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Queen Mary 2 at home in Southampton after £90m refit

The Southampton liner the Queen Mary 2 arrived back into port today after her 90 million pounds re-fit. It was the biggest upgrade of a cruise ship in history and has taken 2,500 workers in Germany 25 days to complete.

She has been re-painted and there are new cabins for people and pets. The famous ship is only home in Hampshire for one day before she heads to New York. Our reporter Mike Pearse managed to get on board to have a look around before she sets sail.

Farnborough Runway run raises £6,000 for charity

Runners start at Farnborough Airport

Almost 400 people have taken part in an unusual charity event at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire.

The runway was closed for the town's fifth annual Twilight Runway Challenge. It was organised by TAG Farnborough Airport and The Sixth Form College Farnborough. The £6,000 will go to the CMPP Youth Aspiration Fund (YAF) which provides young people in the area with mentoring and support to help them reach their full potential.

“It’s fabulous to welcome so many people along to the airport on a Saturday evening to support this event. It’s quite a unique opportunity to run, cycle, skate down the runway and taxiways of an airport and participants love having the option of a 3, 5 or 10k distance to suit their ability, which makes it more fun. There’s always such a great atmosphere from when people start arriving for registration, participating in the warm-up, then moving people to the start line for the actual race.”

– Elaine Turner, Marketing and Events Manager, TAG Farnborough Airport
Warming up and cooling down for the Twilight Runway Challenge

“What an amazing evening! The weather was kind to us, every challenger had a smile on their face - even when they had finished - and we raised lots of lovely money for the Youth Aspiration Fund. A huge thank you to everyone who supported and participated in the event.

"It just goes to show what wonderful things can be achieved when organisations work together to support their community.”

– Christine Eustace, Director of Community Engagement, The Sixth Form College Farnborough

Dad becomes superhero to help son, 8, tackle condition

Cycle challenge through a Hampshire park

Dozens of boys from our region who have a muscle-wasting medical condition called Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy are continuing to campaign for access to a drug which could help to keep them out of a wheelchair.

NICE, the national body which chooses what medication will be available on the NHS, made an agreement to fund the drug Translarna on the NHS back in April, following 18 months of campaigning by boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and their families. However the drug is not yet available.

One Hampshire father, James Curtis - whose 8-year-old son Jagger has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, is cycling to Paris this week to raise money for an electric wheelchair to make his son's life easier. Kerry Swain has our report.

Jagger and other boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy visit Downing Street

To find out more about the Peckham to Paris fundraising bike challenge click here.

Muscular Dystrophy UK has said that research into the condition has reached a critical stage. By 2018 the charity Duchenne Research Breakthrough Fund says it will have invested more than £4 million into studying the condition thanks to individual donations, family fundraising activities, trusts and corporate support.

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Fundraiser to cycle 320 miles for Prostate Cancer charity

Charity fundraiser in training for major cycling challenge Credit: Ian Gregory

A man from the Isle of Wight is raising money for prostate cancer research by taking on three difficult cycling challenges.

47-year-old Ian Gregory has registered disabilities, but is set on raising money to help increase awareness of prostate cancer and fund research efforts to find a cure for the disease.

Ian was inspired to take action after his relative Don Exell died in 2010, following a case of undetected prostate cancer that he battled for 4 years.

The ‘3 ton challenge’ includes a 117 mile ride in France, the 100 mile Prudential Ride through London and Surrey in July, and the 104 mile Plymouth Gran Fondo.

The money he raises from sponsorship will go to Prostate Cancer UK.

Wiltshire Police: Stonehenge solstice - 2 arrests, largely a "... positive, friendly atmosphere"

Two arrests at summer solstice events in Wiltshire Credit: Wiltshire Police

Wiltshire Police have said that Summer Solstice celebrations at both Stonehenge near Salisbury and Avebury have been peaceful on the whole.

About 12,000 people were at Stonehenge to see the sunrise on the longest day of the year. A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and taken to Melksham Custody; a woman aged 33 was arrested on suspicion of of drink driving; and a man was given a fixed penalty notice for a drug offence.

Around 400 people gathered at Avebury - there were no arrests.

“The policing operation this year focused on protecting the monument and environment by maintaining the integrity of the road network, minimising any impact on local communities and ultimately supporting English Heritage to ensure a safe and peaceful event for all.

"With an event of this size and nature a large amount of traffic is inevitable but our forward planning with Wiltshire Council, security staff and stewards, the Highways Agency and English Heritage meant that any issues were dealt with effectively.

"These changes for Solstice 2016 have proved a great success, with people celebrating at Stonehenge in a positive, friendly atmosphere as they waited for the sunrise."

– Supt Mark Sellers, Wiltshire Police

Flying squad called to rescue buzzard from van grille

The buzzard spent hours, trapped in the grille Credit: Barry Branigan
The buzzard is now beinmg cared for at a wildlife rescue centre Credit: Barry Branigan

A buzzard has endured a journey stuck in the grille of a van - from Cardiff to Swindon!

The bird of prey suffered a broken wing and dislocated leg. It is being cared for by Oak and Furrows Wildlife Rescue Centre.

The van belongs to Swindon Car and Van Rental.

Barry Branigan, General Manager of Oak and Furrows, said: " From a situation that looked very serious for the bird, we now have high hopes that it has a fighting chance."

423 Kitesurfers break world record on Hayling Island

Parade of kitesurfers as they break the world record

Four hundred and twenty-three kitesurfers out on the water in Hampshire today have broken the world record for the Largest Parade of Kitesurfers.

They beat the previous record of 416 kitesurfers set in Cape Town, South Africa.

Today's successful record breaking attempt took place at Hayling Island, and was organised by the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada. The new title was verified by Guinness World Records.

"Huge congratulations to everyone for 3.5 hours of determined kitesurfing. With 423 kitesurfers completing the course Virgin Kitesurfing Armada you are officially amazing and are all GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ holders."

– Sophia Greenacre, Official Adjudicator from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™
Kitesurfers in action off Hayling Island

"A huge thank you to everyone who has come down and supported the festival this weekend. It's been an amazing experience. 423 kitesurfers is a fantastic total and everyone should be really proud.

We couldn't have done it without all the brilliant volunteers, industry support and the sponsors which include Virgin, WOO Sports, North Kiteboarding and Volvo Car UK. It's been an awesome weekend."

– Dan Charlish, Event Organiser
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