Sport Category

08/01/2022

Running the sub-4-minute mile

Sometimes called ‘The Dream Mile’, this feat is said to have begun with aristocrats betting on their…

08/12/2021

Channel swimming

An open-water swimmer needs exceptional mental strength to attempt to swim the English Channel, the North Channel…

28/11/2021

Badminton

Not only did the 10th Duke of Beaufort (1900-84) inaugurate the Badminton Horse Trials, but his grandfather…

02/03/2021

Tanni Grey-Thompson, Paralympian

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, DBE (1969-) is the UK’s most successful Paralympian. Born in Cardiff, she was immobilised…

11/12/2020

Royal Ascot

It was Queen Anne (1665-1714) who, in 1711, spotted Ascot Heath’s potential for horse racing and arranged…

24/10/2020

The Commonwealth Games

Having a similar format to the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games began life in 1930 as the British…

31/08/2020

Tiddlywinks

Hampshire-born John Assheton Fincher (1863-1900) was a London bank clerk who tried his hand at a few…

24/06/2020

Dame Kelly Holmes

Dame Kelly Holmes, MBE (1970-) is known for campaigns for physical and mental health, particularly via her…

26/05/2020

The Grand National

The Grand National is an annual horse race many would like to see banned on animal welfare…

29/04/2020

Curling

One of the world’s oldest sports, curling has some special features that remind us of its 16th…

11/04/2020

Sir Chris Hoy

British cycling’s modern-day success is due in large part to Sir Chris Hoy, MBE (1976-). Born in…

26/03/2020

Wrestling

At 4pm each Saturday in the 1960s/70s, millions of fans would settle down to watch ITV’s wrestling…