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South Leicestershire’s sport and lifestyle magazine

Fall Guys and Girls!

Go Blackberrying Spot a Gadwall Get the right vitamins


new season ies, drink, activit n sports, fashio s s and fitne

A super sporting summer ends but autumn always delivers too

Burghley Horse Trials The region’s biggest sporting event


Broughton Astley & Leire



Will’s Walk


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

Enjoy the issue! Steve

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Publisher Chris Meadows chris@theactivemag.com Editor Steve Moody steve@theactivemag.com Deputy editor Mary Bremner mary@theactivemag.com Production editor Julian Kirk julian@theactivemag.com Art editor Mark Sommer mark@theactivemag.com Contributors Martin Johnson, William Hetherington, Jeremy Beswick, Julia Dungworth Photographers Nico Morgan, Pip Warters Production assistant Gary Curtis Advertising sales Lisa Withers lisa@theactivemag.com Sarah Stillman sarah@theactivemag.com Amy Roberts amy@theactivemag.com Editorial and Advertising Assistant Kate Maxim kate@theactivemag.com Accounts accounts@theactivemag.com Active magazine, The Grey House, 3 Broad Street, Stamford, PE9 1PG. Tel: 01780 480789

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Copyright (c) Grassroots Publishing Limited (GPL) 2016. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, or be stored in any retrieval system, of any nature, without prior permission from GPL. Any views or opinions expressed do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of GPL or its affiliates. Disclaimer of Liability. Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the quality and accuracy of the information contained in this publication at the time of going to press, GPL and its affiliates assume no responsibility as to the accuracy or completeness of and, to the extent permitted by law, shall not be liable for any errors or omissions or any loss, damage or expense incurred by reliance on information or any statement contained in this publication. Advertisers are solely responsible for the content of the advertising material which they submit and for ensuring the material complies with applicable laws. GPL and its affiliates are are not responsible for any error, omission or inaccuracy in any advertisement and will not be liable for any damages arising from any use of products or services or any action or omissions taken in reliance on information or any statement contained in advertising material. Inclusion of any advertisement is not intended to endorse any view expressed, nor products or services offered nor the organisations sponsoring the advertisement.

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10-11 HOW TO...

Make the perfect blackberry crumble


The seasonal delights on offer outdoors


Another tasty recipe from Riverford Organic

19 DAY IN THE LIFE OF... Paramedic Nick Bailey


Great things to do locally for all the family


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Jeremy Beswick tries open water swimming


Get the most from your visit to the horse trials


Listen to your body, says Function Jigsaw


More from our nutritionist on eating healthily


Tips and products to help you look great




New season tops for our local teams

35 MARTIN JOHNSON COLUMN More from the Sunday Times writer


We try out The Bull at Broughton Astley


We head out to Broughton Astley and Leire


Our focus on the latest achievements from local pupils

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How clubs in the area are faring

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

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Make blackberry vodka 300g blackberries 500ml vodka 100g caster sugar Pour the vodka into a Kilner jar. Add the berries, then the sugar, and stir. Shake the jar until the sugar dissolves. Then be patient – store in a cool dark cupboard and shake every three or four days for up to six weeks (or longer if you can wait – three months is ideal, or up to a year if you wish). When you can wait no longer, strain the vodka through a muslin cloth into a bottle. Use the vodka-infused blackberries as a pudding with ice cream topped with chocolate sauce.


Make blackberry, plum or raspberry jam 900g fruit 875g golden granulated sugar Put the fruit in a large heavy based pan. For blackberries add 50ml of water and 1 tbsp lemon juice, for plums use 150ml of water, no water for raspberries. Bring to the boil then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes for blackberries, 30-40 for plums and two minutes for raspberries. The fruit should be soft. Pour in the sugar and stir over a very low heat until it has completely dissolved. Bring to the boil and then boil rapidly for 12 minutes for the blackberries or plums and five minutes for the raspberries until the setting point of 105 degrees is reached. Do not stir the mixture. Remove from the heat, skim off any excess scum and leave for about 15 minutes so the fruit can settle. Pour into jars, label and seal.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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ELECTRIC CYCLING Rutland Cycling has launched a dedicated electric bike centre in each of its stores, and also online. Electric bikes have been around since the 1990s but the latest generation are light and quick to charge. An electric bike is great fun, and not cheating. It just means that, with the extra help, you can

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

Fruits of the forest Visit the Edible Forest weekend taking place in Charnwood Forest on September 16-18. There will be lots of delicacies on offer including afternoon tea, made from the finest local produce and served in the special setting of the Old John Tower at the heart of Bradgate Park. There will be the chance to create some amazing delicacies for picnics and some beautiful settings to enjoy with lots of entertainment on offer. www.edibleforest.co.uk

Cash for Curve The Curve Theatre in Leicester has been awarded £100,000 by Arts Council England to adapt Amana Fontanella-Khan’s documentary novel Pink Sari Revolution for the stage. Part of the Re-imagine India programme, the project marks the 70th anniversary of the partition of India and Pakistan. The story will premiere at Curve in 2017, be performed in parts of India and will then embark on a UK tour. www.curveonline.co.uk


Rutland Charcuterie Rutland now has its own charcuterie, launched in 2014 by Nick Brake. Nick had spent a lot of time in France and was frustrated by the lack of good charcuterie in Britain despite us having some of the best livestock and animal welfare standards in the world. So he decided to do something about it and studied butchery and charcuterie and then launched the Rutland Charcuterie Company. Using locally produced meat, it specialises in making salamis and air dried meat. Bresaoloa and duck prosciutto as well as bacon are some of the best sellers. To find out more and to shop online visit www.rutlandcharcuterie.co.uk or see them at Oakham and Oundle’s farmers’ markets.

