“Bloody ‘ell, we’ve only gone and won it”
Jul11

“Bloody ‘ell, we’ve only gone and won it”

England were into their first semi-final of a World Cup since 1990. Only the third time the team had been in a semi-final in their history. So, what would what life be like if England were to do the improbable – win the World Cup? Holiday Firstly, Theresa May and the government would have to declare an official Bank Holiday for the homecoming parade in London and celebrations across the country, as people are hardly going to be...

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Most testing conditions ever for Dartmoor classic
Jul11

Most testing conditions ever for Dartmoor classic

The 2018 Dartmoor Classic Sportive was run in probably the most testing of conditions in the event’s 12 years. All 2,500 plus riders left the Newton Abbot race headquarters in the dry but very soon afterward the rain fell in torrents. Organised by Mid Devon Cycling Club traditionally there are three routes that participants can enter – The Grande (107 miles/ 173 kilometres), the Medio (67 miles/ 109 km) or the Piccolo (38 miles/2 km)....

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England could escape suffocating past with vibrant football
Jun27

England could escape suffocating past with vibrant football

Russia is often accused of fiddling with the news, but this really happened. England were 5-0 up at half-time in a World Cup match and were able to withdraw their captain and talisman, Harry Kane, who had already reached his hat-trick in a game his team had already won. These facts have been verified. Back home, a nation accustomed to World Cup inquests and zero-fun games were supping the Ambrosia of a perfect summer Sunday. Nobody...

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Russia 2018 – World Cup Preview
Jun13

Russia 2018 – World Cup Preview

Gareth Southgate has claimed his England World Cup 2018 squad has been picked to excite the nation at this summer’s tournament. Manager Southgate revealed his 23-man squad with Adam Lallana,  who is on the standby list, the big-name omission. But Southgate believes, with the likes of Harry Kane, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, his young England squad offers plenty of encouragement. “I believe this is a squad which...

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Disappointment at Wembley
May30

Disappointment at Wembley

For Coventry City there is finally scope for blue-sky thinking after sealing an immediate return to League One with a convincing play-off final win against Exeter City. For more than 37,000 baying Coventry supporters who made Wembley appear lopsided, the victory not only reversed an alarming slide but brought a first promotion for 51 years in arguably their biggest game since the 1987 FA Cup final. They took a deserved lead after...

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Two Hills Race…. A Potted History
May16

Two Hills Race…. A Potted History

By Chris Webber The race came about from a suggestion by Mary Morton to the chairman of Chagford Lions Club that, as part of the 1977 Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations, a race should be held which included running up and down Meldon and Nattadon hills. This was agreed and the inaugural “Two Hills Race”- a distance of just over three miles was planned for Tuesday 7th June 1977; the race to start from the Jubilee Field...

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