challenged to an unusual race
STEVEN Rittey from
Manchester likes endurance challenges. This year he has ridden from
Dublin to Galway in a day - 152 miles; completed the 53 mile
Goodwood Roller Marathon; undertook the Coast to Coast in a day
(Hull to Southport); and cycled from Manchester to Portsmouth in 2
His latest challenge was to race the Mersey Ferry along the
Manchester Ship Canal from Salford Quays to Pier Head on Sunday, 16
October 2011. Steven normally does these challenges ”just
because they are there”, but because of the
local nature of this one he has decided to raise funds for
Clatterbridge Your Cancer Centre, Merseytravel’s Charity of the
Steven was waved off by the passengers and crew of the ferry from
Salford Quays at 10am and arrived at the Pier Head just behind the
boat covering a distance of 56 miles.
Steven said:- "I really enjoyed the run and am happy that I
have raised some money for charity. I will try again next year with
a more direct route."
Passengers on board the ferry donated an amazing £246 for
Merseytravel’s staff charity Clatterbridge Your Cancer Centre, which
brings the total raised so far this year to just under £16,000.
Merseytravel staff are currently in the process of voting for their
chosen Charity of the Year for 2012.
British Driver Dan Wheldon
Photos by Craig Boon,
Octane Photographic Ltd.
"OVER the weekend we learned
of the very sad news that a British Racing Driver had been killed in
the USA. Dan died of his injuries soon after arriving at hospital
after a massive crash. The twice Indy 500 winner (inc this year) was
the first ever Brit to win it since Jim Clark. He will be sadly
missed by all his fans and fellow drivers and team mates. He also
leaves behind a wife and 2 young children. These are a two
photographs we took of him at the Goodwood Festival of speed only
weeks after he won the Indy 500 this year." said Southport
based Craig Boon, who is the Director of Octane Photographic Ltd.
LAST CHANCE FOR HEROIC WORDS
NOW'S your last chance to
praise your hero, because the closing date for the competition to
write a poem on the theme of 'Help for Heroes' is fast
approaching. The competition closes on 11 November 2011 and
the writer of the best poem will win £250 in vouchers kindly donated
by Primark. This national competition is being run by
publishers United Press. All you have to do is post your poem to
arrive before the closing date.
"We have had several submissions already. All the poems are full of
praise and admiration for our national heroes." said Joanna
Cummings of United Press, one of the people who will judge the
competition. Entries are only accepted by post, accompanied by
a cheque made out to Help for Heroes. You can donate as much as you
like and enter as many poems as you like. Joanna said that:-
"We're looking for poems related to Help for Heroes. It could
be a poem about an individual or it could be a poem with a message.
It can be any length, from an epic poem to a short ditty. The
minimum donation we're asking for is a pound, but I think people
feel so passionate about this subject that many donations will be
much more and many people will send several poems."
A representative from Help for Heroes will be at the presentation to
give the winner their prize, and the winner will have the honour of
handing over the donations to Help for Heroes. The winner will
also have their poem published in a general collection of modern
poetry and will receive a free copy of the book. So far, the
competition has already raised over £1,000 in generous donations
from poets from all over the UK. Post your entries, along with
your donation for Help for Heroes, to United Press, Admail 3735,
London, EC1B 1JB, by the closing date of November 11th 2011. You do
not need an entry form but make sure you put "Help For Heroes"
at the top of your entry, and include your name, address and
saves best for last at Silverstone...
THE Liverpool based
teenager switches to TJ Motorsport and shines in the final 2 rounds
of the Ginetta Junior Championship.
Declan Jones concluded his maiden season in the 2011 Ginetta Junior
Championship at Silverstone last weekend in fine form, with a strong
showing in rounds nineteen and twenty.