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A day in the life of



n the past, staff working on ambulances used to ‘scoop’ patients into the vehicle and get them to hospital as soon as possible. Nowadays paramedics are trained to a higher level, requiring a university degree, and have a much wider scope of practice to assess and treat patients at the scene. We’re usually the first senior healthcare professional attending an emergency incident, usually as part of a two-person crew. Our job is to rapidly assess, diagnose and treat a patient and, if required, provide life-saving treatment. That could entail placing breathing tubes into a patient’s airway or inserting a needle into a chest cavity to re-inflate a collapsed lung. We can administer life-saving drugs and use advanced equipment such as defibrillators, electrocardiographs and ventilators. Grab and go At the beginning of a shift we carry out various checks and it’s the crew’s responsibility to make sure the ambulance is fully stocked and working. We check tyre pressures, oil, water, sirens and fuel. We make sure the defibrillator works and that we have enough oxygen. Then we have to check all the drugs are in date and accounted for. Certain drugs are legally required to be kept in a locked safe. We have spares of most items so if something happens to a piece of equipment we’ve always got a back-up on the ambulance. Our supplies are kept in different bags, so we grab the bags we think we will need, and take them to the patient. Then we restock the bags from the ambulance. If the crew before had a busy shift stocks may need a lot more replenishing. We cover the whole of the East Midlands and there are about 30-40 different cars and ambulances in the Leicester area alone. At a city station it can often be under a minute before we get our first job after booking on! We’ve all had advanced driver training because you have to be not only good clinically but also a good driver if you want to be a paramedic in an ambulance. However, paramedics are becoming more common in urgent care centres and GP surgeries so advanced driver training isn’t required for them. My first job was as an IT engineer but I‘d go home and wonder what I’d achieved all day. So I became a care assistant in the community for a while then worked for Arriva Patient Transport Service driving people to and from hospital appointments. I really enjoyed this so applied to the University of Northampton to become a

paramedic. One of the most useful skills for a paramedic is being able to talk to people. If you can’t hold a conversation in the back of an ambulance you’re going to struggle. In the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) we have emergency care assistants who help assess what is happening and what clinical kit is needed, then ambulance technicians who can administer around 12 drugs, assess and treat patients independently. The next step is a paramedic, who can perform more advanced interventions such as intravenous (IV) access and administration of IV drugs, placement of breathing tubes, and can administer a larger amount of drugs. We can go on to train as specialist and advanced paramedics working in hazardous areas response teams and on the air ambulance. The most senior clinical position is a consultant paramedic. As a new starter I worked around all the stations, which was a good way of getting to know people, and the different areas, but recently I’ve had a fixed rota here at Goodwood Ambulance Station. There isn’t a typical day. I often attend to patients suffering from sepsis, strokes or heart attacks. The fast response cars are usually quicker at getting to emergencies than the six-metre ambulances. Even a couple of minutes matters when attending to a patient who’s in cardiac arrest or had major trauma. Whilst I’m working I have to focus on what

I’m doing – I’m there to do a job and save lives. You put on your green armour and try to overcome any feelings or emotions. There are systems in place to help us: we have access to a 24-hour helpline, counsellors and a TRiM (trauma risk management) assessment is done a few days after a traumatic event to make sure we’re okay. A shift at our station is typically 12 hours long. Night time and weekends seem to have more alcohol and drug-related calls than day shifts. We do get patients who abuse the service and EMAS can press charges. There have been recent cases where people have been instructed by the courts to pay thousands of pounds in compensation for the time wasted, or in some cases have been sent to prison. On the other hand some patients don’t want an ambulance and don’t want to go to A&E. This can be very challenging especially when you know the patient needs to be in hospital. If you finish on time it’s a bonus. I’ve had situations where I’ve finished my shift and there’s been a call out just round the corner for a cardiac arrest. You’ve just got to go. I enjoy my career and wouldn’t change it for the world. There’s a huge amount of job satisfaction knowing that you have made a difference to people’s lives. It’s not something you do for the money; we do it because we’re helping people. www.emas.nhs.uk @EMASNHSTrust (Twitter)

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GET ON YOUR BIKE The Bishop of Leicester has launched the Ride and Stride for Churches 2016 challenge. The event is an annual national £1 million fund-raising campaign to support churches and chapels across the UK. People are encouraged to raise sponsorship by travelling on foot, horseback or bicycle between places of worship

of their choice. The event takes place on September 10. Half of the sponsorship money raised by each individual is paid to a church of their choice, with the remaining going to the Leicestershire Historic Churches Trust. For details on how to take part in the event, visit www.lhct.org.uk.


