Sporting Valentines – Paddy Doyle brings up 200th career record

Paddy Doyle took his extraordinary career on to the next level as he set his 200th career strength, fitness and endurance record on Valentine’s Day, having set out on his way with his first record back in May 1987. This time it was a gruelling 26 mile backpack walk across the Warwickshire countryside and along the Grand Union Canal – all laden down with 60 lbs of weights – with a rousing ‘stop-the-traffic’ conclusion coming after 7 hours 51 minutes at the offices of the Leamington Courier in Royal Leamington Spa’s town centre.

As always Paddy’s challenge was not without difficulties – heavy rain the previous day made for boggy, treacherous and energy sapping conditions on the early sections of the course – with Paddy going over on his ankle on a difficult slope and injuring his knee in the process. The mental and physical drain on Paddy, exacerbated by injury, slowed him to a crawl at the final checkpoint at Hatton Locks by the Waterman Arms. At this stage Paddy was taking regualr stops and relying heavily on his support team, whilst they dragged him back from exhaustion with a constant stream of energy bars, liquids and those all important words of encouragement to keep going.
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Tennis: Brotherton celebrates unique double at awards night

Ed Brotherton receiving one of his winner's trophies from Berkswell Tennis Club President Peter Nurse

Lucie Ray reports:

Ed Brotherton stole the limelight as more than 60 guests flocked to Berkswell & Balsall Common Tennis Club’s annual dinner and awards night at the Lant Trust Community Centre.  The event at Meeting House Lane on Friday 15th October saw Brotherton appear to formally collect winner’s trophies after taking both the Club’s junior Under 16 and men’s singles titles at the Club’s end of season Finals Day in September.
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Cafe Tamarinds celebrates top Asian Cuisine Award

Mintu and his superb team at Cafe Tamarinds are celebrating after scooping one of the top winners trophies at the 2010 Bangladesh Caterers Association Awards at the Park Plaza in Westminster Bridge on Sunday October 10th. The popular restaurant came away as Midlands Region Winners and a delighted Mintu attended the packed Awards night in London with his family and talented Chef Ahmed.

The restaurant situated on the Kenilworth Road in Balsall Common is no stranger to the limelight, accustomed as it is to celebrity visitors, the highlight coming with a seal of approval money can’t buy when TV chef Gordon Ramsay returned for a second visit with a large entourage after being unequivocally impressed on his first Tamarinds dining experience.
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