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End of an era as club says farewell to coach

Swimmers as young as four took part in the Belper Marlin SC Mini-Marlin Championships at Heanor Leisure Centre, aiming to win medals and trophies.

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Blaklion, impressive winner of the Randox Health Becher Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree on Saturday.

Gold Cup hero back with bang in weekend that was Sceaux (or Sceau) good

You had to know your Sceaux from your Sceau when analysing and assessing a weekend of racing action that warmed the cockles of even the coldest of hearts amid the ice and snow.

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Total Recall, trained by Willie Mullins and ridden by Paul Townend, won the first edition of the �250,000 Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury on Saturday.

All the stars aligned as Newbury serves up best meeting of Jumps season so far

It’s not often all the stars are aligned and you get all your ducks in a row at a race meeting. But that was definitely the case last weekend at Newbury, who dished up the best, and most enjoyable, fare of the Jumps season so far.

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WWE legends Rey Mysterio, John Morrison and Rob Van Dam are bringing new 5 Star Wrestling live weekly TV shows to UK Arenas in 2018 and we have all the ticket details.

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Racing legend John Francome, who was champion jockey seven times.

Legend John Francome looks back as Newbury’s big race begins new era

You might know it as the Hennessy Gold Cup. But you have to get used to calling it the Ladbrokes Trophy from now on.

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Scarlet Brown and her coach, Charles Spring, on the world championships podium in Orlando.

Karate kid Scarlet on top of the world after gold medal

The burgeoning career of Belper-based karate kid Scarlet Brown scaled new heights when she found herself on top of the world.

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Elgin (left) powers past long-time leader Misterton at the final flight to win the Greatwood Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham, the feature race on Sunday. (PHOTO BY: Julian Herbert/PA Wire/PA Images)

Cheltenham’s November meeting was the most underwhelming I can remember

Cheltenham’s November meeting, better known under its previous guise as The Open or even the Paddy Power, is so popular that its reputation is largely untouchable.

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Jockey Danny Tudhope after he was crowned Cock O' The North at Doncaster on Saturday.

Buoyant Tudhope crowned Cock O’ The North jockey for the first time

There are those who reckon Doncaster’s November Handicap meeting, which wrapped up a magnificent 2017 Flat season on Saturday, has lost its pizzazz.

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Jenny Swallow with her coach/manager of the year award.

Award for coach to cap stellar year for gymnastics club

Double success at the annual Derbyshire Sports Awards has capped a year to remember for the Amber Valley Gymnastics Academy.

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Prolific striker Sam Dixon (right), who scored five goals in the 9-3 win at Barton, in action for Belper.

Deadly Dixon bags five in Belper hockey romp

Five-star Sam Dixon spearheaded a free-scoring victory for rampant Belper in the opening round of the England Hockey Tier One Championships on Sunday.

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Strutting their way to top of group with big win

Strutting their way to top of group with big win

BELPER Strutt Club stormed to the top of Group A in the Bob McCartin Six Red Cup thanks to a 5-2 home win over Darley Dale League champions Edgefold No 1.

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Saxon Warrior wins the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster to give trainer Aidan O'Brien the new world record for Group One wins in a calendar year.

HORSES TO FOLLOW: 20 promising 2yos to remember for the Flat next spring

With just one weekend of the Flat season to go, courtesy of a terrific card at Doncaster, the mindsets of most punters are now switched on to the Jumps game. And it’s a time of year when many of us draw up horses to follow through the winter and on to the big festivals at Cheltenham, Aintree and Punchestown next spring.

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Champion jockey Richard Johnson (left) with one of his main challengers for this year's title trophy, Sam Twiston-Davies. (PHOTO BY: Fiona Crawford)

Richard Johnson in the box-seat for his third jump jockeys’ championship

Once the Breeders’ Cup is out of the way, the focus of the racing community can switch wholeheartedly to the Jumps season, which stepped up a gear with the first meeting at Cheltenham last weekend.

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Terrific last-gasp fightback earns an unlikely point

Belper 1sts staged a remarkable fightback, scoring three goals in the last seven minutes to earn a a 3-3 Midlands Premier Division draw at Loughborough.

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Cracksman and jockey Frankie Dettori, showing off his trademark flying dismount, who were the stars of the show on Qipco British Champions Day at Ascot. (PHOTO BY: Simon Hulme, Yorkshire Post Newspapers)

Frankel legacy lives on thanks to Cracksman, star of Ascot’s Champions Day

Journeying down to Ascot on Saturday, I was staggered to read in one of the previews that the Qipco British Champions Day concept had a “difficult birth” back in 2011.

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The free-scoring Sam Dixon, who added to his goals tally for Belper in the 4-0 win over Leek.

Dixon nets again as Belper’s hockey team bounce back

Free-scoring striker Sam Dixon hailed “a brilliant defensive display” from his Belper side as they bounced back from their disappointing first defeat of the hockey season the previous week.

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One of the star attractions of Qipco Champions Day, Queen Elizabeth II Stakes favourite Ribchester, with his trainer Richard Fahey, at an open day at his yard last month. (PHOTO BY: Tony Johnson).

Race-by-race guide and tips for Qipco Champions Day at Ascot

Long gone are the days when you waved goodbye to the Flat season on the tail of the winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on the first Sunday in October.

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Megaslam Wrestling comes to Belper Leisure Centre.

Let’s get ready to rumble! Megaslam Wrestling heading to Derbyshire

It’s lights, camera, action as the stars of Megaslam Wrestling rumble their way to Belper for a sell-out show.

Scarlet Brown, of Ronin Budo, on her way to success at the English Championships.

Three national martial arts titles for Ronin Budo youngster

Young Scarlet Brown carried the flag for Belper’s Ronin Budo martial arts club by winning three titles at the Revolution English Championships.

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Newmarket's Rowley Mile course, which is staging some tremendous end-of-season action on the Flat, including this weekend with the Dubai Future Champions Festival. (PHOTO BY:

Newmarket, Ascot and Doncaster set to deliver fitting finale to Flat season

Enable, Harry Angel, Winter, a vintage Royal Ascot, Big Orange, Battaash, Ribchester, Aidan O’Brien’s Group One record bid, Ulysses, Highland Reel, a cracking St Leger and a thrilling Derby.

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