Declan, who made the step up to the Ginetta Junior Championship for
14 to 17 year olds this season, after several successful years in
the Lewis Hamilton and Bernie Ecclestone Formula One
Management-backed Formula Kart Stars Series and in the Super One
Rotax Series, was slowed by severe engine problems last time out at
Brands Hatch. However with no such issues this time he was able to
show great pace around Silverstone’s 1.639 mile National Circuit.
Indeed the Chicago Soft-backed youngster was right at the front in
practice on Friday, a switch to TJ Motorsport paying early
dividends. He then maintained that momentum on Saturday morning,
finishing third overall in the official free practice session, his
best lap a 1 minute 10.533 seconds, which left him just 0.087
seconds off P2.
Qualifying was just as positive and while he slipped to 9th, he was
just three tenths off 3rd and a place on the 2nd row.
The first race saw the Liverpudlian storm up to 6th at the start in
his Ginetta G40J. Unfortunately though, going into Becketts, he got
taken out by 1 of his rivals and while he could continue, with the
steering damaged, he did well to make it to the chequered flag,
eventually classified in 14th.
Declan said:- "It has been great with TJ Motorsport from the
word go. It is a nice team and everyone is really welcoming. We were
good in practice and the car felt strong on Saturday and we had
really high hopes. I felt I should have been a bit higher in
qualifying but I just couldn’t quite hook up a lap with a really
good tow. Then in the 1st race we went from 9th to 6th at the start.
It was going well. But after the contact the steering was destroyed
- you have holding points for the steering wheel and they were
literally bent the opposite way they should have been - and all I
could do was bring it home."
The next day in the 2nd race, which was screened live
on UK television on ITV4, Declan made another great start and was up
to 5th at the end of the 1st tour. Although he slipped back to 6th
on lap 2, he re-gained P5 on lap 6, all the time running right up
with a gaggle of cars that trailed eventual race winner, Niall
Murray and 2011 Ginetta Junior Champion, Seb Morris. With 1 lap to
the flag, he looked set to at least equal his best result of the
year. However, it wasn’t to be and when t2 of his rivals made
contact in front, the 16 year old was left with nowhere to go. He
Declan continued:- "I had a fantastic start again, probably
one of my best of the year. I was able to do the same lap times as
everyone in front of me and I was running right up with them. But
then it all kicked off directly ahead of me on the very final lap
with three corners to go - and I was taken out, again. I guess it
was a racing incident. It is racing at the end of the day and you
have got to get on with it, although it is obviously disappointing.
It has been an eventful weekend and while the results might not show
it, it was very positive. With a bit of better luck we could
definitely have got a podium, but still the pace was there. I have
learnt loads this year. The set-up is now very good and with fine
tweaking I think it could easily be a winning car."
Declan ends his rookie campaign 13th in the standings - having
notched up 172 points and having scored in 17 of the 20 races.
It is not quite over however, as he will take in the stand-alone
Ginetta GT Winter Cup event at Snetterton over 5 November and 6
November 2011, and with 4 separate Ginetta Junior races on the bill,
he could yet end 2011 with a rostrum.
Declan added:- "I am really looking forward to the Winter Cup.
This weekend has been another massive confidence booster. It will be
good to go back to Snetterton having raced there in August too. It
is a nice track. I will be going into it hoping to come away with
some trophies. I’m determined to try and get a podium there."
Declan’s dad, manager and chief mechanic, Kelvin Jones meanwhile
felt there were many positives to take from the Silverstone finale.
Kelvin stated:- "The race was probably Declan’s best of the
year. Knockhill may be his best results wise, as he was fifth, but
he was extremely fast. He has been very quick throughout the weekend
and I think we could have had near on a podium in both races. Dec
was just unlucky to be twice taken out. The positive though is the
speed. We knew we were going to get there and we most definitely
have. We have the Winter Cup to focus on now and we will again run
with TJ Motorsport. I wanted to get a feel for them this weekend and
we will do the same at Snetterton. We will then look to finalise our
plans for 2012. I am convinced with the right package Declan can be
a championship contender next year."