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Another milestone – Marathon 450 is ticked off by Cotswold’s Steve Edwards

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Steve Edwards from Moreton-in-Marsh went all the way to Scotland to complete marathon number 450 in his bid for a world record of running 500 marathons by 2012 in an average time of under 3 hours 20 minutes. Only 50 more races to go!  Read the rest of this entry »

Batsford Arboretum – one of the 50 best spring gardens to visit

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Batsford Arboretum, near Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds, is No. 4 in the list of the 50 best spring gardens to visit for a grand day out, compiled by the The Daily Telegraph Gardening section. Read the rest of this entry »

Marathon 449 comes and goes – Cotswold’s Steve Edwards completes another race

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Steve Edwards from Moreton-in-Marsh ran his 449 marathon last Sunday 9th March in a time of 3 hours 13 minutes and 26 seconds and that is another fine time and another race under his belt towards his world record challenge of running 500 marathons by 2012 in an average time of under 3 hours 20 minutes. Read the rest of this entry »

Cotswold’s Christian Cullinane completes the 350 mile Iditarod Trail Invitational Race

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Moreton-in-Marsh based Christian Cullinane has cycled (and walked) to complete the 350 mile Iditarod Trail Invitational Race in 7 days 13 hours and ten minutes and arrived in McGrath, Alaska at 03.10 on Monday 10th March. Read the rest of this entry »

448 and counting – Cotswolds Marathon Man completes another race

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Cotswolds based Steve Edwards ran his 448 marathon last Sunday – 17th February – in a time of 3 hours 12 minutes and 23 seconds and that is one more race and one more very good time towards his world record challenge of 500 marathons by 2012 in an average time of under 3 hours 20 minutes.
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500 marathons by 2012- superman Steve Edwards is going for it in record time.

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Steve EdwardsCotswolds based Steve Edwards is aiming to run 500 marathons by 2012. Running them is not unique – others have done it before, believe it or not – but Steve wants to run his 500 marathons world record challenge in an average time of under 3hours 20 mins and this tight time factor is certainly unique.

Steve, who is lives at Moreton-in-Marsh has currently run 447 marathons at an average time of 3 hours 18 minutes so he is well on course for his target. He ran the Gloucester Marathon in 3 hours 15 minutes in January and his schedule for the next three months is as follows:-

Draycote Water Marathon Rugby Warwickshire – 17th February
Duchy Marathon Redruth Cornwall – 9th March
Dumfries Marathon Dumfries Scotland – 23rd March
Taunton Marathon Taunton Somerset – 6th April
Flora London Marathon – 13th April
Rotary Shakespeare Marathon Stratford-upon-Avon -27th April

Even this three month schedule means running a marathon on average nearly every two weeks!!

We shall be reporting his time for each marathon as it takes place but in May he will taking part in a special challenge – the Brathay 10 marathons in 10 days challenge – which will be outside his 500 marathons attempt ( I can well understand why) and we will be reporting upon this event separately.

As part of this 500 marathon challenge Steve is continuing to represent and raise awareness of the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and their involvement in the “Rebuilding Lives Through Sport” (RLTS) initiative. SIA, which is based in Oldbrook, Milton Keynes, is a UK charity dedicated to supporting the 40,000 people in the country who are paralysed through spinal cord injury.

SIA has been chosen as “Official Charity” for the 2008 Flora London Marathon and half of the money raised by the SIA’s London Marathon Team will be allocated, as grants, to encourage participation in wheelchair sport.

“Sport can play a crucial role in rebuilding confidence and relieving isolation following spinal cord injury but only a tiny percentage of people actively participate with any regularity.RLTS is a fantastic way of promoting the benfits of wheelchair sport both to people living with spinal cord injury and to the wider disabled community”
Source:Spinal Injuries Association

Steve began running marathons over 20 years ago and by 1990 had become the youngest person (at that time) to run 100 marathons. In 1992 he broke the world record for running the most marathons run in a single year running an incredible 87 marathons in the 52 week period with an average finishing time of 3 hours 14 minutes. Then came challenge number three which will coincide with the London Olympics and Steve reaching 50 when he aims to retire from competitive marathon running with the 500 marathons chalked up.

