From the Bergs of Rutland to the Streets of London

SCHOOLS – after Stamford’s return last week, Rutland schools are in the main back today, Wittering return tomorrow and Barnack back on Wednesday

SOMETHING FOR THE WEEKEND BANDS – for St George’s Day, we asked which was your favourite band, which led to a tie between Take That and the Beatles, both with 35% of the vote.  I then took them head to head on the Classic Hits Choice after 9, and put Back For Good against Hey Jude, which led to the Beatles winning 2 to 1

CICLE CLASSIC – 179 riders over 36 teams started the 189km course in Oakham yesterday, it still amazes me how these professionals manage 2 laps of Rutland Water in just over an hour, and sure enough at 12.04 yesterday the peloton came rushing through to the Oakham Wines hot spot Damien Shaw, with speeds around 45 km/h.  Around Rutland Water speeds estimated at 60 km/h.  Good to see the Mount Riding Group for the Disabled based at Somerby collecting at the spectator points, they need to raise £30,000 a year to keep going even with their dedicated band of volunteers.  There was also an East Midlands team sporting their logo which featured Oakham’s Ollie Maxwell who was in his third year in the adult race.

STILTON CHEESE CLASSIC CAR RUN – around 350 vehicles gathered in Uppingham for the run, which stopped off at New Lodge Farm Bulwick and then on to Stilton in Cambridgeshire.  Saw some great photos and footage (I was in Oakham for the Cicle Classic) including a long line of classic minis on Leicester Road

STARFISH – the Rutland film about Tom & Nic Ray which was released last year is out on DVD today, and available from the usual stockists including supermarkets nationwide.  The Radio Times has it as DVD of the week and it’s currently No 11 in the best sellers at one supermarket, which is amazing for what is essentially a small independent film.  It’s also showing at Seaton on Saturday, the following Thursday at the Rutland County Museum, and at Lyddington Village Hall a week on Friday.  If you don’t know the story, it’s the true life tale of a local man with a young daughter who contracts Sepsis just before the Millennium, and spends 3 months in a coma, during which his arms, legs and part of his face are amputated to save his life, his son is also born before he regains consciousness.  The film has done an amazing job in promoting Sepsis awareness, and has even been shown to some NHS staff.  And it was all shot in Rutland, with many locals involved, and the cast was led by Joanne Froggatt and Tom Riley as the Rays.

LONDON MARATHON – well done to all our local runners.  Emma Holttum finished in 5 hrs 17 minutes for Evergreen in Stamford, Mark Popple from Stamford Striders finished in just over 3 hours.

MYSTERY VOICE – worth £290 it’s not Myleene Klass, play again with Lydia after 5pm


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