Four members of Grantham Running Club made the short trip across the Vale of Belvoir for the annual Long Clawson 10K cross country race last Sunday.The route was a testing one, taking in fields pock-marked by cow hoofs, farm tracks rutted by tractors, bluebell-lined woodland trails and a number of slippery stiles.The morning started slightly overcast, but on cue the sun came out almost as soon as the race started.A long, slow climb from the start put paid to any thoughts of a fast time, but the climb brought its own rewards with some great views over the Vale.The finishers were greeted by a supportive crowd at the village hall, for which the race raised a very creditable £3,500.Results: Stuart Reader 55min 16sec, Simon Smith 56:29, Brendon Buckley 1:16:39, Yvonne Buckley 1:21:36.Grantham Running Club’s Tony Johnson took part in two 10K races in the space of eight days.Firstly he ran in the Eye 10K, near Peterborough, last Sunday. The weather was cooler than the previous week … [Read more...] about Grantham runners tested in Long Clawson off-road event
Long and winding road
The Romans had the right idea. Why take the long and winding road when one straight as an arrow will have you there in half the time? When it comes to road trips, the beeliners might not offer the same exhilaration as an ever-changing mountain pass, but they do offer an opportunity to relax and put your feet up (metaphorically, not literally. We don't condone dangerous driving). While the Romans all-but invented the straight road, few of the world’s longest are in and around their old territory. Here we round up the stretches of tarmac that barely require a touch of the steering wheel. The longest straight road in Britain That would be the A15 between Scampton and the M180, lasting for about 18 miles with barely a wobble through the Lincolnshire countryside. Exotic. The longest straight road in Europe The Corso Francia pierces Turin like a lance, jutting out to the west of the Italian city, but is only 7.3 miles. The road was built at the nod of Vittorio Amedeo II of Savoy in … [Read more...] about The direct route: where is the world’s longest straight road?
Wayne Rooney ruining an Everton jersey. Forgive me for overlooking a wonderful GAA championship but with Tyrone’s SKY love-in and Chris Kamara and his mate visiting Garvaghy (‘unbelievable Jeff!’), it would be remiss not to address Wayne’s return to Goodison Park. I”ve been advised that all I’ve got to do is act naturally and it won’t be long before I’ll be chanting, “ROONAY, ROONAY, ROONAY”. No way, no way, you won’t see me at that craic. Advertisement Because I became an Everton fan all of 49 years ago, around February 1968 when Merseyside’s greatest heroes The Beatles ruled the world of popular music. In the town where I was born, the GAA had a ban on watching, never mind playing ‘foreign games’. You had to hide your love away, but who could resist Geordie Best, the fifth Beatle, mesmerising defences and the ladies, or Celtic who had just conquered all of Europe. But it was the Yer Blues for … [Read more...] about You may say I’m a dreamer
Traffic chaos, bad weather and transport disruption are all pointing to a potentially stressful Easter getaway. Millions of us are heading away to enjoy the long weekend, but your journey, however you chose to travel, could be hampered if you don't plan ahead. Extensive railway works in and around Bristol, the busiest ever Easter on the roads and some poor weather conditions are all expected to hit our region in the next few days. The roads and the weather While it doesn't look like we will get any snow this weekend (thank goodness), the milder weather is expected to bring heavy rain and strong winds, which could cause some very poor driving conditions. These will coincide with some of the busiest days on the roads ever seen over an Easter bank holiday. In fact, the M4 and M5 near Bristol have already been earmarked as traffic hotspots for the great Easter getaway which will commence on Thursday, March 29 when commuter traffic will be vying for space on the roads amid some three … [Read more...] about Good Friday turns bad: Getaway gridlock, train chaos and relentless rain
A fire-damaged building in Coatbridge town centre is finally to be demolished – allowing for the re-opening of a busy road which has been closed to through traffic for a year. The prominent building, on the corner of Main Street and Academy Street, was ravaged by flames in March 2017, with firefighters needing three hours to extinguish the blaze. A safety exclusion zone has been in place ever since, which has meant that Academy Street has had no vehicle access to or from its Main Street junction, with nearby businesses suffering. Local traders submitted a petition to North Lanarkshire Council five months ago calling for the immediate demolition of the damaged building and reopening of the road. Now a six-week demolition project is to get underway this week, with Coatbridge North councillor Allan Stubbs saying it’s “about time”. He told the Advertiser: “I’m delighted for the businesses as they’ve suffered really badly so I’m pleased as … [Read more...] about Road to re-open as fire-damaged Coatbridge town centre building to be demolished