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HOW TO… Make the perfect Pimm’s Spot a Barn Owl Get stronger hamstrings
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Editor’s Letter I THINK IT’S FAIR TO SAY THAT WE LIVE IN an area that isn’t full of seadogs, yacht clubs and surﬁng beaches. In fact, the clock tower in Leicester city centre might well be the furthest point from the sea in Britain if you believe some old tales. Or it might be on the border of Leicestershire and Warwickshire near Hinckley, or Ashby-de-la-Zouch, or a farm in Derbyshire. It’s a hotly contested and much debated title. But while we don’t have salt running through our veins, there’s still plenty of ways to enjoy the water in the region, and in this issue we’re celebrating them, whether it be swimming, sailing, canoeing, windsurﬁng, canal boating or any other form of craft, propulsion or activity. Perhaps when the sun ﬁnally does come out, you can go and try out some of these fantastic water activities. One thing is for certain, it would ﬁnally put to good use to all the stuff that’s fallen from the skies in the past month and ﬁlled all our lakes and rivers. It seems Leicester City are single-handedly changing professional football. Not only their remarkable league-winning exploits, but now they are rewriting the script where big clubs used to just trample over the little ones in the transfer market. It was fantastic news that Jamie Vardy decided to stay with the club rather than move to Arsenal. Up until now, as soon a player has a decent season, or even half a season, one of the big four or ﬁve comes in and buys them. Look at Southampton – there’s a superb team of their players, all now at other, bigger clubs. Of course, the increased amount of TV money now in the game has meant the smaller clubs can afford to hold on to their better players when previously they didn’t stand a chance, and no doubt Vardy will do very well ﬁnancially out of his loyalty to Leicester – but it is loyalty nonetheless, and respect for the fans too, to the people that have helped him, and supported him, to become the magniﬁcent player he is. Let’s hope the other major transfer targets also commit to the club, and continue the seemingly endless fairytale that is Leicester City. Enjoy the issue! Steve
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ISSUE 15 /// JULY 2016
ACTIVE LIFE 10-11 HOW TO...
Make the perfect Pimm’s, plus strawberries with a twist
The seasonal delights on offer outdoors
14-15 HEALTHY EATING
Another tasty recipe from Riverford Organic
19 DAY IN THE LIFE OF...
Healthy Hearing director Mike Stanley
23 WHAT’S ON
Great things to do locally for all the family
FEATURES 24-29 PITCHING UP
We meet Kibworth Ladies Cricket Club
36-43 WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE!
Fun things to do on and around water this summer
ACTIVE BODY 46-67 HAM IT UP
How to strengthen your hamstrings
50 NUTRITION ADVICE
More from our nutritionist on eating healthily
54-55 THE FINISHING TOUCHES
Tips and products to help you look great
REGULARS 31 KIT BAG
Essential gear for the summer
35 MARTIN JOHNSON COLUMN
The Sunday Times writer recalls infamous sporting villains
57 SPORTSMAN’S DINNER
We try out The Old Black Horse in Houghton on the Hill
58-59 WILL’S WALKS
We head out to Welford and Sibbertoft
61 SCHOOL SPORT
Our focus on the latest achievements from local pupils
How clubs in the area are faring
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Activelife JULY MEANS SUNSHINE, STRAWBERRIES, LAVENDER AND PIMMâ€™S. LOOK OUT FOR HEDGEHOGS AND BARN OWLS AND ENJOY SOME FABULOUS GARDENS AT THE HEIGHT OF SUMMER Edited by Mary Bremner
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MAKE THE PERFECT PIMM’S Pimm’s is the ultimate summer drink and is the perfect accompaniment for picnics and barbecues – and so good with a large bowl of strawberries. Ingredients 50ml Pimm’s No 1 150ml lemonade Fresh mint leaves Chopped strawberries Sliced lemon Chopped cucumber Lots of ice Method Fill your tall glass with ice, add the mint, chopped fruit and cucumber. Pour in the Pimm’s, top with lemonade and stir. To make a jug do exactly the same, keeping the mixture one part Pimm’s to three parts lemonade.
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Make a lavender bag
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Lavender is in full bloom now so to keep the fabulous scent with you all year round, make some lavender bags – they will make you think of long summer days when the nights draw in. Cut bunches of lavender and secure with a rubber band. Hang them somewhere warm to dry for a few days and then remove the buds with your ﬁngers. Put them in a shallow dish and leave for a few more days. You can either buy small organza bags online (they are very cheap and pretty) or make your own; they are ideal for using up pretty scraps of material, linen is best. Cut ﬁve-inch squares of material and simply sew on three sides and leave a large opening at the top. Turn them the right way out and ﬁll with lavender. Then either sew up the opening or tie with pretty ribbon. Embellish them how you want or keep them simple. They make ideal gifts. Pop one in your linen drawers, or hang them from coat hangers, to keep everything smelling wonderful. Lavender is also a huge deterrent to moths – they hate the smell.
Make strawberries with a twist July means English strawberries are in season. And they’re hard to resist being so juicy, succulent and tasty. If you don’t grow them in your garden there are lots of pick your own places locally so we’ve found a deliciously simple, slightly different recipe to enjoy the fruits of your labour. And don’t forget the health beneﬁts of strawberries – excellent sources of vitamins C and K, as well as providing a good amount of ﬁbre, folic acid, manganese and potassium. So enjoy them while feeling virtuous. STRAWBERRIES WITH LIME AND PEPPER SYRUP Ingredients 2 limes 100g golden caster sugar 2 tsp crushed black peppercorns 450g ripe strawberries, hulled and halved Method Pare the zest from the limes using a vegetable peeler then put in a pan. Squeeze both the limes and add the juice to the pan with 3 tbsp water, the sugar and crushed peppercorns. Heat gently until the sugar dissolves, boil, then remove from the heat. Spread out the strawberries in a serving dish, pour over the hot syrup and allow to cool. The syrup will become pink. Serve at room temperature with ice cream and balsamic syrup drizzled over.
Book for Burghley Running across four days from September 1 to 4, the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials is one of the premier equestrian and social events in the international sporting calendar. Featuring some of the best horse and rider combinations in the world, the event stretches across the magniﬁcent parkland of Burghley House and boasts the ultimate retail therapy experience of 600 handpicked pop-up trade stands. Two days of dressage, where horse and rider take to the main arena to showcase their control and elegance, kick off the sporting spectacle. This is followed on the Saturday by arguably the most exciting and eagerly anticipated event, the cross country, which sees competitors test their nerve around Burghley’s famously demanding course of undulating grounds and imposing solid fences. The competition comes to a climax on Sunday with horses and riders returning to the main arena to battle it out in the show jumping contest. Here the winner of the Land Rover Perpetual Trophy is determined. Land Rover Burghley is also prized for its extensive shopping avenues, pavilions and food walks catering for every guest. The shopping village offers a wide variety of unique goods including artisan cheeses, equestrian paraphernalia, sculptures, the most comfortable of walking boots and much more. 2015 saw 160,000 visitors pass through the gates of Burghley Estate over the four days of competition and this year looks to be just as good. Visit www.burghley-horse.co.uk to secure your tickets.
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THE POPPY Fields scattered with bright red poppies are a common, and iconic, scene at this time of year. The poppy is an annual, and a very successful one. An opportunist plant, its seed lies dormant until the soil is disturbed – hence its success in wheat and barley ﬁelds that are ploughed and tilled every year. They are synonymous with loss and remembrance – the association began on the battleﬁelds of France and Belgium in the First World War.
THE BARN OWL Regarded by many as our most beautiful owl, the barn owl is widespread locally but mostly dependent on nest boxes to maintain its numbers as old barns have been converted into dwellings and hollow trees removed from the landscape. Even with this help the population ﬂuctuates as cold winters and a lack of prey reduce numbers. Barn owls are regularly reported from the west of Rutland, but Rutland Water is probably the most reliable local site to watch hunting birds. They have recently been noted on the outskirts of Stamford and the surrounding villages. Barn owls are usually seen at night in the glare of car headlights but they will hunt on winter afternoons and in daylight when they are feeding young. Voles and mice are the main prey and they depend on the rough grassy areas where these mammals thrive to make a living. They scan the grass in low ﬂight, hovering and dropping down on to their prey. When food is plentiful barn owls may attempt two broods and lay large clutches
– one Rutland pair laid nine eggs in 2014 – but not all the young are likely to survive and in most years local ringers handle broods of three or four.
Hedgehogs Everyone knows what a hedgehog looks like, even though, sadly, they are no longer a familiar sight. Until recently very common in gardens and parks, they are the gardener’s friend as they eat many pests including caterpillars and slugs. Sadly, gardens have become less hedgehog friendly with sturdy fences preventing free movement. They can grow up to 30cm long and weigh almost 2kg, with sturdy bodies, short legs and a pointed head with small eyes. The short, sharp, stiff spines are what identiﬁes them and, if threatened, they will roll into a ball which is virtually impossible to penetrate. Mainly active at dusk or at night, they are normally only seen from May to October as they hibernate over the winter due to lack of food.
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BEEF, ASPARAGUS AND GREEN BEAN STIR FRY INGREDIENTS 150g Jasmine rice Salt and pepper 1 orange 1 tbsp honey 2tbsp tamari soy sauce 250g asparagus 125g ﬂat green beans 1 large or 2 small garlic cloves 1 chilli Piece of fresh ginger 2 spring onions 2 tbsp sesame seeds Oil for frying at a high temperature 300g beef stir fry strips
Rinse the rice in a sieve. Transfer to a pan with a lid. Add 500ml water and a good pinch of salt. Bring to a low boil, cover and cook to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and keep covered; leave to steam for a further 10 minutes.
Peel and ﬁnely grate the ginger and peel and crush the garlic. Halve, deseed and ﬁnely slice the chilli. Trim and chop two spring onions into thin pieces at an angle.
Put the sesame seeds in a wok. Heat them gently, stirring often until toasted for 1-2 minutes (2). Transfer to a small plate and keep to one side.
Once the rice has boiled and steamed you’re ready to stir fry. Season the beef with a little salt and pepper. Heat 2tbsp of oil in a wok. When hot add the beef and stir fry for two minutes.
Add the asparagus and beans (3). Stir fry for a minute. Add the spring onions, chilli, garlic and ginger. Stir fry for a minute.
Meanwhile prepare the stir fry ingredients. Juice half the orange. Mix in a small bowl with the honey and ½ the tamari.
Add the orange and honey mix with 3 tbsp or so of water to make a little sauce. Stir fry for one minute then remove from the heat. Taste and add a little more orange juice or tamari sauce if required, and a little extra salt if you like.
