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Camping on beaches, battling long-term fatigue and completing a world’s first: Remembering Sean Conway’s ultra-triathlon around the GB coastline

“When you’ve been going for so long that long-term fatigue kicks in and your hormones begin to modify themselves, that’s when the real fun starts.”  It’s day 71, Sean Conway has just taken the last of his 1.5 million strides from Scarbrough to Brighton and is ready to swap his running shoes for his swimming hat, goggles and wetsuit to commence […]

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OPINION: Football needs to do more to protect its players from serious head injuries

Football as we know it has been played in England since 1815 and the fundamentals remain much the same, but the sport has discovered a serious issue with its links to head injuries and they can’t be ignored.  Bobby and Jack Charlton, Martin Peters and Nobby Stiles. Four of England’s 1966 World Cup side who have all died with or are suffering with dementia.   2018 studies show that about two in 100 people aged […]

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Opinion | Warren Gatland will pick Premiership players for the British and Irish Lions – he just doesn’t want to pay for them

It’s an arm wrestle between the clubs and Warren Gatland. They are looking each other in the eye and waiting to see who will blink first.  The Kiwi has said that a block on players from all Premiership clubs, until the competition’s final on June 26, could impact up to 20 selection spots for this […]

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The European Super League: Ten local Gloucestershire football teams you can support instead of the ‘top six’

With the news that England’s ‘top six’ are all part of the 12 founding teams that have agreed to join a new European Super League, many football fans have been left feeling disenfranchised. In what would be a gigantic change for European football, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham would join AC […]

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Cheltenham Town goalkeeper Josh Griffiths: young shotstopper on his England U21 call-up

Cheltenham Town goalkeeper Josh Griffiths has expressed how it was “a proud moment” when he discovered he was selected for England’s U21 side for the upcoming international break. The 19-year-old has kept 16 clean sheets in his 34 league appearances for the Robins this season, and as a result has been chosen to represent his […]

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Cheltenham Festival 2021: the absence of spectatorship and its impact on the betting industry

For the first time in its 161-year history, the Cheltenham Festival has been taking place behind closed doors, with no fans allowed to attend this year due to COVID-19’s presence. A year on from last year’s race week, which was promptly followed by the first of three national lockdowns in the UK, public health has […]

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Cheltenham Festival day two: Sky Pirate wins the Grand Annual Chase

Nick Schofield rode to Johnny Henderson Grand Annual Challenge Cup Handicap Chase glory on Sky Pirate, beating odds-on favourite Embitterred (9/2) in the process. Rachel Blackmore, who was riding Joseph Patrick O’Brien’s horse, was unseated for the third time today only 24 hours after becoming the first-ever female jockey to win the Champion Hurdle at […]

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Cheltenham Town player ratings from Barrow A.F.C defeat: “He only attempted a pass three times”

Despite aiming for automatic promotion, Cheltenham Town suffered their ninth defeat of the 2020/21 Sky Bet League Two season as Barrow A.F.C claimed a surprise 2-0 victory. A freak opener from James Jones stunned those watching on at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium and that lead was doubled in the second half when goalkeeper Josh Griffiths booted […]