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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Double success for The Moorlanders
Sep25

Double success for The Moorlanders

Chagford Football Club played their first game at home this season, both the first team and the reserves playing in their new strips sponsored by The Moorlander Newspaper. Chagford started brightly, bringing the game to their North Devon opponents but had little in the way of finishing some good moves. Sound in defence, it was somewhat of a surprise that they found themselves a goal down at half-time. Returning more determinedly for...

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“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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