Wash the asparagus. Bend each stick until they snap. Discard the bottom toughest part and chop the rest into 3-4cm lengths. Wash the beans, trim off any stalk tops and slice on the diagonal into 1-2cm pieces (1).
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Serve the stir fry with the sticky rice sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds. Delicious!
Peel and ﬁnely grate the ginger on top.
Tip: the tamari soy sauce is gluten free. It is also quite salty so add half to start with then add the rest to your own taste.
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Activelife Get your dancing shoes out The seven eventers are doing well. So far they’ve raised £3,000 including Gift Aid, so a huge thank you to everyone who has helped them, they couldn’t have done it without you! Two teams completed the Tough Mudder – Mark Deacon and his team from DMAF and Nakul Chauhan and his team called Mudders in Arms. Their next event is for everyone: families, dancers, those with two left feet, anyone looking for a good night out with fantastic music and great people. To get you prepared for the Raas-Garba event on July 2 at Shree Prajapati Hall, we asked expert Nimisha Parmar from Sadir Arts Leicester for her top tips: 1. Don’t wear shoes, socks or expensive jewellery. 2. Keep moving even if you lose action or move out from the circle. 3. Smile and have a great time. Nimisha will be hosting a workshop from 5pm – 7pm on the day to help you learn the steps. The main event starts at 7pm and we will tell you all about it next month.
BROTHERS TRAINING HARD FOR TOUGH SAHARA TREK Nick and Simon Ralphs, the brothers who are swapping their suits for sand, are training hard in preparation for their 100km trek across the Sahara Desert in November. Currently they are running 5km a day and are also incorporating long walks every other day into their training. Over the May bank holiday they went camping with friends and family to Norfolk and had a very windy day on the beach doing some dune running. They have also been training at Rutland Water on the man-made beach doing press ups, sprinting, jogging and generally getting their heart rates up. To round the month off the brothers completed The Wolf Run at Stanford Hall. They had an amazing day (pictured above) and Nick hopes he has managed to recruit some more obstacle course running enthusiasts to join them in future events. Fund-raising for the MS Society is going well.
They are half-way to their £5,000 target. To support Nick and Simon visit www.facebook. com/sahararalphs or go to www.justgiving. com/brother-s-ralphs. They are also updating their progress on Twitter (@trekkingbros). Finally, your can donate via text to support them: text BROS98 £5 or £10 to 70070.
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s a local boy from Oadby, I’ve been caught up in the football frenzy. As a staunch supporter of Leicester City, it was brilliant to watch the lads win the league. While I, like so many others, secretly hoped it would happen, it wasn’t until I stood in the crowd of fans that the reality hit. Being a proud supporter of Leicester City and the Tigers, I get to as many matches as I can with my young son. Now, of course, my hopes are pinned on the Tigers winning next season. Sport has been a big part of my life since childhood. There is nothing quite like the thrill of the game, the highs and the lows. Perhaps that explains the drive and passion that I carry into my working life. Having worked in audiology for an international organisation for 11 years, I saw that there was a need for a more personal approach to hearing care. While providing and ﬁtting hearing aids is part of the process, I feel that it is important that the client has a personalised service tailored to their needs, with on-going care and support. With this in mind I set up Healthy Hearing in 2001 with my wife, Heidi. Initially, I operated from home and visited all clients in the comfort of their own homes. However, as the business grew, we opened our ﬁrst ofﬁce in Stamford (The Stamford Hearing Centre) and additional audiologists were soon taken on board. This was followed by more centres in Loughborough, Oakham, Ferndown (Dorset) and New Milton (Hampshire). While the company continues to grow, the ethos remains the same – to provide our clients with the best service and support available. We continue to offer home visits and are proactive in our approach by providing regular halfyearly check-ups to ensure any concerns or changes to hearing are dealt with immediately, with no additional charge to the client. Our approach in consultation is to allow all the time necessary to understand a customer’s needs, their situation and what the best possible solution is for them. Our doors are always open Each client is as individual to us as their hearing requirements are. We have an open door policy and will often change a battery in a centre over a cup of tea and a chat. Our doors are always open for anyone to drop in with any questions or concerns they may have. While we are now one of the largest independent retailers of hearing aids, we remain
‘While the company continues to grow, the ethos remains the same’ committed to offering the family-style service our clients have become accustomed to. I continue to keep my hand in the day-to-day operations, working out of our Oakham centre a few days a week and visiting all our centres on a regular basis to ensure the standards remain high without losing the feeling of a small family practice. Working with the manufacturers, I continue to
search out the best possible solutions on the market for the beneﬁt of our clients and also feedback our expertise to the companies and technicians that develop hearing aids in order to make the next generation of hearing solutions better still. At the weekends I like to spend time with my family. Whether it’s cycling around Rutland Water to raise money for charity or kicking a football around, it remains important to me to have that work/life balance. After 15 years at Healthy Hearing I still feel the same passion for this type of work as I did when I ﬁrst started the business. Seeing the expression on the face of someone hearing clearly for the ﬁrst time is something that truly drives me – a bit like seeing Leicester City win!
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■ Family run Amore Mio Café has recently opened in Market Harborough. The emphasis is on healthy eating. Food is freshly prepared, there are delicious cakes and gluten free items are on the menu. You can ﬁnd them on Adam and Eve Street. ■ A unique interactive hearing exhibition will be taking place at The Marriott Hotel in Peterborough on Tuesday, July 19. Radio 2 broadcaster Johnnie Walker and Mat Gilbert, president of the England Deaf Rugby Union, both interesting and entertaining speakers, will be present. The aim of HearClear Expo 2016 is to give people the opportunity to experience some of the most advanced hearing solutions available. You can have your hearing tested and even have ear wax removed. Various charities will also be present including Hearing Dogs
and the British Tinnitus Society. Entry is free. Find more details at www. hearclearexpo.co.uk. ■ The Rotary Club of Lutterworth and the WI are inviting everyone to a strawberry cream tea at 3.30pm on Sunday, July 10, at Burton Fields Farm, Burton Hastings. In aid of LOROS, The Maryann
Evans Hospice and the Save Denman Appeal, there will be a glass of ﬁzz on arrival. To ﬁnd out more email jmthomo@ btinternet.com or ring 01455 554891. ■ Leicester Sketch Club was founded in 1898 and is still thriving today. It has more than 100 members ranging from the professional artist to the beginner. The club meets monthly, runs many workshops as well as outdoor and indoor sketch days. New members are always welcome. To ﬁnd out more visit www. leicestersketchclub.co.uk.
– the cakes are delicious. See www.deenepark.com for more information. ■ Café Ventoux is building an open air theatre and will be presenting ‘Ventoux, the true story of Lance Armstrong and Marco Pantani on Mont Ventoux’ on July 23 at 7.30pm. To ﬁnd out more and to book tickets visit www.cafe-ventoux.cc/ outside-the-cafe.
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PITCHING UP Jeremy Beswick visits Kibworth Ladies CC to find out how their first season in league cricket is going Photography: Pip Warters
AS I ARRIVED at Kibworth’s Fleckney Road ground one Sunday morning, the ﬁeld was alive with laughing juniors as the clubhouse hosted contented parents enjoying the early summer sunshine. The bar was doing a roaring trade in bacon sandwiches so I grabbed a cup of tea and took a seat on the terrace on the second tier of their impressive pavilion and, as I took in the cricketing scene with rolling countryside beyond, reﬂected that there were few places I’d rather be of a weekend. I was here for the match between Kibworth Ladies and Wellingborough starting an hour or so later. As we waited, visiting captain Kerry York shared a few moments with me. “One of the nice things about playing is visiting lovely clubs like this,” she said generously. “It’s also a great opportunity for those who’ve maybe supported their husbands and boyfriends in cricket to get involved themselves, but the best thing is being part of a
team. For us, the social side is just as important and we like to play with a smile on our face.” Like Kibworth, their team has a wide range of ages from around 13 to 40-somethings which gives a family feeling to the squad, with the older hands keeping an eye out for the youngsters. Home skipper Sam Walsh joined us after ensuring all was ready for the day. “My male relatives have always played here,” she told me. “My grandfather, cousins and nephews were in various teams and I got the bug too, playing alongside the men in the friendly side and once competitively for the fourth team.” Together with club chairman Steve Ellwood, she hatched a plan to start the ladies outﬁt two or three years ago and began with free taster sessions for anyone interested – whether they’d played cricket before or not. “For the ﬁrst two seasons we just played friendlies,” she continued, “and lots of our side
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were new to cricket. We still welcome anyone – whether they’ve touched a bat before or not. All we ask is that you want to enjoy it, get stuck in and improve.” This season marks their competitive debut in the league and they were greatly heartened by their start. “Winning our ﬁrst match was amazing,” she said. “It was a close ﬁnish as well, as we won by two wickets with one over left.” She gave me a run-down of her side: “We’ve two 13-year olds playing today, Maha Malik and Ria Patel. Emma Blundell’s the team joker and our star batsman is Ali (Alison Wall) who also keeps wicket – today with a broken toe thanks to her nephew who was bowling to her in the nets.” What was the main attraction for her personally? “Firstly, I love the team experience,” she said. “I’m really keen on that and how people stick around and have a drink and a chat afterwards. I also like how you learn and develop different skills – ﬁelding, bowling and batting are so very different – and the fact that women’s cricket is developing so fast and being part of that success story.” The women’s game is indeed growing apace with our national side doing well too – and support from the very top. Here’s the ECB’s CEO Tom Harrison:
‘We welcome anyone – all that we ask is that you want to enjoy it, get stuck in and improve’ “Thousands of women and girls have been drawn into cricket over the past decade with nearly 600 clubs now offering access to the game and it’s important we invest in further coaching to accelerate this further.” To that end they announced an initiative last year to provide an additional 175 coaches to improve the experience of women and girls in cricket and committed themselves to increasing participation to 7,500 women and girls across 1,000 cricket clubs nationwide. Out on the ﬁeld Kerry won the toss and elected to bat so I ﬁrst had the chance to watch Kibworth ﬁeld as a unit, and a unit they certainly were, actively backing up and looking out for each other with lots of high ﬁves, whooping and hugs as they claimed their ﬁrst wicket. The more experienced Wellingborough were
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eventually dismissed for 174 which pleased Sam who felt they’d “done really, really well to get them all out.” As both sides enjoyed a well-deserved tea in the pavilion – and very enticing it looked too, particularly the strawberry gateau – I sat down with Steve Ellwood. “It’s fantastic to see them playing league cricket now,” he said. “We feel it’s our job to support the local community and so when it became clear there was demand for a women’s side we asked Sam to help us set it up. “I like to think we’ve been supportive from the start with quality coaching and however else we can help.” There have always been many girls playing at mini and junior level at the club but, as Steve said when they reached 12 or 13 there was nowhere for them to go, so too many of them packed it in. Now there’s a clear chance of progression to the senior side. With Kibworth starting their innings I joined the rest of the team on the players’ balcony and had a word with the two youngsters. Batswoman Ria Patel said she liked trying to hit the ball as far as she can – “It makes me feel good about myself”, and bowler Maha Malik told me she came from a cricket-mad family and taking a wicket “was just the best thing”. That feeling would have been fresh in her mind as she’d claimed one earlier.
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Nic Savill – aged somewhere between those two 13-year olds and myself (though doubtless closer to them) was nevertheless playing only her only second ever game, yet had just dismissed Wellingborough’s opener and number three for 13 and three respectively.
The club offers excellent facilities and is one of the nicest places to sit and watch a game of cricket. All ages are involved in the club and coaching is on offer to bring youngsters on in the game
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BGL SPORT BASH IS BACK The annual star-studded cricket spectacle and family fun day returns to Stamford this month BGL SPORT BASH 2016, now in its ﬁfth year, returns to Stamford School playing ﬁelds on July 29, with the organisers promising a fun ﬁlled day featuring free activities, live music, food and a star-studded cricket spectacle including a host of former international greats taking to the ﬁeld. This year’s Sport Bash, now a ﬁrm ﬁxture in Stamford’s social calendar, marks the ﬁrst of a new three-year sponsorship agreement with major ﬁnancial services provider, BGL Group. Chief executive Matthew Donaldson said: “We are delighted to continue our support of BGL Sport Bash. “As a locally-based company, many of our people live in Stamford and the surrounding area and we’re only too pleased to be involved with this fantastic community event that supports the likes of the Matt Hampson Foundation, Seb Goold Trust and the George Robinson Trust. Fingers crossed for the weather.’’ Organised by former England cricketer and Stamford Endowed School’s head of cricket, Dean Headley, BGL Sport Bash aims to support
charitable causes through the power of sport. Dean explained: “BGL Sport Bash is a fantastic day out for all the family. Last year we raised close to £40,000 for a host of charitable causes. “It’s great to see the local community come together in support of our event. We’ve added some amazing activities and events to our line-up this year and hope to raise even more money for a host of good causes including the Matt Hampson Foundation, the Seb Goold Trust and Team George.” Gates open at 11:30am, with visitors
encouraged to try their hand at a host of sportrelated activities including a climbing wall, potholing, archery, a bungee run and a 45-metre inﬂatable assault course. Leicester Tigers will also be attending BGL Sport Bash, bringing with them their roadshow vehicle, The Maul, the tackle bag and team mascot Welford. All activities are included in the admission price. On-going entertainment throughout the day includes the Humberts Cup Kwik Cricket competition, a skydiving display, street performers and music provided by cover band Children of the Revolution, with more acts to follow. A host of refreshments, sourced by the ﬁnest local food and drink vendors, including Grasmere, Stamford Deli, Batemans and Burleigh’s Gin, will be available to purchase throughout the day. Excitement is already building around the main event, a 20/20 cricket showpiece with a Dean Headley team competing against a Local Legends XI. The Dean Headley XI already boasts former international greats such as Simon Jones, Phil DeFreitas and Geraint Jones. Tickets for BGL Sport Bash 2016 are now available at www.bglsportbash.co.uk, priced at £10 for adults and £7.50 for children over 5, with free entry for children aged 5 and under.
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Cheats never prosper – well, not every time... Martin Johnson picks the most infamous sporting villains hile it would be fair to say that the national pulse rate didn’t amount to much more than a ﬂicker during the ﬁrst half of the cricketing summer, the arrival of Pakistan for the Test series has aroused everyone’s interest. Spectators, sponsors, the Serious Fraud Ofﬁce, Interpol and a fair number of shady bookmakers in Lahore and Karachi. The last time Pakistan were here it resulted in investigations into spot ﬁxing and jail sentences for three of their side. One of whom, Mohammad Amir, is back after having his ﬁve-year ban from the sport commuted. The spot ﬁxing issue in cricket is by no means conﬁned exclusively to Pakistan, although they certainly have the longest rap sheet, which, if you ask me, is mostly down to boredom. When I was last in Faisalabad the headline item in the town’s entertainment guide was ‘An Exhibition of Pastels By Nizan Dahini’, which would be enough to drive anyone down to the underground bookie’s ofﬁce. One of the more amusing aspects of Mohammad Amir’s return to international cricket was the snort of condemnation coming from one of Pakistan’s former players, Shahid Afridi. This is a bloke who was once caught ball tampering in Australia by sinking his teeth into the ball, although in fairness perhaps he thought it was a Cox’s orange pippin; and in a Test match against England was caught on camera digging up the business area of the pitch with his spikes. Although again, I don’t want to make too much of it in case he was auditioning for Strictly Come Dancing. You have to go back a long way to ﬁnd an England v Pakistan Test series that didn’t involve cheating allegations – from both sides – so what better way of warming up for the latest one than by watching the European football championships? When it comes to cheating in sport, you can’t beat a game of footie. I’ve often wondered whether scientists, if they weren’t otherwise engaged tackling global warming or ﬁnding the cure for cancer, would like to have a crack at solving some of the world’s other great issues, such as why footballers are prone to falling over for no apparent reason. Are they, for instance, born with an afﬂiction of the inner ear which affects balance? Or does it happen the other way round? You become a footballer and suddenly you can’t stop falling over. For no apparent reason. The other oddity is that is only happens in the workplace. Football also lays claims to perhaps the most celebrated act of cheating ever recorded, namely Maradona’s ‘hand Of God’. It is
peculiar to football that – outside of England at any rate – it was regarded as clever rather than devious, and in Argentina it even qualiﬁed as revenge for the Malvinas. But let’s be fair, cycling gives football a good run for its money, and if you wanted to crown someone as the world’s greatest sporting cheat, then Maradona would face serious competition from Lance Armstrong. Then there are athletes, many of whom, I used to believe, were an inspiration to us all by their willingness to give blood, until I discovered that they only did so on the strict understanding that they got a pint or two straight back in again... only with an extra dose of red corpuscles, or whatever it is that makes you run faster. It is, though, entirely possible to cheat at athletics without becoming a reverse blood donor, as demonstrated by a female runner in the Boston Marathon back in 1980 who hurtled through the winner’s tape in a time that took the breath away. It wasn’t her breath that was taken away, however, as she showed as much sign of exertion as someone who’s just taken the dog for a walk, and it ﬁnally transpired that this was result of her having utilised a oneday travel card and had made half the journey on the underground. The Olympics will shortly be with us and it’s fair to speculate that more than a handful of gold medals will be dishonestly acquired. Of all the Olympic cheats, Ben Johnson is probably the highest proﬁle, but the gold for cheating goes to the Russian fencer Boris Onischenko, who had his epee wired to light up – and get recorded as a hit on his opponent - when the tip hadn’t actually touched anything. Let’s face it, there isn’t a sport out there in which people aren’t tempted to cheat, and while I have no intimate knowledge of the minor sports, discovering that some croquet player had been caught taking something a bit stronger than Junior Disprin, would come as no huge surprise. Recently, tennis has been in the spotlight with Maria Sharapova coming into the confession room to sort of confess, but not quite. There was some kind of tosh about a hereditary ailment that once affected a second cousin for about 10 minutes, so as a precaution her doctor told her to take some medicine at around 30 times the dose required. And Maria, being a simple soul, did as she was told. She is appealing against her two-year ban, but I am led to understand that a certain organisation is considering launching an appeal against her appeal. Namely, the Noise Abatement Society. Martin Johnson has been a sports journalist and author since 1973, writing for the Leicester Mercury, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times. He currently writes columns for The Rugby Paper and The Cricket Paper, and has a book out called ‘Can I Carry Your Bags?’.
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WHAT A WATER-FUL WORLD! We might be a long way from the sea, but there is still so much to do in and on the water in the region this summer
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CANAL BOATING ON THE GRAND UNION
The Leicester Line of the Grand Union Canal takes a quiet, meandering course through rolling hills and unspoilt countryside. What is now called the Leicester Line comprised two canals which were bought by the Grand Junction Canal in 1894: the Leicestershire & Northamptonshire Union Canal and the ‘old’ Grand Union Canal. Foxton Locks is a well-known waterways landmark, and its 10 locks are often busy with narrowboats, while the side-ponds, which provide water to the ﬂight, are havens for nature. The Foxton Inclined Plane is a unique bit of waterways history – a boat lift that once raised and lowered working boats on a steep slope in water-ﬁlled tanks. The Leicester Line has arms to Market Harborough and Welford. At Union Wharf in Market Harborough, red-brick industrial warehouses have been transformed into arts and crafts workshops, creating a hive of cultural activity. www.canalrivertrust.org.uk
WAKE UP TO WAKEBOARDING
Experience the thrill of ﬁzzing across the water’s surface at high speed with Charnwood Waterski & Wakeboard Club. A relaxed and family-friendly club welcoming both members and guests, it is based at a beautiful lake on the outskirts of Leicester and is run by a committed group of enthusiasts dedicated to boat-towed water sports. www.cwwc.org.uk
SO MUCH TO DO ON RUTLAND WATER…
Rutland Water, as you might expect, is offering a huge number of activities on the water this summer. There are weekly open water swim sessions, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards or canoe hire at Rutland Watersports, while on August 6-7 the National Watersports Festival for juniors arrives at Whitwell and offers a brilliant way to get into watersports. For families with younger (ﬁve and under) children, the beach and Lands’ End kids’ play park at Sykes Lane offers a great day along with the chance to build sandcastles on the shores of Rutland Water. Then there is the launch of the UK’s largest Aquaglide inﬂatable aqua park. With huge potential for epic fails and total wipeouts, Aqua Park Rutland will offer one of the most entertaining ways to enjoy the Great British outdoors this summertime, whatever the weather. Launching on July 9 and open for just eight weeks until September 4, the park features 16 fun obstacles to climb, jump, crawl, chute, launch, slide and splash through. This adventure course provides an action-packed
experience that offers a challenge to all, from the average active through to super ﬁtness fans. Tickets for the park are £15, offering a 55-minute experience to tackle the obstacles, balance beams, climbing walls, trampolines and blast bags. Designed for a super-soaking good time, with the emphasis on splashings of fun for all, the course features obstacles such as Cyclone, the colossal Revolution, Jungle Jim and the Summit Express which promises to deliver a really splashy landing. As an active attraction, visitors to Aqua Park Rutland need to be ready for the physical challenge and must be aged 6-plus and over 1.1m in height and able to swim 50m in a buoyancy vest to take part. Buoyancy vests are provided and wetsuits are available to hire additionally for £5. Richard Drinkwater, co-founder of Aqua Park Rutland, said: “We know the British summer can’t promise to be a sizzler, but whether rain or
shine we can promise Aqua Park Rutland will serve up an awesome experience! “We’ve already had a massive response from the local community and we’re already experiencing high demand for tickets.” www.anglianwater.co.uk/leisure/water-parks/ rutland
EXPERIENCE CORBY INTERNATIONAL POOL
Corby East Midlands International Pool is one of the best swimming facilities in Britain, and as such it has a host of events and programmes on this summer. There’s a junior loyalty card offer allowing kids to be able to swim for just £1. The pool also has lots of other activities to get involved in taking place from July 25 to August 26, ranging from one-to-one swimming lessons, diving taster sessions, rookie lifeguard, intensive group swimming lessons and lots more. Tel: 01536 464643, www.corby.gov.uk
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GO TO WATERMEAD COUNTRY PARK
Watermead Country Park is one of the best sites in Leicestershire for bird watching and nature study, and hosts a number of local clubs offering windsurﬁng, sailing and model boating on its various lakes. For the ﬁsherman, season permits can be obtained for John Merricks Lake, King Lear’s Lake and the Lily Pond. Day tickets can be purchased from on-site staff (on the bank) for King Lear’s and the Lily Pond. www.leicscountryparks.org.uk
TEACH CHILDREN TO SWIM EXPLORE THE UNDERWATER WORLD
You slip under the surface. As you draw in that ﬁrst breath, instinct is temporarily suspended. Your senses shift as hearing, touch, smell and taste are rendered virtually redundant, leaving you with only sight. With breath-taking reefs, impressive wrecks and new places to explore, it’s the only sense you need. Welcome to the world of scuba diving. If you want to try diving for the ﬁrst time or gain your ﬁrst diving qualiﬁcation, Dive Rutland has a whole range of PADI Specialty Diver Programmes including boat diver, dry suit diver, deep diver, search and recovery and night diver courses. Tel: 0845 5195464, www.diverutland.com
The swimming pool at Edith Weston Academy is ideal for children learning to swim as it is one metre deep from end to end. It has newly refurbished changing rooms, trained lifeguards and an excellent swimming teacher, and is available for pool parties and family swims throughout the year. On Friday mornings during term time it runs a parent and toddler/baby session for just £3. Tel: 01780 720025, email ofﬁce@edithweston. rutland.sch.uk
CAN YOU CANOE?