FIREWORKS IN THE DESERT November 5 is just around the corner, but it’s not fireworks that brothers Nick and Simon Ralphs are looking forward to. On that day they leave for their 100km trek across the Sahara Desert. The brothers are still training hard and are now thinking about the kit they need to take with them. Because of the conditions they will need gear that can cope with temperatures dipping below freezing at night and rising to 40 degrees during the day. They need warm sleeping bags, waterproof jackets and fleeces for early morning as well as

shorts and sun block. Their first purchase has been a day rucksack with a two-litre drinking bladder built in. Next stop for the lads is a trip to the doctor for their vaccinations. Fund-raising is going extremely well. Nick and Simon have already hit their target of £5,000 thanks to a raffle held last month. As a result, they have upped their target to £7,000 with all money raised going to the MS Society. To support them, go to www.justgiving.com/ brother-s-ralphs or donate via text – 70070 BROS98 £5 or £10.

Jit Chauhan from the 7 Events team has completed the Prudential Ride LondonSurrey 100. He started at 6am in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park then followed a 100-mile route on closed roads through the capital and into Surrey’s stunning countryside. With leg-testing climbs and a route made famous by the world’s best cyclists at the London 2012 Olympics, it was a truly spectacular event for all involved and Jit thoroughly enjoyed it. After the ride, Jit said: “I absolutely loved cycling through the streets of London, passing sights such as Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and cycling down the Mall, with no traffic. It was surreal and to do it for such a great cause was amazing. The weather was perfect for cycling. I had an amazing day speaking to other cyclists raising money for their charities. The support of the spectators was phenomenal, especially during the last 15 miles. The cheering was deafening but great at the same time. I really hope I can do it again next year.” This was the fourth event of the 7 Events campaign, which is well on track raising funds for four Leicester charities as well as buying community defibrillators for the city. The team are delighted to report that the amount raised is now over £10,000 after just four events. The next event is the Cannock Chase 10k run. 7 Events have the Born to Run team taking part. Tejal, who is running, said: “The adrenaline is kicking in and the last few training runs are coming to an end. Time to tie those laces and get over the finishing line.” We know they have all been working hard and raising a lot of money, so we wish them luck! Show your support and donate at www.7events.org/donate.

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WHAT’S ON There’s lots going on in your area this month, why not try some of these? ■ Lutterworth MoT Centre is holding its third annual car show on September 10. As well as the cars it’s a great family day out with bouncy castles and plenty to do. Anyone wishing to enter their car in the show (open to vehicles of all shapes and sizes) should visit www. lutterworthmotcentre.co.uk ■ Lubenham’s 16th Scarecrow Festival is being held on the weekend of September 10-11. The theme this year is Rio to incorporate the Olympics and the carnival. Lots of scarecrows will be on display throughout the village as well as fairground rides, a dog show and so much more – a great day out. ■ Oak Tree House in South Kilworth is holding an open garden for NGS on September 10 and 11. It’s a beautiful country garden with lovely herbaceous borders, vegetable plot, greenhouse and pond. Homemade teas will be available.

■ Rockingham Castle is hosting a country fair on September 24 and 25. There will be birds of prey, working dogs, children’s entertainment as well as arts, crafts and gifts.

■ Calling all brides to be. The Best Western Rockingham Forest Hotel in Corby is holding a wedding fair on Sunday, September 18. There will be everything you need to help you plan your wedding from photographers to caterers and florists. ■ Wicksteed Park in Kettering will host a day of dragon boat racing in aid of Rotary Club charities on September 4. A fun day for all the family.

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Feature /// Swimming

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

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

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Author Jeremy finally gets into the water aer battling to get himself into his wetsuit; excellent cake on offer post-swim

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


Putting me to shame was Malcolm Allen from Manton, at 71 practising for a two kilometre swim. “The first time I did it I was surprised how buoyant the wetsuit is,” he told. “Being surrounded by so many other swimmers is ideal for me, as my challenge is navigating – I’m short sighted.” He went on: “It’s such an adventure and gets easier with time. Jolly good cake too.” Lydia Dunbavand was one of the most deserving of her portion, the 500m swim she’d just done meaning she’d

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




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A BIG FUND-RAISING BASH This year’s BGL Sport Bash raised £25,000 for the Matt Hampson Foundation and two of its beneficiaries – Seb Goold and George Robinson ELEVEN PROFESSIONAL cricketers, led by ex-England and Surrey captain, Adam Hollioake, took on a local XI comprising of players from a range of cricket clubs in the area. After 20 overs apiece, Adam ultimately lifted the cup for the Dean Headley XI with 203 for 6 against a local legends score of 187 for 5. The professional team also included rising cricket star, Leicestershire’s Zak Chappell, a former student of Dean’s at Stamford School. Zak previously played for Stamford Town CC and has also represented Market Harborough CC. Earlier in the day, 16 junior clubs took part in the Humberts Cup. Participating teams selected six U10s to take part in the competition, which was ultimately won by Barnack CC. Organiser Dean Headley said: “This was another cracking day. Thank you to everyone who turned out to raise a fantastic £25,000 for the Matt Hampson Trust. “As ever, we were overwhelmed by the support of our main sponsor, the event partners, the local cricket clubs and, of course, spectators. I’m already planning for an even bigger event next year.” Caroline Raines, associate director for external communications at main event sponsor, BGL, said: “Sport Bash is one of our sponsorship highlights – it’s such a great day, benefitting inspirational causes. Can’t wait for 2017.”

