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The horses, jockeys and trainers who lit up another marvellous Champions Day at Ascot

Champions Days and Champions Weekends in the UK and Ireland are relatively new phenomenons in racing. But as I bask in the afterglow of another radiant success at Ascot on Saturday, it’s hard to imagine how we ever got on without them.

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Big stage win for Isle fighter

Big stage win for Isle fighter

A young mixed martial arts fighter from the Isle hopes to take on the world’s best after a convincing win in Scotland.

DUTCH COURAGE -- James Croft, who produced a spectacular performance in the Mizuno Half-Marathon at Amsterdam.

Superb overseas debut by Gainsborough Strider Croft in Amsterdam

A scintillating performance in his first race overseas made James Croft the happiest member of Gainsborough Striders this week.

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Craig Pollard.

GOLF TIPS: How to get more yardage

Would you like to hit the golf ball further? Craig Pollard, an Advanced PGA Professional, who is the head teaching professional at South Chesterfield Golf Club, offers his tips.

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Gainsborough’s Paula Jacklin upsets world number one Deta Hedman

Gainsborough’s Paula Jacklin and partner Sue Edwards won the Northern Ireland ladies pairs competition after beating the top two ranked players in the world.

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Lottery millions helping to bring world's top cyclists to Yorkshire for 2019 UCI Road World Cycle Championships

Lottery millions for Yorkshire cycling showcase 'will enhance UK as world leading host'

Millions of pounds of National Lottery funding for the 2019 UCI Road World Cycle Championships will help Yorkshire enhance the UK's reputation as a world leading host, says the head of UK Sport.
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STAR OF THE DAY -- Wayne Greenfield, who finished 49th in a field of almost 4,000. (PHOTO BY: John Rainsforth).

Greenfield the great conquers York for Gainsborough Striders

As Gainsborough Striders headed both north and south in their pursuit of racing glory last weekend, there was little doubt who emerged as the club’s star turn.

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WHO'S THE DADDY? -- Jim Crowley, pictured relaxing with his three children, Bella, 7, Alice, 9, and Sam, 3, will be crowned champion jockey for the first time at Ascot on Saturday.

Race-by-race guide to Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot

It scarcely seems credible that more than six months have passed since it all began. Since THE LAST LION bolted up in the Betway Brocklesby. Since SECRET BRIEF ploughed his way through the Doncaster mud in the Betway Lincoln.

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SPORTING GESTURE -- a typical cheque presentation by Gainsborough Sporting Club as chairman Dave Belton (centre) hands over �500 to Geoff Holmes (left), director of Gainsborough Trinity Football Club, watched by Hull City legend Dean Windass.

Gainsborough Sporting Club celebrates 40 years of fundraising

In Olympic terms, it’s been a journey that has spanned Montreal in 1976 and Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

FITTING TRIBUTE -- the Tom O'Ryan Champion Apprentice Trophy, which will be presented on Qipco Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday, October 15.

New champion apprentice trophy named after ‘great racing man’ Tom O’Ryan

This year’s champion apprentice jockey will receive a trophy newly named after racing personality Tom O’Ryan, whose death in August sent shockwaves through the sport.

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SUPERMAC -- Gainsborough Blitz member Tom Macintosh receives his trophy after finishing runner-up in a junior event at Bishop Auckland.

Legs Eleven earn ten out of ten for whitewash win in Blitz Super League

Legs Eleven earned ten out of ten for another terrific performance in week two of the Super League at Gainsborough’s Blitz table tennis club.

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RIDING HIGH -- the presentation of the cycle-ride cheque to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

Nicholson wins Aegir’s annual hill climb event

The annual hill climb championship, staged by Gainsborough Aegir Cycling Club, was won by Daniel Nicholson.

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VELO VICTOR -- Jordan Skelly, who helped Viking Velo win the inter-club cycle race.

Annual inter-club cycle race is won by victorious Viking Velo

Victorious Viking Velo took all the main honours at Gainsborough’s annual inter-club cycling race. For they won the scratch team and handicap team competitions, and also posted the best individual time via Andy Lewin.

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MOORE THE MERRIER -- Ryan Moore (the jockey, not the golfer!), who steered Found to victory in Sundays Qatar Prix de lArc de Triomphe at Chantilly.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien’s 1-2-3 in the Arc is one of racing’s greatest feats

Well, what a Sunday that was if you’re name happens to be Ryan Moore. Bagging the crucial point that regained the Ryder Cup for the USA and riding the winner of the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Not a bad day’s work, by anybody’s standards.

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HOLMES RUN -- Hannah Holmes, who finished in the top 16 of female runners at the Lincoln Half-Marathon.

Gainsborough Striders cover themselves in glory at Lincoln Half-Marathon

Five personal-best (PB) times and a string of excellent performances heaped credit on Gainsborough and Morton Striders when they took to the streets of Lincoln for the city’s inaugural half-marathon.

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Golf star Danny Willett

Ryder Cup aftermath - Willett: ‘Some US golf fans proved my brother right’

Danny Willett has suggested that some of the American Ryder Cup golf fans proved his brother right with their behaviour at Hazeltine.

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Ryder Cup: Danny Willett stands up to boo boys as Europe roar back at Hazeltine

Danny Willett shrugged off negative attention from the stands as he made his belated Ryder Cup debut last night.

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Danny Willett

Ryder Cup: Danny Willett deployed to get Europe back on track but Matt Fitzpatrick sits out again

Danny Willett will compete in the afternoon fourballs as Europe look to recover from a bad opening morning at the Ryder Cup.
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Ryder Cup: My brother has put a downer on my first Ryder Cup, says Danny Willett

Danny Willett admits his first Ryder Cup has been tarnished by the furore over his brother’s anti-American comments.

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