Beans On Toast: The Loft, Southampton

If there was ever an upside to the confusion, uncertainty and misery that is gradually engulfing everyday life in the UK, it is that Essex-born troubadour Beans On Toast has never had so much material to work with. Beans, the moniker of 42-year-old Jay McAllister, has assiduously documented and detailed British life across 15 albums and almost two decades as a musician, developing a cult following for his blend of upbeat optimism, barbed social commentary and stirring protest songs.

Turton and Wyke victorious in Central Sussex CC TT

Paul Turton secured a remarkable victory at the Central Sussex CC hilly 10-mile time trial on Saturday - less than six months after suffering a broken hip in a mountain bike accident. Having at one point feared he may never ride his bike again, the 2022 SPOCO South East champion had surgery to insert screws into his pelvis, but returned to his turbo just a week later. In chilly temperatures peaking at just 5 degrees, Essex-based Turton took victory in the men’s TT bike category by clocking 24-

CTT News - FEATURE: Inspirational Hetherington fights back to take National glory

When Ben Hetherington was left in an induced coma with life-threatening injuries after a serious road traffic accident while competing in a time trial in 2019, there were fears he may never walk again. But barely three years later the 27-year-old rode to an astonishing victory as the first ever Paracycling National Champion at Thruxton Motor Circuit on October 9. For Ben, the journey from rehabilitation to time trial triumph has been fuelled by a natural desire to prove people wrong. He said:

Frank Turner

Frank Turner delivered a timely reminder of his status as one of the UK’s standout live acts as he brought the latest stretch of his ‘never-ending tour of everywhere’ to a close at Portsmouth’s Guildhall. Turner, as ever, is touring manically with this show, the penultimate of a two-month, 16-date tour across the UK ending with Xtra-Mile’s 20th anniversary party at O2 Shepherd’s Bush on 9th February. Following this, the 41-year-old will resume his relentless schedule with a tour round North Am

CTT News - FEATURE: Paracycling boosted by first National Championships

After an encouraging maiden Paracycling National Championships, event organisers are optimistic the success of the title race can herald increased opportunities for paracyclists across the UK. The inaugural championships were held as part of the National Closed Circuit Championship at Thruxton Motor Circuit on October 9, with Ben Hetherington emerging as the first ever champion from a field of six riders.

Why 34-year-old EFL striker Brett Pitman dropped from newly promoted Bristol Rovers to ninth-tier Portchester

During his career, Brett Pitman has won League Two, League One and the Championship with Bournemouth, and has played for clubs such as Bristol City, Ipswich Town, Portsmouth and Swindon Town. However, in the summer of 2022, the 34-year-old made a drastic drop down the England pyramid, from newly promoted League One club Bristol Rovers to ninth-tier Portchester. The former EFL stalwart experienced a blistering start to life at the Wessex League Premier Division club, scoring 28 goals in his fir

CTT News - FEATURE: Evans pair climb their last

As Dan Evans crested the Old Horseshoe Pass for the final time in a competitive event, the two-time former national hill climb champion may have afforded himself a smile. While his 16th-place finish at the National Hill Climb Championships in Denbighshire on October 30 perhaps does not do justice to a storied career, the Welshman can reflect on 13 years of sustained success at the top level of the sport.

Kawala: Trinity Centre, Bristol

It is no great controversy to say that everything is a bit rubbish at the moment for most people. Rising costs, falling wages and war in Europe are enough to bring anyone down. Step inside Bristol’s Trinity Centre on Tuesday night, though, and London five-piece Kawala may just make you forget all that, if only for an hour. Armed only with their now trademark energy, earnestness and a handful of anthemic pop tunes, they appear to be the perfect antidote for, well, the real world.

Chippenham victories for Marsh and Newbould

Sian Marsh and Josh Newbould took the honours as fastest female and male respectively in cold but clear conditions at Chippenham and District Wheelers 10 on Sunday morning. Team Boompods rider Marsh completed the course in 24-22 to win the Sheila Wiseman trophy for first-placed woman, ultimately finishing just 24 seconds outside the women’s course record set by Jo Buckland (FTP Racing) in 2021. In the men’s event 22-year-old Newbould, riding for Banbury Star Cyclists’ Club, set a time of 21-27

Stuart and Bideau victorious at Rossendale RC Hilly

Sammie Stuart and Richard Bideau were fastest female and male riders respectively as the Rossendale RC Bolton by Bowland Hilly on Saturday afternoon. Fifty-one-year-old Bideau, from Pendle Forest CC, finished the course in 24-05 to take overall victory ahead of rider Chris Booth who recorded a time of 24-46, while Booth’s team-mate Richard Bickley was 20 seconds further back in third.

Bournemouth 3-0 Cardiff: Christie, Solanke and Lerma score

Bournemouth strengthened their grip on the Championship summit with a dominant victory at home to 10-man Cardiff. Ryan Christie, Dominic Solanke and Jefferson Lerma struck to secure a second-consecutive triumph - after a six-game winless run - and move the Cherries four points clear having played two matches more than second-placed Fulham. In contrast, Cardiff - playing their first game in 19 days following Covid-enforced postponements - are 20th and remain three points above the drop zone.
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