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


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

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Feature /// Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials


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

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

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

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


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Feature /// Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

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

Picnic on point

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

Walk the cross-country course

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

The food walk

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

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


The other horses

The Pimm’s hill

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

Spot the dog

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

The Dubarry tent

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

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








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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Information in this article is provided by Future Fit Training.

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YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU! THIS OCTOBER the Royal British Legion Major Series is inviting people to report for duty and compete in the UK’s friendliest obstacle course race. It’s great fun and promises to be the muddiest mission yet. The series, hosted by British Military Fitness (BMF), challenges recruits to race 5 or 10km over 20 infamous obstacles including a 50-metre slide, a burning building, foggy river wades and a grenade range. It’s not as bad as it sounds. Each event will have more than 40 of the BMF’s best troops spaced out around the course to encourage and help racers. Don’t worry – they won’t shout at you, but will have fun with you helping you conquer your fears and the obstacles. It doesn’t matter how fit, or unfit, you are – the event is all about having fun and camaraderie as well as enjoying the challenge, ably assisted by friendly troops who know the ropes. Therefore it is ideal for groups of friends and colleagues. Everyone will finish with a smile on their face, albeit covered in mud as well! Last year more than 17,000 runners took

part in seven events across the country helping to raise funds for The Royal British Legion. The races are on October 1 at Eridge Park in Tunbridge Wells, October 16 at Bramham Park in Leeds and October 22 at Ragley Hall near Alcester. Tickets are now available. www.majorseries.com

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

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

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

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


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At some gyms, you simply turn up, have a chat to the resident trainer who advises a few machines to use and away you go. There’s not a lot of motivation and you really don’t know which part of your body needs more attention than others. This method often means that before long you are injured and, that’s it, gym visits stop, rarely to be started again. Body Fitness Personal Training in Market Harborough has a completely different approach to training. I thought I’d better pay owner, Steve Rutherford-Bate, a visit to find out what it was all about and have a BodyFitness Strategy Session. His approach is holistic and your whole lifestyle is assessed. He believes there is no point exercising if you are not fuelling your body properly, or have the wrong attitude. The approach is to educate, support, coach and mentor you. We chatted about my life, diet, health, injuries, goals and training history. I would be assessed on my range of motion and flexibility, my fitness levels, core strength and general strength. I was weighed (very

cleverly in pounds – so much less intimidating as it takes a few minutes to convert that to stones) and measured. My blood pressure was taken, my fat measured (the pincers weren’t as painful as they looked) and then it was into the gym to be photographed to assess my posture. I’ve never noticed that one shoulder is higher than the other – a result of carrying a heavy bag. Steve could see straight away which muscles were tight and needed work to improve my posture. Physically your body starts to deteriorate after the age of 20, and at 40 it’s considered old. So as I’m sadly north of 40 I need to work hard to slow the ageing process down. After completing my assessment (don’t worry, none of it was overly difficult) we discussed what Steve had found. He quickly suggested exercises to improve my posture and then a general plan to sustain my fitness levels and he gave me some very sensible nutrition advice. Unfortunately I don’t live near enough to Market Harborough to train with Steve, but if you do I’d definitely give BodyFit a try. The approach is welcoming, encouraging and positive and definitely gets results. I would also recommend, wherever you live, a visit to Steve to have a BodyFitness Strategy Session (£37 for an hour). He gives great, sensible advice and you can always take that away with you and train elsewhere. Check out their advert in the magazine for their current offers.

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LVL LASHES The eyelash conundrum comes up time and again. Mascara on holiday or in the gym can be a nightmare. If you don’t use waterproof you end up with panda eyes but if you do it’s a pain to remove and I really can’t be bothered with the effort. So what are the alternatives? False lashes always seem to fall off at an inopportune moment, and who on earth wants to wear them on a beach? Eyelash extensions are becoming more popular but I’m not very patient – they can take up to two hours to be fitted and are expensive. Welcome to LVL Enhance lashes. A fairly new treatment in the beauty world, LVL stands for length-volume-lift. It sounds very strange but basically your eyelashes are straightened at the root using a setting serum, making them look curled up and then tinted creating the appearance of mascara. And it takes slightly less than an hour and lasts 6-8 weeks.

I decided on the natural look from Nouveau Lashes so would need a medium shield. I chose to have the blue/black tint on my lashes to make them look darker. I lay back on the treatment couch with my eyes shut whilst a shield was placed over my lower lashes to protect them from the serum and then a silicone shield was applied on my upper lids. The serum is left to set for about 10 minutes then a neutraliser, followed by the tint and finally a protective balm that protects your lashes and helps them come off the shield. The whole treatment took just under an hour. I was really surprised with the results. My eyelashes look incredibly long and curled and this is without wearing any mascara. It cost £55 which is reasonable for eight weeks’ worth of glorious eyelashes. Note that a spot test is needed 48 hours before treatment. To find a LVL therapist go to www.nouveaulashes.com.

