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Dartford footballer recovers after cardiac arrest

Teenage footballer is back on the pitch

A month ago today, a promising former Dartford footballer collapsed during a match. Ali Reith had suffered a cardiac arrest. He spent three days in a coma, but has made an amazing recovery - waking up a day after his 16th birthday.

Doctors say Ali may never play the game again but he's back on the pitch motivating other young players.

In Tony Green's report, we hear from Ali Reith; Head of Youth Development Phil Murray; Dartford manager Tony Burman; Dr. Scott Takeda and Ali's parents.


Local excitement at FA cup draw

FA cup victory in Portsmouth 2008 Credit: ITV news

It's been described as one of the big days of the football calendar. The draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup has taken place.

Several non-league teams made it into the hat. Didcot Town were the lowest ranked side in the draw, and are at this stage for the first time ever. The Oxfordshire side, who are in the Evo-Stik Southern Division One South & West, are in the eighth tier of the football pyramid.

So here's how it looks for our teams in the Meridian region.

Crawley Town v Luton Town Didcot v Exeter City Maidstone United v Yeovil Town Braintree Town v Oxford United Scunthorpe United v Southend United Rochdale v Swindon Town Portsmouth v Macclesfield Town Aldershot Town v Bradford City Dover Athletic v Stourbridge
Hartlepool United v Havant & Waterlooville or Cheltenham Town Crewe Alexandra v Eastleigh Cambridge United v Basingstoke
Port Vale v Maidenhead United

The ties will be played on the weekend of November 7th and 8th

Justin Rose claims narrow victory in Hong Kong Open

Credit: PA Images

Hampshire's Justin Rose was delighted to convert his second winning opportunity in seven days by claiming his eighth European Tour title in the UBS Hong Kong Open.

Rose carded a final round of 68 in Fanling to finish 17 under par, one shot clear of Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard.

The pair started all square on the final round and the Dane moved two shots ahead of Rose on the ninth, but a birdie for the Englishman on the 10th and bogey for the Dane on 11 levelled things.

Bjerregaard double bogeyed the 14th and Rose hit a two-under 68 to finish on 17 under, one clear of the 24-year-old.

World Championship Silver for Kent windsurfer Shaw

Kent windsurfer Bryony Shaw in action Credit: Jesus Renedo

Windsurfer Bryony Shaw from Tunbridge Wells in Kent has won silver in the RSX World Championships in Oman.

The 32-year-old has already been selected to represent Britain at the Olympics in Rio. She won bronze in 2008 in the Beijing Olympic Games, and said the week of competing in Oman had been relentless, but she was glad with her resilience.

“This was a target event and one I wanted to peak for.

“Mid way through the week I could see that it was going to be a really tough fight and come down to the medal race. It’s great that I’m able to perform on medal race day, it seems to be a strength of mine, and certainly sailing on the fin now it seems my speed has really improved.

“All of those things coming together and the board speed stuff really helps when you’re trying to perform at your peak regatta. It’s all those hard yards put into practice.”

– Bryony Shaw

America's Cup sailor looking forward to Great South Run

America's Cup sailor Iain Percy from Emsworth is taking part in the Great South run on Sunday in aid of the Andrew Simpson foundation - the charity set up in memory of "Bart', his lifelong friend and sailing parter. The skipper of the Swedish America's Cup team ,Artemis, and double Olympic medallist has been taking time out from sailing to train for the 10-mile race. But he says he's not expecting to run fast. Video shows sailing and interview with Iain Percy.


Vicar joins Great South Run to raise funds after wife is diagnosed with breast cancer

Devoted couple: Rev Bruce Deans and his wife Caroline, who is a licensed lay minister Credit: Church of England

The vicar of a Hampshire church will run the Great South Run to raise money for cancer charities – as his wife is being treated for breast cancer.

The Rev Bruce Deans, vicar of St John’s Church, Fareham, will tackle the 10-mile course this Sunday along with other worshippers from his church.

Although he is not organising sponsorship, Bruce is encouraging friends to donate money to Cancer Research UK and Breast Cancer Care to mark the race.

His wife Caroline has been diagnosed with breast cancer, has undergone a mastectomy, and is now going through treatment.

I ran the Great South Run last year to raise funds for the churches in Shedfield and Wickham, before I moved to St John’s, Fareham. I had decided to run again this year before I knew anything about Caroline’s cancer. I had been thinking about whether to specifically seek sponsorship for this year’s run, but decided that I would do what I could for cancer charities.

– Rev Bruce Deans

Sprinter Liam is aiming for Rio - 'With hard work & a bit of luck, I'll be able to make my dream come true'

Sprinter hopes to qualify for next year's Olympic Games in Brazil

There is less than a year to go until the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, and Liam MacDevitt from Berkshire is sprinting into the spotlight.

The 20-year-old runner who lives in Reading is already attracting national attention. He hopes to qualify for Team GB next year. Mel Bloor joined him during a training session.

Liam MacDevitt is the Irish indoor under 23 champion in the 200m

Liam's sports physio, Grant Bullion, was also interviewed.

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