their own way, however, looking a little ‘under cooked’ in terms of match fitness and needed a goal from Michael Simpson in injury time to settle it.

Down one level in Division One, Stamford’s Blackstones believe they are set for a successful season having kept all of the squad who finished fifth last year and added some others. Manager Lee Clarke mentioned Melton as one of their key rivals for one of the promotion places together with Bugbrooke St Michael, to whom they lost at home on the opening day to a late goal having twice held the lead. As the cricket season enters its final few games there is much to play for. Uppingham, who had endured a stuttering start to their first campaign, back in Division One after relegation have since rallied and are finishing well. They’ve risen to third in the table after some sterling efforts by their bowling attack which included dismissing Earl Shilton for 37 and Loughborough Carillion for 91. One place up – and in the promotion slots - are Oakham

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who’ve played consistently well all year. Indeed, they’re only two points from the very top and have a relatively easy fixture list to come compared to the current leaders Newtown Linford. Elevation to the Premier League would be well-deserved for Richard Martin’s team whose performances have improved dramatically. Alas, the least said about Market Harborough’s season the better. They will have to bear consecutive relegations having not won a game so far. Stamford Rugby and Cricket Clubs both have a new landlord after South Kesteven District Council transferred ownership of the Uffington Road and Empingham Road fields to Stamford Town Council for a nominal fee. Neither club had been privy to what was going on but it is to be hoped that the development is a positive one with the Town Council saying they’d long hoped to take over and believed they will be able to run them more economically and effectively. Watch this space. In another change of hands, Burghley Park Golf Club has been struggling of late to compete with the many other superb courses with state-of-the-art facilities in our area and things have come to a head with the acquisition of the course by the estate. Its future seems more, rather than less, secure as a result, with estate manager David Pennell’s plan being to stabilise the finances and grow the membership in the short term with an ambition to make it a first class venue both for golf and other leisure pursuits in the long run. The club (one of England’s oldest having been

founded in 1890) is open to visitors as well as members with a great clubhouse, so why not visit soon and lend your support? One of the other prettiest golf courses around – in fact they have two plus a nine holer – is Greetham Valley and their David Aldred tells us they’ve been busy lately with two of their league sides in a relegation battle. Their Ladies side’s season came down to a decider with Belton Woods – the losers going down

– but that match finished level so things remain undecided there. The Gents need to beat Stoke Rochford in their last game after narrowly losing to Spalding and are hopeful of scraping home. Their team captain Richard Wilson is upbeat saying ‘We were favourites to go down at the start of the season and the team has done really well to give themselves a chance of staying up’. Rugby fans will be delighted that the local season will soon be underway. Oakham start on September 7 with an away friendly against Melton and start the campaign proper the following weekend at home to Queens. Six dates to put in the diary now are those all important derby matches. Oakham against Stamford is scheduled for October 26 and February 1 and their ties versus Bourne, are on November 9 and February 15. Stamford play Bourne on December 21 and April 4. Finally we wanted to give some publicity to local man and Market Harborough hooker Ben Lawniczak who has been selected to go on tour to South Africa with the English Deaf Rugby Team. It’s what he called the chance of a lifetime - but the players have been asked to raise £1,500 of their own to cover travel and accommodation. Anybody who’d like to sponsor Ben or just make a contribution should get in touch with him at ben. lawniczak@hotmail.com.

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Active Magazine // Stamford & Rutland // September 2019  

SPORT, LEISURE, getting fit and staying healthy – Stamford and Rutland is buzzing with people full of energy. Reflecting what’s going on th...

Active Magazine // Stamford & Rutland // September 2019  

SPORT, LEISURE, getting fit and staying healthy – Stamford and Rutland is buzzing with people full of energy. Reflecting what’s going on th...