Seeking the USA’s best looking short track car

There’s a wonderful account we follow on Twitter called Short Track Pictures, writes Andy Weltch. As the name suggests, it shares photos of short track racing cars.

We recently asked the account holder what do they consider the best looking short track car in the US in 2022 – and we were delighted with the response.

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Study shows e-scooters five times safer than bikes

A new study has found that e-scooters are a lot safer than many may think – five times safer than bikes, writes Andy Weltch.

A report into the safety of e-scooters by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) found an incident rate for e-scooters of 0.66 collisions for every million miles travelled – five times lower than bicycles with 3.33 collisions per million miles travelled and nine times lower than the figure of 5.88 for motorcycles.

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Warwick joins green carpool network

In common with universities around the world, the UK’s higher education sector is showing its commitment to cutting carbon emissions, writes Andy Weltch.

Among the latest initiatives to reach our notice is the University Of Warwick adding Liftango’s climate-positive carpooling services to its sustainable transport initiatives.

Part of Liftango’s commitment to sustainability includes offsetting all carbon emissions from every carpool trip. 

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A new home for Team GB snow sports?

Team GB snow sports could have a new home in the South Wales valleys if an ambitious plan for a major sports and leisure complex goes ahead, writes Andy Weltch.

The team behind the proposed Rhydycar West active tourism, sport and leisure resort in Merthyr Tydfil, is starting the pre-application consultation (PAC) this month (April 2022), with the planning application to be submitted afterwards.

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On top of the world at Ipswich

Our senior consultant Andy Weltch reflects on a childhood ambition fulfilled – a visit to the world hot rod championship.

For many British kids of my generation, growing up in the ’70s meant the great TV sporting occasions were the FA Cup Final, maybe Wimbledon, an Ashes Test Match, or the British F1 Grand Prix.

For me, there was another TV sporting highlight – the world hot rod championship, held at Foxhall Stadium, Ipswich, every summer.

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New book will inform any runner – and encourage some to go further

Tim Wills – author of The Ultra Mile

Our senior consultant Andrew Weltch reviews a new book with lessons for all runners and inspiration for many.

Running is big business these days – a healthy activity which can be done almost anywhere with relatively little specialist kit, it’s no wonder it’s the most popular participation sport in England and, no doubt, elsewhere too.

We’ve looked before in this blog at the success of organisations encouraging mass participation in accessible events like 5ks, 10ks and above – the UK-based parkrun and in the US, New York Road Runners.

But there’s a less accessible level of running beyond such popular events – it’s called ultra-running.

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Glamorgan and 50-over cricket triumph against the odds

Our senior consultant and long-time Glamorgan cricket supporter, Andrew Weltch, looks at an unusual victory in an unusual year.

The summer of 2021 has been a very strange one for cricket in England and Wales. And I’m not talking about the launch of The Hundred. Well, I am, in a way, but this post is mainly about another unusual phenomenon – Glamorgan won a trophy!

One of the smaller clubs in First Class cricket, the Welsh county isn’t usually expected to win much, which has made its previous victories during my 25 years as a member (County champions in 1997, one-day champions in 2002 and 2004) all the sweeter.

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How our training went online – and off

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed almost everything online – from shopping to business meetings, from parties to plays, writes Andrew Weltch.

Although we’ve been working remotely online for years, until 2020, we never considered offering training that way – now it’s second-nature.

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The England team that has made a stand by taking a knee – and much more

London, England, UK. 8 October, 2020. England manager Gareth Southgate during the friendly international match between England and Wales at Wembley Stadium. Credit: Mark Hawkins/Composed Images

Our senior consultant Andrew Weltch looks at Gareth Southgate’s England soccer team – a group of players who stand (or kneel) for something.

Win or lose in Sunday’s [July 11th 2021] UEFA European Championship final, there’s something undeniably special about this England team.

Manager Gareth Southgate’s Dear England open letter last month, explaining why his team ‘takes a knee’ to show its opposition to discrimination, powerfully spells out what patriotism means to him, and the responsibilty that comes with the England shirt.

“It’s [the players’] duty to continue to interact with the public on matters such as equality, inclusivity and racial injustice, while using the power of their voices to help put debates on the table, raise awareness and educate.”

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Will these famous Hollywood faces really invest in Wrexham AFC?

Our communications assistant Sophie Platt (who happens to be from Wrexham) looks at the unlikely connection between her home-town team and two Hollywood stars.

Wrexham is a small town in the north east of Wales. It is home to the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a world heritage site, as well as Wrexham Association Football Club.

Founded in 1864, the club is the third oldest professional soccer club in the world with its home, the Racecourse, being the oldest international football ground in the world still in use. The club’s first game, on 22nd October 1864, was against The Prince of Wales Fire Brigade which they lost 2-1. The club has continued to grow from here and has become a success and crucial part of Wrexham.

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