SPORTS COLUMN: ‘There’s more to sport than England making the World Cup’

Crispin Andrews shares his views
Crispin Andrews shares his views

Although you’d never think so, if you just listen to the media or pub conversations.

The pages of last week’s Bucks Herald show, however, that sport really is for everyone. If you look hard enough.

Its Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games, next August so let’s start with athletics.

Aylesbury’s resident Olympian, Anuradha Cooray, won the Oxford half marathon in record time.

Apparently, Cooray runs to and from Greggs every morning, all the way from High Wycombe, as part of his training schedule.

You can run one third of that distance if you turn up at the Quarrendon and Meadowcroft Community Centre for the weekly park run on Saturdays at 9am.

Last Sunday 100 people dressed as superheroes and ran 5km to raise money for the Florence Nightingale Hospice.

Sport is always good for a bit of fundraising. There’s a Beer Festival for Stone Rec. James Cavalier plans to cycle and kayak 260km across Bucks to make £,1000 for his football coach, Jack Warner, who suffered a brain injury last year.

Jim Mulhearn hit a hole in one at a Help for Heroes charity tournament at Aylesbury Vale Golf Club.

There’s also something for those who like a bit of controversy.

Formula One racing driver, Mark Webber, moans that Red Bull politics cost him a chance of victory in the Suzuka Grand Prix.

Boxer, Shafaqat Khan, gets himself disqualified at the CYP National Championships for biting his opponent, allegedly. Inconsiderate dog owners are allowing their animals to foul Wescott Cricket Club’s pitch. Apparently.

There’s more. Holly Hutchinson won an International Tennis Federation tournament in Sri Lanka.

Beacon Short Mat Bowls Club meet every Thursday in Pitstone Memorial Hall and Thornley Activity Centre near Worminghall need a play worker to organise sport and physical activities for disabled children and young people.

Wendover Cricket Club let the local bridge club use their clubhouse every Tuesday and Wednesday.

Local footballers from the past five decades turned up for a reunion event.

And, idiots are shooting at animals with air rifles. Yes, air rifle shooting is actually an Olympic sport. Then, so too, once, was stone throwing. Chav Olympics, anyone? Idiots!

Finally, in a week where Roy Hodgson got his England team to play its best football since Glenn Hoddle was manager back in the late 90s; the Spurs and England legend, himself, spoke at Thame United Football Club.

Hoddle was there as part of the Thame Arts and Literature Week celebrations.

With a couple of Hoddles in the team, and a midfield destroyer to break up opponents’ counter-attacks, England might even get past the quarter finals in Brazil, next summer.

One for the barstool Beckenbauers to ponder.

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l Crispin Andrews is an Aylesbury-based writer and journalist.

He writes for the Cricketer, Four Four Two, Inside Cricket, Readers Digest, Flipside and Engineering and Technology Magazine.

He has played cricket locally for 25 years, including stints at Aylesbury Town, Tring Park, Dinton & Buckingham Town.