HS2 route through Berkswell & Balsall could be safeguarded before week’s out

The London to Birmingham route-section for HS2 could be ‘safeguarded’ by the end of this week, a significant step among many, given that such a move would prevent any other forms of development work which might interfere with the planned route. This would also trigger the the Statutory Blight process for affected domestic and commercial property owners along the route.


For more information about recent developments, including this week’s COmmon’s vote on the HS2 Preparation (Paving) Bill, see this report at the Knight Frank blog:


High Speed Rail safeguarding imminent




Paddy Doyle continues march towards triple century

Paddy Doyle's 13 mile backpack speed-march challenge
Paddy Doyle’s 13 mile backpack speed-march challenge

“I still intend to push myself to continue for as long as I can” said a jubilant Paddy Doyle after successfully claiming another Guinness World Record on Saturday to put himself just two short of a triple century of career strength stamina and fitness records. Balsall Common’s irrepressible world endurance champion was speaking in Henley-In-Arden after completing a gruelling 13-mile speed-march encumbered by a 100lb back-pack, across muddy paths, stiles and overgrown fields.


The former Paratrooper’s official time of 4 hours 18 mins, knocked 39 minutes off the previous bench mark, in a record attempt which required Paddy to employ navigational skills as part of the challenge.


The record challenge also came with the additional mental challenge of a last-minute decision to bring the challenge start-time forward, a decision that was taken because of concerns over incoming weather patterns, a situation that was far from ideal, given Paddy’s concerns about entering the challenge carrying injuries from previous record challenges.


“Myself and my team of pacers along with officials decided to start at 7am, so we could avoid any bad weather, however I was carrying numerous injury’s going into this challenge which was affecting my focus.”


Paddy found help in the form of supporters and pacers who kept him going all the way to the finish:


“I did not want to tell the other team members” said Paddy, referring to the extent of his struggle with injuries, “as this wouldn’t have helped with morale. I needed them to think I was OK so they would encourage me to go for it as much as possible.”


This now brings his career of strength speed stamina records to 298, of which 196 still remain as current documented records.


“I am excited and looking forward to reaching my 300th fitness endurance record, it has been a long hard and mentally challenging road”.


One he intends to remain on a little while longer yet.




Solihull Borough Council HS2 working party meeting

The next meeting of the SMBC HS2 Working Party takes place on Tuesday 25th June at the Civic Suite in Solihull on Tuesday 25th June 2013. Representations from members of the public affected by HS2 can only be made by those who have registered to speak beforehand.


Anyone wishing to register should email Roy Eaton: reaton@solihull.gov.uk




Endurance star closes in on 300 career records

Balsall Common’s Paddy Doyle took his career tally for various forms of endurance and stamina record challenges to 297 at Stamina’s Gym in Erdington, Birmingham on June 3rd 2013, this time with a World Record for full contact punch strikes under the strain of a 40lb backpack and 2lb wrist weights.


The one minute challenge saw former paratrooper Paddy comprehensively beat the record (337) set two weeks earlier by Ahmad Amin Bodla in Lahore, with the stunning total of 420 confirmed strikes.


Paddy only has 3 more agonising successful record attempts to make it 300 National, European and World Records records, spanning a career he started in the 1980s, of which 195 are still current today.




Solihull Sports Awards to recognise sporting heroes

Nominations are now open for the annual Sport Solihull Awards 2013 for which the numerous categories allow the Solihull community to recognise individual performers, coaches, teams and those all-too crucial ‘behind-the-scenes’ volunteers.


The closing dates for applications is Friday 7th June and knowing what a hot-bed for sporting talent Balsall Common has become in recent times we’re keen to spread the word so our local heroes can hopefully gain some recognition.


To find out more about the Awards and how to apply visit here: