Archive for November, 2011

County in gear for cycling sensation – Start at Ushaw College

November 28, 2011 Leave a comment

An event designed to underline County Durham’s growing reputation as an exemplar host for top cycling events looks set to bring a major economic boost to the county.

As part of the authority’s ‘Join in….’ Olympic legacy programme Durham County Council is supporting the Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines, a 78 mile course which will take cyclists through some of the county’s most breathtaking countryside. The inaugural Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines, an IMG Challenger World event, will take place on Sunday 7 October 2012 and promises both top notch competition and significant economic spin offs.

Cabinet member for leisure, Councillor Maria Plews, said: “County Durham has a growing world reputation as a fantastic venue for cycling events, hosting everything from a stage of the Halfords Cycle Tour Series to the Durham Beast and Big Ride.

“The Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines gives the county the chance to host a unique closed road cycling event which has the potential to attract thousands of entrants in the coming years. Indeed, organisers IMG Challenger World are hoping for 3,500 entrants for the event next year.

“Moreover, the Etape will be the first major event post London 2012 to be held in the county and offers us the opportunity to deliver on our pledge to support a programme of Olympic legacy sporting contests.”

Cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, Councillor Neil Foster, said: “Analysis of similar events held in Ireland and Scotland show that on average competitors book a two night stay in the area when they attend an event like this and often bring friends and family with them.

“This sort of major event will not only give us another opportunity to show off what a spectacular county we have, but will also bring major economic benefits to the tourism and related industries.

“I can not think of a more stunning backdrop than the Dales or, indeed, a more challenging one!”

James Robinson, Managing Director of IMG Challenger World, has been working closely with the event team on the route since the event’s inception, “We are really pleased and excited to be bringing the first closed road sportive in England to County Durham as the course has been designed to offer riders a challenging and rewarding ride in the stunning countryside of the North East. Rider safety and enjoyment is paramount at all times and to this end we have been working with the Police and Durham County Council to ensure a traffic free route for the entire event. We will be working very hard over the next 11 months to make sure the first closed road sportive in England will be every bit as successful as its sister event – the Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Caledonia. ”

The 78 mile course starts at Ushaw College and heads as far west as St John’s Chapel – and will take cyclists across to Eggleston in Teesdale in the south, approaching Northumberland at its northern most tip at Baybridge.

So far, 850 people have entered the event, and organisers IMG Challenger World, are contacting accommodation providers in the county to try and negotiate cyclist-friendly rates and promotional offers for overnight stays in the area.

It is also hoped that many entrants will visit the county to try out the circuit in the months before the event itself, further boosting the local economy from spring onwards.

For further information on the event please visit

Marie Curie Cancer Care is the official Charity Partner of the Etape Series 2012. All funds raised by cyclists taking part in the Marie Curie Cancer Care Etape Pennines will enable Marie Curie Nurses to provide more free care and support to terminally ill people and their families.


Notes to News Editors:

Durham County Council is championing this event with an annual in kind package of support worth £30,000.

Press Release-Durham County Council.


The Good Mountain Biking Guide: Deerness Valley

November 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Ushaw Moor and Deerness Valley mentioned in the Good Mountain Bike Guide.

A great place to off-road, superb scenery.

Find OUT more !

The Good Mountain Biking Guide: England & Wales: Active Maps Limited: Books.

On balance it’s quit a sucess ! Golden Euro glory for Deerness gym squad GYMNASTICS SPECIAL. – Free Online Library

November 18, 2011 Leave a comment

DEERNESS Gymnastics Academy’s senior men’s group are bouncing with delight after clinching the European Championship title – the first time it has been held by Great Britain.

Jesse Heskett (17) from Seaburn, Sunderland, Matthew Evison (19) from Esh Winning, Dorian Walker (21) from Durham City and Richard Hurst (21), also from Esh Winning, won gold medals ahead of Russia and Poland in the all-round competition and the balance discipline.

The golden quartet was part of a 15-strong team of gymnasts from Durham-based Derness – aged between 12 and 21 – who represented Great Britain in the 25th Senior and ninth Junior European Acrobatic Championships in Bulgaria.