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Call: 01455 282343

The Bull at Broughton Astley The Bull at Broughton has become a popular village pub with a modern feel in the South Leicestershire village of Broughton Astley. We are so proud of the Bull and all it has become, from our amazing team of dedicated Bulls to priding ourselves on freshly cooked, locally sourced seasonal food, from an amazing atmosphere, beautiful homely interior, a roaring log fire to our alfresco dining area outside looking over the stream. So come on, grab the Bull by the Horns and come and visit us‌you will be sure of a very warm welcome and an amazing experience. The bull can be hired for any special occasions such as Weddings, Christenings, and Birthday parties.

2 Main Street Broughton Astley Leicester LE9 6RD 01455 282343

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Feature /// Sportsman's Dinner

The Bull, Broughton Astley Tim and Kate enjoy the variety on offer in this busy village pub Tim I’ve got a taste for fish tonight having spied a brown trout in the stream directly outside the pub. Apparently there are crayfish in there too but I’m going to plump for the spiced crab cakes with summer vegetable miso and sesame prawn toast (£6.25). It’s a tasty combination. And I know it’s not very healthy but I’m enjoying the large flakes of sea salt on the side. You’re not very fond of crab are you? Kate Ordinarily no, but I like the consistency of these and I love the miso soup. It’s certainly not your average pub grub but that’s no surprise as Patrick is a self-confessed foodie and has travelled all over picking up ideas. The chefs make everything from scratch – apparently the pub’s very popular with vegetarians and vegans – and the staff are sensitive to special dietary requirements. I’ve chosen the crispy duck egg with asparagus and Dijon mustard hollandaise and toasted sourdough (£5.95) to start. The egg is poached then coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried, so essentially it’s twice cooked. And it’s absolutely delicious. Tim Patrick’s philosophy is that all pubs should serve decent food and drink so he likes to always develop new menus and host different

events. You can come for whisky nights, afternoon teas, baby showers, ladies pamper evenings, live music including afternoon jazz and gospel choirs – the list goes on. And you can hire out the bar or Bull Room for private functions or even the whole outside bar and kitchen if you fancy it. The kids’ area in the garden is fenced in so parents can relax, too. Kate I wish we lived a bit closer because I would definitely become a regular. Sometimes there are even butchery and cookery demonstrations. Chefs Poppa and Kwoklyn Wan have just spent an evening preparing street food from Hong Kong, Tokyo and Malaysia. On that theme and following my starter I think I’ll keep things hot and go for a cod, leek and smoked cheese risotto finished with curry oil. It’s one of the 10 out of 10 dishes offered on a Wednesday (10 of the chefs’ favourite meals costing £10 each). I wish I could cook a risotto like this – the smoked cheese works really well with the cod and the curry oil is a novel addition. Tim I’m having the Bull Burger which is 8oz of beef from Ringrose, the village butcher, topped with bacon, brie and BBQ sauce (£10). Not a slimming choice but I like to eat locally and you

can’t get more local than this, and the thick slices of brie are delicious. If we’d have come on a Tuesday I could have chosen the crab or spiced lamb burger from the gourmet burger menu (£11) or one of the sharing boards. Kate We could choose the assiette of puddings like the ladies are having on the next table. You get three puddings and a trio of sorbets to share for £15.95, but that would be a bit excessive after my risotto so why don’t we share the Belgian chocolate and peanut butter tart with salted ice cream (£5)? But I don’t want the extra ice cream Patrick has just offered our neighbours. He knows how to look after his customers. Tim The pub is so popular they’ve recently refurbished the kitchen, although they cap the covers to 15-20 every half hour so they don’t jeopardise the standard of service. Even while he’s trying out new ideas, Patrick manages to keep the basics running smoothly and his regulars happy.

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Feature /// Great walks

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Broughton Astley and Leire This walk offers easy access to some stunning, far-reaching views of rolling countryside. By Will Hetherington Photography: Will Hetherington

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Park somewhere near The Bull in Broughton Astley or in the car park if you are heading in there afterwards. Cross the main road and head down Church Close. Keep your eye out for the footpath signs as you head through the giant houses surrounding the church and you will soon find yourself out on the straight path south towards Leire. Here the terrain is flat as the path crosses a succession of small meadows until it joins the road into the small village of Leire. Once you have passed under the old railway bridge take the left turn down Stemborough Lane. This road quickly leaves the village behind and you can either stay on the road around the bend towards Stemborough Mill or take the

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footpath which cuts the corner across the fields, probably a better option. When you get to Stemborough Mill you can take the right turn which extends the walk out to Dunton Bassett and then back to Broughton Astley in a triangle. Or, as I did, take the other option via Valley View Farm and straight uphill towards Clump Hill. For a not particularly high hill you will find yourself enjoying some surprisingly distant views. This is a popular area for dog walkers, runners and other strollers and it’s easy to see why with such easily accessible views. After Clump Hill you will soon find yourself back in the reaches of Broughton Astley. Take the path which skirts round the south of the village and back over the old railway. From here you can either walk the road way back to The Bull or find the network of footpaths through the housing estate back to Old Mill Drive. Clockwise, from above

There are some lovely views to be found between the two villages; Stemborough Lane in Leire; start and finish near the church in Broughton Astley; The Bull pub is ideal for a refreshing drink

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ESSENTIAL INFORMATION Where to park Somewhere near The Bull pub in Broughton Astley or in the pub car park if you are heading in there.

