I'm so in awe of the over 600 runners who took part in the Stamford Striders St Valentines 30k road race yesterday, it's no mean feat to complete it, let alone get a good time. Stamford's Aaron Scott won it by a good margin just over 1 hour 40, he's won several times over the 5 or 6 years he's competed and for the first time this year he's got a place in the elite category at the London Marathon, with the likes of Mo Farah. He believes he's one of four Brits in that category, and qualified through a sub 2 hr 18 min run. Great to work with the Striders on this special anniversary, which also saw 80 couples run the race too. Love the running top every runner got, and for the first time a medal too
MONEY TO HELP RUTLAND'S YOUNGSTERS ACHIEVE - the Roger Begy Memorial Trust was set up to give young people of Rutland a helping hand in sport, school and the arts. So far they've helped runner and hurdler Ben Higgins, Irish dancer Tamsin Hodgkinson, and county netball player and footballer Louise Kelly. And they've got £10,000 which they'd like to give out as grants, believing there are many more people to reach. It could be coaching, equipment, physio, more details at https://www.rogerbegymemorialtrust.co.uk
BUGS - that winter sickness bug is still going round. I had three days off in November because of it, and I'm still hearing of people suffering it for a few days, it's a vicious thing which takes no prisoners and infects every one in the family. I really feel for you if you're going through it, it's made me much more aware of infection and anti-bacterial spray and wipes. Which I'm currently using as Rob Wagstaff has come in today with 'man flu'. He tells me he's cancelled his well-man appointment for tomorrow. Well you would, wouldn't you?!
OAKHAM BAPTIST CHURCH SET TO MOVE TO MAKE WAY FOR CINEMA? Well kind of, if two plans come together. An idea for Rutland Kino, a cinema with cafe is looking for investment, and is also looking for a town centre location, at the same time Oakham Baptist Church is looking to move to somewhere bigger. The Church began back on 5th November 1772 on that site, and has recently split its Sunday service into two because there are too many worshipers for one. It nearly closed in the 60s when numbers dwindled to a handful, but now shows films, events and services during the week too. Oakham Baptist Church say they're looking at several buildings and sites. The Rutland Kino hopes to open next year if all the investment is in place, and would only go to the Baptist Church site if the Church finds a suitable alternative. Interesting times.
NOT AS MUCH LOVE IN STAMFORD AND RUTLAND - over half of those who took part in our Something For The Weekend survey said they're not celebrating on the 14th. We're hoping to get you into the spirit with single red roses we're giving out in Stamford, Oakham, and Uppingham
TOMORROW - Shrove Tuesday, and we're out at Caldecott for the 35th annual pancake race in the village from 10! Join me and Lydia