Come on Barbie let’s work out! We try the new fitness class

16 Mar , 2016  

I’m not sure if it’s meant to be ironic but reading the name of the class for the first time it dawns on me that Barbie can’t actually stretch. A by-product of her being made from several pieces of unmalleable plastic is that she is one of the least flexible toys you can buy. Bend […]

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Copper Box to host Billy Joe Saunders world title fight

15 Mar , 2016  

Billy Joe Saunders will make the first defence of his WBO middleweight title against Max Bursak at Hackney Wick’s Copper Box Arena on 9 April. Saunders (23-0, 12 KOs) won the title last December against Andy Lee, in what was billed as the first world title fight between two travellers. Saunders knocked Lee down twice […]

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Campaign launched for Laurie Cunningham statue

15 Mar , 2016   Video

It was 1969 when Steve Jenkins first stood on the terraces at Brisbane Road. “I’ve seen quite some players in my decades watching the Orient,” recalls the 58-year-old. “George Best, Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore – I’ve watched them all. But the best player I’ve seen in my life is Laurie Cunningham, no doubt about that. […]

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Pro wrestling


Women’s pro wrestling smacks down in London for the first time

9 Mar , 2016  

Women’s pro wrestling is coming to Hackney for the first event of its kind in London, writes Tal Fox When wrestling promoter Dann Read became a father to a baby girl he realised the sport he loved so much needed some serious changes. “When Emily and I had our daughter Winifred, we were looking around and seeing […]

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Marathon man keeps Hackney hospice running

8 Oct , 2015  

A 59-year-old business owner has run 20 consecutive London Marathons, raising more than £80,000 for a Hackney hospice. Jim Martin started running the marathon at the age of 39 for St Joseph’s Hospice, Victoria, after his mother-in-law died there. It took him a number of years to secure a ballot place, but describes himself as […]

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Cricket net


Victoria Park cricket nets deemed a “death trap”

28 Mar , 2014  

Victoria Park cricket nets due to be repaired

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Boxing academy


Boxing clever: academy shows youngsters the ropes

27 Mar , 2014  

The Boxing Academy in Hackney shows youngsters the ropes

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Sport in Vane

17 Mar , 2013  

An old chap from home often tells me the story of a rugby league player from Workington who did a shift down the mines until 6am and then jumped on the bus Wigan to take part in the final of the Rugby League North West counties cup…

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Train Muay Body

14 Mar , 2013  

The ancient hand-to-hand combat of Muay Thai is prized for its devastating blows and elite level of skill. Romil Patel joins a class at the KO Bloodline Gym in Clapton and lives to tell the tale.

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LIVEBLOG: Leyton Orient v Portsmouth

12 Mar , 2013  

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