Lowlights You do end up walking through a distinctly suburban housing estate on the way home.

Distance and time Three miles/one hour.

Refreshments The Bull pub in Broughton Astley.

Highlights The views from Clump Hill between Leire and Broughton Astley.

Difficulty rating One paw. This is pretty easy underfoot all the way around.

For your own safety and navigation make sure you have an OS map with you when you go out walking. You won’t regret it.

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OPEN EVENING on THURSDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2016 6.00pm to 8.00pm • We invite you to come, see and experience all we have to offer at our successful, GCSE ready school. • Learn about our values, curriculum and school community during the Headteacher’s presentations. • An opportunity to speak to our current students and staff about being part of our caring school.

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Feature /// School sport

Talented county youngsters benefit from Inspire Awards Two talented swimmers and a budding badminton player are among the latest round of young people to benefit from an Inspire Award. Awards have also been handed out to a gifted roller hockey player and a budding basketball star as part of the scheme to help talented young local people fulfil their ambitions. The awards scheme is run by local charity the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT) and offers grants of up to £500 to help young people achieve their goals in sports, music, the arts, business or community involvement. Among the latest beneficiaries are William Bell, 14, from Leicestershire, a talented swimmer who dreams of representing his country at international swimming events. William, a member of City of Leicester Swimming Club, said: “The Inspire grant of £250 will make a real difference to help fund my entries into swim meets around the country.” Thirteen-year-old Sameer Chenia, from Scraptoft, has been the top-ranked badminton player in his age group for the past four years. Encouraged by his parents and with coaching

and support from Leicestershire Badminton Association and KAS badminton, Sameer says his £250 award ‘means the world’ to him. Finlay Walker, 14, from Wigston, has been selected to play roller hockey for Great Britain in Hawaii this summer. He plays for the Midland Mooseheads inline hockey team in Lutterworth. Finlay said: “The £250 grant is vitally important as every bit helps towards playing kits and travel costs. I’m really excited about going to Hawaii.” Fourteen-year-old Karam Sandhu, from Leicester, started playing basketball for the Leicester Warriors from the age of eight. This year, Karam has been a pivotal member of the U14s team with highest points scored. He said: ‘My Inspire Award of £300 will mean the world to me. Basketball is very expensive, especially when it comes to court hire. I have a dream to become an England player.” Michaella Glenister, 14, from Loughborough, is one of a growing band of talented swimmers. She trains with City of Leicester Swimming Club and dreams of competing at the Olympics.

“My £200 Inspire Award means so much to me, as it will help to fund my upcoming meets and hopefully bring me closer to my lifetime goal,” she said. Inspire Awards project lead Simon Taylor said: “These young people truly are inspiring. I’m always struck by the sheer determination and hard work they put in to achieving their goals. “It’s a pleasure to be able to help them out – and it’s also the start of a great relationship between the trust and these young people, because they keep in touch and let us know how our grants have helped them.” The Inspire Awards are just part of the work carried out the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust, which was set in memory of 14-year old Leicestershire teenager Joe Humphries who collapsed and died whilst out jogging in Rothley. Joe was a victim of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS), a group of inherited heart conditions that can cause sudden cardiac death in young people. The idea is that the awards help young people achieve their ambitions – something which Joe was never able to do.

Local stars called up for School Games Six athletes from Leicestershire have been selected to compete at the 2016 School Games – a multi-sport event for the UK’s elite young athletes – taking place at Loughborough University and Sheffield in September. • April Tacey, 15, of The Cedars Academy, will represent England East Midlands in cycling • Jordan Waine, 16, who goes to Loughborough College, will represent Midlands in 1500m steeplechase • Lewis Kerrod, 16, who goes to Groby Community College, will represent England Central in swimming • William Bell, 14, who attends Rawlins Academy, will represent England Central in swimming • Josh Munroe, 16, who goes to Bosworth Academy, will represent England Central in swimming • Tabitha Copson, 16, who goes to Hartpury College, will represent England Midlands in rugby sevens. The four-day spectacular is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust.

PODIUM DRIVE FOR TEDDY Uppingham Community College pupil Teddy Wilson stormed up the field to claim his maiden OK Junior (OKJ) podium in the 2016 CIK-FIA European Karting Championship last month. The 15-year old was racing in Genk, Belgium, in a highly competitive field with an abundance of drivers vying for the overall championship as well as top spot in this final round of the four-round championship. CRG team works driver Teddy said: “It was a great relief to finally get a podium. It has been a hard year but this result shows I’ve got what it takes to be at the front of the field. Overall I’m very happy and it’s boosted my confidence for the world championship later this year.” Teddy concluded the 2016 CIK-FIA European Championship in a disappointing 13th position. Despite some consistent performances in the preceding rounds, racing incidents in the finals at both Portimao in Portugal and Adria in Italy severely affected his overall championship standing. He added: “Unfortunately I was knocked off the track in the finals of the previous two rounds when I was in a position to get some good results. Portugal was particularly frustrating as I was second in my pre-final. In the final I got a decent start and was just making a move down the inside to move up into third position when I was forced off the track by the driver I was passing. Although I managed to get going again in both cases and make up positions, I was well down the field and my overall championship chances lost.”