Hinckley Canoe Club runs sessions on local waters during the summer and pool sessions during the winter. It also has a registered youth section and is also afﬁliated to the British Canoe Union. www.hcc-online.co.uk
FROM PEDALOS TO PADDLEBOARDS Located on Gunwade Lake in Ferry Meadows, Peterborough, Nene Outdoors offers an extensive range of watersports activities to suit the needs and abilities of all visitors. Family-friendly craft include kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards and rowing boats as well as the ever popular swan pedalos, or for those who fancy a bit more of a challenge, sailing and windsurﬁng under the watchful eye of their professional instructors. Pay-and-play hire and training courses are available every day throughout the summer holidays. www.neneparktrust.org.uk/neneoutdoors
GRAFHAM WATER CENTRE HAS SO MUCH TO OFFER!
Grafham Water has plenty of fun-ﬁlled, action-packed days out on offer this summer. Family days and taster sessions give you the chance to have a go at anything from stand-up paddleboarding to high ropes. To develop your skills further, you can take courses from beginner level to expert in sailing, windsurﬁng, paddlesports, powerboating or climbing. To keep the children occupied during the long summer holidays, why not book them into ‘Discover Club’ – the hugely popular holiday club for 8s and over? Tel: 01480 810521, www.grafham-water-centre. co.uk
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Feature /// Watersports GET A HOT TUB
You don’t always have to travel for water-based fun. Hot tubs and swim spas are relaxing, warming and great for a wind-down after a hard day. Hydropool Hot Tubs and Swim Spas are some of the best in the world, and are sold locally by Aqua Performance, a subsidiary of 158 Performance based in Tallington – a ﬁrm that sells high performance jet skis, jet boats and the remarkable ﬂyboards. These self-cleaning hot tubs clean 100% of the water every 15 minutes, allowing you to spend more time with family and friends and create more time for what matters: relaxation. Tel: 01778 341144, www.158performance.co.uk
TRI OPEN WATER SWIMMING
Inspire2tri has partnered with Anglian Water to bring open water swimming for health and for sport to Rutland Water (Whitwell site). It offers weekly Sunday morning swimming from 8:30am-10:30am from May to September for both triathletes and recreational swimmers. Booking is essential but you pay on the day. www.inspire2tri.com.
Nene Extreme Adventures offers canoeing and kayaking trips from its base at the picturesque Oundle Wharf. Its range of boats includes stable and rugged single kayaks, inﬂatables and open four-man canoes suitable for families, and can be hired by
the hour or by the day. The option to camp overnight makes it perfect for bonding with the kids over the campﬁre after a beautiful paddle on the River Nene. Alternatively, they can collect canoes that are dropped off at designated points along the river, meaning you need never paddle upstream – the ultimate luxury! Tel: 01832 272050, www.neneextreme.co.uk
TAKE A CRUISE
You don’t have to travel somewhere exotic to go cruising. The Rutland Belle sails from Whitwell on the north shore of Rutland Water and calls in at Normanton on the south shore. Visitors can enjoy the scenery from the water, amidst the sailors, anglers and waterbirds, while listening to commentary highlighting points of interest, and taking in morning coffee, afternoon tea or even a drink at the bar. You might even see an osprey or two as well. Tel: 01572 787630, www.rutlandwatercruises.com
HAVE A WATER BABY
Water Babies are fun, innovative baby swimming classes that provide a lifetime of water conﬁdence and precious memories. A unique experience for you and your baby, they teach your little one to swim through highly structured lessons, including clear progressions, aims and objectives and detailed lesson plans for each chapter of our programme. Water Babies have won again the What’s On 4 Little Ones Best National Baby & Toddler
Development Activity 0-2 years 2015, and classes are held across the region. Tel: 01664 567302, www.waterbabies.co.uk/ contact/leicestershire-and-rutland
LEICESTER OUTDOOR PURSUITS CENTRE
The Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre offers 15 acres of adventure on the edge of the River Soar on the north edge of Leicester, with excellent facilities for all sorts of waterborne activities. It has a sailing society, based at Watermead Country Park, holds canoeing courses at its base on the River Soar, and was named British Canoeing Centre of the Year 2015. There is a ﬂotilla of other boats to try too, including kayaks, bell boats, katakanus, stand up paddleboards and even the opportunity to try your hand at raft building. www.lopc.co.uk
HAVE A WATER WALKERZ PARTY
Uppingham School Sports Centre’s 25-metre pool is not just for lane swimming – it holds water-based parties for children and adults. At its Water Walkerz Party, giant inﬂatable Zorbs provide a fantastic fun, action-packed pool party for people to enjoy. Hosts run the show, setting up pool games including races, underwater searches and shooting hoops, making this party wet ‘n wild! Water-based activities are designed for ages eight-plus and can be arranged for any occasion. Tel: 01572 820 830, www.sportscentre. uppingham.co.uk
GO TO THE NATIONAL WATER SPORTS CENTRE
Holme Pierrepont Country Park is home of the National Water Sports Centre. Set in 270 acres of parkland, it is one of the UK’s hidden gems with a huge amount of activities, both on and off the water. Take part in the vast range of watersports this summer; from white water tubing and rafting, to wakeboarding, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, sailing, rowing and power boating. And once you’ve tried all of the watersports, why not dry out on all of the other activities, including the Sky Trail High Ropes Course, Segways, ECombat and FootGolf to name a few. Or make a weekend of it and stay in a teepee or camping arch on the campsite. Tel: 0115 982 1212, www.nwscnotts.com
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ACTIVE BODY TIPS ON STRENGTHENING YOUR HAMSTRINGS, MILITARY FITNESS ADVICE ON TONING YOUR BODY AND UNDERSTANDING SUGAR IN FOODS
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STRESS OUT! Feeling wound up and anxious? Why not try these tips which will help your body to better manage your state of mind? Do you feel nervous over the slightest thing and struggle to deal with certain situations? You’re not alone. More than 8.2 million people suffer with severe anxiety in the UK and according to research from the University of Cambridge, women are nearly twice as likely to experience anxiety than men. So what physical aspects can you change to reduce anxiety? 1 Watch the caffeine Caffeine is a stimulant which prompts your body to release the stress hormones making you feel more stressed and jittery than you should be. Also, caffeine is addictive. As the effect wears off, you will want another one and then you are back on that roller-coaster again of highs and lows. To minimise these effects, try cutting down gradually, substituting some of your usual drinks for healthier alternatives. It’s much better to cut down slowly over a few weeks. Begin by substituting decaffeinated coffee for half of your total intake per day, and then gradually change over to all decaffeinated. Then, slowly substitute other drinks, such as herbal teas and grain coffees. You should, ideally, eventually eliminate decaffeinated coffee as well because coffee contains other stimulants (theobromine and theophylline), which are not removed when the coffee is decaffeinated. 2 Increase your ‘feel good’ hormone We need to make sure that our levels of serotonin (the ‘feel good’ hormone) remain high. The body makes serotonin from tryptophan, which occurs naturally in foods such as dairy products, fish, bananas, dried dates, soya, almonds and peanuts. The manufacture of serotonin depends on how much tryptophan is transported into your brain. Combining the foods mentioned above with unrefined carbohydrates, such as brown rice, wholemeal bread or oats, helps the body to release insulin to help tryptophan uptake to the brain. A good example would be to kick start your day with eggs and wholemeal toast for breakfast. 3 Steady your sugar levels Balancing blood sugar is essential in lowering stress because the crashes in sugar levels which happen through the day (due to long periods without food and not eating the right foods) stimulates the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol to be released. This is because these stress hormones, apart from helping you to run away from a tiger, can
also mobilise your glucose (which has been stored as glycogen in the liver) back into the blood stream. This is why you can feel more jittery and irritable when blood sugar plummets. So, ensure you have a small meal every two to three hours that contains protein (eat breakfast, lunch and dinner plus a snack mid morning and one mid-afternoon). For example, a hard-boiled egg, 10-12 almonds, a small can of tuna and brown rice. This will stop those roller-coaster highs and cravings for sweet foods. Because your blood sugar isn’t allowed to drop, your body will no longer have to ask you for a quick fix. As your blood sugar steadies, so will your mood swings and stress levels will lower. 4 Up your fish intake Nutritionist Cassandra Barns explains: “Almost 60% of our brains are made up of fat, and about half of that fat is DHA omega 3 fatty acids, which really can only be found in fish. This is why fish is often known as a great source of ‘brain food.’ “Omega 3 are known as ‘essential’ fats because our bodies do not make these so we must rely on external sources for these nutrients, such as eating oily fish, or taking a supplement. I’d recommend taking Quest Vitamins Super Omega 3-6-9 which provides a balanced blend of the omega 6 fatty acids. “These essential fats are crucial in order for the brain cells to actually ‘pick up’ our neurotransmitters (i.e. serotonin) so that they can be utilised by the brain cells and play their part in our mood, increasing happiness and reducing anxiety.” 5 Get a good night’s sleep Sleep is a significant part of living a healthy lifestyle, and many of us simply do not get enough. Stress, sleep and anxiety are all related. Martina Della Vedova, a nutritionist at Nature’s Plus UK says: “If we don’t get enough sleep we can find it harder to adapt to challenging situations, and when we can’t cope as efficiently with stress it can be harder to have a good night’s rest. “Magnesium is known as ‘nature’s tranquiliser’ and is needed to relax our muscles and nerves, which helps us to fall into a peaceful sleep. To ensure you’re getting enough magnesium try and include plenty of magnesium-rich foods in your diet such as pumpkin and sunflower seeds, fish and leafy green vegetables. “I’d also recommend taking the new KalmAssure Magnesium Powder. This is a naturally chelated magnesium which is very easy to absorb and easily delivered to the tissues.”
