Okehampton show grit to beat Newent
Feb13

Okehampton show grit to beat Newent

Backed by a large home gathering courtesy of the Vice President, volunteers and ex-players lunch, the Okes kicked off up the slope. Both Okehampton and Newent were missing a few regulars, but it was the visitors who applied early pressure, often courtesy of well placed kicks from their experienced number nine Dean. Newent were to prove a tough adversary throughout and they made their early ascendancy pay when they opened the scoring...

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The big four: what to expect from 2019?
Dec29

The big four: what to expect from 2019?

In our final edition of 2018, we look forward to the next year and what might await our Big teams going forward in their respective sports and competitions. We welcome back Torquay United for this one edition only (unless they get promoted of course!) to our Big team round-up. Torquay United The National League South side didn’t have a very auspicious start to the season under Gary Owers, winning just three of their first nine games....

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A day at Exeter races
Dec22

A day at Exeter races

After weeks of torrential rain, the going was heavy for the Exeter event with the wintery weather persisting throughout the day. At almost a thousand feet above sea level, the picturesque Haldon Forest racecourse takes all the weather Dartmoor can throw at it. From the first race it was clear that some surprises were in store with 8/1 shot Kalarika snatching victory from hot favourite Get Wishing, who came trailing in third place. For...

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Exeter Athletic inflict first defeat on North Tawton
Dec02

Exeter Athletic inflict first defeat on North Tawton

This was the clash of the top two – North Tawton, the league leaders and Exeter Athletic sitting in second place with a game in hand, so there was a lot to play for. The Exeter team arrived looking very confident. It was a pretty even first 10 minutes. An early penalty to North Tawton got the score board moving with a successful kick made by James Bowden. More than ever the extra weight of the opposing pack gave the North Tawton...

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Dartmoor’s Josh one of the best in the UK
Nov21

Dartmoor’s Josh one of the best in the UK

Okehampton Cycling Club rider Josh Coyne proved he is one of the best in the UK when it comes to the demanding sport of hill climbing. Josh raced in the British National Hill Climb Championship and competed against a tough field of cyclists. The event was held at Pea Royd Lane in Stocksbridge near Sheffield and riders battled on a short but very tough hill, averaging 15% with some much steeper ramps. Josh, who is 23 and from Chagford,...

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Women-only racing leaves petrolheads fuming
Oct29

Women-only racing leaves petrolheads fuming

Sometimes you just have to sit one out. Like this year, when the FA announced it was now using Disney princesses to get girls playing football. Sure, I felt my insides clenching with a build-up of lactic irony, felt the rush of ready sarcastic remarks to my brain. And yes, there was every chance that the campaign was reinforcing the very stereotypes it was trying to overcome. But as addled ideas go, it was not football’s most...

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