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


Kibworth march on as league title appears to be a certainty BY JEREMY BESWICK


he natural order reigned at the start of the month as Kibworth marched serenely on to yet another Premier League title, before an unlikely upset away to eighth-placed Rothley. At four wickets down for under 50, Rothley looked down and out, but Tom Nightingale and Hamzah Khan then put on almost 200 runs to see the hosts post a respectable 232. Kibworth, nevertheless, would’ve felt this total eminently achievable and they started promisingly, both Pite van Bijon and skipper Matt Craven contributing significant scores but five wickets then fell rapidly before Monik Patel and Darren Shaw steadied the ship somewhat with a partnership that brought the total back within range. Alas, a further surprising collapse saw them fall just three runs short with two overs to spare. Nearest rivals Loughborough won that day to close the gap a little, but it’s surely too large for Kibworth to look back on this defeat at the end of the season as anything other than a

small hiccup on their way to being champions again, as they’d earlier had a clean sweep of wins against Leicester Ivanhoe, Lutterworth and Syston. Still, the wins against Ivanhoe and Lutterworth were just as close as the Rothley defeat, on both occasions KCC being on the right end of very tight matches. Aadil Ali scored the winning runs with just two balls to spare against Ivanhoe and they were only six remaining when they overhauled Lutterworth. Lutterworth, in third, would have expected a tough game away to second-placed Loughborough but it seemed they could do no wrong with either bat or ball as they won decisively to record another of the season’s most unexpected results. Lewis Hill with 122 and Ollie Pickering with 114 did most of the damage with the bat, sharing a partnership of 232 for the second wicket in the side’s total of 301 for 6. Even more impressive, however, was their bowling performance – George Terry the star with six wickets as Loughborough were skittled out for just 96 in

less than 20 overs. Skipper Natham Welham, who was not required to bat or bowl, such was the margin of their victory, said: “It’s the most remarkable win I’ve been involved in – certainly as a captain”. Market Harborough, still not safe from relegation, almost but not quite matched Lutterworth in the unlikely outcome stakes by nearly beating Rothley from a seemingly impossible position. Having conceded 266 runs in the first innings with some pretty ordinary bowling that not only allowed Hamzah Khan one his easier centuries but also saw extras contribute a whopping 42, they soon slumped to 90 for 4, swiftly followed by 100 for 5 as opener Sam Williams fell LBW to Ben Aspell. Helped by Zaim Mir’s 60 and Max Levine’s 32 they recovered a little but the match still looked well beyond them and when Levine fell, also LBW, in the 42nd over they were six down with more than 90 runs still needed. The incoming Patrick Sadd was unabashed, however, and he and Mir put on a quick-fire

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

70-odd to bring the match situation, as the final over began, to 17 needed with four wickets in hand. Ben Aspell was the bowler and briefly looked as if he’d become the villain of the piece by doing the unthinkable and bowling a wide first ball, but he had Sadd caught in the deep and then clean bowled Mir with his second legal delivery. The two new batsmen, Tim Juggins and Joe Gordon, numbers eight and nine respectively, could not quite get over the line despite a boundary by Gordon and Harborough fell short by nine runs to record a draw instead of a most improbable win. They are ninth in the table, 40 points off the drop zone but still in danger. Uppingham Town will be satisfied overall

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

with their debut season in the First Division of the Leicestershire League – whatever happens in the next few weeks. They’ve established that they are more than capable at this level and sit fifth in the table. Only the very best two or three teams in the division have looked that little bit better than them. Town’s Castle Hill ground also witnessed its fair share of drama this month as they entertained Thorpe Arnold. The equivalent away fixture had gone down to the last over and this match didn’t disappoint either, skipper Jamie Dumford calling it “a thriller”. Town looked to have undercooked their innings – being all out with overs to spare for just 169 – and at 120-2 with nine overs left the visitors seemed to be coasting. However, Scott

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Green bagged two wickets in two overs to break the opponents’ 79-run stand for the third wicket and shortly thereafter Dumford threw the ball to pace man Alex Ashwin, who responded with a two wicket maiden, his first ball doing the batsman for pace and sending the stumps flying, the fifth inducing a false shot and an easy catch. As the last over began, all results were possible. Two wickets needed for Uppingham, six runs for Thorpe Arnold. Ashwin’s pace was again the challenge but two singles came from his first two deliveries leaving four needed from four. Yet the bowler was not to be denied, clean bowling the two tail enders with his next two balls to win the game and finish with figures of 4 for 7 off 2.4 overs.

