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Gainsborough and Morton Striders return to parkrun circuit

For the first time in many months there was a complete lack of racing action by runners from Gainsborough and Morton Striders.

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WEST Lindsey Indoor Bowls League round-up.

Weather the only winner in knockout shield semi-finals

Beckingham Bowls Club’s bid to reach the final of the Gainsborough League Knockout Shield was thwarted by the weather when their semi-final against Rose Leisure at Marshalls was abandoned because of torrential rain.

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Rhododendron pips Lightning Spear to victory in the Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury last month. Now they are set to meet again at Royal Ascot.

COUNTDOWN TO ROYAL ASCOT: five fascinating duels to savour

This year’s Royal Ascot throws up some fascinating duels to savour in big Group One races that are part of the Qipco Champions Series.

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It's all smiles from this resident of Mark Johnston's yard in Middleham, Yorkshire at an open day there earlier this year. Could Johnston himself be full of joy after one of his crack 2yos wins at Royal Ascot? (PHOTO BY: James Hardisty, Yorkshire Post Newspapers)

COUNTDOWN TO ROYAL ASCOT: promising 2yos likely to make an impact

We know all about the big names set to rock up at Royal Ascot next week. Horses such as Cracksman, Order Of St George, Battaash, Lady Aurelia, Rhododendron, Vazirabad and Harry Angel.

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Masar, ridden by Willam Buick, storms home from Dee Ex Bee (far side) and Roaring Lion to spring an upset in the Investec Derby at Epsom.

DERBY VERDICT: why Godolphin deserved the glory, and why the hot favourite was beaten

The smug postscript to last week’s pre-Derby column would be to celebrate the fact that yes, my fancy ROARING LION did indeed make it third time lucky and exact his revenge on the hot favourite, SAXON WARRIOR.

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Paula Jacklin.

World Darts Trophy disappointment for Jacklin

Hopes of glory for Gainsborough’s Paula Jacklin at the British Darts Organisation’s (BDO) prestigious Ladies’ World Trophy event were soon shattered.

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Lorraine Winstanley.

Winstanley overcomes Jacklin in BDO World Trophy

Buxton's Lorraine Winstanley proved too strong for Gainsborough's Paula Jacklin in day two of the Ladies World Darts Trophy in Preston.

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Saxon Warrior just edges out Roaring Lion at Doncaster in the Racing Post Trophy last October. Now the duo are set to lock horns again in the Investec Derby at Epsom on Saturday.

DERBY PREVIEW: can Roaring Lion tame the hot favourite at Epsom?

As a racecourse, Doncaster has had its nose put out of joint more often than it might care for in recent years.

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Rhododendron (number 16) pips Lightning Spear to win the Group One Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

Lockinge crowns a princess of the Turf on regal day at Newbury

It was Royal Wedding Day. It was also FA Cup final day. But for racing buffs, Saturday represented something far more significant -- Al Shaqab Lockinge Day at Newbury and one of the most attractive cards in the build-up to Royal Ascot.

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Paula Jacklin in action.

Jacklin joins best darts players in world

The queen of West Lindsey darts, Paula Jacklin, from Willingham, will be one of the stars on show at the British Darts Organisation’s World Trophy event next week.

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WEST Lindsey Indoor Bowls League round-up.

Good week of action for Beckingham Bowls Club

All four Beckingham teams were in action last week, winning three out of the five matches played.

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Cockerham wins Gainsborough Aegir Cycling Club time trial

Cockerham wins Gainsborough Aegir Cycling Club time trial

Stephen Cockerham won the Gainsborough Aegir Cyling Club’s latest five mile time trial.

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Jarvis Parkinson

Commonwealth medallist swimmer returns to Doncaster school to show off his silverware

Commonwealth medallist Jarvis Parkinson has returned to his old school to show off his silverware.

Big crowds can be guaranteed at all major race meetings in the UK.

Violence at the races: marketing chickens come home to roost

We should be talking about the enjoyable start to the Flat season, laced with star-quality performances and healthy-sized, competitive fields.

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Saxon Warrior, the 'monster of a horse', who won the first Classic of the year, the Qipco 2,000 Guineas, at Newmarket.

QIPCO GUINEAS REVIEW: another chapter in amazing Aidan O’Brien story

Guineas Weekend is always the time when the Flat season springs to life, and the 2018 version, bathed in glorious sunshine and littered with classy, competitive racing, was no different.

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Trainer Mark Johnston, who has a live hope, Elarqam, for Saturday's Qipco 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket. (PHOTO BY: Simon Hulme)

QIPCO GUINEAS: Northern lights fire two big shots at this weekend’s Classics

The Flat season is in full swing, and the action goes up a gear this weekend with the first two Classics, Saturday’s Qipco 2,000 Guineas, followed by the Qipco 1,000 Guineas 24 hours later.

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The successful Sportshall Athletics squad from Parish Church Primary School.

Parish School make it six Sportshall titles in a row

The annual Sportshall Athletics competition for the Gainsborough area has been won by Parish Church Primary School for the sixth year in a row.

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Some of the successful chess youngsters at Parish Church Primary School.

Chess success for school’s youngsters

Four youngsters from Parish Church Primary School in Gainsborough are eyeing places at the finals of the British Chess Championships after success at the South Yorkshire event.

A spectacular punch by Ricardo Franco (right) during his latest mixed martial arts fight in Italy.

Franco fighting hard to make a success of his career

Globetrotting mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Ricardo ‘Rico’ Franco, of Gainsborough, says he is prepared to travel anywhere and try anything to make a success of his professional career.

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GRAND NATIONAL: preview and top tips from our expert

It’s the day when millions of us are tempted into having a flutter. A bet down at the bookies or online, or a go on the sweepstake at work. Even Grandma has been known to splash out with her 50p each/way.

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