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Wayne Rooney tweets Amy Hughes ahead of 53rd marathon

A runner from Shrewsbury who has already broken a world record for the most consecutive marathons run by a woman will complete her 53rd marathon challenge in 53 consecutive days later.

Amy Hughes will complete her final marathon in Manchester later Credit: Amy Hughes

Wayne Rooney tweeted her yesterday.

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Carl Froch wins boxer of the year at the BBBoC

Nottingham's Carl Froch has been awarded Boxer of the Year at the British Boxing Board of Control awards for a record fourth time.

Carl Froch (left) in action against George Groves Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Earlier this week, The Cobra, as he is known in the boxing world, was awarded Nottingham's Freeman of the City.

His first fight against George Groves also won fight of the year.


Ben Kay joins Leicester Tigers board of directors

Leicester Tigers have announced England World Cup winner Ben Kay's appointment to the club's board of directors.

Ben Kay made 281 appearances for the Tigers Credit: PA

Former second-row forward Kay made 281 appearances for the Tigers between 1999 and his retirement four years ago, winning six league titles and back-to-back Heineken Cups.

And during a 62-cap England career he played in two World Cup finals, highlighted by the 2003 extra-time triumph against Australia in Sydney. Kay also made two Test appearances for the 2005 British and Irish Lions.

Leicester executive chairman, Peter Tom, said: "Ben brings with him the experience of more than 10 years as a Leicester player and as a rugby international.

"He has a deep knowledge of the professional game, and we look forward to his contribution as a Leicester director."

Webb Ellis trophy in Birmingham as countdown begins

The Webb Ellis trophy will be on display in Birmingham today, to mark a year until the first 2015 Rugby World Cup match at Villa Park.

South Africa will play Samoa at Villa Park on 26 September 2015 Credit: PA

The trophy will be at Birmingham New Street Station in the morning, where members of the public will have the opportunity to be photographed with the cup from 9.30am.

The Webb Ellis Cup during a photocall at Mowden Park, Darlington in August Credit: PA

Former England player Will Greenwood, who was part of the 2003 World Cup-winning squad, will be coaching pupils from Great Barr School in Victoria Square at 12.30pm, alongside Rugby Football Union (RFU) community coach Adam Blackford, where the Webb Ellis trophy will also be in display.

Great Barr School is part of All Schools, an initiative which aims to increase the number of secondary schools playing rugby union

Edgbaston confirms Day 3 sell out for 3rd Ashes Test

Tickets for Day 3 of next year’s 3rd Investec Ashes Test Match at Edgbaston Stadium have sold out - just nine days after being released on public sale.

The Ashes return to Birmingham on 29 July 2015 Credit: PA

The Ashes return to Birmingham between 29 July and 2 August next summer, with Alastair Cook’s England team looking to avenge the 2013/14 series defeat in Australia by reclaiming one of the most coveted trophies in world sport.

Gareth Roberts, Commercial Director at Edgbaston, said: “The Ashes is the biggest Test series in the world and next year’s match will be the 14th that has been contested at Edgbaston and the first since completing our £32 million redevelopment of the South Stand.

“Whilst Day 3 has already sold out, we’re fast approaching capacity for Day 4 and we would encourage fans to secure their seats now to avoid missing out on one of the biggest sporting events of 2015.”


Green Clough jumpers to be given to Forest fans

A thousand green jumpers will be given to Nottingham Forest supporters tomorrow night as the team travels to Tottenham Hotspur for a third round tie in the Capital One Cup.

The famous green round neck jumpers are to remember Brian Clough on the tenth anniversary since his death.

Brian Clough led Forest to European success in 1979 and 1980 Credit: Claire Mackintosh/EMPICS Sport/PA

Every supporter travelling on the club’s official supporters’ coaches will be given a green jumper, while a limited number will be handed out at the ground.

What is takes to complete 53 marathons in 53 days

Amy Hughes Credit: Amy Hughes/Facebook

A runner from Shrewsbury who has already broken the world record for running the most marathons in consecutive days is nearing the end of her challenge.

Amy Hughes has five more of the 53 to go.

But what does it take to accomplish this challenge?

  • Amy burns between 2,500 - 3,000 calories a day
  • So far, after 48 marathons, she has ran 1258.5 miles
  • She has raised £18,000 for charity
  • She is on her fifth pair of trainers

David Nugent: 'Ulloa is a bargain'

Leicester City's David Nugent thinks his team have signed one of the bargains of the season.

The Foxes paid an initial £8million fee, which could rise to £10million, for Leonardo Ulloa from Brighton this summer, even though he had just one season of experience in English football before moving to the King Power Stadium.

Leicester City stars Leonardo Ulloa (left) and David Nugent celebrating Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Leo has been a revelation so far. He has come in from Brighton and he has scored lots of goals. At £8million he has turned out to be a bargain.

– David Nugent

Leicester City thumped Manchester United 5-3 at the weekend, with both players getting on the scoresheet.

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