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Local riders in action in Rio BY JULIA DUNGWORTH


ymeswold rider Mark Kyle had a great start to last month at the Olympics in Rio representing Ireland. He was there with his horse Jemila and the combination did a fair dressage test of 50.4, leaving them in 35th place overnight. An unfortunate run out on the cross country course left them without any chance of getting a medal individually, and he then had a couple down in the show jumping to finish 33rd overall. The rest of the team had similar misfortunes, except for Jonty Evans who did a marvellous job and finished on his dressage score to finish ninth; unfortunately that meant no team medals either. Mark was the eldest member of the team at 43 and found it a great honour to compete there and very much enjoyed the experience. Mark and his wife Tanya run a very busy yard in the heart of Leicestershire, where they train with many students. The other day they had five lorries go out of their yard – one to Eridge in Kent, the second to Stafford, the third to Sparsholt College for PC Jumping, a fourth to Great Witchingham in Norfolk and the final, most important, lorry had their daughter Tabitha (9) in heading to Arena UK

for the UK Premier Show where she won the Foxhunter. Mark Williams has also had a successful month; he went to Stoneleigh for the National 6 Year Old Final where he had a very convincing win on Greenacres Diadoro, who jumped three great clear rounds. His daughter Lauren also competed in the same class and she jumped two lovely clears although an unfortunate time fault dropped them to finish 7th. They also had a third horse entered, Clare Joyce’s stallion Penumbra, but he had an unlucky pole in the second round so was unplaced. Burghley is just a round the corner and even with it being an Olympic year the field of competitors is as hot as ever and this year we have a plethora of local entries. Katie Barber from Queniborough will be making her debut at four-star on Woodfield Ria. She has had a good final run being placed 10th in the advanced section at Gatcombe and also jumped well round Bramham earlier this year. Angus Smales will also be contesting with two horses – MJI Mount Echo and Master Crisp. Mark Kyle too has Jesmond Justice entered.

Spare a thought for poor Simon Grieve who had made the great achievement of having two entered and then had a rotational fall at Hartpury where dislocated his shoulder. As I write this he is still waiting for his second operation, so we are unsure of how long that will be, but we wish him a speedy recovery! The Quorn Hunt has launched its very own riding hat, The Quorn ‘Hunter’ cap has been developed with makers Charles Owen and their own huntsman Peter Collins. The Quorn Hunt wanted to ensure the safety of their staff and retain the high standard of dress expected by one of the world’s best hunts. The Quorn cap meets all of the latest safety standards and is modelled on the old fashioned deep-crown cap used by most hunt staff and subscribers (obviously with a chinstrap). It will be available from September from the Quorn website and also to ensure the correct fitting of the hat, the kennels are going to carry a small stock of different sizes so they can advise you. Although I am yet to get a price on these, I have been assured it will be reasonable. Great news for the Quorn – this has to be a step in the right direction.

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Olympic special

LOCAL STARS IN ACTION IN RIO There were highs and lows for Olympic athletes from the area Old Oakhamian Crista Cullen came out of retirement last year, having won a bronze medal for hockey at London 2012, to once again represent Great Britain at the Olympics. She was part of the team in Rio, along with Shona McCallin, a former Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School and Repton student, Georgie Twigg, a fellow Old Reptonian, and Hannah Macleod, who has previously played for Leicester Hockey Club, that helped secure Team GB’s 24th gold medal at the Rio games. Cullen scored the second goal in a 3-3 thriller against The Netherlands. A nail-biting penalty shoot-out saw Team GB take an historic gold, with considerable credit due to goalkeeper Maddie Hinch. Rugby player Emily Scarratt was part of the sevens squad who came a heartbreaking fourth in the competition. Emily, from Desford, captained the side but could not prevent them losing to Canada in the bronze medal play-off. Unfortunately rower Jonny Walton, a former Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport GO GOLD funded rower from Kirby Muxloe, just missed out on a medal. He competed in Rio with John Collins in the men’s double skulls, and produced an amazing performance in the semi-final by

finishing in a qualifying thid spot with a time of 6.13.83. In the final, against seven other nations, they finished in fifth place which capped off an amazing debut tournament for Jonny. After the final Jonny tweeted: “Can come away proud. Olympic finalists, finishing 5th in the men’s double scull. The support has been incredible”. Other local GO GOLD supported athletes included:  Megan Jones, selected as a travelling reserve with the women’s rugby sevens squad  Lizzie Warner (archery) and Andrew Stamp (gymnastics), selected for the Team GB Rio 2016 Ambition programme  Grace Garner, professional cyclist with UK Team Podium Ambition  Ben Dijkstra, GB triathlete and a two-time youth Olympic triathlon champion.  Lucy Hall, London 2012 Team GB Olympic triathlete  Laura Samuel, triple jump Commonwealth Games silver (2014)  Lucy Garner, a professional cyclist for the Wiggle High5 team and a previous double junior world road race champion (2011 & 2012).

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Team GB Olympic gold medallists Crista Cullen (above), Hannah Macleod (below) and Shona McCallin (below le), who beat The Netherlands in the hockey final. Photographs: Frank Uijlenbroek

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Active Magazine // South Leicestershire // September 2016  

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

Active Magazine // South Leicestershire // September 2016  

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