Photo of the week No.39: Jackie Stewart followed by Graham Hill at the Nürburgring, 1966

This is a terrific sports action photo of Jackie Stewart followed by Graham Hill at the Nürburgring, 1966, by an unnamed photographer. Formula 1 racing cars don’t ‘fly’ now, and nor do they race on the Nürburgring.

There’s an interesting discussion on who’s the best racing driver in history. The BBC questions can we ever really compare the F1 greats?

I think the simple answer is that’s extremely difficult to make a judgement, because of the changes in motor racing technology. There were great racing drivers in different eras.  Perhaps we should leave it like that, and respect the talent of the best drivers in their time.

Surrey Heath Sports Award s 2017, winners ceremony evening

Surrey Heath Borough Council reveal the winners of the Surrey Heath Sports Awards,

The Surrey Heath Sports Awards celebrated the best in local sporting achievement with a special ceremony at Camberley Theatre on Monday. Organised by Surrey Heath Borough Council, the awards honour people from across the borough who have excelled in their sport, exceeded personal targets or made a meaningful impact on the local community.

The awards were attended by around 350 members of the local sporting community and the Mayor of Surrey Heath Cllr Valerie White.  The evening is one of the most anticipated events in the borough calendar as it is a chance to celebrate the achievements of local athletes, clubs, coaches and volunteers.

Nominations from the public received over the summer were whittled down to a shortlist of just three finalists per category before winners were selected by the Surrey Heath Sports Council.

Award Winners:

  • Coach of the Year – Sam Voight, Camberley RFC
  • Club of the Year – Bagshot Tennis Club
  • Disability Sports Award – Adrian Gale, Valley End Cricket Club Rascals
  • Outstanding Service – John Wickens, Bagshot FC
  • Sports Personality – Harry Dugmore, Camberley RFC
  • Sports Team of the Year – Camberley & Farnborough Hockey Club Ladies 1st XI
  • Young Sports Personality – Smrithi Shirol, Swifts Junior Badminton Club
  • Young Sports Team – Chobham Cricket Club U11
  • Young Volunteer – Ollie Wickes, Chobham RFC

Specsavers Surrey Youth Games Award Winners:

  • Performance of the Games – Alice Lockhart (swimming)
  • Coach of the Games – Sandra Parnell (netball)
  • Young Ambassador of the Year – Morgan Markson
  • Most Supportive School – Holy Trinity C of E Primary School

Portfolio Holder for Business Cllr Craig Fennell, said, “Huge congratulations to all the award winners and everyone who was nominated this year. Sport in Surrey Heath is in a good place with excellent performances and participation levels from Surrey Heath clubs at all levels. The awards are a great opportunity for us to celebrate this and encourage future success.”

The winners of the Sports Awards will automatically be entered into the county-wide Surrey Sports Awards, which are held in December. For more photos of the event, please visit

Special thanks to our sponsors Specsavers, Places for People, Surrey Playing Fields, Active Surrey, Complete Coaching, 96.4 Eagle Radio, Basepoint Camberley, Legacy Clothing and Camberley Theatre.

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Surrey Heath Sports Awards 2017 Shortlists Announce

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce the shortlists for their 2017 Sports Awards.

The shortlists for the Surrey Heath Sports Awards 2017 have been revealed.

The awards are the perfect opportunity to recognise and reward talented local athletes, coaches, volunteers, teams and clubs for their outstanding commitment and achievements in sport over the past 12 months.

Following a fantastic year of sport in Surrey Heath, dozens of nominations were received, up nearly a third on last year.

Organised by Surrey Heath Borough Council, the awards will celebrate the best in local sporting achievement with a special ceremony at Camberley Theatre on 23 October, where the winners will be announced.

This year’s shortlists for a range of individual, team and club awards are:

Camberley Theatre Young Sports Team of the Year

  • Camberley RFC U14 Squad
  • Chobham Cricket Club U11
  • Surrey Heath Wasps Netball Team

Eagle Radio Sports Team of the Year

  • Camberley & Farnborough Hockey Club Ladies 1st XI
  • Camberley Bowling Club
  • Chobham Community Rugby

Specsavers Sports Club of the Year

  • Bagshot Tennis Club
  • Windle Valley Runners
  • Chobham RFC

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Though part of the Wolverhampton diaspora, I still follow the Wolves

Football, yes, I know it’s not to the interest of every reader here.  I am part of the Wolverhampton diaspora. I retain a sense of place – an affection for the place that schooled me, and where I earned a living for many years.

That affection is made true when I look at the football results for Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club. Imagine, please, my pleasure in viewing the Championship league table today.

Success for first Surrey Heath ‘beginners’ triathlon’

Surrey Heath Borough Council report on the Specsavers GO-TRI Camberley

More than 50 competitors swam, cycled and ran their way around Camberley in the first ever Specsavers GO-TRI Camberley at the Arena Leisure Centre on Sunday (10 September).

GO-TRI is an introduction to triathlon aimed specifically at beginners, and provides a platform for those looking to improve their fitness or get involved in the sport.

With short, manageable distances, GO-TRI Camberley featured a 200m swim in the Arena swimming pool, an 8km cycle through the flat and flowing roads of Camberley before finishing with a 2km run around London Road Recreation Ground.

Available places for the event filled up quickly following its launch in July, and those taking part made the most of the cool, dry weather during the race to post some impressive times.

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Hoorey for Froomey

Yesterday in Madrid Chris Froome won the Vuelta a España – aka the Tour of Spain cycle race, after three gruelling weeks of mountain climbs.

It’s truly an extraordinary achievement. Not only did Chris Froome win the Tour of France cycle race in August, he’s the first person to win the the Vuelta when it follows the Tour of France. The only other two winners of both grand cycle tours in a year were when the Vuelta preceded the Tour of France by many months.

This year is the first I’ve consistently watched the Vuelta highlights every evening on ITV4. While the Tour de France has days rolling through lovely flat French countryside, this year’s Vuelta, especially, consisted of successive brutal mountain stages.

Saying, well done Chris Froome, doesn’t say enough about his enormous achievement. Got to be this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

Race horse trainer and opera singer finds horses respond best to her singing Mozart

This is a happy story, and don’t we all need those.

I initially found the story on the BBC website HEREIt’s about opera singer and race horse trainer, Heather Main, singing Mozart to race horses in her training stables. The Daily Mirror has, for example, a four minute video interview with Heather – see HERE, in their report. 

As with all happy stories many media outlets latched onto the story. Here are three interviews with Heather posted on YouTube. Though I’m neither horsey or a punter on the horses, it’s a happy story.