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HAM IT UP TIPS FOR STRONGER HAMSTRINGS AND THE REASONS YOU NEED THEM, BY FUNCTION JIGSAW’S LAUREN DOBSON Have you previously, or do you currently, suffer with a knee injury, weak knees or recurring knee pain? A strength imbalance between your hamstrings and quads increases your risk of injuries, such as muscle strains and ligament sprains especially around the knee joint. THE ANATOMY The hamstring group consists of three muscles – semimembranosous, semi-tendinosous and bicep femoris. The quadriceps muscle group consists of four muscles – vastus medialis, vastus lateralis, vastus intermedialis and rectus femoris. The ‘quads’ have a larger muscle bulk and are used more frequently, but the quads and ‘hammys’ work together to move the hip and knee. Hammys flex the knee and extend the hip and run along the back of the thigh attaching the hip and knee. Quads meanwhile, do the opposite. They extend the knee and flex the hip joint and are located on the front of the thigh. THERE ARE MANY EXERCISES TO IMPROVE YOUR HAMSTRINGS The hamstring muscle group consists of type two muscle fibres which assist in explosive movements such as acceleration or jumping. It is important to work on hamstring strength and muscular endurance to reduce the risk of injury. Hamstring strains often occur while running. When you run, your knee straightens which means quads contract and hamstrings lengthen. If our hamstrings are weak, the quads will pull the hamstring group faster than it can lengthen and that can cause damage to your joints, muscles or ligaments. Weaker muscles also fatigue quicker and therefore may result in greater strength imbalances and further injury. A common injury caused by poor
hammys/quads is the ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) sprain/rupture – the most common knee injury. Straight-ahead sports such as jogging, swimming and cycling place little stress on the ACL. However, sports such as football, basketball, tennis and rugby that involve cutting, planting and changing direction movements in which the ACL plays a vital role, put athletes at greatest risk of injury. This is especially true when there is poor hamstring strength to support the motion. Current research suggests that our hammys should be around 65% of our quad strength under a concentric contraction. This means that if the quads can lift 10kg under a shortened contraction, the hammys should be able to lift 6.5kg. A concentric contraction is where the muscle shortens under tension and the area where the muscle originates from, to where the muscle attaches to, becomes shorter. A concentric quad contraction in the gym would be a leg press or resisted leg extension. The hammy/quad will be different depending on how functional the movement is. In functional motions, hammys are to be around 50-80% of quad strength. WAYS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR HAMSTRINGS Broad jumps/double leg jumps Similar to a long jump technique. Feet fixed in a parallel position hip width apart, bending knees and hips backwards into squat position, big push forwards to jump and land double leg with a nice soft and controlled landing to absorb the force. Glute/hammy bridges Laying on back with knees bent at around 80-90 degrees, heels flat on the floor, raise hips high keeping shoulders and heels in contact with the floor, engaging hammys and glutes, control motion back down to the ground.
Good morning Feet hip width apart, knees in 10-15 degrees of flexion, keeping back flat, lower back down to a range that doesn’t give too much of a pull on the hamstrings or that the flat back cannot be maintained. Stiff leg dead lifts Stand on one leg holding it straight, raise other leg off the floor with knee bent, keep back flat and reach to the floor to touch toes, again to the point that you feel a mild ‘pull’ or loose control of maintaining a flat back. Nordic hammy curl Kneeling down with feet anchored, straight torso, slowly lower self down until loss of control. Make sure you use your hands to prevent hitting your face on the floor, and work in a comfortable range that doesn’t cause pain. All of these exercises can be progressed with weights or resistance bands but be sure to get advice on what sets and reps should be performed and balance them out with other exercises and activities. If any of the exercises cause pain, do seek professional advice. Lastly, but most importantly, make sure that hamstrings and glute complex are loose, mobile and warmed up correctly before training. You can also input stability exercises such as single leg balance, walking lunges or wobble board activities to help improve coordination and progress muscle building in combination with hamstring strengthening. For more information and exercise plan advice speak to the professionals that can help with your improvements.
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SETTING THE TONE LOOKING TO FLAUNT SOME FLESH? BRITISH MILITARY FITNESS HAS SOME TONING EXERCISES TO HELP MAKE THE MOST OF THIS SUMMER’S FASHION
Summer is back, and with it an array of new fashion hitting the high street, with cut outs still high on the agenda. From cold shoulder and crop tops to backless dresses, it’s enough to strike fear in even the most confident fashionista. To help you on your way, Kevin Stokes, an instructor at British Military Fitness (www.britmilfit.com), has put together the best shoulder, back and stomach toning exercises that will get you rocking this season’s fashions with confidence... EXERCISES TO ROCK THE COLD SHOULDER TOP Beloved by celebrities from Rosie Huntington-Whitely to Kendall Jenner, people are baring their shoulders left, right and centre this summer. If you’re not ready to show off your shoulders, press-up variations will help, says Kevin. “Press-ups challenge your muscles in three different directions, and are the best exercise for toning the shoulders without bulking up.” The press-up • Get into a high plank position. Placing your hands firmly on the ground, directly under your shoulders, brace your core and engage your glutes and hamstrings so your body is straight. • Lower your back keeping it flat and your eyes focused in front of you. Draw your shoulder blades back and down and keep your elbows tucked close to your body and lower yourself to the ground. • Keep your core engaged and push back to the starting position. The pike press-up • Start in press-up position above, with hands in a wide diamond and fingers pointing toward each other. • Bend at waist, lifting hips up and coming onto toes so your body forms upsidedown ‘V’. Bend elbows to lower head toward hands. • Push back up and repeat. EXERCISES TO WORK THE CROP TOP A summer classic, the crop top is showing
no sign of going out of fashion anytime soon, which can be a dream or a nightmare depending how confident you are baring your midriff. “When it comes to getting a flat stomach, diet will play a big part,” advises Kevin, “however, abdominal exercises will help tone up the area.” The classic crunch • Lie on your back with your arms either crossed over your chest or by your head and raise your legs to form a 90-degree angle at the hip and knee joints. • Slowly raise your shoulders off the floor by contracting your stomach muscles. • Make sure that your eyes stay focused straight ahead and that your neck is kept in line with your spine but relaxed. The leg raise • Lie on your back with your shoulders pressed towards the ground and arms by your side. You can tuck your hands under the small of your back if this is more comfortable. • Engage your abs and with both legs straight, raise up your legs until they are at 90 degrees. • Keep abs engaged and lower both legs down until they are hovering just a few centimetres off the ground before raising back up. EXERCISES TO BOSS THE BACKLESS DRESS As this year’s Oscars proved, the back is the new cleavage. You might not be going to an award ceremony anytime soon, but there are still plenty of backless summer dresses on the high street to take your pick from. “The back can be overlooked in strength training, but a strong back is essential for good posture. And the best part is, most exercises only require your own body weight to be effective.” says Kevin. Reverse snow angels • Lie face down with arms relaxed. • Keeping the shoulders seated tightly and arms locked out, raise the hands overhead
• Keep hands and arms a few inches off the ground. • Return the hands to the sides, keeping the arms locked out and shoulders seated tightly in the socket. Dorsal raises • Lie face down with hands at the temples, as if you were doing a (reverse) sit-up. • Take a deep breath in and raise your chest off the ground. • Hold briefly, then lower to the ground. THE WORKOUT PLAN Kevin continues: “To get the most out of these exercises, you need to combine them in a plan that will ensure the maximum toning of your target areas and optimal fat burn. Try this 25-30 minute workout three to five times a week and see the results. Beginners should start with the lower set and rep scheme and progress each week.” Circuit 1 Press-ups – 15-20 reps Abdominal crunches – 15-20 reps Reverse snow angels – 15-20 reps Perform each exercise one-after-another without rest. After one circuit rest for one minute. Repeat three to five times and then move on to circuit 2. Circuit 2 Pike press-ups – 15-20 reps Leg raises – 15-20 reps Dorsal raises – 15-20 reps Perform each exercise one-after-another without rest. After one circuit rest for one minute. Repeat three to five times and then move on to the HIIT workout. HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout Interval sprints (these can be done either by running, rowing, or cycling). Sprint all out for 30 seconds and then rest for 30 seconds. Repeat for 10-20 minutes. To sign up for a free trial with British Military Fitness, go to www.britmilfit. com/try-bmf-for-free
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should come from these categories. Extrinsic non-milk sugars, on the other hand, cause blood sugar levels to fluctuate and lead to poor appetite and tooth decay. They are detrimental to health if eaten in large quantities and should be limited. FRUIT JUICES AND SMOOTHIES Although drinking fruit juice does count towards your five-a-day, it should be limited to one glass (200ml) per day as it is an extrinsic non-milk sugar, which can lead to the above health issues. Stick to natural fruit juice from concentrate and avoid those with added additives and preservatives. If you are making your own smoothie, try adding some vegetables and seeds to bulk it out, rather than making it solely with fruit, to reduce the sugar content. If you are buying a smoothie, only opt for freshly made and make sure you read the ingredients list carefully.