Training is obviously of immense importance to Steve and in some ways the marathons act as long training run when they come in rapid succession. However, midweek he is still out every night running some 30-40 miles per week.

“The marathon is widely known as the ultimate test of athletic endurance, 26.2 miles of running, a gruelling and punishing event that tests the limits of one’s resolve to overcome fear with sheer guts and determination”
Source: Steve Edwards

www.spinal.co.uk

For the forthcoming Brathay “10 Marathons in 10 days Challenge” Steve can be sponsored on www.justgiving.com/steveedwards10in10

Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society – Results and Annual Report 2007

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Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society logoThursday 24th January 18.30 The Annual General Meeting will be held at their HQ Bisley House

The Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society (GRFGS) was established in 1863 and its aim is to encourage the improvement of all forms of agricultural practices and products. Its Patron is The Prince of Wales.

Annual Report 2007 – President’s Report

“Possibly the strangest year on record for agriculture with the confusion of Foot & Mouth and Blue Tongue restriction zones compounded by flooding in July!

Bearing in mind that many people had their houses flooded and their summer totally disrupted, the cancellation of the Tillage Event cannot be viewed as a disaster but this certainly dampened the spirits of members this year.

Throughout these trials and tribulations however, our members have remained buoyant and resilient and this has paid off to some extent with increased optimism in the arable and dairy sectors.”

Annual Report 2007 – Competitions Officer’s Report

“This year we reciprocated the Championship Judging with the Banbury Agricultural Society; another area of which few of us had any great knowledge or experience. As in past years the opportunity to visit and examine the farming in a new territory was much enjoyed by the judges from both Societies.

The flooding on 10th July had disasterous consequences on many farms whether stock or arable, and disrupted our judging schedule somewhat as can be imagined. The only casualty for the Competitions was the Arable Championship which was not finally judged, a big disappointment for those who had entered some excellent crops.”

However, after prolonged scrutiny of the results the Premier Award for the most points won in the Competitions was a tie between Springhill Estate, Seven Wells, Moreton-in-Marsh and Ponsonby Farms, Lechlade.

Boddington Estates, Boddington, Cheltenham won The Farm Championship and for the second year running Springhill Estate won the The Livestock Championship. A new class this year, Oilseed Rape Establishment, was won by Ponsonby Farms and the Kingston brothers from South Farm, Wootton-under-Edge and Tresham Farm, Tresham won The Best Dairy Herd, Best Managed Grassland and Clamped Silage Classes between them.

A full list of 2007 Trophy Winners is included in the Annual Report but our local farm (local to this website) R & J Baldwyn, High Crest, Hidcote Boyce, Chipping Campden had a good year getting equal 5th place for most points scored in the Competitions with the following results;

Arable Championship – Cotswolds Region – 3rd Place (with a 1st Place in the Barley section), Profitable Wheat Class – 4th Place, Malting Barley Class – 2nd Place, Bagged Silage Class -4th Place, Fodder Beet Class – 2nd Place and Best Managed Grassland – 2nd Place. Well done.

Gloucestershire Root, Fruit and Grain Society
BK
Bisley House
Green Farm Business Park
Bristol Road
Gloucester
GL2 4LY
Telephone 01452 880101
www.grfgs.com

Moreton-in-Marsh is one of Britain’s top 10 country towns

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Weekend Telegraph Property Section – Caroline McGhie seeks out the best small market towns in Britain. Moreton-in-Marsh is in the top ten

Moreton-in-Marsh has made it into the top ten beating near neighbours like Stow-on-the-Wold, Chipping Norton and Shipston-on-Stour.

“Small market towns are becoming increasing desirable, as much for their natural beauty as their shops and schools” Britain’s finest country towns sparkle like precious stones in the property market; beacons of prosperity, enterprise and asperation. They are the setting for some of our most unusual shops, our greatest novels, our agricultural highs and lows. They are the heartbeat of the countryside.”

