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Review: Superstars of Gymnastics at the O2 Arena – 23 March 2019

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Gymnastics has enjoyed a massive growth in the UK since the London 2012 Olympics and British gymnastic success in the Rio 2016 Olympics. Therefore it was not surprising that large crowds made their way to the O2 Arena for the Superstars of Gymnastics event.

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Two of the major attractions of the event was the American superstar Simone Biles and British Olympic hero Max Whitlock. They were joined by Rio gold medalist Fabian Hambüchen of Germany, triple Commonwealth Games gold medallist Ellie Black of Canada, double Olympic silver medallist Marcel Nguyen, three-time World Champion Oksana Chusovitine, four-time World Cup medallist Elisabeth Seitz, six-time Dutch national champion Casimir Schmidt and Jamaican international Danusia Francis.

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British favourites, James Hall, Danny Purvis, Dom Cunningham, Courtney Tulloch, Sam Oldham, Jay Thompson and Halle Hilton were also among the competitors.

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Unlike the usual gymnastic events, Superstars of Gymnastics includes a series of innovations that increases the excitement for the gymnasts and the audience. Routines will be judged by the all-star panel, who will also provide feedback. Each apparatus will have its own leaderboard with a winner per piece to be determined by the highest combined score. Athletes will have the freedom to devise and perform their own routines and judges will score out of 10 based on flair, creative choreography, execution and engagement with the live crowd at The O2.

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To get the event started, Simone Biles showed her considerable skills on the floor. Biles is considered one of the greatest gymnasts of all time with a remarkable total of twenty five Olympic and World Championship medals. Although only 22, Biles has recently said that the Tokyo 2020 will be her final Olympics and the huge ovation by the O2 crowd when she entered the arena was testament of the high esteem she is held in the world of sport and beyond.

Photo – Jamie McPhilimey/Matchroom Multi Sport

Biles and Whitlock were not competing with other gymnasts but put on special performances in the afternoon and evening sessions before joining Amy Tinkler and Laurent Landi on the judging panel.

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Away from the pressures of high level competition, the gymnasts soon entered the spirit of the event and enjoyed the freedom to perform anything they want to enthuse the crowd.

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The combination of legends and upcoming gymnasts provided a great blend of experience and youthful exuberance, both enjoyed by loud and knowledgeable crowd.

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The crowd was treated to some unusual dancing on the top of the parallel bars and Danusia Francis provided a remarkable display above and below the beam.

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The Superstars of Gymnastics showcases the stars of the sport in a fun and innovative way, the large number of young people in the audience were encouraged to sing, dance and interact with the gymnasts. This created an enjoyable atmosphere where the gymnasts tried a few unorthodox moves which delighted the audience.  With many sports struggling to attract a young audience, gymnastics seem to have found a winning formula with serious competitions and fun events like Superstars of Gymnastics.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

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Review: The London Landmarks Half Marathon 2019

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A month before the London Marathon, runners had the opportunity of racing around the capital’s streets with the second London Landmarks Half Marathon organised by baby charity Tommy’s.

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A warm spring morning bought out around 13,000 runners and an estimated 50,000 spectators on the 13-mile course that runs through the heart of London.

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The route passes 12 key landmarks and numerous other places of interest including Nelson’s Column, Big Ben, the London Eye, St Paul’s Cathedral, Bank of England and the Tower of London. Runners start at Pall Mall, before ending up at Downing Street in Whitehall to collect their coveted medals.

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Alongside the many thousands of runners, a number of celebrities will also be attempting the 13.1 mile course, including Call the Midwife actress Jennifer Kirby, TV presenter Jenni Falconer, Radio 1 broadcaster Cel Spellman and Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden.

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To keep the runners and spectators entertained there are lots of cheer stations featuring choirs, bands, dance acts and DJs.

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Like the London Marathon, many of the runners are running for a variety of charities and last year the inurgral event raised over 4 million pounds.

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The London Landmarks Half Marathon is already a firm favourite with runners, many who will be returning at the end of April to take on the London Marathon.

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Superstars of Gymnastics at the O2 Arena – 23 March 2019

Some of the world’s top gymnasts will be making their way to the O2 arena for the Superstars of Gymnastics event on the 23rd March 2019.

The event is designed to showcase the very best in gymnastics with a number of innovations that increases the excitement for the gymnasts and the audience. Routines will be judged by the all-star panel, who will also provide feedback. Each apparatus will have its own leaderboard with a winner per piece to be determined by the highest combined score. Athletes will have the freedom to devise and perform their own routines and judges will score out of 10 based on flair, creative choreography, execution and engagement with the live crowd at The O2.

Top gymnasts, Simone Biles and Max Whitlock will head a star studded line up that includes Germany’s Fabian Hambüchen, a gold medallist on horizontal bars at Rio 2016, triple Commonwealth Games gold medallist Ellie Black of Canada, double Olympic silver medallist Marcel Nguyen, three-time World Champion Oksana Chusovitine, four-time World Cup medallist Elisabeth Seitz, six-time Dutch national champion Casimir Schmidt and Jamaican international Danusia Francis.

British favourites, James Hall, Danny Purvis, Dom Cunningham, Courtney Tulloch, Sam Oldham and Jay Thompson and Halle Hilton will also compete.

Biles and Whitlock will perform during both the afternoon and evening show and will join Amy Tinkler and Laurent Landi on the judging panel.

For tickets and more information , visit the O2 website here

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Enjoy National Hunt Racing at Kempton Park and Sandown Park in 2019

Enjoy National Hunt racing at two of London’s iconic racecourses in 2019, Sandown Park and Kempton Park offer a variety of racing from Friday 4th January.

