Spring has sprung, or so we are told, but you hardly know it given the weather we have experienced in recent weeks. This is the season of the year when we witness some annual sporting events that require great endurance.
The boat race, which is a 4 ½ mile test on the river Thames, has already taken place. The Grand National takes place today (14th April) and is a trial of stamina for both rider and horse, as they tackle 30 fences over a 4 mile course. Then on Sunday 22nd April the London Marathon will see nearly 40,000 runners step up to the start line to negotiate 26.2 miles around the streets of the capital.
All these and many more events like them are a stern examination of an individual’s will and determination to complete the course. A high level of endurance is required, just to be ready to take part. Months and, in some cases, years of preparation and training is needed.
During this period of preparation there are bound to be times of doubt, but when these occur it’s a...
For many people, following their local club is what football is all about, despite the lure of the Premier League, and for one Hampton fan, this is so true.
Nick Levy, a sixth form college Head of Department by day, has followed the club since 1980. He started out as a West Ham fan but distance and cost meant that he gradually spent more and more time at Hampton games. Living in Sunbury, he goes to games home and away with his dad Eric and son Joe and decided the time was right to capture the true voice of the supporters of Hampton.
“This isn’t the first time a book has been published about Hampton as another long term supporter wrote an excellent club history some years ago. However, as the club might be about to make a huge leap in stature I thought it was time that the voice of the supporters was captured in some way."
"I couldn’t go round interviewing people at the ground because when I’m at games I get too absorbed and can’t stop shouting, just like everyone else. But...