“Moreton-in-Marsh is a Cotswold beauty with a glorious main street of golden stone houses with back lanes running off. Strategically placed between Stratford-upon-Avon, Evesham, Bath and Oxford, it once thrived as a coaching stop, but now attracts commuters who use the local station for the 90 minute journey into London.”

“It is Heythrop Hunt country and the town has its very own horse and agricultural show in September. In the summer it fills with opera buffs flocking to the Longborough Festival, the Cotswolds’  answer to Glyndebourne. It is accessible to everywhere, a crossing point that is set in beautiful countryside and the Tuesday market, where you can buy everything from slippers to saucissons, is protected by a Royal Charter granted by King Charles I.”

Other local towns in the list of top 50 towns to delight were:
Cheltenham
Cirencester
Stow-on-the-Wold
Stratford-upon-Avon

Come and stay at Little Gidding and spend some time in these five top 50 local towns. All five towns are within a 1/2 hour drive through the lovely local countryside.

Also visit other local country towns like Chipping Norton, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwick, Tewkesbury and Winchcombe which didn’t make it to the top fifty but which have lots of character and charm and many supporters. Let us have your views and comments.       

Source: Daily Telegraph Weekend Property Section 

Get in gear with Moreton Centre’s driving tips

Events, Features by Adam No Comments »

A special event that gives young people the opportunity to learn about responsible, safe and legal driving is to be held in Moreton-in-Marsh next month.

Teenagers aged between 15 and 17 are being urged to sign up now for the Roadrunners project at Cotswold District Council’s Moreton Area Centre on Monday February 18th.

The event, between 10am and 3pm, is designed for young people who are thinking about learning to drive.  The course covers topics such as:

  • First driving lesson – A chance to get behind the wheel of a dual-control car, guided by a qualified driving instructor.
  • The costs of motoring – Find out how much a car costs to run and how to keep insurance and other costs down.
  • The dangers of speed – Can you judge speeds and braking distances? What happens in a crash?  Test your reaction times.
  • The role of the Fire & Rescue Service – Talk to firefighters about their work and daily experiences.

Roadrunners is a partnership between Cotswold District Council, Gloucestershire Police, Gloucestershire LEA, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue and various youth and community groups.

The Moreton event, which was first held in 2005, will be run by representatives of all the organisations involved.

Moreton Area Centre Manager Sarah Cantwell said:  “This event follows on from our hugely successful Roadrunners projects at Moreton in previous years.

“All the young people who have attended in the past have thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and gone away from the event with the skills and knowledge they require to be able to start driving and owning their own cars.”

The cost of the day is £3 per person, which includes lunch. To book a place for your child, please contact the Moreton Area Centre on 01608 650881.

Volunteer staff happy in new Moreton home

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Staff at the North Cotswold Voluntary Help Centre will continue to play a crucial role in Moreton in Marsh in 2008, thanks to a helping hand from Cotswold District Council.

The High Street branch of the NCVHC found itself under almost four feet of water after the July floods, but found temporary sanctuary at Cotswold District Council’s Moreton Area Centre.

Less than a week after the floods had hit the NCVHC offices – ruining computers, equipment and furnishings – they had moved into offices just down at the Centre in the High Street.

And although the NCVHC was insured against the damages, staff soon settled in their new location and it wasn’t long before they decided to make the arrangement permanent.  A tenancy agreement was signed in early December and the small team of staff now operates from a spacious office within the Moreton centre.

NCVHC chairman Chris Stevenson said:

“We needed to set ourselves up in temporary accommodation, and CDC did that for us within days – they were very helpful.

“Ultimately, this new location will work very well for us and it’s a very positive move for us to be making.”

The North Cotswold Voluntary Help Centre provides transport to anyone in the community who may need a lift somewhere, be it the doctors, dentist, hospital or an eye appointment, charging just 30p per mile for the service.

It is open from 9.30am–1.30pm five days a week and also offers advice and information, a shopping service for the house-bound, and a sitting service to offer respite to carers.

Anyone wanting to contact the service should phone them on 01608 651115.

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