Kempton Park kicks off 2019 racing on 4th January with an afternoon of flat racing followed by all-weather flat fixtures every week and a great selection of jump fixtures.  Saturday, 12th January sees Kempton Park’s first jump racing of 2019 with an action packed afternoon of racing on 32Red Lanzarote Hurdle Day including the listed Unibet Lanzarote Handicap Hurdle.

888sport Chase Day on 23rd February is an afternoon of quality jump racing where many of the horses you see will be going on to the Cheltenham Festival. The competitive card includes the Grade 2 Adonis Juvenile Hurdle Race and the Handicap Steeple Chase with £218,000 in prize money up for grabs.

Sandown Park’s 2019 racing starts on Saturday 5th January. The first Saturday of 2019 sees jump racing kick off the new year with seven races from 12.15pm to 3.35pm on Unibet Tolworth Hurdle Day. The day includes the two mile Grade 1 Unibet Tolworth Novices’ Hurdle, also the listed Unibet Mares’ Hurdle and the Unibet Veterans’ Handicap Steeple Chase.

2nd February will see 888sport Contenders Day, a day filled with seven races of high-quality jump racing. The Scilly Isles Novices’ Chase grade 1 race is open to horses five years and older, last year’s winner Terrefort trained by Nicky Henderson has also gone on to Grade 1 wins. This day can give come handy pointers for Cheltenham Festival contenders.

Sandown Park is the only racecourse in the country which stages two Military race days – The Royal Artillery Gold Cup Day on 15th February and Grand Military Gold Cup Day on 8th March.

The Royal Artillery Gold Cup was first run in 1862 with Sandown Park first hosting the meeting in 1878, three years after the racecourse opened. With seven races, the feature race, the Royal Artillery Gold Cup is open to horses that are owned or have been leased by participants serving or who have served in the Royal Artillery or one of its recognised Establishments or Units. The jockeys must be amateurs and either past or existing members of any of the Armed Forces, making the race unique in every sense.

The day will be immersed in Royal Artillery history and entertainment with the Royal Artillery parade, the 1pm gun salute and the Band of the Honourable Artillery Company performing. Outriders will escort the racehorses and jockeys for the Royal Artillery Gold Cup race onto the track.

Grand Military Gold Cup Day on 8th March is also a wonderful afternoon of racing steeped in military heritage. The day’s feature race, the Grand Military Gold Cup is open to horses aged five years or older and is run over a distance of 3 miles and ½ furlong. The jockeys are all serving or retired Military Amateur Riders with ownership of the horses limited to serving or ex-serving members of the armed forces. The race was first run in 1841 with the first running at Sandown Park in 1881.

For more information, visit the Sandown Park website here

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Champions Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall – 6th to 9th December 2018

The ever popular Champions Tennis returns to The Royal Albert Hall on the 6th – 9th December, with legends of the game including John McEnroe, Tim Henman, Jamie Murray and Tommy Haas set to take centre court in the iconic setting.

Champions Tennis is a four-day tournament which includes world-class tennis from the legends of the game, although competitive the tournment is also a lots of fun for all the family.

This year, the tournament includes John McEnroe, Mark Philippoussis, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moya, Mansour Bahrami, Tim Henman, Tommy Haas, Xavier Malisse, Henri Leconte, Mikael Pernfors, Thomas Enqvist, Goran Ivanisevic and Jamie Murray.

The tournament, now in its 22nd year, is comprised of an afternoon and an evening session per day –
with two scheduled matches per session; one competitive singles match and one doubles match.

For more information and tickets, visit the Event website here

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Sandown Park Racecourse Ladies’ Day and Summer Festival – 6th and 7th July 2018

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Royal Ascot may be over for another year, however style and glamour with top class racing carries on with the Summer Festival at Sandown Park Racecourse on the 6th and 7th July 2018.

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Sandown Park Racecourse invites women of all ages to dress their best for Ladies’ Day, the first day of the Summer Festival at the racecourse to win some fantastic prizes which include return flights to New York, a year’s supply of Chi Chi London dresses and £150 voucher for FeelUnique.com.

Internationally-renowned DJ Charlie Hedges will be taking to the decks for the official After Party once racing has finished to allow racegoers  to enjoy the outside bars and dance the evening away.

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The second day of the Summer Festival (Saturday 7th July) sees the Group 1 Coral-Eclipse race, that attracts some of the best flat racehorses over a mile and two furlongs. It is the first opportunity for younger ‘Classic’ hopeful horses to battle it out against the older horses at the highest level.

After racing, Reggie Yates will take to the decks for the official After Party in the Parade Ring.

Sandown Park racecourse, Esher, is only 30 minutes on the train from central London and is one London’s most popular racecourses.

For more information , visit the Sandown Park website here

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Athletics World Cup London 2018 at the London Stadium on 14th and 15th July 2018

Following on from the success of London 2017 which saw the capital become the first city ever to stage both the World Para Athletics and IAAF World Athletics Championships in the same year, in 2018 athletic fans will see some top class sport in the UK with the Athletics World Cup London 2018 due to take place at the London Stadium on 14th-15th July 2018.

Eight of the top athletics nations in the world will battle for the inaugural World Cup Trophy,  the competition format features all field and track events up to and including the 1500m and will star the world’s eight leading athletics nations over those disciplines: USA, Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Poland, China, Germany, France, Jamaica and South Africa. The ground-breaking two-day event takes place under floodlights across Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 July at the London Stadium.

Each nation will be competing for a $2million prize pot over two evening sessions of athletics.

To mark 100 years since women were given the right to vote, and as part of the  Mayor of London’s #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign, the first edition of the event will see all Nations select a female athlete as team captain.

For more information , visit the Event website here

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