SWEET EMOTION Despite the panic over sugar levels in food, nutritional adviser Helen Cole reckons it is an often misunderstood food group This time last year, the nation was sent in to panic mode over the great sugar debate, and now that the initial worry has died down it seems a good time to highlight and properly digest the facts which, incidentally, have never changed. Often, when a new health concern is issued the focus tends to be on that single component and we forget to look at the bigger picture. ‘Balance’ is the word that springs to my mind whenever we are told to avoid certain food groups – it’s all about balance. I cannot claim to never eat sugar; I have a very sweet tooth. But I can claim to eat it as part of a balanced diet and try to stick to natural sugars as much as I can. WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE? Sugar falls into two main categories – intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic sugars are the simple sugars naturally occurring in plant-based foods such as fruit and vegetables. They have not been broken down and are still contained within the plant cell, hence the term ‘intrinsic’. Extrinsic sugars are those which are no longer contained within the plant cell and are the result of juicing, if taken from fruits and vegetables. To mix things up a bit more, there are two
types of extrinsic sugars – those found in milk and dairy products (extrinsic milk sugars) and those extracted from plant foods, such as fruit juice, honey and processed foods and drinks (non-milk extrinsic sugars). SO, WHICH SUGARS ARE OK TO EAT? When looking at our overall diet, we should not be cutting out any major food groups or nutrients. There have been mixed views over whether we should be eating fruit or not due to the amount of sugar it contains. While eating too much fruit will increase your sugar intake, you would struggle to consume many of the essential vitamins and minerals it contains elsewhere. The same goes for milk and dairy – unless you have a milk allergy or intolerance, there is absolutely no health benefit in cutting it out. If you are trying to lose weight, stick to low fat options, but check the label and make sure that the fat has not been replaced by sugar or some other form of sweetener. Intrinsic and extrinsic milk sugars are essential to good health. Milk and dairy provide us with nutrients such as protein and calcium, while fruit and vegetables are rich in fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Most of the sugar we eat
KEY WORDS AND QUANTITIES TO LOOK OUT FOR ON FOOD LABELS Added sugar should contribute to no more than 5% of your total daily calorie intake. In an ingredients list, sugar added to food can be called any of the following: Glucose Sucrose Maltose Corn syrup Honey Hydrolysed starch Invert sugar Fructose Molasses HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? When checking labels, the sugar content is found in the ‘Carbohydrates (of which sugars)’ figure and is normally given as a “ per 100g quantity: More than 22.5g of total sugars per 100g is high 5g of total sugars or less per 100g is low. Anything between these two figures is considered medium. So, if we learn to get the balance right, we can all eat well and be well! Information in this article is provided by Future Fit Training and figures are taken from the NHS guidelines. Cole Nutrition offers a full dietary analysis to identify the requirements for each individual. Together, we look at current eating and lifestyle patterns or habits and identify possible changes in realistic and achievable terms. Whatever your lifestyle, Cole Nutrition will endeavour to find the perfect balance for a happy, healthy you. If you would like to book a consultation or find out more about what we offer, please contact Helen Cole on 07966 050 193, email email@example.com or visit the website at www.colenutrition.co.uk.
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90 DAYS TO HEALTH NIRVANA: PART 3 New clothes have been needed for Chris Meadows’ new slimline look, but is boozing still holding him back? As I head into Cycle 2 of the Body Coach plan my weight loss stands at seven kilograms. A great start, and I’m very pleased with the results. It’s making all the hard work and early morning gym sessions worthwhile. But it’s not all great. Don’t get me wrong – feeling fitter and healthier is a good thing, a very good thing, but it once again comes at a price. The increased cost of food bills is one thing. But having now lost a reasonable amount of weight there is a secondary cost that was made very evident when I had to don my evening suit for a function recently. It was huge, and therefore required a quick dash to the local hire shop. I’m currently down to a few items of clothing that don’t resemble a billowing sail, so to prevent an issue if the wind picks up, I’ve had to start restocking the wardrobe. And despite the evercomforting words of friends of, “I wouldn’t worry, you’ll fit back into your old clothes in no time”, I plan to try and maintain a healthier lifestyle. I still have two cycles of the plan to go, so it was time for a pep talk. I caught up with the main man, Joe Wicks, again to find out a bit more about what may be in store for Cycle 2. The idea of me interviewing Joe swiftly went out the window, as the interviewer became the interviewee. Joe was energetically keen to
find out how I was getting on and if I was sticking to the plan. The beauty with Cycle 1 is that the workouts are quick: 20-30 minutes and you’re done. So they fit into any part of your day, and you then just tailor your meal plans around. It’s a great way to start and there are no excuses really. Joe explained that Cycle 2 introduces GVT, or German Volume Training. It’s essentially weight training, which is then teamed up with the HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts to deliver maximum results. Rather than a 30-minute session in the gym though I’m now spending nearer an hour so it’s a lot more time consuming. The Microsoft Band has been great for the weights though. German Volume Training is all about 10 reps done in fairly quick succession so having the timer on my wrist is perfect, and it’s got a strength setting too. So I toggle between the rower and the weights with ease. The meals change in Cycle 2 as well. Weighing out food from the start made me realise just how much I was eating before. If you live on your own then you’ll have no issues with Cycle 1. But living with someone who isn’t on the plan is a bit more complicated, especially if you want to eat a meal together. My wife and I tended to double up on quantities to ensure I had my required quota, but Cycle 2 is much easier to
prepare meals together as you work on a ‘pick ’n mix’ method. There is now a greater focus on meals with carbohydrates and reduced fat. Joe explained that this cycle was more of a test phase to see whether my body reacted better to carbohydrates or fat. The results would then be tailored to suit in Cycle 3. He was then keen to find out if I’d seen any drop in body fat? Having lost just over a stone I was very pleased to be able to report back with the good news, although Joe isn’t a big fan of the scales for Cycle 2. His reasoning: “Once you start to build lean muscle it’ll slow down, and you don’t want to get disheartened that you’re not seeing results. Leave the scales alone now and look at the pictures you take at the end of Cycle 2. They’ll give you a better idea of your progress.” I knew the ‘are you giving it 100%?’ question was going to come up. In terms of the meals and HIIT, I can happily say yes. But in terms of going out for a few drinks with colleagues, friends or after a sports match - not so well. Joe commented: “It’s tricky to avoid all the bad stuff, it’s all about sustainability. You don’t want to be a complete hermit, I stay lean because I choose the right things off the menu if I’m going out. If you’re cutting booze down you’ll see really good results.’ However, Joe wasn’t so impressed that I’d only managed to not drink on one of the four Fridays in the first month (I think it may have been a couple more times than that too so I’m glad I didn’t tell him). Despite my feeble attempts to suggest that I’d made attempts to minimise the damaged by drinking gin and slimline tonic, Joe was quick to point out that, despite it being a reduction in calorie intake, it’s still alcohol and had I not drunk I’d have lost quite a bit more weight. “Alcohol inhibits your body’s fat burning ability,” he added. “If you want to see real progress, you need to hold back on the boozing and your body will really change shape.” Pub takings may be down then for the forseeable future…
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THE FINISHING TOUCHES You’ve done all the hard work in the gym, playing sports and getting fit, so now is the time to reap the benefits and add the finishing touches… Edited by Mary Bremner
LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS Men have never looked better – and that’s official! Men’s fashion and grooming is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK so we thought it was time to review a back wax and see what the ‘on trend’ man is wearing. Silhouettes are relaxed this season with plenty of loose fitting jackets and granddad shirts with no collars. Baggy linen trousers and shirts are proving popular for the summer. Shorts should be knee skimming and the neckerchief is back in a big way. It will take a brave man to don the Mary Jane’s (heeled shoes) that have been seen on the catwalk, but the more conservative (or sensible) can stick to the hooded parka, denim jacket and ubiquitous leather jacket that is an absolute classic. The James Dean look is
never far away and is making a bit of a comeback this year, along with a pair of ripped jeans, the more slashed the better! TAN SAFELY As I’m writing the rain is pouring down – as it has for much of this week – but we can dream of hot, sunny days to come. And sunny days mean high UV levels and the risk of sunburn. Suntan lotion is not just for holidays abroad, we need to protect ourselves at home as well – the British sun can be deceptively strong. Many face creams have SPF 25 in them so our faces should be protected, but if you are exposing parts of your body make sure you put sun protection on. There’s nothing better than having a light tan, but make sure you get it safely.
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BACK WAXING I’ve never had a back wax before so didn’t really know what to expect when I was asked to be a guinea pig and have it done for the magazine. I was offered intimate waxing or a back wax. Apparently intimate waxing is quite popular, but that was a step too far for me. I wasn’t sure how painful waxing was going to be as I’d heard horror stories, but thought I’d give it a go – after all, it was free – and, being very dark haired, male grooming is something I have to pay attention to or I’d be walking around with a mono brow and hair sprouting from everywhere. I didn’t want to be sitting in a salon waiting room surrounded by women gawping at me (that’s my perception, probably completely wrong) so found a place that specialises in male waxing.
I was greeted with a friendly smile and discussed what I wanted done. I took my shirt off, lay face down on the bed and the beautician got started. She spread the wax on my back (it was warm but not too hot) covered it and then ripped it off, pulling the hair out at the root with it. It wasn’t nearly as bad as it sounds so there was nothing to complain about – I don’t know what all these people were talking about when they said it was incredibly painfuI. I then had a balm rubbed in which calms the skin and closes the pores. It was recommended I return in about three months for another wax (prices are £25-£35 depending on the density of hair) and you have it done about four times a year. And I will as it was quick, easy and painless. Alex Stephens
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LUXURY PEDICURE I was in dire need of a foot treatment having spent much of last week on my feet, from early morning to late evening working at a show, so a pedicure was a very welcome treat. My feet were in desperate need so the foot spa at the beginning of the treatment, with added herbs, was a welcome relief. The smell from the crushed lavender and rosemary was wonderful. While one foot was in the spa my other foot’s cuticles were dealt with and my nails filed, then we swapped feet. Next my feet were treated to a scrub to remove the rough skin before they went back in the spa, and then it was a mask and massage – absolute bliss – I could feel all the aches and pains being soothed away.
To round it all off my nails were painted a very pretty colour, and there’s always lots of choice. I was fit to go once again and can’t stop admiring my very pretty toenails and rejuvenated feet. Cost £40.
