Epsom, Derby Day

Hello! Good to be back after too long a break – Feeling a bit rusty but raring to go! Today saw rain and thunder turn to sunshine for the Derby at Epsom. One of the great classic races – a relief to be on the flat at last – saw victory for the favourite, Australia. A magnificent horse who fulfilled all expectations. Fantastic! Here a my drawings:

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Back to the bikes: Women’s Tour

Hello! I’m delighted to be drawing cycling for the first time this year. Even more delighted that it is the first Women’s Tour of Britain. My first drawings are from Stages 1 and 2 which were held in Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Bedfordshire – not far from where I live, so a real thrill! Here are my drawings:

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Aintree, Grand National Day

Hello! Today saw the climax of the great racing festival at Aintree with the 167th running of the Grand National. I always find it hard to watch and yet so compelling, the race had two false starts, horses taking the wrong path but thankfully passed this time with no serious injuries to horses or jockeys. The race was won by Pineau De Re. Now we can all breathe a sigh of relief until next year! Here a my drawings:

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Aintree Festival, Ladies’ Day

Hello! Today is Ladies Day of the great racing festival at Aintree. Grey skies broken from time to time but the real sunshine came from the bright clothes of the Liverpool ladies! Here a my drawings:

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Aintree Festival, Day 1

Hello! Today is the first day of the great racing festival at Aintree in Liverpool. Grey skies and still conditions set a calm backdrop to exciting racing. I set up with five sketchbooks and tried to keep up! I followed the 2.30 and 3.05 races with Silviano Conti, Dynaste and the New One. All safely round which is the most important thing but brilliant horses showing their beauty in flight. Here a my drawings:

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The Ashes Down-Under: Day 4, The Gabba

G’Day! The fourth day of the First Test between Australia and England saw the last throes of the match conclude with the inevitable joyous victory for Australia and miserable defeat for the visitors. Wonderful bowling again by Johnson saw him take another 5 wickets to hold England to a score of 179 runs, thus negating the need for the 5th day. He deservedly took the title of, the man of the match. Ripper! Here are my drawings:

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The Ashes Down-Under: Day 3, The Gabba

G’Day! The third day of the First Test between Australia and England was bathed in gold and green, with delight for the home fans. In spite of a good start for the English bowlers, the Aussies batted on to a terrific score, declaring at 401 for 7. This left England’s batsmen with an almighty target of 561 runs to win. Not Pygmalion likely! Highlights were for captain Michael Clarke and opening bat, David Warner who both scored centuries Here are my drawings:

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The Ashes Down-Under: Day 2, The Gabba

G’Day! The second day of the First Test between Australia and England proved to be one that the English batsmen would prefer to consign to the dustbin, but it was a great return to form for the Australian bowlers. The afternoon session mirrored the success of the day before, this time seeing English wickets tumble like playing cards from the strong arms of Mitchell Johnson. Roll on to Day 3 very quickly indeed…..!!! Here are my drawings:

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Cricket, lovely cricket!

G’Day! The second round of battle for The Ashes commenced at The Gabba in Brisbane. Gorgeous sunshine – very much appreciated watching from UK in November – and the cricket wasn’t bad either! Hailed by local press as the villain of the piece (and that’s putting it politely!) Stuart Broad had a belting day’s work taking 5 wickets to put Australia in a spin. The thing about test cricket though, is that you can’t really see how the match will go until both sides have completed their first innings, so Day 2 will be important. Exciting stuff – Can’t wait until tomorrow! Here are my drawings:

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Back to Blighty – Tour of Britain 2013

Hello!  The Tour of Britain flew past in a flash! Only 8 stages but very entertaining ones they were, with the return of Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish. From Scotland to Wales and south into England, the landscape was beautiful, but boy it was wet!  Here are my drawings:

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La Vuelta 2013: Stage 21 – Leganés to Madrid

Hola! Stage 21 of La Vuelta comes to the Capital and home! The last stage unusually flat, and saw a great sprint around the streets of Madrid. Chris Horner was confirmed as overall winner, the oldest man to complete the Vuelta and the oldest man to win a Grand Tour. He’ll probably tire of hearing these statistics very quickly! A very happy Michael Matthews, took the stage win. Fans of cycling were delighted to have witnessed an amazing three weeks of racing.  Here are my drawings:

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La Vuelta 2013: Stage 20 – Avilés to Alto de L’Angliru

Hola! Stage 20 of La Vuelta was the crunch stage! This is the one that decided the race. The course wasn’t for the fainthearted, with three tough climbs, but the toughest of them all, Alto de L’Angliru coming right at the end. Riders toiled through the mist and fog on one of the steepest climbs of the cycling calendar. The stage was won by young French rider Kenny Elissonde who worked amazingly hard to take the lead and hang on. On his tail was the owner of the red jersey, the astounding Chris Horner who has shown the world that 42 is a great age to be top of your sport, but sympathy has to go to Vincenzo Nibali who led for so much of this amazing tour. This sport is cruel indeed! Here are my drawings:

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