They claimed four of Team GB’s medal haul of 13, which included two golds and two silvers.

In the junior competition’s men’s pairs, Tim Pritchard (15) from Belmont and Alex Houston (18) from Consett won a silver medal in the balance discipline.

They were beaten by Russia but finished ahead of Poland.

The women’s group of Emily Forsyth (17), Carys Ridsdale (17) and Millie Nesbitt (12), all from from Durham City, won a silver medal in the all-round competition just behind Russia and ahead of Bulgaria.

The men’s group of Liam Sneath (14) from Spennymoor, Joe Charman (19) from Sherburn near Durham, Conrad Dempsey (18) from Newton Hall, Durham, and Michael Gill (13) from Ponteland took fourth in the allround final behind Russia, Bulgaria and Poland.

The mixed pair of Rhys Maxwell (17) from Belmont and Erin Walker (14) from Chester-le-Street achieved fifth place in the qualifying rounds.

Stuart Thompson, head of acrobatic gymnastics at Deerness Gymnastics Academy, said: “Deerness gymnasts have again proved they are world-class.

“As a club we are able to contribute to the ongoing success of Great Britain gymnastics at an international level.

via On balance it’s quit a sucess ! Golden Euro glory for Deerness gym squad GYMNASTICS SPECIAL. – Free Online Library.

Car wash for Children in Need – Andreas Autos

November 11, 2011 Leave a comment


Anthony Gill is on a work placement with us at Andrea’s Autos. He’s used the time to develop his valeting business idea and as his placement ends he will be ready to launch AMG Valeting. Anthony’s last day of placement is Friday 18th November, he is running a charity wash in aid of children in need. Please support this wonderful cause and this hard working young man.

From Ushaw Moor on Streetlife @ the car wash.

Deerness Gymnastics Academy need Wish support – Chronicle News – News – ChronicleLive

November 9, 2011 Leave a comment


Deerness Gymnastics Academy

:: Read more about the 2011 Wish campaign HERE

THEY took on the running of their leisure centre last month, but to keep their dream going, these gymnasts need your support.

You can help the Deerness Gymnastics Academy keep their wish alive by supporting them through our Wish campaign.

Once again your Chronicle is giving worthy causes across the region the chance to get their hands on a slice of our £50,000 jackpot.

This year we have 275 groups registered on our Wish List all hoping to grab the biggest slice of the cash.

From sports clubs and schools, to charities and old folks’ groups, we really do have every section of the community covered.

And all these groups are desperate for one thing, your Wish tokens.

The more tokens organisations collect, the bigger their slice of the cash prize.

This year the Deerness Gymnastics Academy are calling on readers’ support to help them with their Wish campaign.

via Deerness Gymnastics Academy need Wish support – Chronicle News – News – ChronicleLive.

m2A Project – young People Working with Bikes

November 5, 2011 Leave a comment



Mpower2Achieve enables young people in the UK to re-engage with education by working with bikes.

Mpower2Achieve [M2A] projects:

are bespoke training and development courses designed for young people

can offer a practical and non-academic alternative to mainstream education

enable learning of new skills and development of existing skills

centre on repairing, maintaining and improving bicycles

transform attitude and behaviour

boost confidence

M2A works in tandem with bikes4Africa, jole rider’s project delivering refurbished bikes to Africa. Applying their skills to bicycles which will change lives for young people just like them in Africa delivers a real sense of what young people’s actions can achieve.

M2A enables young people to transform their negative views of themselves, through gaining vocational skills, and develop a sense of ownership and pride, by completing practical projects.

If you think an M2A course would benefit students at your school or young people you work with, please contact us.

via m2A Project.

Ring Round Alert – Thefts from Insecure Vehicles

November 4, 2011 Leave a comment

There have been a number of thiefts of valuables from insecure motor vehicles in Meadowfield, Langley Moor and Brandon, including other areas!!

The Police are asking everyone to make sure that unattended vehicles are locked and secure when parked up.

via Streetlife Ushaw Moor -Ring Round Alert – November 3rd 2011.