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The Old Black Horse, Houghton Tim and Kate detour off the A47 and discover delicious homemade food Tim What a pity it’s raining this evening because the pub garden has magniﬁcent views. We could have sat outside and watched the petanque players. The away team came in for early doors before they set off for their match but it looks as if the home players may be rained off. They get a hearty meal at the end of the game though, so I don’t suppose they’ll mind too much. Kate There’s a wonderful community feel and I think that’s down to the landlady, Sam. Since taking over two years ago she’s organised plenty of music events and customers can use the marquee for parties. The annual beer festival runs from July 22 – 24 and there’ll be lots of live music. They’ll have 14 ales and four ciders and this year Sam’s arranged for birds of prey displays to take place at the weekend. Tim I’m going to try one of the guest ales – Big Red – which is brewed in Yorkshire. The raspberry and pomegranate cider from the Bottle Kicking Cider Company in Hallaton looks interesting but it’s obviously been so popular they’ve run out. If you come on a Wednesday you can have ﬁsh and chips and a pint (or a glass of wine) for £9.95, or a pie and a pint on a Thursday. Sounds like a bargain to me.
Kate Even though it’s not pie night I’m going to have one anyway because I’m keen to try the beef and stilton (£9.95). I’ve never tried that combination before. I know stilton’s not your thing, so what are you going for?
resist the chocolate orange cheesecake with ice cream (£4.95). While we’re waiting I’m going to vote in the Houghton Photographic Club’s monthly competition. It's a nice touch – local artwork and a different display each month.
Tim I’ve chosen the prawn cocktail with buttered malted bloomer (£5.25) and I have to say the bread is delicious – very soft and buttery and the prawns are really fresh. And to follow I’m having braised lamb shank with a red wine and smoked bacon sauce and dauphinoise potatoes (£13.95). I don’t normally eat smoked bacon at home but I’m acquiring a taste for it nowadays. It adds a deeper ﬂavour to this dish and the lamb is just falling off the bone.
Kate Sam certainly has lots of ideas for the pub. She’s planning to refurbish and as there are various different areas to the bar and restaurant she will have her work cut out. I know she wants to make sure she keeps the locals happy but she’s certainly keeping me happy tonight. This cheesecake is delicious – so rich and the biscuit base has leapt to a different level of crunch.
Kate My pie is delicious. I can’t believe the amount of meat in it – it’s nothing like the paltry amount you often ﬁnd in pies and the shortcrust pastry is incredibly light. Everything is homemade here. Sam inherited the chef from the last owners and if she’s clever she’ll hang on to him! I’m going to have to try one of his puddings. Or shall we have two and share? Tim The lemon posset with shortbread (£4.95) looks light and I know you won’t be able to
Tim This posset was a good choice too – not too tart, with some tasty pieces of lemon rind and the shortbread is perfectly buttery. I didn’t even realise the Black Horse existed: we normally race through Houghton on the A47 on the way back from Leicester but now I know it’s here I’ll deﬁnitely drop in.
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Feature /// Great walks
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Welford and Sibbertoft With an historic battleground, a famous river, an ancient abbey and two large reservoirs there is plenty going on during this walk, as Will Hetherington discovers Photography: Will Hetherington
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Park in the car park at the southern edge of Welford Reservoir, 200 yards north east of Welford village. Take the path which leads up the south eastern edge of the reservoir until you come to the crossing over the water which separates Welford and Sulby reservoirs. Cross here and keep heading north east when you get to the other side. You then pass through the medieval village of Old Sulby, although I didn’t see much evidence of it. I did see a decent sized herd of cows but they weren’t too interested. Stick to the path through a couple of ﬁelds and you will come to Home Farm. Here the path joins
a metalled road and heads east then north east towards Sibbertoft, passing through a number of ﬁeld boundaries along the way. There is a ranch type ﬁeld to the farmhouses dotted around here and it is marked as Sulby on the map, although it would be an exaggeration to call it a settlement. Anyway, stick to the path and you will soon arrive in Sibbertoft. Turn right on to the road and stick to the main road as it skirts around the bottom edge of the village and keep going, taking the 90 degree right hand bend out of the village. When you have passed the village sign and come to the next 90 degree left hand turn, take the footpath which continues south from the bend. Turn right at the single house on the right hand side and follow the path. At this point you will see a battleﬁeld walk permissive footpath sign, which leads to the site of the Civil War Battle of
Naseby in 1645. There is no public footpath around the area but the permissive path allows you to get close. In fact the best way to see the permanent memorial is to drive there after the walk, so I chose to stick to the footpath and ignore the battleﬁeld option. This path soon goes through a small wood before hitting the Naseby Road back to Welford. Cross the road and carry on the footpath passing to the north of Sulby Abbey and the source of the famous River Avon before heading west and back to Welford. The path eventually cuts back on itself and goes up the hill to the east of Sulby Lodge Farm, where it then joins the Naseby Road again. Turn left here and you will be back in the car park in a couple of minutes. Clockwise, from above
The River Avon rises here; you pass this distinctive house during the first half of the walk; the route to Sibberto; Sulby Lodge Farm
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ESSENTIAL INFORMATION Where to park In the car park on the southern edge of Welford Reservoir Distance and time Six miles/two hours Highlights The walk across the reservoirs, the remoteness of Sulby, Sulby Abbey and the rise of the River Avon. Plus the added battlefield interest Lowlights The northern section around Sibberto is not too exciting but it’s a means to an end Refreshments The Red Lion in Sibberto and the Wharf Inn at Welford Marina. Difficulty rating Four paws. This is a long walk and you will know about it by the end.
The pooch perspective It’s pretty good for dogs generally but the reservoir is not a swimming option and there were cattle in one field at Sulby and some sheep near the end. The Avon offers a good chance for a drink and a swim
For your own safety and navigation make sure you have an OS map with you when you go out walking. You won’t regret it. ©CROWN COPYRIGHT 2015 ORDNANCE SURVEY. MEDIA 055/15
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Burgeoning coaching academy for aspiring young cricketers A coaching academy run by an ex-Leicestershire player has been busy signing up aspiring young cricketers in the area. The founder, Tom Flowers, said his cricket coaching has been set up to bring high quality coaching to East Leicestershire & Rutland, serving Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray, Uppingham, Oakham and Stamford. He said: “We pride ourselves on our ability to deliver bespoke specialised coaching to players, aiming to provide increased quality contact time between the player and coach without diluting quality. “Our overall aim is to improve the standard of local cricket coaching around the area in line with our company ethos: ‘Maximising potential through hard work, simplicity and enjoyment’.” Coaching is led by Tom, who is a Level 3 coach and has played for Leicestershire CCC and Loughborough University, and is currently an ECB employed national coach. Tom’s past experience as Sherborne School master-in-charge of cricket means his team are
well trained in independent and state school coaching. The coaches can provide all year round services, including one-to-one sessions, winter academy programmes, small specialist groups, weekly club coaching, club-satellite school links,
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Junior disabled athletes ready to go for gold Local young disabled athletes will be going for gold in Coventry on July 2 and 3 at the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships. The annual event is one of the highlights in the disability sports calendar with some competitors hoping their success might lead to a golden career in athletics. There have been seven qualiﬁers held over the last few months leading up to the nationals, with
pupils from Lutterworth High School, Babington College, Birkett House and Crown Hills Community College in the ﬁnals. Many elite disabled athletes began their own sporting success at this prestigious event, including Hannah Cockroft, Shelly Woods, Aled Davies and Hollie Arnold, who were spotted as potential world class athletes. The two-day championships at
the University of Warwick’s athletics track is organised by the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS). There is a full programme on offer, meaning athletes with a wide range of impairments can take part, something which is not often supported at many other events. Barry Horne, chief executive of EFDS, said: “We believe everyone should have a chance to be active,
at whatever level they choose to take part. “The Typhoo Junior Athletics Championships 2016 is one of our favourite events of the year and we know how much the athletes enjoy it too. That’s why it is great to see how many young disabled people will be part of the competition. Good luck to all involved!” For more information, visit www.efds.co.uk.
TIME CAPSULE BURIED The Sir Frank Whittle Studio School in Lutterworth has hosted another landmark event in the short history of the school. Organised by Year 12 business students, plans started in January 2016 to bury a time capsule in the school grounds during the summer. Five students – Charlette Dobson, Rose Heard, Callum Mason, Henry Meddoms and Tom Sanders – co-ordinated the many jobs to ensure the day ran smoothly, including inviting special guests and planning refreshments. Working closely with OLD’s designers and engineers who helped develop the idea, the students designed the capsule including dimensions and contents. They decided the material should be aluminium and the burial site should be marked by a tree and a plaque which was made at the school. The capsule had been shaped to look like a Frank Whittle jet engine, in keeping with the 75th anniversary of the first powered flight and, of course, the name of the school. The time capsule will be buried for 20 years ready for the staff and students of 2036 to discover.
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Roundup The scores, star performers and stats from a month in local sport
A mixed month for Market Harborough BY JEREMY BESWICK
esults-wise it’s been a mixed month over at Market Harborough, but a consistently exciting one that started with a home ﬁxture against league leaders Rothley Park. In what Harborough’s skipper Joe Gordon called a “cracker of a match”, Rothley’s Atif Sheikh took a total of seven wickets that included a hat-trick as Harborough collapsed from 127 for three to 142 all out. The visitors then looked to be cruising at 30-odd for none, according to Gordon, before spinner Mike Pozerskis all but emulated Sheikh’s heroics with a match-winning six wickets for 11 runs. “A game just as entertaining to play in as it was to watch,” was Gordon’s summation of what was eventually a 19-run victory, ﬁnished by a caught and bowled from the captain. Next up was a losing draw away to Barrow Town, and Gordon rued giving Ramesh Kara a life on around 50 as he went on to make 135. “Dropping that catch was the key moment,” he said. “We deserved more from the match.”
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Another away ﬁxture, this time to Earl Shilton, proved more proﬁtable as Harborough won by seven wickets. “We bowled and ﬁelded well and then chased the total down nicely,” he said. “We always had the run rate under control and paced it well all the way through.” Only three Harborough wickets fell and middle order batsmen Kevin Innes and Zain Mir saw them home with 67 and 63 respectively. Gordon was disappointed to lose the next weekend at home to Barkby, but lost a crucial toss with all the moisture about and were then reduced to 10 men half way through. Wicketkeeper Max Levine was the unlucky absentee, sat in casualty with a dislocated ﬁnger as the rest of the game unfolded. “It was another exciting match,” Gordon told me. “We made 160, with 180 or maybe slightly more being par for that wicket, and we looked all out of it as their opener Tom Flowers chanced his arm and made around 70 from 50 balls, but we then took six wickets for
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eight runs and it was game on. Unfortunately, they just crept over the line to. Had we made another 20 runs it could have been a different story.” Harborough are missing the contribution of opener Joe Kendall, who is out for the season after a shoulder operation, but are still a creditable ﬁfth in the table. “We would have been content with that at the beginning of the season,” said Gordon, “but it could have been a whole lot better.” Kibworth and Lutterworth will both expect to be there or thereabouts when the league crown is awarded at the end of the season, so their meeting at Fleckney Road was eagerly awaited by both teams. Lutterworth’s captain, Nathan Welham, won the toss and put Kibworth in to bat – a decision that looked vindicated when the hosts stood at 100-5. Their innings was largely saved by Charlie Page-Norris with 68, including 50 stands with both Josh Peel and Richard Jackson, that saw them eventually post a respectable 236. After an early dismissal for opener Oliver
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Leicestershire’s recent win away to table-topping Essex means they’re still very much in the mix for the single promotion slot to the top tier in the County Championship. Clint McKay returned career-best figures of 8-84 in that match and coach Andrew McDonald was fulsome in his praise saying: “Clint was outstanding throughout the game. Every contest he delivers 100% and that’s all you can ask.” McKay himself was rather more down to earth, pointing out that it wasn’t all good as “I’ve got to buy a round for the boys”. The club’s Dan Nice and I reflected on their start to the season, and he suggested they’d played even better than their league position would suggest. “We’ve had some really bad luck with the weather recently in the four-day format,” he told me. “Sometimes, if you’re behind in a match it seems like a blessing but we’ve looked on course to win each and every time when the rain’s intervened, which is frustrating. “However, as Andrew McDonald tells the players, there’s nothing you can do about the weather. But the style of cricket we’re playing now means we’ll win lots of games.” One player who’s shown clear improvement this campaign has been bowler Ben Raine. “He’s really come on in the last couple of years,” said Nice, “and has been playing out of his skin.” Overall then, so far this season it’s been a case of Raine good, rain bad. They’ve been doing well at T20 too, but their form will be easier to assess aer their three home games in July – Derbyshire on the eighth, Notts on the 12th and Lancashire on the 15th. The evenings are proving to be a great success. Dan told me: “The more work-friendly starting time of 6:30pm that we’ve begun this season has really paid dividends with larger crowds enjoying all that’s on offer for a great family evening out.” That includes new food and drink outlets with burgers, hot dogs, curries from Spice Bazaar, children’s portions and healthy options available from a host of food outlets surrounding the field so it feels rather more like a gourmet festival than a cricket match. “We’ve also now got the ‘Foxes Den’ for kids,” Dan continued, “With a bouncy castle, face painting, a sweet shop and the chance to face our bowling machine.” Next to the den is a special portion of the ground that’s alcohol free and family friendly. At £30 for two adults and up to three children under 16, that’s a bargain.
Pickering – clean-bowled by Matthew Bashford – Lutterworth’s Lewis Hill and Matt Pickering put on almost 100 for the second wicket and the visitors would have felt themselves favourites at that stage, but a change of bowling to the spinners Bhavik Patel, ably supported by Richard Jackson at the other end, tied the batsmen down. As the runs dried up Patel landed a ﬁve-for and when Lewis Hill was ﬁnally out for 107 there were eight wickets down with 25 runs still needed, and the ninth fell with three overs remaining. In a tense ﬁnish, skipper Welham and Sam Green managed to see them out for a hard-fought draw. Away from the league, Kibworth have a ﬁne tradition in the National Cup, having won
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Ben Raine is enjoying a rich vein of form with the ball this season as Leicestershire remain in the mix for promotion to the top tier of the County Championship
One of the new signings Dan’s excited about is short-format specialist Cameron Delport, a South African that they’re looking to use to strengthen the batting in the one day and T20 sides. To get him used to English conditions they sent him up north last month to play for Tudhoe in the North East Premier League. Early indications are that those conditions suit him just fine as he played an innings to remember with 15 fours and 14 sixes on his way to 183 not out off only 77 balls – out his side’s total score of 260. I’m looking forward to watching him bat at Grace Road in his T20 debut - sounds like there’s going to be fireworks. Fireworks, now there’s an idea – I’ll just get back on the phone to Dan and suggest they’d make a perfect ending to their T20 evenings.
it twice in their history. Peterborough were their opponents in the last round and, having surprisingly been put into bat on a rather worn pitch, made a ﬁne start after the early setback of losing opener Bhavik Patel for one. Richard Jackson went on to make 82 and, coming in ﬁrst wicket down, captain Sundeep Patel reached 108 as they put on 191 for the second wicket; the innings ﬁnally closing on 288 from the 45 overs, a total that the umpires raised by 12 penalty runs for slow play. Peterborough’s openers, Alex Mitchell and Tim Young, gave the reply a solid foundation, with Young in particular ﬁnding the boundary with some frequency and the run rate reached around nine an over as they put on nearly 100 before Kibworth’s skipper Patel decided to try
spin. The accuracy of Richard Jackson and Russell Spiers ﬁrst contained the run rate and then yielded wickets. The ﬁrst two fell to Spiers and thereafter Peterborough were unable to score quickly enough and wickets fell regularly as a result. In the end it was comfortable for Kibworth, the visitors ending 43 short. Lastly, a well deserved shout out for Lutterworth’s medium-pacer Harry Read, who had ﬁgures of four for eight in his ﬁrst match of the season, took three in the second and then registered a ﬁve-for against Mahers in the Community Sports Division. Twelve wickets in three games is impressive enough for anyone but particularly for Harry, as 12 is only one less than his age – 13.
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Rockingham rocks BY JULIA DUNGWORTH
ockingham Castle Horse Trials took place over the weekend of May 21 and what a great start to the summer it was, with only one day of rain – which seems to be somewhat of a record with the season being a bit of a washout so far. The Burghley Young Event Horse classes ran on the Friday with local rider JP Shefﬁeld taking the four-year old section on Horatio. He was also third on First Kiss in the ﬁve-year old section, qualifying them both for Burghley. There was BS jumping, arena eventing and Pony Club jumping in the main rings over the rest of the weekend, with the main classes being the CICs. Kitty King again was on top form and took one of the big 2** on Vendredi Biats and David Britnell took the other on Continuity. Izzy Taylor took the ﬁrst 1* riding SFS Legacy, with local rider Alexander Tordoff ﬁnishing seventh on Cool Jack. Roberto Scalisi took the second 1* on Topaze Du Plain. Local riders faired well with a few minor placings too. It’s easy to forget but the now local (Somerby) Andrew Hoy also won the Advanced Intermediate on Cheeky Calimbo. The 148th Rutland County Show ran on June 5, on probably the hottest day of the year so far. The show had a superb shopping area and
Angus Smales competing at Rockingham
so much for everyone to see and do with a lot of very well supported showing classes including working and ridden hunters. One of
the highlights was the show jumping which was was slightly oddly not run in the main ring, although they had a very respectable turnout with a lot of the bigger local show jumpers coming to support. Holly Gillot had a great day winning the Polly Phillips Memorial Trophy in the 1.25 on Grennastown Sarco Luxhill, beating Andrew Saywell. Holly also had a ﬁrst and second in the Foxhunter and a second in the Newcomers, beaten by Robert Smith riding Black Label. Victoria Branson riding Captain’s Delight won the Discovery and Mikki Bailey on Rhydcedan Reﬂection won the British Novice. Vere Phillips was also there supporting his most local show, coming second to Mikki in the British Novice on Avalon Sunset B and also third in the Discovery on Optimist I. Claire Robertson also had a great day on the four horses that she took, qualifying both Easy and Ezar for the Game Fair. Lauren Williams has also been having a great time show jumping at the moment. She ﬁnished eighth in the six-year old class at the CSI** at Arena UK in June on Elle Van Overis, whom the Williams family produced from a youngster and they are bound to have a great future together.
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Women’s CiCLE Classic launch
he inaugural Women’s CiCLE Classic professional cycle race is to take place in Rutland on Sunday, July 17, and looks set to be possibly the hardest women’s race of the year. Following much of the hardest parts of the route of the longest established British international one-day men’s race, the Rutland – Melton CiCLE Classic held each April, the women’s course will take in ﬁve passages of Owston village, the now established heart of the CiCLE Classic, as well as two passages of the dreaded ‘Somerberg’ off-road section near Somerby. In addition, there will be one ascent of Cold Overton Hill, which will be the ﬁrst climb counting for the Queen of the Hills competition which will also take in Burrough and Cuckoo Hills to complete that competition. The event, which will start at midday from Sherrad Street in Melton Mowbray and ﬁnish at the same point, will cover a 95km course. In the same way as the International CiCLE Classic now ﬁnishes, the women will pass through the ﬁnish line in Melton’s Sherrard Street once before taking in a 15km ﬁnishing
circuit involving Burton Road, Sawgate Lane, Stapleford Lane and Saxby Road before returning to Sherrard Street at 2.30pm. With a £1,000 ﬁrst prize, the same as winning the National Championships for either men or women, and with prizes down to 20th place, the competitors will have everything to ride for. ”We wanted to provide British women racers with an event that tests them to the extreme, and replicates the cut and thrust of continental racing, something that only the CiCLE Classic can offer,” said overall CiCLE Classics race director Colin Clews.
An added attraction will be the Dare2b Melton CiCLE Challenge sportives for all-comers, male and female, which will start earlier in the day from Melton Mowbray and ﬁnish at the same town centre ﬁnishing point as that used later by the Women’s CiCLE Classic. The courses for each of the sportives will also cover many of the roads covered by the women, including the off-road sections of ‘Somerberg’ and Owston. Entries for both the Women’s CiCLE Classic and Dare2b Melton CiCLE Challenge sportives remain open and are available via the British Cycling online entry system.
TOUR OF CAMBRIDGESHIRE IS BIGGEST EVER 8,000 cyclists took to the closed roads around Peterborough over the weekend of June 4 and 5 for the second Tour of Cambridgeshire cycle event. It is the only qualifying round of the World Amateur Championships in the UK, making it a very prestigious and important event in the cycling calendar. This meant it attracted not only thousands of local cyclists and the rest of the UK but many from Europe and several from America, Asia and even one from Australia. The main event of the weekend was Sunday’s Gran Fondo where 7,000 cyclists took to a 129km (80 miles) closed road circuit of the Fens. A gran fondo is similar to a marathon where the front is a race while those further back are out to test themselves, ride with friends and club mates, raise money for charity or simply enjoy the traffic free roads. First person home was Belgian man Hakim Verbeure in 3:15 while first women back was GB’s Elizabeth Stedman in 3:23.
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